Too often, when I talk with clients, they share with me that they are stuck. They say they are living a life that was not at all what they had planned. Somehow, this situation lead to that and then all of the sudden, they were either on a roller coaster hoping to become stable or on a conveyor belt ready to jump off!
What I suggest is for them to go back to when they were about 10 years old. That seems to be the magical age when you are clear on how you want to live your life. At that age you seem to understand the impact you want to make in the world. With the Internet and the acceleration of information, if you were born after 1980, you may want to access the seven year old within rather than the 10 year old.
It seems your dreams of being an astronaut, a doctor, or a rock star got buried under feelings of being powerless. You made decisions to please your parents or accepted the first opportunity that showed up and now you have climbed to the top of the ladder, but found it is on the wrong building.
You may have realized you wanted to make a change, but rather than one, two, three – GO, it is one, two, three, one, two, three . . .
Your inner flame burns low and your fire is about to burn out. This is the time to access the information and vibrational energy of your creative, playful, and lively inner child-self.
At this time in your life becoming an astronaut, a doctor, or a rock star may not be your desire, but what is more important is what the drive was toward that goal. Think about what was important to you when you were young and identify what interested you.
Let’s look at being an astronaut first. What motivated you and what did you value?
- Were you excited about science and wanted to make a contribution?
- Were you a dreamer and laid in the yard looking into space and wanted to leave your song to future generations.
- Were you curious at what was beyond earth and felt drawn to a Spiritual path?
If you dreamed about being a doctor, then what motivated you and what did you value?
- Were you curious about health and want to help people?
- Were you encouraged by your family to go into medicine and so you wanted to please them?
- Did you see yourself wanting to be successful and financially secure?
The dreams you had, as a young person, may be similar to what will re-activate your passion and bring meaning into your life at this time.
The creativity of your subconscious mind not only shows up in dreams, but also shows up as archetypes in your life. Archetypes are overlying patterns that show up in all cultures. Some examples of archetypes are mother, judge, teacher and healer. When you begin to look at these patterns in your life, you can unleash your creative energy. You can get back on your natural path and move toward your soul purpose.
This year I will be educating you about Archetypal Energies. The positive attribute of these archetypes can rekindle your fire, direct your path, unleash your potential, and bring you deeply into your soul for nurturing, comfort and expansive creativity. You no longer will be doing the one, two, three, one, two, three dance. You can move into one, two, three, GO!
It is helpful to have a notebook or journal to support your process. Take some time to answer these questions.
- What patterns have come up in your life that relate to an occupation? (Nurse, teacher, athlete, poet)
- What are some of your characteristics that are positive? (Angel, saint, storyteller, sage)
- What are some negative characteristics that haunt you? (Gossip, thief, tyrant, slave)
Each Archetype has a positive Sun side and a darker Shadow side. For instance the Rescuer (one who rescues others) is a highly revered person. The Rescuer in the shadow though can become Codependent and ultimately be destructive to himself and the person he attempted to rescue.
The Judge is a much-needed role in society. The shadow side of the Judge though can wreak havoc in a family or at work. No one wants to feel judged.
Look within and explore some of your Archetypal patterns. Also, look at how you live your life, how you spend your free time, and what you talk about. You can also ask your friends what they see as your patterns.
It can be fun to explore your subconscious as it manifests in your outer life. Come along on this Archetypal journey.
This article was previously published in Live Encounters Magazine.