THE POSSIBILITY OF CO-CREATION THROUGH OUR
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ARCHETYPAL FORMS
by ellenHelga Weiland, lcsw
"What a great miracle is Man and Woman, O
Asclepius, beings worthy of reverence and honor. For they pass into the
nature of a god as though they were themselves a god;..." [Yates]
Sunday afternoon three p.m., June 5th, 1994;
Huguenot, New York,
Mystery School; I'm high on Mozart. During a
multi-sensory extravaganza we spent a weekend melting into the mind of
that master. We immersed our senses into the vivid rainbow textured
melodies of Mozart's musical genius.
My cellular core is charged and ready to
burst into a thousand pedaled blossom, an indigo lotus if you will. But
not just now. I am about to singularly undertake the 830 mile,
overnight, nonstop drive to Illinois, and so the manifestation of any
creation is going to take a back seat.
I've traveled these roads before; often
alone. I enjoy the solitude. It affords me time to sing loudly into the
passing Northeastern emerald mountain scape. Even though clients wait
for me to begin clinical sessions in Illinois, I often take the long
road, passing Lake Erie, just because I enjoy the rolling hills, the
truckles roads heading into the Allegheny Mountains, the city of
Salamanca and the Huron Indian Lands. There is something magical about
those lands. They display a freedom, a dignity, an ancient stateliness.
Every time I drive through I sense an archetypal presence.
The traveling weather this day is warm and
clear. To minimize any driver fatigue I activate a lively inner
dialogue, this time having to do with "The Mind of The Maker ".
Sometimes I even engage my surroundings in the discussion.
Hours pass. My tires hum a background melody
as I tell the passing trees, flowers, and flying things about the
revelations of this weekend. Together we speculate on the nature of
music and how it so profoundly affects us.
Suddenly a screen opens
towards the center right of my front windshield. It's like a movie
screen with credits scrolling up, after which the story begins.
I see a motion picture, with
recognizable actors, elaborate costumes, fascinating dialogue, unique
plot, lively music, unusual special effects, the works.
I recall no conscious effort in conjuring up
this second feature. It often occurs when my creative circuits are
fully charged and I have no time to manifest while I am driving 830
miles to Chicago.
I don't usually write about these extraneous
movies. However, I find this particular one noteworthy, and quite
profound to my way of thinking. So let me tell you about the show and
how my work and I evolved as a result.
My projector displayed the
tale of a young couple. They seem very much in love, and right well
suited for one another. Both are brilliant, well educated, well
manicured, highly thought of professionals, gentle people. He is her
senior by a number of years, and is seen as being quite devoted to her.
She, in her youthful exuberance, engages enthusiastically in all sorts
of adventures. The world is her playground.
He, loving her deeply, wants to marry. She
It is not long before the honeymoon comes to
an abrupt end. He realizes, for the first time, that he was stung into
romantic trance by her "royal busyness". During this enchantment he
failed to notice that she was an extraordinary shapeshifter who in
practicing her high art, succeeded at modulating interpersonal
distances. She excelled at being fluid. During their first meetings
this lack of ego stability had certainly been a point of attraction.
Now it severely limited any possibility of developing a stable, loving
relationship. To put it bluntly, she continued to slip through his very
fingers due to the extreme flexibility of her amebae-like persona.
He was distressed. Not being a person to
give way easily, he thought at length about how to solve this problem.
After many a long, lonely night he called upon the healing power of
myth He thought that he might take a mythic form (an archetype),
possibly Athena, and offer that archetypal blue print to his "Beloved",
rather like an exquisite, custom made, formal cape to wear to the opera.
He understood that the form of Athena, held
an almost universal, ancient, awesome power of its own, and hoped that
this power might be attractive enough to his "Beloved" to keep her "in
form(ation)". He hoped that as a result of their mutual understanding
regarding the Athena form, as well as "Beloved's" willingness and
ability to stabilize within that form, their relationship might have a
chance to develop into an exceedingly creative coupleship.
He incubated his plan for a
long while, puzzling over it from every angle. Finally, sensing only a
positive outcome, he presented his concept and Athena to his love.
