What’s the New Normal?

The new normal is Love.

The new normal is joy and vitality, as the markers of our day. Not as ups after the downs, and not as a goal to strive for, but as the very natural by-products of the way we choose to live.

The new normal is connection. Connection with the inner most part of who we are and have always been – and from there, with everybody else.

The new normal is to know that all of us are as ancient as we are new in the cycle of another day. That we are beings of the ages with all the answers within us, where they have always been.

The new normal is to know that this life is a precious movement in a much grander cycle we are part of – and that life is not a straight line with a beginning and end point, as we have erroneously perceived it to be.

The new normal is to live this life in the dedication to bringing all that we are to it, in the understanding that this is the one true purpose each and every one of us has – equally.

To live the joy of this responsibility, as we sometimes stumble and fall back on our footsteps from times past, having hidden for so long from the stupendousness we have always had within us is the most normal and natural thing in this world.

This normal is Our Way. It is what we, as students of The Way of The Livingness, are making normal in our everyday lives. With a dedication and commitment that never ceases to inspire, we reflect to each other and the world at large, the power and beauty that resides within us, and which can be lived by and amongst us all.

We live in a world where we have made the most abhorrent normal, when it is not.

A closed and shut down heart is as normal today as the countless lives that continue to be lost to heart disease – every 12 minutes in Australia alone (1).

A woman with no recollection of the delicateness and preciousness she innately is, and who competes with men, believing this is what she has to do in order to succeed, is as normal and commonplace as the heart disease rates that kill more women in the United States than all forms of cancer combined (2).

Consider this against the current backdrop of the breast cancer rates world-wide where a woman dies of this disease every minute (3) (4), and you get the grim reality of the abomination we have made to be the ‘normal’ way things are.

As a human race the world over, we have settled for a way of living that revolves around pain and suffering. Whether it’s on a large scale with drug wars and bloody conflicts that desensitise the Western viewer because they have now become so ‘normal’, or on the more micro scale with the suffering so many people put up with in their daily lives – it matters nought. Exhaustion has become normal, low-grade anxiety has become normal, sleeplessness and depression have become normal. Worrying about work, our families, our future, are regarded as ‘normal’ ways for us to go about our lives.

It is all one bandwidth – a bandwidth of abuse of varying intensities and flavours, but abuse nonetheless. But the greatest abuse of all is the acceptance of it all. That as a society we have shrugged our shoulders in silent resignation to the belief that this is the way things are – that this way of struggling through life is normal.

All of this is a vast and tragic cover up for the one underlying issue that humanity has at its core. When we strip everything back, it is clear that every ill mankind has settled for can be traced back to one single thing: the disconnection from Soul, the disconnection from our divine wholeness, without which we will always be but a mere fragmented part in a relentless search to find something that can never be found outside of the whole of who we already are.

This is the landscape of the world we live in today. But as Albert Einstein once said:

‘The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.” (5)

Humanity’s survival on this planet is ultimately dependent on a substantial shift in the landscape. It is dependent on the introduction of a new normal, one that is based on the universal truth every human being knows, regardless of whether this truth is remembered, accepted or denied. It is only with this reflection of truth, this reflection of the love and brotherhood we all belong to, that mankind will turn its current trajectory around.

To reflect the light of God to my fellow brother, and to remind them of how normal and natural this is, is the most normal thing I can do. And along with many more across all corners of the world, I will continue to be inspired and to inspire, to deepen in our divine connection with the Heavens within and above, and more and more, stronger and stronger, day by day, we will reflect this Light, this new normal, to everyone around us, and beyond.

This is the new normal.

By Katerina Nikolaidis, Melbourne, Australia

References:

  1. Change of heart, Time to end cardiovascular complacency: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Available at https://www.baker.edu.au/-/media/documents/impact/BakerIDI-Change-of-Heart_Time-to-end-cardiovascular-complacency.ashx?la=en [Accessed 26 March 2018]
  1. Heart disease and women: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. [online] Medlineplus.gov. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007188.htm [Accessed 15 Feb. 2018].
  1. komen.org. (2018). Breast Cancer Facts. [online] Available at: https://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content/AboutUs/MediaCenter-2/BC%20Facts%20-%20082712.pdf [Accessed 15 Feb. 2018].
  1. komen.org. (2018). Breast Cancer Fact Sheet. [online] Available at: https://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/_Komen/Content/About_Breast_Cancer/Facts_and_Statistics/BCFactSheetJan2018.pdf [Accessed 15 Feb. 2018]. 
  1. Quoted in Benhayon, S. (2013). An Open Letter to Humanity. 1st ed. Goonellabah, N.S.W.: UniMed Publishing, p. 459.

Further Reading:
The Greatest Love is Within Me
Burnout – the new normal?
Time for a New Normal

980 thoughts on “What’s the New Normal?

    1. One day we all will come to this realisation that our normal is living from our divine being which already lives within.

  1. I’ve been observing recently how it is becoming normal for me to walk tall which feels incredible after spending so many years reducing myself in an apologetic way to others.

