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


  1. com. (2018). The Definition of Esoteric. [online] Available at: [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

418 thoughts on “Valuing the ‘Esoteric’

  1. At the end of the day it is our choice as people to determine what we will allow to happen to this word – Esoteric. And if we allow it to be mis and re interpreted, even if simply by taking no action, then this is a choice that we have collectively made. And so, the bastardisation of one of our most precious words lays firmly in our hands, and we therefore will have to put the work in to return it to its original meaning.

    1. Thank you Shami I needed to hear that reminder. If the word Esoteric has been misinterpreted then we each have a responsibility to live the essence of the word so the word can be felt, seen and experienced as a living word, not a word that remains on a piece of paper open to reinterpretation.

  2. It seems ridiculous that something as practical and useful as the Esoteric way of living is not mainstream, for it offers people what they are really looking for – a loving and joyful life.

  3. There has to be reasons why the meaning of the word esoteric has been changed, and why we have forgotten the naturalness of connecting to our essence. We have become so involved with the chaotic life as we see it and most live it as normal, that we have lost sight of our origins and who we truly are. It is time to reconnect back again and find the true purpose of life.

  4. “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 is very true Helen and I have found this constantly. But its not necessarily about what we know so much but how this knowing can support others. I find in my work for example that what I read supports a family and confirms for them the amazing care that they are providing to their family member. Also the level of what we know is determined by what we are living in every moment. This can be deepened by our own choices in every moment.

  5. It’s actually horrendous how bastardised words are, especially sacred words like the Esoteric.

  6. Considering 14 years ago I had no idea that there was even a word called Esoteric and the quality that this holds is super cool to be here now and know it to my core and feel how it continues to deepen and deepen. For this is invaluable and to have been committed for so long in releasing what gets in the way of this connection and sharing this exquisite Love within with all those I meet has been life changing thanks to the work of Universal Medicine.

  7. The opening line stopped me in my tracks “The word ‘esoteric’ can be traced back to the Pythagorean era…” and made me realise something… at just how very very old and ancient the ‘esoteric’ is, and given the fact that this knowing, this practice, this way of being and living has lineage through generations upon generations in the face of challenges, ostracise, brutality, war, witch-hunt, ethnic cleansing, criticism, questioning, jealousy, barbarism, supremacy, judgment, on-line abuse, and yet how it always, always emerges back, makes you see that there has to be something in the Esoteric that is of absolute precious Value, of Immense Worth, of Grand Knowing, of Devine Love, of Universal Grandness, Eternal Stillness, never-ending Beholding, Stupendous Sacredness, Magnificence and Glory Beyond Measure – that there must be something threatening those that attempt to weld control with such deliberate intentional orchestrated reaction and opposition to the Esoteric…. The Esoteric, which is so naturally, effortlessly found within the heart of every man… And so, with every new-born breath, here within, lies the return of the this lineage.. the living spark of the Esoteric way always returns back despite all the above names atrotricies … for Love, Never. Ever. Gives. Up.

    1. Wow Johanna that is a beautiful love call. Yes I saw it action with a relative who couldn’t stand to be around my young daughter who is a very bright light, it was fascinating to watch, they simply wanted to crush what they had turned their back on because they couldn’t stand seeing that light in another.

  8. The quality of our lives can change immensely when we are living from a connection to our innermost.

    1. It is a stark difference from living in the mind that becomes more apparent the more I connect to my inner-most. The mind isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact it is cracked and fractured!

  9. Valuing the ‘Esoteric’ – it is actually absurd that we need to come back valuing something that never should have been devalued. In effect, we are devaluing ourselves and have created a version of life without the essence of what makes us who we are, just to find ourselves in a situation we more or less suffer from, only to continue applying solutions from the same lack of self-honouring (or absence of the esoteric) to create more of the same ill. Indeed, before we don´t start valuing the esoteric we will not get anyway but deeper into the misery we already know all too well.

    1. It is fascinating how much we prefer to hold onto the misery rather than step back into the natural power we had at birth.

