Are You In Touch With Your Archetypes?

Mythical stories, their heroes and heroines within, 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 throughout the ages. Their shapes shift depending on where we are in history, but their core remains the same.

These archetypes are enacted in modern-day movies, television soap operas, and tabloid newspapers. Anytime a person or character is “bigger than life,” we are seeing the enactment of an archetype. These characters are usually presented as uncomplicated, with purity of intent, regardless of what that intent may be.

Divine or diabolical, sacred or profane, the sinner or the saint, the adventurer, the sage, the seeker, the rescuer, the love object, the redeemer – all are exaggerated expressions of the conscious energy of the collective soul.

Archetypes are born of the collective soul, but they are enacted by individual souls. Their mythical dramas play out daily in our physical world. Every human being is attuned to some archetype, or two or three archetypes. Every one of us is hardwired at the level of the soul to enact or model archetypal characteristics. They are seeds sown within us.

The activation of an archetype releases its patterning forces that allow us to become more of what we already are destined to be. And our individual archetypes are reflected in our desires or intentions. So, who are you? What do you want? What is the purpose of your existence?

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).

50 comments

Zee Kallah
.4 years ago

You bet I am. Jung released a powerhouse of useful information.

It's not always a matter of just being our selves. Which self?

Understanding and inner relationships are a source of power.

And fun. And can make the difference between a happy team
and inner grudging misery.

Yet caution is needed when dealing with archetypes. There's also the "wicked witch" as well as the sweet healer.

Playing with archetypes could and does lead to mental illness if you don't know what you're doing It's sort of like magick, it can be used to kill a man or to save a life. You need to know what you're doing or you could be headed for trouble!

Mel M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you.

Rose NoFWDSPLZ
Rose Becke4 years ago

a great article

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Past Member
Past Member 4 years ago

personal knowledge

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jon Hoy
Jonjon Hoy5 years ago

Finding my true self, true being and my real self and my unknown powers within myself is all I ever wanted to be so my spirit can shine on others.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago

thanks for the article.

Karin Sch
Karin S.5 years ago

Thanks!

Jewels S.
Jewels S.6 years ago

Thanks Elsie for your example. The article was a bit vague for me but your explanation of what it means makes a lot of sense for me. It resonates with me right now especially because I have lost that enthusiasm (what I call it) and am trying to get it back. The root (latin I think) for enthusiasm is "God within." I am trying to get it back. Namaste.