The Child Archetypes: Variations of Your Inner Child

The Child Archetypes: Variations of Your Inner Child

The Child archetype is the marrying of the two fundamental principals in the universe – The Masculine and the Feminine. In its original state it represents our whole, unfragmented self before the world gets ahold of us. It is rare to meet someone who doesn’t have inner child work to do, but doing so helps us to understand where our blindspots might be, our biases and the lens from which we see the world. In this article, we will explore the variations of the Child archetype, how they are expressed in both the light and the shadow aspects and questions you can ask yourself to hone in on which variation is dominant within your psyche.

The Four Primary Archetypes

Archetypes represent universal fundamental patterns of human behavior and consciousness that influence our thoughts, emotions, and actions. According to Caroline Myss, there are four primary archetypes in every person’s psyche. They are the Victim, Prostitute, Saboteur and the Child. Myss suggests that understanding and integrating these archetypes can lead to greater self-awareness and helps us to better navigate our emotional landscapes and achieve a more integrated and authentic self.

The Victim Archetype represents the perception that we are powerless and at the mercy of external forces. This perception of ourselves and our circumstances often leads to feelings of self-pity and a view of an unfair and unjust world. 

The Prostitute Archetype symbolizes the compromising of our integrity, values, or talents for personal gain or security. Often creating an untenable friction between our values and our actions and ceding the former in favor of monetary or other perceived gain. 

The Saboteur Archetype embodies self-destructive tendencies that hinder personal growth and fulfillment. This archetype often shows up as we face our fear of success or change leading to  undermining behaviors that derail our progress. 

The Child Archetype reflects our primal need for growth and is embodied in our innocence, vulnerability, and the capacity for wonder. Unlike the other 3 primary archetypes, there are different expressions of the Child. Understanding each of them can help us to meet the needs and heal our inner child. 

What is Shadow Work?

The Shadow & The Light

An archetype isn’t inherently good or bad. They have dual aspects: the shadow and the light. These aspects represent the spectrum of potential within each archetype, reflecting both positive and negative expressions of their traits and qualities.

The shadow aspect of an archetype encompasses its more unconscious or destructive tendencies. It represents the aspects of the archetype that are hidden from our conscious awareness. Conversely, the light aspect of an archetype encompasses its positive, constructive, and conscious expressions. It represents the archetype’s virtues, strengths, and potential for growth and transformation. 

For instance, while some might think the prostitute is always operating from the shadow, negotiating her integrity for monetary gain, it also has the light side. It teaches us to recognize when we are being taken advantage of and teaches us about redefining our self worth. Understanding both the shadow and light aspects of archetypes is crucial for achieving balance and integration. It helps us to uncover hidden potentials and develop a more authentic expression of Self. 

Types of Child Archetypes

There are several variations of the Child archetype, many of which are present in varying degrees in all of us. Though one expression is usually dominant based on the qualities of our primary relationships. Understanding which variation that is can help us understand and guide our decisions, and alert us to what needs to be healed within. 

  1. The Divine Child: This variation symbolizes potential, purity, and innocence. It is closely related to the Magical Child but is unique in its sense of mission. The Divine Child wants to help humanity redeem itself. It represents the beginning of life, untouched by societal conditioning or personal history. The Divine Child archetype feels an extraordinary connection to the Divine and has a wisdom beyond their years. The shadow aspect can manifest as one’s inability to ward off negative influences due to things like naivety or being overly trusting. 

Questions: As a child did you feel like you were meant for something, like you have a mission in this lifetime? Do/Did people comment that you are wise beyond your years? Do you trust in the Divine Process? 

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  1. The Eternal Child: This aspect symbolizes renewal, a beginner’s mind and creative energy.  It embodies the qualities of youthfulness, playfulness, and a sense of wonder. The Eternal Child is not bound by conventional rules and seeks to remain young in mind, body and spirit. The shadow of this variation suffers from Peter Pan syndrome, never wanting to grow up, be accountable and relies on others for their security. 

Questions: As a child, did you follow your own rules, walk to the beat of your own drum? What do you think of aging? What makes you feel old? Do you have a hard time as an adult being accountable for your actions?

