by Sarah Davis, BBsc (Hons), Goonellabah, Australia
A recent blog comment from a member of the public named Daniel, who has been following the media activity surrounding Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, inspired me to write this post. I felt to respond to Daniel’s questions as I could feel a genuine openness and honesty in his approach. I also felt that his questions around ‘media, money and motivation‘ may also represent that of the general public.
“I have been following this thread on UM for sometime now and find a vast gap between the two sides of the story. Why would this be?”
Your observations are correct – there is a ‘vast gap’ between what the media is reporting and what is being shared by the student body and others associated with UniMed.
This naturally raises the question you (Daniel and the general public may for that matter) ask;
“Why would this ‘vast gap’ be?”
I suggest that the reason for this ‘vast gap’ is due to the lack of integrity in the media, as well as the ‘confronting’ nature of the esoteric principles that are represented through UniMed.
LACK OF INTEGRITY IN THE MEDIA
Firstly, in short, the media have not set out to investigate UniMed or Serge Benhayon with integrity. This is in spite of genuine and numerous offers from individuals (mainly women) to submit their response to the media or be interviewed. When Serge did invite journalists into his home and the UniMed clinic, whilst he was mostly quoted correctly they were taken out of context, which mis-represented him as an individual and UniMed as a whole. This simply exposed the superficial and sensation-seeking practices of the media and demonstrated how journalists failed to meet the industry’s own code of ethics (as highlighted in Brendan Mooney’s article ‘To the Appalling Treatment of Women by the Media’).
It is tempting for a journalist to focus on and misconstrue aspects of the work which do not appear to be ‘normal’ in today’s society. These ‘unusual practices’ are exaggerated and dominate the reporting. To expand on this, I feel that journalists failed on the following two fronts:
Primarily to present and address the core purpose of UniMed which is to support individuals to connect to their own inner-wisdom and live this in the world.
Secondly, to represent that the purpose of so-called ‘unusual practices’ is to develop a more harmonious body and daily rhythm, SO THAT we are more able as human beings to be present to the stillness and love that naturally exists within us.
The choices may include (though not limited to of course): DIET – “eat light to be light”; SLEEP – bed before 9pm to allow the body’s natural rhythm of cleansing and replenishment; LOVE-MAKING – seeking to develop connection and make love, not just ‘have sex’.
The blog ‘wordsonsergebenhayon’ contains much discussion on the conduct of the media and I refer you to two posts as a starting point: ‘Journalism Truth‘ by Gina Dunlop and ‘Letter to the Editor of SMH‘ by Dr MS
THE ‘CONFRONTING’ NATURE OF THE ESOTERIC WAY OF LIFE
It is important to make the point here that the ‘esoteric way of life’ is only confronting to ‘life as we know it’ currently. This ‘life as we know it’ is generally based on ‘getting comfortable’ and staying that way. There is nothing wrong with security, as it is self-loving to make choices which provide material comfort, however;
Is it possible that life is about more than ticking the boxes?
Much has been written and discussed about the human being’s ‘drive for more’. We have so much technological ‘advancement’ in the world and yet we still push for more. What are we not getting/needing, that results in such an insatiable drive to explore, discover, create, build etc?
It is a common human experience to have the feeling that;
“there has to be more to life than this.”
This question has inspired endless searching and experimentation through various forms of doctrines, practises, ‘self-help’ techniques and lifestyle changes. Nothing seems to provide a true ‘antidote’ to this feeling of emptiness. Whilst money, power, excitement or the latest ‘self-help’ technique can provide temporary distraction, it is fleeting and we inevitably end up back to that feeling ‘there has to be more to life than this’. Could it be that we have been looking for the answer in the wrong place for eons?
Is it possible that the ‘antidote to emptiness’ is within us – and has been all along?
