The Way of The Livingness at University

I am a student of The Way of The Livingness, and no lesser am I now a student at University. I have the same commitment for both, knowing that they interlink and complement each other every day. Life has become beautifully simple once again.

Being a student of The Livingness is nothing complicated or unattainable. It is simply about living in a way that allows you to connect to the real you within and to express this in everything you do thereafter.

For me, it is about being in touch with my innate and essential feelings, my truths of life, and my tender and sensitive ways that I have as a man. By committing to my Livingness in this way, I am able to have a more solid flow and balance within my everyday life. This includes my University studies. This inner balance means I never allow my studies to take over my life and take control of me. I am not ever defined by them.

My Livingness allows me to create a point that I can come back to when I am not feeling myself. This is important because it allows me to not stray too far away from the person that I know I really am.

Without The Way of The Livingness to guide me in my way, my life would not be as rich, as deeply rewarding, connected, as fun, purposeful, or as beautiful as it has turned out to be.

I have learnt that committing to life is also about committing to who you are and what you take part in; committing to my friendships and the connections that are around me; committing to what I study and making sure I keep up with where I need to be; and committing to expressing joy and fun as best I can in my every day, letting this level of commitment light the way for others to feel that they can do the same, if they so choose. Commitment is all about feeling and knowing what you can bring to the things you do in your everyday life, and not holding any of it back.

I love being myself and expressing this in the world around me. I have found that people really appreciate the reflection of another person who is bringing true commitment and dedication to what they set their body to each day, whether it be working in an office, studying, or raising a family. I have learnt that it is important to commit in full to the world that we live in, bringing all of us to everything that we do. 

I have come to understand that my living way is felt by everyone and that I have, in every minute and every second, the choice to feel the beauty of who I truly am.

By coming back to my Livingness and the love within me every day, I solidify my constant relationship with life. For me this is all about learning, appreciating, feeling, and expressing who I truly am.

 I now have an ever-deepening appreciation that there is beauty before me in the day because of how I allow myself to be open to it. Sometimes I may not always like what I see, but if I hold who I am as best I can, I see that this beauty is actually about forever expanding my awareness of life, and appreciating, sometimes in retrospect, all that has happened.

Being at University is beautiful in so many ways.

Yes, you read correctly. University can be a fabulous and life-enriching experience, full of commitment, connection, learning, and true fun.

How… ?

I have found the key is to be me — the real, true me; to feel who I am within, and to have the humility to be in my heart as often as I can be, without perfection. I have simply surrendered to what presents in my daily life, not needing to know the specific details due to a desire to control life and make it the way I want it to be, but instead allowing what is there for me to guide me, trusting my own truth that it would all be okay.

I came with plenty of preconceived ideas and pictures of how this year might look before I began living in the Halls of Residence. “Too many late nights, too much alcohol and binge drinking, too much intensity,” and “How can I live away from home?” These were all thoughts that I gave too much credit to, and they were thoughts based on experiences lived by others, but not yet by me.

However, I have accomplished this – I have lived away from home and I have found that it can be done with love, and it can be amazing too. I simply chose to be the real and sensitive me, and allow this choice to light my way forward. Whether it was going to bed early to look after myself and my body, or staying a little later at dinner time in order to connect deeper and spend time with my friends around me, it all unfolded from me being me first, and bringing this amazing spark and love wherever I went.

I have come to the truth that we can be anywhere in the world, in any environment or place of life, and we can still be ourselves, carving out a path from our heart every day. Of course there are obstacles, challenges and difficult moments where we are asked to be more in many different ways, but in the past nine months I have learnt that allowing space and time to feel everything around me and within me is the cherished answer. By not choosing to react, but rather choosing to listen, ponder from me, I can respond with care and with my own knowing of what is true from within my body.

This piece of writing is offered to let every fellow teenager know that there is nothing to be afraid of when choosing their path after high school has finished. My path for now is studying at University, but your path can be whatever you feel is true for you.

Through Serge Benhayon’s presentations and his living way, I have come to the understanding that nothing is bigger than me. Equally, nothing is bigger than you.

Through knowing that nothing is bigger than me, I have come out the other side of these challenging times with all of me still intact, and all of me still to come back to.

Through knowing that nothing is bigger than you, choosing a career path after high school isn’t so daunting after all. Allow yourself space to feel deeply, by cherishing all that you are. Choose what you love doing and what you feel the world needs, and if that may seemingly not work out as you had hoped it to, you are still you, wherever you are.

And it is this lived quality, this Livingness of who you truly are, that I have realised is all you ever need.

By Benjamin Campbell, a joyful Student, NZ

Further Reading:
What exactly is the Livingness?
The Way of The Livingness – It’s My Religion
The Outlier – Thanks to The Way of The Livingness

617 thoughts on “The Way of The Livingness at University

  1. “This inner balance means I never allow my studies to take over my life and take control of me. I am not ever defined by them.” Your understanding and living The Way of The Livingness while at university will inspire many others to find a true way to be in life.

