The Good Ship Story Compass sails you away on a potentially life changing journey!
The Good Ship Story Compass sails you away on a potentially life changing journey!
Story Compass is a book of word and action, leading the reader on a ship's journey through the Four Directions Medicine Wheel! You step onboard, put on your captain's hat and sail away! Compass points take you sailing North, East, South and West to visit the story fields of the author, lifeline, ancestral banks and the mythical realms. Story becomes understood in a way you have possibly never been able to appreciate before. Archetypes for Mother Goose, Wild Merlin, the Prince from Sleeping Beauty and Anansi the Spider appear as the inspirational teachers for each compass point. Playful in tone, interactive in design and deeply explorative in its action, this startlingly original book is both a healing journey and an instruction manual.
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Carol Day has written an imaginative book that takes the reader with her, as Co-Navigator, across the seas of the stories and myths that make up our lives. It’s a voyage of self-discovery and will support the reader to know themselves better as step by step, Carol supports us to know where we are, where we come from, and where we are going. Enjoy the journey. Ya’Acov Darling Khan, Shaman, Best-Selling Author of Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart (Hay House 2017) and Shaman - Invoking Power, presence and Purpose at The Core of Who You Are (Hay House 2020) and Co-Founder of Movement Medicine ~ Ya'Acov Darling Khan, email
International Shamanic Teacher Author of 'Soul Retrieval', 'Medicine for the Earth' and 'The Book of Ceremony' "Carol Day is an extraordinary, innovative and gifted practitioner, teacher and author. She brings in the power of love, compassion and creativity to all of her work. In Story Compass, she will take you deep into the unseen worlds and provide a rich and meaningful experience for you." Agreed to write endorsement for January 2021 ~ Sandra Ingerman, email
In her new book Carol Day takes the role of Narrator so you get to be a Navigator! You can follow the Pole Star or be a Pole (Dancing) Star! You are encouraged to visit the Place of Ancestral Stories and add your own stories to the hoard. By reading this book you enter the magical mystery zone where nothing is impossible and everything exists in an infinity of manifestations. Be a star - follow the lode star - find your inner stars! Carol's work never fails to enchant me because she weaves her visionary web and invites others to embark on journeys, soul voyages, quests. This is the Narrator in the role of Navigator at her very best! Gift yourself a powerful tool: a Story Compass! ---Imelda Almqvist, international teacher and author of three books including Sacred Art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit and Medicine of the Imagination: Dwelling in Possibility (An Impassioned Plea for Fearless Imagination) ~ Imelda Almqvist, email
Author of Counselling Skills a Practical Guide for Counselling and Personal and Professional Development for Counsellor, Psychotherapists and Mental Health Practitioners with John McLeod Agreed to endorse ~ Julia McLeod
Twenty-five years ago, when I was working as a teacher with, among other things, duties as a pastoral counsellor, I combined my love of literature with my skills as a counsellor and turned my sessions into opportunities whereby my clients could take a healing journey into the realm of the imagination, memory, and story. Of course, today, one can find many examples of the use of storytelling in psychotherapy—from the archetypal psychology of C.G. Jung to narrative therapy pioneered by Michael White and David Epston, and to Ken Land's Storytelling TherapyTM. Carol Day's Story Compass takes this therapeutic work out of the closed therapist's office and into the hands of the reader. This is not an academic text-book but an exciting invitation to take a journey aboard the “Good Ship Story” with Carol and a host of archetypal entities as your companions. Of course, you are the captain; after all, this is your story. Carol invites you to set sail on a 'mythological sea' (your life) on a voyage that “leads us through the veils and beyond the edges of death” (p. 8). No need to fear for this is a metaphorical journey that, like poetry, calls for the suspension of disbelief. You are embarking on a an interactive journey into your Imagination. The book is more a navigator's chart of old where not everywhere is clearly marked. Carol inspires you to use your creativity to find your way using art, visualisation, music, movement, and story to guide you. This aptly named book is your 'story compass' that will guide you on your own personal “vision quest” through the four cardinal directions: North (Author), East (Lifeline), South (Ancestors), and West (Myth). Each section encourages you to reflect on your stories and experiences in a metaphorical and archetypal context. Carol provides the mythical structure and archetypal references such as the anchor, the sea, the ship, the map, and others. She also offers a range of exercises, some requiring journaling and others involving singing, drumming, movement, visualisation, artwork, and meditation. As she says, you can do as much as you need to and you can dip into the book as feels right for you; or, you can begin at the beginning and spend 6 months or more making the journey. This idea of the 'story journey' bears a parallel with other creative works such as Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way (1992) or Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones (1986). Like Cameron and Goldberg, Day's work is based on years of working with writers, storytellers, and others, exploring the creative imagination through myth and archetypes. I highly recommend Carol Day's Story Compass as your guide, helping you to chart a course to the mythical realms of story and the unbounded horizon of your imagination. ~ Michael Williams, Storyteller, StoryCoach, Writer
