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.

1,197 thoughts on “What is True Health?

  1. Your blog helped me to stop and appreciate where I am in my life, in the last 24 hours I have felt as if I have been running in an old energy, momentum and pattern that in truth has long gone. A ‘trying to keep up with life’ momentum. There is nothing to keep up to or with, this is an illusion, all we need lies within it is just a matter or reconnecting to this and living from this consistently so. The stop was reading this ‘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.’ I can relate to this in that I would see my body as the enemy, the thing that needed to be changed, was letting me down, needed to be ‘better’ which meant that energetically I was attacking myself from within. In truth our body, as Serge Benhayon has shared, is the marker of truth. It shows us how we have been living, have we been loving or in disregard? The mind or spirit likes to think it runs the show and in some or many cases if we let it it does. But as you and many others have shared on this thread Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine reflect, live and present what true health is and first and foremost is is our way of living and everyday choices that need to be addressed not strong juices and concoctions to be drank! But yes from experience it is possible to live a life of vitality, joy and well-being have a clear, strong and present body. We just need to listen to and honour what the body is showing not wage a war against it.

  2. Well said Rachel. Certainly for me meeting and observing Serge Benhayon has totally redefined my definition and understanding of what true health is. I now see it as a way of living that includes love and true expression. That is Love in the true meaning of the word which does not contain one ounce of emotion and a Truth that unifies all.

  3. I never realised how much self-love serves us until I truly started to take care of myself, a pair of gloves when it’s cold, an extra layer, or simply having a walk when it feels right. Simply being connected to ourselves and knowing what the body requires is a great way to live.

  4. What feels unhealthy for me now may have felt OK for me some years before… what I have realised hearing Serge Benhayon present on the teaching that ‘Life is Medicine’, is that the way we choose to live is in effect the state of health we choose for our body and mind.

  5. I love that I find myself rereading your words tonight Rachel. I sense within a strength, a grace, a steadiness, that simmers constantly beneath the hustle and bustle of life. When I choose to live in honour of my grace, I cannot but care for my body with the deepest care, respect and love. This care magnifies and I begin to feel my body slow, surrender and allow into it the steadiness, honesty and integrity that inspires health from the inside. Nothing before has in any way brought to me the simple truth that health is not something to gain, but something to live.

  6. “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?” Sounds perfectly true to me!

  7. “To allow it (the body) 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.” “But I also see those sicknesses as signposts to the choices that have taken me away from who I truly am – the real illness.” When we diagnose the underlying cause of our real illness then we can start to make changes in the way we are living.

  8. “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 surely the true definition of health and sicknesses are signposts to guide us on that path.

  9. Surely now the many many hundreds of people who have started to tune their lifestyle and life style choices and who are feeling the enormous benefits of this are testimony enough to the truth and efficacy of what Universal Medicine is presenting.

  10. The body is like a two way street and the quality of drivers coming out is determined by how the entry drivers are driving. In other words, what we put in has got to come out and illness and disease is that communication, whether we listen or not.

  11. “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.” – Rachel, this is so true for many people and I too have been in this boat of believing that I have to fight my body. People are known to ‘fight cancer’ or this and that disease. Yet this is part of what is happening to our body and so we end up fighting ourselves. Also, from a young age, I found it rather frustrating to be ‘stuck’ in a small body and so this limited me with the things I had envisaged for myself to do and get done, and so I felt I was constantly battling myself and challenging and pushing myself to do things that were not totally beyond my capacity but where still putting my body at risk (I did intense sports competition training, learned martial arts so I could “protect” my petite body, pushed myself to do intense yoga practices etc etc), and ‘despite’ all this was often very unwell. And all this was because I was fighting myself on some level, not stopping to feel and accept the immense beauty and strength that lay within me all the time, but constantly feeling a need to find it from the outside to show to everyone else that I could ‘do it’ like everyone else. Thank fully I came across Serge Benhayon’s work, which resonated very deeply with me and this turned my life around and allowed me to arrest the constant battle, and begin the true unfolding of the beauty and strength that lies within me .