  2. “I have come to the truth that we can be anywhere in the world, in any environment or place of life, and we can still be ourselves, carving out a path from our heart every day.” I love this Benjamin – carving out a path from our heart – and it doesn’t then matter what we do if the heart quality is within, which can then be reflected out to all.

  3. I like the ‘nothing is bigger than you’ because we often see institutions like university as bigger than us because of the influence they have and knowledge they seemingly own. Yet we all have this innate wisdom that can never be owned just to be re-learned to tap into.

  4. ‘Without The Way of The Livingness to guide me in my way…’ there was no way for me that would make any true sense. I tried many paths and they all left me with the same emptiness as they started from an emptiness and sought to be filled from the outside. The Way of The Livingness comes from within one´s own innermost (esoteric), leads to one´s innermost and step by step makes it the exoteric expression in life.

  5. Testimony to the realness and down to earth quality of the true esoteric way of living in contrast to the airy-fairy spiritual version that seeks to escape life.

  6. No matter what job we do or what situation we are in we can always practice The Way of The Livingness because all it requires is for us to live our essence in full.

  7. The wisdom of ‘The way of The Livingness’ you impart supports you at University and us all. Knowing nothing is greater than you is very powerful because you can tackle anything. You don’t receive that information from any University.

  8. I love coming back to re-visit this blog as it feels like being washed with the simplicity yet absolute power of The Way of The Livingness, just by being ourselves in life and bring our all.

  9. Benjamin this is beautiful and inspirational for all students and the real understanding of how one can live in university with ones true innermost connection as the key within to be who you are and not get overwhelmed in the demands and pressures that are there on one constantly under neath it all.

  10. Benjamin, it is beautiful to read this; ‘Sometimes I may not always like what I see, but if I hold who I am as best I can, I see that this beauty is actually about forever expanding my awareness of life, and appreciating, sometimes in retrospect, all that has happened.’ This is a great way to see life. I can feel that I often react to what I see and do not like it, rather than seeing it as an oppurtunity for expanding my awareness and bringing appreciation to what happens.

    1. What I love about this too is that it shows we don’t have to get it right or perfect straight away but that we always have the opportunity to see it for what it truly is afterwards and appreciate the learning.

  11. If you go into university thinking you are what you learn and hence empty or less because of what you don’t know, you will get smashed. The best way to support yourself at university is to go there knowing you are already everything, just learning to bring that everything to what you do.

  12. Having just been to a graduation ceremony, I was struck by the automation of this system, and often robotic presentations – ones that purport to care, proclaim the relationships built and speak of purpose, and yet delivered in a way that was void of actual care, purpose or brotherhood. I love what you are bringing to Uni Benjamin, it introduces a completely different way and relationship to gaining the necessary skills to then be out in the world bringing your all.

  13. “Yes, you read correctly. University can be a fabulous and life-enriching experience, full of commitment, connection, learning, and true fun.” I’m sure others would say that their University years were enjoyable, but what you are talking about here is something completely different to the way we usually ‘enjoy’ things. The true responsibility and commitment you speak of is the key difference here, and self-care is an important part of this. Self-care is not what is usually found among university students.

  14. ‘I have come to understand that my living way is felt by everyone and that I have, in every minute and every second, the choice to feel the beauty of who I truly am.’ So true Benjamin, and what a wonderful responsibility!

  15. I can only imagine the consciousnesses you are breaking down Benjamin by being the true you and being in the livingness at such a young age and at university to boot. Laying down a responsible foundational path for others to follow. Hats off to you young man!

  16. I have found that universities can have quite different consciousnesses – some feel much heavier than others. Then there are substantial differences between departments so it is quite possible to study in anything from a hostile to a supportive environment and much depends on how we respond to individuals as well.

  17. The way we live is felt by everyone. We can come with well-crafted words and ‘I’m fine’ in response to ‘How are you?’ but we all feel everything, so if we are not ‘fine’ it is a lie that is felt and that is not a great foundation for relationship.

  18. Ben this is truly like a healing balm to read! I was really appreciating your words that nothing is bigger than we are, and also the way you would go within to connect to your truth and find your way through challenges based on your own inner resources. Instead of letting the challenges push you down you went within and brought more of you forth to meet what was there. A very supportive and healing read, thank you.

  19. “Without The Way of The Livingness to guide me in my way, my life would not be as rich, as deeply rewarding, connected, as fun, purposeful, or as beautiful as it has turned out to be” so true and a real inspiration and magical to feel.

  20. Living in a way that is initiated from the soul opens up the experience of life to encompass the divine as an everyday part of living.

  21. ‘For me this is all about learning, appreciating, feeling, and expressing who I truly am.’ – This is what true education really is about – the study of living.

