Growing Up

Dear Readers and Visitors: You may find the  Comments in the right panel (“What people are saying”) and I absolutely welcome your input! Joshua shares about his own Vision Quest which led him to discover his purpose as a Teacher. Gail reveals how she and her husband are trying new things in a Nurturing manner. I hope you can all relate to how we express deep aspects of our Soul-Self (Jung called it Psyche or Soul) as we develop our various life potentials. What are some of your archetypal cast of characters that show up in what you love and are drawn to do and be? -L

PS: Since these posts will be up for a few days each,I will use prefaces like this to integrate your comments and insights! So check back between posts and always feel free to add to the running conversation!



When I was in High School, around 9th grade, I wanted to be a gym teacher, because I loved running the obstacle course that my school’s gym teacher created for us. Then in 10th grade, I wanted to be an English teacher and a Stage Director, because I loved the English classes and the reading material of my favorite teacher, Mr. Scelsa, and I served as his assistant for directing two memorable student plays.

Now that I understand Archetypes, I realize these high school ambitions were about wanting to express my inner Teacher as a primary aspect of Self, with Artist, Idealist, and Communicator character traits also desiring expression. One day in my senior year Mr. Scelsa talked with me between classes. He told me that if I would be gratified with the prospect of a student remembering 30 years later some line of poetry or some insight I had shared as their teacher, without even remembering where that thought had come from, then it would be appropriate for me to pursue becoming a Teacher. I have never forgotten that, and Teacher has been my primary Archetypal mode of manifestation of Self.


The new approach to working with your archetypal traits that I will be introducing in Life Paths is based in part on what Jung would call “Situational Archetypes”. Some of the archetypal aspects of Self we all experience are associated with the ROLES we enact in our lives, and it is this subset of your dynamic archetypal influences that I will be acquainting you with as we go forward with this blogging process over the next six months and in Life Paths (my upcoming book and self-help Handbook kit). So, Teacher is one of my Primary Archetype Allies, and I have grown into its expression over the past 35 years. Understanding this helps me to appreciate the dynamics of being a Teacher so that over time and experience I have grown into being a role model—as Mr. Scelsa was for me—for some of my own students. But Teacher is only one of my Primary Archetypes; there are others, some of which I have yet to fully manifest and aim to develop further in the next Chapters of my life.


Can you relate? What is the PRIMARY mode of Self-expression you manifest in your life? When you answer this week’s Life Mapping prompt of WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE…, what sorts of ROLES are you wanting to more fully express as you aim to “Live Your Dream, Now”?


Last Saturday on the heartfelt FINDINGMYINNERCOURAGE blog, author Dawn posted the following insights and picture about “Energy Flows”. It is a propos to our Life Paths topic this week of Planting a Vision Seed of Who you wish to Become:

Energy Flows

31SaturdayMay 2014

Posted by findingmyinnercourage in BLOGS


energy flows


 “Energy flows where intention goes.” – James Redfield

Have you ever thought about where your energy goes? Or where you’re putting most of your energy into? By focusing on all of what we wish to accomplish, all of our energy is directed towards enabling us to achieve our vision. Good intentions and attitudes will influence the positive to surpass the negative. The only thing it takes . . . happy thoughts!

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Don’t you just love Synchronicity? I do!

Please feel free to share YOUR stories and insights.

6 thoughts on “Growing Up

  1. My primary archetype would also be a teacher. When I was an undergrad at UC Berkeley, I met a Cherokee medicine man with whom I started working. This relationship eventually developed into a mentor/student relationship. I had not named a major and at the end of my Sophomore, he moved to New Mexico. I found myself at a crossroads. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to finish school or move to New Mexico to continue my work with him. So I went to New Mexico to go on a Vision Quest. The visions I received guided me back to school, that I would find what to study, and “told” me that I was to teach. So I did go back to school, found my major, attended and completed graduate school, and now I teach.


      • I am a supporter.
        My husband from the beginning had a vision for us to create and maintain aquaponic garden. This is the use of fish to feed plants through their poop and then the plants return healthy water for them to survive in. It’s still a learning curve especially how to do it successfully as a blind person. The challenges change but now their are salad greens, herbs, and other edible plants. When he started with all the obstacles he dealt with: I never thought we’d have actual food we could put on the table. I’m glad I was able to listen to my inner voice and not crush his dream which now I champion too.

        I am also a teacher and a student.


      • Interesting! So your husband has been acting like an alchemist of sorts: experimenting with new, transformative ideas; let’s call that expressing archetypally a Mystic. He is also serving as a Nurturer for the plants through this new technology of sorts. Meanwhile in your supportive role you also express a Nurturer companion energy. This perspective can help us recognize the energies and motivations underlying our actions! With life mapping, it lets us see how we can develop our intrinsic potentials over time or grow into our potentials as we choose.


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