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. I have had a constant pursuit most of my life to become healthy realising I was not living in a way that would truly support me and continually searching for what would, knowing all along that the answers were very simple as I dipped into all sorts of offerings that were out there, selling themselves as just that: the answer. In this sampling of ways to be healthy I became so distracted that the search itself and all the so called treasures it gave me became the main focus. It was not until I stopped to consider very deeply, more deeply than ever before what the soul and the spirit were about and how life really worked that I came across Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. Everything started to make sense. The practice of gently breathing and connecting with my body from the inside had a new significance and a simplicity that I had been longing for began to return. Because of my former way of living and especially the disregard I had allowed, the process of my return is not necessarily fast but it is a solid and deepening process and for that I hold great appreciation. I feel that I am becoming healthier as the years go by despite the ageing process.

  2. I will admit I never really looked at health consistently. I just thought health was eating a salad or exercise and so long as I was doing some of these some of the time then I was healthy. The version of healthy would also change and so sometimes only a couple of beers was a healthy choice and so I really never considered truly what it meant to be healthy. The article gives us,”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?” From everything that is said here my version of health has grown and I am seeing more and more how every part of everything I do impacts on my health.There is no saving up health credits to then do the opposite for a while but there is a true way to live in each moment that supports you and your body to see and feel all that is needed. Just like nature follows cycles and deeply surrenders to all that it brings more and more it’s about my surrender to what is already there and no chasing or trying to find something or be something. So health to me is allowing something that is already there out and no longer an endless pursuit of so many things.

  3. This was a delight to read, thank you.

    I love what you share here about the meaning of health – “but found in a deep level of commitment to ourselves, and our bodies, and consequently to all other people?”

    I keep committing to a deeper level of care for myself, and in that have developed a much more honest relationship with my body and feel much more solid.

    And it is in the detail that can be done.Yesterday I was sitting in bed and the temperature changed and I got cool, and I could feel that old pattern of ‘sticking it out’ whilst I finished the activity and then would get changed. But through a commitment to caring for myself, I got out of bed, and put a warmer top on, and then sat back down. My body went, thank you, that feels better. And I went, you’re welcome 🙂 A true partnership.

  4. ‘I also see those sicknesses as signposts to the choices that have taken me away from who I truly am – the real illness.’ Absolutely Rachel I love how you express this and it would completely turn our current health debate in its head if others were willing to take the same level of responsibility with the state of their health as you have and use it as a roadmap back to living in connection with their bodies and the constant communication that they give us.

  5. For most of my life I arrogantly believed that illness and disease would leave me alone, that I was invincible. That all started to crash to the ground around me in my fifties when I was fortunate enough to meet Serge Benhayon who helped me to open my eyes and see how I was running my body. I now feel more healthy than I have felt since my teens.

  6. Absolutely Rachel, rather than endless trial of the current ideal and beliefs to improve our function health can be a deepening process of living the fullness of who we are.

  7. What a great topic, what is “health”? I was convinced that we were a very “healthy” family when I grew up, we ate health foods, knew about great food, organic, whole foods, we knew how to cook, we were vegetarians but we cooked like chefs and everything looked and tasted amazing. My brothers and sisters were all sporty and we looked fit and healthy. We had affirmation book by Louse L Hay that was like the family bible and I swore by it. I thought I could talk myself out of any illness. The truth was though, I did not have a relationship with my essence, I was lost and in the empty space, I was drawn to drugs, alcohol, weed and caffeine and sugar. I was drawn to these things at a young age and they dominated my life until I came across the teachings of Serge Benhayon and I was reminded of how beautiful it is to be me. I am so grateful that I now
    know true health and every day I discover more of what it truly means.

  8. Love this Rachel. How gorgeous to go through what you have to come to the realization that sicknesses are signposts to the choices you have made that have taken you away from who you truly are… allowing you to no longer seek disempowered but live with a deeper awareness of the movements you are making and then addressing them from both a conventional and complementary perspective to encompass the all and not just the parts.

  9. I agree Rachel that health is hard to define, it means different things to different people. There is no perfection in this world but with love we can do so much to ease the way in this life!

  10. The word ‘healthy’ carries many connotations and hidden meanings in today’s world. There are so many things that are said to be healthy that if one was relying on the information available one would be in utter confusion as many things contradict each other. Stepping off the ideal of what is healthy and back into the body I live in and gracefully allowing it to guide what it requires, when, has completely redefined what is healthy and has truly revealed just how much we have bastardised this word’s meaning.

