Since then, further studies attribute social media and technology use in general to the rising number of teenagers suffering from depression.
It’s clear to see why social media can have a detrimental effect on the psychological development of teenagers. The system places an emphasis on interactions and being liked.
Social media also breeds an environment in which teenagers compare themselves to other people. And it’s not just their school peers they have to compare themselves with. It’s the whole world.
Body dysmorphia was found to be a leading cause of anxiety in teenagers that compared themselves with beautiful bodies. This also led to a rise in eating disorders.
Some teenagers will also feel their life is less exciting and eventful than other people their own age. When they see pictures of people hanging out with friends, visiting exotic locations and eating delicious food in restaurants and cafes, they can feel their life is inadequate.
Social media has also been found to make people more judgmental, aggressive and opinionated. Anyone that has used platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Tik Tok will know firsthand how quickly a post can spiral into an argument.
For teenagers, the toxicity is arguably worse. Cyberbullying has become so problematic that UNICEF has created a dedicated task force and teamed up with social media platforms to stamp out scaremongering, angering and shaming other users.
Cyberbullying is classified as:
Whilst it’s clear that social media can be harmful, it also has many positive benefits as well. What’s important to understand is the underlying causes of anxiety.
Anxiety is predominantly due to a lack of self-esteem. This can take the form of a lack of self-worth, a lack of self-respect and a lack of self-confidence. Social media merely fuels the fire of self-hate.
It may be difficult to drag yourself or your children away from social media platforms. Given they provide some benefits, it may not serve you to drop them altogether.
However, having an awareness of how social platforms can cause anxiety and depression will help to avoid becoming another victim. If it’s already too late for you, use social platforms less and seek professional help to build your self-esteem.
No one has done more for the development of archetypes as a psychological tool than Carl Jung. The theories of the eminent psycho-analyst were most probably inspired by Sigmund Freud’s work on complexes.
The works of Joseph Campbell, Marie-Louise von Franz, Jean Shinoda-Bolen, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette among others has been vitally important as well.
Archetypes and complexes are intricately entwined but are of themselves, different. To understand a complex, you have to understand the archetype that is causing it.
Archetypal energies are responsible for instinctual patterns of behaviour, perception, attitudes and emotions. They also reveal themselves in images and themes.
Jung’s complex theory is based on the idea that everyone has a split personality which is constructed of multiple energies. Other respected psychologists acknowledge the same principle.
“Multiple personality is humanity in its natural condition. In other cultures, these multiple personalities have names, locations, energies, functions, voices, angel and animal forms, and even theoretical formulations have different kinds of soul. In our culture, the multiplicity of personality is regarded either as psychiatric operation or, at best, as an integrated interjections or partial personalities.” ~ James Hillman, Archetypal Psychology
Hillman goes on to say that by attaching faces and names to archetypal personalities, it is possible to perceive psychic phenomena “with precision…rather than generalised in the manner of cultural psychology as feelings, ideas, sensations, and the like.
Given archetypes can help you determine why adopt destructive behaviours, negative thinking, bad attitudes, and limiting beliefs etc, understanding archetypes and complexes is arguably the most powerful self-development tool there is.
So what are archetypes and what are complexes?
Jung described the archetypes as belonging to the collective consciousness. In other words, they are patterns of behaviour, psychic development and human nature that are common to mankind regardless of colour, culture or sex.
The archetypes are essentially personality traits. They can be identified by certain behaviours, emotions and attitudes. When all 12 main archetypes are present and balanced in the conscious mind, you are “whole, integrated, fertile, and happy.”
“….the archetype is an element of our psychic structure and thus a vital and necessary component in our psychic economy. It represents or personifies certain instinctive data of the dark, primitive psyche, the real but invisible roots of consciousness.” ~ Carl Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious para 271
Because archetypal energies pursue similar patterns of expression, you, or a knowledgable analyst, is able to observe or predict which archetypes are most dominant, which are imbalanced and which need integrating.
When an archetype takes control of and dominates the personality, a complex ensues.
This theory is, of course, a hotly debated topic. However, there is evidence to suggest analysts should take time to study the role of archetypes and complexes.
An article published in The Journal of Analytical Psychology titled: Archetypes, Complexes and Self-Organization by Peter Saunders and Patricia Skar reads:
“Self-organization is a process typical of large complex systems and is generally accepted to operate within the brain and to be important in its functioning. Examples of self-organization in biology are related to the psychic processes that form the complexes. It is then natural to define the archetype in terms of the complex.”
Complexes are emotional by nature. How they are expressed is dependent on a network of associations programmed in the personal unconscious. It is these very programs the ego responds to.
Your behaviour can help you predict which aspects of an archetype is dominant (dynamic). All archetypes have positive and negative qualities. The unconscious aspect of an archetype appears in the form of images and symbols.
“They [complexes] have a dynamic and a formal aspect. Their formal aspect expresses itself, among other things, in fantasy images that are surprisingly alike and can be found practically everywhere and at all epochs, as might have been expected. Like the instincts, these images have a relatively autonomous character; that is to say, they are “numinous” and can be found above all in the realm of numinous or religious ideas. ~ Jolande Jacobi’s book, Complex/Archetype/Symbol in the Psychology of C.G. Jung
The key difference between archetypes and complexes is that the latter is only related to the personal unconscious. Whilst everybody has the potential to suffer from the same complex, its expression will manifest differently as a direct result of personal experiences.
There are many complexes; the most common is the father complex and the mother complex. You may also have heard other common complexes such as the Oedipal complex, Don Juan complex, inferiority and superiority complexes.
A complex is autonomous energy that drives specific behaviours; addictions, fears, hopes, desires and intention. Many of the behaviours are considered “irrational” or compulsive and essentially create problems in your life.
Archetypes can be categorised as energies that form personality traits, attitudes and beliefs. They determine who you are as a character, shape your view of the world and prompt how you react to your environment.
“Archetypes, therefore, exist as biological entities. While certain forces are associated with the archetype, archetypal forces do not act only as a complex is first being formed, because if an experience is sufficiently strong to affect the complex, then self-organization can shape it into a somewhat different form.” ~ Archetypes, Complexes and Self-Organization by Peter Saunders and Patricia Skar
It is often the case that a complex goes undetected until it develops into a potent neurotic power; anxiety or depression are indicators that something is wrong with the psyche.
However, Jungian psychologists such as Jolande Jacobi discovered more subtle ways to identify the “revealing actions” of complexes: “slips of the tongue, and falsifications of memory and judgment. They cut across the adapted performance of consciousness.”
The psycho-biological system of mankind, you could argue, is governed by the 12 main archetypes. Complexes emerge when archetypal energy is split off from an individual’s consciousness.
The purpose of the complex is to draw attention to the conscious mind. It is a means for the unconscious content of a certain archetype or archetypes to warn you of the need to integrate the missing fragment of consciousness.
The more “split-personalities” exist in an individual, the more neurotic and psychopathological they are. The most famous example of dissociative identity disorder was the case of Shirley Mason, a psychiatric patient whose life was portrayed in the 1973 book Sybil.
Peter Saunders and Patricia Skar conclude that:
“…if the archetype is simply a property of the dynamic, then if there are sufficiently strong influences from outside, a different complex can form, and by our definition of the archetype as an emergent property of the complex, we cannot rule out the formation of new archetypes.”
And so there are some 325 archetypes in mainstream psychology. Many of the archetypes are simply different names for the 12 main archetypes (e.g Trickster is also called Joker, Jester, Thief), whilst others are offshoots of the primordial archetypes (Grandstander Bully, Highchair Tyrant).
It is acknowledged that there are 12 main archetypes to work with in order to find the core personalities of the human psyche. It is essentially, the 12 core archetypes that you need to integrate and balance into the conscious mind.
Master Mind Content actually teach you about 12 archetypes; there are 12 key persoanlity archetypes around the Ruler archetype. The latter is the decision maker, the voice which gives you free will.
The Ruler is your most important archetype. However, it is often persuaded by the most dominant archetype. If you mostly harbour the negative qualities of a certain archetype, you will fund yourself trapped in addiction (Lover), or depression (caregiver), destructive behaviour (Destroyer), quarrelsome arguments (Creator), Recklessness (Warrior) and so on.
For the purpose of self-development, and for curing neurosis, it makes the most sense to focus on the 12 main archetypes given there are 12 cranial nerves in the brain.
Cranial nerves regulate emotions and control the five senses; in other words, they are responsible for patterns of behaviour and our perception of the world. Mind over matter is a quality of the 13th archetype.
Is there a connection between the cranial nerves and ancient mythology. It's quite remarkable how often 12 gods appear in various cultures and religions around the world; 12 disciples that follow Jesus, 12 tribes of Judah, 12 houses of the zodiac around the sun etc.
These "coincidences" make you wonder just how “primitive” ancient man actually was, doesn’t it?
In actual fact, we have a lot to thank the writers of ancient mythology for. The gods may have been imagined in dreams and inspired by nature, but it is clear that the archetypal energies we find in myth provides a powerful tool that helps you determine which unconscious energies are trying to break through into your conscious thinking.
The reason we use mythology at Master Mind Content is to help you remember the functions of each archetpe. Images and stories are far easier to remember than the list of the positive and negative qualities listed in our archetypes chart.
Master Mind Content has developed a self-development program that shows you how to recognise archetypal energies and adjust your thoughts, actions and emotions accordingly. With these tools, you will be able to release repressed consciousness, develop your personality and upgrade your subconscious programs with energies that deliver a better quality experience of life.
As Del La Soul noted: Three is the Magic Number.
In this article, I’m going to point out how often you find a trifold pattern built into the architecture of churches, temples, palaces, government and civic buildings. Along the way, I will explain why three is the magic number.
Then I have a challenge for you. Whilst you’re walking around the town or city in which you live, observe how often you find three doorways on the front of a building. Sometimes it will be a door and two windows, three archways, a triangle or pillars.
Once you start noticing this repetition of three built into the architecture, you will notice it more often - especially in “noble” buildings.
Then ask yourself why. What is so important about this sacred number, what can you learn from it and why is three the magic number?
Below I have laid out a number of examples of where and how the symbolic three appears. Along the way, I will give a brief description of the symbolic meaning. If you're interested in the esoteric meaning of numbers and symbols, understanding why three is the magic number will help you see the bigger picture.
In a recent visit to Budva, I visited the Holy Trinity Church in the quaint Old Town. The church naturally features patterns of three, but I found no obvious signs of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. That's why it's built into the architecture and artwork. Like these angelic figures above the entrance on the north side (I think it's the north side).
Along the Westside (I think) are a door and two windows - three entrances. There are also three bells on in the tower - a typical feature of Christian churches. Bells are symbols of awakening consciousness. When a bell resonates it symbolises pure wisdom.
Inside, there are three arches that separate the entrance of the small church from the main hall. The altar in the Chancel has three doors that indicate entrances or opportunities. To grasp an opportunity you have to be consciously aware of its existence.
You will note on the two outer doors that there are two archangels holding swords aloft. Swords are double-edge and have several meanings. A key meaning is that swords are thoughts that cut through the illusion of the material world.
Above the altar is the principal work of art in the Holy Trinity Church. It features two serpent-dragons on either side of Christ on the cross. The sacrifice - sorry "crucifixion" - of Christ was the moment God becomes manifest in man - The Father and the Son.
