US Elections-Candidate Archetypes

by Vivian Hadleigh on June 16, 2016

Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

Emotional Maturity and the US Elections

High Polish Tatra mountainsThis discussion isn’t intended to recommend any candidates, but rather to equip you to make good choices when you vote in November. I think the archetypes expressed by the various candidates—both women and men—are very clear, as are the dangers and the possibilities inherent in them.

What is an archetype? According to Jungian psychology, it is “… a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.” – Dictionary.com

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Let’s get one thing straight at the outset. You can’t bully, plead, cajole, threaten, make rules, punish, clean up after, or in any other way  manipulate an immature person into behaving like a grownup. It didn’t work for their parents, and it won’t work for you, no matter what your relationship.

Maturity has to happen from the inside out. It cannot be forced or directed, but it can be inspired. Let’s define a mature person of either sex as someone who is inwardly secure and outwardly responsible.

In their ground-breaking book about masculine archetypes King, Warrior, Magician, Lover, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette theorize that modern men have trouble achieving maturity because the old rites of passage, the events which defined the requirements of the next level, have been lost. That we have so lost touch with mature masculine archetypes that we no longer have the capacity to even imagine how mature masculine energy could and should behave. Witness politics and Wall Street.

You’ll find the Moore and Gillette archetypes summarized briefly below, along with an additional archetype, the Shepherd, whom I have encountered many times.

What you can do to improve this situation is re-learn how the mature masculine functions, and start expecting mature behavior in both your personal and professional (and political!) relationships.

And while there isn’t as helpful a book about feminine archetypes, exploring and understanding these mature masculine archetypes will help you imagine what kind of mature feminine energy would balance and match them. Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Goddesses in Every Woman is a great place to start your journey.

Another reason it’s important for you to know a bit about the major masculine archetypes is because you might be surprised to find that what you had labeled as immature is actually healthy… just not what you want or need in a relationship, a business situationor a political leader.

And, by the way, a mature man often exhibits more than one archetype at the same time.

Masculine archetypes

The King – The two primary functions of the King archetype are ordering or organization, and fertility or blessing. He is the Father in both physical and social terms. The immature King can be a tyrant or weakling, using whichever method will achieve his aim of total domination. The mature King, like the legendary King Arthur, sees to the well-being of the corporation or community by creating laws, policies, maps and other structures which bring order, and he leads by his example.

The Warrior – This archetype has been driven underground in today’s world, giving plenty of room to its shadow expressions of abuser, bully, coward and terrorist. The mature Warrior is action-oriented, decisive, highly controlled, and motivated by devotion to a cause or ideal. The positive Warrior is still a destroyer, but before he acts, he steps back to be sure that his act of destruction will serve the greater good. The Warrior in combination with other archetypes confers both strength and depth.

The Magician – Moore and Gillette identify the Magician as both a theoretician and a master of technology. Anything which requires special training is the province of the Magician, whether it’s high finance or quantum physics, shamanism or psychoanalysis. The immature Magician appears as a know-it-all, practical joker or manipulator. Detached and thoughtful, the mature Magician understands and masters the use of raw power, and in his maturity tames that power for the benefit of others.

The Lover – The Lover is about the sensual, in terms of both sexual expression and sensitivity to the beauty and delight of all aspects of the physical world, from Nature to art to eroticism. The Lover is often powerfully empathic and even psychic, and he sees and experiences the world through an artist’s sensibilities. An immature Lover can be impotent or a sex addict, a Mama’s boy, or all dreams and no action.

The Shepherd – This archetype was not discussed in Moore and Gillette’s book, but I’ve met him many times. An immature Shepherd could be a Mama’s boy, or one who gives away his power to buy love and approval. A mature Shepherd can be a father, minister, CEO or physician, but in any guise he is personally concerned with the well-being of each individual in his flock, even more than that of the collective.

Bringing them into being

What can you do to assist in a rebirth of the mature masculine? Now you know a bit about what mature archetypes look like, and how they operate, the most important thing you can do is to act as though these mature expressions of archetypal energy, and their feminine counterparts, can and should be a part of your everyday reality.

