The L-o-o-o-o-n-g Weekend (Is Universal Medicine a Good Investment? You Bet!)

Back in October ‘03 I was living a leisurely life in a comfortable house on a desirable property… lovely partner, nice kids, fruit trees… the easy life. Or so it seemed. Gnawing away on the inside was a persistent longing – a deep knowing that something wasn’t right. More so, the consistent consumption of alcohol and coffee was pointing the finger straight at that: why does one need all this stimulation and artificial relaxation if everything is so cool?

Around that time I decided to attend a weekend voice workshop with Chris James. Being a sometime musician myself, and having undergone vocal training, I thought Chris may be able to offer a different perspective on voice… no harm in having a look anyway. Back in those days the workshops had an introductory component on Friday evenings: at this session Chris suggested that those who drink might want to abstain for the weekend, and those who smoke could do likewise. I thought… why not? I had often (in the past) had a program of only drinking on weekends, to good effect. Sadly, those weekends would often get very long, sometimes starting on Thursday night and finishing on Monday night.

So I did… or more accurately, didn’t. Drink that is, for the weekend. That weekend has now ticked just over 10 years – you could call it a l-o-o-o-o-n-g weekend.

Now let me tell you, I was a pretty enthusiastic drinker, from a lineage of very dedicated tipplers… many, many generations long. Irish long. I was introduced to beer by my parents at the age of 5 or 6 – I didn’t like the taste at all, but it sure made me feel like a big man to join the adults at beer o’clock. And like the Irish (they were Irish, a lot of them), everyone drank, so you just joined in. I never knew any different, and never until I was in my twenties thought to try.

For a while there in the ‘psychedelic era’ we would abstain from the drink while expressing hypocritical contempt for ‘juice freaks’ (as we referred to the alcohol drinkers) – who we regarded as ‘violent yobbos’ – so we trashed ourselves with ‘recreational drugs’ instead. Later we graduated to using both at once, and that was horrible, but we weren’t deterred.

Anyway, by the time the workshop came up I was in my 50’s: I was solidly back on the plonk, and off the drugs. At the time of relinquishment I was probably getting through 1.5 cartons of Crown Lager per week, including what I dispensed to guests, plus several  bottles of ‘good’ champagne and wine (oh, and the tequila)… and of course the odd one or three with lunch at restaurants etc… let’s say $120 – $130 per week. Serious money. Say $6000 – $6500 per year, and that without any serious entertaining. I told you I was enthusiastic.

My good wife had been telling me for years, decades even, that I ‘wasn’t there’ once I’d had a couple of ales. And as a musician (a bass player, where timing is everything) I had carefully experimented and noticed that by the second drink the precise edge would be lost from my playing.

Well… that was a long way of telling you that I was, quite simply, what used to be known colloquially as a ‘pisspot.’ Doesn’t sound so good, does it? Or look good when it is written down… but that was life, and I never knew any different. Anyway, there is an arithmetical point to this yarn, and it goes like this.

About a year after I tossed in the towel on my drinking career, I was perusing Chris James’ touring schedule one day when I noticed he was soon to be conducting a weekend voice workshop in my boyhood home town, far from here. I have a long time dear friend, also a musician, who lives near there and in days past had quite a ‘spiritual’ bent, so I phoned him and suggested he attend, thinking it may open him to a new direction, as it had for me.

Now this friend did have a bit of a reputation for having some difficulty extracting his wallet from his trousers. Consequently, eschewing the opportunity to enquire about the content of the workshop, or how it may have helped me, he led straight up with

“How much is it?”

“$330 for the weekend” I replied.

He spluttered “I’m not paying that kind of money for a weekend workshop!!!” And so he didn’t…

Three years later I was thinking about all that. Now, I don’t need a mathematician to calculate that my original investment of $330 had not only benefitted me in a multitude of ways (inner and outer) regarding my wellbeing, but was also yielding a saving of $6500/year, or 1969% annual return on the outlay. More than fair, I thought, so I rang my distant friend and told him just that, but he wasn’t impressed. So be it. You can lead a horse to water etc…

In the years since, I have participated in and enjoyed (and regularly been astounded by) many Universal Medicine healing workshops, as well as retreats, massage courses and relationship workshops; I have attended a multitude of discourses and developers’ groups, some of which have required a significant financial outlay, and some none at all. Just ticking up ten years now, that’s $65,000 minimum saved on alcohol – not even allowing for any increase in cost through the years – and I can safely say that my expenditure at Universal Medicine would be no more than one third of that… let’s say $25,000 max., leaving $40,000 profit. On an outlay of $330!

