What's in The Quest?

WHAT'S IN THE QUEST...EXPLORING A SENSE OF SOUL?
A unique guide to the spiritual journey, designed to help you find your own answers

Unlike other books, The Quest does not tell you what you should think or believe or give you the authors' opinions. Instead it guides through the questions and challenges that arise on the spiritual journey and every idea, every question is accompanied by activities designed to help you explore your own experience and become clearer about your own answers.

CHAPTER 1 Getting Started
An introduction and overview of The Quest, activities that help you take stock and an explanation of the language and images used in The Quest.






CHAPTER 2 Heart of The Quest
As you encounter such questions as: What does “spiritual” mean? What has felt real or authentic to you? What times, places, activities, people help you to be more in touch with your most meaningful experiences? What kind of spiritual reflection helps you?, this chapter provides a framework for finding your own answers, exploring your sense of soul and trying out skills of spiritual reflection across the traditions




CHAPTER 3 Developing Your Skills Practising a key example of each of the four skills of spiritual reflection introduced in Heart of The Quest but now encountered more deeply and in forms that are more akin to spiritual practices drawn from various traditions







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APTER 4 Telling Your Story
Telling the story of your life, reflecting on themes, patterns, and blocks in your life and recognising what has meaning for you. As you uncover obstacles and hindrances and identify values and core principles, questions asked include: "What has been important in your life? What matters most to you? What has challenged or stretched you? What will help you let go of fear and experience more love?"





CHAPTER 5 A Growing Sense Of Soul
Exploring your sense of soul is primarily a search for "your connection with your essence, with others, nature, and a Presence or Ultimate Reality". The Quest uses spiritual experience as an umbrella term for this sense of soul, with questions such as: "What brings me alive? What deadens me? How do I describe my sense of soul to others? What is living life with a greater level of meaning? Have I ever had a sense of closeness or connectedness to a greater whole?"




CHAPTER 6 Changing Faces Of Faith
Using faith to indicate a broad conviction that the universe is underpinned by a Source or held together in a way that is not always apparent at the day-to-day level, you unpack what you believe and where it comes from, and encounter the changing nature of our time, through questions such as: "What do you believe? What are the roots of your belief? What has influenced you? What have you encountered that has led you to modify your faith?"




CHAPTER 7 Encountering Direct Experience The nature of faith is changing: less emphasis on traditional knowledge, recorded revelation, or particular creeds and beliefs - religion - and more emphasis on freedom to encounter and trust individual spiritual experience - spirituality. The questions in  Encountering Direct Experience ask: "What is your experience of ‘something more’? What did you encounter? What maps might help you understand this? How can you anchor direct experience of Spirit? 




CHAPTER 8 Passion and Change
Some change brings excitement and joy – passion – and some enters a dark place – pain. But, passion and pain are not separate; joy and grief, elation and distress, march closely together. We can then ask: "How can you be more at ease with change in your life? Does everyone other than you know their purpose? What helps you pick yourself up when you stumble? How can you use what arises in life as a springboard for growth and compassion?" 




CHAPTER 9 Dark Nights
In dark nights of the soul, distress can't be accommodated within your current understanding of Spirit, and you can hardly come to terms with your anguish. A dark night may also be an arid time in a spiritual desert. Pain can facilitate transformation through questioning: "How can I balance dark with light? What kinds of crisis might I encounter? What helps me move on? Does focusing on the change help me deal with pain?"





CHAPTER 10 Wholeness and Connection
In this chapter you consider wholeness and connection, looking outward to your place amidst “all of creation” in questioning: "What is wholeness? How can I understand and experience connection? Are there ideas and concepts that explain reality from a whole and connected perspective?"





CHAPTER 11 Living In A Sacred Way
In this chapter you reflect on the impact that your inner journey of self-exploration has on the way you live in the outer world, focusing on questions of: "What does it mean to live in a sacred way? What ideas and methods might help you live in a sacred way? How can you express your sense of soul in a connected and inclusive way?





CHAPTER 12 Ending - Or Continuing Your Quest?
Provides a review of your own journey through The Quest, your sense of soul now and your vision as you seek to play your part in creating the new story of humanity.






CHAPTER13 Making The Most Of The Quest
To “listen” another's soul into life, into a condition of disclosure and discovery, may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another.” (Steere, 1955). While many people follow The Quest on their own, others find companionship and sharing of your journey and insights can significantly deepen and enrich your own exploration and use of The Quest. This chapter gives tips for finding and starting a Quest group.



The Quest
also gives you extensive references and bibliographies to support you in further exploration of your sense of soul. There are Skills of Spiritual Reflection incorporated into the extensive activities in The Quest which help find a regular pattern of reflection and practice in your spiritual life



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