“The inner guides are archetypes that have been with us since the dawn of time. We see them reflected in recurring images in art, literature, myth, and religion; and we know they are archetypal because they are found everywhere, in all times and places.” Carol S. Pearson, Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World
Seena Frost, creator of SoulCollage ®, describes Archetypes as, “the invisible guides, challengers, creators, and destroyers, known across time and cultures by many names, yet being somehow universally in the collective unconscious of the human race.”
Archetypes are recurring patterns that occur in mythology, religion, cultures and stories across time and geography. They hold universal meaning and common human experiences. They can evoke unconscious choices in our lives. They can help us understand and connect through their common characteristics. They are generally understood across all communities and times.
When used in personal growth work and interpersonal development, archetypes can be used as guides on our life journey. Each archetype holds its own golden and shadow characteristics. Most have historical imagery, symbols and colors associated with them. Some even have special places, essential oils or songs they are connected with. How we view and act in our world is often directed by what archetypal energy is dominating our thoughts and decisions. Being able to connect with our archetypes through our SoulCollage® Council Suit can help us come to understand our motivations and help us find balance and inner peace.