Seekers are explorers of the soul. They are always on the lookout for something that will raise consciousness, whether in the realm of the spiritual, medical or psychological. They embrace anything, in fact, that can teach them something about themselves, whether it is meditation, yoga, new forms of therapy or following the teachings of church leaders, fitness coaches or gurus.
Sometimes they don’t even know what they are looking for and prefer—like many of the hippies of the counter-culture generation and New Age acolytes that followed—to wander from one ecstatic moment to the next.
Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road, writes in his great Beat novel a prescient description of the questing restlessness that first arose during the post-war years in America. For him the road is a symbol of something more than a way to get from one city to another.
When he writes, “The road is life,” he is referring to the experience of both outer and inner travel that seekers hold in highest regard. These idealistic archetypes are always looking for another piece of the puzzle that will help them lead the most fulfilling of lives.
Carlos Castaneda, Robert M. Pirsig, Christopher McCandless
Charming and able to adjust to all kinds of situations, seekers can bring new perspectives about life to anyone who is curious enough to ask them to describe what they’ve experienced.
Seekers can become so self-involved that they lose touch with the needs of those around them. They can also get trapped in the cult of spiritual leaders and gurus.
Workshops, retreats, religions, meditation, nature, hallucinogens
- The Only Dance There Is by Ram Dass
- The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
- The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
“If you want to be found stand where the seeker seeks.” -Sidney Lanier