Illness and Disease: Society’s Need for the Teachings and Presentations of Universal Medicine

by Rachel Murtagh, Somerset, UK

Universal Medicine’s ethics, integrity and teachings are very much needed in society today. This can be clearly seen by looking at the shocking statistics on illness and disease trends. The World Cancer Research Fund states that, “There are an estimated 12.7 million new cancer cases around the world every year, with this number expected to increase to 26 million by 2030”.

How many of the children in my classroom will remain unaffected by serious illness in their lifetime? In the UK the National Cancer Institute estimates that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer. If I apply that to my class of 30 children, 10 to 15 of them will contract a form of this disease, not to mention the likelihood of them contracting other conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or Alzheimer’s.

These statistics are appalling, and other than Universal Medicine, who else has taken notice? How about a new subject on the curriculum called, “Looking after Yourself”! Are we not taking notice of the above facts because it is just too scary to admit that something about the way we live is not right? Is Universal Medicine being attacked because it is pointing out the obvious? Are those that complain just too comfortable with the way things are, and lack the courage to make self-loving changes to their lives? With self-awareness comes responsibility – this is, understandably, a challenging road to take.

However, is illness and disease random, or do we create it through our own choices and emotions? If it is the latter, then surely we need to listen to the ‘listen to your body’, commonsense approach to self-care that Serge Benhayon advocates.

I’m listening. Are you?

220 thoughts on “Illness and Disease: Society’s Need for the Teachings and Presentations of Universal Medicine

  1. It makes sense that how we live and the choices we make has an impact on our body and contributes to the state of our health and well-being. Building our awareness and connection to ourselves establishes a steady platform to handle life, taking responsibility and being tender and caring naturally expands to our interactions and relationships with others too which would transform our society to be a far more loving and united one.

  2. If we have made advances in technology, infrastructure, medicine, vaccines, hygiene, education, and so on, and life is supposedly better than ever for us then we must seriously look at how we human beings are choosing to live and what is bringing such disharmony to our bodies to create such high statistics in illness and disease.

  3. If there is any chance that the way we live has an impact on our health outcomes, let alone the health outcomes of our family or community then sure we should be all in? Personally I am. If my health benefits and through that I am able to support others then it is a no-brainer.

  4. I have learned to love the common sense approach to life Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine present, not only is it simple and straightforward it has enhanced my life, and it has added life to my years, in as far as it is more fulfilling than before, and my understanding of brotherhood and humanity has now reached a point where I realise that self does not serve either me or anyone else, and to have come across Universal Medicine Teachers is a blessing. I agree society would greatly benefit from hearing them.

  5. One line of many stood out for me ‘With self-awareness comes responsibility – this is, understandably, a challenging road to take.’ I know for myself that if I had come across the Teachings and Presentations of Universal Medicine earlier on in my life my road would have been far less bumpy.

  6. How we are in our bodies everyday is reflected in our everyday health and well-being, how can it be any other way.

  7. It is not until someone gets a very serious condition that realizes that his/her lifestyle had something to do with what he/she got and that can contribute to deal with it. We talk a lot about preventative medicine and Universal Medicine brings an incredible understanding and practical tools to make your life your own medicine. This is the truth for those that are ready to listen to it.

    1. I agree Eduardo that Universal Medicine offers the ultimate form of preventative medicine by bringing awareness to a way of living that supports all aspects of health, from the body, to our emotions and mental well-being.

  8. ‘Looking after yourself’ as a new subject in school, I am absolutely for it. There is so much we can change and prevent if we all knew how to and did take very good care of ourselves.

      1. Yes, and the key is that when we as adults are willing to learn this and live it on a daily basis we quite naturally role model the importance of self-care and its positive effects.

  9. As predicted many times by Serge Benhayon, the world continues to get sicker and sicker and will continue to do so until we start to listen to the truth that Universal Medicine has been presenting and change the energy source that we have been choosing to fuel our existence.

    1. Understanding the world in terms of energy in the truth of the presentations that Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine present, will fundamentally and wholly shift the way we live life as we currently know it.

      1. Hear here Rachel. As sure as day follows night, the world will awaken from its self imposed slumber and start to engage with truth instead of living the lie that is harming us all so much.

  10. We have become a bit blasé with statistics and always hope that the 1 in 3 or 4 is not us or anyone else we know. But when you look at a room full of children and consider most will end up with a chronic disease, it hits home a little harder. We need to start seeing our own health and bodies as just as precious as that of children.

