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Why Archetypes?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

When we look for guidance in how to construct our everyday lives, we still need to answer the central question of self:

  • What are my dreams and desires?
  • Who am I?
  • What do I want?
  • What's my purpose in this lifetime?

We know that our deepest relationships and meanings and context derive from the soul. And our aspiration, that grand and wonderful and mythical thing that we yearn to do, also ultimately derives from the soul. In our time here on earth, this individual soul will not be fulfilled unless it completes its mythical quest, which we can think of as the Grand Plan around which our destinies are organized.

Inside every human being there is an overarching theme, a template for heroic living, a god or a goddess in embryo that yearns to be born. This is who we were meant to be, the self that we deny ourselves because most of us cannot see the field of limitless potential that is open to us. This is our best self, the ego less self, that bit of the universe acting through us for the good of all.

These mythical stories, these heroes and heroines with, are called archetypes. Archetypes are perennial themes that reside at the level of the collective, universal soul. These themes are representations of our collective soul's yearnings, imagination, and deepest desires. These themes have existed forever.

We see them in the writings of ancient cultures, in literature through the ages. Their shapes shift dependent on where we are in history, but their core remains the same. These characters are usually presented as uncomplicated, with purity of intent, regardless of what that intent may be.

Archetypes are born of the collective soul, but they are enacted by individual souls. Their mythical dramas play out daily in our physical world.

You can pave the path to enlightenment by understanding the plan written on your soul, by nurturing the relationships that give you context and meanings, and by enacting your mythical drama.

2 comments:

shirley said...

For the last several months, I have been chewing on the notion that I want my life to be a "grand adventure", that I want it to have meaning, that it needs to be more than just making it through the day so I can get up the next morning and make it through another day. If it's going to be like that, I want to be making it through the days because there is a really good reason. Like Frodo and Sam... trudging through Mordor... they had a really good reason, a grand dream, a good goal. And even if they were to fail, at least they died trying.

So it looks like this might be an answer for me. I have one Archetype picked out, and am mulling over my other options.

When we have them picked out, we should do an "Our Archetypes" page. That would be fun!

michelle said...

interestingly enough, i have no idea what you mean by picking an archetype....clarify...i feel stupid because i have no idea what you are talking about...i didn't want to comment because i kind of don't get it....but i love you and i'm sorry....

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