This gives us some indication as to why three is the magic number. I will explain more below. All you need to know for now is that the image of Christ on the Cross belongs to the idea of Christ Consciousness.
The serpent-dragons are borrowed from the Greek myth of Cadmus and Harmonia. In esoteric symbolism, serpents and dragons are essentially the same things. I give a full account of their meaning in my interpretation of the myth of Cadmus and Harmonia.
Don't you find it curious that serpent-dragons feature in the entre-piece of a Christian church? Where do serpent-dragons appear in the Bible? They don't. In Christian times, the serpent appears alone and is associated with Satan. This is a clue as to the real meaning of the sacrifice - sorry "crucifixion" - of Jesus.
Also, think about the medieval dragon-slayers.
Whilst wandering around Budva, I came across a small chapel in a cemetery. The repetition of three has been squeezed into as many spaces as possible. Below are the three obligatory doors on the altar. There is also the usual three bells hanging in the tower above. The chapel also has three alcoves built into the inner wall and three windows.
The last image above is of a house on the grounds of the chapel. It was probably paid for with church funds. Notice how there are three entranceways on the ground floor and three above. Okay, this could be a coincidence, but given the property belongs to the Catholic Church, it's probably not a coincidence.
"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous" ~ Albert Einstein
Thanks, Uncle Albi!
So why are we seeing three windows and doors everywhere?
The symbolic meaning of three doors and windows lean towards entranceways in which light can come in. The light of the sun represents enlightenment; Universal Consciousness. The same meaning is given to Christ Consciousness only the latter in Universal Consciousness in the mind of man.
So check this out.
In the image below, you can see the diagram explaining the circles and squares of human consciousness. This is a graphic representation of the development of consciousness on planet earth - the third rock from the sun which we perceive in 3D.
Click play and note how the third square is the first to breach the lines of the circle - and peer into the 4th Dimension? This is the point that is known in esotericism as Christ Consciousness. So you could say that Christ Consciousness is to see beyond the perception of reality.
Shall we go on?
Fancy a mini trip around Europe? You find the three all over the place like this church in Kotor Old Town, Montenegro:
Notice the formation of the three windows? It looks like this shape doesn't it.
Here we have another clue as to what the three refers to. The motif in the centre of this shrine is Remus and Romulus, the warring twin brothers that feature in the story of the founding of Rome. As infants, they suckled from the teats of a mother-wolf, a caregiver archetype.
Suckling milk in myth is a symbol of "spiritual" nourishment. Another way to say this in non-spiritual language is emotional nourishment. Spirituality is a means of describing how we transform energy.
A "spiritual body" is an energetic body and "spiritual" development is self-development. Once you see past the illusion of religions and spirituality, you find absolute gold in the symbolism.
More about the later.
Romulus and Remus were the sons of the god Mars. He was held in high regard by the Romans who saw him as a savage warrior that is able to defeat opponents.
The Greeks, on other hand, portrayed his counterpart Ares with the negative attributes of the Warrior archetype that ran into battle without a strategy. His thoughts, emotions and actions usually ended in embarrassing defeats.
The mother of Romulus and Remus was a Vestal Virgin. It was unlawful for Vestal Virgins to have sexual intercourse so the twins were abandoned on a riverbank where they were saved by the god Tiberinus and nourished by a wolf - a symbol of Leto and her twin children Apollo and Artemis.
Leto, Apollo and Artemis were known as the "Delian Triad". So the three at this moment appears as the Wolf. Romulus and Remus are the two voices you hear in your head when you're caught in two minds.
The three is presented in many different ways through myth and culture. As a matter of fact, it's not unusual to find a variety of triads in Greek mythology. For example, Persephone, Demeter and Hekate are the Eleusinian Triad. The Three Graces and the Three Fates were children of Zeus.
Let's move on.
Elsewhere in Rome:
Arches and archways above doors. Why?
And again in Naples:
The three crosses in the image above can be found in the San Genaro Catacombs in Napoli. You will also find Les Tres Crux (Three Crosses) sites all over South America. Just saying.
Why is this?
Let's go back to Christ Conscious and the sacrifice - sorry, crucifixion - of Christ. Jesus was nailed to a cross on the hill of Golgotha alongside two thieves.
So, that's three people on the hill.
The thieves are the two eyes that take information in from the world around us. Jesus is the so-called 3rd eye - our built-in connection to Universal energy which we sense through intuition and see through the symbols that appear in our imagination and dreams - our sixth sense.
I've written more about the relationship with Jesus and the 3rd eye chakra in this article which is available to VIP Members. It explains the repetition of three found in the Passion of Christ myth.
But three is not the magic number because of its connection with the third eye. That is only a small part of its secret. The 3rd eye is essentially the mind's eye which we use to visualise. Images are a way for us to consciously communicate with our subconscious.
"The unconscious manifests itself through a language of symbols. It is not only in our involuntary or compulsive behaviour that we can see the conscious. It has two natural pathways for bridging the gap and speaking to the conscious mind: one is by dreams; the other is through the imagination." ~ Robert Johnson, Inner Work
Now we're getting closer to why three is the magic number. That's why it shows up everywhere. Even on buildings that are not connected to the Church.
And a museum in Madrid.
And a palace in the Old Town of Kotor.
The Victory Arch in Valencia, Spain
I could go on, but I trust you get the point.
So why is the three built into all these different types of buildings?
We find a clue in Freudian psychology. Sigmund Freud was arguably the first psycho-analyst to nail the link to the subconscious. His theories were a little way out, but it is widely acknowledged today that there are three aspects of consciousness.
Freud called these three aspects, the id, ego and super-ego. This is still a popular concept in mainstream psychology. Carl Jung's theory, in my opinion, is closer to the Truth. Jung theorised the concept of the personal unconscious, Self and collective unconscious.
The difference between the theories of Freud and Jung is that Freud's triad is confined to the body. Jung, however, seemed to think images appear in dreams from outside of personal experience.
Frontier scientists agree with Jung. It seems as though "Mind" extends beyond the body and is not confined to the brain.
You can associate the Self-ego axis with the Father of the Trinity. The conscious mind is the Ruler archetype and decision-maker. However, the conscious mind receives information from the personal unconscious (subconscious programs) and the collective unconscious (morphic resonance).
"Jung defines the Self as the oneness of the collective unconscious. Therefore, in a way, he does not distinguish between the concepts of collective unconscious and Self. But in another way, we must distinguish them because we know that the Self is the superordinate regulating center in the collective and personal unconscious, and is a more decisive factor than the collective unconscious as it is constellated at a certain moment. This is because when the collective unconscious is constellated or appears in a constellation of a certain moment, it can be one-sided: for, at any specific moment, it might be overcompensating a one-sidedness in consciousness." ~ Marie-Louise von Franz, Archetypal Patterns in Fairytales
In symbolism, it's well-known the Mother archetype is associated with the unconscious. This would be Jung's collective unconscious which bears a resemblance with Rupert Sheldrake's hypothesis about morphic resonance.
This is your Holy Ghost. Holy means "wholeness" by the way. Or all. Everything. Everyone.
If you think about it, fathers and mothers have children. Like sons. So you can't really have a Father and Son without a Mother. So Mother Mary has basically been replaced with the Holy Ghost that is said to have artificially inseminated her.
Or a dive, as you can see in the feature image of this article. Aphrodite is also associated with doves. Just saying 😉
The son, therefore, is the personal unconscious, also known as the subconscious. This is where retrievable memories are stored - including habits, cravings, beliefs, attitudes, perceptions etc. We can reprogram our subconscious mind with the authority of the conscious mind.
Remember I mentioned awakening consciousness at the top of the article. Sons, which are often princes in myth, represent awakening consciousness which requires developing to full consciousness. Sons (princes) replace their fathers (kings) on the throne.
That's going to need a bit more explanation. Let's continue our journey. This time to Asia. Three are popping up all over the place there as well. Who'd have thought!
Hindu traditions worship the Trimurti; Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. These three Supreme Deities are known as the destroyer, creator and preserver respectively. They are often found represented by three temples or chedis like the example below at Banteay Srei in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The nicknames of Trimurti are significant in understanding the hidden meaning of the three. What is destroyed, created and preserved?
We find the answer to that in the Law of Thermodynamics - a universal law supposedly discovered between 1850 and 1906ish. Seems "primitive" ancient civilisations worked that out way before the scientists of the "Enlightenment Age".
The law of thermodynamics basically says, energy does not disappear, it transforms. To transform, the existing state of energy is destroyed and recreated into another form. It is then preserved in the state of matter.
Thoughts, emotions and actions are all energy. By changing your thoughts, emotions and actions, you can transform energy; which goes through the process of destruction and recreation described by the laws of thermodynamics - and the Trimurti.
Buddhism doesn't particularly assign deities to its philosophies because the historical Buddha decreed he didn't want to be depicted as an idol. The statues of Buddha these days are massive. They're good for tourism, but few people are interested in looking for their inner Buddha.
The Holy Trinity of Buddhism is somewhat more revealing than the Christian ideology of Father, Son and Holy Ghost or the Hindu Trimurti of creator, destroyer and preserver.
Buddhist philosophy talks about the doctrine of the Trikaya; dharmakāya, the Saṃbhogakāya and the Nirmāṇakāya. This doctrine is called the Three Jewels and is depicted in symbolism as two circles (the blue mosaic) and a vesica piscis encased in a flame:
The dharmakāya is said to be the "reality body" which is the conscious mind and thus corresponds with the Christain "Father". The Saṃbhogakāya is said to be the divine incarnation of Buddha and thus relates to the collective unconscious or Mother, and the Nirmāṇakāya is the "physical incarnation of Buddha" which aligns with the God in Man, and thus the Son.
Together with the three jewels, the three features on the front of temples just as they do in Europe.
They also have three doors on their civic buildings like this museum in Cambodia.
And you also find three entranceways in the temples of Vietnam which predominantly adopts the Chinese traditions of Taoism and Confucianism. Below is the entrance to the Imperial City in Hue.
Oh yes, I also found this outside the Imperial City in Hue.
You can see there's a three stepped-level right? Take another look. Do you see a pyramid? There are 12 edges to a pyramid. In gematria, 12 is 1+2 = 3.
Makes you think of Egypt right. And let's not forget South America.
The church below in Argentina has a triangle and 3rd eye - double-whammy. And the third eye is in the form often associated with the Illuminati symbol on the back of the $1 bill. Just saying.
Are you starting to think there might be a connection and reason for all this repetitive symbolism?
Because we have this in Argentina as well. It's a Christian Chruch but the design encapsulating the Virgin Mary looks very much like the Three Jewels of Buddhism which has the Buddha at its centre.
Oh hello, and what do we have here?
These three stone mounds are in Bali. A somewhat random monument on the same grounds as a Ulun Danu Beratan temple. How curious.
Remember the two dragon-serpents pictured with Christ on the Cross in the Holy Trinity church in Budva. Well...
You find them in Asia too!
Serpents have a dual meaning. They're poisonous so relate to things like irrational thinking, destructive behaviour, and negative emotions.
