How Crazy is That?

by Joel Levin

I participated in the Livingness One Workshop run by Universal Medicine last weekend. The workshop explored at its simplest level, how we can live from our essence.

In small groups we explored the presented possibility that life has two possible directions along a single continuum…

One direction is our glory, our divinity, our amazing light. That direction remains ever-an-option for all to take. That direction is love, it is joy; it is our true expression.

And so the other direction can only start with the pain of separating from that love – it can only start with a hurt. This means that each step is looking to either cover up that hurt, or alleviate it. For some, this comes in the form of different lifestyle choices that are used as distractions – some use life’s dramas to pile one hurt on top of another; some use food and different drinks to cover all this up… In reality, there are many, many ways we can deny the original choice we made away from love.

The most compelling question presented was WHY? Why would anyone make the choice to go in any direction other than the one that leads to true joy…? And here is the wisdom that struck me…

Love, is love, is love… Love is never withheld, it never asks to be let in, it never offers incentives or expects to be chosen and it certainly doesn’t punish those that don’t choose it (although living outside of love can feel like a punishment, but that is of our own choosing).

The crazy part is that in the choice to NOT be love, we get something in return: it might be pain, hurt and suffering, but it is OUR pain, hurt and suffering (i.e. it’s something we earned and something we can identify with). For example, if I choose to jump off a building and break my leg, my choice brings with it time off, attention and sympathy, that is directed towards me.

Love, on the other hand is free: it doesn’t ask or require you to follow anyone or become anything other than yourself. Love won’t congratulate you for choosing it – it will be there as equally for you now as it also was in those moments that you didn’t choose it. It doesn’t care about race, skin colour, wealth, intelligence or life experience. This means Love can’t be bought, it can’t be earned, only returned to by allowing and accepting ourselves and others as equals, i.e. no identification. With love, we have to surrender the investments we made in our hurts.

This means in a world that can be back to front, the hurt gives us something to own ­– something that is ours. But love offers no special treatment for individuals. Love does offer joy, vitality, freedom and simplicity, but it is offered to all equally without any sense of reward or parade.

It’s a bit like spending your life savings by investing everything you have in a house and realising that it is falling down around you… and then seeing a house down the road that’s got everything you have ever wanted (and more). However, in order to move in, you have to completely leave behind the old house, all the furniture and little knick knacks you used to make the house ‘yours’… and all you can take is you.

How many of us have chosen to live in the house that’s falling down because of how much we have spent on it? HOW CRAZY IS THAT!?

704 thoughts on “How Crazy is That?

  1. How many of us have chosen to live in the house that’s falling down because of how much we have spent on it? HOW CRAZY IS THAT!?
    Yes, that is crazy, from the knowing that we are loving Souls, even when we have stepped million steps away from it, to invest in something that we know is not working. How crazy is that ?

  2. Everyday I realise more and more how utterly subtle the choice between love and abuse is. And despite how fine such a choice is it is poles apart in its quality to the other.

  3. It does seem crazy that we would rather choose to be individual and prefer the struggle and complication, fooling ourselves by keeping busy and working hard to appear successful outwardly in life when we know the simplicity of true love is to surrender within and connect to the truth and divinity we hold in our inner heart and express from this connection that unites us all.

  4. It is the most empowering feeling to feel true love but it is can be the most exposing as it shows how utterly irresponsible we have been and how much we have been fouled by lies that we think are true.

  5. Love can’t be earnt, that is something many of us trip up on feeling we have to work for love in order to deserve love. Where the truth is love is always there to connect to as simple as that when we are willing to actually let go of our hurts.

  6. “With love, we have to surrender the investments we made in our hurts.” – And when we do we wonder why on earth we held onto them for so long, because when we become love our hurts become insignificant.

  7. We are reminded of and shown what we have invested in every day, in so many ways: from busting a gut running to catch the train because that’s the one we’ve decided we’ll get, or getting annoyed or upset because someone else isn’t acting how we’d like or are expecting them to,
    or the day isn’t going as planned..holding onto any expectation and reacting to it not being fulfilled is a distraction away from our true purpose: being who we are, and through that, upping the quota of love on the planet.

  8. When we truly live in love, we no longer feel identified with our hurts and no longer seek recognition from them, this to me is true freedom.

  9. Our true ‘identity’ is love, which is universal and doesn’t separate us out from others but is always considerate of the whole we are a part of.

  10. Such a great analogy with the falling down house, it’s crazy how identified we are with the self and how much love we are surrounded by if we just let go of all we have invested in.

  11. “Love has no individuality in it.” This is an upside down life changing revelation. Essentially it wipes out separation and says that there is not an ounce of truth in the so called love you think is love if there is an separation in it.

  12. Joel I like what you have written here
    “Love, on the other hand is free: it doesn’t ask or require you to follow anyone or become anything other than yourself.”
    This is I feel what Serge Benhayon is presenting to the world that to love ourselves is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves because it belongs to us freely so. And when we give ourselves the grace to be in love with ourselves again then we will be all that we were meant to be. And this means that you are completely with yourself and there is no way you could possibly follow any one because you have such a self-sufficiency within all that you could ever need.

