by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC
The warrior archetype represents the most primitive and fundamental aspect of human nature. The warrior is the personification of the aggressive instinct. The warrior is driven by the need to protect the self and family unit from harm. The warrior is thought to be motivated by the desire to conquer identified enemies and to secure a place in the world. The warrior can often be viewed through the lens of other archetypes as a hero, a protector, and/or a provider.
The warrior as an archetype or symbolic persona represents, on a collective level, strength, courage, discipline and determination, and is often portrayed as being fearless and protective. The warrior is a champion, a fighter who has devoted themselves to mastering the art of war and conflict. Warriors are viewed as strong, courageous, and unafraid of danger or adversity. They are thought to be passionate about their cause and have a burning desire to succeed in promoting justice. Warriors are often depicted and understood to be highly disciplined and proud of their achievements.
The warrior archetype can be found in many different areas of life, from business to sports to war. People who resonate with the warrior archetype are often drawn to careers in law enforcement, the military, firefighting, and other dangerous or challenging fields. At times, the warrior can be viewed as a symbol of the dark side of human nature, including aggression, violence, and anger. But the warrior archetype is not just about fighting or defending; it’s also about being willing to stand up for what’s right, even when it’s difficult or unpopular.
The warrior archetype can be a powerful tool for self-awareness. If you can connect with your inner warrior, you can access your inner strengths and courage. You can also learn to deal with your fears and weaknesses head-on. The inner warrior is the part of us that allows us to face our fears, stand up for what we believe in, and fight for what we want. We all have an inner warrior archetype that we can access and learn from. When we understand and embrace our inner warrior, we can access a reservoir of power and strength that we didn't know was possible. We can learn to channel its power in productive ways and overcome the challenges we face in life. We can face our fears head-on, stand up for what's right, and overcome any obstacle that comes our way.
Art and writing journal prompts that can be used to explore and connect to our inner warriors:
“To keep my fire burning, I need…”
“When I imagine my inner warrior, I see…”
“Warrior energy means…”
“My inner warrior’s greatest weapon/strength is…”
“I feel empowered when…”
Take some time to write your responses to these questions and begin to develop a visual image of your archetypal warrior. Consider the backstory to your warrior. How did they develop their strengths, what enables them to persevere and what do they need to continue to grow and nurture their strengths.
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