Caring Enough to Ask – Could there be Another Way?

Is it arrogance to suggest that the way we currently live is not working, or is it the ultimate expression of love to potentially pop peoples’ bubble of pride and ask, “Could there be another way?“

I was certainly stuck in thinking life was ‘fine’. After all, it was a simple enough assessment to make. All I needed to do was to look around me and, as long as my life was like other people’s, my life must be fine. On bad days, I would look at people ‘doing it tough’ and that would also confirm my sense that I was okay. Generally speaking, this is what I also noticed other people around me doing.

The reality though, was that my life was anything but fine. I lived with poor sugar regulation, moodiness, back pain that would have me bedridden a couple of times a year, the sore neck, a highly functional but not overly caring marriage, a job I felt obliged to stay in to provide for the family, an expanding waist line, and the list goes on. But looking around me, everyone had some variation of these things going on, so even though I didn’t feel fine, I had resigned myself to believing that this was as good as it gets.

What is interesting is that I had trained as a Natural Therapist; I had completed post grad training in counselling and trained in many other modalities. What is interesting is that even when I compared myself to other people in a similar profession, they also had similar things going on. What is even more interesting is that we had all the knowledge, the training and the tools to ensure that life was more than ‘fine’.

In 2004, my wife dragged [yes, dragged] me along to the Sacred Esoteric Healing Level 1 Workshop presented by Serge Benhayon and run by Universal Medicine. By the end of that workshop I knew that something about the workshop was different but couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I would look around at the people presenting the course and those already working as practitioners and what I saw was something within them that was so vital, true, and yet unforced, that I could not but consider that there might be another way.

For the first time in my life, Universal Medicine presented me with another way to be with life. It was a way to step off the treadmill of what I should or shouldn’t do; a way to feel if what I was doing to myself (and others) was supportive or not.

This gift of simple choice was one of the most liberating tools I have found. It was to stop the spin of the world from spinning inside me.

Over the years, through my own choices, I have built a way of living that delivers a level of vitality that is not forced or derived from sugar, caffeine or any other stimulant.

I have a more honest connection with people than I’ve had before, I love the work that I do, earn more than I have done previously and I relate to my wife and family more deeply than before. So, after years of studying ‘holistic medicine’, the Universal Medicine modalities have been the first that have delivered a truly holistic result, without claiming that they do.

I live with such deep appreciation that Serge Benhayon cares for humanity more than his own popularity to ask the question,

“Could there be another way?”

The answer is undoubtedly YES and the evidence is the thousands of people like me from across the world that have made their own way of living and who are realising more and more that the answers were within us all along… we were just not asking the right question…

“Could there be another way?” The answer is undoubtedly YES.

By Joel Levin, Perth, Australia

1,250 thoughts on “Caring Enough to Ask – Could there be Another Way?

  1. Wow Joel – what a review! Yes Serge presents the (often unpopular) fact that we are responsible for everything that occurs in our lives. Nobody is a victim, we are all here to learn, evolve and return to the truth of who we are.

  2. This is always a great blog to read Joel! I agree with you “I live with such deep appreciation that Serge Benhayon cares for humanity more than his own popularity to ask the question “Could there be another way?”

  3. The more I am open to discovering another way to live the more I uncover how society is set up to keep humanity in the way it is, and how we are led to believe that this is ‘normal’ when in truth it is so far away from who we truly are.

  4. Thank you Joel for a reminder of the choices we need to make in our lives that can completely change how we live for the better. It is our own responsibility to live our lives in a way that is an example for others to follow as we have the example of Serge Benhayon.

  5. Like one of those walking escalators you get at the airport, life can feel like it’s impossible to stop, that the best thing we can do is make a ‘better life’ than the person next to us. But as you powerfully show Joel this just keeps us trapped in patterns and habits that aren’t true for life after life. Much better to stop, take stock and work out what is really the right. Thank you for caring to right. Don’t ever stop sharing the things that you do.

