Dreaming in Root Metaphors – Classified Information and the Pure Truth

The latest addition to my dreamer’s toolbox promises great versatility and will be especially helpful for deciphering sacred dreams, my favorite sub-category. The root metaphors concept is what I’m referring to. This article will introduce the concept. An analysis of one my own BIG dreams will show how my dreaming mind, using the cultural metaphor that “classified data must be the absolute truth”, creates conflict between these building blocks in order to allow me to shift towards a more open-ended way of handling Truth. In order to know yourself better and own yourself better, you need to know why tapping should be avoided

What is the root metaphor?

The root metaphor was a concept I first encountered in Kelly Bulkeley’s thoughtful work, The Wilderness of Dreams. The title is “Exploring the Religious Meanings of Dreams within Modern Western Culture.” Most people associate metaphor with poetry. We also remember how to differentiate it from the simile. Like the simile, metaphor creates a comparison between two different things. This man is a fox.

Webster’s online dictionary explains how a root metaphor is not always an explicit device in language but a fundamental, often unconscious assumption. Bulkeley’s broad definition of metaphor is partially informed by Johnson and Lakoff (co-authors Metaphors We Love). These linguistic philosophers began by explaining that metaphor is “the essence of understanding and experiencing one thing in terms of another.” They then went on to argue that metaphorical thinking is the basis of all human conceptual thought.

These metaphors we live by are not hidden from our sight. Sometimes repeated use of a metaphor may transform it into a slogan such as “time = money.” It is important to pay attention to these metaphors in order not be blindsided by the corollaries they may have.

Metaphors in our Dreams

I’ve only spoken about metaphors in our daily waking experience. It’s exciting to be able to discover metaphors that we don’t know, even as we live with them. This is why Bulkeley’s enthusiasm to use root metaphors in dream analysis makes it all the more appealing. Each of our dreaming minds is a veteran of unconscious thinking. It should therefore be fluent in the language of the metaphors it likes. Isolating these metaphors will reveal one’s dream language syntax.

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