I recently attended a presentation by Natalie Benhayon on “A Sacred Relationship with Self.” This subject has been in my conscious awareness for a few years as I have been learning about and developing more self-love and more self-nurturing which has led to more self-esteem. When I received the notice of the presentation being given by Natalie, I suspected there would be a slant on how to be in relationship with my self as a woman. I’ve been a late bloomer so to speak, in the sense of realising what my true expression as a woman means for me. I was eager to attend, yet still a little apprehensive. The apprehension had to do with not being confident about ‘how to be a woman’. As the presentation began, I quickly learned that the evening would be about a relationship with my sacred self.
If we look at Natalie Benhayon, we see a young woman who is amazing. She is beautiful, sexy, cheeky, fun and a full time complementary healing practitioner. She is seeing people in clinic many days of the week, founder of Our Cycles App, editor of a magazine called Women in Livingness, designer of websites, director of the Esoteric Practitioners Association (EPA)*, Founder and Director of Esoteric Women’s Health and on the board of the College of Universal Medicine (a charitable institution) and constantly pushing the edges, not to mention a few buttons! How can one woman do all of that? Some of us admire her. Some of us might envy her. Some might even be jealous. Some don’t like what they see. What they don’t like is they know that they too could be all of that but are choosing not to. That isn’t a comfortable reflection.
For many of us who have the privilege of attending the sacred movement groups which were initiated by Natalie, we can easily feel what it means to be in our sacredness because the movements allow us to connect to that most holy of places. But how many of us retain that sense of sacredness as we put on our boots, gather our bags and scarves and head out the door? I’m going to guess not many.
Being in sacredness is about a sacred relationship with self and being fully present and connected with yourself…. and more.
We have had Natalie Benhayon and her family as well as other esoteric practitioners demonstrating what “being with yourself” looks and feels like and I, along with many other women I know, have been inspired to develop our own rhythm and beingness. I have an increasing awareness of when I am with myself and when I have dropped the ball and lost the plot. I am spending more time with myself nowadays so I know what that feels like and I still go in and out of being present with myself.
When I’m showering, I am aware of tipping the shampoo into my hand, aware of how I apply it to my scalp, of how gently (or not) I massage it in. When I’m pouring my cup of tea, I am aware of how I connect (or grab) the kettle. When I’m choosing my clothes I consider why I have reached for that blouse. Is it the colour, the fabric, the style? It’s a rare occasion now that I drive somewhere and arrive realising I was on automatic pilot all the way there. I’ve incorporated little check in points during the drive to make sure I am present in my body. How are my hands placed on the wheel? Does my mirror need adjusting? I am mostly spending time “being with myself” so when I do fall away from that position, I recognise it and can choose to bring myself back home to myself.
At Natalie’s presentation on ‘A Sacred Relationship with Self’, I felt that to be in sacredness as a woman is something even more profound. It isn’t just about being with myself, or being present or being fully present or being consciously present. It is about being all those things – as a woman.
As a woman, I’m learning to start with my stillness and anything I ‘do’ must come from that stillness. For me, the biggest distraction to my stillness is nervous energy. If I am anxious or worrying there is a ‘busyness’ in me that disrupts my inner stillness. If I am thinking about things I have to do, and it is not yet time to do these things, this also creates a ‘sense of work or activity’ that is not real or productive. When it is time to do this activity, whatever it may be, I can do it with a sense of my sacred self, knowing there is no right or wrong if I am in activity as my sacred self.
If I am not coming from stillness first I have left my true essence and entered into the male essence of action, the male essence of ‘doing’. This can be a tricky business in a world that acknowledges and rewards those who do and those who produce. But thank God, there are people like Natalie Benhayon who are presenting and demonstrating how to be role models for this profound way of living from their sacredness so that we have a reflection of what it looks like and what it feels like. I feel very fortunate indeed to be able to attend these presentations in person but I feel even more fortunate to be a woman, in a large group of women, who are helping pioneer the return to our true essence; that of living in a sacred relationship with self and in the sacredness of being a woman.
By Gayle Cue, Office Manager, Bangalow NSW Australia
* The EPA (Esoteric Practitioners Association) is the internal accreditation arm of Universal Medicine. It was instigated by Universal Medicine to monitor and accredit the modalities that were founded by Universal Medicine.
