Now I’ve Found Purpose

by Rod Harvey

Prior to my involvement with Universal Medicine I used to be an accomplished beer drinker, and played lots of different sports. Overall I was happy with my life, relationships, and work; yet behind it all there was something that didn’t feel quite right.

The sense of emptiness I felt over many years was because I believed there was an unfulfilled purpose missing from my life. I saw people around me who appeared to have it together because they had a strong sense of direction in their lives… whereas I was all over the place, and my purpose was so damned elusive and hard to find.

Religion didn’t resonate, and I dabbled with spirituality, but it wasn’t for me. I also became heavily involved with personal development material for many years – until I eventually got to the point where I realised that the motivational rhetoric was without substance and non-fulfilling.

Fast-forward to March 2007 when I ‘followed’ my partner (now wife) along to a presentation by Serge Benhayon. I found that a lot of what he said made sense, while on the other hand many of the concepts seemed weird. But it was also refreshing because Serge was unimposing, down to earth, accessible, and treated everyone equally.

I continued to attend because I found it interesting and revealing. Some of the concepts were very challenging, and there was much I was sceptical about as my analytical brain struggled to understand some of the material. Yet deep down, it resonated.

Gradually all the pieces came together and my uncertainty diminished. I also began to reacquaint myself with something I had been neglecting in my life… the ability to feel. I had it as a young child, but let it slip away.

Through Universal Medicine I began to realise that my purpose was not about external pursuits or what I do (that was a big one for me). It is simply about being who I am, and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability, without imposing. And when I began to live that way it was incredibly liberating.

As a result my life has changed substantially. I’m more settled without needing confirmation that I’m a ‘decent’ person (although it is pleasant when that happens). I also find that life is more consistent without the highs and lows of various emotions; that stuff has pretty much gone.

With this understanding I now have no need for alcohol, gluggy foods, or the many diversions I previously sought out to distract me from truly engaging with the world. Sure I slip up (hey… nobody’s perfect!), but I’m really enjoying this journey, and there’s an agreeable consistency to it all that I hadn’t previously experienced in my life.

Universal Medicine has helped me realise that I had been hiding behind, and avoiding, love. By releasing the blinkers that were clouding my vision I have been able to rediscover a world that is full of wonderful people in whom we can see the extraordinary in the ordinary. There’s so much to celebrate.

Perhaps I didn’t need Universal Medicine or Serge Benhayon for that… but boy it has helped, and I am most grateful.

94 thoughts on “Now I’ve Found Purpose

  1. When purpose and real clarity is ignited in us the world starts to take on a much different hue, especially when we know there is work to be done and we play a vital role in that work taking place.

  2. In giving up late nights, the heavy comfort foods, the self-development stuff and looking ‘out there’, for the answers, life has become simpler and there is a gorgeous consistency of living true to oneself, and as that deepens, we find ourselves on our path of return to our Soul.

  3. ‘I also began to reacquaint myself with something I had been neglecting in my life… the ability to feel. I had it as a young child, but let it slip away.’ Beautiful it is when we reconnect to our inner self we realise our purpose in life.

  4. Knowing there is a purpose to our lives here on earth brings a sense of settlement and harmony to our way of living which allow us to let go of our wayward behaviours and utilise our time here for the evolution of all.

  5. Like you Rod, I too have allowed myself to ‘feel’ again, after shutting this down as a child and then as an adult continuing to numb myself with heavy foods and overeating and keeping people out. It feels amazing to feel and read all life presents to me, as my increased awareness is the best navigation tool through all the changes and shifting I am making.

  6. All the healing modalities of Universal Medicine are such a support to make life about love again. As all the hurts we carry from the past are stuck in the body and we like to cover them up with drinking, drugs or motion or whatever other distraction. The joy is big when we let go hurts and feel that there is more space for love again.

  7. ‘a world that is full of wonderful people in whom we can see the extraordinary in the ordinary. There’s so much to celebrate.’ … now that’s a way to live life seeing the amazingness of who we all are without the masks and props.

