Why Does Humanity Have Dementia?

By Richard Mills, Training Manager, Lightwater, Surrey UK

There is a tendency for us to look at a person who has an illness, disease or condition, and attribute the fact to the individual. This may be valid and perfectly understandable and there may well be individual factors – genes, lifestyle choices and the like – that make that person more susceptible to such things. Research into these factors is certainly very appropriate. But rather than looking at the person solely from the individual perspective, might we equally ask ourselves why do we have dementia? Or why do we have autism? Why do we have cancer or diabetes?

Do we only take note of particular situations when they begin to affect us directly, or someone close to us? Maybe it would be helpful if we looked at humanity as one body rather than as the 7.5 billion individual people we currently see ourselves as. What is the increase in breast cancer telling us as a race? What is the incidence of prostate cancer in men saying to all men? What does autism tell us about how we are living? Or heart disease? How would life look if we accepted that as well as our individual bodies, we are also part of One Body that is all of us together?

The notion that we live life in isolation from each other allows us free reign to act independently and to live in a way such that we are only responsible for ourselves. It is however, almost impossible to truly live in isolation from others, such is the interdependent nature of our lives. In fact, whether we are aware of it or not, we all have a deep inner sense of togetherness, of family and of being part of a whole that is greater than us.

What if we were all to accept responsibility for dementia, even if we do not have it or we just know someone who has it? Can we accept responsibility for dementia because there is dementia in humanity? Could we all accept responsibility as a race for the fact that ‘we’ have autism? What if we were to all accept responsibility for the fact that ‘we’ as a race have cancer or whatever other illness, disease or condition you care to name?

If we are willing to accept such responsibility in our lives the obvious question that arises is, what do we do about it? We feel helpless because we don’t know what the answers are – other than those treatments our amazing medical professions have already discovered. Is accepting responsibility just doing nothing though? It all feels very different when we come together as one body and accept responsibility for what is happening to us. We remove the individuality from the situation and come together and this is living responsibly. This is embracing those with the conditions and is in fact an act of Love. When we do accept responsibility, we are empowered to make different choices in our lives and in how we live.

Might the individuality actually be part of the problem in the first place – the fact that I feel individual and cut off from the one body of beings that I am in truth a part of? Might our disconnection from this ‘body’ actually mean that we are more susceptible to these conditions?

We have not experienced what it is like to act as one body of humanity in recorded history. We have examples of what can happen when we do work together to defeat a common enemy. Odd as it may seem, people who have lived through wars speak fondly of the togetherness felt as people unified against a common threat. Perhaps we need to look at illness and disease in this way, as a call to unite and to live responsibly.

Serge Benhayon proposes that:

‘. . . if everything is energy, therefore everything is because of energy.’ (Serge Benhayon)

What is the energy of humanity? What energy do we choose to align with and thereby contribute to creating? What ‘energetic’ ocean do we choose to swim in? Is our combined energy part of the problem that is illness and disease? Are we then all responsible for illness and disease whether it manifests in our individual body or not?

If we look at the content of the internet to get a reflection of where we are as a body of people, or if we consider our illness and disease rates, divorce figures, crime statistics, wars, domestic violence, modern day slavery, drug and alcohol use, obesity etc., we can see that we have some serious issues in our world. Are we truly living responsibly? Is life just about our individual existence or are we equally responsible for the greater whole that we are surely a part of? What if we were to choose to live more responsibly so we have a world where we embrace our unity, our brotherhood and our innate connection with each other? We’ve tried living in separation and it hasn’t worked. What if we were to practise living in Oneness instead?


Read more:

  1. Dementia – what is really going on? 
  2. Dementia – is it truly a mystery? 
  3. One plus one equals three. 

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1,012 thoughts on “Why Does Humanity Have Dementia?

  1. The moment I realised that my thoughts and behaviours had a direct impact in the whole pool of energy I’m in with everyone, I couldn’t continue doing certain things. Not only because they were harming to me, but because that harm would reach everyone instantly. Taking responsibility and cut off the pollution that may come from us, brings order and healing for all of us.

  2. What if we all took responsibility for the fact that we have the various illnesses and diseases we have? First we’d have to break down the beliefs that such a responsibility is ‘someone else’s job’ and that ‘my life doesn’t affect others’ We do not live in little bubbles and the sooner those bubbles are lanced the better.

