Podcast #1 - What is an Ultimate Quest?
Do you want to discover a passion that aligns with your purpose? Do you want to live a life with more joy, meaning & fulfilment? If so, then this series is for you.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FINDING YOUR PASSION IN LIFE?
Episodes #1 to #5 from UltimateQuest.org offer a simple way to:
Support your ongoing personal development.
Raise your level of Awareness & Consciousness.
Discover your Ultimate Quest.
Do you want to:
Explore what you are meant to do with your life.
Discover a passion that aligns with your purpose.
Overcome doubt, fear, ego & other self-sabotage.
Create a practice of quiet contemplation & reflection.
Use emotions, intellect & intuition for guidance.
Live a life with more joy, meaning & fulfilment.
If so, then you are ready to start! Invest from 15 minutes to study each episode.
Give yourself time to reflect & contemplate. Proceed at your own pace. You can stop & restart as you wish. This should feel like a challenge but still be enjoyable!
See if you can notice any changes in yourself over time. This will happen automatically as you absorb the lessons! Maybe journal your progress.
THE 'FINDING YOUR PASSION' SERIES
‘Finding your passion’ is the first theme of the UltimateQuest.org podcast. This series can help you to discover your passion & purpose in life! This can make your life a lot more fun, rewarding & more meaningful too.
This book can also help you find your answers to the really big questions in life. Questions like… “What am I really meant to do with my life?” These answers can help you discover your Ultimate Quest.
This book is the first half of the ‘Finding your passion’ series (episodes #1 to #5). The second book covers the second half (episodes #6 to #12). You can read this book independently, or read along as you listen to the podcast. To access the audio podcast visit UltimateQuest.org
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EPISODE #1: WHAT’S AN 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: “What’s an Ultimate Quest?”
WHAT COULD YOUR ULTIMATE QUEST BE?
In this episode #1 we discuss what an Ultimate Quest might be. We also invite you to consider 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 QUESTIONS IN LIFE!
What is YOUR Ultimate Quest? This is one of the BIG questions in life. We hope you will take the time to consider this. An Ultimate Quest is what you are really meant to do with your life! This podcast series will help you find YOUR answers.
‘ULTIMATE’ MEANS THE GREATEST & FARTHEST.
Let's start with the word ‘Ultimate’ spelt...ULTIMATE. The word ‘Ultimate’ signifies the GREATEST that is 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 reading this indicates that you are already on this journey. You might not fully recognize this yet 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 exactly are we yearning for? What is it that we deeply & profoundly seek? What could this be for you? Do you have any ideas surfacing yet? In the meantime, let’s consider the level of quest you might choose to embark on.
EVERYONE’S QUEST IS DIFFERENT!
Everyone’s quest is different. So what is YOUR Ultimate Quest? The answer will vary for each individual person. Only YOU can discover what quest is right for you.
THE FIVE LEVELS OF YOUR QUEST:
Your quest depends on the level & detail of the enquiry. The deeper you contemplate what your Ultimate Quest might be, the more profound your answer. There are five levels that you can choose to explore on your Ultimate Quest. So let’s look at the possible levels of enquiry that you can choose.
LEVEL 1: THE PHYSICAL OR MATERIALISTIC LEVEL.
At this level, our 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.
LEVEL 2: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL LEVEL.
At this slightly higher level, our quest might be to seek fulfilling personal relationships. This might be with a special person or in a happy family life.
If we go into more detail on the psychological level, our quest might be for more resilience or wisdom. Then we can better enjoy life and cope with turmoil or stress. Or we might seek more lasting happiness & joy.
LEVEL 3: THE PHILOSOPHICAL OR SPIRITUAL LEVEL.
At this level, our quest might be for peace of mind and a deep inner connection. With more exploration, this quest might extend to seeking personal realization or eventual enlightenment.
LEVEL 4: ACCEPTING ‘WHAT IS’ WITH LOVE.
As some people progress along their quest, they can come to a radical inner realization. This realisation can seem quite contrary to the notion of having a quest at all! We realise that we ALREADY have everything we really need. Even our challenges are a gift to help us advance our personal & spiritual growth. This radical realisation directly conflicts with the culture of materialism.
At a deeper level, we then realize that there is nothing external that we need to seek! And that everything external is ‘perfect’ exactly as it is! Our Ultimate Quest might then be to fully appreciate what we really have, and to unconditionally love ‘what is’. Can you imagine what that experience might feel like?
LEVEL 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 are content to JUST BE! That certainly sounds like a very grand quest. Could that be the ultimate for you?
THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG LEVEL OF QUEST.
