zaterdag 8 december 2018

Metaphors and symbols

Metaphors generally operate on an unconscious level, in the space between conscious and unconscious processes and contain the essence of personal experience.
If you pay attention to it, you get deeper into your level of experience: the way you think, the patterns that control your life, in fact how you shape your world.
The questions in the coaching are done in the present tense to bring the metaphors to life.
The basis is that everyone already has his own wisdom.

Metaphors can be verbal and non-verbal.
You can make the process of the metaphor landscape literally visible by depicting it in space or in a drawing.
A metaphor points to the underlying structure of your thinking and behavioral patterns.
By asking the right questions, focused on the unfolding process of symbolism, the inner landscape becomes alive and you learn to know yourself better, the inner world from which you think and act.

A metaphor expresses what you can not express with words, but expresses exactly what happens to your inner self.
A metaphor often comes after: 
"It is as if .... It is equal to .... It brings me into a state of ... .. like ....
If the metaphorical landscape starts to change, your view of the world and your actions will change to the outside world as well. For example, someone who sees his work as a struggle of winning or losing can change in someone who will see his work as a symphony orchestra with which he participates as a member.
Metaphors can give more insight, but can also keep things out of sight. They can give you strength or weaken you. To help improve vision, you can work with the symbols that give a metaphor shape. 
Symbols are always nouns.
You isolate certain symbol words in a sentence and with questions you give these words attributes, such as a color, a shape, a name, a place, which function and you ask how the relationship between the symbols are. The symbols then develop and a metaphor landscape automatically arises.

Important in working in a metaphorical landscape is asking: 

"What would you like to have in your life." Even if someone with a problem comes, first ask for the desired outcome.
If you do not do this, you can get stuck in a problem.

Knowing what someone wants to achieve gives you a grip, a line to stick to and return to. Because if you are working on the desired outcome, the obstacles that are hindering work will automatically emerge. 

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