Humans, believing themselves to be separate beings, begin collecting stories about themselves because they believe what others tell them they are and they believe the thoughts passing through the mind are personal thoughts.
All this collecting…of stories and beliefs establishes or develops illusory personas, egos, and archetypes animating the traits and propensities humans take themselves to be. Humans mistake personality traits to be specific to a “me” or a “you” when nothing specific, personal, or separate has ever appeared or existed. Yet another great reason to practice self-inquiry daily, even hourly, or each minute, when you first begin an inquiry practice.
Below are a few of the many thousands of archetypes and egos making up the illusory collective story of what humans take themselves to be. Use self inquiry to notice when these archetypes arise in the persona…and when you notice them, take them into inquiry and see what beliefs glue them together. This exercise really helped me to untangle and examine the egos and archetypes that formed the anita character.
Security: Pioneer, Protector, Warrior, Bully, Instigator
Resources: Entrepreneur, Banker, Broker
Information: Teacher, Student, Journalist, Neighbor, Reporter, Blogger, Scribe
Family: Parent, Child, Adolescent, Mother, Father, Sibling, Black Sheep
Self-expressing: Actor, Coach, Musician, Artist, Athlete, Fashionista, Girlfriend, Prince
Daily Routines: Servant, Craftsman, Worker, Addict, Perfectionist, Slave, Hedonist
Relating: Wife, Husband, Partner, Associate
Behind Closed Doors: Lover, Prostitute, Gigolo, Seductress, Surgeon, Shaman, Astrologer
Spirituality: Preacher, Philosopher, Sinner, Seeker, Guru, Saint, Politician, Judge
Career: Boss, Executive, Leader, Owner
Tribe: Friend, Peer, Innovator, Individualist, Hero
Death: Warden, Hermit, Grim Reaper, Healer, Mystic