Human beings are meaning-making animals

We take in information from the world around us through our senses, and -- individually and collectively -- we transform that information into narrative.

We turn the world around us into stories, and, by telling these stories to ourselves and one another, by relating with and through these stories, we turn the stories we tell ourselves into reality.

Which is to say, we make magic.

Stories are the everyday magic by which we are able to experience the world in a meaningful way, rather than having to deal with the data of reality in the raw. This is not a failure, but a feature. It is what allows us to be human, to create community, culture, society, and technology.

But it is also the means through which much suffering arises and is maintained. This is true from the small scale of painful personal relationships, to the large scale of violent bigotry and inter-community hatred.

Stories are how we weave together -- or pull apart -- our lives, our communities, and our societies. The power of that magic can be wielded consciously or unconsciously, for private benefit or collective upliftment, for good or for ill.

I’m Elinor Predota

elinor leaning against a tree

I am fascinated by stories: the stories we tell each other, and the stories we tell ourselves; those stories that we know we are telling, and those that we don’t.

Until we are aware of our stories, we cannot change them.

Until we change our stories, we cannot change the world.

What might we change? How we regard and treat ourselves, one another, and our more-than-human environment. What we allow ourselves to be, have, and do. What we believe is possible.

I explore these questions through traditional and personal stories, poetry and song, visual art, and non-fiction writing. I also work with people who want to create change in their lives, communities, and organisations, through examining and changing their own stories, and how they relate with themselves and others.

I have a long and wide-ranging background in activism, community development, spiritual counselling, ritual work, and both formal and informal education. The magic of creativity, of relating across difference, and of becoming alive to all that is present, within and without us, here and now are all fundamental to my work.

I believe in me, I believe in you, and you know I believe in love.
-- from "Love Action" by The Human League

Me on one of the rare days I have enough energy to dance!

I'm a spoonie, an anarchist, an intersectional feminist, a mystic, a geek, and a queer, genderqueer, bisexual Witch.

I live in the hills of southern Scotland with my partner, Claire, and our big, fluffy dog, Mischa. Much of the time, I can be found painting, writing or yarn crafting, watching various iterations of Star Trek and other science fiction and fantasy media, baking gluten free goodies, singing to the land and its spirits, and cuddling with my pack.

I am constantly fascinated by uncovering what is, and discovering and creating what could be. All of what I do is rooted in the practice of deep presence and listening, creating a welcoming space in which all feelings, all perspectives, all identities, all responses and reactions — whether expected or unexpected, pleasant or challenging — may find a home, and where experiences and lives may be transformed.

This work is my small contribution to the liberation of all beings.