Michael Benhayon – A Stellar Friend, Supreme Practitioner & Sensational Musician – The Old School Modern Day Gentleman

I first met Michael Benhayon over 10 years ago when I went with my mother and father to experience a workshop run by Universal Medicine, a company founded by Michael’s father, Serge Benhayon.

In the first few years of knowing Michael I didn’t really take an interest in developing a friendship with him. He was a few years older than I, but he also had a level of maturity and air of manhood about him that didn’t suit the types of friends I wanted to have around at the time.

Upper body shot of Michael Benhayon smiling
Michael Benhayon

I would however see him around events and in the local swimming pool, with his always big and warm smile. I observed a suave swagger in his walk, again something I thought was strange for a teenager to have, given that at the time myself and all my mates were into lowering our trousers and shoulders as low as they could go! Perhaps a tad exaggerated, but it does paint the contrasting picture of how Michael carried himself so well at a young age.

I continued attending Universal Medicine’s workshops and courses for a few years, including travelling to Vietnam for their annual retreat, where I had dinners with the whole Benhayon family, Michael included. Michael often made me laugh a lot, be that with his 6 or 7 egg omelette at the breakfast buffet through to his quite extraordinary and very playful moves on the dance floor (including the splits!). However, in spite of the undeniable fondness I had developed for Michael, I retained keeping him at arm’s length and not allowing our friendship to deepen.

From 2011 till 2015 I didn’t attend any events hosted by Serge or Universal Medicine, nor did I see or speak with Michael.

In fact it wasn’t till the beginning of 2017 that I got in contact with Michael. A year earlier I began to listen to Michael’s music and during a Swiss skiing holiday I played a live recording of one of Michael’s songs, Heaven’s Stairway on repeat, over and over. I hadn’t heard a song with such depth and quality such as that one in a long time, not to mention a deeply touching piano melody. On the journey home from the Swiss Alps something clicked. I said to myself, I think I know how to play piano but I just haven’t tried to play it yet. To my mother’s absolute surprise and on the basis that I’d ‘try it out’ I bought a relatively cheap keyboard. I emailed Michael to let him know about my new musical addition and that I wanted to learn his songs. From there the doors of communication opened, and so too did I open the door to a friendship with Michael – something I had not given permission to before.

One of the first things Michael said to me in regard to performing an instrument was:

“Remember it is not about getting it right – music is definitely not something to put your mind towards. The body must always freely express.”

Not long after that and after keeping Michael updated with how I was getting on and the new songs I’d been learning, I booked to have two Esoteric Chakra-puncture sessions with him in June 2017.

Those two sessions had the most profound effect on me, and the rediscovery of my direction in life.

Many things came up for me, and much was explored in our conversations, but a few gems in particular really led me to fall in love with this man and his qualities, exquisitely so.

As I was bleating on about one drama and another, he started talking to me about the gifts of my life, what I have been totally and utterly blessed with and to start by focussing on that. I remember saying something silly like “Ah, but why do I even deserve that in life?” As he prepared the needles he wisely said: “You could look at it like that, or you could look at it like a bird looking at a little bug saying, “Damn, why do I have wings? Like, I could just be crawling around down there but instead look what I can do!” Although the analogy made me giggle, there was a certain sadness in the giggle too. The teary part was because with that one sentence I realised how much I lacked appreciation for who I am and what I have been so graciously offered in this life.

These two sessions opened my eyes to the fact that Michael Benhayon was and is so much more than a sensational and inspirational musician, but a man who has a very unique and astute perspective of the world, holding sacred that which is and deserves to be, and unafraid to call out that which is not.

After the two sessions I began to feel that I wanted to build a much stronger and deeper connection with Michael. There were qualities I could sense in him that reminded me of home. Not home as in where I grew up, but my inner home –– the Soul’s home.

As I’ve grown to know Michael more and more, I can earnestly say he is not your average 20-something year old. He has a beautiful big family, including a wife and 3 children whom he dedicates much of his time to. He has an internationally acclaimed record label, GM Records and a custom designed music production company, Glorious Music Sounds which in 7 years has produced over 400 professional tracks. He is a highly regarded and sought after complementary health practitioner, with clients all over the world who find sessions with Michael not only beneficial but life-shaping in many ways.

