“There’s really two people in each and every one of us… there’s this one person who believes I am what I do, what I have, and what others think of me. This person is constantly trying to make other people wrong or make themselves right, trying to establish their validity on the basis of how much I have and how much you have. If you have some of my stuff, or any stuff, then I have to get it, because the more of it I get the more powerful I am.”
Dyer, who has a doctorate in counseling psychology from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, said that it comes down to basic Jungian archetypal theory. “Jung said it starts with the archetype of the athlete, which is the time in our adult life when our primary emphasis is on our body, what it can do, how strong it is. Then he said it moves to the archetype of the warrior, which is to take your body out into the world and to do what warriors do, which is to collect, to defeat and get as much of the other person’s pie as you can possibly get.” Then comes the archetype of the statesman with its emphasis on service to others and, finally, the archetype of spirit.
“Most people are in those bottom archetypes,” he said. “They’re athletes and warriors. When they meet someone who is at the higher archetype, who threatens their sense of ‘I am what I do, what I have and what everybody else thinks of me,’ then their only way of dealing with them is to get rid of those people. The way that we get rid of them is through the only way that we know. We rely on the warrior mentality, which is to defeat them, to kill them and to react violently. When you run into spiritual beings who encounter people who are living at the lowest levels, you’ll find this is a common theme.”
Like many, he hopes that humanity is evolving toward these higher archetypes; that the information age will soon give way to an age of inspiration. “If you look at it and break it down,” he said, “inspiration comes from ‘in-spirit.’ If you take the word information, that comes from ‘in-form.’ When you’re in the world of form, the physical world, what you get is a lot of information. When you’re in the world of spirit, what you get is inspiration which is the source of all form.”