Universal Medicine Retreat…. and Advance!

With the May 2015 U.K. Universal Medicine Retreat already in the past, I feel drawn to examine my position, and the position of Humanity at this moment in time.

Just a few years ago, if you had told me that you were going to a retreat for a few days, I think that perhaps the first feeling that I would have experienced would have been incomprehension, followed closely in second place by sympathy.

The idea of renouncing ‘normal’ life, ‘normal’ food and ‘normal’ behaviour generally would have filled me with dread, even for just a few days. All those pale, anaemic, kaftan-wearing weirdos muttering things like “far out, man” at every opportunity while shuffling their under-nourished, hunched-forward frames around in an apologetic manner would have been bound to provoke some rather unsympathetic remark from me, such as “Cheer up mate!” or “Come on now, pull yourself together!”

Such a scenario is not just fantasy but based upon a life that I have lived, whereby ‘normality’ was defined as the mainstream or what the majority did. Nobody thought that life was perfect, but nobody could think of a better way of living and so every now and then, someone would be ‘inspired’ to approach things differently, claiming that they had found the answer.

Retreats, groups and ‘workshops’ would follow, and ‘Nirvana’ would be guaranteed after everyone had parted with a large chunk of their disposable income to cover the entrance fee.

What this demonstrates more than anything else, is that for a very long time our notion of ‘Normality’ has been flawed.

A lurking suspicion that we haven’t quite ‘got it’ yet has guaranteed a healthy income for many would-be pioneers of an alternative way. However, after a flurry of enthusiasm and perhaps an endorsement from the odd celebrity or two, it would all be quietly forgotten about as all those involved would slink back to their ‘normal’ lives, seeking solace in alcohol, cream cakes or sex.

The accepted notion of Normality has taken a few knocks in recent years. When one’s children wanted to go off and hitch-hike around the world, one would have become understandably concerned about their safety and would have sought to discourage them, at the same time as perhaps nurturing a slight empathy that they too were after a better way of living that had so far eluded the ‘grown ups’.

But when they quietly and secretly left home for some undisclosed middle-eastern destination in order to join a religious organisation which every day practiced a brutality not seen since the middle ages, then at that moment must come the realisation that WE have just got it all SO wrong, that expression of shock and the wringing of hands is no longer an adequate response.

Dystopia has finally arrived on our doorstep and we can no longer turn our back on it.

When that well-known Liverpudlian songster sang “Imagine no religion”, he was onto something.

Just imagine for a moment, the current global situation if Institutionalised Religion didn’t exist.

I’m not suggesting that it would be an end to all disputes, but it would certainly take much of the sting out of the Middle East. Israel would still be Palestine and U.S.A. politics wouldn’t be divided up on religious lines as it is at the moment, with the far-right Christians constantly provoking war by their unquestioning support of Israel. With the Middle East no longer a seething cauldron of hate, the polarisation between the main global adversaries, Russia and America, would diminish.

Institutionalised Religion certainly bears a large measure of responsibility for our arrival at this dystopian state.

So what exactly is Religion?

The word religion means literally to re-link or re-connect, but like many words, through usage its accepted meaning has changed. Today, one definition is ‘a specified system of theology’.

Each system, whether Christianity, Islam or Buddhism, has its own ‘religious’ establishment which has grown into a powerful repository of dogma. As each system has become more and more entrenched in its own dogma, so has it cemented itself into an unyielding adversarial position, and so in turn has each of its ardent followers.

Thus, predictably, battle lines begin to be drawn up just as soon as ‘differences of belief’ becomes an issue.

So for Re-connect read Dis-connect and for Re-link read, Severed Link.

To find out exactly what we are supposed to be connecting or linking with, we must go back to the Ancient Wisdom and this is where Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine come into the picture.

According to the teachings of Universal Medicine, the word ‘Esoteric’ in ancient times meant inner-most, and this is what we should be re-connecting or re-linking with; our ‘Inner-Most’, or inner essence.

In ancient wisdom we are all equal ‘sons of God’ and we all contain a spirit and a soul, along with all the knowledge that we all need about any situation that may present itself to us.

The ancient teachings also tell us that ‘Everything is Energy’ and that WE are energy.

One of the most powerful energies is LOVE, and when we lose contact with LOVE, our problems and the problems of humanity begin. If we connect with our ‘Inner-Most’ then we effectively connect with Love, which is an incredibly powerful energy.

Since these Ancient Times, We as Humanity have progressively lost contact with our inner-selves and we have fallen for such notions as ‘the cult of the individual’, coinciding with the casting up and the casting down of various leaders as their popularity has waxed and waned, according to our whim. Great Prophets and Teachers have fallen victim to this, including one of the most famous, Jesus himself.