At first "Beloved" was nonplused; not
impressed in the least with his idea. But as she saw his enthusiasm,
and yearning, she allowed herself a brief interlude with the goddess.
Almost immediately she felt the archetypal
energy of Athena pulse her. She and Athena came into resonance, into an
atonement. In the blink of an eye, her fluid persona streamed into that
archetypal structure, took on its parameters, and "Beloved" became
For the very first time in her life she felt
an ease of being, and a much welcomed and valued sense of containment.
"Beloved" was no longer in a state of permanent, shapelessness.
Athena's structure was large enough to allow for a good amount of
personal animation and consequent evolution; yet it was sufficiently
well formed to afford a functional parameter for someone not used to
maintaining any consistent distinctive identity.
The dynamic between the woman and the
archetype was amazing. Any exchange of energy between the two was
mutually enhancing, and directly proportional to the input; in other
words "Beloved" would contribute some small thought, which was received
and blessed by Athena. She returned this creation to "Beloved" as a
developing construct, with increased possibilities and usefulness.
"Beloved", excited at this direct and straight forward attention and
support, reciprocated by offering more thoughts and ideas with
increased frequency. Their creative escalation resembled the "hands
cross-holding hands while whirling" game children used to play.
He was delighted. All was
going according to plan. His "Beloved" held form. She lived within the
goddess. A steady stream of love emanated from their co creative
system. He hoped that the goddess incarnate would love him.
The goddess had a love affair with the lady.
It had been a very long time since Athena
was invited to inhabit a living form. Certainly she was indwelling in
any number of statues or icons , those residing in temples, in museums,
in private homes, and those not yet unearthed. But this, this was
different. Goddess was animating and articulating through the body of a
The two were inseparable and so much in
love. It was not a procreative love, rather a CO creative one in which
spirit lost itself to the ecstasy of being called into physical matter,
while matter felt the ecstasy of being animated by a super being, an
archetype, spirit. The two were an item at the exclusion of the magus
who had conjured up the plan.
He grieved, but stood no chance. He watched
as his lady and Athena excited one another into greater and greater
With time, "Beloved began to
show signs of human strain as a result of her dance with the gnomon. He
felt concern, yet any efforts to reclaim his wife were unsuccessful.
Athena, at human invitation, became utterly involved, while "Beloved's"
psycho-physical form was in a rapid state of evolution. His compassion
and love for his wife was undaunted.
Feeling somewhat responsible
for these events, he conjured up a second plan. His idea was to built a
temple, perhaps call it the Athena House or Temple, in honor of the
archetype. He would implore "Beloved" to enter this temple after
momentarily relinquishing the form of Athena. He suggested this temple
would give both herself and the goddess a well deserved rest, and
invited wife to consider the benefits.
heated discussion "Beloved" agreed. She slowly slid down and out of
Athena's frequency as she entered the temple and her husband's arms.
With their embrace the
bright images on my center right windshield faded. I became more
conscious of sitting behind the wheel of a moving car and felt an
unbelievably high state of excitement and radiance which supported my
driving all through the night.
My heart pounded as I
reviewed again and again what I had envisioned. During one fleeting
moment I seemed to stand witness to the possibilities of distinctions
and intimacies as well as the dynamic potential between archetypes and
sentient beings; between the numina and the human; between the world of
formation and the world of manifestation. The opportunities and
inherent potencies of such relationships flooded my consciousness.
I recalled that we are
inhabitants of multiple realities. We reside in worlds which are nested
in an infinite universe not confined to linear time or space.
I had the fleeting thought
that Consciousness may well be riding on a non local photonic substance
calling for our dual citizenship in the world of matter as well as the
subtle energy realm of the archetypes.
If this were
so, I felt a strong invitation to support the addition of a new
perceptual approach to our existing space time continuum. This approach
would deal with non locality of existence and a growing acceptance of
Most people seem to agree
that the primary focus for earth citizens is our local object reality,
the mattered, physical or sensory world. Only briefly do we suspend
this orientation, usually on Saturday, or Sunday morning, to follow
clergy into what they suggest is the spiritual realm.