We have gone down the tried and true path of material wealth, status and recognition as a means to gain satisfaction and fulfillment in the face of this ever-present feeling that something is missing from our lives. At no point in history have we had such technology and resources at our finger tips. With all of this ‘advancement’, how is it then, that illness and disease is increasing with tremendous strain being placed on public health systems all over the world? How is it then that people’s quality of life on the whole is becoming increasingly deteriorated by their experience of stress, anxiety, exhaustion, being time poor, and feeling disconnected to others?
Something is obviously missing. This is evidenced simply in the fact of how we live – that is to ‘just get through your day’, no matter what you need to eat (sugar and stimulants) or how you need to be (fast, driven, cold, detached, task-focused). It is classic Utilitarianism – ‘the end justifies the means’ – whatever you need to do as long as you get the result you want. Then to top it off, we ‘reward’ ourselves at the end of the day with alcohol (which really only gives us some extra energy from the sugar because we are so exhausted from the way we have been living in our day, as well as stopping us feeling the emptiness that we carry from a day lived ‘not with ourselves’). It is interesting to ask ourselves,
How many people do we know who feel truly content?
I don’t mean ‘sitting in front of the telly with your favourite cake and dvd’ kind of content, I mean the deep contentment where a person feels whole and complete in themselves and to be around them is inspiring?
How can we be so particular and pay so much attention to technological modifications, buildings, material advancement – and at the same time accept a reduction in the general well-being of people?
When exactly did we come to accept life as ‘getting through’?
A common human reaction is to resist and reject anything that appears different to ‘life as we know it’. Our reactions to the esoteric principles as expressed through the Ancient Wisdom, is more exposing of how we are living our lives, that is, the quality of energy we are living with, than it is of the principles themselves. Doesn’t it expose the quality of energy we are living in as a society/world, when perfectly natural, common-sense choices (around diet, sleep and lifestyle) which on all accounts from the individuals making them lead to greater harmony and health, are considered ‘unusual practices’?
If this simple common sense is somehow foreign or unfamiliar, what else could be driving or influencing our choices on a day to day basis?
Could the rise in illness, disease and dis-harmony in the world be explained as a result of us not living from the simple common-sense knowing that is within us all?
UniMed presents the fact that the ‘quality’ of our life is determined by the quality of the energy we are living in, and that we have the free-will to choose this quality of energy. It is with this in mind that the ‘esoteric’ asks us to consider that we are entirely responsible for our lives through the choices we make.
Could it be that there is indeed more to life and this is found in the quality of energy we choose for ourselves?
The answer is yes, there is more to life and that ‘more’ is the ‘real you’. Possibly one of the most confronting aspects to the ‘esoteric way of life’ is accepting the fact that you are love. We spend our whole lives in ignorance of and/or resisting this ‘energetic truth’. Talk about a waste of energy – no wonder we are so exhausted.
“The courses you pay for – the money you hand across goes to what/whom? Serge & his family?”
Yes, UniMed is run as a business and makes a profit. I personally celebrate it as a successful and thriving business as it is a testament to the professionalism of the practice, and to the demand for the healing that is offered and paid for.
Is there not more integrity and love in the profit made by UniMed through the support of thousands of people around the world, over profit made by newspapers who repeatedly demonstrate complete disregard for the truth through generating sensationalism as a means to sell papers and attract advertising dollars?
Many more examples could be given here of businesses and organisations who generate profit with little regard for the responsibility of care for other human beings.
For your interest, UniMed purchased a building opposite the clinic which has been converted into a respite house where individuals undergoing chemotherapy stay, free of charge, for support and healing sessions which are aimed to complement their medical treatment program. [To note, there are many testimonials to support the ‘pro-medicine’ approach of UniMed. ‘Esoteric Medicine’ explicitly aims to support and complement Conventional Medicine through the understanding that a ‘marriage between the two’ would deliver a much improved and greatly needed effective system of health-care.]
Students are also able to receive sponsorship to attend courses if they do not have the financial means. The financial investment for courses does however make them incredibility accessible (examples include: $5 for a 2 hour presentation on Esoteric Medicine, $120 for an ‘all-day’ ‘Livingness’ workshop).
