A University Student’s Experience with Universal Medicine

by Ben P, Australia

I found out about Universal Medicine (UniMed) about 4 or 5 years ago when I was still going through university. At the time I was living the typical student life of drinking most nights of the week, eating junk food and staying up till 3am with occasional cram sessions in there so that I wouldn’t fail my classes. I thought I was having fun and doing what we were supposed to do as students but I was never really happy. As soon as the alcohol wore off, or the thrill of whatever escapade we’d been up to had died down, I was left feeling miserable and lacking any direction.

When I looked around me, everyone I knew felt to be in the same situation. No one was really sure whether they actually wanted to do what they were studying for and so we were all constantly looking for any reason we could to escape back into our drunken stupor. It was the only place we didn’t feel that life was a burden, being dragged around by all of these conflicting expectations and pressures – conditions that were coming from ourselves and our families back home.

In my 4th year at uni I was lucky enough to have a session with Kate Greenaway because my mum was taking part in her study on the effects of craniosacral therapy. Going into the session I had no idea what to expect. I’d only ever thought that deep tissue massages or painful treatments would bring any results, but with the gentle movements and realignment she took me through I walked out of their feeling lighter and better than I could ever remember feeling. After feeling that for myself, I wanted to find out as much as I could. I was almost going to drop my studies so I could take up physiotherapy because of the change I felt from that one session.

Soon afterwards I went to my first Universal Medicine course. I was full of anxiety and hesitation about going along to this course that I had no experience or any background in, it was like preparing to head off to another planet for me. My experiences as a child of sitting in a church room with a dull seminar dragging on around me did not make it easy for me to go, but there was a call inside me from my earlier session that I had to follow and see where it would take me. The first time I met Serge Benhayon, he really didn’t make any kind of impression on me – we both said “hello” and then stood silently together for a little while before he was called away. He seemed nice, but pretty much just like anyone else.

I still had some doubts as he started presenting but then he had us do some simple exercises. The ones I remember most were massaging someone’s shoulder in a clockwise and then anti-clockwise direction, breathing gently and being with them. I felt immediately such a clear difference between each of these. Serge hadn’t told us what to expect or what to look for, he just said try these movements and see for yourself what it feels like. After that, I thought to myself, how could something so simple have made such a huge difference like that?

I’d never really thought that there was anything in life apart from the daily slog of work with the brief relief of drunken weekends, so those exercises opened my eyes up to the fact that there was something more in life. I saw that, with a focus towards conscious presence and gentle breathing, the whole world seemed to change around me. I could feel amazing without the drinking, without the escapes, just by being dedicated towards looking after myself.

After attending two courses that year I went overseas to complete my studies. A year away was an opportunity for me to go crazy, partying even harder and pushing myself to the limit, however, from those few experiences I’d had with UniMed, I had decided that I wanted to be responsible for my own well-being. The simple act of being present with myself, feeling how my actions affected me, and being dedicated to myself was what supported me to live in whichever new culture I was immersed in that week. I was moving around a lot, but this was something I could take with me everywhere I went.

By the fact that I was caring for and felt connected to myself, I felt I was open to connecting with everyone and anyone, regardless of their culture, age or background, equally. Being from a small country town, I’d never really had much interaction with people from diverse backgrounds.

In my year abroad, I had little contact with anyone or anything from Universal Medicine. It was only from the principles that I had picked up in my brief exposure to it the previous year as well as my own choices that had supported me throughout the year. Before coming to Universal Medicine, no-one had ever truly told me it was okay to love yourself, or that honouring yourself is the most natural way we can be. I didn’t realise it could be any other way than the hectic way the world seemed to impose on me, where I’d be constantly exhausting myself just getting through the day.

I’m grateful to Serge for loving us enough that he was willing to put himself under the spotlight and share this with us, even when it may be controversial or make him enemies for saying it.

In the end though, it isn’t Serge or even Universal Medicine that keep me coming back. It is my dedication and commitment to loving others and myself as best as I can.

Both Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have always been there to offer me the space and support as I go through the process of re-learning this and they offer such a full and complete support and loving way in everything they do.

