The Seeker Archetype


We now meet the 4 soul archetypes, the Seeker, the Lover, the Destroyer and the Creator.  Whilst the 4 ego archetypes are those that build the foundations for our life, the soul archetypes giving meaning to our life. The first one we will meet is the Seeker.

The quest always begins with yearning. We feel discontented, confined, alienated or empty. Often we do not even have a name for what is missing but we long for that mysterious something
— Carol Pearson

The seeker is the archetype that is searching for something better and it is often activated in adolescents as they search for their identity, look to find out where they fit in and finding their place in the world.  If we think about Dick Whittington or the explorer undertaking a journey, it is the seeker archetype who will give them the courage to step over the threshold and to make the journey.  It is also an archetype that can become activated after a life-change, maybe divorce, bereavement, redundancy, retirement, empty nest.

In the Hero's Journey, we are going along relatively happy in our life and then something starts to irritate us, nag us, call us - it is something that comes from inside.  If we choose to the ignore the call, (if maybe our seeker archetype is not strong enough), we will have to work really hard and expend lots of energy in suppressing the signs that we need to change something. There is a belief, that when we ignore these signs, this is when dis-ease sets in. We know that when we cross the threshold, nothing will ever be the same again, and we cannot go back.  Some people sadly spend the whole of their life avoiding stepping over the threshold and create a whole life story and strategy around avoiding the change that their soul is calling them towards.  

Others, hop, skip and jump over the threshold and as soon as they do, they look for another the grass is always greener on the other side for these people.  In the latter example this is someone who has excessive seeker energy - someone who cannot commit to anything or anyone, because there is possibly always something better "over there".

The gifts of the seeker are: autonomy, ambition, identity and possibility thinking.

The goal is: to search for a better life or a better way of living, to find their truth

The fear of the seeker is: being trapped.

The task of the seeker its be true to oneself. (We go on a journey because we want to find out who we are.)

As with all of the other archetypes there are various levels of evolution of the seeker.  At the highest level, the seeker is seeking spiritual truths and knows that the answers come from the inside, - not from being in a temple, with a guru or in a different country.  At the lowest level the seeker can have excessive ambition and the inability to commit - always looking for the next thing, always dissatisfied.

The seeker (when not balanced with lover) can create a lonely life, as they are always looking for something better.  

One of the worse things you can do to a seeker is to try to clip their wings or to put them in a box, by saying you are a certain age, a certain gender, of a certain educational level - therefore you must do x or y behaviour and you should be satisfied with your life.  A seeker is like a butterfly that wants to spread its wings and to learn and experience more.

The seeker is the archetypal energy that will give us the motivation to travel the world, change careers etc.....but if it is left to run away without being balanced by other archetypes, we can become the eternal seeker, always looking for the next thing.  In the personal development world, there are many seekers to be found, believing that the next course, the next experience, the next adventure will give them the inner peace, the joy, happiness they are looking for.  As I have said above, we embody the highest level of the seeker when we understand that the answers come from the inside.

In a workplace setting the seeker is called the explorer and would be a great asset leading a change management project as it would be natural for them to look for new ways of doing things.  Someone with a high seeker would not thrive in a job where they do the same thing each day, where there is no room for out the box thinking, or where they have to follow procedures.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this - do you identify with the seeker archetype.  The fact that you are even reading this blog and have maybe subscribed to my website, means you probably have pretty high seeker!!  Otherwise you simply would not be interested!! 

I would love to read your comments.

Allison xx