    1. The problem with ‘taking stock and working out what is really right’ is that we use the same energy that is fuelling our current choices to try and evaluate what’s going on. It’s a bit like trying to wash a dirty wall with a dirty sponge, you just can’t do it. The only way that I could change my life radically was with tiny changes, literally one different choice (that possibly didn’t stick straight away) at a time but what happened over a number of years is that my choices started to stack up and gain momentum. Over time I have switched my allegiance from being plugged into astral energy to sourcing divine energy. It’s not something that I could have made a choice to do in one fell swoop but it’s been very possible over time.

  6. “Is it arrogance to suggest that the way we currently live is not working” – it is a fact and it has been for a long, long time. We manage to avoid admitting it because we set the bar so low and others are usually even worse. However, when you see a person who is truly loving and vital like Serge Benhayon it exposes just where we are at. Some people take the opportunity to evolve and some dig in even deeper and do everything to kill the reflection.

  7. The ‘good enough’ life that ‘everybody’ seems to be living keeps us deliberately unconscious to the truth that you and many of us have found Joel! The ‘before’ picture you painted is an existence, the now canvas is The Livingness available to us all. I too hold a daily appreciation for the lived life of Serge Benhayon and his family – people who know the depth of who we are and share it by their lived way.

  8. I love the title, to care enough to actual ask questions. What an absolutely beautiful and caring approach to life. This brings curiosity back into learning and that learning is a life long companion in all areas of life, to observe, to ask questions and learn.

  9. You remind me Joel, of the care Serge Benhayon has to have asked this question without caring for his popularity, and in doing so to have inspired many others to begin to investigate this in their own lives, and the results show in that people find they are more ‘vital, true, and yet unforced,’ so more themselves in fact and with a level of vitality they did not have before, so yes in fact there is another way.

  10. ”Could there be another way?” The answer is undoubtedly YES. Spot on Joel, and Serge Benhayon presents the importance of every choice we are making is either a movement towards love or a step away from love. It is simple and deeply supportive when we live this level of responsibility and begin to see the magic that happens when we begin to live this truth.

  11. Coming to understand that we are constantly making choices in our lives has been an incredibly confronting, exposing and empowering realisation. The Way of The Livingness as presented and lived by Serge Benhayon offers us the opportunity live in a way whereby we are aware of the choices we make, guided by our connection to our truth within, our Soul, so that love is the quality that is honored and lived to the best of our ability.

  12. Thank goodness – and your soul – for your wife dragging you along to remember that there is another way Joel. That reflection of another way, so real, so vital and so what we are meant to live, is all that’s needed to turn the tide eventually for this other way to be the way.

  13. “Could there be another way?” . . . is the question we should be asking as a collective, as a humanity as where we are now is clearly not working . . . with illness and disease, wars and conflicts, obesity and starvation, . . . clearly not working. The problem is that many want change but very few are prepared to change. Opening this discussion shows people just how do-able change is. . . making it not such a threatening option.

  14. “I have a more honest connection with people than I’ve had before, I love the work that I do, earn more than I have done previously and I relate to my wife and family more deeply than before.” Now this is True Success!

  15. What we deem to be normal in the way we are living at the moment is not truly vital and joyful. I only have to look around me on the streets to see this, we as society are smoking, limping, looking older than we are, looking sad and tired, find life often a dread and see work often as just something we have to do in between the ‘good parts’ like the weekend, the evening and holidays. So yes let us ask if there is another way.

  16. ‘I live with such deep appreciation that Serge Benhayon cares for humanity more than his own popularity to ask the question’ – “Could there be another way?”
    Life is often viewed by many of us in comparison to the lives of others and if by that comparison we fall into the ‘ok’ basket then it is accepted and we go along without questioning. We have a picture that society has drawn for us and within that picture there are categories and as long we can fit into one of these we go along with it. The trouble is that this is all a dictated and narrow or finite way to being thus limiting us and holding us in the comfort we seek. Asking the question ‘Could there be another way?’ can bring discomfort, but may also bring in truth something deeply loving known to us all along.

