Valuing the ‘Esoteric’

The word ‘esoteric’ can be traced back to the Pythagorean era where it was simply used to define the ‘inner-most’ of human beings, as opposed to things that were outside of us. It was widely accepted without fuss that it was natural to have this inner core and for human beings to be connected to this part of themselves known as their ‘essence.’ Yet over the years the true meaning of the word has been slowly eroded away to the point that very few people know the true meaning of the word, let alone its magnificent original history.

Instead, ‘esoteric’ has now come to be described in dictionaries as something quite secretive and exclusive. For example, one online definition describes ‘esoteric’ as something “understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest” (1) when in fact the exact opposite is the case. We certainly don’t need any special qualifications or magical powers as our ‘inner-most’ can’t go anywhere – we were born with it and it just stays right there inside each and every one of us regardless of whether we choose to consciously connect to it or not!

Some people might question why it matters if the true meaning has been lost over time. But if we stop and think about the possibilities that could arise if we were taught the true meaning of the word right from birth onwards, it becomes clear that the scope of the damage done has been quite substantial.

When we are connected to our ‘inner most’ it’s quite extraordinary what we can know about ourselves, those around us, and the world in general. This ‘knowing’ is not something that is drawn from outside of ourselves, it is something that occurs when we slow down and take the time to connect to what is happening in our bodies. The messages we receive provide us with extraordinary wisdom that is applicable to every area of life and is way beyond what we can learn from textbooks, although obviously such learning has its place. Furthermore, if we were taught the importance of such a connection from an early age and experienced its ripple effect out to every facet of life, a beautiful foundation for our ‘Livingness’ would be laid, supporting us to grow and fulfil our true purpose and potential.

When the word has been bastardised to the degree it has, it’s little wonder that people dismiss the healing power of living esoterically. But consider our health as an example of what is there to value through a connection to our inner-most essence. Such a connection offers us a bridge to know much more precisely what is supporting health and wellbeing and what is sabotaging it. The impacts from what and how we eat, drink, exercise, sleep and so forth would be understood instantly and we would come to realise there was no such thing as “getting away with it.” Instead, we would be getting a constant ‘report’ back from our inner-most letting us know loud and clear the consequences of our choices, long before illness and disease became obvious.

How much could this change our current strong reliance on Western medicine if we knew how to discern for ourselves many of the basic ways to lovingly care for and nurture ourselves to maintain health?

Nations are struggling with the public health debt as illness and disease continue to rise, despite the billions of dollars poured into research and health facilities. But here we have Esoteric medicine offering a harmonious complement to Western medicine and importantly, is freely available to all, and it is being overlooked! It is resisted, ridiculed and viewed with suspicion and paranoia because the word has been so maligned and misconstrued that people don’t understand the full potential of what it truly offers. What a loss to humanity!

Apart from the improvements for people living much healthier lives, the reduction in the costs to governments everywhere would be phenomenal. Levels of accountability would automatically be set at much higher levels. A lot of the corruption and greed that prevails in the health industry would be cleared out as people could discern through their inner-connection what held integrity and truth and what was false.

It makes sense from every angle, so let’s reignite the fire within us and tune up our awareness of the importance of ‘the esoteric.’ Let’s bring it into our Livingness so that it takes its true place in our lives once again!

By Helen Giles, Townsville, QLD, Australia

References:

  1. com. (2018). The Definition of Esoteric. [online] Available at: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/esoteric [Accessed 30 Apr. 2018].

Further Reading:
Returning to our essence
The Esoteric – the Grace of God on Earth
The Only ‘Esoteric’ in the Village – Discernment or Judgement

404 thoughts on “Valuing the ‘Esoteric’

  1. Connecting to and living from the innermost develops an understanding of life that no education can bring since it allows us to feel the truth in any given situation. Imagine every situation you might be in and you can feel the truth of those you are with. Pretty cool if you ask me.

  2. There is a true way of being that is guided by a quality within us which is what represents who we are in essence. Living in connection and impulsed by this ever-present inner quality, that is our Soul, is what brings true settlement to our lives and allows us to live governed and in honour of the greater love and truth from within us.

  3. It is true that health systems across the world are struggling to keep up with the demands of the ever increasingly complicated disease and illness picture that is being presented by our global population. Which brings us naturally to questions about us, as a human race and how we are living together.

  4. The more I choose the esoteric as my source to inform and impulse me to live life, the more I get to appreciate that it is the only way out of the entrapment of life.

    1. So true Alexander and that is why the Esoteric has been intently bastardised and corrupted so that we never get to to feel that life is anything other than what we have believed and perceived it to be.

  5. Without valuing the esoteric we don´t know the esoteric and vice versa, so that we basically don´t get anywhere but stay stuck in what is void of the esoteric, i.e. the merely temporal dimension of life.

  6. ‘Let’s reignite the fire within us and tune up our awareness of the importance of ‘the esoteric.’ Great call Helen, to claim and live the truth of the esoteric brings an ease and simplicity to our lives, to live any other way brings complication and goes against our natural way of being.

