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Part III: Paradoxical Principle #3 > Uncover Your Beliefs Through Metaphor

Chapter 24. Uncover Your Beliefs Through Metaphor

Metaphors provide a way to uncover your beliefs about how you see things and describe your future from a different perspective. Metaphor is helpful for gaining understanding of something. “It is easier to think about something when thinking about something else than it is to think about a thing when trying to think about it.” (Erasmus G. Addlepate)

Beth Looks at Her Life Through Gardening

Beth chose gardening as her personal metaphor for her life. She had a garden in her front yard and backyard. Her front yard was her “public” garden and her backyard was her “private” garden. This made her think about which parts of her life she shared with others and which parts she kept hidden away.

Her front-yard garden was simple and neat—conservative, restrained, not displaying much creativity. But her backyard garden was a hodgepodge of plants that bloomed all year long—an inspired and creative garden.

As Beth thought more carefully about this metaphor, she realized that it was saying that she kept a lot of herself hidden from her friends. In fact, she finally understood what her friends meant when they would say to her, “It seems like you’re always holding something back. Let loose! Have fun with life!”



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