Ideas leap in the creative process, spring boarded by inspiration and powerful metaphors. The succinct language of quotations, especially linked with images, are enablers that serve as connecting pathways to reflection, knowledge, and fresh creativity. Creative metaphoric leaps ground understandings of fresh relevance, useful junctures, and unique avenues of related correlations.
Insights into connections are integral and global, as reflected in John Muir’s quote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” As powerful as Zen concepts and images of nature, itself, metaphoric associations tap the human psyche in fundamental ways, not unlike the associative power of dreams that Sigmund Freud identified as a “royal road.”
Empowering art and photography
When quotations are linked to strong metaphors within art and photography, powerful connections and insights are possible. Associative thinking creates what author Robert Bly called “a long, floating leap” that deepens the range and speed of associations, creating an empowering bridge of meaning between the unconscious and conscious. It is a powerful skill, for as Aristotle asserted in The Poetics, “The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor . . . it is a mark of genius.”
Human beings think through concepts and connections, and metaphors play an integral role in human reasoning and understanding. Professors Lakoff and Johnson explored the role of metaphors in language and the mind in Metaphors We Live By, astutely indicating, "The way we think, what we experience, and what we do every day is very much a matter of metaphor." Metaphors excite the mind and the imagination, for as Albert Einstein indicated, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
Inspiration from an associative images and quotations slideshow
Delve into the slideshow accompanying this article. Allow your imagination to be sparked both by language and imagery while savoring the concepts of creativity, ideas, and associative thinking underlying the connected images and quotations. Allow associative ideas to leap in your mind, for as Robert Frost directed, “Remember that an idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.”
Associative thinking holds power
Writers, poets, artists, and photographers wield metaphors as part of their craft’s integral toolbox. Links of logic, emotion, and innovation are nurtured by the everyday strength of metaphoric associations. Creative associations are simple as well as complex and powerful, for as Leonardo da Vinci noted, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Metaphoric associations are a far-reaching skill as American theorist and philosopher Kenneth Burke recognized, stating, “It is precisely through metaphor that our perspective, or analogical extensions, are made – a world without metaphor would be a world without purpose.”
Find the take in this article to be helpful? National and Local Education as well as National and International Travel materials come from a husband and wife creative team, who travel extensively as photonaturalists and writers. One is an experienced scientist with a doctorate in Material Sciences and background in pharmaceutical and optics research. The other is former Vice President of GKE (Global Knowledge Exchange), who served as a US Web-based Education Commissioner during the Clinton administration, and was a former US National Tech&Learning Teacher of the Year.
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