My work as a registered Nurse with a cancer organisation entails my supporting people with cancer and their families, with treatment information as well as emotionally. It is work that I love and feel very committed to. The NSW Cancer Council recently was reported to state that ‘breast massage cannot cure breast cancer’, a statement I completely agree with. This statement was made in response to allegations made in a number of media articles that reported that Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine had claimed that esoteric breast massage could cure cancer.
As a woman and health professional who has willingly attended Universal Medicine events, and been a recipient of multiple breast massages, I can categorically state that I have never heard Serge Benhayon, or been told by any Universal Medicine practitioners, that esoteric breast massage can cure cancer. The truth is that Serge Benhayon has consistently stated the importance of seeking professional medical help, and that the modalities that Universal Medicine presents were a great support to western medicine. In fact, when I first attended some of the Universal Medicine workshops, Serge Benhayon’s position of being so pro-medicine was difficult for me to understand, despite my experience working with western medicine.
After practising as a nurse in the public and private hospital system for over 20 years, I had begun to question if western medicine was truly the answer to all the health issues I was witnessing. In reaction to this I explored some alternate health therapies while continuing to nurse in the western medicine model.
After a number of years, I developed an immune and endocrine condition. At first I attempted to treat it with alternative therapies, but ultimately I needed medication from the mainstream model. With the combination of these treatments my body eventually was functioning well enough to get through each day… but it was still a struggle. At this stage I felt I had done all I could with my daily intake of supplements and medications, and I started consulting a Universal Medicine practitioner. Throughout the next six months I had regular sessions while continuing with my other medications.
At no point did the practitioner I was seeing comment negatively on my medical treatment, nor did she suggest her sessions would cure me. What I found over the months was that I started to naturally take better care of myself.
For the first time in my life I was listening to my body. I had always known that certain foods affected me badly, but I often still ate them despite this. I knew I should regularly exercise, but that too was never maintained. Through becoming aware and listening more to my body, I slowly eliminated food that upset me. I started to do more regular exercise, to go to bed when I felt tired, and most importantly I began to understand that caring for me first needed to be a priority in my life.
As a mother of seven children and working as a caring professional, I had developed a pattern of always putting everyone else before me. I feel that the treatments from Universal Medicine were a true complementary therapy that enabled me to connect to a part of me that strengthened my ability to care for myself (this is still an ongoing process). With this pattern of self-care established, my health improved dramatically, and within six months and with support from my GP/doctor I was able to stop all my supplements and medications, From a woman who felt unwell most of the time, I can honestly say that three years later I rarely get sick, and I am known at work for my energy levels and never needing to take any sick days.
Despite my need to use western medicine and the failure of the other alternative therapies I had used, I stubbornly still held a belief that western medicine was not the first treatment option when sick. After hearing Serge express repetitively how much western medicine is needed, I started to consider my own experience up to that point. I came to understand that I had falsely put my faith in alternative therapies and thought they could heal me, when in fact the healing I needed was to support my body with medications as well as, when the time came, addressing how my own lack of self-care was impacting my health.
This affirms Serge Benhayon’s position that the esoteric modalities are there to support the body and assist in its healing, in combination with medical treatment. These modalities are not claimed to ‘cure’ illness and disease – contrary to what is currently being peddled in the media.
I know of many people like myself who have recovered from various medical conditions by using western medicine combined with Universal Medicine esoteric therapies; these therapies foster people’s own ability to truly care for themselves, which then assists in their own healing. In fact, the wholehearted support I can give to cancer patients and their families in the much needed, but at times challenging treatments of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, has been greatly enhanced by what I have come to understand from attending workshops with Serge Benhayon.
What I have heard Serge say about the nursing profession has only been positive. In one discussion with him he talked about the amazing job that nurses do, and that I as a health professional had a great opportunity to provide true care for people. Not long after this I gained employment with the Cancer Council, and every day I look forward to supporting people who are dealing with all the issues that having cancer presents.
In regards to the idea that the media is portraying that people, especially the high number of women who choose to attend Universal Medicine events or have esoteric healings, are in some way being ‘controlled’, ‘have a mental illness ‘or simply do not have the ability to discern for themselves’: I find this to be a highly inaccurate and disrespectful statement. Yes, there are a large number of women who attend, including a significant number of health and business professionals, and they share an honesty and openness in acknowledging that the way they were living their lives was just not working. Furthermore, it is important to note that there are many men who also attend the presentations of their own choice.
Together, we simply want to make our own lives, and the way we live with our families, more caring and loving.
The simple fact is: the many women and men, including myself, who are involved with Universal Medicine, are everyday people who have decided that caring for our bodies, having more loving relationships, feeling more confident within ourselves, and thereby contributing in a more harmonious way in our workplaces, are all things truly worth investing in.
By Sharon Gavioli, Registered Nurse, Grad Dip Childbirth Education, Adv Dip Counselling, Australia