"Whilst the libido - the sulphur, or the secret fire, lies dormant in the deepest, most concealed levels of the Unconscious, the tendency of the psyche is to portray that condition as a dragon or serpent." ~ Israel Regardie, Gold
Snakes also shed their skin. For this reason, they are a symbol of transformation. In almost every culture the serpent is connected with wisdom.
Remember how the three explains the transformation of energy?
Self-development involves transforming energy from thoughts, actions and emotions that are poisonous to a perception of the world that is experienced with wisdom. Our Essential Self-Development Program provides you with various tools and insightful knowledge to cultivate wisdom.
This is why princes replace kings and good heroes defeat evil monsters in mythology. There's much more to know about that concept, but I will save that for another time.
All you need to know for now is that if you listen to your inner wisdom (or if you're consciously aware of synchronicity), you will get the knowledge you need from the depths of your unconscious, the "split-off" fragments of consciousness. (Read this article to understand split-off consciousness and how to re-member your True Nature).
The unconscious, according to Jungians, communicates to us in symbols that contain qualities that are common with the whole of mankind. When you understand how to interpret the symbols and numbers, you have an in-built navigation system that guides you through life.
"The unconscious has developed a special language to use in dreams and imagination: it is the language of symbolism. As we will see you, and the work is primarily the art of learning this symbolic language of the unconscious…Jung has shown that by approaching the unconscious and learning it's symbolic language, we live richer and fuller lives. We are beginning to live in partnership with the unconscious rather than at it mercy or in constant warfare with it." ~ Robert Johnson, Inner Work
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Yet, for the most part, the psychological and biological components of ancient mythology are overlooked.
As a matter of fact, had it not been for psychologists such as Herbert Silberer, James Hillman, Marie-Lousie von Franz, Otto Rank, Edward Edinger, Erich Neumann, Israel Regardie and, most notably, Carl Jung among others, the archetypes in mythology may have been swept aside altogether.
One has to wonder why the connection between archetypes in mythology has gone under the radar in the field of psychology. Well, it isn't taught at University, for a start. Given it is acknowledged the Greek philosophers made an important contribution to the progress of psychology, it's a grave error to ignore their associations with esoteric symbolism.
Plato’s Forms would later be coined archetypes. Aristotle dealt with the active mind in De Anima, Heraclitus described people’s ability to reason as logos and Pythagoras intertwined religion, science and philosophy to show how body and mind correspond with natural laws.
When you peel back the esoteric symbolism the underscore the archetypes in mythology, it’s clear to see how the chaotic adventures of heroes and the meddling of the gods describe the psychological and behavioural maturation we all have to experience in order to evolve our inner world.
Do you want to see an example?
If you’re not already familiar with the myth of Cadmus and Harmonia, here’s a brief rundown:
Cadmus was a Phoenician Prince, son of King Agenor. Before establishing Budva in the Adriatic Sea, the original Greek myth explains how Cadmus founded Thebes - a powerful city in ancient Greece (not to be mistaken for the Thebes of Egypt).
The story of Cadmus and Harmonia actually begins with Europa, a beautiful princess who is abducted by Zeus. Europa is the sister of Cadmus who is sent out by their father to find her.
The Oracle also tells Cadmus to follow a white cow with a half-moon-shaped pattern on its flank. The place in which the cow comes to rest is where he should build his new city.
Cadmus locates the cow in nearby Phocis and follows it to Boeotia. Before he begins the building work, Cadmus wishes to sacrifice the cow to the goddess Athena. In order to perform the ceremony, he sends his men to fetch sacred water from a nearby spring.
The spring is sacred to Ares and is guarded by a serpent-dragon, the son of the War God. The Ismenian Dragon kills Cadmus’ entire army of men. Seeking revenge, Cadmus stuns the beast with a rock and drives a lance through its head.
Cadmus then has to pay eight years of service to Ares as penance for killing his son. During that time, Athena instructs Cadmus to take the teeth from the dragon and sow them into the ground, from which a small army of men emerge.
However, Cadmus is fearful and confused and hurls a rock towards the men. An irrational fight breaks out. When the melee is over, only five men are left standing. These five men help Cadmus to build Thebes.
After the new city is built, Cadmus is offered the goddess Harmonia as a bride - the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite. However, their dynasty is fraught with trouble due to a necklace crafted by Hephaestus and presented to Harmonia on her wedding day.
Conflict and rebellion in Thebes force Cadmus and Harmonia to leave the city. Travelling in a wooden cart drawn by Oxen, the couple eventually arrives on the coast of the Adriatic and establish a new city, Bouthoe. Today the city is called Budva in Montenegro.
So, let’s unpack the symbolism. In this three-part series, I will show you how to decipher archetypes in mythology.
We’ll start with Cadmus to kick off. The central character in myth is essentially you - or more precisely the conscious mind.
All the other characters, including the gods, are aspects of human nature. They can appear as an aspect of the ego, a subconscious program, or unconscious energies. The latter is typically symbolised by gods or magical creatures.
In esoteric symbolism, a prince represents awakening consciousness. When the prince is the central character, which is often the case, the quest myth is about the character’s potential to develop awakening consciousness and integrate it into the conscious mind.
When that happens, a prince becomes a King. Kings are the ruler archetypes in mythology and relate to the conscious mind - the part of your mind that (mostly) decides what you do. In respect of self-development, your decision-making self has to determine whether to listen to the ego or the self.
Looking at this concept from a self-development point of view, awakening consciousness (the prince) tries to make itself known to your conscious awareness. It does this in a variety of ways, and often for many years, but, upon 'self-realisation' ultimately become the new subconscious program.
The result is you improve your personality and avoid conflict the repressed consciousness was causing. Thus you enjoy a richer quality of life.
The attributes of masculine and feminine principles are much easier to ascertain once you become familiar with the attributes of the archetypes. In our Essential Self-Development Program, we provide you with a chart that makes it even easier.
Greek mythology describes how Cadmus and his brothers are despatched by their father to find their sister Europa and return her home safely.
Europa, however, has been adducted by Zeus and whisked away to Crete; yet another beautiful maiden the insatiable god falls in love with.
Historians speculate, the search for Europa “may well reflect the historical colonisation of the Mediterranean by the Phoenicians from 1200 to 800 BCE.”
From a psychological point of view, Europa represents the feminine principle. For a man, Europa is the anima. For women, Europa represents female instincts that have been oppressed by the patriarchal Ouroborus (energy belonging to the masculine principle).
"For woman, invasion by the patriarchal uroboros corresponds to an intoxicating experience of being overwhelmed, of being seized and taken by a "ravishing penetrator" whom she does not experience personally in relation to and projected onto a concrete man, but rather as an anonymous, transpersonal numen." ~ Erich Neumann, Fear of the Feminine
In both men and women, the search for Europa signifies the quest to connect with and understand your inner world of feeling. The feeling qualities of our hero are awakened by his marriage to Harmonia.
So let’s go with the psychological POV rather than the historical perspective. You will learn more about life by taking the archetypes in mythology approach.
Having said that, a brief glimpse into history helps to set up how the Cadmus myth and helped me overcome my current plight. In order to connect with the inner world of feelings, it is necessary to overcome the subconscious programs that dominate the mind.
My personal self-development goal is to overcome the remnants of a father complex planted by the patriarchal society we live in.
We live in a world dominated by the masculine principle; power, assertiveness, courage, leadership, independence, and strength.
People with wealth and power are winners in the patriarchal philosophy. There is no denying that wealth and power are admirable (or should be) admirable qualities.
As I mentioned earlier, the initial stage of enlightenment presented in the Cadmus myth is to overcome the father complex on a psychological level.
A father complex is not only installed by your biological father (or male caregiver), but also the oppression of patriarchal societies. The West is a patriarchal society.
On a collective level, the values of the patriarchal system we live in also creates a collective father complex. This has been the case since the feminine principle was all but stripped out of society with the rise in the influence of male gods as the dominant archetypes in mythology.
Female goddesses were completely pushed out of the Trinity with the introduction of a monotheistic (male) god. It wasn't until 2014 that Pope Francis restored Mother Mary to the Holy Trinity.
The patriarchy has a total hold on western countries today. People with wealth, power and status are held in greater regard than people that have the matriarchal qualities of the caregiver archetype; compassion, caring, and good intentions.
There is no room for feeling qualities in modern man. Subsequently, men are emotionally incapacitated and women are knocked out of kilter with overwhelming emotions that serve as self-preservation. Subsequently, the ego gets out of hand.
“And that's the point; not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weak ones.” ~ Jill Lepore
In mythology, we find the emancipation of the feminine principle represented by the matriarchal "virgin" that is overpowered by a god or seduced in the form of a golden shower, a cloud, lightning, or some form an animal such as a bull, goat or horse.
The ancient Greeks had not entirely turned their back on the feminine principle, but it is clear by how they present archetypes in mythology that they understood the effects. They showed on a number of occasions how the feeling side of mankind is raped.
Fast-forward to the present day. The transfer of wealth and power to people that already have the most power and wealth is becoming blatantly obvious. If you don’t feel raped you haven't realised that you’ve been shafted.
Answer this: How many statesmen and powerful families do you know with a genuine interest in making the world a better place to live? Politicians rarely fulfil their promises.
If caring people existed in positions of authority, the world wouldn’t be in such a mess!
This is how it should be!
We want to be friends with courageous types that show no fear (masculine principle) and that have high-quality attributes like patience, compassion and integrity (feminine principle).
But this only happens on a personal level. When it comes to the collective conscious, our views are skewed from our personal feelings by trusting governments and specialists to find the right solutions. [Granted this is not the case for awakened individuals].
Ask yourself this: who do you regard as the most valuable humans to society - people with power or people with a purpose?
People in power create fear. People with a purpose create solutions.
The qualities that make real humans honourable and valuable tend to be overlooked in the grand scheme of patriarchal societies. The quest for power, prestige and healthy pay packets is one of the great illusions of our time.
Cadmus represents the first stage of psychological development in overcoming the father complex. He is given a purpose; to build a new city of which he would become the leader. He would become King and thus be in charge of making his own decisions.
In other words, he can think for himself rather than accepting what he is told by an authority figure, represented by the King archetype in mythology.
For many of us, finding our own purpose and controlling our own life means breaking free from the chains of patriarchal society. For some people, it also involves breaking away from the chains of their parents. How many people follow the footsteps of their parents or go into careers their parents what them to.
But we have to liberate our minds first. Unless one becomes an ascetic, there is no physical escape. To liberate the mind, we have to look within and find the missing aspects of our personality that are buried in the unconscious.
“Most people, however, do not approach the unconscious voluntarily. They only become aware of the unconscious when they get into trouble with it. We, modern people, are so out of touch with the in the world that we encountered mostly through psychological distress.” ~ Robert Johnson, Inner Wisdom
Moreover, the socio-political system is designed to control how you think and act. The ego is bound by the rules of society and programmed to preserve the world you think you know.
The ego’s primary role is survival and thus responds to subconscious programs. However, many of our subconscious programs are limiting beliefs, false truths, negative attitudes, judgemental opinions and neuroticism.
In esoteric symbolism, subconscious programs that present obstacles in your life are represented by monsters, demons, devils, trolls and dragons etc.
When repressed emotions are ignored and left to run riot, the energies become more wild, destructive and problematic. They become demons - the devil's army.
