This article is excerpted from Triumph of Spirit Book Two: New and Old Energy Archetypes. This book explains archetypes, creation templates, and gives you the tools you need to remove mental limitations, reprogram your brain, and transform yourself and your world.
Greetings and welcome. The book that you have in your hand is a book of ideas. More specifically, it is a book of archetypes. What is an archetype? As noted in the SpiritWiki, an archetype is basically any conscious or unconscious idea that provides you with an answer to a Big Question. Big Questions are the ultimate questions of existence and cosmology. Big questions are spiritual questions of existence, purpose, place, and so on. Examples of big questions include, “Why am I here?”, “What is my purpose?”, and “What is the nature of God?”
You will understand the idea of an archetype perfectly if you consider a simple example. Almost everybody on this planet accepts the archetype of good versus evil. That is, on this planet just about everybody believes that some mystical force for good (sometimes literally called “the force”) and some magical power for evil (sometimes personified as Satan/Darth Vader, or other “dark” figures) exists in creation. Most people on this planet, atheists too, still believe that these mystical and magical forces fight each other in an eternal comic battle.
This notion that the universe is composed of dark/evil versus good/light forces is an archetype. It is an archetype because this idea of good versus evil provides an answer to a big question. The big question it answers is, “Why are we here?” The archetypal answer it provides is, to fight evil and be good.
As you can see, the collectively accepted notion that the universe is a universe of good and evil, light and dark, yin and yang, locked in some cosmic struggle is an archetype, and a very big one. In fact, this archetype of good and evil is reflected, in one way or another in all of our thinking. And that goes whether you are a “new ager” browsing the local bookstore or a scientist hived off in a hallowed hall somewhere. Freud’s evil little id, Jung’s negative shadow, Hegel’s dialectic, and Lucas’s light and dark reflect exactly the same good versus evil archetype, just depersonified and de-mystified to suit academic sensibilities.
An archetype is a big idea that provides an answer to a big question. But archetypes are more than just big ideas. Archetypes are also about thought control. That might sound a bit unreasonable, even conspiratorial and paranoid to some, but it is not meant to be. It is just the way it is. When we look at the world (and ourselves) we always invoke archetypes to understand! For example, when we see oppression and violence around us we invoke the good versus evil archetype to understand why. School shootings? Taliban oppression? American Imperialism? Monsanto greed? The fall of New York’s twin towers? When we think about these things we understand them to be outcomes of a comic battle between whatever version of light versus dark we have adopted.
When we ask questions like “Why do bad things happen?” or “Why do people do bad things?” or “Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?” The answer is inevitably provided by the archetypes we have absorbed. When we accept the answers provided by archetypes, the ideas we use to think are archetypal, and how we think is being controlled by these archetypes. Thus we can say, how we understand the world depends on the archetypes we use to see it, Thus, as you can see, archetypes are about thought control. Archetypes control how we think about the world.
If it makes you feel less conspiratorial, instead of saying “archetypes control our thoughts” we may say that archetypes organize our thinking. Whichever you choose, it is the same. Your thinking about the world is governed by the archetypes you have in your brain. To summarize what I have said so far, archetypes
- Provide big answers to the big questions that we all have and, in so doing,
- Help us organize our thinking about the world.
I have to say at this point, the fact that archetypes answer our big questions and organize our thinking is a very big deal indeed, and it is important you wrap your head around the idea. However, this is not all of it. In addition to giving us answers and controlling our thinking, archetypes, through our actions, help us create the world we live in.
Now, I understand that to some this might sound mystical, magical, and ungrounded, and it can be. We can certainly see the above as statements of mysticism and magic. Personally, I have issue with neither mysticism nor magic, but if that kind of thing makes you uncomfortable, you can understand the process whereby archetypes help us create the world in purely materialist terms.
It all comes down to the centrality of human thought and action in this world.
The world around you, the device in front of your face, the clothes on your back, the chair that you sit in, the house you live in, the building you work in, even the institutions (family, education, courts) that organize and control our life, were built by human hands. Take humans out of the picture and none of our devices, structures, and institutions would remain. Without human creation and ongoing human maintenance, Church, state, science, education, even the buildings we live in would crumble into dust. Blame God or Satan all you want. Cite divine providence or karmic churning if you like; but the reality is, we create the world we live in with our own human hands. Without human hands, there is no human world, period.
As much as it is important to be clear that the human world is built exclusively by human hands, it is even more important to understand that we humans create the world we live in according to the ideas/archetypes that we have in our head. Nothing gets created but that an idea has come along first. If you build a table, you have an idea of that table first. If you build a house, you have an idea of that house first. If you build an institution, like for example the Christian Church, you have ideas (like good versus evil) about human spirituality first. The institutional structure of the Christian church is founded on the notion of good and evil and the consequent need to shepherd the “good” people, the “chosen ones,” back to dear old dad. We have also built an entire psychology on the idea that deep within our psyche we have buried some energetic little “demon” of sex, instant gratification, and violence (i.e. Freud’s evil little Id) that is always trying to claw itself out. And it is not just the church and psychology. Schools, jails, corporations, etc, and the actions of our daily life are influenced by the archetypes we have in our brain. Archetypes drive our war industries and our entertainment industry. Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and just about every single thing that Marvel studios ever does, “except perhaps the child-trauma driven Jessica Jones.” is built up from what I would call Old Energy Archetypes.
To summarize what I have said so far, archetypes
Provide big answers to the big questions and in so doing,
Help us organize our thinking about the world and, through the actions of our daily existence,
Influence, even determine, how we create the world around us.
In addition to all that, the archetype we have in our head determine (in both practical and grounded, and mystical and magical ways) how we see ourselves, who we make ourselves up to be, and consequently what we are able to accomplish in the world. They do this for the same reasons and in the same way they help us create the world at large. They do it because they shape our ideas which in turn shape our thinking and, through that, organize our thoughts about ourselves, and the action we are likely to take.
