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Change Our Story: Stories

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"How I got here doesn't tell me who I am" -- Open Hearted Hand

What do you believe and why do you believe it?

We have been living out of stories that we're told. Stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, stories history books tell us, the newspapers tell us, our parents tell us etc...

We decide whether we believe in these stories or not. And build quite complex cases to justify our position.

But where did these stories begin?

If you look deep enough, every story comes from fear or fearlessness.

History books -- stories written by the victors -- either by morals or by might. The stories are built around "us vs. them" -- and not just conquest of countries and people, but nature and spirit as well.

Parents tell stories to their children -- lived out as values and influences that are a direct reflection of what they needed -- and did or didn't get -- as children themselves.

Society -- stories told through a myriad of laws (spoken and unspoken), media and modes of behavior that define what a community values and aspires to.

We act and react out of the stories we believe in. We are constantly making choices -- almost always unconsciously -- from the basis of what we believe. We live in a constant state of reacting from what we "know" to be true or untrue.

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This is our past -- collectively and individually -- animating us. Defining what we do based on what's been done already.

But we can no longer be kept alive by living off of our past. Something's clearly not working on a global scale. But what is it? Something in the collective story is off track.

And is it really 99 percent vs. 1 percent? Or is it 1 percent in all of us?

This country was "discovered" as a commercial enterprise. Of course it's devolved into financial disaster and environmental catastrophe! All you have to do is read the first quotes of Columbus to see where we were heading:

They willingly traded everything they owned.... They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.... They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane.... They would make fine servants.... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.

What we're really looking for is a new story -- a story to live in to. Not old stories to live out of. That takes some extraordinary imagination.

So now I'll start the piece over with: What do you know and why do you know it?

We know with our hearts. We know with our gut. Our body tells us what we know. What some people call intuition, I call a perceptive sense that many of us have lost (nearly) complete connection to.

Our mind processes this information and then takes action based on old information.

It's time to redevelop our sense of knowing intuition. And feel that anything -- everything -- is possible.

It's time to create the story we want to live in to. And become that story ourselves.