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In a world with nearly 8 billion people, there is no single approach to spirituality that would fit everyone. Some prefer chanting and meditation, others like study and devotion, while still others choose nature as their source of spiritual wisdom.
Still, we all likely follow certain archetypal patterns in our approach to spirituality. Understanding these patterns can help us better weed out practices that don’t fit as well, while guiding us to dive deeper into the ones that do. In addition, understanding your spiritual archetype can help you enhance the positive sides of your style while minimizing the “shadow,” or negative sides.
In this quiz, discover which of the eight primary spiritual archetypes best describes your spiritual journey.
What would you say is your best quality?
What is your primary shadow quality?
You find fulfillment in…
Your ideal Friday night is…
What kind of movies do you most enjoy?
What is your deepest-held belief?
You attribute the problems in the world to…
Count your answers and then use the guide below to read more about the archetype you most connect with. (Keep in mind that this is only a brief quiz; if you feel the right answer is different than the result you got, stick with your intuition!)
You are a Devotee
The Devotee feels directly connected to a deity—whether that be God, Jesus, the Holy Mother, Buddha, Krishna, Kali, or any other image of the Divine. They feel most supported when in worship, service, and commitment to this deity. However, as they are so committed to this “external” connection, they may lose touch with their inner guidance and heart.
You are a Seeker
The Seeker archetype leads with a need to know, spurred on by a sense of feeling lost, alone, or outside. In their quest for truth, they will travel anywhere and try anything. Experiences that feel saturated in truth can lead to great states of expansion, but the Seeker also needs to learn how to cope with uncertainty and unknowing if they are to ever find peace.
You are a Healer
The Healer archetype leads with empathy and is very sensitive to the feelings of those around them. They seek wholeness—within and without. They believe that we are all connected and seek unity, even in groups of people with very different personalities or energies. While they love being with people, they often find their respite in nature.
You are a Prophet
The Prophet archetype is a messenger and likely has one of the five claires: clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance, and clairalience. The Prophet may be able to easily communicate with angels, nature spirits, and ancestral beings. They can use these gifts to help others through difficult times but need to develop their skills well enough such that their own desire/will is not superimposed on the advice they give. They also need to be aware that their predictions might not always be well-received and proceed with caution.
You are a Mystic
Many spiritual seekers might like to imagine themselves as Mystics—until they learn more about what this archetype entails. This is an archetype characterized by inner turmoil. They are ungrounded and largely disconnected from daily life. Think of Theresa of Avila, or St. John of the Cross. Their devotion to the Divine borders on madness and can lead to extreme asceticism. Their life’s journey is lonely, but their gifts to the world born of their sacrifice are immense. They are uninterested in the pleasures of the earth, seeking only union with the Self.
You are a Sage
The Sage is the wise teacher who knows how to shapeshift depending on the needs of those around them. They are the consummate truth-teller; if you don’t want to know, don’t ask them! They are also excellent communicators, passing on their wisdom in books, lectures, and even storytelling around a kitchen table or fire.
You are a Disciple
Disciples thrive under the guidance of a teacher. They are loyal and disciplined. Similar to the Devotee archetype, they enjoy spiritual practices, such as chanting, meditation, dance, or other types of mindful movement. The difference is that where the Devotee’s loyalties belong directly to a deity, a Disciple is devoted to a teacher or guru on this earth.
You are an Alchemist
The Alchemist believes in the power of transformation and has faith that even the most difficult of situations can be converted into “gold.” They are drawn to magic and see the things in the world as simply temporary manifestations. They enjoy rituals, but can get so caught up in them that they forget that the true power lies in their own body, not the “things.”
Try another quiz: Where Are You on the Self-Love Journey?
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