Nowhere is all this more clearly than with what I call the “Fool in School” archetype. Those familiar with the Western Tarot will be familiar with this archetype. The Fool in School archetype, like all archetypes, answers a big question. In this case, the question is, “why am I here?” When we ask the question “Why am I here?” people almost always answer it in a spiritual way, saying we are here to “learn lessons” or “pay off karmic debt” or something like that. We are, in short, “fools in a cosmic school”
You can see this “fool in school” archetype represented bright as the noonday sun in the “modern” Western tarot deck, and in particular the Fool card. In the tarot deck, in that card, we clearly see the “cosmic fool” stepping off the cliffs on his way to his Earthly school. To tell the full story, this fool is jumping into a body (a “chariot”, another tarot card) and his body is going to carry him through a lifetime of divine or evolutionary lessons where he will, if he’s lucky, pass judgment (another old energy archetype) and graduate onto the next universal level. He is a “fool in school” and according to this pervasive “fool in school” archetype, so are you.
Of course, this fool in school archetype finds expression not only in the tarot. You find this idea in Western theology (you are ejected from the Garden and you have to win your way back in), Eastern theology (in order to reach Nirvana you have to learn lessons and clear any karmic debt you accumulate), and science (you’re an evolving ape moving towards higher levels of consciousness).
You also find it peppered everywhere in the art and culture of this society. You find it in movies, music, television, literature, news, and everywhere. This idea is so pervasive because that’s what we are taught as children, we believe it, and so we reproduce it in our art and work. I know I was taught it as a child. I spent enough time in Catholic Church to absorb the fool in school archetype. Even later when I rejected Catholicism, I found it again in New Age doctrine. When I rejected that, I found it in university where I was taught that the “worthy and strong” are the ones who pass nature’s tests and survive. The Fool in School archetype truly is everywhere.
If you adopt the fool in school archetype, your entire life will be governed by this archetype. If you adopt this archetype, your view of self will be such that you spend your life pursuing “life lessons.” What’s more, this archetype will determine your actions, or lack thereof. If something bad happens to you, like for example if a corporation dumps toxic waste in your water supply and your entire family dies of cancer, you will be less likely to sue the corporation for the cause of the cancer and more likely to look for the “life lesson” in the thing. This is a major impact. If you look for the life lesson, the corporation that poisons your family gets off free. In other words, by adopting the Fool in School archetype, we create a world safe for corporations, but dangerous to human beings.
To summarize what I have said so far about archetypes, archetypes
- Provide big answers to the big questions.
- Help us organize our thinking about the world.
- Guide us as we shape the world around us and
- Shape our lives and our own self-image.
For the last time, archetypes are big answers to big questions that a) organize our thinking, b) create, through our actions, the world around us, c) shape how we live our lives, and d) determine how we see ourselves.
Hopefully at this point I have established a basic understanding of the nature and power of archetypes. If so, the question now becomes, “where do archetypes come from?” The answer to that question is complicated. Obviously, archetypes come from humans. They come from human imaginations and they are printed, produced, and distributed only with humans hands. If a human hand isn’t involved in some way, the archetype doesn’t exist. This is important. Archetypes are created by human minds and expressed by human hands for purely human purposes.
If you accept the fact that archetypes come from the human imagination, then the next question is, “where does the human imagination come from?” That’s a complicated question. The short LP answer is that human imagination can either come from the Bodily Ego, the Spiritual Ego, or, most often, some variable blending of the two. If the imagination comes from the bodily ego it comes from the activities of the brain and CNS, which is a relatively small and uninspired place. If it comes from the spiritual ego, it comes from a more inspired “higher realm.” If it comes from a combination, it’s a blending of higher spiritual truths and whatever “issues,” biases, and blockages “infect” the bodily ego and cause it to impose its own ideas and agendas.
If imagination is sourced in the bodily ego, we could say the archetypal source is venal because the bodily ego is very easy to manipulate and corrupt, especially when it is disconnected from spiritual ego. If the imagination is sourced in the spiritual ego, we would say the archetype is sourced somewhere in the Fabric of Consciousness. The word “divine” is often used, inconsistently and with a considerable degree of misunderstanding and confusion, to indicate when something is sourced in The Fabric. Therefore we could also say that if the imagination is sourced in the spiritual ego, we would say the archetype is sourced in the divine.
Having said all this, it is important to understand, not everything in the human imagination is an archetype, even when it comes from a divine source. The question now is, “what makes an idea and archetype?” The answer to that question is simple. Humans create archetypes by using the contents of their imaginations to create “sacred” stories. They then tell these “sacred” stories to their children, their friends, and so on. If you want to create an archetype, create a “sacred” story and then tell that “sacred” story to other people. If people believe you when you tell them your story is sacred, and in particular if you can get enough people to believe that your story is “sacred,’ then you have created an archetype.
You can tell when a “sacred” story has become an archetype when the “answer” it provides pops immediately into mind when you ask the big question. At this time, enough people on this Earth believe in the “sacred” story of good versus evil, and the notion that we are “fools in school,” that when we ask the questions “why do bad things happen? or “why am I here?” the archetypes pop into mind. People do bad things because they are evil, bad, or broken in some way. You are a cosmic school child here on this Earth to learn your lessons.
At this point in our account of archetypes, we understand what archetypes are (they are answers to big questions), where they come from (they come from the venally or divinely sourced imagination of humans), and how they are created (they are created when people believe our stories are sacred). The question now is, “how do we get enough people to believe a story is sacred so that it becomes an archetype?”
The answer is simple. First, convince people the story is real; then, distribute the story as widely as possible. You have to get people to believe your story is sacred, otherwise, they won’t accept the answers as archetypes. Then, if you can get people to believe that an idea is an archetype, you have to distribute the archetype to make sure enough people believe it that it becomes “self-propagating.”
