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Models of the Psyche - Mechanics of Transformation

The illustration portrays the difference between the ego-consciousness and the unconscious in terms of structure, attributes and relational capabilities.
The left hand path is the traditional term used for shamanic or gnostic approaches to domains of the unknown.

The major attributes are intuitive; creative; oneness tending; inward looking; chaos; cosmic agendas; transcendent trajectory; symbols and images; dormant until aroused; prone to volatile disruptive unbidden eruptions if ignored excessively.

The Right Hand Path is about culture; material agendas; names-form-action; habitual; conformity; diehard dominators; polarised winners and losers. It offers a psycho-social superstructure to organise large scale populations by, for without some governance scaffolding palaeolithic anarchy reigns free.

The effect of brain structure is also alluded to with the distinct areas of the brain to do with body maintenance and psycho-motor control; core instinctive patterns and logic and culture. There has been physical changes to the size and neuro-physiology with the sphenoid bone that forms the top of the spine and the bottom of the skull deflecting backwards 3 separate times. With dramatic size increases throughout the hominid species radiation it is at its physiological maximum in terms of operational elegance and the ability to escape the birth canal.

It shows the different languages of symbols and images need to be translated into language and logic, or the classic Greek Logos versus Eros paradox. It demonstrates the extent of the complexity in getting your brain to operate in a coherent manner, with so many clashing forces it is little wonder that entropy and fatigue are ones constant companions.

Jung never described his model of the psyche in a schematic but it can be gleaned from his works.

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Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth
A Model of the journey of the Psyche

This is the most common of this multi-stage heroes journey. This 17 stage version is a median derivative of other models having slightly less or more, but always the 3 core phases of Separation; Initiation; and Return. Stages are anticlockwise for some obscure reason.

1 Separation
In the initial phase a break from the humdrum of the known is necessary as the right hand path shallow end has no answers except those that have been proven not to work.

1.1 Call to Adventure
The hero is called in a mundane situation but some unbidden information leaking in acts as call to the unknown

1.2 Refusal of Call
Often the hero does not heed the call initially, this can be from fear, misguided notions of duty or obligation or a sense if inadequacy

1.3 Supernatural Aid
Once the hero has committed to the quest, no matter how vaguely a spirit guide will appear.

1.4 Crossing the First Threshold
This is the jump off point into the field of the unknown. From that point the known structures and limits of their mundane world are cast aside and the unknown is encompassed.

2 Initiation
The second phase is were the undoing of ones habitual addiction to shallow end of the pool merry-go-rounds. Far grander vistas and profound wisdom await those that shed their culture gridlocked world-view, though so does quite a deal of terror, particularly for the ego. This is why most regimes advocate not using the ego for decision making on the inner path but to take up a more soulful perspective.

2.1 Belly of the Whale
This is the abrupt separation from the known world or the habitual right hand path and metamorphosis starts.

2.2 Road of Trails
This is where the hard yards start with many trials and ordeals that must be endured. It is not unusual to fail at his test typically grouped in threes.

2.3 Meeting the Goddess
The hero meets a force of infinite compassion and benevolence. This is initially experienced as infantile rapture in the early stages of discovery.

2.4 Temptation
Here corporeal pleasures will be used as a diffusion mechanism by the negative forces that want to keep all souls in juvenile incarceration.

2.5 Atonement with the Father Archetype
This is a confrontation with the unconscious archetypes that are control your psyche through power of volatile affect and artificially ascribed authoritative certitude.

2.6 Apostasis
Dying to the polarised opposites is part of the wrenching away of the infantile ego from body-centric pleasures. Only once emotional attachment is transcended can elevated feelings arise in the soul.

2.7 The Ultimate Boon
This is where sufficient transformative hard yards have taken place and the vessel of the cultural mind has been dislodged and its authority re-calibrated.

2.8 Refusal of Return
Having experienced transcendental feeling states the summons to return is fanatically avoided.

3 Return
The journey home can be just as challenging as the start of the trek, particularly given anyone who has finally been released from the hominid incubator dreads returning to it. However the return marks the beginning of a new stage in anyone’s personal trajectory, with mainly selfless tasks of compassion towards those that are still incarcerated as opportunities for growth.

3.1 Magic Flight
Escape from bliss can be actually harder than the path in, as once transcendent states are experienced all else pales into a pig swill crap hole and the very thought or returning to mundane awareness is alarming and saddening.

3.2 Rescue from Without
The experience can be very draining and sometimes it needs a guide to re-establish your Consciousness Assemblage Coordinate. Without which a stint in the asylum is not far away.

3.3 Crossing the Return Threshold
Retaining the wisdom gained on the quest and integrating it back into mundane awareness is critical for a successful regrounding.

