Love is worth aspiring to

by Joanne Smith, Australia

I wish to clear up some misconceptions that have been written about Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine practitioners and students alike. Firstly I want to thank Serge, his family and the Universal Medicine practitioners for their support, care, patience, understanding and love over the last couple of years. I have been treated by Serge, Kate, Natalie and Caroline, and have personally recommended them to numerous friends, family and work colleagues. I have never met a more respectful, professional, ethical and dedicated team of people, who lovingly provide gentle and non-invasive treatments that help and support my body to heal illnesses that I have created through the way I run my life. NO Universal Medicine practitioner I have ever attended has claimed that they could heal or cure me – I am solely responsible for my own healing. Their integrity and responsibility to themselves and the people they work with on a daily basis is beyond reproach. They have the highest respect for the human body, to the extent that they do not indulge themselves in anything that is harmful to their own bodies (how many health practitioners can claim that?) By VIRTUE of that fact, I know that any one of the Universal Medicine team would treat my body and me with more love, more care, and more nurturing than I do at times.

Secondly, Universal Medicine is a support system in helping me to learn how to take loving care of my body so I can heal myself. If at any time I have needed further medical support, I have always been encouraged to seek it by all of the Universal Medicine practitioners I have consulted with.

Thirdly, I am dismayed that the media are targeting a community of people who live their lives responsibly and respectfully in a harmonious, joyful and loving way, and that they should be criticised as being ‘cult members’. As a Universal Medicine student I find it insulting that because I choose to live a life that is self-loving, self-nurturing and respectful to my body that I should be viewed as a cult member. Universal Medicine presentations and workshops offer simple and practical tools for a way of living that feels loving in my body, in my relationships, in my career and in everything I do, so that my life reflects the love I am. Is that not something for all humanity to aspire to?

The changes that have naturally occurred in my life have happened as I have built a stronger, more responsible commitment to be more loving, nurturing, and caring to myself. It is not easy and at times very confronting how we can be so unloving to our own body. The choice to not consume alcohol, caffeine and other substances that may harm my body has meant a more healthy approach to life. Apart from feeling great after the exclusion of dairy and wheat, and limiting sugar in my diet, I also noticed that long-term complaints cleared up; this included having more energy, better skin, better sleep and better overall health.

Every day millions of people mindlessly ingest huge amounts of caffeine, sugar, fatty foods, alcohol, drugs, indulge in toxic relationships and situations and run their bodies until they collapse from pain, exhaustion, illness or disease. The medical and health care system is as a result flooded with people expecting to be cured – people who do not take responsibility for the state they got their bodies into in the first place. Does THIS not seem ridiculous and unintelligent!?

113 thoughts on “Love is worth aspiring to

  1. I have to agree with you Johanna that as a Universal Medicine student I find it insulting that because I choose to live a life that is self-loving, self-nurturing and respectful to my body that I should be viewed as a cult member. This is a most abhorrent assumption to make as it is based on lies and innuendos. The truth is far different to this wrongful label. I have never met a more respectful, professional, ethical and dedicated team of people, who lovingly provide gentle and non-invasive treatments that help and support my body to heal illnesses that I have created through the way I run my life. NO Universal Medicine practitioner I have ever attended has claimed that they could heal or cure me – I am solely responsible for my own healing. Is this how members of a real cult would describe their organisation – I don’t think so!

  2. Like many others, I have found Universal Medicine presentations, workshops and sessions offer simple and practical tools for a way of living that feels loving in my body, in my relationships, in my career and in everything I do, so that my life reflects the love I am. In fact, I have discerned that Universal Medicine is an amazing support system in helping me to learn how to take loving care of my body so I can heal myself. If at any time I have needed further medical support, I have always been encouraged to seek it by all of the Universal Medicine practitioners I have consulted with. For 9 years, with the support and guidance of Universal Practitioners, I have managed the pain in my lower back that Spinal Surgeons have recommended an operation. Yes, I will have this operation in due course, but whilst I am managing my pain and living without severe discomfort I will combine both the Conventional Medical Advice with the advice I receive from Universal Practioners. It is my choice and mine alone to treat and heal my own body.

  3. Universal Medicine’s teachings deliver everything that human beings aspire the most and benefit the most from. It does not play ball with the fact that we present to ourselves and the world a reduced version of who we are. It presents who we are and let everyone to decide whether it is something to consider or not. Now, when you can connect to a fuller version to yourself and feel how your body confirms for the first time that this is only natural and oddly familiar, it is very very difficult not to at least open to the possibility that this is true. And it is.