I have a practical example of how this all works. If I showed you evidence that the “good versus evil” and “fool in school” archetypes were created by elite Sassanian priests working for the economic and political elites of ancient Persia, as I do in the article “From Zoroaster to Star Wars,” you wouldn’t believe the stories they told were sacred and you wouldn’t incorporate them as archetypes. If you already did incorporate these stories as archetypes, perhaps after learning the truth you would start to question your internalized archetypes beliefs about good versus evil and humans being fools in school. On the other hand, if I told you, as I also do in the article “From Zoroaster to Star Wars” that the “good versus evil” and “fool in school” archetypes came from the connection experiences (read mystical experiences) of an ancient Persian mystic by the name of Zoroaster, you’d be much more likely to believe the stories were sacred, and much more likely to incorporate the ideas as archetypes.
Of course, if I told you that the “good versus evil” archetype comes from both the mystical experiences of Zoroaster and also from the venal pens of elite priests, you’d probably be confused. It is not that confusing. As noted in the article “From Zoroaster to Star Wars,” the original mystical stories came from the mind of a connected Zoroaster. People believed the stories he told them because they believed he had a mystical connection to the divine. The people themselves then passed on the stories on “word of mouth.” This word of mouth transmission went on for several centuries until elite Sasanian priests decided to write the stories down. Once the elite priests wrote the stories down, they then used elite resources to propagate and promote the stories down through the centuries. Thus the archetypes of good versus evil and fool in school originated in the mystical connection of Zoroaster, but were later written down and taken over by elite Sasanian priests.
It is important to understand here that at the point where the elites wrote the story down, word of mouth transmission ended and the elite version of the story took over. I say this because in the early days of species evolution, only elites have the time, energy, and resources to learn to write, and only the elites have the resources to distribute the stories on papyrus, in bibles, and eventually in picture and moving picture. This elitism only gets worse the more expensive production and distribution becomes. Add a huge printing press, a massive television studio, or a gargantuan Hollywood backlot, and pretty soon the only archetypes and sacred stories you get are the ones provided by elites with lots of money. In our day, these elites are the kind of elites you’d find in churches, or on the board of Corporations like Disney or NBC. Ever since what Harold Ellens calls the Master Story was first developed in what is known as the Fertile Crescent, only elites have had the power and resource to install and propagate archetypes. With the advent of the Internet, You Tube, and other advanced communication technologies, that’s changed a bit. Now, anybody can write and produce a sacred story and have it “go viral.” Even so, it is still true that most of our sacred stories come from the rich elites who own the world’s major publishers and production studies, like Penguin Books, or Marvel Studios. It should be noted that even “independents” inadvertently incorporate archetypal themes they learn from elite sources.
If you accept what I have said so far, if you accept that archetypes are answers to big question, that they are powerful and can shape this world and our images of ourselves, that humans create archetypes from the contents of their imagination, however sourced, and that ancient elites wrote down ancient archetypes and distributed them, the next questions become, “why would the elites do that?” and “what kind of archetypes did they print, produce, and distribute?”
As for why the elites would do that, I can tell you, it wasn’t out of the goodness of their hearts. Even before the days of massive printing presses, Hollywood back lots, and Arricams, it would have cost a lot to produce and distribute archetypes. They wouldn’t do it unless it benefited them in some way. In other words, they did it for reasons of their own. What those reasons were (and are), are not so hard to figure out. They did it because, as outlined in the article “From Zoroaster to Star Wars,” it helped them build power and wealth–it helped them build civilization. I hate to burst your religious bubble if you still have one, but the archetypes written down and distributed by elites had nothing to do with concerns for developing healthy and connected human beings and everything to do with the civilization building aspirations of emerging economic elites. The archetypes that we are familiar with today, the archetypes listed as “nodes” in the article “From Zoroaster to Star Wars,” were taken from the word-of-mouth teachings of Zoroaster and written down by elite Sasanian priests in the Fertile Crescent during the period when human civilizations were first emerging. In that context, elites consciously co-opted archetypes and created an “archetypal superstructure,” what I call a Creation Template, that provided the ideological foundation to support their civilization building activities.
It is important to understand, the Creation Template that elite Sasanian priests built was almost certainly not the same as the teachings provided by Zoroaster. That is, the elites almost certainly modified the mystical archetypes to suit their particular needs. In particular, the elites developed a creation template that supported the accumulation of wealth and power, the defense of their elite interests, and the growth of human civilization, with them at the top and in charge. To do this, they twisted and deformed the mystical teachings.
It is unclear to me if there is any evidence for the conjecture that elite Sasanian priests corrupted Zoroastrian teachings, but it is logical that they would do this. In any case, it should be noted, this was not a one-off thing. It wasn’t just ancient Persian high priests who did this. There is evidence that elites throughout history mess with the teachings of connected mystics. They sanitize otherwise critical, even revolutionary teachings of the mystics and even strip out women’s experience to make it seem like only men have “real” mystical experiences. This sort of thing is exactly what the Catholic Church did when they took control of subversive Christian documents and kept them hidden in monasteries and entered thousands and thousands of edits over the centuries that they were in control (reference). They did this not to encourage connection, unity, social justice, and fair distribution of economic resources, as arguably intended by Jesus, but in an effort to sanitize the subversive teachings of Christ. Notably, Freemasons did the same sort of thing with the Western Tarot, specifically the Rider-Waite deck, using it as a vehicle to “update” ancient elite archetypes for an emerging industrial capitalism. The co-optation and manipulation of Zoroastrian teachings, and the more recent Masonic update are only two examples of economic and political elites messing and manipulating with the teachings of connected mystics, and the archetypes of this planet. Other examples could be found in religion, in Hollywood, etc.