  11. The closing sentence here ending with “the day I came home” is what inspired me to become a student of Universal Medicine, as I too felt the sense of coming home on meeting Serge Benhayon.

  12. I think the pursuit of anything where we have the belief we will reach a destination is a dangerously false ideal to have. There is always tension in life, always challenges, but it is how we respond to this without drama and with true care that defines the health and wellbeing we enjoy.

    1. We try to avoid the tension by cushioning ourselves in comfort but this is a head in the sand approach that leads to illness. As you say there will always be tension in life and it is best to embrace it than try to run from it.

      1. And of course Doug, the challenge is in embracing something that feels tense and uncomfortable, and I guess that is where we need to understand our lives and take a step back sometimes and appreciate where we are and what we have. It is easy to be glass half full, but what about the part of the glass we have filled, it is so often worth cherishing and from there life grows more abundant.

  13. I have had a warped sense of what health means growing up as well. Healthy to me meant being able to do whatever I wanted or needed to do and be able to do it, like being able to skip, jump, run, go to a friends house, play outside etc. When I would get sick I thought it was incredibly unfair and I really disliked being sick and couldn’t wait to get better. After meeting Serge Benhayon I felt like I woke up out of a slumber and started seeing what was there for the first time in my life. For years now how I see sickness or aches and pains is extremely different to what I used to, and instead I see them as powerful messages from my body and little sign posts to what I could pay more attention to.

  14. I love your definition of health, it feels good and wipes out the pictures that we have allowed to dominate our consciousness. It is definitely not about seeking perfection but rather about listening to everything our body tells us.

  15. Thank you Rachel, for this powerful presentation in which you have highlighted that we will never know what true health is unless will we embrace a loving connection to our bodies and being first. For our true health is not something that we attain from only focusing on what we put into our bodies, or the exercise regime we partake in, or lifestyles we submit ourselves to. Our true health emanates from a quality that already resides within us, our essence, and through developing a loving relationship with our bodies and being we discover that there is a great intelligence that already exists within waiting to guide us, knowing what will serve us best, where and how we need to heal, in order to freely live the vitality and well-being that is our natural way.

  16. Spot on Rachel and so eloquently expressed… our true health is a vitality long forgotten as adults and remembered only as something belonging to small children and babies. Equally forgotten is the connection and intimate relationship with our own inner being, the essential part of ourselves you refer to as the Divine spark. Re-kindle that, and we have vitality and a level of wellness most of us only dream about.

    1. Yes agree Jenny, true health is not just ticking a box, or about eating well and exercise, it is about a vitality and joy that is discovered when we connect and live the divinity we are.

  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?’ I would say yes it is for without trying to be healthy or get to feeling really good in my body, this has happened just because I too have been living this way. With deepening connection and growing awareness, being open and expressing as much as we can, telling the truth and observing life, letting it show us what is really going on, this all makes up for a life that is becoming clearer and more joyful all the time.

  18. A beautiful reminder that when we feel we are resisting the next level of love and the body is presenting signs of this resistance maybe in the way of depletion or exhaustion to not be judgemental or emotional with oneself but to accept and not fight where one is at… there is immense grace in choosing the latter for oneself.

  19. A great insight into true health Rachel, there is so much more to rediscover and understand about ourselves than we realise and being honest about our lifestyle choices and how we are truly feeling is the first step.

  20. ‘But I also see those sicknesses as signposts to the choices that have taken me away from who I truly am – the real illness.’ The war against yourself has definitely ended Rachel and true health is there to embrace, being all of you, living from your essence.

  21. I have noticed recently how much indulgence there is in our illnesses. As a society we talk about them and make them the focus of our lives and our conversations. This can, and usually does, get more intense as we get older. What if we were to bring that much energy and focus to holding our connection and living from our essence ‘, with no perfection, just love, acceptance and the deepening commitment to that?”

    1. We do indulge in illness and disease because it has become normalised to live in a society that sympathises and pities the victim. If we were to understand and accept that every illness and disease is created by our own doing because we simply do not want to live the love that we are we wouldn’t be able to get away with indulging feeling sorry for ourselves like we do today. Instead we would be supported to take responsibility for the way in which we choose to live our lives.

      1. You know when you’ve seen something that another does so clearly that you question what do you do that others can see so clearly but you haven’t. Well that’s how I see illness, disease, aches and pains, emotional issues etc., it can be so obvious why something is coming out of a body i.e. sneezing, mucus, coughing etc. but what I see and what I have done is in that moment we go into ‘I don’t know why I have this’ or ‘it is so unfair, why do these things happen to me all of the time?’ and we continue on the same merry-go-round until we stop and pay attention. Our body is like a loving parent that never judges or condemns our choices but through reflection shows us the truth.

