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My archetypal journey steps and changing beliefs

Discovering your archetypal journey helps you to stay focused on your positive traits and talents. I believe that we each bring different talents and gifts to the world. Based on those different talents, we are called to different experiences and challenges.

Our lives are enriched when these talents are embraced. By recognizing our strengths, we can accomplish more and experience more in our life time. Instead of admiring or envying others’ talents, we can live our own life’s contract to its fullest.

In 1999, I attended a medical mission to the Philippines. This was a life-changing experience and was a major turning point in my belief system. There was so much poverty in this third world country that patients stood in lines overnight to be seen. Our health care team evaluated health needs of about 800 patients a day.
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A Filipino vendor selling Parols
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I was moved deeply by their ability to accept suffering as an expected part of life. They had so little but remained generous and loyal to their church. I grew angry as I observed more and more oppression, and I began to question how we could allow this level of suffering and poverty to exist in our abundant world.

This experience was the beginning of my spiritual awakening and I began to search for answers to my endless questions trying to discover the purpose of life. I began to meditate regularly, pray from the deepest parts of my heart feeling deep sorrow, attend mystery school teachings, sought insight with the use of archetypal images.

I was no longer satisfied with the politics of my belief system. I began to feel boxed in by my current religious belief system so I explored other religions. I attended Buddhist gatherings. I experienced Hindu services. I became an avid reader of self-help literature as I continued to search for meaning.
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harvesting coconuts from coconut trees (Cocos nucifera) in Bohol, Philippines
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It seemed that the harder I prayed and the more I searched, the more everything began to fall apart in my life. As I began to awaken, I read a lot about remaining present in the moment and living in the power of now. Even though I tried to remain present, my mind often drifted to patterns of fearful thinking. I wanted to stay present and positive but those old learned patterns of fear and guilt returned.

My conservative upbringing carved deep patterns of fear and guilt into my psyche. I pondered these questions:
How could I change those old patterns?
How could I begin to identify the areas of my life where I wasn’t truly living to my fullest potential because of those old fear based patterns?
Where was I living untruths or trying to be someone I was not?
Why did I fail at trying to live a perfect life?
Why was it so important to me to need approval by others?

Seeking spiritual growth was always at the core of my life’s purpose. I searched for spiritual meaning since I was a child but this awakening experience was opening me to a life review and my life entered a stage of utter chaos and deep pain. I began to study and practice Healing Touch, a form of energy medicine and I also studied Reiki at the time and completed the Master level.
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Palawan Hornbill on Palawan, The Philippines
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The concept of universal oneness and the ability to tap that huge potential opened for me. I bathed in the healing light and I felt as though I began to plow through some major blocks in energy. Just when I thought I was opening to the light, I hit bottom and experienced severe claustrophobia and anxiety with a feeling of total separation. I felt like I was losing my mind. It seemed that the harder I prayed and the more I searched, the more everything began to fall apart in my life.

As my life began to unravel, I asked myself, “Is that all there is? What is this all about?” I prayed for growth without knowing what I was asking for. With the failure of my marriage and my sons moving on with their lives, I found myself alone a in a full blown spiritual crisis. Through the process of personal transformation, I gained fresh insights and more conscious practices of health patterning.

The process of my discovery of unconscious motivations gives me further insight into archetypal influences and helps me to synthesize the lessons into my new life experiences. By understanding the role archetypes play in our daily life patterning, I believe we are led to self-empowerment and personal transformation. This process was a vital part of my own transformation, as I now realize that I was looking outside myself for physical, emotional and spiritual fulfillment.
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Manila Ocean Park at Quirino Grandstand, Manila, Philippines
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I believed that someone else could save me and give me a fulfilled life; hence, I experienced many failed relationships. Today I am experiencing a healthy, loving relationship with a renewed sense of personal empowerment in all aspects of my life. I believe that our goal in life is to live with purpose and passion; to not only live our fate but to reach the fulfillment of our sacred destiny and realize our true potential.

Through Healing Touch and Archetypal Counseling a person strengthens their ability to experience the creative, rejuvenating power locked within so that fear, depression, and negativity disintegrate from the patterns of their lives through conscious living.
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