Podcast #5: Are you really satisfied with your life?
What is your level of life satisfaction? Many people never experience inner peace. Dissatisfaction leaves an empty feeling inside. Unlock true power by tapping into your inner self.
In this episode #5, we check in on how you are going with your life. Are you really satisfied? Have you made progress finding 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 how you can discover your Ultimate Quest in a slightly different way. Let’s assess your level of satisfaction in life. If there is very little satisfaction in your life, then you are certainly not on the right track, just yet.
MANY PEOPLE NEVER EXPERIENCE INNER PEACE.
Ask yourself... “Are you feeling content & fulfilled in your life? Are you really at peace with yourself?”. Sadly many people never truly experience inner peace & fulfilment! People rarely experience ANY lasting satisfaction. At best they experience temporary materialistic pleasures or temporary happiness!
You might remember Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones rock group. He sang “I can’t get no satisfaction” or something like that. Mick Jagger had fame, fortune, notoriety, and I guess even drugs, but NO satisfaction and no true inner peace! So, instead he sang about his lack of satisfaction, and just became richer!
DISSATISFACTION LEAVES AN EMPTY FEELING INSIDE.
Dissatisfaction makes us feel rather irritable. We feel we are missing something inside. We become impatient and crave more. We try to fill that emptiness with temporary pleasures! But nothing that is materialistic ever works. Not even immense wealth, influence, notoriety, drugs or having control over others. Nothing external truly satisfies on a deep level.
Even having extreme levels of global control is NOT the Ultimate! Having control over others is not the ultimate achievement in our life or our Ultimate Quest! That’s despite how tempting it might seem at first. This is just exerting CONTROL & FORCE over others! It’s just the ultimate Ego trip!
UNLOCK TRUE POWER BY TAPPING INTO INNER SELF.
On the other hand, an individual that is 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 this 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. We know that we have the resources of the entire Universe at our disposal. In particular, we have access to inner peace, lasting happiness & joy.
TEMPORARY SAFETY MEASURES DRAIN 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 & force. Maintaining these temporary safety measures depletes our energy & resources. It's NOT true, permanent SECURITY!
EMBRACE THE POWER OF LOVE, NOT LOVE OF POWER.
Those temporary safety measures require the ‘love of power’. 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 to your Ultimate Quest? So which will you choose?
Incredible power & true security flows from unconditional love. But do you know how to access & utilize this? Tapping into pure unconditional love 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 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. This concept is quite grand and might at first be a little overwhelming.
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE CAN POWER & GUIDE US.
So how can we overcome the frustration & dissatisfaction in our life? The holistic answer is to access that pure Universal Love we discussed. 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 this and share this unconditional love with others too. But how could we ever do this? How do we tap into this powerful resource? How would we even start this quest?
EGO SABOTAGES CONNECTION TO UNIVERSAL MIND.
The process of tapping into Universal Love is actually quite simple. It’s as simple as stilling our mind and tuning into our inner guidance. Then we can access 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. So it’s important to watch out for your Ego.
WE MUST FEEL WORTHY OF POSITIVE CHANGE.
Fame, fortune and control also block our access to Universal Love. These Ego driven behaviours don’t provide inner peace or fulfilment. But they can be very tempting! Fortunately, you now know there is an alternative! Just realizing there is an alternative path can be the first step to transforming our life. Then we make an intent to start this new approach. The next requirement is to really believe we deserve this. We must feel worthy of positive change! Think about this. Do you, in your heart, feel you deserve greater happiness in your life?
SOCIETY ENCOURAGES 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 remember where that Ego-driven path inevitably leads! Dissatisfaction & suffering is the inevitable result of a materialistic 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’ll easily cope because I only want a small portion of that success”.
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 will always find some rationale that will tempt you. It will even pretend it has a better strategy that will work ‘this time’. It will do anything to stay in control! Your Ego will try to sabotage your autonomy and your new direction. So, watch out!
FEAR, DOUBT & ANXIETY ARE THE EGO’S TOOLS.
Doubt & fear is the most frequent trick the Ego will use to keep you under its control. The Ego makes us fearful of trying something new. In reality, there is no true physical danger in starting a new direction. But the Ego makes us feel like there is.
RECOGNISE WHEN THE EGO IS UP TO ITS OLD TRICKS.
The Ego can manipulate us to think that a new direction is too radical or too risky. It will make us anxious about losing what we already have! Or it causes us to doubt whether it will work at all! Doubt is just fear in disguise.
So, recognize when this doubt & fear comes up for you. Recognise your feelings of anxiety. Realize that it’s just the Ego up to its old tricks! Remember, we are not talking about fear of a truly dangerous situation. Recognise the doubt or fear of trying a new path in life. There is no true physical risk. The Ego is just scared of change or losing its control. But what else can we do to overcome these unhelpful patterns? Would you like another antidote to unwarranted fear & doubt?
DISARM YOUR EGO BY PROCESSING 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 negative feeling into a dramatic story. Don’t attach to the narrative or storyline. Just let the feeling move on naturally. It’s as simple as that!
It’s important not to deny or reject our feelings. Don’t be fearful of negative emotions. That just makes the feeling of fear or doubt last longer. Remember that feelings are just temporary. They will pass in a few moments if we let them. We just need to take a moment to calmly observe them from a neutral perspective! Proper emotional processing 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.
