What is it?

The organizational archetype is its pure essence. Its essential, eternal, perfect blueprint.

The organizational archetype rests on Platos’ Theory of Forms discussed in the Republic. Plato argues that creation is an infinite plurality within a unity of oneness. Or ‘The One’ infinite unity, out of which a plurality of emanations arise. What we see in material creation are emanations. Behind every emanation is a perfect form or archetype. For a horse to exist, at a less emanated level is the perfect Form, or perfect essence of horseness.

The essence, like an idea is beyond the five senses, it cannot be touched, smelt or seen with the physical eyes, but it exists. This theory rests on the assumption that the creation is (simply) made up of levels of three levels of emanation, that of 1) pure spirit, non-dimensionality, beyond duality, or the level of archetypes; 2) intelligible realms, fluid dimensional levels, where principles of duality apply, this is the level where we think and feel emotions; and 3) material creation, dimensional reality, where laws of gravity, time and space apply.

In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato argues that the truth experienced through the five senses can be cognized by sourcing consciousness to less emanated levels of creation. Plato argues that experiences which are less emanated are more real than experiences when interacting with materiality. The Ancient Greeks suggested that Nous is an experience facilitated through an internalization of consciousness. Nous is a knowing of archetypal levels through experience. One can touch it with the mind, one can be united with an immutable truth through contemplation, Theoria, but one cannot define it. An archetype is beyond definition. Any words attached to it are only a reflection of something that is beyond definition.

An organizational mission is a collection of words describing an experience of consciousness. It is an interpretation of a sensation experienced through an internalization of the mind. The organizational founders internalize their consciousness and search for words to describe an inner sensation. The mission statement is a reflection of this inner sensation. The mission ‘Building Better Homes’ is an emanated reflection of a perfect Form that exists within archetypal realms. Building Better Homes is an attempt to describe something that is alive. The organizational archetype is the living Form that upholds the organizational mission.

What does it mean for my organization

An archetype is a living Form. It carries ‘Life’, light, clarity and a sense of being eternal. When consciousness is aligned with the archetype experiences of joy, ‘Life’ and enthusiasm natural to that level of creation are translated into organizational activities, systems and programs. An archetype is an eternal truth. Being in touch with the archetype brings a feeling of being connected to ‘Life’. If the mission statement is aligned with its archetype it will carry some of this ‘Life’. If the mission has lost connection with the archetype, the organization will be akin to a soul lost in the forest. It can feel grey, dead, dysfunctional or bureaucratic and without purpose. An organization that is aligned with its archetype is more likely to be streamline and efficient. It culture is more likely to be uplifted, healthy and staff and customers will be attracted to the quality of ‘Life’ and light it holds.

How do you get in touch with it?

Getting in touch with the organizational archetype requires an internalization of consciousness. Similar to a meditator, awareness must be turned within, still and in a receptive state. The material creation is full of entropy. There are constant mental demands, emotional pulls and distractions which keep our consciousness focused externally. Accessing the level of archetypes requires an internalization of consciousness, a quietening of the ordinary mind and stillness both physically and mentally. By stilling the mental and physical body experiences of Nous emerge. When the ordinary mind is still, silent and receptive, archetypal levels emerge as the sun emerges from behind clouds. In organizations, there are usually two or three people who have an natural ability to connect with the archetype. If these people can be identified and their input respected the organization can begin to correct itself.

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