Archetypes: What They Are & 5 Books to Heal Your Archetypal Patterns

What are archetypes and how can you use them to become more self-aware in your spiritual journey? Here are 5 powerful reading resources!

The term archetypes was first introduced to me by the amazing spiritual teacher, Caroline Myss.

Archetypes are simply a framework or categorization created around our different behaviours and personality types, to help us understand our nature. And as an effect, make more conscious choices about how we want to be, going forward.

We have archetypes in everything. Whether it is the zodiac signs which are determined by birth date, time and location, or the gender we associate ourselves to as we mature, an archetypal structuring helps everyone to logically understand why they are the way they are, and know how to do differently.

For instance, you may generally consider a Taurus to be bullish at locking their horns in an argument. This however, may not be true for all Taurus-born people.

So the limitation of archetypes is that they are not absolutely, always true across the board. This is because we are all a unique mix of different behaviours and patterns which interweave with each other. But we can use this very limitation to our benefit.

Those tendencies which we relate to the most from an archetypal categorization can help us see where we need to expand our nature, and move out of the conformity of this personality type.

So as an example, if one of the drawbacks of being “feminine” in nature is to let life happen, it may serve us to develop our masculine energy to step into a more active role in our own lives.

Studying these patterns and behaviours for a while, we begin to see ourselves fitting into almost all categories. Then, we get a sense that we are more integrated and wholesome in our being, and it’s easier to believe in the infinitude of our existence. 🙂

This is actually the end goal – to not be limited to one or two patterns, but to be able to ascend and evolve into a full range of existence.

It can be really interesting to study archetypes, to know yourself in deeper ways. I’ve been gradually making my way through different programs and ideologies, and have experienced tremendous healing and AHA moments, simply by studying archetypal frameworks.

The biggest benefit I’ve found is that I am able to bring awareness to the unconscious patterns, and so many times, I catch myself halfway in the act. This allows me to slowly but surely move into better patterns that I would like to associate myself with.

There are of course many great studies and resources out there, but today, I would like to introduce you to my top 5 favourite archetype studies.

5 Different Archetypes that Will Help You Become More Self Aware

Here are the books and resources that have brought tons of great insights into the workings of my mind. And it has helped open up how I see the collective consciousness through this archetypal lens. Hope it helps you too!

#1 – Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss

Starting off with the very first book I read, called Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss.

She beautifully describes our soul contracts and was monumental in setting my foundation on the topic. Caroline then dedicates several sections of the book to learning more about your archetypal patterns in context to your soul contracts.

She starts by introducing us to the primary four archetypes that she considers are always at work in our life, namely:

  • Child
  • Victim
  • Prostitute
  • Saboteur

These sound extremely strange at first, but she explains them in a brief but convincing way in this entry-level article.

These four archetypes of survival collectively represent how we show up in life and the major challenges we pursue. Then, she dives much deeper into the other patterns of our psyche and how learning about them can help you heal your relationships at a spiritual level.

Her book is extremely in-depth and sheds such powerful light on our patterns and unconscious conditioning. I think this makes a brilliant starting point for anyone that likes to explore their behaviour and tendencies with the blend of spirituality and psychology.

#2 – The Classic Jungian Archetypes

Carl Jung pioneered in the study of psychology and one of his groundbreaking contributions to society was the framework of these archetypes. His belief was that our minds aren’t just a clean slate which gets filled at birth, but that we inherit a lot of ancestral conditioning, which also influences our psyche.

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He explains the four primary archetypes as:

  • persona,
  • shadow,
  • anima/animus,
  • and the self.

For those that are interested in learning from the lens of psychology, the Jungian archetypes are explained with a lot of simplicity in this article. At some point, I might expand deeper on his study as well, so stay tuned. 🙂

#3 – The Nine Enneagram Archetypes

You might have heard of the nine personalities of the enneagram, and in passing taken some free quizzes online as well. But in my honest opinion, the enneagram can only be properly understood if you take the comprehensive RHETI test. Most free quizzes have not been accurate for me or any of my clients.

