What Core Wound Is Sabotaging Your Success?

What Core Wound Is Sabotaging Your Success?

What core wound is sabotaging your success in business, life, and health? Exploring the 4 common core wounds behind so many of the challenges we can have in achieving business, financial, relationship, and health success.

What is a Core Wound?

What Core Wound Is Sabotaging Your Success

A core wound is a deep psychological wound that makes a large imprint on our psyche. Core wounds leave very distorted limiting beliefs in our unconscious. Many deep core wounds form before 7 years of age, an important time in a child’s development when we form certain narratives, patterns, and behaviours.

Although core wounds can develop later in life most deeper wounding is formed in these early years. It is often the deeper wounding, the deeper layer of pain behind many unhealthy patterns and traits that sabotage different areas of our lives.

How Core Wounds Begin

Core wounds begin when one moves from a state of authentic freedom and the receiver of unconditional love, into different states of mental, emotional, physical, or even spiritual wounding and pain. That is formed from judgment rejection, and punishment from others when we don’t conform to certain behaviours, and ideologies of those around us.

On a spiritual level, it is when the soul feels disconnected from love in many ways at an unconscious level the soul feels disconnected from god.

Core Wounds And Unconscious Sabotaging Beliefs

Core wounds are interrelated to a variety of unconscious sabotaging beliefs and archetypal traits that keep us stuck in unhealthy self-sabotaging beliefs, patterns, attractions, and manifestations.

4 Core Wounds That May Be Sabotaging Your Success

Guilt Wound

Guilt wounding can keep us small, and keep us stuck in archetypal patterns where we get embroiled in others’ emotional pain and suffering. Become the caregiver, helper, servant, rescuer, hero, and warrior in its shadow form.

The Inner child feels guilty for things they are not responsible for, guilty for the suffering and pain of those around them and in the collective. Struggles to set boundaries and struggles to ask for help or receive it in life. Tend to attract people who will use all sorts of manipulation tactics to get them to feel sorry for them, do things for them, and get their attention.

You see this in a lot of empaths and those brought up in a highly strict religious background where guilt was used to manipulate and control.

Displaced guilt can trigger all sorts of unhealthy patterns and behaviors such as overgiving and under receiving in business. Constantly attract those who don’t want to pay or appreciate your value, such as those stuck in their victim archetype or eternal archetype who don’t want to take self-responsibility for their challenges.

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Abandonment Wound

Abandonment wounding can stop us make true genuine deep connections in business with our ideal audience and business connections.The abandoned inner child always feels left out and can unintentionally keep themself on the sidelines by their thoughts and behaviours. They struggle to be alone, left out, or appear different. Tend to create co-dependent relationships and co-dependent issues in situations. Tend to attract partners, friends, and other relationships with those who are emotionally unavailable.

In the spiritual business, this can show up as the business that wants to try and serve everyone and is so focused on not leaving anyone out. So busy trying to cater to anyone or everyone their messaging speaks to no one or very few. That is why they can struggle to make deep connections or make any real impact. Their deep desire to be accepted, and belong can make it difficult for their ideal audience to get to know them at a deeper authentic soul level.

Trust Wound

Trust wounding can create all sorts of chaos in business and success. The problem with this major core wound in business is their lack of trust in themselves which shows up in lack of trust in all areas of their life.

Those with trust wounds are so insecure and so afraid to be hurt, that they can be very suspicious, and look for reasons not to trust others. Some tend to be more loners or attract others who don’t feel safe and are also insecure, so there are a lot of trust issues in these relationships.

In any business, trust in your gifts, skills, expertise, your business, and your offerings is paramount. You also have to trust the people you work with, and the clients you serve if you don’t you will attract all sorts of unhealthy situations that reinforce further lack of trust.

Neglect Wound

Neglecting wounding where someone has very low self-worth often attracts all sorts of challenges that reflect that unworthiness. Such as struggling to attract clients, co-partners, and relationships that don’t value, appreciate, or see them no matter how skilled, gifted, or experienced they are they can feel invisible, feel taken for granted, and be undervalued.

Neglect wounding is a core wound that can show up in a lot of repressed emotions, and a struggle to be vulnerable. Wounding that can cause a lot of empaths to become so focused on others they don’t care for themselves and suffer empathic burnout.

