By Ruth Matinko-Wald
Diane Steinbrecher LCSW and Shannon Pernetti, are SE Portland residents at the top of their game. Both have over forty years of experience as psychotherapists, specializing in Archetypal Pattern Analysis.
They helped hundreds of clients over the years to heal and transform, and, as veterans in the field, they train and mentor other therapists through their organization, Archetypal Associates.
Their main passion is helping people resolve the effects of childhood traumas by shifting core patterns and archetypal alignments to realize their true Self. They have a new book that’s just been published this year.
The Treasure Within: An Archetypal Unfolding to Your Infinite Potential showcases how Archetypal Pattern Analysis builds on the work of giants such as Carl Jung, Erich Neumann, and Michael Conforti, and offers a roadmap to attaining one’s full potential, the “treasure within.”
According to the book, “Archetypal Pattern Analysis consists of identifying the original patterns underlying all form, images, and behavior – and then intervening and changing them..”
Archetypes are phenomena found worldwide, across all cultures. You can recognize an archetype as a pattern copied, repeated, or emulated this can include an object, statement, pattern in nature, or pattern of behavior.
Current popular culture portrays them as roles people play – such as the hero, trickster, magician, or sage. On a human level, they guide growth and development, providing an innate structure that has the capacity to shape a person’s life.
It is important to understand that archetypes exist outside time and space and that they have an unique essence that is expressed objectively.
For example, the trickster will always create a situation in which a trick or switch is contained, and the wise sage must stay a witness and counsel.
When an archetypal role is fulfilled generatively (positively), the fullness or essence of this particular archetype is felt. When the roles are not fulfilled or done in a nongenerative (negative) manner, the essence is not fulfilled and the archetype loses its ability to fulfill its best role. We notice this in movies when screenwriters have characters do something ‘out of character.’
Consider the archetype of mothering. A universal constant exists for what is needed to be a mother, whether in the human or animal kingdom.
The primary task is to care for what is young, needy, virtually helpless, and highly dependent. This archetypal mandate is so strong that we see many instances of cross-species mothering. Even species classified as a predator-prey relationship can fall under the power of the mothering archetype.
Yet, when an archetype is activated and brought into time and space, it has many possible facets and those facets can be generative or nongenerative.
Generative mothering comprises loving, nurturing, being protective, wise, and tender; providing a solid ‘container’ for growth and development; providing good nutrition, guidance, and encouragement; and mirroring preciousness.
On the other hand, a nongenerative mother is competitive, selfish, narcissistic, jealous, fearful, abusive, and so on. Depending on one’s experience of mothering, that person will be conditioned to a patterned expectation, an alignment toward the generative or nongenerative archetypal mother, and this will shape the person’s life for good or ill.
Archetypal developmental stages lie in potential for all humans. To be able to move forward into later stages of development, each person needs to clear and integrate unconscious early parts of his or her life when those conditioned patterns were first laid down during the early years.
We can do this through the exploration and re-alignment of particular archetype patterns that keep showing up.
Uncovering archetypes is like opening the door to a greater mystery beyond explanation and shows the powers that underlie all that we generally take for granted.
In The Treasure Within, Steinbrecher and Pernetti provide a map of how to listen to and act upon the psyche’s attempts to deal with what happened developmentally during the early stages so one can unfold to his or her potential.
This information is new to many people and can profoundly improve the health of body, mind, and spirit. Ultimately, the book spells out what it takes for anyone to thrive.
The Treasure Within is available online at Powells.com, and other online sites. The authors can be reached at ArchetypalAssociates@gmail.com.