In conceptualizing metaphor, a
for using inference patterns
language from a source domain to think
talk about another domain comes into play.
metaphor is an ingenious technique that
allows us to remedy our weaknesses by capitalizing on our strengths - using
things we can visualize to
think, talk, and
reason about things we can not
"We may not always know it, but we think in
metaphor. A large proportion of our most commonplace thoughts make use of an
extensive, but unconscious, system of
metaphorical concepts, that is, concepts
from a typically concrete realm of thought
that are used to comprehend another, completely different domain. Such concepts
are often reflected in everyday language, but their most dramatic effect comes
in ordinary reasoning. Because so much of our
social and political reasoning makes use of this system of
metaphorical concepts, any adequate appreciation of even the most mundane
social and political thought requires an understanding of this system. But
unless one knows that the system exists, one may miss it altogether and
be mystified by its effects." - George
a symbolic conceptual image that
suggests something else.
instance, if I say to a
individual, "You are a nut,"
I am not suggesting that
I think the
"Nut" is a
The reference of the
metaphor in religious traditions is to a
thought construct transcendent of
literal physical object.
you think that the metaphor is itself the
reference, it would be like going to a restaurant, asking for the menu, seeing
beefsteak written there, and starting to
eat the menu.
would appear to be that Christ ascended
to the sky.
literally what is being said.
If that were really the intent of the message, then we have to throw
the message away, because there would have been no such place for
Christ could not have
heaven because there is no
physical heaven anywhere in the universe as was
thought up until the
ascending at the
speed of light,
Christ would still be in the
physics have simply eliminated
that as a literal,
possibility. If you
read Christ ascended to heaven' in terms of its
metaphoric connotation, you see that
Christ has gone inward - not into outer
space but into inward
space, to the place from which all
being comes, into the
consciousness that is
the Source of all things, the kingdom of
The images are an outward
an inner reality.
Christ we turn inward.
It is a metaphor of
returning to the Source, alpha and omega,
of leaving the fixation on the material behind and going to the dynamic
Source of Life.
Christ ascending to heaven and the standard way of thinking about
religion, we cannot identify with
Christ, we have to
To say, "I and the
Father are one," as
Christ said, is blasphemy for us.
However, in the
Gospel of Thomas that was dug up in
Egypt in 1946, Christ says, "He who drinks
from my mouth will become as I am,
and I shall be he."
Now, that is
We are all
manifestations of Buddha
consciousness, or Christ
consciousness, only we do not know it.
word "Buddha" means "the one who
We are all to do
that! Find liberation.
wake up to the
Buddha consciousness within us.
blasphemy in literalist Christian thought,
but it is the very
essence of Christian gnosticism and of the
gospel of Thomas.
Christianity that corresponds to
reincarnation is purgatory.
If one dies with a fixation on the things of this
Earth then one's
spirit is not ready to behold the
beatific vision, therefore one has to undergo a
purgation, one has to be purged clean of one's
limitations are what are called
in this sense is simply a
limiting factor that
consciousness and fixes it in
an inadequate condition.
In the Eastern metaphor, if you
die in that condition, you come back again
to have more experiences that will
clarify, clarify, clarify, until you are released from these fixations.
The reincarnating monad is the principal hero
of Eastern myth.
monad puts on various
reincarnation idea is not that you and I,
as the personalities that we are, will be
The personalities is
what the monad throws off.
Then the monad puts on
another body, male or female, depending on 'what
experiences are necessary for it to
clear itself of this attachment to the
field of time.
prophets and what in
India are called the "rishis" are said to have
'heard' the scriptures. The sacred
sound of Ohm.
Now anybody might open
his eyes and ears, but not everyone has the capacity actually to
hear the scriptures. Many times they
think there may have been a misspelling.
There has to be a
training to help you open your
ears, to pull the splinter out of your eye,
so that you can begin to hear
metaphorically instead of literally.
Carl Jung understood
myth is grounded insubconscious archetype.
writing a creative work
knows that you
yield or submit yourself, and the
work talks to you and builds it's
To a certain extent, you become the
carrier of some thing that is given to you
from what have been called the
Muses - or, in biblical
This is no
fantasy, it is a
inspiration comes from the
subconscious, and since
minds of the people of any single small society or culture have much in
common, what the preacher, rabbi,
teacher, shaman or
seer brings forth is some thing that is
waiting to be brought forth in everyone.
So when one hears the
seer'sstory, one responds, Aha! This is my
story too! This is what I had always
wanted to say but didn't
know how to say it!'
-adapted from Joseph Campbell
Metaphor is a word derived from Old French
Metaphore, which came from Latin Metaphora, meaning carrying
Allegory is a word that has been derived from Latin Allegoria,
meaning figurative or veiled language.
A metaphor is a figure of speech
wherein an unfamiliar subject is described using an attribute of a familiar
An allegory is a
narrative in which a component, such as a character or setting, is
representative of a particular value or underlying idea.
Golding's Lord of the Flies is a highly symbolic novel, and he uses both
metaphor and allegory to make his point." - Lori Steinbach
Metaphorical allegory is
an extended comparison of seemingly unrelated objects or actions composed upon
a phrasal metaphorical foundational plinth using both metaphor and allegory
interwoven into a complex spider's web.
The final result can be either
the chaotic haphazard helter-skelter any-old-which-way irregular overdone
hit-or-miss reckless slipshod web woven by a Black Widow playing a red violin,
comparable to pulp fiction belonging in the trash bin of non-recyclables, or
the fine re-usable weave of a Cross Orbweaver who bears the Cross for all to
see while hanging out and rolling up her weaving, comparable to a fine
leather-bound gold-leaf embossed timeless piece of literature that is
faithfully returned time after time to its cradle between old friends on a
shelf behind beveled crystal glass.
not merely a matter of language. It is a matter of
structure is not merely a
matter of the intellect - it involves all the
natural dimensions of our
experience, including aspects of our
sense experiences: color, shape, texture, sound,
etc. These dimensions structure not only mundane
experience as well."- George Lakeoff
& Mark Johnson
modes of metaphorical conceptualization cross
cultural boundaries as the
feeling of well being
if the same forms of well-being are widespread
around the world, we expect the same metaphors for morality to show up in
culture after culture -- and they do.
a system of metaphors for
morality as a whole is far from arbitrary
we fear the dark as evil is
dark and good is light
high vs low: better to walk upright than to fall
down - moral men stand up and are upstanding, they are on the up and up;
immoral men do low things, are underhanded, are snakes in the grass.
to do evil is to fall, to descend
to do good is to ascend
to climb is to ascend with support - repaid or not: as in
lizards on the apex of the
ponzi pyramid climbed over the investors backs
a moral person is
strong; an immoral person is weak
"heart of gold" or as "not having a
mean bone in his body" or as "being rotten to the core"
fear creating courage to stand up to immorality
Moral Wholeness: We speak of a "degenerate" person,
the "erosion" of moral standards, the "crumbling" of moral values, the
"rupture" or "tearing" of the moral fabric. Wholeness entails an overall unity
of form that contributes to strength. Thus moral wholeness is attendant to
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