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Ylang Ylang Oil To Soothe Your Inner Child

Ylang Ylang Oil To Soothe Your Inner Child

Ylang Ylang Oil To Help Soothe Your Inner Child. Why Ylang Ylang oil is one of the essential oils commonly used to gently soothe, relax, and support your nervous system from inner child trauma when used alongside inner child healing and therapy.

Ylang Ylang Oil (Yi Lan Yi Lan)

Botanical Name: Cananga odorata

Ylang Ylang Oil is extracted from the Ylang Ylang Tree also known as Cananga odorata, a yellow star-shaped flower of tropical descent native to beautiful Asian areas around the Indian Ocean such as the Philippines, India, and Malaysia. The ylang ylang flower only blooms at night, it has a bright floral scent.

Ylang Ylang Oil Benefits

Ylang Ylang Oil has deeply spiritual properties as well as healing and nurturing properties. When used correctly the oil of ylang ylang acts as a soothing balm when consciously working our inner child wounding and trauma. Especially ylang ylang extracted from the yellow flower as it has soothing properties on the nervous system.

In traditional medicine especially ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine ylang ylang has been widely used to help treat various ailments such as

  • anxiety
  • gout
  • headaches
  • heart palpitations, tachycardia
  • lower high blood pressure
  • nerve tonic
  • malaria
  • pneumonia
  • rheumatism
  • sleep issues, nightmares, and night terrors
  • stomach issues

In ayurvedic medicine, Ylang ylang essential oil is used to help Pitta and Vata imbalances.

Medical Use Of Ylang Ylang Oil

In a variety of documented research Ylang ylang has been shown to help

Ylang Ylang is also used in beverages, ice cream, and sweets.

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Choosing The Right Grade Of Ylang Ylang Oil

To get the optimum healing properties of any essential oil it is important to choose a high-grade quality essential oil. I have tried many different essential oil brands over the last 30 years NYR Organics Ylang Ylang Oil and Doterra Ylang are my favourites in relation to quality of grade.

NYR Organics tends to be lower priced and are UK’s first certified organic health and beauty brand, I LOVE that NYR is a brand of high integrity, and the safe and effective use of essential oils is clear in their products and marketing.

Doterra don’t seem to be as clear on safety and effectiveness, and all I am going to say I have personally witnessed too many skin burns and other toxicity issues due to incorrect advice and used by some of their ambassadors.

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Ylang Ylang Oil To Heal Your Inner Child

Ylang Ylang the inner child oil, one of the best essential oils to help the inner child

It helps calm and restore the nervous system

Opens and heals the heart chakra.

Supports and balances the right brain.

Encourages a state of flow and balanced creativity.

Support a mental and emotional energy of gratitude.

Is a natural anti-depressant, that soothes the inner child wounding.

Can aid sleep, and alleviate nightmares and night traumas.

I have personally found Ylang Ylang extremely soothing and healing during the deepest challenges of my life. It helped me to completely eliminate nightmares while chronically and seriously ill in my early twenties.

It is a soothing balm that supports and uplifts, it is an essential oil I suggest to my clients during inner child therapy. and when working with the magical child. It can also be useful in using with colour therapy and colour healing.

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How To Use Ylang Ylang Oil

Aromatherapy Bath is one of the most effective ways to use ylang-ylang oil, next best way to use ylang ylang for your inner child is an aromatherapy massage, a massage that applies a ylang ylang oil blend with a carrier oil to the whole body or parts of the body; for example chest, tummy, back, arms, legs, feet.

The aromatherapist carefully blends a selection of oils with a carrier oil, also known as a massage oil to suit your individual needs. But note blending oils is an art, a

An aromatherapy bath

The best way to add any essential oils to the bath is to add the oils to a base oil that will easily disperse in the bath such as avocado, coconut oil, or olive oil.

Adult Recommendations:

Run bathwater.

Then add 5 ml of your ylang ylang oil or add 5 drops of Pure Essential Oils to bathwater. You can include another essential oil in the 5 drops to be more grounding add 4 drops ylang ylang and 1 drop of Frankincense or Sandalwood. To be more uplifting choose 1 drop of orange or Mandarin, Jasmine, or Rose Essential Oil.

Ylang Ylang blends well with Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lemon, Mandarin, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver.

Then thoroughly disperse in water before entering the bathwater.

Relax in the bath for a minimum of 10-15 minutes to get the full benefit.