And after taking the test, use your results to study your personality type using the book The Wisdom of the Enneagram.

This is a dense book, and an even more dense subject, which talks about the core wounds and core strengths of each personality type. So, no shortcuts. But this will be such a refreshing and rewarding framework for you! Especially if you’re inclined more towards healing your shadow self.

#4 – Your Life Purpose Archetypes by Sahara Rose

Another important question I’m often asked is about the purpose of our life here, on Earth. I always suggest that people try out my Purpose Matrix Tool. This is the very tool that helped me gain more clarity on what to pursue if not my 9 to 5 job. I hope it serves you too!

And then, I typically try to guide them about the way the Universe guides us into our Higher Calling.

But if there’s another resource that I consider deeply insightful in this regard, it’s Sahara Rose’s new book, called Discover Your Dharma.

She simplifies the knowledge of Ayurveda and Vedanta to describe nine different ways to share your gifts here on Earth. There’s a lot of great information on the three doshas (body types) and what role they play in our purpose here.

I genuinely enjoyed the quizzes and revelations that she shares. So much so that I had my husband do them with me! They also help you understand what professions might drain you versus fueling your inner fire.

Her book was a huge affirmation for me as well, as I step deeper into the role of coaching people for their spiritual journey.

#5 – The Human Design Archetypes

This was my most recent introduction. I learned about my human design from a dear friend, April, who beautifully taught me about my tendencies as a “projector”. This was the one of five different types of human design.

The human design is also based on our birth chart, and introduces us to some interesting archetypal patterns. These include insights such as –

  • what energy type we are (projector, generator, manifestor, reflector, manifesting generator),
  • how we can be in most flow with our energy type and maximize our potential,
  • what chakras or energy centres are more open to outside influence,
  • whether we’re structured or creative in different settings, and so on.
April shared that the Human Design is different from other archetypal structures in that our type does not change over time. We simply become more optimized in our energy type.
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Example of a Human Design Chart

This all starts by generating a Human Design Chart, called a BodyGraph. You can either decrypt the results on your own, or learn more about through a specialist in the field. Having worked with April personally for my own learning, I would recommend her work as a good option!

Concluding Thoughts

It’s important to not typecast anyone into an archetype, knowing that we’re not limited to its description. But instead to use these categorizations for our evolution. This study should free us from our limitations, and not give us the permission to continue being certain ways.

So for instance, don’t justify someone’s behaviour because they are “a Capricorn sign”, or they are “a martyr” archetype. Instead, help yourself and others around become aware of these tendencies. And learn the different ways you can step into healthier patterns.

I hope this resource gives you a vast variety of frameworks to take your journey deeper. Start with the one that sounds most interesting. And then sit down and really take your time with learning the strengths and weaknesses of each personality type.

I’d also love to know in the comments below, if you’ve read any of these resources. What benefits have you personally experienced from studying archetypal patterns? 🙂

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5 Books About Relationships That Will Help You Heal Your Soul Contracts

Here are my reading recommendations for books about relationships that will help you heal your soul contracts and walk towards oneness.

It’s not normal for us to talk about soul contracts beyond the idea of soulmates. But as you progress in your spiritual journey, your understanding evolves. For me, my ability to look at day-to-day interactions differently is largely credited to powerful books about relationships which I read during different phases of my life.

This is important for each one of us to do, because the biggest portion of our healing comes through the daily interactions and dialogues we have.

Some people continually trigger us, and some continually love and support us. But ALL of the people that we meet help us heal in some way.

Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. If this is a new idea for you, watch it work in your life. To support your learning, I’ve put together a list of my go-to reading resources.

Books About Relationships That Will Help Heal Your Soul Contracts

These are classics, and you might have already heard a bit about them. But here are my favorite books about relationships, which bring awareness towards different ways we can heal our soul contracts and walk on the path of oneness.

