For a very long time the search for inner meaning has been a very, very serious one. Since setting out as a coach, my attempts at making myself something attractive to paying customers were also very, very serious (because I wanted to be taken seriously). Then, just over 2 weeks ago, at the end of a very, very serious post about Small Me, the following appeared:
In my abundance log this morning I’ve added a Disagreement-Proof Small Me Transporter, with convenient carry handle for bringing her along on my journey. The transporter has an added glass extension so she can explore her new habitat from a place of safety, with an escape hatch for when she’s feeling brave enough to step outside.
This is what I drew (for anyone who was wondering). It’s really not very good, but it worked (see below) so I’m ok to show it now.
At the precise point I drew that, I allowed myself to remember I like silly things like nonsense poetry, kids books and bad puns. I don’t just like them, I love messing about with words and delight in chucking crazy thoughts together just to see what happens. I just thought they didn’t fit with a BUSINESS (because that’s serious) and especially not with a business focused on the serious task of personal growth.
Getting a little silly opens doors
The answer to my request, by the way, snuck up on me one morning in the form of a brand new metaphor which is still slowly taking shape in my subconscious. (I’m trying very, very hard to make my brain leave it alone but I am playing with coloured pencils, pictures, scissors and glue to help it along a bit.) The same happened for Tori Deaux of Circus Serene when her monsters settled down to design a ‘Habit Habitat’, only for her to suddenly realise it had been delivered without her having to do any of the hard work of looking for it.
I’ve started noticing metaphors all over the place recently and they work so well on so many levels because they are packed with possibility and positively bursting with meaning. For manifestation, they are amazingly powerful for the following reasons:
- They do not connect directly with The Thing You Do Not Have, therefore bypassing all your self-destruct mechanisms in one fell swoop.
- They tap directly into your creativity gene and let your imagination fly.
- They neatly package (with pretty paper and ribbon) the essence of what you want, leaving the details up for grabs and opening up possibilities outside of your experience.
- Your brain (oh so much to say about the Brain – watch this space) can’t get itself around a feeling-based idea so it gives up, sits back and waits to see what happens. Brilliant!
As Havi Brooks of The Fluent Self observed, as soon as you have a metaphor the energy changes. Havi hangs out in a pirate ship with a monkey and her trusted rubber duck so I feel safe to assume it works for her, too.
The freedom of a metaphor
Metaphors give you room to play around, to explore. Take Tori’s circus and Havi’s pirate ship as well-formed examples. My little troupe of travelling players (if that is what they remain once the process is complete) are free to tell all sorts of stories to a whole range of people from any number of scenarios (freedom!). The terribly serious becomes actually quite a lot of fun, something you want to spend time with every day. It’s not daunting, but a playful adventure.
Try it, why don’t you!
Comments – today’s metaphorical requests to the Universe included a Real-Me-to-English dictionary, a lion for courage and a special grippy glove to help me grasp the slippery figures of financial plans. I’d love to hear some of yours, or what you think of all this silliness.