Shrew U: The Faceless Being and Hidden Treasure
Archetypes of the Human Spirit (Story Analysis)
Archetype #10 – The Faceless Being
“Courage is the pure light of truth through which the Self must act”
An animated tree symbolizes the Hero, that part of your Self that is willing to leave the protection of the soul. If the soul is “immortal”, then to leave this immortality is a courageous act. There is risk in relying on your authentic Self and not your Ego as you confront your dragons. Notice that the animated tree also holds what appears to be a sword. This sword is your light of truth, and this truth points the way to hidden treasure.
- Are you the Hero of your metaphysical journey?
- Can this type of hero also be compared to what we call a prophet?
- What Prophets in human history exemplify this type of journey?
- Why do you think that you must let go of your Ego in order to take this journey?
Archetype #11 – Hidden Treasure
“Continue to seek the inner gifts that call you forward.”
Where the end of a rainbow meets a path there will be found a treasure of your making. Some say that this treasure is “God’s will”. God’s gift to humanity is the individual’s capacity to find meaning in his or her humanity…EPIPHANY!
It is up to each and every individual to take this metaphysical Hero Journey, a journey that exemplifies Love… Of yourself and of others.
Notice that beyond the rainbow the dragons appear as clouds. They are there to remind you that Ignorance and Insecurity can arise in you again. Also notice that these dragon clouds are playing with something circular that looks like the sun. This orb-like shape represents your wholeness, the many facets that complete your Self. This again is the Female Principle. How? The female symbolizes transformation because of the many transitions her physical body makes in her lifetime. These transitions are physiological while also requiring psychological courage, perseverance and humility…all conditions of the metaphysical Hero Journey.
- Can this metaphysical journey be taken more than one time? If so, how can it be used to conquer difficulties in every day life?
- Is this journey accessible to everyone? How might Prophets like Jesus, Budha, and Ghandi have shown us this path?
- What other stories or myths have you learned that use the archetypal images similar in this journey?
“Our greatest treasure is that which is hidden deep within our own unconscious, it is that dark unused part of our self that is in fact light that is unconscious of itself.” ~ Carl Jung
Conclusion by the Author…
It is my wish that this story will offer guidance to anyone in need of a new way to envision hope. I think that our usual models of religious teaching are too cumbersome at times. This model is easy to use by any individual. May it prove useful.