Simplicity

by Joseph Barker, 35, Graphic Designer, Melbourne

I enjoy simplicity.

When I read something put simply, it is incredibly powerful. When I see a drawing that is simple, it touches me inside. It has a sense of strength. It is clear, direct and easy to understand. So why is it I have let my life get so complicated at times?

I have been working on my CV recently. It’s tempting to say so much – to lie or reinvent. It feels like this is because of fear, a fear of being rejected. To say ‘here I am’ in clear daylight seems risky. What if I am not ‘enough’?

I’ve realised when I am vulnerable and keep things simple, I feel like a true man: it’s not toughness or a roughness, but a simple strength of expression, a sense of being me.

When we speak simply there is no room to hide and that’s what I admire. When someone accepts a marriage proposal and simply says “yes”, that’s the most touching moment. If they said “well potentially, according to the time of day and how I feel in the morning and if subsection c of paragraph b of the marriage arrangement is met”, it would not be the same.

When I talk with other people I notice things get very complicated. It’s like I am scared to say “no”, so instead it becomes “well maybe another day if its possible, not that I don’t want to, you understand”. This is a game of politeness I play to keep things comfortable and safe. It’s a way to hide from other people’s anger and from feeling that I’m alone. But does this game actually stop me feeling pain? In my experience it does not. In fact, it causes all the strife. It stops me connecting to other people and gets in the way of life.

Is it possible we are scared of simplicity because it brings reality? Not to mention, responsibility and accountability? Is there something we are hiding from?

What if our life is simply a result of the choices that we make?

You can write a million books and speak a thousand words, but I have found a simple sentence can contain much more wisdom.

I feel life is simple. I’ve always known this in my heart, but it was not until I heard a presentation by Serge Benhayon in 2010 that I claimed this to be true. Through his simple presentations I’ve learnt that when I let my body speak, life gets simpler again. Just like a child when you ask them if they want to go to the pool. They don’t say ‘”let me get back to you, I may have time but you see I have a meeting in the sand pit planned and my schedule is fairly packed”. They just say yes or no. So it is with me. My body says no to alcohol. It says yes to being warm. It says yes to sharing how I feel and no to holding it inside.

Simplicity is a great indicator for me. It’s not a kind of perfection or an austerity, but a natural way to be I am learning to embrace. Complexity is always there waiting to come back in. But as I simplify my way, I find more joy comes along.

When I come to write how I feel about life, it really is simple. All the stories fade away. It all comes back to love and honesty – and being me today.

Simple eh?

339 thoughts on “Simplicity

  1. Simple yes! I find when I make things complicated I am avoiding what I am either meant to do next or resisting something bigger that is there for me to look at or start. We can create what ever we please… we can create simplicity or we can create the opposite. Responsibility for me is simplicity, and simplicity is responsibility. Those feelings that come to me straight away and are very clear when I ask a question of myself or a situation, keep life simple… it’s whether I start to complicate it by doubting or judging it.

  2. I also love the power and flow of simplicity Joseph. Opening up to feeling my body has enabled me to build my awareness and trust what I am feeling allowing me to read the truth of what I am feeling. It is only when I override or dismiss what I have first felt that brings in complication from my head and dulls my awareness and connection.

  3. I have over the past few years discovered that wherever there is simplicity there is truth, and with this there is a freedom to feel the quality of love that is present through this simplicity. As the truth is absolute and there is no need for excuses or niceties, and as such allows us to explore, express and magnify the richness of who we are, the light of our Soul, through our bodies, our connections and all our relationships in the lives we live.

  4. Gorgeous blog Joseph. When things are communicated simply the message is powerful and direct. Simplicity can communicate great wisdom. Some things are so simple people find them difficult to understand because they have become accustomed to complex ‘solutions’. When Serge Benhayon first presented that the way out of my dilemmas was to “be love” I was not able to understand it. Now I better understand the power of these two words.

    1. Yes we can sometimes dismiss simplicity because we have made friends with complexity and all the complication that comes with it. What next if there is actually no issues in ones life? A trick of the mind to keep us from feeling that love and the fact that everything is with us and can be connected to very simply.

