Podcast #1: Why the name ‘Ultimate Quest’?
Welcome to the UltimateQuest.org PODCAST. This is EPISODE #1 which starts the ‘Finding your passion’-SERIES. This is a good place to start your journey of self development! The TITLE of this episode is: ‘Why the name ‘Ultimate Quest’?
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE QUEST?
In this episode #1 we discuss what an ‘ULTIMATE Quest’ might be, and we ask what this QUEST might be for YOU?
So, what is an Ultimate Quest? Is there really an ultimate quest in life? What might that be for YOU? What could YOUR long-term mission, goal or life-purpose possibly be?
THIS IS ONE OF THE BIG QUESTION IN LIFE!
This is one of the BIG questions in life that we hope you will take the time to consider. It's what we’re really meant to do! This podcast series will help you find YOUR answers. Do you want a few clues to help you get started?
ULTIMATE MEANS THE GREATEST & FARTHEST.
Let's start with the word ‘Ultimate’ spelt...ULTIMATE:
The word ‘Ultimate’ signifies the GREATEST possible. It’s something we have FINALLY concluded or settled on, after much analysis. We can then go no further in our investigation or divination. It’s the FARTHEST we can go in our personal exploration.
QUEST MEANS A JOURNEY OR MISSION.
So that’s what the word ULTIMATE means.... So what about the word ‘Quest’ spelt... QUEST. What does that mean to you? The word ‘QUEST’ signifies a JOURNEY or a MISSION; in the pursuit of some goal. It’s the act of SEEKING something.
YOU ARE ALREADY ON THIS QUEST!
Just listening to this podcast or reading this, indicates that you are already on this journey. You might not yet fully recognize this, but inwardly you have already started your quest! Congratulations on starting!
WE YEARN FOR OUR ULTIMATE QUEST.
So, ‘an Ultimate Quest’ is a grand exploration of what we yearn for, deep inside ourselves. But it’s also the journey and the experience of that search! Our ultimate quest could be thought of as the GREATEST PURSUIT we could ever envision for ourselves.
But WHAT are we yearning for? What is it that we so deeply & profoundly seek? What could this be for you? Are any ideas surfacing yet?
THE FIVE LEVELS OF THE QUEST:
EVERYONE’S QUEST IS DIFFERENT.
Everyone’s quest is different. The answer will therefore vary for each individual person. Plus, it depends on the depth or level of the enquiry. The deeper you contemplate what your Ultimate Quest might be, the more profound your answer.
So let’s look at the possible LEVELS of ENQUIRY that you can choose.
#1. The physical or materialistic level.
At this level a quest might involve seeking something of a tangible nature. This might be something practical like a nice house or car. Or it could be financial security, personal success, or recognition.
#2. The psychological level.
At this slightly higher level our quest might be to seek fulfilling personal relationships, perhaps with that special person, or a happy family life?
Or our life quest might be for more resilience or wisdom, so that we can better enjoy life and cope with the turmoil or stress. Or we might seek more lasting happiness & joy.
#3. The philosophical or spiritual level.
At this level our quest might be for more inner peace of mind and a deep inner connection. This quest might extend to seeking personal realization or eventual enlightenment.
#4. Accepting ‘what is’ with unconditional love.
As some people progress along their Quest, they can come to a radical inner realization. It can seem quite contrary to the notion of having a Quest at all! This realization is that we ALREADY have all that we really need. That seems contrary to all the outward appearances! The realization is that everything is provided for us exactly as we need, including our challenges, to best advance our personal & spiritual growth.
We might then realize that there is nothing external that we need to seek in our quest! And that everything external is ‘perfect’, exactly as it is! Our Ultimate Quest might then simply be to fully appreciate what we really have, and to unconditionally love ‘what is’. What a quest that would be! Can you imagine what that experience might feel like?
#5. The Cosmic or Wholistic level.
At this level our quest might be for the realization of ‘Oneness’ or ‘a Union with all that is’. We aim to merge with Universal Consciousness. We want to JUST BE! Wow, that certainly sounds like a very grand quest. Could that level be the Ultimate for you?
THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG LEVEL OF QUEST.
Remember, there is no right or wrong level in your life quest. The Nature and Level of our quest is purely up to us! This can be exploring just one level, or two or three. Our choices will evolve with time & experience. This can encompass one lifetime or perhaps extend over many lifetimes. We could even choose a ‘multi-dimensional’ approach, which means participating in many levels at the same time.
MANKIND HAS A COLLECTIVE QUEST.