    1. I agree Fiona, in fact it’s quite shocking considering that in one room full of children most will end up with chronic disease. We have so many charities for various diseases and illnesses but we don’t have a proactive approach to responsibly caring for ourselves. It would be easy to go into preventative medicine, but why not go into educating everyone that self care is actually a way of life, not just to prevent illness but because we have an opportunity to lovingly care for ourselves and our body is our responsibility, just like a car or a house is.

  11. Rachel I would love it to see a new subject on the curriculum called, “Looking after Yourself” in school. For me that is a brilliant idea and so much needed. In my working area is “looking after yourself” and “appreciate yourself” such a huge topic as most people are not doing it. When they started with it they are often surprised about the strong positive effect it has on their body and self worth.

  12. More than five years on from when you wrote this Rachel not a lot has changed as to the state of our health except for the fact that the statistics for illness and disease are still rapidly increasing and showing no signs of slowing down. Could that be because the majority of humanity is still not coming to the understanding that “Looking after Yourself” is the only way that these shocking numbers will begin to decrease. And yes this needs to be not just on the curriculum in primary school but in pre-school too. It is never too soon to begin to let children know that their body is a precious vessel and that needs to be treated and respected as such.

    1. I agree with you two Rachel and Ingrid. Children must learn how to take care of themselves from a very early age. This is one of the main subjects in our life and is one of the most overlooked. Fortunately we as adults have the opportunity of chosing it in our life and start changing this current daunting picture. Thanks to Universal Medicine for leading the way forward.

  13. Connecting to and listening to our body brings a whole new dimension and depth of understanding to how our day to day lives and the world around us is playing out.

  14. “Looking after yourself” – what a great subject at school. I know a financial planner who says that your biggest asset is your health. Without it, what use is money? It’s the same with life. We can learn and do all kinds of wonderful things, but what use is it all if our bodies are falling apart?

    1. Nikki, I love your common-sense approach and question…’We can learn and do all kinds of wonderful things, but what use is it all if our bodies are falling apart?’ It doesn’t make sense, does it, to invest in being an A grade student, or a high flyer at work if we are stressing and putting our bodies under so much pressure that we get sick? Much better to invest in well-being and bring that to our work instead with focus and commitment, but without the drive and push.

      1. In our drive to be more, to prove ourselves or to get somewhere, all of that gets put ahead of our bodies and well being. It’s all a bit crazy.

    2. Totally agree with you both. Investing in health is where we should be educating our children because then they will have capacity to do whatever they feel drawn to with a vital body ready for work.

  15. Listening to our body and responding to its messages makes so much sense. How often do we just ‘push on through’ ignoring what it tells us. From ignoring the urge to go to the bathroom when needed to eating too much to when our stomach tells us we are full. We then wonder why we end up with disease, which in fact is our body telling us in no uncertain terms that enough is enough. As if that isn’t a big enough stop it is interesting to observe how people revert back to their same old way of living that got them into trouble in the first place. Definitely time to have a healthy way of living course brought into education.

  16. It never made sense to me that illness was like a lottery, targeting the unlucky. Now with the understanding of underlying causes, I’m empowered to contribute fully to my own health.

  17. The statistics are clearly showing we are not doing very well, but when we see those numbers, where we tend to go is ‘So, what can we do about this?’ and not ‘Why?’ We need to be asking right questions to get to the answers, and not solutions. Solutions allow the problem to keep occurring and they do not eradicate the problem.

  18. A commonsense approach to our self-care also invites a loving gentle approach to caring for ourselves. When we choose this and start to live this loving care there is an opportunity for this to ripple out and offers others an inspiration to choose the same when they can see and feel for themselves the difference such choices make. This is the livingness that is absolute in Serge Benhayon and all that he shares.

  19. We keep lowering the bar on what we call ‘normal’ or even ‘healthy’; if we keep going like this, we will be called healthy and deemed to be doing well in the absence of a life threatening disease and not because our life is joyful, harmonious and full of wonder and awe.

    1. Yes it does seem to keep changing to suit where everyone is at. After all a ‘norm’ is only a study of a collective group and yet there is no mention of quality or anything else just simply a sum total of what they all are doing. We need to group the norms on a larger scale and if we have seen it move over periods then not only just put up and identify it as normal but start using abnormal in relation to any movement that we have seen. I am sure if you look back over the years you will see the movement of normal to where it would be almost unrecognisable.

