Why do I keep Attending Universal Medicine Retreats?

Attending the Universal Medicine Vietnam Retreats is a yearly commitment I make with myself. Apart from this particular retreat (one of the three Retreats offered by Universal Medicine every year), I seldom attend other just as amazing courses that Universal Medicine offers in Australia or the UK. So far, I have attended the Vietnam Retreat for the past 6 years.

There are many points of universal laws and truths that I enjoy offered at the Universal Medicine Retreat – anyone who has attended such Universal Medicine retreats knows the gems that are presented by Serge Benhayon and Natalie Benhayon, as well as all the sharings that we receive from students from all over the world. Anyone who is interested in what life is truly about is offered a foundation to understand themselves and other people in life – which I value as a precious opportunity.

And yet these are not the only reasons I attend the retreat. To be honest, every time I attend, I am given many opportunities to know and understand myself even more. A commitment to know myself more is a daily endeavour: however in the retreat, this process is intensified.

Sometimes the experiences in the retreat are not the easiest to accept. I am constantly being shown parts of myself that I want to remain blind to ‘seeing,’ but through other people, these parts of myself can be more clearly understood. Here I am given opportunities to see the ugly part of myself – by this I mean, the parts of me that did not come in and/or with love. I treasure deeply these opportunities, so that when I address them, I am able to step closer back to the truth of who I truly am –  that which is love. As stated, at times what I see about myself is not the easiest to accept, and there have been many times when I felt I would never go back.

But I still keep coming back to the Universal Medicine Retreat, so what makes me do so?

  • As part of my daily life, I sometimes catch myself at times feeling less of myself. When I feel this, I shrink from the confidence and joy that l know I am: however in the Retreat, I choose to be constantly very honest with myself why I am feeling this way.
  • It is very challenging at times to allow myself to feel how others have chosen to express themselves, and to still hold myself in equality and appreciation; this is a very precious opportunity to have. What I get to live and practise every day in the Retreat is the activity of not holding back my natural expression and the connection I feel with myself and others.
  • What I experience with the way the Retreat is presented, is a way to live and practise this every day. I feel an added openness that, with the support of Serge Benhayon, Natalie Benhayon, and from every student present, as well as with the food prepared for us, the rhythm we go through on our every day, and even the environment of the resort we stay in… inspires me.

Sometimes I do not immediately get what has been presented to me during these Retreats, but when I feel into it, I realise I actually do know, but there is a part of me that does not want to admit that I know. So in addition to listening and watching the presenters, I allow myself to join every presentation and group discussion and be open to the experiment of “what if I knew.” I usually surprise myself with the wisdom and truth of what comes out of my mouth from the awareness I clearly felt within my body… which is within us all to express.

For the past 6 years while attending the Universal Medicine Retreats, I have found putting up my hand and asking a question in public to be one of the things I am least comfortable with, and so I allow myself to feel this discomfort and sometimes just to challenge myself, I will do it. I often still feel a lot of self-judgment when I ask a question, however with support from other students, I am open to the possibility of doing it more: who knows, maybe one day I will be absolutely comfortable with this, or even be on stage!

I enjoy and keep coming back to the Universal Medicine Retreats because this event is so much more than just a Retreat. There is no start and stop as every day in my life is preparing me for this Retreat. And it is not just the 4 days I am there, as everything I experience there is brought back to my everyday life to further experiment with. I am presented a living way that is there every single moment of my day, a more committed way I am able to bring to every aspect of my life.

This unfolding and way of living is asking me to be constantly more open, more in fullness, to deepen my love consistently for myself and with other people and very simply, to be more of the true me. Every time I attend, I see myself being more of all of the above, and even at moments when I feel I have not moved much or have even gone backwards, I have the choice to deepen my self-love. From a woman who has been very much protected in the shell of perfection and aloofness, I have grown to become much more real with an acceptance of my imperfections, which has opened a deep connection with myself and with people: this process has deepened the fullness of beauty for me.

When I do not delay in honouring how I feel, how I communicate, how I take care of myself, how I lovingly and gently address my emotions and reactions, this results in what I have asked for my whole life – a way I can be and live in truth. This is a simple dedicated commitment, a dedication that Universal Medicine has supported me in deepening.

By Adele Leung

Further Reading:
UniMed Retreat
Before and After the Universal Medicine Lennox Head Retreat
Inspired by Universal Medicine… Just Being Me

445 thoughts on “Why do I keep Attending Universal Medicine Retreats?

  1. The retreats are an opportunity to take stock, to observe, reflect, learn, appreciate, let go, expand and move forward, and in doing so, leave behind old patterns. Every time I attend one I come back lighter, brighter, more committed to life, more accepting of myself and others, more open to others and to learning. In short, more ready and fitter for life. The retreats provide very practical tools and everyday applicable wisdom in knowing who you are and connecting to the purpose of life.

  2. Why do I continue to attend the retreats, workshops and presentations of Serge Benhayon and now Natalie Benhayon, because they bring truth to the world where truth is sadly lacking. I’m so sick of the corruption, abuse, violence and greed to name a few of what we have excepted as normal.
    I read recently on the BBC news website that
    According to Canada’s BNN Bloomberg, the drinks giant Coca Cola is in talks with local producer Aurora Cannabis about developing marijuana-infused beverages. These would not aim to intoxicate consumers but to relieve pain. The firm declined to comment but said it was watching the cannabis drinks market closely.
    To me this is pure greed that a company does not want to miss out on another drinks product that will make Billions of dollars for the company.
    So to be presented with another way for humanity to live is like a breath of much needed fresh air.

