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’

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

  1. “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). ” – it is quite sad to feel how choosing truth has resulted in persecution. However, this also shows that it has been chosen and has been felt, and that when people are ready they will make the call.

    1. Very true. We all feel we are more than we live, it is simply that the question is too big for some, and therefore it is easier to deny, to bury and to numb than to stay with the question and feel the responsibility that then needs to be lived.

  2. The Grace of God on Earth is a great description of how we can live the esoteric way in full and live our lives connected to our innermost essence. We get caught up in human aspects of life, but we can allow the divine pulse from within our being to lead the way instead.

  3. “liked by only a small number of people” – it begs the question of whether it is a deeply unpopular approach and to be avoided, or could it be that we are so disconnected from it that we no longer truly understand it enough to know whether we like it or now? Worse still that perhaps we avoid it because we realise how far away from home and the truth we are not living?

  4. There is an inbuilt marker that tells us what the Esoteric is, and the truth is most of our world do not operate this way. In fact, from young we are drilled to be the exact opposite, do not be Esoteric, never be that, through the education system and all the abuse we are told to embrace so we would be somebody and be somewhere in life. No wonder I’ve reacted most of my life towards life.

  5. Where we are right now we would need a subject like love or true relationship in school as obviously we are not learning it from young in our families who also haven´t received it and hence know no different. But actually we should be so familiar with love (by being raised in love by our family) that school would be a natural extension of this love with everyone else and thereby making everyone our family.

  6. To me the esoteric means we have something incredible inside of us, perhaps the word is also greatly misunderstood because this incredible grandness within us also remains hidden for a large proportion of the time, and if we began to bring it out more and more perhaps the word would become more widely understood.

  7. Suppression I see in everything in the world that was not designed to firstly respect and honour the fact that we need to love and care for ourselves, to the bone, in order to care for, love and contribute to our extended communities and beyond. So what have we then created education systems and cultures that suppress us in varying degrees?

  8. “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” indeed this is a great reflection to us all on what the esoteric is and how we are all born esoteric – feeling everything and fully aware of everything around us.

  9. I love these blogs about the esoteric aspect of us, particularly over the last few months highlighting the esoteric and taking away the mystery or mis-interpretation, that only serves to keep us from the truth of who we are.

    1. Yes, the more we make something exclusive it can be misinterpreted and then hidden. When what should supposedly be hidden is something innately within us, there is a fundamental problem with our self-worth because we are denying the essence of who we are.

      1. True Lucy, and we have all let that happen – that we ignore the innermost aspect makes it all the more ‘out there’ when we start to (very naturally) reclaim it as our way of life.

  10. For me I see the esoteric as simply living and being the essence of who I am here on Earth, without any reservation, hesitation just purely being the love that I am, without any perfection, knowing that I am already everything simply returning and so do not need to go out and get anything for nothing in this world compares to the depths of love felt within.

  11. “What is the esoteric?” – it is the revealer of truth, and its exploration has been how I personally have come to make sense of life, through making sense of and understanding my inner self.

  12. “Very unusual and understood or liked by only a small number of people, especially those with special knowledge.” – we may wonder why it is only understood and or liked by only a small number of people, but no wonder when we consider our incessant addiction to individuality that is instantly exposed when touching on the esoteric; and rather than special knowledge it is simple awareness coming from honesty and observation that eventually makes us return to the esoteric.

  13. The Esoteric the grace and love of God,”In its 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”. What a tragedy we live and what a beautiful sharing of the truth and the difference life can be in connection with our innermost that is a real reflection for us all.

  14. When you are attacked the first place you go to is withdrawal, yet in that withdrawal you confirm the attacker, and you confirm to the bystanders that by-standing is the safest place to be. I wonder if this is why the esoteric has the ‘bad’ name, because of the withdrawal. Yet Serge Benhayon has turned that around, he has not hidden under the most horrific attack. He is showing how a true connection with the esoteric, an unapologetic connection is the greatest support of all times.

    1. Very true Lucy and well said. So often we withdraw and so deny the love we are when we are attacked. Yet as you can see by the example Serge Benhayon has shown us that remaining with our connection and staying true to what we know is the greatest support we could ever want, need or ask for.

    2. Serge is showing us how to make that connection and relationship with our soul the first and primary relationship and how from that, life is simply, done.

  15. Surrendering to our essence is everything and brings us back to who we truly are with the grace of God our innermost essence and love how amazing and simple is this.

  16. The world seems to accept the separation of self – we are willing to learn other behaviours that are not truly us in order to get by and fit the picture, when in doing so we are disregarding the truth of who we are and What we can access within ourselves.

  17. Just to spend a day exploring my relationship with equality and how I do or do not feel this in certain situations and with certain people, is very revealing and gives me the grounding to let go of judgement, stereotyping and pre-conceptions.

  18. This sentence you have written Coleen..”The grace and love of God that is found in our innermost knows neither distinction nor boundary” sums up the esoteric within us all. All we have to do is to surrender to this.

    1. I love that line as well because it shows there are no borders with this love, one person or group is not special and favoured. we simply all have access to the relationship with the divine spark within us all and it is for us to nurture or not as we see fit.

  19. It’s one thing to be a bully; it is a whole other thing to enable it to occur. It is the bystander that allows evil to keep going in the world.

  20. Just go to your inner-most by feeling the love in your heart in the middle of your chest.
    Just feel again how you open up your chest remembering how you lived that open as a small kid.

  21. We all feel a deep connection and joy when we interact with a baby, but do we realise that baby, who is a bundle of love, is reflecting to us the love that we are in our innermost hearts.

  22. The Esoteric , the grace of God on earth within us all . Beautiful, amazing and everything we are too, shared with a knowing honesty and reflection for all to reunite with, beneath the layers of protection collected and the separation we choose.

