An archetype is an impersonal, behavioral pattern. It is a model of a personality. Archetypal language is symbolically understood and communicated by all, even when we do not realize what we are doing. We may hear someone say, “He is such a rebel”. Characteristics automatically come to our mind associated with the rebel description. Archetypes are helpful to utilize because they are predictable! We know what to expect! When we can view our experience through the symbolic language of archetypes, we can heal our wounds and fulfill our divine potential.
If we have found a good way of getting what we want, we repeat the pattern. What if we are not getting what we want? It is helpful to think about the patterns that are in your life; to become aware of them. For example, when I start to feel overwhelmed, fearful, or paralyzed with perfection I know that procrastination will soon follow if I do not consciously change the pattern. I work as a school counselor, which at times can lead to many interruptions. Frequently, when the flow of my work gets interrupted, I will get so frustrated that I find myself not accomplishing my task coupled with a new “to-do” being added to my list. My victim archetype is running the show. The victim loves to blame and complain. It is most helpful for me to breathe and stop the damaging thoughts. This then quiets the emotions, which allows me to return to my original task. When recognized, the victim will prompt you to flip your thinking to become the victor.
The mother archetype is a caregiver who takes care of others. The impersonal archetype becomes personal when she is consciously played out in your thoughts and actions. The mother archetype becomes activated in myself when I provide a loving home for my family. I serve healthy meals from a clean kitchen. My home is ready to accept guests.
When I start to have thoughts of “I am the only one cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry” or “If no one else in this house is going to do housework, why should I?” I am experiencing the martyr archetype. The child archetype could also be at play! When I start to become down trodden with housework, particularly picking up after my husband, two sons, & two pugs, it is quite beneficial for me to connect with the loving mother archetype. As I pick up a pair of shoes that belong to my husband, I will energetically send him love. As I pick up wet swimsuits off of the bathroom floor, I will remind myself how thankful I am that both boys are happy and healthy. Awareness is the key. Once I observe the pattern I am no longer a part of it. I simply reconnect with the loving mother archetype.
Archetypes are neutral: neither good nor bad, positive nor negative. Earth is the world of duality, which inclines many to categorize an archetype positively or negatively. Archetypes are from the energetic world of the collective unconscious. The key is to allow them to communicate with you.
Is there is a certain task ahead of you that an archetype can help you with? Find the pattern of the archetype for you to incorporate into your own life.