  3. ‘To be honest, every time I attend, I am given many opportunities to know and understand myself even more’.
    ‘I am constantly being shown parts of myself that I want to remain blind to seeing’ – is exactly how I feel about the retreats. I get to know me more, and develop a relationship with myself that is so valuable and I fall in love with myself more. How gorgeous to take the real me to everyone.

  4. I find the retreat offers more than words can describe, it offers healing from the energetic perspective and to encourage us to live from this too. As humans we are not about just the doing, there is the being aspect too.

    I not only learn from the sharing I bring but also what others bring too and I have this awakening, yes I do that too, what hasn’t been expressed out in the open.

    Universal Medicine retreats are not like any other retreats I have attended in the past where the feeling of euphoria develops and it drops later. For me these retreats don’t give an all high but an offer to evolve, bring understanding, energetic responsibility in what I do and love for all.

  5. That is a good question, why do I continue to attend the yearly Universal Medicine retreats? For me it is being with other people to expose what is not the truth within me, it is an opportunity to refine this and live more from the gentle, divine, souls we are from.

    This way of living continues for many months and instead of ageing, I find I am maturing more with wisdom.

  6. These retreats offer so much. What is on offer to learn is simply extraordinary. But one of the things that I love the most is sharing these 5 days with other people, some of whom I now know, others I have never met. We share this time together, working together, to elevate and support each other in our understanding of life, its workings and our place in it. Who would have thought that you could work so hard in discussion with each other and feel quite amazing at the end of 5 days of it. I always take away a snapshot of what is possible in terms of humanity working together.

  7. ‘and be open to the experiment of “what if I knew.” ‘ – I like this, and will take this into my day (life).

  8. ‘Sometimes I do not immediately get what has been presented to me during these Retreats, but when I feel into it, I realise I actually do know, but there is a part of me that does not want to admit that I know’. I can relate to this because for years I have played small and less, but truth is, I do know, we are all knowing beings and how we access the ancient wisdom is via our inner hearts.

  9. The Universal Medicine Retreats held each year are a favourite time of the year for me, the evolution and expansion offered to everyone is amazing, after the 5 days you have built a stronger rhythm and can then live this greater awareness in our everyday lives.

  10. Attending a Universal Medicine Retreat is the highlight of the year. It establishes a foundation of purpose and direction for the coming year.

  11. It is the strangest truth to uncover that we are already divine totally awesome beings that have covered ourselves with all sorts of layers of yukky stuff that we are not. With each layer of yukky stuff that we remove the more closer we come to the glory that we already are. These retreats are wonderful at exposing all that is not true and equally confirming all that is true and the consequences of this are priceless beyond words.

    1. The other thing about the retreat is the 5 day format allows us to not only become aware of the truth and not truth but have a very practical opportunity to live with the new freedom and rhythm that is revealed and thereby claim it as ours and make it our new normal.

  12. The Universal Medicine retreats are certainly an amazing experience, I have attended them annually since 2013 and I find they support me well beyond the retreat and into my everyday life, they provide many tools to assist me to live all that I am and to understand life and the universe.

  13. This is a very beautiful line of words written by you, “I allow myself to join every presentation and group discussion and be open to the experiment of “what if I knew.”” The magic in this being your simple openness to join in and to have a go and to see what happens thereafter.

  14. I have attended Universal Medicine Retreats every year for the past 4 years. They are a big commitment – they are 5 days long starting at 5am and finishing around 5pm. There is lots of logistics in preparing to attend, not only for myself but for work and my child. Getting there is no mean feat! But because of what is on offer, all of the preparation and planning needed to get there seems like the most normal thing in the world and I take it in my stride. There is nothing else I’d rather be doing and no place I’d rather be come retreat time.

  15. The retreats presented by Universal Medicine are revolutionary and evolutionary in every sense of the words. They provide a time within the year where one has space to review the last year, process it, and move forward with a renewed commitment to life.

  16. I have just attend a retreat held in the UK. I find the retreats I have attended to be a continuous deepening back to me and that actually I have abilities far beyond what I could have ever imagined, but not just me. We all have such abilities but we all live in a way that seems to filter what it is we can feel all around us. When we drop the filters and see what life really is, which is exquisite in the detail of everything that surrounds us. Then I understood that as a race of human- beings we have lost the magic that is God, instead we seem to have made him into some sort of tyrant which is not true at all. This is a whopping lie that we have ingested and we are bereft of the truth

  17. What is presented at the retreats simply makes sense. I continue to go back because they absolutely reflect to me the next step in evolution, and become more and more practical as a result.

    1. I do the same thing. Yet so much of my life I have made it about wanting to get more knowledge and constantly onto the next thing rather than appreciating and putting into practice everything I have and have already been given.

    2. What the retreats offer is always immensely practical and immediately applicable to daily life while, at the same time, being deeply philosophical and religious in the sense of reuniting us with our essence.

  18. Often when people attend retreats they come back pumped up to change their lives, wanting to flip everything around and start a fresh. Having just come back from a UM retreat yesterday evening I feel inspired to do the opposite – appreciate my life, acknowledge all the areas where I know I will not drop below and from that appreciation look at the areas where I am not so strong. This retreat really showed me that our “lows” are not always lows, and they’re a foundation that is to be deeply appreciated because this is a level of love we will not go below – regardless of how bad it looks in comparison to the “high” we experienced for an hour, a day or a week.

    1. I enjoyed your comment Viktoria, especially the part; ‘ appreciate my life, acknowledge all the areas where I know I will not drop below and from that appreciation look at the areas where I am not so strong’. Feels very self loving and a solid way to unravel and express the more that we are.

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