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:

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  2. Dementia – is it truly a mystery? 
  3. One plus one equals three. 

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1,011 thoughts on “Why Does Humanity Have Dementia?

  1. 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.

    1. ‘Some towns’! Chris I would gently suggest that pretty much our entire planet or at least the ‘civilised’ part of it has gone AWOL! Life is one long excursion into the Land of Not Here and I am saying this not in judgement but from the lived experience of being totally checked out for most of my life. And it’s not as if I was checked out and nobody else was, it’s that my checked out state was mirrored at every turn and pretty much everything that I chose to do supported me to stay in my pre-chosen state of dis-connection.

  2. When we live apart from the whole we are a part of, we become ‘a part’ – a tiny isolated fragment that has drifted so far off course it cannot (will not) see the stupendous universal wisdom we belong to, that lives deep within us all. One day we will understand that all illness and disease has its root cause in this separation and thus true healing begins when we reunite this fragment (spirit) with the greater all that is our Soul.

    1. “When we live apart from the whole we are a part of, we become ‘a part’”. The ridiculous thing is that we can never live apart from the whole because we are a part of the whole, all that we can truly ever do is to live in a way that pretends that we are not part of the whole.

  3. Thank you Richard… Even more figures released in Australia last week make daunting reading… It certainly is time for ‘Pre-Dementia’ workshops… more later …:-)

    1. Interesting impulse Chris. I have been out singing with a group of elderly people with Dementia this afternoon. Very healing for sure.

  4. When we lose our purpose in life we no longer feel the pull to connect, and computer and TV screens become our companion and reason for being. We gradually extract ourselves from humanity, and it is this withdraw from life that can bring on the onset of Dementia, and could possible be the reason why we are seeing it in much younger people than ever before.

    1. Strange that we think we are connecting when we go onto the internet or watch the TV, but ultimately we are actually extracting ourselves as you say and becoming more and more withdrawn. Could the distraction of internet and TV be the reason we do not feel the pull to connect?

  5. With the internet now, there is nothing, that is not accessible and sights that have videos that will show you step by step instructions to do whatever you require. But, it can’t show you what it is like to live a life in oneness.

  6. So true – we see illnesses and diseases and in fact any other occurrences in our life as a personal affair, but never as something that is happening therefore affecting everything in the entire Universe. If we start thinking like that, it certainly asks for our self-responsibility.

  7. I love the collective perspective you are presenting here Richard. Why as a humanity do we indeed have dementia, autism and a whole host of other ills? It is a question that we need to be asking as I know that it is one we don’t. We look out at others and count ourselves fortunate if we don’t have a condition but we certainly don’t stop to ask how we contribute to those ills in society or how we affect others through our own choices.

  8. Richard you raise some great questions here ‘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? If we truly live responsibly we would understand that any individualism comes from separation and when we live in brotherhood we live in respect and for the good of everyone.

  9. What a great exploration of what may be going on in relation to this illness dementia. Definitely we need to consider our choices and our quality in life.

  10. Great questions Richard and with the increasing rate of so many diseases like cancer and diabetes it is becoming an issue for all of us so it makes sense that we view it as something that is affecting us all and thus find a collective way to approach it that supports those who are actually directly suffering. This is poignant in the case of obesity because there is a lot of judgement around people having a lack of willpower but we need to look at how we can increase awareness that it is much deeper than that and people have made choices that have led to them being overweight but they might not be the choices that those who sit in judgement of them expect. The more we come together to support those who are suffering illness and disease of any kind the more we will start to live in brotherhood.

    1. Love this Helen – a deeper understanding is crucial as there is always more at play than is apparent on the surface and these things are not just the ‘problem’ for those with the condition but a symptom of humanities wayward choices.

    2. Illness and disease does affect us all doesn’t it – whether we are actually ill ourselves or not. If we don’t have cancer, or know someone who has cancer, it doesn’t mean we can ignore it. We are aware that there is cancer, there is diabetes, there is dementia and hence illness and disease is a reality we all face. We live with the awareness of illness and disease constantly in our lives and innately we know that its presence is ‘communicating’ something to us. One of the key messages I feel we get from illness and disease is that we are not living harmoniously and that we need to renew the foundations of our way of living so that harmony becomes our way – which is clearly not the case as things stand.

  11. “We remove the individuality from the situation and come together and this is living responsibly.” So we don’t actually have to ‘do’ anything. It is simply a matter of moving in life from this responsibility, with the knowing we are not individuals and if one person is sick then we are all responsible. Our contribution to the whole matters and will influence others to either add to the sickness of humanity or to add to the reflection showing there is another way – not feeding illness and disease.

    1. I just get the sense that with this level of responsibility lived, we would inevitably be a more loving and hence a very different society.