In losing touch with our Inner-Selves, we have lost our way and Humanity has lost its way.

However, All is not totally lost!!

Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have been teaching the ancient wisdom for several years now and putting into practice the use of energy for healing purposes.

Students attend presentations and ‘retreats’ which use ‘group workshop’ as a way of self-discovery: this is far more powerful than any kind of ‘Lecture’ or teaching by dictation and ‘learning by Rote’.

When you’re participating in group work you actually learn by experiencing something, which is then within you forever.

To find our way forward, We have to look back!

The future, OUR future, lies in our past, and within a great source of long-abandoned and un-tapped wisdom within our Inner-Selves.

Glancing around at the U.K. Universal Medicine Retreat recently, I saw NO pale and pasty-faced, undernourished dropouts, shuffling and mumbling incoherently in an apologetic fashion.

What I actually saw was, Well-Nourished and Joyful faces. Heard and joined in with intelligent conversation, and Laughed and shared moments with Beautifully Normal Human beings as we all worked our way through the aeons-old wisdom which has a more than ‘slightly familiar’ feel to it….. and so it should, for we all know it already!

By Jonathan Cooke, France

Further Reading:
The Way of the Livingness: Understanding True Religion
The Unspoken Rules of Inequality within Family, Tradition and Religion
The History of Sacred Esoteric Healing

728 thoughts on “Universal Medicine Retreat…. and Advance!

  1. ‘What this demonstrates more than anything else, is that for a very long time our notion of ‘Normality’ has been flawed.’ It certainly has Jonathan. Even though we know through history that the status quo of ‘normal’ gets upset with anything that disrupts it e.g.. the woman’s vote, if it is a true step forward in quality energetically, we realise that things are constantly evolving and that to have a status quo of normal is against our own best interests. ‘Habitual’ is a better word for normal as it describes more accurately that it is a habit of behaviour that we are stuck in.

  2. ‘In losing touch with our Inner-Selves, we have lost our way and Humanity has lost its way’ This is so true and the Universal Medicine Retreats and the Retreats by Chris James give us an opportunity to reconnect to this, or deepen our connection with this place and live from the inside out in all the truth and love that we are.

  3. The heart of true religion is love Jonathan, as you say: ‘One of the most powerful energies is LOVE, and when we lose contact with LOVE, our problems and the problems of humanity begin. If we connect with our ‘Inner-Most’ then we effectively connect with Love, which is an incredibly powerful energy.’ Without this observational beholding Love there can be no true religion. The very word ‘Love’ along with the word ‘religion’ has been re-interpreted to suit the agenda of a devastating force that we have let into our lives. Time to say ‘no’ to it and ‘yes’ to love.

  4. Brilliant Jonathan, I’m at a Universal Medicine retreat in Hoi An, Vietnam and I can say the same is true here. When I look around at my fellow participants I have nothing but appreciation for the way they interact with everyone they meet. Everyone is glowing and open to connecting.

  5. I just completed The Way of The Livingness retreat Vietnam 2017, which again was a continuous unfolding of that which we already have lived before; to live to that inner connection, our inner-most. We are so much more than we are told and held to believe by the institutionalized religions, those institutions that for eons have ruled humanity and kept us captured in that false place of human created belief systems which not only keeps us bereft from the most precious gift men hold, but that also is at the core of many of the atrocities we nowadays can find in our societies.

  6. Brilliant Jonathan, like ancient ruins on a history show, the stone slabs of traditional religion sit all around. Covered in dust they are incredibly heavy, and written in a language that has long past. And they obscure the beautiful treasures that live underneath – the ancient wisdom we have always known. While we may have taken on dogma, ideals and beliefs, this ancient wisdom still lives in you and me. All we need do is move the false parts out of the way, and live the truth in our day.

  7. There is only so long we can ignore the ancient truths that live within us all before the tension gets too much, if what we are living is in no way in accordance to the way we would live were we to allow ourselves to be impulsed from our inner wisdom. Some would say that we have already reached this breaking point and thus why there is so much upheaval amongst us today. To not live true to who we are and what we truly know invites into the body a discord that cannot help but play out in all our interactions with others. Until we pause to draw breath amongst the self-created madness with live within and take a moment to reconnect to the love that we are, we will continue to live in a seemingly endless loop of disaster and despair, punctuated by moments of elation that offer the much desired relief needed when we live so out of whack to the rest of the cosmos. Sometimes in order to truly advance (evolve back to who we truly are) we first need to ‘retreat’ so we can consolidate our true values and virtues that can then be brought more back out into the world.

  8. ‘Retreats, groups and ‘workshops’ would follow, and ‘Nirvana’ would be guaranteed after everyone had parted with a large chunk of their disposable income to cover the entrance fee.’ I love the way you write Jonathan – your see through the whole sham and with such humour. No wonder you have found the glorious Way of The Livingness. Thank you for being you!