What I have said so far shouldn’t seem that far out. If you accept the basic truths about archetypes, it makes perfect sense. An emerging elite in control of an emerging city-state, an industrial elite needing to manage the transition from Feudalism to Capitalism, and a contemporary elite needing to suppress the revolutionary drive of the people, would need to handle and control its citizenry so that it could handle and control its commerce, trade, and defence. Archetypes programmed into the consciousness of the masses provided elites with the ability to manage and control their population, in the interests of commerce, trade, and defence. The ancient archetypes of good versus evil would have been (and still are) very useful to elites, as with it they could easily organize large civic groups into coherent units which could then be directed at specific goals, like fighting off marauding clans, raiding enclaves, or colonizing distant shores. If you want the population of a city-state to attack or defend against a rival kingdom, invoke the “good versus evil” archetype and aim the energized masses at the “evil” rival you wish to destroy.
This is not rocket science. The psychology is exceedingly simple and obvious in practice even to this day. Modern world leaders invoke good/evil archetypes all the time in order to manipulate their populations and provide cover and subterfuge for their actions.”We” are good; “they” are evil. We must defend/attack/compete/destroy that which is not good. We must support/defend/elevate that which is good, i.e., our King and leaders. It is what the Gods do. It is what we should do. By painting the “other” as evil and projecting a cosmic archetypal struggle, ruling elites are able to simply and effectively prime and control their own populations, directing them, as we have seen over and over again, even towards violence and genocide.
Notably, this is not a secret either. The Golden Dawn Tarot’s “Wheel of Fortune” archetype (see right) the arrangement, and the justification for it, crystal clear.
Speaking of justification, elites couldn’t manage the masses with a single archetype of good and evil. Other archetypes, like archetypes that justify wealth, privilege, hierarchy, judgment, conflict, submission to authority, and so on, would also be useful and were in fact developed. We call the ancient archetypes created by elites to service their agenda Old Energy Archetypesbecause their use and implementation gives a certain “old energy” of hierarchy, privilege, conflict, and so on, to the people who adopt them. When you put all these old energy archetypes together into a package, you get what we call a Creation Template.When you put old energy archetypes together into a creation template you get an Old Energy Creation Template. The Golden Dawn Wheel of Fortune card is an archetype in an old energy creation template.
More specifically, we might call the ancient old energy creation template that emerged in the elite courts of the ancient Persian empire, and that is outlined in the article “From Zoroaster to Star Wars,” the Zoroastrian Creation Template because of its origins in the elite’s exploitation of Zoroaster’s mystical teachings. We might call the creation template that Freemasons developed in the transition from Feudalism to capitalism the Masonic Creation Template, because it was created, or rather updated, by high level Freemasons for the purpose of manipulating not only the masses, but the emerging elites as well.
We are going to look at the Old Energy Creation Template in a lot more detail in a few moments. Before we get to that, however, a few more things have to be said.
First of all, be clear, you do not have to be a member of the Zoroastrian faith, a Freemason, or an aficionado of tarot cards to have been “programmed” with old energy templates. As noted in the article “From Zoroaster to Star Wars,” and as Mary Boyce points out, the ancient old energy archetypal nodes have penetrated into all our religious and atheist belief systems, and we’ve all been programmed with them to one degree or another. Note, this also includes otherwise “progressive” spiritualities, like Wicca, which also incorporate old energy archetypes of judgment, foolish tutelage, and so on.
Second of all, as Machiavellian as this discussion of elite manipulation of archetypes, human mysticism, and spirituality might read to some people, I would argue, creation templates are necessary for advancing civilization. Creation templates provide a “master story” or archetypal superstructure that allows a people to organize and “aim” themselves in a specific direction. Without this, civilizations would not evolve, they would stagnate. Creation templates create the unity of thought and purpose required to move civilizations forward. Creation templates help organize and aim the masses. Notably, using creation templates to organize and aim is exactly what ancient elites did when they wrote their ancient Zoroastrian creation template. They created a creation template that helped them organize and aim their citizens in a specific direction.
Third, understand, the construction and use of creation templates for the purpose of aiming and evolving human civilization is neither a good thing nor an evil thing, it is simply a thing. Whether it is good or bad depends entirely on the nature of the creation template, who develops it, and the uses to which it is put. A creation template can be good if it encourages good things, like unity, collective purpose, compassion, etc. A creation template can be bad if it encourages bad things, like war, hatred, violence, inequality, etc. More often than not, a creation template is somewhere in between. As for the current old energy template, the Zoroastrian/Masonic Creation Template, is a mixed bag. In as much as this template has allowed elites to “lead” the masses and advance this planet’s civilizations, it has had positive benefit. On the other hand, in as much as the templates have encouraged obscene imbalances of wealth and power, and in as much as a lot of people have suffered and died under the manipulative, colonial, yoke of the old energy creation template, it is bad. I’ll leave it up to philosophers and historians to weigh the scales on this one.
Four, and most important, because humans have created creation templates, humans can change them as well. Humans created the original old energy creation template, therefore they can also change the template and replace it with something new. Humans can use their imagination to rewrite creation templates.
The question at this point becomes, “why would we change a creation template?” The answer to that is simple. We change a creation template because we need to. We change a creation template when it no longer works or when it becomes, for whatever reason, counterproductive, toxic and destructive. I would argue this is the point we are at now. While it could be argued that the old energy creation template which first emerged in the ancient city-states of the Fertile Crescent has encouraged the evolution of human military, industrial, political, social, and technological capacity, and while it has certainly been beneficial for privileged sections of the Earth’s population, at this point, conditions have changed. This planet’s, what we might call, Pinnacle Species has advanced sufficiently and no longer needs the driving energy created by old the energy templates. In fact, at this point, the old energy template has become an absolute liability. Without going into a lot of ugly detail about why that is, let me just say this: when the political, economic, technological, military, and scientific prowess of a species dramatically out paces and outmatches its mental health and ability to connect, disaster inevitably results. It is one thing to put a big stick in the hands of a caveman who thinks with concepts like “good” and “evil,” it is quite another to put nuclear arsenals, advanced communication tools, and quantum into their hands. You just have to look at the 2016 U.S. and the global manipulation of the masses to see the jeopardy “old energy” thinking is placing us in.
