A New Starting Point

by Joel Levin

It’s time to get back to a simple fact that life is more than misery, suffering or something to ‘get through’. For many years this was my starting point for all choices. I didn’t know that it was, as these things don’t change until you change your starting point and can assess the difference.

Having a starting point that is about suffering and getting through life meant that any choice was assessed in terms of its ability to move me away from these feelings.

This meant that things like overwork, over exercise and overeating or drinking made much more sense because it all took me away from that starting point. Searching for rewards, however small, also made sense, as they were a sign of another day survived. In some sense, rewards were like the carrot placed in front of the head of the donkey so it would keep moving forward.

It was too simple for me to consider that a new starting point might be love – and that love is something I already have within me, present and available. All I needed to do was to look beyond the carrot; actually not beyond the carrot, but within myself. When I did this I realised I was the donkey.

The possibility presented by Universal Medicine that there might be another starting point from which to measure choices, set in train something that is nothing short of a transformational.

Slowly over time I replaced ‘getting through life’ with the hope, then the possibility, then the fleeting experience, then the emerging reality until it finally became a confirmed fact that at my core I am love and the joy that comes with that. More so, people at their core are that same love. Not an excitable love, emotional love, romantic love, impassioned love, needy love, unrequited love or any other misconstrued form of the simple, pure, delicate, playful, divine, ‘tears in the eye from the joy’ kind of love.

When I use this as my starting point my choices feel very different. Any choice will either confirm what I already feel, or take me away from that feeling. Why would I choose anything that made me feel less of that love and joy? The concept of reward doesn’t enter into the equation either, as nothing can replace or be better than what I already feel.

With each choice I rebuilt and continue to rebuild a love that had been untarnished but untouched. With each choice I accept the effort I have expended to cover up a simple fact… I am more, so much more than the suffering I created in my life.

Inspired by the work of Serge Benhayon and universal Medicine

268 thoughts on “A New Starting Point

  1. I agree Joel, we do create our own suffering, it is a hard pill to swallow. Many people rely on this to get them through their days or lives. And like you’ve already shared, in everyone of us, that love is within us all, ready to burst open.

    This love is so much different to these rewards that fulfil us temporarily. When we come to this realisation, it is only a matter of time and a journey (without making it arduous), that we can return to this love. We just need to make the decision to how we want to live from, then the rest will unfold in its own time, just like a toddler learning to walk.

  2. “With each choice I accept the effort I have expended to cover up a simple fact… I am more, so much more than the suffering I created in my life.” – this makes us realise how powerful we actually are – powerful enough to ignore or deny or forget about the very Love we hold within, but yet with that same power comes the power to be able to embrace this love and learn to live it day after day.

  3. When we start with the premise that we are Love, then it becomes ridiculously easy for us to begin to see what we do/choose that takes us away from the very love we are, or what we do/choose that holds us close to the very love we are.

    1. It is ridiculous that we stray from love, it is quite painful, arduous and tiring to maintain. It is the thing that causes our exhaustion around the world. One day we will wake up to this.

  4. A very powerful blog Joel, and one that reminds me of the yoga Sutras of Patanjali, who also starts with the premise that we are a Son of God and nothing less. When you have such a starting point life and our choices begin to make much more sense.

  5. It makes sense that if our belief system is that we are not love and life is tough then the trajectory is do the best you can til you can retire. If we reconnect back to the truth that we are love then every moment is in preservation of that, or understanding and then healing why we can’t live connected to our love, and experiencing the great daily joy that comes from being our simple, divine, loving soulful selves. From this perspective it’s not about life but who we are in life, either with or separated from our soul. Retirement is then just another aspect of separation from ourselves.

  6. Beautiful confirmation Joel, ‘With each choice I accept the effort I have expended to cover up a simple fact… I am more, so much more than the suffering I created in my life.’

  7. This is so True Joel, and may I add another version of Love that is touted as being Loving and that is unconditional love, as the new age would have us believe. As True Love is unconditional that it holds us all as equals as you have shared.

  8. We think we are working hard to escape the misery, but we are working hard to maintain the misery and escape the love we innately are. This is life on planet Earth as a spirit. Serge Benhayon’s work is establishing life on Earth as a soul, which can be chosen by anyone via their free will and their commitment to be love, whether they know Serge or not. It’s a free choice we each make every day – spirit or soul.

    1. Your opening sentence in your comment Melinda is so true, instead of just embracing the love we are, ‘It was too simple for me to consider that a new starting point might be love – and that love is something I already have within me, present and available’.

    2. Spot on Melinda, we are super powerful and we are the ones that work hard to maintain the misery we created. This sounds crazy to say but it is so true that we are the creators of such things. And then when we surrender to the Love within, wow does our understanding change and we begin to blossom and see the love that we are and that we are held in, eternally so.

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