Alternative Health - Healing with Archetypes
With the technological advancements in science and medicine, a good majority of sickness are already curable. Unlike before, when there were massive deaths through plagues and breakouts, man has already engineered ways to mitigate these kinds of social unrest. By making new systems and employing new discoveries in the field of science, health and wellness become more accessible.
However, not all illnesses can be cured in the hospital. As a matter of fact, more and more individuals nowadays come out with mental challenges like depression and lack of motivation. While popping a pill can patch-up this problem, such is more of a palliative solution.
For instance, a person suffering from depression expresses various negative habits. And while science may view this as a chemical imbalance in the brain, such can also be seen as a problem with the psyche. As such, choosing a medical solution never truly solves the root cause of the problem since it only focuses on the chemical imbalance instead of what’s causing it.
This is not to say, of course, that modern medicine is useless. Instead, this article seeks to be an eye-opener for other alternative healthcare options that one can tap into. By opening your mind on other possible solutions, it is likely that you will be able to use them all together instead of simply relying on one.
As such, we try to approach healing through the archetypes. By going into a brief discussion of what archetypes are and how they can possibly improve your health, it will become a lot easier for you to integrate them into your own life. Thus, in this article, we’ll be taking a quick detour on understanding how archetypes can be such.
What are the Jungian Archetypes?
Basically speaking, the Jungian archetypes are not pre-made concepts in our heads. Instead, they can be more accurately understood as a universal set of responses to particular callings. With each archetype pointing out a specific function or role within us, these transcultural perspectives are understood to be present within us from birth.
Carried over to the development of one’s psyche, these archetypes that are stored within us will begin manifesting itself. Contained deep within one’s collective unconscious, Jung theorizes that these universal set of responses (which are commonly perceived as traits) can manifest without us even knowing it.
One good example of this is the Great Mother archetype. Possessing qualities of a mother, people manifesting this archetype will exercise that care and compassion towards others. Like a good Samaritan, they will make themselves available to other people.
Furthermore, unlike rationalist men, the Great Mother listens to the emotions of others. With the help of a strengthened skill on intuition, they are even able to know how other people feel without them uttering a word.
Thus, when we serve our given roles in society, these archetypes can develop or manifest from within. As such, it is crucial to know the12 archetypes of Jung as it gives you a good grasp of what they are and what they mean.
The 12 Jungian Archetypes
Caregiver - putting others first before themselves, the care giver’s ultimate goal is to serve the ones they love. As such, they are willing to risk it all and are available no matter the time of the day.
Creator - seeking to turn vision into reality, the creator is a perfect example of someone who seeks greatness. By building on what's there, they continually develop themselves to become better.
Explorer - excited to know what the world has in store for him/her, the explorer is determined to go around and travel. With that, they are free spirits who never stop chasing their dreams.
Hero - perhaps the most revered archetype, the hero is typically the same with protagonists in a classic plot. They are faced with a calling, coupled with a lot of challenges, which are opportunities for them to develop themselves.
Innocent - as a beacon of hope, the innocent yearns for utopia. Thus, they are able to provide that light to others.
Jester - able to see the paradoxical nature of life, the jester will make fun out of it. Thus, they will bring joy and laughter to the lives of other people.
Lover - definitely the most famous archetype, the lover seeks to create meaningful relationships with others. As such, they love themselves first then look for someone to love them as well.
Magician - able to use the powers of the universe, the magician is familiar with the unfamiliar. As such, their levels of spirituality are usually greater than others.
Member - the most loyal and trustworthy archetype, the member seeks to serve a shared purpose or a common goal.
Outlaw - seeking to change the system, the outlaw will do everything in their power to improve the world.
Ruler - seeking to change the system, the outlaw will do everything in their power to improve the world.
Sage - seeking to change the system, the outlaw will do everything in their power to improve the world.
the Jungian archetypes are not pre-made concepts in our heads. Instead, they can be more accurately understood as a universal set of responses to particular callings.
How Can These Archetypes Help Me?
By knowing the above-given archetypes, you essentially know yourself better. Because of this, it will be far easier for you to deal with your inner battles since you already know yourself.
With that, all those hormonal and chemical imbalances in your brain are less likely to occur. By building your own self-confidence through understanding, knowledge becomes power.
As long as you know your archetype, you won't get lost in your journey. Instead of winding down the long and meaningless route, these archetypes will serve as your signages where to go. With that, we hope to have contributed to you a new way to heal yourself with the help of the archetypes
This post is written by Chris Dayagdag, a writer and researcher from Individualogist.com. Individualogist is a personal development and self-improvement platform that has guided its tight-knit community of transformational enthusiasts to make remarkable breakthroughs in their lives, all through their unique approach to Carl Jung’s theory of the 12 Archetypes.