The Universal Medicine Livingness Workshop presented by Serge Benhayon

I write in relation to ’The Livingness Workshop – Stage 1’ facilitated by Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine on 15 February 2015. This was my first experience seeing Serge live, albeit from a webcast to Sydney. Having undertaken some of my own research prior to attending, I was reasonably certain that this was going to be a special day.

Serge Benhayon opened the Livingness Workshop with an introduction and made a simple statement that this was our workshop – not his – and this was the theme throughout. The workshop had a base structure to it, however this organically evolved through the contributions of the students.

I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness of so many people to freely and openly contribute to the group discussions. There was a significant commonality among the group demonstrating a collective need to challenge the way we are living.

Serge noted that our lives are being restrained and often defined by our personal hurts and experiences. Serge at this time spoke about a way of living continuum; in one direction there was pure evil, in the opposite direction pure love, in the middle was ‘normal’ – with many incremental steps along the pathway. As we have all been hurt we typically develop protection mechanisms to try and prevent this from happening again, however this so-called protection or barrier prevents us from moving forward, and we get trapped around the so-called ‘normal’.

Have we, or are we, creating a self-perpetuating life cycle? Do we feel that we are less exposed, less vulnerable – more comfortable with being ‘normal’?

Serge noted that if five, ten or twenty people have hurt you there is no direct linkage to suggest that the remaining seven billion people in the world will. This really resonated with me as I realised that I am defining or projecting myself more by what others have done (or may do) to me and not by who I am or who I can be.

If I choose to move more to the pure love side with a resultant lowering of the barriers, accepting and releasing the hurts, this then will attract more love, more openness, and I will establish a better connection with myself and ultimately define a new life cycle – or will I in effect, simply be returning to the life that I should be living?

Time to take the first step …

In the week after The Livingness Workshop, I had several people share personal issues with me and I was able to use the example above. I could see a realisation in their eyes and a natural connection with this message.

Throughout the session Serge encouraged an open discussion. He took all questions, respectfully challenged assumptions and, threaded through his comments there was a deep wisdom that seemed innately familiar.

Upon reflection, Serge Benhayon’s message is not based on some ‘out there’ radical concepts, but on common sense – a commodity that appears none too common in the way we live our lives today.

I would like to thank Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine for his part in delivering this enlightening experience, my fellow Universal Medicine students for their most generous contributions and openness, and my Universal Medicine practitioner, Donna Gianniotis who is such an inspiration.

By Matt Nolan

Further Reading:
The Livingness Workshops
We Are Not Our Hurts
Loving Daily Choices and Healing Hurts

577 thoughts on “The Universal Medicine Livingness Workshop presented by Serge Benhayon

  1. There is a great humbleness to the way that Serge Benhayon presents which allows the group to be responsible for the content of the workshops. This challenges the notion that a leader has to be control, when yes he leads the workshops, but never have I ever had the feeling that he is in control of them and of us for that matter. We are all there together as a group, chosen to be there of our own free will, and Serge facilitates that freedom of choice and supports us to explore and to go deeper in to that choice and to find harmony and unity between ourselves and eachother.

  2. The world has never become a greater, warmer place by holding on to ‘hurts’ and living from the protection and guardedness of those hurts – and so if we live like this – all we do is confirm to a hurt world that they also need to hold protection. If we choose instead the responsibility to deal with stuff we carry, and heal ourselves, we can release all that stops us from opening up and truly connecting to others. the world needs to see and trust there is another way, and this is where we can make that first choice.

  3. Thank you Matt I love how you share about the continuum from Love to Evil and how we get stuck in the ‘normal’ range protecting ourselves from potential hurts based on how a handful of the 7 billion people on Earth have treated us in the past and how making a choice to move towards Love instantly shifts our perceptions and our interactions with others. Serge Benhayon presents with such humility and acts as a facilitator empowering us in our reconnection. Awesome summary of the beauty and openness available in all Universal Medicine workshops which offer life-changing but very practical tools.

  4. The openness of Serge Benhayon to be a conduit to deliver what is needed by each group and never to allow self to get in the way of participants opportunity to evolve is totally humbling and a beautiful reflection for everyone who takes part.

  5. It’s funny when things drift away from where they should be and then even the most down to earth, common sense approach becomes something else; “Upon reflection, Serge Benhayon’s message is not based on some ‘out there’ radical concepts, but on common sense – a commodity that appears none too common in the way we live our lives today.” Where is the ‘common’ or ‘norm’ heading? Do we really or truly have a marker for this or do we just keep moving it depending on what is happening around us?

  6. “If I choose to move more to the pure love side with a resultant lowering of the barriers, accepting and releasing the hurts, this then will attract more love, more openness, and I will establish a better connection with myself and ultimately define a new life cycle – or will I in effect, simply be returning to the life that I should be living?” Great expression Matt. We have come so far away from how life can or could be lived we now think of it as ‘normal’, and the desire for everything to be evidence based perpetuates this. No awareness of the energy of life – life lived as pure function….when there is so much more.