START BY ONLY PROCESSING MILD EMOTIONS.
Today’s challenge is to practise processing your emotions in real life. Can you sit calmly and observe your doubts & fears? Can you unattach from your negative emotions and let them gently pass? Don’t try to tackle difficult emotions just yet. Start gently by processing mild emotions as they arise. Process unwarranted feelings that are holding you back from positive change. Remain positive. Be brave and embrace new decisions. Good luck! But always seek expert help if needed.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #5:
Episode #5 was titled “Are you really satisfied with your life?”. We are likely on track with our life purpose if we feel satisfied and at peace. Dissatisfaction indicates we are not on the right path! There’s a very big difference between tapping into our inner power, versus exerting brute force & control. We encourage you to embrace the power of love, not the love of power.
Remember, materialism never fully satisfies. Realize that you deserve unconditional love. Knowing that you are always loved offers true security, not just temporary safety. This true inner power gives you the confidence to make positive change!
Our Ego is the greatest foe in our quest for meaning & purpose. But the Ego masquerades as our best friend! Our Ego pushes us to self-centered goals that don’t provide lasting happiness. So, recognise when the Ego is up to its tricks! Don’t let unwarranted fear & doubt consume you. Instead, process and release these negative feelings & emotions. By letting go of our fear, we gain courage & wisdom.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #1
Episode #1 was titled: “What is 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.
There are five levels of quest that you can embark on. You can mix and match these different levels as you go. Start your journey by finding your joy!
▪ 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 cosmic & wholistic.
▪ JOY means you’re living your passion.
▪ PASSION means living your purpose.
▪ PURPOSE provides meaning to life.
▪ The search for what has the highest meaning is your ULTIMATE QUEST.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #2
Episode #2 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 to achieve this. Only YOU can work out what is best for you. And YOU are personally responsible for that choice.
The trick to discovering your Ultimate Quest is to NOT actually think about it! Avoid using your intellect & Ego. Instead, try quiet contemplation. Sit silently and let any insights gently surface into your conscious mind.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #2 (CONTINUED)
Personal development is an inner journey that helps us to see the world and ourselves in a new way. Personal development leads to a more joyful & fulfilling life. Through this inner transformation we find contentment & inner peace. Personal development helps us to find our passion and to progress on our Ultimate Quest.
▪ Step 1 is awakening to the need to change ourselves.
▪ Step 2 is raising our awareness of our thoughts & emotions.
▪ Step 3 is tuning into our intuitive knowing for insight & guidance.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #3
Episode #3 was titled “How do you know if something is right for you?”. We discussed our 3 main internal guidance systems. The first was our emotion-based guidance system. We do an instant spotcheck and quickly assess the vibe. We sense our emotions and feelings in our body. That’s our gut feeling. Our emotion guidance system is fast and easy to recognise. But it’s only accurate for simple issues.
The second guidance system is our deep intuitive discernment. This is our quiet inner voice. It’s our heart-felt, inner knowing. This intuition can give us a gentle nudge or a powerful AHA-moment! Deep intuitive discernment is usually slower. However, it’s the best option for big & complex decisions in our personal life.
The third guidance system is intellectual logical discernment. This is usually the only system taught at school. It’s suitable for simple logistical decisions, but NOT complex life choices. It’s moderately fast, but is often biased or flawed. To make the best life choices, we need the appropriate blend of all three guidance systems.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #4
Episode #4 was titled “Hints for finding your Ultimate Quest”. Be open, curious and engaged in the process. You must be willing to look deep within yourself. Explore your current passions in life. Think about what activity you love and would want to do… possibly forever! Explore your day dreams and night dreams. And reflect on your past dreams as a child. These might provide hints on what your quest could really be.
Your Ego will discourage you from discovering your quest. So avoid your Ego and instead listen to your inner guidance. Try to find 15 minutes each day to relax & quietly contemplate. Don’t activate your thinking processes. Instead, tune-in to your intuitive knowing. If you are struggling with formal contemplation or meditation, try to absorb yourself in the beauty of nature. Or engage in creative, relaxing or joyful activities to spontaneously trigger new insights.
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #5
Episode #5 was titled “Are you really satisfied with your life?”. Being satisfied & content indicates we are living our passion. It might also indicate we are on our Ultimate Quest. Dissatisfaction indicates we are not on the right path! Embrace the power of love, not the love of power. Realize that you deserve unconditional love.
Our Ego-mind is the greatest foe in our quest for meaning & purpose. But the Ego masquerades as our best friend! Our Ego pushes us towards materialistic goals that never truly satisfy. So, recognise when the Ego is up to its tricks! Don’t let unwarranted fear & doubt consume you. Instead, process and release these negative feelings & emotions. By letting go of our fear, we gain more courage & wisdom.
Well done! You have finished the first half of the ‘Finding your passion’ series from UltimateQuest.org. The next book completes the series with episodes #6 to #12.
We hope you have started a practice of quiet contemplation. Have you considered what you meant to do with your life? Try to discover your passion. This will help align you with your purpose. Good luck with overcoming doubt, fear, ego & other self-sabotage. All this will lead to a life with more joy, meaning & fulfilment.
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