This is why a lot of symbolists accuse the ‘elitist cabal’ of corporations, politicians, powerful families, bankers, Hollywood film studios, media owners, and the producers of pop videos of being devil worshippers.
In actual fact, the "Satanic" symbolism being used is to tempt your ego and nurture your role as a consumer. The devil leads us into temptation. Sound familiar?
The people with power over populations create an illusion of fear which becomes our subconscious programs. You are not served by watching TV, indulging in glossy magazines, following celebrity fashion and watching the news.
People in power view populations as consumers. TV, radio, and fashion etc is all marketing. We are groomed to perpetually seek self-gratification from the outer world at the expense of our personal development.
“The values of our patriarchal society, with its emphasis on power and acquisition…has been won at the expense of less tangible qualities - feeling and intuition, caring and nurturing, empathy and receptivity - the Dionysian qualities. We tend to devalue them because they do not show concrete rewards. Craving spiritual ecstasy, we mistakenly seek material fulfilment. We chase after a phantom, and when we catch it - in the form of more money, more food, more sex, more drugs, more drinks, more oblivion - we find that we have been chasing ephemeral happiness when we should have invited lasting joy.” ~ Robert Johnson, Ecstasy
In the myth of Cadmus and Harmonia, we are given an anecdote that provides us with a timeless antidote. By understanding the archetypes in mythology, you will be able to overcome the illusion of fear, find a purpose in life and develop a rich quality of feeling.
Let’s unpack this.
As mentioned above, Cadmus goes in search of his sister, Europa. From a psychological point of view, this represents a man’s (or a woman’s) search for the feminine qualities he/she lost as a child.
For most western men, discovering the feeling quality is to be in tune with your emotions. There is more to the feminine principle than ‘getting in touch with your emotions’ but being able to talk about how you feel is a start.
Cadmus is not confident about finding his sister so seeks counsel from the Oracle of Delphi. Otherwise known as the Pythia, the Oracle is said to channel the spirit of Apollo - god of analytical thinking, insight and vision.
So in other words, Cadmus initially asks his logical, analytical mind how to find the split-off part of his consciousness that will enrich his feeling qualities. When you do this, you often have a spark of inspiration. This is what the Sun God Apollo represents.
Sometimes, thinking through problems logically will enable you to find the answer you are searching for. However, the logical, rational mind feeds off subconscious programs. In other words, the information that comes to you is already part of your past experiences.
In times like this, it is necessary to focus on your mind and not be persuaded by emotions. This is why the Greek writers never marry Apollo.
This is another reason why we speak of subconscious programs and unconscious content as separate aspects of consciousness. Whilst they both relate to the personal unconscious, the subconscious is memories just below the surface of consciousness whilst unconscious content are the deep-lying energies that cause neurosis.
The symbolism associated with Apollo in relation to archetypal energy is important to note. From a positive perspective, Apollo is the Creator archetype in mythology and represents optimism and the far-sightedness of a visionary.
The negative aspects of the creator archetype dispose an individual to be critical, stubborn, emotionally unavailable, insensitive, quarrelsome, jealous, quick to anger and find it difficult to trust people - including yourself.
In the Cadmus myth, the Creator archetype becomes apparent upon hearing the advice the Oracle offers. The Pythia tells Cadmus: “Forget about the request of your father, find your own city.”
You cannot build a city without far-sightedness and optimism. You also need an analytical mind and inspiration.
The Oracle’s response is absolutely significant in unravelling the symbolism in the myth of Cadmus and Harmonia. If this point is overlooked, then you miss the entire psychological value the myth offers.
“Forget about the request of your father” is Sage advice. It means to ignore the programs in your subconscious (programs designed by patriarchal society) and listen to your intuition (unconscious content).
As touched upon earlier, it also means that Cadmus has to overcome the problem that his father has put him in. The hero cannot return home without this sister. Humans have to overcome their father complex to mature psychologically.
Psychological archetypes in mythology explain the unconscious. One of the favoured motifs to express the unconscious is the Mother Goddess, although the Mother Goddess represents many important attributes of the human psyche.
Other symbols that represent the unconscious are the earth and the sea. The earth and the sea also produce life and provides mankind with nourishment. Myth writers also portrayed the unconscious as an animal that nourishes the hero. A cow is a common motif.
Cadmus does not get the answer he is looking for from the Oracle but is given guidance - to follow a cow. So here we see the first stirring of the feminine principle; intuition, care and patience.
“The qualities associated with the mother archetype are maternal solicitude and sympathy; the magic authority of the female; the wisdom and spiritual exaltation that transcend reason; any helpful instinct or impulse; all that is benign, all that cherishes and sustains, that fosters growth and fertility.” ~ Carl Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
Just so you know, the father motif in ancient mythology is symbolic of the conscious mind; the intellect or ego. The ego keeps you in your comfort bubble; survival mechanisms.
When you live inside your comfort bubble, you perform habitual actions that are driven by subconscious programs.
The negative symptoms of the creator archetype that Cadmus has to develop are born from low self-esteem. The cause is generally due to a lack of emotional support from your biological father or male caregiver.
In psychology, these attributes are associated with a person that is possessed by a father complex - someone that reacts to situations instinctively in response to the first thought that comes into their head.
This is a program.
For instance, individuals programmed with the negative qualities of the creator archetype are quarrelsome, jealous, self-involved prima-donnas. They do not have a peaceful existence.
Without a connection to the inner world, the Creator archetype seeks gratification from the outer world; relationships, belonging, praise, possessions etc.
When your focus is only on the outer world rather than your inner world, you will not experience harmony. The search for praise and recognition is the Father complex.
Here we see the negative aspect of the goddess, Aphrodite.
Understanding archetypes in mythology is a powerful tool that helps you to determine which unconscious energies are trying to break through into your conscious thinking. Master Mind Content has developed a healing program that shows you how to recognise archetypal energies and adjust your thoughts, actions and emotions accordingly. With these tools, you will be able to release repressed consciousness, develop your personality and upgrade your subconscious programs with energies that deliver a better quality experience of life.
Here was a chance for me to go on an adventure and find traces of the myth around the city.
Budva is a delightful coastal resort situated in a rocky peninsula on the fringes of the sparkling Adriatic. Founded sometime in the 5th Century BCE, the legend of Budva states how the Old Town was built by Cadmus, a Phoenician Prince, son of King Agenor.
According to Greek legend, Cadmus had originally founded Thebes - a powerful city in ancient Greece (not to be mistaken for the Thebes of Egypt).
However, after civil unrest forced the king and his wife out of the city, their travels brought them to the beautiful bay of Boeotia.
Today, the city is called Budva.
The story of Cadmus and Harmonia actually begins with Europa, a beautiful princess who Zeus takes a shining towards. As with every other mortal the insatiable god lusts after, Europa is whisked away.
Europa’s father, King Agenor, is distraught and dispatches his sons to find their sister. None of the brothers is successful, but they all build a new city.
The Greek myths describe the journey of Cadmus, considered to be a warrior and the first dragon slayer in history. His story was first told by Herodotus in the 5th Century BCE - although the poet estimated Cadmus lived some 1600 years before him.
According to Herodotus, Cadmus arrives in mainland Greece and visits the Temple of Delphi to consult with the Oracle. He is told to forget about the wishes of his father and build his own city.
The Oracle also tells Cadmus to follow a white cow with a half-moon-shaped pattern on its flank. Wherever the cow comes to rest is the place where Cadmus should build his new city.
Cadmus locates the cow in Phocis and follows it to Boeotia (Cow Land). In another myth, the cow is gifted to Cadmus by the King of Phocis. Either way, the cow guides the prince to the banks of a river.
Before the building work can begin, Cadmus needs to sacrifice the cow to the goddess Athena. In order to perform the ceremony, he sends his men to fetch sacred water from a nearby spring.
The spring belongs to Ares and is guarded by a serpent-dragon, the son of the War God. The Ismenian Dragon kills Cadmus’ entire army of men. Seeking revenge, Cadmus stuns the beast with a rock before driving a lance through it and impaling it to a tree.
Cadmus then has to pay eight years of servitude to the Ares as penance for killing his son. During that time, Athena instructs the prince to take the teeth from the dragon and sow them into the ground. Cadmus does as he is told and a small army of men (the Spartoi) emerged.
However, Cadmus is fearful of the warriors. Confused, he hurls a rock into the middle of the crowd which sparks an irrational fight. When the melee is over, only five men are left standing.
These five men help Cadmus to build the citadel of Thebes. Legend states that the five men became the five noble families of Thebes.
After the new city is built, or after serving his 8 years penance, (depending on which account you read) Cadmus is offered the goddess Harmonia as a bride.
Harmonia is the beautiful daughter of Ares and Aphrodite. They spend many years as King and Queen of Thebes and have five children; Polydorus, Ino, Autonoë, Agave, and Semele.
However, the couple’s dynasty is fraught with trouble due to a necklace presented to Harmonia on her wedding day. The ‘Necklace of Harmonia’ had been crafted by the Olympian God of the Forge, Hephaestus - the betrayed husband of Aphrodite who was bitterly jealous of her love affair with Ares.
Conflict and rebellion in Thebes eventually forced Cadmus and Harmonia into exile. Pulled by a team of oxen, the couple eventually arrives on the coast of the Adriatic and establish a new city, Bouthoe - derived from the Greek word for Oxen. Today the city is called Budva in Montenegro.
The region was in conflict and the People of Encheleae appealed to Cadmus to become their leader. It had been prophesied they would defeat their neighbours, the Illyrians, if Cadmus lead them into battle.
Cadmus agreed and the prophesy came true. Shortly afterwards, Harmonia gave birth to a son they named Ilyrion.
Towards the end of his life, Cadmus was still deeply troubled. Some sources say the ill-fortune was because he killed the son of Ares. However, Cadmus had already paid penance for that.
In The Bacchae, Euripides wrote that Cadmus is given a prophecy by his grandson, Dionysus. If Cadmus and Harmonia transform into snakes, they would become gods.
Cadmus makes a wish for the gods to transform him into a serpent. Seeing her husband growing scales, Harmonia requests the same fate. The couple is transformed into black serpents with blue spots.
Guilt is typically thought to surface when you feel shame for something you have done. Shame and guilt are two different emotions but often go hand-in-hand.
You may also feel guilty for:
Think about the times you felt guilty.
It can arise in all kinds of strange ways such as feeling guilty about eating the last piece of pizza when you’re out with friends or asking your boss for a pay rise.
Guilt often combines feelings of shame, anxiety, frustration, humiliation and shares of lot of the same symptoms as depression.
Medical professionals list the following as signs of guilt:
I’ve experienced all the above at one time or another. In addition, I’ve felt guilty even when I was not guilty.
Recently, I also discovered another cause hidden deep within my unconscious.
From time to time, I have a recurring fantasy in my head. I find myself in a courtroom defending my view of the world and explaining why I think my opinions warrant airtime. My accusers also imaginary people and the scene takes place in front of a judge.
Admittedly, it’s not my best fantasy.
This scene could possibly be a rational or irrational fear. My view of the world that I intend to publish in my books and symbolism guides is not the standard paradigm. Other times I find myself in front of the judge to defend the reasons for doing things for others and not myself (usually work-related).
