archetype.list.corps.title The bodyfelt experience of the leader

The first organization we all have to deal with is our own body. The quality of our presence and kind acceptance of it in all his parts and aspects, determine the quality of our presence and acceptance of people. The body is the microcosm of the universe. The leader’s body is the microcosm of his organization.

The human body appears to be the most fundamental archetype for the purpose of the King's/Queen’s Play. One who is fully aware of his body, its anatomy, its state of tension and relaxation, how it breathes, its grounding and presence in space and time, has charisma, a kind of magnetism acting positively on others. It is important to understand that to be present in every part and aspect of one's own body, is a prerequisite to the presence to others and to every aspect of the functioning of an organization.

Internal royal posture is directly proportional to a conscience and a balancing of the body. We consider the balance between the lower and upper body. The king is well seated on his throne, both his feet firmly rooted, strongly anchored in the ground. On a stable pelvis and in good relationship with the force of gravity, the spine can raise towards the sky.

Then, there is a growing balance between the receptivity and sensitivity of the front of the body, and the power of the back that keep one’s head straight and the eyes clear, ready for decision making and action. There is an equilibrium between alignment and fluidity, presence inside and presence outside, right and left brain, intellect and intuition, heart and reason.

Understanding of the energy body as described by the sages and the healers of ancient traditions like Taoïsm and Yoga, is of great help to full body experience and to better health. The map of the energy body of the yogis helps one to become aware, through the chakras and the nadis, of the many aspects of the bodymind and its inner processes. A similar, but yet different mapping, is described by the traditional Chinese doctors and their counterpart in martial arts, namely the three energy centers called dantiens (The points in the depth of the abdomen, of the chest and of the brain) and the meridians of acupuncture.

The leader’s body can be seen as the microcosm where the whole functionning of the organization he is responsible is preparing to unfold. The first task of a would be leader could be to become more and more aware of his own body, through the signals he is giving constantly. It is the way to feel fully present and efficient.


Man thinks because he has hands to act.

Anaxagoras, 500-428 BC

The archetype of the companion-builder embodies all that relates to the logical thinking, the desire to unravel the secrets of nature, and technical expertise and practice. He hosts grandiose projects, but also humble everyday tasks. He is present in any professional activity be it scientific or technical. In the european Middle Ages, the companion, was a recognized artisan. He was required to complete a first apprenticeship, which was perfected during a tour of his country. He was to have built a masterpiece, in order to be recognized as a master of his craft and to become a full member of his guild.

The companion, has a sense of the realities of the material world. He may be involved in the organization of trade, in commerce, finance, agriculture, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, manufacturing what is necessary for life and wellbeing of everyone in the kingdom. His spirit is present in everyday life functions of preparing meals, caring for children, gardening, repairing... The companion has a sense of duty. For him, to practice a profession is sacred. He feels pride in the work done, whether a bridge, a garden, a computer program or a business plan.

The Warrior

Veni, Vidi, Vici.
I came, I saw, I win

Jules César, The Gallic War

The archetype of the warrior, is the embodiement of the desire to assert oneself, to move forward, to succeed, to manifest openly, to conquer new territories. He invites us to train physically, mentally and morally to develop the best of ourselves and to become strong and open enough to accept conflicts in a creative and dynamic way. He may be regarded as the main driving force of an organization.

Every living being in this world is inhabited by a force that pushes it to grow, to take his place and defend it. This is the "will to power" of Nietzsche. It is the strength of character, the will that drives him to initiate, undertake and persevere, for example in the practice of a sport, a martial art, in pursuit of a therapy, in the challenge of a new job. Many have a hard time identifying with the power of the warrior because of violence and abuse attached to it. Here consider the nobility of this energy we all need to get us started and to meet the challenges of life. This is the "Peaceful Warrior" of Dan Millman.