  20. Are we serious?, ” The World Cancer Research Fund states that, “There are an estimated 12.7 million new cancer cases around the world every year, with this number expected to increase to 26 million by 2030”.” I mean am I serious? Can I even fathom this stat? At times we can make the world so small that we get caught concerning and focused on the littlest thing and yet here we have a world crisis. It’s not that I need ‘save the world’ but I needed to keep a healthy focus on what is going on beyond my home, beyond me, so it’s not just making things better when things are so obviously getting worse and predicted to even get worse still. Reading things like this still doesn’t sink fully in and one wonders what it takes to wake that part of me fully up.

    1. Ray, I feel the same… I can’t take these statistics in… and this is just cancer not to mention the statistics for heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. If we are preparing children for life in school, then it doesn’t make sense in the light of this to be simply focusing on Math’s and English. Children need to know what it means to take care of themselves, because being one of these statistics is enormously high.

      1. Great point and a school and life that takes in a lot more then it does now. As you saying there is a lot of others illness and diseases that are also increasing and the only way that would seem to be able to address it is at ground level. We all need to do our part and take care of ourselves and those around us and the quality of this care is paramount, especially when we are younger but at any age.

  21. I look at this figure Rachel and wonder how on earth are we going to pay for this as communities and societies? Governments have to know these figures as they are publicly available and it must really scare them in terms of what the future holds. We need to look at this broadly to for its not just about people being sick or having a disease. It’s the effect that this has on the person and their families – can the person still work; do they need someone to care for them; what happens if they can’t do even basic things for themselves – who does this? what happens to the family who find themselves unexpectedly in a caring role, where do they get help from? What happens to relationships with friends? what happens to social networks? What happens to business when well trained and valuable employees can no longer work because of either being sick or caring for another?

    We are in deep deep trouble. Even our health systems are sick. Solutions won’t work and they never have, they just keep on masking what they issues are. However what is presented by Serge Benhayon has shown to have lasting results, but there are no quick fixes here as one needs to develop commitment and consistency in our own lives. But it is the only way that I have seen that makes a true difference.

    1. Jennifer, I agree that there are no quick fixes but the only true answer lies in the presentations of Serge Benhayon and The Way of The Livingness. It makes sense to live in a way that supports vitality, wellbeing and health and to truly understand it all, we need to grasp that ‘everything is energy and everything is because of energy’ as Serge teaches. I haven’t seen anything else make a true, long lasting difference than this. I would be interested if there was!

  22. This is a great point Rachel and still very pertinent as 5 years on we are not experiencing much change at all, and in fact we are witnessing a worsening in our state of health and well-being both physically and emotionally, as a society in general. But alongside this there are a group of people who, inspired by the presentations of Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon, have recognised that the systems of society, the foundations on which health and well-being in which we are currently being guided by and taught are not working and are missing an important point. They have found a way of living that is guided by a developing a loving relationship with their bodies, where the virtues of honesty, responsibility and willingness to honor truth and love are the foundations of true and sustained health, well-being and vitality with far more love and joy that is commonly witnessed today. This way is called the Way of the Livingness, a way of living the is guided by our connection to our body and being. This I know is true as I too am one of these people whose life, health and well-being has transformed, and continues to enrichen through living The Way of The Livingness.

  23. I love the urgency of this blog, Rachel as it speaks to the responsibility we all have to fully embrace . . . ” . . the ‘listen to your body’, commonsense approach to self-care that Serge Benhayon advocates” . . . so we can lead the way.

  24. The health services are buckling under the pressure, not really able to cope with the mounting illness and disease rates. Taking responsibility for our health is now more crucial than ever and educating children from an early age makes perfect sense, if we want to halt and reverse this worrying trend.

  25. “How about a new subject on the curriculum called, “Looking after Yourself?”. I am very sure that if this subject had been introduced a very long time – and I am struggling to understand why it hasn’t been – that the statistics that you share would not be so shocking. In fact, why wait for school to introduce this? It needs to be a natural part of the life education in every family.

    1. Yes very true Ingrid – well said. It is a sad truth that we have forgotten that our connection to our body and being is what truly guides us to know how to look after ourselves. As this connection is innate in us all, and our natural way of being. That we have to even consider introducing a topic such as ‘Looking after Yourself?’, highlights how far we have wandered away from living who we are in essence, and that the false foundations we champion as a society are not working or supporting us in any way.

      1. We have walked so very far away from truly looking after ourselves, haven’t we? With fast-food on the go, alcohol consumption high, smoking, drug taking, excessive TV, excessive computing and social media, late nights and pushing the body in drive for success, or giving up, we have lost the art of truly living well. True, it should be a life education in every family!

