Archetypes in Ancient times and in the Over-Soul
This is the first part of a series of three articles about Archetypes, the artificial ceiling in our consciousness; the illusionary status.
Spirituality is in the areas between ‘heaven and earth’, ‘life and death’, and between the conscious and the unconscious, and this makes spirituality so attractive to many people and surrounds it with an aura of deepening in spiritual and esoteric themes; the science of the unseen, the mysterious and the mystical. When we engage in spirituality, something of that ‘aura’ also radiates on us and gives us an interesting status. Being intuitive or extra sensitive perceptive, ESP, can even be a status in itself. We are deeply impressed by both inner and outer reflections of spiritual statuses; they are, however, illusionary but form the root of social and spiritual division between us and our fellow human beings.
We derive a spiritual status from inner Archetypes that have formed in the human psyche over the course of many millennia. In spiritual development and our ‘Desire for God’, desire for unification with the ‘Source’, illusionary statuses of Archetypes form an important barrier.
How could our status sensitivity have been arisen?
Power – Powerlessness
We are daughters and sons of daughters and sons… we ultimately originate from the primordial man; our original psyche is deeply hidden and still contains primal contents like strong instincts of survival and reproduction, and deep feelings of dependence on both status and family (tribe or clan) that are present in us as social and spiritual survival instincts.
When the first people of 4 legs on 2 legs started walking, they took the first step in the field of awareness (consciousness realm) of the human kingdom. In the deepest layers of our subconscious we are still standing with one foot in the animal kingdom and one foot in the human kingdom, but we are on our way to take the next step and then stand with 2 feet in the field of awareness (consciousness realm) of the human kingdom; we are on our way to pass through the artificial ceiling of consciousness, Archetypes, but that does not happen automatically.
The first conscious people began to give ‘names’ to people, objects and natural phenomena such as dangerous animals or weather conditions such as ‘lion’ or ‘thunder’, or ‘water’ which is essential and even of vital importance for all life. By giving someone or something a name, you acknowledge it and indicate that you have a certain relationship with it. The ‘naming’ process is a form of ‘appropriation’ and an attempt to control our lives and the circumstances in which we lived. We started differentiating and naming the physical universe. This ‘naming’ is the foundation of our psychology; naming is done from within; we can assume that all names were made through intuitive inner reflection of events in reality.
The physical reality, Creation, exists for us thanks to the acquisition of consciousness. Without this there was and there is nothing or no one who acknowledges Creation and we would not have existed; we would not have known that we exist because we had not been aware of it. The animal kingdom acts and responds purely from instincts.
For primordial people, naming would have been an almost magical act that gave them the feeling of gaining authority over their circumstances; the birth (awareness) of feelings of power and powerlessness. Naming is appropriation, assessment and appreciation, by assigning a name we create something that is meaningful to us and that radiates a certain meaningful vibration. A name consists of a composition of sounds (the individual characters) that are in a certain order and this composition receives a certain charge with associated meaning that is linked to each other; we are gradually becoming aware of the possibilities to manipulate our circumstances. However, initially people would probably have been very instinctively intuitive and rationality still far away; a breeding ground for ‘magical thinking’, assigning supernatural qualities to people, animals or objects.
Some people will show special qualities with which they naturally profile themselves as spiritual leaders, or they are selected for this by the group (tribe) with which status differences and hierarchy arise; here are the foundations of Archetypes.
The spiritual leader gathers assistants and a subgroup forms within the tribe; exclusivity arises and the chance of being excluded from the group or from the subgroup , these are ideal circumstances for the emergence of complex feelings of insecurity and dependence and possibly also of jealousy, competition and ambition. Being excluded from the group is life threatening and being excluded from the subgroup is losing status; we lose our status and then we no longer ‘exist’ in the subgroup or we lose our lives; the instinctual feelings of ‘spiritual urge to survive’ and ‘physical urge to survive’ become equal in terms of intensity.
These very intense and complex feelings that have arisen through the ‘linking’ of spiritual status to survival are still deeply hidden in our human psyche. They are at the basis of our personality; our identity is determined by our spiritual and religious archetypal cultural or inherited background and all our experiences with these. This positively or negatively experienced archetypal background is the main driver for our intentions, choices and actions in our lives; we are governed by our sensitivity to, and dependence on, Archetypes.
The personal development from ‘instinctively intuitive’ towards rationality is guided by a progressing overall disbalance between Yin and Yang; the shortage of Yin results in upcoming needs for dependence and guidance of supreme beings or leaders.
The Artificial ceiling within the Over-Soul; the power of the masses
What is deeply embedded within our individual being is deeply embedded within the Over-Soul. The intense psychological dependence on archetypal statuses lies at the core of our being and is a significant part of the collective subconscious mind, we share this ‘root of division’ with all people. This dependence is at the basis of the current global spiritual state of polarization and schism and may be recognized as group Karma.
An archetypal group field is an energetic field that is loaded with all specific information, data, of a religion or spiritual belief. Such a field contains all the dogmas, rituals and prescriptions in energetic form, you can compare this with the energetic radiance of an ‘Aura’. Religions can contain very different details and the atmosphere in the different religious group fields, the Aura, is just as diverse.
Our inner archetypal ‘part’ resonates with a like-minded overarching archetype of a certain religion and in this way appeals to tribally sensitive parts in our primordial psyche. This can give someone a vague feeling, or a strong resonance of familiarity with that specific religion. If our inner Archetype does not match with the overarching type, then there is no resonance and no interest.
The most important properties of the energy of an Archetypal field are, group bonding, conditionality and controlling. The field is held together by ‘loyal’ followers who have earned the ‘love’ of the field; their individual vibrational frequency has become identical with the field! They are the eyes and ears of the overarching Archetype. They observe whether everyone, like themselves, respects and follows all dogmas, rituals and rules of life, to maintain the ‘power’ of the field.
The more people who share in the Archetype, the greater the charged energetic field. Just like the subconscious part, the overarching Archetype has charismatic properties, it has great appeal, and hypnotic and seductive effects on our consciousness.
The characteristics of the field are strengthened in groups; we can easily fall under the spell of an Archetype and be driven into mass hysteria or develop intense polarizing feelings toward an Archetypal field of another religion. Once we get in the ‘grip’ of an Archetype, it’s hard to get away from it. It is not the power of the Archetype that has grip on our consciousness; our inability comes from a lack of awareness, clear spiritual insights and remaining feelings of dependence to the archetypal field; in our emotional life we are back in prehistoric times and respond instinctively. The group field strengthens our inner feelings of power, righteousness and superiority. However, if we are dedicated to becoming aware, then the veils will be taken from our eyes.
The largest religious and spiritual institutions and organizations in the world are immense archetypal fields with millions of loyal followers who can even ‘load’ pilgrimage sites, church buildings and temples with the energy of their specific Archetype. Psychologically, the number of followers, age and size of global religions can be the validity and justification of all “data content” of the archetypal field; if so many people believe in it, then all spiritual beliefs, rules of life and dogmas must be good. But hey, what does it matter; ‘if it doesn’t work, it won’t harm.’ But is that true? In part 2, we look in more detail at the various spiritual phenomena evoked by Archetypes.
Kirsten, November 7