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Essential Oil Cautions and Contraindications

Most people underestimate the power, properties, and potency of essential oils. Even though essential oils are extracts of nature every essential oil is uniquely made up of different volatile compounds. Each essential oil tends to have a long list of therapeutic properties but some have potentially toxic and harmful properties when not used in the right dilution or not in a safe and effective way.

WARNING:

Use essential oils with care, especially when applying essential oil blends on children, the elderly, those with certain health challenges or medical conditions. Always check with your doctor and a qualified aromatherapist to see if essential oils are suitable for any chronic or rare medical condition.

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Self Healing – What is Shadow Work?

What is shadow work and why is shadow work such an important part of self healing, raising your vibration and consciousness.

Healing - What is Shadow Work?

What is Shadow Work?

Shadow work is about healing our shadow traits, our inner wounding, our fears, mental and emotional triggers, unhealthy beliefs, actions and programming. Every single one of us have positive traits and shadow traits, that impact how we show up in our life. The roles we play, even the circumstances we attract in our life.

Shadow work is an important part of raising our vibration and level of consciousness. It requires a certain amount of self-awareness, self-inquiry and self-responsibility and it is an ongoing process. It is not something you just do over a period of time and all is healed, shadow work is a fundamental part of the spiritual journey.

As they say its’s a journey not a race.

There is all different types of shadow work and in many ways different layers to shadow work. One common aspect of shadow work is healing the inner child and this is normally done along side other archetypal shadow work. Where one explores the most dominant archetypal patterns that are playing out in their personality and behaviours.

We just need to explore the Wounded Healer a strong archetype in healers, therapists and many medical professionals.

The Wounded Healer

The Wounded Healer has both light and shadow traits.

In it’s highest positive light traits the wounded healer, is able to support someone’s healing process through compassion and healing from their own wounding.

“In 1951, Jung first used the term wounded healer.11 Jung believed that disease of the soul could be the best possible form of training for a healer. In a book published days before his death,12 Jung wrote that only a wounded physician could heal effectively” National Library Of Medicine – The wounded healer

In its shadow traits the ego wants to heal others than working on their own healing. The Shadow traits can show up in all sorts of way in the wounded healer. Especially in healers who wants to fix others than constantly working on their own mental, emotional, physical and spiritual healing. Healing is an ongoing process.

A healers unhealed wounding can also show up in healers who move from training to training, certificate to certificate just for the title or to add something to their business., but don’t apply the tools and techniques to their own life. Or healers and coaches who only look at light work and positive mindset and use all sorts of avoidance techniques to avoid the shadow within and around them.

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Healing Our Shadow Traits

Shadow work, healing our shadow traits is an ongoing process, in a 3d world we all carry different wounding that is keeping us stuck.

Anything that triggers a negative emotional reaction is a wounding; a persons words, actions, beliefs.

Any behaviour pattern that is not of the highest vibration is a shadow trait; from the things we do or don’t put in our body and mind, what we do and don’t do in our life.

That is why things like avoidance, procrastination are shadow traits. Even over attachment to materialistic things are shadow traits as it means your ego is running the show and putting more importance to material things than your soul.The need to be right, even certain expectations are shadow traits.

There is also so many different types of shadow selves like the naive shadow, superficial shadow, cowardly shadow, suspicious shadow, controlling shadow…

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The Art Of Stillness

The art of being still and being able to be in the moment is a powerful part of healing our shadow wounding as it all starts with self awareness. When we struggle to be still, struggle to stop or meditate, in many ways something else is running the show. Childhood trauma or conditioning can create all sorts of unhealthy beliefs or programming around busyness, or fear of facing the shadow within. That is why deep traditional meditation practices are extremely powerful at increasing self awareness and better soul connection.

Soul Connection

Building a deep heart and soul connection helps us naturally get more connected and guided with our soul’s essence. It helps us loosen our attachment to things outside ourselves that is not of the light our divine truth. Soul work naturally helps expand our vibration and helps heal our wounding and triggers, the biggest cause of unhappiness.

It also helps elevate our consciousness and awareness to such a degree that you are not as easily influenced or programmed by the illusion and deception of the 3rd world.Equally you also become less polarised, that is why so many lightworkers who have good soul connection and good soul power can see through the veil of illusion and chaos and still stay very positive and grounded.They can look at the dark and not be as touched by, while others want to hide, because they are hiding from their own shadow.

