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 often enough we turn the stories we tell ourselves into reality.
Which is to say, we make magic.
Stories are the everyday magic by which we weave together 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
I work with people who long to make action for social justice an everyday part of their life and work, and who need support with the inner aspects of that task.
I have a long and wide-ranging background in activism, community development, spiritual counselling, ritual work, and both formal and informal education. My work centres around the magic of creativity, of relating across difference, and of becoming alive to all that is present within and without us, here and now.
I’m a spiritual counsellor and coach, a storyteller, poet, singer and artist, a spoonie, a Marxist and intersectional feminist, a mystic, a geek, and a queer, genderfluid, bisexual Witch.
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.
And I do believe that the world needs changing, in so many ways. 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 believe that:
- You are the expert on your own experience.
- No part of us is ‘higher’ or ‘better’ than any other. We are physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual beings, having physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual experiences.
- The connection between the different aspects of ourselves, between ourselves and other beings, and between ourselves and Life Itself is always real, but not always easy to feel.
- We are, each one of us, telling stories all the time, to ourselves and to one another. All of those stories feel real to us, even when they are not true.
- All of our stories can be rewritten. This does not change reality (for example, we can’t just tell a new story and expect it to eradicate systemic racism, or end capitalism), but it can change our perspective and experience, and release new energy within us to make the changes that need to be made.
- We can only sustain the outer work of social justice by maintaining the inner work of self awareness.
I believe in me, I believe in you, and you know I believe in love.
— from “Love Action” by The Human League
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 Star Trek and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, 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.
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