Remember, there is no right or wrong level for your life quest. The level & detail of our quest is purely up to us! We can explore just one level, two or more. 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 group as a whole will also have its quest. For example, the collective quest for mankind might be to live in peace and harmony with each other. At another level this collective quest might be to ascend to a higher level of planetary consciousness.
OUR PATH IS OUR CHOICE & RESPONSIBILITY.
Our individual quest is the unique path we personally choose to experience! This quest is ultimately our choice. But this also means it’s our responsibility. Sometimes we deny that we have a life purpose or a quest! Do you know someone like that?
OVERCOMING TRAPS IS PART OF THE QUEST.
On our quest in life, there can be traps or pitfalls 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. It causes us to doubt our ability to do anything. Could overcoming your fear be a big milestone on your Ultimate Quest?
WHAT ACTIVITY IS MOST MEANINGFUL FOR YOU?
But how would we even start our quest? There is a simple way to start understanding what our Ultimate Quest might be. The simple approach is to identify what currently gives our life the most meaning or purpose. So think about that... What role or activity in life gives you happiness & enjoyment? What is most meaningful for you?
OUR SENSE OF PURPOSE WILL GUIDE OUR QUEST.
Our sense of meaning and 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.
For many, it can be very difficult to identify their purpose in life. But don't despair! There is an even simpler way to approach all this. Would you like this shortcut?
IT’S USUALLY EASIER TO IDENTIFY A PASSION.
The shortcut to finding your quest is to identify your PASSION in life. 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 that we really enjoy doing something because it makes us feel more alive. Engaging in our passion requires little effort. Our sense of time seems to lessen or vanish. They also give us lasting satisfaction or joy! That’s how we know it’s our passion! Discovering your passion is an important first step.
OUR PASSIONS CAN INDICATE OUR PURPOSE.
Your passion often points to your life purpose. It will be something that gives you a feeling of deep satisfaction or joy. 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.
FINDING A PASSION STARTS YOUR QUEST.
So, recognizing your passion is a good place to start your exploration. Have you been able to identify some activity you are passionate about? Feel free to pause if you need some more time to think about this...
YOUR PASSION HELPS YOU FIND YOUR PURPOSE.
Your PASSION is directly related to your higher PURPOSE in life. You can use your passion as a powerful shortcut to identify your real purpose in life. This will help signal what direction in life to take. It can provide an instant guide to your life quest.
JOY MEANS WE ARE LIVING OUR PASSION & PURPOSE.
If you are struggling to identify a higher purpose in life, that’s fine. Take your time! Would you like one final tip? Just focus on living a life with as much joy as possible.
You can start your Ultimate Quest in this simple way. Just follow your joy! Finding & following our joy is much simpler. It sounds much easier than starting some grand Ultimate Quest, doesn’t it? So give that a try instead!
TRY THIS STYLE OF CONTEMPLATION:
Now, try quietly contemplating what your Ultimate Quest might be...
Relax and still your mind. Then allow any insight or inner knowing to surface.
Gently place any unresolved questions to the very back of your mind.
PATIENTLY ALLOW ANY INSIGHTS TO SURFACE.
Patiently observe what insights come up for you. Often the best answers take considerable time before they surface. And you must be open to these insights & realisations. Remember, you do already know the answers deep within! Just trust the process 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 this process in the next episode #2.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #1:
Episode #1 was titled: “What’s an Ultimate Quest?”. In episode #1 we introduced the concept of an “Ultimate Quest”. An Ultimate Quest is what we are really meant to do with our life. It’s the greatest pursuit we could ever envision for ourselves. It’s the grand exploration of what we yearn for, deep inside.
Everyone’s quest is unique. Discovering your Ultimate Quest is one of your big challenges in life. There are five levels of quest that you can embark on. You can mix and match these different levels as you go!
LEVEL 1 is physical & materialistic.
LEVEL 2 is the psychological level.
LEVEL 3 is philosophical & spiritual.
LEVEL 4 is fully accepting ‘what is’.
LEVEL 5 is the cosmic & wholistic level.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #1 (CONTINUED)
Keep in mind, your Ego will try to sabotage your quest. Overcoming your doubt and fear is an ongoing challenge.
To identify your Ultimate Quest, start by exploring what brings you the most joy.
JOY indicates you are living your passion.
PASSION indicates you are living your purpose.
PURPOSE provides meaning to your life.
And the search for what has the highest meaning for you, is your ULTIMATE QUEST. So now you can see the link between finding your passion & your Ultimate Quest.
We hope you enjoyed this first episode. This is very powerful stuff and a lot to take in. So you might want to read this again to get the full benefit.
Join us on episode #2 which is titled “What type of personal development is required?”
Congratulations! You have completed episode #1 from the 'Finding your passion' series by UltimateQuest.org