Hope you enjoy this blend of spirituality and psychology!

#1 – Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss

I first heard a profound lecture by Caroline Myss on Youtube, on the subject of soul contracts, which really helped me solidify my spiritual foundation and start looking at relationships from a higher perspective. Later on, I bought this book and took my learning deeper.

Through her book, Caroline beautifully simplifies our soul’s blueprint, and how to analyze one’s behavior through the various Jungian archetypes.

When you read Sacred Contracts, take your time to absorb and self-reflect on the different ideas that you learn. You can REALLY experience transformation through this book and understand the karmic lessons between you and the people around you.

#2 – Destiny of Souls by Dr Michael Newton

This is hands down one of the finest books I’ve read in the metaphysics space. Not just to help you understand your life purpose and to provide insights on how your soul guides support you, but to also teach you the valuable life lessons expected from each of us at the time of birth; and to empower you to take back the reign of your life.

A large part of Dr Michael Newton’s work explores the decision-making that happens in the afterlife, and how we pick different soulmates, friends and foes to help our soul’s evolution.

I recommend this book especially to those that have lost a loved one and want to know that they’re doing okay after leaving the body.

Of course there’s a LOT to take away from this dense metaphysical research. But if you’re interested in understanding the mindset of those that aren’t here in the physical realm, I highly recommend reading this book.

#3 – Men Are From Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray

Necessary for everyone that keeps getting irritated or having arguments with people around them (*raises hand too*). While this doesn’t use “soul contracts” as the focal point, it helps you really understand the duality in relations.

Though written for couples trying to understand and connect with each other, I found this book a profound introspection of a variety of dynamics, from all walks of life.

This book explains how every individual has male AND female energy; going on to explain the traits of each energy type (masking them under the name of man or woman, but also having started with the disclaimer that the ‘roles may be reversed’).

The kind of behaviors explained are not limited to a spouse or partner – the theories work for coworkers, parents, children and even strangers!

Thorough and exhaustive, it will prevent all your “small fights” from adding up; overtime growing peaceful like still waters altogether.

And, in the truest sense, this book taught me about balance, compassion and mindful cohabitation.

#4 – The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

What started as a fun online quiz for me and my husband, became a game-changer in our equation.

The crux begins with – you don’t need to love people the way YOU want to be loved. Love people the way THEY want to be loved.

It then goes on to explain how, with 5 categories called Love Languages.

I’d say that start by taking the free online quiz here. This book unfolds the possibility that we can love people in different ways, and that no particular way is right or wrong. It’s just different.

So, as you begin to observe different love languages in the people you interact with, you will learn how to show up in relationships without seeming like a people-pleaser or bending over backwards. And, they will feel like you get them!

Eventually, it encourages you to dispel the surface-level duality and go deeper into unconditional love. This book relates well to soul contracts in that it helps you understand different ways in which love exists in the world, and enhances your own expression.

#5 – The Dance of Connection by Dr Harriet Lerner

Last on my list, but a strong book that reflects on the different dynamics we have in our relationships. Especially with people that challenge us. And how we can work to shift these dynamics, merely by working towards the way we communicate.

Dr Harriet shares eye-opening stories from her client work and reveals how we hold ourselves back and close our heart. How certain shifts helped people save a marriage, or actually decide to end it! Again, not a book just for couples – there are reflections for everyone.

Through her book, you learn to express your emotions differently and work on some of the difficult conversations that can eventually save a relationship.

I was inspired by her book last year, and compelled to write my own reflections on ways we are being inauthentic around loved ones.

Concluding Thoughts

There are incredible insights in store for us, if we are willing to learn. We may not be able to figure it all out by ourselves. But reading such books about relationships can really help us heal and focus on self-development versus being so shaken by external events.

Enjoyed reading these books? Let me know! Here are some more books I recommend reading for your growth.