The concept that we have the
ability to shift our mental focus and presence into parallel, and more
subtle realities, though not new, is becoming popular and more widely
accepted and practiced. While historically the capacity to shift
consciousness to such realms has been the secret, sacred and holy
assignment of priests, priestesses, shaman and medicine men, skills to
such end are now available to any household.
We know of,
and can visit worlds in which the psycho-historical data of our current
incarnation becomes apparent. Through the efforts of Freud, Jung,
Berne, Perls, Janov, Alexander, and any number of other experienced
explorers of the psychological realm we have garnered a variety of
modalities which allow any one of us to visit the far reaches of our
psychophysical-psycho historical being.
Some realities offer
conversation with the numina. We owe gratitude to C. J. Jung, Joseph
Campbell, and the many who contributed to our understanding of the
There is too the reality
which allows our non-physical absorption into the realm of divinity.
This realm has traditionally been relegated to the church and its
attendants. Lately many have taken the reigns of their divinity into
their own hands, while they fervently hope that the church will catch
up to current spiritual needs of men, women and children.
For the duration of the
show, just then projected onto my front windshield, I was witness to a
symbolic representation of the possible interplay between the
psychophysical and the psycho-spiritual worlds.
I perceived that archetypes
were not just interesting mental amusements or artistic curiosities
imprinted on paper, in clay or stone, with pencil, paint or chisel.
They are not the fabrications or mental aberrations of addicts,
artists, eccentrics or primitives. Archetypes are non mattered, non
molecular constellations of energy. They appear, when attended by
humans, as forces taking on human, animal, or blended shape. They
appear as actors playing assorted parts in the storied movements of
Mind. Archetypes are the prototypic forms which comprise the personae
vitae of myths.
I perceived myths with their
archetypal prototypes as representing the psychospiritual super
structure of the psychophysical realm. (That which we materialize
tomorrow is enacted in our myths of today.) The archetypes are the
loaded potencies which transmit our culturally coded blueprints through
myth and interdimensional relationship. When they are actively engaged
by us, they facilitate our proper orientation in our daily cultured
I recall most sacred books
including our Bible talking about our dual nature. We are gifted with
an animal consciousness as well as a human CO-creative consciousness.
The Bible terms these as lower and higher natures, looking down its
literary nose, as though lower meant lesser. I hardly think this to be
the case. I surmise the Bible invites us to walk in the two realities,
and implores us to pay heed and be in relationship with and service to
the more subtle ones, including the archetypal. The writers of our
sacred books knew that our psychogenetic coding came from our
conversation with the numina.
I envision conversation with
the archetypes, and participation in their stories, to be an
evolutionary corrective device, which I call Mythic reGenesis. The
human ego having become distorted, nonproductive or nonadaptive during
years of heavy mattered existence can, by taking on a mythic structure,
form again into a more constructive and productive persona.
I sense that the myths with
their prototypic forms holding the very blueprints of racial and
cultural coding hover in patient anticipation of human contact. For as
they pass their blueprints to evolving humans, they allow for a
psycho-genetic resourcing of not only that human, but of the archetype
and the myth itself.
correction or adaptation has always been available to us through
spontaneous dreaming, during which our ego, our cultural program is not
controlling our actions.
Biblically we see the
Egyptians value pharaoh's symbolic dream message as interpreted by
Joseph , we read reports of healings by having the gods visit during
the dreamings in the Epidaurus' temple of Aesclepius , the Delphi
Oracle seemed to rely on symbolic conversation and was highly respected.
Freud, Jung and countless
others saw and continue to see the importance and benefit of
involuntary dreams. Much of the emphasis of dream work has been on the
interpretation of the symbolic material presented.
Is it possible that we are
missing the forest due to our focus on the trees? Could it be that the
potency of a dream is in the free conversation with the archetypes
while the previously culturally imprinted ego is out of commission?
I gathered from this
windshield movie, that we do not have to be in sleep-dreaming in order
to benefit from mechanism which I call Mythic reGenesis. It seems not
only possible, but viable to chose to place ego to rest, then shift
attention into the subtle energy realms, to call in and converse with
one or more of the archetypes.
"Beloved" in the story
remained awake; I myself was driving safely while I allocated a good
portion of my energy to peripheral participation in an involuntary
dreaming which illumined a human/archetypal dynamic.
