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Second survival archetype – Victim

The second survival archetype is the Victim. When our expectations of others become disappointing, we assign blame and play the role of Victim and that – in short – is a survival archetype victim’s mindset.

Every archetype has a light side and a shadow side. Remember being human means we are experiencing polarities or opposites. Experiencing polarities provides us with contrast and contrast creates desires. Carl Jung made the point that the way to cope with the shadow is to befriend it and coax it out into the light.

When we befriend the Victim archetype, for instance, it can let us know when we are in danger of being victimized. The shadow Victim exhibits our unconscious urge to play victim; expressing feelings like everything happens to me.
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The purpose of the Victim is to receive sympathy or pity without having to do the hard work required. We must strive to recognize when we are using these inappropriate behaviors that are dis-empowering us from moving forward or preventing us to reach our goals, for example.

The shadow side of the Victim is demonstrated when a person feels dis-empowered through a pitiful state or feeling the “poor me” attitude. They use the “poor me” dramas to elicit sympathy and attention. The Victim allows others to take advantage of us because we feel weak and insignificant or unworthy.

The light side recognizes the inner power that comes from within and provides us with a clear sense of responsibility, knowing that we can create results. It is all about setting boundaries, developing courage and governing responsibility. We must reach the inner core of self to find peace and clarity.

None of us works solely from the light side or the shadow side of the archetypes. Understanding these archetypes in both light and shadow, however, provides a tool for increasing self-awareness and enables us to make better life choices consciously. Each in its own way helps us to develop improved relationships and to work with others effectively to achieve our highest capabilities and pursue success.

Personal power, which is essential to success, is achieved by applying the principles of integrity, trust, commitment, and responsibility to all that we do. Power comes from living authentically; living your true self without trying to be something another expects you to be. The goal is to live the life that you want with courage and freedom.
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Being aware of archetypal influences in your life, provides you with a tool to objectively look at the way you feel about a situation and helps you to make new choices that make you feel positive and alive. You must recognize when something needs to be healed within you and alter the vibration and choose to remain balanced.

Do not choose to give your energy away. The soul always moves toward evolution. Connect to that Higher Consciousness, re-pattern your thoughts, and choose to remain vibrating at that higher level. Always remember that expectation reduces joy. Stay in the moment and fill each moment with peace and joy from within yourself. This is the definition of living consciously.
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