Updated: Feb 7, 2022
On the path to personal truth, it is important to know the obstacles you may face.
In Biocognitive theory and practice, the concept of archetypes is expanded from the Jungian principle of individuation. In addition to symbols that provide access to the collective unconscious, archetypes are culturally learned to function within the beliefs shared by a group. One way to conceptualize archetypes is to see them as tools for their appropriate contextual challenges, much like a hammer to drive nails and a screwdriver to turn screws.
Since these biocognitive archetypes have been learned and epigenetically transferred from generation to generation, they are the ultimate refinement of our ancestral tools. More important to understand is the connection that these archetypes have with our wellness and longevity. That is, by applying these ancestral personas to the proper contextual challenge, we enhance mindbody wellness. Conversely, when archetypes are neglected or contextually mismatched, they can affect the flow of our healthspan.
As it relates to what I call the seeker archetype, we can identify the contextual conditions that support maximum relevance and meaning.
Terrain for the Seeker Archetype
Passion for discovery.
Dissatisfaction with present conditions.
Courage to make mistakes.
Search for the miraculous within.
Cultivating the Seeker Archetype
Discovering the obvious before it becomes obvious.
Perceiving criticism of small minds as acts of admiration with envy.
Embracing critique from wise teachers with admiration free of envy.
Accepting the responsibility of outlier consciousness.
Searching for the missing link in what appears to be perfect.
Balancing the Terrain for the Seeker Archetype
Understanding the limits of the archetype beyond its contexts.
Learning the mindbody cues that alert overuse or underuse of the archetype.
Identifying the coauthors that enhance or diminish the function of the archetype.
Viewing mistakes as approximations to a desired goal.
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