134 thoughts on “A University Student’s Experience with Universal Medicine

  1. It is strange how during life at University, the normal is for students to ‘get wasted’… on alcohol or drugs and can behave irresponsibly, and that is acceptable, when these places of learning could be teaching us responsibility, respect and deeper care for ourselves and others. It exposes the anomalies we have in society, where people with a higher education and qualifications are respected more than someone who is connected to their body and accesses that wisdom from within.

  2. What Serge Benhayon presents is simple yet because it is so simple it seems too simple to be true, yet it is.

  3. What a difference it makes when we start to care for and connect with ourselves as you found out, ‘By the fact that I was caring for and felt connected to myself, I felt I was open to connecting with everyone and anyone, regardless of their culture, age or background, equally.’

  4. “In the end though, it isn’t Serge or even Universal Medicine that keep me coming back. It is my dedication and commitment to loving others and myself as best as I can”. This is spot on. Once you know what life can be like when you care for yourself and listen to your body, there was no going back and it keeps you wanting be and love more love.

    1. Yes, spot on and that is what makes Serge Benhayon and what he presents so profound and enduring as one is just presented with something and then it is up to the individual to with as he/she wishes.

  5. When we realise those ‘typical’ lifestyles we immerse ourselves in are not normal and actually harmful, it feels like the life’s greatest secret has been revealed, but the thing is we have known it for ever, and that re-connection with truth is only just the beginning of our ignition into the path of return.

  6. So many things students of a university do seem normal to do at that time, but are they really? In a conversation with a close relative about the amount of alcohol consumed during your studies we both concluded that both of us simply couldn’t cope with it. Our bodies just didn’t like it and communicated so loud and clear NO, that we listened. And the great this is that both she and her partner started questioning other things about uni as well, as the extreme hours that medical students have to make to become a surgeon and how you are looked down upon as a new student. Why do we ever consider these things to be normal?

  7. How fortunate were you that you changed university life. For some students that go on into their careers continue their late nights and alcohol benders and wonder what’s missing in their life. The simplicity of it all is to make some loving choices that support ourselves and it doesn’t matter where we are in our lives, whether studying or working, it is the best support we can give to ourselves and for ourselves.

  8. Love what you have shared here Ben, taking responsibility and giving ourselves permission to love ourselves, and as we do we quickly realise what supports us and what doesn’t, and we begin to make small changes in our life, and we are amazed how differently we feel.

  9. So often when we are feeling overwhelmed we have a drink or two to drown our sorrows, but what I found was that the next day I felt even worse because not only was the overwhelm still there unabated but now I had a groggy body to deal with, so I had actually made the situation worse not better. As there is a very limited relief or respite when we drink alcohol to cope with life, is this why we become heavy drinkers to drown out the feelings we cannot cope with?

    1. Yes, and this applies to life as such, we are very used to medicating ourselves with alcohol, food, entertainment and the likes, but as you say it does not take that away that we do not want to feel or do not know how to cope with, so we are exhausting our bodies even more.

  10. What you have shared here Ben is such a testament to the power of the modalities of Universal Medicine.
    “I was almost going to drop my studies so I could take up physiotherapy because of the change I felt from that one session.”

  11. What an indictment of our society that anyone would not know that it is okay to love themselves, and yet very few people do know that not only is it ok to love themselves, but that at essence they and everyone else is pure love.

  12. This blog reminded me of just how ridiculous my University experience was in regards to doing anything to not feel the pressures I had put on myself to get good grades. This included drugs and alcohol in copious amounts. But what amazes me now is just how much I had bought into the ideal that this is normal behaviour and just because I didn’t even feel connected to what I was studying and was unsure of working in that field, that was not enough to snap me out of continuing down that self-destructive path to not deal with this now obvious fact. What I have learned from Universal Medicine now makes this all very clear and simply listening to one’s body as taught by UniMed would have saved me and thousands of others a lot of pain and suffering through the party lifestyle at Uni.

  13. It will be so wonderful when self love and care are held as just as important as getting good grades. Having one void of the other is what is making our world so intense and out of kilter.

    1. Yes, because by leaving self-love and self-care out of the equation we start to leave ourselves out and this is the end of a loving world and brings more and more tension and problems.

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