To be clear, organizing our collective thinking with old energy archetypes like good versus evil, judgment, punishment, and so on, and battling each other with sticks, stones, and the occasional chariot rider, is not likely to lead to global Armageddon and the destruction of a species when that species is confined to industrial or pre-industiral technologies. However, at the point where the species “breaks free” of its primitive limitations and begins to develop advanced communication technologies, artificial intelligence, and quantum technologies, the old energy thinking created by old energy archetypes becomes a liability. At a certain point, a pinnacle species either replaces the old energy archetypes which drove its cultural, economic, and technological advance with New Energy Archetypes that heal, unify, and connect, or an inevitable “end of epoch” debacle sets us back, or destroys it altogether.
I would argue that this is the point we are at now. If the current old energy creation template stays in place, it will mean the end of the human species, or at least a dramatic setback. As noted elsewhere, “the human race in toto probably will not go extinct, but billions will suffer and die, and it will take centuries to fully recover.”
How to Reprogram the Planet
At this point hopefully you can see the problem. The human species has advanced as far as it can under the energies and actions created by old energy creation template. If we, and by “we” I mean the human species, want to survive, better yet, if want to transit to the next evolutionary stage, we need to swap out the old creation template and the archetypes upon which it is based, and replace it with something new, something that unifies, calms, and connects, rather than divides, incites, and separates.
I must admit, changing the archetypes will be a bit of a challenge, particularly since we are rapidly running out of time, but I believe we can do it. The recipe is simple. To change this planet’s archetypes and reprogram the system, first, develop new archetypes more appropriate for the current transitionary stage of human evolution. Second, distribute the archetypes across the planet in sacred poetry, story, movies, and song.
As for developing new archetypes, the Triumph of Spirit Archetype System (TOSAS) that is presented in this book is a new energy archetype system designed to unify, calm, and connect. It is an archetype system that replaces old energy archetypes that encourage division and hierarchy, like “judgment” and “fool in school,” with new energy archetypes that unify and connect, like The Calling, and Joyful. To use the TOSAS Creation Template, simply learn the archetypes and then incorporate them into your creative work. You can use the TOSAS to reprogram yourself and, if you are an Agent of Consciousness (a priest, an artist.), you can use it to write sacred stories and help reprogram others.
We call this process of revision Archetypal Revision, Archetypal Cleansing, or Archetypal Sanitation.You can also look at it as “implant removal” in as much as we are removing the archetypal implants of elite Agents of Consciousness. However you prefer to look at it is fine. The rest of this book is devoted to an elaboration of this new energy archetype system.
As for distributing new archetypes to the planet, this is also possible, now more than ever before. In the past, the only way to distribute archetypes was by word-of mouth or print. Word of mouth archetypes was very democratic, but slow, inefficient, and easy to overpower. Print and other technologies are more efficient (millions of people will go see a movie), but have always been exclusively in the hands of the elite, who would be unlikely to distribute new energy archetypes, since they would ultimately undermine their power, privilege, and prestige. Now, however, things have changed. At the turn of the twenty-first century, a Communication Boomhas put powerful new technologies of communication in the hands of every individual on Earth. At this point in time, the ability to distribute archetypes is no longer exclusively in the hands of the rich and powerful. Anybody with a smart phone and a Twitter/Snapchat/Whatsapp/etc. account can create and distribute new energy archetypes.
Warning, Challenge Ahead
Before taking you any further into this archetypal study, I would like to issue a bit of a warning and that warning is this, if you want to do more than just gloss over these archetypes, if you want to successfully replace the dated and toxic old energy archetypes with the (I would argue) transformative new energy archetypes of the TOSAS, it will take patience and extended practice. You are not going to be able to just read through the introduction, skim the various TOSAS books, and be done with it. If you are serious about learning new energy archetypes and replacing old energy archetypes, there is intellectual, emotional, and psychological work and challenge ahead. You need to meet this challenge head-on.
For example, you may find that examining these archetypes goes to the very root of your ideas about your identity, gender, social class, divine purpose, spiritual beliefs, etc. Indeed, you may find that the archetypes that are going to be uncovered here are defining constructs, concepts that embed you in an entire social, political, and (possibly privileged) economic fabric which you are not anxious to give up. As such, your first instinct may be to protect your established belief systems and resist the new energy archetypes. Getting over this resistance is one of the main challenges you’ll face at the start of your archetypal journey home.
If you do find yourself resisting at some point, remember the next few words. Trust in yourself and trust that you have control. You will find that the new energy archetypes presented in the TOSAS will change your self-image, the way you think, your understanding of creation, and your approach to the world, but they will only do so if you allow them to. You can read the archetypes a thousand times, but if you resist they will have no significant impact. This is important! Understanding that you have control of the process (which you do) will go a long way towards alleviating any anger, anxiety, or stress you may feel as you go through these materials. Of course, in the end, if you want to save your self and this planet, you are going to have to change your old energy archetypes and replace them with new energy ideas. A new world will not emerge on the archetypal foundations provided by the old energy creation template. If you choose to stay stuck in realities defined and shaped by old energy archetypes, we are all going to have to deal with the consequences of your choice.
For your information, the TOSAS system consists of a deck of twenty-two archetype cards and associated books and resources that explain the TOSAS archetypes in various depth and detail. The book that you have in your hand provides an overview of the TOS archetypes as well as a “compare and contrast” with the Freemason’s old energy archetype cards, known globally as the Western Tarot. We use a Freemason deck to “compare and contrast” because archetypal revision and the tendrils of the old energy creation template are buried deep in the consciousness of this planet. Presenting the new energy creation template alongside the old energy creation template allows us to fully interrogate and expose the old energy archetypes for view. This makes it easier to understand the system, easier to appreciate the new energy archetypes, and easier to see and replace the old energy archetypes in consciousness.
