Muse & Mentor Archetypes – Overview

by EllenK on December 23, 2016

The Genome Sequence of Inner Muse & Inner Mentor Archetypes

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12/14/16
By: LNK Creative Staffpicture1

This is a series of articles about LNK Creative’s Inner Muse & Inner Mentor system of Archetypal creativity qualities. This system is what is behind the Archetype Balancing Quiz – An LNK Exclusive.

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Overview of Inner Muse & Mentor Archetypal System

Through extensive research in 2012 and 2013, Ellen Koronet (Principal and Chief Fun Officer of LNK Creative) identified sixteen pairs of archetypal qualities that she observed decision makers drawing upon when problem solving or planning. The full set of sixteen pairs of archetypal qualities is published as a double-sided picture deck, designed by Ellen Koronet (Social Scientist and Creativity Facilitator) and illustrated with original photos by Noa Koronet (Designer and Illustrator) to help teams and individuals balance the energies that are active as needed while working towards any given goal or objective. When the deck is shuffled and a question is asked, amazing insights are revealed.

As she explains in the published Creativity Guidebook that comes with the picture deck

“At any given moment, inside each of us, there are many feelings, thoughts, and forces in motion ~ sometimes at odds with one another, constantly striving towards balance. Recognizing the contrasts within each paradoxical pair can provide magical release: An unlocking of habitual thinking and behaving. Seeing the juxtaposition can give just enough perspective to shift focus, thinking, and actions.” – Ellen Koronet, Introduction, Page 2, Inner Muse & Inner Mentor Creativity Inspiration Cards Guide, LNK Creative, 2013.

Mentors tend to be more measurable, concrete, and actionable in nature, whereas Muses tend to be more mystical, changing, and emotional in nature. The Muse and Mentor pairs are not so much “opposites” as they are “complements” to each other. Both qualities and ways of thinking about a situation are critical to success. They tend to maintain a kind of equilibrium between them: One or the other or equal parts of both are always present. Too much of the Mentor archetype leads to stagnation and too much of the Muse archetype leads to negativity. Either way, immobilization sets in. The cards must be flipped to restart the flow of motion and positivity.

As the pairs emerged through her research, Ms. Koronet realized that they form a kind of evolving and revolving sequence:

  • Generation (pairs 1 – 4)
  • Construction (pairs 5 – 8)
  • Evolution (pairs 9 – 12)
  • Fruition (pairs 13 – 16).

When working with the cards, any Muse/Mentor pairs may be called into play regardless of where they come from in the sequence. Examining these subsets can provide insight into the “stuck places” and the general phases of problem solving, even though the decision maker typically cycles in and out of the sets in random order.

This series of articles explores the subsets of four Archetypes each from the system of sixteen pairs, with the emphasis on the verbal aspects of the Muses and Mentors. Without the images, we can delve into the concepts and constructs each subset of Archetypal pairs brings up: The Muses typically bring an impassioned feeling of positivity and hope, while the Mentors typically motivate and energize. You can purchase the entire deck and guidebook in a satin bag by contacting EllenKoronet@LNKcreative.com.

Note: The guidebook that comes with the deck explains the system, describes the upsides and downsides of each pair, and offers some suggested exercises. Ellen Koronet is also available for full workshops and creative problem solving sessions.

 

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Muse & Mentor Archetypes – Part 1

by EllenK on December 22, 2016

The Genome Sequence of Inner Muse & Inner Mentor Archetypes
Part 1: “Generation” Archetypes

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12/14/16
By: Ellen Koronet, Chief Fun Officer & Principal

This is the second article in the series, describing subsets of archetypal pairs in the Inner Muse & Inner Mentor Creativity System.

These four archetypal pairs in the system are especially helpful when birthing a new idea or when a new solution is needed. These are the “generation” archetypes.

GENERATION Archetypes
From the Inner Muse & Mentor Creativity Deck*
– Subset One of Four Subsets –

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Mentors I to IV

Muses 1 to 4

I/1

Realism ~ Physical Sensation

Expansion ~ Universal Support

II/2

Think ~ Plan of Action

Inspiration ~ What Shows Up

III/3

Do ~ Power Through

Be ~ Go With The Flow

IV/4

Build ~ Focus on Structure

Dream ~ Focus on Intention

*Each of these four cards in the published deck is double-sided, with the Mentor in blue on one side, and the Muse in purple on the other side. The photos that accompany each quality were carefully chosen to represent that quality and appeal to the user in a particular way.

Overview of “Generation” Archetypes

At least one of the second four pairs is in play when a shift is needed to begin a new project, endeavor or phase.

  • These four Muses are wide open: ideas and dreams just waiting to be explored.
  • These four Mentors focus our attention on what needs to happen at this point in order to start the ideas and dreams on a path towards realization.

