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Paul O'Brien

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Paul O'Brien is an author, spiritual counselor, founder of Tarot.com and the Divination Foundation. He is also the host of Pathways Radio, an interview program focused on personal and cultural transformation and author of the syndicated advice column, Paulo's Perspective, dedicated to coaching people on enlightened decision making.

The Amazing Power of Generosity

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In the early days of my Internet start-up (Tarot.com), I assumed the sovereign archetype and invented my own currency. I called it “Karma Coins” and it was a radical idea at the time — a way to give registered members a way to make small payments for do-it-yourself Tarot card readings, I-Ching readings and astrology reports — payments that would sometimes be too small for a credit card.

As our first year of Karma Coin operations was ending, I was inspired to give all of our 100,000 members (which grew to 10 million over the next few years) a New Year’s gift of 50 Karma Coins each. It was a gesture born of a generous impulse but also to see what would happen. I told our IT guy to deposit 50 Karma Coins into each account. On the side, I predicted to our small staff that revenues would take a hit for a few days as a result.

Boy, was I wrong! Instead of dropping, sales of Karma Coins almost immediately tripled! After that, I increased the company’s generous giving to our community. We started depositing KCs into members’ accounts on their birthdays, along with a ‘personal’ e-mail from me wishing a happy birthday and telling them about our gift for them.

We were experimenting with generosity as business practice, and it had a “Johnny Appleseed” effect. When we launched Karma Coins, Visionary Networks had few employees and was barely profitable. Some thought that giving things away might destroy our chances to grow and prosper. But this experiment was an example of listening to my intuition and a desire to do a good thing for our community, so I expanded the gift-giving in various creative ways.

Other CEOs have also understood the power of generosity. For example, you may recall recent news story about Dan Price, CEO of Seattle-based Gravity Payments, who pegged $70,000 as minimum wage at his company. He drastically reduced his own pay to balance this out. His rationale was that happy employees are loyal if they are treated generously and have a long-term stake in a business (granted, he held founder’s stock).

We all have an ability to think bigger. In my previous blog post on the Tragedy of the Commons, I referenced Charles Eisenstein’s book Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition. Eisenstein mentions the possibility of making gift-giving itself into a kind of currency – where “a magical synchronicity of wants and needs” can unfold. It’s a fascinating idea.

A coda about Karma Coins: sadly, the practice of giving them away faded after I sold the company and bean-counters took over. But what I had learned from gifting Karma Coins is that when generosity comes from the heart and is in alignment with the collective good, it rebounds to the good of the giver! Even small acts of generosity can grow you while contributing to the greater social good. Let’s challenge ourselves to do at least one generous act a day without expecting anything in return. Generosity is a gift to ourselves … let’s be good to ourselves often!

How Do You Like Your Day Job?

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Everyone always has a day job, even well-off folks who have a lot of time or someone like me who sold his business. While I am no longer an employee or an entrepreneur – and I enjoy more creative freedom than I used to – serving as Executive Director of my non-profit Divination Foundation is work. Writing books, like Great Decisions, Perfect Timing, is a lot of work. Paying bills and taxes is work, and managing one’s investments is serious work too.

Most people want more freedom, some room to move. You may not feel you have creative freedom within your current occupation. Even if you don’t have as much as you would like, you have cause to celebrate how much freedom you do have. Only 250 years ago you would have had no choice over many important things—including livelihood, where you lived or even whom you were married off to!

Throughout history, most of a person’s identity was predetermined by family and circumstance. There was little freedom (or privacy) at all. The American and French revolutions gave rise to democratic societies and, together with the Industrial Revolution, the rise of a middle class. Urbanization led to a decline of village customs like arranged marriages and, in general, greatly increased the number of occupational options that people were able to choose from.

Does this progress mean we will ever achieve the freedom to do absolutely anything we want, whenever we want? No. We can choose our trade, but even so, it’s the rare person who can make a living (mostly) doing something they passionately love. Nevertheless, we can still be grateful that we have so much more freedom than our ancestors and many of us have some choice of occupation according to how a job suits our nature and temperament.