  26. Great questions Rachel and points to the truth that the choices we are making are the deciding factor regarding our health. If there was a subject in the school curriculum that asked children start to check in with their body and to start to take responsibility for lifestyle choice, to feel the energy they are choosing then the statistics we are seeing will decrease instead of increasing. Why is it only Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine the only ones to expose what is really going on? It is up to us to bring a more honest way of living to Humanity and then we will be seeing more people delivering the same message.

  27. Lifestyle related disease has become the new killer. In the previous century it was communicable diseases. This is not to say that our lifestyle was any better back then, although perhaps our diet was cleaner due to the lack of access to manufactured foods. In fact, it is likely that our propensity for disregard and lack of care for ourselves is an age old problem that has always been a problem for us.

  28. In answer to your question Rachel, I would say with some degree of confidence that none of the class mentioned will not have some form of serious illness in their lifetime. And shocking as this prediction is, we have become used to the idea that we are a very sick species and that this is the new normal. But no other species in nature carries our rates of illness and disease and they don’t have millions of doctors and nurses nor an NHS system. Why does no one ask the question – why are we getting sicker and sicker as a species when we have better health care than ever before?

  29. I wholeheartedly endorse what you say Rachel, our world is in a terrible state from many aspects, how we are living is clearly not working, and so ‘ Universal Medicine’s ethics, integrity and teachings are very much needed in society today.’

  30. You are so correct in what you present here Rachel. What Serge Benhayon presents is very uncomfortable for most people as it is uncomfortable to accept we are responsible for how we are living and that is what Serge presents.

  31. Great point Rachel, too many have accepted a way of living that is affecting their health and well-being considerably. What is considered ‘normal’ is far from normal in a healthy and vital body, responsibility and self-care is key to bringing about true healing to the body and offers inspiration to others through our loving choices.

  32. I reckon all the reasons you’ve listed Rachel are spot on, at least they have been the reasons I have experienced when exploring the reasons for why my health is the way it is. Serge Benhayon makes taking responsibility for our health and the choices that lead to our health very simple which can be confronting to the part of us that has dominated human life with complexity for so long. There’s a perception that it is far easier to ignore our health than it is to look at our choices and seek to change them but from example it is clear that ignoring only leads to further ill health whereas responsibility leads to greater health. A health that for me I never thought possible because while I still become ill my relationship with illness is far healthier than it ever has been.

  33. To consider we have influence over the health of our own bodies means we have to take responsibility for our own choices and way of living. This is such an empowering truth, yet we run from it on the whole, preferring to indulge or not rock the boat. Meanwhile, the statistics keep turning to real people who we love and adore getting sick. I have grabbed this personal responsibility with both hands, even though I still get sick from time to time, there is a clear understanding of why I get sick and that is a conversation I am deeply grateful for as it informs my next choices.

    1. Same here Lucy, while self-care and taking responsibility for my own health has not been a complete deterrence of becoming ill. When I am ill there is no more the lying around in anguish and being the victim of disease. Knowing that I have played a part in my health is super empowering as I know I can make choices to support myself rather than leave it all to conventional medicine or pray that it goes away on it’s own.

  34. What is so sad is the fact that until I came across Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, I thought I was looking after myself. But from my own experience and the changes I have made, I wasn’t, changes that continually deepen my love and care of myself daily. How absolutely atrocious is this? How many “do all the right things” but never get to experience the affect self love has on our level of health and wellbeing. Universal Medicine is the guiding light in a world of people sold out to what is delivered by others, when it is and always only ever has been our bodies that know what it is that is precisely needed for it’s care.

  35. As a society we need to be honest of the current state of our health and question what we call normal and acceptable is truly serving us or whether the approach presented by The Way of The Livingness is the way forth for true health and evolution.

  36. It’s important we note in detail: everything that is going on that is not love and see just how much we have swayed from our truth and love, and change our ways to support true change in our world.

  37. Brilliant observation Rachel and to the point. It is shocking when we know what is happening in the world and then see young children yet to be affected and not feel we can do something about it. Children learn through observation of themselves and from copying their elders. We are the elders so there is much we can offer to benefit the next generation by just being ourselves in the highest quality we know how.

  38. It’s great that we record all the stats we do about illness and disease but in order to arrest them and lift the overall quality and state of health and wellbeing of our societies collectively we need to first be honest why they are the level they are and what pathway has lead us to them.