Muses in the “Generation” Subset

In this mode, allow yourself to explore new ideas, jot them down, play with them, stay curious and allow yourself to see what is in your peripheral vision. There may be something fluttering there that you have not noticed. The Muses in this group encourage Trust or Faith. At this phase, you may not have any idea how a successful outcome will be realized, but you know it’s worth working towards.  When generating or shifting into a new concept, ideas are best explored through journaling, meditation, movement, immersion in music, or walks in nature. Notice…

  • How you are supported in pursuing the aspects of your life or business that matter to you;
  • What is showing up to create new opportunities;
  • What is the essence of your dream and how can you express this as a motivating intention;
  • How does it feel to trust and go with the flow of these ideas and all that is surrounding you?

Mentors in the “Generation” Subset

In this subset, in order to avoid being caught in a constant barrage of ideas without the satisfaction of seeing them materialize, you must flip each Muse over to focus on the next steps. The Mentors in this group are all about formulating a plan of action. This can be done as brainstorming exercises or fact-finding missions. Questions to ask throughout these exercises might include….

  • What do you realistically see, hear, or know about the ideas or intentions?
  • What is the plan of action or blueprint to move towards the ideas or intentions?
  • What does the structure you are building look like and consist of? Which elements are big action items and which are incremental, planning steps?
  • When you are clear on all of the above, it may be time to “power through.” What are the very next steps you can take?

Integration of “Generation” Muses & Mentors

At any point in working towards a goal, always notice when you have begun to exhaust the benefits of thinking or acting in line with a particular Muse or Mentor. You will know you are approaching this threshold when you are feeling stuck (the downside of a Mentor) or dejected (the downside of a Muse). At this point, be sure to flip the archetypes over and reach towards the complementary quality.  In this way, you will balance the energies and begin to see clear progress. You will also feel the satisfaction that comes from taking action that is aligned with your dreams.

In the “generation” phase, this means allowing your dreams full reign. Honor them; acknowledge them; grant them wings to fly. And when it feels like they are beyond your grasp, turn gently towards your physical reality: see where you can anchor them and envision them fully functioning.

Note: The guidebook that comes with the deck explains the system, describes the upsides and downsides of each pair, and offers some suggested exercises.  Ellen Koronet is also available for full workshops and creative problem solving sessions.

You can purchase the entire deck and guidebook in a satin bag (contact Ellenkoronet@LNKcreative.com). SEE MORE ARTICLES IN THIS SERIES at http://www.lnkcreative.com/blog-2

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Muse & Mentor Archhetypes – Part 2

December 22, 2016

The Genome Sequence of Inner Muse & Inner Mentor Archetypes Part 2: “Construction” Archetypes TAKE THE QUIZ: http://bit.ly/ArchetypeQuiz 12/14/16 By: Ellen Koronet, Chief Fun Officer & Principal The second four archetypal pairs in the system is the closest the Muses and Mentors come to being almost oppositional. These are the “construction” archetypes. These four pairs […]

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Muse & Mentor Archetypes – Part 3

December 22, 2016

The Genome Sequence of Inner Muse & Inner Mentor Archetypes “Evolution” Archetypes TAKE THE QUIZ: http://bit.ly/ArchetypeQuiz 12/14/16 By: Ellen Koronet, Chief Fun Officer & Principal Muses and Mentors in the third subset of four archetypal pairs in the system are similar to the “construction” archetypes, but are more mature in a sense, since they are […]

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Muse & Mentor Archetypes – Part 4

December 22, 2016

The Genome Sequence of Inner Muse & Inner Mentor Archetypes “Fruition” Archetypes TAKE THE QUIZ: http://bit.ly/ArchetypeQuiz 12/14/16 By: Ellen Koronet, Chief Fun Officer & Principal The final subset of four archetypal pairs in the system, the “fruition” archetypes, consists of qualities that are the least oppositional of all of the pairs in the deck.  This […]

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November 29, 2013

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Touchpoints

October 28, 2013

By Ellen Koronet A series of events led me to this moment: Driving my car to Savannah, GA from Maryland with a fantastic travelling companion, our missions intersecting. Mine is to find a replacement car for my daughter, after the car we inherited from my mother was totaled in an accident. My companion for the […]

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August 8, 2013

I wrote this as a Guest Post for Andrea Hylen’s Heal My Voice 100 Days of Blogging: (here). Coincidence: happenstance, an accidental converging of similar or related things Serendipity: an unpredicted but meaningful juxtaposition or sequence of events.   I was raised as a logical academician and trained as a social scientific researcher, although my own […]

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May 22, 2013

I wrote this blog post as a guest for www.TracieNichols.com. Tracie works closely with all things natural and beautiful. I know I come from a magnificent family – magnificent in simple, every day ways.  Both parents were amateur chamber musicians and professional educators (my Dad at universities, my Mom in elementary schools).  Both were dedicated […]

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