Seeking the Other

Seeking as archetypal pattern may manifest as any combination of youthful playful- and light-heartedness, restless wandering seeking superficial pleasure, and the footsore wanderer striving towards individuation. It suggests a feeling of want and the need to seek fulfillment, even in the face of plenty.

Jung and Hopi elder Antonio Mirabal,
also known as Mountain Lake,

Mountain Lake, the Pueblo Indian chief, once told Jung: “[The whites] are always seeking something. What are they seeking? They are always uneasy and restless. We do not understand them… They say they think with their heads… We think here…” and he indicated his heart. (1)

Greek goddess and earth mother Demeter was enraged after the abduction of her daughter by the lord of the underworld; roaming the earth, she brought drought, famine, and suffering to all. (2) This archetypal “abduction” affects us all in some way. Driven by pain, anger, a feeling of loss of the relationship to one’s own depths, our buried inner treasure, we may restlessly seek it as did Demeter, neglecting our natural growth and development.

In a lesser known myth about Eros it is told how Need once came upon the garden of the gods during their merrymaking and found Resource, son of Craft, asleep after having had too much of the heavenly nectar. She laid down beside him and in time Eros was born. “As the son of Resource and Need, it has been [the fate of Eros] to be always needy, nor is he delicate and lovely as most of us believe, but harsh and arid, barefoot and homeless, sleeping on the naked earth, in doorways, on the very streets… But he brings his father’s resourcefulness to his designs upon the beautiful and the good, for he is … a mighty hunter, and a master of device and artifice – at once desirous and full of wisdom, a lifelong seeker after truth, an adept in sorcery, enchantment and seduction.” (3)

Our needs drive us ever on, seeking, seeking. It seduces and enchants us, yet some measure of inner truth and wisdom may guard our choices; thus, we call upon our heart’s intention, and inspired, with clear vision, we take true aim and let the arrow fly. (4)


  1. Jung speaks with Mountain Lake
  2. Robert Graves, The Greek myths: 1, Penguin Books 1955, p 89 – 92
  3. R. Ramsden, The Dark Crystal: Reflections, SAAJA Film Evenings, 2015
  4. Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Qi Gong Practice of the Eight Brocades (YouTube)