In its twisted way, the 2008 financial crisis made it easier for people to appreciate their day job – because they were happy to have one at all! Many people who were laid off had a hard time finding employment, and were forced to reinvent themselves. In some cases this was a positive disruption, an opportunity to discover a new occupation that may be in better alignment with one’s sense of creative and personal freedom. Now that the job freeze seems to be thawing, more people are able to make adjustments to their job descriptions toward doing business that makes greater room for heart and spirit. And, with a more inclusive and empathic feminine style of leadership, we are changing the face of the workplace from the inside out.

Whatever occupation you find yourself in, the ultimate key is to find the meaning in the service (or products) you help provide, and see how it at least indirectly supports your personal development path – and possibly the evolution of your company – with the help of your own improved decision-making.

As long as you have a day job that is not harming anyone (including yourself), consider yourself fortunate. As you learn how to make better intuitive decisions that bring you into closer and closer alignment with your own highest values, bit-by-bit you’ll be guided to perceive whatever it is you do with a perspective that supports both personal satisfaction and advancement.

The Evolution of Your Mission

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What is a mission? For some, it is a singular sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. I think that’s partially correct. However, a mission is not the result of specific acts (or actions) we take. It has everything to do with evolving your consciousness and awakening your creative power. How many missions can a person have in one lifetime? Is it possible to think in terms of having a different one at each stage? Yes! I reject perfectionistic fantasies about one’s lifelong mission. I find that the “all-or-nothing” philosophy is self-defeating, and it is diametrically opposed to true strategic decision-making. Our ultimate mission is about being, not doing.

To help illustrate this point, think of your life as (broadly) divided into three stages. We arrive at several crossroads on our individual journeys; each stage offers different dilemmas, different priorities, and different strategic decisions that need to be made. We investigate these stages in my new book, Great Decisions, Perfect Timing. They are Self-Discovery; Building and Providing; and Giving Back. Let’s discuss each stage of life as I’ve come to understand them.

Self-Discovery

The mission in Stage One is self-discovery and the primary strategic decision is in answer to the question: “What shall I try next?” As a result of trial and error – which might include a fair amount of job-hopping and, in the social sphere, dating a lot of different people – we trip across one or two things that utterly fascinate us. It may take 20 years for the reasons to fully manifest – as it did in my career story – but your natural fascinations are important at this stage of life.

Building and Providing

The mission in Stage Two is to produce and provide – for yourself and perhaps a family. It is during this stage that we master skills and build a livelihood that will support us and others. My career in the software business, followed by becoming an inspired entrepreneur, exemplifies this stage for me. My only goal during this stage was to make a living doing something I found interesting, and ultimately creating products and services that fascinated me. The primary questions during this stage have to do with managing resources, teamwork, logistics, and making tactical decisions.

Giving Back

The mission is Stage Three is giving back. It is the patron stage, where you’re a mentor, sponsor, and/or you engage in philanthropic activities. You’re creating a legacy. In fact, at this stage, you should ask: “What is the most impactful legacy I can create starting right now?” In my case, after I had mastered valuable professional skills and eventually sold the business I built in Stage Two, I chose to create a non-profit entity: the Divination Foundation. The Divination Foundation has a mission to help people make profound decisions and take the risks that will grow them.

Ultimately, your mission is not a function of what you do or have done, but it is to be a self-actualized human being. Always remember … it’s about being!

What are the Synchronicities In Your Life?

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Hearing people’s synchronicity stories – and sharing my own – has been a fun offshoot of the launch of Great Decisions, Perfect Timing. One of my favorite visionary beliefs is that there are no accidents and everything happens for a reason; we can recognize amazing coincidences as meaningful – as synchronicities that we can intuitively perceive and actually use to improve our timing.

In the book, I noted, “living a synchronistic life involves cultivating acceptance and wonder while letting go of judgment and resistance to the way things appear.” Wonder is important to synchronicity, the perception that there are no accidents, and things happen for a reason. I’m sure you can think of a dozen instances where you felt there was an unseen intelligence involved in the way certain situations in your life have unfolded.

Richard Hopcke, the author of There Are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives, argues that synchronicity helps us bring a “symbolic attitude to our lives,” and I couldn’t agree more. Whenever you experience misfortune – and we all do – rather than blaming yourself or others, it is helpful to think of it as a new point of view on a larger pattern. You will also notice “little miracles” that occur in your life. For example, in the book, I relate an anecdote where I needed to buy a house to accommodate myself, my teenage son, my startup and a couple of employees. However (and many of you will relate to this), my credit score had taken a beating because I was a struggling entrepreneur and no longer a regularly-paid employee.

