On this page you will find stories that I have found in my years of perusing ancient and medieval literature. Many of the old stories contain a message for us living in the midst of a pandemic in the divided 21st Century.  Where is there hope?  In my telling these stories I hope to create a space for reflection and contemplation. My aim is to create a place for you to listen to find a space for inward connection - to connect the dots within yourself.  Stories help us get at that space. They are important because they help us get at hard to talk about subjects - loneliness, fear, change, sadness and the possibilities of growth.  The right story heard at the right time can have profound impact. Once we open up, we can hear things we didn't know we could hear. Stories "juxtapose us" within ourselves so that an answer or dilemma can become clear. Inwardly, we see. This page is my attempt to carve out that space for you - so that you may have a deep energy producing "aha moment!"  I hope you enjoy these stories and that with me you can find yourself in a reflective place.    JB

1.   Pygmalion and Galatea 10:54

Pygmalion and Galatea

This story is from Edith Hamilton's MYTHOLOGY. It is an ancient myth told originally by Ovid.  It is a tale that addresses the perpetual struggle which men have in addressing the feminine aspect in themselves.  Ovid internally weaves deep psychoanalytic truths which evoke the struggle men have with what Jung called the "anima" - the feminine aspect in every man. If this story was heard at a young age, when boys were beginning to notice how beautiful girls were, much of the suffering in our day, that involves the suffering men experience in their hunger for pornography and in their tendency to "objectify" women, might be alleviated.  Of course, it could be said that any quest for the beautiful is really an internal one.  In a materialistic world, we have made it an external one. Ancient wisdom addresses much of the pain and suffering which we in the 21st century now experience. Both men and women. Our pain, many times, turns us to stone. And it's not until the "stone-like" quality is addressed, that we can find our deeper, beautiful humanity. That is what Ovid's tale addresses. That's what I think anyway.  Please leave your reflections below.  JB

1.   The Three Snake Leaves 13:08

The Three Snake Leaves

There's no question that relationships go through phases. Sometimes one person must help another person through a difficult time - that is ultimately related to their growth and becoming - as individuals and a couple.  The power of love, as portrayed in this story, is the power that aids us in our personal growth and transformation.  But intimate relationships can, though at one time well intended, find moments where each partner questions the relationship's legitimacy. Darkness and doubt occur. Decisions are made that either further the growth of the relationship or cut it off completely.  This story reveals the shadowy fear of death when it comes to going through hard times in our love relationships.  The shadowy theme of death - the ultimate truth - bears intensely in this story, and though metaphorical, gives those who listen a chance to contemplate their denial or acceptance of death reality. The old storytellers of the medieval world were wise and forthright in their counsel.  They minced no words. "Die before you die" echoes in this story.  And for good reason. If you don't embrace death (and growth) your reward for betraying life's death processes will be your final destiny.  There is no escaping death - and thankfully, life gives us many moments in our relationships to learn of both its horror and its sweetness.  Please leave your reflections below. JB

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