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

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

  1. Over the 4 days of these retreats we are offered a way of living and a way of being that is life-changing… so much is cleared, and the healing that takes place creates a whole new foundation in how we are in the world. It is profound and so worth appreciating as you have here Adele.

  2. I can fully appreciate that the retreats truly offer the opportunity to experience living a different way and to let go of all that we have allowed to underpin are existing choices and the marker to then take this back to my life..

  3. “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” – love this Adele, yes, the Retreats are just so expansive and equalizing altogether in the same ‘bubble bath’ of wisdom.

  4. What I love so much about any Universal Medicine retreat or healing course or workshop is that you are constantly held in an enormous amount of love and understanding and constantly reminded how awesome and divine you actually are, which for me is an incredibly safe and holding place for me to expose, examine and look at any aspects of my life that need to shift or change to bring through even more of my divine qualities and love that I know lives inside me.

    1. That is so true, you are held in love and acceptance and this creates a safe space to unpeel as many of the protective layers as you want. Ultimately, the recharge that comes from not having to protect, defend, justify and keep a face on is incredibly rejuvenating!

  5. The Universal Medicine Retreats are a great way to spend your break. Not only do you get to hang out with exceptionally beautifully people, the food that is cooked for you is super yummy and healthy, the country side is stunning and to top it off you get to spend 4 days deepening your connection to and being in union with to self, God and the Hierarchy with the World Teacher. Were else could you go that offers this package?

  6. The real question is ‘why wouldn’t we continue to attend Universal Medicine retreats’? There is so much Gold shared and presented, and they go to new depths every time. There is always something more to learn. Why would we choose to stop going?

  7. Learning to accept our imperfections is very empowering and a great part of the process to true healing and evolution.

  8. Every retreat is a return – it offers the opportunity to come back to what was once left behind, the fullness of who we are, the lived knowing of being part of the all, a way of living in and with responsibility as a fully claimed participation in life.

  9. “I realise I actually do know, but there is a part of me that does not want to admit that I know” This is incredibly common and over the retreat there is the potential to say – what if I do know. This works from a strength base, an inner knowing that cuts out the negative ‘I am lesser’ chatter and simply allows space for magic to happen.

  10. The word ‘retreat’ means to ‘pull back’ and is often used in a negative sense. Yet from my experience the Universal Medicine retreats offer so much more then simply a break from the hectic or doldrum way we may be choosing to live our life. They offer us a moment of grace, a pause if you will, to deeply examine our movements (self-created patterns, thoughts and behaviours that make up the momentum we then live) so as to bring much more awareness and clarity in understanding why we choose to move as we do and from this point be able to discard any behaviour, thought or belief that does not hold true to the depth of who we are. In this way we are offered the space to re-imprint and re-infuse our way of living with much more love and care and feel not only more settled within ourselves but also more at ease with, and inspired by, our true purpose in life – our return to Soul. For me this package is priceless and years after a Universal Medicine retreat I am still reaping the rewards, so to speak. This really is a ‘treat’ in the truest sense, a moment of grace that continually ignites us to live ‘the more’ we are – a ‘re-treat’.

  11. What I have found incredible is when I haven’t been able to make a retreat then I have felt on some level what has been presented and can feel what is being asked of us. Being open to the evolution that is on offer can be there no matter if you are there in person or not. Even thou it is super amazing being there in person.

  12. I would never want to miss a Universal Medicine Retreat for all the amazingness they offer, but I know if I ever have to miss a retreat, all the Livingness that the retreats have imbued me with will offer me a point of reference to accept and keep living my life in awareness and not holding back.

  13. During the Retreat in Vietnam, every morning and evening there is also an Esoteric Yoga session for everyone. This is done seated in our chairs and is very supportive. It enables us to deepen our connection with our bodies and ourselves and to hold all that we are being offered in these awesome few days.

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