  8. When we are caught in the emotional highs and lows of life it certainly is exhausting – well done Rod firstly for becoming aware of this fact and secondly being open to another way.

  9. There is so much to celebrate.
    Who ever knew that the general seemingly mundaneness in life is actually the offering of a moment to live joy, over and over again. It is our choice, believe living is boring or begin, again to enjoy life as a child does, in each moment as it is, nothing more and nothing less.

  10. I fully align with your purpose in life Rod. I deeply know that it is about being me, the love I am and reflecting that to the world. The only thing I have to be more in my body, so I can feel more of who I am and also embody my purpose deeper and deeper, so it won’t be a mission but something I just live.

  11. It is only by reflection that we get reminded of our true nature and that there is purpose in life – unless we have been one of the comparably few, even though there are many, who have held steady over the ages and not aligned with the shadows.

  12. Our purpose in life: to live as who we truly are, and bring it into everything that we do. To go for it in all areas, without holding back, not to gain anything from the outside, like reward or recognition, but simply because we can feel the bigger purpose, and that each of us, being ourselves, are so needed in the world. So simple, yet transformative to the way we see ourselves, and the world.

  13. You speak my language Rod. I followed the same path seeking high and low what would make me truly happy. Only I wasn’t accomplished beer drinker (LOL) but a accomplished cocktail drinker AND maker, and famous (notorious?) for it. Serge Benhayon pointed the way, but it was me who did all the hard work letting go with what is not love. And that process is not over yet and will never be.

  14. It is very powerful when one founds a purpose in life, a purpose that is true. Because what the world calls purpose is often a pursuit or a mission: it wears you out, and in the end will lead to disappointment.

  15. There is indeed a lot to celebrate Rod! I recognize very much in the path you have gone through, also connecting back to the ability to feel. Somethings I had shut down as well when I was young. And boy oh boy am I sensitive! Feeling also inside myself, also be able to feel my own in-build beauty has changed my world as well.

  16. We live in a certain bubble in this world where happiness is the goal and where we have accepted hardship and struggle and ups and downs as normal. Entering Universal Medicine and the bubble inevitably bursts as we become aware of how much grander life is or more so how much grander we are and how very small we are keeping ourselves by reducing ourselves to achieving happiness.

  17. We offer each other an amazing richness of expression when we truly meet each other and are open to see the extraordinary in the ordinary; it is always there if we but care to be truly present.

  18. I agree wholeheartedly Ron living a life with purpose beats poisoning myself with alcohol, eating copious amounts of gluggy food and heavily distracting myself from life.

  19. I had always struggled with what was the purpose of man’s existence on Earth; why are we here and what’s it all for and why do some seem to have so much and others so little? From the very first workshop and meeting Serge Benhayon I knew I had found the answers and someone who made sense of it all. I now appreciate and accept the responsibility of my purpose of living to return to the Divinity that I naturally am but had chosen to ignore.

  20. This is so beautiful Rod. The support you have received from Serge Benhayon and Universal medicine is deeply felt.

  21. True love and true purpose, amazing that you found this, and great that ‘Universal Medicine has helped me realise that I had been hiding behind, and avoiding, love.’

  22. To find out that we are allowed to simply be ourselves is enormous in this world where we have made everything about becoming someone and the strife for perfection. Being ourselves where perfection is not the goal but how loving we are with ourselves and everybody else.

  23. ‘Universal Medicine has helped me realise that I had been hiding behind, and avoiding, love.’ There is so much Serge Benhayon has presented on that allows us the space to truly heal and to live a life of true love and joy – and this is something I am also grateful for every day as well.

  24. It is amazing that life can change so dratiscally, and the view on ourselves and the world changes by taking true care. Allowing ourselves to feel our true nature, which brings true purpose.

  25. ‘Through Universal Medicine I began to realise that my purpose was not about external pursuits or what I do (that was a big one for me). It is simply about being who I am, and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability, without imposing’. When we are being ourselves we give permission for others to be themselves, thus our reflections are deeply supportive and needed.