My response is always; well, what am I supposed to do. I have to make a living.
It turns out this is an excuse; a lie, actually.
Let me explain.
Recurring patterns of thought like this are actually a product of the unconscious mind. An imagined event is an unconscious urge to provide meaning.
"The unconscious has developed a special language to use in dreams and imagination: it is the language of symbolism. As we will see you, and the work is primarily the art of learning this symbolic language of the unconscious…Jung has shown that by approaching the unconscious and learning it's symbolic language, we live richer and fuller lives. We are beginning to live in partnership with the unconscious rather than at it mercy or in constant warfare with it." ~ Robert Johnson, Inner Work
These demands come from what has been called “archetypes” - split off fragments of the personality that at one time or another were relegated to the unconscious.
The eminent psychologist deduced that the unconscious has the capacity to create images - a symbolic language that communicates with the conscious mind.
Moreover, Jung developed an exercise he called ‘Active Imagination’. The purpose of this exercise is for the individual to explore your unconscious and help the conscious mind to understand and integrate unconscious content.
“Imagination is a concentrated extract of all the forces of life.” ~ Carl Jung
In his book, “Inner Work”, the Jungian psychologist Robert Johnson notes that the unconscious mind functions whilst we’re awake and “emits a continual stream of energetic pulses that find their way to the conscious mind in the form of feelings, moods, and most of all the images that appear in the imagination.”
Although it is acknowledged the imagination allows us to explore ideas in our present environment, people also dismiss the scenarios we create in our minds as illusions that are not real.
Jungians believe it’s a mistake to brush off thoughts as a ‘figment of your imagination.”
During my self-development journey, I’ve discovered they are right!
Have you ever had the feeling that there is more to the imaginary scenes that occur in your head than meets the eye?
If you repeatedly play out a scenario that appears from time to time for no particular reason, you should definitely not dismiss it as unreal.
The images in the imaginations are archetypal energies trying to make themselves known to the ego-mind.
“If we work with active imagination we soon confirm that we dialogue with genuine interior parts of our own selves. We confront the powerful personalities that live inside us at the unconscious level and who are so often in conflict with our conscious ideas and behaviour.” ~ Robert Johnson, Inner Work
During my latest episode in front of my unconscious Judge, I questioned why I was feeling guilty.
At the time of questioning, I had assumed my repressed guilt was because I didn’t feel guilty when I should have been, or was it because I was blamed for something I didn’t do.
I can honestly hold my hands up and say, either of these two causes would be true for me.
However, on this occasion, I discovered the repressed guilt was due to something entirely different.
My sister Michelle and I, are finding repressed emotions appear in various parts of the body. Emotion is not limited to one particular area as we originally thought after reading about metaphysical causes of pain.
For example, the first time I performed a healing meditation to release guilt, the repressed emotion initially appeared as a nagging pain in my hip and exploded down the sciatic nerve a couple of days later.
I had never had sciatica before and have not had it since.
Michelle also released guilt from her sciatic nerve, but it has also shown up in her solar plexus, heart and shoulders.
When the judge appeared in my thoughts, I returned to the issue of guilt. What was I still holding on to? Was it guilt I had not expressed when I was guilty or was it from the times I was reprimanded unfairly?
In these moments, my initial instinct is to turn to meditation to see what I can dig out from my unconscious. I asked my higher Self to reveal what I felt guilty about.
I used the self-observation tool we teach in the Essential Self-Development Program. Nothing came up.
So I meditated and Pinocchio appeared to me in my mind's eye. His nose was extended. At the time, I didn’t realise what this meant. Was I guilty about lying? If so, that would have come up already and I already healed that in the sciatica episode.
The real issue revealed itself three days after the meditation.
A blotch appeared on the left side of my nose, red and tender. My nasal passage also became blocked. Given there were no other symptoms of a cold, I understood this was a purge.
So I looked into metaphysical causes of noses and deduced the symptoms were due to a lack of self-worth.
Guilt also has a significant impact on your sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
Pubmed comments: “The nose is therefore a significative element of relation, of contact and of expression.”
This made sense because, since my meditation, I had also felt a mild pain in my neck which is the throat chakra.
When you don’t express yourself through words or action, the throat chakra can become blocked. The throat chakra is also directly linked with the solar plexus chakra - which governs self-worth.
The blockage in my nose reflected the blockage caused by repressed emotions which ultimately dented by self-worth. These unconscious feelings of guilt were resurfacing themselves again in my life now.
Yet the question still remained, why was my unconscious guilt coming from and where was the connection with self-esteem?
I would find the answer to that in the archetype of the judge. (This is a tool I recently developed).
So let’s unpick this and I’ll show you how you can use some of the tools we offer at Master Mind Content for the purpose of self-development.
We also use these tools to quickly help you unlock your own unconscious and integrate your personal power in the current phase of your journey.
Like all archetypes, the energies of the judge reveal themselves as positive or negative attributes of your personality - or your imagination.
The judge is the equivalent of the Sage archetype which I identify with Hades and Persephone in Greek mythology.
The positive aspect of the Sage is the “wise old man/woman” who has the capacity to consider your options rationally, weigh up the evidence and help the ruler archetype to make a rational decision.
However, there is also the critical judge; and this archetype is a familiar voice for many people. It’s the critical inner voice that constantly picks fault; through self-criticism and judging the behaviours, attitudes or preferences of others (e.g. ridiculing somebody’s dress sense, taste in music or behaviour).
You can also identify if you have the negative attributes of the sage if you:
The underlying issue that seeds the critical judge is the sense that you are not good enough. When you are disciplined as a child it is normally because you did something that was not accepted by your parents, teachers or society.
The belief that you are not worthy or capable is planted at an early age and blossoms each time this false belief is reinforced.
Every time you make a mistake or feel inadequate, this feeling of “I’m not good enough” chips away at your self-respect and self-confidence.
At school, from an early age, we are in competition and compare our performances with our class peers. Every time you scored less on a test than somebody else, or you couldn’t run as fast as your friends, your self-worth took a knock.
Unless you have a strong character and rational mind, your self-worth deteriorates over time. To build self-worth, children and adults need emotional nourishment, a sense of belonging and the mental capacity to rationalise.
This wasn’t the case for me. In junior school, I was among the top performers in the class, captain of the football team and the second-fastest runner. My self-worth should have been pretty solid.
Except when I came second, my dad would say, ‘why didn’t you come first.’ But he never said ‘well done’ when I did come first. My teachers also seemed disappointed in me at times as well.
One time, I had brain fog and couldn't work out a sum in math. I was given a 'black spot' for apparently, 'not trying' and had to stand in front of the entire school as punishment. How humiliating.
A lack of praise and negative comments in your formative years creates your inner critic.
The bad side of the sage also appears when you do what other people want to do instead of doing things for yourself.
This is something I was guilty of as a teenager.
Because I entered my teens with low self-esteem, my self-worth worsened. Rather than exploring things I liked to do, I did what my friends wanted to even though I didn’t like the places we went, the music they listened to or the conversations they had.
All I wanted was to fit in and be accepted.
When you do things for others just to fit in, you neglect your personal development and emotional needs. This weakens the positive qualities of the caregiver archetype.
To understand this it helps to know the symbolism in mythology - which is actually the tool that unpicks the lock to so many conflicts you encounter in a self-development program.
In Greek mythology, Hades aligns with the characteristics of the Sage archetype. The King of the Underworld basically represents your inner wisdom - the rich qualities of your personality that are hidden in your unconscious. Hades is known as the 'Wealthy One' for this reason.
The negative aspect of Hades is a disconnection from the world. He lives among the dead and his home is the Greek equivalent of 'hell'.
One of the most well-known myths involving Hades is the 'Abduction of Persephone' when she was a young maiden. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, 'goddess of the grain' who aligns with the caregiver archetype.
Demeter is the caregiver archetype because grains in esoteric wisdom refer to the cells in the body which rely on physical and emotional nourishment to function. And grains also supply healthy proteins the body needs.
At the time of her abduction, the young Persephone represents an undeveloped caregiver. When a maiden or princess appears in myth is always represents an unawakened aspect the hero or heroine represents (or goes on a journey to become).
Demeter is the protagonist in the Abduction of Persephone. So her abduction by Hades, "Lord of the Underworld - meaning "Law of the Unconscious" - takes away the awakening of consciousness of the caregiver archetype.
This is the knowledge an individual needs so they can take care of their physical and emotional wellbeing. Without this knowledge, you will fall into depression. In the myth, we see both Persephone and Demeter in a state the coincides with depression.
When the archetypal energy that becomes conscious in the ego-mind is a negative personality trait, it weakens the positive quality of that archetype. This is reflected by abductions and rapes in mythology. The imagery conveys how energy "possesses" the conscious mind.
Sure enough, when I checked my archetypes chart, I found guilt, shame and depression in the negative qualities column for the caregiver archetype.
My conscious mind was programmed to do things for others and neglect myself. My Persephone was buried in my unconscious. The caregiver archetype needed to be awakened.
The conclusion I reached was to start doing more things for myself that gives me emotional nourishment; films, playing the guitar, songwriting, live music, reading fiction, art galleries.
Coming to this awareness and making relevant adaptions has brought more happiness and fulfilment into my life. I haven't heard from the judge for three weeks now.
This is why it pays to know which energies are most dominant in your conscious mind and which are trying to make themselves known. You can identify unconscious energies through archetypes, aches, pains, purges and more.
The critical judge, or negative attributes of the Sage, is a result of emotional disconnection. As a result, you listen to the head and not the heart.
The lesson to learn from the Sage is to accept yourself for who you are; your opinions matter, values and beliefs shape your life, and your attitudes forge your relationships. With all these in place, you enable Persephone to flourish, your caregiving qualities are divided between you and others.
In the myth, Zeus convinces Hades to permit Persephone to return to Earth for six months where she can spend time with her mother Demeter. The other six months of the year she spends in the Underworld with her husband Hades.
As Queen of the Underworld, Persephone has both the caregiving qualities of her mother and the depth of wisdom she brings back with her from the Underworld.
Everyone wants to be accepted and loved, but unless you love yourself and do what is best for you - the caregiver archetype - you will not find inner peace.
But your inner critic will continue to make an appearance, and if you permit her, Persephone will deliver the wisdom you need to the conscious mind.
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It’s a sad but true fact that many people struggle to find meaning in their life. We lose touch with our essence and have no sense of Self.
Maybe you are amongst the hordes of people that enthusiastically pursued a career, started a family and became bogged down with financial burdens, only to realise later in life that something is missing from your life or you Tok the wrong path.
Maybe you have anxiety, depression, addictions or want to improve your life circumstances. Other people may be struggling to overcome grief and need help to escape the deadening feeling and worries that keep you awake at night.
Whatever challenges and negative emotions you experience, anything is possible to overcome if you have a roadmap that gets you to where you want to be.
The truth is, you do have the roadmap. It’s your inner wisdom that you’ve lost touch with. All you need to now is to learn how to reconnect with your True Nature.
The self-development course we offer at Master Mind Content shows you how to identify subconscious programs that cause problems in your life. More importantly, we reveal the superconscious powers you need to pull from your unconscious and integrate into your life.
Essentially, everything revolves around energy. Moreover, once you understand the nature of energy you can transform low-vibrational energy and develop your personal power.
