Thursday, February 5, 2015

Archetypes & the Masks you Wear

All cultures have mythology explaining our Human aspects, Greek mythology contains a host of characters to explore, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Native Culture Stories, even Movies today are our kind of American Mythology...

The Wizard of Oz is a prime example of transforming your Archetypes from Shadow Aspects to Light Aspects. 
After a long Journey... The Coward finds out he's Brave. The Soldier learns he does have a Heart. 


The Heroine has a spiritual awakening in which she realizes the Wizard is no God and she had everything she need with her all along, she was lacking nothing.
And in the end It was all A Dream... 

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Archetypes are our Ego's skin, they are the Masks we wear in our Day to Day


We need Ego to live and interact with each other in this world, to be Individuals. 

To take responsibility for our part and understand ourselves as drops of water in the sea around us, archetypes can help us have healthy detachment from our own behaviors, to learn why we do what we do and how to engage differently to create a balanced personality. 

We can have healthy Egos, through learning about Archetypes we can choose when to become the "Hollow Bone" -- to shed Ego and when to embrace a healthy Ego action as an Individual when needed.

Learning how to live in Both Worlds - as Individuals and "All as One."  

Archetypes

Pick 5-10 Archetypes you identify with from this list and don't stop here - there are a thousand other roles, keep searching!

Caroline Myss directs us to work with 12 aspects - 12 Archetypes for our personal "support group." 12 Ways in which we interact with and view the world helping us learn about our Shadow and Light aspects.

I reference Caroline Myss' Sacred Contracts for this portion of our work - Archetype Work. 
Joseph Campbell is also a great resource to look into -- The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a classic Archetype story. 

The following is from Caroline Myss' Website

Archetype Library

In "Sacred Contracts", I provide an extensive series of questions to help you determine which archetypes are part of your intimate support group. Here I'll provide you with a few basic questions that you can use to begin determining which of the many archetypal patterns may be connected with you. You can begin by looking through the list of archtypes included here. (A much more detailed explanation of each of these archetypes appears at the end of "Sacred Contracts," along with examples drawn from popular films, fiction, mythology, and religion.) Remember that we each have the Child, Victim, Saboteur, and Prostitute, so you will need to select only eight more to fill out your circle.

A Partial Listing of Archetypes

Actor
Anarchist
Bureaucrat
Caregiver
Companion
Crone
Detective
Diplomat
Dreamer
Fool
God
Healer
Historian
Knight
Magician
Matriarch
Muse
Networker
Patriarch
Poet
Priest
Prophet
Puck
Rebel
Revolutonary
Sadist
Scholar
Seductress
Servant
Sidekick
Storyteller
Thief
Tyrant
Visionary
Wizard
Addict
Artist
Beggar
Child
Coward
Crook
Dictator
Disciple
Eternal
Gala
Goddess
Herlad
Innovator
Liberator
Martyr
Midas
Mystic
Nun
Pilgrim
Politician
Prince
Prostitute
Puppet
Redeemer
Robot
Sage
Scout
Seeker
Settler
Slave
Student
Tramp
Vampire
Warrior
Zombie

Alchemist
Avenger
Bully
Clown
Craftsperson
Damsel
Dilettante
Diva
Boy/Girl Evangelist
Gambler
Gossip
Hermit
Judge
Lover
Masochist
Monk
Nature Boy/Girl
Olympian
Pioneer
Predator
Princess
Provocateur
Puritan
Rescuer
Saboteur
Samaritan
Scribe
Seer
Shaman
Spoiler
Teacher
Trickster
Victim
Witch

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