Appreciation of Us All

Recently I re-visited the workshop The Livingness – Stage One, by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

It was a beautiful gift I gave to myself to attend this one-day workshop, and what made it even more special was that I attended with a few friends from the Gold Coast with whom I had shared my study and learning about the Livingness for a few years.

I remember my first Livingness One workshop I attended about 8 years ago very vividly; how I just sat there, listening to Serge present and feeling clearly like I was finally home.

I remember I did not want to leave that day as I felt so held, like never before in my life. It was a huge marker in my life; a marker of confirmation of my own knowing of true truth and real love.

What blows me away every time I attend an event with Universal Medicine is the supreme quality and absolute integrity that is offered, from the first moment of any event to the last. And this workshop was no exception of course.

After a very interactive morning exploring the layers we have chosen to put on our true selves to seemingly protect ourselves, we delved into the Science of Appreciation.

Again we did some interactive exercises, one on one or with a small group of four. What happened here for me was absolutely huge – opening and deepening the awareness and the sharing of what beauty and divinity we see and feel in each other.

I was able to do the last exercise with an old friend from way back – over 8 years ago we had connected at the first Universal Medicine Retreat. Since then we haven’t really spent any extra time together outside of this, and we have only seen each other fleetingly at Universal Medicine events.

She started to share with me how much she appreciated me, who she felt I was, and what I meant to her. It was so beautiful to feel that there is a deep connection between us, even though we don’t hang out a lot. The amazing thing was that I did actually feel absolutely the same about her too and I felt my heart open so much.

Feeling her appreciation of me was such an amazing gift and confirmed to me my own feeling of the huge appreciation and love I had for this woman too.

I started to express how much I appreciated having her in my life, feeling how I was always aware of her being there, that we were in this journey and school of life on earth together even though physically apart most of the time.

Within all this beauty and love a sadness came up for me, for all the times that I had felt that closeness with her but I had not expressed it for whatever reason.

Once we finished, I realised that the huge love and appreciation I felt was also about Serge Benhayon, the whole extended Benhayon Family and the whole Universal Medicine team and the Student Body, with whom I have been blessed to share this extraordinary learning about ourselves and each other as we remove more and more of our protections and masks, and with that, by default, also learning about humanity as a whole; plus history, science, religion, philosophy, relationships, work, our divinity and every aspect of our daily lives.

I deeply felt this huge appreciation for everybody, every one of the 120 people present, plus another few hundred who were not there on that day, and the sadness of not having expressed this enough to most of them.

Writing this, I can feel that this exercise also showed me that I have not appreciated myself enough either – just for being who I am, without perfection, sharing this life with amazing people and choosing to grow and learn until my last breath of this, my present incarnation.

By Esther Auf der Maur, Gold Coast, Australia

Further Reading:
Self-acceptance and Appreciation Bring True Presence
Appreciation – A Pathway to Love
Being Still – With Joy

1,022 thoughts on “Appreciation of Us All

    1. Thank you for putting this so succinctly. We cannot deny the energy of love and how it supports. Yesterday I was in a group swim session with Simone Benhayon. The person next to me remarked how unsettled the water was as the group was waiting for Simone to get in the water. When she got in and had walked a few gentle paces, the water immediately cleared and felt silky smooth again. It was obedient to the love that was moved and that is what we do when we hold another in love – we offer a settlement and then what they choose to do with that is up to them.

  1. Esther it is really clear in your blog the huge, warm loving heart you have and how much you love people. I agree that appreciation can change our relationships, instead of it being the cliche conflict and niggles we can bring our focus to all the qualities we and others bring and love and appreciate ourselves and others. Appreciation brings a richness to relationships.

    1. How often do we truly appreciate one another? very little it seems to me, and then how often do we truly take on board the appreciation when it is offered? I know from my own experience recently that I still could not fully accept appreciation when it was given to me, I shied away from the compliment and chose not to fully take it into my body. There is more richness to discover.

