Seven Bridges of Storytelling

Michael Williams
3 min readNov 1, 2023

Every time I tell a story, I feel as if I’m crossing a bridge to a place of wonder where I’m welcomed by people with open hearts and minds. Viewing storytelling as akin to crossing a bridge to new worlds illustrates the diverse and transformative nature of this traditional art.

During the month of November, I’d like to explore the seven places these storytelling bridges might take us.

“Man on a Bridge to the Past”

A Bridge To The Past and the Ancestors:

Telling stories paves the way to the past, taking us on a journey into history, where we explore the events, cultures, and traditions of bygone eras. It allows us to bridge the gap between generations, preserving and sharing the wisdom of the past.

Before commencing a storytelling session, I make it a point to summon or invite the ancestors to be present. Neither my parents nor my grandparents lived long enough to attend one of my storytelling sessions, but that doesn’t hinder me from inviting them in spirit.

Other times, it might be a long-lost comrade or a more recently deceased friend. I encourage my audience, should they wish to partake, to summon their own ancestors and spirits.

The presence of these spirits during a storytelling session instills me with confidence, knowing that I’m held within the Great Circle, or…



Michael Williams

I’m a storyteller, StoryCoach, writer, accredited End-of-Life Planning Facilitator, spiritual mentor & podcast host. Oh yeah, I play ukulele.