  12. ‘But how much simpler and more honest is it to allow the body to be as it is?’ True health isn’t about a diet, vitamin, perfection or trying to be a certain way, body shape etc it is connecting to our innermost and allowing ourselves to be all that we are continuously. About listening and responding to our body and being honest accepting where we are at at each moment. I have so much to learn, heal and change with regards to this. Since knowing Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine my health, vitality and relationship with myself including the relationship I have with my body has changed so much however this is still an ongoing and unfolding process.

  13. I once thought health was found in a diet, health drink or a tablet or exercising in the right way. But health is none of those things.. I am still finding out what health is about but i know my body knows. I used to think being healthy was not needing to go to the doctors or not being sick, but illness and disease can be our way back to health because it is our body’s way of healing what does not belong. Health to me now is me living who I am, feeling Joy and vitality and being 100% a part of Life.

    1. I love what you have outlined here as some of the false beliefs we have around health, Susan. Many people do believe that being healthy is only about following a certain diet or taking a tablet or exercising in a prescribed way – and yet because this may not be suitable for their body, it is not the answer they are looking for and falls very short of what truly living healthily is all about. And so, what you have said about living freely to express yourself, feeling joy and vitality and being fully a part of life whilst valuing and appreciating yourself and all those around you are the most important ingredients a a healthy life, and from there we will know how best to exercise in order to support our vitality and how best to eat to support our connection with the love that we live. And so it becomes a much more complete approach rather than one that limits our health to the food we eat and the tablet we swallow. Health then becomes a limitless growth from within.

  14. It seems we can associate being healthy with what we do i.e. going to the gym, taking supplements, following a supposed healthy diet as directed by a new book, etc. What I did not do until recently was connect it to how I actually felt. Health is so much more than what I used think it was. I love the way your blog, including the title, is sprinkled with questions that invite us to consider these important issues for ourselves.

  15. ‘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?’ Great question and what if we were to learn from an early age that true health comes from deeply looking after ourselves and every choice that we make, what a difference that would make if we actually learnt to take responsibility for ourselves.

  16. True health is so much more than physical perfection – in fact the drive for physical perfection can lead us way off track what is needed for true health and vitality.

  17. There are so many things to appreciate about this blog, firstly the fact that achieving health is not an end goal, it is a constant evolution. The other point is “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.” That should be our normal so great inspiration.

  18. When I became ill my body became my enemy too Rachel, a dysfunctional mass that had failed me. ‘My body had failed me’, I can smile at myself now in remembering this strong and desperate feeling as I see clearly the lack of responsibility or desire to look at why my body had ‘failed me’ – what choices had I made to get myself to this point of breakdown! It has been a joy in fact to discover that I had a hand in every aspect of my physical, emotional and mental state and this has been hugely liberating to come to understand. So the understanding offered by Serge Benhayon and his presentations on esoteric medicine and anatomy & physiology completed the picture – I was able to take back responsibility for bringing myself to health and vitality.

  19. The picture of Health is so in our faces constantly, that it’s no wonder it takes us some time to remember that health does not actually come in the form of a picture. It is lived, and it is about honouring our body by listening to it. It’s been said several times, yet we tend to prefer following a picture instead, possibly because there is too much responsibility in paying attention to the very thing we are trying to better.
    The pictures of health that we are bombarded with are more of a psychological manipulation than anything else, in fact it’s just marketing…it’s got nothing to do with health.

  20. In a nut shell: “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?” – and this is the learning for us all, and a beautiful one at that.

  21. It is the clarity, the precise simplicity, the deep and innate wisdom, that Universal Medicine continually presents which empowers everyone to reconnect so deeply that self care becomes both obvious and paramount.

  22. I would like to see this definition of true health up in every hospital and medical clinic – “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?” Now that would be inspiring.

