The now is greatly the result of what we have chosen. Therefore, today we are dealing with the residue of our choices. These choices have been mainly structured by the outside world instead of by the inner mystical world of the soul and its archetypes.
The outside world is quite capable of lying to us and does so on a daily basis through much of everything we consume, be it media or food stuff: by almost everything. Conversely, the inner mystical world is incapable of lying (but can be just a bit insane...). This is our realm of the sacred and logic and reason have no authority here. In here are the powers of heart perception and intuitive perception. Archetypes are a mystical collective energy field created by all of us. We have constant intuitive connection to this at all times both consciously and subconsciously and super consciously.
An archetype is defined as a pattern from which things can be reproduced, a base form from which all things derive: the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype. In Jungian psychology it is defined as: a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches, such as the idea of 'mother', 'father', 'sibling' etc.
Archetypes can reveal the inside mystical landscape of your soul in things like: agendas, motivations, power issues and shadow patterns. They can also reveal larger patterns like your divinity and your dark side. When you begin to work with archetypes as an inner mystical road map you start to see the same patterns in the outer world around you. One of the things we have been taught is to be very afraid of is our own inner darkness. In reality, this darkness is to be embraced and brought out of the 'darkness' into the light and understood for our own personal growth. When we refuse it we lose the power to act, create and do. A good example of what I mean is the Star Trek episode where Capt. Kirk , in a transporter malfunction, is separated into his good and bad sides, and both the split identities loose the power to exist. It was only when they put them back together that it saved Kirk's life. Another manifestation of the dark side trying to become known is when it begins to take over and manifest in your behavior. It only does this for a long as you ignore whatever issue you don't want to deal with at the time.
In Jungian psychology it is common to allow these archetypes a voice. Sometimes this voice, in their way of looking at things, can be past lives, demons, attachments, et's, the boogie man, angels, divinity. We see these all the time on the big screen. All of which are considered parts of yourself that are disallowed expression. It is well accepted that these will burst out after acquiring energy from built up frustration of not being integrated consciously until they find a way to be resolved or integrated.
Today is a difficult time to live and not have these patterns at least somewhat integrated in your being. The outside world only gets meaner and nastier, and the inner world a little more confused and slightly insane because none of it makes any sense any more and it is extremely hard to know who and what to believe.
I have a feeling though, that if we could just be a bit braver in looking inside and taking an inventory and integrating what we find that maybe, just maybe, the outside world would not take such a toll on us and therefore we'd quit feeding it with all this energy and it just might die off....?
So while the outside world lies and the inside world goes quietly a little insane, it is our responsibility to create balance between these two by choosing moment to moment what reality should look like. We know how well we have chosen because we live in the residue of those choices.
For information on working with your own inner dominant archetypes and how to determine what they are, look up Caroline Myss.
For information of the entire subject of course, there is always Carl Jung.