Inner Child Healing and Inner Child Therapy

There are so many different types of inner child work that can help us explore and heal hidden and deep seated emotional triggers and unhealthy shadow traits that are keeping is stuck in patterns. Inner child play is good for beginners, it is helps form a more calm and relaxed connection with the inner child. There are a variety of psychological and healing approaches to inner child and shadow work.

I use some psychic approaches because of the amount of energetic and psychic interferences and attachments people are carrying, especially healers. For inner child work, make sure you choose a therapist who has a good understanding of trauma, the psyche and schisms.

Archetypal Therapy and Healing

Archetypes are a powerful way to highlight both positive and shadow traits in every area of our life. Technically inner child work is one aspect of archetypal work, though archetypal work outside just the realm of the inner child but all different archetypal patterns that are playing out.

I have been studying archetypal work for over 25 years and even though there is so many layers to archetypal work I find it extremely powerful to help healers, therapists and coaches and any sort of lightworkers, move through their self-sabotaging shadow traits.

Therapeutic Story Telling

Creative and therapeutic storytelling can be a powerful way to heal inner child trauma and wounding. It can be extremely healing and empowering. One of the most fun, creative and healing sessions I ever run many years ago was a Fairytale Inner Child Writing Course. Healing and changing our story our narrative about how we see ourselves is a powerful way to move out of the sabotaging survival archetypes we take on. That is why therapeutic storytelling can be used alongside other types of shadow work.

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11 Tips To Boost Your Vibration

Ready to boost your vibration, increase your energy, raise your levels of consciousness, and manifesting power?

These simple yet powerful ways help boost your vibration and your mood, and help support you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually on your journey of awakening and ascension.

We know the more we can increase our vibration, the easier it is to manifest and attract a different reality in our life and on our planet.

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11 Ways To Boost Your Vibration

Be More In The Moment: It is much easier to manage your energy and boost your vibration when you are fully in the present moment. Our stressors and our triggers are more likely to be engaged when we are in our head rather than in a state of being. It is much easier to be in a state of energetic flow in the moment.

Eat Clean High Vibrational Foods: What we eat and drink and even medically put in our body has a huge impact on our physical body, the physical vessel and energetic body that is here to help hold the spiritual vessel. So many foods lower our vibration and interfere with our spiritual channel, especially alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine which can block the 3rd eye. So eat high-vibe food, especially food that is organic, fresh, and from all the colours of the rainbow.

Get More Soul Connected: The stronger our soul connection is, the easier it is to be a strong channel for love, light, and divine truth. This will help raise your soul power, and boost your vibration and spiritual connection to god, to the divine. So practice deep meditation with your soul, and create time for spiritual prayer to build that richer deeper connection with your heart and soul. Also, it is important to note that affirmations are best done when we are deeply and spiritually connected.

Inner Work: Doing the inner work, the shadow work, soul work, and inner child work helps us heal old trauma, old ancestral, karmic, and energetic patterns in ourselves, our family line, and the collective. That is why I LOVE working with archetypal therapy as archetypes are a powerful and fast way to identify our shadow traits and deep inner child wounding.

Be Authentic: Work on being authentic, being honest with yourself first and foremost and others. It helps free the soul and detach from the deep hold the ego has on the identity we think we need to present to the world. A very natural way to boost your vibration, your soul.

Know You Are Enough: When you know you are enough it is much easier to show up as you, show up in a healthy, confident way. So many lightworkers and spiritual business owners sabotage their success by trying to be something they are not. Trying to be more of something they are never meant to be. You are here to be you, this helps us let go and let god.

Stay On Your Path: Staying in our lane, focusing on our spiritual journey, and our life purpose helps accelerate our vibration tenfold. The more you get distracted by others’ roles, knowledge tools, and techniques than what you are here to do. The more you scatter and lower the energy of your own soul path and soul connection.

Get Grounded: Get grounded as much as possible, we are so used to living in such unnatural environments, we don’t realize how unhealthy and ungrounded we are. So get out in mother nature, and bring more nature to you. Essential oils, house plants, and certain crystals can help support us with grounding. So can energy tools that help protect our energy.