1,049 thoughts on “A Sacred Relationship with Self – Inspired by Natalie Benhayon”
There is also a grander sense that there is more than just the ‘self’ the possibilities are endless that we can tap into when we connect to the universal mind, which makes our so-called ‘intelligence’ no intelligence at all but a regurgitation of someone else’s force-fed ideals and beliefs. We are vessels of energy and depending what energy we choose we are either accessing the universal mind or regurgitated intelligence from the astral plane. We can easily see from our present state of affairs we have not been using universal intelligence. We have placed all our eggs in one basket and gone for regurgitated intelligence. We just have to look at our current education system and the facts are before us.
Thank you Gayle, I have practiced many sessions of Sacred Movement since I last read this and my understanding of what you are sharing has changed so much. Now I have more experience in my own body from what Sacredness is and how that feels and what it means – a completely different understanding. Thanks for everything you have shared, it’s one of my favourite blogs, it always communicates something so deep to me and inspires me, beyond the words. I love this line, “Being in sacredness is about a sacred relationship with self and being fully present and connected with yourself…. and more.”
This makes me really appreciate to be in a woman’s body at this time, to be with other women who are equally rediscovering what it is to be a woman in-truth.
There is so much wisdom in this blog, the way it unravels it calls us right back into stillness, into realising that we don’t need all of the chatter & all of the things that we think we should be doing. For they come from a place of insecurity, a place of feeling not good enough. Perhaps we may think that if we do all of the things we have listed in our heads, we are good enough – but at what expense, with what quality? Nothing is worth doing if it is done in abuse of you or your body.
Thank you Gayle, you make being Sacred feel like it is the responsibility for everything, and this is equally for all of us so when we move in our essences we feel the sacredness of ourselves and the responsibility that it brings to everything we do.
Gregbarnes888 I’m beginning to understand the responsibility we carry towards ourselves and all others. When you know something is true and do not express it then that is being irresponsible but we do this a lot because we don’t want to lose friends/ family or seem to be the party pooper we become a bystander and allow the un truth to become a truth by not speaking up.
Absolutely Mary, putting a button on our lip has never worked, and even when something is not said because we have discerned that what is needed would be too disruptive. Thus when we appreciate this level of responsibility the space will open where the True words are ready to be heard because we have responded in True-timing with Love.
The feeling of raciness is so horrible, I feel it right now. There is a nervousness about the day ahead which I don’t exactly want to go into, but it feels like my diaphragm is being filled up with acid and there is a flickering under my skin – kind of like a wing-flap of an insect. It amazes me how much the body actually communicates with us, it has been said many times that the body sends very clear messages but it’s almost as if I am hearing it for the first time.
What a blessing it is to be able to feel at the level you are sharing Viktoria, and those feelings are usually lost when we feel the sacredness in our walk.
Very true Greg, we don’t appreciate the awareness we have because it usually shows us the things in life that are not so pretty. But seeing them is such a gift because the majority of us, for the majority of the time are so stuck in our perceptions that we don’t even recognise the harm we are doing to ourselves and others.
Spot on Viktoria, we live in a cycle or what we think life can be as one of Living Love and no harm and one of critique, which is usually judge-mental to self or others, then what we are living or thinking circles back to pay back with either a deeper level of Love or further judge-ment’s and the ill energy that ensues. It is not really pay-back but Karma.
This blog has unclicked something for me, I have no idea how many times I have heard the phrase “a woman’s body should not be rushed” or how many times I have repeated it to myself, but here’s another layer peeled off, a “woman’s body should not be engaged in thought of what to do next” – Thank you Gayle
“a relationship with my sacred self.” Deepening our awareness of the sacredness we hold within our body as a woman is to feel the equal sacredness within everyone.
Thank you Gayle, this is one of my favourite blogs to read and all the reminders in there on how to be with my Sacred self are very practical. We don’t really have a world that values who people are, it’s all about what you do, qualifications, credentials, how much you can do in a day, etc, but we live all of this without a connection to the truly sacred beings we are.
