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Sunday, 3 April 2005

The magic of metaphor

I am reading a book by Nick Owen called "The magic of metaphor".

magic of metaphor
It is a collection of stories designed to engage, inspire and transform the listener and the reader. He looks at the whole idea of story-telling and pulls out the power of the story-teller when giving a story from memory rather than reading it out.

I found this great quote last night:

“When we begin to understand the patterns and structures of our thinking, we can start to liberate ourselves from enslavement to our limitations.”

It is one of those sentences that rattles around in your head if you let it. Give it a little time to set off sparks.


Greg said...

It's an interesting statement, but which way is it taking us? Regognize the patterns and follow them like roads to somewhere. Or see them as dead ends? Lately I'm seeing the former. I've noticed, while taking walks, that my mind will notice highlights, that if left unpursued, lead nowhere really interesting. But if you follow them like a road on a mystery trip, they can take you to places previously unknown. And it's like something inside knows the road and maybe even the directions to some landscape, but it takes a little nudge for the conscious you to go there. Sorry for the ramble. But it's an interesting statement.

Stuart said...

Hi Greg

Thanks for this. Sorry to be so slow in replying. I like your 'take' on the quotation. Walking really does open up the mind to perceptions, ideas, directions etc. I took the quote to mean that we need to understand the way in which our thinking traps us into a particular view of reality. When we understand this, we are able to break out of these limiting patterns, and see things differently. I like you idea of 'places previously unknown'. We need to take risks and travel paths without knowing where they will lead if we are going to really open things up.

Nice thought - thanks for setting me thinking in different ways, just like the original quotation suggested...

All the best