Book: Healing, Storytelling and the "Bhagavad Gita"
In “Women Who Run With Wolves” Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD, introduces the concept of storytelling as an avenue for healing, making writers and orators healers.
A few weeks ago, when reading these passages in “Women Who Run With Wolves,” I was also tasked with reading the “Bhagavad Gita,” translated by George Thompson, for yoga teacher training. The “Bhagavad Gita,” is a foundational yogic text, as well as a centerpiece in certain sects of Hinduism.
Reminiscent of Paulo Coelho’s books and blog, the “Gita” tale is used to creatively display moral dilemmas and solutions. The story demonstrates new pathways by asking careful readers to connect the elements in the story to their own lives – a silent, metaphor-driven conversation between author and reader. By taking these works too literally, a reader will miss the point completely.
However, some people do take these works literally. So, although I’d much prefer to wonder over the lyrical nature and colorful descriptions – to dissect the story for kernels of wisdom – there is value in analyzing the true age, authors and contradictions.
Understanding the history of the tale converts a documentary into fiction, and allows the story to heal instead of harm.