  23. Great expose Rachel to which I am elucidated in feeling how true health is something we naturally all have and it is not something we need to pursue or develop necessarily. In fact, it feels to me as though taking true loving responsibility for how we are in all aspects of life is closely linked to the livingness of true health. The two are inseparable.

  24. I can relate to so much of what you have written here Rachel, especially trying all kinds of weird and wonderful potions, out there health practices which promised vitality and abundance of energy, but like you I got sicker and sicker, and my energy levels felt as though they would never come back. Paying attention to the messages of the body have become invaluable to my health and well being, and continues on a daily basis to communicate it’s endless wisdom.

  25. I can relate to this very deeply Rachel. Like you I have opened up to the awareness that my body is reflecting back to me with extraordinary accuracy, how my life is out of kilter with who I truly am. I was once proud of the fact that I so rarely needed to see the Doctor or took days off sick. Today, a visit to the GP is one where I get support to understand what my body is revealing to me in a truly loving fashion. It is a source of great wisdom when once I regarded it as an inconvenience.

  26. This makes so much sense to me to be guided by our bodies as to how our livingness is supporting our health and wellbeing “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.”

  27. What a stunning piece of writing… a bed-time lullaby for me having been bathed in all the wisdom that puts from this article. True health being from living who we are, honouring our tender bodies whether in scenes or in health. Being tender, loving, Letting go of the relentless pursuit of perfection that makes us sick in the first place. Thank you Rachel.

  28. It is gorgeous to feel health is a quality instead of being free of illness and disease. This brings the focus to how we are living every moment of our lives instead of trying to reach that state of health and not considering how we are in the space around it.

  29. Knowing the body as a vehicle of expression, is to accept it is doing all the work in exposing all the what’s not us, clearing all our ill beliefs, which supports us to connect to a deeper level within.

  30. Living our lives as ourselves, being all of who we are is not common, but it can be. Thank you Serge Benhayon for making this a reality in today’s world.

  31. For years I was in the pursuit of being healthy by exercising, meditating, vegetarian cooking but I just got sicker and sicker, but everything I was reading was telling me this was how you got to experience good health. Then like many who have commented on this blog I attended courses run by Universal Medicine and started to consider that maybe the way I was living was making me sicker. So after what must be at least ten years now I am healthier than I was in my thirties.

  32. Imagine if the below statement about the true meaning of health was at the front door of every medical clinic and hospital, health is “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?”. That would be a truly wonderful thing.

  33. “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 now my understanding and listening to the body and it’s messages and appreciating that illness and disease are the body’s way of communicating that we are or have not been living who we truly are and that it’s simply a call to stop and reassess how we are with ourselves in what we do.

  34. ‘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 sounds so simple and of course it is but it seems we have all gathered so many habits and ill ways of living that it takes a while to not only accept this but to allow a true change to occur. It requires deeper levels of honesty than those we might have gotten used to and a commitment and dedication to ourselves that we might also have never really had. Once embarked upon the changes in our lives can be none other than miraculous and it brings such joy to see and feel that in others as well as in oneself.

  35. “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 own health has changed beyond measure since the inward turn to re-connect to my innermost essence and as acceptance and appreciation deepen my health continues to change and rarely do I experience any sickness these days.

  36. I can totally relate to this Rachel, when first attending a presentation by Serge Benhayon, every word he spoke was resonating deeply within me – a long forgotten truth being remembered.
    “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”.

  37. I was so out of touch with my body, and indeed myself, that I had no concept at all of what and how I should be relating to and nurturing my body. My feeling is that there are so many millions and millions of people who desperately need to be reconnected basically to themselves so that they can start to, with this connection, make the words true health become real and relevant.

  38. I used to complicate my life taking on all manner of ideals striving for optimum fitness, health and well-being which only had me going round and round in circles from one thing to the next, nothing truly changing until I learnt to be honest with the way I was living, the impact my choices were having on my body and how to start taking responsibility in making more loving choices.

