A metaphor is a word or phrase that helps us to understand something at a deeper level.  It adds a layer of association that represents how something makes us feel and think.

Humans have used metaphors to communicate throughout history and they are woven into our stories, songs and dances.

I’m using the word metaphor throughout this article, but for those English lovers amongst you, I’m also referring to similies as metaphors which we often use in the LP.

Difference between a metaphor and a similie

A metaphor compares two things that aren’t alike but have a similarity.  They are a way of expressing something rather than them being taken literally, for example, my husband Gary is a night owl and I’m an early bird or, it’s raining cats and dogs.

Similies are comparing two things directly, a famous simile is the Forest Gump saying, “life is like a box of chocolates”.

Using metaphors

Metaphors give us a greater experience and are a creative way to provide your brain with visuals to represent the story or information you are sharing.  They are a brilliant way to assist people to grasp concepts and ideas.

Most people are well-practiced using them to describe situations that aren’t great, for example, the journey was a nightmare, the teacher is a dragon, or I’m drowning in work.  The person you are talking to will absolutely get what you are saying, and these metaphors flow easily.

Are you as creative with your metaphors when you talk about the good stuff too?

Using great metaphors will help to reinforce all your fun and life-enhancing experiences too.  They are also a great way to add a different dimension to the descriptions you create for what you want to achieve.

Creating inspirational metaphors

It’s always interesting to hear the metaphors clients come up within the LP.  Some are fun, some are inspirational, and some are quite random, but it’s about finding the ones that are right for you and enhance your words.

Don’t overthink the metaphors that come up for you or try to explain them logically.  It’s your creative mind which has been at work and it knows what makes sense to you and what you want to achieve.

Next time you want to achieve something, find a metaphor that will help you communicate it brilliantly.  Think about how you want to feel and use your imagination to feel how it would be to have that quality for yourself.

For example, if you want to feel calm and grounded like a big tree, you can imagine how it would feel to have the qualities of the tree you admire.  How it is still and can move with the breeze when needed, how it is rooted and has the strength to stand tall, how it has the calm presence and confidence of its place in the world.

Have fun with your metaphors and build images to enhance the things you love in your life as well the things you want to achieve.  The more you step into the qualities of the metaphors and experience them for yourself, the greater you’ll feel.

“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” Orson Scott Card

If you want to find out more about the Lightning Process and how we use metaphors, contact us to book a call.