  10. Yes it is going to cost us quite a lot, bot physically and financially, if we keep waiting for science to prove that living from our bodies and inner essence works and it is actually very beneficial to our health. And even when it is a proven fact we seem to not always adhere to this, as people are still smoking even though we know it is poisonous for our lungs. So we need to honestly ask ourselves what is driving us to be so disrespectful to our bodies?

  11. Bastardising the meaning of a word is the quickest way to disguise and bury the truth. The wonderful thing is that although the meaning of ‘esoteric’ has come to mean ‘hidden’ our true esoteric nature is still there burning from within. It cannot be buried. A beautiful and very satisfactory state of affairs!

  12. Exactly we are all born with a connection with our innermost, babies respond and express from it, with ease. And just like babies are not born empty vessels, as an adult that fullness from within is always there, we just have gotten out of the habit of being with it, the esoteric is within us all, our innermost.

  13. We live in a world that is constantly challenging us, it is well worth understanding that despite what is going on around us we always have the opportunity to connect to our essence and feel settlement from within.

  14. True contentment comes from within us all and is something we are born with and when connected to changes everything allowing true medicine and healing to take place in our everyday lives with the valueing of who we are and the living of this.

  15. I certainly dismissed the healing powers of living esoterically. The body actually does give us a constant report back all the time from our inner-most to let us know loud and clear the consequences of our choices, but we dismiss and ignore them. Then the imbalances continue to grow until we have an illness but still we will go to the GP for medication to sort the problem out rather than looking at how we have been living to cause the illness in the first place.

  16. Our innermost is the most treasured thing that determines what we will see in our external environment. Are we taking care of this innermost of ourselves? Do we know we have an innermost essence and its importance?

  17. If we do not value that which is innermost and sacred to us, we leave ourselves at the whim of all that can enter externally to uproot this.

  18. The key to a rich and beautiful life is in connecting to our innermost heart and experiencing who we are from that connection. And it is very natural and innate to do this but the world doesn’t support this natural and soulful way of being.

  19. The first thing Serge Benhayon presents is to discern energy. This has changed the way I view and connect to life. It is still an evolving process and it offers us a platform for us to read what is going around us.

  20. Even admitting we each have an essence is a giant step forward in a world that is focused on seemingly everything outside of us.

  21. It is crucial to visit one´s values now and then to ensure that they are up to date, i.e. of the highest standard we are capable of while we are consistently evolving. These standards are in alignment with our esoteric, they are its expression and way back to it at the same time.

  22. Yes, Helen. If western medicine was to work in partnership with esoteric medicine, the global health crisis would abate. This is because doctors would get a true understanding of the causes of illness and disease and would then be able to educate their patients on self-responsibility for they way we choose to live.

  23. Each and every one of us has an inner most essence that is very much alive and waiting to be connected to. It is nothing special or exclusive to a hand picked group, but the natural connection of everyone. We all have this very powerful way to navigate and learn from life.

  24. As I read this article again I get to see that perhaps one of the reasons why we have lost the meaning of the word esoteric is because we spend our lives living based on everything on the outside, the TV, the drama and the news among other things. When in truth what we truly want is our connection to our soul, the so-called mysterious esoteric that is actually very real.

  25. You have hit the nail on its head here with the statement “the healing power of living esoterically” … Our health and our health care system would be under less stretch and strain if we took more responsibility about the way we live.

  26. “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.” A case in point of one simple word being lost, and this impact on the world, our societies, families and relationships, is Love. To have debased a sacred word that stands for the beholding quality of god’s essence and reduce it to a word that can be claimed in a relationship where abuse takes place, or spoken in a world that is rife with war we can see that if its deep and full meaning were to be understood and lived, the world is unrecognizably changed.

  27. We are born with everything that we need to guide us through life, if we choose to listen to our inner-most.

    1. Yes and if we truly observe children as they are starting out in the world we will know this to be true.

  28. “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.” The appreciation love and humbleness that occurs from within is an amazing gift for us all to feel in the settlement in our bodies and the stilling of our mind.

  29. It matters so much that we are not taught from our birth that we are from God and equal to him and that that spark is in our inner most and always with us. It is a force that tries to keep us unaware as it does not want the deconstruction of the way of life that has been created by the human spirit void of this connection.

