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Are You In Touch With Your Archetypes?

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).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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2:03AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

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!

7:01AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Thank you.

1:26AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

a great article

1:22AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Thanks for sharing

3:09AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

personal knowledge

5:18AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:16PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

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.

8:10AM PST on Dec 23, 2010

thanks for the article.

9:03AM PDT on Aug 15, 2010

Thanks!

4:01PM PDT on Mar 23, 2010

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.

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