I located a house in Portland that was just right, but was immediately told that there had been dozens of other applicants ahead of me. After exchanging small talk with the owner (“so what do you do for a living?”), she was delighted to learn that I was the producer of the Synchronicity software for the Mac, that funny new ice cube-shaped computer she had purchased. This came as a shock, because in those days, Apple was not the juggernaut that it is now. She also told me that Synchronicity was the only software she herself had ever purchased. We both noted the remarkable synchronicity that had brought us together and she leased the house to me on the spot. A year later, she sold it to me and we ran the company out of there until we outgrew the space. To this day, I refer to that home as “the house synchronicity built.”

The previous owner of that house and I were both aware of the power of synchronicity. She could have shrugged off the coincidence, or I could have decided not to approach her at all because of my credit score. But we both listed to our intuitive antennae, which led to making the right move at the right time.

I’m sure you have similar stories to share, and I’d love to hear them. In Chapter 12 of Great Decisions, Perfect Timing, I include a link to our Synchronicity Forum, which contains amazing tales of synchronicity shared by readers of the book. Please share (anonymously if you wish) your own stories of synchronicity, and be inspired by others. (You can also email such stories to the Divination Foundation.) May we all learn to better appreciate the power of synchronicity!

Tragedy of the Commons (and the Common Good)

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In my new book Great Decisions, Perfect Timing, I explore how a “visionary decision” needs to take the collective good into careful consideration. A personal criterion of mine is that if anything is good for me, it also has to be good for everyone. Everything is interconnected. If something is not good for everyone, it can’t really be good for me.

Charles Eisenstein’s book Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition discusses our “Age of Separation” where we have lost our ties to nature and community. He also points out how we are moving into a new “Age of Interconnectedness.”

Science proves we are interconnected. If you doubt that, just consider climate change. Greenhouse gases (no matter which country they come from) affect the global climate, upsetting the balance of energy entering or leaving the planet. Burning fossil fuels (like coal or natural gas) for electricity is responsible for about 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions are actually affecting our weather, and their production is directly caused by unregulated industries.

Another unfortunate economic byproduct of unregulated capitalism is an unbalanced concentration of wealth among 1% of all people. According to the Pew Research Center, U.S. income inequality has been growing for decades, but it is now higher in the U.S. than it was before the stock market crash of 1929. (This level of income inequality was one of the catalysts that led to the Great Depression.) Income inequality is also endemic to the economies of many other countries around the world, from democracies like India to totalitarian regimes in China and Russia.

In Great Decisions, Perfect Timing, I write about “The Tragedy of the Commons,” an article by ecologist Garrett Hardin that was first published in 1968 in the journal Science. Hardin describes a village of herdsmen whose sheep share a common pasture for grazing. Short-term advantage occurs when any one herdsman adds animals to his herd, but the long-term effect of this kind of infectious behavior is the complete destruction of the pasture. As I write in my book, “win-lose” strategies always turn out to be “lose-lose.”

To the extent that people think they can insulate themselves from their neighbors (whether local or global), they are delusional. Those who play the zero-sum game of win-lose, and consumed with accumulation, are not “voting in their own best interests.” If a decision or action is not to the benefit of the greater good of all, it’s not really good for you. Why not? Because we are all connected!

So how do we align our personal good with the good of all? Eisenstein discusses a society that operates on a gift economy: “If you have more than you need, you give it to somebody who needs it…that’s where real social security comes from.” This is a powerful idea. I wrote in a previous article how the Divination Foundation is my “legacy non-profit”— my way to give back to the cultural commons. We all have the benefit of our wisdom, our attention, and our time. Even a kind word or gesture to a stranger is a way of giving back. We are all a part of this emerging Age of Interconnectedness.

Channeling Your Inner Sovereign

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No matter what you do, think of yourself as the Chief Executive (CEO) of your life. I am referring to that part of you that consciously makes all your strategic decisions. Hopefully a Visionary Decision Making practice is helping you make the right moves at the right time.

Archetypes play a critical role in Visionary Decision Making. If you’re new to the concept, a couple of chapters in Great Decisions, Perfect Timing, will help. Archetypes are “patterns of thought or image that are collectively inherited and universally available to us via the unconscious” mind. You can connect with archetypes whenever you need support; more specifically when you need to make an important decision.