  26. Realising that true purpose is not about external pursuits as presented by society, and even traditional religions, but “simply being who I am, and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability, without imposing” does not lessen involvement and commitment to life, in fact the opposite and brings real fulfillment and joy.

  27. Thank you Rod, having purpose does help considerably with life and this is knowing who you are. Consistency brings quality to it where that inner-glory of feeling yummy expands and grows. It’s worth every moment to continually claim this connection that is naturally there while being aware of the illusion outside of that also continually stimulates with all the desires under the sun.

  28. It is interesting to experience that when we have understood our destiny as human being here on earth and that is to return to our divine origin, to our Soul, that we do not need any stimulant or indulgence in the body as we now understand that this was only there from us trying to avoid the responsibility that accepting our real purpose comes with.

  29. Understanding that purpose actually has nothing to do with what I’m doing, but how I do it, and just being me – giving myself permission to be who I naturally am and not who I thought I needed to be – is starting to change things. It connects me to the bigger picture, reminds me that this isn’t about me at all, but about all of us, being who we truly are, and reflecting that to all others.

  30. Love to return to this blog Rod and I love how simple we humans can make life when we choose too: ‘ It is
    simply about being who I am, and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability, without imposing’.

  31. “..the ability to feel…” I very much relate to what you shared Rod as I too made a choice as a child to stop feeling and in doing so I created much tension and anxiety in my life. But oh boy, it is so good to feel my body again after years of numbing and dulling it.

  32. Opening our eyes to extend our vision, not for the entertainment but for the clear view of the world (state, wellbeing, everything that is going on), and to build observant look so we can observe the misery we see and change within our own body and live a way of being that can heal that misery or disharmony in our personal lives which will be felt and extended to inspire all others. If not now, then when?

  33. That is one of the biggest things about The Way Of The Livingness http://www.unimedliving.com/voice/about-the-audio-presentations/the-way-of-the-livingness-presentation.html I have found. The consistent love and care I have for people, not any particular type or style, just people. I remember before I met Serge Benhayon saying I am a people person that didn’t like people and I was all set to build myself a retreat or a den of a home and hide away forever. Now I am in the middle of a community and looking for more. It’s great to be in touch with so many people constantly, it’s what it’s all about for me, people.

  34. I love how simple my life has become, the more I settle and let who I am inside have a say the clearer I am with what is happening in my life and how I feel in my body. I have found an acceptance and grace within, and living my life is now a joy. Yes there are days where everything goes pear shaped, but this never last long now, as the grace that I am calls me back to it and the steady acceptance it brings.

  35. I love your straightforward presentation of your journey Rod, and how you explored it in your way as you went, and your conclusion ‘I had been hiding behind, and avoiding, love.’ puzzled me initially … how can you hide behind love, unless of course you decide that love is just here but not there, and that’s the rub many of us do hide behind what we consider love but in fact the more we know what love is the more we come to understand that love is open and with all and not something to hide behind at all.

  36. Before I met Serge Benhayon I had almost given up on life here on earth, in total reaction that nobody was seeming to notice or care that is was so completely messed up on every level. Meeting Serge and hearing the presentations I not only got to see and understand how and why it was so messed up but also just how much I was contributing to the state of affairs – and the opportunity we have to live differently, truly, fully engaged in life, but unaffected by that which was around us. Now I am beginning to understand true purpose and live it as I can, allowing the rest of the world to be.

  37. I can totally relate to what you say here Rod about the ‘agreeable consistency’ that life has to it once you start to live from the inside, out, instead of looking for endless distractions to fill life up from the outside. There is a settlement and a steadiness within us all, that once connected to, needs nothing from the outside to sustain it – we just forget that it’s always there, waiting to be connected to.

  38. Lovely to re read your blog Rod. I love your serious but light hearted manner of sharing your journey. Life is so much more meaningful and joyous for myself since meeting Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine too.

  39. Life changed for me forever once the veil was lifted and I could see the beauty in everyone and stopped being stuck on their behaviours. This started with myself, by bringing absolute care and love to myself and with that I have been able to see with every step more more of the beauty of this world and everyone in it.