Based on the capitalist model we live in, most businesses would seriously consider raising their prices at a consistent rate based on increasing demand. This ‘drive for profit’ is not however the main focus of UniMed and this can be demonstrated through their consistently low prices over many years – the fact that they make a good profit is due to the sheer number of people that choose to attend the presentations and healing sessions.
“all these beautiful empowered woman pay money to ‘learn’ [from] … a man?
Serge does not present as a ‘man’ – he presents as a human being who has connected to his stillness (which is present in every human being on this planet bar none), and expresses from there. I feel it is his expression from this stillness that so inspires people to re-connect to that same quality of energy that is present within them. This is not a mental exercise, it is a very nuts-and-bolts ‘try it for yourself’ approach – from a simple ‘gentle breath’ meditation to exercises in feeling energy (clairsentience) – with the emphasis always being ‘to discern and feel for yourself’.
“Why are you guys paying this man to tell you what you already know?”
Serge will be the first to admit that Yes! It is absolutely ridiculous that we need to be reminded of the love we are! So to the inquiring mind, this naturally leads one to question,
‘What is it about the world we live in that makes it so hard to be love/so easy to forget who we truly are?’
This is a short answer to your question. I find that it is easy to forget who I truly am in this world. It’s like the world pulls me one way and I feel to go the other. It is not possible to live in this tension all the time so something has got to give – and that is usually me and my truth which is love. I harden up, shift gears into ‘how I need to be’ and absorb the energy around me, essentially losing myself.
There are more concrete reasons why I ‘pay to learn what I already know’ and I have explained them below.
THE COMMON SENSE OF TRUTH
Many presentations from Serge simply convey the current statistics around illness and disease as well as talking about the general exhaustion that people are experiencing and the various strategies (focus/drive, alcohol, drugs, entertainment) that are used to ‘numb’ us to our feelings of emptiness and get us through to the next day. This has become ‘normal’ and it is ‘unusual practice’ to be healthy, vibrant and harmonious.
We can KNOW what it is to be healthy, but do we LIVE it?
There is a big difference between knowing and being- or more accurately between knowing and living. It is this difference that makes the world what it is today. It is accurate to say that:
We KNOW war is horrific and avoidable – yet we still LIVE war.
We KNOW slavery is unacceptable – and yet we still LIVE slavery under the term ‘human trafficking’ which is supported by government and private institutions.
We KNOW that the earth’s systems are fragile – yet we still LIVE with tremendous disregard for the planet as a whole.
We KNOW smoking is a poison to the body – yet we still LIVE as smokers
We KNOW efficient strategies of wealth and food distribution – yet we still LIVE in poverty and starvation.
We KNOW that drinking alcohol is a poison to the body – yet we still LIVE with it as a socially-acceptable and highly promoted form of behaviour.
The list is as long as is your imagination.
An additional point in response to someone who might say “I don’t do these things – it is not me, it is others“, I would add:
– We KNOW that we are all essentially the same and connected as human beings – and yet we LIVE in separation – what happens to ‘others’ or the ‘world’ does not concern us as long as we are comfortable and not the ones in pain/danger.
So it can be easily demonstrated that there is a difference between knowing what is true, and living what is true.
Core to the presentations of Serge Benhayon and UniMed is the ‘Universal law’ that ‘we all feel energy – all of the time’. Another way to put this is:
‘we all feel what is true’.
This truth can be felt in our body (another ‘Universal law’ as the body is a point of light connected to everything else).
This KNOWING is nothing more really than simple common sense. It is a common sense that is within us all and can be directly felt.
Everything offered through UniMed is a presentation of the ‘energetic truth’ that Serge has discerned from within himself – a possibility that is available to us all should we choose to connect to our inner-most heart, and from this we experience our essence which is stillness. From this stillness, nothing is needed, everything (including you) is complete and all is known (that is needed at the time).
