Metaphors of Transformation (#S070)
The late Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., was well known as a consciousness explorer. Here he stresses the importance of metaphor in guiding and understanding human development, focussing on the metaphors of transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly, of the journey, and of death and rebirth. Dr. Metzner is author of Opening to Inner Light and Maps of Consciousness and co-author of The Psychedelic Experience.
|"A symbol is more like a thing or an object. Metaphor to me is more descriptive of a process. So I could say that the path is a very common symbol of spiritual growth. Traveling on the path, going on a journey from the beginning to the end of the path, would be a metaphor for a kind of process in life, of changing and walking and moving along. Similarly, say, the tree, the tree of life, is a powerful and ancient and well known universal symbol for life and growth and reproduction and fruitfulness and so forth. But the growth of the tree, from the seed to the fully expanded tree, would be again a metaphor. "|