Being in sacredness, is something many of us are choosing to return to, ‘Being in sacredness is about a sacred relationship with self and being fully present and connected with yourself…. and more.’
Natalie Benhayon is an amazing inspiration. Nothing will stop her from living sacred and bringing sacredness to the world, as every woman is in desperate need of a loving and sacred relationship with herself and her body. Natalie will keep going until we all get the foundation of what it truly means to be a woman in this world.
Sacred Movement brings us back to what being a ‘Woman’ truly feels like and how we as “Women naturally’ are designed to be, equally so.
Thank you Shirley-Ann, today I was able to keep coming back to my body to be present with what I was doing, and I realised that this gives me the opportunity to choose the quality of each moment when I’m present with it, what kind of imprint I leave, and ultimately the expression I put out that eventually comes back to me.
It is great to be reminded as Gayle did about techniques we can use to support us to come back to our bodies, ‘I’ve incorporated little check in points during the drive to make sure I am present in my body. How are my hands placed on the wheel? Does my mirror need adjusting? I am mostly spending time “being with myself” so when I do fall away from that position, I recognise it and can choose to bring myself back home to myself.’
It’s quite an amazing journey learning to live from my sacredness, the more I connect to that within myself the more I realise how I have lived in the rush, push, busyness, anxiousness, racy thinking, when inside me is this deep well of stillness and sacredness that I can instead choose to connect to and live from. It’s like learning to walk again, plugged into a different source.
And when we ‘fall’ as in choosing to go in drive, push, busyness etc. (which comes from the other source we can live from but it is not the source we are naturally a part of) we just stand up and enjoy the walking again.
I love this sentence Melinda, ‘It’s like learning to walk again, plugged into a different source.’ Beautifully sums up the situation.
Yes and it is because of my increased awareness and choosing to be with myself that when I do lose myself it is very clear and obvious. I am also aware that I/we are being presented with opportunities constantly, perfectly constellated to support ourselves to learn what we are to learn so that we do not lose ourselves. It is a matter of saying yes to these constellations and what they are offering, for us to let go of that which does not support us and hence offer and support everyone, for us all to grow and expand.
Being with ourselves in every moment is paramount, ‘I have an increasing awareness of when I am with myself and when I have dropped the ball and lost the plot. I am spending more time with myself nowadays so I know what that feels like and I still go in and out of being present with myself.’
The world as we know it today would be very different if women were taught to honor and live from their sacredness.
I probably find the most successful places of having a sacred relationship with self is in the shower / bath or in your bedroom. And there is participating in a Sacred Movement class which is second to none.
In our world today that has become so way off course….that is losing the fundamental tenets of decency and respect towards our fellow brothers and sisters bringing the Sacredness back is a pure blessing. Natalie Benhayon is sharing with us practical ways that we can do just that. The practise of Sacred Movement has us releasing from our body energy that is holding us back from expressing ourselves in full. It allows for a connection to the divine in us.
I find this very beautiful – when we are thinking about the things that need to get done but it is not the time to do them, we find ourselves listening and saying yes to self love re-imprinting a way that perhaps in the past had a strong hold on us.
Connecting to my sacredness and moving from there is something I experience in the Sacred Movement classes. I can feel I am not living this as my normal, whereas that is what living as a woman is all about. So a work in progress, and Natalie is the most amazing example I can ask for, she makes it very practical, playful and fun.
Hi Monika, I’m experiencing the same thing, being connected to my sacredness very deeply in Sacred Movement and it being my expression and in the way I move, and learning to make this my living way. I find being present with my whole body really supports this as I’m in a 6 week Esoteric Yoga program at the moment which has highlighted how my mind takes me away from my sacredness, but being connected to my body helps me restore it. It’s lovely learning this alongside yourself and so many other women.
I recognize how being present in my body supports connecting to my Sacredness, in fact without that I can’t experience it. What also supports me is allowing myself to deeply drop and surrender into tenderness and to connect to multidimensionality.
Connecting to our sacredness is supported by being present and connected to our body, ‘I felt that to be in sacredness as a woman is something even more profound. It isn’t just about being with myself, or being present or being fully present or being consciously present. It is about being all those things – as a woman.’
