48 The Warrior Archetype

Episode Forty-Eight: Beyond the Warrior Archetype

The Warrior Archetype is tremendously empowering.

It can aid us in overcoming obstacles, external and internal. It can be virtuous, noble, honorable, even sacred. But it is not the be-all and end-all of your life or mine.

What lies beyond the Warrior Archetype are the archetypes of the Mentor, the Teacher, the Father (or Mother), the King (or Queen), the Sage, and the Mystic.

Today, we’ll talk about building upon the noble foundation of the Warrior, as we evolve to higher and more inclusive expressions of ourselves.

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  1. Jim Gant on January 28, 2021 at 6:31 am

    1 COR 13:1-2

    • Joe on January 28, 2021 at 7:55 am

      Appreciate your brevity, Jim.

  2. Andrew+Lubin on January 28, 2021 at 7:59 am

    From Warrior to Mentor to Sage and perhaps beyond; it’s all about maturing. Thank you Steve, for making making it so clear!

  3. Brent MacKinnon on January 28, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Sparta is not a model for today. Please drop this violent archetype.

  4. Joe Jansen on January 28, 2021 at 9:21 am

    I’m with Andrew on this progression being related to maturation, to a degree. Some of the archetype shifts, you can fall into by accident. Whoops… now I’m a father (a role we then have to mature into after having arrived). Other archetypes, you have to pursue with intent, and sacrifice in order to embrace them. To become a mystic and a sage means giving up other things, leaving things or people behind.

    The thing that’s intriguing to me (which goes to the Keanu/Wick example of “playing roles”), is how so many of the experiences we have in these short lives involve “personas that we assume.” A suit of clothes we don in order to play a role. “I’m a vegan.” “I’m a gun guy.” “I’m a citizen of this country and not that one.” “I’m an artist.” “I’m a mountain man.”

    Thinking how in many dreams (for me, anyway), it’s possible to “see behind the curtain” and recognize that the dream is a stage production: “That was okay. Let’s run it again. Scene 4, Take 3., and…. ACTION!” We’re playing roles, actors on a stage.

    And lastly, how that little core of persona — the ego, the sense of “self” — can be quieted… through deep meditation or breathwork or with help from plant medicines. By whatever mechanism, that “default mode network” that seems to be a seat of ego is down-regulated, allowing us to perceive without boundaries. Maybe putting us in a place where we’re all of archetypes, all at the same time. I dunno… I’m just making stuff up here.

    • Brian Nelson on January 28, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      Nicely put Joe. Even if you’re making it up, I like where its going.

  5. Brian Nelson on January 28, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Sure is great to read others’ insights to Steven’s posts.

    This all seems coincidental-maybe serendipitous is more accurate-
    First, watch Warrior Archetype about being/growing into different archetypes, then listening to a fun book by John Scalzi called “Redshirts” (twofer sale at Audible this week). The story is about how the characters in this sci-fi book are real, and based on a tv show in 21st century. . In this book the ‘fictional’ characters come back 400+ years and meet the actors who are playing them on and the screenwriter who keeps killing off the actors with shoddy writing. It’s fun, but similar message.

    Then I’m listening to the Lex Fridman podcast with Matthew Johnson about Psychedelics, he’s one of the Docs at Johns Hopkins. Ego dissolution, connection, growth, ineffable experiences that many say they experience the Jungian Archetypes…

    Lastly, coming back to the site to read the wisdom of crowds. Maturation. Evolution. Growth.

    When Matt Johnson was describing some of the subjects’ reports of their guided psilocybin journeys one brought me to tears, and it was about how much they loved their family/friends.

    Jim Gant nails it simply with 1 COR 13: 1-2 …without Charity/Love…

    So much effort to get back to the place we were as infants.

    Maybe the Warrior Archetype gives us the fuel to ‘fight’ the real fight. There are no shortcuts. All of us are worth the effort. Love isn’t just a warm feeling, but an action verb. Both for ourselves, our ‘art’ (whatever that may be), and others. Half-assed effort/work is not loving. It is patronizing at best, and evil at worst.

    I’m getting hit with the same message from all corners today. Pay attention Nelson!

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