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Traditional Initiation Stories.

 

Fables, fairytales and legends have a historical and cultural content that belongs to the place they come from. Often, though, they also have “hidden” content in the form of a symbol, which remains in the psyche.

Often it is only much later, with experience, that that story our grandfather told

us when we were little re-emerges in our memory, and we finally realise its true importance.

This is why stories are so important for children.

They reach the essence, surpassing the rational defences of the mind and forcing us to see the simple and severe truth.

 

Jesus spoke by means of stories or parables, to a society of “children” - people who were not able to absorb or appreciate teachings that were too direct.

Gurdjieff also defines the story as a useful tool in the effective education of young people. It works by  breaking down the barriers, giving them a correct interpretation, which then remains available to them, and is easy to remember.

If you think about it carefully, it is perfectly understandable why we are able to recall a story rather than a good academic speech: a story forces our emotional centre to wake up, and we identify with the main character.

 

The stories we are offering you are clear examples of how the teaching is methodologically adapted to all people in all eras.

People are attracted and fascinated by stories.

These stories shouldn’t only be considered as “simply tales” but as a true initiation for your soul. Even if you find that you were not able to rationally understand or appreciate some of the stories, try simply to store them inside of you, without judgement. Maybe one day the stories will be brought up again by the whirl of life, and you will smile the smile of someone who has finally understood.

Enjoy!

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