  9. ‘The future, OUR future, lies in our past, and within a great source of long-abandoned and un-tapped wisdom within our Inner-Selves’. These words are music to my ears Jonathan.

  10. What a great article and it makes so so much sense to what I see. This line which I am sure others have highlighted, “The future, OUR future, lies in our past, and within a great source of long-abandoned and un-tapped wisdom within our Inner-Selves.” I was never a fan of history or religion but now if I was at school I would have new eyes for what they are. There is so so much richness in the teachings of what has gone before us and the richness lies in the detail of the how. It’s not to do it better but more to live it true. We have no need to try and improve our way of living but more return to a true quality of life. There are so many clear messages from our past that when you open to them you can see the circle we travel, life is no longer a straight line of born and die, it’s a cycle of life and we actually call it that but then walk away from living the very same fact.

  11. ‘In ancient wisdom we are all equal ‘sons of God’ and we all contain a spirit and a soul, along with all the knowledge that we all need about any situation that may present itself to us.’ The simple but powerful tenets are the basis of a life lived in purpose and truth. How can any work place, for example, actually ‘work’ if we do not know that we are all equally Sons of God? And how can we truly understand and observe behaviour if we do not know the fact and waywardness of the spirit? Institutionalised religion has discarded the innate ruth of the Ageless Wisdom and set up ‘untenable tenets’ which allow us to think it is okay to separate from and kill our brothers.

  12. ‘Dystopia has finally arrived on our doorstep and we can no longer turn our back on it’. Dystopia is a word I have never heard before so had to google it Jonathon…. and am beginning to understand what you are saying. For us as a collective humanity world-wide we need to be honest about where our present trajectory is taking us by being honest about how we have got to where we are today from the steps we have walked in the past. Understanding what is at play is the key to exposing how this dystopia is shadowing us all today and affecting our quality of lives and quality of relationships.

    1. Its an interesting comment about our current trajectory…. I think in the main people are too afraid to look at where the current pattern of behaviour is leading – whether that be our kids, our health, the NHS, world politics, society, violence, drug abuse, self abuse etc. It gets scary very quickly and that is precisely the reason that we should look at it now, because what we allow now is already unacceptable.

  13. Great point on the power of group work..working together brings up stuff to look at for sure – and an opportunity to resolve and work through it, if we choose to.

  14. ‘The ancient teachings also tell us that ‘Everything is Energy’ and that WE are energy’. I love the religion of The Way of The Livingness which is based on this truth about the science of energy. If a religion doesn’t correspond t the science of energy then it cannot be true – to think otherwise is to be separated from the very universe we are part of.

  15. We tend to write the past off as being the past seeing that life then was harder and more challenging than now particularly without the luxuries of modern time like iPhones and computers. And whilst these improvements have made our lives much less intense physically there is nevertheless the same if not more issues and problems as of our past. Exorbitantly high rates of illness and disease is NOT normal yet we have accepted it as so. Retreats like these are needed for giving us the space to see what is really going on.

  16. Everything Serge Benhayon offers is truly an opportunity to advance humanity back to living from the love we all naturally are in essence. As you say Jonathan, it’s the absence of that love that is the beginning of humanity’s problems, and so the return to living from that love offers immense healing.

  17. “What this demonstrates more than anything else, is that for a very long time our notion of ‘Normality’ has been flawed.” Oh my goodness, never was there heard and felt a truer statement for me. Universal Medicine is the only place to hear them continually and the scales are lifting from my eyes. We are so blessed to have Serge Benhayon pointing out “The Way” .

  18. Beautiful Johnathan “The future, OUR future, lies in our past, and within a great source of long-abandoned and un-tapped wisdom within our Inner-Selves.” An amazing sharing of the Universal Medicne retreats and the sense of knowing love and our true purpose rekindled inside ourselves.

  19. Having attended several retreats with Universal Medicine I can attest to no kaftans, no starvation, no orange (or purple) clothes, no emotional outpourings and no escaping from the world. A Universal Medicine retreat is a place to reconnect with yourself, develop who you are, and take that expansion of you back to your family, work and life.

  20. Thank you for this unravelling of how we end up thinking that retreats are a bad thing! I had never been on one for that exact reason till I went on my first Universal Medicine retreat. It was such a wonderful few days. Time to re-connect, to understand my patterns of behaviour and why I did them, to understand the consequences of the food I was eating and to feel how deeply tired I was without them. It offered me a free choice to choose the same again or something different. Living with an understanding that life is about energy is me offering myself more freedom than pretending life is only about what I see and experience. I don’t know about other retreats but the Universal Medicine retreats are life changing.

