I realised there was another way to live my life

Is it arrogance to suggest that the way we currently live is not working, or is it the ultimate expression of love to break through the pride and the fog to ask: "There has to be another way?"

I was certainly stuck in the arrogance of thinking I had it all fine, even though my life was anything but fine. You see, what I compared myself to was the people around me, but in reality they weren’t doing well either. The result is that we all look at each other and think we are going okay, yet global health figures, rates of obesity, increases in some forms of cancer, dementia, to name but a few, suggest otherwise.

As a result, I lived with poor sugar regulation, moodiness, a functional but not overly loving marriage, a job I felt obliged to stay in to provide for the family, an expanding waist line ... and the list goes on.

All of that and I trained as a Natural Therapist, completed post-grad training in counselling and a myriad of other modalities. In essence, I was someone who was supposed to have all the tools to ensure I lived a ‘healthy life’, and I would have argued that I did, based on who I was compared to others around me.

In 2004, my wife dragged, (yes, dragged), me along to a workshop by Universal Medicine (Sacred Esoteric Healing Level 1). By the end of that workshop I knew something was different but couldn’t put my finger on what. I was sceptical about this being just another course but I had felt enough to continue with the training in Universal Medicine’s foundational modality, Sacred Esoteric Healing.

  • As the courses unfolded and I began to more fully understand the modality, I was presented with another way NOT just of working with other people, but a way for me to be with MY life.
  • This was the key difference, the modalities and training started with me. They started with asking how truly healthy and vital I was, how easily did I get caught in the spin of the world ... not compared to anyone else, but compared to a level of stillness that the courses helped me feel in my own body.

This experience gave me something that I still treasure to this day

It gave me a choice, a true choice to explore what I might be doing that kept me away from that vitality.

This level of self-responsibility was confronting but I looked around at the people presenting and those already working as practitioners and saw something in them that was so vital, true and yet unforced, that I could not but consider that there might be another way other than how I had been practising.

Over the years, the stillness that I could now access from within became my benchmark

No longer was I looking to the outside world for validation. I started checking if I was connected to that place within me before any words came out of my mouth, before I looked to work with a client, before anything for that matter. If I wasn’t, I would ask what I had done previously to take me out of that stillness.

In doing this I started to uncover a way of living that delivers a level of power that is only equal to its level of tenderness ...

  • Power in taking responsibility for the choices I make in each moment.
  • Power because I now work with a level of output and sustained vitality that is not forced or derived from sugar or any other stimulant.
  • Tenderness in being more honest about how things affect me and not beating myself up over them or forcing the changes.
  • Tenderness because I take far more care of myself and relate to my wife and family more deeply than before. In fact, because I relate to me more deeply I have found I have a more honest connection with people.

The Esoteric modalities are not just about fixing people, they are about developing a deeply loving relationship with yourself. Your efficacy with clients is preceded and linked to the care you bring to your own life first.

After years of studying ‘holistic medicine’ this is the first series of modalities that delivers a truly holistic result.

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  • By Joel Levin

    People and groups is where it is at for me, the way we work together (or not), it’s what I do for a living and what I do for a hobby, in essence it’s my everyday.