Archetypes and Actions: Wide Sky Meeting September 23rd, 2017

King:

 He is centered, decisive and lives in integrity.  He protects his Realm and he provides order.  He creates and inspires creativity in others.  He blesses the lives of others and he leaves a legacy.

Warrior:

 

Mindful, Assertive, Competitive, Decisive, Minimalist, Adaptable, Skillful, Loyal,  Disciplined, Emotionally Detached, Destroyer.

Magician:

Intellectually Curious, Holder of Hidden Knowledge, A Master of Technology,  Reticent, Reflective, Alchemist of Life, Spiritual Mediator.

Lover:

 emotion, feeling, idealism, and sensuality. Like the word “lover,” sensuality is often  exclusively associated with sex but really has a far broader application. Being sensual means opening up and using all of your senses in all areas of your life–touching, tasting, smelling, hearing, and seeing–or in other words–experiencing as many dimensions of life as possible, as often as possible.

Question: 

 What is your greatest archetypical strength and greatest archetypical opportunity for growth?

Suggestions to Build and Access Your Archetypes Over the Next 30 Days:

King:

The King seeks to integrate all the other archetypes and all good principles in order to reach his full potential–so that he may use this energy for a higher purpose and to bless the lives of others.

Create more, consume less

Leave a legacy

Develop practical wisdom

Become a mentor

Find a mentor

Establish your core values

Develop the virtue of order

Break away from your mother

Develop a life plan

Develop the traits of true leadership

Protect the sanctity of your ideas

Become decisive

Avoid the corruption of money, power,and sex

Live with integrity

 

Warrior:

Many men today lack Warrior energy. They’ve been told all their lives that aggression is bad and they should just work on being be “nice guys.” But if there’s anything the world needs today, it’s men in touch with the Warrior archetype. It’s the energy that propels men to dare greatly and to fight for a worthy cause. So what can we do to access this positive Warrior energy?

Watch movies about great warriors. Yeah, it’s cliche, but it works. They don’t necessarily have to be war movies. Any film that showcases men with the warrior spirit will do. Here are a few of my favorite warrior movies. I’d love to read yours:

  1. Braveheart
  2. Gladiator
  3. The Seven Samurai
  4. Last of the Mohicans
  5. Shane
  6. Glory
  7. Patton

Read biographies about great warriors. Also, dig into writings like those of Marcus Aurelius (the ultimate philosopher-warrior).

Take up boxing or another martial art.

Do something that scares you.

Work on becoming more decisive.

Meditate. Especially on death.

Quit shoulding on yourself. The Warrior is able to detach himself from the opinions of others in order to carry out his mission.

Find your core values.

Have a plan and purpose for your life.

Boost your adaptability by strengthening your resilience.

Study and practice the skills necessary for completing your goals. Whether that’s marksmanship, computer programming, or being charismatic, become a master of your trade.

Find the principles that you’re loyal to.

Establish some non-negotiable, unalterable terms (or N.U.Ts) and live by them.

Compete in a race like the Warrior Dash. It’s got the word warrior right in the name!

Strengthen your discipline by establishing habits and daily routines.

Adopt a minimalist philosophy. Declutter your life. Simplify your diet. Get out of debt.

 

Magician:

 

Commit to lifelong learning

Meditate

Create more, consume less.

Work with your hands.

Take part in a rite of passage

Find a mentor

Become a mentor

Join a Fraternal organization like the Wide Sky Men’s Council, Freemasons or Knights of Columbus

Carve out a sacred space in your life.

 

Lover:

cultivating the virtue of moderation

being fully present in your life

turn life’s little everyday activities into indulgent, pleasure-inducing rituals

Chew your food slowly and really taste the flavors.

Enjoy touching and kissing your partner’s skin instead of just immediately jumping into sex.

take a walk after a rain shower and breathe in that fresh smell.

Remember, the Lover experiences as much of life as possible, with as many senses as possible.

Take up a hobby

Write a love letter or poem

Read a moving book which will inspire your imagination or passion.

Wide Sky Challenge:

What specific actions are you going to commit to perform daily prior to our next Wide Sky Meeting for your most challenged Archetype?  Do you need an accountability partner?

 

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*Credits to the book “King, Warrior, Magician and Lover” by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette and theartofmanliness.com.  Both resources are highly recommended for further reading and research.