According to renowned medical intuitive and lecturer Caroline Myss (pronounced like “mace”), we all work with a support system of a unique combination of twelve archetypes (out of several more) that form the foundation of our personalities, drives, feelings, beliefs, motivations, and actions. They’re there to assist you in fulfilling your life’s true purpose, or as she puts it, your “Sacred Contract,” which is the agreement you made with the heavens before you took form into this existence. Each of the archetypes’ characteristics have both “light” attributes and “shadow” attributes. The light attributes are the more positive aspects of the archetype, while the shadow attributes are the aspects of you from which you should be aware of and learn.
Myss sells a cool little box set of archetype cards, each of which having a short synopsis of each archetype, and comes with a booklet containing information on how to use the cards as well as slightly more information of each archetype.
There are several archetypes, and we can identify with all of them to a certain extent, but there are only twelve with whom we feel the deepest connection. Myss says that of our twelve archetypes, we have four by default, which are: Child, Saboteur, Prostitute, and Victim. For our next eight, we have to look through all of the other archetypes she presents and see which ones resonate with us the most.
I personally related to about seventeen archetypes total, but just to stay with her “rules,” I chose the best twelve:
- Child: Orphan
- Child: Wounded
I also identified with Alchemist, Fool, Teacher, Rebel, and Student as well, but the twelve that I chose resonated with me the absolute most.
One of my friends actually sent me a brief synopsis on each of Caroline Myss’ archetypes in PDF format so you wouldn’t necessarily have to purchase the cards or her books (but it’d be a good idea to), so that PDF is right here: Archetypes – written by Christine Breese, DD, PhD
At first, I honestly didn’t know how much I believed in archetypes and “Sacred Contracts,” which is odd coming from an absolute weirdo like me who practices a whole lot of strange spiritual things. But Caroline Myss says in her lectures that there are times when you should not take lessons/teachings literally, because they may be more symbolic than literal. Myss’ work in archetypes and Sacred Contracts is no exception. I’m taking her symbolic teachings to heart. Whether or not archetypes truly exist — or whether or not it’s true that we all in fact have a predetermined purpose in life — is less of an issue for me. What matters is that Myss’ teachings provide particular perspectives that are very helpful to me, and I wholeheartedly believe that they would be very helpful for my patients as well.
Plus it’s a sort of a fun new thing for me to learn… well, I guess that’s my “Seeker” archetype talking.