  22. “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?” Beautiful Rachel. When we live all of who we are – and stay true to ourselves, then we can say we are truly healthy. The old adage that health is not merely the absence of disease doesn’t cut it any more.

    1. It ‘doesn’t cut it anymore’, very true Sue, because running our body with a belief that health is only if you don’t have any illness or disease or aches and pains really limits us and the awareness that is being offered to us by our bodies. This is illness in itself.

  23. ‘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?’ I love this definition of what health is and although it is simple we have lived so far from this way of being for so long that it can take a while to let go of the resistances and the things that we allow to get in the way. There’s no doubt that Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine are a great support in this regard.

  24. It is beautiful to feel our own connection to our body, and to understand fully what it is asking for, in order for us to support it with loving choices, because our body is a reflection of the choices we make.

  25. I know sometimes I have been unwell physically but have felt amazing on the inside and ‘more myself’, so it does seem to me that being healthy is a much deeper subject than just the absence of physical illness or disease.

  26. It is revealing to think how we can have an ideal or picture of what health should look like that actually results in us fighting our body rather than developing a deeper relationship with and awareness of it and appreciating what it communicates or we could say reflects back to us. Through Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon I’ve come to connect with and appreciate much more what my body shows me about the quality of energy behind my choices and how this impacts my wellbeing in every way and equally all around me.

  27. How you describe your pursuit of health Rachel is so familiar and one many of us pursue, out there searching for the solution / cure, wanting to fit into a particular view of how health should be, but it ignores a very crucial part which you talk of here, that our choices have lead us to the scenarios that we have and see (and we need to physically address and deal with these, but we also need to take responsibility and begin to see and feel that our choices have an impact on us and to begin to approach our lives and our health in a very different way, one which addresses both sides of the coin, our physical symptoms and the underlying causes and choices we make, and in that we play our part and do not leave it up to others to merely fix our symptoms while we do not deal with their cause.

  28. That true health starts with commitment is a revelation that seems to be missed by most of society consequently there is a eternal search outside oneself for a solution, rather than the internal awareness of this foundation

  29. I love this Rachel – “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?” – absolutely revelatory and so empowering to realise this too.

  30. For me true health is about an inner vitality that shone out, it is living our potential, with no rules, but with commitment to expressing who we are. I have noticed the more I am willing to express from the inside out, the more healthy I feel and live. We ave many ideas about what health means and it is great to expose these and open up a discussion concerning true health and what that is from a lived perspective.

  31. This is the most simple and comprehensive definition of health that I have come across – thank you Rachel! “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?”

  32. Interesting Rachel, how we can see the body being sick as something going wrong, or that there is something ‘wrong with me’ – I have had a similar experience of this when growing up – I seemed to be the one who always got sick in the family whilst everyone else was mostly untouched by the same things. It was hard not to think there was something wrong with me…I now realise that it was my body’s way of handling what was happening around me, and yes I may have had a more sensitive system to things, but it was also for me to take more responsibility in how I was with myself and my surroundings. As a child and as an adult, our body communicates to us all of the time, and really if we tune in and listen then the communication is actually not difficult to comprehend. The challenge can be to listen to it and then actually heed what we are feeling – such as go to bed early when tired rather than stay up late to watch TV, or to not eat a certain food because we know it makes us feel bloated or sore in the belly. For example, I used to dislike cheese as a child and teenager, but living in Switzerland at the time, it was one of the most common foods to be consumed and we would often go out for dinner and be served Fondue (melted cheese with sides of potatoes and pickles). I would eat what was served (to be polite) but would always be sick for a few days afterwards. Doing this several times in a row when my body was telling me this food does not suit me, was not great – after all, you can end up with digestive disorders, allergies, reduced immune capacity etc. And then to think that I thought there was something wrong with me? Wow – we don’t give ourselves a break do we? But the beauty of this is that we are always offered an opportunity to learn, no matter how many times we might make the choice that leads to the body suffering. In the end there is nothing ‘wrong’ with the body, there is only what is natural to us and what is in line with our essence or not.

  33. That little image at the end of this great article, no longer a ‘mouse on a wheel’ is a window into humanity’s predicament that, until that deep, true and healing connection with the inner heart is re-kindled, will always be there, turning and turning and literally going nowhere.

