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

606 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 would love to have read this statement when I was studying at university. My studies were very much driven, with the fear of failing. I didn’t go to parties or benders being a mature student but I saw plenty of it going on whilst I was at the campus.

    That balance is so essential in enjoying the studies, as well as remaining you, during these periods, essential in everything we do.

  2. I loved what you have written here ‘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’. This confirmed it is this simple, live in such a way that supports you and this supports others, without doing anything for anyone. It’s being responsible for yourself so others can be responsible for themselves too.

  3. “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 ditto everything you have said here. Oh wow wow wow I am so glad I have found something that is a true, “The way of the Livingness a direct path home…..

  4. This is very healing to read. I completely handed myself over when at uni. It was not fun. And then I started hating education when it was me who gave my power away. I love the line ‘I simply chose to be the real and sensitive me, and allow this choice to light my way forward.’ This is very beautiful.

  5. I have recently gone into an apprenticeship. Having dropped out of uni years ago because it was ‘too hard’. This time I am much more aware and feeling how and when to study that doesn’t leave me drained or reactive and wanting to pack it all in. Yes some bits are challenging but it’s not above me.

    1. Amazing Leigh, so what comes through is that by working with you and your body rather than at the expense of you and your body, you are enjoying the process so much more.

      1. It is so much more enjoyable now! And it’s been great to reestablish a fresh relationship with Maths. A subject I hated at school.

  6. I love the way you have taken University in your stride and not let it affect you or get caught up in wanting to excel at the expense of losing who you are. There is quite a bad pictured painted of 1st year Uni students which was quite often true, but working in a University town and renting accommodation to students, I have noticed a significant change in the behaviour of the students over the last few years. They are nowhere near as badly behaved or crazy as they used to be. I would love to think it is because like you Benjamin, they are becoming more responsible about what life is really about and are more focused and not willing to be led astray.

  7. Committing to life sounds so normal, we think we do it when we get up every day but there is so much more awareness about the quality we bring to that commitment that determines whether it is a true commitment or a reluctant dragging ourselves through life.

  8. It has been very helpful to read this article because having recently started at a local college I found the first day was full on and by the end of the day I had a stinking headache and felt like there was an information overload.

  9. I have also found that when I really commit to being me, that it doesn’t actually matter what I am doing or where I am it can all feel light, playful and fun. The key as you say Ben is the commitment part. Commitment to staying connected to who we are and expressing that to the best of our ability.

  10. It is an important point here, about being sensitive in a place where sensitivity does not necessarily have a place of its own, but rather it has to be lived and defined by us, the people who enter universities, hospitals, businesses and the like. So, even though our immediate environments do not support it, we can still be sensitive because it is resilient.

  11. I love how simply you have put this ‘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.’ I was pondering on this the other day after an Esoteric Yoga session. In that I have been a student of The Way of Livingness for several years now, although my pondering was ‘have I really?’. Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine, the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom and my own body have provided, and do continually and consistently provide a depth and wealth of knowing, awareness, understanding and truth, but am I maximising this to its full. I reflected that throughout my life I have always been a bit of a half-hearted student (or sometimes not even half when at school!) and that these teachings and my body actually deserve to have a bit more respect and true studying in lived action.

  12. We have to work hard to concentrate and apply ourselves to studying, but connecting to our inner selves takes no effort at all, simply a letting go of what is not us and a surrender to what we know is us on the inside. Learning this at University would bring a great reflection to those who burn the midnight oil to study, but don’t take care of themselves.

  13. It’s quite amazing how we can shift our perspective in life by changing our focus on why we are where we are or why we do what we do. There is great purpose and joy to be had in most avenues, it’s just up to us to focus on that or focus on what we think we don’t have instead.

  14. ‘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 love what you shared here Benjamin, when we express who we truly are without holding back in anyway, there is a powerful ripple effect felt by everyone and everything around us.

  15. And I love the way to claim yourself as a ‘Student of the Livingness’ in the first line – good on ya.

  16. A lovely sharing Benjamin. You have shown us that with true dedication and commitment to yourself you can live and be yourself, wherever you are and whatever you choose to do. I dare say that you are a shining light within the University reflecting to fellow students that it is okay to just be yourself.

  17. So many people get swallowed by University whether it be the social life or the studies and for many it is there first time away from living with their parents so they have a tendency to cut loose, but here you have shown that it is not necessary to get dragged along by the tide.

  18. “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.

  19. “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.

  20. 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.

  21. ‘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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

    1. Yes, this world values education so let’s make education something we do not something that defines us or makes us ill because we are so busy trying to do it that we negate the messages from our body.

  30. “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.

  31. ‘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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. “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.

  37. 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.

  38. ‘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.

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

  40. “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.

  41. 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.

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

  43. 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..

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