The Truth-Seeker Heeds the Call To Find Meaning in Life

The truth-seeker character-archetype is reflected in the annual vacation season.

Americans take to the roads and air in search of many different truths – relaxation, diversion, sun, love, friendship, romance, cultural exploration, and adventure – to name a few.



The Quest for Meaning and Self-Knowledge

The great quest of the truth-seeker in late life is to find meaning. This often requires discovery of the uncompleted parts of the self.

Genius psychologist Carl Gustav Jung believed we must recognize all parts of our conscious and unconscious selves to integral wholeness.

Carole S. Pearson (Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World) says the seeker is the one who answers the call.

The call is that signal event that starts the hero’s journey. The truth-seeker and hero are two of the best-known archetypal characters.

Obstacles Are Opportunities for Self-Knowledge

Each of us must encounter and overcome our personal dragons on our journey through life.

Your dragons may be outer obstacles and challenges. Or your dragons may be the inner epiphanies needed to find body-mind-spirit completion.

James Hollis calls this dimension of achieving wholeness the Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places (Studies in Jungian Psychology By Jungian Analysts). Guilt, grief, fear, depression are among the less pleasant parts of the hero’s journey.

How the Truth-Seeker Finds Grace and Dignity

Yet it is only by bravely accepting and journeying through these experiences that we achieve true maturity and wholeness. Through them, the seeker character-archetype learns what it means to behave with dignity and grace to become a grown-up.

Hollis writes the perspective of Jungian psychology is

"the assumption that the the goal of life is not happiness but meaning.

"We may well experience moments of happiness, but they are ephemeral and can neither be willed into being nor perpetuated by hope. Rather, Jungian psychology, as well as much of the rich religious and mythological tradition from which it draws many of its insights, avers that it is the swamplands of the soul, the savannas of suffering, that provide the context for the stimulation and the attainment of meaning." (p. 8)

The Truth-Seeker Answers the Call to the Hero's Journey

Many myths and legends illustrate the hero’s journey, which always starts with the seeker character-archetype answering a call to do something.

This master story also is encoded in much popular entertainment. From The Odysseus to The Matrix movies, the truth-seeker is that one of the archetypal characters who moves forward answering the call.

Each of us may hear that call when we take time to listen to the lessons life is trying to teach us.

What Story Is Your Truth-Seeker Called to Live?

No story is more important than your own. Now is the time to invite the truth-seeker character-archetype to take the first step on the road you long to travel.

Many books, books on tape, and workshops are available to help you on your journey.

If you are called to adventure and travel, you may choose to travel with elders or in all women groups. You may travel to spiritual centers, with artists, to wine country, or wherever your passion leads you.

If you are called to be creative, investigate workshops at local museums, colleges and universities, or online.

You may learn a new language – or several – or a new behavior. A recent issue of the AARP Bulletin summarized many places online – including such top universities as MIT – where we can take courses free.

What Call Does TheTruth-Seeker in You Long to Answer?

The truth-seeker is the archetypal character in you who longs to follow your passion or to, at last, respond to life’s crises with wisdom, grace, and maturity.

Astrologer Robert Wilkinson explains that this summer is a ripe time to explore and live your new archetype..

Have you heard the call to seek your personal truth? Have you started your hero’s journey to truth and wholeness?

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