  3. This really stopped me in my tracks Richard
    “What is the energy of humanity? What energy do we choose to align with and thereby contribute to creating? What ‘energetic’ ocean do we choose to swim in? Is our combined energy part of the problem that is illness and disease? Are we then all responsible for illness and disease whether it manifests in our individual body or not? ”
    To be honest it feels as though we are all swimming in a cesspool which is why we are getting so sick, is it possible we are reacting to the fact that this is not the way we should be living but are seemingly incapable of living differently as we follow like sheep. We have set up our society in such a way that if anyone questions the manner in which we live they are immediately set upon and ostracized.

  4. Richard, you posed an interesting question, ‘why does humanity have dementia’? This wasn’t such an issue back in the ‘olden days’ when mod cons seldom existed or were affordable for the rich only.

    We have much to learn about illness and diseases and everyone contributes to it, especially what we do to our own bodies. We need each other, it feels awful when we are separated, so there are no reasons to fight and be against each other.

    And another good question, ‘what energetic ocean do we chose to swim in?’ The ocean of emotions or the ocean of oneness? I know which I would rather be in…

  5. “There is only actually One of us”. I really like this statement. It claims boldly the truth and if we allow ourselves to feel it we cannot continue to believe we are separate from each other and do not impact each other greatly.

  6. I love this blog at its powerful suggestion that what affects one of us affects all of us and anything therefore that affects one of us is the concern of us all.

    1. We are all so concerned about ourselves and basically most of us couldn’t give a monkey’s about much that doesn’t affect us directly. This very narrow minded view is based purely on the illusion of creation, which is that we are individuals in our own right, walking around independently from one another and making decisions that affect no one but ourselves. This belief, we will realise in time is a big fat lie, a lie that we actually know deep down is a lie but it suits us currently to pretend that we don’t have a clue as to what’s really going on. And so on we shall go until enough people re-connect to the truth of who we all are which they will reach through their re-connection back to themselves. And that truth is that we are the United Consciousness of God and therefore there is actually only One of us.

  7. We all contribute to this energetic ocean that we all swim in. We like to think that some things have nothing to do with us as an individual, but if we look at ourselves as a collective, everything has got everything to do with us.

    1. Fumiyo, most of us live in ignorance, thinking it is everyone else’s responsibility and yet it is the opposite.

      Where I work, there has been a shift between our work colleagues following a 50th birthday party, where many of the work colleagues attended and had fun, they saw each other outside of work. What eventuated afterwards was a togetherness, a love and care for each other, without perfection. Yes we still have the professional boundaries but that doesn’t prevent us from working together though. Now that is true, developing one family coming together for a purpose, and that is to provide a service.

  8. There does seem to be an increase in illness and disease these days which surely must be an indication that we have lost our way. It makes sense that if we are disconnected from ourselves and withdrawn from life, then mental issues are going to follow or be a result of our choices.

  9. I love the questions that you ask Richard. Questions that we should all be asking but few if any are. These questions are calling us to take greater care for ourselves and lift our level of responsibility which is much needed and way overdue.

  10. It’s actually inspiring to consider I am part of one big body as a one humanity, and look at the trends that are happening with illness and disease, behaviours, etc, and consider what that is communicating about the way we live, and more so the beauty and depth we are as souls and human beings but are not yet living. This offers greater insight into the way I can live to raise the standards and offer a reflection of another way to be in life that is soulful and supportive to the body.

  11. It is very obvious, that so many of us live in separation to everyone else, hiding behind our brick walls, both figuratively and literally, so it is any wonder that we are replicating this in the way we live, in separation to ourselves? It makes sense, that if we live life in separation to ourselves that there may come a time when we lose the choice to reconnect to who we are, and so that separation becomes permanent; this we know today as dementia.

  12. It is easy to leap to the conclusion that dementia has always been with us but has it? Surely the key to focus on is the huge growth in numbers of sufferers and the vast cost to society of caring for these.

  13. I like the fact that you have asked why humanity has dementia, even just in this question you are already raising the standards for seeking the answers to some of our greatest challenges.

  14. It can be quite a horrific experience to watch someone we love slowly withdraw to the point they cannot even remember who their loved ones are. The fact that so many of us suffer from dementia as we age is a sign that there is something alarming harmful about the way we live en masse. In our true resting state we are Oneness and for the time being we are a gigantic organism called ‘humanity’ that are here on Earth to learn the damage we cause when we allow ourselves to become divided not only from each other but also deep within ourselves. It is this separation that leads to all human created ills for it is the separation of us from our true breath – the divinity we each in essence are. Reconnecting to the depth and warmth of the love we are is the only way back from our dark and deeply disconnected slumber.

