There are many unique human archetypes that are used to control various societies that are unique to the culture and time. These archetypes are woven into stories and legends and their repackaging and relating over and over again serve to reinforce their power to control.
Anchoring Archetypes Throughout History
Various cultures have similar stories of mother and father gods, errant children who are chastised for their transgressions, gods who are greedy and demigods and humans that defy the gods at their peril.
They are not the way showers, but the controllers and they appear as warning signs along the way, powerfully embedded in the psyche from a young age through their recounting. They are meant to teach us a lesson or exhibit to us how we should be.
We tend to think of these archetypes as ancient and only applicable to history, but this is not the case. Almost every story or media presentation in popular culture interweaves these themes.
If the latest movie seems familiar, that is because it is and it has been told many times over the millennia.
How many times have we seen the hero fall?
How many times have we seen the mother who is martyr?
How many times have we seen the powerful overcome by the underdog?
This last one is interesting because generally one underdog overcomes the situation after many many underdogs are overpowered by the powerful. The point of the recounting of these stories is simply to say, it is possible, but not probable that an underdog could overcome power.
Evaluating the Control Mechanisms of Archetypes
As we move along the spiritual path and gain more perspective, we start to see these archetypes and the stories told around them as controlling mechanisms.
As we choose to walk our own paths, most begin to evaluate the origins of every single belief we hold and look deeply to see if it serves us as we move forward. Those items that do not serve our sovereignty and evolution are discarded and those that do serve are retained.
The result is generally an eclectic collection of wisdom that serves the being and allows them to fully embody their own unique self and walk their own empowered path during incarnation.
There is also a short cut available that takes a being through the deep dark woods of self-evaluation much faster, but taking that shortcut may simply lead a being right back to where they started.
As with all things in a free-will sovereign universe, the choice is ours.
It is my estimation that many do this in an effort to protect their tender hearts and avoid self judgment.
Judgment, of course, is a human construct meant to control us too, and when we finally realize that all on the path is perfect and there are no mistakes, we tend to take things more slowly and allow the shift to occur in its own sweet time.
In the early days of spiritual awakening, it is interesting that many may discard entire areas of belief wholesale without much evaluation, only to pick up similar beliefs in the next spiritual construct they embrace.
Some may reject organized spirituality all together, but still apply the same way of thinking to the world around them by focusing societally or geopolitically.
Those archetypes are still alive and well in the psyche of those who choose these types of paths, and they still have the ability to not so subtly control behavior.
The Savior and the Shepherd as Forms of Control
Two of the most pervasive archetypes threaded through religion and usurped by secular society are the Savior and the Shepherd.
In my estimation, they are two sides to the same coin and are generally interwoven throughout history to continue to anchor the false belief that we, as humans, are less than and generally need outside help to assist us at all times in our history and our lives.
The Savior tends to live more strongly in the secular world. The archetype is represented strongly in words like leader, president, chief, king and queen. Even sports teams have captains, which resonate strongly with the savior archetype.
The Savior. The Messiah is here, to well… save us. It is meant to free us. It is meant to lead us.
We are meant to follow them. We are meant to give all our power to them. We are meant to do everything they tell us to do so they can lead us to victory.
Here is the thing though. The Savior archetype has two main facets.
The Savior rises, and then the Savior is sacrificed.
In every single recounting of the Savior story, the savior is ultimately sacrificed, and generally, the Savior is sacrificed by some faction of the people he/she is meant to save.
How is that for irony? Give away your power to a leader, follow them to freedom, and then let’s kill them and take on all that guilt.
Over and over this is recounted, and the savior isn’t always a positive character for all involved. A savior can be applied to one culture or country and not another, and can also have aspects of both the savior and the shepherd, promising both freedom and protection. Think Gandhi, Moses, Jesus, FDR and yes, even Hitler, was seen as a savior as he rose to power.
Not everyone is going to be blanketed with love for a Savior, so its use as an archetype is pretty specific. It is generally used to lead a group or nation and invite them to give up their power and resources to align with a common goal.
The Shepherd, on the other hand, tends to be used in more of a religious context, and thus can cross cultural boundaries in a way that the Savior cannot.
