On Sunday I blogged about Chefs as Elder Leaders bringing about a new fusion of cultural traditions in our globalizing world. Reflecting further on this theme, “change it up!” comes into focus as a statement about personal growth.
The Elder Leader archetype is a harbinger and often an agent of change. When you become too settled into established routines or habits, beliefs and attitudes, you can always call upon your archetypal Leader persona to set you forth in a new direction. This is because Leaders are Pathfinders. They are not content to stay in a situation that feels stuck or stultifying for very long. When you do resist change or feel hampered by limiting conditions, your Leader might “submerge” and cause a feeling of dissatisfaction—that is a Shadow leader trait—or else it will seek a new direction and set your course in the direction of exploration or, at least, envisioning a future set of possibilities.
I have been feeling somewhat impatient or hedged in about my own creative development lately. I have been getting plenty of things “done” to fulfill my responsibilities, yet now that some of these projects are completed I see a break in the “busy-ness” cloud and I have become more aware of what I wish would be happening beyond my day-to-day routines and workload. So it is a good time to enter into Archetype Dialogue:
LW: Calling Elder Leader; come in, please!
EL: Very funny. Watts’ up, Doc?
LW: Very funny in return!
EL: Droll perhaps, but hardly funny really. What can I do for you?
LW: I feel stymied.
EL: What is it you are wishing for?
LW: Are you my Genie in a Bottle, then?
EL: That is an apt metaphor, at least.
LW: Well in the biggest picture of things, I want to go Home!
EL: What do you mean?
LW: To find my place, my REAL place or space … you know? Where I belong, where what I do can be effective and reach those hearts I strive to connect with in a dynamic, helpful way…my Family (both literally and metaphorically). Where I can serve my kindred well and be progressive with my own Soul Journey.
EL: You wish to leave this earthly plane?
LW: No, of course not; you know that is not what I am saying.
EL: You want the world to change around you, to better suit your ambitions?
LW: Yes I suppose, I do want the routines to dissolve so that NEWness can enter. New conditions, new activity, finally proceeding to Live my Dream fully, here and now.
EL: What are you going to do about that?
LW: I thought you are the Leader, the Pathfinder for change.
EL: I am; You are!
LW: You seem rather placid lately; you lead me to act toward my goals but seem content with that activity (writing, resubmitting earlier today).
EL: Are we doing all that we can do, Now?
LW: On the level of basic activity and productivity, yes. But I sense there is more I COULD be doing that could facilitate the greater change. What is that?
EL: Perhaps you are referring to the Law of Attitudes or Assumptions.
LW: Change my beliefs or postulates?
EL: Be open to all that which Spirit offers; do not hold back. Sometimes ANY small change is a step in the right direction, like rejoining the Y as you have done recently.
LW: Yes! Physical activity or “returning to fencing” has always been a way for me to shake off the cobwebs to make greater progress.
EL: Then do two things better: Contemplate better. Trust more.
LW: Thank You.
I invite you to open a dialogue with your own Elder Leader, whomever and however you might perceive that to be!