  1. The Orphan Child: This variation, often depicted in fairytales, symbolizes a sense of being disconnected and abandoned by one’s family or tribe. The light side of the Orphan Child archetype learns independence and has the ability to take care of their own needs. The shadow side can manifest as never shaking the feeling that you are alone in the world. Feelings of abandonment and/or neglect and never learning to trust someone or being too trusting just so as not to feel alone. 

Questions: Do you have a sense of belonging to a family or group that you can count on? When do you feel most alone, what makes you feel that way? Do you trust yourself to be able to handle most situations? (Why or why not)

  1. The Wounded Child: This variation represents the unresolved emotional wounds, trauma, pain that we carry from childhood into adulthood. The Wounded Child archetype seeks healing and integration of the fragmented self to achieve wholeness and emotional maturity. The light aspect of this archetype has deepened their compassion and capacity for forgiveness through their own healing journey. And is able to see from other’s perspectives. The shadow side of this archetype is seen when people are overly committed to their wounds and resist moving on. Choosing instead to stay stuck in their trauma and repeat their story of trauma over and over. 

Questions: Do you see the world through your wounding? How much of your experience is expressed through the language of trauma? Are you able to witness other people’s wounding with compassion and not make it personal? Are you hyper sensitive to criticism? 

  1. The Magical Child: This archetype can see the sacredness all around them. Optimistic to their core, they believe in the power of the Infinite. The light aspect represents the presence of wonder, imagination, and a belief in the extraordinary. The shadow side of the Magical Child can show up as pessimism, depression and disbelief in miracles and transformation. 

Questions: Can you usually see the silver lining? Have you lost sight of the infinite? Having explored the infinite (non duality) did it leave you with a sense that nothing really matters? Does the state of the world leave you depressed and despondent – When will they wake up?

  1. The Nature Child: This variation symbolizes an inherent connection to the natural word and a sense of harmony with nature. This archetype has a special bond with animals, plants, and the elements. The shadow aspect of this archetype can manifest as dominion over nature and the desire to dominate/control the environment. 

Questions: Do you have a strong connection with animals? Do you feel a strong sense of stewardship for the environment? Are you overly materialistic and wasteful? 

We all possess a version of the Child Archetype. Understanding which one is the dominant expression in our psyche can help us to heal our wounds and navigate difficult decisions. I heard an expression the other day, to love is to wound. None of us grow up unscathed. So understanding the varying expressions of the Child archetype assists us in knowing how we go about healing the wounds that we incurred and assists us in living a more integrated and meaningful existence as adults.

The Artistry of Being: The Relationship Between Spirituality and Creativity

The Artistry of Being: The Relationship Between Spirituality and Creativity

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We are creative beings that create with every breath of our existence. Too often people tell me they aren’t creative, conflating the words creative and artistic. But spirituality and creativity are inextricably linked. Every thought, emotion, and action is imbued with creative life force. When consciously and intentionally woven together we have a profound tool (and way of being) to expand our consciousness, heal our wounds, and express the deepest part of ourselves. Because of this creativity is an integral part of our spiritual growth and development. 

The Relationship between Creativity & Spirituality

The connection between spirituality and creativity is symbiotic—a dynamic interplay between the inner and outer realms of human experience. If we define spirituality as an exploration of what is meaningful and that meaning is derived from something larger than ourselves. Then creativity is a way to explore that meaning. But not to just explore it, embody it. Play with it, express and experience it. 

 At its core, creativity is a manifestation of consciousness’ innate desire to express and know itself. Artists, writers, musicians, and creators of all types often speak of being inspired by a muse—compelling them to channel their thoughts, emotions, and inspirations into tangible forms. But this creative impulse doesn’t just beckon ‘artists’ in the traditional sense. It calls to all of us, in every moment. And in fact, we use it’s creative power in every decision and action we take.

What would happen if we harnessed it more intentionally? Or looked at creativity more as a way of being rather than just an artistic pursuit?

Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.

~ Julia Cameron

 

Transcendence, Transformation & Transmutation

The prefix ‘trans’ means to move beyond, across or go through. Creativity is the bridge that can take us from one place to another. It allows us to break free from the constraints of ordinary perception, shift our energy and awareness allowing us to explore and envision new possibilities and move through difficult emotions and challenges. 

