Updated: Aug 10, 2020
If you follow me on Instagram, I started talking a little about this post this week. I asked, What is your archetype?
An archetype is a recurring (often mythological) theme that is a part of your identity.
A few weeks ago I was suggested a book that I got and was enthralled with. It was a book by Deepak Chopra, The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire.
At first, I was fascinated that Deepak had described my exact experiences with coincidences, which was the reason the book was suggested to me in the first place. If you recall, I've been having many coincidences in the last few months. Those coincidences not only would make you wonder what it was all about, but I was wondering too! I was going around laughing every time it would happen and say, "What does it mean?!" Some said to consider coincidences that you are on the right track, some said to just say "of course" and thank the Universe.
I finally saw it as the sign that -
I'm meant to be where I'm going. In fact, I'm already there. (Tweet this.)
Back to Deepak Chopra. The book started with some explanation of quantum physics and ended up somewhere I didn't expect.
It is such a simple concept, I don't know how I've never encountered it before. The theory that we all have an archetype (or three, or five) seems so easy and genius, and Deepak urges us to find ours and lean into those archetypes to better our lives and further our coincidences and intuition.
In his book, there is an exercise that mostly came from a book by Jean Houston, A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greatest Story.
The exercise has you listen to a reader, or record it for yourself, and goes through different archetypes as you imagine which ones speak to you most. I'll highlight only a few here and if you find this interesting, the rest is in the book.
There is Hera, the mother of the gods, regal queen of Olymp and symbol of beauty. She is confident, a fair ruler, and symbol of authority,
There is Aphrodite, goddess of Love. She is the femininity, the sensuality, the beauty.
There is Holy Child, playful innocent believer expecting unconditional love.
There is the Redeemer, prototype of Jesus and Buddha. Forgiving and radiates light from within. He is a lover of all living things and compassionate for all.
There's the Magician, the Alchemist, the master manifestor capable of transforming our experiences.
There's Dionysus, god of living in the moment, succumbed by excess, celebrating sensuality and being high on life.
There are more, like the Seer, etc.
Is this something that caught your eye? Spoke to your heart? Get the books and dive deeper, you won't regret it!
When you know your archetypes, remind yourself of them constantly. Maybe vision board a bit about them. What symbols come to mind when you think of them? Let them express themselves through you and inspire you. They will show you your true self.
The people you admire or follow do it already. Deepak talks in his book about the example of "What would Jesus do?" Simple, but as you remember archetype of the Redeemer, it was embodied by Jesus Christ. Marilyn Monroe's archetype was clearly Aphrodite. So ask yourself if you are being true to yourself, to your archetype?
What is your life's theme?
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