  30. The esoteric brings back to us who we are , where we truly are form but above all will restore a way of living that will elevate us out of this mess we have created and call human life.

  31. Actually everyone enjoys their ‘esoteric, no matter if they know the word or not, as it is the only place where we find true contentment.

  32. Unwrapping the true meaning of the esoteric is an ongoing process, one that empowers, enriches and underpins our true and divine nature.

  33. ‘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. So true Helen, and shows how we are universal beings with universal intelligence.

  34. Prioritising getting from a-b will only get you so far – or to be more precise it gets you around and around to ‘nowhere’. Making the quality inside no 1 is the key.

  35. When we understand the energy that comes with so many words and especially a word like the esoteric we feel humble with the Love that words energetically can hold.

  36. No matter what is going on in our lives, no matter how turbulent, emotional or abusive, we still have a place inside us that is untouchable. It is worth remembering this precious place and knowing that we can return to it at any time. We carry it everywhere.

  37. Helen, great question; ‘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?’ Reading this I can feel that there are so many ways that we could lovingly care for ourselves and save the national health service a fortune, this could start with reducing or stopping our consumption of poisonous substances such as alcohol and smoking cigarettes which are extremely harmful for our bodies. We could be more gentle and loving with our bodies in so many ways – taking responsibility for how we treat them, rather than pushing them to the point of injury or illness and disease and expecting the health service to fix us.

  38. In our drive to make us special, the centre of the world, and even of the universe, we arrogantly have forgotten that we are part of this whole and that there are universal laws to be obeyed, but to that there is a wisdom available to us that is not of this earth, but ancient and universal. This is all available to us through the innermost, our inner heart, the esoteric way of living.

  39. Our body is part of and connected to the truth and intelligence of the universe and allowing that connection to lead us the way will bring us back from the waywardness we have fallen for by choosing that other way, the way we have created for ourselves in disconnection of this natural source we proudly call our world. No wonder that because of this strong connection, our body will start to clear that what we let it enter and does not belong to the all because of our creation in separation. That is the natural response of the all to correct everything that the harmony and balance of the oneness tries to disturb.

  40. Why have we allowed the lies so that “the corruption and greed that prevails in the health industry” as well as the dying industry, came about because we want to live with in our comfort range and that allows these things to run without questioning? “The impacts from what and how we” live and die should be understood from us all being responsible for everything we do, so that life will bring to us a blessing when lived with the understanding of how our essence and the cycle of life, which includes reincarnation can be a part of our Livingness.

  41. Bringing the esoteric from the confines of mysterious to the normal and valuable way of living that it is, makes absolute sense and will be the turn around that we need and yearn for.

  42. When we resist taking responsibility for ourselves we accept lesser than the whole truth and in so doing dilute the power and true energetic integrity of a word to mean something far lesser than its original meaning and what its reflection and vibration offers to everyone equally.

    1. The reduction of the energetic meaning of the word esoteric is not by coincidence, there is an movement in life that enjoys the achievements of the human race so much and will be destroyed when we allow the esoteric re-enter in this realm of life. Therefore all means are put in place to not make this happen and one of these is to bastardise the meaning of the word esoteric.

  43. Discovering that there is a true place where we can return is everything. Re-discovering that the beauty that lies in there is us, that we are that beautiful, changes everything. This is what most of humans will one day re-discover. Nothing will be the same thereafter.

  44. There are so many words that have been eroded over time from their true meaning. This erosion feels part and parcel of the erosion of standards for ourselves and with each other. When I think of words like the difference between spirit and soul and muddy they now are, it feels part of the loss of living with the energetic integrity that comes from living from the soul. This also goes for words like truth, where it is no longer vibrationally discerned and every person is welcome to have a truth that does not hold true for all of mankind.

  45. The one thing in the world that is priceless, that everyone wants and yet there is not buy that can buy it is that feeling of at one and inner stillness and connection. Through the esoteric its clear its there for all of us all the time. Now that is true value, if we allow.

    1. So true David. Indeed in the midst of a ever busy world the yearning for inner settlement rises yet the busyness is in complete contrary to this. Perhaps there is something behind this we all need to honesty look deeper at.

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