  7. Esoteric means that which we all know to be true. Fact. Key is that we are no where near our truth when we live in the denial of our inner-‘most our “deep knowing”. How can life truly work without it?
    We all see, it doesn’t.

  8. Well put Helen, we live or whole lives and never connect to our esoteric or our inner most, and because of that we don’t know who we are and we don’t bring out our true essence; often we disregard our physical bodies, I know I did before I came to Universal Medicine and started to appreciate myself from the inside out.

  9. Let’s re-ignite that fire – our fire and let it take up it rightful place in our lives, bringing back responsibility and accountability for our own actions and consider their impact on others.

  10. Living esoterically makes so much sense when you consider it is your inner-most that communicates with you and tells you what works for your particular body and what doesn’t.

    1. Yes, living esoterically does make sense – in fact, its so natural for a human being to live in this way, many people do live this naturally, but haven’t associated the name with it, particularly as the word has been so erroneously corrupted as if to mean something quite the opposite.

  11. It does make sense from every angle Helen, for everyone to understand the benefits of learning the basic ways of lovingly caring for and nurturing ourselves. Taking responsibility is empowering, and being honest opens up our awareness to address how our way of living is not truly working and leading us all to illness and disease. Connecting to our essence brings a freedom from being at the mercy of life and giving our power away, to knowing ourselves by our true qualities and the power we hold to live the truth and love we innately know from our body.

  12. I love this Helen; ‘It makes sense from every angle, so let’s reignite the fire within us and tune up our awareness of the importance of ‘the esoteric.’ Let’s bring it into our Livingness so that it takes its true place in our lives once again!’ indeed it’s such a loss for humanity to have been put on the wrong track (or been put on the wrong leg as we say in Dutch) but the more we start to live from our innermost the more of an inspiration we are.

  13. What do you do if you want to run amok on this planet and not respect how precious we and everything else is? Muddy and change the word ‘esoteric’ to the point where we no longer ‘accept without fuss’ the fact of our divine essence, and what that means about the way we need to live whilst we are here.

  14. Helen, very true, you reached a point of absolute simplicity where it is known that the way we are with ourselves and each other causes us to have either a healthy way of living and enviroment or not. We can’t fix the problems with the source of energy that created them. And so, there must be another way that can show us a deeper form of health that we can live by, that is called The Way of The Livingness and those testimonies of people living in this way show us the true and deep benefit!

  15. ‘…so let’s reignite the fire within us and tune up our awareness of the importance of ‘the esoteric.’ Let’s bring it into our Livingness so that it takes its true place in our lives once again!’. I’m all for that Helen, connecting to my Innermost has been the best gift I have ever given myself, it feels like I am coming home, coming back to myself. I am often asked what the word ‘esoteric’ means and your explanation helps with my understanding of this, so thank you and yes, let’s reignite the fire inside us and restore the world back to harmony and a loving way that is innate and natural within us.

  16. It’s now up to the individual to keep these traditions alive and to help awaken others to the importance of them. Esoteric healing is a tremendous threat to Big Pharma and the medical industry as it is. It’s not a coincidence that natural healers and loud voices speaking out for natural medicine are getting suicided all over the place.

  17. It’s so true that the wisdom of Esoteric teachers and philosophers throughout history is overlooked, and the teachings are actually extremely practical and relatable to modern life, offering another way of living that is enriched, purposeful and inclusive of the all which is needed more than ever in our current era of separation in society.

  18. The potential if the true meaning of ‘esoteric’ was natural to all from a young age would open humanity to an awareness of their own divinity.

  19. It is interesting to consider that while our bodies at times can be very clear on what to eat and what not, we may choose for the ‘not to’ eat food simply because we can and do not appreciate enough the esoteric where that instant knowing is coming from.

  20. The arrogance of the mind that is in control over the body, is not interested in the cost and life force involved of curing all the illness and diseases as a result of its choices. It is only interested in its capability to create and the excitement that this brings.

  21. As a student of life and the Esoteric, what is openly shared on these web pages shows the most transparent simple approach to living that we could find anywhere on the internet. So True, Esoteric Teachings have always been open for those who choose to reconnect to there “essence” or Soul. History shows us that and like all true teachings the Livingness of the students becomes evident as a simple Loving way of being.

    1. Indeed Greg, and when we allow the esoteric to become our guide in life again we will find that it is our normal and can start to see the waywardness living in disconnection from this esoteric was bringing to our lives but to is bringing to our societies as a whole.

  22. Can you image if schools actually had Esoteric Studies as a class or subject? Where you get to learn about yourself, your connection to your body and how to approach life from that place and space? I dare say our children, parents, education staff and basically the entire education system would be very different and the ripple on effect of that would touch all avenues of life, because most people have something to do with the education system at some time in their lives.

    1. Great call Rachael, and may I ask where would we start? Could it be possible that we have to start with pre-school? Then once this is seen for what it brings to the community then the institutions would have to change so the teachers could study “Esoteric Studies as a class or subject”?

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