Happy reading 🙂

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5 New Spiritual Authors Around The Block Worth Reading In 2021

Here’s a list of 5 new spiritual authors worth reading in the new year. Support their work and help them grow!

Every December, I love to share reading recommendations for the new year. And this year I wanted to focus on supporting new spiritual authors.

I’ve been fortunate to be able to spend my time personally working with all these wonderful and kindred souls; getting to know their take on spirituality through their lens. It has been exciting and humbling to find like-minded individuals across the world, making an impact in their corner.

Today, I want to bring their Light in our corner. And encourage you to read some of the works of these new spiritual authors to help you in your journey, as well as to support theirs!

5 New Spiritual Authors Worth Reading in 2021

#1 – Orchid Of Fate by Carleen Marie

Carleen’s memoir is a beautiful and gripping reflection on the process of a Kundalini Awakening. It starts from her childhood and the different ways it impacted her mindset; how it caused physical manifestations in the form of migraines and led to a breaking point in her life. All leading up to her official awakening!

I was amazed by the level of detail and accuracy with which Carleen explains intense, eastern philosophies such as Chakras, Kundalini energy etc, from a scientific angle.

There’s a good blend of story-telling, educational value and a compelling writing that kept me hooked. Check it out. 🙂

#2 – The Band Director’s Lessons About Life by Donald Lee

If you want to pick up one book about teaching spirituality to kids, this is a good place to start. But it’s not just about the parent-children or teacher-student dynamic. There are valuable spiritual lessons for every age.

Donald’s work is a mix of humor and humility, of misadventures and music… and lots of other light-hearted goodness that we can all benefit from.

I highly recommend his book as a bedside read. There are some great reflections after each story, which you can slowly work through every night.

#3 – Hazard by Cosmin Onofrei

Cosmin’s Hazard feels very familiar in ideology to many of the things I talk about, which is why I could relate to the book right away.

It’s a short and insightful book with reflections about life, and will act as a wonderful guide in your spiritual growth.

What I liked most about his work, were the simple yet powerful examples he used from daily life, making his approach to spiritual living very practical. No fluff, just straight-to-the point spiritual truths. A good read for sure! 🙂

#4 – The Way of Existence by Jim Schmidt

I don’t know how I first connected with Jim, but about a year later, we were doing a video together about past lives!

Jim is a mystical and metaphysical author, who relates his past life experiences in his series called the The Way of Existence.

Another interesting fact about his work is that not only is he the author, he has self-published and printed everything himself! His work, in his opinion is not for the masses, but for the special segment who will resonate which such otherworldly ideas.

I was compelled by his writing style, which almost felt like reading a sci-fi story! I had to keep reminding myself that it was a real experience. You will enjoy the spiritual reflections that he shares in between as well. 🙂

#5 – Spirit Animals : 21 Divine Messengers of the Universe by Vasundhra Gupta

I know, I know. I’m self-promoting myself in a way by adding myself to the list. But the thing is, writing a book has been a huge block for me. So big, the Universe had to electrocute me to make me understand my higher calling! So when I finally self-published my first book, it was a big load off my back.

The reason this book needed to happen, was because even though we spend so much time talking about seeing 11:11 on the clock, or praying that a feather falls in our path to make our wish come true, we rarely talk about divine guidance from living beings.

Day-to-day animals like mice, ants and flies all have a spiritual significance. How do you know what that significance is? You take notice of these animals and their behavior.

I’ve talked about this in my pocket-friendly book, sharing tons of tips, personal stories and insight on the magic of spirit animals.

Concluding Thoughts

This year, I realized how profound even the newest writers and authors are around us. We always give the big-shots a chance, and of course we should, but in the upcoming year, consider supporting more local artists and new spiritual authors around you.

I’ve been fortunate to have had the support of many loving readers and clients, that continue to help me help you. If you’d like to learn more ways to help this blog grow, do check out this resource. Thank you for your support!

Oh and, before you go, here are some other reading recommendations for the new year.

Happy reading! 🙂

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