West Asheville Garden Sanctuary and Retreat
2018 National Wellness Institute Conference
Dr. Brian T. Lumb
Story Medicine Worldwide
Finding Your Story
Story Medicine Utilizes …
- An Indigenous frame of reference,
- The power of words,
- The sacredness of story,
- Memory as raw material and community resource,
- Heart-centered language for what has happened to us,
- Healing community as we learn and heal together, and
- New self-care skills necessary to work with this modality.
Story Medicine is …
an Indigenous healing modality blending ritual with the written word. Medicine begins with words in Indigenous cultures. Myth and legend heal because they remind us of balance and right relationship.
In Western culture, we are disconnected from our ancestral stories and from the value of our individual story. To reclaim our story is to reclaim the lost self. This is what makes Story Medicine so transformational.
endurance & resoucefulness
These symbols of the Ashanti in Ghana are timeless and still used today. The name “Adinkra” can probably be traced back to the word “Dinkra” of the Akan/Twi Language spoken by the Ashanti. “Dinkra” means: being separated, taking leave, saying farewell.
patience and tolerance
There are many iterations of every indigenous medicine, including the sacred power of story. Our modality stems directly from my own journey — consistent with indigenous initiation- combined with decades of formal study and grassroots application. Those certified with us are entrusted with it and listed here. Those practicing “story medicine” not listed here are of another lineage, and should not be confused with this modality. Please let the Spirit be your guide.
— Meta Commerse