The Mycelium Within (A Short Story)

Arié Moyal
3 min readJul 17, 2023
Aspergillus, hyphae with no spores, SEM
“Aspergillus, hyphae with no spores, SEM” is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Once upon a time, there was a person born from mycelium. They didn’t know it, but deep inside, they felt different. Growing up in a society where everyone seemed the same, they tried hard to fit in. But something inside them always felt a little off.

They didn’t understand why people cared so much about making money. To them, the idea of always chasing after more and more stuff didn’t make sense. They believed in helping others and working together, like how mycelium connects and supports the forest.

They saw how history had left scars on the land and the people. They felt sad about the way some groups had been treated and their stories forgotten. They knew that taking and hurting others was wrong, and it went against the mycelium’s way of nurturing and supporting life.

The idea of prioritizing the individual didn’t click with them either. They believed in working together for the greater good, just like mycelium helps the whole forest thrive. They wondered why people cared so much about themselves and not enough about each other.

They found comfort in quiet places and felt overwhelmed by loud noises and bright lights. It was as if their senses were extra sensitive. They preferred being in peaceful environments, just like mycelium prefers the calmness of the soil.

Sometimes, they struggled to express themselves with words, but they understood things that weren’t spoken. They could feel what others were feeling, like a secret language. It reminded them of the silent connections in the mycelial network underground.

Nature became their refuge. They felt a special connection with the mycelium that weaved through the forest, linking everything together. They realized how diverse and beautiful the world could be when all living things worked together, just like mycelium does.

In nature, they discovered their strengths. They could understand and care for others deeply, just like mycelium nurtures the whole forest. Their empathy ran strong, like a mycelial thread reaching out to connect and support the well-being of everyone around them.

They sought out communities that valued their mycelial nature. Together, they created spaces where they could be themselves, dismantling oppressive systems…

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Arié Moyal

#landback #freepalestine Founder of HugTrain / Speaker, trainer, thinker/ Autistic & disabled/ Jewish, racialised, Amazigh, autiqueer