  40. No matter where I turned in life and what I did, how successful it was, where I was, who I was with etc it all came back to settle in a place where I genuinely felt almost depressed. No matter the high or the piece of satisfaction I gained from somewhere it wouldn’t last long and I would feel that feeling of more than unhappy or incomplete in some way. This plagued me through life, at every point and was becoming more and more loud the more things I tried. It wasn’t until Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine that I stopped and realised that I was chasing my tail and in the way I was living I was always going to be teased and caught in the chase. I stopped, I had to for me and how it was feeling. There had to be a different way to be, something I was missing in all of this. What came was that I was missing myself, missing the quality of care I needed to feel complete and love. I was chasing all manner of things outside to feel satisfied with me and yet when I am turning the attention to me I realise this is something that I can build or re build within me. This quality of being had never gone anywhere but it was my choice to chase something else that has clouded this quality of being and now is the continual rediscovery of all of this, all of me. All of this, all of me then shines in all that is done no matter what it is.

  41. There are so many of us now that have met Serge and attended the workshops and presentations and now have true purpose in our lives and in the choices we are making daily. When you have purpose, there is so much joy in your life.

  42. We can choose not to see can’t we. Very often what is shared is not groundbreaking, it is so logical yet it is not what we live. It is wonderful to be given an opportunity in life to re-connect to what is innately within us and live that without apology. Love.

  43. To undergo such a shift in focus in one’s life, and reacquaint ourselves with what truly matters to us – these are no small things whatsoever Rod Harvey. Thank-you for sharing your experience here, and wow, I bet you feel so much more vital without the beer and heavy diet – brilliant.

  44. In theory we do not need anyone to help us return as it is all inside us and we just need to connect back to that truth, but in reality we don’t tend to go there unless someone gives us a nudge.

  45. Purpose is definitely related to the quality of relationship we have with ourselves as the more we understand ourselves the more we understand the world around us. And the more we understand the world around us, the more we understand what our contribution or purpose is in it.

  46. How beautiful that through Universal Medicine you have stopped avoiding love and through this have released the blinkers clouding your vision and rediscovered your purpose in a world that you now see to be full of wonderful people who are in fact, each one like yourself, extraordinary.

  47. All we need along our path is someone that is willing to be the light one is intended to be. When one is travelling it is great to have street lights every now and then to light up our path and to confirm we are on the right way, and if not we can redirect ourselves. To be discerning of the light is of course a necessity.

  48. Rod What I have learned in your article is that we are always perceptive and conscious even though we may be making choices that we know are harmful to us.

  49. “I also began to reacquaint myself with something I had been neglecting in my life… the ability to feel. I had it as a young child, but let it slip away.” I love how you say this Rod, it is like you are accepting the whole of you and not just the part you have become as an adult. After all we are so very delicate and precious when we are young, this can’t just go, it has to be somewhere.

  50. Rod I had to laugh while I was reading your amazing blog as your humor is so infectious – Thank you for sharing your experience with Serge Benhayon.

  51. I love the humour with which you write with Rod, and I am glad that you tag along with your wife to see Serge Benhayon as the world benefits more from ‘a switched on’ Rod than ‘an accomplished beer drinking switched off Rod’. Now that is worth celebrating.

  52. It is a beautiful journey to be on. Getting to know the true purpose of life is returning to the precious man I am has been revalatory to say the least. It changes life for the better, getting to see what I am hiding and slowly but surely uncovering it for myself and all to see.

  53. Rod, I love your sharing on what purpose is “it is simply about being who I am and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability, without imposing”…. Our true purpose is as simple as that!

  54. “I also began to reacquaint myself with something I had been neglecting in my life… the ability to feel. ” This was a revelation for me as well when I attended presentations and workshops with Serge Benhayon, the fact that I had chosen to stop being aware of all that I felt and it has been a slow process trusting myself to truly be aware of what I am feeling. I also had diverted my purpose into ‘doing’ and am feeling my way back to a Divine purpose of being all the love that I already am.

