Podcast #2: What personal development is required?
Personal growth is required for your quest. Quiet contemplation will start your quest. Avoid using your intellect & ego. Trust your intuition and inner knowing.
Welcome to the UltimateQuest.org podcast. This is episode #2 where we continue the ‘Finding your passion’ series. The title of this episode is “What type of personal development is required?”.
PERSONAL GROWTH IS REQUIRED FOR YOUR QUEST.
In this episode we invite you to further consider what your Ultimate Quest in life might be. We help you to work this out for yourself. We can give you a few tips, strategies and contemplation techniques. But only YOU can work out the best choice for yourself. That’s why it’s called personal development!
QUIET CONTEMPLATION WILL START YOUR QUEST.
What might the Ultimate Quest be, in your life? This is a very challenging question. Remember, it’s one of the BIGGEST questions we can ask! So take your time!
But how do we best answer this question? In fact, how do we get the best solution to any issue in life? The trick is to NOT actually think about it! This technique is called quiet contemplation. Don't pressure yourself or force an answer. Just quietly let the answer come to you. Sit silently and let any insight gently surface.
AVOID USING YOUR INTELLECT & EGO.
Let’s explain quiet contemplation in more detail. First, find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed and just relax. Remain silent and still. Dim the lights or close your eyes gently. Relax your body and quieten your mind, as much as you can.
Quiet contemplation is different from just thinking. The goal is to slow down your thoughts until they almost stop. It’s important to keep the question you are focussing on away from your Ego. This can initially be quite difficult. So be patient and gentle with yourself. It can take practice to master. Allow at least 10 minutes for each contemplation session.
PATIENTLY WAIT FOR YOUR REALISATIONS TO ARISE.
Try to be open-minded and welcome any answers that surface. Remember, no -pressure! Gently invite any insight or realization to rise. The insight will come from the gaps between your thoughts. Don’t feel any sense of urgency or judgement!
Just allow any intuitive or heartfelt knowing to rise to the surface, when it is ready!
So let’s try this contemplation now before you continue reading this episode. Ask yourself what your Ultimate Quest might be? Look inside for the answer.
KEEP YOUR EGO MIND DISTRACTED.
Keep on contemplating this question, at the back of your mind. While you do that, we will distract your Ego by explaining more about UltimateQuest.org. Believe it or not, keeping your Ego occupied might even help your contemplation!
WE ARE NON-RELIGIOUS & RUN BY VOLUNTEERS.
UltimateQuest.org is an independent personal development site. It’s run by volunteers who love sharing their passion for inner growth and helping others. UltimateQuest.org is non-religious, unaligned and not-for-profit. It is independent and not associated with any organization or religion.
OUR STYLE IS CUTTING EDGE & CHALLENGING.
In this episode, you are sampling UltimateQuest.org’s new approach to personal growth coaching. This style of self-development can be exciting and challenging. It’s high-end and cutting edge! It’s also meant to be playful and lots of fun!
WHAT IS INNER SELF DEVELOPMENT?
So, while you continue to contemplate what your Ultimate Quest might be…… let us keep your Ego distracted by discussing what personal development is all about.
Personal development is mostly an INNER journey. It’s not the kind of journey where you have to move house.
WE CHANGE WHO WE ARE, NOT WHERE WE ARE!
As we progress, we will begin to see our world in a different way! Think about how that could happen without changing our location? This is because on our journey of personal growth, we change WHO we are, not WHERE we are. But our perspective of the world does change. Maybe pause and think about that for a moment!
STEP 1: AWAKENING TO A NEED FOR CHANGE.
So how do we start an inner transformation? The first step of an inner journey or an Ultimate Quest is to ‘awaken’! We WAKE UP to the fact that something is not right in our life.
We recognise that we feel constantly dissatisfied. Our life can be boring or even worse is constantly frustrating. There is no joy or passion. We realise that we are just struggling through life. All this might lead to a life crisis.
Eventually, we realize that we need to change OURSELF… not the external world. Plus we realize that we are solely responsible for creating that change. This responsibility can feel rather overwhelming. Think about that responsibility!
This realization that we are responsible for our own growth can be quite a wake-up call! We of course mean a wake-up call in the meta-physical sense. Although some of us, I suspect didn’t get quite enough sleep last night, so you might want to move your body a little or rub your eyes. Good luck in staying awake!
STEP 2: RAISING OUR ‘AWARENESS’.
After we awaken to our need for change, the second step is to practise raising our ‘awareness’. That simply means becoming more aware of what’s REALLY going on!
