A Language of Symbols
“It baffles many people at first to hear that the imagination is an organ of coherent communication, that it employs a highly refined, complex language of symbols to express the contents of the unconscious.” "Inner Work" --R.A. Johnson
"The unconscious manifests itself through a language of symbols."
R. A. Johnson, Inner Work
"We can become truly personal only when we begin differentiating and sifting away the personal from the impersonal elements within ourselves. One way we so this by coming to terms with the world of archetypes, those blind patterns or that instinctual behavior that silently rules over us most of our lives from within the hidden depths."
Eugene Pascal, Ph.L.
Archetypes are everywhere energies existing as part of our collective intuitive abilities. Everyone accesses the "mythopoetic language" of archetypes. We recognize the symbols and metaphors that repeatedly appear throughout our collective and personal life journeys.
Archetypes can be great teachers and healers. We study archetypes because they wield a lot of unconscious energy, inasmuch as they are unperceived yet active energies within us. We commonly find hope and learning in our stories, and our parables and symbols. We discover they are actually personifications and scripts that repeat throughout the collective and personal psyche, largely unconsciously. As archetypes, having a most assured nature, they can be seen and recognized for their content, while they are wrapped in mystery and clothed in symbolism.
Archetypes are personified and projected, and/or seen through patterned life and social scenarios. We might often think of gods and goddesses, kings and queens as archetypes. But such symbols as ballerinas and mermaids are archetypes too. They are archetypal in the way we "collectively" intuit and imagine them, draw them, write about them, and tell their stories. In archetypal, unconscious fashion, we live their stories and not always to our benefit.
We find archetypes appearing as symbols in our dreams, such as bad guys, ghosts, heroes or lovers. Importantly, archetypes become apparent in the scripts we follow, and the roles we play. We find that life scenarios expose what is archetypal in our experience. Uniquely individual, each journey offers sets of collective energies that are individually experienced.
"Consciousness is myth-poetic and is best described in those terms." Eugene Pascal, Ph.L.
Carl Jung & Archetypes
INTEGRATION OF THE PARTS, the Jungian Healing Modality.
It is a legitimized belief that archetypes are a well-entrenched, organic and natural part of the human psyche.
Carl Jung identified archetypes as pre-existing energies within the collective and personal unconscious. He imagined the brain to have pre-scripted "gray matter" or DNA -- patterns appearing as images within the collective human psyche. These patterns become our energy for life; we live within the boundaries and the memes of our cookie-cutter scripts, repeating and re-repeating the same dramas, comedies, tragedies, like Shakespearean plays.
Archetypes appear as vehicles for awareness, while often remaining unconscious, yet powerfully affect behaviors and beliefs. Archetypes manifest through dreams and fantasy, people or places, experienced first, and if identified, teach something about ourselves that could not be experienced or assimilated any other way.
For Jung, the way archetypes manifested was paramount. Archetypes were, to Jung, awakeners by their nature. Archetypes exist to make what is unknown, conscious. They are messengers from the unconscious, from where they originate.
Freud and Jung had major differences when coming to terms with the practice of psychology, a study of human behaviors. And according to Jung, a philosophy. Freud would be God himself, it seemed, an atheist. Carl Jung would keep God, Spirit, Intuition, and Divine Guidance "alive" as part of healthy psychology.