  55. When reading your blog Rod I realised that education is more than comprehension. As you say you didn’t understand but what was said deeply resonated. I have had a similar situation. Where I don’t understand the content on a mental level yet I feel the teachings will stay with me. It is a feeling at the time that can’t be verbally expressed however it’s in there and will be used one day whether I realise it or not.

  56. “Through Universal Medicine I began to realise that my purpose was not about external pursuits or what I do (that was a big one for me). It is simply about being who I am, and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability, without imposing. And when I began to live that way it was incredibly liberating.” I so agree Rod. I can still get caught up in the wanting to ‘do’ – but at least now I catch it and have a choice to return to being me. A great blog, thankyou.

  57. There certainly is much to celebrate Rod – I love your writing style, it’s so light, playful and real. Reflecting Love is our true purpose, what could be greater than that? Thank you for sharing 🙂

  58. ‘I began to realise that my purpose was not about external pursuits or what I do (that was a big one for me). It is simply about being who I am, and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability’ I so agree with this one Rod, and I am still in the process of embodying it in full!
    Thank you for sharing!

  59. Hi Rod, I had some unexpected resistance to your blog, I feel I was reacting to the simplicity of purpose, feeling for many years it was all about finding something magical to do. Your blog has stripped away all sorts of complications to establish that purpose is in the love that we are. I feel that I’ve been hiding in ideals about what that love is and I’ve recently been feeling more grounded in my body and what it presents love is, which is quite firm at times and never wavers from the truth no matter the discomfort of others is who prefer to hear otherwise. I may have to read this again! Thanks Rod, your contribution is appreciated.

  60. Well said Rod.. I loved reading this blog, it’s so real and relatable. I do find that when I reflect on what I am learning through attending Serge Benhayon’s presentations that all things can be really simple… simple with their necessary detail. It sure is a fun journey, always discovering more about myself, other people and the world.

  61. Living with the simplicity of seeing and feeling the extraordinary in the ordinary is a true gift to our lives and well worth celebrating. Great blog, thank you Rod.

  62. ‘Serge was unimposing, down to earth, accessible, and treated everyone equally.’ Totally agree Rod I had tried many different things in my search for purpose and there was always a pecking order and an inner circle and a feeling that you had to conform in order to be accepted but from the first Universal Medicine presentation that I attended I could feel that Serge Benhayon was not there for his personal gain. I felt free to listen and try the practical suggestions for looking after myself better at my pace without fear of being judged because it is left to me to feel what is right for me.

  63. I really enjoyed what you shared here Rod, it was honest, real and confirming to me that life is about loving ourselves first then reflecting that love to others so they too may (if they choose) begin to live from love of self too. You are right in that it may not have required you meeting Serge Benhayon and Universal medicine to choose to live this way, but what a blessing that we have such amazing living examples of what living from love truly looks and feels like.

  64. “It is simply about being who I am, and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability, without imposing”. To understand that this is our true purpose is truly liberating – to know that we are not required to be the best parent, the hardest working employee, the most successful in our career, etc, in other words, to let go of all our roles, ideals and beliefs definitely feels like a weight has been lifted of our shoulders and we can breathe!

  65. Thank you Rod I can so relate to going through life with a lack of purpose – keeping up a veneer of apparent success but feeling empty inside and constantly searching outside of myself for the answers. I love how you have summed it up so beautifully ‘Through Universal Medicine I began to realise that my purpose was not about external pursuits or what I do (that was a big one for me). It is simply about being who I am, and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability, without imposing. And when I began to live that way it was incredibly liberating.’

  66. I love the simplicity of your description of purpose, “It is simply about being who I am, and to reflect love to others to the best of my ability, without imposing.”
    Beautiful.

  67. The feeling of emptiness is something I have also lived with for many years and learned to live with as well as if it were normal, as if there is nothing to do but bear with it. Now I also know that this feeling is not natural, but something that happened because I chose to live in total disconnection with myself, totally focussed on the outside, and waiting….. At age 17, I turned inwards. From no-where, one day, I started feeling into stillness. It was about not being racy on the inside but feeling myself. It did not last too long but it was something that constituted a clear marker in my life to return to.

