"You always had it in you"-Glinda, the Goodwitch
What are Archetypes?
- Input – Your body receives information from the outside world which is filtered through your 5 senses
- Processor – Complete internal system that analyzes the information you receive from the outside world. Thoughts, emotions, intuition
- Output – Your choices.
- Your hero’s journey: Have you ever found yourself in a situation where everything went wrong? Forced to face one crisis one after another? Fate is where we have no control over an event or situation such as loss of a parent, a job, illnesses, or whatever it is that constrains you. Your journey is to find a way through. Do you succumb to the struggles unable to choose? Do you negotiate your integrity where you feel numb? Or feel so victimized by circumstances you lash out and can’t even see your own capabilities to forge your way through? The challenge, how you respond to your situation will shape your destiny.
The Child Archetype
The Scarecrow sings and dances to the song, “If I only had a brain” because he can’t seem to decide which way to go, here or there. When given options, unable to make up his mind, he becomes frustrated, and sabotages himself by not deciding at all. The Scarecrow concludes he must not have a brain and desires one. Dorothy rightly asks, “Well you can talk, how do you do that?”
- Emotions are internal signals that help you place value on things to guide your decision making. The heart of the matter, intentions. When making decisions, you base things on how you feel and your intentions. When you realize this, the choice becomes clearer. When you are given options, connect your mind and heart for clarity to make optimal choices.
- Without realizing it, the Scarecrow listens to his heart’s wisdom. Despite the risk of uncertainty, do you choose to take the same risks? The Saboteur is the Guardian of Choice and is with you always. Like the Scarecrow to Dorothy, be kind to yourself and know your intentions when faced with choices.
Tin Man: Don’t let the name fool you. The prostitute is an energy pattern that deals with negotiation and self-esteem. Tin Man offers these symbolisms: He enters the story frozen, rusted, and wishing for a heart.
- The heart symbolizes faith and integrity. The enlightened Prostitute empowers you with trust, faith, and maintains self-worth. When you maintain integrity, you do not betray yourself. The price of self-betrayal is your energy. Self-betrayal drains. You feel out of sorts and you loose a sense of who you are. Are you in a job or relationship you hate in exchange for security? The enlightened Prostitute is the Guardian of Integrity and faith and it empowers you not to sell out.
The Lion: The Victim archetype is about boundary violation (actual or perceived) that evokes strong emotions that calls you to do something. In the Shadows, the victim feels helpless, hopeless, and even powerless. The Lion is so afraid; he even scares himself.
The Lion manifests his fears by first bullying Dorothy but when she stands up to him by swiping his nose, the Victim emerges crying and demanding, “What did you do that for”?
- The Victim is a useful archetypal pattern for protection. Think of a moment you wake up in the middle of the night, you hear something, and lean in to listen carefully if there’s an intruder. Your heart pounding! The Enlighten victim channels the emotions of fear, becomes present in the moment, leans in to listen to intuition and instinct, prepares, and acts. This technique can also be applied to non-threatening but fearful moments. Victorious is the name of the enlighten Victim! The lesson is to channel your emotions and stand up to your fears. Each time you do, you strengthen your self-esteem.
- Self-esteem is about attitudes or judgement about your self-identity. Every time you make a genuine, heartfelt assertion about your own good nature and talents, you are acting from the light aspect of the victim archetype. Every time you affirm that “I am strong” and “I will make it through this” you are tapping into the infinite power of the omnipresent victim archetype. (Stacey Couch. Wild Gratitude).