3.4 Master of the 2 Worlds
Achieving balance being inner and outer worlds is a rare and valuable aspiration.

3.5 Freedom to Live
Mastery leads to freedom from fear of death, which affords a freedom to live. This living in the almighty now rejects regretting the past and ruminating over the future

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Journey of the Psyche for War Veterans.

Using Apocalypse Now meets the Stations of the Cross this plots the obstacles for war vets returning to civilian life. With all the bad memories and domestic boredom offering constraints, but opportunities also, to understand the true nature of the human condition. Jung was very much about the antidote is the information locked in the darkness.

Much of Martin Sheens journey up the river to slay Kurtz is an allegory for facing the consequences of sustained violence on the soul. While anyone is in an active combat zone they bury the horrors forced upon them to stay sane. But when the party is over the reckoning comes, usually in the forms of unbidden and uncontrollable enraged archetypes of suffering.

The secret to making a successful transformation is not denying the horror of war but understanding its impact upon ones own psyche. Then a natural process of assimilation occurs and the volatile voices no longer haunt one. In fact in traditional tribal societies this person typically becomes the expert in that subject, as the personal suffering is the best qualifications

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Shamanic Pilgrims Adventure Schematic
A Model of the journey of the Psyche

Starting at the top left hand corner and proceeding clockwise the section are explained.

As with all psychological evolving methodologies the starting point is angst or disillusion, even the Bhagavad Gita first chapter is the Yoga of despair. The more the voices of the unconscious haunt anyone the more they are driven to resolve the separation from felt human experience. Sadly modern societies reaction is to numb it out with the cult of the ego opiates and tinsel materialism. But many of the intuitive introvert personality types are not satisfied with such a pointless tepid world view and seek the substantive meaning to the grander questions the cosmos poses.

The next section is the seeking alternatives phase. Today this is easier than ever with the internet a rich source of diverse, however is does vary wildly in the scientific plausibility of differing human systems. Before making any choice of alternative healing paradigms it is important to research the credibility, value and risks of each offering and place them within an historical context. Humans have stumbled into many dead-end alleys during their brief reign on the planet and it is wise to leverage these historical experiential information sources to reduce the unproductive sub-optimal deviations from ones trajectory to personal mastery.

After selecting a Shamanic Pilgrimage then the preparation is important, as whilst the travelling epic is nothing like the 2 years and 50% death rate of the crusades, it is still important to see the travelling as stepping out of ones habitual life. At this point there are many practical logistical and foreign lands issues to be thought through and the very real personal risks are not to be ignored. Health, safety, financial and even extraction options should be part of your plans.

Archetypal Symbology Integration is the clinical protocol wrapper around the Shamanic encounter. ASIT does not pretend to be a Jungian Shaman hybrid, it is rigorous science encasing the archaic shamanic encounter to provide a risk reduction framework. Phase 1 is the encounter preparation. Like anything with the psyche how elegantly you plan to engage with the unruly forces of the unconscious determines how the encounter is shaped and how much you get out of it. What you bring back is far more important than where you go.

The next 5 phases are taken from Donald Sandners Navajo Indian shamanic life cycle. The cycle is Preparation/purification – Presentation/Evocation – Identification – Transformation – Release

This is then followed by the de-briefing Jungian based analysis of the sensate material released during the 5 shamanic phases. This stage also is the preparation for the next encounter as it refines the material emanating from the unconscious and this shapes the ongoing interaction with the unruly forces of the unknown. This is cycled until the end of the pilgrimage.

Going home is about strategies for embedding and resilience when back at home. It is easy to be chilled out in the jungle, the forest itself is a calming force, but not so urban environments that are riddled with toxic structural biases that are deliberately antagonistic to the subtle and delicate practice soul evolvement.

Archetypal Symbology Integration Framework © has 4 main philosophical tenets:

1. The Pilgrimage aspect has been with us since upper Palaeolithic times and is a core healing paradigm. Making an epic journey with the purpose of seeking redemption is a long-practiced way to focus hopes.

2. The Jungle offers an escape from the pressures of structural reinforcement of trauma habits. By its nature it is healing, particularly for a troubled mind. Most traditional healing systems are located in the natural countryside and not in concrete and asphalt.

3. The Shamanic Encounter is the dislodging factor that you cannot find in the typical western context. It will allow you to engage with alternative and superior trauma-resolving processes. However, it is a wild ride that needs solid re-grounding in order to avoid gross misinterpretations and exacerbating current mental issues.

4. ASIF© in pre- and post-ceremony therapy sessions will involve both intention setting and de-briefing processes. The subsequent loosing up of stuck trauma memories of participants create a unique opportunity for profound therapy that goes well beyond the capacity of clumsy conventional psychological or psychiatric techniques.

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World Mythology Map

The global array of archetypes expressed across cultures and time

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