Michael is also the founder and director of Teachers Are Gold, a worldwide run project whose purpose is to support teachers to look after themselves and rise above the total burn-out and extreme stress that so many experience. Michael has also written and developed various courses for colleges and organisations.

At the tender age of 27, Michael has taken life by the reins. He has stepped forward to work within family, community and society supporting everyone he works with equally to see that there is much that life has to offer, and that accessing it all is but a choice away.

What has been amazing to see and experience is that with all that Michael does and everything he has going on, not one of my messages has ever gone unanswered or even answered in haste. Every time we share an exchange I am given all the space in the world, as if I’m the only person in his life, but at the same time I get the sense that he knows what he communicates is for the All, and not just for me.

I particularly cherish his guidance and tips when I send him recordings of myself on piano. With utmost care, tenderness and responsibility as a friend and as a musician Michael would advise: “work on developing more flow in your body, in your movements, when you play – and by flow I mean coming from heart first and then let that radiate to your arms, fingers and whole body.” Gees, is there any more liberating way to be encouraged to play an instrument? Methinks not…

Michael Benhayon on stage playing guitar
Michael Benhayon | Founder of GM Records

My abilities on the piano are extraordinary considering I have been playing for little over a year where the only song I learnt from a YouTube video was Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley, but apart from that with no tutor. I can play some things by ear; I can compose music and even put lyrics to it. A beautiful note of confirmation, encouragement and guidance from Michael more recently was:

“Your technique is more rich and has improved a lot, and there is more flow in your body too. The next part to work on, which naturally will come from deepening this in your livingness, is – to bring the delicateness of your fingers/touch on the piano to the rest of your body.”

I particularly love this pearl of wisdom because making the connection between playing the piano and how I am in the rest of my life is one that not many (if any) would advise, but I have found it to be crucial and ‘on the money’ in my development as a musician.

Sharing with me that the more I look after and am delicate with myself, so too will my piano playing become more delicate and richer as a result, gave me so much more to focus on than just what I do when I sit down at the piano.

I attribute a large portion of being able to make a focal point how I am with myself and with others on a daily basis to two things:

  • One: Michael’s music. If you haven’t heard it, do yourself a favour and visit his website and take the time to explore. Aside from the fact that the music is a phenomenal display of multi-instrumentalism, flow and precision, I love the fact that there is nothing imposing in Michael’s music and so one feels left to be him/herself whilst listening. I have grown up listening to various artists, genres and performers, and I very often found that the music would draw me into a specific emotion or invoke old memories/feelings. Listening to Michael’s music I can sit contently, and if anything, it actually supports me in connecting back to myself, how I’m feeling and what there is in life for me to look at. I have no doubt in my heart that this is due to the way Michael lives his life, and the way that then streams through into his music.
  • Two: The support Michael has offered me through his advice and feedback. Each and every time Michael would send me an email containing a pearl of wisdom, it would have the most profound effect on my playing. When he shared about playing from the heart not the mind, I found it easier and freer to move my fingers around and not worry about hitting the wrong key. When he shared about developing flow, suddenly I could play melodies that were much more fluid and I no longer had to plan my keystrokes but just allowed my fingers to drop where they naturally did. Then when he shared with me recently about delicateness, I have found that I can now create so many different sounds just by focussing on how my fingers interact with each key.

One of the things that inspires me, and in absolute honesty, makes me slightly uncomfortable as I know that I do not do this consistently, is that no matter what Michael achieves, he does not stop. He continues to explore what’s next, and to move onward in life according to what is needed. The remarkable milestones Michael Benhayon has achieved at this early time in his life are a testament to that.

To me, Michael Benhayon has remodelled what it means to be a young man in the world today.