  2. ‘Writing this, I can feel that this exercise also showed me that I have not appreciated myself enough either – just for being who I am, without perfection, sharing this life with amazing people and choosing to grow and learn until my last breath of this, my present incarnation.’ Thank you Esther, for what you share is what is needed to hear, we are students of life, learning to be more responsible.

  3. “What blows me away every time I attend an event with Universal Medicine is the supreme quality and absolute integrity that is offered, from the first moment of any event to the last”. The consistency with which all courses or presentations with Universal Medicine are offered is outstanding. I see myself at work and in other parts of my life putting in less care and quality than other areas. The ‘introductory Livingness 1 course’ has the same dedication, quality and standard as all other courses.

    1. The courses and presentations offered by Universal Medicine offer the space to look at our lives and as you say Fiona, bring back the care and dedication to ourselves that is currently lacking as we seem to lead very stressful lives.

  4. “we were in this journey and school of life on earth together even though physically apart most of the time” A beautiful realisation of the power of Brotherhood with all humanity.

  5. It is a great and wonderful thing, something not ever to be underestimated of it’s power – to see the divinity within us all.

  6. For so many people who come to the presentations of Universal Medicine, I have heard/seen this comment – “listening to Serge present and feeling clearly like I was finally home”. I too had this feeling, super solid, deep in my bones, kinda feeling. For me we know truth deep in our bones, and our Soul is our home.

    1. Yes Sarah, attending the presentations and workshops of Universal Medicine does give everyone that opportunity to develop a relationship with their soul. This is something that we have not lived for lifetimes and can for some feel strange, and for some feel as though at last they are home, home being that longed for connection back to our soul. It is the perpetual unsettlement that we feel that is the disconnection to our soul.

  7. Appreciation really is the key. Recently a very dear friend reminded how little I appreciated myself, and what I have been feeling since is how personal I have been taking this appreciation business really, as if ‘I’ or someone had to be a certain way or do a certain thing to become worth appreciating and that is so not true. What we are recognizing in ourselves and others is a piece of godliness, it is a confirmation, and the more we clock and appreciate/confirm, the more gets revealed, and that is us already.

  8. Appreciation is such a powerful key to our evolution, with appreciation joy seems to naturally follow, without appreciation life seems very dull and grey.

  9. I deeply appreciate and love everything that Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine present. They are always delivered with the highest level of integrity, respect and love for people and the wisdom that is shared are life-changing for so many, many people, including myself. I feel deeply honoured and blessed to have access to these presentations and courses, they are continuously inspiring humanity to walk with love, truth, and purpose as our world is way overdue for this divine shift and evolution.

  10. Appreciation brings so much to life, a warmth, a depth and joy. And it is only when we truly express and share it that it comes out because I noticed just thinking it and holding it in is just fooling myself as it is not in its fullness when we have not expressed it.

  11. I know exactly how you feel when you say you don’t want to leave a Universal Medicine event, I always find it difficult to leave any of the courses that take place in the U.K over June and November as there is nothing else like it anywhere else in the world.

  12. Appreciation is a quality our world is currently lacking due to so many of us holding this divine expression back. With an abundance of appreciation, I feel our world issues and struggles would not exist. Can you imagine going to war with another country if you have a huge appreciation for that country and the people living there? It would be impossible to go to war when we hold each other with absolute appreciation.

  13. Appreciation and expressing it, no holds barred, is key when it comes to building a solid foundation for our livingness. It enriches us and others and supports letting go of what is not needed and is very healing.

  14. I notice the more I am open to appreciating myself how much easier it is to appreciate and value others, there is a flow on effect of appreciation that is felt far and wide.

  15. For me, as well, it is the “supreme quality and absolute integrity” that all Universal Medicine events are presented with that I always deeply appreciate. Add to that; there are no “have to’s”, no dogma, no chasing you for money and no expectations, simply the feeling of unconditional love and honouring of each person who steps through the door. And if you choose to step away you are not hounded to return. There is so much to appreciate about Universal Medicine and all of us.

