Universal Medicine – a Documentation of True Change. No Fire Walk Required!

“A first degree burn we call a kiss” was the answer from a spokesperson from a recent Tony Robbins motivational seminar, after the event reached the news due to the severe burns on people’s feet after a ‘motivational fire walk’ that is advertised to supposedly change people’s lives forever.

People are desperate to engineer changes to their lives as the constant pursuit of happiness has left many stuck in a life without a deeper purpose, and yet others are left struggling to achieve the very same futile purpose they started out to achieve – that albeit when reached – soon fades into purposelessness.

The world is full of promising healers, coachers, trainers, etc. who say they have found the ‘way to happiness’ but in truth, it is mainly about the way to capitalise, making big bucks off people who are desperately wanting change in their lives. From this place of desperation, people are willing to pay thousands of dollars to burn their feet (and other such bizarre practices) in the belief that this is bringing them the will to finally conquer life.

In 2007 I said yes to an invitation from my sisters after having observed some very profound changes in their lives. My older sister had changed from a spiritual new age fanatic who I could not keep a conversation with, or even share quality time with, into a true older sister who was now interested in people, building a connection with me, was very committed to life, earning money, and had a clear purpose in life.

My younger sister, with whom I shared years supporting to get her out of her depression, and who had chosen for the last years that alcohol was her best companion to get some fun out of life, suddenly stopped being depressed, stopped drinking and took an unprecedented pro-active attitude to life that was so surprising to me that I was curious enough to go to a Universal Medicine workshop with them, presented by a man called Serge Benhayon and held in Westbury in Somerset, England.

Serge Benhayon | Founder of Universal Medicine
Serge Benhayon | Founder of Universal Medicine

At that time I had a profound repulsion for anything related to new age, healing, holding hands, hugging and talking about problems, so I went there quite sceptical as, from my experience, there was either conventional medicine putting you on not always very efficient drugs, or all this alternative ‘bla-bla’ that from my point of view just served to make people feel better by sharing their misery.

However, what Serge Benhayon presented was nothing close to motivating, convincing, needing to conquer life, to beat life or manage it, but it was about living life from the truth of who we are.

Serge Benhayon simply presented that “everything is energy” and that “everything is because of energy” and that we can choose to live with the awareness of it or not. He also presented the difference between Soul and Spirit and how this impacts our daily living. He presented that we are not the result of evolution but the cause of evolution, and that we had decided to be less than who we truly are and that we are now evolving back to our true source.

I did not have to burn my feet by walking over hot coals, I did not have to hug strangers and share my misery, I did not get yelled at, have to repeat motivating mantras, follow some (or any) rules, do certain exercises or change my name.

I just was presented with the very liberating fact that I just had to be me. I realised that we don’t have to get anywhere, that we have already everything in us and that we just put so many layers on top of it that we don’t feel it.

But being me meant assuming responsibility… responsibility for my choices.

In 2009 I started to regularly attend Universal Medicine workshops twice a year when Serge Benhayon presented in the UK and I always felt deeply inspired as it was never self-centred and about me, but about my responsibility in life and how to clear my issues, and about how to live in full integrity.

The EPA (Esoteric Practitioners Association)* code of ethics by which trained Esoteric Practitioners work sets the standard for a practitioner’s commitment to a way of living and quality of being that is unheard of in the world today, and it has absolutely inspired me to live my life with the same level of integrity.

Contrary to anything presented today, the modalities of Universal Medicine are not self-serving!

So you cannot attend a Universal Medicine workshop and then find that you have the right tool, the manual or technique, for how to better your life. You are not solely there to learn skills and apply them, you are there to learn that life is about awareness and that all the tools are just there to support you to deepen your very own relationship with life. From this perspective you apply it to your daily life and truly live it, not as a dogma or a rule but as something that comes from your body, and your inner awareness that this is the way.