    1. I love the temporal perspective you bring to this Liane. ‘For the time being….’ yes and until we learn the devastation that separation and individuality create. We have a very grand responsibility here, to live in a way that is healing for all. Humanity, heal thyself.

  15. “Are we then all responsible for illness and disease whether it manifests in our individual body or not?” I like this call to accountability because the way we live has a big impact and either supports someone to live a loving life or actually gives me an excuse to not live a loving life. Our reflection is far more powerful than we think it is.

  16. “When we do accept responsibility, we are empowered to make different choices in our lives and in how we live.” – aah the joy of responsibility and what it offers. And interestingly, what if the reason that we avoid responsibility is because we dont want to know that we can actually make difference choices in how we live.

  17. “Odd as it may seem, people who have lived through wars speak fondly of the togetherness felt as people unified against a common threat. Perhaps we need to look at illness and disease in this way, as a call to unite and to live responsibly.” This is a great and I feel pertinent point you raise here, Richard. What if this were the case, and we understood that the way we live and relate to each other had equal relevance to how healthy or sick we were? Amazing that we could actually have the power to change our own health right under our noses, already within us.

  18. Really this is a very good question… What is the disposition of humanity now… Imagine a global census where everyone really told the truth of how they felt

    1. It is devastating to feel where we are really at, however it is a necessary part of the process that will help resurrect us out of the mud of our human-created existence and back into the warmth of Heaven lived here on Earth.

  19. Separation is a big problem because there we can go and say that is the other person and it does not concern me. Until we do get the same illness and then we pay maybe attention. What you are presenting here is that we can learn and grow before it happens by observing how we are living and what could cause this disease.

  20. I love how we can look at illnesses and diseases as a social responsibility, a collective way of living and of being with each other. Because this means that we, as a world wide race of humans, have the power to change what I see happening.

  21. It is true that if we are not experiencing something first hand it is easy to dismiss it as being someone else’s problem but when we look at things from the whole, we as a humanity are not doing that great, in fact, we are in a bad state of health in every aspect of life.

  22. To pollute our own body pollutes of the ‘One Body’ that is humanity, this brings a whole new level of purpose and responsibility to life.

    1. Yes when we know everything is energy and thus that we are energy too it is undeniable that we are in fact ‘One Body’ and if we are not taking care of ourselves this will be like one cell in our body not functioning well and we know this can cause illness and disease.

  23. I wonder if the human race had dementia two thousand years ago. Personally I doubt it was a big thing if it existed at all. Back then did they sit around staring at various sizes of screens for hours every day? We know they didn’t. Could there be a link between the two?

  24. We are so driven as the individual that we have not stopped to take stock of how we all impact one another. The impact of dementia is affecting us all whether it be someone you know or the care of someone with this dementia. The more we feed the separation and disconnect the more we will feel the impact of our community choices.

  25. Good question, yesterday I was thinking that with the amount of distraction and disconnection invited by the use of mobile devices we are starting to have signs of dementia a lot earlier. Going into a room and forgetting why we went in there, forgetting our thought mid-sentence, not being able to pay attention to what a person is saying, not remembering a situation where we were clearly physically present and so on. These are all early signs of developing dementia, a warning sign for us all on our path to the elderly life.

    1. There has never been a more crucial time to commit to being consciously present in everything we do. And the pay-off is, that it feels delightful.

    2. Well observed Viktoria, always serves to reflect on our own movements and especially how often during a single day we check out. ‘Going into a room and forgetting why we went in there’ is one I can relate to. Remembering names is another. I live and work in a residential village community, when I share a lift with others I usually introduce myself and ask them for their name. Making an association to the name given helps me recall it when I next meet them.

      1. That’s interesting, yes associations do help remember because in that moment we are present. To make the association we have to connect to whats going on around us & within us so that what’s happened remains in our consciousness.

  26. Richard, what you are saying here makes a lot of sense. How can we complain about something like war when we fight at home with our partner? How can we complain about rape when we use sex to relieve our stress and tension built up during a difficult work day or week? How can we complain about our kids walking around like zombies with their cell phones when we then stay up all night watching TV shows or movies? Once we deal with the ways in which we allow these things into our own lives, they will naturally fall by the wayside world wide because we have no longer said yes to them.

