The Esoteric – the Grace of God on Earth

What is the esoteric? Perhaps the easiest way to grasp what the esoteric looks like is simply to engage with a baby and feel the connection, the warmth, openness and equality of affection that is expressed unequivocally to all by the infant, while observing how this childlike expression of these qualities elicits from everyone a deep regard for the delicateness of the infant, a sense of joy in relating to her/him and a melting, warm feeling in the chest – in fact, a gentle surrender to the self-same qualities within oneself.

This is the esoteric – a connection with the innermost heart we are all born with, which somehow becomes layered over with the complication and heavily laden webs of mental activity and emotionality as we develop into what is seen as a normal, functioning human being. Yet this latter version of normality has a tendency to deny the strength, and even the existence of, this connection, bringing us all to a place where our esoteric is either completely unknown or miss-defined and bastardised in our dictionaries the world over to mean:

“Very unusual and understood or liked by only a small number of people, especially those with special knowledge.” (1)

How has something we are all born with, something that is completely innate and natural to us all, as witnessed in a baby, have come to mean something exclusive, secretive, and mysterious and known only by a privileged few? Especially when any direct experience with one’s esoteric instantly brings a sense of love-filled, equal and abiding respect for all? How did we allow this on a global scale, as well as with each child born into this world?

A life lived in connection with one’s esoteric naturally brings a deeply felt sense of composure with life: the capacity to hold oneself and others as though in a tender embrace, deeply observing of the multitude of forceful energies that beset us all on a daily basis – what we often refer to as the stresses of life – and offering in the face of such tumult a consistency of love, including those times where it is necessary to offer potentially challenging home truths. All that is not of love is sensitively felt from within as an impostor to the truth of who we are and hence called out as not belonging to the quality of energy that is being lived, not only for oneself, but as a mirror wherein all may see their own reflection and recognise it as their true quality also.

Why would any of us refuse, ignore or bury this connection with Divinity with which we are blessed at birth, to exchange it for a life lived in pursuit of identifying of oneself as an individual, proving oneself according to the externally derived and unforgiving, but socially validated, standards of the outside world?

History indicates the disturbing frequency with which those who have lived the esoteric have been persecuted for choosing to live in a way that brings true community and brotherhood for all and a life lived in service to one’s brethren (2). All the while, these times of persecution did force communities of esoteric underground – and then labelled them as ‘secretive’ for being underground.

We are not as a species a race of bullies. Bullies and the force of bullying most assuredly exist but the majority of us do not fall into this category at all. No – most of us fall more into the category of bystanders, those who allow by our collective silence the force of bullying to flourish.

So whilst the force of bullying does its utmost to crush the esoteric and its expression, it is the bystanders who tacitly affirm by inactivity and apathy that such is life in a ‘dog eat dog world.’

I have never personally witnessed a dog mistreating a fellow dog in this way, however I observe daily the attempt to suppress the esoterically derived natural joy and wonder at life expressed by children and by some adults through what can be the harsh, mental rigours of the education system. It would be seriously verboten (forbidden) to suggest that love be an integral part of the curriculum, that is, both the expression of love in our language and the activity of love in relationship with the knowledge that is taught in schools.

It is a common belief that God, under most of the names conferred upon him by institutionalised religion, did create this planet we call our home. It would seem logical that the presence of His hand in this would naturally lend itself to connecting with the absolute Love that brought forth all that we see in nature and beyond our world to the stars. So why is this excluded from the curriculum?

Is it part of the conundrum – that this can all be felt from our innermost, our esoteric, and that beckoning the esoteric to feel, to express and to flourish would open up our true relationship with Our Father? Having accepted a relationship that is outside the parameters of any currently existing church, we would then need to accept and understand that this relationship with God is that of the Son – His Son – all of us as His Sons and that the esoteric is our bridge back to this truth and to this way of living.

Is it possible that this way of living would upset way too many applecarts for our collective comfort? In a world where we award and reward top of the ladder, singular individuals for their prowess in academia, in sport, in business and in research, is the prospect of God given equality across the board simply too much for us to handle? The grace and love of God that is found in our innermost knows neither distinction nor boundary. It is in its nature to behold us all and to express the grace of God on earth through our esoteric. Is this why we crush and suppress it?

But this suppression buries the most precious part of us all – the part that feels and loves, the part that expresses tenderness and deep affection, the part that holds all with grace as divinely equal brothers.

