To name a very few, there’s Dancer, Diva, Designer, Director and Detective.
While there are 26 letters in the alphabet, there are hundreds upon hundreds of archetypes, with new ones likely being born this very day.
So this week, here’s a small dish of my “D” favorites. What dazzles me daily is how “identifying your archetypal patterns makes you realize they somehow know more about you than you know about yourself,’ as my dear friend Carolyn Myss writes in her latest bestseller, Archetypes: Who Are You?. This has certainly been true for me. Archetypes can transform our lives.
That is, if you are willing to step into yours. If who you are is the Dancer archetype, moving into new steps may be your second nature from the time you were born, if not earlier. Your archetypal family is a beautiful mix of Athlete and Creative. You are what Einstein called, “the athlete of God.” Get you out onto the dance floor and you feel both larger than yourself and more like yourself. You recognize this pattern in the little girl in her first tutu or a retired world-class dancer in a body she barely recognizes as her own. In your heart you are always dancing. On Broadway or in your bathrobe, start the music and you’re on a fast track to bliss, keeping beat with the ceaseless rhythm of your world. You don’t have to be Anna Pavlova on Dancing With the Stars. Point is, as the T-shirt says, you’ve ‘gotta dance.’” Is that you? Will you honor or argue with what you discover to be true?
Or is your D for Diva, an amazing mix of the Queen and Fashionista family? Come to the party when you will and remember that, despite the fact that you sometimes get a bad, uneducated rap, Diva comes from the word “divine” and you’ve got the powers to prove it. You can spread your wings and turn the ordinary into the mystical. You may relate to the more traditionally defined Diva, like the gifted singers Beyoncé, JLo, and Barbra Streisand. You can identify with the newly evolving Diva archetype, where girls and women are encouraged to invent themselves so that, as Maya Angelou says, they can “go out there and grab the world by the lapels.”
But if your D is for Designer; you’ll want first, by your natural pattern, to create the whole stunning jacket. Ultimately, the Designer is founded in the Creative and Visionary families, whether you are designing a dress or a watercolor. They see with their eyes closed, and time only makes their gifts more profound. I’m thinking Coco Chanel and you!
And then D for Director, that, like the Designer, is also from the Creative and Visionary families. Think the genius of Katherine Bigelow, who put the new archetypal female Director into a simple perspective: I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender and I refuse to stop making movies.
Do you know who you are really? Are you curious enough to find out more? If your D is for Detective, your archetype is a perfect mix of the Visionary and the Intellectual, one that may split hairs, use spy craft, dig through the pockets of your husband for clues, and stay hooked on CSI to find your answers.
Discover your archetypes and prepare to welcome home a happier, more authentic you, meet other people who share your archetypes, and let the miracles of synchronicity begin.
I will love to hear what you find.
With grace and gratitude,