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


  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. Whatever God would consider normal would be our starting point, as we are all related to this being, so let’s consider God and feel what values we would place on the Father for all of us, and some great ones to consider would be Love, Joy, Harmony, Truth, Wisdom, Non-imposing and Repose-full ways, now they would be a great start for a normal life.

  2. If everyone is doing to same thing how can we question it? At our core we know what is true or not and having a reflection of someone following that inner truth rather than the norm is what we need to know different to the norm.

  3. Thank you for sharing this, it confirms for me the importance of considering a new way of living, a more connected way of living because we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.

  4. This seems to be a theme for me this morning! … looking at currently what we have in the world as ‘normal’. Why have we settled for a life of pain, struggle and misery? Is it because we do not know any better, do not feel we deserve any better? It seems as well on the whole we love to make things so complicated you just have to look at the education system alone regarding this. What if we, as a majority, stopped, reflected and changed it. Changed the way we live to something so simple that does bring vitality and joy to the body? Even if we have done something over and over again for years that it has become so ingrained it can be easy to change if we want to. It simply comes down to choice. Our choice and what do we want to choose.

  5. This felt beautifull to read ‘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’.

  6. Awesome to hear of your new normal. I am sure we will get this one day …. ‘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.” it is so true. Maybe it is less thinking we need and more being … back to the connection of who we truly are.

  7. “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.” This is so true and it is only by each of us developing this in ourselves and reflecting it for others that it will happen. Hence, no one is powerless, each and everyone of us has the power to change the world.

  8. “We live in a world where we have made the most abhorrent normal” – and while we are at it, those who are committed to bringing love and a truer way of being in a very practical sense are getting attacked for exactly that. It makes no sense at all.

    1. It really doesn’t but I wonder if it is fear that makes people attack truth. Perhaps we have been told that living with love and caring for each other makes us vulnerable to abuse and therefore we must trust no-one and consider love dangerous. In fact, we would do well to return to a more sensitive way of living so we call out the smallest form of harm so we never get to the kind of abuse we see in our society as ‘normal’ today.

  9. That is a very good question – ‘What is the new normal?’
    When we are so far from it.
    Our norm is acceptance of so many things away from this. I see it daily at work and I am surrounded by women from many nationalities and I see what has become their norm and at times, it is disturbing to see and observe.

    What can I do? Is be a reflection of what it can be for them, if they so chose to. Reflect the love and care and the gentleness that is within us all – the rest is up to them.

  10. My understanding is that some ‘normal’ parameters in the medical profession in the USA are being lowered so that their standards drop as so many people are different in this day and age from the old ‘normal’. Bastardisation of normal to accommodate a general lowering of standards! But I have also heard the reverse so that many people who were originally thought to have normal markers are now being prescribed drugs as big pharma manages to get standards changed – and of course more money for them.

  11. “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.” Beautifully expressed Katerina – and the new normal, as you say.

  12. How devastating it is to be considered not normal and weird or even in a cult when you feel that purpose of who we are and why we are here. Claiming this as the truth that you feel and then expressing this to the best of our ability. Devastating because there is so much that we have taken on that is not who we are that blocks that connection to the truth of who we are that we can’t see it as normal. It sure has been a process for me, and still is of letting go of the filters that intercept this divine connection.

  13. We cannot think our way out of things anymore, as we have seen where this leads to by the fact that we have been trying to do this for eons. Now it is time to feel and act upon our true feelings.

  14. People have bastardized the word normal to mean that which everyone (or the majority) are doing regardless of whether this is supportive, respectful, caring etc or not. So to counter this we must call our true and natural normal the ‘new normal’ even though it is an older normal than the one that society has adopted as its meaning or normal. Crazy!

    1. ha ha yes! our normal is the new normal and we must benchmark it against what feels true, loving and simple for us. Comparison of normals inhibits our ability to connect deeply with ourselves.

  15. I totally agree, this is the new normal and one that I fully embrace. I also can’t quite understand how i lived without this being my normal before, although on reflection I was very much into struggling and had not appreciated how enjoyable life could truly be.

  16. The world does indeed need a new normal. Rates of illness and disease are escalating, we still have human slavery, war, torture etc…..A new normal based on love, equality, harmony and joy.

  17. With a huge thanks to the support of Universal Medicine my marker for normal in my body has just shifted again and it feels very lovely coming back to and allowing myself to feel my essence more and more.