How much of a travesty have we perpetrated upon ourselves to live in a world where few live from their esoteric and the majority have a false definition of the term – if they have heard of it at all? Why do we deny the grace of God on earth?

By Coleen Hensey

References:

  1. Dictionary, e. (2018). esoteric Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary. [online] Dictionary.cambridge.org. Available at: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/esoteric [Accessed 17 Mar. 2018].
  2. Unimed Living. (2018). Unimed Living. [online] Available at: http://www.unimedliving.com/unimedpedia/word-index/unimedpedia-esoteric.htm [Accessed 17 Mar. 2018].

Further Reading:
The Esoteric – the End-all and Be-all
The Only ‘Esoteric’ in the Village – Discernment or Judgement
Esoteric & Exoteric Philosophy – ‘The Sayings’

330 thoughts on “The Esoteric – the Grace of God on Earth

  1. Has The Esoteric ever been hidden? in truth no. However, like the modern copy and paste media, dictionary meanings must be similar i.e. someone who has altered its meaning eons ago and everyone thereafter has just followed suit.

  2. Yes, Coleen, the grace of God that know no distinction or boundary is not something desired by the many whose eyes are fixed on the seeming rewards of individuality, temporal success and security for one’s own.

  3. To me your blog raises a great question: could today have more grace and more divinity in it than we at first got out of bed today realising?

  4. What we have seemingly forgotten in our arrogant pursuit to be an individual is the fact that our bodies are made up of particles that are the same particles that make up the universe. So we naturally are part of the universe; no separation. Our world is made of the particles of the universe and held in the space of the universe, there is nowhere else to go. If we went to live on the Moon or Mars we would still be held within the space of the universe. The universe is the body of God, when we realise this truth then we can start to understand and admit that what we have swallowed and accepted as truths are whooping lies. When we can see the lies for what they are then we will turn once again to the beholder of the all and not blame him for all our woes we will understand we made our own woes but can’t admit we fell for the lies and corruption. It becomes so easy to blame someone else rather than take responsibility for our own folly.

  5. “Why do we deny the grace of God on earth?” It would greatly upset the applecart if all those artificial props, including our one-sided intelligence, were to crumble; but crumble they will, it is only a question of how many more rounds around the Sun we will collectively take and delay the inevitable.

  6. What you have written Coleen ignited a deep purpose within me, as what you have shared I feel is why the Esoteric has to be so naturally and daily shared, expressed, communicated to everyone around whether it’s the first time we meet or the hundredth time we meet.

  7. The way you describe how our innermost has been reinterpreted to mean something mysterious and unknown makes so much sense when we feel how we have separated from our own knowing and experience of our inner hearts.

    1. And the thing is whilst we choose to keep denying our own inner knowing and awareness, we will remain estranged to the intelligence of our inner hearts and we can keep swearing that the esoteric is completely mysterious. A self imposed stalemate.

    1. It is very much about standing up to truth and not allowing bullying to take place, the power and strength of standing up to truth is within us all, we just need to choose it.

  8. We have manipulated words that have such truth and meaning to be something completely different because the people that want to control and dictate to the masses ( Main stream religions) know that to distort powerful words stops each and everyone of us from reconnecting back to what we innately know is true. And unfortunately we have accepted the lies for so long we do not ever stop to consider or question the true meaning of words any more.

  9. I had never heard much reference to the word esoteric before I met Serge Benhayon. So, I didn’t come with baggage that I was aware of about the meaning. What I love about the esoteric is that it is something we can naturally live as it is within us all, regardless of whether we know the word itself or not. It’s kind of like God. Whether you believe in God or not, or have reinterpreted your relationship with God, the quality of his holding and love is still all around us all.

  10. The way of the esoteric is one of equality and true brotherhood and so truly upsets many applecarts of those who benefit by inequality within society and most of those are at present in positions of power throughout the world.

  11. Love is a forbidden topic in the halls of education, just as it is in many workplaces too. That says a lot doesn’t it. Probably about our utter misunderstanding of what love is and perhaps our bastardisation of what it truly means.

  12. The change of the meaning of esoteric feels quite deliberate by a force to keep us away from knowing the essence we all are. The people who write a dictionary are not deliberately doing this, but the energy of the intellectual person is from knowledge in the head, whereas the true meaning of esoteric is from the inner heart.

