Home » Encountering the Mythic Characters in your Psyche
Six On-Line Seminars. Originally presented August ~ October, 2014
We love stories about these mythic characters. Great mythic creatures have existed for centuries in legends and in literature – and now in film – not only because they are cute or ferocious or unimaginably curious or because we want them to exist, but because they represent how our imagination experiences – or desires to experience – power.
In this workshop, we will examine each of these mythic characters in our psyche and how we relate to their expression of power and the fantasies their power engages in our lives consciously or unconsciously. The power aspects of each of these characters have literally or symbolically influenced your personal well-being since your childhood. The power their mythic stories hold in our culture and in our imaginations, as well as in our psyches, continues long past our childhood years to flow into our superstitions and our fears. Because we rely upon our imagination as a primary survival skill, we utilize these mythic characters (among many others) as our transport system for daydreaming, storytelling, fantasy and escapism, as well as imagining creative enterprises. Acts of wizardry – that is, the sudden transformation of one thing into another – for example, are happening everywhere in the Internet industry, as are incidents of Internet “trolling”. These characters – actually archetypes – are some of the most engaging of all time. Archetypal patterns take on the guise of any era in history while still maintaining their psychic essence. That is, even though trolls have gone “high tech” on the Internet, they still remain true to their malevolent nature so aptly described centuries ago in Nordic myths.
Each week I will present a mythic character in ways that will help you recognize these characters in your own psyche. My intention is to provide you with empowering life tools that can shift the direction of your life, your health, or the quality of your relationships. Inner dragons can be tamed, for example, and you can outwit a troll so that you make it across a bridge of transformation in your life. But you first need to know how.
I hope you will join me for this next Reflections series. I think you will enjoy getting to know your mythic characters.