Creativity can be seen as a way to tap into our collective consciousness, channeling ideas, and inspiration from a source beyond the individual self. In this sacred dance of creation, we discover the depths of our own beings and the boundless expanse of the universe itself. This entanglement with unity allows us to transcend the limitations of the ego and tap into a deeper, more profound understanding of reality.

Creativity as Soul Language

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a window into our soul? Or to understand what lies below the surface of our conscious mind? Too often spirituality is only an intellectual pursuit. We read and learn from ancient wisdom teachings and our current thought leaders. But a big part of our spiritual development should be experiential. 

Often we are unable to unlock and decipher what’s going on beneath our conscious awareness. Creativity gives us tools to explore and experience some deeper parts of ourselves. Speaking the language of our soul through colors, symbols and archetypes. Helping us to translate and express the abstraction, emotions, and intuitions that are often hard to verbalize.

Watch: Soul Langauge:How the Essence Speaks on The Golden Flower

 

Creativity and Healing

Healing is a multi-faceted and multi-dimensional process. Having worked with cancer survivors for over a decade, I learned that part of the process is finding meaning in your experience and finding ways to deal with difficult thoughts and emotions that arise. Creativity once again offers us the opportunity for both of these things. And not just as art therapy in the traditional sense. 

One of the most important lessons I learned from this time was to find beauty and gratitude wherever you can. The color of the flower, the sleeping cat in the stream of light on the floor, or a good hug from a close friend. To find the meaning and appreciation for these small moments is also a creative act. How we choose to engage in a moment, the way we choose to experience something or where we choose to put our attention is fundamentally creative. 

“Without the spiritual component, the artist works with a crucial disadvantage. The spiritual world provides a sense of wonder and a degree of open-mindedness not always found within the confines of science. The world of reason can be narrow and filled with dead ends, while a spiritual viewpoint is limitless and invites fantastic possibilities. The unseen world is boundless.”
Rick Rubin, The Creative Act: A Way of Being

 

Creativity as a State of Being

We have the opportunity for creative expression in what we wear, how we eat, and the words we choose. How we move, what we love, and the lens from which we see the world. Many ancient teachings talk about ‘the dream’ or ‘the story’ that we tell ourselves collectively or individually. All of these things are our creations. With every breath, there is a choice, and every choice is a creative act. Can you bring more color, sound, feel, imagination, and vision into the moment? Can you explore the world with new eyes, from new levels, without preconceived notions? Can you write a new story or dream a new dream?

The connection between creativity and spirituality offers opportunities for healing, growth, exploration, meaning, and overcoming obstacles. It allows us to cultivate a deeper sense of connection to ourselves and the world around us. In a perfect world, everyone would have one or many creative outlets in the more traditional sense. And they would also harness the power of choice as a creative act. In a world that begs us to create a new collective dream, developing our creative muscles is not only important for our own evolution but humanity’s as well. 

 

 

READY TO BRING MORE CREATIVITY INTO YOUR LIFE?

Join the hosts of The Golden Flower Podcast, Gemma & Angela for this free workshop as we connect to our intuitive insights through a mini-creative journey. No artistic experience is necessary.

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Workshop: Developing Intuition For Your Creative Journey

Workshop: Developing Intuition For Your Creative Journey

What is a Creative Journey?

A creative journey is the process of exploring, discovering, and expressing one’s oneself through creativity. It is a series of events or experiences that in some way disrupts a pattern or builds on something already there. 

It often involves experimentation, taking risks, facing our shadow, and learning from both successes and failures. A creative journey may also include periods of introspection, inspiration, collaboration with others, and continuous growth and evolution. It is deeply personal and is not just about what we make/create but how think, feel and live..and change…

It is about the process of exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression that unfolds along the way.

Join the hosts of The Golden Flower Podcast, Gemma & Angela for this free workshop as we connect to our intuitive insights through a mini-creative journey. No artistic experience is necessary.

Remember we are ALL creative and creators.