Michael reflects so beautifully, tenderly and humbly that:

  • No longer do we have to be lost, meandering through life trying to make sense of the insanity that prevails in society.
  • No longer do we have to resort to alcohol, drugs, coffee, cigarettes, sleeping around, anything that will give us the next hit of a seeming but not true relief to ease the tension we are feeling.
  • No longer do we have to go to University to prove we need to make something of ourselves and to be considered a successful man.
  • No more do we need to cower to what other people think of us or expect us to be but to stay the most gentle, delicate, sweet and tender men we were always born to be.

By the way he lives, Michael Benhayon demonstrates that it can be effortless to move through life with the strongest sense of knowing who we are, and to know exactly what part we play in the world. He is a great example that we need nothing from the outside world to make up who we are, for everything already resides on the inside. Michael is a perfect role model who reflects the measure of what we call ‘success’ is not in our bank accounts, properties, cars, clothes or dividends, but rather in how much of our true selves we live and bring to the world.

Upper body shot of young man with glasses, smiling
Michael Brown

“You hold so much love inside you, and when you live and express this in all that you do, it will take you and therefore all that you bring through to higher and higher levels.” ~ Michael Benhayon ~

By Michael Brown, 21-Year-old Student, Retail Manager and Amazing young man

Further Reading:
What is “Swag” and Who has Got it?
Michael Benhayon, Glorious Music – interview part 1
My relationship with music: it’s about connection not perfection

564 thoughts on “Michael Benhayon – A Stellar Friend, Supreme Practitioner & Sensational Musician – The Old School Modern Day Gentleman

  1. A lovely and amazing young man who has achieved so much already in his life, and I look forward to seeing more of him unfolding and inspiring the world.

    1. When I think of Michael Benhayon I get a sense of rock solid steadiness and strength, deep wisdom, beholding, truth and tender care. His reflection is pure gold and is totally inspiring.

  2. It is so lovely, Michael, to re-visit this stunning blog, to see the beautiful smiling faces of yourself and the other Michael B and feel the loving appreciation of your relationship.

  3. Sometimes just watching Michael Benhayon play an instrument is all I need to shift me back onto the right path!

  4. In every conversation that I have ever had with Michael Benhayon, there has been no less from him than absolute delicacy in his approach to me. This comes across in the way that he speaks with his tone and choice of words, and also in the movement of his body, as he stands or sits and gestures. There is never an once of imposition from this man, and for this I can truly say that the love I have for him is immense.

  5. Michael Benhayon is definitely someone I would like to have more of in my life, his sessions and beautiful manner and great musicianship have greatly inspired me over the years.

  6. It seems crazy but when we keep others at arms length especially those who we are inspired by, we are often just in an old pattern of denying our own equal divinity and preciousness.

  7. It’s so not normal in society for such a prolific musician to spend so little time actually playing and recording and put so much into so much else that supports people in many different ways.

  8. Michael’s music is truly amazing and out of this world. It is quite surprising that he isn’t an international star.

  9. Michael thank you for sharing such a powerful article about Michael Benhayon who without a doubt represents the steadiness I see in a man that inspires me on what true steadiness, tenderness and absolute love looks like. A great inspiration for me and my family and kids.

  10. Another beautiful thing about Michael Benhayon is that he has friends of all ages and can relate to any age group.

    1. Michael Benhayon holds everyone equally and therefore there is no age limit, he allows the space for everyone, its an amazing quality he holds.

  11. Michael Benhayon is indeed the embodiment of the “old school modern day gentleman” and the world is enriched because of this quality in this young man.

  12. Keeping my body as open and freely moving as I can and having as much fun as possible has really helped me with singing too.

  13. This brings a whole new deeper meaning to the word ‘friend’. We can have an acquaintance we may call a friend, but what you are describing here Michael is a person who is always there for you, a confidant, someone who loves you for who you are and does not judge you. This stellar friend Michael Benhayon needs treasuring forever, because a person like this is very special in our lives.

  14. Beautiful to re read this sharing, I love how Michael supported you to bring all of you in life via music.

  15. Michael Benhayon is one of the most lovely and approachable persons I have had the absolute privilege of knowing. I look at him sometimes in wonder of how he can be so committed to so many things without compromising his love and integrity.

    1. Yes Abbey, it is incredible the consistency and simplicity of this. Lived not talked about as some elusive goal. Very cool.

