Your Archetypal Autobiography: Rediscovering The Vitality And Optimism Of Youth, While Working Through Areas We Failed To Integrate. * A Weekend Workshop
“When you reach a certain age and look back over your life, it seems to have had an order. It seems to have had been composed by someone. And those events that when they occurred seemed merely accidental and occasional and just something that happened, turn out to be the main elements in a consistent plot. Who composed this plot? And just as your dreams are composed by an aspect of yourself, of which your consciousness is unaware, so your whole life has been composed by the will within you. Just as those people whom you met by chance became effective agents in the structuring of your life, so you have been an agent in the structuring of other lives, and the whole thing gears together like one big symphony, everything influencing and structuring everything else." - Arthur Schopenhauer
Making Sense of One's Past
Humans have a strong need to express themselves and make sense of their lives through sharing their story. More often than not, this takes the form of an autobiography about their experiences and the lessons learned in life. This workshop takes a different slant from the usual “Write your life story” workshop. Rather than looking at the chronological events of your life, you will reflect on archetypal experiences. Take, for example, the archetype of The Fool. We have all given way to moments where we left our familiar routines to embrace reckless abandon or optimistically throw ourselves into something new. Failing to explore this side to ourselves leads to stagnation and overly rigid lives.
The archetypal journey we will pursue follows that of the Major Arcana outlined in the Tarot. It has been said that the Major Arcana reflects the journey our psyches take as we move beyond the innocence (or ignorance) of The Fool and towards a life of integration and balance represented by The World.
This first workshop in the series will explore archetypal influences that relate to our adolescent psychology. For instance, The Caretaker archetype, which relates to the influence of our mothers. In establishing healthy boundaries with our mothers, we put ourselves in a position where we can care for others, without becoming co-dependent or enabling. Similarly, The Emperor archetype looks at developing healthy masculinity and working through similar boundary issues with our fathers.
Taking on Fresh Eyes
Taking this journey of self-discovery enables you to work through areas that have not been dealt and helps you think about what influence you are having on those around you in order to live more consciously. Your life is a narrative, counted and recounted from many different perspectives and by diverse people. There are settings, themes, characters and plots – just like in any movie, book, historical account or legendary fable. Narrative therapy is a personal development tool that helps people identify themselves as being distinct from their problems in order to employ their own strengths to move toward change.
While there will be journaling activities to help you recognise the archetypal encounters you have had in your life, this workshop is not designed for writers, more so people who have an interest in delving into themselves, and are open to reflecting: and then reframing personal experiences. By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a collection of writing and reflections, a deep appreciation of the symbols alive in your psyche, and an understanding of your own personal myth.
Original Workshop Date: September 2016
Date of Future Workshop: TBA