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The Power of Metaphors for Writing, for Life, for Community

August 16, 2021 12:15 pm


  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Geographical target: Global
  • Host/Presenter:  Anna Willman

Metaphors are as essential to the human process as breathing.  Metaphors come along with our bodies, part and parcel. Without metaphors, we might not be able to think or speak.

Even in the simplest terms, if I ask you how you are (not just “fine”, but how are you really?), you are likely answer with a metaphor. I feel as if I’m carrying the whole weight of the world on my shoulders.  I am as happy as a lark.  I’m so sleepy it feels as if there are dead weights attached to my eyelids.  I feel like a piece of sh..t!  

When we are Focusing, we are, quite simply, searching for metaphors.  For what it feels like just at this moment. And the more true the metaphor, the more it carries us forward.

How do I feel, really?  Well let me check…  I feel like there’s this huge ball whirling around inside me making me dizzy…almost giddy…as if I could end up spinning out of control in any direction.  No telling where I could end up….

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