Meditations: The Archetypes

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The Kundalini Yoga Mind Model

Before exploring the Archetype Meditations of the Kundalini Yoga Mind Model, please read this previous post providing you with some basics about the Model.

The Archetypes

To deepen and enrich our experience of meditation and explore and develop the capacities of our mind and psyche, we start a series of meditations devised within the Kundalini Yoga Mind model. These meditations are designed to balance the aspects (archetypes), projections and facets of the mind as derived from a triple application model starting from the three primal qualities (gunas) on the Universal Mind. The model is somewhat related to that of creation described in the Sankya philosophy, counting down elements from the subtle to the gross.

Within this model each archetype (aspect) has 3 projections derived by application of the 3 Personal Minds (also called Functional Minds) – negative, positive, neutral – upon the archetype. It basically describes what happens to a situation in the spirit of an archetype if you apply your negative, positive or neutral mind to it. As you can see, the naming and technicalities of this mind model might seem a bit intricate at times, but is great fun as soon as we bring theory and experience of practise together.

In this second series of nine classes each class will contain a short but vigorous set of preparatory exercises followed by a deep relaxation before engaging in an half-hour meditation designed to enhance and balance one of the archetypes. In a previous series we meditated for the Projections of all Archetypes. You can chose freely which series to do first and which second, and you can even devise your own sequence of meditations jumping back and forth between the two series. The sequence presented here is based on a numerology for the Archetypes.

1. The Archetype of the Preserver

Welcome to the next series of Mind Model Meditations: The Archetypes

Our first archetype will be the “Preserver,” where our Negative Personal Mind combines with Buddhi, the wise and discerning Impersonal Mind. This archetype is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the faith and the discipline that keeps us on the path through all arguments, emotions and commotions. It is the alertness towards every negative or positive impact that may sway us from our essential purpose and project. We defend the interest of our commitment by awareness, not by reaction.

This archetype brings us into balance between being a nag and wise-guy full of unsolicited advice and judgement, driven by far-fetched ideologies and conspiration theories on one hand, and acting too slow if our commitment or project is under threat, being too much influenced by strong emotions, temptations, and consideration about the future rather than the immediate present on the other hand.

We want to preserve the Dharma of carrying through our destiny, our mission, our primal impulse inspiration, our dream!

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2. The Archetype of the Campaigner

The archetype we meditate for today is called the “Campaigner,” a potent combination of Buddhi, the wise and discerning Impersonal Mind, and the Positive Personal Mind. The discerning wisdom provides the intuition to see essence beyond time and space, and the positive personal mind adds a quality of action, involvement and passion. Together they give us an expanded sense of life, the ability and motivation to join our own will with a greater purpose and to be of service to others in the discovery of meaning and healing. This archetype is strong in a Missionary, Priest, Shaman or Healer. The meditation for this archetype is the Laya Yoga meditation.

Laya Yoga meditation is a variation of the Long Ek Ong Kaar Meditation. It uses the same mantra with a similar process of raising Kundalini energy, just in a more rhythmic way. The key aspect of the technology is to use an odd rhythm, in this case three-and-a-half beats (but we do not have to count, it is easy to follow the flow of the rhythm intuitively with the music). The oddness of the rhythm helps to bypass the control of the ego, and the three-and-a-half beats correspond to the three-and-a-half coils of the Kundalini snake.

The term laya means dissolution and absorption of one thing in another, greater one. In this case it refers to the dissolution of the ego into the true identity, or the dissolution of conflict and obstacles into the flow of Divine Will, the will of the Supreme Consciousness, which is basically the same as the definition of term “yoga” in the sense of union. The term “laya” is also used to describe synchronicity in music, the union of song and dance, and the destruction and dissolution of the creation into the Supreme Consciousness at the end of a cycle.

This meditation brings soul and destiny present and supports us in serving a higher purpose with our actions. It makes us creative and focussed on our real priorities and helps us to sacrifice whatever is needed to accomplish them. It supports us in dissolving our attachments and distractions from the ordinary world which make us reactive as opposed to neutrally proactive. The usage of the mantra

Ek Ong Kaar – a
Sat Naam – a
Siri Wa – a
He Guru

together with inner muscle contractions (bandhas) opens inner doors to the subtle creative powers of sound.

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3. The Archetype of the Producer

We continue with a meditation for the archetype of the “Producer.”

The combination of Positive Personal Mind and Ahangkaar (Universal Mind via raja guna) generates the “Producer” archetype, our ability to enhance, extend, and utilize anything we encounter for the completion of effective action into creation. We are inspired by the vision of a project or product and naturally generate the necessary seriousness and focus for its realisation. It is our ability to bring things into sequences that lead to the desired consequences and organise resources to deliver the goal. The joy of intelligent effective action is all around you.

