The gateless gate is a metaphor and metaphors are not logical. Even the auto spell can’t hack the gateless gate. It keeps trying to spell dateless. Metaphor is the logic of ambiguity. Classical logic is based on the axiom that A = A. A thing is a thing and can’t be another thing simultaneously at the same time. But a metaphor hold ambiguity and says A is A and A is not A.
Art and religion is metaphor, but it loses its transformative power when it succumbs to logic and analysis. The metaphor supports and maintain the whole that includes the conflict of opposites, generating power that is available for anyone who enters the metaphor as the metaphor. Are you confused?
Okay, lets keep looking from different angle. Metaphor unifies two incompatible ways of being in the world, Awareness Of and Awareness As. Metaphor unifies the conflict between the First and Third Person of I and IT.
We the dominant view of our western materialistic culture is IT. Logic and analysis is our preferred if not only tool to know truth. Only ITS exist and the Conscious I is like a ghost in this machine. You can’t find the I or First Person, so it has no value on the IT map.
The IT world, the IT logic can’t answer the question What am I? All IT logic can say is that you are some kind of IT. A human, a husband, a wife, a boss, a worker…but you always come up with some definition or value, and no IT can hold. No IT can be the center and when the center won’t hold we slip into a vicious circle of anxiety generating anxiety.
Movie is metaphor so we go to the movie to escape the tyranny of IT. The theater lights go out and the Metaphor opens that says: I am the movie and I’m not the movie. I am the hero in the movie; I’m not the hero in the movie. I and IT are contained as One that is two in the metaphor of the movie.
I’m going to dig deeper into this in ZEN LIVE at 8.
Is Facebook metaphor? Does Facebook resolve the conflict of the IT world? Facebook is an IT. Just saying Facebook makes it an IT. A noun that’s in the dictionary.
But when you enter Facebook and write, you write as the First Person. Others see you as an IT. You see others as IT, yet they are First Person, and you are First Person.
As I write here I am First Person writing and I am also an IT or Third Person as I observe these words as ITs marching across the white space This metaphor generates energy. We like that. We feel empowered by Facebook. I know I do.
Now we can use this energy to enhance and maintain our ego position as an IT, or we can use this energy, this free energy for creativity, to understand, to expand, and to release ourselves from the bondage and tyranny of IT.
To be found by the IT world, by definition and logic is painful. Buddha calls it Dukkha or the suffering of duality. The only way out of the pain of duality, of being judged as an IT is through transcendence. All else is madness.
And metaphor is transcendent because it creates a new whole that contains the duality from which is springs. The pain of duality is the mother of metaphor.