  7. What we call in our life ‘normal’ is not only related to who have we become after being hurt in and by life. Normal is also an area where hurting another or being hurt by another one is also ‘normal’. Normal thus, is this way of being that has accepted hurt as part of us and of life. Normal is a subtle way to giving up who we are in the name of who supposedly we are but are not.

    1. Great point Eduardo. Accepting a ‘normality’ that is less than who we are, is in fact a convenient excuse for not accepting the responsibility of all the choices we make to not live who we truly are.

  8. It is truly life-changing what Serge Benhayon presents around the hurts we have, we hold onto our hurts to protect ourselves from further hurts which only results in us hurting ourselves and missing out on the deep love and connection available to us all. Learning to let them go is not always easy as we have identified with them for so long but when we do it is a powerful experience that allows the space for us to embrace love and our relationships more.

  9. Thank you for sharing your post Livingness 1 Workshop reflections Matt. I could really relate to all that you have expressed which made me take a moment to appreciate the changes I have made which was a beautiful confirmation.

  10. “Upon reflection, Serge Benhayon’s message is not based on some ‘out there’ radical concepts, but on common sense – a commodity that appears none too common in the way we live our lives today.” Absolutely – many of us ‘think’ we are using common sense when the truth is we actually are not.

  11. There is no doubt that great change can come through our lives when we choose to be in connection to love, however the change is far greater when we work together to live in union with the oneness of the love that we naturally belong to. For love in fact is our true ‘normal’, a normal that is out of this world in contrast the normal we currently have settled for today.

  12. I love how Universal Medicine presentations don’t have boundaries, and how the participants are allowed to explore and examine what is being presented, through open and honest questions, experiences and a willingness to go there no matter how uncomfortable it may be. If schools were like this we would have a very different kind of society than we have today.

  13. I came back to this article as it popped up in front of me this morning. Living the ‘norm’ these days isn’t such a great thing. This is no to judge those that do but more question the direction we are headed in support of any norm. When you do things year after year or even week after week it’s always great to keep your head up and look at the possibilities.
    As was presented at the course in the article, “Serge noted that if five, ten or twenty people have hurt you there is no direct linkage to suggest that the remaining seven billion people in the world will.” Yet we carry on as though everything will repeat itself not realising what we are carrying will attract the very thing we are trying to avoid. It’s an interesting one to see, in that something happens and we feel hurt, embarrassed, judged, not trusted etc by it. When we record this and look for that to not repeat itself in that way again so we change the way we act, share, move, or speak.
    Everything around us senses the change and we see it as us being a better person or protecting ourselves or just not letting something bad happen again. Everyone and everything else sees it as something unnatural, something that doesn’t belong to how you naturally are and so by support and to heal, everything constellates for you to let go of whatever it is. You think it’s the repeat of the same thing again and so go through the same process of changing how you are and so the cycle continues; you think here we go again hang on and everything else is saying here is another opportunity for you to let go. Never do the two meet because it’s “normal” for people to change and be a better person and it’s not normal to see the world like this. It’s not to challenge the ‘norm’ but to consistently ask questions of why you do what feels like the same things are certain points, and be open for the world to reflect the answer to you.

  14. “I realised that I am defining or projecting myself more by what others have done (or may do) to me and not by who I am or who I can be.” Goodness. This is such a powerful revelation. It completely changes one’s outlook on life from one of, ‘Life doing me’ to, ‘Me doing life’.

  15. We have indeed a natural connection with all what Serge Benhayon is presenting. Whether we choose to live in this connection is another thing and related to the question do we want to stay ‘normal’, not stand out and living a comfortable life or choose love as a standard for our every day.

  16. ‘Upon reflection, Serge Benhayon’s message is not based on some ‘out there’ radical concepts, but on common sense – a commodity that appears none too common in the way we live our lives today.’ Beautifully said Matt.The simplicity and common sense of the Ageless Wisdom is an affront to the arrogant spirit but it is the pure medicine of the Soul.

  17. When we get hurt and don’t heal that hurt and let it go we can tend to form a protective barrier around ourselves to prevent us getting hurt again. And then we get hurt again, and again don’t heal it and let it go so another layer of protection is added on top of the previous one. This goes on and on with more layers getting added over the passing years until one day we realise we are the equivalent of a ‘sumo’ of protection and realise how awkward and heavy these hurts are to carry which then gives us the opportunity to heal them. Then one by one with the grace of the lessons we learn every day from our own and others imperfections we peel them back, let them go and lighten up.

    1. This reminds me of a cartoon I once saw of a person in the darkest, saddest, most protected and miserable struggle of life you can imagine, and yet underneath it all was pure light and Love, untainted and untarnished by any of the hurts and layers of protection we might cake ourselves in. Beneath it all we are pure and innocent and always will be, no matter what.