  17. I totally agree with you Joel. When a question can challenge ones whole life and the choices one has made it can bring up a lot. It is our responsibility to be asking this question, ‘ Could there be another way’, as we are not fairing well as a society overall.

  18. Caring for others is a major factor in growing from a boy to a man. One can be 40-something and still act like a boy because they just don’t care.

  19. ““Could there be another way?” The answer is undoubtedly YES.” this sums everything up. We can live “ok” lives where we are better than others and where worse things happens to others and so we think we are all ok, but in truth life was not the rosy picture I pretended it to be. What was normal was not joyful, life today however, after asking if there is another way, is so very different.

  20. It’s crazy what we have deemed as normal in society and the measurement of normal seems to be based on comparison and majority over minority. Like, it’s normal to serve alcohol at a wedding or drink heavily over the ‘festive season’… but, try being the one with out a drink in your hand and enjoining, then you are deemed ‘abnormal’. Yet, is it normal to drink a classed poison? I’m sure everyone’s bodies would actually vote no to that.

  21. I used to try to convince myself that my life was fine and in many ways it was but I was always trying to escape and ignore the nervous tension, raciness and hardness I felt in my body all the time. Life always felt so hectic, that is, until I learnt to stop, connect and feel my body and realise the true impact my choices were having on my body. Understanding that I did not need to drive my body so hard was empowering and choosing to build a true and more loving relationship with myself and my essence the most beautiful gift of all.

    1. Yes, education and awareness of the body and all it offers us by reflection, is the best gift we could ever give ourselves. Re-connection and listening to the body’s wisdom is a key to restoring the truth of our being. The body is so willing..

  22. “Is it the ultimate expression of love to potentially pop peoples’ bubble of pride and ask, “Could there be another way?“” – I think it is. You know how people may react, reject or even ridicule and attack, yet never hold back from presenting the truth – this is not arrogance, but deep care and love that knows we are all equally in this together – as many of us have felt by attending presentations by Serge Benhayon.

  23. ” Could there be another way?” Resoundingly yes. Since being introduced to the Way of The Livingness and the Ageless Wisdom – learning about reconnecting to the love we all are innately – has been a revelation and a revolution in my life.

  24. Yes there definitely is another way and we have chosen to step outside the considered norm to find that other way through reconnection to our inner heart and fins the truth of who we truly are. Great sharing Joel thank you.

  25. My appreciation for the gift of being shown the simplicity of re-connecting with my own inner wisdom is never-ending because it has transformed my life. When I look back to the way I was existing before attending my first Universal Medicine talk I am struck by the arrogance with which I would have claimed to be doing ‘Just fine’ even though in my rare moments of quiet contemplation there was a desperation in me which I did my best to bury in a whirl of ‘doing’ and busyness which left me too exhausted and frustrated to pose the question of whether there could be another way.

  26. When we choose to deny our own inner connection we enter into the game of comparison and think if we are doing as well as/apparently better than others we are OK. Nothing could be further from the truth and demonstrates yet another evil of comparison, not only does it cause separation from other people but it also cements the disconnection from ourselves. I deeply appreciate that Serge cared enough for humanity to pose the question ‘Could there be could be another way?’ The answer is most definitely Yes as so many are now reflecting to those who are still caught in the trap of comparison.

  27. Yes I can categorically say that there is another way, for I have found a means of stepping off the treadmill of a very disharmonious life and am now living in a much more joyful harmonious way. This profound change came about through attending the Universal Medicine presentations as presented by Serge Benhayon, where I became aware of the fact that where I am in life is a culmination of all my choice up to that point. Realising this fact was both revealing and empowering as now I know that I am responsible for the quality of my life through the choices I make, moment to moment.

