Collaboration

On metaphors: an invitation to play

On metaphors: an invitation to play

Earlier in the month, when I wrote about fear, I also wrote about fire — the nurturing of an idea from an ember into full flame.

I’ve been carrying that image with me for several weeks, a metaphor that has felt significant because it’s a shift from the ones I’ve been working with in dreams. Last year, my dreams were full of water. Lakes, rain showers, dunk tanks, even flooded basements. Fire is a new presence I’ve been happy to welcome into this chilly season. When a metaphor shows up in a dream or on the page without my conscious intent to create it or look for it, I know my intuition is at work, asking me to notice what wants to be seen.