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WORKING WITH OTHERS



the story of this...
is for everybody

Images from
the story of this... tend to strike
deep primal and archtypal chords that lend themselves to progressively deeper explorations
of self, in the moment.

You will find many thematic connections amongst the images here that will have special significance to your situation at the time you view them.

A deeper experience of self through the story of this... can be anything from a few moments of esthetic enjoyment of an image to a full-on dive into the depths of what the symbols in the images suggest to you personally. the story of this... is designed (not by me!) to reach you where you're at, at the time you're involved with it. Tomorrow, what you experience with these images may be completely different!

If you know someone facing major challenges and they have access to the internet, please, turn them on to this site and let them decide if it's useful.

A WELCOMING NOTE FOR THOSE IN THE MIDST OF HEALING/TRANSFORMATION

Please consider this web site as a place of respite, relief,  renewal, gentle stimulation and support. Its reason for being is you. You needed what you find on this web site so much that you created it to help you through what you're experiencing. You can trust that. And, Great Mystery that it is, this is a two-way street, indicating that this web site needs you to be able to fulfill its purpose.Your presence here is valued, appreciated and honored!

This web site is not about me. You are communicating directly and personally with something that has come through my healing intent and is at your service. Everything here is about you and what you can create with the images and concepts that live here. the story of this..., then, is designed to provide a broad array of tools for you to use to assist you in going through whatever transition in life you're going through.

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WHERE DOES the story of this... TAKE PLACE?

When you enter the story of this..., you are entering a different dimension.  It has spatial boundaries, characters, artifacts,  designs, elements, and even Laws of Nature that are specific to a reality where spirit and flesh mingle and communicate. None of these were of my invention. They are what they are -- TO YOU -- at the time of viewing. 

WHAT IS THIS WORLD ABOUT?


Because it is and is not the world as we know it, this is a palette of metaphors -- the language of the heart.   Everything here symbolizes something that lives inside of you and your experience of life. A mirror might be a good analogy, but a mirror that reflects back to you in universal symbols that you are meant to interpret for yourself.


HOW THESE IMAGES CAN BE USED


The only requisite to be part of this experience-in-the-moment is that your intent is to strengthen who you are to better serve the greater good.

the story of this... unfolds as you experience it.

When you can, pick a time that you will spend with the images, place a limit on its span, choose a theme you'd like to explore, and, if you wish, have something to jot down notes.

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WORKING WITH OTHERS

By all means, these images can be used in conjunction with other people.  But the roles of facilitator and viewer need to be quite specific.

THE ROLE OF THE "VIEWER"

As the viewer, your task is to set your intent, decide the direction you'd like to take, empty yourself, and begin the work of self-exploration.

If your way includes acknowledging and establishing a link to a Guiding Influence for the time you're doing the work, by all means begin there.

DISCLAIMER

Also, please be aware that nothing on this web site is to be substituted for sound, licensed, medical or other professional advice. Consider anything here as a suggestion that you can pick up or put down, at will.

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THE ROLE OF THE FACILITATOR


As the facilitator, your task is to stay out of the way of the process of the viewer as much as possible. It is not necessary to act only as "Silent Witness," although at times that's a valuable service. When you do offer anything, try your best to keep it in the form of questions or comments that help the viewer to take their experience of the moment one level deeper.

SOME USEFUL QUESTIONS TO ASK

"What does that mean to you right now?"

"When did you first experience this?"

"Was anyone else involved?"

"Who are they in the image?"

"Do you recall how that felt?"

"What are you feeling right now?"

"What part of that image is you right now?"

and Prompts, such as:

"Tell me what you see."

"Take that one level deeper, whatever that means to you."

"Bring that past feeling into right now, and tell me about it."

"Tell me that again, but express it in proportion to how you feel it right now."

These questions are all designed to guide without interpretation or agenda.

Please remember, the person viewing the images is to be prompted to follow their own trains of thoughts and connections WITHOUT EXPERIENCING THE INFLUENCE OF ANYONE ELSE'S INTERPRETATION.

TAKE TURNS


Take turns facilitating each other. Use these images as tools to explore both the emptiness and openness that leads to self-discovery and the emptiness and non-interference that allows another to find their own way.

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USE THE  FIRETENDER.org WEB SITE

Spend time exploring the firetender.org web site. There (in both web content and links to other resources) you will pick up many ideas that will spur you on to experiments of your own that you can undertake with these images. Take special care to learn and practice strengthening your muscles of choice in heart-consciousness.

EMPOWERING THE IMAGES

Each image is  meant to be a vehicle for healing/transformation. Each image's power is derived from its significance to you, in the moment that you are viewing it.

In essence, you are *endowing* each image with characteristics, meanings and applications as they come into your consciousness. The images cannot lead, they can only reflect and follow that which you provide.

CHOOSING IMAGES TO WORK WITH

Pick a theme to explore.  Choose a challenge, a question, a  relationship in the present, or an incident in the past to examine through the filter of the images.

Take a few minutes to "flip" through the images on the web site. Don't linger too long on any one. One or more of them will call out to you.  Don't worry why, just go from one to the next and note which ones impact you the most.

The idea is to "catch" the images that leave the strongest, most immediate impressions on you, within the context of the theme of your exploration. Make a note of the image number, and then go back to the thumbnail section to examine one image at a time.