The more you understand about your inner world, problems disappear and opportunities become available in the outer world.
But there is a real knack to all this!
Everything is energy; thoughts, actions, emotions are energy. And thoughts, actions and emotions are how you create your experiences in life. Alchemists call this the triangle of manifestation.
We even explain how everything works in a 93-page handbook. We don’t only brief you how to use the tools (which are pretty easy), we also explain why they work.
And to be honest, knowing why these tools work is what you really need to know. When you see why you’re doing something, you have signposts on your roadmap.
The first place to start improving your life is observing your thoughts, identifying destructive behaviours and being mindful of how your actions create your reality.
For some people, that’s going to smart a bit. But trust me, once you get over the initial disappointment, everything is uphill. Yeah, it can be a struggle, but the view from the top is wonderful!
If you feel you need to enrol on a self-development program there are plenty to choose from online. But how do you know which one will work best for you?
Let me explain why the Master Mind Content online Essential Self-Development Program does work.
A personal development program is your first step on the path to living a fulfilling and fruitful life. The initial goal is to release repressed emotions.
Before you can design the life you want, you have to identify the barriers that prevent you from getting to where you want to be. What you come to realise is that you create the barriers yourself.
It sucks when you find out your attitudes, beliefs and behaviours are responsible for causing disappointment and feeling like shit - but the Truth is liberating - literally.
The feeling you get when you free your mind from emotional bonds is pretty amazing. You’ll experience that feeling on numerous occasions probably. There’s a lot of layers to peel through.
Most of the problems you experience in life are because repressed emotions don’t enable you to be the best version of yourself. How you typically express yourself is prompted by subconscious programs.
The self-development program we have developed at Master Mind Content taps into the latest discoveries of frontier sciences such as depth-psychology, quantum physics, epigenetics and morphic resonance.
That sounds pretty heavy going, I know, but trust me, the Essential Self Healing Tools handbook strips away the mist and helps to make the mind-body connection and consciousness more understandable.
We also have symbolism courses that are even more enlightening. I will forgive you for being dismissive right now, but understand esoteric symbolism and recognising archetypes is the best self-development tool there is - in my experience anyway.
You will find our tools are mostly grounded in ancient healing practices. However, modern science allows us to explain timeless wisdom from a modern viewpoint.
Like most self-development courses, our program is built from personal experience. All our healers have encountered personal battles in one form or another.
Michelle has suffered from bulimia, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, anxiety and depression.
Masa has also overcome personal problems including grief, anxiety and an inferiority complex.
I also had an inferiority complex and later a superiority complex. It swung like a pendulum. That was confusing.
At the same time, I suffered from social anxiety and a lack of self-esteem for almost 20 years (without realising it was anxiety) and the issue eventually became debilitating; insomnia, panic attacks, shakes. It was horrible.
We took different paths to find a cure, of course. But the one central factor in self-development turns out to be understanding the Mind; more precisely, observing energy in the unconscious that is trying to make itself known.
Having developed effective strategies to overcome various conflicts, we want to share what we know and help millions of people fast-track your emotional healing and personal development.
And we have a self-healing secret weapon that other self-development programs don’t have; an in-depth knowledge of archetypal energies.
The mind-body connection needs a balance of energies for you to feel great and function to the best of your ability. In today's world, a lack of knowledge with regards balancing acts contributes to many of the problems people experience.
For example, do you ever feel melancholy or depressed for no reason? You might wake up one morning and feel lacking of energy, heavy-hearted and sad. Yet there is nothing bad happening in your life that would make you feel this way.
Why do you think that is? It's weird right?
Neuroscientists have discovered one reason for this: thoughts and emotions produce electrical and chemical reactions that influence the way we feel.
Dopamine is known as the ‘feel-good’ neurochemical. Yet it’s also one of the chemicals, together with, norepinephrine and serotonin that contributes towards anxiety and depression.
Regulating brain activity, however, is only one small piece of cultivating emotional wellbeing. It’s more important to understand the contents of your subconscious and unconscious mind.
*NB It’s important to distinguish between the subconscious mind and the unconscious. They serve different functions. This topic is discussed in more depth in the VIP Member’s Area.
Understanding how your mind works helps you to identify how subtle energies influence your decisions, feelings and behaviours. A self-development program can help you identify which energies need developing and which need deflating.
Self-awareness enables you to develop emotional intelligence and improve your life and overall wellbeing.
“Man becomes whole, integrated, calm, fertile, and happy when (and only when) the process of individuation is complete, when the conscious and the unconscious have learned to live at peace and to complement one another.” ~ Carl Jung, Man and His Symbols
Addictions, habits and deep-seated beliefs are difficult to overcome. Even when you know you need to give up a bad habit, letting go is easier said than done.
Most of the problems you experience in the physical world, start in your inner world. Thoughts and emotions prompt your actions.
You may have heard life coaches at seminars and on social media explaining how changing your thoughts will change how you feel. Or even to “take the decision to be happy.’
If only it was that simple! But this feel-good piece of advice is not entirely wrong!
Before you improve your emotional wellbeing, you need to understand why you feel like shit.
When you go digging about in your unconscious, you typically find the answers.
However, pulling the roots of your problems out of the unconscious is no easy task. For one thing, the unconscious typically communicates to us in a symbolic language few people understand.
That’s why I studied esoteric symbolism. And I’m pleased to say it works otherwise I would have wasted the last seven years of my life chasing another illusion.
“What makes alchemy so valuable for psychotherapy is that its images concretize the experiences of transformation that one undergoes in psychotherapy. Taken as a whole, alchemy provides a kind of anatomy of individuation. Its images will be most meaningful, of course, to those who have had a personal experience of the unconscious.” ~ Edward Edinger, Anatomy of the Psyche
When you enrol on the Master Mind Content Essential Self Development Program, you have access to proven tools that show you how to overcome limiting beliefs, negative emotions, narrow-minded attitudes and more:
Remarkably, a high percentage of people suffering from anxiety and depression do not have access to effective treatment. In low-income countries (and perhaps low-income individuals in developed countries), between 76% and 85% of people with mental disorders receive no treatment for their disorder. The same is true for 35-50% of people in higher-income nations.
A number of reasons have been cited for the failure of the mental health industry.
“Barriers to effective care include a lack of resources, lack of trained health-care providers and social stigma associated with mental disorders. Another barrier to effective care is inaccurate assessment. In countries of all income levels, people who are depressed are often not correctly diagnosed, and others who do not have the disorder are too often misdiagnosed and prescribed antidepressants.” ~ openaccessjournals.com
The global coronavirus pandemic has increased the number of people noticing signs of anxiety and depression. The number of reported cases in the US alone is 47.1 million.
When moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression are long-lasting, they can lead to more serious health conditions such as heart disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
At the very least, anxiety and depression can impair your ability to function to your full potential. It can have a debilitating effect at work, in your relationships and in social environments.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that depression has prompted suicide in close to 800,000 people.
Suicide was the third leading cause of death in 15-19 year-olds in 2019. It was the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds in 2016 suggesting that people in their 20’s are most susceptible.
A WHO-led study concludes greater investment in mental health services will have health and economic benefits globally.
However, the WHO also suggests the primary treatments are psychosocial counselling and antidepressant medication.
Yet medication is one of the most ineffective ways of managing anxiety and depression. The message is that psychotherapy and medication alone are both ineffective, but they will work if both strategies are combined.
What's wrong with this picture?
You may feel psychosocial counselling and antidepressant medication is a sensible path to take. In the US, more than 20 million anti-depressants were dished out between October and December 2020.
It seems that a high number of mental health practitioners and physicians feel drugs are the answer to mental health disorders.
Not everybody is of the same opinion. As a matter of fact, a growing number of peer-reviewed journals suggest conventional treatments for depression are ineffective.
So why do healthcare professional always turn to anti-depressants as the solution?
“The clinical sciences have a problem with negative trial results – trials where the experimental treatments don’t appear to work. They are seen as uninteresting, and as undesirable by drug companies, and have often gone unpublished.” ~ Christopher Davey, the conversation.com
Ah. So the marketing is one-sided.
Somewhat ironically, the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, remarked: “Despite hundreds of millions of people around the world living with mental disorders, mental health has remained in the shadows.”
I don’t know whether Kim’s comment was a Jungian slip, but conventional mental health treatments most definitely detain anxiety and depression in the shadow.
Medication dulls the voice of the shadow.
Before I get on to explaining why medication dulls the voice of the shadow, it is important to understand what the shadow is. As you will see, it is even more important to identify the shadow aspects of your nature for the purpose of individuation - and to cure anxiety and depression.
In psychology, “the shadow” is an expression coined by the eminent psychologist Carl Jung to describe aspects of an individual’s personality that is hidden or repressed in the unconscious.
Jung suggested that failing to recognise, acknowledge and deal with the shadow personality is often the root of problems between individuals. What’s more, he felt it imperative to recognise the dark aspects of the personality in order to gain self-knowledge and develop psychological maturity.
Jung defined the Shadow as:
“The shadow personifies everything that the subject refuses to acknowledge about himself and yet is always thrusting itself upon him directly or indirectly - for instance, inferior traits of character and other incompatible tendencies.” ~ Carl Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
Whilst the Shadow is part of the personal unconscious that the ego has rejected, the unripened aspects of an individuals personality is also shaped by cultural beliefs.
In modern societies, we typically find cultural beliefs govern the personal unconscious. As a result, we are conditioned by limiting beliefs, negative or critical attitudes, over-indulgence and a sense of entitlement.
These subconscious programs prompt destructive behaviours, stunt psychological development and have a negative impact on emotional wellbeing.
Personal development involves taking the time to understand the shadow. By identifying the inactive parts of your personality that lurk in the unconscious and integrating them with the conscious mind, you are able to cultivate a richer quality of life.
The Society of Analytical Psychology notes that although the shadow, “may feel like a cess-pit it can also be a treasure trove…the shadow contains all sorts of qualities, capacities and potential, which if not recognised and owned, maintain a state of impoverishment in the personality and deprive the person of sources of energy and bridges of connectedness with others.”
Erich Neumann, a student of Jung, described the two personalities of the individual as the self-ego axis. This is, in my view, an easier concept to understand than ego and Shadow. It is not unusable for Jungians to refer to the latter as the ‘Shadow Self”.
Neumann promulgated that the ego is the outward-facing aspect of the psyche which interfaces with the outer world. Its function is to maintain your survival, both physically and emotionally.
It is important to develop the ego in order to interact successfully with the world. A developed ego enables you to overcome challenges, enjoy strong and lasting relationships, care for yourself and others, and basically, live a complete and fulfilling life.
As a general rule, the ego is the principal agent of the psyche - providing it is functioning normally. However, before the ego can function normally, unconscious aspects of your personality need to be integrated into the conscious mind.
This is the role of the Self - the inward-facing aspect of consciousness that observes and identifies the “split-off” pieces of consciousness that are missing from your personality.
You will know when this has happened to you. It is those moments when you’re “out of your mind” and don’t know “what came over you”.
These moments are critical for your personal development. You can learn a lot about the contents of your unconscious by observing what triggered a repressed emotion to leap forward and take control.
