The Power of Metaphor

    Have you ever wondered what people mean when they say “I can see light at the end of the tunnel”, or “I feel like I’ve hit a brick wall”? Metaphors are often used as a way of expressing views that may be difficult to describe literally or may be too challenging to state as they are. They desrve your attention because they are giving new messages at more than one level of feelings, values and another perosn’s experience of the situation..

    In our modern, western world the tradition of telling and listening to stories has been replaced with passive activities of watching television or playing computer games which do little to generate connections for change in the brain. The most powerful communicators of our time such as, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, or Martin Luther King all used metaphor and anecdote as a way of connecting with people and putting across their message in ways that many thousands were able to understand and appreciate. Many other professionals, experts in their respective fields of psychotherapy and psychology including Gregory Bateson and Milton Erickson used a variety of metaphorical approaches in their work.

    There is no doubt that metaphor works at different levels. The conscious mind processes the content of a story while the unconscious mind is receiving the hidden or embedded messages sprinkled throughout the story. The embedded messages create the possibility of generative change, while the conscious mind focuses on the surface level of the story. Expert story tellers create parallel realities in the story as often happens in dreams so that people at the unconscious level can resolve their inner difficulties painlessly and without feeling threatened.

    The Metaphor of our lives:

    We are continuously telling ourselves different versions of our life story. The inner voice whispers and sometimes shouts the script. We are often quite good at reciting the age old story of how hard we have struggled to overcome our perceived problems. These self-constructed versions of our life script are simply personal metaphors and not necessarily true or accurate. These stories unconsciously guide and deeply influence our perceptions and behaviour in the face of life experiences.

    The Power of Metaphor:

    Meta-learning Solutions help you investigate your own stories and when uncovered facilitate you to explore how different processes for modifying or even replacing with new stories will serve you more effectively in the future. Contact us:

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