    1. Yes Universal Medicine asks you to be all of who you are and treats you in that way, and then you choose, do you want to live this or not, there is no expectation you will, but they do not pander to you being less than who you are. For many this is challenging and they walk away, no judgement, and if they decide later to come back no problem either. It’s the ultimate in self responsibility and the ultimate in self empowerment as it very much supports you to see and feel you have it in you, you just have to connect.

  4. Many great points in your blog Joanne thank you, I particularly like your comment… ‘Is that not something for all humanity to aspire to?’ Even the World Health Organisation is now proposing that upward of 80% of our chronic ill health is a direct result of lifestyle choices. So yes, absolutely what Universal Medicine teaches and presents IS exactly what humanity ought to be aspiring to. If that means it is a cult… then it will eventually be a world-wide all-inclusive one!

  5. Oh yeah! I agree – It sure does sound ridiculous and unintelligent. It’s like a silly school yard fight where the boy picks on the girl for no reason other than he likes her but doesn’t know how to communicate it. As if everybody wouldn’t want to live more simply, more harmoniously and more lovingly?

  6. I do fully agree with you Johanne, living a life that is caring for me should not be seen as something strange, taking responsibility for our own body seems and is foreign for many people. But that should not mean that people who choose differently to be called as being cult followers, of a man that just presents his findings and knowing that it is in us all.

  7. The way the world runs confounds any reasonable thought. We have knowledge to be more healthy than ever before yet we are the most unhealthy we have ever been. We have modes of communication that allow us to engage on more levels than ever before yet studies show we are increasingly feeling lonely. If this was discussed it would be obvious we would know what to do however there is an underlying drive from a subconscious part of us that does not want to change and finds satisfaction in the problems we as a race of beings are enduring.

    1. What a fantastic observation Luke. There is certainly a satisfaction or other desired outcome in how we live otherwise we would choose to change.

      1. Yes, and our issues have become so obviously wrong that any open discussion would uncover them quick smart. This is why some may try to shoot you down before you speak. Because in an open conversation there is no debate.

  8. It certainly is ridiculous and unintelligent Joanne that people are not taking responsibility for their own wellbeing. When I first started listening to presentations by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine my personal responsibility to self-care was the key area I was lacking in. Choosing to be more responsible in honouring my body i.e., listen when it communicates with me, I can appreciate how my wellbeing and vitality have blossomed.

  9. “I have never met a more respectful, professional, ethical and dedicated team of people, who lovingly provide gentle and non-invasive treatments that help and support my body to heal illnesses that I have created through the way I run my life. NO Universal Medicine practitioner I have ever attended has claimed that they could heal or cure me – I am solely responsible for my own healing. Their integrity and responsibility to themselves and the people they work with on a daily basis is beyond reproach.” I so echo you here Johanna. Yet I have been so inspired as to change many of my daily life choices so that I today live a more vibrant life, which people notice. Universal Medicine students are reversing the trend – which is to become sicker and fatter as time goes by – yet we are looking younger even as we grow older.

  10. As you say Joanne, it’s interesting that “a community of people who live their lives responsibly and respectfully in a harmonious, joyful and loving way” are criticised as being cult members. Perhaps this reflects how normal self abuse is, and how far from self love and self respect so many people live. For self respect and self care to be viewed as so strange by the media that people are labelled cult members, means to me that for some time the opposite has been the norm.

  11. What Universal Medicine has inspired in those attending sessions and presentations is extraordinary and worth admiration and not denigration… for people are choosing to truly take responsibility for the choices they are making rather than resigning to the common ‘fix me’ mentality that is putting the enormous strain on the health system that it is to pick up the pieces of people’s unloving choices… reducing a cost financially and socially we all end up paying for in one way or another.

  12. Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine practitioners offer another way of living which includes being responsible for the choices we make and how this effects not only ourself but everyone and everything around us. Since when is taking loving responsibility for ones actions by choosing to change those things that don’t support us to live a more healthy and caring way instead of looking to blame others for the way we choose to either abuse or care for our bodies wrong? It makes no sense to accuse Universal Medicine students of being in a cult because they have chosen to be more understanding and respectful of how others choose to live their lives and have chosen for themselves to live more harmonious and joyful lives.

  13. I agree 150% Joanne with all you have expressed here and I too “have never met a more respectful, professional, ethical and dedicated team of people” than Universal Medicine and its associated practitioners. They are as you say “beyond reproach” and represent true role models for all other practitioners and businesses.

