"Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be."

-Bhagavad-Gita 2.12 


Atmatypes & Brahmatypes

Let's face it, life pushes our buttons as an on-going exchange between internal and external factors and how we choose to respond shapes our overall character. Knowing who (within) holds the lens and where the story takes place and when and how we notice the details may determine what it's all about. Luckily, we need only tap into the wisdom of our Essential Self to make authentic decisions that reveal our true nature.

Created by Curriculum AUM, Atmatype is a hybrid word, combining "Atman"(Hindu for the individual soul in reflection of Brahman) with "archetype" (a Jungian psychology phrase depicting the facets of the subconscious personality that re-appear again and again as universal characteristics). In unique expressions of consciousness, a consistent cast of characters emerge to tell the story of one-song (uni-verse). Each one maintains a distinct voice & style but reflects aspects of our personality that may be recognizable within our neighbors near and far.

 Carl Gustav Jung aptly describes the role of the archetype in this collected work, number 8:  "All the most powerful ideas in history go back to archetypes. This is particularly true of religious ideas, but the central concepts of science, philosophy, and ethics are no exception to this rule. In their present form they are variants of archetypal ideas created by consciously applying and adapting these ideas to reality. For it is the function of consciousness not only to recognize and assimilate the external world through the gateway of the senses, but to translate into visible reality the world within us."

According to Curriculum AUM, there are 19 Atmatypes in the Essential Self to reflect the similar patterns of the lunar and solar cycles which harmonize every 19 years: The Secular Self, The Observologist, The Wounded, The Philosopher, The Seeker, The Warrior, The Practitioner, The Artist, The Renunciate, The Diviner, The Agent, The Liaison, The Channel, The Healer, The Shaman, The Awakened, The Enlightened, The Teacher and The Student. Each Atmatype allegorizes things like thoughts, moods, emotions and actions in order to highlight the re-occurring themes in our choices.

There are also 3 Brahmatypes: The Coach, The Muse and The Prophet, who serve as guides for the realization of the Essential Self. The Brahmatypes embody the L.aw O.f V.astness E.xpressing to elucidate lessons of I.lluminating T.ruth manifesting i.n t.ime.

Ultimately, the connection between the Atmatypes and the Brahmatypes asserts a profound influence on how we write our life story. Just like any good relationship, communication plays an instrumental role in building intimacy and trust.