  16. It is such a beautiful way to be with each other when we choose to appreciate, I wonder why we don’t do this more often.

  17. Quite often the people we have spent spent the most time with are the ones we appreciate the least yet when we look a little closer there is so much to appreciate in them. I feel inspired by this blog to voice my appreciation for and to members of my family and workmates much more often.

    1. We easily take people for granted and don’t bless them with the expressions of our love and appreciation; and when it is too late and they are no longer with us, we descend into bottomless grief – it doesn’t make sense.

  18. We may enter home through the main door, the service door, a window, the roof, the chimney, the garage, etc. It does not matter how you made it there. All it matters is that you felt it and this changes everything, including how to relate to it.

  19. Stopping to appreciate those who are on this path with us, along with the constant reflections we receive from each other is massive. Thank you for the reminder, Esther.

  20. “It was so beautiful to feel that there is a deep connection between us, even though we don’t hang out a lot.” – It’s beautiful how we can have deep connections with people regardless of the amount of time spent together in physical presence.

  21. Beautiful Ester, when can underestimate the power of appreciation. Not only does it confirm our love for others, it connects us back to the love we are within.

  22. We all too often hold back from expressing what we really feel about another, because we are reserved or we believe it’s not what one does, yet if we all truly expressed our appreciation for one another the world would be a very different place.

  23. I placed myself on a daily appreciation program and appreciate a moment whether ‘small’ or ‘big’ in my day to day life. I either message this to another person or we express it. From this I know more is revealed to us both.

    Even in what we perceive as a ‘bad’ situation there is beauty in this too if there is willingness to receive it for what it is.

  24. Appreciation is what I am working on more and more everyday. For me I didn’t know how to appreciate myself but also receiving this appreciation from others was seen as ‘yes its my job or duty’ instead of receiving it through its glory.
    Now I see the appreciation at a another level, a confirmation of what I bring to the world and to keep adding to this, it is forever evolving.

  25. Appreciation confirms the multidimensionality that we are, and that which is lived when we are in connection to our Soul, so it is more of this light that is what we align to over and over again, bringing more and more of our multidimensionality to life.

  26. Connect to Love and our true beauty is impossible to miss. It pulls us to be the same way. So how hard must we actively fight to feel flat and lonely every day?

    1. Great question Joseph, this fight is exhausting and leaves us feeling lost and empty. It is time to let down our guard, drop the fight and live the love that we are and bring in bucket loads of appreciation wherever we go. We have the power to shower the world with love and appreciation or live disempowered by keeping up the fight and withdraw from life and reflecting misery and pain.

  27. No matter how many times we experience our beauty there is always more to accept, allow and expand. Every time I do this course I fall more in Love with us all – the truth of who we are is grand. Thank you Esther!

  28. True appreciation brings us to tears, partly for the realisation of what has not been previously expressed and partly because the sheer beauty of it all reminds us of who we are and where we come from.

      1. True appreciation is our gateway back to God for it opens our hearts and our minds to a love that has never left us.

  29. It is deeply sad to feel, truthfully, how little we have appreciated ourselves, family, friends, work mates, aquaintences, moments of joy, the beauty and lightness of life, the joy that is felt when we fully share ourselves with another. There is so much to appreciate in our lives, and it is never too late to begin to do so.

    1. I agree with you Leigh, I have felt the same too. This morning I realise how often I forget to appreciate myself and others, and the beautiful place we live in. We are living in a world that is currently lacking hugely in appreciation and in order to shift this, we are the ones who can make this change by living and expressing more appreciation and love. Like you shared, it is never too late to appreciate, and the more we do so, more people we will inspired along the way.

  30. When we allow ourselves to feel and see the beauty of anybody we meet independently of how they behave or look, the world would be a completely different place than that we have not known for ages.

