July 2, 2020
The core survival archetypes are: The Child, The Victim, The Saboteur and The Prostitute.
Part 1 covered The Child & The Victim and in this episode we cover The Saboteur and The Prostitute.
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The world seems to be turned upside down, and many of us long for a simple answer to complicated problems. This two part series discusses 4 archetypes universal to everyone that form the core patterns of survival.
Each of these patterns can give us a place to stand amidst the chaos. If we are open to observing what archetypal patterns are emerging for us we can better navigate our lives and interact positively for ourselves and our community.
First off, what is an archetype?
Archetypes are universal patterns of talents, motivations and behaviors.
They contain a dialogue of how and why we use our energy the way we do.
Archetypal patterns are a way to learn about the truth and possibilities of our lives.
Every character archetype has an empowered or light side as well as a disempowered or shadow side.
Corollary or attendant archetypes: Magician, Alchemist
Mind & Thought
Choice, Truth, Self-Esteem
The Saboteur is often the Inner Critic with a running dialogue that picks things to pieces (hence the sabotaging…). It’s the part of us that has a tendency to be logical (empowered) and over-thinking (disempowered). The Alchemist/Magician represents an ability to identify and understand the illusions that the Saboteur concocts and seeing the possibilities in situations. The ancient Alchemists where focused on changing lead to gold and the symbolic Alchemist can see the gold in the leaden situations.
In film/tv: Miranda - Sex & the City, Hermione - Harry Potter
Corollary or attendant archetype: Lover
Emotions, Faith, Negotiation, Integrity, Self-Worth
Lover / Prostitute
In film/tv: Charlotte from Sex in the City, Hagrid from Harry Potter
The Prostitute archetype engages lessons in integrity and the sale or negotiation of one’s integrity or spirit due to fears of physical and financial survival or for financial gain. This archetype activates the aspects of the unconscious that are related to seduction and control, whereby you are as capable of buying a controlling interest in another person as you are in selling your own power. Prostitution should also be understood as the selling of your talents, ideas, and any other expression of the self–or the selling-out of them. This archetype is universal and its core learning relates to the need to birth and refine self-esteem and self-respect. The disempowered version of the Prostitute is the People Pleaser, the empowered, the Lover who gives from their excess.
R.A.I.N. process to working with archetypes adapted from work created by Tara Brach. Acknowledge each of these stages in a journal or other creative outlet.
Recognize - the archetype
Accept with Compassion - accept it’s message for you with compassion
Investigate - where and why this pattern comes up
Navigate - to the next right action OR / Non-attachment - dis-engage from it