At this point, if you do not have a copy of the Triumph of Spirit Archetype Deck, get one. Instructions for accessing free and print versions are provided at https://tosas.lightningpath.org/purchase/. You can also browse the new energy archetypes online at https://tosas.lightningpath.org/browse-archetypes/. You can also retrieve a copy of the Masonic Rider-Waite images if you like, though having a deck of the old energy cards is not strictly necessary since we include the black and white images in this book.
If you do have a deck of the cards in hand, the next question is, how to use the cards and this book to begin Archetypal Revision? You start by learning about the individual archetypes. There are two ways to approach this learning process. You can either pick a random card or study the archetypes in the order presented by reading the book front to back.
If you want to pick a random card, there are basically two ways to do so. The easiest way is intuitively. To approach intuitively, just shuffle, cut, pick up a random card, and read the associated content. If you pick the Joyful card, go to the Joyful entry and read that. If you have the other books in the Triumph of Spirit series, read the Joyful entry from those resources as well. Each book provides a specific focus. If you want to get really deep into the archetypes, it is best you draw insight from each of the TOSAS resources. For your convenience, the card summaries from each of the TOSAS books are provided on-line at https://tosas.lightningpath.org/browse-archetypes/.
The other way to approach your archetypal study is in a more direct and linear fashion. In this second approach, you read this book (and the other Triumph of Spirit books) from start to finish, pausing to analyze and consider along the way. Then, if necessary, read the book(s) again. Continue reading the books from front to back until you understand the depth and breadth of the system.
If you do take a linear approach, do not skim too quickly through. Stay with one archetype for a period of time until you are comfortable you have absorbed at least some of the meaning. If you skim too quickly through the cards, you will not absorb the deeper meaning and significance of the card, or the system.
Note, neither the intuitive nor the linear approach is the “right” way. Either is just an option, although if you are serious about archetypal revision, I recommend you use both methods in whatever combination you intuitively feel is comfortable. Start by traversing the materials in an intuitive fashion if you like, but when you are comfortable, begin a linear approach. If you do not have a lot of time but still want to move forward, pick individual cards. If you feel motivated to engage in deeper study by reading through the materials front to back, do that. Just set your intent to move forward. Say something like “I wish to move forward,” and follow your gut. Unless you are dealing with deep psychological or emotional toxicity, in which case your first step should be healing that toxicity, your best path forward is to always to follow your gut.
Now that you know how to pick and study a card, I would like to walk you through the study and revision process. To start, pick the first card in the deck, the Joyful card. When you have the colour version of the Joyful card in hand (or on your screen), look up the card entry in this book.
After you have looked up the Joyful card entry in this book, take a moment and look at the entire entry. As you will see, the Joyful entry in this book contains a heading and four subsections, these being the Book of Spirit, Book of Slavery, Book of Power, and Book of Keys subsections. The Book of Spirit subsection itself contains three additional sub sections, these being the old energy exposure and the old energy dismissal. I’ll explain what these all mean as we go through this walk-through. For now, just make a note how each entry is organized.
Step One – Read the Entry Heading
Your first step to understanding a card should be to read the entry heading. In this book, entry headings consist of the new energy archetype name, and a parenthesized old energy archetype name. In this way, the entry title links to the new energy archetype and its old energy masonic equivalent.
For example, the entry title for Joyful is
Joyful (formerly The Fool)
The name in parenthesis is the name of the archetype in the old energy masonic deck. Entry headings thus indicate the new energy archetype of the Triumph of Spirit deck, and the associated old energy archetype card from which it derives. .
Step Two: Examine the Card Imagery
After you understand the entry heading and have a general idea of the new and old energy archetypes being studied, the next step is to put the book down for a moment and take a look at the card Joyful. As you do, notice the main surface elements and colours of the card. Surface elements are simply those visual elements of the card that you notice first. In the case of the Joyful card, the three things I notice first are the joyful figure looking up, blazing points of light (chakras), and a golden “yellow brick” road upon which the joyful soul is descending into manifestation. When you have identified the surface elements, take a moment to absorb them.
When you are done absorbing the surface elements, read the entry heading again. Now compare the entry heading with the visual imagery on the card. Notice in what ways the new energy imagery on the Joyful card expresses and extends the new energy name. In the case of the Joyful card, that’s quite easy. In the case of the Joyful card we have a joyful figure walking a joyful path on a golden “yellow brick road” into manifestation. The individual is fully activated (chakras ablaze) and fully connect to higher Consciousness from which it, and the road, descends.
Step Three: Read the Book of Spirit Entry
When you have identified the surface elements and linked the elements on the card with the entry title, read the Book of Spirit subsection of the entry. As you will see, the Book of Spirit section contains the new energy archetype itself, and additional information and commentary, as required. With the Joyful card in hand, read the Book of Spirit entry up to the old energy exposure heading.
Once you have read the Book of Spirit section, spend a few moments thinking about what you have just read, while continuing to examine the coloured imagery of the card. Make sure to make connections between what you read and the imagery on the card. As you should see after studying the entry and the card for a few moments, the basic archetypal message of the Joyful card is simple, clear, and precise. You are a joyfully incarnated spark of Divine Consciousness entering into physical incarnation.
Do not be in a hurry to move past this step too quickly. Give yourself time to absorb the meanings and the imagery. The first time you work with a card, take it with you for a few days. Keep a card in your bag, put it by your work space, and/or put it on the lock screen of your smart phone. Then, whenever you see the image, think about the Book of Spirit description. Keeping a card with you for a few days is the best way to absorb the card imagery and meaning.
