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Quest for Life

Course Overview | Lesson Summaries | Excerpts from 3 Lessons | Enrollment and Fees

Course Overview

The focus of Quest for Life is to open a door into a new world of creative vision, purpose and joyous receptivity to life. Important principles introduced in this web-based course are:

  • Following Your Heart's Desire
  • Discovering Your Creative Potential
  • Living the Magic of Partnership
  • Making a Difference in Your Community and Global Service

In the course How to Live Happily with All Life, students become familiar with the practice of thinking and listening with the heart. Quest for Life continues the journey into the Heart-Mind or Heart Intelligence where miracles are part of the ordinary way of life and new horizons call out to be discovered and experienced.

Quest for Life is based on Six Lessons with Delphi, Initiation into the Circle of Life and Delphi, What Being on Earth Is All About.

Note: The course How to Live Happily with All Life is not a prerequisite for taking Quest for Life. Students needing elective credit will find that both courses provide them with diverse opportunities for learning and global partnership.

Course Overview | Lesson Summaries | Excerpts from 3 Lessons | Enrollment and Fees

Lesson Summaries

LESSON ONE, Questing for Life, begins the quest for purpose in life and the search for meaning and vision. In this lesson, you are introduced to the concepts of the Circle of Life, the web of life, biodiversity and Native American wisdom. The interdepedence of all life is studied and considered, as well as your relationship to Mother Earth.

In Cyberspace : You will visit the web site of David T. Suzuki, an award-winning scientist and environmentalist, where you will learn about the interdependence of all life. You will meet Corbin Harney, a Native American wisdom keeper, who shares his understanding of the relationship of all life.

LESSON TWO, The Circle of Life, Why Mind and Heart Must Become One, opens the door into a way of living with all life in peace and harmony.

In Cyberspace : You will learn to set goals and believe in your hopes and dreams. And you will visit one young person whose discovery and environmental action made a difference and influenced her community.

LESSON THREE, The Real Laws, gives you the ways of the quest. The secret of gratitude and the magic of "thank you" are revealed. All needs are met when there is an understanding of this law. Write your vision at the conclusion of this lesson.

In Cyberspace : Visit the web sites for General Colin Powell's America's Promise, the village and school called Neve Shalom in Israel, and the Humane Teen of the Year, for examples of partnership and commitment.

LESSON FOUR, Your Earth Treaty. The next step in your quest for purpose and meaning is to write a treaty with Mother Earth. You will learn about treaties and why it is important to keep your word or commitment.

In Cyberspace : The hyperlinks present helpful examples of treaties, compacts and charters.

LESSON FIVE, Companions on the Quest, explores the idea of angels, who they might be, and how they can affect your life. Angels may be helpful human friends, animals, or invisible helpers. Perhaps you may be an angel!

In Cyberspace: Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network helps you to discover your passion and your angelic expression. You will also read angel artist Andy Lakey's story of how angels gave him his purpose in life.

LESSON SIX, Angelic Happiness, helps you to understand the importance of emotional control and the power of the subconscious mind. Positive thoughts about yourself and your environment can bring about changes in your world. Learning to align with "good energy" or angelic energy will assist you in actualizing your desires and goals.

In Cyberspace: The hyperlinks will take you into the world of angels and nature spirits. You will learn about these "good energies" and how they help Mother Earth and all life.

LESSON SEVEN, Expect Miracles in Your Life, is about how you can live a life of happiness and joy. You learn more about your heart-mind and how to direct your attention to it for answers and guidance in your life.

In Cyberspace: Hyperlinks take you to the wisdom of indigenous peoples and their teachings about harmony and the Circle of Life.

LESSON EIGHT, Finding Your Place in the Circle of Life, introduces you to the Navajo "Beauty Way," the activities of children and youth in furthering global partnership, and Dr. Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations.

In Cyberspace: Visit web sites featuring Navajo elder Grandmother Elsie, the Children of the Earth, the United Nations and Dr. Robert Muller.

LESSON NINE, You Can Make a Difference, assists you in believing in yourself and creating happiness around you. This lesson shows you how you can create a peace center in your community and city.

In Cyberspace: Want to help but don't know how? The Idea Generator asks you questions which will inspire you to make a difference. The Apeadu Children's Peace Center in Ghana, West Africa, brings kids together to learn peace-making and peace-keeping. And you will meet a new friend, peacemaker golden retriever Pax.

LESSON TEN, Helping Mother Earth, helps you to develop more sensitivity to the needs of all life. Using examples from Six Lessons with Delphi, the Navajo way and the Earth Charter, you will review your Earth Treaty and consider revisions and/or additions.