So in part response to your question – underlying the entire foundation of UniMed (as expressed through the Ancient Wisdom) is the understanding that you already know everything you need to know! It is not ‘you’ that is the issue in this world, it is what is ‘not you’ (beliefs, ideals, energy, choices) that get in the way and create the illness, disease, suffering, exhaustion, isolation and destruction that is so present in the world today.
The simple understanding of healing practised by UniMed is ‘the removal of what is not you, so that you are free to be you’. Life then takes care of itself.
I attend UniMed courses and presentations to confirm that I do indeed have this ‘common sense’, this ‘knowing’ within me.
After all, I was not taught this in school or life for that matter. It is fair to say that we are not taught that everything we need lies within us – and that this can be easily accessed through listening to our feelings that are present in our body. We are not taught that we are all the same because of the essence that we all hold within, and furthermore that we have a tremendous opportunity as a human being on this planet to express from this essence and feel the unity that arises from this as other individuals make that same choice to connect to their essence. When I connect to this knowing, I experience a connection not just with myself but with everyone else. It is a stillness that we all come from – that is our essence. There is a tremendous equality in this.
The more I have allowed myself to feel and choose what I ‘know to be true for me’, the more I feel like I am expressing the ‘real me’. A feeling of completeness comes with these everyday choices like:
‘wearing what I feel to wear even though they might be my ‘going out’ clothes that I have judged as ‘too good’ for everyday use’
‘taking the umbrella out on a sunny day because I have that ‘feeling’ that it might rain later on’
‘expressing to my husband that it hurts when he talks to me in an aggressive way’
‘bringing the kids bedtime back to 6.30pm as it allows me more time at night to unwind, settle and prepare for the next day’
‘not holding back when I feel to say something – anything! no matter if I sound silly or get it wrong.’
‘eating what and when my body feels to’
‘going to bed when I really feel like it rather than pushing myself on into the night watching tv or hanging out with my husband’.
All of these choices are about me developing a relationship with myself first, and living from there. Every time I acknowledge, listen to and/or express what I am truly feeling – I feel wonderful. I feel complete – like ‘me’ is all I need. I have stopped looking outside of myself for answers.
In the blog ‘womeninlivingness‘, Rebecca Baldwin address this in her article ‘Modern Woman’ – a product of society or of her own true nature?‘, when she asks the question ‘what would ‘living as a woman’ look like in today’s society if we were to first develop a deeply tender and nurturing relationship with our bodies and ourselves?’
I am inspired by others who choose to connect to their essence and live from this knowing. This was noted in Brendan Mooney’s article ‘To the Appalling Treatment of Women in the Media‘ as he notes “how gentle, loving and deeply considerate these women are to themselves and others”.
Often people attend UniMed presentations and events simply to share this experience of completeness with others (by reflection – that is, just by being them).
A true role model inspires you to live your truth by living theirs.
I personally have found it tremendously inspiring to be around others who are just being themselves without any demands on me. It has shown me that there is a way of being that doesn’t need the world to approve of them, to recognise them, to encourage them. Each time I make a choice to live what I know is true, I am confirming to myself that I am enough – that all I know within is enough. This is ground-breaking for me – a person who previously relied on any shred of reinforcement and recognition to tell me how great I was. It is the completeness that I speak of that many individuals attending UniMed events offer, just in their presence. How cool to be truly inspired by others!?!
PRACTICE LIVING WHAT I KNOW = LIVINGNESS
Presentations and workshops provide the safety for the beginnings of this practice, as there is tremendous regard, sensitivity and support for each person’s own individual feelings and responsibility for their own growth and change. To go from KNOWING to LIVING (BEING) is a practice which takes time to develop. Like a growing seed that needs water and light, so too does the human being need to feel safe enough to live and express what they know to be true – in a world that doesn’t really make that invitation. On the contrary, we generally all experience more of a demand to ‘fit in’ to ‘make-do’, to ‘get on with things’ – in spite of how we may be feeling.
