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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Delayed Daily Musing - January 30th, 2013 - Metaphor - 比喻 - Bǐyù

Metaphor - 比喻 - Bǐyù

Spirituality resonates  
from the melodies of metaphor-
applied correctly, the word
represents what too far 
beyond the world of sensation.
Explore the meta-
physical.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

All the methods we have tried to know Tao have come from observing the outside world and applying what we learned to the present dilemma. In ancient times, the body was seen as a microcosm of the entire universe, spiritual energy was seen as analogous to that of the sun, the duality of the body reflected in the duality of night and day, and the habits of animals have inspired our own human wisdom. Our psyche can be imagined as a locked tomb or a spacious mausoleum; we control the backdrop and the underlying current, but we are quite open to suggestion. If we apply ideas correctly, we will yield results.

Metaphor is just one way of shaping our thoughts. Insights of poetry can guide us out of our problems. Look with your mind's eye, at the beautiful sunflower opening to the light. Use this in meditation to unlock your inner doors of concentration. Even though no flower truly opens within our body, we may use the idea to further our understanding of the world. Being human, we are required to absorb objective reality and interpret the raw data through our poetic sensibilities. Without this skill, there could be no humor, no creativity, no spirituality. For until we can observe and facilitate the connections between all things, we are trapped, isolated and infected with chronic shortsightedness.