Hello and welcome! I'm Lindsy Richards, the creator of Illuminating Archetypes. I live in Encinitas, California with my husband and two children where we value the slow and simple life of eating well, playing in nature, and being with family.
Illuminating Archetypes is an intermix of creative work that consists of hand-made headpieces, original product, and photography. All facets of my work are infused, inspired, and guided by mythologies and archetypes. Whether I'm creating for an event, campaign, or private client I love to uncover symbolism and deeper meanings while weaving it into the work and illuminating the powers that be.
The Methodology and Origins of Illuminating Archetypes
In 2012 I began development of Illuminating Archetypes ™. It is a methodology of using universal archetypes and myths to bring aspects of the Self/Soul into the forefront of our consciousness. Mythologies are like templates for the human psyche. We unconsciously reenact these stories in our daily lives, grafting our individual experiences onto them. If we become conscious of the archetypes and mythologies within, these stories they can offer us signposts and navigation tools for life.
I bring the vibrational essence of the archetype at hand to life by creating custom handmade adornment for the subject to wear. The subject steps into character and embodies the energy and I take photos.
The idea and hope is that when the subject sees the Self in the context of the myth/symbols within the image she can step outside of herself and recognize her power and mystery. She awakens to her beauty and divinity, whether it be shadow or light.
Through engaging the myths and archetypes one may find keys to unlock passages to the Self that are lost, forgotten, or undiscovered.
My aim is for people to see themselves as mythical beings whose stories are unique yet universal. When we realize this we feel more At One.
Transformation is intrinsic to the process. I don't claim to be a healer, however healing may be a side affect to the process. The Illuminating Archetypes method is a study of Thy Self and therefor can result in assisting individuals to the return of the Whole Self.
Illuminating Archetypes was inspired by Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Dr, Clarissa Pinkola Estes.