    1. This reminds me of ‘talking the walk’ The only way to inspire others is through our living way: once we live it we can talk about it, never before.

  27. “whether we are aware of it or not, we all have a deep inner sense of togetherness,” The fact that we all as a one humanity are responsible for the ills of the world is something to ponder on and reveals the shared responsibility we have to live together in harmony to heal the collective dementia and woes of the world.

  28. Richard, I’ve had to read this again to fully receive the wisdom of your expression, If we are all one body, then we are all have the illnesses and disease that abound and are equally responsible for them. With this awareness, it’s possible to understand that how we live and care for our body affects every other human being. When we removing self (individual) and focus the all, life becomes truly purposeful.

    1. When I consider the possibility that the way I live might be part of the cause of another’s suffering it is very humbling indeed and is something I cannot easily ignore. In addition, I find living with this ultimate ‘energetic responsibility’ a very beautiful experience and one that is honouring of all others.

      1. Energetic responsibility brings home the truth of who we are: all part of one human body, each one of our actions contributes to the ultimate health of the whole.

  29. I really like this idea you present here Richard of all of humanity being one body and if we look at it like this then as a species or one collective race of beings, our ‘body’ is very dis-eased and is very ill. This should make us stop and pay attention and start asking why.

    1. I often ponder how I would choose to live differently if I was aware that everything I do has a wider impact on everyone else. It’s not unlike passive smoking. How would it be if as a parent, you knew that when you drink alcohol, your children suffer because of it? Or even a total stranger – if there is such a thing – round the other side of the world. It certainly makes me stop and consider the responsibility I have to the all we live within and are part of.

      1. The term ‘island mentality’ sums the way most of us live, with oceans of unawareness separating us from other human beings. Interesting to note one theory that says before the Ice Age, the earth was a single land mass, known as Pangaea not separated into seven individual continents. As human beings we are only now beginning to remember the true nature of our existence as unified and one, not separate and individual.

  30. There are many things in the life of human that we are accepting as normal and say ‘that’s what happens’ but we could certainly do without. And we’ve been at it for many many years, repeating and reinforcing the downward spiral for years, and we keep lowering the bar to say ‘That’s normal’. What if there’s something not quite right in the basis of how we stand as a race of beings? Like, a flower standing with its back to the sun, looking the other way, blocking itself from the limitless abundance of light with its own shadow?

  31. “Are we then all responsible for illness and disease whether it manifests in our individual body or not? ” This is a sobering question to ponder on. Responsibility is key – and one humanity shies away from – witness the huge rise in avoidable disease, like diabetes, obesity, heart attacks etc.

    1. I wonder if we have fallen for a false notion of responsibility. So many of us shy away from it as you say sueq2012 – but are we shying away from the idea that responsibility is an enormous and overwhelming burden…or are we aware that it is in fact the path to true power? Perhaps we do know that it is the path to true power and we are shying away from that. Worth pondering.

  32. ‘When we do accept responsibility, we are empowered to make different choices in our lives and in how we live.’ Absolutely because when we take responsibility we know if something we do is healing or harming, and that every action or movement we make has an affect on all those around us too.

  33. ‘How would life look if we accepted that as well as our individual bodies, we are also part of One Body that is all of us together?’ This is such a different point of view. It means I cannot only think about myself and just do what I want. I would have to consider that every action I take, every thought I have and every movement I make has an impact on others and that I am equally responsible for what is happening in the world.

    1. Such responsibility can appear to be onerous. But, what I feel is that the greater the responsibility, the greater access we have to our power. The two are innately connected it seems.

  34. We often ask ‘why me?’ but not ‘why this disease, at this particular time, and how have I been living to have caused this in my body?’ Until we’re prepared to go there and ask ourselves those deeper questions, we’re still going to be scratching around on the surface looking for fix-it solutions and ways to improve our lives from the outside – instead of getting really honest about how we’re living, how we are with our relationships, our emotions, and life itself – and how all of this has an impact on our bodies.

    1. I can relate to what you write here. We often look outside ourselves and what things need fixed from the outside instead of taking a look at ourselves and first consider our part in it. We can do this with any relationship, ie. want the other to change, so it makes sense we do it with our body too. That is what I love about Universal Medicine, it empowers you to see the impact of each and every choice we make on ourselves and others and offers you to make different choices if you want to.

