Better Endings as Archetypal Alchemy


Healer, Communicator, Teacher, Mystic:  these 4 Persona archetypes exist as potentials in us all.  

From a pantheon of Twelve universal Primordial Archetypes revealed by Drs. Charles and Nin Bebeau (co-founders of the Archetype Institute of Boulder, CO), these four together comprise Dissolving (or Resolution) personas that surface in us when we arrive at a positive resolution, or closure—hence, Better Endings!—in our significant life situations.  Below is the complete system of twelve primordial, universal archetypes that Dr. Bebeau identified based on Jungian archetype theory in relation to Sumerian astrology (thanks to Debra Breazzano, MA, LPC for the archetypal chart design; and to Gianmichele Grittani for the chart graphics!):

TWELVE UNIVERSAL PERSONA ARCHETYPES

 
 CreationMaintenanceDissolving
EarthElder LeaderArtistHealer
AirLoverIdealistCommunicator
FireWarriorGolden ChildTeacher
WaterNourisherDescenderMystic

This system of primordial universal archetypes corresponds with the four (quaternal, to Jung) fundamental Elements, or human consciousness modes, in relation to the dynamic process of any life experience: from its beginnings or origination, through its maintenance or ongoing dynamics, to its conclusion by which a situation is ‘dissolved’ or resolved in consciousness. Endings, particularly Better Endings, when our experience of life situations achieve a positive sense of closure (positively, with lessons learned!), give ground to New Beginnings!

So this is the crux, the underlying intellectual basis, of why I pursue the topic of Better Endings with this blog, in my 2018 book Your Life Path (Skyhorse Publishers), and in my new, forthcoming book, Better Endings: A Guidebook to Creative Re-Visioning. (Better Endings is in final production stage now; I will make it available to you here when it launches, in about 4-6 weeks!)

The principle of Better Endings is a fun topic any of us can use to creatively and flexibly reflect about any event or situation in our lives—past, present or to come—, so as to playfully imagine and creatively re-vision that event for greater understanding of life’s forward moving lessons.  Positively re-visioning your most significant or Shaping life events evokes (calls forth) in your mindful or conscious awareness one or more of these closure related “Dissolving stage” persona archetypes: Healer, Communicator, Teacher, and/or Mystic.

images are gratefully from pixabay.com

Better Endings to You!

2 thoughts on “Better Endings as Archetypal Alchemy

  1. Linda: I love that you’re continuing the work we’ve done stemming from the late Dr. Bebeau. I was honored to be his protegee and colleague before he passed. I continue to collaborate with his widow, Nin Bebeau, who resides in OR and continues this archetypal work as a Story Teller. I have not doubt that the subtle application of these themes in your latest book, “Better Endings” will enrich others as they also continue to positively influence my own therapy clients and students.

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    • Yes and thank you, Debra. To readers: this brilliant woman is an archetypal psychologist who was my therapist for several years, and teacher. Her overview of the Twelve Primordial Archetypes revealed by Dr. Charles Bebeau and Nin Bebeau is the Appendix to my earlier book, Your Life Path (2018). Better Endings does not look directly at archetypes, but yes it does mobilize our capacity to reflect and to arrive at meaningful closure in our lives. Better Endings are New Beginnings!

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