As individuals, we each have our own Ultimate Quest. But the collective, the group as a whole, will also have its quest. For example, the quest for mankind might be to live in peace and harmony with each other. At another level this quest might be to ascend to a higher level of collective consciousness.
OUR INDIVIDUAL PATH IS OUR CHOICE & RESPONSIBILITY.
Our individual Quest is the unique path we personally choose to experience! This Quest is ultimately our choice & responsibility. Sometimes our choice is just to deny we have a purpose or a Quest! Do you know someone like that?
OVERCOMING TRAPS & PITFALLS IS PART OF THE QUEST.
On our quest in life, there can be traps or pitfalls, all along the way. We will discuss this more in future episodes. Perhaps the biggest trap is getting caught up in desire or fear. That’s just our Ego-mind working against us. This is the primary cause of our anxiety, because it causes us to doubt our ability to do anything. Could overcoming this be a big milestone on our Ultimate Quest?
HOW DO WE DISCOVER OUR QUEST:
WHAT ACTIVITY IS MOST MEANINGFUL FOR YOU?
But how would we even start our quest? There is a simple way to start, which can help us understand what our ultimate quest might be. This simple approach is to identify what currently gives our life the most meaning or purpose. So think about this right now….. What role or activity in life is most meaningful for you? That relates to your true purpose in life?
OUR SENSE OF PURPOSE WILL GUIDE OUR QUEST.
Our sense of PURPOSE in life intimately relates to our ‘Ultimate Quest'. This purpose then gives us a good clue to our true life Quest. Our sense of purpose can guide us where to go and what to do.
OUR PASSIONS INDICATE OUR PURPOSE.
But don't despair! For many, it can be very difficult to identify their purpose in life. Could there be a simpler way to approach all this? Would you like another shortcut?
This shortcut is to identify your PASSION in life. This points to your life purpose. It will be something that gives you a feeling of deep satisfaction or joy. Time flies while you are doing it. It might not be easy, but you just love to do it! Plus, it adds real meaning to your life and gives a sense of worthwhile purpose.
IT’S USUALLY EASY TO IDENTIFY A PASSION.
For most people, it’s relatively easy to work out what they are passionate about. This is because passions are much more immediate and real! We can directly FEEL our passion throughout our whole body and via our emotions.
We know for example that we really enjoy doing some things; they enliven us. They require little effort and our sense of time seems to lessen or vanish while we do them. They also give us lasting satisfaction or joy! That’s how we know it’s our passion! It’s a dedication & fervour that we have, for doing something we love.
FINDING A PASSION STARTS YOUR QUEST.
So, recognizing your passions are a good place to start your exploration. Have you been able to identify something you are passionate about? Feel free to press pause if you need some more time to think about this…..
YOUR PASSIONS HELP YOU FIND YOUR PURPOSE.
The PASSIONS that you have in life are directly related to your higher PURPOSE in life. You can use your passion as a powerful shortcut to help identify your real purpose in life. This will also signal what direction in life to take. It can provide an instant guide to our life Quest.
OUR JOY INDICATES WE’RE LIVING OUR PASSION.
If you are struggling to identify a higher purpose in life, that’s fine. Take your time! We have one final tip: Just focus on living a life full of as much joy as possible. You can start your Ultimate Quest in that simple way. Just follow your joy! This simple path of ‘finding our joy’ and just ‘following our joy’ sounds much easier than starting some grand ‘Ultimate Quest’ doesn’t it? Give that a try!
TRY THIS STYLE OF CONTEMPLATION:
Try quietly contemplating what your Ultimate Quest might be...
Relax and still your mind then allow any insight or inner knowing to surface... Then visualise a part of you gently placing any unresolved questions you still have at the back of your mind.
PATIENTLY ALLOW ANY INSIGHTS TO SURFACE.
Observe what comes up for you over time. Often the best insights and inspiration take some considerable time to process before they surface. And you must be open to these insights & realisations. Remember, you do already know the answers deep within! Just be patient and invite them in.
But don't worry or put too much pressure on yourself. That is counterproductive and just slows the process. We explain more about how to do this process properly in Episode #2 titled: “What kind of personal development is required?” Bye for now, I hope to see you there.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE 1.
Here is a brief overview of the strategy discussed so far.
JOY indicates we are living our passion.
PASSION indicates we are on purpose.
PURPOSE provides meaning to our life.
OUR SEARCH for the highest meaning is our Ultimate Quest.
This might be a lot to take in so you might want to listen to this episode again.