    1. This is beautiful to read Fiona and the beauty is how you realize and feel this change and how uplifting and strong this is. This is a normal that coincides with the normal of our body.

  2. It is up to everyone of us to set the standard of the new ancient and only acceptable normal that makes life the true expression of who we are – love.

  3. The more we commit to evolving in our awareness the stronger we establish a new standard and quality that with consistency becomes our true normal.

  4. “A closed and shut down heart is as normal today as the countless lives that continue to be lost to heart disease – every 12 minutes in Australia alone …” This normal is a tragedy when the fact of living esoterically is actually our natural way of being.

  5. I love this account of what the new normal is for you Katerina. It certainly beats the old normal.

  6. ‘We live in a world where we have made the most abhorrent normal, when it is not.’ The more we see what is going on in the world the more we realise that this is the case. However that is not all the world for there are many who are choosing a different way, a way that normalises love, truth and the living light ….a way that brings healing and an ever changing standard that pulls us all up and inspires us to be more.

  7. Norms are conventions we follow without thinking because they make our life easier. The ‘normal’ is very much derived from this. The normal is supposed to help us work around life in a way that works for us all. But, does what we accept as the normal truly work for us and for others? What exactly does the normal help us with? What does it help to (re-) produce? What does it not help us with? The answer to these questions depends on our level of awareness.

  8. I am just about to attend the last day of Sacred Esoteric Healing Level 4 course held in the UK by Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon and what I can feel is this has deeply supported in giving me a new marker of what normal is for me which is to make it so much more about love. What is gorgeous is the more we are aware and the more we are willing to heal the bar is then raised from the normal we lived so this is constantly changing.

  9. Surely as a human race if we have learnt anything from our history it is that by not setting standards and holding values in our lives, we enable one one level everything that has deteriorated our communities.

  10. Life is not an optional pick and mix, deli/buffet. We can’t hold what we know to be true but only live the bits of it we like. Our understanding of truth is represented by what we choose to make our normal.

  11. The new normal is our inherent state we live in as young children, being open, loving and accepting. This natural way of being gets crushed as we grow older. It does seem crackers that we may spend the rest of our lives trying to return to that state. Society has it seriously wrong.

  12. With ‘the reflection of the love and brotherhood that we all belong to’, as you say, is the way ‘ ‘mankind can turn its current trajectory around’. By reflecting the love we are, as individuals, it can inspire others. I notice this in traffic jams. Often, when I let a driver pass in front of me, they too in their turn often do the same for others. And so it may continue…..

  13. Goodness… this statistic “breast cancer rates world-wide where a woman dies of this disease every minute (3) (4)…” is staggering… Highlighting this certainly makes you question what ‘normal’ have we accepted?

  14. I heard on the radio yesterday 1 man every 45 minutes dies from prostate cancer! 1 every 45 minutes!! So whilst (as much as I would like it to be) I feel our new normal is currently one not of true joy, love and vitality some are certainly turning the tide in making it so. I attended a Livingness 2 workshop with Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine at the weekend and the Absolute Joy, Love, Vitality and Play-fullness radiated and shone through Serge which ignited all around to feel and be that too. It was incredibly gorgeous to see and feel just how we can all be, it is just a matter of how we choose to live our life.

  15. The new normal is responsibility for living the Love we innately are – within every one of us equally so.

  16. Einstein was not only wise but a man that presented the facts and truths on a scientific level which potentially is the only true science that we have to reflect on. When we look at how science collaborates its facts in today’s world the level of corruption is now hard to hide.

  17. What your blog makes me question, is that have we dropped the level of our standards to a point where we actually accept something abominably low and equally retarding as normal, and we’re in a situation where we need to completely re-address all our standards.

    1. Beautifully said Meg for this drop in standards within our societies in what we all too often consider the mundane day to day details of our life is actually where basic decency and respect is comes alive – both vital ingredients to standards.

  18. We often feel powerless to choose what our normal is to be and think that we are the victims of our circumstances, but this is so far from the truth.

    1. So true Julie… there are no victims – we are each responsible for our every choice, and therefore in any given moment we can make a different choice.

  19. Katerina, I can feel how possible this new normal is; ‘The new normal is connection. Connection with the inner most part of who we are and have always been – and from there, with everybody else.’ When I feel the connection with me I naturally feel this connection with others and it doesn’t matter if I have know someone for 5 minutes or 5 years, there can be an intimate, loving connection, this is very beautiful and feels completly natural.

  20. Its always a worthwhile reminder, that just because something is commonly experienced, doesn’t mean that its ‘normal’.

  21. Our acceptance that it is normal to live disconnected from the love that we are is indeed the modern plague of society.

  22. “The new normal is to know that all of us are as ancient as we are new in the cycle of another day.” This is beautiful Katerina. Every day is an opportunity to bring all of who we are to each day without the baggage from yesterday, and with all the wisdom that we have within us that has been there forever.

  23. Just the other day I went to a wedding so full of love, love was everywhere, and totally normal, why not live that always?

