“Metaphor is a particular form of patterning. When we perceive metaphorically, we note a likeness, a similarity in form or organization, a kind of symmetry between patterns… metaphor is the root of relatedness, the linking of things, events, and constellations of experience. When our senses are well tuned to affinities, metaphoric ways of seeing become deepened into ways of knowing. Metaphor is a way of being informed by the Other, recognizing and acknowledging the likeness with language. We say, “a bed of moss,” a “stream of consciousness,” and a “flood of insight.” We say, “My mind meanders like a river,” or “My heart pulses like a tide.” We say that the sparkle in her eye is like light on water, and her voice is liquid. Metaphor is a very short story that stitches the world together, weaving similarities with recognition and language. Metaphor is the very ground of kinship. Metaphoric perception requires us to learn a language, the language of nature, of all the relations, of relatedness. It is a language cast in images” (Sewall, 1999, p. 144-145).
Pink Lichen, 2012