  18. I am so grateful for having gotten myself in a place where my paths crossed with Universal Medicine. To be re-united with the teaching of the Ageless Wisdom, and how in my first time coming to it, my whole body and being became alive to the core saying ‘yeah baby you’re back’. The normality of letting go of what is not truly who I am and saying yes to all that I am.

  19. This new normal is our totally natural way, so there is a simplicity to living it that just means we have to shed the behaviours we have taken on that get in the way and let the love that we are made of out.

  20. The true normal which should be the new and only normal is not yet the normal at all in our societies. It seems that ‘same same no different’ is still the dominating agenda and modus operandi, hence there is no one we can wait for, it is for US, me and you, to bring the change we all know to be true but hesitate or even resist to live. That´s the only way to make love the lived way for humanity.

  21. I do like the quote of Albert Einstein as it says that we have to evolve beyond the point we have created this issue or the problem at hand, otherwise we continue to create the same over and over again.

      1. Actually we say that we have to stop with creation and instead use co-creation to get out of the situation we have created. That’s why huge problems become easy to handle when we let it go, for instance go for a walk with ourselves in which often the issue dissolves into not being an issue at all, but just a next step to take in our evolution.

  22. We have erroneously made living in disconnection with our Soul normal and with that accept all the abuse in the world. This is not the way it should be.

  23. Katerina, you are a modern day philosopher. Your words are a gift from the heavens. And I loved this reminder today “that we are beings of the ages with all the answers within us”.

  24. If the normal was normal why is illness and disease at an all time high? We call it normal but it is actually harming our health and well being, and many are checking out or giving up with the so called normal way of being. I am so grateful for meeting Serge Benhayon who challenged the current model of normal and has made it a new normal to have vitality, love, joy and beautiful relationships, now that is something my body can feel is truly normal and natural.

  25. This is such an astute observation Katerina: “As a human race the world over, we have settled for a way of living that revolves around pain and suffering” but once honestly considered I feel there will be few who will doubt the truth you have presented. So, the question is, why has humanity settled for such a lesser way of living than the wonderful one we all have access to? Maybe it’s because we have allowed so many damaging ‘normals’ into our lives that we have left very little space for the truth.

  26. You can say that we are consumed by life or that life is consuming us. But nevertheless you describe it fact is that we are distracted away from that grandness we could otherwise live if we reconnect to that inner knowing that resides in us all and is never not there.

  27. By making living from our inner most the new normal, everything that used to be normal will never be normal again.

  28. Joy, vitality, connection, appreciation – I say YES – let’s have this as our normal and not as a special moment or special day we get to experience every now and then! Who would say no to this?

  29. Normal ‘should’ be standard for all – and the normal ‘should not’ be a low standard. When we set our standards high, it is out of respect and care and love for self and all.

    1. Actually there is only one normal and dependant of where you are in life you can experience it as a high standard or simply as your minimal standard and that there is space for more.

  30. The old normal have never worked and is completely discredited, yet so many of us cling on to a reality which does not serve us all as a race of beings. This old reality makes everything about oneself at the expense of all, the new reality will make everything about the all and we will come to know that life is not about I, me and myself but rather about all of us. Nothing else will ever work.

    1. Never has life on earth meant to be about I, me and myself and because we have chosen the way of I, me and myself we struggle and say ‘that’s life’. Let’s live the new normal which is actually amazingly normal!

      1. I agree, making life about i, me and myself is a complete illusion, because we are all connected and interdependent upon each other. So why choose the lie of a complete illusion?

  31. Serge Benhayon is copping a lot of flak for bringing in a new normal. But looking at our current normal, should we not be rolling out the red carpet for a new normal that has proven lived experience behind it???

    1. You have nailed it here with your comment Sarah – when someone offers true change in a beautiful way some do hang onto the old for this is what they are familiar with – but the more people around reflect that there is a different way, then the more they will be open and receptive to give the new normal (really our very old normal) a go.

  32. My relationship with God has been very strong since I was a kid and has never left. I did speak about it often. As an adult, I noticed the way I controlled the way I spoke about God as it was ‘not done’ to love God.
    Since I have studied with Universal medicine I can deeply claim my connection with God and I don’t need to hide it in any form, I love to share it.
    It is great to make this my own normal again – such a freedom.

  33. This is the ultimate normal that will be normal because the current normal cannot remain the normal because our bodies are screaming at us that it is not normal!

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