Oh What a Night!



Last night I had the wonderful experience of attending a Workshop by the Master Storyteller, Ashley Ramsden, founder of the School of Storytelling, Emerson College, England.  It was fantastic!!!

Ashley guided us through some wonderful stories and poems of Rumi and Nasradin, while imparted jewels of wisdom about the art and practice of storytelling.  It was an inspiration.

Here’s a wonderful poem by Rumi (1207-1273) that he told us:



A story is like the water

you heat for your bath.

It takes messages between the fire

and your skin.  It lets them meet,

and it cleans you!

Very few can sit down

in the middle of the fire itself

like a slamander of Abraham.

We need intermediaries.

A feeling of fullness comes,

but usually it takes some bread

to bring it.

Beauty surrounds us,

But usually we need to be waking

in a garden to know it.

The body itself is a screen

to shield and partially reveal

the light that’s blazing

inside your presence.

Water, stories, the body

all the things we do, are mediums

that hide and show what’s hidden.

Study them,

and enjoy this being washed

with a secret we sometimes know,

and then not.


Thankyou Ashley!

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