To facilitate a non-sleep
dream state offering dimensional interaction, prompting Mythic
reGenesis, we do have to be open, available, and fluid. We must allow
ourselves to enter a state of vulnerability which permits high energy
interaction with non molecular forms.
Our ego, the mechanism of
cultural interface, must be at rest and out of the way before we can
reach an appropriate state of impressionable fluidity. (Recently I
undertook a course of study in Biotonic remedies. Biotonic remedies are
fluids which carry the electro potential of plants, salts, trace
elements, minerals etc. According to Jack Schwarz it is this electro
potential which activates the dormant molecular substances available in
our bodies. I could not help but see the similarity between Biotonics
and Archetypes which hold the electro potential of the individual and
There were moments during
this driving excursion with revelation, when I was a citizen of first
one world, and then the other. At times I held a vantage point which
allowed me to observe a synthesis of these worlds. As I recognized that
the myths themselves had their codings (blueprints) optimized during
exchanges between humans and archetypes, I speculated that for any
evolution of race and culture, interdimensional contact is vital if not
of myths and archetypes fails to raise the electro potential
sufficiently to facilitate any transformation of psycho-genetic
codings. Only as a result of the actual relationship built upon
experiential interaction, including the inhabitation of the goddess or
god is the evolutionary mechanism called into play.
I perceived, for just a
minuscule moment, the necessity of the inclusion of this broadening of
the band of consciousness, that is, this play between ourselves and the
archetypes, for our collective and successful transition into the 21st
millennium and movement through what we popularly call the information
revolution. I heard a chant like echo running through my mind
"information revolution", "in form (ation) revolution" "the evolution
of coming into form (ation)". Is this play with the archetypes the
basis of the information revolution and is it a key to the current
"shift of paradigm"?
I drove with tears streaming
down my face. I realized how many, many earth citizens fail to be "in
formed" by the god/goddess. I saw our populace walking about as empty
shells espousing something about a distant god. I saw nations without
an over riding myth offering its cast of organizing principles. I
wondered how people without the influence of the archetypes could
I recalled my own terror,
not fear, but terror and lengthy avoidance of the mythic realm. I was
raised and bathed in the demonic mind set of Hitler's Germany. The 1942
German overmind was toxic and not life supporting, to say the very
least. Not only was I phobic for adults and authority, but I was wary
of the gods, I wanted nothing to do with my own imaginal realm.
Creative thinking was verboten. Developing a think structure which
included the subtle realms was not an option. I preferred and was
encouraged to remain unconscious and dependent upon other humans to
chose my life's direction. I am not the only one whose ego was
organized on the basis of such a self phobia.
I wonder how many people
avoid contact with the cast of forms of their cultural super structure
and fail to become self contained, self motivated and powered, well
rounded adults. How many limit or incarcerate their human potential in
the service of the fear of archetypal inhabitation? How many continue
to engage in thinking prompted by their animal nature and not directed
or supported by the evolutionary device designed for the advancement of
I thought of religions in
which god is external, and remote; where there is no permission to
invite a visitation with or indwelling of god or goddess.
crying for many, many miles; then felt the need to organize my thoughts
and find a way to test the validity of these new and seemingly potent
Could I interact with a
poorly organized and dense (unevolved) adult to activate a Mythic
reGenesis? Could I facilitate someone's purposeful but temporary
relinquishing of ego? How would I best do this? Once ego was placed
aside would client experience a fluid state? Could this fluid state
become a voluntary alternative to the rigid ego states which I often
find in clients? Could clients shift back and forth between fluidity
and set ego structure so as to be optimally functional in their
independent living during their Mythic reGenesis? Could the average
client choose an archetype, and would that form respond? How could we
best introduce an archetype? Once the archetype is introduced, how can
one further the relationship? Is it productive to use forms which are
part of the religious persuasion of the client? Is it more useful to
introduce an alternative interim form? How do we best facilitate
spiritual connection and evolution without interfering with clients
choice of religion? What constitutes productive change? How do we
measure such change? Is the change long lasting?
I could hardly wait to get
home to immediately set up some research cases.
