A Healing Shift with My Emperor Archetype – from Controlling & Power-Grabbing to Wise & Benevolent
Healing is much like integration.
Really, the two go hand-in-hand.
Over the past week, I’ve had a big, huge healing with my inner Emperor – one of the six core power archetypes that we each have.
I didn’t know that I needed this healing.
Also, I didn’t know how deeply this unhealed relationship had impacted my entire life – that it was a huge, pervasive pattern. (The full extent only popped out completely this last week.)
And I can’t say that everything – every aspect – is completely healed. Probably not. Probably more to go; multiple layers.
But this is big.
So huge, that I’m breaking with what I planned to write to you – which dealt with healings and breakthroughs of a different form – to introduce this new one.
Before Healing – A Controlling Emperor Archetype
If you know me well (and many of you do), you’ll recognize that my attitude about men has not always been healthy.
Of course, this showed up in both my personal and professional life.
You may remember that I characterized the Emperor archetype in a not-too-kindly manner – the image that I selected to represent this archetype back less than a year ago was Ghengis Khan.
More to the point, I was wrestling with an oppressive inner Emperor – from Dethroning Your Emperor, written in March, 2013. (Even then, I was starting to shift – from dethroning to a more useful incorporation.)
More recently, I characterized my (and generally, our) inner Emperor as a resource-hog, in Is Your Emperor Ruling Your Life?.
Khan, like many other conquering Emperors, definitely embodied the Emperor archetype – but in a brutal and controlling and punitive sense. (Read a brief synopsis of Khan’s slaughter of the inhabitants of the Persian city Nishapur.) While his virtues of leadership, courage, organization were fabulous – as was his vision, focus, and tenacity – he was not a good or kind person. He’s reputed to have said, “It is not sufficient that I succeed – all others must fail.”
This is the dark side of our Emperor archetype.
After Healing – A Wise and Benevolent Emperor Archetype
The healing itself was preceded by several months of substantial attention to this area – no one big thing, but steadily clearing out the brushes.
I wrote about this in an earlier blog:
When we invoke our Emperor in a benevolent mode, he comes in as a rescuer. He brings not only structure and order, but strength and stability. He may bring some routine in to our lives …
When we do a higher level of life-integration, we call on our Emperor in a more powerful and comprehensive way.
When You’ve Betrayed Yourself and How to Recover, written October, 2013.
The healing itself took place within 24 hours. No one specific person “healed” me; there was no moment of divine intervention, but I knew – when I woke up the next morning – that my relationship with this whole archetype had shifted.
As I cast about inside my head for words to describe this new Emperor, the ones that seemed most appropriate were wise and benevolent.
Wise and benevolent, it seems, can be a success strategy. China’s Emperor Aixin-Juelo Xuanye (1654-1722) was known as Emperor Kangxi. His title means peace for all people and prosperity for all lands.