  22. Amazing how different our lives can be when we focus on being our true selves, rather than what we ‘do’ in life.

  23. “It is simply about living in a way that allows you to connect to the real you within and to express this in everything you do thereafter.” Love the simplicity of what you present here Ben… How we live determines how deeply we connect to ourselves, or not.

  24. There is no one thing we can focus on above another. Every part of life is a crucial part of our study. To overlook them is like skipping a whole section in an exam – kind of pointless.

  25. University is not a place that supports one’s livingness but The Livingness most definitely supports one at University.

  26. How amazing to be offering a reflection of The Way Of The Livingness in the university setting, offering a choice and alternative from the trends that go on there.

  27. The beauty about being grounded in our body and embracing ourself in full is that the more we practice this the easier it is to live this everywhere.

    1. When I first read this comment I mistakenly read ‘drink’ for ‘think’! Yes what a beautiful contrast but also what a pin in the balloon of thinking consciousness that values the brain over the body! In the very halls of this consciousness there is someone who is living the opposite and showing that joy is the norm compared to disregard and stress and not only this, getting his work done and probably to a very good standard too, without the so called normal go tos..

  28. If the word ‘universe’ is found in the word ‘university’, then surely this would imply that our educational system should be based on all the laws and wisdom that pertains to a sphere and not the reductionist lineal based consciousness that seeks to withhold this.

  29. Developing a sense of our innate qualities is a foundation well worth establishing in life, what could be more supportive than this? As it is the only thing that can withstand the seemingly increases of pressure and intensities we are faced with in life. Developing a strong sense of who we naturally are is sorely needed in our education systems at every level.

  30. Beautiful Benjamin to come to the realisation and understanding that you don’t need to be anything and what you do doesn’t make who you are. That being All of You is exactly what’s needed and there is so much that you being you offers everyone and the Universe.

  31. ‘Through knowing that nothing is bigger than me, I have come out the other side of these challenging times with all of me still intact, and all of me still to come back to.’ – Knowing who we truly are is key to self-empoverment.

  32. My Uni is mostly online which supports me a lot in terms of working full-time and focussing on all the other aspects of my life at the same time.

  33. Thank you Ben for so wonderfully sharing with us so well the importance making life about being you in it and not just making it about what we do.

    1. No wonder life is so painful with most people needing to take the edge off with alcohol, food, gaming, drugs, etc, because we are all deeply missing ourselves.

  34. “Being a student of The Livingness is nothing complicated or unattainable. It is simply about living in a way that allows you to connect to the real you within and to express this in everything you do thereafter.” – Beautifully said, it’s about the quality that we bring to life in every moment, without perfection but with a commitment to what we really value.

  35. Correct this living quality is all you ever need. And it is the lack of connection to this essence that has the majority of us in such dis-ease and unsettlement. When we feel out of sorts we want to quell this feeling by any means and that is where self medication comes into play, these destructive ways cause us much pain emotionally and physically but as you so beautifully share it doesn’t have to be this way.

  36. ‘This inner balance means I never allow my studies to take over my life and take control of me. I am not ever defined by them.’ – Truly self-empowering and something that every student would benefit greatly from.

  37. I love this description of what true commitment is as the word has been distorted to imply a certain sense of drive and focus and losing the quality and fullness we bring to life.

  38. This is a beautiful knowing to come to Benjamin . . . “I have come to the truth that we can be anywhere in the world, in any environment or place of life, and we can still be ourselves, carving out a path from our heart every day.” . . it is a knowing that will hold you in good stead all through life as life is not about being ‘good’ or ‘bad’, ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ it is about not holding back on being what you know to be true.

  39. ‘I have come to understand that my living way is felt by everyone’ – This is a huge realisation and one that makes it very clear that every choice we make comes with a responsibility, not only to ourselves but to all.

    1. Yes this is worth remembering as we go from one choice to the next. And worth remembering when we are with people that every choice we have made up until that point can be felt by them.

  40. How we choose to perceive things is key in life and will certainly flavour our experiences. However it is not about forcing oneself to have a certain perception nor to willfully make oneself see the glass as half full and not half empty…it comes simply from the energy that we align to. If we are seeing things in the ‘heavy’ way it is simply an indicator that we are choosing an energy that is not natural to our way of being. Hence it is about coming back to simply being who we are, and from here allowing the body to see and feel all that is. The all that is, holds both the willingness to see the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ (for want of better words) and so we do not get bogged down with the heaviness but get to see it all.

  41. ‘My Livingness allows me to create a point that I can come back to when I am not feeling myself.’ – I agree Benjamin, we can so quickly magnify the stresses we are in and end up way off track, unless we have a solid point to come back to.

    1. That solid point or internal marker, coupled with the tools to get ourselves back to where we know we can be, is the best support going. What if though, our livingness wasn’t something we used to prop ourselves up when we lose it, but more a marker to keep building and expanding from?

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