That’s over 12,000% nett profit and rising each year… now THAT’S a healthy return (pun relished). Not to mention the likely liver transplant, the loss of productivity, relationships laid waste by omission and commission, countless hangovers and endless wasted hours observing the rituals and talking utter drivel to anyone who would pretend to listen. The imposition of alcohol-afflicted people on society can barely be overstated.

However, I don’t dream for a moment that giving up drinking was the ultimate answer to my problems. The years have revealed that it was merely the first step to allowing the peeling back of the multitude of layers that I had plastered over my real self – like cheap, thick pancake makeup on a delicate and beautiful face. And only recently am I realising the connection between my addictions and an all-pervasive underlying depression that lay undiagnosed but incessantly active. But that’s another blog…

My heartfelt thanks to Chris James, Serge Benhayon and everyone at Universal Medicine (all my Brother Students) for standing firm in love as I turned this part of my life (lives!?) around: this has allowed me to once again revel in the magic and embody the joy that I once knew so well as a child, but had buried and long forgotten.

Is Universal Medicine value for money??  YOU BET IT IS!!!

PS.  Now did I mention how much I used to spend on coffee and chocolate?…

By Andrew Baldwin, Retail Assistant, Byron Bay, Australia

418 thoughts on “The L-o-o-o-o-n-g Weekend (Is Universal Medicine a Good Investment? You Bet!)

  1. It really brings it home how much money has been saved when you write it down, and that the changes to every aspect of your life far out weighs any money which has been used to attend Universal Medicine courses. You only have to attend a one day event at Universal Medicine course or an evening at one of Chris James’s sing alongs to know that it is money well spent.

  2. I love your playful and lighthearted approach here Andrew, I agree with you that people often resist doing a workshop due to the initial outlay of a few hundred dollars or so forgetting that this is a true investment that has the potential to save you thousands long term and to improve your health and well-being enormously.

  3. Attending Universal Medicine courses, workshops and events have been a wise investment for me too. I now work full time, I took myself overseas for the first time in over 10 years last year (because I couldn’t afford it, not working full time) and I spend my money much more wisely. Darn right Andrew a great investment indeed.

  4. Andrew, great to read about the turnaround in your life. I have also turned my life around, having been inspired to stop drinking alcohol and now living with self-love and appreciation for myself and that’s as well as now being committed to life and work and people, so yes definitely worth the investment in the Universal Medicine courses that I attended.

  5. The general attitude of weekends is time off, time out, time for me. Yet it is the opposite of this, full commitment and purpose that totally nourishes my whole body and being.

  6. We can have such a skewed relationship with good value and our health. I have yet to have a full health check up, and yet it would be so valuable. There is always the option to take our health to the next level, even if we consider we are doing well, and I have found that Universal Medicine is the perfect platform to support such changes. It has given me a whole new perspective on wellbeing, one that consider more than just obvious health parameters, but also the ability to connect and express, ultimately a very sound investment.

  7. I too used to have what I considered to be a good social life, alcohol was always involved and it often turned into a long night. Now I choose not to drink alcohol, my life has changed because I am fully aware of everything that goes on, and my fellow guests and friends also now choose not to drink, we have a fab joyful time no hangover and my life as a whole has changed too. All thanks to the presentations by Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon, who are worth every penny I have ever spent, and my bank balance is in a better state than it ever was before.

  8. It’s so true – we don’t care how much we spend on stuff that DOESN’T support us or our evolution, but when it comes to spending money on things that will actually support us we count every penny – it doesn’t make sense. Why not only buy things or use money for things that we know will support us to move forwards and genuinely care for ourselves?

  9. Can’t argue with that! If it were just about the bottom line (which it so isn’t but it’s interesting how this is so often where the arguments against start) Universal Medicine is incredible value for money and the greatest investment I have ever made. Ever.

  10. Really lovely and inspiring to read Andrew; thank you for sharing your experiences and your wisdom. What a transformation you made after making the choice between a weekend with Serge Benhayon or a weekend with your old self.

  11. If by the second drink a person’s precision and timing is out from playing the base guitar – then what is the repercussions and ripple effect with the flow and timing with everyone and everything else around them?

  12. Coffee, food and alcohol (just to mention a few), are often taken as part of the ‘joie de vivre’ or the ‘savoir vivre’. They are another indicator of how much one knows how to live enjoying the pleasures of life. As images, they are perfect at conveying everything about a great life. And yet, this is all false. We need a true and thorough discussion on well-being that will allow us to call out the images of it that are not true and that poison the human body when we engage with them.

