A spiritual quest is a conscious searching to find answers to questions like: What is the meaning of life? How do I discover my true and best self? Why do we exist? Is there life after death? How do I attain happiness/enlightenment/wisdom? The drive comes from within and the quest may cross spiritual traditions and religions. Everyone has moments or periods of spiritual questing, but some people make it their lifelong purpose and study. These people often become mentors and guides for others, offering teachings and practices they have benefited from on their own journeys.