I remember finding it really difficult at the start to share with a partner what I had felt during an activity where we simply stood face to face, connected to our stillness through making a choice to breathe gently, and ‘felt’ the other person. In the exercise I had felt a lot – connection, a warmth, colours, a sense of the beauty in the person standing opposite me – but I dared not express this as I didn’t want to sound ‘wrong’ and I didn’t want the person to think I was just making it up!! I was faced with how I stop myself from expressing what I feel just in a simple exercise with another person. It was through hearing others share what they had felt and experienced that helped me feel the safety and trust to also share. Each time I listen to and/or express what I feel to be true, I build the feeling of knowing into a way of being, a ‘livingness’. These day to day choices build a life that confirms the love that I am (how awesome is that!?).
I have found it very important to not take myself so seriously that I miss the opportunity for play-fullness in my life. Attending presentations is also a forum for getting together, fun, and play-fullness.
Like anything I want to learn (or in this case re-learn), it takes time and support from being around others who are learning the same thing. It is important to acknowledge that no expectations are placed on the time it takes for any person to re-connect to and live from their ‘inner-most’ knowing. It is about daily choices and observing how our choices affect the quality of energy we hold in our body. This listening, this feeling, is a practice that grows and needs support and encouragement – particularly in a world which demands that we use science, research, and outside authority to substantiate our ‘truth’. What better grounds for ‘science’ than getting to know ourselves truly, deeply? Observing how we feel, what choices we make, how we feel in relation to others and the world – what juicy data!? Even though it is not provable in the sense that we can ‘measure’ these observations, we can nonetheless feel them and that is proof enough. An obvious example of this is love. Most people would agree that love exists however no scientist has ever touched or measured love – you can’t and more to the point we don’t need to because it is whole in itself – it doesn’t need to be confirmed by a science that is yet to mature enough to be able to accurately measure energy.
There is a re-claiming of our power as individuals in this – that we don’t need some authority or institution to measure and prove what we feel – for what is felt and known in our body is enough – it is complete in itself. Also when something is ‘new’ it is easily labelled ‘odd’. I have found that supporting others and receiving support from those who are experiencing the same connection is a way to ‘normalise’ my experience. Ironically, connection to our inner-most heart is the most natural state possible for us here on earth, and it is actually ‘abnormal’ to be living is disconnection to the love that we truly are.
As I began the practice of choosing to connect to my stillness and listening to what I knew to be true in my body, many ‘hurdles’ came up namely in the form of ‘beliefs’ and ‘ideals’. For me it was “I’m not worthy”, “Who do I think I am to say no/change plans/wear this or that/be selective at a dinner party with what food I eat/go to bed when everyone else is staying up to watch a dvd”?
Whilst different for everyone, beliefs and ideals about how we ‘should’ be or how the ‘world is’, hold us back from connecting to our stillness and living what we know to be true. It is these that get in the way of us living who we truly are. As previously mentioned, the entire purpose of healing is to get out of the way whatever is in the way of us feeling the love that we are – a truth that is always there.
This is one big reason why students attend presentations and healing sessions – to clear what is in the way of us expressing the love we naturally are. This can start with learning to trust what is felt in the body, and then releasing what is in our body that does not feel like our essence (beliefs and ideals which all consist of an energy that is stored in the body).
As we stop identifying with, and reacting to, beliefs and ideals that we carry, we create more opportunity for us to make that connection to our stillness, feel what is true, and make more self-loving choices.
I refer you to the follow three blogs:
These blogs give an account of students who are practicing living what they feel to be true for themselves. They are awesome and inspiring.
“Good luck to you all I say – if it makes the world a better place, why invest your energy into worry if others think its a cult?”
And to your last question/point – I have no concern about others thinking that UniMed is a cult as I know in-truth that this is a lie – a total misrepresentation of the whole purpose of UniMed which is to deliver the possibility that ‘yes there is more to life’, and this can be found through a re-connection to your ‘true self’ which is always within you.
The concern IS however, that the opportunity that UniMed presents to all who are open, may be missed, as the lies and misrepresentation form a perception and bias in people that may prevent them from hearing and feeling the possibilities that Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon present.
AND AS FAR AS MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?