Celebration 2012

by Karin Becker, Teacher, Mullumbimby

Recently I went to an end of year celebration held by Universal Medicine. Throughout the year they provide talks on Esoteric Medicine and offer a number of excellent healing courses presented by Serge Benhayon.

This afternoon turned out to be very different. Universal Medicine students had put together a show consisting of a very unique mix of musicians, singers, dancers and comedians. As it seems, only a few artists ever had any formal training, but that did not stop anybody from being very creative and expressing from their totality. 

It was very impressive to watch artists on a stage having such a clear level of inner stillness – who were not performing because they needed the audience approval for their own gratification and egotistic elevation. Instead they were choosing to express directly from their hearts while sharing from a sense of fullness within themselves, their experiences of life, love and the universe. The applause they received was more needed for the observers to show their appreciation than it was asked for by the artists.

So we were graced by awesome people with great music, wonderful voices, meaningful lyrics, very enjoyable playfulness and sharp and witty comedy.

The highlight for me was a chorus of men who had been practising with and were guided by Chris James, a local musician/singer who is well known internationally. Even though they only started singing together a short while ago, there was a feeling of strong gentleness and heartfelt connection within this group… something I have never experienced before observing a group of men doing any activity together.

It was not just a fleeting moment: they were able to stay in that with each other and kept expressing from this inner space of deep male warmth.

Being a woman, I have had many experiences of men being in a certain dominance one way or another. None of this energy was even remotely present in the group.

To be able to feel these men move together in an energy so extraordinary and new was remarkable, heart-warming and very enjoyable. It was a great pleasure for me to be on the receiving end.

149 thoughts on “Celebration 2012

  1. Thank you Karin, I can understand the healing you received as a woman watching and listening to the male choir, a group of men connected to their gentleness – for me this is a very healing experience too after being so used to hardened men shut down from their true tender essence. It’s such a delight being around men surrendered to who they are!

  2. “The applause they received was more needed for the observers to show their appreciation than it was asked for by the artists” – reminds me of back in the day when there were such things as court jesters, people who told the truth of what society was like to an open audience.. and the waves of confirming applause that echoed round the theatre as a result of their true wit.

  3. It is very heart-warming to observe and be in the presence of men simply being together in appreciation of themselves and each other, enjoying their togetherness, without the need of competition or domination. It is amazing what can transpire when we allow love to be what leads us.

  4. The gathering of any group of people to sing a truly healing song is a wonderful thing and a true joy for me in this life.

  5. In the most recent celebration in November I saw a male choir, they’d gotten together maybe a week prior if that. Reading this I understand now that all that competition, bravado and peacock-style showing off really isn’t the true nature of a man. That tenderness is far more beautiful than those so assumed ‘manly’ behaviours.

  6. As women and with any experience of dominance from a man or men, it is a true blessing and a healing to feel any man that is choosing to express as a true gentleman, someone with deep care and respect for themselves and all those around them.

  7. Performing without the need for approval or gratification is very refreshing and inspiring on all levels. When the need aspect gets taken out, a person is more free to express and so are those then on the receiving end open to an opportunity for growth as well.

  8. Why I love this blog is: it is spontaneous, real and sharing something we do not see or might not even have experienced before.. And that from this group of performers/musicians/artists, came a warmth that was not hard, tough or anything else – simply beautiful to hear this. I have been to a recent presentation, which might be a little different than singing – but still. There were a group of men reading a sermon (powerful message/text of truth) that are all based on the religion The Way of The Livingness, the incredible feeling that was there in the room – was the togetherness and tenderness of the men reading and respecting all of what was being shared and how this was expressed and shared with the whole group (live and by broadcast). This felt equal as an celebration as it the love that was shared – now that is worth celebrating, right?

  9. To be in the presence of men when they are expressing who they truly are is deeply healing and a blessing to our world.

  10. When men show their amazing sensitivity for each other there is a deep holding of one another and it is beautiful to not only watch, but to be reminded that we all hold that sensitivity equally within us all.

  11. “The applause they received was more needed for the observers to show their appreciation than it was asked for by the artists.” Wow Karin that is really something very unusual. It would be wonderful if more artist would express like that as it could change the base of a whole industry.

  12. I agree Karin it was lovely to watch the men’s choir all supporting one another, no one being competitive or trying to out shine anyone else. They moved with grace and their sound was beautiful.

  13. Beautifully said Karin, even though this was written 5 years ago I still recall this celebration and how moving it was to watch the men sing in unison with such tenderness and strength.

  14. Just singing from the depths of who we are, needing nothing, just sharing the sheer enjoyment of self expression is a joy to feel and behold.

  15. What a difference it is to watch and receive entertainment and feel blessed by being left alone in your seat and not imposed upon by the artists wanting recognition. Thus is the healing offered by Universal Medicine in all its presentations.

  16. Sounds like a celebration of equality. I love to hear stories of Men being in their true power, not the kind that society and hollywood promotes, but the kind where they are solid within themselves and can appreciate that they are awesome, gentle and equal to all.

  17. I love your appreciation for all the performers. It is quite unique to have so many different performances and not having to compare or judge which one is the best and seeing how every one of them brings something valuable in a different way.

  18. To be on the receiving end of a man or a woman who does not dominate or impose in any way but presents with absolute stillness and total respect for another, is sadly not so common these days, however it is a blessing that inspires us and allows us to be free and then to do and be likewise with others, perhaps beginning a domino effect that might just bring back our natural and innate way of being back to the world again.

  19. It’s pretty extraordinary when a group of men get together and can just be with each other without feeling inadequate or needing to show anyone up etc. When the equality is felt by the whole group, it’s just magical.

  20. Nothing compares to true celebration, for it is pure and natural with no need to compensate with cheap fillers (e.g. alcohol) to make it more enjoyable.

  21. I will have to find a way to see the male choir you talk about here, as you say, it is very rare to come across such a lack of dominance within a large group of men. The more we experience and witness things like this the more we know we too can be the change we want to see in the world, it simply has to start with us taking responsibility for what we say, do and think knowing that it all affects the all.

  22. I remember distinctly when the Men’s choir came on stage, it moved me to tears, to feel the quality within and between these men was one of those unforgettable moments – it reflected to us something entirely gorgeous and hugely appreciated.

  23. So true Karin, having experienced another amazing end of year concert by Universal Medicine students last night it is a beautiful celebration for everyone to appreciate and feel the loving connection between us all.

  24. Loved what you shared here Karin, I too have so enjoyed the many heart warming performances coming from the students in the light and love of their beingness in such a joy filled way. When men can come together and express from their deep tenderness with each other it is indeed beautiful to behold.

  25. To read your experience brings a deep appreciation to the beautiful performances and presentations that we get served almost every month, it is deeply supporting our development back to who we truly are.

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