  23. The esoteric is our innermost essence in connection with everyone else’s essence as a Universal oneness – how can there be definitions that make it sound so mysterious and individual and rare? That is the antitheses of the true meaning.

  24. If we were to accept our God given equality we would have to let go of life as we know it, this will take time as the comfortable if not often horrific and territorial life we have come to accept is so well embedded and believed to be the only way. It is clearly not once we start to recognise our innermost essence.

  25. Powerful blog Alexis and one which inspires us when facilitating sessions on bullying to give equal consideration to the role of each person: bully, bullied and bystander.

  26. Conversations with groups about bullying at work reveal the poisonous role of the bystander: bullying often continues and escalates because of in-action and silence of bystanders. To ignore the bullying of another or self is to collude with it and makes us no different from the one who actively bullies.

  27. When I hear the term ‘God forsaken place’, it is in stark contrast to the ‘grace of God on earth’. Whether God is tangibly present on earth depends on us and how ‘Godly’ we are walking and living. It is not an outside force that blesses or abandons us. It is for us to let this natural quality through our being. This isn’t being pious or anything else organised religion would have us believe. It is allowing the love and light that is our true nature (as it is the essence of God) to be our way.

  28. Describing the meaning of ‘esoteric’ in relation to the quality felt of a baby, …”simply to engage with a baby and feel the connection, the warmth, openness and equality of affection that is expressed…” is great as it is a living and tangible example that we can all relate to, and, also in this moment of recognising this, we naturally re-connect back to our own familiar esoteric way of being.

  29. ‘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.’ – Yes, the sad reality is that we have accepted a contracted and lesser version of ourselves as normal.

  30. I can feel the power and expansiveness of connecting to my innermost in comparison to the reduced and limited way I have related to life for years, and more likely lifetimes. It is a travesty that we do not ensure our understanding and connection to our essence at this level is part of our everyday life and part of the basic education for living life in the world received by our young.

  31. “Is it possible that this way of living would upset way too many applecarts for our collective comfort?” Absolutely… it would mean taking full responsibility for all our choices – past and present – and are we truly ready and willing to go there?!

  32. Coleen, this is an absolute gem of a blog, deeply appreciating the simple truth of the esoteric – being in connection to our innermost heart and through this we know God

  33. The esoteric is the Grace of God on earth and yet when we say that, all too often we place God as an external force in our lives instead of understanding that we are within God and God is within us.

    1. Reading ‘we are within God and God is within us’ I get to feel and be reminded of the interconnectedness of everything, we are but divine particles within the body of God.

  34. Why as a society have we forced the esoteric, that which we all are born with, to go underground, to become secret and only for the reserved few? To me that is a hurt in society that is avoided to become honest with and which could be the source of all the distractions like alcohol, drugs, gaming, excessive sports, excessively eating etc. we are choosing today. Please think about it.

    1. Absolutely agree Nico… to turn our backs on the glory we are all innately born with is a huge hurt for every one of us – and we do everything to avoid facing the fact we chose that and allowed it.

      1. Yes Paula, we do everything to avoid returning to that way of living we all know so well will bring us true prosperity, growth and evolution, simply because we enjoy this world we have created together so much.

  35. When I was honest and admitted that I was a by-stander then I actually started to see the abuse for what it really was. As uncomfortable as this was it has been a necessary stage in saying no to abuse.

    1. I agree Natalie, it is uncomfortable seeing the part we play in the abuse around us but as you say important to see so then we can start to really hate it and change the way we are living and what we are saying yes to.

  36. It never fails to amaze me that we walk this earth building layer upon layer of so called protection because that is how life is set up to be, instead of it being a common way of living to be connected to the esoteric, and everything being set up so we don’t lose that connection.

  37. If we can connect with and feel the warmth and innocence of a baby, then we can reconnect with our own innermost under all our layers of protection.

  38. When we don’t speak up and call out when something doesn’t feel true, we are knowingly accepting the falsities as truth, which is even worse as it drops our whole quality and integrity of being with ourselves and each other.

  39. When we stop trying to be or do anything other than just be ourselves again, we find ourselves with our innermost essence, who we truly are.

    1. True Shirley-Ann, we have to become our true self again and let go of that investment in the personality we have created for its pleasures.

    2. Yes, once we stop trying, we naturally, without effort take a grand step towards our innermost essence, a quality that simply brings settlement feeling to the whole body.

  40. “a connection with the innermost heart we are all born with” if this is what the esoteric is about then does it not show that we are all having access equally to the truth, to the depth of love we are from? It shows how the world gets in the way of what we already naturally know and the incredible responsiblity to support the next generations to maintain their connection with their soul.

  41. Bullying is as you say totally unacceptable and here you present a bystander, one that many of us do or have played ball with. I know how I just simply didn’t want to admit that I was part of it and by turning my head and burying my head under the sand, that I have allowed certain things to play out and know deep down how evil it truly is.

    1. Its true there is much to accept that we too have all been a part of that is not loving in this world, and through that honesty, we heal ourselves and start to bring another way.

  42. “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? ” This is exactly how it was with me Coleen, a gradual recognition and beckoning until I knew God without doubt.

  43. The esoteric is our innermost self. If we perceive it as mysterious or hidden then that is an indication of our disconnection from this deep pool of wisdom and not an accurate description of the essence itself.

  44. Great questions Coleen and squarely puts the ball back in our court exposing the degree to which we have allowed ourselves to be separated from all that we naturally are. Life is simple, we are naturally loving, sensitive and tender and have within us the purity we observe within a newborn baby. How is it that we seek complexity when living this simple truth is what our presence here on earth is all about?

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