Archetypes

One way to encapsulate the information in the Dimensional Mastery Model is to catalog it as a subset of archetypes which influenced our evolution which continue to influence how and what we perceive. Archetypes are characteristics of our dimensional envelope which concurrently exist both inside and outside of ourselves. Our behavior is dictated by the archetypal nature of reality and our choices are our attempt to navigate the archetypal landscape1. As life has evolved it has engaged with more complex archetypes, eventually leading to our experience of archetypal material which is deep and rich. Just as all life forms share the same genetic root, archetypes originate from emergent qualities and it is perhaps a good introduction to this subject to start with these qualities.

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visual representation of a strange attractor

Archetypes are foundationally mathematical in nature. It can just as easily be said that mathematics has archetypal structure. One example of this is the subject of Attractors from chaos theory. From Wikipedia: “In the mathematical field of dynamical systems, an attractor is a set of numerical values toward which a system tends to evolve, for a wide variety of starting conditions of the system. System values that get close enough to the attractor values remain close even if slightly disturbed.” [Read More]. An everyday example of how an attractor works is the way that water spirals down a drain. Minute differences in the way that water feels the pull of gravity because of the spherical, rotating nature of the earth attract the water into a spiral pattern which, if perturbed, quickly resumes.These same influences cause water to rotate in a drain in the other direction in the other hemisphere. You can see how strong the attractor is by trying to get water to rotate in the other direction. Archetypes are much more that attractors, although attractors describe their underlying function.

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Fibonacci sequence as expressed in Cauliflower.

One of the primary attractors is the Fibonacci sequence, which increase as the sum of the two prior numbers (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 etc) [Read More]. This sequence has been adopted by organisms at many developmental levels and can be observed across all realms of life. Another archetypal attractor is the equilateral triangle, which is the most efficient expression of two or three (tetrahedron) dimensional space. These attractors are often discussed in the context of Sacred Geometry, in which mathematics has a root, or archetypal influence on our experience [Read More]. Another attractor is the fractal nature of reality, in which the same mathematical relationships exist at many different scales in both organic and inorganic systems. Mathematical relationships seen in the structure of living tissue can be seen at the interface between land and sea at a scale of miles [Read more].

As stated in the beginning of this paper, archetypes are patterns which are simultaneously present both inside and outside of ourselves. This can be more accurately stated as archetypes describe the expression of living systems in the complex interactions of many attractors. Classic examples are the Jungian Archetypes of male and female, self and non-self. Another quality of archetypes is that they are experienced rather than known. With the exception of perhaps some of the Etheric archetypes, archetypes can be recognized and explored, but are too complex to be encapsulated within the framework of what we can know. It is likely that the best attitude with which one can enter into the exploration of archetype is as an innocent witness, for whom their journeys extend, but never complete their understanding. The almost irresistible temptation to understand what one is experiencing when exploring archetypes instantaneously pulls us back into our ordinary bubble of perception, which is confined to our thoughts. The Mantra when exploring archetypes is “Trust the Archetype”.

The Archetypes in the following sections start with some of the foundational archetypes embodied in living systems, with each new “realm” adding additional layers of complexity, which do not replace, but rather extend the underlying structure. The  “primitive” archetypes establish a framework within which more complex patterns find expression, and all realms are ever present and active in our experience, in the same way that the geometric line is contained within the geometric plane.

Point Archetypes
These archetypes are the foundational patterns organisms mastered.

Line Archetypes
These are archetypes associated with the emergence of organic movement.

Plane Archetypes
These archetypes are associated with animal mastery of earth’s surface and the emergence of mammals.

Spatial Archetypes
These archetypes are associated with the lineage of our species

Etheric Archetypes
These archetypes are associated with the emergence of modern man and the synthetic artifact which he inhabits.

Astral Archetypes
These archetypes transcend the dimensional envelope.

1: For a comprehensive discussion of the nature of archetype I recommend Robin Robertson’s book: “Jungian Archetypes: Jung, Gödel and the History of Archetypes”