  5. Loved your blog Joseph it is timely for me to read as I am coming to the point of speaking up, simply how I am feeling. I have been caught back in being nice, the not wanting to offend, I can feel how this brings tension, anxiety and complication into my life, when all I need to do is speak the truth of how I feel, simple.

  6. ‘You can write a million books and speak a thousand words, but I have found a simple sentence can contain much more wisdom.’ Beautiful simple sentences in your blog Joseph where your wisdom is coming out to bless us all!

  7. Simplicity allows for more space to feel the grace, beauty and wisdom of the Universe that we are all connected to. With a head full of issues and complexities, it’s hard to feel this vastness and know that there is more to being human than just being human.

    1. That is a good point you are making Fumiyo, we bring in complexity to fight, avoid and delay, when we say YES to life and commit in full it becomes very simple and things tend to fall into place.

  8. It amazing how our complicating life is a way of not feeling the simplicity that is naturally there, and the ease of which we can connect and respond to life and the beauty that surrounds us.

  9. Beautifully said Joseph and very true, I spent many years complicating my life so I could avoid feeling anything, learning to live with simplicity have been a game changer for me and allowed me the space to be ‘me’ and enjoy connecting with others around me.

  10. ah a breath of fresh air! Yes simplicity is gold “What if our life is simply a result of the choices that we make?” Keep it simple and your body will know how to respond to whatever challenges are presented.

  11. I like your question Joseph, if life is simple we can then feel clearly what is next and move with it. “Is it possible we are scared of simplicity because it brings reality? Not to mention, responsibility and accountability? Is there something we are hiding from?”

  12. When we make life complex and complicated there is no space to feel the magnificence that is within us. Crowding our space in the body and in life robs us of our natural connection to stillness and all we can access through simplicity.

  13. Very timely read for me. I have been working on a project at work to bring more simplicity in the way things are being done, and I was feeling as though I was having to make a detour into complexity in order to arrive at a perceived goal, and I have been having such intense pain in my shoulders and upper arms – no wonder. And I agree with you, Joseph, child-like honesty is a great ally on our way back into simplicity.

  14. The moment things start to be complex I know I am in my head and most of the times lost in the demands of the world around me. I notice when my thoughts are in line with what I am doing life is very simple and a joy to be in. I am embracing that this is natural and easy and how immense complex I, we have made our time on earth..to not feel who we truly are.

  15. It is interesting how we may think simplicity is ‘not enough’ or not associate it with not much happening. It is quite the opposite; simplicity can be a gateway into spaciousness and everything that is held within it.

  16. In truth, embracing complexity regarding human beings will never lead us forward. Anything and everything that really helps us has simplicity in its make up. We need to register it in our body, and not in our mind.

  17. This is one of my favourite blogs to come back to. Simplicity is the most awesome foundation, it allows space for who I truly am and how I feel to be expressed.

  18. I love simplicity too Joseph. When we deal in complexity, nobody wins in truth. We feel the complexity, the hiding away, the fog that it brings and we all know that it could all be so much more simple. And your line, ‘You can write a million books and speak a thousand words, but I have found a simple sentence can contain much more wisdom’ – proves the point you are yourself making…pure wisdom.

  19. I love the point you make about kids- that they live in the simplicity of life and respond in the moment- before they take on the conditioned ways of society. It is very beautiful and real a child’s expression and gosh I appreciate their honesty- much we can learn from the simplicity that children live.

  20. There is a natural flow and strength in keeping things simple and living simply, it brings us to the truth and reality of situations with clarity and awareness. This is confirmed when I do not choose simplicity and life feels more complicated and a struggle, I know then that I have disconnected from myself and the simple ease and flow that connection brings.

  21. Brilliant to read this today as I can see how I have allowed something to get complicated which was/is very simple. When confronted with several options sometimes I can get confused as to what might be the best and then procrastinate. Thinking about it only takes me further away from the truth that I know but am not allowing.