The warrior embodies the strength, courage, will, sense of honor and respect for the given word. It is the unconditional service of others to protect at the risk of his life. It also represents the energy of discovery and conquest of new territories. The warrior must continually train his body and mind as the top athletes do: concentration, mobility, fluidity, agility, flexibility, speed, sharp vision, precision of movement. He should also be able to control his aggressive tendencies to bring them to service of the group he belongs to, of society and of mankind as a whole. The warrior knows to anticipate and plan his longstanding action, but also to make instant decisions. He has to be in direct contact with his instinct and his bodily spontaneity. The cult film "The Last Samurai" of Edward Zwick with Tom Cruise, testifies to this physical and mental preparation. One of its core values ​​is the ‘spirit’ body, the sense of a group. We speak of « brothers in arms ».

The revolutionary who galvanizes the citizens so that they are freed from the chains of slavery is also a warrior. He fights for love, to protect his wife, his children, his fellow citizens. He also fights for his ideas, to defend his physical integrity, to assert who he is. Lets remember Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, andeven in some aspects, the Dalaï Lama. Women have just as much need for this warrior energy as men, although some traditional societies have refused it to them. This curtails their right of expression and the manifestation of their power. Men have probably crushed the women out of their archaic fear of women-mother. They have to look at it in order to get out of this trap.

The Sage

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.


Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.


Many issues disturbing today’s organizations find their roots in the lost of basic human values. It seems difficult under extreme economical and financial pressure to maintain a broad vision taking into account the wellbeing of everybody involved in the activity of the organization. We assert that it is necessary to put the quest for wisdom at the center of the life of organizations so that they achieve their maximum efficiency. It is necessary their leaders and their members stay aware of the meaning and purpose of the activity of their organizations within society. This purpose has to integrate, but also to go beyond, the sole economic and financial profitability. Or, we shall run to disaster in the same way the body runs to death when a category of cells develops beyond control at the expense of the whole body. It is what we call a cancerous tumor.

The sage is the guardian of spiritual values​​, interiority and sense of the sacred. To be a sage is to know the moment you need to take some distance from the day to day world affairs and from the passions and conflicts that afflict humans. The wise can withdraw back to his inner world and resources. This distancing allows him to listen equally to one’s own and others feelings. Doing so, he can provide advice to people consulting him and act as mediator in time of turmoil and conflict. In an organization, he is the one giving balance to the energy of everybody reminding them there is something else that just numbers.

Through his spiritual practices, he progresses to a high degree of internal consistency and authenticity. His profound joy and benevolence shines on all who approach him. His life demonstrates what he teaches. He embodies a penetrating vision and relies on his intuition. As an alchemist, he knows the ingredients of inner transformation. As a shaman, he knows that there is another world beyond ordinary perception, and that what we call reality, is a manifestation of it. He knows how to connect to it through dreams, symbols, prayer, and through direct contact with the forces of nature...

We all need to recognize and to activate the sage archetype in our dayly life. It gives us a so beneficial introspective quality. It helps us to relate to the mystery and sacredness of our tiny self as a part of a magnificent world.

The Artist

Love is my religion and my faith.

Ibn Arabi

It's not just a feeling, it's the truth: it is the joy that is the source of all creation.

Dominique Vincent

Rabindranath Tagore

Ibn Arabi

If you want to save the world, listen to the dreams of your children.

Rabindranath Tagore

Why is this archtype so important for the blossoming of any organization? Because without him the workplace becomes passionless, dull and depressing. Any organization originates in the dream of his founders and needs to feed on the imagination and creativity of its members. This archetype is available in each of us to open the door to our creativity and to a relax attitude where we don’t think of ourself too seriously.

The artist is the troubadour, the bearer of emotions, the poet and the lover who reminds his fellow citizens of the sense of fun, humor, beauty and inspired creation. He is a writer, a dancer, a musician, a director, an actor, a painter... He is a bridge between the known and the unknowable. He is absolutely needed for the dynamic and balance of any group or organization.

Since ancient Greece, the cathartic values of artistic expression have been recognized and theorized. Psychotherapists as well acknowledge the therapeutic function of arts. Everyone has to find his way to express his instinctual world, to connect to the Source, and to participate in the creation of his personal and social reality. Numerous artistic works have a cathartic value, helping to purge and clean emotions and passions. This is true, both, for the one who creates a piece of art as well as for the one who enjoys it. Active looking and listening is also a participation in any creative work. It is part of the inspiration of the artist as a dynamic loop.