  28. Undoubtedly it is the way to be, live life from your connection to your soul, no rules no dogma, just what you are truly impulsed by your soul to serve humanity – it sounds grand doesn’t it, but it is simply us being present and choosing love to fill our veins, the rest is taken care of by this simple act.

  29. Joel, I would say that there was no arrogance whatsoever in suggesting that the way we are living is not working. We kid ourselves that it is working by comparing our lot to people whose lot is worse and then convincing ourselves that our life must be fine because it is better than another. This is all about whether we make our lives all about self, or do we make them about the all, and the problem is that we are all trapped in this paradigm of false thinking that all that matters is ourselves. This way of thinking has never worked and it can never work, because like it or not we are part of an amazing oneness and living in denial of this fact is not the answer.

  30. It’s amazing what we accept as fine in our lives, just because it’s normal. Yet I know what I accepted as normal 10 years ago I would now consider completely miserable and self abusive, yet at the time no one had ever taught me or inspired me to take care of my body and to develop a relationship with myself, I had no confidence, no self-assurity and no idea who I was but that was just normal to me. Thanks to Universal Medicine I now categorically know that’s normal, and it’s easily changed.

  31. love what you have shared here Joel, in the world there is nothing that can make sense of everything, and so it would be very wise to say, if nothing is truly working, is there another way?

  32. In reality Joel the world is in a mess, but if we as individuals are getting by, that’s enough. But in truth we put up with so much, like back pain, jobs we barely tolerate, and half hearted relationships. We stifle the truth in case we rock someone’s boat, but the crises are here, with statics in our health going through the roof, suicide, tattoos, kids addicted to screens, this is not ‘normal’. So to live in accordance with the truth we know within takes responsibility, to live with the integrity we know in our hearts to be true and be the new ‘ normal’.

  33. “For the first time in my life, Universal Medicine presented me with another way to be with life.” I too have found The Way of The Livingness presented by Universal Medicine a true way of living that makes sense of the confusing world we live in.

  34. ““Could there be another way?” The answer is undoubtedly YES.” I wholeheartedly agree Joel, from also knowing something was not quite feeling true to then connecting with Universal Medicine it showed me there is certainly another way and one where that thing I thought was missing in my life was reconnected to and so much more.

  35. We are constantly readjusting what we call ‘my life is fine’. You see it every where, now it is normal to get cancer and life is fine when you fight and defeat your cancer , or when older people only have diabetes life is fine, It sounds a bit harsh but this is the reality I see every day in my work as a nurse in the community and yes there is another way the Way of The Livingness.

    1. This is very true, our benchmark for normal is continually adjusted and in many regards it begins to increasingly encompass greater levels of discomfort and devitalisation.

  36. It is interesting the way our society has become so comfortable with what it’s called normal amidst all the illness and disease in the world, deep down we all know there is another way to live and unfortunately, many are looking in the wrong places! Universal Medicine presents a true way of living that makes perfect sense of life and with full respect of our bodies as it is through the connection to our bodies that true healing begins.

  37. I prefer someone asking questions that rock the boat and seem to feel uncomfortable, as who knows, they offer us a huge evolution, one we actually need.. As so it did when I met Serge Benhayon for the first time. He was the first to ask questions that stirred up comforts in me (ones I was unable to get out of) and by virtue of his questions I was now able to break through layers of numbing I had myself created – all I needed was a simple question: Is there another way?
    After that, all the questions he asked, equally were felt within me, only I never knew or had the level of clarity to truly ask them and reflect them within my life. So, Yes, asking questions that might stir things up – are the best ones! In a true way.

    1. I agree Dana. I have squirmed and wriggled and tried to escape the discomfort of being exposed in my irresponsibility and unloving ways by very simple and practical questions by Serge Benhayon. But what I realised was that I was trying to escape the knowing I already felt in my body. The questions are answered before they are asked for we can all feel, deep within the unease from living in unloving ways. Serges loving questions and presentations simply reignite the knowing within, and the discomfort we feel is our fiery love making it’s way through all the denial and disregard, burning it up in its journey from deep within to becoming something we express with every movement.

