Creative Writing Newsletter April 2023

Stop Press- Zen Pen: A Writing, Being & Meditation Retreat
@ Temenos McGregor 31 March – 3 April 2023 (see end of letter)

The World is made of Stories

The universe is made up of stories, not atoms (Muriel Rukeyser, poet)
“Of course it is made of atoms. That’s one of our important stories… What other stories make our world?” (Loy) This month I wish to pay tribute to David Loy, a Zen teacher, author of The Great Awakening, The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons and this book (2010), my Story Bible bought six years ago.

Many of us know the story of two small fish swimming along encountering the big fish, who asks Are you enjoying the water? When he
passes, one whispers to the other what is water? We, immersed in stories, confuse our chosen story for reality. Here is Loy on this all-
encompassing world:“ The limits of my stories are the limits of my world. Like the fish that cannot see the water they swim in. We do not notice the medium we dwell within, unaware that… we experience them as the world, but we can change the water. When our accounts of the world become different, the world becomes different.

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