Metaphor Work & Energy Psychology
by Silvia Hartmann
Older psychology approaches which tried to get by without taking the reality of energy and the human energy body into consideration had an impossible task in trying to understand what metaphors are, where they come from, how they work and what they do. In Energy Psychology, we have a completely different approach to the definition of metaphor and how and why metaphor work can be conducted in a structural, positive manner.
In modern energy psychology, we no longer talk about the unconscious or subconscious mind, but instead take the tack that this other part of human consciousness is indeed the energy mind - the head of the human energy body, to put it simply.
The energy mind deals with data streams of energy which carry information. These data streams of energy are translated into living metaphors; internal representations or rather experiences that use all six senses to represent an autogenic reality.
In most human beings today, this internal autogenic reality representation is not fully accessed and only partially complete; this leads to seeing images, hearing voices and having feelings apparently separately.
Yet these separate autogenic experiences are only what is consciously noticed and in fact the tip of an iceberg that in full, is a fully six sensory, full modality lucid experience, like a lucid dream.
Linguistically expressed metaphors are a third level abstraction; they are a description of an intrapersonal experience, which in turn is a translation of the original data stream of energy into the living metaphors of the autogenic intrapersonal representations.
From this simple observation flows likewise simple and straightforward approaches to dealing with metaphors and linguistic metaphor work in therapy and in life.
1. Metaphors are to be taken at face value and must not be argued with.
Rather than to get hung up about any type of linguistic format of metaphorical representations or expressions, we deal with that metaphor which is presented. We do not try to change it, to translate it, to explain it or to psycho-analyse it - instead, we play it straight.
2. Metaphors are not to be taken in isolation.
Any linguistic metaphor is a representative of a much larger metaphorical universe from which the excerpt we are being given originates. Without at least having some sense of the environment, the context of that metaphor world from which the metaphor, simile or symbol originates, the metaphor doesn't make sense, can't make sense.
3. Metaphors need to be evolved.
Instead of trying to undo or replace any metaphor, we evolve the metaphor to bring about first of all, movement into systems that may have been stuck for a very long time.
4. Metaphors can only be evolved from within the metaphor.
Any linguistic occurrence of a metaphor, or any other occurrence such as a visual representation or a symbol, cannot be evolved in any other way than to step inside the metaphorical world from which it originates, and to evolve the metaphor from within.
5. The evolution of metaphors leads to threshold shifts.
Any metaphor that presents itself strongly in consciousness - through linguistic markers, or directly through visions, hallucinations, dreams and ideas - requires an evolution towards a threshold shift. The threshold shift represents a different state which likewise, reflects back in the metaphor and the linguistic and other devices designed to describe it.
Working with metaphor allows the practitioner of energy psychology to directly affect the systems of the energy body. These may be extremely complex and well beyond the ability of the conscious mind to understand them; but through the interface of the living metaphors, the autogenic reality representations a person makes, we can easily evolve metaphors and achieve threshold shifts, events of healing and change that evolve the energy system. In so doing, these threshold shifts bring about enlightening cognition and a change in emotions and behaviour as a result.
It is also interesting to note that when metaphors are dealt with in this simple and structural way, no particular specialist knowledge is required. Simple common sense based on normal human experiences with the real world generally suffices to be able to spot obvious problems with a living metaphor, and to have some ideas on how to evolve the story towards a threshold shift.
Finally, the intention and act of consciously attempting to evolve any presenting metaphor is in and of itself the success of the treatment; we sum this up by saying, "You don't have to solve it, only evolve it." As long as the metaphor evolves and keeps on evolving, it is inevitable that a threshold shift will be reached eventually.
For further information about autogenic metaphor work and the data stream please see Project Sanctuary by Dr S Hartmann
Short Free Introduction Course to Metaphor Online: http://silviahartmann.com/metaphor-article-metaphor-course.php