      1. Taking such an absolute level of responsibility for our lives may seem onerous but it is also truly empowering.

    2. So true Bryony. We love to look outside and blame others, the weather, our doctor, our genes, as if we have no choice. I know many women who, after dealing and healing from their breast cancer just want to return to their old ‘normal’ way of life. Yet it is that very way of living that contributed to their disease in the first place. Conventional doctors don’t go there at all. So much prevention by way of education could occur in a doctor’s surgery – to at least point the way. So living as a reflection is one way we as individuals can be an example of a more healthy way of living to those around us.

  35. Yes, please to this suggestion: ‘We’ve tried living in separation and it hasn’t worked. What if we were to practise living in Oneness instead?’ And at the same time I realize it is a big shift from being, feeling and living as individuals to feeling the oneness, taking responsibility for that and acting accordingly.

  36. ‘We have not experienced what it is like to act as one body of humanity in recorded history.’ And yet we somehow all know what it is to live together in harmony and oneness, because where we actually come from the one body of God there is nothing else than this.

  37. It would be very interesting to know whether in times of old dementia existed and in what numbers. I suspect that it didn’t and is entirely caused by how we live in todays’ world. I wonder when the first case was diagnosed? This would be a fascinating area to research.

  38. When we choose to be gone from the moment, we choose to escape life and therefore it is only logical that practicing this throughout our lives will leave us in a state where we are completely gone from our bodies.

  39. If we are willing to take an honest look at how we are moving and living as humanity, we would have to say that generally we move without love at the heart of all we do, and as a consequence we do so indulging in satisfying our thirst for individuality as a priority regardless of the impact on our body and the large body of humanity we are part of. This is a brilliant expose Richard, with much for us to consider as there is far more to how we live than what we currently give our focus to. The willingness to explore what it means to live a life that is in connection to a quality of energy or vibration that represents all that we are in essence, is what brings a greater awareness of the responsibility and impact we all have through the way we live, all of which offers us the opportunity to live as a humanity in greater harmony with ourselves, our bodies and each other.

    1. The future is looking bleak if we are seeing more of our youth choosing to check out with the myriad of opportunities that society offers them.

      1. Depends how far you look into the future really. If we look far enough into the future then we’ll see that it’s a given that we will all eventually return to the truth of who we all are. Thankfully our full return is guaranteed, it’s simply a question of when.

    2. I agree, it is horrendous and very scary the amount of checking out our youngsters do these days and the more intense life gets as it is, the more they will check out. Dementia will grow and grow and start earlier and earlier unless we start to change things.

    3. I agree, very revealing indeed when I feel how young people can’t stay focussed for long, check out and need constant stimulation. Reconnection to ourselves and our own bodies should be on the front page of the newspaper.

  40. We need to take responsibility for everything in our lives and not just the parts that we like. When we avoid the things that challenge us then that produces a disconnection, which leads to checking out. Any form of checking out is a disharmony in the body because the body relishes being connected with.

    1. I can say categorically from my own experience that it wasn’t so much that I checked out, it’s much more accurate to say that I was checked out, as in permanently. I lived in a permanently checked out state for most of my teenage years and most of my adult years. Yes sure, the ways that I checked out changed but the constant theme of not being with myself was always there even when I was doing things, like yoga, which I swore blind were connecting me. It’s a cunning ploy of the falsity of life to feed us things to make us feel like we’re connecting to ourselves whilst all the while leading us away from the truth of who we all are.

  41. “Maybe it would be helpful if we looked at humanity as one body rather than as the 7.5 billion individual people we currently see ourselves as” – I love this point and completely agree. Rather than seeing all of the countries in the world and people that make up the populations of those countries as separate, how would it look if we saw ourselves as a one humanity, and thus greater understood that our purpose is to not only evolve ourselves but our fellow members of the community?

  42. I can say that I haven’t chosen to take responsibility for why humanity has all the afflictions we can clearly see and the ones we cannot see such as the general feelings of unease and misery. “It’s too big!” my mind was saying while reading this. But that’s a great place to start, getting rid of these beliefs that “It’s too big” because I do know that how I live does create a ripple effect in those around me and dismissing this actually has an impact that I can feel on my body.

    1. A great example of this is in an office environment. When one person has a temper tantrum, no matter how small, the whole office and its inhabitants is affected. You can literally feel people contract and the atmosphere is horrible to feel. We do feel the tension but sit there and pretend that we are ok and that what’s going on does not affect us.

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