202: Seeing with the Heart: The Twelve Archetypes

You can understand yourself and others better by seeing the archetypes of which you are an example. Between the obvious facts that everyone is basically the same and that everyone is uniquely different, lies the wisdom that there are types of people. IAM uses a matrix of twelve types that has a direct connection to the experience and development of a person. These archetypes are all idealistic, representing the divine qualities of the essence of the human being. Each type has its characteristic problems and challenges and can be developed in degrees. The identification of a person's archetypes is done using Heart Rhythm Practice to sensitize the heart to the inner qualities of another.

"The Archetype Workshop literally changed my life. By understanding more of why I do, feel, think, and act the way I do, I have a truer picture of who I am. This knowledge has helped set me free of many "guilt trips" imposed onto me by my own and other's expectations of what I "should" be. Also, by identifying the archetypes of others I have a better understanding of why (or how) I react to others." -- Porter, Engineer

Knowing your own archetype will help you:

  • Understand why you have certain recurring problems
  • Choose your career and position
  • Find a work style that is successful
  • Work with your natural skills
  • Be aware of your blind spots

Learning how to identify the archetypes of others will help you:

  • Know what to expect from your friends and co-workers
  • Find compatibility in a love relationship
  • Help others develop and mature
  • Adjust your presentation style to suit your audience
  • Understand the stages of growth in a business

What is an "Archetype"? An archetype is an ideal essence from which a person is formed. Each person is one example of an archetype. Each archetype has many examples among humanity.

What are the Twelve Archetypes? You can learn to recognize twelve distinct aspects of the ideal human being in yourself and others through direct observation, with little discussion or rational processing. The archetypes can be seen in one's body, movements, attitude, attractions, repulsions, voice, artistic expression, behavior, habits, and so on.

Seminar Content Through the course of this seminar, you will practice looking at yourself and others through the eyes of your heart, with sympathy and respect, amazed and in awe of what beauty and strength you find. The advantage of the model of the archetypes we use is that it can be experienced by the heart directly. It does not depend on your answers to a questionnaire, which can be easily faked. It does not depend on your own self-concepts or analysis either. You may be surprised at the archetype you reveal through your unconscious behaviors, or it may be amazingly familiar. In the end, you will understand and honor your archetype as the ideal of your individuality. You will develop six charts of your archetype, through observation of your:

  1. natural walk
  2. accomplishment of a task
  3. response to sounds
  4. making a simple drawing
  5. verbal statement
  6. response to the "mirror of the heart"

From these charts you will understand your developed and developing archetype. You will also participate in the identification of the archetypes of the other participants, so that you gain the ability to recognize these twelve "faces of God" in others. Quotes from the seminar:

  • "There are no preferable archetypes; each has its characteristic advantages and difficulties."
  • "The problems you have in your life are typical of your archetype."
  • "One or two archetypes determine most of your approaches to and choices in life."
  • "You can be successful in twelve ways. You can be spiritual in twelve ways. There are twelve ways to do anything there is to do. But for any one of us, there are only one or two ways."
  • "One archetype is already familiar to you, but another represents all that is attractive."
  • "The developed archetype accounts for your skills and abilities."
  • "The developing archetype accounts for your interests and frustrations."
  • "You do not need all the archetypes; you only need to develop that archetype which is being asked of you now."

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Here's the Problem:
The mind distinguishes between self and others while the heart feels itself in everyone.
The mind rejects those who are different, yet every heart longs to sing its own song.
Nothing is gained by being like anyone else, yet we need examples of possible ways of being.
Many of your problems are symptomatic of your type, but no other type is easier or better.
There are many paths but only one is necessary, as long as it is one's own way to the One.

The Solution is to:

Train your mind in the view of your heart.
Discover your type and its wonder.
Meet those of your type and complement.
Specialize in your uniqueness.

The seminar will include instruction and participation in Heart Rhythm Practice and the sharing of personal experiences. A booklet included with the seminar will summarize the main points of the method and allow you to recreate the seminar experience on your own. The seminar will be conducted in a professional setting with chairs in a theater arrangement or a circle. Some sessions will be organized in two groups, but most sessions will be plenum. Questions are encouraged at all times. The style is open and personal, non-confrontational and non-judgmental. The approach is participative and experiential.

Who Should Attend? This seminar will help...

  • therapists, healing and health-care providers - to understand the needs of each type of person you serve
  • teachers - to match their teaching style to the student's archetypal learning style
  • business managers - to provide motivation and management relevant to the employee
  • members of a work team - to honor the variety of contributions people make and the essential need for each
  • people looking for career advancement - to pick the best-suited opportunities for your archetype
  • parents - to appreciate the different qualities that children develop
  • single people looking for relationships - for insight into your need for affinity and complementarity, familiarity and challenge
  • couples - to see the easy and difficult roles of your relationship and how to prepare the environment for each other's growth
  • seekers of a spiritual path - to know your own path among the twelve possible paths


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