There is no end point to this growing awareness and therefore there is no ‘perfect’ technique to learn to get anywhere, only to understand that we are constantly evolving.

There is no manual, book, teaching or modality that can do all of this, or grow this awareness for you, and Universal Medicine does not make any false promises to solve it for you. Universal Medicine presents on the fact that everything is energy, that we are in the driver’s seat and that we have the power to choose the quality and awareness that we drive in.

For example: I chose to explore the benefits of a gluten and dairy free diet and it was quite astonishing how much healthier, lighter and more vital I felt. As time went on, feeling well with simple gluten and dairy free changes turned out to not work anymore and my body was asking for even more refinement. How did I come to this awareness? By being observant and applying self-love to my body – principles I learnt with Universal Medicine.

Suddenly I was bloated again, felt tired, and I was craving for sweet foods – now some fruit and not the usual ice cream, but nevertheless still craving sweet. So, what was going on then? Why was my energy low that I needed a pick-me-up? Was I looking for something to bring me excitement in my life, and if so, why wasn’t it already fulfilling enough?

You see, Serge Benhayon did not tell me ‘what’ to eat, he taught me how to listen to my own body, and with this I developed a relationship with my body and therefore with what suited me best to eat. I was not following a diet, as I did not try to achieve any goals like being healthy or slim, but held closely the importance to deepen my awareness and feel a certain quality in my body, in my daily life.

We are supposed to be the most evolved species on earth, but looking at current statistics we have to admit that we are killing ourselves by ignoring our bodies.

To make people walk over burning coals does not support them to build more awareness for their bodies: in fact, it has quite the opposite affect. Are we keen to celebrate a life-coach’s teachings that promote fire-walking, despite the risk of burning our feet, without reflecting upon whether those teachings are delivering the importance of taking responsibility for one’s life and choices?

Rachel Andras
Rachel Andras

Universal Medicine does not promise for people to become millionaires, resurrect them from the dead, become famous or make the best business ever, and nor does it offer the happy pill of spiritual enlightenment. Universal Medicine supports people to commit to daily life and has an impressive record of people who have lived for many years in depression, anxiousness, with chronic pain, in abusive relationships, struggling with substance abuse, unemployment, etc., who have transformed the mere existence of today’s ‘normalised’ silent suffering into fulfilling lives, fully engaged and committed to the communities in which they live, no matter what social and economic level they come from.

In the last 15 years Universal Medicine has presented more evidence of people living a healthier, more vital and joyful life than any modality, medicine, or lifestyle technique has ever achieved. And no fire-walk or burnt feet in sight!

Published with permission of my sisters.

* 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. 

By Rachel Andras, MA Gender & Development, MA Social Education, Barcelona, Spain

 Rachel Andras Rachel Andras is an entrepreneur, organizational change facilitator, youth and adult educator and writer, supporting people with body awareness and self-respect and confronts the many harmful ideals the media asserts about men and women.

Follow Rachel Andres on Twitter @r_randras

 Serge Benhayon | Founder of Universal Medicine Serge Benhayon is a philosopher, teacher and author who regularly presents in the UK and Australia. You can learn more about Serge Benhayon at his personal website www.sergebenhayon.com

Follow Serge Benhayon on Twitter @SergeBenhayon or on Google+ +SergeBenhayon

Related Reading:
Before and After
Everyday People in Livingness
Who is Serge Benhayon?
Universal Medicine, the EPA* and the esoteric modalities

531 thoughts on “Universal Medicine – a Documentation of True Change. No Fire Walk Required!

  1. We may survive a fire walk without any burns. We may be congratulated by others for what we have done. We may have ten pictures of us smiling and the burning coals. Yet, none of this truly helps to move freely. What it does, instead, is to lock you in a pattern of movement that is jailing you …again.

  2. I can so relate to this blog as once I was searching for something missing in my life, a sense of fulfilment, a sense of belonging, a reason to life because as far as I was concerned, life sucked.

