myth : metaphor
by metaphor is an ingenious
technique that remedies our weaknesses by
capitalizing on our strengths - using things we can visualize to think, talk,
and reason about things we can not
A metaphor is a symbolic conceptual
image that suggests something else.
For instance, I may say to an
individual, "You are a nut."
am not suggesting that I think the
individual is literally a nut.
"Nut" is a metaphor.
In sacred text metaphors are used to
constructs transcendent of literal physical objects.
To think of a
metaphor itself as the reference is like going to a restaurant, asking for the
menu, seeing an image of beefsteak, and eating the menu.
metaphor, a subconscious automatic mechanism for using
inference patterns and
a source domain to think
and talk about another domain comes into play.
"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
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
As 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
knows the system exists, one may
miss it altogether and be mystified by
its effects." - George Lakoff
That is literally what is being
would appear to be that Christ ascended into the sky.
If that were
really the intent of the message, we have to throw the message away, there would have been no such place
for Christ to literally go.
Christ could not have ascended to
heaven because there is no physical heaven anywhere in the universe as was
thought up until the time of Galileo Galilei.
Even ascending at the speed of
light, Christ would still be in the galaxy.
simply eliminated that as a physical
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 of the Source of Life - the
Kingdom of Heaven.
These images are an
outward reflection of an inner reality.
To ascend with Christ we turn
alpha and omega, of
leaving the fixation on the material behind and going to the dynamic
Source of Life.
In the standard
way of thinking of Christ ascending to heaven, we
cannot identify with Christ,
we have to imitate Jesus.
To say, "I and the Father are
one," as Christ said, is
blasphemy for us.
Gospel of Thomas, dug up in
Egypt in 1946, Christ says, "He
who drinks from my mouth will become as I am, and I shall be he."
This is Buddhism.
We are all manifestations of
consciousness, or Christ
The word "Buddha" means "the one who woke up."
are all to do that! Find
wake up to the Buddha or
Christ Consciousness within
This is blasphemy to Christians that take the Bible literally, but
it is the very
essence of Christian Gnosticism and of the
Gospel of Thomas.
metaphor in Christianity that corresponds to reincarnation is
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
The limitations are what are
Sin in this sense is simply a limiting factor that
limits consciousness fixing
it in an inadequate
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 soul is
the principal hero of Eastern myth.
The soul puts on various personalities, life
The reincarnation idea is not
that you and I, as the personalities that we are, will be reincarnated.
Personalities are what
the soul throws off.
Eternal Soul may wear
a dozen different personality types,
depending on role needed,
to clear itself of attachment to the field of time.
prophets and what in
India are called the "rishis" are said to have
'heard' the scriptures.
sacred sound of Ohm.
Now anybody might open his eyes and ears, but
not everyone has the capacity actually to hear the scriptures.
they think there may have been a misspelling.
There has to be a training to help you open
your ears, to pull the
needle out of your eye, so that you can begin to hear metaphorically
instead of literally.
Carl Jung understood myth is grounded in
requires yielding or submitting
to the creative Self.
To a certain extent, you become the carrier of
something that is given to you from what have been called the
Muses - or, in biblical language,
This is no fantasy, it is a
Since inspiration comes from the
as the subconscious minds of the people of any group have much in common, what
seer brings forth is something
waiting to be brought forth in everyone.
When one hears the story, 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
"Metaphor is not merely a
matter of language.
It is a matter of conceptual structure.
Conceptual 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 but aesthetic experience
as well."- George Lakeoff & Mark Johnson
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 subject.
An allegory is a narrative in which an
element, such as a character or setting, is representative of a particular
value or underlying idea.
"William 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
foundational plinth using both metaphor and allegory interwoven into a complex
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.
Modes of metaphorical conceptualization cross
cultural boundaries as
the feeling of well being.
If the same forms of well-being are
widespread globally, 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.
All humans fear the dark as stubbing
your toe in the dark is evil while being able to see where you are going is
Better to walk upright like a man than to slump like a chimp -
moral men are on the up and up, they stand up and are upstanding.
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
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
Some people have a "heart of gold", "do not have a mean
bone in their body" while others are "rotten to the core".
fear creating courage to stand up to immorality.
We speak of a
"degenerate" person, the "erosion" of moral standards,
the "crumbling" of moral
values, the "rupture" or "tearing" of the moral fabric.
Moral Wholeness: Wholeness entails an overall unity
of form contributing to strength. Thus moral wholeness is attendant with moral
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