  16. So beautiful to be reminded that tenderness and harmony that we bring to all our movements can affect all aspects of our lives.

  17. “He is a great example that we need nothing from the outside world to make up who we are, for everything already resides on the inside”. I find, as many do, that the Benhayon family are fine fine examples of this, showing us that it is possible to live like this and be part of every day life.

    1. But what I love most is they don’t hold themselves as the examples to live up to, just showing how it can be done knowing that everyone else has the same potential within.

  18. Michael is a true gentleman and has been a massive inspiration to me of the quality and care that a man can express as a friend, brother and practitioner.

  19. The more I listen to Michael Benhayon’s music the more I love it. I hear something new every time I listen. His music is so rich with the depth of the ocean.

  20. Its only been recently that I have realised how important appreciation is, but more than that, how important walking and moving in appreciation is. Appreciation then becomes embodied and then something we live. Any and every moment can be with this quality.

  21. My sessions with Michael are always amazing, always confirming of me and I leave seeing life in a far more open and appreciate perspective, any issues I felt I had brought down to size.

  22. Watching and hearing Michael Benhayon bring the heavens down to us through his guitar playing is one of my greatest joys in life.

  23. Having known Michael Benhayon since he was a boy, it has been an absolute blessing to observe him grow and evolve into the divine authority he lives and breathes today, full of grace and a lot of swag!

    1. Role models are very powerful in our lives, and they don’t have to necessarily reflect a true way of being as many considered role models are simply rich, successful in some way, talented, or famous. Role models like Michael Benhayon reflect the truth of who we all are and the joy of living that which we all equally have access to. That’s a role model that has the power to inspire true and lasting change and it comes from simply being himself in full.

  24. Sometimes we can want a relationship to go deeper but we are the ones that are holding back and scared to go there.

  25. I love that picture of Michael Benhayon – he is so open and transparent and has so much warmth to offer. This is a reminder and reflection of what lies within us all.

  26. I love it when people express truly about their love for another and there certainly is so much to love about Michael Benhayon. I have had many sessions with him and had the privileged to play music with him as well all of which brought me a lot of joy.

  27. Awesome article Michael,
    Whist reading this I ask myself how much flow was in my movements yesterday? How much was I coming from my head when I could be coming from my heart? Thank you for this inspiring slice of life.

  28. I’m sure I am not alone when I say I have held back from having some relationships that are on offer to support my and others evolution. This article blows this holding back out of the water. There is equality, joy and simplicity in what you share. I have gotten too comfortable equalising to a lower denominator, you know feeling sorry for people, waiting for others to get it, hiding, believing that I am not amazing…., rather than truly embracing the inspiration and power lived by others as an equaliser and knowing I am worth being around that. The words I get concerning this self deceit are “Who am I to…” Well actually the truth is who am I, is who you are, it is who we all are, equally awesome, worth loving and worth being open to relationships that grow, build, nourish and fire us up to live our potential.

  29. I work in a college surrounded by hundreds of young men, and generally observe either the contraction or hardness of their bodies and movements. Michael Benhayon is an incredible role model, an example of what it looks like to live in the grace and authority of one’s true nature.

  30. “Work on developing more flow in your body, in your movements, when you play – and by flow I mean coming from heart first and then let that radiate to your arms, fingers and whole body.” That is so beautiful and feels really expansive in my body just reading it. I have experienced singing with the same approach instead of the very mechanical way singing is often taught and it feels great. Obviously some degree of body awareness is needed to appreciate the difference.

  31. I feel very fortunate to have had sessions with Michael Benhayon too and can for sure relate to the incredible support he offers.

  32. ‘…with that one sentence I realised how much I lacked appreciation for who I am and what I have been so graciously offered in this life.’ I feel this hugely in myself – like how could I miss what I’ve been given, and I also see it in so many of the people around me. It’s like we focus on what’s not love and the space around us and we then feel like life is all one big struggle. I know this well. For example, I create overwhelm in thinking about what I need to do all at once – rather than do things when they are called for from what’s needed rather than any knee jerk reaction or need. Not trying to rescue people from what is stressing them out has been very uncomfortable these last two days but I am accepting there is only so much I can do. Being at ease with this and appreciating what I can bring means there’s more space as I’m not filling it up with thoughts about the future or the past.

