MANY YEARS ago a struggling young artist in Paris was so poor that he could not buy a canvas on which to paint. Walking along the quays one day, he saw that an old painting of Napoleon III was for sale for a few sous. He bought it thinking he could remove the painting and use the canvas for his own work. As he cleaned off the surface paint, to his amazement he found another picture underneath. Examining it closely, he thought it looked like a fine Corot. Immediately he sought out experts, who verified that the painting was indeed a genuine Corot. His days of poverty were instantly over. His financial future was assured.
At the surface of life many people present imperfect images: lack in harmony, limitations and disease. These are the overlays resulting from past experiences and the opinions and beliefs of both individual and collective consciousness, which people have accepted. These are also the other people’s projections over the Self.
The story, told by Emmet Fox, is metaphorical of the nature of our real InnerPower, our true beauty. The world will never see another human being like you. There is no one on the face of the planet that has what you have. Your uniqueness, in every respect, is your gift and your power.
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister
Part of life in a free society is accepting that others have different opinions and ideas, even ones that are not nice or happy or positive. However, observers and analysts come to the conclusion that most people cannot handle reality, and prefer to live in a world of artificial happiness where all is nice. The world is not a super happy place, but by being real, you can create real happiness when identifying things that need to be improved and then improving them.
Being positive requires honesty and seeing both the good and bad. Fakeness is the exact opposite of being real, so why would anyone want that? You cannot communicate with someone if they’re not real. It’s like trying to have a real conversation with an actor in a play. What is needed is an unconventional culture that fosters the honest communication and diversity in our personal relations.
And there’s a new shift occurring in how we conduct our business and daily lives. This new paradigm requires fresh insights and creativity to navigate these uncharted waters. We are here for a reason: to be of service—to give and receive—and to truly thrive!
So be who you are destined to be, share the message you were meant to share, and make the difference you are here to make by following your heart, your intuition and InnerWisdom.
Pegasus and Bellerophontes, Greek Mythology
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” Les Brown
Archetype II: The Wanderer
Carol Pearson says, the Wanderer becomes central when we feel misunderstood, alienated, or are cast into an unknown situation. It is a call to move into another life that is less restricting and more ‘us’. The Wanderer sees life as an adventure, symbolised by the knight, the explorer, the cowboy or the hippie who hits the road, but the impulse for new frontiers applies to the mind and heart as well as the physical world.
The archetype may make itself known in adolescence, when we start to look objectively at our place within the family and community, but another key point is mid-life, when many people reject being ‘responsible performance machines’. Even if a person realises that their sanctuary has become their cage, the call to be a Wanderer may cause guilt feelings. If you choose to no longer take on the protector role, who will? The vital question for the Wanderer is whether they are simply escaping from trouble, or searching for a new self. The call to wander may mean painful breaks and terrifying leaps into the unknown, but without them we don’t grow.
Odysseus and Penelope, Tischbein
Your InnerHero. On Carol Pearson Archetypes Archetype III: The Warrior
It is possible to tap into the ‘intense aliveness’ and force of this archetype without becoming a mindless aggressor. Perhaps because of its negative image, many will have avoided taking on aspects of the Warrior. Without it though, we are weakened. The Orphan or the Innocent may fear the Warrior archetype and the changes it may wreak in them, but sometimes it becomes clear that we have to take a stand, and in these situations only the Warrior will do. By embracing it, we don’t become a monster, but in fact open up to ‘the dance of life’.
The Warrior of today is less in competition with enemies than they are with themselves, aiming to vanquish personal limitations and achieve excellence. Instead of advantage over others, the new Warrior seeks better and more creative solutions.
‘Each time we use the warrior well, we are not so much fighting battles as awakening the King.’
“For it is in giving that we receive.” St. Francis of Assisi
Arhetype IV: The Altruist
According to Carol Pearson the Altruist symbolises giving and abundance, but only that type of giving which you are passionate about, not what you think the world expects of you.
In a Warrior culture, achievement is everything, yet we all like to be valued as people, separate to our achievements. Subtract the people in society who work for nothing, who give out love and care without expectation of getting it back, and it would not be much of a society. We need to have a larger meaning to guide our actions, so that they do not come simply from a desire for personal power or money – this is the worth of the Altruist.
The negative side of the archetype is unnecessary sacrifice. Many people will go through their lives giving up their own ambitions and desires for the sake of others, yet sacrifice often goes unrewarded, and can be taken for granted.
Greg Mortenson with his students
The Finding of Moses
“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.”
Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles
Archetype VI: The Magician
The Magician sees life in a similar way to the Innocent, but claims more power. While the Innocent will trust the universe to make things happen, the Magician will be a more active change-maker Magicians are willing to take a stand, even if it is risky or revolutionary. Yet, unlike the Warrior, they also give up the illusion of total control over their lives, and in doing so take on an ability to read the flow and move with greater effect. This is why they can appear to do ‘magical’ things. In their personal journeys, Magicians have allowed themselves to be transformed, and the reward is power.
“Always start with the Clarity of Intention.” GMCKS
1. Spoken words have enormous power, written words tend to materialize. Be careful what you say.
2. Reformulate your strategy all the time! Work through the details diligently.
3. Give yourself Time! It’s Time for Clarity – don’t forget to purify.
3. Neutralize possible problems before they occur. Fight without fighting!
Authenticity in personal manifestation is a special characteristic of the fearless. These leaders stick to the truth, take risks and innovate. They dream with open eyes.
Only if you unmask your own reality, you can experience the solid ground and stay rooted. Look around and see more clearly where you are. Then imagine the right move ahead.
Be aware – win before acting!
A Dialogue, Athens