The archetypes are a map and model of personal growth. They point to your qualities and greatness and the pitfalls you might encounter that hold you small, in limitation and fear. And they offer a way out of that fear and into choice, freedom and expansion.
Are you a life coach? Or a person looking for life coaching? Either way, archetypes are an excellent model to work with to access the deep potential available within the coaching session and within you as an individual- both coach and client.
How can the archetypes support you in your leadership? There is self-leadership and leadership of others, as well as collaboration- leadership with others. Archetypes can inspire you to great leadership in all these areas as an individual, and as a parent, partner and work colleague.
Relationships are the most fulfilling part of life. And simultaneously the most challenging. How you show up in your relationships is essential to your life success and your personal sense of connection and belonging. Be it at work, relationships at home as partner, parent and sibling, or with friends, archetypes can help enrich all your relationships.
When you’re under pressure, what tools do you use to ensure you respond effectively? How do you manage yourself when you are up against it? Life is full of challenging conversations, situations and relationships. As well as regularly facing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.
The world has changed, there is no doubt about that. Coronavirus had altered the landscape of our lives personally, locally, nationally and globally. It has affected how we shop, work, educate our kids, travel, socialise and created so much uncertainty that is affecting the mental health of many people around the world.
If you are interested in personal growth, be that for business or career development, or simply to be more content and fulfilled in life, you’ll understand the significance of remaining positive.
One of the key factors contributing towards your growing positivity is being discerning about who you spend your time with. As one of my great spiritual teachers told me, “You are who you sit with”. Jim Rohn said it this way, “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.
One of the most effective things you can do is manage your anxiety. In the face of uncertainty, you cannot often manage the concerns beyond your control. Instead, managing your reaction to them is where your power lies.
What are your views on acceptance? Are you able to roll with the punches? Or do you wrestle for control? Do you see acceptance as a weakness? Or is it a strength? Is acceptance a blessing or a curse?
What is your relationship with Intuition? Do you doubt that you have intuition? Do you second guess intuition and find yourself plagued with doubt, indecision and confusion? If you get that intuitive hit, how does it come to you- through words, pictures, thoughts or feelings? And when that hit comes, do you act on it, or do you ignore it? Perhaps it scares you, or you don’t like what it says, think it’s mundane or pointless?
Intuition and Transformation
When a coaching client connects to their intuition, listens and takes action, it can be one of the most empowering transformations they can make. Suddenly, they move from needing advice and support from others, to independence, self-sufficiency and clarity. Advice and support have their place, but when they stop a person from trusting themselves and undermine their sense of autonomy, they become disempowering. The client becomes small in their body through lack of confidence, plays small in their life by acting without courage and feels small in themselves by staying inside their comfort zone and resisting risk and failure.
Building trust in Intuition has become an important part of the work I do with clients. And I have begun to run training to empower people to connect to Intuition, learn how to use it, listen to it and act from that place of inspiration. In collaboration with Thea Allison and Catelijne Coopmans, we devised a series of five sessions focusing on Embodying Archetypes for Personal Growth. These were part of the Embodiment Circles Online in 2020. This blog focuses on Magician.
Intuition and Magician Archetype
The Magician archetype is an excellent way to access these inherent skills and build trust in imagination, creativity and vision making. Magician is not an illusionist. It is a transformer and synthesiser that brings things together to create something new. It creates from the ether, sensing that which is beyond the senses (sight, sound, taste, touch and smell) and bringing it to life. Magician captures dreams (like the Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl), creates vision, senses what is on the verge of becoming and helping it manifest.
One Magician in our modern day was Steve Jobs. He sensed that people wanted a computer that could be used easily, intuitively, immediately and would not be a struggle to learn. And so he created the Macintosh and computing, animation, publishing and education have never been the same since (see this article Giving People What They Want Before They Know They Want It for more information). Jobs instinctively knew how to listen to Intuition as do many actors, visionaries, authors, musicians, thought leaders, artists, trail-blazers, entrepreneurs and anyone who uses imagination to create a solution. Stephen Hawking, Paul McCartney, Lin Miguel Miranda and Banksie are all 21st century Magicians.
How Intuition Speaks
We are all born with the instinct to listen to Intuition. Many of us unlearn that skill. Fortunately, you can relearn it too.
Intuition communicates with you predominantly in one of four ways:
- Words- your inspiration comes in individual words or phrases. Less often it might come as a sentence or perhaps a stream of words. If it does flow, it is usually because you are writing it down or saying it out loud in some way. Once you act on the individual word or phrase, you may receive the next step on the journey.
- Pictures- flashes or glimpses of insight come to your mind’s eye. Or you may get a moving image like a film playing in your head.
- Thoughts- you’ll get an idea jump into your mind or the thought to call or reach out to a specific person.
- Feelings- intuition often speaks through the body. A gut reaction, your heart skips a beat, you feel an urge to take action in some way. Perhaps you’ll meet someone and take an instant liking, or disliking, to them, without having spoken a word. Or that urge to eat a particular food or be clear that you don’t want to eat something. You might be inspired to speak your truth.
Bolts from the Blue
Intuition speaks to us through these means. Most people have a dominant one or two ways, but we have all four. The one thing they have in common, is that the insight is usually out of the blue. It has no reference to what you may have been thinking about beforehand. To the point where it seems weird or freaky.
As an example, I was at a particularly low ebb one New Year’s day. I felt lost at that point in my life and was wondering what I could do to change it. A person’s name, someone I had not thought about in months, sprang to mind. I reached out to him and he helped guide me back on track.
