What’s a Seeker Anyway?
My mom refers to me as a Seeker. That used to bother me because I thought that referring to one as a seeker implied that they were lost, and I’ve never felt lost. Even though she praised me for being a Seeker, I assumed she considered me lost and wandering. And then, in 2012 I read Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss and I suddenly wholeheartedly identified with the Seeker archetype. Here is an excerpt of the definition from page 412 of Sacred Contracts:
Seeker: This archetype refers to one who searches on a path that may begin with earthly curiosity but has at its core the search for God and/or enlightenment. ….the Seeker is in search of wisdom and truth wherever it is to be found.
That resonated with me because I have a deep curiosity about the forces that guide our existence. My curiosity leads me to find truth and wisdom in many teachings. As much as I identify with certain religions, I also find elements that turn me off, thus continuing to broaden my search for wisdom and truth wherever it is to be discovered.
There is a shadow side to the Seeker archetype and perhaps that is what I had abstractly defined in my own mind as the Seeker. Here is another excerpt from Sacred Contracts, page 412 regarding the shadow side of the Seeker archetype:
Seeker: The shadow side of this archetype is the “lost soul” someone on an aimless journey without direction, ungrounded, disconnected from goals and others. The shadow emerges when seekers become infatuated with a certain practice or guru – what Chogyam Trungpa so aptly called “spiritual materialism” – but never actually change their underlying egocentricity.
I am a seeker. My curiosity, my search for truth and wisdom is part of who I am, maybe even a large part of my purpose…