For the purpose of this
writing I will report only one brief experience.
Angela was a 45 year old
Christian, married, Caucasian, mother of three with a high school
diploma, no further education, a natural artistic capacity and a great
deal of difficulty in her marriage and family life. She and husband
were enmeshed. He was an illiterate builder who shifted much of his
paper work as well as emotional upset to her, along with a good deal of
criticism which severely diminished her self esteem. Their grown
children showed a variety of creative learning imbalances, and moved
into and out of the house in a repetitive, and not overly healthy
pattern. Angela was encumbered with unexpressed anger, and frustration
concerning her creative stifling.
This might have been a lengthy case of
exploratory talk therapy. But she arrived at my office at just the
right time for me to explore the usefulness of calling in an archetype.
Angela was artistic, creative, intuitive and
very willing to work on her problem. She was sincerely stuck and asking
for help to reenter the flow. I explained that before initiating a
traditional dialogue searching for miscellaneous unhealthy patterns, I
thought it might be useful for her to have a lengthy conversation with
the God. She was open to my suggestion.
During this first, two hour
session, I asked her which form she preferred to call to her aid. She
chose to work in the Christian domain. I induced a gentle trance, asked
her to relax, to put aside all thoughts, emotions and body sensations.
(I generally ask people to externally pile thoughts to the right,
feelings and body sensations to the left.) When she seemed at ease and
in the appropriate altered state (brain frequency) I invited her to
call upon the Christ Consciousness.
She followed my suggestions.
In a sudden burst of radiance she cried
announcing the joy of experiencing the presence of Jesus hovering above
I suggested she call that presence in if
appropriate for her. I myself was a bit shocked at the ease in which
she moved into this state. I recommended she dialogue with Jesus
regarding the issues which brought her to me.
After about twenty minutes in a silent state
of fluidity, accompanied by brilliantly radiating, she slowly opened
her eyes, with the biggest smile. She was in awe of her truth; claimed
she never had an experience like this, or even knew she could; stated
she realized, this presence of Jesus was a potent force always
available to her; that she had not know to call upon it.
Subsequently she reported having made such a
strong connection with Jesus that everything else seemed minor. In
conversation with Jesus she determined that she would get a college
degree in art; become a commercial artist; would insist that her
husband attend library adult reading sessions, and set rules on her
children's random use of the couple's assets.
We spend two one hour sessions processing
what had occurred. I suggested some readings to help her understand and
grow with her experience. She left therapy filled with love, hope and a
sense of mission. She expanded her self sufficiency by including the
use of her super structure, and did not become dependent upon this
While I remained in Illinois, she attended
various workshops which I offered, and continued to report excellent
progress. She did earn her BA in art. Husband was learning to read.
Children were more responsive to her. She maintained her relationship
with Jesus as holder of the Christ Consciousness, frequently inviting
that form in, to effect her own resourcing.
Angela was a client, primed for Mythic
reGenesis before I ever began to work with her. She lived in a rural
area, and in her distress often spent time reclining out under the
stars allowing her creative imagination to run free. Her lack of fear
of the imaginal world, which is the doorway into the subtle realms, as
well as her willingness to engage in relationship with God facilitated
any work we did. Many clients require considerably more preparation.
Such descriptive efforts will be the subject of continued work.
Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic
Tradition;:"Ficino's Pimander and Aesclepius";
Yates, Frances A.; The University of Chicago
Press, Chicago, 1991, pp. 28 (This quote was modified to adjust for
dual gender representation).
Course of Study at Jean Houston's 1994
Mystery School, Pomona. New York.
Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic
Tradition;:"Ficino's Pimander and Aesclepius"; Yates, Frances A.;; The
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1991, pp. 37 "What we have said
about man is already marvelous, but most marvelous of all is that he
has been able to discover the nature of the gods and to reproduce
Gen. 41:15 The Ancient and Shining Ones; D.
J. Conway; Llewellyn Publications, MINN, 1993, pp. 170
The Secret Doctirne; Vol. 1 Cosmogenesis; H.
P. Blavatsky; The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, India, 1978,
Jack Schwarz, The Aletheia Institute,
Ashland, OR; Biotonic Workshop, May 1995.