Hello there pixel world. Recently I’ve been trying to help someone (who I love dearly) to get out of their severe rut and negative state of mind. It is hard for some people to accept help, to accept even that they may need help and something I discovered today seemed to be the best technique I’ve tried yet.
I told a story about a little rabbit, it went a little like this:
Once upon a time, there a little rabbit, who was trying to cross a great, dark, endless lake. The rabbit kept trying to dig under the lake, but it was too deep and he was tiring himself terribly.
Along came a russet red squirrel with a smile. He said to the rabbit, why don’t you try another way?
And so the rabbit tried to go around the lake, but it winded far into the deep dark wood. The squirrel happened to be feeding on a near by tree, he spotted the rabbit who was frozen with frustration and fear: why don’t you try another way?
So the rabbit tried swimming over the moon dappled lake. He reached the other side! He tried a different way, instead of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. And so whenever the rabbit came to an obstacle… he knew there was a way around (over or under) it.
Of course the story was more personal, the rabbit having the same problems as the person. And as I set out the scenario, they would tell me things they felt, which I had missed before or they hadn’t felt comfortable to say. Using the rabbit as a means for projection, it felt less like an intrusive conversation and more like a creative process. A process which, unlike a lot of other conversations that end with no conclusion, seemed to demand one. I mean, a story needs an ending! It made finding a solution, albeit a distant one, seem a whole lot more possible. In seemingly hopeless situations that means a lot, so yep, I found this technique was a very positive one worth sharing…
Afterwards I felt such a flush of hope, and it pinged in my head FABLE THERAPY! I mean, it probably already exists in some form, but today I am excited! I feel sort of inspired to write a collection of fables dealing with different life/moral/mental health dilemmas, ahhh but that’s a story for another day.
Jolly well, happy sleeping!
Oh and happy Beltane, or first of May 🙂