  68. Rediscovering a world full of wonderful people and being able to see the extraordinary in the ordinary is an absolutely gorgeous way to see the world. It is such a blessing to have this experience and is an enlightening perception for which I am also deeply grateful to Universal Medicine for inspiring.

  69. Just what I needed to read right now. I love your title, which drew me to read the article and yes to purpose in just being me (without perfection) in all ordinary things in life which makes it just extra-ordinary 🙂 Thank you for your playful blog.

  70. Absolutely Rod, with the assistance of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine my very being in all aspects of life has the most loving and joy-full purpose that I never thought was possible.

  71. Rod, thank you for this lovely ‘purposeful’ expression. I find now I have purpose in daily living and it comes from my deeper understanding that I am love and have a responsibility to express this in all that I do.

  72. No matter how much we fill our lives up with things and activities, without a connection to our love within, we will always feel an emptiness. And when we allow ourselves to feel the immense love, that we are within, there is always a sense of true direction. I agree Rod there so much to celebrate.

    1. I agree Carola, with I agree Carola, with our connection to our love within there is a sense of true direction. connection to our love within there is a sense of true direction.

  73. When you write ‘I also find that life is more consistent without the highs and lows of various emotions; that stuff has pretty much gone.’ I’m reminded of how often I play out the drama, and that inevitably behind a peak is a trough of equal magnitude. When I do make it more consistent it does even things out, but that is not to say its boring or less, because over time that consistency starts to build.. and that is priceless.

    1. Absolutely Simon I used to create dramas to feel alive but building consistency has supported me to live a life that is so much more joyful and amazing than I could ever have imagined.

  74. Seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary – beautifully expressed Rod
    I too sometimes wonder whether I needed Universal Medicine to assist me in returning to the path of self-love. I stop and feel – thank God they have been around for their support has been immeasurable.

  75. Rod thank you for your simple, honest words. It’s lovely when the pieces come together and you get to remember who you are without all the external baggage and needing to tick boxes so as to fit in to life. Our purpose is simple – love.

  76. Rod – from accomplished beer drinker to learning how to accomplish you . I loved your contribution, just like you natural, good humoured, unpretentious, authentic and insightful .

  77. Rod, I enjoyed reading your refreshingly simple and honest account of becoming re-acquainted with the true ‘you’. There is indeed ‘much to celebrate’ when we open to love and open ourselves to people and life!

  78. Absolutely re seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary – simple and very matter of fact. Like a jigsaw, the pieces do eventually come together to create a picture and in that beauty can be seen and experienced as your article highlights…
    Thank you Rod for such an open and straight-talking article and approach to UniMed and to life that is inspiring.

  79. Rod, I love your give-it-a-go-and-see-how-it-feels introduction to Serge and Universal Medicine and your openness to discovery is inspiring. Thank you

  80. I loved reading your entry Rod, especially the sentence “By releasing the blinkers that were clouding my vision I have been able to rediscover a world that is full of wonderful people in which we can see the extraordinary in the ordinary.” Indeed there is much to celebrate…. Very touching ….

  81. When I read the title of your piece “Now I’ve Found Purpose” I laughed because only last night I was reflecting in the shower how joyous my life has become since I met Serge Benhayon and found true purpose.
    I laughed again at the start where you say previously you were an accomplished beer drinker. In my case my husband and I had the most magnificent wine collection, a wine cellar to keep it in and fabulous Riedel glasses to drink it from – all long since gone, together with morning headaches, furry tongue, checked out mentality and many kilos of extra weight.
    Prior to meeting Serge I had managed my life so that it ticked all the boxes: success, money, wonderful husband but something was missing… and that was true love and true purpose.
    Since finding Serge and Universal Medicine I still have my wonderful husband who is even more gorgeous, but I now also have found myself and my true purpose. My purpose is as you say, to be who I am and to reflect that love to others to the best of my ability without imposing. The consequences of this (even with oops moments in-between) are quite magical for both myself and others.

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