Step Four: Read the Old Energy Exposure Section
When you have spent some time with the Book of Spirit entry, it is time to move on and expose the old energy messages contained in the old energy archetype. The Old Energy Exposure section reveals the old energy meanings in the old energy archetype. Take a moment to read the exposure section of the Joyful card now. As you do, spend a few moments comparing the comments in the Old Energy Exposure section with the old energy card image provided to the right of the text, in the same way, you studied the new energy commentary and card. You might find it useful to compare the similarities between the Triumph of Spirit image and the Masonic image.
As you will see when you read the exposure section, it reveals the negative and limiting old energy archetypal meanings. In the case of the Fool card, the meanings are simple. You are a fool in school here to learn earthy spiritual lessons.
Look at the old energy card and see how its symbolism supports the old energy message. Compare the old energy message, which limits, diminishes, and frightens, against the empowering and emancipating new energy message. Notice the difference between the old and new energy archetype. One calls you a fool in school, a soul with a cosmic “lesson plan.” The other says you are an empowered and joyful spark of glorious creator consciousness.
Step Five: Make a Choice and dismiss the old energy
When you understand the difference between the old energy archetype and the new energy archetype, you need to make a choice. You can either continue to accept the old energy meanings, or you can replace them with the emancipating and empowering new energy meanings. In the case of Joyful versus The Fool, your choice is to either accept you are a “fool in school” here to learn your lessons, or reject that an embrace the message of your powerful, empowered, and divine Joyful self. It is up to you what you want to do, but you do have to make a choice because the two archetypes are completely incompatible with each other. As regards Joyful versus The Fool, you are either a joyfully incarnated spark of divine consciousness, or a “fool in school.” You cannot be both. Like matter and anti-matter, they cannot exist in the same intellectual, emotional, and spiritual space.
Step Six: Dismiss the Old Energy.
If you decide to stay with the old energy, or if you just aren’t sure at this point, you can put the book and the cards down and go back to your normal existence. On the other hand, if you decide you want to dismiss the old energy archetypes and replace them with new energy ideas, then your next step is to read the old energy dismissal section. The dismissal section gives you the ideas and the energetic oomph you need in order to excise the limiting and enslaving old energy archetypes from your consciousness, and replace them with the emancipating and empowering new energy archetypes.
To use the dismissal section, read through it and think about what is being said. Apply the comments to your own life and your own thoughts. Note, the dismissal section leans heavily on Lightning Path teachings, so if you struggle, visit the Lightning Path site at https://www.lightningpath.org/ and follow directions to get started with LP study.
Once again, don’t be too quick to move through all this. Take some time to understand the old energy archetypes. More important, take some time to see how and where they appear in your life. As you do you will find these old energy archetypes are everywhere, not only in your own thought processes but in the thoughts, writing, and archetypal spaces of all those around you. It can be quite the struggle getting rid of them all.
Step Seven: Read the Poetry
Once you’ve got a basic understanding of the old and new energy archetypes, and once you’ve spent some time excising the old energy archetypes and incorporating the new energy archetypes, your next step is to spend time in the Book of Slavery, Book of Power, and Book of Keys. All three of these books use poetry to explore in more detail old and new energy ideas. If you’re not a poetry fan, you can skip these. On the other hand, reading the poetry, especially while in a connected state (see below), can bring additional insight and understanding.
For your information…
The Book of Slavery explores old energy ideas as they are aimed at the masses. These are the ideas that you find in exoteric Churches, Hollywood blockbusters, and lower class educational streams.
By contrast, the Book of Power contains old energy ideas that are aimed at the elites. These are the sorts of ideas you find in esoteric Churches like Freemason lodges, in elite educational streams, and so on.
In contrast to the old energy ideas in The Book of Slavery and Book of Power, The Book of Keys explores new energy ideas. The Book of Keys has a particular focus which is to give you an energetic/conceptual leg up on removing the old energy archetypes. The Book of Keys is intended to be a sort of “inspiration to emancipation.” The keys are intended to “open the lock” that keeps you from accepting and integrating new energy archetypes.
Note, the poetry sections are “right brain” sections. They are less about analytics and logic and more about intuition, insight, and creative inspiration. To help here, I recommend you approach the Book of Power, Slavery, and Keys in a “connected” state, either after doing some form of Connection Practice (like Transcendental Meditation), using a Connection Supplement when legal in your area, or after relaxing and doing a Connection Visualization.
While connected, be sure to spend adequate time with the cards. It is important that when you “open up” you give enough time and space to allow insight and inspiration flow. If you experience negative or paranoid thoughts while you are connected, especially those related to old energy archetypes, push the thoughts away and continue your study. You will find that the farther you progress towards the elimination of old energy archetypes, the easier it will be to keep old energy thoughts out of your consciousness space.
Finally, on a related note, balanced activation of your brain is important. If you struggle with understanding the poetry and the cards, if you find yourself “left-brain” dominant, I recommend a little remedial right brain work. Balanced activation makes understanding and handling the powerful Consciousness that flows through connection much easier. The Great Awakening: Concepts and Techniques for Successful Spiritual Practice provides some guidance on activities that can help balance your cognitive facilities and make these archetypal activities a lot easier to get along with.
Of course, as much as you need to use your right brain to reconnect with the Fabric, it needs to be said that you also need your left brain. Thus, those of you who are right brain dominant get identical advice. You need balanced activation. You need your left brain as much as your right. If you proceed forward while “out of balance” you will run into difficulty, and your progress will be stymied. You may even run into pathology if you “lose your footing,” get lost in “ethereal spaces,” or even experience neurosis and full-blown psychosis. The truth is, if you are going to be able to handle full consciousness, you are going to need to be rational, critical, grounded, and intuitive, inspired, and connected. Being just one or the other simply won’t cut it.
