An Invitation to See Poetically

Can you see in patterns, systems, or forms?   Our training in the English language has in some way limited us in our understanding. We read house and we understand it as meaning a dwelling place, where we live, etc.  We see it only having a literal meaning, understanding it in prose.

In contrast, house represents duality and pluralism in creation.  For example, Man and Woman, Heaven and Earth, Day and Night. This principle alludes to the place of holiness on earth, a miniature sanctuary, Eve, a temple, a wife, hospitality, etc.  Without Eve, Adam was not complete.  Without a wife, man is not complete.  Yes, there are definite differences between the two, but the beauty and process of coming to balance those differences is the beauty of seeing past the blacks and whites and into the grays.

Seeing this word house with poetic eyes, will help add greater understanding to our view of any story or text we are reading or learning from.

For another example, you may have read the story about a Father, Isaac, who has twin sons, Jacob and Esau.  Isaac mentions that he loves Jacob, and hates Esau.  Now this may seem harsh when we see it only literally, or in prose.  However, if we see this story poetically, we may see Jacob symbolizing our Divine Nature and Esau symbolizing our Human or Carnal Nature. When we can see a poetic meaning as this, we are more likely to then see ourselves in this story, to reflect on our Divine or human natures, and to evaluate which parts we are emulating.

If we fail to see poetically, we tend to only see the story before us, the text, the scripture for what it says literally, completely missing the full meaning and application of stories to our personal lives. 

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