During his lifetime, Carl Jung, often called the father of modern psychology, put forward his theory about archetypes. He described them as universal patterns of behaviour that reside in the realm of the human collective unconscious.
Jung proposed that people go through life drawing from a repertoire of instinctive, archetypal roles. The word archetype has now become a familiar term since experts such as Joseph Campbell, Carol Pearson, Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Caroline Myss have written about them. You could say that each archetype is like a collection of thoughts that have combined to form an idea, and an ideal, and this is what people draw on to shape the roles that they play.
Since ancient times, every human being has added their ideas and thoughts to what it means to be a mother for example, or a warrior, a servant, a healer, a hero, and the many other roles that people play.
If each person has put their thoughts and ideas about those roles in to this collective ‘pool’, then this suggests that each archetype is subject to transformation and the evolutionary process. Two hundred years ago, if the word hero was used, it was usually within the context of war or the capacity to lead and conquer foreign lands. These days, the word hero has been used to describe Olympic gold medal winners or cancer survivors. Today’s idea of what it means to be a mother or father is undergoing a process of transformation. Mothers and fathers are now ‘parents’. Gender is less important than it was in the nineteenth century. This is evident with the increase in working mothers, stay at home fathers, and single fathers and mothers. Contemporary society is now demanding that mothers and fathers learn to play each other’s roles in order to fill that position whenever the need arises. Archetypes continue to grow, since they are affected by the ever-changing social, environmental, economical and political climates.
Since the evolution of archetypal patterns never stops, this also suggests that archetypes have the potential to hold a vast amount of collective wisdom that has been gathered throughout the ages. Having been in development over eons of time, they are now well and truly established, and yet, are constantly evolving forms.
Therefore, it would make sense to say that archetypal information never goes out of date. It moves with the times. Archetypes provide contemporary information supported by ancient wisdom. Accessed using your intuition, and with the aid of your ego, soul and spirit, this information is available when you identify your 12 personal archetypes.
If you’ve ever wondered about the nature of your life and soul purpose, then make yourself familiar with your 12 personal archetypes. Archetypes indicate your soul challenges AND their solutions. Archetypes inform you about your life lessons with your partner, your children, family, community, career and money. Your archetypes tell you exactly what you are here to master. When you have this information on hand, you can be certain of more than one thing. You will realise why those you love, and those don’t, are in your life. You will know why you were born, and what you are here to do with your life.
This is a modified extract from my first book: A Dialogue with the Soul – Using Personality Archetypes to Access Inner Wisdom.