(originally published on Rebelle Society)
"It was interesting when I discovered the archetype of the Rebel was so powerful in me. It was driving me to my death because my rebel was unconscious. When the Rebel is asleep it fights without a cause.
"Archetypes are universal and often subconscious symbols or behavior patterns, that serve as prototypes upon which we build our understanding of the world and of ourselves. They are frequent in myths and stories present in different cultures and they deeply affect the way we relate to the world.
Much---yet not enough---has been said about the powerful influence our archetypes have in our life, choices, health and well-being. So we met with Beth Martens, a modern-day archetype-based creative healer with a powerful story to learn more...
M: Beth, in a nutshell, what do you do?
B: I help women get passed their fear of expressing with an authentic voice. So that they don't have to feel like they are doing that job all by themselves. They don't have to ask for permission. I help them get their vision out there.
M: What event or life experience inspired you to create your personal coaching program based on healing through archetypes?
B: There was more than one. I spent most of the 90's taking trips to India. I went eight times, back and forth. I met a number of amazing teachers. I was inspired musically. Through meditation and yoga, it ignited this fire in me---that I had to teach and give back.
In 1999, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease Stage 4 Lymphoma. It was a three year battle for me. I was told that I was going to die, so I faced my own mortality.
So ultimately, I laid on my death bed twice and had major breakthroughs. Everything was gone at that point; my work, home, my voice, my physical body. I was defeated. At that moment I threw down the gauntlet and I accepted reality. It was then I saw who I truly was, 100% effulgent.
It was through working with archetypes (archetypes are many ancient patterns that exist in human consciousness) that I was able to come to the edge of it and began to recover. While I was recovering, it became clear to me that I was not going to be able to go back to my life (working in a family business as a VP).
That's when I had the revelations that I am meant to sing, I'm meant to work with women help them get that liberation that I was feeling. It made me realize that it's not what you do but where you are coming from that has the influence on your health.
Eighteen months later, I was re-diagnosed with cancer. This time I didn't fight. I went straight to the advice of the doctors. I had learned a lot from the first round and had all these skills under my belt. I learned how to be the author of my own experience. The medical establishment had recommended a stem cell transplant. At that point I had to look inside and find the truth in me.
It was interesting when I discovered the archetype of the Rebel was so powerful in me. It was driving me to my death because my rebel was unconscious. When the Rebel is asleep it fights without a cause.
At that time I was guided to work with Carolyn Myss, when her book Sacred Contracts had just come out. Somehow I knew intuitively that this archetype wheel was my key, whether it was my key to die gracefully or live, I didn't know.
As my Rebel was awakening, I was recovering.
After regaining my strength, I suddenly knew that I had to get out there and work with women. I created the Harmonic Archetype Wheel which supports women in their authentic journey.
M: Tell us more about your work in finding one's voice.
B: I tend to work with women who are already empowered and sharing their gifts with world. Even though these women may look successful on the outside, deep down they may feel that their life's purpose is not being fulfilled.
When you want to take a risk that's outside of your comfort zone, it invites a lot of energy in your system. Who is going to hold you accountable to what you truly want and not let you waffle on making your big break... again?
M:You mix music, meditation and yoga. It seems to me like a natural combination. How does this come together in helping women find their own voice?
B: As an artist my whole life---one way or the other, visually or with sound, my creative world has often revolved around my love for music, song, composing, chanting, toning and "making a noise in this world."
I do a coaching program called the Harmonic Archetype Wheel, which is my own creation based on Carolyn Myss' work. Working on myself at the archetype level taught me that our lives are a whole harmonic expression, not just a bunch of separate parts and aspects.
Many creative women feel that their voice, their creative force, is going off in every direction. So with the Wheel, I help fem-preneurial creatives pull it all together to see what their archetype signature is, what is the life purpose they came to express and be a self-sustaining contribution.
M: Your personal story is very powerful. You had a child after surviving cancer and chemotherapy. Were your doctors and family against this decision?
B: Being a born rebel, I didn't ask anyone's permission. I knew I wanted to have a child, but I also was told after all the chemo that I was unlikely to conceive. The universe hears us when we want something. My son was meant to be, so he came even against the odds.
M: Can you share one story of how your coaching helped someone come to their authentic voice?
B: One powerful business woman, an Artist/Mystic/Change-Maker/Engineer working at a high-level in an organization came to me when she was deeply mired in the grief of her mother passing. After a year of concentrated coaching she built from scratch to finish her original archetype wheel. On the heels of that she methodically dealt with all the things that held her back from getting on with her own balanced life, dreams and creative impulses.
She is currently using a Harmonic Archetype Wheel to get into the heart of what action she needs to take right now to turn her grueling corporate life into an oasis of creative calling that will let her love her artist, visionary perspective and her health at the same time.
It is one consciousness and we are one mind as archetypal energy.
***M: Can you walk us through the steps a client takes?
B: To begin I host a new client for a discovery breakthrough session where we see what are the biggest obstacles that might be keeping someone stopped from being fully self-expressed.
After we discover if we have some potential for working together, we decide what coaching option / service suits the client best.
When it comes to the Harmonic Archetype Wheel, we begin with a series of questionnaires that have been carefully designed in order to bring out the way that your archetypes have been expressing through your life, that you might not be aware of. Then we get together to discuss what action steps are implied. You get a really nice visual of the way that your archetypes are working together.
After that there is a chance to integrate and to see how you could get support to implement the action steps for moving forward in a conscious way inside your life purpose and authentic voice. I'm a professional hand-holder.
M: Beth, thank you for shining a light on your mission and for all the creative help you have given countless women.
B: Thank you, it is my pleasure! And thank you for hosting me here at Rebelle, it has been lovely.
I'd like to take this chance to invite you to join me at BethMartens.com for an epic-scale webinar called the Break Free Stories, highlighting the ways that some self-expressed creatives had turning points in their lives, broke away from expectations and the "norms" and took the risk of being self-sustaining and following their true life calling.
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Beth Martens is a voice liberator, archetype coach and singer with an online coaching practice and four CD's. She supports women who are truth tellers, fire starters, tribe builders, and spiritual guides in authentic self-expression. Beth is the creator of the Harmonic Archetype Wheel and the host of Break Free Stories, a complimentary webinar pioneering a global healing movement with highlighting the freedom stories of the Healing Festival with whom she is touring this summer along other amazing souls. All while mothering her young son, she holds hope for the future of the next generations.