  12. A pivotal question Richard, “Might our disconnection from this ‘body’ actually mean that we are more susceptible to these conditions?” which raises the follow-on question; Might our disconnection from our own bodies actually mean that we are more susceptible to these conditions?

  13. If we consider that we all live in the same energetic ocean then it’s easy to see how we all have an impact on one another with the ripples we are constantly making. And whilst we can’t control or fix another (and nor should we seek to) we can make a big difference to the whole of us and truly support one another by taking responsibility for the quality of ripples that we leave in our wake, through attending to the way that we live.

  14. To accept that we are a part of a one body that is all of us living together would mean letting go of so many factors in life that form such great parts of life – such as nationality, religion, skin colour, class, etc. We have so many ways to distinguish ourselves away from each other I wonder how all of these barriers could ever be taken down and for true harmony to be lived throughout each and every part of our land, and indeed if this is actually even the goal, or if there is something greater waiting for us, something that is beyond the love we can feel here on earth, a universal intelligence perhaps to which we can all return and then really begin to experience unity and brotherhood.

  15. Re-reading this blog this evening after attending an afternoon meeting today regarding dementia it is apparent just how far from asking for the truth on this society currently is, instead looking for solutions and treatments to not have to take responsibility. Great reminder of what it’s all about Richard.

  16. Might our disconnection from this ‘body’ actually mean that we are more susceptible to these conditions? From the understanding I get from Serge’s presentations on energy and being vehicles of energy, I would say, absolutely. If we choose to not be responsible for our bodies and what we are letting in because we have given up on the world and ourselves, then we are open to energies that can turn us into totally different people.

    1. And equally, if we are disconnected from the ‘one body’ that is all of us together – the body of humanity – it is likely that the same applies.

  17. When I walk around in the supermarket I hear so many people talking about their own illness or disease, their treatments and if the other person already knows that such and so has cancer or had a stroke or any other condition. We spend hours and hours of talking without a true conversation where we start to ask the questions you pose here Richard, about accepting the responsibility we all have in regard of how we are as humans all together.

    1. We have accepted the conditioning that says we are responsible for ourselves only. Maybe it is time to have another look at these conditions we have taken on and question their truth.

      1. Absolutely. We have fallen into the trap of believing that we can be ill in what ever way we like and it won’t affect anyone. Therefore self-responsibility is non existent. If there was a common understanding that what we do affects everyone else our choices might be far different. But then again we would have to decide that we actually care.

  18. When a condition, illness or dis-ease takes place it is not only till it effects us directly or someone that you know do we even consider that there is an issue at all. I love how this calls us to take responsibility even if we are not directly involved because in-truth we are involved as we are a part of humanity. Call out how we are living that is not of harmony and presenting this lovingly is super important when we see it.

  19. ” We’ve tried living in separation and it hasn’t worked. What if we were to practise living in Oneness instead?”
    Is it possible we are living in oneness but do not want to accept it and the fighting of this truth brings the
    separation of illness and disease?
    A simple example would be if a person creates pollution in their kitchen does everyone get affected by this,
    in truth yes.

  20. We as individuals and as a race do not really feel comfortable with questions such as what is this condition telling us (as an individual)? What is the fact that so many of us suffer from it is telling us (as a collective)? Yet, these are tremendously pertinent questions since these conditions and the amount of people suffering from them are indeed telling us something important about us, about how we are living and about the effects of that on ourselves. The fact that we prefer not to go there, though, is pretty revealing of the fact that we prefer to blindness because only that can help us to live in a way that is irresponsible.

    1. ‘Ignorance is bliss’ so it is said. But equally I say ‘awareness is joy-full’. It takes responsibility to achieve awareness, but it is well worth the effort.

      1. ‘Ignorance is bliss’ until the repercussions of this chosen state of numbness and denial of our divinity catch up with us and bite us on the behind, so to speak. Then ignorance is not so tasty but rather is tasted for the poison it actually is.

  21. “We’ve tried living in separation and it hasn’t worked. What if we were to practise living in Oneness instead?” Clearly the way we have tried living hasn’t worked… to live a wise alternative as, ‘oneness’ would make sense. There don’t seem to be many other options that would support humanity to halt illness, disease, war and conflict.

  22. “We’ve tried living in separation and it hasn’t worked. What if we were to practise living in Oneness instead?” A great point Richard. I can start with me – taking responsibility. Witnessing a wise man and his family living in connection inspired me to make changes in my life. We can all then also inspire around us. Thus the world can change – one step at a time.

  23. You make a great point here Richard, we are not as society, as a race of beings looking at why we have such diseases. Its only when we all take a collective responsibility will this begin to truly change.

    1. Makes sense doesn’t it Samantha. Even on the micro scale when people come together to work in harmony we feel such a difference – so I sense it would be absolutely ‘spectacular’ on a global scale.