  31. It is only our lack of self-worth and self-love that makes us not to feel the beautiful, lovely and powerful people we are.

  32. In expressing your appreciation of another offers the opportunity to equally appreciate yourself.

    1. Such a simple truth that you share Mary, that by reflection to one another we are taught the the lessons of life, that we are worth living that precious life that is given to us as a means to experience and explore the true beauty and power of our being in a physical body in this world. Much to appreciate…

    1. The world loses its sparkle, and so do we, when we forget to appreciate, and deny or dismiss who we are and what we bring.

    2. It sure does Simon and we can see this quite evidently in the world around us. When we lose our sparkle, everything around us is also affected. This then highlights our responsibility to live who we are is not just for ourselves but also to the rest of the world and beyond.

  33. Beautifully expressed Esther, thank you for sharing about appreciation, this is such a huge key to our evolution, at times when life is difficult it is hard to find appreciation, but when we do appreciate what our soul is revealing appreciation can ease our passage and open up our understanding.

  34. Appreciation in our society is very under valued, yet it’s the missing piece to our puzzle. A little goes a long way, and it’s important to note that appreciation is not the same as gratitude. Appreciation starts by appreciating who we are and what we bring. It is not about saying please and thank you and being polite. It’s about really valuing ourselves and others and seeing beyond our daily activities/behaviours etc.

  35. There will always be another time to appreciate and another and another. It is always up to us to take the choice but the choice is never too late as appreciation itself is a return to love so anything but that won’t be appreciation but delay so any time to begin would be the most perfect time.

  36. Like you Ester, I too have this openness and willingness to learn about life, about myself, to connect deeper with my body and the wisdom therein to keep expanding my awareness and evolution.

  37. It goes to show the absolute love when we are connected to our soul we have for people whether it is for another we have only met once or for a member of our blood family. Love is love… there are no privileges because of blood… we can only be one big family.

  38. Appreciation solidifies our truth and confirms it in others. Appreciation is a must. Thank you for your beautiful story Esther

  39. Just as important as appreciation is the expression of it; we brush this aside and think it’s not important or that the other knows or can feel it anyway, but there is a certain magic in the expression of it that grows more of it’s own and enriches us immensely.

    1. Yes, love what you’ve brought in here Gabriele about appreciation and enrichment.. appreciation is the foundation that nurtures, supports and enriches all of our relationships. Once we start appreciating ourselves and what we bring, it becomes so natural and easy to see and appreciate others for who they are, too.

  40. It is amazing that one of the biggest hurts people have is holding back their love and appreciation – imagine if we all let it out!!!

  41. I am only scratching the surface of the healing power of appreciation in both our lives and the lives of others. “She started to share with me how much she appreciated me, who she felt I was, and what I meant to her”, what you share here is not an ounce about what we do, any product we produce. This is about the essence of what we bring and in order to bring that to another we need to take a moment to offer it to ourselves first.

  42. I can feel I do not express enough appreciation for the people I have in my life who truly hold and support me when those moments come when I need support. One of those people is my daughter, she is like my rock, when I wobble here and there, I call her and I get steady again! She is amazing and also a dear friend.

    1. That is beautiful Jacqmcfadden04, it is a blessing to have people in our life who we can call on for support. And, through the reflection of their love and steadiness they naturally support us to reconnect back to our own steadiness and love.

  43. “The amazing thing was that I did actually feel absolutely the same about her too and I felt my heart open so much”. I find appreciation is very heart opening and warming, and brings us back together. It drops the walls we put up to protect ourselves and we get to re-discover the deep and natural love we have for all people.

  44. I have spoken to many fellow students of the Way of the Livingness, and almost without exception, there was a sense of returning home the first time we heard Serge Benhayon present the Ancient Wisdom. For me this was felt as a deep knowing of all he was saying, something I’d always known but had forgotten. A returning and a reawakening sums it up beautifully.

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