Another way to identify when the ego is not functioning properly is through neurotic tendencies or complexes. Complexes surface when archetypal energies rattling around in your unconscious are trying to make themselves known to the conscious mind.
According to Jung, ego development involves bringing repressed contents buried in the unconscious into the self-awareness of the conscious mind.
Jung also recognised that the failure to acknowledge the contents of the shadow and integrate them into the conscious mind is often the root of chaotic lifestyles and neuroses such as anxiety and depression.
“Man becomes whole, integrated, calm, fertile, and happy when (and only when) the process of individuation is complete, when the conscious and the unconscious have learned to live at peace and to complement one another.” ~ Carl G Jung, Man and His Symbols
The burning question is: how do you integrate unconscious content into the conscious mind?
This is where the archetypes take centre stage. Understanding the positive and negative traits of archetypes is a powerful self-development tool.
Once you are aware of archetypal energies that are active in a particular stage or experience of your life, focused intent can help you to develop the positive qualities of the archetype and deflate the negative qualities.
Whilst ever certain archetypal energies are not recognised by the ego, they remain undeveloped in your conscious mind - and thus impair your ability to succeed, create bonding relationships and feel emotionally stable.
When you experience a situation when you don’t know what to do it’s because your ego doesn’t have a program to deal with it. If you have a complex or suffer from anxiety and/or depression, it is your Shadow trying to draw the missing pieces of your personality to your attention.
Until you integrate unconscious content, the innate qualities in you - your personal power/True Self - remains dormant.
The news gets worse.
*NB It’s important to distinguish between the subconscious mind and the unconscious. They serve different functions. This topic is discussed in more depth in the VIP Member’s Area.
The only way to improve your experiences in life is to develop the qualities that are missing in your personality.
If you are taking medication to numb feelings of anxiety and depression, you are not dealing with your problems - you are muting the voice you should be listening to.
Throughout your life, from childhood to the present today you acquire information - knowledge. This information shapes your view of the world.
The knowledge you acquire from parents, teachers, peers, politicians, media and personal experience can be liberating or it can be poisonous.
Most people lock consciousness behind defensive walls which have been built on the false premise of low-quality information. Repressed emotions prevent you from forming a close relationship with yourself and others.
A lack of self-knowledge creates conflict, uneasiness, frustration, illness and holds you back from getting to where you want to be. Without intimate relationships with others, it’s difficult to build emotional stability and develop your personality.
Jung believed that bringing unconscious content into your personal awareness plants the seeds of knowledge that can heal neurotic tendencies.
“The Unconscious possesses possibilities of wisdom that are completely closed to consciousness…it creates prospective combinations just as our consciousness does, only they are considerably superior to the conscious combinations both in refinement and in extent. The Unconscious may, therefore, be an unparalleled guide for human beings.” ~ Carl Jung, Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology
To identify “split-off” pieces of consciousness, Edward Edinger advises becoming “Self-oriented rather than ego-oriented.”
You must look within. However, to become consciously aware of archetypal energies you are unconscious of it is also necessary to observe which archetypal energies are present in your conscious mind.
Among our Essential Self-Healing Tools are powerful techniques including self-observation, mindfulness, synchronicity, emotional mirroring and an table of archetypes detailing the positive and negative qualities of the 12 archetypes proposed by mainstream psychology.
What we don’t offer are pharmaceuticals pills. They don’t work.
When people feel depressed, have low energy levels, sleepless nights, poor appetite or suffer from anxiety etc, they typically seek help from their GP or a psychotherapist.
You would expect that you could trust trained professionals with your personal wellbeing. Yet various studies show that antidepressant drugs are not an efficient antidote.
So why do doctors and mental health professionals keep dishing out pills that have limited effects?
“In their postgraduate years, those same doctors receive their continuing education about pharmaceutical products from drug reps, the errand boys of the corporate healthcare industry. Essentially, these nonprofessionals, whose primary goal is to sell product, provide doctors with “information” about the efficacy of the drug. Drug companies freely offer this “education” so they can persuade doctors to “push” their products. It is evident that the massive quantities of drugs prescribed in this country violate the Hippocratic Oath taken by all doctors to “First do no harm.”” ~ Bruce Lipton, Biology of Belief
Sometimes, for some people, the drugs do work - until the body becomes resistant to treatment and the effectiveness wear off.
Hopkins Medicine says: “If you feel like your antidepressant has stopped working, you're not alone. It's common for a medication that once worked wonders to become ineffective.”
Drugs such as benzodiazepine for anxiety patients often work quickly, but once tolerance kicks in the drugs are useless.
So your doctor prescribes another medication and gets a handout for prescribing that drug as well. Then you develop tolerance to that treatment and it back off to the doctors for another description.
This sounds like a revolving door that deposits cash into the deep pockets of Big Pharma…
The other argument is that prescribing patients with the right medication “is an art as much as a science.”
That pill can be quite easy to swallow if you choose. Until you discover there is another side to the story.
“This industrialised biological reductionist view of contemporary psychiatry does little more than measure and adjust the extent of chemically derived repression. The meds check mentality whilst a great triage does not position the patient to leverage the psyches natural healing cycle towards resolution, but allows them to “park” the issue. This results energy stagnation which breeds all manner of diseases.” ~ Paul Reynolds, A Scientific Approach to Leveraging Archaic Archetypal Activation in the Contemporary Jungian Therapeutic Setting
Pharmaceutical remedies deliver limited healing. Meanwhile, antidepressant drugs and other meds are dulling the symptomatic voice of the shadow and thus creating a wall around the path to an effective resolution.
Anti-depressant pills are the equivalent of low-quality knowledge. As a result, the drug industry is leaving people that need help stranded in a “cesspit” of hopelessness and toxicity.
Master Mind Content shows you how to dig the treasures from your trove!
Symptoms like anxiety and depression are a natural driver that can expand conscious awareness and foster personal development. The Shadow is a key component of the individuation process.
The Master Mind Content Essential Self-Development Program places a central focus on observing your inner world and learning to understand what the contents of your unconscious mind are trying to tell you.
Through self-reflection, you are able to determine which behaviours are driven by subconscious programs and distinguish them from archetypal energies.
More importantly, you develop self-awareness and the ability of the conscious mind to override the programs of the subconscious mind. This is the foundation of free will.
As the “Shadow Self “gains autonomy over the ego, you harness inner strength that enables you to respond to environmental signals or just let things go. You have fewer attachments, emotional triggers and self-gratifying cravings.
Medication dulls the self-reflective part of the brain by masking symptoms of the Shadow.
The key to self-development is self-awareness. The key to self-awareness is re-membering - retrieving split-off fragments of consciousness from the depths of the unconscious mind.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but everybody has a fragmented personality. Psycho-analysts have established that the brain causes a process called “Psychological dismemberment.”
This happens when information absorbed through the five senses is rejected by the brain when incoming information is too overwhelming for the ego or the event is too traumatic.
In traumatic situations, the brain shuts down to protect the ego. In everyday life, information is simply “filtered” into the subconscious.
When you consider the brain processes 11 million bits of information a second, that’s a lot of information that is discarded. The more we experience the same environment and external stimuli, the more information the brain brings into conscious awareness and enables the ego to deal with it.
This is why you might feel overwhelmed the first time you go somewhere new - especially if it is chaotic and overrun with people and advertising. However, the more you return to the same place, the less overwhelmed you feel because your ego is familiar with the surroundings and feels safe.
Moreover, you notice details that you’ve not noticed before - at least not in your conscious mind. But the details were picked up by your senses and filtered into the subconscious.
The brain can complicate matters when we're faced with a new challenge as well. We have to learn new skills that we do not have a program for. When we are children, we typically face learning challenges with enthusiasm and gusto. That’s because we have a relatively clean slate.
As adults, learning new ways of being can be overwhelming. For many people, this is because there is a personal program that creates resistance and perhaps a lack of motivation.
Sometimes, fragments of information are channelled and retrieved by the conscious mind automatically. However, the ego only responds to the experience you are having now.
Repetitive experiences strengthen neural pathways and reinforce the fragments of consciousness in your subconscious mind. This gives more energy to certain experiences which then become a default program.
Some information that is rejected by the brain, therefore, stays in the unconscious until you have an experience to the contrary. By the time that happens, your program is probably so strong, the ego dismisses new information.
For example, when you are reprimanded by your parents for something as a child, the brain deems that certain behaviour is unacceptable because it made your parents angry.
If you had parents that often said, “shhh”, “be quiet”, and “children should be seen and not heard,” there is a strong chance that you are socially insecure and afraid to speak with people.
That’s how easy it is for neurotic tendencies to form in an individual.
Prising out memories from your childhood is often the root of self-awareness. When you re-member a sufficient amount of consciousness, you expand awareness and develop a different view of the world. You can expect to develop a richer quality of life and become more fertile.
“Man becomes whole, integrated, calm, fertile, and happy when (and only when) the process of individuation is complete, when the conscious and the unconscious have learned to live at peace and to complement one another.” ~ Carl G Jung, Man and His Symbols
When an aspect of your True Nature is rejected by parents, teachers, peers or your culture, it may never be recognised by the conscious mind.
The split of fragment loses energy and gets pushed further into your unconscious mind. You are unaware it exists and this aspect of consciousness is not part of your personality. self-awareness involves retrieving split-off fragments of unconscious content.
Sometimes the program stored in the subconscious makes you believe a certain behaviour is not acceptable in society. This is why we keep our vices a secret.
A good example of this is experienced in religious families in which children are told impure thoughts are a sin. In reality, sexual thoughts are a natural part of maturing.
Another common example is that boys should not cry. Teenage males and grown men suppress tears when they feel hurt and sad. Suppressing emotions does not allow men to nurture emotional intelligence and develop as a person. It also causes no end of illness and dis-ease.
Self-awareness, therefore, is a key to healing. You have to re-member events where consciousness became dis-membered and integrate unconscious content into the conscious mind. This involves acknowledging the cut-off aspect of consciousness does exist.
It’s interesting to note that dismemberment takes place in several ancient mythologies. In Egyptian myth, for example, the sun god Osiris is hacked into 14 pieces by his evil brother Set.
The Greek god, Dionysus and his frenzied followers were torn apart or cruelly persecuted. Prometheus was also persecuted and his liver ripped out by an Eagle every day.
In another Greek myth, Artemis turns Actaeon into a stag and he is dismembered by his own hounds. I could go on.
We also see dismemberment in the Greek myth '12 Labours of Herakles'. The hero of the story butchers his wife and child in a fit of madness. A man’s wife represents his feminine principle and children express man’s creative aspect.
Myth reflects the human psyche. In the Herakles myth, his pure consciousness is torn to shreds. The 12 labours Herakles has to endure represents the piecing together of the 12 archetypal energies it is assumed to make an individual whole.
Nature needs to be given life. Your conscious mind needs to become aware of your True Nature for you to heal emotional wounds. Attaining “absolute consciousness” requires you to re-member the lost pieces of your consciousness.
Self-awareness essentially involves becoming aware of the True Self - a state of pure consciousness.
Among the most important tools, we offer at Master Mind Content is grounded in retrieving repressed emotions and memories from the unconscious.
By re-membering split off fragments of consciousness, it is possible to reconnect with your inner-self and bring unconscious content to the surface of the conscious mind whereby you experience self-realisation.
