I’m over the moon to be writing about metaphors. You know – metaphorically speaking.
A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
Metaphors are also described as figures of speech, allegories, parables, analogies, word pictures and symbols.
They creep into our everyday life without most of us even noticing.
Have you ever really been as sick as a parrot? (I didn’t even know parrots were particularly prone to sickness).
Do you ever get run off your feet?
Have you ever actually been on cloud 9? (or clouds 1-8 for that matter)
Does your head get foggy? (or rainy, snowy or windy?)
When was the last time you said something was amazing or awesome? When was the last time you were genuinely amazed or in awe?
Is the world a stage?
Have you ever drowned in debt?
Metaphors are everywhere.
Personally I rather like looking out for them? When you start to spot them you can start to notice the language people are using with regards to their metaphors – it can be quite revealing.
As a hypnotherapist I deal a lot with metaphors and symbolism. The subconscious mind is much better at changing things if you give it symbols to work with.
You might want to give this little exercise a go.
Let’s imagine you have something coming up that you feel uncomfortable with. Maybe it’s a test or exam, maybe it’s a meeting that you are worried about, maybe it’s a conversation you are not looking forward to having. What ever it is try to think of a symbol that represents how you feel about it at the moment. The symbol can be a shape, a colour, a character, an object – whatever works for you. Now think about a symbol that represents how you would LIKE to feel about it – easy, relaxed, confident – whatever is best for you.
Once you’ve got the new improved symbol in your mind, make it destroy the other, less useful symbol. It can squash it, rub it out, fade it away, blow it up, burn it down, screw it up and throw it away – what ever suits you – just make your new improved symbol the only one that left afterwards.
Now – ask yourself how you feel about the thing that you were concerned about….
Using this technique along with hypnosis can and does make powerful changes for people – you should give it a try – it could leave you feeling on top of the world!
(metaphorically speaking of course)