  24. What is normal is something that the majority of people are repeatedly choosing to do. So you could say that the way we are living and the Illness and dis-ease like cancer are normal. Most are accepting this as our normal. So when you look at the students of The Way of The Livingness and what is our normal, you can see that the hundreds if not over a thousand people are showing that this is not what they are accepting.

  25. “…The new normal is connection. Connection with the inner most part of who we are and have always been – and from there, with everybody else…” Yes agree, I have found that Esoteric Yoga has been a great modality of initiating the development of body connection, and to begin to know of the innermost stillness and love within my body.

  26. So many things we have accepted as being normal are actually not normal but they have become normal by our refusal and willingness to check whether what is seen as normal is true or not .

  27. The new normal is ‘that we are beings of the ages with all the answers within us, where they have always been.’ That we are ageless and infinite and kick up a storm to try and disprove that is ridiculous.

  28. The new normal makes the old normal look so abhorrent that we will wonder how we ever allowed it to be.

    1. Hi Liane, I totally agree its the new normal that will make us wake up and see how un-normal what was once normal was.

  29. ” every ill mankind has settled for can be traced back to one single thing: the disconnection from Soul…” Yes, if Soul is Love, then there is much evidence in our world of corruption and all forms of abuse that confirm human choices and behaviour as being the complete opposite of love.

  30. Katerina, I love the simplicity of what you are sharing here; ‘it is clear that every ill mankind has settled for can be traced back to one single thing: the disconnection from Soul’. Reading this I can feel that we can make life so complicated – looking outside of us for solutions to problems that arise, when in fact the answers lie within us, and are us simply living in connection with our soul – which is our natural and true way of living as we did when we were born.

  31. Love this “The new normal is to know that all of us are as ancient as we are new in the cycle of another day. That we are beings of the ages with all the answers within us, where they have always been.”

  32. ‘A closed and shut down heart is as normal today as the countless lives that continue to be lost to heart disease – every 12 minutes in Australia alone (1)…’ Such alarming stats so eloquently expressed that completely brings one to stop, re-read again and again, to comprehend the enormity of so many people living with a closed and shut down heart.

  33. Imagine that, the medicine of living the joy and vitality of our innermost and having a healthy heart beating away till we pass.

  34. ‘A closed and shut down heart is as normal today as the countless lives that continue to be lost to heart disease – every 12 minutes in Australia alone (1).’ – And the sad reality is that most people are oblivious about the link between a closed heart and heart disease.

    1. It is sad how love is the very thing we are all yet we ‘think’ we have to close our hearts down to survive and get through life yet by doing so we are killing ourselves and continuing to make life about struggle rather than a return to livng the love we are.

  35. “Consider this against the current backdrop of the breast cancer rates world-wide where a woman dies of this disease every minute (3) (4), and you get the grim reality of the abomination we have made to be the ‘normal’ way things are.” Yes this really is an eye opener. If this is our ‘normal’ we are in big trouble. And the sad thing is we have accepted it as such.

  36. My new normal is being aware, listening and honouring what I am feeling. Old patterns of wanting to hold onto behaviours or patterns can persist, but the more I say yes to my New Normal the less of that interference comes in.

  37. I relate the word ‘normal’ and standards – our ‘normal’ is often a ‘standard’ that we have set for ourselves in some way. Really in truth there should only be one standard and one normal for us all, and not the many that exist around. And this One or Universal normal or standard is something that we ‘should’ all be heading towards. But the reality is that we have many standards and many ‘normals’ in our world, depending on where we are at and the choices we have made in life, instead of seeing it as a stepping stone towards a grander normal and standard. Whatever normal or standard we have set for ourselves is a great starting point in order to return to our true standard and norm, then we would realise how much room for growth there is in life!

  38. The new normal is a life in love, connection and quality. With an awareness of energy in it’s two types and with the choices and changes we can make to deeply honour and nurture all we feel within, as our foundation with the normality and humbleness of this.

  39. The new normal, ready and waiting, is to stop fighting all the innate and natural qualities we have that have been outlined in this article. To let go of the struggle and allow the inner out.

    1. Absolutely Matilda, let the inner out and show the world the love we are – no holes barred. Then when we do this, other people get confirmed by the love they too are and begin to see and trust they too can live the love they are in full. The ripple effects are huge when we don’t simply dip our toes in, but jump in fully, simply bringing all the love that we are to whatever we’re doing, whoever we are seeing and where ever we are going.

  40. Yes, it makes sense that we cannot heal our ills in the from the ill-energy itself, so it does require a commitment to change and an openness to a new normal, that emerges from our re-connection to the innate love within us.

  41. My sense is this way of living has become so normal that we actually have no concept that there is another way or that there is anything wrong with struggling through life.

      1. I am starting to wonder though if ‘not knowing’ is easier than knowing because if we know, then we have to do something about it?!

  42. A settlement, trust and a deep knowing of all that we are – this is the new normal. Thank you Katerina.

  43. “The new normal is Love.” True love, honouring, deeply nurturing and offering the innate wisdom and truth from within every one of us … this is who we truly are.

    1. Love it Michael, and of course with the understanding that the ‘new’ normal which really is a very old normal, is one that is there to support us and evolve us and hence is the future of us returning to the past.

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