One of the reasons I work with archetypes is because Intuition keeps bringing me back to them as an answer to my questions in life. When opportunities for new and inspiring work come up, archetypes come, unbidden, front and centre in my mind and workshops and seminars come together with ease.
I will plan what I am going to say when I present workshops or give seminars, but often the script goes out the window when I get an intuitive push to approach the work differently. In the moment, I’ll change tack and go with it, because I trust my intuition- at least much more than I used to. Every time, without fail, I ask for feedback and participants say the material was just what was needed. When I suggest I could have done it differently, hinting at what I had meticulously planned for the event, they always shake their heads and say what I did was better. I can’t explain it, but it works every time. I know it works and I have learned to trust it.
Learning to Listen
There are many ways to cultivate your relationship with Intuition. Over the years I have practised many forms of spontaneous creative output including writing, movement (dance, martial arts), music, play (such as comedy improvisation or playing with children) and public speaking.
Here are a couple of ways in which you can connect to Intuition from the Embodying Archetypes for Personal Growth series about Magician:
1. Meditation to Access Intuition
One of the reasons you may not hear Intuition is because your conscious, logical and rational mind is so busy, it is a distraction. It’s so loud and consistently active that you rarely if ever hear Intuition. And the world is a busy and loud place too. Lots of distractions there as well- TV, internet, social media and so on. You may not know it, but Intuition is reaching out to you all the time. For most of us in the modern world, our focus is towards the busyness and loudness of life. Intuition often does not get a look in. Sometimes, its messages get through the cracks when there is a pause- like when you’re taking a shower, running, driving, day-dreaming and so on.
If you want to access Intuition more purposefully, take time to remove some of those distractions from time to time and learn to recognise when Intuition is communicating to you. Ask for the answer to something about a relationship, a business challenge, health concerns, problem solving and Intuition will give you the next step. This video is a guided visualisation that will give you a chance to connect to your intuitive voice:
The key is to go with the thing that first comes to mind. Don’t second guess it. If you don’t like what you hear, don’t waste your time listening out for something different. It might be scary, mundane, obvious, not glamorous or glitzy enough for you. But if that is what Intuition says, then that is the message. So often, Intuition has me stepping out of my comfort zone that feels great once I’ve done it and isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Or doing the mundane things like keeping the house tidy or organising my accounts. It means that I can relax, which feels good and allows me to focus on more important things for my development. Important things that without that organisation, I wouldn’t have the time or space to do.
Intuition isn’t some woo woo hocus pocus. It is eminently practical and useful and very often flies in the face of logic, reason and common sense.
2. Embodying Intuition
The Magician in you nurtures your natural ability to go into the unknown, using imagination and intuition to seek new understanding and wisdom to be of service in the world.
Magician can hold itself in the practical, real world, and also transcend the physical to allow valuable information and guidance to come through.
As individuals we access intuition differently. This movement practice, devised by Thea Allison*, uses three different, embodied techniques to access intuition to test them for effectiveness and appropriateness to you personally.
Using the over-arching question What am I here to learn and share? we explored these three embodied enquiries:
1. Transcendence Pose.
We used the Embodied Yoga Principles pose of Transcendence to experience that lift into the higher, into the airy realm of intuition and vision. Standing on tip toe, with your arms straight up, your palms facing each other a shoulder width apart and your gaze going upwards. Holding the question, we used movement to reach out, plucking ideas and possibilities from the ether and intuitively putting those ideas into the body, wherever it felt true to ‘land’ them. Like plucking apples from a tree, or the stars from the sky.
Using circles is an ancient intuitive technique. Create or imagine a circle and define that space to suit your needs, for example, my true vision, or clarity on this project. When you connect with, or step into the circle you will have an experience of how you have defined it. We walked around the edge of the circle, holding the question ‘What am I here to learn and share?’ purposefully imagining the circle to be empty and free of other influences. Stepping into the circle we waited to receive whatever information came.
We went through a simple centring process. Starting on the external environment by feeling our feet on the floor, standing tall, becoming aware of the feeling of the air on our skin. Moving internally, we noticed our breathing and relaxed our core – eyes, mouth and jaw, down to the belly. With relaxed breath, in this centred state, we asked the question and listened for what came. (Based on ABC Centring technique as taught at The Embodied Facilitators Course.
Intuition is a natural gift that can be practised and nurtured in all of us. We all have aspects of the Magician to call on. The important thing is to find the best way for you to be in the unknown, free of the normal layers of conditioning and bias that direct your thinking, and then hold onto the first thing you get.
To complete the session, we continued walking while considering three questions:
- 1) Where/how do you experience intuition in your body?
- 2) What was your reaction to the first thing you got (e.g. reject it, want something more, want something less, doubt it)?
- 3) What can you do now to make this information useful?
Over to you
How is your relationship with Intuition? What practices do you have to connect to it? Were the two offered here useful for you? What is Intuition telling you? How will you use Intuition in the future? If you did use Intuition, how would your life look different in a year from now? Or five years from now?
We will be creating and delivering further sessions and courses on Embodying Archetypes for Personal Growth. If you’d like to know more about future content and dates with the interest of possibly attending, please e-mail David at email@example.com and I will contact you with additional details as we publish them. Alternatively, you can subscribe to my newsletter on the right hand side of this page.
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*Thea Allison specialises in teaching people to use intuition and embodiment to create what is most important to them. She put together this simple exploration of intuition and embodiment.
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