  14. Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine do not impose anything on anyone, unlike many in the media and those fueling hate blogs who try to impose their own prejudices and beliefs on anyone they can persuade to listen. Perhaps an underlying cause of this is a jealousy of seeing others making choices in the way they live that they are not prepared to choose for themselves.

  15. Joanne, you have shared a truthful account of the experience one has with anyone of the many Practitioners including Serge Benhayon himself, at a Universal Medicine Clinic. I have also only had the utmost respect and loving attention from these Practitioners in all the 10yrs. I have been part of the Student Body of Universal Medicine. The support received from these wonderful Practitioners is second to none!

  16. It feels like the world is upside down when poisoning yourself with over work and lack of care for yourself, drinking alcohol and stress is championed in the face of rapidly rising rates of illness and disease and a medical system with waiting lists years long and an organisation, Universal Medicine, that presents self responsibility and well considered choices for supporting the body to be in good health is demonised. It just seems highly unintelligent.

  17. Recently I have being seeing a GP regularly to sort out a few minor conditions and today all came to completion. In this time we have developed a warm and respectful relationship, and she shared how much she has enjoyed working with patients who asked questions and who was involved and interested in their treatment. She also commented on my vitality and how I did not look my age. These changes are a result of the relationship I have built with myself and the responsibilty I now take for my self care as a result of my involvement with Universal Medicine.

  18. ‘The medical and health care system is as a result flooded with people expecting to be cured – people who do not take responsibility for the state they got their bodies into in the first place. Does THIS not seem ridiculous and unintelligent!?’ – I agree Johanna, it is ridiculous and we all then take the load of such irresponsibility. The choices we make for our own health and wellbeing affect everyone.

  19. Wow many things to comment on here Joanne – one is that how often do we check if our practitioner of whatever modality we choose is living a life that can inspire me and my body to be healthier?

  20. ‘Universal Medicine is a support system in helping me to learn how to take loving care of my body so I can heal myself.’ Well said Joanne and very true, and Universal Medicine respects Western Medicine and works alongside it beautifully to support the client to truly heal.

  21. I find it astonishing to be criticised and called a cult member because I choose they very kind of healthy living that is championed by healthcare models all around the world, but simply is seldom lived. Criticise that if you must, but not those seeking to do something about their part in it.

  22. Yes Henrietta, we can only say: How can a group who cares about their bodies, treat them with respect and self-care, stopped using toxic substitutes or abusive behaviour, be actually that bad guy/woman? And if we have made it so to be, what does this tell us about our current state we are in? Could it be that the actual attachment to the toxic substitute and abusive way has been brought to our attention more, and are left now to take more responsibility for, and that we do not like this? I trust innate in us we know that answer. And that we have a free will to protest and deny or accept the truth and let go of them. Simple, and it is everyone’s choice both ways. But we never must overlap the truth with a dishonest shield. Let the truth be revealed and everyone choose their way.. And not let evil play.

  23. The title of this blog says so much — who can answer no – really, truthfully, honestly that Love is not something worth aspiring to? It is what we long for the most.

  24. I agree – it is a strong reflection for us as a society that when you choose to learn to live in harmony, eat healthy, build lovingly relationships where you support each other and you really make it (not just ‘want’ it – but be successful with it!) – you get labelled as ‘cultish’ and as a fool (brainwashed). Shows how lost we are…. but: there is a way back out of the self-created mess we are currently living in and I am thankful for every single one who chose to become a student of their own way of living, be open to question it and bring a change.

  25. “By VIRTUE of that fact, I know that any one of the Universal Medicine team would treat my body and me with more love, more care, and more nurturing than I do at times.” Same for me Joanne. To get a treatment from someone who does treat me with more love and care than I do is precious! We can learn so much from each other when we stop to act against each other or compare.

  26. It can be uncomfortable to witness another taking care of themselves in a deeply nurturing and self-loving way when we might be riddled with lack of self-worth and self-loathing for the reflection being offered by them, highlighting where we are in our own self-care. So we can either be inspired and bring more loving ways into our lives, or be threatened by it because we feel exposed, and attack. Either way, having the understanding to see what is going on supports those being attacked to not take it personally and to be able to see it as the lashings out of one who is deeply hurt and not wanting to feel this.

