Podcast #4: Hints for finding your Ultimate Quest
Welcome to the UltimateQuest.org Podcast. This is EPISODE #4 where continue the ‘Finding Your Passion’ series. The title of this episode is: ‘Hints for finding your Ultimate Quest’.
In this episode we continue to discuss one of the BIG questions in life. It’s one of the most profound questions we can ever ask ourselves. The question is “What is our Ultimate Quest?”. Give this challenge a try! We will help you with some more clues & hints.
ARE YOU CURIOUS & OPEN TO FINDING YOUR ULTIMATE QUEST?
To work out our Ultimate Quest, we must be engaged. We must really want to know! Or at least we must be open & curious. Plus we must look more deeply within. Otherwise we might just get an intellectual answer! That’s much too limiting!
YOUR QUEST INVOLVES A SEARCH FOR MEANING & PURPOSE.
What is your Ultimate Quest? Why is this question so profound? This is because it involves discovering what gives us meaning in life, and what gives our life real purpose. Finding meaning and purpose is a key part of our quest in life. But there is even more to it as well!
Do you know what YOUR Ultimate Quest might be yet? Do you have any ideas on how to live this reality? Just turn the volume up if you want to know more…
NOW IS THE VERY BEST TIME TO START!
Some people get distressed by the idea that they don’t yet know their ideal path. But don’t get too worried, because you STILL have time to work this out! In fact, discovering your Ultimate Quest can be fun & exciting. Plus if you start right now, you’ll have more productive time and energy to fully enjoy the benefits! It would be sad to miss out on this, wouldn’t it?
GIVE THIS CONTEMPLATION A TRY:
Try gently placing this question right at the back of your mind. Just quietly contemplate your Ultimate Quest while you continue this episode. That will help distract your Ego and keep it away from your contemplation. Are you ready to give it a try? Let’s narrow this question down a little…just ask yourself:
“WHAT IS MY ULTIMATE QUEST IN THIS LIFE-TIME?”
Go ahead and try asking yourself this question now.
TRY THIS EVEN SIMPLER VERSION:
If THAT question seems too grand or complicated, try this simpler version:
“WHAT IS MY PURPOSE IN THIS LIFE?”
As you contemplate this, patiently listen for your inner voice. Tune in for a heart-felt knowing. Your true answer will slowly reveal itself through an insight. This will gently surface and unfold into your conscious awareness.
Ponder what you are really meant to accomplish in your life. What is it that gives you a sense of meaning or purpose?
TRYING TOO HARD IS COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE!
Consider and quietly contemplate all this... But don’t force it, or try too hard. That's counterproductive! Instead, be very patient & gentle. Approach this whole process LOVINGLY. Keep this questioning right at the back of your mind, well away from your Ego.
Remember, we need to keep your Ego busy. So let’s distract your Ego with another question. This will also keep your intellectual mind occupied. The question is:
“WILL YOU JUST KEEP ON LIVING IN THE SAME WAY?”
Do you want to keep working in the same occupation? Which relationships should you change? What bad habits need to stop?
ARE YOU LIVING LIFE ON AUTO-PILOT?
It’s SO important to work out what you really want from life, before it’s too late! If you automatically and blindly go through life, you could really be missing out. And you might not even know!
YOUR EGO WILL RESIST YOU TAKING CHARGE.
When contemplating your Ultimate Quest, your Ego might reply “WHY BOTHER CHANGING?” What your Ego is really saying is “I DON’T WANT TO FACE ALL THAT”!
Your Ego is simply not designed to help you navigate your life direction. It doesn’t want you to take charge of your own life. That too confronting for the Ego. Your Ego doesn’t want to admit it was wrong. It fears it will then lose its control over your life. It does want to become irrelevant or redundant! No wonder your Ego doesn't want to face this change!
AVOID THE CRITICAL & CYNICAL PARTS OF YOUR MIND.
So, it’s best to place big life questions right at the BACK of your mind. Keep these grand questions well away from your Ego & your intellect. This helps avoid the critical & cynical components of your mind.
Instead, allow your intuitive mind to ponder this for a while! Tapping into your inner knowing gives you the best chance of working it all out! Inviting your intuition & insight to guide you is the big secret!
YOUR EGO WILL KEEP TRYING TO BLOCK YOU!
So, let’s go back to the original question. “What is your Ultimate Quest?”
Your Ego might tell you: “You don’t have the time, talent or energy for that quest! An Ultimate Quest sounds like such a grand endeavour! How would we ever find the space in our lives for anything so grand! We are already doing so much! Are we really worthy of that anyway?...”
GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF SPECIAL TIME OUT.
To immunise ourselves from this negative self-talk, here is another trade secret. The secret is to give yourself the gift of special time out, just for yourself. Use this time each day to invite in a new realm of possibilities & insights. We do this initially through relaxation & quiet contemplation.
CLEAR OUT ACTIVITIES & HABITS THAT NO LONGER SERVE.
So much of what we currently do in our life has unknowingly become a habit. It is no longer the best use of our precious time. We can slowly clear ALL this out to make room for our new special time. It’s usually easy to find 15 minutes a day. So, stop doing what’s no longer in your very best interest. Instead, schedule personal quiet time every day, just for yourself.
WILL YOU MAKE SPACE FOR YOUR PERSONAL TIME?
If we use our special daily retreat for quiet inner contemplation, we can uncover deep insights into what is best for us. We can even discover what we are really meant to do in life!
