by Juhani Ihanus, PhD
Already in the symposia of the Greek Antiquity, as described by Plato, poetry was central in reaching toward the Socratic aim: “know thyself!” Although this task is imbued with a paradox (actually, you will never totally know yourself), the quest for truthful, non-deceitful, and non-exploitative words and identities is connected with poiesis, “making” the self and the world...
Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: Very good article of a prominent Finnish Bibliotherapist, emphasizing a special role of metaphor in biblio/poetry therapy: "Metaphor is not only a mode of language and cognition, not only a figure of speech, like in the Aristotelian tradition, but, (...) can be described as the 'currency of the (emotional) mind,' open-ended, and with enormous potential of (self-)transformation, evoking creative fantasies."
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Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski, An interesting 11 minutes about the "longevity revolution" and defining a new metaphor for aging.
Editor's Note: In this short video, surfer and yoga teacher Eoin Finn, gives a beautiful metaphor about surfing the waves as being similar to going through life. He tells how living this way ultimately guided him to where he is now (a yoga teacher and more).
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Hank Wesselman recounts his first meeting with Hawaiian shaman Hale Makua, the wisdom he learned that day, and the relevancy of that wisdom to the current state of our world. In the metaphor he uses, we each have a bowl filled with varying amounts of light. Unfortunately, the men who predominantly rule this planet have very little light left in their bowls. We are all challenged to bring more light into our bowls and into our lives. See a related article here.
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: James Geary's TED Talk on metaphor. Any storyteller, of course, recognizes metaphor as an essential element of story. We use approximately six metaphors every minute in our speech. In this video, author James Geary introduces and celebrates the world of metaphor. Learn more about Geary's fascination with metaphor at http://www.jamesgeary.com/.
by Lisa McCourt
I love Halloween. It’s a Juicy-Joyful holiday – a brief opportunity to replace our day-to-day masks with more outrageous ones. Maybe you’re planning which mask you’ll wear this year, but I want to give you a far scarier challenge. What if you decided to acknowledge and remove some of the numbing metaphorical masks you’ve been walking around behind? How honest are you with yourself about your truest, deepest desires?...
by Lin Morel, PhD
I have a friend who was about five when he went on his first Easter egg hunt. He came up empty handed and decided he was a failure. His five-year old’s belief that he couldn’t succeed, even when he worked really hard, followed him through his life. It got buried really deeply...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: Lin Morel's article invites us to say yes to life as it unfolds and trust in the divine process. She shows us how to make the unconscious conscious and allow our inner deep wisdom to guide us and reveal the grace that is ever abundant in our lives.
by Robbi Zeck
The Essential Oil Reflections are metaphors for positive change and are the focal point of the teachings covered in the seminar series based on The Blossoming Heart...
Editor's Note: Robbi Zeck’s words and expressions provide gentle but provocative support for deep emotional change, bringing awareness to daily living and beautifully uplifting the heart. Enjoy in peace.
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