Podcast #5: Are you really satisfied with your life?
Welcome to the UltimateQuest.org podcast. This is EPISODE #5 where we continue the “Finding your passion” series. The title of this episode is: “Are you really satisfied with your life?”
In this episode we check in on how you are going with your life. Are you really satisfied? Are you on track with your Ultimate Quest in life? Have you discovered what gives your life greater meaning & purpose?
WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL OF LIFE SATISFACTION?
Let’s look at discovering your Ultimate Quest in a slightly different way. Let’s assess your level of satisfaction in life. If there is little satisfaction in your life, then you are certainly not on the right track, just yet.
MOST PEOPLE NEVER EXPERIENCE CONTENTMENT & INNER PEACE.
Ask yourself... “Are you feeling content & fulfilled in life? Are you really at peace with yourself?”.
Sadly most people never truly experience fulfilment and inner peace! In fact most people rarely experience any lasting satisfaction. At best they experience temporary materialistic pleasures.
You might remember Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones rock group: He sang… ‘I can’t get no satisfaction’, or something like that. They had fame, fortune, notoriety, and I guess even drugs, but NO satisfaction… No true inner peace! So, instead they sang about it, and just became richer!
DISSATISFACTION LEAVES AN EMPTINESS INSIDE.
DISSATISFACTION makes us feel rather irritable. We feel we lack something! We become impatient and need more. We try to fill that emptiness we feel inside with temporary pleasures! But eventually nothing that’s materialistic works. Nothing external really satisfies enough. Not even immense wealth, influence, notoriety, drugs or having control over others.
Even having massive wealth or global control is NOT the Ultimate! It’s not the ultimate achievement in our life or the Ultimate Quest! That’s despite how tempting it might at first seem. That’s just exerting CONTROL & FORCE over others! It’s just the Ultimate Ego trip!
UNLOCK TRUE POWER BY TAPPING INTO YOUR INNER SELF.
On the other hand, an individual that’s properly tapped into their true inner self has much more TRUE POWER. This true power taps into the unlimited energies of the universe. Individuals with inner power have more positive impact than those using control & force! Inner power is an influence for good! It works for the betterment of others & our world.
TRUE SECURITY IS KNOWING YOU ARE ALWAYS LOVED.
With inner power also comes TRUE SECURITY. This is the deep inner knowing that we are constantly loved and have the resources of the entire Universe are at our disposal. In particular, we have access to inner peace, lasting happiness & joy.
TEMPORARY SAFETY MEASURES DRAIN OUR RESOURCES.
Don’t get distracted by temporary safety measures. It doesn’t matter how many personal guards or armies you have at your disposal. It’s still all just a temporary safety buffer that must be constantly maintained. This requires constant vigilance, control and force. Maintaining these temporary safety measures depletes our energy & resources. It's NOT true and permanent SECURITY!
EMBRACE THE POWER OF LOVE, NOT THE LOVE OF POWER.
Those temporary safety measures require the ‘love of power’ to manage. When someone loves power, their entire identity becomes consumed by this.
So what is the alternative? The alternative is being powered by pure love. There is a big difference! Think about that difference for a while… The ‘love of power’ versus the ‘power of love’. Only one of these options will lead you towards your Ultimate Quest? So which one will you choose?
Incredible power & security flows from pure unconditional love. But do you know how to access & utilize all that? That is your long-term challenge. It could even be your Ultimate Quest!
TAP INTO THE RESERVOIR OF UNIVERSAL POWER.
This unconditional love that we are talking about is sometimes termed the ‘Universal Mind’. This is also the universal medium that nurtures all life at every level, right down to the quantum level! It’s also the cosmic intelligence that powers our entire experience & evolution.
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE CAN POWER & GUIDE US.
This concept is quite grand and little overwhelming at this stage. So how can we overcome the frustration and dissatisfaction in our life? The holistic answer is to access that pure Universal Love. That unconditional loving energy is available to everyone! We just need to tap into that energy and allow it to power & guide us. Then we can express & share this unconditional love through our life too.
But how could we ever do this? How do we tap into this powerful resource? How would we even start this Quest?
OUR EGO SABOTAGES OUR CONNECTION TO UNIVERSAL MIND.
The process of tapping into Universal Love is actually quite simple. It’s as simple as quieting our mind and tuning into our inner guidance. We are accessing the wisdom of the Universal Mind through our inner voice.
This skill is an innate part of being human, however, so is our Ego mind. Our Ego mind is expert in sabotaging our connection to this higher resource.
WE MUST FEEL WORTHY OF POSITIVE CHANGE.
We have explained that having fame, fortune or control is not the real answer. It doesn’t provide inner peace & fulfillment, but it can be very tempting!