  24. We can turn a blind eye to conditions if they don’t seem to affect us in our immediate sphere of friends/ colleagues/ family but I think it’s innate in us to truly care about one another and want to understand more deeply just why we have the levels of illness and disease that we do and how we can make a difference through the way that we live our life – the quality that we bring to how we work, care for ourselves and are in relationship with everyone in our life.

    1. I agree Fiona – yes it is innate in us to truly care about one another…and perhaps be love and love one another too.

  25. Modern medicine is practiced a lot like that with someone looking after our heart, another person looking after our kidneys, another looking after our diabetes and yet another looking after our skin rashes, and that is only the beginning of things that can we happening for us! Surely we have to stop and see that there is something fundamentally wrong with all of this, first that people are living with so much illness in their bodies and secondly that we divide our bodies into sections like that. There is something that we have subscribed in the way that we live that simply does not make sense.

  26. Looking at humanity as a whole rather than as individuals is a great point and equally applies to everything where we look at the parts rather than the whole. As the example you give of wartime, Richard, what a difference it would make if we looked at the whole picture, regarding all the parts of equal significance instead of some being more important than others.

    1. I get a rather comical image of people choosing to take care of some parts of their bodies but not others – as if ‘today, I am looking after my big toe’…but not the rest of me. Silly I know, but as you say jstewart51, it makes a big difference when we look at the whole picture in the awareness that everything is of equal significance.

      1. Not so silly, Richard. What happens when someone injures themselves or gets an illness? They look at that part that is injured or sick but not the whole body, nor the context in how they have lived, their choices and their relationship with others. In fact, in reality that is exactly what people do – look at one part of their body or aspect of their life and believe that if they get that sorted in isolation to the whole then everything will get sorted.

  27. A very well written article that, if felt in full brings one to a massive stop in our lives. Could how I live, behave in and contribute to society affect the whole world? Do I have a responsibility here that is beyond what I may have considered? But can the responsibility be as simple as taking loving, tender care of our bodies? Something many are devoid of knowing about let alone doing, and our choice to do so brings a level of regard back to all.

    1. What if – rather like passive smoking – our choices affect others? What if passive aggression affects others just the same way as physical violence does? If we knew that our lifestyle choices affect those that we love and hold most dear, what would we choose to do differently? And if we would choose to do it for them, why not choose to do it for ourselves and hold ourselves in that same level of love?

  28. It is an interesting change of perspective to question why humanity has the diseases that it has. Medicine back in its roots would have asked such questions and knew the answers, but we have moved far far away from such understanding. Esoteric Medicine recently reintroduced by Serge Benhayon offers us the answers to such questions, but are we ready to listen? The answers require a degree of responsibility from us we have long avoided.

  29. If there were aliens that were more advanced than us observing the earth, I can’t imagine that they would want to make contact with us when they observe how separate we are and how we treat each other, with all the wars and separative religions and races. It is way past time we realised that the way we are living in such separation does not work and never has and never will.

  30. Is it possible that when we choose to go against the innate love that is within and around us, then we start to create the disharmony that becomes illness and disease? If we accept that love is our nature, and we choose to live in loveless ways, it seems to me that this is quite possible.

    1. More than a possibility, when you feel it, it feels a certainty that choosing or allowing disharmony in the body will make us ill. With 95% of the population ill in some way or other, the evidence is stacked up.

  31. This is a thought provoking sharing Richard! I can see that there would be a huge shift in our way of relating to each other if we took the view you share of seeing us all as one, the truth of who we are.

  32. “…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? …” If this were to happen, I’m sure the level of tension, anxiety, greed, anger would drop away and there wold be more harmony in our world.
    More harmony = less dis-ease.

    1. “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?” then we would eventually get to the point where we all remembered that our purpose here on Earth is to be the living reflections of God. Each of us reflecting His magnificence in a slightly different way but reflecting Him none the less.

  33. Illness on an individual level or illness collectively as a society, community, humanity. We love to look at the individual because it dramatises without responsibility. We can see one person and convince ourselves the problem is not that bad, it’s just bad luck. But if we can accept that luck is not a part of the problem then that would be the first step to actually seeing what the problem is, and what illness is showing us in our communities about how we live, and the harm we cause one another with how we interact and the choices we make that have a negative effect on us all.

    1. There is a big question here about the bounds of our own responsibility. Are we simply responsible for ourselves and if we are ok, we feel we have done our bit…or does true responsibility extend beyond to our collective wellbeing? The ‘I’m alright Jack’ approach to life has never really worked. We need to see how working together in the truest of ways supports our health and wellbeing.

