God loved stories so much, that God became one!
The term nesting dolls (Matryoshka) refers to “a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other.” There are usually eight dolls, with one being the smallest at the innermost core of the set. This is an amazing image of how we have many sizes of stories and secrets within us.
The largest doll may often represent our public self. This is the image we wish to project to those with whom we live, work, play, and gather for friendship so as to be accepted, understood, and loved. This large life-like doll contains all the sacred learnings from each inner nesting doll.
The nesting doll can also be an image for the art of discernment. Discernment invites us to plumb the depths of our inner selves where we encounter the secrets and stories nesting within us. It is in our inner search where we gently sort through our values, likes, dislikes, intuitions, insights, fears, illusions, dreams, hopes, learnings, and wisdom with the fingers of our mind. We then make our way to the smallest doll that represents our authentic self at our center where God’s mysterious presence has always nested.
Eventually, we move out from this sacred center to the outer world, only to reflect on all that we experienced on our journey inward, and then we gather up all the wisdoms from our sacred stories which will sustain us on our ever unfolding story of life.