Being Witness To Your Own Story

By Raphael Awen

No story is very interesting without tension of some kind.

Tension by its nature requires a container or context to hold the tension in place….kind of like how sports needs courts, playing fields, and sets of rules to go by to keep them on edge. Within the container then there is also a cast of characters who provide the movements and outcomes of the tension.

When we watch a story in a movie, or read one in a great novel, we are immediately drawn into the tension of the story because our lives are also stories. Story calls to story.

We tend to think of our lives as just our lives, without seeing the story at play in our lives. This is because we are fused to the story, unwitting actors in the story who can’t see and witness the profound story.

What makes a story a story is when someone reads or watches the story and is moved by the story. If you are not watching and reading the story of your own life, then you are the story that no one is really deeply watching or observing. Unconsciously being this unwatched story is not fulfilling, as the tension of the story doesn’t flow out into the movements of heartwarming outcomes.

What are the tensions of your story? What is the particular container that holds these tensions in place in your story? Who are the cast of characters, internal and external, that play into this story? Who is the producer or writer of your story and what are they trying to get across?

Is your story finding its mark? Who has the production rights to your story? Is your story in need of some rewriting? Has someone dialed down the tension in your story that wants to play out?

Raphael Awen

Raphael Awen is co-creator, teacher, and facilitator of the SoulFullHeart Way Of Life.  Visit for more information about sessions, events, videos, etc. Visit our donations page to offer a monthly or one time money donation to support our offerings.

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