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The above benefits are only the tip of the iceberg. Are archetypes and spirit guides the same? Yes and no. On the one hand, archetypes can be approached as spirit guides. But an archetype itself is a pure type of energy. It is impersonal. It does not respond to prayer, devotion or worship. An archetype is an objective force — think of it as a building block of existence like atoms and molecules are. A spirit guide , on the other hand, is a personal metaphysical force.

I hope that clears things up a bit. Can you use archetypes as bridges to spirit guides? But pure archetypes such as those listed above are best for psychological rather than spiritual inner work. With that being said, here are some of the best ways to work with archetypes in no particular order :. Choose an archetype that represents a quality you love and wish to possess, and an archetype that you fear. Picking a light and shadow archetype is simple — just review the list of archetypes above. Notice which ones call out or jump at you and write them down.

What are your dominant archetypes? You can always review the archetypes examples above and take one of the recommended tests. Research gods and goddesses of old — these beings are basically personified archetypes. Look through the different pantheons out there and see what gods and goddesses appeal to you. For example, perhaps you struggle with expressing your anger in a healthy way. Also, pay attention to any gods or goddesses that keep popping up in your life. This happened with Lilith, the ancient Babylonian goddess of power and personal sovereignty who was the first wife of Adam but refused to be subservient to him.

I kept hearing of her, seeing of her, and reading mentions of her names in the books I was studying at the time. It was a bizarre but amazing experience! Journaling is a core spiritual practice I recommend for all forms of inner work — and that includes working with the archetypes. Put on some ethereal music or any sounds that put you into a dreamy state of mind , and do a little bit of meditation for five or ten minutes. Next, start a conversation with your archetype. For example, if you are working with Trickster energy, you may choose to look online for Trickster images.

You might stumble across a picture of Pan, Loki, Anansi, Puck, or other symbolic representations of the Trickster. You can either stare at the picture on your phone and disable the screensaver so that you can do your pathworking uninterrupted or print out a picture.

To pathwork, find a quiet undisturbed place. You want to be able to comfortably stare at your picture. Connect with your breath, ground yourself, then gaze gently at the image in front of you. After a few minutes, your vision will gain a warped or dreamlike quality.

Allow it.

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Once you feel yourself entering a light altered state of consciousness, imagine walking into the picture and interacting with the being. Alternatively, you could imagine the figure springing to life. The responses you receive may be symbolic, verbal or kinesthetic bodily sensations. Once you are finished talking with the figure, thank them, then return to normal consciousness. Record your discoveries in your journal.

Active imagination is similar to pathworking except it is done solely within your mind. Active imagination basically involves going on an unstructured visual journey within your inner landscape. Unlike visualization, nothing is prescribed: it is all spontaneous. For example, to work with a specific archetype, such as the Monk, you may choose to begin your active imagination within a monastery. Let your imagination go wild and see what happens.

Does a monk come into the place? Perhaps a wise old owl flies in and then transforms into a mysterious hooded figure who then takes you on a journey? Maybe the floor opens up and you fall into a secret chamber.

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Virtually anything could happen. Sometimes new layers of insight come when unpacking your archetypal journeys. Temporarily taking on the behaviors and attributes of your chosen archetype is a great way to integrate them into your personality structure. For example, if you wish to connect with the Seductress or Don Juan side of your nature, why not pick a sensual perfume, a beautiful piece of jewelry or an elegant outfit to wear?

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Put simply, we are composed of a multitude of archetypes. Archetypes form the many facets of our being. Working with archetypes is something I do each and every day, and it has added so much richness and depth to my life. Perhaps most of all, it has helped me to integrate parts of myself that I never even knew existed. Aletheia Luna is an influential psychospiritual writer whose work has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide.

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I plan to buy the Shadow Work…. Many Blessings! I hope this helps. Greek and Norse deities I have quite a complex relationship with, tending to despise both Zeus and Aphrodite though the power embodied by the latter wields a powerful sway over my life and mind; if we were in a Greek myth my succession of experiences of unrequited love would be a just retribution for failing to honour her in my supreme hubris admiring Athena and Artemis and liking Demeter and Hestia.

He seems just about the most well-adjusted of the major Olympians, with the possible exception of Hestia. Odin and Loki are alike intriguing, though neither as trustworthy as Heimdallr. Then again, I remain to this day in some sense a Christian as a child this was heavily tinged with Buddhism; increasingly this has moved to a greater degree of sympathy, respect and gratitude to the other Abrahamic sibling faith-traditions.

Oh and Shou Shing, the Taoist god of long life and one of the Three Gods of Happiness, but that is more based on his appearance. Spiritual archetypes is something i am very interested in and have been researching and even realizing myself. But I cannot seem to find more on them, as google is proving to be quite useless in this area, i live in a city and country where there is a huge disatvantage when it comes research on Spirituality, and I cannot do the quiz on your website about Spiritual Archetypes over and over until i get all the answers, because it feels wrong.

I know I am on to something, but I am at an early stage of my spiritual awakening journey, so guidance from people with more wisdom and experience than me is much appreciated. Love this website. I am learning a lot.

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An archtype must be wearing a mask. The majority insists on the mask. They lost face. And whoever is going to bring them back to their own Spirit that is crying out for them, that wants them back, is being judged as someone who is either not in their right mind or who is — and this is where it really gets nasty — too afraid to wear a mask. You see? The mask is the answer of the many to the quest of the few: Liberty. I sweat behind a mask. Understanding Your 2nd Chakra. Understanding Your 3rd Chakra. Understanding Your 4th Chakra.

Library of Archetypes. The forms that Plato referred to were Archetypes. The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung believed that archetypes live in "the collective unconscious" and served to organize, direct, and inform human thought and behavior. Being universal and innate, the energy of the archetypes can be found in the form of myths, stories, rituals and legends. Although the way that each of us expresses our archetypes is unique--the energy of each of these archetypes also corresponds to others.

Originally, all societies were oral and pictorial storytellers, then, many moved to written and now electronic technologies, to tell their stories. For example the characters in the Wizard of Oz, the journey to Oz resulted in the realization that they had the powers they had sought, within them all along; only their shadow archetypes of The Child, The Prostitute, The Saboteur, and The Victim were dominating their persona.

Yet, it was these very shadow archetypes that propelled them to take the journey to see the great Oz in the first place. The shadow aspects of archetypes are rooted in fear patterns and represent the part of our Being that is least familiar to our conscious mind. The shadow can be seen as an unexplored power. It expresses itself through behavior that often sabotages our wishes and image of ourselves.

We frequently don't know why we do the things we do, or why we have to cope with inexplicable fears. This leads to painful conflicts when we feel one way and act another, separating mind and heart.