The Way of The Livingness – The Light Outside Plato’s Cave

Before we explore The Way of The Livingness, let’s for a moment reconnect to Plato’s allegory of the cave. It is a story of a people trapped in a cave from birth, only able to look at one wall. There are masters of this cave who have a flame behind the prisoners that they cannot see. The masters stand behind the fire so their shadows are not evident but they place objects in front of the flame, casting shadows on the wall. The prisoners, having seen nothing but these shadows since birth, think that this is all there is in life.

For a prisoner to escape, they must first confront the light of this flame and allow their eyes to adjust to the reality of what they see: this light can be so intense that nearly all turn away and return to the wall. The reality is that few prisoners pass this light and even fewer exit the cave, but if they did, they would adjust to the new light and begin to see the ‘real’ world around them.

It is amazing that, even though this story was written in approximately 500 BCE, it still has so much resonance and currency today.

Could it be that as a species we are still held prisoner by a false light that dances on the walls in front of us, keeping us enthralled with its shadows, but that this light is not even a speck of the true light that exists outside the cave?

Over the years there have been many books and even movies that all follow this theme of people living in a world where its residents are held captive. Their captivity is not forced but is sustained by ensuring its residents do not know any other way for life to be.

So what is going on that philosophers and writers keep coming back to this idea that there is something more about life that we are just not getting? Could there be some germ of truth that people can feel, but are unable to fully articulate? Could it be that we carry some level of unease or tension while looking at the walls of the cave?

Of the many presentations made by Universal Medicine, the distinction between spirit and Soul is the one that adds some light to Plato’s story and explains the unease that some, if not many, feel.

Universal Medicine presents the possibility that we each live in three realms.

The first realm is our human temporal life where we deal with the physical, the day to day and the realities of finding shelter, food and comfort. For most, this is the watching the shadows on the wall.

The second realm is the awareness that we also have an energetic aspect to life. This awareness can be a revelation in itself, but much like those watching the shadows, there is a bigger game afoot.

It can be easy to become enamored with the notion of light or energy but the critical question is, is this the light from inside or outside the cave?

In the second realm we see the light and life of the spirit. There are significant industries devoted to assisting people with this spiritual exploration. This is the light of the masters who live in the cave.

While there are a myriad of books, courses and teachers expounding the light of the spirit, all they do is show us how to cast shadows on the wall and give us insights into life IN the cave.

The presentations of Universal Medicine and The Way of The Livingness help me to understand that there is another light outside the cave that we all belong to.

I spent many years dissatisfied with life looking at the wall of the cave and like many others, I felt that there was more to life. However, like many, I also spent many years exploring the light that lived within the cave (the light of the spirit). It can be a freeing feeling to go from a life watching the shadows to feeling like I was beginning to understand that there were shadows, and then, to feel the power of learning how the shadows were made. I attended numerous workshops that promised to connect to that light.

This understanding dazzled me for a long time, and I studied diligently, even getting to a point where I was so competent that I began to teach others how to play with this light.

The reality was however, I was not playing with this light, this light was playing with me. At NO time did the light of the spirit show me that there was a light outside the cave. In fact, the light of the spirit has one goal and one goal alone… to keep me in the cave. It doesn’t mind if I sit numb, watching the shadows or become someone that cast shadows for others. Either way, I stay in the cave.

The light of the spirit does not want us to know about the third realm.

The third realm is the light outside the cave; this is the light of our Soul (our divinity).

This aspect of ourselves is our true essence and has never, and can never be, separated from us, which is why we carry some unease or tension when either living entranced by or casting shadows in the cave.

The Way of The Livingness reminds us that we all have equal access to this light, yet few realise this, either because they are happy watching the shadows or they do not get past the false lights in the cave.

This light outside the cave is not selective in whom it chooses, but rather waits for us to choose it. Everyone inside or outside the cave, even the masters of the cave, have this same light. But like true love, it doesn’t demand anything of us and waits patiently for us to realise that life within the cave (either watching or casting shadows) is not how we are meant to live.

The Way of The Livingness showed me a way to reconnect to this true light. At no stage did it ask me to feel guilty about having lived in the cave, or to change. All that light asked of me was to explore the parts of my life that felt equal to that light, and the parts I had constructed, by either watching or casting shadows. By sorting through what was ME (in essence) and what I had constructed, I began to feel ALL that I am, beyond the existence of the cave.

