Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Archetype as a guiding template for humanity

Aiko said...
I have been looking at your google book preview. What do you mean by "the original man?"
October 16, 2007 1:03 PM

Aiko, your question is a very good one so I thought I would include it in a new post and new discussion of the role of archetypes in the development of our personal and collective consciousness.

In my play, Without a Word, the main character, Word, is described as the original man. Many writers have used the concept of "everyman" for their characters, but the original man is a little different. Word is the original man in the biblical sense, meaning he has functions and attributes that, together with the play's other characters, create the original man or the collective man or humanity as one. For instance, some bible scholars have theorized that the 12 apostles are each an attribute or archetype that together, create the Christ, or collective man. Here is an example: http://mollybroganenterprises.com/business%20form%20model.pdf

Throughout the play, Word articulates his process of integration as he becomes aware of his personal and collective archetypes, i.e., the other characters in the play. This is a process that we engage in throughout our lives, consciously or subconsciously. In microcosm, it is the fruition of an idea. In macrocosm, if we reach a point in our lives where we consciously understand self as other, and can feel the thread of connection in all of us, and hold that connection as sacred, we no longer need to hold the archetype in separation and can fully integrate.

By the end of the play, Word has integrated the other characters and owns his role as the original man. Every day I feel myself closer to this integration and every day marvel and how it effects the quality of my life. I can only imagine how wonderful the world can be when we are all consciously aware of the sacred nature of our relationships, including the relationship with self. I can feel it coming. I believe it will be brilliant.

Thanks for asking. If you have more questions, please feel free to post. We can recreate this play together. Molly Brogan

5 comments:

Fernando said...

Quão maravilhosa é essa grande escola da vida!
Sem as quatro paredes, somos alunos e mestres.

Aprendemos na infância que viver é descobrir e aprendemos na velhice que ainda temos muito para aprender.

Aprendemos na adolescência dolorosamente com os muros do não que toda liberdade tem o seu preço.

Aprendemos com a morte que a vida é valiosa e com as flores que a vida aqui não é eterna.

Aprendemos quando negamos e quando nos negam.
Quando estamos felizes ou quando o mundo desaba sobre nossa cabeça.

Aprendemos que somos fortes e que ser humilde não é aceitar a dor de cabeça baixa como uma fatalidade do destino, mas tirar dela todas as lições para um recomeço ainda melhor.

As alegrias nos ensinam que a vida vale a pena e as tristezas que os momentos felizes são tão preciosos quanto a água em momentos de sede.

As guerras nos ensinam o valor da paz, a fome o valor do pouco, as catástrofes o da solidariedade, as diferenças o da compreensão e da tolerância.

A solidão nos ensina a inestimável graça de se ter alguém do lado e as multidões que de vez em quando faz bem se estar consigo mesmo.

É quando perdemos que valorizamos o que temos.

Foi através do Calvário que Deus nos ensinou o amor e o valor do perdão.

Foi com suor e sangue que nos mostrou que não há um fim se o homem ainda crê que existe uma saída e que a vida, por mais dolorosa que seja, é apenas uma ponte entre o agora e a eternidade.

Quem crê nisso vive e viverá.

Letícia Thompson

Molly Brogan said...

Thank you, Fernando, for your comments. With my translation software, I can guess that you have offered a lovely poem in response. I thank you, and would be glad to discuss your ideas with you in English, should you care to comment again. You raise a good point. Can we learn without pain? The main character, Word, of my play, Without a Word does express his pain and passion as he strives for integration. When we are in grace, is pain left out of the process? I hope so. Molly

Linda said...

When I think of archetype, I think of finding the truth in something that brings me to spirit.

Pat said...

To me, archtype is something that is true for everyone, despite our differences.

Molly Brogan said...

I think that you are both onto something...when you are close to what it means to you, you can feel the truth of it in your heart. Thanks for the touch. Molly