Archetypes are imperatives, demanding that we give them expression.
– Caroline Myss
Multiple personalities are not a disorder.
In fact, discovering, recognizing and embracing multiple identities—what famed psychologist Carl Jung called archetypes—can save your sanity.
Even your life.
Many people identify with just one role or persona in life. If this identity is threatened or terminated—job loss, empty nest syndrome, injury, divorce, heath crisis, aging are some examples—hopelessness and depression may set in.
Consider this passage from the book 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman:
"Having multiple identities will help you perform better in each one. Because you learn things as an athlete or parent or a poet that will make you a better employee or leader or friend. So the more you invest yourself in multiple identities, the less likely it is that you’ll lose any one of them. Of course, if you do lose one, you’ll be OK because you’ve got others.”
So…who are you?
You have all sorts of people living inside you—many you’ve not full appreciated were there. These are the identities that cause you to rally behind a particular cause, perform acts of chivalry, solve mysteries, tell stories, wax philosophical, nurture children, root for the underdog, heal the sick, rebel against the status quo, take charge, instruct anyone within earshot, protect the environment, invent new ideas, crack jokes at every opportunity, run multiple marathons, crave solitude, spot what’s wrong, patronize the arts….
You get the picture, right?
These stirrings result from Archetypal Activation.
Archetypal patterns run deep in us. They embody what we know to be true about ourselves, in some cases almost from birth. – Caroline Myss
Each person contains an assortment of archetypes—what I call an Archetypal Array—that reflects passions, highlights talents and contributes to creating a meaningful life.
No two people share the same Archetypal Array. Yes, it’s true—you’re a snowflake!
Life isn’t just about some of you; it’s about all of you.
Don’t negate, integrate. – Peter Bregman
However, personal frustration and perpetually "locked doors" may indicate that you're trying to live a life that your Archetypal Array simply doesn't support.
You can pretend to be something other than who you are but eventually you will run out of energy to continue because that's not authentically you...I've met a lot of people who were living a "life on pause" because they had fixated on something for which they were archetypically unsuited...None of these individuals had the archetypes required [to fulfill their career fantasies], however, as was reflected in their lack of talent as well as the absence of opportunities coming their way. Opportunities are an extension of your archetypes, and you can only energize opportunities via the archetypes
you have. -- Caroline Myss
This is where I come in—your personal Archetypal Activator.
Intrigued? Visit ArchetypalActivator.com for more information on how you can discover Your Selves through my Archetypal Array Questionnaire and Action Plan.
I'll be co-hosting Dax Has Your Number on LifeScape Radio with Dax Carlisle on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 4 PM EST. We'll be talking about Numerology in the Tarot. Click here to listen live or in archive.
I'd like to introdue yuu to a neat lady named Melissa Pilgrim. She's dedicated to getting children moving, and has a book and app to prove it! In fact, the app will soon be free. And, teachers, librarians and homeschoolers can get a free mini-poster and lesson plans. More about that in a bit.
A bit of background on Melissa:
Melissa Pilgrim has over 15 years of experience writing for projects in all mediums—film, TV, theatre, and book publishing. She has had 16 plays for children and teens produced, 4 screenplays optioned, 1 TV series optioned, and has worked on over 12 books with authors from L.A. to N.Y.C. Melissa was the artistic director for The Sheil Park Players, a community theatre in the Wrigleyville area of Chicago, for almost 5 years where she produced and directed 16 original shows and worked with adults and children of all ages. Animal Motions is her first children's book.
And here's more information on the storybook app and free goodies:
Teachers, Librarians, & Parents: Get kids “creatively fit” this school year with Animal Motions, a fun, easy to follow, low-impact movement routine told as a story in a colorful children’s storybook app!
Animal Motions combines imagination, reading, and movement to make fitness fun—at home or in the classroom. Follow Eric as he stretches and moves his body at the start of his day by using his imagination to become 17 of his favorite animals. Travel with him to the jungle, the desert, the forest, the ocean—and don’t forget to keep your body moving!
The app is based on the full, 32 page Animal Motions children’s picture book and features engaging animations, audio hotspots (so children can learn the sounds animals make!), and professional narration with word-by-word highlighting. There are options for “Read To Me,” “Read Myself,” and “Auto Play.” (It’s like getting 3 books in one!)
Inspired from the author’s, Melissa Pilgrim, theatre classes with young children, Animal Motions was written to show kids everywhere how using your imagination can help make moving your body even more fun! The beautiful, full-page watercolor illustrations that help guide the child’s imagination are done by Ira V. Gates.
Teachers, Librarians, & Child Caregivers: 6 FREE LESSON PLANS in the categories of Health & Fitness, Drama, and Biology & Geography (for both preschool and kindergarten) and a FREE MINI-POSTER for the little ones to color are available at AnimalMotions.com!
Note: Visit AnimalMotions.com for more information. And please let all your friends know about the giveaway too—it’s good to share!
On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 4 PM EST, I'll be on Kosmic Koffee with Kooch chatting about our Coffee Tarot and Snowland Deck and my upcoming Tarot books Naked Tarot and 365 Tarot. I've told the wonderful Kooch to ask me anything. Listen live at this link.
What’s your favorite breakfast food? Hands down, the Egg McMuffin or variations thereof. I’ve got a soft spot in my heart right now for the new Jimmy Dean light version found in the grocery store – low fat, low calorie and I don’t have to get up early or get dressed to go find one. EPIC WIN!
Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? My desert island go to book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it, loaned it, lost it and bought it again. I should get some kind of frequent buyer points. *sighs*
What makes you laugh? English humor like Monty Python, dark comedy. I love to laugh.
Drink of choice: Diet Mt Dew or Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper.
Would you rather be hot or cold? Oh, cold – definitely. You can always put on more clothes, but there’s a limit to how little you can wear in polite society or at Walmart. On further consideration, that may not apply for Walmart.
Mountain, beach, desert or forest? Beach, definitely. I’m a Carolina Girl, drink in my hand and toes in the sand.
Favorite color? Purple. No, green. *goes flying off the bridge* (Monty Python & The Holy Grail)
Last thing you splurged on? A new notebook PC and the Blu-ray version of Help!.
Bonus Question: What modern convenience couldn’t you live without? Internet. My iPhone. Internet. The microwave. Internet. My car. Internet...wait, you said one thing…
In between writing and daydreaming about sexy Celts, Shannon MacLeod lives a life of servitude to two spoiled cats. She enjoys pondering the mysteries of Tarot, rainy days, good music, lively craic and spending long hours gazing at her beloved ocean. An avid wearer of dangerously high heels, she watches Lord of the Rings more than any sane person should and can, in fact, reenact entire battle scenes using interpretive dance. Shannon is the author of these paranormal romances from Kenginston Books and Lyrical Press:
The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups (Arcana Love Volume 1)
The Gypsy Ribbon: Suit of Wands (Arcana Love Volume 2)
The French Twist: Suit of Swords (Arcana Love Volume 3 coming 2015)
Rogue on the Rollaway (Seven Sons of the Fallen #1)
And from Schiffer Books:
The ShadowFox Tarot (written under the pen name Jennifer ShadowFox)
The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the Chase
Visit Shannon online at ShannonMacleod.com.