  13. It would be properly interesting to explore this final question round our kitchen tables across the world. Why do we deny ourselves the opportunity to live expansively and joyfully, learning and loving alongside one another?

    1. That would be a great question to explore, because at the end of the day it makes no sense for us NOT to embrace the opportunity to live lovingly and joyfully and embrace learning together.

  14. “The grace and love of God that is found in our innermost knows neither distinction nor boundary” – yes, and if we all lived this universal truth we would not be here on this plane of life or planet called earth. The fact that we are shows our deep rooted stubbornness not to return to our original true way and thus our divine and other-worldly origins.

  15. I love how this blog asks us how it’s become possible that something innate in all of us has become so alien we don’t know what our inner most is. It’s not a matter of semantics. I have to ask myself how much do I live from my inner most during my day? And how much do I remain a mystery into myself?!

  16. To accept the Esoteric way of living life, with a knowingness that we are all equal Sons of God and are here to express through our soul’s impulses and not that of our head’s, challenges virtually every human construct of society with its seemingly ceaseless need for outer recognition and individuality. But all one has to do is turn on the nightly news and see that this approach is most certainly not working (nor has it ever historically worked).

  17. Beautifully written Coleen, you make it very tangible and accessible what the esoteric is about. One thing hasn’t changed throughout hundreds, thousands of years in that some people cannot handle all the love, light and truth that the people living the esoteric bring.

  18. One of the questions that I often hear asked about God is why does God allow violence corruption etc… to happen if he has the power to stop it? Something that I now understand is that the violence etc… has not been started by God but by us, as humans. It is our responsibility for us to deal with this, stop this and heal this within ourselves, for these behaviours are not of God. We need to heal with what is not true, that we have accepted in our own lives. There is much to learn about God, not from a book but from our own living way, through which we can feel his presence. This choice is ours.

  19. ‘A life lived in connection with one’s esoteric naturally brings a deeply felt sense of composure with life: the capacity to hold oneself and others as though in a tender embrace’ Beautiful and so true which allows us to us to feel the real purpose and love of life that we all know and miss.

  20. “… is the prospect of God given equality across the board simply too much for us to handle? The grace and love of God that is found in our innermost knows neither distinction nor boundary.” I love this = equality for all – no conditions. Maybe one day we will all live like this on earth….

  21. Coleen, this is such a simple way of describing the esoteric; ‘This is the esoteric – a connection with the innermost heart we are all born with’. This openness, equalness and connection to something much grander can certainly be felt in babies. They reflect a true relationship with God with no trying, having to attend church or following dogma, this connection is completely natural to them.

  22. ‘How did we allow this on a global scale, as well as with each child born into this world?’ – And how come that not even as adults do most of us realise the wrong doing that has taken place, and we keep moving forward suppressing our innate knowing.

  23. I have noticed the tendency by humanity to make what is widely practiced or prescribed as ‘normal’ even when it is not normal at all e.g. drinking alcohol (lets take it to an extreme: imagine if people started to drink car fuel infused with some taste enhancing chemicals. Drinking the substance of alcohol is not ‘normal’ at all!). Also in many circles for the youth today, cyber abuse and cutting has become ‘normal. It is a travesty that most of us are educated from young to ignore the awareness and wisdom we have access to from within (our esoteric connection) and desperately seek to make sense of life without that empowered foundation.
    We have become so estranged to our own essence that the word esoteric is ironically interpreted as obscure, puzzling and cryptic! But the good news is that as soon as we choose to reconnect, the esoteric is always there ready and waiting. After all it is actually our own inner essence.

    1. Great point Golnaz. We have made, through our own behaviours the Esoteric something that it is not. How can we possibly feel the grace of God, when we have downgraded our ‘normal’ behaviours so much, that we have all but removed any semblance of decency and respect even in our closest relationships? God cannot work in the energetic soup we have created. Once we change the ingredients of that soup, then God is able to work through all of us.

  24. ‘But this suppression buries the most precious part of us all – the part that feels and loves, the part that expresses tenderness and deep affection, the part that holds all with grace as divinely equal brothers.’ This is a fact of life, that we have so suppressed our natural tendencies for love that many of us have no idea that it is even there.

    1. Yes, the great majority have supressed it, but it’s beautiful to see that in a baby’s presence we always melt down, because no matter how far we have got away from our essence we are inevitably and constantly united to it and baby’s reflection brings us back to our also alive delicateness.

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