Breaking free of the cave is difficult because it is a life that is known and comfortable. Getting past the light in the cave can feel scary and I can still be lured by the promise of having control over the shadows. Learning to not rely on that false power is key if I am to live the light of my Soul in full.

So here we are, 2515 years on, and Plato’s allegory still resonates with us. Its story rings true. Society is walking around thinking we have advanced, yet war, starvation, slavery, greed and abuse are still commonplace. So it seems that for the most part, we are still looking at shadows.

However, there is one part of the story of Plato’s cave that might be updated. Because the light of the Soul has no interest in where you live – inside or outside the cave – once we master that true light, we don’t skip off and leave others to rot. The light of the Soul continues to wait patiently, even sending people into the cave from time to time – people who know what the shadows on the wall really are, so that others might also begin to get a sense that there is something else.

By Joel Levin

Further Reading:
Being a Student of The Way of The Livingness
The Way Of The Livingness
The Kingly Body – Building a Connection With Your Soul

735 thoughts on “The Way of The Livingness – The Light Outside Plato’s Cave

  1. For so much of our life we look for something greater, something better, an improvement of our ‘quality of life’. But the whole time as you say Joel, we are simply stuck starring at shadows, not the real deal. The grandness of our Soul is way beyond and outside the typical way we see the world. We need to set aside our ‘world view’ and look anew with eyes that know Love, our light and the truth.

  2. No matter how much time we have spent in the cave the light within us never extinguishes, but waits patiently for us to re-connect with it, through us choosing to renounce all the falsities we allowed ourselves to be hoodwinked by.

  3. It’s a powerful allegory to which you refer Joel. Reading this today, I cannot but consider what may yet ‘entertain’ my vision – keeping me ‘entrained’ to a certain level of awareness in and of life… keeping me from having a quality of vision that is actually universal.
    We can be so content to keep ourselves busy with what is before us, entertained by its outplay and indeed the carrots that may lure us into thinking that certain things are of importance, when they are actually not so – when one considers the All of which we are an intrinsic part.

  4. There has to be more to life than what we are currently living and everyone does know this. If we didn’t know this we would be content with what we have but the rising depression in the world shows that we all know that there is more otherwise we wouldn’t be feeling this gap. People are craving deeper connection- living the rat race does not offer us nourishment of the soul.

  5. Great to come back to this today and to renew the knowing that ‘ I can still be lured by the promise of having control over the shadows.’ and to refresh my relationship with this, renouncing any investment I may have in this and sticking with the absolute truth in absolute love.

  6. Plato’s allegory of the cave is a pertinent today as it was then – humanity carries a deep and disturbing unsettlement around and everybody and every body is affected; the ones who are enamoured with the shadows are also masters, masters of denial and then there are others who show their discontent and unease more openly. But whatever the case may be, the true light, the light of the Soul, is outside the cave.

  7. To connect to the eternal flame within that burns bright is such a Joy when we are living in world that is completely dark. No wonder we don’t want to come out of the cave. The Way of The Livingness as presented by Serge Benhayon offers us the opportunity and support to let this light shine bright no matter what is going on outside of us.

  8. Your timeless reference to Plato is inspiring. I am astonished and how thrilling those shadows on the wall can be but I am so glad that Universal Medicine continues to present another Way to live that has no boundaries, I am reminded of life outside the cave from each staff member of Universal Medicine, each time I visit.

  9. How many times have I heard that ‘everything is energy, and therefore because of energy’? How many presentations have I seen on the fact that we are multi-dimensional beings? And yet so often I find myself at the end of the day (like today) completely sucked into a two dimensional view of life. When I see the world this way its truly like I dwell in the cave you describe Joel, peeking at the shadows. But what a waste when it’s the energy behind it all that truly produces everything and pulls the strings. I am no longer satisfied to stare at a shady hues when I can know life by it’s true light.

  10. Great article Joel, on living in the cave with the shadows or coming out into the light outside the cave, true wisdom is ageless, always giving us an opportunity to see beyond the shadows that so enthral and hold us in the falseness of this life. I am thank full to have had the light shown to me that little by little accepting that light the shadows are slowly dissipating.

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