  27. Finding out the truth of who we are and where we come from should be celebrated not berated. We as a humanity have been given the simple tools by Serge Benhayon through Universal Medicine which enable us to connect to this divinely loving truth living within us. We are presented with a choice in the way we live our lives.

  28. It’s interesting that a group of people who are becoming more healthy, living life with more get up and go and a greater level of commitment to community are called members of a cult. But this same thing does not apply to anything else in life that we may partake in where we mould into the crowd, or do anything to fit in with others. It does not make sense!

  29. To be cared for by a health practitioner who has the highest respect for the human body, to the extent that they do not indulge themselves in anything that is harmful to their own bodies’ would revolutionise health care system as we know it for in today’s world it is far more common to care for others before yourself.

  30. Your testament to Universal Medicine and the practitioners is gorgeous, there is no doubt that they deserve the heart felt appreciation you’ve expressed in light of how, through their support, you’ve been inspired to change your life as you have, for the better.

  31. The health care system would certainly not be under so much pressure if these words were expressed from more peoples’ mouths ‘… support my body to heal illnesses that I have created through the way I run my life.’
    We actually all know how to live in a way that honours the truth of who we are, we must, if we have gone in the opposite direction to championing abusive lifestyles.

  32. How beautifully put! I would add my name to that, Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and the practitioners that I have met through the clinic and in the wider community have been dedicated to living what they share. They have encouraged me to be responsible for my choices and love myself, to put myself higher up my list of priorities and to see what effect that has, not just on my own health, but on those around me. It has brought me to a new appreciation of the effect love can have on the world – how can you knock that?!

  33. “It is not easy and at times very confronting how we can be so unloving to our own body.” And to realise that we are very unloving with ourselves and often harsh and critical is a big step already and then to understand and take in that we deserve so much more and are very much worth of a loving way with ourselves and everybody else.

  34. Universal Medicine does not advertise or embellish what it offers and still many find their way to learn more. Many in the media think they have to sensationalise and hype every ‘story’ in order to sell their wares. They need to realise that people are seeking the truth and that is why so many choose to learn about The Way of The Livingness and the Ageless Wisdom presented by Serge Benhayon.

  35. How can we be inspired by a practitioner that does not live their talk? I have come across this situation on numerous occasions until I got to a point where I questioned ‘Could there be another actually living what I felt to be true love?’ After saying ‘No’ to that which didn’t feel true I met Serge Benhayon. Now here was a man who knew what he was talking about because I could feel and got a sense without a shadow of a doubt that he was living it.

  36. As a practitioner who has studied under Universal Medicine I can say that as part of the training it is made very clear that you do not fix or mend anyone but support the client to heal themselves. It has always been this way and always will.

  37. Love is definitely worth aspiring to. And if we all sought the understanding and wisdom that true love blesses us with instead of remaining trapped in our hurts, repeating the same ill patterns over and over, or indulging in excess anything – be that food, emotions, or greed of any description, the world would unquestionably be a very different place than it is today.

  38. In all the sessions I have received from Universal Medicine practitioners and I have had many not one has ever claimed they could heal me; support me and my body to heal ‘Yes’ but never said they could cure me. My body and the way I choose to live is my responsibility and not the responsibility of another.

    1. This is also my experience Caroline. When I became ill, I was encouraged to go and seek medical advice, which I was resisting to do as I was afraid of what the outcome would be. However, through much support from my esoteric practitioner I finally did seek medical counsel and is the reason I am still alive today!

  39. There is no need to put into words how Universal Medicine has supported my life as I am a living example of that everyday. As we are seeing there are more and more people supported in this way and there is no sign of this decreasing. You only need spend time with people that have had this support to see their health and vitality, in fact you can see it a mile off. This is a general public available support that is open to us all and like all great things you have the ‘knockers’. The results speak ongoing for themselves and like our current form of media some of us are only good at telling a sensationalised part of the living whole truth.

  40. “I am solely responsible for my own healing.” To me this says it all, this is Universal Medicine…. they are there to support in what ever modality they offer, plus their lived experience and the quality they live every day but it is always up to us to make or not loving changes in the way we live and in the way we care for ourselves. I had never ever seen this in any other practice I had been to. And this is where I really started to change my life.

  41. We are all responsible for our own healing, this is so true and when we understand this, when we claim this, it can be life changing, because it can unlock the chains that we ourselves put on our ankles, that delay or block our evolution.

  42. The care and integrity of the Universal Medicine team is now my normal, so much so that I can sometimes forget that not all organisations re run like this.

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