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

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

  1. There is nowhere that I have experienced the level of clarity, sense of equality, brotherhood, love and an expansion of awareness that without a doubt confirms our multi-dimensionality than I have at Universal Medicine events and retreats. No retreat is ever the same and just when you think ‘what more can be presented’, a whole new download is received. This is our future, one that we can live now.

  2. This is a beautiful way to describe why you revisit and continue to commit to the yearly Retreats. When you think about 4 days in a year having a huge impact on your life, it seems like a very solid commitment.

  3. Being offered the space to reflect on and deepen our connection to ourselves and the whole of life, receiving support to expand our awareness, as well as building a well of understanding and practical ways of living that in the world, is the greatest gift ever. A blessing that is constantly offered by Universal Medicine.

      1. Ah yes Willem. After lifetimes it seems of despairing from the impression that not many people truly cared about living with truth, integrity, love of one another or deepening our awareness, it has been a huge joy to meet so many people like you who are so clearly dedicated to healing their issues, deepening their awareness and expressing all the qualities I hold dear.

  4. The Universal Medicine Retreats offers everyone who attends an amazing experience for 4 days of building greater awareness and love for ourselves and then taking this back into to our lives and sharing this wisdom and joy with others.

  5. Beautifully shared Adele thank you, I too love attending the Universal Medicine Retreats, being treated to a deepening awareness of the truth, with the tools and understanding of how to live more of who we are in our lives.

  6. ‘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.’ yes indeed Adele this is a precious opportunity and from which many many people have turned their lives around and the ripple effect goes out to others.

  7. Very well said Adele. The Retreats are a rock I build on as well. No matter how I was, not matter money or not, I would commit coming to these Universal Medicine Retreats.
    In a beautiful rhythm of 5 days, Serge Benhayon offers us the possibility to look at life deeper and presenting tools to take it one step deeper and deal with life in a more true way. And than it is up to me how much I apply in my daily life.

  8. Making a commitment to understand ourselves more deeply in truth is something that can benefit everyone by the quality that we then bring back to life in all our expressions.

  9. “There is no start and stop as every day in my life is preparing me for this Retreat.” and also everyday day after we are given the opportunity to live the retreat in it’s fullness of what has been shared for us to be more of who we are.

  10. I can’t help as I read to reflect on how we are unfolding who we are through these presentations. Its a definite returning rather than an improvement on or bettering ourselves. I have to very much agree that we get to see parts of ourselves that we have well developed and use to protect ourselves throughout our lives. But in attending events especially the Universal Medicine Retreats we not only get to see these parts but also see that they are not a square inch on who we are. its never about fighting against them (something thats taken me a while to get) but about being more loving with ourselves in every step. Then these parts simply fall away. No push, no fight just not apart of our being. Therefore the ongoing and forever unfoldment.

  11. By attending the workshops, presentation and retreats that are offered by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, I have step by step reconnected back to the real me that I once knew as a child. Most of the time I have been in resistance to what has been presented by Universal Medicine and Serge now looking back I feel that I did not like being constantly shown what I walked away from. But unlike any other religion I have come across I am not treated as a sinner or looked down upon. Quite the opposite in fact, I have been constantly shown that I am all ready everything if I so choose it. And at last there is a part of me that is allowing me to feel the deep connection I have with God and it is glorious to feel in my body again.

  12. Universal Medicine retreats always provide an excellent opportunity to put ugliness in its true place and to realize that underneath it all, there is an immense beauty that is awaiting us to connect to it if we dare to do so. Universal Medicine retreats provide evolutionary resources that are priceless

  13. “I am constantly being shown parts of myself that I want to remain blind to ‘seeing,” But thank goodness we are encouraged to do so, as it winkles out all those things we don’t like about our selves and when we do, we see all the beauty that lies underneath these unnatural impositions.

  14. To get to understand the universe, world, humanity and our own selves through these retreats is priceless. For me they represent and bring to light what is fundamental to all.

  15. For me it’s about taking everything I have learned about myself during the retreats and workshops of Universal Medicine out into the world. Because to me it feels as though people are really struggling with their lives. I was with someone recently who I have known for many years and we were asked to go into a lift and she turned to me and said, ‘you cannot go in it’ and I said that I didn’t have a problem with lifts any more.
    As we got into the lift this person said, ‘you have changed so much over the years’ and then laughed and said, ‘I have stayed the same’ and there was sadness in her voice when she said this. It seemed to me that she had felt something in me that feels familiar to her but she doesn’t quite want to go there, and that’s cool because at least she now may understand that it’s our everyday choices that keep us locked away from our true selves.

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