Additional Keys to Progress
As noted in the previous section, balanced brain development is a key requirement of spiritual progress, especially in regards to your ability to understand and absorb empowering new archetypes and reject limiting old energy archetypes. Beyond balanced brain development, if you want to make consistent forward progress, there are a few more things that you should keep in mind, starting with the importance of practice and discipline.
Practice and Discipline
Obviously, if you have taken a look at the TOSAS system you will know it is complex. The system consists of cards, books, and archetypes all situated in a spiritual context, specifically the advanced spirituality of the Lightning Path, context. In order to achieve the goal of replacing old energy archetypes with new energy archetypes, you are required to study, analyze, and replace. Doing this can take some work, especially if the old energy archetypes are deeply ingrained. You can facilitate this by taking the card (or cards) you are working on with you, and studying/analyzing them throughout your day. It does not have to be a lot of time; between fifteen and sixty minutes a day should be enough.
In addition to disciplined daily practice, you are also going to need to take an iterative approach to your study. You are going to have to read, re-read, and maybe even re-re-re-read the resources. You are going to have to do this because this planet’s archetypal soup is complex, and the exegesis and replacement presented here is complex as well. Despite the juvenile characterization that some may give to the archetypal system in general or the Masonic implementation in the Western tarot in particular, it was created by master psychologists (at one time these people would have been called “high” priests) focused with clear intent on social control. Even when stripped to essence and presented with clarity, wrapping your head around the archetypes is a major undertaking. That is the nature of the beast, so to speak. If you want to understand the full depth and breadth, if you want to clear the beast from your own consciousness, you are going to have to spiral your way into the depths. The only way to do that is to keep coming back to the material until you have a firm and complete grasp. A tentative sip from a tiny little tasting spoon will not be enough.
Besides practice, discipline, and an iterative approach, patience will also be required, especially up front. This is because you are probably going to find that “getting into” the archetypes can be a bit difficult at the start. You might even find that for the first couple of attempts your eyes will glaze over and your focus will dissipate. If that happens, be patient with yourself and try again. It happens not necessarily because of the complexity of the systems, and not because there is something wrong with you, but because layered on top of the natural complexity of the archetypal soup, and interfering with appreciation of the full breadth and depth of the dish, is an ideological glaze that can prevent you from going deep. This ideological glaze is often fear-based and/or rooted in damaged self-esteem and the confusions propagated by the old energy archetype system. You’ll know this is an issue here if you find, despite the fact that you want to engage in archetypal revision, you are giving yourself excuses and allowing distractions to pull you away from your study.
If you find yourself constantly distracted, never finding the time you need to get through these materials, pay attention to your emotional responses and thoughts when you do approach the materials. If it helps, write down the feelings and thoughts you get when trying to do the archetypal work in your Healing and Connection Journal so you can track, analyze, and identify whatever it is that is causing your avoidance. Are you feeling fear about something that might come up in your mind? Write that down. Are you thinking thoughts of unworthiness? Write that down. Are you feeling feelings of intellectual or spiritual inadequacy? Write that down. Writing the thoughts down will help you focus on what is blocking you, and give you the clarity you need to overcome fear and reprogram your thoughts.
If you can keep yourself focused and on track, you will notice as you go through this process that the new energy archetypes, once you get to know them a little better, will be helpful in overcome fears and thoughts that block your progress and distract your attention. For example, if you find yourself feeling inadequate or incompetent, use the joyful, master, and power archetypes to remind yourself of who you really are. If you are feeling fear, use archetypes like the promise and graduation to remind yourself of the inclusive love of Consciousness. If you are feeling incompetent or weak, use power and strength to build your self up.
The SpiritWiki is the canonical on line glossary of LP terms, concepts, and theory. Visit the SpiritWiki at https://spiritwiki.lightningpath.org/.
 If you’re interested in the origins of the good/evil archetype, and many more, see Sosteric, M. (2017). From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behaviour. [Available at https://www.academia.edu/34504691].
 We’ll learn about old energy archetypes in detail a bit later in this introduction.
 For Ellen’s comments on this, see Ellens, J. H. (2001). Introduction: The Destructive Power of Religion. In J. H. Ellens (Ed.), The Destructive Power of Religion: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (pp. 1-9). Westport, CT: Praegar. pp. 4
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 Jantzen, G. M. (1995). Power, Gender, and Christian Mysticism. New York: Cambridge University Press
 A.E. Waite, who was the author of the prototypical Rider-Waite deck, was a high-level Freemason. His deck is the culmination of over a century of effort by the Freemasons to create an updated creation template, That story is captured in Sosteric (2014). The Sociology of Tarot. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 39: 357-392. [https://www.academia.edu/25055505/].
 For the full details see https://spiritwiki.lightningpath.org/Zoroastrian_Creation_Template
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See for example, Savage (2018). Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030. The Guardian.
 As Michael Jackson said, there’s “Blood on the Dance Floor,” or blood on the checkerboard, if you prefer. See Sosteric, Mike (2017). Michael Jackson — All I want to say is they don’t really care about us. Socjourn
 A Pinnacle Species is a planet’s “top” species. A pinnacle species is the species with a physical apparatus capable of managing a planet for maximum, sustainable, life. Although they are currently failing miserably to manage this planet sustainably and for maximum life, humans are this planet’s pinnacle species. See
 Sosteric (2018). The End of the World as We’ve Known It. Socjourn. https://www.sociology.org/end-of-the-world-as-we-known-it.
 Sosteric (2018). The End of the World as We’ve Known It. Socjourn. https://www.sociology.org/end-of-the-world-as-we-known-it/
 Watts, Jonathan (2018). We Have 12 Years to Limit Climate Change Catastrophe, warns UN. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report
 If you do think you have emotional or psychological healing to do, the Lightning Path offers a HEALING Framework. For more, see LP Workbook Two on the LP Quick Start page. https://www.lightningpath.org/quick-start/.
 For a run down of connection techniques, see https://spiritwiki.lightningpath.org/Connection_Technique.