What to Expect:

  •  A guided meditation to open up and expand your intuitive centers
  • A short presentation on the value of creativity for self-discovery
  • A fun and easy creative exercise/tool to connect you to your inner landscape
  • As a group, we will share, distill, and integrate our insights

What to Bring:

  • No artistic skills necessary- just an openness and curiosity
  • A pen or pencil
  • Notepad or sketchbook

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A recording will be made available for those who register but are unable to attend live.

About the Presenters:

Gemma Kauffman
Intensely intuitive, introspective, former wild child Gemma credits her recent decade of ‘wrestling with complexity’ (aka abstract painting) for connecting her with her deepest desires and for making it through the initiation of maiden to mother. She loves deep conversation and pondering the mysteries of self-expression; which she experiences as a portal or cosmic mirror.

Since a spiritual awakening on a volcanic island, Gemma has been following the golden threads of art life and encouraging others to do the same. Future self? It used to be Kate Bush, cloudbusting on a hillside, cocooned in brightly painted silk- these days… tbc! A creative coach and meditation teacher, she enjoys family life, off-grid, in Portugal.

You can see Gemma’s paintings at:
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Angela Levesque
As a prolific wordsmith, transformational guide and digital wizard, Angela Levesque spends a lot of her time listening to the whispers of the Universe. Translating those whispers into stories, classes, art, insights, and meditations has been her life’s work.

She is a lover of problem-solving and thinking on her feet. And is always willing to dive off the cliff and learn how to fly on the way down if the creative force beckons. The latest incarnation of her life’s work can be found at chaosandlight.com or read her Substack at https://substack.com/@chaosandlight/

Andrew Martin on Sacred Geometry and Our Relationship to Reality

Andrew Martin on Sacred Geometry and Our Relationship to Reality

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In this special edition of the Chaos & Light Podcast, Andrew Martin co-hosts with Angela Levesque. Andrew and Angela both speak and write on subjects in spirituality, consciousness, and personal growth. They decided to come together every so often to dive deep into these subjects in a light and playful way. 

In this episode they discuss:

  • Our love of ‘perfect codes’ – What imprints are we putting out into the Universe?
  • How our doubt programming affects our intentions.
  • Our love of learning.
  • How sacred geometry interacts with our field and how it shapes our reality.
  • Being in conscious relationship with our environment.
  • Moving to the edge of our experience – Are there words for what I’m experiencing?
  • The elasticity of time.
  • How symbols carry information and speak to a level of self that doesn’t require language.
  • We are at a decision point – Are you ready to activate your Divine Authority?
  • Moving into the Third Way.
  • Unplugging from the collective/group story.

About the Co-Host

Andrew Martin is a highly attuned Energy Intuitive and Personal Transformation Guide. A series of transcendent and clairaudient experiences beginning in 1995 and climaxing in 2012, left him suddenly awakened and on an accelerated path of expansion and evolution.

His ability to take high-level, often abstract spiritual knowledge and make it practical and accessible is bringing revolutionary insight to the world. His humorous, compassionate, and down-to-earth approach assists people in creating powerful, lasting, changes. His work is the catalyst for life-altering shifts and transformation.

Links

Andrew Martin https://www.andrewmartin.energy

youtube.com/andrewmartinenergy

chaosandlight.com

Jacob Nordby on Self Love & Dealing with Uncertainty

Jacob Nordby on Self Love & Dealing with Uncertainty

How does uncertainty affect our creative capacity? Why do we become more narrow and rigid when things feel outside of our control? On this episode of the podcast, author Jacob Nordby and Angela Levesque touch on a variety of topics ranging from curiosity to creativity to self-love. Jacob shares a very personal story that illustrates our ability to find calm amidst a storm and how simply taking a moment to breathe can change everything.

Timestamp

Divine spectacle 2:20
Jacob Nordby 8:18
It’s Worth Your Time 1:12:05

Links

Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives

About the Guest

Jacob NordbyJacob Nordby is the author of The Divine Arsonist: A Tale of Awakening and Blessed Are the Weird – A Manifesto for Creatives. His words have been translated into many languages and shared around the world. He leads the Creative UnBootcamp course for students around the world and offers transformational group retreats and individual creative guidance sessions. His third book, The Creative Cure, is set to release by Hierophant Publishing on February 16, 2021, with a foreword by Julia Cameron. Meet him at www.jacobnordby.com