It all started when I was a child. When I was a little girl, my German Oma used to tell me the fairy tales her grandmother had told her when she was a child growing up in the Kingdom West Prussia. She’d beckon me to her lap, calling me Schneewittchen (Snow White) and weave magical stories without ever opening a book. As grandmothers do, she doted on me, always making me feel like I was beautiful and clever and like she would love me no matter what I did or who I grew up to be. But sometimes as we grow up, we start to forget all of the things that make us our beautiful, unique selves. And that’s where the fairy tale wisdom of Into the Wild Woods of the Soul comes in!
Fairy tales are soul stories. When they take us deep into the forest, they are taking us into the wild woods of the subconscious. The fairy tales we know today are echoes of an older oral tradition. Like other forms of folklore, they hearken back to our past and contain universal archetypes and lessons that we can use as a lens for finding clarity and facilitating growth in our own lives, so we can show up in the world as our best selves. In working with fairy tales, we can confront and overcome our fears, illuminate our dreams and bring them into being!
That is what makes them so powerful not just as entertainment, but as vehicles for self-development. They also serve as a reminder of a time in our lives when things were simpler, clearer. Most of us are introduced to these stories at an age when we are not so weighed down by the fear and blocks that can keep us "stuck" as adults. We meet them at an age when we easily and eagerly accept their invitation into into their land of magic, dreams and hope.
And we need that magic, some of us need it desperately. As someone who spent many years allowing herself to remain stuck in situations and relationships that didn't serve her, I can tell you that dreams, hope and belief in happy endings make all the difference. Because the truth is that happiness was within reach. I just didn't see it at the time and no one was keeping me stuck but me. The good news is that I woke up and now that I am unstuck, I am taking every woman with me who wants to join me along for the ride.
We were made for more and I hope you'll join me in blazing a new trail.