What is True Health?

By Rachel Mascord BDS (Hons), Dentist, Five Dock, Sydney.

For most of my life health was something that I pursued, thinking that I did not have it, and that if I did have it, my life would be nothing short of amazing and I would be able to sit back and cruise through anything, free from all worry and care.

From the time of being a very little child I was sick, almost all of the time. I had bad croup as a baby that developed into very bad asthma as a 4 year old. This caused a lot of alarm in my family. My mother wanted so much for me to be healthy, that health started to feel like that elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – a prize somehow beyond reach.

What did I think health was? What did I imagine it would bring me? Somewhere along the way I had developed a sense that it meant I would be very robust and tough, able to withstand anything that life threw at me – a sort of Superwoman-like capacity to handle life and its physical challenges.

As I got older and able to fund my own pursuit of that elusive health notion, I entered a rambling journey that had me engaging with many and various doctors, and when that failed, through the strange world of alternative therapists. I ate bizarre foods, juiced undrinkable concoctions, grew my own wheat grass and supplemented myself, took on eccentric practices…yet health eluded me and I became sicker and sicker. In my version of what health was, my body became my enemy, a dysfunctional mass of tissues, deeply flawed and wrong at its most fundamental level. In pursuing this notion of health I entered into a war against myself.

In 2007 I came across the work of Serge Benhayon, and the school Universal Medicine. Battle weary and with the body carrying the scars of a hundred alternative pursuits and the deep wounds of self loathing, I listened to the words of Serge Benhayon, and it was as though a light, long forgotten, ignited inside of me.

Over the years the teachings of this man started to break down the ideal of health that I had constructed – the mass of lies that had kept me running anxiously in an endless round of pursuits; a mouse, exhausted on a wheel that takes it nowhere, no matter how hard it runs. And more than the teachings that he delivered in word, were the teachings he delivered through the way he lived, the way he moved, the relationships he had with other people, the way he put on gloves and warm scarf in cool weather with such tenderness and such a deep level of care for himself…and the way he was always present with himself, knowing himself to be so deeply worthy of that.

The other aspect of Serge that inspired and continues to inspire me is his capacity for service to humanity, the like of which is beyond anything I have ever seen in another human being. What I started to feel was the quality of a life lived from the innermost essence – its beauty, grace and absolute commitment.

Is that the meaning of health, I started to wonder? Not an endpoint marked with an invincibility that makes us rough and careless with ourselves, but found in a deep level of commitment to ourselves, and our bodies, and consequently to all other people?

This is something I have started to explore for myself, and gosh has it been a slow process to scrub away the notion of physical perfection that I believed health to be. But how much simpler and more honest is it to allow the body to be as it is? To allow it to speak to us through its illnesses and diseases and aches and pains that let us know exactly the way we are treating it and consequently the way we are living. This new understanding of health has called for a far greater level of awareness and care and far greater acceptance of how I am feeling, free from judgment and the aspiration to a “greater” state. My sicknesses have become a blessing, not to be judged, eliminated so that I can just get on with it, or indulged for attention. I go to the doctor, get the tests that are needed and take the necessary medications or have the procedures carried out as needed. But I also see those sicknesses as signposts to the choices that have taken me away from who I truly am – the real illness.

So what then is health? Is it as simple as living all of who I am, from my essence, with no perfection, just love, acceptance and the deepening commitment to that?

My life is the exploration of this possibility, no more a mouse on a wheel, but a human being willing to look within, to the divine spark that was re-ignited that first day of meeting Serge Benhayon – the day I came home.

1,177 thoughts on “What is True Health?

  1. “and the way he was always present with himself, knowing himself to be so deeply worthy of that.” I think that a large part of our health is our ability to be present with ourselves. I tend to absorb everything that goes on around me and get very tired from that. Just knowing we are worth feeling ourselves all the time makes a big difference.

  2. Thank you Rachel for removing the notion of physical perfection from the definition of health. I could feel how strong that ideal was for myself, which would constantly keep me in anxiousness – not a healthy state of being.

  3. For me it was the opposite – I was mostly healthy except for a persistent cold and over time things got very slowly worse until the last 14 years where things have been much better.

  4. What an amazing blog, thank you Rachel. “But I also see those sicknesses as signposts to the choices that have taken me away from who I truly am – the real illness.” This line to me explains what’s going on with humanity and the rising rates of illness and disease. Living from our essence, our soul, brings a beauty back to life, and love and tenderness, joy and harmony – no activity or product can fill the gap of living from our soul.

  5. It is very interesting how we try to force our bodies to fit into an ideal or picture of health or what it is to be healthy whilst negating the quality of being and the wellness of that being. Clearly it is a way that is not working for us. The body is an intelligence of its own with access to worlds more than what our minds could ever imagine, and what we have not generally been taught or fostered to learn is that our bodies know precisely what is needed for it to return to a state of homeostasis or harmony with the being, when we are open to listening and honouring what is being communicated. We then are able to live in greater connection to our body and being, our bodies being impulse by our Soulful light, and this exploration of the wonder that we are and are connected to is awe-inspiring to say the least.

  6. It is quite a remarkable experience to go from ‘normal’ levels of health and vitality – the odd thing being wrong and needing coffee and sugar to get through the day – to being healthy and having lots and lots of vitality, which is not a peak feeling but a steady, ongoing experience.