The Sovereign is an archetypal persona central to Visionary Decision Making. This is your inner ruler who makes sure that his or her decisions support or protect all the members of your realm – everyone you take care of or manage. As a leader, you are called upon to exercise authority and allocate resources so that everyone you are responsible for, including yourself, will benefit. The primary qualities of the Sovereign are wisdom, compassion, and responsibility.

In history, there are many instances of benevolent rulers – men and women – who supported the collective good, sometimes with great sacrifice. The Buddha abdicated his entire throne – with pleasures abounding – to resolve the problem of human suffering. King Solomon was invited by God to choose any power he wanted. Rather than taking more power, he chose to become the Wise Ruler/Elder, and became renowned for his enlightened decision-making.

When you invoke or channel an archetype, you are drawing from a realm of limitless power, so don’t let it go to your head. Those who get greedy for power run the risk of turning into petty tyrants or manipulators. As noted in my blog post on the Tragedy of the Commons, tyrants hoard power and try to put themselves above the law. My book shows how to invoke archetypes in such a way that you are siphoning the generative aspects of these powerful energies to inform your conscious mind and improve your decision-making.

When I was an entrepreneurial employer, consciously connecting with the Sovereign archetype helped me better run my startup company – a small “kingdom” that eventually included thirty employees and millions of members. I made a conscious daily effort to invoke the calm power of the Sovereign. Every morning I would recite an invocation like this: “Today I call upon the powers that be to help me do a good job taking care of my people.” I took this role seriously; in fact, I once mortgaged my home (hardly a palace) to make sure I could pay my people on payday!

My Builder stage is over, but I make strategic decisions as the director of the Divination Foundation during this new Patron stage of life. There are several people involved with Divination Foundation, and part of my “job” is to make sure that they – as well as my extended family – have all the support they need.

Never forget that you are the CEO of your own life. Connecting with your inner Sovereign will help you make the right moves at the right time in the most generous way.

Intuitive Intelligence

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The subtitle of my new book, Great Decisions, Perfect Timing, is “Cultivating Intuitive Intelligence.” Accessing intuitive intelligence is the central component of the Visionary Decision Making process: after all, intuition stimulates the impetus to make a decisive move, do nothing at all, or run like hell. Its signal may take the form of a “gut feeling” or a “feeling in your bones,” based on perception associated with the right brain.

Humans have a “triune brain” that consists of the brain stem, the limbic brain, and the neocortex with its right and left hemispheres. Logical problem-solving derives from the left hemisphere, and intuition is a function of the right hemisphere. The two hemispheres are physically identical, but their contents are quite different. In the book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, neurobiologist Dr. Roger Sperry notes the two hemispheres are, “two separate realms of conscious awareness; two sensing, perceiving, thinking and remembering systems.” The physical structure of our brain can make it difficult to receive signals from the intuition. The barrage of all the sensory stimuli can be so overwhelming that we don’t perceive (or we misinterpret) the subtle signals from our intuition.

We rely on wireless signals in our smartphones, tablets, and laptops; it has become an indispensable technology. Yet few of us are aware of a delicate wireless connection between the right hemisphere of our brain and what I call the “Infinite Intelligence”—a realm of knowledge that Jung termed “the collective unconscious.” Our intuition is that sixth sense by which we can access this reservoir of knowledge, storing impressions and images in the right brain’s memory. We need the left hemisphere to translate the information that this wireless connection reveals into the form of thoughts, words, and ideas. Our logical, problem-solving brain contains the tools needed to understand intuitive sensations and allows us to formulate a decision to make a move.

But, as I mentioned above, all of the sensory “noise” we deal with every day makes it challenging to access our intuitive intelligence. In addition, fear and strong emotions can greatly interfere with the receptivity of our delicate wireless antenna.

One type of image particularly that helps the left side of the brain make sense of nonverbal impressions is an archetype. For example, one way for the logical mind to translate an intuitive message would be by an archetype showing up in your dreams. An example would be your inner King or Queen appearing in a dream to help you make an important decision that has been pressing upon you. A recurring dream with your inner Sovereign lets you know that a particular situation requires some decisive action.

Intuitive intelligence allows you to identify the risks in life that will grow you. Then, with a modicum of courage, you can commit to them by taking brave action. You will learn from all these risks, even if your ego should later label an outcome a “failure.” But before you have all your good options, you need to A) clear a pathway for signals that can be picked up by your intuitive antenna and B) execute a decision with good timing.

Great Decisions Begin a New Cycle

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Great Decisions, Perfect Timing, my new book, launches on February 19, and the date is more than just a meaningless coincidence. February 19 is the 2015 Chinese New Year, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar. Dating back to the 14th Century B.C.E. (many centuries before the western calendar was made up), the Chinese calendar is a lunar-solar calendar. Its New Year marks the beginning of the annual lunar cycle. This year February 18-19 is also a new moon – adding another auspicious dimension to this date for my book’s launch, because the phase of the new moon is reckoned to be the best time to start a new cycle.

It seemed a particularly fitting date to launch a book that will be a big part of my legacy and which deals with a cosmic sense of timing. And this is a book that—like my career—builds on and celebrates the legacy that the ancient Chinese sages left us—Taoism and the I Ching—an understanding of which has shaped my life.

In western society, however, the New Year celebration is not just a recognition of a new annual cycle and new beginnings, it’s also about making resolutions … the effort to proactively induce beneficial changes in one’s personal or professional life.

Unfortunately, typical New Year’s resolutions do not stick. Great Decisions, Perfect Timing discusses how my Visionary Decision Making process changes that by helping a person identify values, become more aware of cosmic timing signals and realize more intuitive insights by learning to facilitate them. VDM is a way to make and keep big changes that will not only outlast this year, but persist for many years to come—for as long as they support you.

You may remember that our last blog, the book’s inaugural blog post, discussed the idea of people in the last stage of life proactively creating legacies for descendants and future generations. Well, Chinese New Year has traditionally been the time to honor household and heavenly deities, including one’s ancestors. Perhaps this is the year that you add a bit to your own eventual legacy—by starting your memoir or creating a scrapbook of your parents and grandparents’ pictures.

This year, make some visionary resolutions that will enhance your life and support you on a more fulfilling path as you boldly execute them when the timing feels right. You can find out more about how the Visionary Decision Making process can help you do all this on Great Decisions, Perfect Timing’s Amazon page and on the book’s website.

P.S. On a side note, I have an upcoming trip to Beijing, China in October 2015 to speak at a conference of entrepreneurs and business leaders. I will be speaking about the book and visionary decision-making techniques—including the use of the I Ching, which most modern Chinese know nothing about. It’s ironic how a modern Visionary I Ching from America (my last book) can be an import from the West … and I’m so happy to be of service in this way (I hope they like it :-)!

My New Book—Why I Wrote Great Decisions, Perfect Timing

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My newest book, Great Decisions, Perfect Timing: Cultivating Intuitive Intelligence (coming out Feb. 19, 2015) is many things: an autobiography, a guide on how to improve decision-making and timing and some philosophy — rolled into one. Above all, its composition, which took four years, has been a labor of love.GDPT cover_3d

The book incorporates the subject matter of my two previous books — The Visionary I Ching and Divination: Sacred Tools — and tells the story of how I found right livelihood in developing an intersection between two major fascinations — the I Ching and interactive multimedia.

Great Decisions, Perfect Timing: Cultivating Intuitive Intelligence focuses on Visionary Decision Making, which involves making use of the Synchronicity Principle and archetypes, two revolutionary discoveries of the great psychologist, Carl Jung. This gives you a hint of what the book is about, but to understand why I wrote it, let me tell you a bit about the journey behind it.

If you browsed through spiritual or “New Age” bookstores in the 1980s or 1990s, you may have stumbled across a couple of CD-ROMs named the Oracle of Changes and Tarot Magic. I was their producer. After the Internet gained primacy, I created a web business that produced authentic, do-it-yourself I Ching, Tarot, numerology and astrology reports. I sold the company in 2007 and started the Divination Foundation, the non-profit that publishes my books and podcasts my interview show on iTunes and Divination.com. I consider my books, radio show and the non-profit itself as “legacy work” — my giving back to the cultural commons.

Legacy is a powerful concept. I recently interviewed Rick Weijo, author of Our Dreams for our Children: Creating Legacies that Inspire Each New Generation (you can listen to the interview at Divination.com). Rick noted that legacies can be consciously and proactively created. In fact, he argues that they should be created, that legacies need not be defined as what is left behind for descendants to sort out. Rick talks about “renewal” rather than retirement, and I totally resonate with his thinking. By interviewing Rick I became acutely aware of the fact that all of my current writing and interview work — none of which profit me personally — is a legacy project.