Use Natural Medicine: We are so lucky to be surrounded by nature’s medicine in our gardens and nature, but also today have such easy access to so many forms of natural medicine, and nutritional healing from nature. There are so many things in nature that can help support our wellbeing, for example, I have some fresh mint in my garden that I use as an infusion, and lavender is extremely soothing and healing. Many essential oils can raise our vibration energy, like lemon oil and orange oil are great for boosting our mood, rose is gently uplifting, and great for grief, loneliness, and heartache.

Expand Your Heart: Heart expansion helps us raise our vibration, and increase our capacity for more compassion, love, and generosity of spirit. Our heart intelligence has a higher wisdom, and higher vibration than our egoic mind. That is why it is so important for us to work on expanding our spiritual heart such as in this heart meditation.

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How To Nurture Your Inner Child

How To Nurture Your Inner Child

How To Nurture Your Inner Child

How To Nurture Your Inner Child, Comfort and Soothe Our Inner Child in a deeply healing and supportive way.

What is Your Inner Child?

Your inner child is part of you, part of your psyche that has been present from the time you have been conceived.

Our inner child forms different archetypal traits to adapt and survive our environment and family system.

It is where most of us form healthy and unhealthy archetypal traits, personality traits that shape our beliefs and behavioural patterns in adulthood.

The reason why we all have a wounded inner child that needs healing and healthy parenting.

No matter how healthy, caring, and nurturing our childhood was, we all have inner child wounds, we all have happy, self-sabotaging, and destructive patterns that impact our lives.

Nurturing Your Inner Child

Nurturing your inner child is an important part of helping to comfort, reassure, and soothe your inner child to become a more happy healthy adult.

But like everything in life, there is a healthy way to nurture and approach your inner child and a not-so-healthy way.

It is that fine balance of being able to listen and acknowledge the inner child while equally parenting the inner child in a nurturing way.

Like every child, your inner child can want and crave all sorts of unhealthy patterns in an attempt to self-soothe its trauma, neglect, abuse, and loss.

This is why it is so important to approach healing your inner child and nurturing your inner child in a healthy balanced and informed way.

 

Nurturing Your Inner Child, Healing Your Wounded Child

10 Ways To Nurture Your Inner Child

Connect With Your Inner Child –

You cannot truly and effectively nurture your child within until you can make a healthy and deep soul connection with your inner child. This is a step that shouldn’t be rushed and it requires you to set times in your day, and week where you make that conscious connection.

Listen To Your Inner Child –

Part of nurturing and parenting your healthy child is the ability to listen and acknowledge your inner child.

Many children of certain generations were seen but not heard. And in many ways not seen.

The ability to listen to what our child archetypes and inner child are trying to tell us is of vital importance. If we don’t listen closely enough we can miss very important information, that is why listening to your inner child is so important and one of the most fundamental basics of inner child therapy.

Being Fully Present With Your Inner Child –

The ability to be fully present requires the ability to be still, be quiet, and be fully in the moment is so important. If you struggle to be still, struggle to connect within or to your soul’s essence. You are going to struggle to connect with the heart of your child’s archetypes that need your attention. That is why the right meditation techniques and soul connection skills can be extremely helpful.

Honour Your Inner Child –

it is so important for us all to respect, value, and honour our inner child and all our archetypal traits in a balanced and healthy way. Just like honouring, respecting, and valuing a child we love, we have to honour that child in a way without reinforcing unhealthy child wound patterns.

This is why honouring and valuing the child archetypes within us also involves parenting our inner child to recognise unhealthy stuck patterns. For example, the shadow traits of the eternal child who doesn’t want to grow up and chooses toto avoid growing up and taking self-responsibility. The victim child who chooses to be a victim of their circumstances, who doesn’t value, honour, or respect themself enough to create change.

Soothe Your Inner Child –

Healthy self-soothing is an important aspect of nurturing our inner child, the key is healthy soothing. Unhealthy patterns of self-soothing is eating a full tub of ice cream or any other form of unhealthy comfort eating or relying on drugs or prescription medication to self-soothe.

Instead self soothe using relaxation techniques, havening, a relaxing bath, calming and grounding essential oils anything that will help calm down the nervous system in a healthy balanced way.

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Play With Your Inner Child –

As adults we forget to have fun, we forget to make some playtime in our day, in our week, our life. It is so important to have fun, and laughter, and to take time out. The entertainer, jester archetype can help remind us of these qualities.

