S many S’s, so little space (or at least for this column). But what’s true for countless S’s, and all archetypes, is that Archetypes are not the same as stereotypes. Stereotypes define, decree and close the door on who we are. Archetypes open the windows to possibilities of who we truly are. Plus (and what I may love most): they awaken us to the magic of synchronicity in our daily lives. Sweet!

So here are four more:

Spiritual Seeker
Perhaps a distant memory of paradise is to blame. Maybe reality is the culprit. Doesn’t matter: you feel it in your bones that “There’s got to be more than this.” As Carolyn Myss tells us in her book Archetypes: Who are You?, “a spiritual seeker is always looking for something more…they are our modern-day mystics.” Is this you? You don’t have to be Harry Potter to see the truth in the saying “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Your power is charged by following the voice of your soul to that place where simple secrets await. Your archetypal families are the Spiritual and Intellectual. To you, every person, place, and thing on your path is your teacher. And that’s a lot of awaiting magic!

Behind your glasses, you are a different kind of Seeker. Also from the Intellectual family as well as the Visionary, you need to see, and systematically ascertain the authenticity of, what once may have been believed a miracle. But that doesn’t mean you’ve stopped believing in miracles. Your approach may look and feel serious, whether your passion is fueled by physics, medicine, biology, or oceanography. But your heart belongs to mystery. You know these words by Einstein to be true: “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

Eternally in search of the perfect wave, your personal pledge echoes that of Laird Hamilton, who once said, “The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean.” You are stoked at sea, have sand in your sheets and a wetsuit that never completely dries — even if only in your mind when you are confined to the boardroom and not on your board. Surfer Girl or Boy, your families are the Rebel and Athlete. And when you first step foot back into the ocean, you are returned to a horizon of sanity, spirituality, and with your biggest waves, fear. Go for it!
We are all born into our pattern of family archetypes, and we are born as and with sisters. If Sister is your personal archetype, you get your natural strength from sisterhood. And there are as many archetypal sister acts as there are sisters. As Toni Morrison wrote, “A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves — a special kind of double.” So pray she either shares your archetypes or has a strong Caregiver in her mix that will make a lifetime friend. Because whether you have a daily closeness, are younger or older, sister or brother: no relationship can ever replace the deep connection that makes you “closer than hands and feet.”

Welcome to the world of what truly unites us all — and always has — the world of archetypes. Welcome home.

With grace and gratitude,

Cristina Carlino is the founder of Archetypes, Inc. Each week she reveals a new letter of the Alphabet of Archetypes. Stop back often to discover aspects of yourself you didn’t know existed.