  39. Our health is often seen as something we are not part of, as if we are at the end of a line of “bad luck” and that somehow we are lost in a game of roulette. Nothing could be further than the truth, and our health is up to us.

  40. A great expose Rachel of the interpretation of health as something we search for outside ourselves in many practices and ideologies which never match the true embodiment of healing that occurs when we make the connection back to our essence.

  41. This picture of health many of us have in our head is where we have a body that we can do almost anything to it and it will never break. An ironman who will never be stopped in his tracks, from what it is he is to do. Yet gosh as you show Rachel, how unwell is this? What kind of person would this be who lives and acts without regard for the consequences of our choices? What kind of world would we see if we could just harm and hurt and carry on regardless? Put this way we can see that sickness and disease are great blessings for us all, pointing us back to the true path, stopping us from straying too much from our natural way and making sure kindness, gentleness and warm-heartedness are at the centre of our day. Thank god for illness then, it is truly healthy for us to be this way.

  42. Being healthy used to be a certain look i.e being thin, tanned, healthy looking hair, toned body, but trying to live up to an image of what good health means can never be sustained and disappointment quickly sets in as the reality of how we are living slowly starts to show on our faces and changes occur regardless of how much effort we put into looking the part.

  43. Sometimes it is worth having a look at your thought processes with a massive microscope that shows every little detail of the consciousness you have bought in to which tell you what to think about yourself, your body, and how you should be in the world. Having this kind of experience can be like opening the windows in your house and letting in a cool spring breeze that clears out all the old cobwebs from a long cold and dark winter.

  44. Rachel, great article, I observe how in society health can be considered something that is out of our control, something that we have, don’t have or that deteriorates with age, you ask some important questions, ‘what then is health, is it as simple as living all of who Iam?’

  45. To accept our bodies as the expression of us that they are and to care for them with deep love, appreciating all that they are showing us is really lovely. Thank you Rachel for this blog. It is such a refreshing approach contradicting the communally accepted war on our bodies. Bringing love into health is really important.

  46. I appreciate more and more that true health is not just found by altering my diet and making what is seen as healthy food choices, or getting enough exercise, as much as it is a commitment to living gently without emotional reactions with a deep commitment to work and to pursuits that I would call purposeful, i.e. they serve the benefit of more than just myself. Of course diet and exercise and sleep are all important, but they are just a part of the whole which is about my choice in every moment, to engage in life and be a part of the antidote to the loveless, angry, disharmonious choices that we see all around us, online and in the political and social unrest of our times.

  47. “. . the quality of a life lived from the innermost essence – its beauty, grace and absolute commitment ” and the unwavering commitment to serve all with all that he is – this I too have observed and been inspired by in Serge Benhayon.

  48. Dear Rachel I felt blessed to read your awesome blog. It opens up a new way to look at our bodies: “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.” Instead of condemning what we feel and then running to the doctor to ask him to fix us again. I love to see it the way you have described it, as it gave me my power back so that I can choose to live in a way to be healthier.

  49. What an industry we have made in our society to get ‘healthy’. What health factories we have manufactured with naturopaths, supplements, and a range of supportive snacks. Yet what you remind me of Rachel is how health lies in the very way we understand life to be. Perceiving it as a struggle with the world outside, seeing a separation between you and between me, giving weight to the issues and dramas we see, well this is the true disease. For whether our body is easily flowing or sore and stiff, it is constantly knowing the truth that is: we are divine, we are sublime, and so much more that the limits of our brain would have us realise. So it seems true health lies in living life knowing that we are all sons of God.

  50. I have come to revisit this article, like an old friend, I have come back because it is a great expose on a subject that most people perceive has nothing wrong with it. When it comes to this subject you can basically do anything, eat any weird thing, run ay amount of ridiculous distance, swim the English Channel, all in the in the name of health! But very few are willing to go deeper and look at their body and question the ideal of the ‘health’ they hold, question if it is indeed healthy.

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