The method of story-telling Rebbe Nachman used in his book Sipurei Maasiyot is actually a spiritual “trick” he learned from his great-grandfather, the holy Baal Shem Tov.
The 13 stories that comprise Sipurei Maasiyot, essentially hints and clues about the geula, penetrate the reader’s/listener’s neshama on a subliminal level.
They open clogged spiritual channels impenetrable by “conventional” lessons and talks.
The terms and symbols are the same as in the sefarim hakedoshim. For example, in the Zohar, Tikkunim, and in all of the writings of the Ari, the “Bat Melech”, the princess, refers to the Shechina and to Knesset Yisrael. Thus, the galut, exile, of the Shechina and Knesset Yisrael is told in the 1st story – “The Lost Princess”. Similarly, Yisrael is also known as “the second to the King.”
Especially with everything going on in the news right now, we ourselves can well feel what’s told in the 11th story, “The King’s Son and the Servant’s Son Who Were Switched”.
[Btw, the 7th story, of “The Fly and the Spider”, is an allegorical-autobiographical tale of Rebbe Nachman’s neshama before his birth – what happened to his neshama before it came down to this world.]