  34. It’s interesting that everything I thought was healthy wasn’t it. I used to think that if I ate certain foods and did certain amounts of exercise, then I would be healthy. This may be the case to some extent but it isn’t the whole picture by any means, and this is when I met Serge…I started to see and feel something else. I started to feel what was behind the choices I made and the responsibility I have as a human being. I saw my patterns of behaviour and the fact that just eating what I thought were the right foods wasn’t the answer, because that came from knowledge as opposed to feeling what my body needed to support itself. This in itself is flexible, constant ongoing process, not a hard and fast rule book.

  35. “The quality of a life lived from the innermost essence – its beauty, grace and absolute commitment” this example reflected by Serge Benhayon of how we can engage with and live life is a true inspiration. It shows up my previous idea of health which was a cliché of “a well functioning body with no symptoms” to be the caricature that it truly was.

  36. Health. The meaning of the word is so lost on us now. We have pictures of health. Tanned face smiling – make up on skin glowing. Health to us is what it looks like on the ad. But, as you’ve myth busted here – it’s not true. Health is not a picture, but a way of life, one that I dare say is not about eating lettuce only and running 10k. Being all of ourselves without apology is paramount to a healthy life. This however is still a notion while I put it in to practice, but I feel the truth in it 100%.

  37. This certainly beats ‘fasting’ for 2 weeks on carrot juice ( true) whilst riding 30 k a day on a bike AND having deep enemas everyday for weeks…. The things we did … in the name of health !!!

  38. Health is an ever evolving word for me, what might be healthy one year will no longer be enough the next. And that I guess is how health ties in with evolution, for we can only get healthier if we are evolving in the choice we make.

  39. “In pursuing this notion of health I entered into a war against myself.” This is a crucial point. Health-wise, people are not truly wise. There are infinite ways to trick oneself regarding actions, practices, choices that are supposedly healthy and good for us which in truth are not. Our health is a great thermometer of the extent to whether we are in war or in harmony with ourselves.

  40. We tend to think health is simply not being sick, but as you share Rachel, there is so much more to our whole health and not being sick is just part of it.

    1. It is true there is so much more to our whole health, in fact being sick can also be appreciated as part of our overall healthy expression, because it is showing us what needs attention. Rachel says it well: “I also see those sicknesses as signposts to the choices that have taken me away from who I truly am – the real illness.”

  41. “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?” A great question to ask Rachel, and one to make us stop and deeply consider. Do we measure our health on our physical symptoms and the limitations those symptoms put on our daily lives, or do we measure it against how much we live from all that we truly are? For many this may seem an odd concept, but for those who are rediscovering this to be true for themselves, there is no doubt that deepening the commitment to how we live and accepting who we are is the only way to true health.

  42. “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?” Living who we truly are – yet how many of us feel we have to strive to improve, do better or be perfect in all we do? Accepting who we truly are deep down – and addressing our hurts and the cause of our illnesses (not just treating symptoms) along the way is the way to living a healthy life.

  43. True health is not the absence of illness, but the presence of you in all you do, and completely in line with the physical body.

  44. True health is about honesty, I love that Bryony. There is a part of me that shies away from honesty although it believes itself to be very honest, because it knows that honesty will lead to its ceasing to exist.

  45. Spot on Rachel. I too have never seen a dedication to humanity so complete as that shown to me by Serge Benhayon, not done for any recognition but rather to show us that this is the way for us all to live and serve. Then we build a world that we would want to live in as opposed to the current one which surely most must wish to not be a part of.

  46. The part that stood out for me was about the connection to our bodies and then likewise to others. When I am presently feeling and aware of my body I feel much healthier, steadier, content and vital. When I connect with others from this place it’s like that feeling magnifies and when I am not connected or present, if I avoid people or entertain stories or judgements about them or myself I feel dull, drained, lifeless and sick. What if our true health relies on connection to ourselves and others and not in our lifestyle choices that separate us from our bodies and others?

  47. Great sharing of your experiences with seeking and understanding what is health, ‘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?’ I would say yes, it has to start with a deep level of commitment to ourselves and our bodies.

    1. Great expose on what health is and the two ways we might approach it and well summed up by Caroline.

      What Serge has been presenting about what is going on in the human frame has turned my perspective around so I am able to learn from my symptoms what it is I am doing or how I am being with myself, in the world that is hurting my body.

      This wisdom has supported me to feel my own truth and by doing so every area of my life has become more healthy.

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