How can I find a spiritual archetype that inspires me when I don’t have a religion to point the way for me?
Organized religions have a multitude of characters a faithful person can draw inspiration from. Christians have Christ, Buddhist have the Buddha, Muslims have Muhammad. There are gods, saints, prophets, holy men, characters from mythology and scripture. Organized religions also tends to codify the characteristics of a devote follower. They set out guidelines for daily and weekly religious practice, and observance of holy days and rites of passage.