    Many of the modalities, teachers or gurus I thought could assist me did the opposite to what I was searching for. It kind of fixed me for a short period, maybe even put a band aid but never reached the core of it – till I met Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon. Everything written in this blog describes the difference it has made to my life. Like you Rachel nothing stays stagnant, it is forever refining and the body is forever communicating. The question is are we prepared to listen to it?

  3. Reading your piece again, after a few years’ interval, makes it so crystal clear why Universal Medicine is hated by some – universal medicine is not owned, not listed on the share market, can’t be traded, is not a commodity with futures and share options. It is ours, individually and personally, as nothing else is and this, they don’t want exposed – lest the goose that lays the golden eggs perish.

  4. Presentations by Universal Medicine have helped me to appreciate much more how precious my and our bodies are, and how important it is to care for our body and being as a whole, something we always have the potential to deepen and learn more about… To see people being encouraged to damage their body (by walking on burning coals) in the name of ‘motivation’ or ‘wellbeing’ certainly rings alarm bells to me…

  5. Yes Universal Medicine supports people to commit to life by re-connecting to their true essence and thus feel what their purpose is. For me it has transformed my life and my relationships as I no longer live shut down from others nursing my hurts and fighting this feeling that there must be more to life. There is a divine gloriousness about life and by taking responsibility for how I am in life, I am so much more available for whatever is required.

  6. “However, what Serge Benhayon presented was nothing close to motivating, convincing, needing to conquer life, to beat life or manage it, but it was about living life” Absolutely Serge offers us an opportunity to understand truth and the responsibilities we have to ourselves and others, and from that my life has changed tremendously because I am far more aware of what is truth and what is not.

  7. “it was about living life from the truth of who we are.” Universal Medicine presents and inspires a way of living that develops an awareness of the magnificence of the Universe of which we are all a part.

  8. It is much more efficient to present a way of living that truly works to people without needing to have advertising and promises because it works, than proclaim and shout out that you can bring change even though there is no true change in sight for the people who have worked with you.

  9. It is interesting to ponder what keeps people investing in deepening their connection to themselves?…… when our aim is not self improvement but a return to who we truly are.

    1. Could it be because ‘a better life’ is not it, there is so much more – there is truth and love, harmony and stillness. There is the universe, space and God. And no feet needed, let alone burning them to rally some force that will tell you that you now have the willpower to be successful and become a tycoon or a Don Juan, have enormous erectile prowess and amass a fortune.And all that before you even get out of bed; wait a moment, you don’t have to get out of bed anymore. There are underlings who do that for you. Just keep them engaged and fire-walking.

  10. A brilliant account of the awesomeness that is Universal Medicine and what it brings to our lives. The most profound inspiration to be the real you – nothing more, nothing less.

  11. There is much in life that encourages us to override or ignore what we sense or feel from our body but what I have come to realise and appreciate through Universal Medicine is the great, simple, practical and harmonious wisdom that we have access to in connection with our whole body. To encourage people to willingly burn themselves could only be motivational in the sense of motivating them to be more dis-connected from who they truly are in my eyes.

  12. To be honest all the “excitement” and dramatic events/changes in life has never left me feeling more secure. The only security feeling I have truly discovered is one in intimacy, connection and relationship with my own body. From the foundation of this, I am being my own experiment in life, not knowing how it would look but this way feels true to me.

  13. ‘we are not the result of evolution but the cause of evolution, and that we had decided to be less than who we truly are and that we are now evolving back to our true source.’ … this is huge when you consider it, that in fact because we’ve walked away from who we are, there’s now evolution to get us back. So there’s no getting somewhere at all there’s only a return; and the beauty is it’s in us, all of us ready and waiting for us to activate it, and the body supports and guides us with this.