    1. I am feeling that more, that return within and the deepth that is actually there is holding more sway to me than the distractions offered by the hurts etc. The other thing that is key to what your sharing Mary is how if we are being all we are then we offer another the permission/ inspiration to do the same.

  13. There can be a lot of push and drive and trying to seek love from others but beautiful how you share here that the movement back to love is a surrendering to what is already there within us to then bring that back out into our expression.

  14. Choosing any other way to live than one that is totally loving and embracing of every moment drains and depletes us.

  15. Choosing love means letting go of any investments in being a persona identified by anything outside their innermost.

  16. It shows that there is no in-between or a bit of both, it is either love or not, surrendering individuality or cementing it, allowing or owning, accepting or controlling – our choice at any moment.

  17. Choosing a direction in life which lacks love is indeed crazy and begs the question of, who are we allowing to pull our strings and lead us down the road of individuality which is fraught with pain and sorrow?

  18. Joel these are very wise and true words
    “Love, on the other hand is free: it doesn’t ask or require you to follow anyone or become anything other than yourself. Love won’t congratulate you for choosing it – it will be there as equally for you now as it also was in those moments that you didn’t choose it. It doesn’t care about race, skin colour, wealth, intelligence or life experience. This means Love can’t be bought, it can’t be earned, only returned to by allowing and accepting ourselves and others as equals, i.e. no identification. With love, we have to surrender the investments we made in our hurts.”

  19. When you have made your life all based on the individuality of you and everyone else it does take a massive shift of your consciousness to even begin to be open to the fact that true love has not an ounce of individuality in it.

    1. We have so many versions of love in this world it can be confusing to know what is true and what is not. But the truth is, we all know true love inside out and we would only fall for the false version of love when we have already walked away from true love. The two versions are a million miles apart and we can spot them instantly. Like you shared Joshua, ‘…true love has not an ounce of individuality in it.’

  20. I love the analogy about the house – we can apply it to so many things we are invested in and hang onto for way too long instead humbly accepting a new way forwards.

  21. What I get from this is how simple, and how expansive, love is. It’s not emotional or dramatic, isn’t anything you can give or get, but a quality. A quality that’s always there within us, ready and waiting to be connected to, even though sometimes we have added so many layers of ‘stuff’ around us, i.e. old issues and ways of behaving to try to not feel those issues, that we feel like the love is not there.

  22. Living from our hurts is an entrapment that has living at the mercy of our need for identity and individualisation, as we forgo the freedom of living and exploring the expansion and divine potential of our connection to the love we innately are. The wisdom, intelligence and power that is accessible to us when we live implused by our love is incomparable to anything or any emotion in this world and is what truly represents all that we are and are here to live.

  23. There is so much pain and suffering in the world today and if only we could come to an understanding that it is self-inflicted because we refuse to love ourselves. Thankfully there is a man on this plane of life who since 1999 has been reflecting to us all that there is another way to live and be with ourselves by returning back to the love we walked away from.

  24. ‘Love, on the other hand is free: it doesn’t ask or require you to follow anyone or become anything other than yourself.’ So true Joel, it is incredible the amount of money and energy we can spend searching for love when in truth it is within each us equally, waiting patiently for us to connect to it.

  25. The way we live life is a little like speaking German and living in Italy – bound to cause strife. All it takes though is us to admit that there is another language (of Love) and we can begin to redefine our whole life.

  26. It is interesting that we are OK with not being love, whilst we are actually love. We live in a world where it is upside down, how crazy indeed is that?
    It is revealing that we have gone far away from our natural essence. Better for us to be honest about it, as this invites us to come back to who we are.

  27. In the midst of a crazy world, sitting, re-reading and feeling the vibration of the words this blog offers on the truth of love, my body feels expanded, joyful and very settled. Thank you Joel Levin for sharing your lived experience and re-connection to love.

  28. It is totally up-side-down back-to-front crazy that we are taught or rather shown that self abuse is the only way to handle life.

    1. I agree Joshua hence how vital is for us as a humanity to see, feel and witness that there is another way where love can be the focus of the way we live, and the joy, freedom and vitality that becomes a natural way of being. Such is the responsibility of all who have rediscovered our true way of being.

  29. Because we have made ‘bad’ choices in our life we feel and believe we are ‘bad’. So ‘bad, in fact, that we believe we cannot return to our glory and that we are no longer worthy. However, that is what is so amazing about true love – there is no judgment, it is just there waiting for us to choose it and our glory, our essence, which can never be tarnished, only covered by ideals and beliefs that are real though not true.

    1. Thinking we are ‘bad’ is a poisonous self-judgment that goes hand in hand with the pain of the separation from the love that we are.

  30. When we observe this indeed is crazy, when we are in it , it seems as our normal and no other option in life. Hence why observation is so important and shows us where true love is in life.

  31. What you remind us here is so profound – love can not to be owned, there is no individuality. What I can feel is how we want love but just as strong is our desire to remain an individual, so our attempts somehow stay half-baked as we want a bit of both.

    1. To let go of identification in individuality seems impossible and that if we did we would not be anything. However, this is not true as demonstrated by the lived example of such people as Serge Benhayon and his family.

    2. Yes and the half baked version we can live with for lifetimes, for eons! So close but no cigar as the saying goes – don’t really understand that saying but the general gist I get. It shows our better life up for what it is nothing but an illusion.

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