In looking at patterns, we see an incarnation and expression of
archetypes and spirit within the internal and external world. The specific form and design of these patterns gives voice to the reality of these underlying shapers of experience.
From the moment a dancer steps onto the stage, to the lyrical musings of a poet, and even to our most intimate of relationships, we find these highly stylized, patterns in our life. Joseph Campbell allowed us to see that one’s life is an unfolding of a mythic tale, and that our behaviors, choices and desires are expressions of these eternal traditions. It is through the recognition of the patterns we live by that reveals the nature of our particular relationship to spirit, soul and psyche.
Virtually everyone can identify patterns in their own life, and in many instances, we have to admit to those which do not serve us well. There are patterns of abuse, of addictions, patterns of relationships where “somehow” we find our self with the same type of man or woman, engaging in the same activities time and time again. And- we need to question how it is that these patterns have the capacity and strength to eclipse individual will and discernment, thus capturing the individual and collective psyche.
James Hillman often spoke of the archetype which had us, and perhaps this captures the reality of our relationship to specific archetypal patterns which keep us in a “Groundhog” day reality, where we are caught in a seemingly endless cycle of repetitions. So while we acknowledge the presence of these patterns in our life, we rarely want to admit that they often govern our life and seem recalcitrant to change.
It is the power of these archetypal patterns to both move life in the direction of spirit and soul as well as taking us down such twisted turns as we see in these serial murders that has captured my for the past twenty five years, and remains the subject of much of my work as a Jungian Analyst, consultant and Screen Play
In each of these blogs and the accompanying radio shows we will address specific aspects of the expressions of patterns in the psyche, literature, film and within the collective, with our invited guests. Topics to be discussed include:
*Identifying the Patterns we live by
* Patterns of relationships
*Patterns of career
*Patterns of Creativity
*Patterns of Evil
*Patterns of Spiritual Renewal
*Patterns of Money
I am very excited about this work and look forward to you joining us on this journey into the world of understanding the patterns which shape our life.
Michael Conforti, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst, and is the founder and director of the Assisi Institute. Dr. Conforti's work has resulted not only in a training institute based on his discoveries, but also the development of a new
discipline, Archetypal Pattern Analysis.