  14. “killing ourselves by ignoring our bodies” This is exactly what we as a humanity are doing at present and then we have a group inspired by what is presented by Serge Benhayon that are turning this around. So we need to ask if all of those things that we are using have really worked? I know for me they have not. There are some aspects in my life that are requiring a great deal more honesty, but I am real with this and aware of where I am not going. This honesty and realness towards life has been because of Universal Medicine’s presentation.

  15. I did a fire walk amongst other ‘abusive’ things many years ago – in an attempt to prove to myself that I could overcome my fear of pain and heights etc – that I could control my mind over matter. After a brief period of elation after each event it did nothing for me. Such a huge contrast with Universal Medicine which asks nothing of us but to feel deep within and to feel our body – what it wants. If I had stopped to ask my body back then it would have said ‘no way’ to any of the crazy things I did – at various spiritual courses.

  16. “Universal Medicine supports people to commit to daily life and has an impressive record of people ……. who have transformed the mere existence of today’s ‘normalised’ silent suffering into fulfilling lives, fully engaged and committed to the communities in which they live, no matter what social and economic level they come from.” Yes so agree and I am one of them.

  17. Wow to say ‘a first degree burn we call a ‘kiss’, goes to show you how abusive and harming these types of seminars can be. To show such little regard and true support for their participants is quite concerning, I was once a part of these seminars and hooked by it’s promises of a ‘better life’. Thanks goodness I saw through the illusion of what was presented and found my way to a true way to heal and truly evolve through Serge Benhayon and the Universal Medicine presentations.

  18. I can so relate to being desperate for a change, but not willing to commit. I was prepared to pay as much money as I could afford and try all kinds of things on offer, but was not prepared to take anything beyond the workshop/course proximity, I never made it about life, even though I was very keen to talk about it. Universal Medicine simply teaches us to look at our life with as much honesty as we can muster, and our relationship with food is just one example, it is all about life and us living it.

  19. relate to purpose. There is another way: purpose comes from something very deep we have been able to connect to which we know is true. Both may lead to life lived on purpose but are not equivalent.

  20. Radical and cruel techniques such as fire walking and all-night marathons only prove how desperate we humans are for something that makes sense and rings true; we just have a knack of looking for it in all the wrong places, blinded by despair and fuelled by hope.

  21. I remember bungee jumping a few years ago and walking away saying I’d conquered my fear and changed my life – I hadn’t, I’d only made myself throw up and after the high life went back to normal. Giving ourselves 1st degree burns won’t change our lives, it’s how we live every day and how we live in every moment and all the hundreds of choices we make everyday that will change the overall outlook and direction of our lives.

  22. What Serge teachers is so extraordinarily practical and yet the ultimate marriage of science philosophy and medicine, all in a package that is clear totally for humanity.

  23. Serge Benhayon just presents. It’s just for us to feel if what is presented is true or not, if the changes we experience in our life because of our choices, are healthy for us or not. Us and only us are responsible of our own choices. And yes, in my case Serge and all what Universal Medicine represents is and has ever been an inspiration that I appreciate dearly, because the changes that I’ve experienced after that have been always really supportive and beneficial for me. No fireworks needed. Simple, available and real as life itself.

  24. There are so many pretenders out there, so when a genuine person comes along like Serge Benhayon, we are all so sceptical, for certain reasons and myself included. This blog was so awesome as it really covers in detail the difference between what is currently on offer by healers and life coaches in stark contrast to what Serge Benhayon presents. It is only a matter of time before people will know the truth and that is unless we begin to self reflect, we are our own worst enemy.

  25. It is mindblowing the extremes people are willing to go in order to have an experience that will snap them out of their daily misery and complications of life but this is short lived as true change only comes from within and as Serge benahyon presents, it is thorough our constant commitment to live as who we truly are that we can bring back the joy into our bodies and our reconnection with the all.

  26. The practical approach to life and understanding life as presented by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine makes sense and allows people to come back to a deep inner knowing and from there learn to live in a way that allows this out.

