Being the One

by Joel L

In the world there are many stories about ‘the one’ who will come to save us – humanity, that is.

I grew up in a religion that believes in a ‘one’ who will have all the answers, show us (humanity) the way and save only those who believe. This is not a new concept and the main variation on this theme is whether ‘the one’ has been before, or not. In my instance, the religion I grew up in has been waiting for ‘the one’ for 5772 years.

In recent years, I have stopped waiting and started to come to a deeper understanding of the possibility that I might be ‘the one’.  This is not a descent into delusions of grandeur but rather a reflection based on the possibility that for there to be any true improvement in the level of love and harmony in the world, I may have to start with the level of love and harmony in my own body first.

I am coming to understand that being ‘the one’ comes with no special powers; being ‘the one’ comes with no divine favouritism; being ‘the one’ comes with no crusades, missions or need to convert, change or be ‘the one’ in any public sense at all.

For me being ‘the one’ simply means a willingness to be as truthful about my motivations as I can be. It means choosing to live as much as I can from a deeper part of me that feels very steady, very real and very lovely.

I don’t get it right all the time… but as they say, ‘practice makes progress’.

Being the one for me now means taking responsibility for my choices past and present, and building a way of living that supports me to be ME… the real me.

This real me is ever unfolding. It is working out the difference between what I am asked to believe by the world around me, and what I feel is true from deep within.

At times I find it hard to avoid getting caught up in the pace of the world, but if I run away from the things that challenge me, I am hiding from myself. This is not always comfortable but for me, this is what it means to me and to be ‘the one’… being the one that is willing to be as honest as I can about the world and how I move through it.

This definition of ‘the one’ stands in stark contrast to what has been presented to me in the past, and I cannot begin to describe the joy that comes from making this exploration of being ‘the one’ a daily choice. I can however, describe the depth of appreciation I have for a guy called Serge Benhayon who is ‘the one’ who first reminded me that I might also be ‘the one’, no more special than him (and him than me). How humbling it is to also understand that this makes me no more special than my neighbours, my family, friends or colleagues. Everyone has this deeper part of them already within and is already living this way in varying degrees.

So I have gone from waiting for ‘the one’ to choosing how much of ‘the one’ that is me, that I am willing to be.

140 thoughts on “Being the One

  1. You have shared such a valuable point that to me is the key to true change, and that is to live the change we feel is needed now, live our future now. What level of truth and love are we willing to live for ourselves and with others, and do we live it in full? It is empowering to realised that every being in the world holds the power to bring the change that is needed to live the harmony and unity that we are ultimately here to live together.

  2. Having the belief that ‘the One’ will come and save us is to live dependent upon another and with the excuse not to be responsible: believing that ‘the One’ will save only those who believe in him is selfish, unloving and an excuse to not be responsible for the consequences of our actions that affect others: to be ‘the One’ oneself is liberating, responsible, loving and empowering.

  3. When you think about it, honestly, waiting for the ‘one to come and save us from our troubled ways and only those who believe, is a complete avoidance of responsibility we all hold to take heed of how we are living every day. I absolutely agree Joel, that true change is afoot when every step we make is with a willingness to be bring honesty and truth to our lives and in everything we do. And when you consider just how many of us are here together, and that each and every one of us are equally the ‘ones’, here already to bring the reflection of God through the lives we live – that is inspiring.

  4. Waiting for “the one” means we can kick back until they come along and save us all. Realising we are all “the one” means we have to take responsibility and live all that we are – or at least begin taking steps down that path.

    1. SO true Nikki, and how empowering it is to realise and accept that we all are ‘the ones’, here to live the light we are, through which we resurrect ourselves out of the quagmire we ourselves have delved into. Yes, embracing responsibility is embracing true liberation.

  5. I love the simplicity of being ’the one’ – it comes with ‘no special power; no divine favouritism; no crusades; missions; need to convert; change or be in any public sense at all’ – there feels no truth in this but when we take that responsibility and we feel from deep within – it is always there

  6. That is a long time to wait for something when in fact it’s been with you all the time you just needed to view things differently. Is this a story that suits us though, to wait? I mean then we don’t really need do anything because someone is coming to fix it all, to save us and this is perhaps why this has never happened, because this belief actually causes what we want to see to never appear. So many traditional religions talk about what it you need to do, follow or believe but not a lot are supporting people to truly live these things but are just holding them up as a point to live up to. What is far more powerful is a religion that first supports you to see and then truely supports you to live what what you see is needed for the world. A religion that bases all on how you live, knowing that the way you live will either walk you to more of the same or walk you away to believe again something is coming to save you when in fact we ‘save’ ourselves. The Way of The Livingness…

  7. When people claim and live this truth of ‘being the one’ it offers a powerful reflection for others to be inspired to also make this loving choice.

  8. “For me being ‘the one’ simply means a willingness to be as truthful about my motivations as I can be. It means choosing to live as much as I can from a deeper part of me that feels very steady, very real and very lovely.” Well said Joel, this inspires us all to also be ‘the one’ as choosing to live from a deeper part of us is something we can all aspire to.


  9. It is interesting that religion (as we pretty much know them), requires beliefs and believers and provide exclusive services to them, when in truth religion does not require to believe in something but to honour something that we all deeply know and can feel inside, equally so.

  10. I am the “one” that I have been waiting for, no one out there to be waiting for as in the past, just a deeper connection to the “one” within me.

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