According to the Michael Teachings, before each of us ever sets foot on the planet to start our lives, our soul picks one of seven archetypes. It’s sort of a blueprint for who we are going to be.
“Every soul has a particular role that determines his dominant way of being,” the teachings suggest.
We each have one role, but of course, we also have secondary influences from our essence twin and universal casting. It’s important to note these roles are not in a hierarchal order.
“We could say that our role is our primary style. It determines not so much what we do, but how we tend to do whatever we choose to do,” the teachings say, noting that our soul archetypes are not exclusive or rigid in their ways.
“Anyone can do any activity, regardless of role, although each role tends to gravitate toward certain activities.”
So, what are the seven soul archetypes?
Servers (about 25 per cent of the population) are people who want to alleviate suffering in the material, physical world. They bear the burden of mankind and because of this, feel like they need to be in control. They feel frustrated when they’re not able to serve the common good and so, can become manipulative or combative in order to get things done.
Servers are known for being caring, devoted, friendly, nurturing and trustworthy. However, this means they can also be domineering, treated like a doormat, overworked, self-sacrificing and subservient.
Servers often work “behind the scenes” as often doctors, nurses, social workers, teachers, bureaucrats, waiters and housewives.
Famous servers: Al Gore, Dalai Lama, Ingrid Bergman, Paul McCartney, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Artisans (about 22 per cent of the population) believe the physical world is an endless possibility of artistic material meant to be used, molded and fashioned into something beautiful. They are eccentric, seeing life as a canvas to be transformed. They are often dreamers, who can slip into other worlds, forgetting about reality.
Artisans use their hands to create things we can use. They are curious in their thinking and artistic expression, gravitating towards intimate connections rather than large groups. They are imaginative, innovative and spontaneous. This means they are also known to be dreamy, emotional, flaky, moody, self-delusional, self-destructive and skeptical.
Artisans are usually classified as artists, inventors, poets, writers, craftsmen, actors, architects, engineers, mechanics and athletes.
Famous artisans: David Bowie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Natalie Portman, Frank Sinatra, Meryl Streep.
Warriors (about 17 per cent of the population) love a challenge. Their accomplishments are rooted in achievement. They believe the world is a place to be conquered and because they are so focused on their own goals, can often forget how to communicate properly. They get things done; they know what they want and how to get it, even if that means being a bully.
Warriors are very aware of the physical world. They are deliberate, energetic, determined, focused, grounded, maternal, organized, productive, protective and proud. They can also be abrasive, blunt, coercive, devious, evasive, hot-tempered, narrow-minded, unforgiving and violent.
Warriors generally choose careers as businesspeople, salespeople, labourer, police officers, soldiers, bouncers, boxers or athletes.
Famous warriors: Johnny Depp, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand, Marlon Brando, Judi Dench.
Scholars (about 13 per cent of the population) are people who seek knowledge. They are the star student of this class called life, collecting information methodically and absorbing everything they need to know in a sponge-like way. They are willing to try anything at least once — in the name of knowledge. They notoriously swap hands-on life experience in favour of books and theory. In other words, they can talk the talk, but not always walk the walk.
Scholars are adventurous, curious, easy-going, grounded, knowledgeable, logical, methodical and studious. They are also arrogant, overbearing, intellectualizers, passive, pontificators, reclusive and theoretical.
Scholars are usually librarians, scientists, scholars, writers, researchers, mathematicians and professors.
Famous scholars: Beethoven, Humphrey Bogart, Deepak Chopra, Emily Dickinson, Abraham Lincoln, William Shakespeare.
Sages (about 10 per cent of the population) are the “great communicators,” the wordsmiths of the world, able to express wisdom, love, harmony and philosophy. Sages act out and dramatize their thoughts through art, music, teaching, salesmanship and entertainment — always for an audience. They demand attention and can have an overblown sense of entitlement. Their need to live in the public eye can hinder their ability to draw real connections and address the needs of others in their life.
Sages are articulate, dramatic, entertaining, expressive, friendly, fun, humorous, inquisitive, knowledgeable and light-hearted. They can also be arrogant, deceptive, dramatic, egocentric, gossipy, loud, sleazy and tasteless.
Sages are entertainers, authors, performers, actors, public speakers, teachers and broadcasters.
Famous sages: Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, George Clooney, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, J.K. Rowling.
Priests (about eight per cent of the population) seek to bring out the good in other people. They are determined leaders with hearts of gold; their mission is to inspire the people around them to fulfill their highest purpose. They feel compassion for others and create natural connections with the people they meet, drawing crowds wherever they go. This talent can lead to moral arrogance, believing that their beliefs are the only valid option.
Priests are natural healers, so they are caring, compassionate, guiding, inspiring, nurturing, visionary, warm and spiritual. They can also be emotional, fanatical, impractical, irrational vague and zealous.
Priests are often pastors, humanitarians, ministers, preachers, counsellors and psychologists.
Famous priests: Julie Andrews, Anderson Cooper, Gandhi, John Lennon, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Emma Watson.
Kings (about four per cent of the population) are natural-born leaders, foreseeing what they need to do to accomplish their goals. Their confidence inspires others to be loyal to them, but their authority can turn ruthless and tyrannical because they are so sure of themselves. They are driven by mastery, so they will rarely abandon a task until they have perfected it.
Kings are benevolent, charismatic, commanding, composed, perfectionist, regal and stable. At the same time, they can be arrogant, controlling, demanding, extravagant, heartless, inflexible, intolerant, overbearing and tyrannical.
Kings are mayors, politicians, states people, governors, managers, overseers, stewards, presidents and executives.
Famous kings: James Cameron, Steve Jobs, Khloe Kardashian, John F. Kennedy, Jennifer Lopez.
Which soul archetype do you think you are? I think I’m an artisan!
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