  7. I agree with you Rachel, it is so much more simple and honest to allow the body to be as it is. Honouring our feelings is one of the most loving ways to truly nurture and nourish our body.

  8. When we allow ourselves to stop and be, our body communicates so much to us, if we choose to listen. It is then up to us what we do next. Our lifestyle choices can make a huge difference to our health.

  9. Great blog Rachel, I was pondering on the question what is true health, the simplicity of surrendering to our inner wisdom and living from the inside out.

  10. I was laughing reading your description of seeking health and thinking that was the answer to everything because when I was younger I felt like that about losing weight. I thought if only I was slim I would be loveable and everything would be ok. It turns out it is true because these days I am slim, loved and everything is awesome – but it sort of happened the other way around. I met Serge Benhayon, connected to love, started to love myself, connected to my awesomeness, grew in my love and the excess weight and bloating I was carrying fell away.

  11. Vitality may be a good proxy for health – you don’t need perfect physical health for vitality and you could be depleted while in perfect physical health but vitality allows you to live life in full.

  12. ‘So what then is health? Is it as simple as living all of who I am, from my essence, with no perfection, just love, acceptance and the deepening commitment to that?’ Beautifully said Rachel, as a society we have accepted far less than true health, the bar is dropping lower as the quality of our lives and health reduce, humanity needs role models of people living true health to remind us of this, and Serge Benhayon is a perfect example of someone who lives true health in every way, shape and form.

  13. Who would have thought that illness and disease can teach us anything and that it is not necessary to avoid it like the plague – pun intended. My illnesses have and are teaching me all the time about how I am living, what foods I should eat or if I am pushing and doing too much. The body has a way of communicating to us to know how we are doing and today I am off to the dentist, so something to look at there.

  14. I too have been inspired to look at the ideals I held on health and to be honest about the true impact many choices had on my body in pursuit of seeking a supposedly fitter and healthier lifestyle. Now with a deeper awareness and connection I am now treating and gently exercising my body with care and respect that keeps me aligned to the way my body wants to move and not driving and pushing it way beyond my natural limit.

    1. That can be hard as there is then a constant tension to be more of who you are and expand while staying within our natural limit, which can also increase.

  15. And when we do break down those ideals, those beliefs that we have we can actually start to tune in feel what is there to be felt… And this is when we can start to actually heal

  16. How we move certainly has an impact on our health, and the more we allow ourselves to be aware of our movements and the quality we bring to them the more we can change our former disregard, which we might not even have noticed before.

  17. “So what then is health? Is it as simple as living all of who I am, from my essence, with no perfection, just love, acceptance and the deepening commitment to that?” – this is so profound, and would totally change the meaning of life for many, and we actually do know living contracted and holding back the truth of who we truly are is a dis-ease in itself.

  18. So often when it comes to health we can look to just what’s around us, that tells us what is or isn’t good for us; the latest diet, exercise regime, yoga or meditation technique, but what if the greatest indicator we have for what is and isn’t healthy for us is our own body and so instead of only seeking outside of ourself there is a wisdom within us we can re-connect with that helps us to discern what really feels supportive…

  19. “The other aspect of Serge that inspired and continues to inspire me is his capacity for service to humanity, the like of which is beyond anything I have ever seen in another human being. What I started to feel was the quality of a life lived from the innermost essence – its beauty, grace and absolute commitment.” If the lived example and inspiration of Serge Benhayon were to be emulated by humanity how different this world would be.

  20. Rachel – our health care systems need to read this so that we can begin to make the changes to truly support people in regaining their true health rather than keeping them disempowered.

  21. “So what then is health? Is it as simple as living all of who I am, from my essence, with no perfection, just love, acceptance and the deepening commitment to that?” – Love this Rachel, and I too find I am exploring and allowing Health to unfold more fully into my life!

  22. ” My life is the exploration of this possibility, no more a mouse on a wheel, but a human being willing to look within, to the divine spark that was re-ignited that first day of meeting Serge Benhayon – the day I came home.” How lovely thank you for sharing.

  23. When we make health the dangling carrot we are consumed by ideals and beliefs. When we recognise health is listening to our own body regardless of what another says, we are free to live health for all to see and feel.

    1. Yes, which means there are products and services that can be sold to us with a promise – however far-fetched – of improved health or well-being.

  24. So many people are looking for true health… But as you say… So many people have no idea what it actually means. If the foundational truth was known about what health really was then the healthcare systems of the world would be in a very different state than what they are now.

  25. I considered health to be ‘okay’. I now experience a level of health and vitality which I didn’t know was possible, especially at an age that is close to 60.

  26. I’d agree Rachel, health doesn’t mean being free of illness because if anything my illnesses have supported me to look at and address my unhealthy ways of living. My understanding of health has developed in that now anything that stops my body expressing love is unhealthy.

    1. Our perception of health changes sharply when we consider illnesses as something to work with rather than something to get behind us as quickly as possible.

  27. A great point you have highlighted here Rachel, in looking outside ourselves for answers we end up struggling and fighting with our own body as we are out of sync with our body’s natural rhythm and harmony.

  28. ‘But I also see those sicknesses as signposts to the choices that have taken me away from who I truly am – the real illness.’ This revelation in itself, turns what health and getting sick means on its head.

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