The Mother Archetype

Written by Master Charles Cannon


“That which was before heaven and earth is Tao.  Tao is the mother of all things.”
 ~Tao Te Ching.

The Tao Te Ching is a very old revelation and yet you will find the Mother archetype in all cultures and traditions.  The Mother is an archetype in consciousness, a primordial image, a pattern of human evolutionary transformation and metamorphosis.  

There are many archetypes in consciousness.  Some familiar examples are the archetypes of the self, the hero, the father and the mother.  You are related to one archetype or another in the human journey because it represents a continuation of that pattern in consciousness through which you grow.  The Mother archetype is a very dominant one in terms of human interaction with it.  

Imagine that for 14 billion years in the evolution of consciousness -- of which you are a part -- you have identified with the Mother archetype, and through all this time you have journeyed it.  The journey is a progression with regard to the archetype from minimal self-awareness to maximum self-awareness, from dualistic to non-dual awareness, and from fragmentation to wholeness.   It is a progressive process of ever-increasing wholeness.

It’s important to ask yourself what is your experience now, after 14 billion years with this archetype?  Have you unified it yet?  Have you brought yourself to truth in and through the archetypal pattern of the Mother, the Divine Mother or the Divine Feminine?   The Mother archetype, obviously, has to do with manifestation, the becoming of being, the forms of life.  All forms of consciousness are the Divine Feminine.  The whole of creation is the Mother principle as in “mother nature.”   Here, the most important word -- and the most important focus in our awareness with regard to the Mother archetype is the word “inclusion.”

 Can you perceive all forms of consciousness, the whole of cosmic manifestation including your human form as the embodiment of the Divine Feminine?  Can you see yourself as the Mother archetype actualized in the here and now of true reality?  Through inclusion, can you find unification with all forms of life — all forms of consciousness?  Can you find in your inclusive awareness the inter-relatedness, the inter-connectedness of all and everything as one consciousness?  

If you can actualize such holistic experience (unification in your consciousness), then you have greatly evolved the Mother archetype.  You have evolved your individuated consciousness through the Mother archetype and are perceiving true reality as one consciousness.  

Again, this is through the principle of the archetype — the principle of inclusion.  “The one is the many” is the grand proclamation of the Divine Feminine archetype.  I am the one in the many.  That means that in this moment the person next to you, behind you, in front of you --  all the forms and objects in the room that surround you -- are but forms of the same consciousness, the same life that you are because the one is the many. 

About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.