Higher awareness is more than just our physical senses and observing the external world around us. For personal growth, it’s more important to have an expanded INTERNAL awareness. But what is that exactly?
STEP 2: RAISING OUR ‘AWARENESS’ (CONTINUED)
Having an expanded awareness means we carefully watch our inner world. We observe our emotions, thoughts, beliefs & behaviours. Think about that for a moment! Now, this might sound pretty cool. But how do we get in tune with this inner reality?
When we raise our awareness enough, we realize that we are an independent, sovereign being. We can make our own personal choices! But we are solely responsible for the choices we make! We must work out what to do for ourselves. But how do we know what choice is best? That brings us to the next step...
STEP 3: TUNE INTO INTUITIVE KNOWING FOR INSIGHT.
It is important to know that we have the freedom to express our individuality. We do that through making personal choices and not just following others. But how do we really know what is the best choice for us? That’s why we need this third step which is tuning into our deep intuition and inner knowing. That’s our inner guidance system! That’s how we know we are on track with our choices & decision making! It will just feel right inside.
This process of ‘tuning in’ helps raise our level of consciousness. It raises our vibe! That’s how we also unlock our hidden talent and natural capacity. You might be surprised at what ‘superpowers’ you’ve got tucked away inside! You just need to tap into these powers, deep within. Good luck! Now, let's go back to the big question we originally posed: “What do you think YOUR Ultimate Quest might be?”
WHAT MIGHT YOUR ULTIMATE QUEST BE?
Have you got any ideas or insights on what your Ultimate Quest might be? No need to rush it! Just allow your subconscious mind to further process this question.
Just keep that question running at the back of your mind. See what comes up for you later as an inspiration or insight. Try a few attempts at this quiet contemplation.
DELAYED INSPIRATION IS OFTEN THE BEST!
Here’s another secret... DELAYED inspiration or inner knowing usually gives us our very best ideas! So, taking your time is actually an advantage.
Remember, the discovery of your Ultimate Quest is individual to you. No one else can answer this for you! You really have to ‘sit’ with the question for some time. Keep in mind, you do have your whole lifetime to work it all out! But the sooner you get on with living your passion & purpose, the better!
WILL YOU ACCEPT THE ANSWERS YOU FIND INSIDE?
Remember, you already know the answer, deep within. It will eventually surface as an intuition or insight. But will you pay attention to this insight when it arises? Too often we forget to use our full ability & inner knowing. That ‘forgetting’ is called living in the matrix. It’s like living in a mild hypnotic trance!
Unfortunately, most people on earth live their entire life in this trance-like state. When in trance, we can’t easily access our insights. Or we don’t value them enough to put them into action.
IT MAY TAKE DAYS FOR AN INSIGHT TO ARRIVE!
After finishing this episode, consider sitting down to practise some quiet contemplation. You might need to go back and review the instructions we gave on how to do this.
Try quiet contemplation over a few separate days. See what comes up for you. Your inner knowing can present as an intuitive insight or inspiration. It can take some time, even days or weeks to come up with something special! So be brave, patient and kind to yourself. It’s worth the effort. Good luck!
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #2:
Let’s summarise what we covered in episode #2, which was titled “What type of personal development is required?”.
Finding our passion in life is often a challenge. Embarking on our Ultimate Quest is even more ambitious. So we need to personally develop ourselves in order to achieve this. This episode explored some strategies to start this personal development process.
We can give you some tips on how to navigate your life and your Ultimate Quest... but only YOU can work out the right choice. And you are personally responsible for that choice. That’s why it’s called personal development! The trick to discovering your Ultimate Quest is NOT to actually think about it! Avoid your intellect & Ego!
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #2 (CONTINUED)
Start your Ultimate Quest with a technique we call quiet contemplation. Sit silently and let any insights gently surface into your conscious mind. Personal development is an inner journey that helps us to see the world and ourselves in a new way.
Here are the 3 steps that help us begin a personal transformation:
Step 1 is ‘AWAKENING’ to the need to change ourselves.
Step 2 is raising our ‘AWARENESS’ of our internal world (thoughts, emotions, beliefs).
Step 3 is ‘TUNING INTO’ our intuitive knowing for insight & guidance.
We hope you’ll join us in the next episode #3 of the UltimateQuest.org podcast. It’s titled “How do you know if something is right for you?”. This explores how to ‘tune in’ to your inner guidance. We discuss how you can activate your natural intuitive abilities. See you on episode #3!
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