Embracing the Child
Aired Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30pm MDT
In this previously recorded online class we focus on the last of the four survivor archetypes in this series, the child archetype. The survivor archetypes are identified by Caroline Myss in her work on Sacred Contracts. Each of us embodies the four essential survivor archetypes from birth to death: Victim, Saboteur, Prostitute and Child. They are the foundation of what it means to be human.
The survivor archetypes can be tough to embrace because we may identify them first and foremost by their shadow. “You are such a child,” is often seen as an insult when directed at an adult. Many people believe that we’re all supposed to grow up and get over the neediness, co-dependence, selfishness, and irrationality of the child. While others never want to give up the innocence, light-heartedness, and wonder of childhood, thus finding themselves constantly fighting against cultural norms.
Over the last 30 or more years, the awareness of our inner child has become more prominent in society. Discussions in the psychotherapy, coaching and consciousness fields have helped many understand that regardless of whether we want to or not, we all have a child inside of us that is either acting against our wishes or fueling our work.
Realizing how our own child archetype responds to and views the world helps us navigate questions of responsibility versus dependence as well as seriousness versus playfulness. The gift of the child archetype is the ability to balance the maturity and wisdom that age brings with the open-mindedness and carefree nature of our youth. A grave, cautious life independent of anyone can feel closed off and cold. A reckless, happy-go-lucky life dependent on others for everything can feel ungrounded and unproductive.
This survivor archetype is unique because there are multiple versions of the child archetype, seven or more depending on who you ask. In this class, we’ll explore the light and shadow of these seven archetypes: wounded child, orphan child, nature child, eternal child, magical child, divine child, and adult child.
We only have one of these seven child archetypes travel with us from birth to death, but honing in on which one this is can be an incredibly difficult task.
In this 90-minute live online class, Stacey shares how to:
- Decipher the difference between expressions of the child archetype
- Choose which child archetype you most identify with
- Experience embracing the child archetype as an incorporation rather than a regression
- Re-encounter play and intentionally incorporate it in your life
Want to pay via check? Email email@example.com to say your payment is on the way via check to “Wild Gratitude, P.O. Box 2919, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147″
What are Archetypes?
Archetypes are universal patterns of power that coordinate how we think and feel. All we have to do is say “angel” or “hermit” and instantly others know what kind of person we are talking about. This is indicative of the amount of power that each archetype contains.
The Greek origin of the word “archetype” comes from the words archē meaning “beginning or original” and typos meaning “pattern, model or type”. Thus an archetype is the original or first pattern from which all others are made of.
CANCELLATIONS: Due to the nature of this offering, there are no cancellations for the online classes.
Still have questions? Email Stacey for more info