Wednesday, September 7, 2016

the bright side of "dark" archetypes

Had an interesting experience this morning. I was told to witness the complete alteration of someone's archetypal wheel, with basically no warning. I did it. Some of it I specifically didn't want to witness.

For example: I was told to watch the Court Jester become the Trickster. I thought: how does having the Trickster make someone a better person? Archetype redesign is supposed to be about spiritual growth, not--whatever!

I prayed about it and muscle tested and was led to Genesis 42: the chapter where Joseph of Egypt tricks his brothers by pretending not to understand their language, planting false evidence against them, etc. Joseph of Egypt was an incredible man and very wise--and definitely a Trickster! But not in a bad way. In a way God was totally able to use for His purposes.

This same individual needed the Seducer in the House of Home and Family. I thought: seriously? What, you graduate your archetypes and get things all set up for an affair or something? I prayed about it again and was reminded of Alma, teaching that the word of the Lord is more powerful than the sword, and Ammon, using his service to help King Lamoni believe. I realized: the Seducer in the House of Home and Family could be really wonderful, actually, if it were used to "seduce" crazy little kids into being good through things like Ammon-type service and Alma-type preaching rather than attempts at force!

Another interesting archetype that came up was the Destroyer. The scriptural equivalent was Ether/Moroni, watching their civilizations self-destruct. Playing a warning role in that destruction.

Archetypes might have ugly names sometimes, but they don't have to conform with your ideas of what they are. There are good Tricksters, there are good Destroyers, there are good Seducers, and it's just a matter of having your archetypes operate in their light aspects instead of their shadow aspects.

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