Old sayings, wise sayings and proverbs use the power of metaphor to help us ponder truths about human nature and ourselves. They can sneakily embed pictures of “transformation truths” into our minds in a way that analytical lectures cannot.
The Sneaky Power of Proverbs
The sneaky power of proverbs is that they can help us picture our way to enlightenment. While your conscious mind is focusing on the surface of the proverb, the unconscious mind is receiving the embedded image-laden message in the metaphor. Old sayings like this can bypass our habitual mindset and create the possibility for a more liberating point of view.
“The Soul never thinks without a picture” Aristotle
Old Saying / Modern Wisdom #4
As you ponder this wise saying, what does it bring up for you? What happens if you compare the wisdom of this saying with the culture we live in now? I could tell you what it meant to me, but it’s better if you let yourself ponder it a bit first.
What does this mean to you?
I’ll respond with how it struck me to comments below.