How do you imagine your life would be affected if you were to begin to actively engage the presence and support of living Archetypes, embodiments of different qualities of being, expression and action in the world? For example, what do you imagine might happen if you were to attune to the Spirit of Affection—a living Archetype of the essence and qualities of affection expressed through words, actions, feelings—and allow it to express in and through you as you engage others? What if these living Archetypes were actually embodiments of a kind of consciousness that we might think of as invisible Presences with whom we can interact and collaborate to enhance our quality of life and activities?
For this practice, I invite you to consider the possibility of including these living Archetypes as an essential and valuable part of your everyday life. For example, before my mother passed on, whenever I was going to spend time with her, I attuned to the Spirit of Affection and ask it to fill me and my active expression with its essence throughout the time I was with my mother. I also regularly call on the Spirit of Healing, a living Archetype embodying the essence of healing processes and energy, to accompany me throughout my workday. I have written elsewhere about calling on the Spirit of Home, the living Archetype of the essence of home, to live with me and enfold both my space and my experience of being enfolded and nurtured in my home.
The possibilities are limitless, given that these living Archetypes encompass and embody any quality you might imagine. The Spirit of Courage can be a powerful companion when faced with a challenge or stretched into a new experience. When I was young, my grandmother encouraged me to attune to the Spirit of Peace, to support my presence as a source of peace in my world. I also made it a practice to include the Spirit of Love in my awareness and experience. One of my long-term favorites has been the Spirit of Kindness.
Take a moment and notice what qualities you’d like to enhance in your life, what qualities you’d like to express and embody in your own experience and interactions … those you would like to have as your living, active companions along the way. Then, later, as you move through experiences, or review them at the end of the day, notice the essence of what unfolded for you when you set the intention ahead of time that you are supported and inspired by the living Presence that is the Archetype you have chosen.