Arianna Huffington, and Suze Orman, and Oprah were there. And so were all of you, my Twitter tribe and blog readers.
It was summer and we were having cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and bossa nova music was playing.
Everyone was happy.
In the dream, I was giving a talk to all of you about the Jungian archetypes that Joseph Campbell and others have modernized so well.
I guess it has been on my mind lately because my friend Ward @vajrarock mentioned it to me a few weeks ago after my post “On Criticism” a couple blog posts back (scroll down- there are two).
There are generally six archetypes and different writers call them by different names, but here are the names I tend to go by and they are listed in progressive order that is a circle.
The talk I was giving to all of you was specifically on The Orphan. The Orphan emerges when something happens to undermine our faith in authority figures, God, parents, or society.
The Orphan archetype teaches the inner child to survive difficulty.
In my talk I was telling you all that we can’t get stuck in one archetype. That we must keep going, progressing onward, and healing the past.
This is an over-simplified post on archetype mythology, but I wanted to put a small idea in your mind.
I am passionate about each of us healing the past to create freedom in the present.
An unexamined and unhealed past is what is going to drive your present life no matter how hard you try to run from it, repress it, and over-compensate for it.
The past will leak out and seep out and perfume everything in your present life if it is unattended and unhealed.
The archetypes are a way to think about your life, and your past, and what happened, and the journey ahead, with a feeling of camaraderie that you are truly part of the collective unconscious and not alone in your efforts to actualize into your greatest and truest expression of yourself.
I’m thinking perhaps I will post in the future on the Heroine’s Journey and The Archetypes. It’s a beautiful and rich imagery and metaphor to aid in our healing and understanding.