In Cyberspace: The study of the Earth Charter and its contribution to the healing and preservation of Earth continues. Read an adaptation of the Earth Charter for young people.

LESSON ELEVEN, The Power of Listening, gives you the keys to a deeper wisdom born of the Heart-Mind. When you can listen with an open heart, you will find your seat in the Circle of Life, where all life listens intuitively to the Creator.

In Cyberspace: The hyperlinks include a teenager's plea to adults about listening, and an introduction to Penelope Smith, who talks to you about animal communication.

LESSON TWELVE, The Circle is Talking, tells us that everyone is talking. A web of communication enables all life to realize one another and cooperate in a harmonious rhythm. This lesson takes you deeper into your heart intelligence.

In Cyberspace: Read Judah Freed's article Model of the Communication Cycle, which gives valuable insight into the world of communication and the web of life.

LESSON THIRTEEN, Leading with Your Heart, discusses the role love and nonviolence play in the universe, the government, and in the way you live and experience your life. Create your Plan for Peace.

In Cyberspace: The hyperlinks introduce you to the life and world of Mahatma Gandhi, the great leader and teacher of nonviolence. You will visit the Peace Army of Costa Rica's web site, which tells the legend of Rasur, and receive inspiration from Dr. Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of Costa Rica.

LESSON FOURTEEN, Living Truthfully, explores your life purpose. You will review and reconsider the goals you set in Lesson Two, as you learn more about purpose and commitment. Golden retriever Delphi reminds you how special you are!

In Cyberspace: Buckminister Fuller, one of the greatest thinkers and inventors of the twentieth century, serves as your guide and teacher for this lesson.

LESSON FIFTEEN, Being Who You Are, is a journey into who you are, who you would like to be, and your amazing potential. Discover how acts of kindness can increase happiness as you deepen your sensitivity and understanding for all life.

In Cyberspace: Visit web sites featuring stories of good deeds, a new kind of science based on the organic whole, and Mahatma Gandhi's explanation of the Law of Love.

LESSON SIXTEEN, Being a Peacemaker, explores the chapter "Rats and Cats" from Six Lessons with Delphi. Learn the importance of thinking holistically and of supporting the United Nations' vision for a peaceful world.

In Cyberspace: Meet Peace Pilgrim and read her Steps Toward Inner Peace, about how she found her purpose in life. Visit with John Todd, professor and man of vision, who teaches partnership with nature and ecological design.

LESSON SEVENTEEN, Walking Your Vision, asks, "Why am I on earth, and what do I have in my heart that is different from anyone else? How can I make a difference?" This lesson explores ways of looking at world events and situations in your life that will help you to be positive and empowered.

In Cyberspace: These hyperlinks give you tools to a creative and meaningful life: Ten Essentials of Personal Peace and Vows of Peace. Visit Shambala, actor Tippi Hedren's safe haven for big cats, where you will be inspired by A Tale of Three Tigers: The Little Rascals.

LESSON EIGHTEEN, The Quest, focuses on principles of unity in diversity for the conclusion of this course. You stand in a rainbow circle as a unique human being with a special reason for being on earth.

In Cyberspace: "Follow your dream" with Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup series, and meet Monty Roberts, a horse whisperer. These remarkable men will guide you deeper into the fulfillment of your dreams and your quest for life.


Course Overview | Lesson Summaries | Excerpts from 3 Lessons | Enrollment and Fees

Excerpts from Three Lessons

Aurora Learning -- an online course delivery system -- provides the student-teacher interface for Quest for Life. To view lessons, the browsers which you'll need are either Internet Explorer Version 5.0 or higher, or Netscape Navigator Version 4.0 or higher. Each lesson is accessed individually, space is provided to answer questions online, and students submit completed lessons to their teacher via the world wide web. Excerpts from three lessons of the course are provided on this page to demonstrate that students scroll down one page as they progress through a lesson.

Materials you will need for Quest for Life: the portfolio.

During this course you will be creating a portfolio, a continuing record of your studies, accomplishments and contributions to your community and planet. (You may have started one already in a previous Sanctuary School course.) A spiral binder is recommended, the kind that allows you to insert a decorative cover illustration. You will also need plain and lined three-hole paper, a pen, colored pencils, paints or markers, and a clear plastic pocket that can be inserted to hold the treasures that will be part of your experience during this course. Poems, creative writings, art--all should be included in your portfolio. Also important are your insights, intuitive discoveries, and thoughtful reflections on your world and your place in it. Don't forget photographs that have meaning for you, encouraging notes from your teachers, or articles in cyberspace that you may wish to download and print out for continued reference and information. You will find many ways to build your portfolio as a résumé of your studies and partnership with the circle of life.