  22. Life is full of details that need attending too but Serge Benhayon has shown me how bringing true simplicity to life brings us back to being aware of the energy we are choosing first and foremost and how when I make that my priority then all the other aspects become more simple to deal with too.

  23. So simple and so beautiful Joseph. You have me remembering how simple things felt when I was a child. I didn’t obsess over what I said or did. I just felt what was true for me and did it. I let things get complicated because I stepped away from my own knowing but the more I return to it the simpler life gets.

  24. I find that the more I build a foundation of true love and acceptance of myself then the need for recognition drops away and that no longer becomes such a driving force, and instead being true to who I am in my essence takes priority.

  25. So simple the playfulness and joy tingle within me – an invitation to simply say yes to! Thanks Joseph this is the absolute simplicity that my body is asking for today as my mind has been doing cart-wheels to keep out the lightness that is naturally present.

  26. I love reading this blog Joseph. What a gem this is – you express the truth of simplicity that can be clearly felt within my body.
    “Through his (Serge Benhayon) simple presentations I’ve learnt that when I let my body speak, life gets simpler again. Just like a child when you ask them if they want to go to the pool”.

  27. How beautifully the body expresses in a clear and simple way to let us know what is working for it and what is not. The key is listening to it and acting upon it.
    “My body says no to alcohol. It says yes to being warm. It says yes to sharing how I feel and no to holding it inside”

  28. Endearingly simple Joseph – love this…
    Could it actually BE so simple – that to remain in connection with ourselves – to the Joy of the Divine – that we embrace simplicity in our life, and bring our full awareness and dedication to dealing with any iota of complexity that would have us live less than the magnificence that we truly are? Hmmm, I say it’s so, and you’ve nailed it.
    Great blog, thank-you.

  29. To me, complexity is like being stuck in a heavy fog and not knowing which way to turn next to get out of it. I too am appreciating the joy of simplicity deepening in my life as the complexity is let go of.
    “Complexity is always there waiting to come back in. But as I simplify my way, I find more joy comes along”.

  30. Loved your blog Joseph, simplicity simply leaves us no place to hide, it brings us responsibility an opportunity to express truth and say what we truly feel.

  31. A quite moment after waking up. Me, my body, my hands, my breath. Simplicity at its best. Surrendering to it. Feeling its unparalleled beauty and truth. Enjoying every second of it.

  32. “When I am vulnerable and keep things simple, I feel like a true man: it’s not toughness or a roughness, but a simple strength of expression, a sense of being me” – this is very beautiful. This willingness to be seen for being who we truly are is almost heroic in the world that is constantly pummeling us to go against it. A true man, indeed.

  33. Saying yes or no is a simple and direct way of standing by ourselves and there is only this moment. Standing by ourselves this moment we move onto the next moment and we can choose again if it’s yes or no, but the directness and the certainty again, is a standing by ourselves. Our choices may or may not be wise in every moment, but it is allowing ourselves to stand by ourselves and feeling the consequences of our choices that we deepen what is love with ourselves. That is a process of returning and deepening what is truth.

  34. Complication is a comfort, for in its web we spin to attempt to numb us from what we are feeling. Complication is a mess that we mistake for a “protection”, the complication essentially is a buffer from what we perceive is coming at us from the world.
    In truth, simplicity is the language of the soul and complication is born from the spirit who desperately wants to ensure it’s survival.

  35. “Is it possible we are scared of simplicity because it brings reality? Not to mention, responsibility and accountability? Is there something we are hiding from?” This line stands out for me today, I have a situation where i avoid speaking up, I go into complication in my head thinking I need the so called right words to say, when I could simply connect to and feel what my body is feeling and then speak. I may not get it right at first but at least it is a first step in simply expressing me and what I feel.

  36. I love how you give an example of children and the way they communicate which is often very simple with just yes and no answers, leaving out excuses and justifications or compromise but straight forward and clear.

  37. Life is simple when we claim all that we are without holding back or feeling the need to justify being so glorious.

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