Soul is the word that archetypal psychologists use to describe our embodied self.
Soul is the quality that develops in response to the experiences we encounter in real life.
Soul creates a path and is in turn created by it.
It develops not only as the result of right choices and good map reading but also makes mistakes, wrong turns and dead ends.
If spirit says. “let there be light”, then soul says, “let there be shadow”.
It could be said then that the Soul destroys the false dream of living an idealized life by shattering the illusion that the ideal is better than the real.
Soul embraces all aspects of the self – even its shadow aspects – allowing us to feel whole, despite the fact that we are not perfect.
In my research of Archetypes I’ve found psychologist James Hillman is probably the most passionate writer on the topic of the soul, he is the founder of archetypal psychology.
The following quote is the first paragraph of his book on The Soul’s Code: In search of Character and Calling (1996)
“There is more in a human life than our theories of it allow. Sooner or later something seems to call us onto a particular path. You may remember this “something” as a single moment in childhood when an urge out of nowhere, a fascination, a peculiar turn of events struck like a annunciation:
This is what I must do, this is what I’ve got to have. This is who I am (p.3).”
According to Hillman, soul attunes us to our calling in life, a calling shaped by our innate individuality or character.
Interesting to notice then, that Hillman, following Plato and Plotinus, believes that we are all called by life in some way, called to embody a “defining image and this form, or image, does not tolerate too much straying” (p.11)
“C.G. Jung” Were it not for the leaping and twinkling of the soul, man would rot away in his greatest passion, idleness.
“Poul Anderson” “We live with our archetypes, but we can live in them”
“Pip McKay- Archetype Academy®” Passion is born from the marriage of ideals in action. Combined with love, determination, persistence and courage, it becomes the soul’s calling…