11 key metaphors for change that are present in all cultures

Metaphors function to stimulate and catalyze inner transformations.

These are eleven key metaphors for change that are present in the literature of all world cultures*:

  • Transitioning from caterpillar to butterfly
  • Awakening from the dream of reality
  • Uncovering the veils of illusion
  • Moving from captivity to liberation
  • Purification by inner fire
  • Going from darkness to light
  • Moving from fragmentation into wholeness
  • Moving through life events as a journey or path (or journeying toward a vision)
  • Returning to the source
  • Dying and being reborn
  • Unfolding the tree of our life

If you would like to uncover your own transformative metaphor, please join me for my upcoming tele-class with Depth Psychology Alliance. Strong, Healthy & Vital: Tapping Metaphor's Healing Powers.  


*Note: The list above is adapted from Ralph Metzner (2010). The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience. 

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Comment by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 at 7:14pm

Hi Aria!

I'll try to get it out tonight. I've been having trouble getting the link to work, so that's why it's not out. I should be able to figure it out soon.  Thanks for asking!

Comment by Aria Michaels Paradise on October 28, 2017 at 12:08pm

Good afternoon! I was unable to attend the class yesterday, and was wondering when the recorded version will be available for registrants. Looking forward to viewing it! Thank so much.

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