The First Storytellers

“We create meaning by telling ourselves stories. Storytelling is the DNA of all communication. It’s the DNA of all meaning,” says master storyteller Annette Simmons.

But even humans were not the first storytellers.

Rocks – the storykeepers of the 14 billion-year journey of our Universe from the very beginning to this present moment – are the original storytellers. Their stories, though, aren't told in sounds or words humans can easily hear or readily understand. No, to hear and understand the stories that are both ancient and always new, it’s necessary for us first to enter into stillness and then to listen for that which is, quite literally, encoded in our DNA.

“What stories do the rocks hold?” I asked my former teacher and chemical physicist, Larry Edwards, Ph.D. Here is his response:

“In 2007 I was in Ireland at the Dominican Ecocentre in Wicklow. During my weeklong presentation of The Universe Story, the organizers asked a geologist to speak one afternoon.

“He began his lecture by showing and passing around several good-sized rocks. Then he told us what stories they were telling (manifesting). He kept his talk at this very fascinating level of geological and biological evolution. So rocks are a part of Earth that went that way. And humans are a part of Earth that went another way. And the two ways have intertwined for billions of years.

“Rocks speak of a specific history, a specific past, as do humans. Rocks also speak of the great relationships that have shaped them, i.e., gravity, temperature, viscosity, electromagnetism, etc. So do humans, whose seeming differences are literally no more than skin-deep.

“More eloquently than humans, though, rocks speak of enormous physical forces – like the wind and rain that inexorably wear down 25,000'-tall mountains in which they have a home.

“The most important story rocks tell is about the age of Earth, and that the entire surface of Earth, living and non-living, has been morphing into an incredible variety of shapes for billions of years and will continue to do so for billions of years to come.

“And we are not just part of this story. We are the story.”

Nancy Binzen
Nancy Binzen