A metaphor is a figure of speech that directly refers to one thing by mentioning another to provide clarity or identify hidden similarities between two ideas.
Metaphors show up in literature, poetry, music, and writing, but also in speech. If you hear someone say “metaphorically speaking,” it probably means that you shouldn’t take what they said as the truth, but as more of an idea.
Historically, language emphasized metaphor more, in fact the language of the early Bible (aramaic) was a language that was primarily metaphor.
“The Middle Eastern languages assign multiple meanings simultaneously to words; the listener “in a Middle Eastern way … must consider all possibilities simultaneously”
In “Dreams, Language of the Soul” Marion Woodman presents how the very destiny of the soul is directed through metaphor and dreams. In rich detail, she helps us explore the images, myths, and metaphors that express our collective concerns, and grasp how dreams allow us to navigate and fathom the future.
Matthew Fox asks “How are you practicing life as a metaphor and not just a literal experience?”
“The limits of my language are the limits of my world”
German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein