Archetype: the King

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What do Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson, Aragon from Lord of the Rings, and Simba all have in common? More than just a flair for the dramatic, in their own right, these figures are perfect representations of the archetype of the King.

 

When we think of this figure, often we associate it with images of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. We think of royalty, governance, and order. Really though, this figure represents a process - the movement into becoming a sovereign being. To fully comprehend what this means, let's look at another figure in this process of becoming.

 

If the King is a figure of Masculine maturity then the Knight is one of adventure. In this stage of the process, men are classified by their relationship to their quest. Ever and always focused upon action, men define themselves by circumstances outside of their self. What is my career? How much do I make? What have I created for myself and others? These questions become the point of focus for the Knight, as he continues to follow orders that have been left for him. The question to ask is where do these directives come from and originate?

 

This is where the King and the wisdom of this figure comes into play. We are often born into a pre-existing system of being. As children we learn from our parents, family and those closest to us. As such we develop biases and program on what is important and how to define ourselves in relationship to the world around us.

The King asks us to switch our focus. Rather than looking outside of ourselves, how do we connect to our inner truth then allowing the world outside ourselves to recalibrate to us. Put simply we enter into a stage of maturity where we live in accordance with our Essence rather than our Ego.

 

This process is disruptive. It challenges us at the very core of who we have held ourselves to be, to rewrite our personal narrative in our own voice. You see, we've spent so much time attempting to live by another's standard (Knight) that we have no true concept of who we actually are.

So when the King does all upon you, be ready to shift yourself in new and powerful ways. Only then can you true accept the wisdom of the King within.