  13. Andrew, your blog very revealingly highlights our willingness to often flitter our money away on food, drinks and activities which harm our bodies and wellbeing, but have reservations about paying for what supports and nourishes us to lead a harmonious and fulfilling life. I love how you shared your before and after L-o-o-o-n-g Weekend journey with us, with such fun and humour.

  14. Awesome sharing Andy. It is interesting how when it comes to splurging or spending money on things that indulge us we often don’t think twice but when it comes to spending money on things that support us we often hesitate- that is something to ponder on. How it is not as easy an investment.

  15. I agree Universal Medicine is the best investment I have made in lifetimes – the returns are out of this world.

  16. I love your calculation here Andrew, it is so very true. We invest in so many things especially our addictions and spend thousands of dollars in the year without questioning it once, but when it comes to our health we turn every coin and question whether it is worth it.

  17. I’ve also stepped away from alcohol consumption completely Andrew, and yes, the coffee, the chocolate… In fact, the weekly shopping list is today exceedingly simple.
    Do I feel better for it? OMG, immensely and powerfully so… And I also put all of this down to the direct inspiration to actually honour myself in full (or at least embark upon the path to doing so), from attending workshops, presentations and courses with Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, and yes, also some with the amazing Chris James along the way.
    One simply cannot put a price upon what is in fact priceless – our connection and communion with ourselves, and the absolute Joy that can be known with consistency in our everyday lives, when we actually say ‘yes’ to honouring ourselves, and realise that the myriad of ‘escape tactics’ explored (alcohol and the rest…) never brought one iota of such richness at all…

  18. Oh, and I didn’t count up the financial savings – they are indeed huge! And the cost of attending a presentation with Universal Medicine? With so much accessible for just a few dollars, I have seen nothing to compare either in quality, value and integrity anywhere else on the planet.
    This is an outfit dedicated in full to serving humanity, and every aspect of its organisational framework reflects this in full – again, outstanding beyond measure and well worthy of extensive study and review in itself as to how this is possible.

  19. It is interesting that in most cases the language of money speaks loudly, often more loudly than ill health or indulging in distracting activities. Reading your blog I can see the value for money but I also feel certain that how you are feeling in your body right now after making different choices, means there is no amount of money that would change the path of self care and self love you are now choosing.

  20. What I love about this is that you only thought you would give it a go just for a weekend, and that ‘weekend’ has not quite ended after 10 years. This really confirms the power of a true choice, the timelessness of a moment, really – how it defies the confinement of perceived time frame, a choice that would lead to the next choice and the next, and the next. How ironic then when we set out to give up something or introduce a new routine thinking that is for a life time we often fail miserably.

  21. Every time read this blog it makes me cry, the last line for some reason is what triggers it, about the coffee and the chocolate, it makes me smile and cry and the same time. I am so grateful to have my father back, to have his bright face, to know that my children will have a Pappa that is very engaging and not preoccupied with his addictions, to have a Dad that is enthusiastic about life and not just about drinking. This investment benefited more than one but many in the ripple effect.

  22. Stunning Andrew, love the calculations and really love this comment… “The years have revealed that it was merely the first step to allowing the peeling back of the multitude of layers that I had plastered over my real self – like cheap, thick pancake makeup on a delicate and beautiful face. ” Such honesty and depth to that statement… and yes such a delicate and beautiful face you show us now.

  23. Love this Andy. When we add up our sums in this way and visibly see how much money we throw at keeping ourselves entertained, whether its with alcohol, smoking, drugs, TV or Cinema, shopping, food etc etc (the list is endless), against what one person may spend on going to Universal Medicine events where they get to appreciate themselves in a way they never have before and to do some true deep healing, there is absolutely nothing to compare. In fact I would say attending a Universal Medicine course or workshop is one of the wisest ‘investments’ that anyone could ever make in their life.

  24. When you accept that there is a world of energy and start to feel in your body, the criteria you use to evaluate how do you spend money and the return you get from it changes quite dramatically… for the best.

  25. This is a brilliant summary Andy of the amount of money we can spend on distracting ourselves and keeping ourselves numb and never really questioning it. If only the same amount of time, energy and money was put towards investing in our evolution and healing we would be pleasantly surprised to see the return on our investment brings so much joy and love into our lives.

  26. I LOVE this blog for all the reasons everyone has mentioned above and more. I LOVE this blog because it is real and it is true and the man who stands before me today is the same man I fell in love with 40 odd years ago minus the protection. And every single day I get to witness even more of who this beautiful, tender man truly is. What a bonus! All from a $330 layout!

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