Our core alignment meditation is using a variation of the Gobinde Mukande mantra together with syllables “Har” and a repetitive hand movement centred to the third chakra. The full mantra goes like this:

Har Har Har Har Gobinde (= Sustainer)
Har Har Har Har Mukande (= Liberator)
Har Har Har Har Udaare (= Generous)
Har Har Har Har Apaare (= Infinite)
Har Har Har Har Hariang (= Destroyer)
Har Har Har Har Kariang (= Creator)
Har Har Har Har Nirnaame (= Nameless)
Har Har Har Har Akaame (= Desireless)

The Gobinde Mukande mantra is an ashtanga (eight-fold) mantra combining aspects of our innate, essential nature or soul, the Nature of the Divine, within and everywhere. You could write down or print the eight end words onto a paper and have it in front of you when starting the meditation, but you will also learn it quickly just by listening.

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4. The Archetype of the Defender

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The “Defender” archetype results from a union of “Manas,” the Universal Mind’s faculty to sense, record, store, act and react by way of tama guna, and the Negative Personal Mind. The strong negative influence in this (via negative personal mind and tama guna) makes this aspect in some ways similar to the negative personal mind. It is a practical, sequence-oriented mental pattern concerned with recognising and dealing with threats, dangers, errors and accidents that could impede security and success of our existence and endeavours. It comes up quickly with a measured course of action to defend and cover our initial commitment, alliance and purpose, and makes us enjoy the challenge on the way.

Our life can be out of balance when we are either over-protective, reactive, rigid and too critical towards others and ourselves on one hand, or if our survival instincts are under-developed, if we are gullible, inattentive to details and easy victims of situations or malevolent forces on the other hand.

Our archetype meditation aims to balance our natural, heathy ability to defend what we are, stand for and strive to manifest in the world. It releases subconscious blocks, especially around the issue of fear. It uses the mantra

Gobinde Mukande Udāre Apāre
Harīang Karīang Nirnāme Akāme

in a slow and steady monotonous chant. A translation could be

Sustainer Liberator Generous Infinite
Destroyer Creator Nameless Desireless

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5. The Archetype of the Teacher

Tonight, we meditate the archetype of the “Teacher,” a mind-set born out of crossing of the impersonal mind “Buddhi,” the wise and discerning aspect of the Universal Mind, with the Neutral Personal Mind, our mental capacity to process input from negative and positive minds, connect us with the bigger picture, the guidance of higher forces, and deliver through intuition and heart the best possible answer and action in any situation.

The Teacher archetype enables us to inspire others by living example. Our personal experience has matured into impersonal wisdom in action, with neutrality and non-attachment we are simultaneously in all our actions and not of them. We are a mirror to all other archetypes revealing true nature and what diverts from it. Awareness and intuition guide us in guiding and inspiring others with clarity, compassion and kindness. We act as an expression of Infinity for the benefit of everybody.

If the archetype is out of balance we can either be in a spiritual ego, attached to the gifts and abilities of the Teacher archetype, or in a tendency to misuse our position for personal advantage.

Our meditation is the Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, the great standard of transformation. It realigns the relation between inner and outer universe and gives the ego perspective on the Soul. Please read more about it here: Sodarshan Chakra Kriya

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6. The Archetype of the Strategist

Tonight, we explore the archetype of the “Strategist,” a mind-set resulting from a combination between Manas, the universal mind’s faculty to sense, record, store, act and react, and the Neutral Personal Mind, the part of our mental faculty that processes input from negative and positive minds and then connects us with the bigger picture, the guidance of higher forces, and delivers through intuition and heart the best possible answer and action in any situation.

The Strategist archetype is our ability to assess resources, conceptualise and construct them into complex sequences of actions, foreseeing results and consequences, and conceiving an informed decision to create strategy, pathways and workflow. Due to the influence of the Neutral Mind, we are able to be less self-conscious, create an impersonal agenda, and find it easy to make necessary sacrifices on the way.

If this archetype is working well in us, we see the meaning and connections between events, we see the hidden patterns and pathways, and we easily realise the priorities of resources to bring everything into a purposeful service of resonance and symphony.