  21. ‘The future, OUR future, lies in our past, and within a great source of long-abandoned and un-tapped wisdom within our Inner-Selves.’ And every Universal Medicine retreat I have done so far awakens this ancient wisdom that is in us all, it re-connects to what is the true purpose of our lives here on earth.

  22. ‘Students attend presentations and ‘retreats’ which use ‘group workshop’ as a way of self-discovery: this is far more powerful than any kind of ‘Lecture’ or teaching by dictation and ‘learning by Rote’. these presentations and Retreats by Serge Benhayon are the most incredible education I have ever had in my life. This is a school that everyone will benefit from attending because it is about how to defeat the illusion and those forces that come to try and trip us up from being all that we are.

  23. I love what you offer us here Jonathan. I began imagining all those conflicts you mention without organised religion, (I’d add nationality and culture too!) and really it does seriously exacaberate or has been the instigation of most of them. And the thing is we’re all the same, human, we bleed red, we eat, we sleep, you get the picture and somehow we’re divided ourselves into identities and tribes and excluded those outside as other and not belonging … and it’s a right mess we find ourselves in. And then there is Universal Medicine offering us the insight of what it is to live true religion to reconnect and relink and to come from within us, it’s simple, and that simplicity challenges us, yet it’s the most natural thing in the world, we can just be us.

  24. What we accept as ‘normal’ is far from natural or even acceptable – we are drowning in a morass of normalcy that sets out to sanctify and excuse behaviours that are deeply harming to the individual concerned and to humanity as a whole. Furthermore, normalcy smacks of a total lack of responsibility.

  25. I have never attended any other Retreat beside one’s held by Universal Medicine. I remember joking with friends about other Retreats, Ashrams, 10-day silence and what not, about how I could probably use some time to shut up but I knew I wouldn’t last 5mins. The truth was, the spiritual new age movement never really appealed to me that much. When I met Serge Benhayon and went to a day workshop I knew anything this guy would be presenting would be straight down the line, pure gold, and it was. The retreats have changed my life enormously, they are not a weekend feel good thing, they are something that changes the importance you place on things; it instils a real value in relationships and love.

  26. I’ve found the group work element to the workshops, presentations and retreats to be mind blowingly powerful. This is not just someone up on stage preaching, but asking us to do the work, to engage and be active in the exploration and when we get a realisation…. to speak up and share our wisdom, raising everyone’s experience and understanding.

  27. I agree Jonathan that it does not take a genius to see that organised religion is behind much of the separation, division and conflict in the world today and it makes me ponder that perhaps it is the security of an organised religion that people turn to when they are disconnected from the ancient wisdom that we all know inside? How many people would really have an issue with the word religion if it was presented as simply a reconnection to our soul, our divinity and each other as a one unified humanity, rather than the dogma dominated set of beliefs and ideals that we currently call religion?

  28. The notion of normality gets constantly redefined to suit our ill being. If we buy into it, we get the arguments we need to reject Universal Medicine and its permanent invitation for us to walk into the path of true wellbeing.

  29. “The future, OUR future, lies in our past, and within a great source of long-abandoned and un-tapped wisdom within our Inner-Selves” we hold the wisdom of the universe within ourselves, a level of intelligence far more advanced than we can fathom and it is through our willingness to resurrect ourselves again that we can claim who we are as true sons of God.

  30. After attending quite a few Universal Medicine retreats I can say I have never seen any kaftans, pale faces, or cathartic experiences like I have experienced in other retreats I have attended in the past. There is such a difference when you attend these Universal Medicine retreats, everyone is committed and open to more awareness and love and then bringing this back into their every day life.

    1. Yes, this has been my experience too, Anna. The previous retreats I attended were very much forms of escapism and relief while those of Universal Medicine are far from this.

  31. Jonathan, I love your dry (and what I imagine to be) English sense of humour and style – the title alone is a cracker! But I know too you are speaking of very sober matters and this line also stood out: ‘Dystopia has finally arrived on our doorstep and we can no longer turn our back on it.’ Very, very true. I just watched ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – a dystopian vision of a very near future if not present if I ever saw one. It was actually exceptionally chilling, more so than any horror movie, for the world it represents is but a breath away. But, as you say, so too is our salvation – and quite literally. The Gentle Breath Meditation, one of many salient offerings from Universal Medicine, represents a first, simple step we can take to reclaim a way of living that will restore (if we allow it) true freedom and harmony on Earth.

  32. “To find our way forward, We have to look back!” this simple fact is a game changer as it wipes out the trying and pushing through that we easily get into in order to get somewhere, when in truth what is required is our total surrender to let that which lives within come out to reflect a new way of being that is absolute and offers evolution for all.

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