An archetype is a Platonic philosophical idea referring to pure formswhich embody the fundamental characteristics of a thing.
Jerry is the archetype of a mouse.
What image of God are we talking about here ? Because there is no way we could have archetypes (ie plural) if they are based on one God only … So I guess it’s back to the Ancients again (whether Greeks, Scandinavians, Babylonians, Hittites etc … the list goes on … you can find a nice name roll HERE – look to the right of the site, but be warned that this is a Pagan site, though!) So each God/Goddess would be a prototype/archetype for a set of characteristics … Now this idea is the one that is at the foundation of my work, as I mentioned last week … Fascinating … But how does that relate to ME? (or you for that sake!)
The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875-1961) came up with this widened definition that an archetype is a universal pattern of thought, present in an individual’s unconscious, inherited from the past collective experience of humanity. That brings a whole lot of new possibilities … So humanity would have a collective unconscious … And each archetype can be considered as a human type with his/her fundamental desires and his/her deep emotions. Of course archetypes are a hypothesis, something impossible to “know”, of which we can only grasp the manifestations. Examples here would include the hero, the mother, the virgin, etc …
So if we accumulate our definitions, we can now have a much clearer idea of what is an archetype AND of what it can do for us … Thus if we have an intellectual knowledge of the archetypes at play in our psyche (oh oh oh wait a second, we’re using psychoanalytic lingo now ? … Get over it, it just means mind, subconscious or soul …), if we have an intellectual knowledge of the archetypes at play in our psyche, was I saying … If we meet them so to speak, and discover who they are, if we can become familiar with them … We can then be aware of which ones are active and how to put them to good use for our higher good… and maybe also be aware of when they are blocking us, undermine us…
They can be a fun way to discover ourselves and open up … to actually embrace ourselves, feel empowered and take action towards what we want…
Oh but wait … I’ve already done that … That is EXACTLY what I will be offering YOU in my soon to be born e-course ! Feeling intrigued ? Tell me about it ! Feeling impatient ? I will be sharing sneak peaks and revelations all through the summer, just like in this post ! Stay tuned!
In the meantime, I’m sending, as always, love, life and gratitude,
Oh ! just a BIG disclaimer … I am NOT a psychological specialist of any kind, my theories and my researches are my own and so are my conclusions. Specialists might consider this pure rubbish and of course all of this has already been written and understood. I do NOT pretend to have invented anything. This is not about reinventing the wheel, merely about curating information and presenting my personal take on it.