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ARCHETYPES & GUIDES
by Renee Bledsoe
Archetypes are impersonal patterns
of behavior and influence that are both ancient and universal. They
become personalized when they are a part of our individual psyche.
Archetypes provide us with the means to interpret our reality without
the influence of our sensory stimulation. Therefore they are very
powerful to our psyche, because they are a pure energy download which
can directly interpret our belief system bypassing subjective processes
of thought, logic and reasoning.
Archetypes can bring us to a state of
pure feeling and can affect our state, as well as reveal it. As we become aware of their influence in
our life we can actively work with these holographic energies and
multi-dimensional patterns to help bring us to the
heights of our human potential. Who knows, maybe one day you'll emerge
an archetype... maybe you already are.
We know that awareness of
archetypes dates back to the time of Plato, who identified them as Forms. Plato
believed that these eternal Forms were reflected in material objects.
The Form of Beauty, for example, is abstract and applies to all
beautiful things; as vastly different as the individual manifestations
of Beauty may be--a beautiful person, sunset, or flower--the Form itself
does not change.
The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung
developed this idea even further. For Jung, archetypes comprised
psychological patterns derived from historical roles in life, such as
the Mother, Child, Trickster, and Servant, as well as universal events
or situations, including Initiation or Death and Rebirth. Along with our
individual personal unconscious, which is unique to each of us, Jung
asserted, "there exists a second psychic system of a collective,
universal, and impersonal nature that is identical in all individuals."
This collective unconscious, he believed, was inherited rather than
developed, and was composed mainly of archetypes.
Associating yourself with gods,
goddesses, angels, icons, mystical creatures, animal guides, symbols and
hero’s both living and dead, imagined or real can be one of the most
powerful mechanisms for healing and enlightenment that you can employ.
On a spiritual level, people have been attempting to follow the life of
such role models as Jesus Christ, Buddha, Dali Lami and Mother Teresa
for ages. This type of identification is obvious. However, there are
many other archetypal energies out there to help you discover yourself.
I would encourage you to investigate the full spectrum.
Everyone is different. That which would resonate with me, would be
meaningless to you…and vice versa. I may need a host of archetypes, you
may be happy with 1 or 2 at a time. They may even shift and change as
the times of your life unfold and you personally develop. Some you may
outgrow, others you may find you were under utilizing and you come back
to them when you are ready. Therefore, the trick is to choose the ones
that are right for you. No matter what, whether they choose you or you
choose them the archetypes you identify with reveal a great deal about
Archetypes have the power to act as virtual guides to self-discovery,
which leads to healing and wholeness. Although some archetypes, if you
really think about what they represent to you, do not help you associate
with what you want to become. Rather, they may be a clue to your
subconscious issues which are holding you back. You identify with them
because you perceive that you share their pain, problem or situation. In
my opinion there is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” archetype. So
don’t feel like there is something wrong with you, if you identify with
something potentially regarded as evil or negative. The thing to do is
to investigate that….not hide from it or deny it. In either case,
whether they are helping you hone higher skills within yourself or
helping you to uncover blocks to healing, they are serving a need within
If this resonates with you, I would encourage you to think about the
power of using archetypes mindfully to receive the most blessings from
their gifts. To receive the deepest understanding you will need to
reflect and research the ones that “speak” to you. I use books and the
internet to research my guides and archetypes. And I never come up empty
handed. I am always rewarded with some nugget of information or deeper
understanding of myself and my loved ones. The mosaic that it creates is
always very personal and pertinent to me and reveals to me profound
wisdom. Anyone can do this. It can actually be fun, detective work.
When I think about some of the archetypes I have identified with in the
past, I get a very clear sense of where I was mentally at the time. For
example, both my husband and I used to have something of an obsession
with a couple of Disney characters, that at the time we thought were
cute. Now as I look back, I see that those icons were not positive ones,
but rather ones that we each identified with out of our own repressed
pain. Grumpy and Eeyore we were. What a couple! Grumpy: mad, mean and
angry. Eeyore: miserable, sad and depressed. Yep, that about summed it
up. My only problem now, is how to tell my little daughter that I don’t
like Eeyore anymore!
It didn’t occur to me at the time that I was identifying with the
negative emotions of my favorite Disney character, as well as his cute
sad eyes. But I do have to admit, it did occur to me that my husband
loved grumpy so much….well, because he was grumpy, too. But now that I
have reflected on it the piece I missed was this: We all know that
Grumpy really isn’t that grumpy, so maybe, he really identified with him
because all it took was a kiss of pure love from Snow White to soften
his angry brow or so he thought. So what does all that mean? How can it
help me now?
Well, what it tells me is to pay attention to hero’s, icons, symbols and
people that really touch me. Think back even to my childhood. What
characters and people did I gravitate toward. Notice who and what my
children, my partner and anyone else that is close to me hold in high
esteem. There is a clear message within each and every one.
I now mindfully choose the archetypes that I identify with, not by force
nor arbitrary selection, but through intuition and awareness. For
example, as I sought a Goddess energy to align with, I did it by
intuitively picking cards from a deck. I happened to get the same
Goddess 5 times in a row on 5 separate occasions, which makes the
message pretty difficult to ignore. Often, however, it isn’t quite that
simple. Sometimes more information is needed before you know if you
identify totally or not. Even if you do get lucky on your draw, it is
still necessary to keep receiving information. It only enriches the
experience and will help you develop the power of the archetype within
Sometimes the information you receive will be so powerfully meaningful
to you that you will get an “aha”, other times you may get seemingly
arcane information that doesn’t quite gel with you at the time. It is
important to keep your mind open when this happens, because if you have
received this guide through intuition most likely the whole picture
hasn’t opened up to you yet.
One way I develop my archetypes is by using the internet as an oracle. As
I research my guides, I find that I am “led” from one link to the next
as if by serendipity. Always I am led to information that is so utterly
pertinent to the situation that I have an inner knowing that this
archetype is right for me. Then as I continue to research, at my
leisure, the puzzle continues to get pieced together of exactly how this
archetypal energy can be applied to my life or what message it has for
Anyone can do this. Archetypes are already emblazoned in our everyday
lives. We just need to be come aware of them. Think about how many
companies, sports teams, military, educational and other organizations
utilize archetypes, in the form of mascots and logos. If you are
completely stumped, think about the logo of the company you work for…or
your favorite football team…or your high school mascot. Chances are you
already identify with or have identified with at least one archetype. I
encourage you to explore your past archetypes, as well to cultivate new
and positive ones. This will help you to hone your awareness. Aligning
yourself with the powerful energy of an archetype can not only help you
heal and become whole, it can lead you to the fulfillment of your
Archetypal Energy Patterns from Carline Myss, Ph.D.
Archetypes from Carline Myss, Ph.D.
Plato's Theory of Forms