A function of art is to participate in the balance and harmony of the universe. It invites humans to join the cosmic order. Progress in self-knowledge, is marked by the revelation of the intrinsic beauty of all elements of this vast universe, and by the desire to sing, to dance, to put color in one's life.

The Unknown

archetype.list.unknown.quote1 What I do not know, I do not believe I do.

archetype.list.unknown.quote2 Socrates' plea before his judges. He is declared by the oracle of Delphi the wisest of Greece because he knows he knows nothing.

I am an unconscious that has come true.

archetype.list.unknown.quote4 Jung's assertion at the end of his life.

The Unknown is the archetype of what is not yet conscious and manifested, where new possibilities resides, and where new processes are brewing preparing to unfold. It contains the energy of the Source, but also of everything we have repressed within. In order to be fully alive, we need to claim back the energies hidden in our suppressed emotions as well as to reconnect with the Source. Often this archetype creates disturbances and worries when it manifests itself unexpectantly in our personal lives and in our organizations. Yet it carries the promise and the dynamic of change. In the unfolding of one's personality like in the evolution of groups, the new elements that occur must be recognized, understood, assessed and incorporated.

The Unknown is always present when a difficult choice has to be taken. He is the one that conflicts with the establishment. He may be the disruptor or the instigator of change in the statuts quo. He reminds us that a phase of doubt and destabilization is a must for any dynamic of change. It is what is not yet known, which has not yet been defined, and that which hesitates to emerge, in spite of the power of life pushing for it. We can compare this archetype with the ‘Shadow’ according to Jung. It is diametrically opposite to the archetype of the king which is precisely the one of fulfillment and self realization.

Great sages have often been seen as dangerous revolutionaries by their fellow citizens. Like in the case of Socrates and of Master Eckhart, one of the most provoking statements is simply: "I know nothing". The Supreme Wisdom resides in facing the mystery of existence, but we fear it so much, as it looks like emptiness and death.

The unknown is often the receptacle of the unloved parts of ourselves where some of our most profound resources are hidden and waiting to be used. What is true for our inner world is also true for any group or for any country: immense resources are hidden in the unloved, rejected, despised. It is present in the fear of minorities, sects, new religions, immigrants, anything different... We have the opportunity to go through what creates insecurity in us in order to access fully to the richness and adventure of life.

The King/Queen

It definitely takes strength to always hold the balance of justice right between so many people making efforts to make it bend to their side. [...] The decision making needs the mind of a master, and it is without comparison easier to do what we are, than to imitate what we are not.

Louis XIV

The King-leader knows how a team works because he is aware of how his own inner world works. He is the "father-mother" of his kingdom.

The archetype of the King and of the Queen is that of an accomplished personality. This requires the integration of the energies of all the other archetypes, the Warrior, the Artist , the Sage, the Builder, and the Unknown. Our ability to accept the totality of our inner world, makes it possible for us, to integrate our full potential in our outer realm too.

The King has integrated his core polarities, right and left brain, front and back of his body, earth and sky energies through his feet and the top of his head. These three polarities correspond to the Yin/Yang described by the Taoist sages. This makes him, male or female, an androgynous personality, a King-Queen, open and centered peacefully in his heart.

The King trusts himself because he is constantly rooted in the presence to his own ‘body feelings’. That makes him capable of adapting constantly to changing environnemental conditions. He knows how to stay serene in the fire of action. The King feels kindness and empathy for his close assistants and his subjects. He sees and recognizes the value of their contribution. He deeply wants every person working with him, to feel comfortable, to give and enjoy the best of himself, and to flourish.

The issue for him is not to be better, stronger, or above the others, but to know what helps them to grow to the benefit of the entire kingdom. As good fathers and good mothers do, he even enjoys when his subjects become wiser and stronger than him and walk ahead. His role is to create conditions under which he can fulfill his dreams, helping others to achieve theirs. The King/Queen establishes a climate of mutual trust. In effect, he knows how to delegate.

The King is constantly making his way towards a better coherence between his whole inner experience, between his intuition, feelings, values, beliefs, words and deeds. He develops a broad vision as that of the captain on the ship's bridge. He is at the service of the common good, not just himself or a faction. He accepts conflict as necessary for the growth of his kingdom, be it a family, a business, or a sports team.