  27. It’s amazing to see the amount of things out there that promise so many things, fix that pain, that simply support you to be you, the true you and from there whatever you do becomes an extension of that. In other words not making it about a particular topic or niche but supporting you to awake to what you already are and from there make your next step. At times we are so caught in fixing a part of ourselves we get blinded to everything else. It’s understandable when things are going wrong to attempt to make something right but it’s far better to support everything and from there the part that’s astray just becomes a greater picture. Universal Medicine has supported and continues to support many many people to do just that, truly support themselves and simply live from there.

  28. The thing I’ve found and continue to find in being a student of Universal Medicine also myself, is that the deeper I go in re-establishing a lived relationship with the soul, the more purposeful I become in life – a purpose that is about all, and not self-serving in the slightest. The real and lived love, the joy and knowing and honouring of truth I now experience – are light years away from the struggle and seeking/yearning for connection I once knew for so very many years…

  29. Such a breath of fresh and purposeful air in reading this Rachel, thank-you. I agree in full – no fire-walking, and no ‘rah-rah’ designed to hook you in and play upon one’s need to be more, achieve more, earn more and the rest…
    Universal Medicine presents real life, lived from a foundation in the love of the soul, our innate and godly aspect, and nothing less. The soul harkens not for fame, grandiosity or any such desire – it simply is.

  30. Thinking that walking on fire literally will fire you up and change your life forever is playing with fire irresponsibly – and when we play with fire irresponsibly and get burnt how can we possibly think that that burn will not be painful and that subsequent scarring both physically and emotionally will not occur.

  31. People must be very desperate to allow themselves to be heightened into a frenzy and the pursuit of fire walking – there must be a thought that, if they can do something that hurts and is scary, then they can do anything, i.e. change their lives. Life doesn’t work like that though and nor does the human psyche.

  32. “I was not following a diet, as I did not try to achieve any goals like being healthy or slim, but held closely the importance to deepen my awareness and feel a certain quality in my body, in my daily life.” Such wisdom we all hold in our bodies. Time to listen.

  33. Such a beautiful and inspiring blog to read Rachel, you have captured and conveyed the true essence and purpose of our lives; assuming responsibility for our choices and just being our true selves.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and your wisdom.

  34. That’s just it, Universal Medicine does not offer any magic pill, but instead supports people to build their own relationship with their bodies and by doing so they then adjust and feel what support them. Simple, not magic and yet deeply profound – it asks people to see and feel that they have the choice in how they choose to live and that those choices impact them, and if they’re willing to look and see what works for them, and what doesn’t, they can choose differently; it brings people back to the awareness that they are the pilots in their own lives and celebrates that we have choice always in how we are with ourselves, our bodies and how we live.

  35. When I tell people that I travel abroad to attend workshops and courses by Universal Medicine, they often ask ‘So, what do you get?’ – as in a qualification that I can attach to my name, a new skill, something that would aid me make money out of – like, otherwise they see no worth. It’s a bit of a strange one really because in that sense I get nothing, but I am actually getting everything – the key to everything and beyond what my mind can comprehend, and how I am experiencing life is far richer than it has ever been.

  36. “The code of ethics by which trained Esoteric Practitioners work sets the standard for a practitioner’s commitment to a way of living and quality of being that is unheard of in the world today, and it has absolutely inspired me to live my life with the same level of integrity.” Isn’t it amazing that this code of ethics does care equally for the practitioner and client by standard it sets! This is true care.

  37. It is shocking that a ‘first degree burn’ to the feet in these workshops are referred to as a ‘kiss’… what a manipulative way to coerce participants to accept something that under other circumstance would be considered abusive, if not sue-able.

  38. ‘But being me meant assuming responsibility… responsibility for my choices.’ After spending many years and time and money on every New Age book and course none of them ever presented anything on responsibility. It is beautiful to read of the steps you took to re-connect back to your true self Rachel with the common sense approach Serge Benhayon teaches and continually inspires and supports many to bring true healing to their lives.