Artistic Director of Creative Scotland and The Lyceum Theatre Playwright Agreed to write the foreword to the book (David and I worked together in his Radio 4 programme on Shamanism and its cross with theatre in 2015) ~ David Greig
‘Our lives are a tapestry of tales. Ancestral threads alongside years of weaving on the loom of life, creates our own unique book. Within the folds of our stories, we will find both the victim and the hero. What Carol invites each of us to do is to untangle the knots to celebrate the hero. ‘Story Compass’ is an exceptional guide, a gem of a map, and like anything worth its salt, it requires active participation for the shifts to occur. Enjoy the ride and be willing to invest in your journey. In so doing, the guides, the Pole Star and this treasure map will serve your ship well as you sail into the adventures awaiting you on the high seas.’ Andrew Steed Best Selling Author, including “Powering Up Our Life Stories” ~ Andrew Steed, email
Author of the Rush Hour Shaman Shamanic Practices for Urban Living Agreed to endorse ~ Jan Gale, email
Author of Plants that Speak Souls that Sing: Transform your Life with the Spirit of Plants and Plant Spirit Reiki: Energy Healing with the Elements of Nature. What a delight this is! I felt a beautiful wave of excitement creeping up from my toes into my belly as I started to dive in as if I was a child going through the wardrobe into Narnia. The richness of the subject and creative way of guiding the reader through the visionary story compass practice creates an inspirational and fluid space for the reader to take control and begin to conjure our own magic. This book feels like a timely reminder and a gentle nudge that we are the creators of our own stories and we hold the power to steer our course through the theatre of life. Carol Day is a creative visionary and it's hard not to follow this book without feeling the same. This work is more than a guide through the realm of story, it reunites us with the supportive guidance of nature and empowers and inspires hope. ~ Fay Johnstone
Author of Perthshire Folk tales (co author with CA Hope) and included in The Anthology of Scottish Folk Tales Agreed to endorse ~ Lindsey Gibb
Founder and Director of Fin Films Former manager of Film World Wildlife Fund UK agreed to endorse ~ Janine Finlay
PhD Expressive Arts Therapist and Facilitator, Creative Coach and Writer Carol Day is an authentic treasure trove of wisdom and accomplishment. She can lead you through story work and help heal scary spots in your biography with ease and grace. Invaluable! ~ Francesca Annibali
Getting to know and honouring all our parts is what makes life exciting and opens us up to our creativity. Some of us are lucky to discover a way to do this on our own. However, occasionally a gem arrives on our doorstep. Story Compass is such a safe, strong companion supporting us to find the new lenses to free us from an old story by creating our own new story. A beautifully written book that takes us into the dreaming with ease, guiding us with drumming, writing, ritual, myth and more to bring our dreaming into everyday life to live with new vigour. Thank you, Carol, this book is a tour de force and much needed for those who love the journey inwards. Sarena Wolfaard - process oriented psychotherapist, movement teacher and publisher ~ Sarena Wolfaard, email
The material of this book takes multi-sensory stories to a new level for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Stories are important in our lives and the stories of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities are often not heard yet these people are our biggest educators. This book has helped me to open up a whole new way of being for this group. Maureen Philip Founder of Spirit of Stories, PAMIS, Scotland ~ Maureen Phillip
Founder of 'Sacred Awakenings' UK We all live by stories whether that be the story we tell ourselves and wrote for ourselves or whether that be stores written by others that we live by. Carol allows you to open your heart to your story to see who has influenced it and how changing it can be a powerful healing journey not only for yourself but also for those who have gone before you and those who come after you. The connection and trust with and of nature throughout is deeply magical and profound. ~ Lyn Hill
Mental Health and Counselling Manager The University of Highlands and Islands, Scotland Agreed to endorse ~ Alison Scott
Founder of Priestess of the Wilds, Scotland, UK This journey with Story is phenomenal... Safely held and navigated with the author, a chance to explore new territories, vast seas and finally I embark home, crowned with a deeper understanding of the mystery and magic that abounds me. ~ Sarah Milne