Dr. James Wanless is known for his alternative and thought through views of the tarot and life. He has studied Jungian archetypes and behaviour in great depth. Although I am sceptic on tarot readers and crystal balls, one thing that resonated with me was this ethos and interview with Paul Chek. I have so many friends and colleagues who rush off to have their palm read, tea leaves read, fortune read etc But what so many of us are doing is relying on someone else to predict our future. Dr.Wanless like Dr.Chatergee, like Paul Chek clearly states that we all need to take responsibility for ourselves have. purpose, goal, dream and legacy and create our own future rather than getting someone to predict it for us. Every time we point the finger at someone else there are three pointing back at us.
We are brought up through protocols of relying on others to fix us, heal us and seldom do we like to take responsibility for own choices. As Dr.Wanless says it’s not about fortune telling its about fortune creating.
So what exactly are archetypes and how can we understand and create a better future? What does this have to do with a yoga or pilates class? Our body and the universe is always talking to us, its whether we are willing to listen and receive. Its whether we are willing to change our behaviour and habits. Getting back in touch with our body can be a difficult task when we are so tired, busy and stressed.
We can learn from challenges in our life whether they be physical, mental and emotional. Each physical ailment we create in ourselves is an opportunity to mange our creative self. When we get injured, hurt or suffer illness we are being guided to people and places who will give us different directions to take creating new possibilities. When we go for skilled help we need to keep an open mind. The number of people with ailments that see people like myself will sit there and argue or disagree and more importantly they won’t follow the program or protocol and hence won’t get results. This is the very nature and dogma that keeps us stuck in the same behavioural pattern. These people continue to seek yet more experts and more doctors and stay on the magic roundabout of pain and suffering. This is an opportunity to look at our choices, of course we do need help and guidance and we can then look at the people we are seeking advice form . our they a picture of good health, intelligence and choices?
Archetypes were a concept introduced by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who believed that archetypes were models of people, behaviors, or personalities. Archetypes, he suggested, were inborn tendencies that play a role in influencing human behavior. Never be offended
Jung believed that the human psyche was composed of three components: the ego, the personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious. According to Jung, the ego represents the conscious mind while the personal unconscious contains memories including those that have been suppressed. The collective unconscious is a unique component in that Jung believed that this part of the psyche served as a form of psychological inheritance. It contained all of the knowledge and experiences we share as a species.
In Jungian psychology, the archetypes represent universal patterns and images that are part of the collective unconscious. Jung believed that we inherit these archetypes much the way we inherit instinctive patterns of behavior.