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Just because a door is closed it doesn’t mean that it is also locked.

In human mythology doors and doorways are powerfully symbolic, they feature in many of our narratives and rituals.

Doors and entry-ways colour our language and provide metaphors like the one above and others (“One door closes and another opens…”; “I can’t find a way in/out…”; “The doors of perception…”). They enable us to shape ideas and communicate them, to others and to ourselves. This provides in a couple of fortuitous opportunities:

Metaphors act a door into our inner workings, and thus they allow us to choreograph our thinking, setting the scene for change.

Passing through a doorway – in our minds, and also literally – can act as a trigger for creativity, discovery, healing and recovery and many many other aspects of life and growth.

When an idea presents itself as a symbol, in this case a door, rather than taking it simply as statement, consider using it to develop your thinking.

A door may be closed, but that doesn’t mean it is also locked. You never know what’s going on behind a door; with time things on the other side might have changed. Even if a door is closed, you can still open it and take a peek inside. Doors allow things to pass both ways. A door my be closed to you, but is it also closed to people on the other side? If a door won’t open, try pulling instead of pushing.

Any more and I’ll become unhinged!

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