Reconnecting with life truly through ‘The Way It Is’

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Reconnecting with life truly through ‘The Way It Is’

I first learned about Universal Medicine in 2010 when my partner Michael found the book, 'The Way It Is' and started reading excerpts to me almost on a daily basis. He was 'hooked' and I soon became so as well.

No matter what he was reading in particular, my first response upon hearing the words was along the lines of, "Yes, I've been saying/feeling that for years" or, "I know that's true – it's what I've been thinking/wondering about myself."

It was so familiar to me, like something that was always there inside me all my life, if I just paid enough attention. Until that point in my life, the musings/thoughts/feelings in my mind and heart had always seemed so oddball to me. And as a child, I always felt like an oddball, never truly fitting in. But here, finally, was someone and something that seemed to confirm what I had been feeling for so long. I resisted it for a while, dismissing it at times. Thankfully my partner was always there, ready to read me another excerpt.

I eventually started reading it myself, several months after my partner read it. There were many parts of the book that were challenging, whole pages that I didn't understand and would re-read several times and still not grasp. It took me a long time to finish the first book. I became frustrated at times when I read something that in my heart I knew was true but just did not understand.

In those months, while plodding through The Way It Is and before ever taking a Universal Medicine course, I started to contemplate more and more of what was really going on in the world, and how I fit into it. For many years, I'd had feelings about how we are all connected to one another in ways that I was just starting to understand.

In this book, for what seemed like the first time, someone was talking about energy and connection in a way that I could relate to and believe in. I began to feel, bit by tiny bit, how people are truly living and how I've been living. I started to get a sense that I had a belief of who I am, that was not really who I am in truth. It was quite scary, and at times I retreated from the work or made it be about something else, that was safer and more comfortable.

But that was then, and now when I go back and read 'The Way It Is' again, it's like reading an entirely new and different book. It is simpler to read because the messages are actually quite simple – and repetitive – lovingly so. It's a joy to read this time around, and just as amazing as the first read.

That book was just a taste of the beginning, and I've not been the same since. For this, I am grateful.

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