Seekership refers to a mode of religious activity in which individuals reject institutions in favour of a quest through different religious teachings and traditions. The religious seeker adopts a problem-solving attitude to religious practice, with goals such as healing, peak experiences, or ‘enlightenment’ being common. Importantly, these are individual goals as set by the particular individual, not collective goals set by an institution, though it is clear that the discourse in which such goals are formed remains collective. As such we can place it within a broader discourse of individualism in late capitalist societies.

The seeker’s journey may reach an end point, if their goals are satisfied, whereupon the person ceases to be a seeker and commits long term to a single tradition; alternatively, they may ...

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