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Personal Power Storytelling

By Lyca Shan | December 7, 2009

What is personal power storytelling?

As I mentioned before, one of my favorite mentors, John Di Lemme, says "I believe in the power of storytelling." Have you ever gotten caught up in a good movie or book? You can’t pull yourself away from it, you stay glued to the pages or screen just to see what happens next? That is good personal power storytelling.

So imagine now that you have something important to relate? Some of the best memory improvement techniques are developed around the fact that our minds are wired to pay attention to context, to a story unfolding, as opposed to stray facts and figures. So learning important lessons can often be comprehended best in the form of a story.

Stories also give the speaker creditability, who are they? Where do they come from? Why should you listen to this person about this topic? I find that I am most interested in those movies and books that are real stories, written about inspiring people that actually do or did exist. Something in the authenticity of that gives a person hope and aspiration to attain their own triumphs. So when I give a demonstration or speech around the concepts I am creating on "mental self defense strategies" I like to start with my own personal power storytelling.

My Story:

My name is Lyca Shan, I am called the Black Belt Dreamer.

In my life I have had to lean how to defend myself, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. So Who am I and why am I called The Black Belt Dreamer? I am going to answer that with a story: In 1974 a group of poor single mothers and their children were relocated and isolated in the deep woods of Maine on the Canadian border by one man, a Czech immigrant who claimed to be touched by the hand of God. I know this because I was one of those children. I spent my whole young life raised in a cult; in a world devoid of personal freedom or choice without an identity, without a name, and without a voice.

Living under the control of a zealot only hardened my determination to find my freedom and break free of oppression. That determination gave me the strength to live through that and come out on the other side, and now to find my voice as The Black Belt Dreamer. Martial arts to me became not just a means of learning physical self-defense and mental discipline, but also fueled my ability to defend myself spiritually and emotionally as well. The oppression I suffered simply acted to strengthen my determination to come out on the other side with a voice.

So I am here today as The Black Belt Dreamer because I learned by a trial of fire that to live your dreams, you must also learn to defend them! It can be the same for you, you can find your voice and follow your own dreams. Having been raised as a slave to someone else’s doctrine, my mission now is to expose, challenge and shatter belief systems that imprison the spirit, freeing the dream warrior within to manifest true dreams!"

Even more to the point, personal power storytelling, which can just be the very act of writing your own story down for yourself, allows you the perspective to step back and see yourself as the protagonist, the main character, in the story of your own life. The idea of personal power storytelling extends into the concept of journaling and writing as a healing medium as well.

I believe that every one of you caries a story of some kind that would benefit both you and the world. It does not have to be something as melodramatic as what I went through, I simply had a concentrated version of what every single person goes through to some degree on a daily basis, fighting against the pressures of their environment to discover who they are and where they are going. You too are capable of personal power storytelling, it is your birthright, the very act of living and breathing begins the process. So remember, personal power storytelling is not something abstract, but something we all possess.

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