The central task of the RULER as an inner archetype is to take full responsibility for our life, and express our deeper Self in the world we are in contact with. This expression of the deeper Self requires accepting and integrating our leadership role and, from it, using our power in an appropriate way in order to make a positive impact around us.
As with the other archetypes inside us, it is possible to overcome the resistance to accept the Ruler that we all have inside when the time to wake him up comes. From inside us, or from outside of us, it is possible to activate the archetype so that its energy consciously becomes part of what we think, feel, do, and express around us.
In this scene from The Lord Of The Rings. The Return Of The King, we see an example of, on one hand, the intervention of the subconscious through a dream and, on the other hand, an external intervention, accompanied by the symbolic power of an object and the contact with it. Both the dream and the conversation aim at taking Aragorn to overcome his own fears and doubts, and fully embrace his destiny as the future King.
In this example, the inner RULER, the archetype, matches its outer manifestation, as the social role of the character is to become his land's ruler. In our daily lives, however, our inner RULER may manifest as we find our strength to make a decision, to put order in our home finances, to make clear where the limits are in an uncomfortable interaction, or the help our co-workers to find their direction in a new project.
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