Finding this special time for yourself is the challenge we are going to leave you with at the end of this episode. Will you make space for some regular quiet time each day, just for yourself and quiet inner contemplation?
SIMPLE REALISATIONS CAN BE LIFE CHANGING.
In the meantime, here are some more tips to help you on your Ultimate Quest.
You might be curious about what you could be doing in life to make it all worthwhile. Your best answer will be quite simple but profound. It will potentially be life changing! But it’s also different for every individual!
YOUR QUEST WILL ALIGN WITH YOUR PASSIONS.
Remember, your Quest is usually related to your passion for something in life. It’s often something that you already do. But it is usually not something you do for payment and not full time.
Your Quest is usually associated with a task or role you secretly would love to do more. It brings you much joy even thinking about it. When you pursue this passion, it empowers you. You love it, even though it involves some difficulty & challenge. You would do this role even without acknowledgement or monetary payment!
YOUR QUEST FILLS THE EMPTY FEELING WITHIN.
This Quest also adds meaning to your life. It gives your life a purpose. You will feel more content and it leads to feeling more fulfilled. It fills that empty feeling deep within and allows an inner peace to surface!
DON’T LET YOUR EGO TALK YOU OUT OF IT!
But this passion or role in life is often something you have second thoughts about. It’s something your Ego mind often discounts or discourages you from doing! It can be something that’s not necessarily practical or acceptable to your friends & associates. It may be something you have continually put off, or might not feel worthy or fully capable of.
YOUR NIGHT & DAY DREAMS MIGHT INSPIRE YOU.
Are you still having difficulty finding an answer? Remember, there is no immediate hurry to discover your Quest. You have a whole lifetime to get it just right! But it does help to start early!
Do you want some more pointers and clues? Your personal Quest in life may come to you at night in a dream. Or it might relate to your day dreams.
WHAT WERE YOUR DREAMS AS A CHILD?
Sometimes we must go back to our childhood dreams to find clues to our true passion or ideal role in life. Our education & social conditioning may have overruled this secret childhood passion. We may have suppressed or even deeply repressed these childhood dreams.
UNATTACHING FROM EGO RELEASES SUPPRESSED PASSIONS.
What is the most powerful way to uncover our true hidden needs and passion? The secret is to bypass our Ego and logical mind. Avoiding ego allows any suppressed needs to finally surface to our conscious awareness. But how do we actually do this?
We do this through the regular practice of quiet inner contemplation. Or if you prefer, you can use silent prayer or formal meditation. That’s why we gave you the challenge of finding 15 minutes of personal time each day, purely for yourself.
RELAX YOUR BODY & SLOW YOUR MIND.
The first stage is to relax your body. Then to slow your mind. And then to quietly sit with yourself, without activating your thinking process. Just allow any thoughts that arise to spontaneously pass across your mind. Don’t attach to them. Just briefly acknowledge them and let them go.
WELCOME YOUR INSIGHTS & INNER KNOWING.
Invite any suppressed inner needs & deep passions to rise to the surface. This will come as a heartfelt inner knowing. We don't want any logical, thought based answers! Instead, welcome and allow in any deep insight or inspiration. This may take quite a few sessions of contemplation to fully activate.
IS THERE AN EASIER & MORE SPONTANEOUS WAY?
Quiet contemplation or meditation is a formal way of accessing our inner knowing. But these insights can also surface spontaneously. This occurs when we are relaxed and deeply absorbed in beauty, or some creative pursuit. When we are in this state, a realisation or insight can more easily surface. That’s when our Ego is most distracted from its usual concerns & thinking processes.
NATURE & CREATIVITY CAN TRIGGER AN INSIGHT.
Most often this spontaneous insight or deep knowing occurs while we are enjoying nature. We might be absorbed by the intrinsic beauty of a sunset or a flower. Or it can be watching the sunlight dance on the water, or beams of light streaming into a room.
CREATIVITY & JOY CAN TRIGGER AN INSIGHT.
Inspiration can also be released by creative or artistic activities. It might be triggered by music, rhythm or dance. An insight can even come to us while relaxing in the bath or shower! It can even arise unexpectedly watching a child who is joyfully at play. Any experience that increases our mindfulness and distracts our ego will help.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #4:
Let’s briefly summarize what we learnt in episode #4. This episode offers further hints on how to discover your Ultimate Quest in life.
A big clue is to explore your passions. Think about what activity you would want to do… for ever!
Be warned that your Ego will try to discourage you from discovering your Quest. So avoid your ego and instead listen to your inner guidance.
Find 15 minutes a day to relax and quietly contemplate. Be open & curious. But don’t activate your thinking processes.
Absorb yourself in the beauty of nature. Engage in creative, relaxing or joyful activities to spontaneously trigger new insights.
Be patient with the process. You have your entire lifetime to discover your Ultimate Quest in life.
GOOD LUCK ON YOUR CHALLENGE!
All this is a big challenge. Good luck on getting your intuitive insights and inspirations! Remember you don’t have to work all of this out immediately. The answer can develop and unfold over time.
DON’T PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON YOURSELF.
Don't put any pressure on yourself to find an answer immediately. In fact, if you take your time, the insights will surface more easily. Plus don’t judge what comes up for you! All that just inhibits the process!
But remember, the sooner you start the better. Try daily quiet inner contemplation and perhaps some time out in nature. It can take considerable daily practice, up to 6 weeks, to get good results. So be patient and don’t have any fixed expectations.
Good luck and I hope to catch you on the next episode #5 titled: “Are you really satisfied with your life?”