  18. Thanks Matt, there is a simplicity to all that Serge Benhayon shares and it’s very relatable. I often start discussions with door knockers, people at the shops, etc, related to what I have learned at Universal Medicine workshops and everyone always sparks up and can also relate – Serge gets to the heart of the common human experience and it’s something we do all innately know.

  19. I loved reading this Matt. What is so beautiful to me is that everything is presented in Livingness 1. It’s not like so many other courses or workshops I’ve attended where it’s an introduction and you need to do more in order to get the complete picture. One could never do another Universal Medicine workshop again in their lives and yet still have the access to everything those who attend many have. The clue is in the name – if we make it our Livingness, then we heal our hurts, let go of protection and accelerate our movement back to Love.

  20. This has stood out for me too Matt since hearing Serge Benhayon present Livingness 1, “Serge noted that if five, ten or twenty people have hurt you there is no direct linkage to suggest that the remaining seven billion people in the world will.” This is huge and breaks down many dogged thoughts that keep us suppressed in protection for years or eons. 9 times out of 10 what we ‘think’ is going to happen if we open up again and trust… doesn’t.

  21. It is so true that we often hold onto our hurts more and then measure how we will be with others based on this. This is a pattern I can relate too. I had never considered it in this way until I heard Serge Benhayon speak on it, but it showed me how when we all do this we continue to circulate abuse because we all stay protected however when someone loves openly it sets a new way.

  22. Thanks Matt, first I have to take the time to appreciate the fact that you experienced something great and then you went ahead a wrote a blog about it, I find that very inspiring in itself. I love the concept that Serge Benhayon presented about us living in this spot between evil and love. It’s almost like we have just settled for it and we have been in that spot for so long that anything outside that spot feels scary or unfamiliar. We cling to familiar as humans, even when it’s not that good; if we know it, we feel safe. I remember hearing this terrible song over and over on the radio when I was a teenager, I commented the first few times about how much I didn’t like the song and then a month later it played at a party and before the lyrics came on I screamed out, I love this song?! I later realised I just got tricked because it was familiar. It’s time we make a new norm and one part of that is expression; good on you for getting out to the world what you experienced in the Workshop!

  23. I have heard Serge Banhyon saying ‘This is your workshop, not mine’ many times. When I was at school, I was a ‘good’ student, never late, always attentive and able to answer questions correctly – but I am really realising now is how this stance is pretty much useless when it comes to livingness; it only works with memorizing and accumulating knowledge. Being at Universal Medicine presentations challenges this familiar posture that has for so long allowed me to hide behind being good, uncommitted, and I often find it very uncomfortable.

  24. And what I am observing is that pure evil can present itself in places and situations where I once thought to be the least expected which I was a part of, but thank God I am gently coming out of by learning through the reflection in others and the observation in my livingness.

  25. Yes it is great Matt the way Serge Benhayon opens up the workshops to us and says ‘This is your workshop’. In a way that can at first be a bit daunting as one feel a level of responsibility being called upon – we are so used to sitting back and letting the presenter do all the work while we ourselves contribute very little. But knowing all about energy and committed to live in a a true way, this amazing teacher knows he can only respond to what we are calling for – his job is not to impose knowledge upon us but inspire us to find that we ourselves have the font of all wisdom within.

  26. Thank you Matt, for bringing the day to us in this gorgeous blog, which we can revisit again and again. It does seem that we as a society have settled for a ‘normal’ that we think is comfortable, we now even think is who we are. Yet if we are honest, deep within we still are not at ease with ourselves, with life and each other. Does this normality that we have settled for reflect just how amazing, powerful, vital and joyful we are and inspire us to be more of who we are? Why not? We may have moments of experiencing this but why are we not living this amazingness every day? Our connection to who we are is where our true normal is. For our love within, who we are, can never be altered, hurt or harmed, and it is this quality that when connected to, defines what true fulfillment is.

  27. I agree Matt; everything Serge presents makes complete sense and if something doesn’t make sense test it out for yourself and use your own experiences as a true marker for you – this builds our livingness and a deeper connection with ourselves.

  28. An excellent summary Matt of a Serge Benhayon presentation, thank you. Every workshop, retreat, lecture or course I have attended live or online has been delivered in the same way, with a beautiful professionalism, openness, respectful challenge and ease. I’m so glad you loved your first experience as much as I did (and continue to do). Having searched for a ‘common sense philosophy’ for so long, Universal Medicine is the ‘global tonic’ presenting true answers to all our ills I’d been looking for!

  29. The middle of the bell curve that is ‘normal’ is probably harder to defeat than pure evil, for it holds us in a comfort we cannot (or don’t want to) see past and through. Although – like many who find their way to Universal Medicine – I had a knowing that there was so much more to life, I didn’t have the wherewithal to break out of the web of comfort I, and all of us, had collectively spun. It’s taken the gentle sledge-hammer that is Serge Benhayon to smash the illusion I was in. Today, it’s up to me, with the on-going support of the Universal Medicine presentations and modalities I choose to access, to break free of the last vestiges of comfort that hold me back from being a living expression of pure love.

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