  38. It’s funny looking back and reflecting on always knowing that there was more to life and living than what everyone was choosing and yet not knowing how or what that was…. Now it’s hard to imagine how I coped functioning as I did before, when I have now been shown, like you, how truly amazing that other way is.

  39. Do I care enough to ask if there is another way? It’s a great question and one that is uncomfortably exposing for if the answer is yes, then the next question is to ask ourselves ‘do I care enough to do anything about it now I know there is another way?’. That means taking responsibility for our choices – every single one of them – and I know I am still working on that one as my choices show that I don’t care quite often.

  40. Love this blog Joel. Yes, asking the question ‘Could there be another way’ is profound in itself. It only took my attendance at one workshop to realise that there was so much more to life than I had ever dreamed of, and to actual feel the difference in myself and my body from the modalities we learned. I arrived in a state of exhaustion – depletion in fact – but left feeling energised and lighter, knowing that there was more to explore and unfold here, so I booked into the next workshop. Twelve years later, when I reflect on my life before that day it is like reflecting on another person completely.

  41. When the spin of the word is spinning inside of you, it can seem like there is no other way. The presentations of Universal Medicine offer us a chance to feel in our bodies life without the spin. These inspirational moments can be gone quickly, but the memory of them lasts forever, and this is what can transform an entire lifetime from a dull dragging existence in to the bright and living spark that you are.

  42. “This gift of simple choice was one of the most liberating tools I have found. It was to stop the spin of the world from spinning inside me.” I absolutely agree with your words Joel, discovering that we always have a choice to empower ourselves, turn our life and health around through taking responsibility and choosing a different way of living by connecting to our essence, and the truth and love within us is a true gift.

  43. Walk the walk, and people may not necessarily listen to what you say, but they will definitely take notice. It has always bemused me that we go to a doctor for advice on our health and they are overweight, or moody, or that we go to a counsellor or psychologist who has poor relationships in their own life. There is not enough true accountability in this world. Instead we are concerned with box ticking in order to cover ourselves, but not true service.

  44. ‘Could there be another way?’ it is a great question, one that many are asking more and more. They are opening to the fact that the way in which we are living, isn’t working and that there is a lot for us to question. Choices that we make can have an effect on how we live and these can start with very basic things like, what we eat, how much sleep we have, when we go to sleep etc. Then the quality of how we ‘do’ life comes into play also.

  45. I agree Joel – asking ourselves the right questions is crucial if we honestly want to understand what is going on both within ourselves and all around us. When we look round and justify how we are living because we feel we are being ‘normal’, we close ourselves off from questioning things further. Like you, it wasn’t until I attended a workshop and heard Serge Benhayon speak, that I even thought about seriously questioning my life. Once I heard him speak the wheels of change were put into place as what I heard presented certainly rang true and from then on life was viewed through different eyes and the changes, in my case, were inevitable.

  46. Yes there truly is another way. This idea of comparing ourselves to everyone else as a marker of whether we are ok or not is rife throughout society and is totally flawed. Comparison is a poison. It keeps us ignorant and unhappy and is a double edged sword. I have never felt better by comparing myself to somebody worse off and I have always felt worse if I go into comparison to someone I may view as better off. Yet how could I possibly know what is in people’s hearts and whether they are really better off? It is a merry-go-round of ignorance and fooling ourselves.
    The truth is within us. How do we really feel? Can small things throw us out? Do external forces control our happiness and self esteem?
    There is a foundation of love we can build from within that holds us steady in the love that we are. Coming from true self care and love because our connection to our selves is strong means that we are not at the mercy of those outer forces. We know the truth, we just need to trust that we know.

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