The Power of Myth and Story to Awaken the Body's Energies
by Nancy Mellon, with Ashley Ramsden
Energy Psychology Press ISBN: 978-1-60415-028-5
Drawing from mythology, medicine, biology and energetic healing, this book introduces the body from Western and Eastern perspectives, and invites creative responsiveness to the messages of our human organs.
From the Foreword by Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine:
Body Eloquence is a thrilling read, guiding us into the cornucopia of poetic relationships that reside in the human body. Its thesis is that every organ contributes to your life story and embodies a purpose and has an influence that goes far beyond its biological function. Every organ is as vitally connected with psyche and spirit as it is with blood and oxygen. Every organ embodies a specific theme, holding its own important piece of the cosmos' great mysteries.
This is a book that teaches you about the great story teller that dwells within each of us, addressing at once the grand themes of heaven and earth and the perpetual conflicts among our organs, the product of our day-to-day adjustments to the planet. It is a book that teaches you to be attuned to the spectacular dramas within, finding the stories that complete what is unfinished, that right what has been wronged, and that move us further along, and with greater consciousness, on this journey we call life.
Teacher, artist, storyteller and psychotherapist, Nancy has specialized in healing through the arts for 30 years, teaching widely in the US and abroad. Author of Storytelling with Children, and Storytelling and the Art of Imagination, her newest book, Body Eloquence, won the 2008 US Books Best Books Award in the field of Alternative Medicine. She has followed the path of storytelling deep into the physiological processes of the human body, and continues to pioneer new consciousness of the relationship between language, imagination and well-being.
Review Julie de Bastion
The fact that someone has assembled this information in this way is in itself an encouragement to wake up and reach for much greater personal expression and integration. I am deeply inspired by this book to find my own voice and and to invite my whole self to greater well being.
This book is kind even to a grouchy or seriously awry organ. In the same way we can experience ever more compassion for others, it shows us we can feel ever more compassion for our bodies as the willing servants of our conscious evolution.
As an experiential learner and an avid journaler, it is engaging and empowering on all levels to find a book that invites me to experience my physiological organs directly. I usually have a cold, dry feeling when I consult medical texts. This books warms me and causes me to take an enjoyably creative attitude toward my own healing process.
Body Eloquence: The Power of Myth and Story to Awaken the Body's Energies, published by Energy Psychology Press, is now distributed by Hay House, and is available from your local bookstore, or order a copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
_Storytelling & the Art of Imagination
1990 Republished by Yellow Moon Press.
The ancient art of storytelling shines as a powerful antidote to today's passive, solitary world of electronic entertainment. As a true path of self-development, storytelling awakens and nourishes the timeless and archetypal experiences, symbols and forces of our inner lives. This classic in the field of storytelling has offered tools for transformational storytelling since 1990. Teachers, students, community leaders, parents, therapists and other professionals carry this inspirational book with them, dog-eared and worn, in backpacks and purses, to help them meet daily challenges.
"Hooray! and three cheers . . . This is a wise and sensitive book that helps us focus on what is truly important . . . the richness of the inner life and the imagination's deep truth." Rafe Martin, Author
__Storytelling with Children
Hawthorn Press UK
ISBN 1 903458 08 0
In this book Nancy Mellon shows how you can become a confident storyteller and enrich your family with the power of story.
"Let Nancy Mellon teach you to be a storyteller and a discoverer, for you and your children, of worlds that truly make a difference." Foreword by Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul
"Nancy Mellon continues to be an inspiration for storytellers old and new. Her experience, advice and suggestions work wonders. They are potent seeds that give you the creative confidence to find your own style of storytelling." Ashley Ramsden Director, International School of Storytelling, Emerson College, UK
"Sensitive suggestions, gentle advice and sage insights, this is a story-cupboard to feed imagination and heart. From it parents will know that they are the storytellers to give their children present delight, a lifetime's inner nourishment, a family core of confident knowing." David Campbell Poet, Broadcaster and Scottish Storyteller
Mainland Chinese edition
Illustrated by Ruth Lieberherr
When a family builds a new home at the edge of a pine forest, the children go to sleep in their new bedroom for the first time. As the full moon shines on the beautiful new pinewood floors, walls, and ceiling, they have the most surprising dream...out of a large pinewood knot climb seven little Knottles, who are the guardians of the pine trees. The Knottles sing and dance with the children...
Remember the pine trees, how they grow,
In the summer, in the snow,
Remember the pine trees, root in stone,
Twig and limb, seed and cone,
And a golden heart in every tree,
Giving people wood for free.
When the children wake up in the morning, they are inspired to plant pine tree seedlings with their parents, and they promise to take good care of all their trees for evermore.
A portion of the proceeds from this book supports the international charity www.A Million Trees.