Get Creative With Your Inner Child –

Creativity can be a powerful therapeutic tool in inner child work, the right type of creativity that feels aligned with your soul can be very soothing and nurturing. Tapping into the artist, creator archetype or creative child archetype or magical child archetype can help inspire that creativity.

Exploring different creative hobbies can be extremely healing and can help reignite more passion and creativity in our lives.

Send A Letter To And From Our Inner Child –

Sending a deeply caring and loving letter to and from our inner child can be extremely healing and cathartic. Sending a letter to your inner child to tell your child that you love and care for them can help open deeper doors to self-healing. Sending a letter from the wounded child to the adult you stating what you really need right now can really help you identify what your wounded child needs and wants at a deeper soul level.

Parent The Inner Child –

Parenting our inner child is a vital part of the healing process, if we cannot parent our inner child we cannot help the child grow up in a healthy and balanced way. A healthy parent helps teach our inner child healthy patterns that help us become healthy happy grown up.

Unhealthy parenting teaches unconsciously unhealthy patterns, self-sabotaging, and destructive patterns in our lives. So part of parenting your inner child is teaching your inner child a new way of being

Healing Our Inner Child –

The right Inner Child Healing can be extremely powerful at helping you make massive shifts in your life, your relationships, your business, and your career.

So it is important to choose the right type of inner child therapist, inner child healer, or inner child work that will best suit your inner child’s needs. Choose an inner child therapist that understands trauma, self-sabotaging patterns, and your most dominant archetypal traits that are running or ruining your life.

I have personally met and worked with so many clients through the years that have felt more damaged or traumatised by therapists or healers that don’t know what they are doing.

Listening to what our inner child needs is crucial. And don’t be shy about asking the therapist about their qualifications, level, and area of expertise in inner child work;  years of experience, and how many clients they have worked with. It is important our inner child feels safe and is safe with a therapist, counsellor, coach, or healer.

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Understanding The 12 Main Archetypes

Understanding The 12 Main Archetypes

Understanding The 12 Main Archetypes In Therapy, Healing and Business. What are Archetypes? And what benefits can come from understanding your main archetypal traits in your life, relationships, and work?

Understanding The Main 12 Archetypes IN LIFE AND BUSINESS

Understanding Archetypes is extremely useful in certain types of therapy and healing when approached in the right way. It is a great way to understand certain human behaviors and traits, as well as societal constructs.

I began studying Archetypes over 25 years ago from the psychological and psychotherapy perspective, the spiritual and healing perspective, and then Archetypal Branding and Marketing.

I found archetypal work is an important element of Inner Child Healing and can be extremely helpful in helping us identify more clearly our strengths and our weaknesses.

What is Archetypes?

The translation of the word Archetype in Latin actually comes from the Greek Translation of the adjective archetypos; archetype, exemplar, ideal, norm, pattern, norm, standard.

To understand Archetypes it is helpful to look at the work and views of Swiss Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Specifically his Jung Archetypes and the Jungian Concept of the Psyche.

Carl believed that we all have human inclinations and/or traits that we in many ways are born with. What he regarded as heritable psychic structures that play a part in how we experience and show up in life.

When he used the word the Psyche he viewed the Psyche as the all-encompassing aspects of one’s thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behaviour. While many today would describe the psyche as just the mind.

According to Jung, he viewed the psyche as 3 Major Realms

Consciousness – Awareness which he regarded as the ego; the memories, thoughts and emotions you are aware of.

Personal Consciousness – a layer where we hold events that we are not consciously aware of It is where we hold events we have perhaps ignored, denied or discarded.

Collective Consciousness – the realm that holds in many ways a whole collection of Universal Traits; shared attitudes, beliefs, ideas, and wisdom that relate to individuals and large groups of individuals.

Through clinical patient and historical research, Jung discovered that many individuals no matter their culture, society, religious status, or beliefs, held commonly shared unconscious traits. From this understanding and research, the concept of Archetypes was introduced.

The 4 Major Jungian Archetypes

  • The Anima/Animus,
  • The Persona,
  • The Self
  • The Shadow

This would eventually lead to Jung suggesting there were a variety of different archetypes, which included the Child, Mother, Father, Hero, Trickster, and Wise Old Man…

He explained that different archetypes were not fixed but interchangeable with other archetypes. That is why what is regarded as the 12 Main Archetypes can look very different in certain types of work.

 

What Are The 12 Main Archetypes?

