Writing Your Life Story
We all have a strong need for self-understanding and self-expression. By delving into the deeper layers of our life’s journey we are able to do both. This course suits both writers as well as non-writers who are self-reflective and open to exploring life events as a way of making greater sense of their passage through life.
In line with brain plasticity research, it has been proven that writing about life experiences rearranges memories to produce new perspectives in our relationship to what we see on the page. Writing becomes more than therapeutic, it becomes transformative and empowering. Reaching into the events of your life allows you to locate deeper layers of wisdom and find the healing that can lie within them.
The writer Juliet Bruce points out that, “Once you understand that life is an unfolding story and that you are the storyteller who can shape and play with it on the page, then use that page as you would a roadmap, you gain tremendous power in your life."
Although most of us don’t formally explore the concept of archetypes, the novels, television and films we soak in all centre around archetypal patterns, which speak to us at a deep level. Gaining an understanding of the archetypes and what they have to teach us about the stages of life development, unearths rich material to write about our own journey.
As author Caroline Myss put it, “Archetypal patterns are about what makes us who we are and what drives us. They hold the key to our inner mysteries, power symbols, dreams as well as our cravings, fashion sense, and spending patterns. Everything about us is connected to one or more of our archetypal patterns.”
In this course, you will explore archetypal pairings that reflect a time period of your life. For example, the predominant archetypes during the period of youth involve the innocent archetype (childhood and the light aspect) and the orphan archetype (adolescence and the shadow aspect).
Upon gaining some understanding of the archetype and its role, you will then compose a story about a life event to uncover its inner meaning. Seeing aspects of your life story in this new light helps clarify your past and present while facilitating a shift into your path for the future.
After each days writing session, you will then get to experience the release of sharing your story and obtaining feedback.
Navigating the cycle from birth to death provides you with a foundation to write your autobiography and reframe events to mine them for the learning opportunities, recognising how much you have grown.
I loved this course! I loved that you shared your personal journey & I loved all the info about the lives of others. It was all really inspiring & interesting. This was the best workshop I’ve ever been to. So glad I came. Thank you Marcus! - Jo
It gave me wings. It gave me belief. It made me think. It helped me to understand myself & how life has shaped me. I felt like I was given the pegs to guide me through this vast & complex topic. Thank you for being the perfect facilitator. - Ingrid
I came with a list of memories in chronological order & I am leaving with a clear sense of how these memories might be gathered together & “formed” in such a way that rather than just a string of events - my life becomes a story with a plot & a theme, a beginning & an end. Loved the Hero’s journey overlay with the archetypes - great lens thru which I can shape the story of my life. - Ros
Very pleased that I made the effort to come to the course. You provided me with so much information and gentle guidance, allowing and trusting me to find my own voice & stories. I enjoyed it all. A wonderful course. Highly recommended & well delivered. Thank you for all the time & care you put into preparing & delivering it. - Sarah
The structure of the course is beautifully architected. An example for many to follow. Very rich insight and wonderful notes/handouts. - Eddie