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Working with the Archetypal Energy of Endings—The Death Principle

If you are resisting change, and you would like to overcome that resistance, you may benefit from using shamanic and Jungian techniques for working with the archetype of death, also known as the death principle. The death principle is the force or energy of endings. By engaging with it, you may find you are able to make the changes you seek without being sabotaged by your unconscious desires and y...

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Stop Micromanaging People and Write a New Story Using Archetypal Energies

Once upon a time, there was a leader who couldn't stop micromanaging people. This story is familiar to all of us because it is archetypal. We have all been there! When the outcome matters a great deal, any of us can get caught in the trap of worrying too much and starting to micromanage others. We micromanage children and spouses, employees and coworkers, and those who have joined a team of peopl...

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Healing from Within

Therapy patients are more likely to have successful outcomes when they see therapy as a tool for self-healing. Good physicians will ask their patients about their habits of mind and body and guide them to heal themselves through better lifestyle choices. Still, many of us continue to look outside ourselves for healing. We don’t trust in our abilities to access the power or wisdom we need to cure...

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Regaining Your Confidence

Do you lose confidence after a loss or failure? If it’s a particularly big loss or failure, or part of a series, you may find it next to impossible to have faith in yourself afterward. Lost confidence can affect you for years and become embedded in your story as a recurring theme that seems to have a life of its own. Even if you try to hide your insecurity, others may pick up on it easily becaus...

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My Story: Archetypal Themes, Plot Twists, and Becoming the Storyteller

Like many stories, my story has archetypal themes and plot twists that led me to my current story. When I was growing up, the steel industry seemed to define my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My father worked in production planning and later, marketing, for U.S. Steel. As a teenager, I followed in his footsteps, taking various summer jobs in the plants. The practical side of me was prepari...

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