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Change the Story and the Outcome Changes


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I am reminded of a true account I read once, written by a missionary who was living in a foreign country with his family, and who told the story about helplessly watching from a window while his three year old child fearlessly, innocently approached a wild boar who had found its way into their yard/compound. The little girl walked up to the wild boar, holding her sweet little hand out and calling, “come here, doggy, doggy, nice doggy, come.” The father told how he watched breathlessly as his tiny daughter reached out with complete nonchalance to pet the boar's two-tusked and bristled face while she talked softly to it. Meanwhile the boar stood just as still and quiet, as if it understood her innocent intentions totally, and allowed the child to pet it before, finally, ambling peacefully off into the underbrush.

Clearly this little girl had no story about boars being dangerous animals! I imagine the ending might have been very different indeed if she had! Imagine if her father had reacted from his story about the wild boar? If he had suddenly projected his scary story onto the situation, there would most likely be a very different outcome to this accounting.

The missionary's daughter did have a story about the animal standing in front of her however; hers was a story that he was a “nice doggy.” And she responded towards it according to her belief about it, and as is so often the case when we act as if something is true, she proved that herself right!

This missionary's account is a wonderful illustration of how our beliefs inform our behavior which then influences, if not outright determines, the response we get back from the situation. The wild boar did indeed respond to that sweet child as “nice doggies” do! What great evidence to support the notion that the stories we believe generate a particular energetic frequency that prompts s response from the environment that matches the frequency of the story we believe.

Blessings, Lynne

One Response

  1. And isn’t it amazing how we live our lives through the stories we make up about ourselves, from the stories we learned from our parents. Some of these stories can be introjects (rules) while others can be things that we imagined and believed about ourselves, for lack of any evidence to the contrary. For example a shy child who believes (s)he is less good then others will carry that story around, attracting the attention of the stronger elements in the class who find the victim stance attractive! So we become a magnet. In the end it is only self knowledge that begins the healing process.

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