• Rain Bennett

Ep. 94: Determining Your Divine Spot with Your Story with Mothyna James-Brightful

Updated: May 28, 2021

On this week's episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain has on Mothyna James-Brightful (or Sister Mothyna as some call her), and what an inspiring conversation it was! Mothyna radiates positivity and hope and it's clear why so many storytellers seek her guidance. She talks about how to heal trauma with group storytelling and how to find your "divine spot" to do your greatest work. Don't miss this episode!



This week I’m rereading Gay Hendricks’s The Big Leap.

If you aren’t familiar with the book, you’ve probably heard of its most popular takeaways about finding your “zone of genius.” According to Gay, there are four zones in which we operate:

  1. The zone of incompetence: In this zone, you are engaging in something you are simply not good at. If you’re doing it as a hobby, that’s okay. But you can spend many working hours on tasks in this zone for poor reasons and it causes you to waste a lot of time.

  2. The zone of competence: You can get the job done, but no better than the next person.

  3. The zone of excellence: In this zone, you are doing something you are very good at compared to most other people. This is where most people actually get stuck. Because you are good at these tasks, you think you are succeeding as best you can and there’s no reason to change.

  4. The zone of genius: When you’re in your zone of genius, you’re in a flow state. You’re taking advantage of your natural talents and doing what you earnestly enjoy. You have what could almost be called an “unfair advantage” over your competition. This is what you strive for.

Coincidentally, we’ve been swimming around this topic all season on my podcast, The Storytelling Lab. We’ve talked about finding your “soul fans,” telling the stories that scare you, and how to build a business based on your personal story.

These are all based on similar concepts. But this week’s guest said it in a way I’d never heard before.

Mothyna James-Brightful is a storyteller that’s been speaking publicly over 16 years and has trained over 100,000 people to share their origin stories. She specifically works with women who want to share their stories as a way to heal their past trauma.

Mothyna calls this “zone of genius” your “Divine Spot” and I can’t think of a better way to describe it. A calling that is so rooted in the energy you singularly possess in this universe that it must be divine, for it has been bestowed upon you.

So spending your life searching for what you should be doing is futile.

Instead, you should be listening to yourself and uncovering what you should be doing. Because it’s been within you this whole time.

Mothyna found her years ago about nine years ago.

“Nearly 9 years ago I had an ‘aha moment’ while at a business conference. If those of us with stories that could change the culture of our world went from “here is a bad experience that happened to me” to “here is what didn’t break me and how we can shift the culture” we would change the world. I shifted to dedicate my time, gift and expertise to teach speakers the strategies that will get the transformative result.”

We talked about her finding her divine spot, the ability of stories to heal, the power of being on stage and taking control of your story, and how you can create something beautiful once you harness that power.

If you need to work through your pain and find your divine spot in the world, this is the episode for you!


Some of the highlights of our conversation:

  • How to accept the beautiful chaos of life

  • Focusing on the things that bring you joy

  • Storytelling as a healing modality

  • How one story can provide a lifetime of change

  • Blending your passions into a career

  • The power of empathy to heal as a group

  • Sharing your story without being pigeonholed and labeled

  • Journaling your story for self-healing

  • Working with rape survivors

  • Finding your "divine spot"

  • Cultivating your calling

As always, I hope you enjoy the episode!

Peace and Love,



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