Great Decisions, Perfect Timing discusses three stages of life, which roughly correspond roughly to every 30 years. The first 30 years are naturally about discovering your fascinations (the student stage), the second stage is providing for yourself and others through achieving mastery in a livelihood (the builder stage), and the third stage is about recycling and passing on your wisdom and support (the patron stage). It is during Stage 3 that the idea of creating a legacy gains traction. And, not coincidentally, this new book’s beginnings were just after I had sold the business and my patron stage had begun.

Of course, many people in the world are not in a position to leave much of a financial or material inheritance (with seven children, my parents certainly weren’t). But leaving a legacy isn’t necessarily financial at all. In fact, it can be as simple as writing a “legacy letter” where you discuss family history for your children or grandchildren. It could be a poem or a memoir, or even be a series of videos telling stories and sharing bits of hard-won wisdom. Your wisdom and experiences can feed the next generation; more than anything material, your internal gifts are worth passing on.

Over the next several months, I plan to introduce topics of Great Decisions, Perfect Timing into this blog. The blog posts will follow the themes of the book. Here’s a teaser from the book’s table of contents:

  • Our current decision-making crisis
  • Learning about your own fascinations
  • The psychology of perfect timing
  • The resources of infinite intelligence
  • Your strategic vision
  • Intuitive intelligence
  • Invoking archetypes
  • Divination and the book of changes
  • Execution and perfect timing
  • Perseverance and mastery
  • Belief engineering
  • The synchronistic lifestyle

I hope you’ll join me on this voyage of lifelong self-discovery.

Great Decisions, Perfect Timing will be published on Chinese New Year, February 19. It is available for pre-order right now. Thanks for reading.

Channeling Archetypes for Creativity and Power

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Carl Jung’s work with archetypes was one of his groundbreaking contributions to psychology. He defined universal archetypes as psychic blueprints that lend form to how human beings perceive, interpret and respond to situations and relationships.

Archetypes are an energy resource that we can call upon to protect and inspire us on our path to individuation and wholeness. They reside in our “collective unconscious,” as Jung called it, from which they can be ‘downloaded’ to support personal development and lend powerful support for overcoming challenges.

We have all experienced how different we can feel just by changing our clothes. An archetype can be like a costume that we put on to embody the energy of a sage, trickster, maiden, eternal child – or even the gods, goddesses, demons and angels of mythology. By personalizing and taking on archetypal characters, it can be easier to resonate with divine powers that are mystical and essentially unknowable by the logical mind.

Praying to an all-powerful God is the most common form of invoking an archetype in Western society. The shortcoming of how we were taught to pray as children, however, is that it is usually a petition, often a begging for some sort of rescue. Now, it’s good to be humble, but prayers of petition can blur the line between humility and low self-esteem. An alternative form of invoking this archetypal energy would be to channel Creative Power, which is the archetype of the first hexagram of the I Ching.

The invoking of archetypes is a broader way of prayer that can engage various different powers on our behalf. From a practical point of view, it doesn’t matter how we conceive of the divine – as one God or many – but a channeling approach is psychologically very different than begging an all-powerful deity to do something for you. In this more empowering form that I call “invocative prayer,” we call upon archetypal energies to flow through us in order to help us grow into ourselves and follow our calling. We invoke the blessings of divine energy to help us rise to the occasion – through us not to us – inspiring and empowering us to make better decisions and do our best.

Invocative prayer is expressing an intention to the Universe and feeling grateful in advance as you welcome good results (there is a template for a Manifestation Treatment in the Resources section). Invoking archetypes can work for you no matter what your belief system.

When I was young, I was taught to say morning and evening prayers. Even now when I find myself going through changes, I return to a prayer ritual. Depending on what it is that I want to co-create, develop or preserve that day, I can call upon various archetypes in addition to Creative Power to help me stay more consciously connected to Infinite Intelligence throughout the day. In the evening, my prayer summons the healing power of dreams.

As much as I can, I try to live in connection to the Synchronicity Prayer: “May I notice synchronicities that arise during this day and pay attention to them. If I don’t understand their meaning, I trust it will be revealed in due course. In the meantime, I am grateful to notice the signal.”