  34. Perhaps, maybe, if we as a human race were to accept the responsibility for the fact of having all these illnesses and diseases, then what would naturally follow is to accept the fact that we can also rid our bodies of them and maybe this is what we are all truly avoiding? What if by the way that we are living on a collective global scale which is producing so much illness and disease is actually an act of irresponsibility to avoid seeing or experiencing the harmony that is truly and deeply possible?

  35. ‘Are we then all responsible for illness and disease whether it manifests in our individual body or not?’ This is a good point to ponder on and maybe the reason why people usually sympathise with those who get sick, as then we can see in others the result of similar choices to ours.

  36. Richard we often ask why someone we knows has an illness or disease but very rarely do we open that up to ask why society as a whole has such a condition, why we even have that illness and what stands out so strong is that it is only by doing that do we get to understand what is truly behind any condition, therefore how can we heal any condition.

  37. It is clear from the disease and disharmony that permeates every corner of the globe that our separated existence has not served our ability to address the issues we endure personally or as a whole. We swim in an energetic ocean of harmful choices of varying degrees of which we are not innocent of contributing to and are responsible for the part we play in the whole…. For the suffering in any form to abate, it cannot but start with each of us personally taking responsibility for our contribution to the all.

  38. The research and published papers are often the answers that people will give to the reasons behind Dementia and many other illnesses and diseases that are bombarding our world. How often are we stopping to feel its truth and whether there is a root cause we are not willing to stop and examine as a society?

  39. We need to be asking the question: why are we not asking the questions that you raise at the start of this excellent blog. The questions are obviously needed to be asked, as soon as you read them you can feel that they are much needed, yet all the billions spent on so called “research’ and they do not appear to be asking these foundational questions. The truth is that research is looking for quick fix solutions that make things a little bit better rather than aiming to answer the questions of why humanity has these diseases, which is surely an essential starting point to finding other answers.

    1. Yes, great point Doug. Part of the problem is that we are asking the wrong question in the first place. How can we heal humanity might be a better place to begin.

      1. The truth is healing takes responsibility and we prefer not to go there but instead look for a quick fix so we can carry on making all the same choices that made us ill in the first place.

  40. This is brilliant! I enjoyed every moment of this article, even though I have never met you Richard Mills, I am fast become a huge fan and feel so blessed to read your worldly blogs. In them, I feel a deep connection to who you are, this is what really stands out to me as the amazing part of what the internet offers, you are over the other side of the world, shining your light but it’s like you are right next to me. That is the only thing I really wanted to add to this, if we are all connected and thus live from this joint responsibility, we must remember that we can equally claim the love and light that is there too. Yes, we must ask ourselves why we have cancer etc. but we must also look at the fact that we have people all round the world, like you Richard, that are ambassadors for reflecting love on earth. Knowing this, if we are all connected, I can take equal credit for that fact! ha-ha

    1. Thank you Sarah Karam! I guess it doesn’t matter where in the world we are – the expressions of love and truth connect to and resonate with the love and truth innate within us all. Distance is irrelevant.

  41. It is sad to see the rise of an illness where we basically check out – where we end up forgetting basic bodily functions. So it does raise the question – why is this illness increasing and what are we not wanting to see? Is it possible that the state of disconnect in humanity reflects itself in disease within the body?

  42. Richard you raise a great point here, what if we saw illness and disease collectively rather than individually, it really does feel that through our wanting to be individual we separate ourselves from the whole of humanity, and when we support each other there is a magnificent power in that, supporting one another by reflection, or sharing our wisdom, and treating one another as equals would offer a great change to humanity, where we all take responsibility.

    1. I feel that our choices, beliefs and ideals and the like are more powerful than we realise. So, when we make a choice to believe we are individuals, we actually cut ourselves off from the greater beingness that we are all a part of and that is so fundamental to our health and wellbeing.

  43. “We’ve tried living in separation and it hasn’t worked. What if we were to practise living in Oneness instead?” A good challenge you propose here, and a totally new attitude to our way of life would be required.

  44. “Might our disconnection from this ‘body’ actually mean that we are more susceptible to these conditions?” Kaboom! You’ve hit the nail on the head Richard. We are divinely designed to live as one, in connection with each other and the universe together. To live as if we are individuals is an assault on the body which cannot but create illness and disease in our collective and individual bodies.

    1. It makes no sense at all that we are here to live in competition and fight with each other. Our whole beingness tells us this constantly. That we struggle to cease this insanity tells us that there is more going on here and that we need to go deeper with our understanding of what ‘runs’ us – what source of energy we are aligned with. Time we started to listen to the Ageless Wisdom that has been telling us it is so for eons.

  45. It is interesting to reflect how in dementia there can be a loss of short term memory and our sense of connection with the present. Yet our long term memory can remain more intact, especially memories stimulated by our emotions by music or significant past relationships. This could indicate a mechanism of checking out or separation from being in the moment whilst remaining linked to our emotional memories and events from the past.

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