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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974 thoughts on “Why Does Humanity Have Dementia?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. “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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. “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.

  13. ‘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.

  14. ‘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.

  15. 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.

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. ‘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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

    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.

  21. 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.

  22. “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?

  23. 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.

  24. There are some towns that I walk through, and it feels that some people are on that slippery slope of checking out, of disconnection that leads inevitably, irrevocably to that final disconnection of dementia.

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