Article that defines archetypes and gives examples. How archetypes and symbols affect consciousness and contribute to personal power.
How many people know that the right side of the brain works in symbols and pictures? How many people understand that the right side of the brain decodes those symbols and stimulates the body to respond by making the chemicals for emotions? The left brain then makes conscious thought based off of the emotions and unconscious internal beliefs of a person.
Archetypes are these symbols. By definition, archetypes are a universal form of symbol or energy pattern. Gods and Goddesses, animal totems, numbers and numerology, colors, and the planets and stars are all examples of archetypes.
Religious symbols are a great example of just how powerful symbols can be. Certain symbols can also make us respond viscerally. Know anyone who can ignore the emotional tug of a picture of a baby or a puppy? Think about a particularly crazy dream and reactions immediately after waking up. It is the response to the symbolism that is felt upon waking.The subconscious mind responds to these symbols, or archetypes.
Archetypes are a core component of how an individual views the world. Indeed archetypes are used for better self awareness and how to interact with others. Myers & Briggs is a well known archetypal testing model for the business world. It is used to promote cooperation and better communication at work. There are many tests and methodologies that will help you determine your personal archetypes. Sacred Contracts, devised by Carolyn Myss is a great way for an individual to self study and learn about personal archetypes.
Sacred Contracts uses a mix of intuition, spirituality, personal history and logic to assess a person’s initial twelve archetypes. These archetypes are then matched with the twelve astrological houses or fields of experience. Each archetype then provides a lens for how the individual views the world in that area of life. These archetypes influence everything a person does whether positive or negative. The twelve archetypes unconsciously start activating from the very beginning of life as a means of survival. Consciously becoming aware of the energies of an individual's archetypes allows transformation a force for personal power and meaning.
Personal power involves total responsibility. It allows more experiences of freedom, hope and joy. Understanding the real underlying motivations that people operate from encourages healthy and uplifting boundaries. Healthy boundaries make it easier to manage and feel emotions, thus affecting the chemical makeup of the body and making space for empowering choices. Who wouldn't want that?
About the author:
Kim Marks is a Soul Coach helping you transform into alignment with your soul. From manifesting a new goal, to understanding and moving through the depths of grief, she helps you to reconnect to your internal abundance . Kim is a certified Archetypal consultant, Radical Living Coach and Holistic manifestation Coach.Learn more about Kim and how she can help you: www.KimMarksCoaching.com