Updated: Jul 5
Welcome to Catering2Us, a new kind of Storytelling site for sharing meaningful stories about our everyday lives, and to get (free) help developing your written Storytelling abilities. (How to submit a story)
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves
inside their own head. Always. All the time.
That story makes you what you are.
We build ourselves out of that story.”
- Patrick Rothfuss, Fantasy Writer
Yes, we all have a story going on in our heads. But it is often a story someone else wrote and force feed into mother’s milk, brainwashing us from birth into believing it is our birth story.
“The purpose of a Storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”
-- Brandon Sanderson, Sci-Fi Writer
WHAT A TRAVELING ENTERTAINER TAUGHT HIM
I practice and teach my own version of strategic therapeutic Storytelling, camouflaging it in scriptwriting and short stories (My Writer’s Story). My hero and guiding light, Milton Erickson, was born poor into a Nevada mining camp in (1901) with a lot going against him – dyslexia, color blindness, tone deafness, and polio. But those shortcomings taught him to focus on tiny little aspects of communication and behavior most of us overlook. Then as a teen Erickson had his eureka moment as he watched a traveling entertainer hypnotize audience members, putting them under a spell where they did want the entertainer told them to do. Erickson knew immediately that hypnosis was too powerful a tool to be left to entertainers!
In the 1960s Erickson invented therapeutic hypnosis . Coming from working people, he knew we don’t have extra time or money to afford to sink deep into therapy aimed at understanding the roots of our problems (especially if the thickest roots are societal and historical). Instead Erickson wanted to find a quick way into our mind to inspire us towards positive change. He pioneered the use of short stories, anecdotes, jokes, puns and riddles to entertain our conscious mind while at the same time sending coded messages to our unconscious. The unconscious is our vast personal ocean, holding not only our repressed memories and pre-programmed stories, but also our untapped powers including creative and problem solving abilities.
“There is no greater agony than bearing
an untold story inside you.”
- Maya Angelou, Poet & Civil Rights Activist.
In this time of societal standstill and apprehension about our future, we can anchor and honor ourselves by focusing on telling our own stories; learning how to express the subtleties and lessons from our everyday lives. - Trayce