Today, we’re going to do something a little different: A kind of She Said – She Said thing. In Part 1, Mary Carol Moran will offer her point of view, and in Part 2, I’ll offer mine. Enjoy!
Most days I view the world through the screen door of my perceptions, and the landscape is hazy. Every once in awhile, a razor rips through with a giant X. I try to remember these glimpses of an unobstructed world.
One way I do that is through metaphor. Years with Taoism taught me that nature basically works. If I can recognize how I’m like a stone, or a gerbil, the similarity benefits my everyday life. A stream meanders around a boulder, and I can meander around a bureaucrat.
How does all of this relate to the Law of Attraction? I’m not sure. Melody is going to talk about that in a minute, and I’m as eager to read her explanation as you are.
For now, here are a few of the metaphors that help me know who I am:
- As my mother lay unmoving in a coma, I was struck by how youthful she looked, reverse gravity undoing 75 years of wear and tear. And it came to me that, I am the face I wore before I was born. The face I will wear again.
- I’m an orange: sweet, with pits.
- I’m a parrot. My hands flap and squawk, weaving words.
- I am brass, an alloy of shiny and strong, trumpeting my song.
- I am a wolf who howls and prowls.
- I am mica, beautiful in the sand and easily crushed.
- I’m a polar bear. Some days I catch salmon, and some days I hibernate.
- I am a freshwater pearl, luminous bumps and shadowy hollows.
- Sometimes I leapfrog, jumping up and over doubt.
- My friends are the seams in my volcano. Each time we talk, enough steam escapes.
- After making love, I am limp and twitchy as a sleeping puppy.
- Sometimes I’m a moth, caught in a headlight, waiting for green.
- For me, serenity is a flat, smooth stone covered in Vaseline.
- I am a pansy, returning each spring, sturdier than anyone imagines.
- At times, I’m a pancake, burnt on the edges and doughy in the middle.
- I’m a banana. The age spots tell me, I’m ripening.
- I’m a piñata, blindfold candy rain.
As I’ve said many times, our brains are essentially translators of energy and since everything is energy, our perception of EVERYTHING, including ourselves, depends on this translation. In our modern world, we tend to rely heavily on words. Some of us are better at this than others, but for the most part, we use talking and writing to communicate how we feel. The problem is that words are pretty much the worst communication medium on their own. It’s incredibly difficult to convey EXACTLY how you feel with words. You can’t describe a frequency with any real degree of accuracy. Even the names of emotions are highly subjective as you may have seen from some of the comments on my video series on Negative Emotions. What I call anger may feel more like frustration to you. What I call shame may be your guilt. We can spend all day debating semantics and still not entirely understand each other.
When you try to define how you feel about something or yourself, you are trying to name a frequency. When you are trying to improve that feeling, you are attempting to raise that frequency to a higher vibration. Once you’ve reached that higher vibration, you want to find a way to hold on to it so that you can find it again and again. Words alone may be inadequate for this purpose, but luckily, we are not dependent on just words. We have a much better medium of capturing and defining energy points and that’s with symbols and pictures. Symbols allow us to communicate frequencies. How? Well, I can’t tell you what a certain vibration feels like; not to the point where you will accurately be able to find it. Again, just because I name a feeling, doesn’t mean that it feels exactly the same way to you. But, I can draw you a picture or describe an image to you. If you focus on this image, it can help you to focus on a specific frequency. Symbols have been used this way for millennia by shamans, priests, druids, hell, everyone, really.
Mary Carol’s metaphors are a creative way to shift her perspective on herself by focus on certain images. For example, when she feels stuck and helpless in a situation, by focusing on how the water flows over the boulders and then “becoming” that feeling (attuning to it), she is shifting her vibration to one that feels better. She could’ve told herself to just “let it go”, but so much more information was conveyed with a simple image – information she could immediately connect to.
You can focus on symbols in order to work your way into certain states or create metaphors about yourself in order to shift how you feel about you. This isn’t just fun, it’s a powerful way to shift your beliefs about yourself.
- I like to say that I’m a Happy Shiny Puppy. That’s not just because I love puppies. It’s actually a way for me to connect with the energy of who I really am. Puppies are pure love, they are trusting and curious, they seek out cuddling and affection and give it away freely, they don’t judge, they just experience and explore as much as they can, finding delight in the simplest of things. And if they make a mistake, they forget almost instantly and just get on with the love. And so much more. I could write paragraphs about the feeling I’m connecting with, or I could simply think of a Happy Shiny Puppy.
- I’m a Mama Bear. I don’t have kids, but man can I get protective of the people in my tribe. Rowr.
- I’m a light, shining brightly and warmly in the darkness. And when others get near me, they start glowing, too.
- I’m also a parrot, squawking and flapping her wings. Perhaps that’s why Mary Carol and I get along so well, he, he. Two parrots gibbering away.
- I often conjure up the image of me, in a massive crowd, dancing my dance, just letting the music move my body and being totally in the moment. This image instantly transports me into the vibration of allowing.
- During a meditation one day, I was able to see myself and everything else as pure energy. This took me to a really high vibration and it felt great. Although, after I got used to it, it got kind of boring… I like physical manifestations.
- When I’m uncomfortable with someone, I may choose to see myself and them as pure spirit. This image allows me step out of judgment and just experience whatever gifts we have for each other. It also allows me to see what’s happening as a gift (or valuable message).
Images are powerful – much more powerful than words. This is why I use so many metaphors and analogies in my writing. It takes a lot less words to describe an image instead of the feeling that image will convey.
Remember how fascinating it was reading everyone’s lists/comments after the eleven questions post a couple of weeks ago? Share! Please share! What are your metaphors? How do you see yourself? A big white bear and a shiny puppy on opposite sides of the globe are literally bouncing on their chairs, waiting to read your words!
Big bear hugs and shiny puppy hugs to all,
Mary Carol and Melody
Mary Carol Moran lives in Mexico, where she spreads love and awareness and poetry. Her latest project is an animal shelter for puppies and kitties. Check it out and support the site by liking it here: Amigos de Perros y Gatos Colima