I Wanted to Belong to Life

I wanted to belong to life so I looked around at what was on offer.

“Join me” . . .  said the sporting club, we will cheer for you and you for us, we will leave it all on the field and you will learn to be your best. So I joined and belonged to everyone – but not to me.

“Join me” . . . said the religion of my parents, we will eat, drink, pray together; you will be part of a community that has thousands of years of history to belong to. So I joined and belonged to the community – but did not belong to me.

“Join me” . . . said the fiction writer, you will be swept away by my stories and have things to discuss with those around you, so I joined and had stories to tell – but none my own.

“Join me” . . . said my friends, we will drink together, party together, have meals at fancy restaurants and get up to mischief in the small hours of the morning, so I joined and belonged with my friends – but not with me.

“Join me” . . . said my partner, we will start a family, you will be Dad, I will be Mum and we will be parents, partners and lovers together, so I joined and belonged to the relationship – but not to me.

I wanted to belong to life but got stuck along the way. I felt frustrated and tired – very tired; I was tired to my bones, tired to a place that all of my efforts amounted to naught and all I was left with were the things that “took the edge off.”

BUT . . . I wanted to belong to life and to begin with, hated what Universal Medicine presented.

Universal Medicine presented it was important to care about me, it said to consider belonging to me before I could really feel belonging with others. It presented the power is in you but that tiredness you feel is the result of avoiding that power . . . I wanted to belong to life but when you are tired, when you are sceptical, this is not what you want to hear.

BUT . . . I wanted to belong to life so I tried what Universal Medicine presented.

It has been challenging at times, it has taken commitment, my life is not and will never be perfect, but I can meet with family and friends and that meeting is what I appreciate more than any food we eat. I can work with clients and the quality of the work can mean more than any pay cheque.

I have a religious way of life that places God and me on equal footing in terms of light and responsibility for the wellbeing of myself and the world.

I have found a place within where I belong that no one else can touch or call into question. A place of humility, a place of sacredness and a place from which I no longer NEED to belong because I am with me always.

I wanted to belong to life but really, really, really wanted, and now belong, to me.

By Joel Levin, Australia

 Joel Levin Joel Levin, is a student of life, himself and The Way of The Livingness. With a deep interest in what makes people and groups productive, effective and joyful to be around.

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Living Religion: my Livingness is Religion
Living Religion: a Relationship with Self, Love and God
The Outlier – Thanks to The Way of The Livingness

585 thoughts on “I Wanted to Belong to Life

  1. ‘Belonging to me’ sounds simple but as you show Joel we are brought up from young to belong to everyone and everything but ourselves. Without this understanding we can so easily loose ourselves and think we are doing well in life but without commitment and a constant willingness to look at how we are living we can fall for the hooks that make us look like we belong. As you say being with the family has more value than any food we eat and the quality we work in has more value than any pay cheque we receive.

  2. We do need to belong to ourselves first! The way you describe your journey to come to this point is done with your wonderful humour and insight. Thank you Joel.

  3. Hanging out with who we are in essence removes all desires to belong to anything that is external to us for when we are connected with whom we truly are, we get to see clearly the falseness of life that we have created and are contributing to.

  4. At the end of the day, there is not one thing in this world that can substitute the fulfillment and enrichment of living in connection to who we are within, where our relationship with God, the universe and all is one and the same, very much alive and known as our natural way of being.

  5. “I have found a place within where I belong that no one else can touch or call into question. A place of humility, a place of sacredness and a place from which I no longer NEED to belong because I am with me always.” This is beautiful Joel – and it shows, that you belong to you.

  6. Beautiful Joel, when you look at it this way life can be like a stream of arrangements we get comfort from. Whether it’s sporting teams, countries or jobs, we have labels we can hide behind. All of this is a distraction from the true group we are in – being a Son of God. As long as we forget that this is who we are, we’ll fall and be sucked in to pale substitutes because we know deep down that we belong to a much bigger whole.

  7. I know that feeling of wanting to belong to something, I did search high and low, always looking outside of myself. The ache that it caused me within my body in doing so felt like it would never go away. It only did when I found how to connect deeply within myself.

  8. Love what you have shared Joel, as I was one who Loved what Universal Medicine presented from day one. Then I started to understand that there was more to life than meets the eye and released changes were a-foot. “Universal Medicine presented it was important to care about me, it said to consider belonging to me before I could really feel belonging with others.” So after nearly 15 years I am still on a learning curve but at-least now I am starting to get a deeper understanding of what and how a True relationship with self is all about.

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