    1. That’s a really interesting point, no new age book or course presenting on responsibility, when this is a core movement in life that supports our true wellbeing and that of all around us. If we are not learning about responsibility then it must be about learning to escape and not deal with what is in our lives. We may replace things that are seemingly less harmful but really the same energy is unchanged. Looking within is the only place to begin and not trying to force change from the outside. I’ll be the first to say that responsibility is not an easy thing initially, but it does become more simple.

  39. “I just was presented with the very liberating fact that I just had to be me.” Beautiful. To walk on fire burns our physical body but to walk with Fire in our inner-heart and our light burns bright for all to feel.

  40. Great to see people like this sharing their lives and how they were to how they are now and the reasons for it. Changes made like this that continue to support others and everything around them are truly remarkable and we would all do well to sit up and take notice, I know I have. At some point we will look back at stories like this one and wonder why it wasn’t apart of mainstream, why we didn’t take more notice and follow this lead. I can’t see anything that wouldn’t have me listening to people like this.

  41. What you present here Rachel is so down to earth and truly caring, no amount of spin can argue with the simplicity and realness of what you’ve shared.

  42. What makes the presentations of Serge Benhayon different from New Age, and other forms of self-help/healing, courses is that what is presented is not to ‘fix’ you but instead to be a guide for you to take responsibility for your life and how you live. “You are not solely there to learn skills and apply them, you are there to learn that life is about awareness and that all the tools are just there to support you to deepen your very own relationship with life.” They are very empowering, if you choose to take responsibility for yourself.

  43. If we were to raise children supporting them to be themselves and not seek outer forms of recognition through academic or financial success, sporting prowess etc we maybe wouldn’t have a world so seemingly driven by greed, self-interest at the expense of others, ruthless pursuit of power and domination, and the bizarre spectacle of whole nations brought to their knees by a sporting loss.

  44. A truth-full and life changing line “I just was presented with the very liberating fact that I just had to be me”. Rachel thank you for sharing this…I get a sense of how different our world would be, if we were made aware of this fact as children.

  45. Having spent a lot of money attending these seminars with Anthony Robbins I can speak with authority when I say that there was nothing in these seminars that did anything for me, there was a lot of rah-rah and hyper talk and everyone was put in a very unreal heightened state to do the fire walk. I recall feeling it was pretty silly but went ahead anyway, I became so disconnected to my body so I had no feeling in my feet whatsoever. Did it change my life? Absolutely not, the only true and lasting change I have made in my life has been from Universal Medicine and what Serge Benhayon presents, he has supported me to make truly loving choices and to learn to be the ‘real’ me and to commit to my life in full and to feel the joy from choosing to live this way.

    1. Yes, Anthony Robbins and other such presenters create the experience of dis-connection from ones body, an altered state of being. It may feel very expansive and liberating but is ultimately not sustainable in life because it is ‘an altered state’ – it is in fact escapism. With Serge Benhayon there is no escapism, instead he asks you ground yourself in reality, in fact is common sense.

  46. I was once caught up with the idea of going to an Anthony Robbins event where they do the fire walk. I heard that other people had done it and not burnt themselves. In my mind this showed me they had overcome something in life, and that maybe if I too were able to do it, I would then be able to turn my life around. I certainly wanted change. Luckily I never did go, and looking back I wonder what would have possessed me to do such a crazy thing. What Serge Benhayon presents makes such simple sense. There is nowhere to get to, nothing to achieve, just an allowing of ourselves to be who we naturally already are. And all of this at our own pace, with no manual to follow, no judgement and definitely no fire walk.

  47. This too is what I love about Universal Medicine and its teachings, we are responsible for our own healing and thus with every presentation and course chosen to attend the ball is served right back into our court, for us to develop and deepen to the innate sounds of evolution calling from our own bodies.

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