You can also elicit their mature expression in individuals you know or work with by recognizing the immature version and, through discussion, work assignments, joint projects and other co-creative actions, give the mature archetype hidden beneath the bad behavior a chance to express itself, and then reward it when it does. You’ll be healing our world every time you encourage and strengthen the mature expression of these vital archetypal energies!

Slightly revised from the version originally published on Californiapsychics.com, and reprinted with permission.

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Miracles 101

by Vivian Hadleigh on May 1, 2016

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A miracle is the impossible made possible. Experiencing or witnessing a miracle fills people with awe and awakens faith in a Higher Power and the possibility of divine intervention.

Are Miracles ‘Real?’

Dictionaries and our relentlessly rational Western mind focus on the idea that a miracle has to be picked apart and ‘proven’ to defy scientific or rational analysis. And whether you’re talking about the miracles attributed to Jesus, Mohammed, and other avatars and spiritual masters, or even near death experiences, cynics and debunkers usually find a way to scoff at them.

At least twice Jesus was reported to have fed between 4,000 and 5,000 people by blessing and then passing around a couple of loaves of bread and a few fish. To our modern minds, it seems likely that Jesus motivated people who already had food to share with others, while the small contents of a single basket were passed around.

But even when hindsight provides a likely explanation, it cannot diminish the impact of that miracle, the solution to a dilemma that was beyond people’s ability to imagine, and so seemed impossible to them.

Modern Miracles

Sometimes miracles happen in a moment, like spontaneous or hands-on healings. Sometimes they can take many years, such as when victims of crippling diseases or birth defects transcend their limitations and achieve greatness.

However miracles happen, here are some of their common ingredients:

Asking or Intending

Two of the most intractable social and political problems of the 20th century, persistent and painful reminders of humanity’s propensity for separation and violence, were miraculously transformed within a year of each other, from 1989 to 1990. Both apartheid in South Africa and the Berlin Wall began to unravel after decades of seemingly hopeless diplomacy and struggle. Why?

Probably because a bit more than two years earlier, on the first World Healing Day, December 31, 1986, literally millions of people across the globe gathered at the same moment in time—not the same time of day, but the same moment, noon Greenwich Mean Time, 4am in Los Angeles, 3pm in Moscow—to imagine a world at peace.

To make room for miracles in your life, you first need to have the courage to ask for help from a Higher Power, rather than simply deciding that a solution to your dilemma is impossible. And then, spend time imagining the result you want—not how to get there, just the result—and you will have created space for your miracle to take place.

Letting Go

Sure, sometimes God or the Universe or whoever is in charge of miracles, will wrestle whatever you’re struggling with out of your grasp long enough to create a miracle for you. However, it makes the whole process easier if you just remember, after you’ve asked for a miracle, to let go.

Letting go means no peeking, no worrying, but rather fully and freely placing your request in the hands of the larger forces of the Universe, and getting busy with something else.

It also means letting go of resistance. Healers often comment that it’s far easier to heal animals, even to completely erase the presence of dangerous cancers, than it is to heal humans. Maybe it’s because animals don’t block miracles by believing that healing is impossible.

Faith or Trust

One of the reasons spiritual masters, called spiritual avatars, like Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed were able to work miracles was their absolute faith in the Divine force that makes the miracles possible.

In truth, all that’s required is that you suspend disbelief long enough to let a miracle in, and to simply be willing to allow your Higher Power to create a real miracle, a solution to your ‘impossible’ dilemma that is beyond your ability to imagine.

And if you can learn to relax enough to trust that the Universe will provide you what you need when you need it—all the time—then you’re home free.

Everyday Miracles

To make room for miracles in your own life, start noticing the small ones that are taking place all around you. Coincidence and synchronicity are small miracles. Sunshine after rain, spring birdsong, a huge thunderstorm, the birth of a child are all miracles.

But the biggest miracle of all is our beautiful blue planet, hung like a jewel in the vastness of space, teeming with life and beauty and miracles every day.

Portions of this article originally appeared in the CaliforniaPsychics.com blog,

and is published with the permission of Outlook Amusements, Inc., the owner and operator of California Psychics ®.

© 2008-2011 Outlook Amusements, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

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