Every week, Caroline Myss picks an Archetype and explores it in depth.
I am delighted today to introduce my weekly mini seminars that I’m going to be doing on the Power of Archetypes.
Every single person’s life is not a religious journey – it’s a spiritual journey.
When you first hear the victim archetype it, you’re going to have a negative reaction. But I want you to go into neutral.
It is the most rewarding thing in the world when you take on your saboteur. This is how self-esteem is actually nurtured within you.
The capacity to shapeshift is one of the survival assets; to change your shape, to adapt to what’s happening around you, and to what is required of you at the moment.
The holy witness is most certainly a part of one’s healing journey. And beyond that, it’s part of one’s inner development, the need to have a witness at critical passages in your life.
The vampire is one of those archetypes that has made its way into the social energy of society.
The starving artist archetype requires confronting fear, entitlement, and expectations.
The prostitute archetype requires us to ask ourselves, through what means will I survive?
The rescuer archetype requires refinement. Rescuing is not a lifestyle. It is an act of empowerment that we are blessed with when we need it.
The difference between someone who’s a good cook, and someone who’s a chef, is the alchemist archetype
The addict confronts the mystical awareness that the most precious thing you have is the power of your spirit.
Oftentimes people with the martyr archetype find themselves in circumstances where they do a lot for people, but never get acknowledgement for what they’re doing.
The Wounded Child has experiences in their childhood that can form them and cause suffering that is not measurable and can hardly be articulated. And even when they don’t want that pain to control them, it has authority.
Mysticism is the experiential nature of the sacred. And, through the centuries and certainly, now, that experience of mysticism has adapted itself to modernity.
Outlaws are heroes of sorts, people who live outside conventional controls. They want to outrun or outwit the very mechanism of life.
A curmudgeon uses tactics to stop the flow of harmonious energy. Nothing pleases this person—absolutely nothing.
The Indentured Servant includes the idea of serving, but it is forced service. Indentured means I am contracted here, and so I must stay.
A bully is someone who has no sense of personal power. Bullying is a way of diminishing the power of another human being so that you feel safer.
The Damsel is associated with being a young, beautiful, helpless maiden waiting for rescue. Eventually, we’re supposed to rescue ourselves and emerge queens in our own psychic field.
The hermit is associated with the need to seek solitude. Even among the monastics, hermits would seek out space to be within themselves for spiritual reasons or personal reasons of creativity.
The Magician can learn the laws of the universe and maneuver them to act on their behalf. They have access to secret knowledge with authority over the world of matter.
What triggers the rebel is freedom, the need to experience the freedom that doesn’t exist. The rebel is moving from a state of restriction to something more liberating.
Along the path of empowerment, everybody encounters inner reptiles. But action destroys reptiles; positive action always destroys reptiles.