  33. I love that you both make playing an instrument about flow and vibration way before it is about knowing how to read notes or make it about how it sounds.

  34. Michael Benhayon is all you say in your very true description of him, but he is also a rock, a man who holds such depth in his body that it is not of this world but is earthed into this world to remind us of who we are.

    1. Very beautifully said Ariana – he is a rock and he is showing us how easy it can be to have fun and be playful and warm in a world full of chaos.

  35. Michael, your love for Michael Benhayon, but equally for people in general is so tangible and real that it opens my heart and fills me with joy. You are an inspiration, a dancing spark in a grey and given up world. Thank you for being you XXX

  36. How amazing that through music – one man has remodelled what it is for you to be a man in the world. This is literally music to my ears and shows that if we are willing to give our all in one area – then everything else picks up

  37. “…music is definitely not something to put your mind towards…” – I wonder if there is anything we should put our minds towards in the general understanding of that term before we actually approach life from feeling, the sense of flow in the body and our expression. Relating to life form our energetic senses in my experience turns out to be of much greater value than a mere intellectual approach as it is more encompassing of the multilayeredness of life.

    1. Yes indeed, Alex, sensing our way through life rather than being dominated solely by the mind opens us up to so much more nuance of feeling and awareness, and a vast intelligence we can then re-connect to.

  38. What a remarkable way Michael Benhayon is living, even down to the detail where he is giving you his undivided attention and all the space in the world to express what is needed, yet it is not just for you Michael but for the All. This depth and commitment to life is absolutely inspiring and to be celebrated when we meet someone who is offering such reflections. Thank you Michael.

  39. I have known Michael for quite a few years and have had the joy of watching him grow from a teenager to an adult and now to being a husband and a father. He is mature beyond his age, and a holds a wisdom the goes super deep. And yet with all this he never sees himself as better than another and treats everyone around him as an equal. A blessing to have known him for so long and I can only hope to be around him still for many years to come.

  40. Michael Benhayon is certainly the old school modern day Gentleman. The old school values of respect and care are deeply held in and by him, his gentleness is exquisite and his warmth and eyes show the genuineness of what he is here to present, represent, live and express. An inspiration to us all indeed.

  41. Your feeling of being home with your soul that you describe with Micheal, I feel with his brother Curtis, it’s sweet how we all have different constellations with others reflections, and in the end we are all part of the whole, equally beautiful.

  42. The stereotypes of great men as ‘lone wolves’ or solitary soldiers cements the lie that keeps us small – that we are here to make it on our own, instead of open up and collaborate. If we just let each other in what a different world we would see.

  43. Yes, I agree that Michael Benhayon’s music reflects the level of love and integrity he lives in everyday life. It is important for us to acknowledge that this applies to any profession or service that we provide ie what we live is what the consumer is getting energetically, no matter what kind of slickness we are presenting, how articulate or well dressed we are.

  44. “Remember it is not about getting it right… The body must always freely express.” is not just good advice for playing music but a way of living. Wanting to get anything right tends to reduce us to be less, a control of the mind (ideals & beliefs) over the body that takes away the flow of multidimensionality that is essential to who we are. Michael moves in and with that flow as can be seen (and heard) in his music, dance, walk and talk.

    1. “Remember it is not about getting it right… The body must always freely express.” It’s such a simple statement, and has an innocence like we see in children, open and expressive without the shadows of ideals such as being wrong or right restricting their natural way to be.

  45. “…holding sacred that which is and deserves to be, and unafraid to call out that which is not.” – this is also my experience with Michael, who always offers a shift to my perception and thereby opens my awareness for new inner horizons. His loving sincerity, maturity and simplicity are deeply touching and awe-inspiring, not accepting less than the greatness of who we are.

    1. Michael holds the opposite of tunnel vision, could it be termed cosmic vision? Whatever it is, he always comes back with a fresh view, something so surprising but so commonsensical.

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