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Healing Through Storytelling

March 16, 2017

Whether you are a victim of domestic violence, a stoke survivor, or a recovering alcoholic, healing occurs when you share your story.

The embarrassment. The shame. Or just the pain of it all. Your testimony can heal your open wounds while also restoring faith that you can and will overcome any situation.

Why is it important to tell our truths? Because our realities generate a volubility that forces us to take off our masks and reveal our true selves. This honesty then pushes us to paint a new self-portrait, initiating self-confidence that will then allow us to choose our favorite color palette, and our best paint brushes. In essence, we begin to own our lives, rebuke victimization, and create a brand-new canvas of possibilities.

So what is my story? Pain healed my family. A mother who was not speaking to her son. Siblings who felt betrayed by their parents. And a crisis created by cancer that ironically turned everything around. Turmoil has a way of either tearing things down—or in my circumstance—building new beginnings. The combination of sibling prayer, the start of parent humility, and a Stage 4 disease that I was determined to stomp in the ground, rescued my family from a destructive road that at the time; we were not sure how it was going to end.

As hard as it is to understand sometimes, devastation can be a remedy for healing. This process starts with acceptance and taking responsibility for whatever part that you have played in the situation – then the truth must be spoken. The narratives that we express about ourselves to others are the medicine that we crave, leading us to ultimate self-awareness and honesty.

Richard Stone, the author of The Healing Art of Storytelling: A Sacred Journey of Personal Discovery, says, “without stories, life becomes a book cover without the pages—nice to look at, but not very fulfilling.” (www.comingtothetable.org).

According to www.comingtothetable.org, the meaning of storytelling “is to give some thought to telling the whole and complete stories of our lives . . . ” It is very common for people to cover-up their complete and true existence. As citizens of the United States, we have seen these maskings over and over again in history and in the present day. Society leads us to believe that lying is acceptable and normal. Although it is very familiar, it definitely shouldn’t be the standard.

It is my belief that to jump-start the healing process, as individuals we have to shift our way of thinking and re-train how we exist in this world. Our new reality begins by sharing our ultimate truths. This is how we cure our sick realism; this is how we exhale our deepest breath.

Zelda Corona is a business and life coach under her company Victory Vision Business Ventures, LLC. She co-authored the books No Artificial Ingredients – Reflections Unplugged and Mommy Divas on the Move: 16 Successful Secrets for Mompreneurs. She is a member of Sister Speak, a trilogy of writers who formed in 2010 with a vision of self-expression and a goal of healing. The trio states they are inspired by grace, allowing them to take a genuine position on the struggles and successes of everyday living.

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