Lessons from the Trickster Archetype, Part 8

Why can’t we just get along? This is a question that I have been working on in my new book, Divided: Five Colliding Worldviews and How to Navigate Them. I would like to share with you some ideas that I have been exploring.

Join me in learning about the trickster archetype in this series of blogs. The trickster is surfacing today in our uncertain times. What does the trickster represent and what can we learn from him?

1.1Beware of the Trickster

We are living in uncertain times. Our divisions seem to be intractable. It is a time for us to be attuned to strange occurrences and alert to messages from questionable leaders. Tricksters are most visible when people are in conflict and trauma, whether on an individual, national or local level. Now is such a time!

Lessons from the Trickster Archetype, Part 3

by Dr. Denise R. Ames

The trickster is a universal archetypal figure found through the history of humanity. Psychologist Carl Jung coined the term archetype and defined it as universal, archaic patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious.  The trickster is one of the most reoccurring of the many archetypes found across time.

Carl Jung

Carl Jung 

Symbolically, the trickster for better and worse surface surfaces at a particular moment in our history. It is at this moment of intense divisiveness and passionate anger that the trickster it is showing its archetypal energies.

Neither the right nor the left have all the answers in coming to grips with the shadow side of America. They both can add valuable insights to the conversation but it also requires listening from both sides, a skill has steadily declined over the last several decades. Perhaps the trickster is revealing a turning-point, an interim phase of chaos turning eventually into the new.

turning pointFrom a historical perspective, the Trickster is an agent of change, often when a society (global, national or organizational) has gone far in one direction and discontent has begun to accumulate.

He evokes our shadow side and while we may be horrified or entranced society is provoked into a shift. Often this is a paradigm shift. The Trickster – stupidly clever, maliciously reassuring, destructively progressive, and unconsciously rational – often emerging to channel subliminal forces unknowingly and thrust us into the future.New Picture

Trickster is the archetype whereby we explore how our appetites that sometimes lead to a new cultural order and sometimes to chaos. It does seem that an awakening is due and that it will probably be painful for us. Chaos looms in the moment. Over the long run, however, increased participation could be very good medicine for our democracy.

About the Author:

Dr. Denise R. Ames is a long-time educator, grade 7-university, author of seven books, and president of an educational non-profit, Center for Global Awareness, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. CGA provides books, resources, and services with a holistic, global- focused, and perspective-taking approach for their three programs: Global Awareness for Educators, books and resources for educators and students grade 9-university; Gather, Global Awareness Through Engaged Reflection, a self-organizing study and conversation program for adults focusing on seeing different perspectives of pressing global issues; and their most recent program Turn, Transformative Understanding and Reflection Network, which encourages lifelong and transformative learning to help us arrive at a place of personal and global well-being using a seven “path” approach.

About the Author:

Dr. Denise R. Ames is a long-time educator, grade 7-university, author of seven books, and president of an educational non-profit, Center for Global Awareness, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. CGA provides books, resources, and services with a holistic, global- focused, and perspective-taking approach for their three programs: Global Awareness for Educators, books and resources for educators and students grade 9-university; Gather, Global Awareness Through Engaged Reflection, a self-organizing study and conversation program for adults focusing on seeing different perspectives of pressing global issues; and

their most recent program Turn, Transformative Understanding and Reflection Network, which encourages lifelong and transformative learning to help us arrive at a place of personal and global well-being using a seven “path” approach.

wviewscoverPlease email info@global-awareness.org or visit www.global-awareness.org for more information.

For more about worldviews see Dr. Ames’ book Five Worldviews: How We See the World. $9.95

 

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