When I first heard about this sacredness that resides within waiting to be expressed, I thought never in a hundred years does that mean me, but what I have discovered is that it is there in all of us no matter what our past history.
Yes Julie, all of us, including you.
Thank you Gayle, it’s an inspiring read that offers a lot of understanding about what it truly means in a practical sense to live our sacredness as women. Holding my connection to myself as Sacred and above all else is something I am constantly learning, as is exploring how that feels as a woman. The more I deepen my connection to my Sacred self the more I realise how my true qualities feel as a woman, delicateness, sass, nurturing, grace, love, beauty, and stillness are just some of the things I feel inside myself. I am learning to stay connected to these qualities, the essence of me, and express those throughout the day. This has been so beautiful and supportive to read again today Gayle, thank you, it’s been like receiving a warm hug and a boost to feeling my Sacred, powerful self!
“As a woman, I’m learning to start with my stillness and anything I ‘do’ must come from that stillness” – so true Gayle, it’s the same with me also; learning that everything, myself, and all life is about quality and determining which quality is in use to then direct us in all our moves, and in what we experience is the key to living. The quality of stillness being our natural and fine quality, our poise to instil over the qualities of anxiousness, busyness, race or rush for example.
It is remarkable that such a young woman can do so much, and be such an inspiration to so many women of all ages, consistantly so, and as you say constantly pushing the boundaries of what else there is to be done to support not only women, but also men to reconnect to their true selves.
The role modelling that Natalie Benhayon presents with herself is phenomenal because in her movements we get to see how life and in that, relationships can be when there is not a force called in making everything personal and protected. In all the years that I have known her, Natalie remains open and loving with every single person that she meets, showing us that knowing who you are and living that in full is love’s greatest strength.
The quality of our movements become delicate the moment we connect to breath and stillness, It is as if we touch and offer heaven to others.
Inspired by Natalie Benhayon, re-connecting to sacredness is the new conversation I’m having with myself. It’s profoundly humbling know that sacredness is not out there and separate from me but what we all innately are.
Natalie Benhayon is all inspiring for many reasons particularly showing us how we can have a sacred relationship with ourselves, Natalie lives and breathes her connection to herself, her movements are gentle yet purposeful and Natalie is an amazing role model for both younger and older women.
Natalie Benhayon is an endless source of inspiration to so many women, both young and old and every age in-between. She is the most incredible, beautiful, sexy, sassy and not to mention wise, role model that anyone could have or wish for as what she presents comes with nothing other than absolute pure love and integrity for all with not one ounce of judgement.
There is no right or wrong in sacredness, just a space where we feel who we truly are. And Natalie Benhayon is a living breathing example of how this can be, and that it’s possible – it’s beautiful to feel and be a part of this, to come back to who we truly are.
What I can feel is how we get caught in an image and trying and neither belongs to the truth of what we are – be it men or women. There’s nothing to do, nowhere to go. In our trying, we push away and resist what we already are.
When we connect to our stillness first what we do naturally flows, we are able to stay with our bodies rather than go into the drive and pushing that comes from our heads.
Every time I meet up with Natalie I am deeply inspired by her absolute strength, depth and wisdom but more it is the emanation that comes out of her body that is so sacred. She is committed to this 100% and the continuation of deepening and it is extremely and deeply powerful.
Natalie Benhayon offers all women and men an opportunity to feel what true sacredness looks like in everyday life with her powerful reflection.
‘I felt that to be in sacredness as a woman is something even more profound. It isn’t just about being with myself, or being present or being fully present or being consciously present. It is about being all those things – as a woman.’ It has taken me a long time to understand what being a woman is all about. Do I live it yet? Quite honestly, no I don’t as I still get very caught out by drive and motion. However, I can say that as a woman there has been an increasing appreciation for all those qualities I have as a woman and a self-acceptance that has gone deeper than anything I have experienced this lifetime. The stillness bit is still a work in progress!
Getting to know and understand the word ‘sacredness’ in its true meaning is today not as daunting as it first appeared to be. I had so many pictures and beliefs that the word ‘sacredness’ was way too much for me to comprehend within my body. The more I get to know myself as a woman and feel the natural qualities such as delicateness and preciousness that are present within me, the more I am coming to terms with the sacredness that is inherent within and within every woman and man.
