Archetype Dialogue can be a helpful tool for gaining greater self-awareness and clarity about any topic in your life about which you feel uncertain or in conflict. Where should you go for your spring vacation? Or, should you date that person? Take that new job? Make a change, and of what kind? Checking in with members of your unconscious ensemble cast of archetype Allies can help you to expose aspects of your own suppressed attitudes, feelings and motivations.
You can enter into Archetype Dialogue any time; in fact, we all do it naturally many times daily when we slip into “inner dialogue.” But when you consciously tune into your subconscious attitudes or conflicting outlooks on some topic or decision, you benefit from expanding your understanding of your own inner character modes and their considerations. Bottom line, you get to LISTEN to parts of your Self you might otherwise suppress or ignore.
As we are pairing the Mystic archetype with the metaphor Life is an Epic Quest this week, why don’t you take some time to ASK your Inner Mystic about the path you are on with some aspect of your life. What direction shall you go to maximize your Bliss or your goals with that leg of your journey of life?
Allow me to model this sort of archetype dialogue, briefly. I invite you to engage your own Mystic. You might begin with active imagination or contemplation (see Tuesday’s post). Then record a direct dialogue from your contemplative encounter.
(Self): What is our next step, Mystic Lindy?
M: Do you mean regarding your writing?
M: Stay the course.
S: Are we sure about that?
S: But am I on the right track with this major revision? Is there more I still need to consider?
M: One small step at a time, but you are on the right track. Continue to remove all obstacles to the reader’s comprehension. Ask more of the reader.
S: How do you mean?
M: You can ask more direct questions for journaling reflections, not only in the “Tools” but throughout the narrative.
S: What kinds of questions, do you mean?
M: ‘Have you had a recurring form of Animal dream? What do you feel that animal reveals about you?’ OR: ‘If you were an animal, which animal would you be? Why? (Please complete Chapter x, # y before continuing.)’
S: I see. So we could spice up the Tool invitation boxes this way?
M: It is a way to interact, not just describe.
S: Thanks! I will use that. Anything else?
S: But what if (you know)?
M: What waking dreams or golden-tongued wisdom have you perceived recently?
S: That everything is fine.
M: Stay the course.
S: Thank you so much!
Continue to dialogue with your Mystic Ally so long as It continues to advise you on your question. Know that It is always available to you.
I welcome YOUR insights and stories.