Excerpt from Lesson 1


What are you dreaming? What would you like to be?

Have you any role models in life that you admire?
Who are they? Why do you admire them?

Why do you suppose you are here on earth right now?
What kind of a difference would you like to make?

To the best of your ability, answer each of these questions below.



(This space is provided for illustration purposes.
Text cannot be entered into this box.)

Make a copy of these questions and answers for your portfolio. You have just begun your vision quest, and the answers you have thoughtfully written will serve as guidelines upon the path of your quest. We will be referring back to these questions and your answers throughout the course.

About Six Lessons with Delphi

Open to the real world, a world filled with friendly animals who talk and teach with wisdom. These are our wise animal companions who are waiting to share with us their understanding and knowledge.

My name is Patricia Jepsen, and I am the author with my golden retriever partner Delphi of Six Lessons with Delphi. Click here to learn more about Delphi, and here to read how we met and became authors together.

Delphi, your first teacher, will guide you on your magical journey to the land of heart-mind.


The Circle of Life

The Quest begins with your introduction to the Circle of Life and your relationship with all creation.

The famous Suquamish leader, Chief Seattle, said in his 1854 oration: "... all things share the same breath--the beast, the tree, the man ... the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports."

On the first page of Six Lessons with Delphi, Delphi says: "We are all united in one body called Earth. That is why we have to take care of her."

When human beings remember that we are all part of a Circle of Life, that all life is connected and interdependent, we will realize peace, harmony and environmental justice on earth. It is this partnership that determines who you are and your purpose in life.

David T. Suzuki Ph.D., Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. Visit his web site to learn more about the interdependence of all life.

Question: What impressed you most about this article? Do you agree with it? If so, why?


If you begin your Quest for Life with an open heart and an open mind, you will be amazed at the discoveries you make. Your quest begins the moment you step into the Circle of Life, where you learn to listen and to practice the ways of friendship, respect and partnership.


The Balance of All Life

In the ways that we are made, the Earth herself is part of our consciousness. What befalls Earth affects all of us. We are connected to her and have a responsibility to love and respect her. And with us in partnership are all living creatures, plants and minerals. It is through Earth that the magical gifts of nature are bestowed. The magic becomes our magic as we consciously join the Circle of Life, remembering that we are connected to one another as an Earth family.

Let's revisit Dr. David Suzuki:

Question: What does the word "biodiversity" mean?


Question: What relationship does biodiversity have to the web of life?


Question: What lesson can we as human beings learn from the web of life?
(The second paragraph of this article contains a clue. What is it?)



The words that Delphi brings to the understanding of the web of life in Lesson One of Six Lessons with Delphi can open many hearts to the sacred union of all life: Read The Circle of Life.

She writes that everyone is related. We are all part of the whole or the body of Earth and our universe. We are part of a cosmic whole and our relationship to one another is founded on that ancient knowledge. The sacred is alive in us only as we can realize the sacred and the beautiful in all life. This makes for a very different world, a spiritual world.

Excerpt from Lesson 2


The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you.

Don't go back to sleep!

You must ask for what you really want.

Don't go back to sleep!

People are going back and forth

Across the doorsill where the two worlds touch;

The door is round and open.

Don't go back to sleep!


(Jalal Al-Din Rumi was one of the greatest Sufi, or mystical Muslim, poets.
Rumi was a 13th century teacher and theologian whose poems remain popular today.)

A door is waiting to be opened. Are there questions to be asked? You will find your answers when you open the door to your heart. It is here in the heart that you find a comradeship unequaled. There are no explanations for this experience; it is just there, waiting. From this place of feeling in the heart will come much joy and many positive relationships with your friends and with all life.

Your Quest is to go through the Door of the Heart.


Magic Land and the Quest for Meaning

A Learning Story based on Lesson One of Six Lessons with Delphi

The Creator, in the beginning or vision time, created Himself in all faces, and as He did this, He called on the Spirit of Himself to embrace all life, thus creating the Circle of Love. The Spirit did this and it was the beginning of time.

Delphi tells the story well of how it all began, and how each part of creation was loved and cherished and thought "Wonderful" by the Great Creator of All Things. And all were happy and content working together, as Delphi tells it. Many thousands of years went by, until one day human beings forgot to listen with their hearts. What followed was a separation from the laws of the Creator, from the embrace of the Spirit. The Circle, which had kept all the faces of the Creator happy and in partnership, was forgotten.