Har Har Gobinde (= Sustainer)
Har Har Mukande (= Liberator)
Har Har Udaare (= Generous)
Har Har Apaare (= Infinite)
Har Har Hariang (= Destroyer)
Har Har Kariang (= Creator)
Har Har Nirnaame (= Nameless)
Har Har Akaame (= Desireless)

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7. The Archetype of the Artist

Tonight, we turn to the archetype of the “Artist,” which results from the application of Manas, the universal mind’s faculty to sense, record, store, act and react, on the Positive Personal Mind, which is the constructive, opportunity-seeking, risk-taking, action-oriented, pragmatic, flexible and imaginative aspect of our personal mental capacities.

The Artist archetype represents our need to find, explore, process, elaborate and express impressions and sensations of life and creativity in our personal, unique way. It is concerned with getting the right proportions, combinations, directions and nuances into a statement and vibration that is in deep resonance with our soul and moves, touches, inspires and elevates others. It likes to embrace diversity of opinions and is accompanied by curiosity, wonder and some impatience. Dedication and moderation are essential.

If the archetype is too weak we lack spontaneous joy and resort to daydreaming to make ourselves feel better. We are suspicious and overcautious with passions and stimulations from outside and inside. If too strong, we are easily bewitched and attracted by everything that seems special, we take unproportional risks and underestimate the impact of our present actions and explorations. If balanced, our life becomes a work of art.

Our meditation uses the mantra “Sa Ta Na Ma,” consisting of the five primal sounds (Panch Shabad), representing the colours of the painter, the notes of the musician, letters of the poet, the five elements

S – Air Element
T – Fire Element
N – Water Element
M – Earth Element
A – Ether Element (Space)

forming syllables, increasing complexity, representing

Sa – infinity, totality
Ta – birth, life, existence
Na – death, transformation
Ma – rebirth, resurrection

assembling in combination for the Seed Mantra, “Sat Naam,” respresenting in turn the completion of a cycle of action or creation, the heart lotus, the human being, child of the Divine.

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8. The Archetype of the Manager

Tonight we meet for the penultimate session of our Kundalini Mind Model Archetype cycle. In this episode we explore the “Manager” which represents our ability to find, mobilise and utilise resources for a greater purpose project dear to our heart and soul.

The archetype encompasses the ability to preserve balance under pressure and under the influence of others’ expectations, to set the right boundaries in all relationships, make everybody involved feel uniquely valued, belonging and challenged to give their best, to reduce conflict and maintain flexibility within the order of the best action sequence.

One challenge is the issue of good assessment, security and trust with regards to our resources and people involved. We neither want to be rigid and desperate for rules and securities to ensure results and meaning, nor do we want to feel overwhelmed, lose track, be ignored and end up low and overly self-critical.

We are looking for a path of natural, intuitive, co-creative order and for the wisdom, strength and courage to stick to the right priorities at any given time. We need the ability to delay our own pleasure and redirect impulses, and to embody and deliver a sense of vision, order, responsibility and confidence.

This archetype is a result of the application of “Ahangkaar,” the universal mind’s automatism to create boundaries, attachments and identifications on the Negative Personal Mind, the reactive-protective and eliminative capacity of our mental functions.

Our meditation tonight has two parts to it and uses the mantra “Har.”

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9. The Archetype of the Leader

We end this series of our Kundalini Mind Model meditation series with this session, dedicated to the archetype of the “Leader.” This archetype comes from an application of “Ahangkaar,” the Universal Mind’s ego-creating automatism of boundaries and identifications on the Neutral Personal Mind, the part of our mental faculty that connects us with the bigger picture and a higher guidance, and delivers through intuition and heart the best possible answer and action in any situation.

This archetype gives us a combination of critical assessment and responsibility for action and provides us with vision beyond the surface. It lets us act and interact with integrity and accuracy.

The Neutral Personal Mind helps us to evaluate manpower and resources for what they can and cannot do. Seeing beyond the surface gives us the ability to call on the talent and hidden potential of each person. This builds trust and loyalty when used with respect and with a focus that motivates everybody to reach a goal.

Passion applied in the right place at the right time can be inspirational, but if it is emotionally reactive the energy will not serve the goal but just stir people. Great leaders have a clear sense of the difference between the goals and projects to be served and their own self-interest and can navigate consciously and with integrity the motivations behind both.

When we become leaders of our selves, we inspire others by example.

Our meditation uses the mantra:

Ādes tisai ādes, Ād anīl anād anāhat, jug jug eko ves.

I bow to Him, I bow, The Primal One, the Pure One, without beginning, without end, throughout all ages, One form.

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Read More & Meditate More with me

For more inspirations about the Mind and how to get it into shape with meditation, please also read the following posts on my blog:

Resource: The Mind, Its Projections and Multiple Facets, Yogi Bhajan and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Kundalini Research Institute 1998, ISBN 0-9639991-6-8

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