Today the work of the 12 main Archetypes has evolved from Jung’s Main Archetypes.

For example, Psychometric and Archetype analysis is used to assess certain traits; attitudes, behaviour, strengths, and weaknesses in therapy, healing, job placement, education, branding, and marketing.

The 12 main archetypes help us recognise and understand the most common dominant traits in the collective.

Understanding The 12 Main Archetypes. Exploring the work of Carl Jung Archetypes and some of the most common archetypes used in therapy, healing, business and branding.

 

The 12 Main Archetypes

The use of Archetypes has become a bit of a trend. So Jung’s 12 Main Archetypes in many ways have been adapted and modernised to suit modern times but for this blog concerning therapy and healing I have chosen the 12 main archetypes below

Caregiver Archetype – Also known as the Nurturer, Mother, Helper, Altruist

The light aspect of the Caregiver, the Nurturer Archetype is an individual whose traits are mainly selfless, their strongest traits in life are empathy, compassion, and giving. They naturally want to nurture and protect those they meet. They are often very strong empaths and lightworkers.

Common shadow traits of the Caregiver is their tendency to protect and give unconditionally without thinking. Victim, Martyrdom, Rescuer Traits. This often leads to over-giving, lack of boundaries, and difficulties saying no. Which can lead to being undervalued, taken advantage of, exhaustion, burnout, frustration, and resentment.

Creator Archetype also known as the Artist, Creative, Innovator

The Creative Archetype’s most positive traits include the natural flair and ability to dream, create, and be original. They have a tremendous gift of imagination, innovation and self-expression

The Artist or Creative Archetype’s shadow traits include perfectionism, strong traits of neuroticism, or a tendency to put creativity over positive solutions. Overthinking and emotional instability can lead to relationship difficulties and introversion.

The Innocent Archetype also known as the Child, Dreamer, Utopian

The light aspects of the Innocent are their optimism, positivity, their ability to see good in everyone, and their desire for everyone to like them. They tend to believe the world is a great place to live. They long for innocence, rebirth, and in many ways salvation.

The shadow aspect of the innocent is their naivety, innocence, and dreamlike view of the world and others means they can lack judgment and discernment. They are one of the easiest archetypes to impress but are fearful of being punished for doing wrong.

Explorer Archetype also known as the Seeker

The light aspect of the Explorer Archetype is their sense of adventure and freedom-seeking. They enjoy seeking and exploring new places, and new experiences, they have a strong tendency towards personal freedom and space.

The shadow aspects of the Explorer Archetype include the restlessness or disease

that comes with being bored or feeling you are in one place or doing the same thing for too long. Their lack of fear or lack of boundaries for new adventures, and new places can lead to challenges around commitment, focus, persistence, rules, and boundaries. It can also be a major cause of unhealthy forms of escapism like drugs, alcohol, adrenaline junkie.

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Hero Archetype is also known as Champion, Defender, Rescuer, Warrior

Positive aspects of the Hero Archetype include the depth of courage, energy, and power they have to achieve something they believe is the honourable thing to do. They are about making the world a better place, defending the rights of others. They can often see the bigger picture concerning governments, organisations and society.

Shadow aspects of the Hero Archetype can be a strong need for power and limelight. Their tremendous level of ambition can get work against them or others. Doing almost anything including stepping over others or sacrificing themself to achieve that goal. Can be viewed negatively as Conspiracy Theorists although they tend to have a wider view than others on what is going on.

Magician Archetype – sometimes known as the Alchemist, Wizard, Sorcerer

The Magician and Alchemist Archetype’s most positive and light traits include the ability to be a catalyst for transformation and growth. They tend to have a much stronger and deeper connection to the universe and unseen than many other archetypes do. So tend to have strong intuitive and or psychic traits. I tend to attract a lot of Alchemists in my work as many are natural healers, spiritual teachers, and transformational coaches.

The Magician’s shadow traits include being easily seduced by magic, money, and illusion. They don’t always have patience and like the Magician Apprentice want to get the results without always doing the work or practice. This alongside having very strong opinions can make them sometimes the challenging student. Or cause them to not reach their full potential or fall for their own illusions. They can as quickly destruct or self-destruct as transform and make great change.

Lover Archetype also known as the Romantic Archetype

The Lover or Romantic Archetype’s main light traits are feminine, love, emotions, passion, sensitivity, devotion, and commitment. This archetype is easily suppressed by strict or rigid parenting.