As Delphi relates, Mother Earth became sad, and she wondered how she might return to the once familiar place of harmony. She knew that there would be peace and love again when people remembered their hearts and returned to the Circle of Life.

Question: What is the point or value of this story? What have you learned from it?


We cannot change the past--or can we? If we listen to Delphi, she says we can. Within the passages of Delphi's Six Lessons you will find the secret code of Heart Magic.


Read Lesson One of Six Lessons with Delphi and then write your version of the magical code of the heart. You can use any part of Delphi's text, including the Real Laws, for your inspiration, but bring your own intuitive wisdom to your writing. You may be in agreement with Delphi, but you have your own unique way of expressing your heart's knowledge! Be sure to make a copy of what you have written for your portfolio!

Question: What is the magical code of the heart?


You have now begun your quest. That same Circle that was formed by the Creator's embrace is waiting for you. Being a conscious part or an active member of the Circle of Life brings the Creator back into the faces of all creation. "I think of myself as a person," Delphi says. She reminds us that all are equal in the Circle of Life and all have a special place on Mother Earth.

That special place will speak to you in dreams, hopes for the future and goals in life. It will speak to you of your purpose and how you can make a difference.

Assignment: Click here and read the first section "How to Set Goals," paying particular attention to the section "In order for something to be a goal."

Question: What is a goal? Define what a "goal" means to you.


Question: Why are goals important in life?
And if you think that goals are not important in life, give your reasons here.


Excerpt from Lesson 17


Lesson Two encouraged you to set goals, and gave you suggestions about how to go about this. Lesson Fourteen broadened your understanding of the meaning and importance of your goals. You reconsidered your previous goals, perhaps changed them to better fit into your expanding awareness of purpose, service and achievement.

Question: Do you have a clearer sense of your purpose on earth,
and how you might make a difference? Please explain your answer.



Why You Don't Need to Worry About Tomorrow

There are ways of looking at world events and situations in your life that will help you to be positive and optimistic.

Read Ten Essentials of Personal Peace by Robin L. Silverman.

Question: What are the internal resources mentioned on this web page which offer
a foundation for meeting the challenges and opportunities of daily life?


Reread The Gift of Joy and answer the three questions asked in the following boxes.

Question: What is going right at this moment?


Question: Why does it make me happy?


Question: How can I best respond to it?


Question: Choose one of the Ten Essentials of Personal Peace.
Why does it have meaning for you,
and how will you apply this "gift" to your life? Explain.


Go to the section titled Vows of Peace. Then read and contemplate the Vows listed.

Question: How can practicing these vows either change or
bring more meaning into your life?


Question: If you were to choose one of the vows listed to practice and
focus upon, which would it be? Explain the reason for your choice.


Question: Read the short story, The Trouble Tree, following the Vows.
What was the point of this story, and what did you learn from it?


Course Overview | Lesson Summaries | Excerpts from 3 Lessons | Enrollment and Fees

Enrollment and Payment Information

Online Curriculum

  • For student: $60 per course
    (plus $35 for each additional student enrolled within a family).
    Curriculum Fee is due in full at the time of enrollment.
  • To enroll: complete the online enrollment form or telephone 435-689-0784.
  • For group pricing policy, please contact the school office.

Tuition and Teacher Services (Includes teacher fee per month)

Experienced and dedicated teachers interact with students throughout the course, checking their work online and maintaining contact by e-mail. Choose from two levels of teacher assistance.

  1. Teacher Assisted ($25 per month or $125 for 5 months): Parent and teacher join in this program to bring the very best to the teen. The teacher will encourage the student to contribute original, creative thoughts and ideas, and will be available to parents who wish to discuss the course and their son's or daughter's interaction with it. It is suggested that the online lessons be submitted weekly. If more than 5 months is needed to complete the course, the teacher will be paid for the additional month(s) requested.
  2. Teacher Guided ($35 per month or $175 for 5 months): This service is recommended for parents and students who would like more frequent feedback and support from the teacher. E-mails and/or telephone conferences are encouraged as ways of benefiting the student and furthering understanding of the course and its purpose between parent(s) and student. For the parent who is unable to commit to a teaching schedule with their son or daughter, or who has a teen needing special attention, the teacher guided service is ideal. At this level, a conference between parent, teacher and student, by phone or in person, may be scheduled once a week. If more than 5 months is needed to complete the course, the teacher will be paid for the additional month(s) requested. Note: This level is recommended for the Quest for Life course.

Note: A certificate of completion is presented at the conclusion of the course, with a letter of recommendation encouraging further studies and activities.