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? And that can only be answered by asking, in addition, Who am I? What do I want? Whatís my purpose in this lifetime?
We know that our deepest relationships and meanings and contexts derive from the soul. And our aspiration 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 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 egoless self, that bit of the universe acting through us for the good of all.
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. Out of that is born love and compassion. Out of that comes fulfillment and completion.
These mythical stories, these 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 soulís yearnings, imagination, and deepest desires. These themes have existed forever.
Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press)