The Romantic or Lover Archetype’s shadow traits include their deep fear of rejection, their need for someone else, and their need to please. Lack of Self-Love and Self-Care. Can have a strong tendency towards co-dependency issues, over-attachment, and neuroticism. Suppression of the Lover Archetype can lead to all sorts of addictions and promiscuity.

Jester Archetype is also known as the Clown, Fool, Trickster, Party Host,

Jester Archetype’s main positive traits are their strong ability to have fun, and be the life and soul of the party. They have a natural ability to uplift others and get others to join in and engage in activities or communication. Tend to be entertaining and or a natural comedian. Their main motto tends to be you only live once.

Common Jester Archetype shadow traits include not always taking things seriously, because they fear being judged as boring. They often have challenges with being mature, sensible, and taking responsibility. Their darkest shadow elements include deception, lies, and manipulation.

The main reason the Jester is viewed as both positive fun and as the Trickster devious and deceptive is because of their polar opposite tendencies. The Jester can therefore be fooled by their mind, believe anything is possible, and not see their weaknesses or limits within a situation.

Orphan Archetype also known as the Communitarian, Realist, Everyday Girl Or Everyday Man

Realist Archetype’s main positive traits include their strong abilities of equality, they are normally highly sociable, and are particularly relatable to the man on the street. Think of the boy or girl next door.

Realist’s shadow traits include their fear of being the odd person out, excluded, so they can easily themself and their values just to be part of the group, the community.

Rebel Archetype also known as the Outlaw Archetype

Rebel Archetype’s main light traits are their Free Spirit, their ability to expand and break perceived limitations, and their level of independence.

Rebel’s main shadow traits include their fear, frustration with rules and boundaries, thinking of the Rebel without a clue, or Rebel without a cause. In the negative state, they can have a tendency to go against the grain or rules just for the sake of it. This can lead to a lot of self-destructive or self-sabotaging patterns in life, relationships, work, and business.

Ruler Archetype is also known as the Leader, Father, Royalty, or Sovereign Archetype

Ruler Archetype’s main positive attributes include their natural ability to be a leader, to lead than to be led. They tend to be authoritarian figures, that have courage, strength, and a broad view of a situation.

Shadow traits of the Ruler Archetype include repressed anger, and the need to dominate some sort of control or power over others. And their inability to see what they are suppressing rather than leading or motivating. They struggle to trust others and to delegate. And insatiable thirst for material success or status, difficulty asking for help or admitting when wrong.

The Sage Archetype Wisdom Seeker

Sage Archetype is also known as the Philosopher, Teacher

A Sage’s positive attributes include a strong thirst for deep wisdom, truth, and knowledge. They tend to live a life full of introspection and introversion. They tend to philosophize their life’s journey as a series of lessons and insights. The sage in some ways is the more mature, knowledgeable, and wiser Magician.

Common Sage shadow traits include they can be the never-ending student, always learning, but never taking any action or using their knowledge for any common good. Often a life that is analyzed3 than lived. Can struggle to be fully in the moment.

Introduction To The 12 Main Archetypes

Now this is just an introduction to understanding the 12 Main Archetypes. Archetypal healing goes a lot wider and deeper. When applied in the right way it can be a powerful tool in Inner Child Therapy, in Healing, and in certain types of Spiritual Coaching and Mentoring.

The reality is there are so many different recognised archetypes in the collective unconscious. So many that can be used and explored to support us in different ways.

But the most important one for you to explore your strengths and vulnerabilities- is identifying your strongest main archetype. That main archetype that shows up in you in the way you live your life every single day.

Understanding Yourself Through The 12 Main Archetypes

I believe the more we understand our main archetypes, the more we can understand ourselves. It can also be extremely helpful in identifying your strengths and those things you need to work on. I also use Archetypes as a tool to help healers, coaches, and Spiritual Teachers build a business around their strengths rather than their weaknesses. Archetypal Branding to help capture the energy and emotion of their business and them in their marketing. 

Understanding Your Business Through The 12 Main Archetypes

Understanding the most dominant archetypal traits of your business can give you a great edge in business and marketing. It can help you understand the energetic traits and values of your business and the soul clients and customers your business is more aligned with.

Taking Back Your Sovereignty

Moving out of the slave into the leader, king, and queen archetype energy.