You now know there is an alternative… Just realizing that there is an alternative path IS the very first step to transforming our life. Then we make an intent to start with this new approach. The next requirement is really believing we deserve this. We must feel worthy of positive change! Have you taken these first baby steps?
SOCIETY CONDITIONS US TOWARDS MATERIALISTIC GOALS.
Many of us have engaged in the old materialistic path for some time. Our society & culture strongly encourages us to do this. Our media highlights all those flashy role models: the multi-millionaires as well as the movie, pop & sports stars. All that fame & adoration trains us to emulate this! All that hype can be hard to resist.
YOUR EGO WILL REINFORCE MATERIALISTIC PRIORITIES.
But it’s important to remember where that path inevitably leads! Dissatisfaction, suffering & dis-ease is the inevitable result of a materialist path. But right now, your Ego might be reassuring you “that won’t ever happen to me”. Or your Ego is trying to convince you that “I am smart enough to manage fame & fortune”. Or it might say ‘I only want a small portion of that, so I will easily cope’.
BE CAREFUL BECAUSE YOUR EGO IS VERY CUNNING.
The Ego is very cunning! It knows all your hidden weaknesses and uses them against you. Your Ego mind will always find some rationale that will tempt you. It will convince you to stay with the old ways. It will even pretend it has a better strategy that will work ‘this time’. It will do anything to stay in control! It will try to sabotage your autonomy and your new direction. So, watch out!
FEAR, DOUBT & ANXIETY ARE THE EGO’S TOOLS.
The most frequent trick the Ego will use to keep you under its control, is fear & doubt. It makes us fearful of trying something new. There is no true physical danger in starting a new direction. But the Ego makes us feel like there is. It manipulates us to think it’s ‘too radical’ or ‘too new’. Or we just doubt whether it will work at all! We doubt whether we could do it. Or we just become anxious about losing what you already have!
RECOGNISE WHEN THE EGO IS UP TO ITS OLD TRICKS.
So, recognize when this doubt and these contrary notions come up for you. Realize that it’s just the Ego up to its old tricks! But what else can we do to overcome these unhelpful patterns?
There is another antidote to unwarranted fear & doubt! Remember, we are not talking about fear in a truly dangerous situation. Just the fear or doubt in trying a new path in life.
DISARM THE EGO BY PROCESSING OUR EMOTIONS.
The remedy is to properly acknowledge a negative feeling or emotion when it arises. We briefly acknowledge it, and let it pass. The secret is NOT to turn this feeling into a story or a drama. Don’t attach to it! Just let the feeling move on naturally. It’s as simple as that!
But also don’t deny or reject the feelings. Don’t be fearful of negative feelings or emotions. That just makes the feeling of fear or doubt last longer. Remember they are just temporary and will pass in a few moments. We just need to take a moment to calmly observe them from a neutral perspective!
EMOTIONAL PROCESSING TAMES OUR EGO MIND.
Proper emotional hygiene is the big secret of how to overcome unwarranted fear & doubt. That’s how we release our emotions and start to tame our Ego mind.
PRACTISE RELEASING INAPPROPRIATE DOUBT & FEAR.
Today’s challenge is for you to practise this emotion processing in your real life.
Can you just sit calmly & observe your doubts & fears?
Can you unattach from negative emotions and let them gently pass?
Can you release inappropriate or unjustified feelings when they arise?
START PROCESSING MILD EMOTIONS THAT HOLD YOU BACK.
Start this processing gently by facing mild and moderate emotions as they arise. Apply this process to unwarranted doubts & fears that are holding you back from positive change. This is very different from fear in a genuinely risky physical situation, which requires a more physical response!
Remain positive. Be brave and embrace this beneficial change. Much courage & wisdom can be gained from this. Good luck! But always seek expert help if you need it.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #5:
Here is a summary of what we learnt in episode #5.
We are likely on track with our life purpose if we feel at peace & satisfied. Dissatisfaction indicates we are not on the right path!
There is a big difference between tapping into our inner power versus exerting brute force & control. Embrace the power of love not the love of power. Knowing that you are always loved offers true security, not just temporary safety.
We can start our Ultimate Quest just by realizing that we deserve unconditional love! Then we can make the intent to change!
Our Ego mind is the greatest foe in our quest for meaning & purpose. But it masquerades as our best friend! Our Ego pushes us towards materialistic goals that never truly satisfy.
Don’t let unwarranted fear & doubt consume you. Instead, process and release these negative feelings & emotions. Through this we gain more courage & wisdom.
The next episode #6 of the UltimateQuest.org podcast is titled: “How to prevent self sabotage on your Ultimate Quest?”. We hope to see you there!