Totally gorgeous Gail, thank you. Your blog gave me a moment to stop and connect to my sacredness. A moment to surrender and feel what strength lies in stillness.
In its simplest term and on a very physical level I would describe sacredness as getting a feel of our body again, and not in the sense of outer stimulation or on an emotional level, but by simply allowing myself to feel my body from the inside out, what is going on in my body and how much of it can I feel and how much do I allow myself to feel in every moment and move from this inner connection instead of letting me be pushed and directed from what the world wants from me.
Before I came accross Universal Medicine I lived in emotional up and downs, very anxious and very unsure about ‘how to be a woman’. Today I really value the check in moments to feel my body from within and to be able to come back to me, with no regret when I found myself in ‘doing’ mode. My life today is more simple and natural than ever before. I feel very rich for having such a big family who inspires, reflects and supports me very much everyday in my way of life. I don’t live in sacredness every single second, but I have a wonderful reflection to see and feel what it looks like from the Benhayon family. Having them present in every moment invites me to trust more in what I feel from my body, to let go any idea or belief from my mind about who I am and to surrender to this space of stillness that is in all of us.
Before Universal Medicine many people lived a more emotional up and down life; by bringing in supportive techniques to nurture, cherish and love ourselves, our lives are far more steady, ‘I have been learning about and developing more self-love and more self-nurturing which has led to more self-esteem.’
Natalie Benhayon brings her all in every presentation that she holds. As a student of the Livingness and after attending her workshops I can feel more present in my body and empowered. The way she presents is very refreshing, very inviting to claim myself back my true power as a woman. Love having her reflection in my life, it’s a constant reminder of the true woman I am.
Stillness is a word that I am still learning to develop a relationship with. I feel I have a grasp on it, but then I feel like I lose it. And so it is a process of letting myself get used to this ‘new’ but in reality ‘eon old’ way of being. And further to that, perhaps what is happening is not that I lose the grasp, but that my sense of stillness is actually growing and deepening so that when I think I have it mastered, I am then shown the next level of where to take it… a never ending process so to speak. I am doing baby steps but with each baby step my body rejoices…
How wonderful being open to this process that never ends Henrietta. The more I let go the ideas about ‘going there’, to ‘have it all’, to ‘do it right’…the more I surrender and enjoy in my own way and rhythm to my stillness.
Natalie Benhayon in an amazing woman who is deeply inspiring. And though she is young, she is well wiser than her years. She holds an absolute honouring of herself as a woman and in this lives her delicateness each and every day, but never in a way that is weak or fluffy – she is a very strong woman and has no fears around saying that what needs to be said, doing what needs to be done and living love in every single moment for all to be inspired by. Thank you Natalie for being who you are and not holding back and in this reminding each and every one of us as women that we have the same within to embrace and live every day.
I find it crazy that we can move through life, or let’s make it smaller, a day, an hour, a drive, a walk, even brushing our teeth without being aware of ourselves and that we can not remember how we got somewhere or what we did in our year. We can check out and not be with ourselves when we do something and if we don’t catch that detachment it just builds a momentum of doing with no-one pointing it out because that is what we are rewarded for in life. A choice to be dedicated and commitment to ourselves is incredible medicine for our lives.
I wonder how it is that one person stands up and pushes the edges without considering the consequences and others don’t. I am discovering that it comes detaching from what others think of you.
Yes.. nervous tension, anxiousness and thoughts of self doubt are all a distraction that get in the way of feeling the solidness, the simple joy, of being and feeling who we truly are, and living it.
Connecting to sacredness had never been on my agenda before, however, meeting Natalie and the Sacred Movement Workshops has been an opening to a whole new dimension that keeps joyfully expanding.
Natalie Benhayon is strong and powerful and oh so very sweet. She allows the Hierarchy to pour through her whatever is needed and is an awesome role model for all of us.
A man meeting a woman who is her sacredness is one of the greatest blessings a man can be given and receive.
Connecting to sacredness gives us a sense of the beauty we are and we represent like nothing else.
Natalie Benhayon lives and breathes sacredness.