The Spiritual Teacher Archetype

Guide . Sage . Spiritual Master . Preacher . Evangelist . Wise Woman . Crone


Represents the nature of the Divine in life and in yourself.


Places financial gain and control over imparting spiritual insight.

The Guide takes the role of Teacher to a spiritual level, teaching not only the beliefs and practices that make up established religions, but also the overarching principle of seeing love in every aspect of life.

Clearly you do not have to be a professional Preacher or Guru to have this archetype, as we can all learn to lead others spiritually through developing our own intuitive spiritual awareness and passing on whatever we have learned with genuine humility.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow aspect of the Guide is visible in many modern televangelists and gurus of various traditions who are more interested in financial gain and controlling their followers than in imparting genuine spiritual insight.


To count this archetype as part of your support group, however, you will need to discern in your life a continuing pattern of devoting yourself to teaching others from your own spiritual insights. This presupposes that you have gained wisdom through some combination of self-disciplined practice and study and perhaps spontaneous spiritual experiences.

Wisdom also comes with age, and so the Crone or Wise Woman represents the ripening of natural insight and the acceptance of what is, allowing one to pass that wisdom on to others.


Movies Portraying the ‘Guide’ (Spiritual Teacher)

Watching movies related to one of your core archetype especially when going through the process of healing is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).



Words Of Wisdom

Life Changing Lessons From A Spiritual Teacher

1. The world doesn’t belong to leaders. The world belongs to the whole humanity

2. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

3. The essence of any religion is good heart.

4. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.

5. Your Home is where you feel at home.

6. In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity for growth.

7. Life is too short to be anything but happy.

8. It’s okay if you get angry from time to time.

9. You must not lose faith in humanity.

10. Love everyone, be attached to no one.

11. It’s not just your brain who needs to be developed, your warmheartedness needs as well.

12. Underneath it all we are all good, but not everyone lives life from that place.

13. The best way to resolve any problem is to sit down and talk.

14. Ignorance is anything but bliss.

15. You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things.

16. We are all different yet we are all the same.

17. You can create a dynamic impression not just by using words, but also by knowing when to be silent.

18. Knowledge never decreases by being shared.

19. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true meaning of life.

20. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

21. Urge people to investigate things, don’t command them to believe.

22. Your task is not to be better than anyone else. Your task is to be better than you used to be.

23. If we do not combine science and these basic human values, then scientific knowledge may sometimes create troubles, even disaster…

~ Dalai Lama



The Wounded Healer Archetype

Wounded Healer . Caregiver . Nurse . Therapist


Passion to serve others by repairing the body, mind, and spirit.

Ability to help transform pain into healing


Taking advantage of those who need help.

Failing to care for oneself,

The Wounded Healer is initiated into the art of healing through some form of personal hardship–anything from an actual physical injury or illness to the loss of all one’s earthly possessions.

Regardless of the shape of the wound, the challenge inherent in this initiation process is that one is unable to turn to others for help beyond a certain degree of support. Only the initiate can ultimately heal the wound; if it is an illness or accident, it will frequently be one for which there is no conventional cure.

The Wounded Healer archetype emerges in your psyche with the demand that you push yourself to a level of inner effort that becomes more a process of transformation than an attempt to heal an illness. If you have successfully completed the initiation, you inevitably experience an exceptional healing, and a path of service seems to be divinely provided shortly after the initiation is complete.

Manifests as a passion to serve others by repairing body, mind, and spirit.

Inherent strength and ability to assist people in transforming their pain into a healing process, and to channel to energy needed to generate physical and emotional changes.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow of both the Healer and Wounded Healer manifests through a desire to take advantage of those who need help, including claims that you can heal any and every illness a person has.


Look beyond the obvious definition of what you do professionally, to a continual pattern of trying to heal others.

Source: myss.com

Movies Portraying ‘Wounded Healers’

Watching movies related to one of your core archetype especially when going through the process of healing is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).



The Teacher Archetype

Teacher . Instructor . Educator . Mentor


Ability to communicate knowledge, experience, skill or wisdom.


Manipulating or abusing students.

Teaching negative traits and destructive skills.

Teaching is the art of communicating knowledge, experience, skill, and wisdom to another.

Teaching, or offering instruction of any kind, can manifest through parental guidance, business apprenticeship, or by inspired instruction in ethics or kindness.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow Teacher manifests as a desire to manipulate or abuse those you are instructing; to be more concerned with recognition than with imparting knowledge; or, like the shadow Mentor, to teach negative traits and destructive skills, like burglary or how to cheat on the job.


To determine whether this archetype is part of your support team, ask yourself if others look to you as a teacher in any situation. Are you the one that others seek out for the richness of your experience, or to teach them the ropes?


Movies with Teacher Archetypes

Watching movies related to one of your core archetypes, especially when going through the process of healing your shadow aspect is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).