We have several ways of doing this. We can show you how to perform it by yourself using a series of mental techniques, or we can perform a healing therapy such as hypnosis, distant healing, yoga Nidra or dream analysis.
Together with our healing services, it will be highly beneficial for you to practice re-membering techniques yourself.
The technique described in the Self-Development Tip above is an effective way of digging down into the superconscious and releasing aspects of your consciousness that were split-off at some point.
However, it does take practice because ego gets in the way. This is why it is vitally important that you are able to distinguish which thoughts are subconscious programs and which thoughts are superconscious wisdom that will help you evolve.
The other complication is that the thoughts you receive do not always make complete sense immediately. In my experience, I get one word or a sentence that I am unable to immediately comprehend.
It’s good practice to write these messages down because they are fragments of information being retrieved. Think of these messages as a piece of the puzzle that will help you see the bigger picture.
It can take several months for the picture to become clear. The tools and services we offer at Master Mind Content help to speed up the re-membering process.
“It usually takes between two or three months for such a situation to be full-blown, a conscious reality. Then generally inner events occur and sometimes synchronistic outer events, and after three months, on looking back, one can say: ''Ah, I see now what that dream meant." It has taken all that time to come up, and the deeper the dream the longer it takes. In that way one gets to the deepest constellation and one can predict the future.” ~ Marie Louise von Franz, On Divination and Synchronicity
Absolute Consciousness is an enigma. Even individuals that have attained enlightenment are not able to describe enlightenment in a convincing way.
It stands to reason that messages emerging from the unconscious cannot be immediately apprehended by the conscious mind. The doesn't know the missing fragment exists. You are unconscious to it - in the dark.
Unconscious content needs bringing into the light of the conscious mind. That means acquiring more information for the conscious mind to piece together.
Every time you reach a moment of self-awareness, you are one piece closer to pure bliss.
I think we can probably all hold our hands up and say, it’s easy to get angry but it’s difficult to snap out of it.
Things that trigger negative emotions vary, but there are underlying patterns that cause anger and frustration to surface:
The single underlying source of anger and frustration, however, is attachment.
Anger is a powerful emotion that can be a double-edged sword. When transmuted positively, this energy drives motivation.
On the flip side, when you have little or no control over your emotions, anger and frustration can be destructive to your mental and physical health, and your relationships.
The American Psychological Association (APA) note:
“Whatever shape it takes, uncontrolled anger can negatively affect physical health and emotional wellbeing. Research shows that anger and hostility can increase people's chances of developing coronary heart disease, and lead to worse outcomes in people who already have heart disease. Anger can also lead to stress-related problems including insomnia, digestive problems and headaches.”
This is going to sound holier-than-thou, but I’ll say it anyway…
…if established medical institutions are aware of the devastation anger and frustration has on people’s health, why are they not doing more to treat it?
I say that, because, as far as I can see, medical professionals only teach people how to manage anger issues. They are not providing solutions that enable you to cure anger.
As far as I can tell, anger management is a long-term strategy at best. In the meantime, you’re making yourself ill and wrecking your relationships and reputation along the way.
There has to be a better solution for dealing with anger and frustration than anger management.
Society seems at odds with how we should control or manage anger. Some people will say, “express your anger, don’t hold it in”, whilst others are taught that anger is not an acceptable way to behave. So they suppress it.
I think we can all agree that suppressing anger is not good for your health. But expressing explosive emotions is not good for your relationships, your reputation or your self-esteem.
Yet the two solutions that are most prevalent in society has transferred across into medical institutes.
Whilst researching the causes of anger and frustration for this article, I was surprised to find that established medical professionals only provide anger management strategies.
Typical suggestions include:
Anger management techniques are all well and good, but they rarely enable you to escape from the cycles of negative emotion. Unless you deal with the root cause, you will continue to be triggered.
If your anger is instinctive, anger management strategies do not work at all because you have no control over your emotions.
“One of the difficulties that some people have with anger is that they suddenly become enraged. Whether they have an explosive anger disorder or some other mood regulation difficulty when they explode they are not helping themselves or others. Part of the problem for these people is to allow themselves time to leave the premises so that they can calm down.” ~ mental help.net
When you’re in an “explosive state of anger”, it is difficult to step out of that emotion. You’re probably not going to be in a frame of mind where you say ‘excuse me’ and run away to calm down or go and punch a pillow.
Once you’re in the zone, it’s difficult to get out of the zone. And if your subconscious programs are coded for arguments, you’re going to have an argument.
Even if you can control your anger and switch from fight to flight, the likelihood is you play your ordeal over and over in your head until the feeling subsides and you calm down.
Whilst you’re ruminating, the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline are being pumped into your body.
What’s more, ruminating reinforces your belief and confirms your world view is right. You may try and see the other person’s point of view, but that’s not always possible even for rational thinkers.
With your world view reinforced, the next time you encounter resistance to whatever it is you are attached to, you’ll be triggered again.
And again - all the while damaging your health, reputation and relationships.
Is it time we ditched anger management strategies and addressed the real problem?
Thanks to fMRI scans and EEG, neuroscience is able to explain what happens in the brain-body connection when a negative emotion is triggered.
Anger and frustration surfaces from the amygdala, an almond-shaped gland that is responsible for evaluating the emotional response to situations and objects; your brain assesses whether the situation or object is good or bad.
The amygdala is also responsible for executing rewards and punishments which are correlated with memories - particularly emotionally-laden memories.
Emotional arousal influences the strength of past experiences stored in your memory bank and prompts actions in the present. Each time you have a similar experience, the memory is charged with more energy and enhances the retention of that memory.
So the last thing you want to be doing is ruminating or throwing your fists. One day, it might not be a pillow you’re punching.
When we receive information from the outside world, it goes to various parts of the brain. How we react may depend on whether energy takes the “high road” or the “low road”.
The limbic system is your emotional centre. Its function is to regulate emotion, behaviour, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction.
The cerebral cortex, on the other hand, performs executive functions including logic, control and judgement.
Obviously, you want the information to reach your cerebral cortex before the amygdala. The left prefrontal cortex can dampen your emotions and help you retain your composure.
However, logic, sometimes, is at a disadvantage. Emotional responses are milliseconds faster the rational thinking. As a result, your actions are at the mercy of your programming.
“When we are calmly energized (good stress), the brain secretes catecholamines, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. This kind of “stress” is beneficial because we can perform at our best. When stress is severe, the brain secretes cortisol, which intensifies sensory awareness but dulls rational thinking. When levels of this substance are high, our memory does not work well, and we make more mistakes. Cortisol levels rise when we are bored, frustrated, or highly anxious, or when we have other strong negative emotions.” ~ Emily A. Sterrett, Ph.D, The Science Behind Emotional Intelligence
If external stimuli prompt a ‘survival’ state, the information has taken the “low road” to the amygdala and bypasses the cortex. As a result, you’re more likely to respond emotionally without thought or judgement.
The actions of people that struggle with anger issues are driven by emotions. They are in a state of survival and logic doesn’t get a look in. As a result, anger becomes a bad habit.
A burst of energy in the limbic system can last up to several minutes - long enough for you to say something you’ll later regret. By that point, your emotional outburst may have already spilled into an all-out argument.
Even if the other person doesn’t react and that initial burst of energy subsides, the emotional charge is still present in your system and your anger plays out in your head.
This scenario will probably cause more damage to your mental and physical health than actually expressing your anger.
How many times have you been in an argument with your girlfriend or boyfriend, leave the room momentarily and go back to argue again 10-minutes later - after ruminating instead of calming down!
If you have developed emotional intelligence, it’s possible that you recognise the warning signs before they explode. In this situation, anger management may work and you can remove yourself.
The most efficient approach to overcooking anger and frustration is to understand what is it that triggers you. This enables you to reach a point of self-realisation, let go of attachments and integrate unconscious content into the conscious mind.
Hey presto, no more anger issues in relation to that particular attachment.
Anger and frustration arise from attachment. Attachments are everything your ego thinks it needs to survive emotionally.
When you don’t get the thing you are attached to, you become frustrated which can then explode into anger. Oftentimes the attachment is because you are denied gratification or because someone doesn’t agree with your opinion. Your ego has not been stroked.
Attachment does not only relate to material objects. It includes beliefs, perspectives, values, behaviours and ideals; your view of the world.
“When we get angry, our asymmetric cerebral response is measured by the motivation of closeness to the stimulus that causes us to be angry and not so much by the fact we consider this stimulus as negative: “Normally when we get angry we show a natural tendency to get closer to what made us angry to try to eliminate it.” ~ Neus Herrero, University of Valencia
How many times do you get frustrated when people don’t agree with your opinion or you don’t get the outcome your “reward centre” thinks you need?
With self-observation, you will find that your anger and frustration occurs when you don’t get what your ego is programmed to need in order to survive.
Anger is essentially archetypal energy - it is universal and experienced by everyone at some point. In Greek Mythology, anger is personified as the irrational aspect of Ares, the God of War.
Like the god Ares, when this energy erupts, your mind is flooded with the proverbial red mist and you charge into battle without any thought of the consequences.
When anger surfaces from the unconscious, intense feelings must be identified and dealt with; they don't just go away on their own.
Identifying triggers that cause anger and frustration is the first step to healing trapped emotions. The root cause generally goes back to childhood.
Negative emotions like anger and frustration are warning signs that signal you have repressed emotions that have not been dealt with. With self-observation, negative emotions can be used as a self-development tool.
When you can identify negative emotions that trigger survival instincts, they guide you to matters that need addressing. Determine what your attachment is and let it go.
Suppressing anger - like taking time out to calm down - can be more damaging to your mental and physical health.
Adopting breathing exercises will also suppress emotions, but will help you to relax when you recognise the warning signs.
You will still need to reflect on what it was that triggered you before you are able to overcome anger, however. If you leave anger to fester, you will continue to cling to the same attachments and react in the same way.
Writing your emotions down could trigger the frustration to resurface and relive the moment that made you angry in the first place. This will release the cocktail of neuro-chemicals that cause illness.
Anger management strategies offered by established medical institutions don’t appear to be conducive to healing. As a society burdened by stress and anger issues, the failure of the medical industry should be a real concern.
Using a healing technique that is thousands of years old is far more effective. I can tell you this from personal experience. Today we call it ‘letting go’.
“Who knows his manhood’s strength, yet still his female feebleness maintains; As to one channel flow the many drains, all come to him, yea, all beneath the sky.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Identifying the attachments that trigger emotions and letting go of the attachment involves becoming the master of your mind (“manhood’s strength) and overcoming your emotions (female feebleness).
It is worth the effort, however, because letting go frees you from becoming emotionally involved. Without emotional attachment, there is no anger and, therefore, no flood of stress chemicals.
Information is processed by the logical part of your brain rather than taking the low road to the amygdala. You are then able to gain your composure and not cause a scene.
The personal development program we offer at Master Mind Content includes numerous tools you can use to help you explore your inner world, identify triggers, and upgrade unconscious programs that cause you to become frustrated and angry.
We appreciate there is more than one route to healing. That’s why we offer 18 tools for you to explore in our Essential Self-Development Program. Use the techniques that work best for you in the moments you need them.
You will need to use several tools to overcome negative emotions. For example, healing anger and frustration could include: