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With a guest appearance by one of my dogs, in this blog I discuss how using simple metaphors to enrich your language can make you more influential and persuasive.

I have been into comic books long before they became fashionable, back when you still called them comics, not graphic novels and most people had never heard of Alan Moore, or Neil Gaiman and accused you of being childish if they saw what you were reading.

So it is probably no surprise that the one person who has been the biggest influence on the way I think is a comic book author.

No, not Alan Moore, I think he is terribly over rated (other than “V for Vendetta“, which was brilliant)

It is Grant Morrison, especially his magnum opus “The Invisibles“, that book changed my life. To me The Invisibles is as powerful, and culturally important as James Joyce’s Ulysses.

The Invisibles blew me away. When I started reading it I had no idea what it was about, but it seemed to include everything that I was interested in and was mirroring my own journey at the time.

Whenever I start thinking life is dull and I should be “normal” I re-read the Invisibles, just to remind me to lighten up and that there is much more to what is going on than we can ever understand or imagine.

His teachings are not as obvious or easy to get as Robert Anton Wilson or Richard Bandler as he doesn’t write books on the subject (apart from his “Pop Magick!” essay in “Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult), he writes comic books that include his idea’s, beliefs and techniques. You have to do a lot of reading between the lines, you have to do a lot of work and research yourself, he doesn’t give it away easily!

What he truly excels at is to remind us that our understanding of the world is just our “map”, not “the territory”. He makes us very aware that our reality, to a rather large extent, is what we believe it is. He understands that everything we think we know about reality is just a metaphor (as he explains in the introduction to “The Filth“).

talking with gods

Now there is a brand new documentary from Patrick Meaney at Respect Films: “Geant Morrison: Talking With Gods“. I have watched it three times in the last three days and each time I get something new from it. It is fascinating look at the man behind the myth and why he is so revered in the geekosphere. If you are Grant Morrison fan, it is a must watch. If you are new to him, this may be the best place to start.


“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Hamlet Act 2, scene 2 – William Shakespeare.

Being a bit of James Bond fan (show me a man who isn’t!), I was having a quick look on the internet the other day for news on the new Bond movie and came across this article.

Although it is a bit tongue in cheek, it got me thinking…

You see, it is not what we do that makes us happy, it is the way we perceive what we do. The difference between someone who is depressed and someone who is happy is rarely their lifestyle, it is the way think about their life.

In a very real sense we create our reality from the inside out and recreate that reality from moment to moment, we can choose to make it dull and boring or we can make it interesting.

Not by what we do, but by how we describe what we do to ourselves and other people. It is not about lying or making stuff up, or creating some fantasy life (that is rather dangerous and should really be avoiding, at best you will become cocky and over confidence, at worse you will become delusional!), it is about being creative with the way you describe what you are up to. To quote the article “Paying your credit card bills? No, you are engaged in some financial matters”, or however you want to describe it.

Start with defining yourself. I knew someone once who described himself as an “unpublished sci fi author”, he worked in a call centre and wrote science fiction in his spare time. Would he ever get published? Who knows, but it made him happy.

Then move on to creatively describing your day-to-day activity. Imagine you are a hero in your favourite authors novel, how would they describe what they are doing?

We all live a story. We, in a sense, fictionalise our lives. We understand the world through metaphor, so get creative with your descriptive process and see how it changes the way you feel!