WORKING "TAROT-STYLE"

Go to the thumbnail section and copy down image numbers or titles, one to an index card.  Shuffle and draw (blind), and then spend time with each image.

Just like with Tarot, you can lay out a "spread" signifying one card each for a characteristic or prompt, such as "influence of the past", "challenges", "the direction WEST" or other themes of your choice.

Unlike Tarot, however, you can't pick up a card and refer to a manual and say, "AH... you drew the __________ and that means __________."

Share the questions of your heart with what you see.  And then, allow the metaphors that the images contain (metaphors that live inside you) speak to you.

We expect to be adding on more images and other tools for you to use to allow more freedom of choice in your experience.

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JOURNALING


Begin a Journal. Write about your impressions of each image.  You will discover that over time, you can go back to the image and experience a completely different set of connections. You can often note your own progress by going back to see the way your relationship with each image matures. (Leave room to make multiple entries for each image!)

This will form the basis of your personal guide book. You can use your experience to teach you what questions you can ask others, as Facilitator, that will not interfere with their process.

FOLLOWING THREADS


In each session, as things start to gel, some form of in-sight is certain to present itself to you.  Follow that thread to completion and then take a break for a few minutes. Go back to the image and then see if that thread can help you discover another...one level deeper.

LEVELS TO EXPLORE


You can choose a theme, or direction that you wish to explore. There are various "levels" that you can access through these images. Set your intent to receive information on one of these aspects of self:

Physical
Pyschological
Emotional
Sexual
Spiritual
Etheric
Symbolic
Archtypal
Past Life
Chakra

A GOOD BEGINNING QUESTION


A good beginning question to yourself might be something like, "In this moment, what does this image have to tell me about my current (fill in the blank) state?"

Place a section in your journal to record good questions that you can use with yourself and others.

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USING AN INDIVIDUAL IMAGE YOU PURCHASE


If you choose to purchase one or more of these images for your own, for example, endow each with qualities or characteristics that help you to focus the intent of your life for the good of all. Then, let it be an ally in relationship with you, and a touchstone for you to measure your progress.

You can do the same using this web site.  Just tune in when you can, put the image of your choice up on the screen and spend some time with it. If you know someone who's ill, spend some time with them and the images.


GIFTING AN IMAGE TO SOMEONE


If you want to gift an image to someone else, have them check out this web site and then choose one for themselves. Or (and far be it from me to encourage any form of deceit!), be with them as they go through the images and make an educated guess about which one touched them most. When in doubt, though, please ask. Remember, this is about the viewer, not the Gifter or Facilitator.

A USEFUL ANALOGY

Think of it this way. You know how, sometimes just before you step out the door to go somewhere important, you might glance in the mirror to do a quick check to see that everything is everything before you take that crucial first step out the door?

Do the same with one of these images. If you endow it with the power of being a touchstone for your intent to, say, be the kind of compassionate person you respect, then simply allow that image to be a representation of that intent.

IF YOU START TALKING TO THEM, ARE YOU NUTS?


You know what? There's absolutely nothing wrong with entering into an internal OR external dialogue with them. (At least that's what my voices tell me ;-)

After a particularly frustrating day -- one where I felt like I didn't have a friend in the world -- I took out one of the images that I had printed on silk, placed it on the passenger seat of the car I was driving, rolled up the windows tight and proceeded to drive down the road screaming my lungs out at the injustices of the miserable life I was living.

I was amazed at the image's patience and, yes, Unconditional Love! Just like a good friend, the image just sat there and witnessed, silently and without judgement OR earplugs.

Each image is a symbol of your intent, in service to you and the greater good, and has unlimited patience.  Use that  as a springboard to be the most powerful you you can be.

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HERE'S AN OUTRAGEOUS CONCEPT TO WORK WITH...


In Conversations With God, God, I guess, says: "I made you as a three-in-one being", and goes on to discuss the three aspects of self which include the concepts of Body, Mind, and Spirit/Soul; Super-conscious, Conscious and Sub-conscious; and through them, the tools of creation; namely Thought, Word and Deed.

These, of course, are metaphors, yet, they suggest a way to use these images. What if you were to pull up one of the images on the computer and look at it as if you were looking into a mirror?  You, of course are the Body, the Conscious, and the Deed of the triadic relationships of self, but in the mirror of the image lives the other aspects of your self, namely, Mind and Spirit; Unconscious and Super-conscious, and Thought and Word.

The challenge is, when you look into the image, can you EXPERIENCE yourself as looking in to those other aspects of yourself?  If so, what are the other parts of you saying?  And what do you see about the WHOLE of you?

MY AGENDA SHOULD BE OBVIOUS BY NOW...


This society has trained its members to seek solutions from others, and to surrender their individual wills to the so-called experts -- often at incredible cost!

The cost is that individuals rely on external direction rather than taking the time to explore what their own inner world is telling them.

I'm doing my very best to place the responsibility squarely on your shoulders to manage your use of these images to promote your well-being. I do this because I'm working on the premise that whatever you call forth to heal/transform yourself will be something that you are able to both grasp and use without having to rely on someone else's interpretation.

THIS WEB SITE IS MY STATEMENT THAT THE ANSWERS LIVE INSIDE YOU, AND YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FINDING THEM


Mahalo for taking the time here.  Please feel free to write me with your experiences. 

Russ Reina
a firetender

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