The Shepherd tends to present as all knowing, all loving, all protective and kind to their flock. The Shepherd knows exactly how to lead the weak and the wayward back to the path of safety. Without the Shepherd, the flock is frightened and does not know what to do. They need the Shepherd in order to survive.
The Shepherd archetype also has two facets. The group is unsafe, and the Shepherd appears to lead them and protect them. The group tends to struggle against the leadership of the Shepherd or rebel against the rules, and then the Shepherd leaves and the group returns to chaos and danger.
The archetype anchors the same mental constructs utilizing different focal points. In the case of the Savior, the anchor is the power of the savior and eventual freedom of the followers. In the case of the Shepherd, the anchor is wisdom and kindness of the shepherd and the eventual protection and guidance of the flock.
It is interesting that the two interwoven end-goals related to these archetypes are diametrically opposed. One cannot have freedom and safety at the same time, for we release our need for safety in order to be free.
In both scenarios, the real goal is the remittance of power from the group to the one.
In both scenarios, the belief that another must lead is imperative.
In both scenarios, the group gives up their free will sovereign right to walk their own path in order to walk predetermined path that leads to a promised benefit.
In both scenarios, participants move away from the empowered path of mastery and towards the disempowered or enslaved path.
Archetypes, Power Centralization and Hierarchy
Both scenarios also strongly anchor the societal construct of hierarchy into the collective, which undermines the truth of sovereignty and equality that are markers of the new paradigm.
From my viewpoint, hierarchy is a human construct put in place to control us, and the need for a shepherd or savior archetype is an integral part of the structured hierarchy upon which most societies are built.
Our politicians and religious leaders represent the Savior aspect of this archetype, and our teachers and bosses represent the Shepherd aspect of this archetype. At every turn, we, as humans, are bathed in the steeped waters of this construct that seeks to take our power away in exchange for a perceived freedom or safety that would always be promised, but is never delivered.
The ultimate power of these archetypes wielded by those who would seek to control societies are their centralization. Power is given away from the beings involved to a centralized source that is promising something. It is an energy harvesting technique and vast amounts of personal energy and love flow from the beings into the construct.
The central focus can easily be removed and the construct falls apart, just as cutting the power line to a home renders all the electric appliances unusable.
If the movement surrounding the archetype becomes too powerful and is rendered a threat to the control mechanisms of a society it is easily taken out. A brief review of history illustrates just how many times this has occurred.
Decentralizing the Power
If, on the other hand, power is decentralized and retained individually, spread out like seeds and wells of life-giving water throughout a society, there is no way to nip it in the bud and the control mechanisms become a moot point.
I would also note the invasive application of the Savior and Shepherd archetype within the metaphysical community, and the intense drain it places on beings who have open hearts and wish to serve.
Archetypes and the New Spirituality
Much of the new spirituality is based on the same ancient constructs that allow an initiate to advance to a certain space on the game board and go no further.
These constructs replace the Savior with the Guru or the Teacher, and the student becomes entangled in a web that expects them to follow the Guru and become the Shepherd, or missionary, of the Savior to the un-enlightened masses.
The student must spread the word and support the guru at the same time. The student’s heart must bleed for the unawakened masses, who will know no peace until they follow the guru, or the master.
How many ways can tender hearts be tapped for their life blood and energy?
How many ways can hierarchy and judgment of others be repackaged and sold to beings who simply wish to be free and loving?
How many times must beings go through this boring and repetitive cycle until they circle back from this self-evaluation short cut and take the long road to self-evaluation and empowerment?
Sovereignty and Free Will Choice
Of course, in this free will universe everyone gets to choose. We are all beloved children of the Universe and we are supported in any path of exploration we decide to undertake. It is all perfect and we can choose the role of follower, savior, or shepherd ourselves and try them on for size.
We can also try on our sovereignty and feel what its like to be a divinely empowered human walking in mastery.
We are the ones we have been waiting for has echoed through history as well, just as everything you seek is within.
These empowered words are woven into time.
Wisdom and truth are always there. We simply need to choose as individuals to open our own eyes and hearts to see them.
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