  39. Rachel a short blog here but much is said, is illness and dis-ease random? No absolutely not it accumulates through how we live, our choices, whether we are living our truth or not, what hurts, anger, resentment, sadness are we holding onto. Do we deeply care for ourselves and our bodies or treat them with complete disregard? As far as I am aware of no other person or organisation are presenting such truth as Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, and why are they being attacked? Because what is being presented rocks people’s boats and exposes the deep illusion we have all been living in for many many years. It calls for us to really take responsibility instead of sitting back in comfort blaming others or genetics. Also, what if the Department of Education got together with the Department of Health and said ‘look lets forget about what good grades the kids have if we look around and at the statistics presented there is a possibility that a large percentage of them will get cancer, dementia, obesity, mental health issues, depression, diabetes more than we as humanity have every done before, is this not more important than getting a ‘good’ grade?’ Clearly this needs to be addressed and I love your impulse of a new curriculum ‘Looking After Yourself’, yes this should be the number 1 priority.

    1. Yes, Vicky there would be much to discuss if the Department of Education got together with the Department of Health. Could it be, that the very system we have set up in Education, the attitudes to life that are embedded into adulthood and into the world of work beyond, is the very thing that creates dis-ease. Depression and mental health issues do not materialise out of no-where, but as a reaction to life, feeling the pressure, not feeling good enough, “not making the grade”, which leads to given-up-ness, overeating, over drinking and checking out… generally all our behaviours that do not support vitality and wellbeing. Is it no wonder that illness and disease stats are increasing year on year as the pressure to perform increases?

  40. There is no question in my mind or body that illness and disease is created by our choices. We hold the key to our own health so my next choice and every single one is either a choice to harm or heal myself.

  41. Great point Rachel, we are very good at normalising what is not normal and just accepting it as we often don’t want to stop and look at what is really going on. It is alarming that these are the statistics that are very clearly showing us that something is not right with the way we are currently living.

  42. Although the stats are horrifying we seem to be held by a stupor of ‘normality’, ie comfort. Instead of waking up we sink deeper into identification. Without a true marker of health and wellbeing that shows there is another way, we just continue to go in the ill direction as if it is our walk to the unavoidable scaffold. Serge presents that there is another way by living it and showing the simple steps to change one´s direction back to oneself. This is needed for everyone to once again have a true choice.

    1. It does seem, Alex that we are held in the stupor of ‘normality’. That we have made getting sick in such high numbers a normal part of life and have simply accepted it rather than having a stock take. Yet, the statistics keep changing and rising with cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s but our collective attitude seems to stay stuck with ignoring and a lot of head burying.

  43. With eyes wide open… to look at a class of 30 children and say, yes, this is your likely future… They – and we – deserve far better than this.
    The work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine deserves to be known globally, for the all-encompassing understanding that it brings to medicine – the ‘medicine’ of how we live. Allopathic medicine is deeply needed, yet so too is our willingness to go deeper in regards to the choices in lifestyle and negation of self that can lead to such catastrophic figures… Enter esoteric medicine.
    Statistics = people, and then, the many, many more people surrounding any one incidence of cancer who are impacted upon. We are falling apart and our health systems will clearly not be able to bear the burden.

  44. Most definitely listening Rachel – well said. And I don’t say this lightly, for the ‘tip of the iceberg’ statistics are so shocking, that it seems our greater populace just doesn’t go anywhere near ‘there’.
    What Serge Benhayon is presenting is absolute gold and the ‘missing element’ in our understanding of illness and disease. I also have no doubt that we contribute enormously to what presents in our bodies, and that the quality of how we look after ourselves is tantamount in regards to true health and vitality.
    It is most definitely time to listen, for what our bodies are saying to us, is absolutely deafening in its volume.

  45. Definitely. There is no question that I can feel the consequences of my choices in my body, be it from eating sugar, overeating generally, carrying on with a task when I should sit down and rest, going out when I really don’t want to stay at home, even making no decision when I should be making one. I feel the whole lot in my body and the question I always have to listen to is…how willing am I to pay attention and change the decisions that harm me?

  46. Teaching children subjects at school like this would make an incredible difference to how they grow up understanding and appreciating the importance of the power of their choices and of listening to their bodies … and would result in a vastly different one than the one we currently have where disconnection, irresponsibility and ignorance are basically normal.

  47. Well said Rachel. How many of us treat our cars with more love and care than we do ourselves? They come with their own ‘self-care’ regimen of regular servicing and checks and we know what happens if we put the wrong fuel in them. I love your suggestion of the ‘Looking After Yourself’ foundation as part of the school curriculum. We might ask ourselves why we have not chosen this before now. To me it is very much common sense.

  48. Rachel the children would love the “Looking after Yourself” curriculum. They have already mastered this so you wouldn’t have to go look for qualified teachers. They are so good at listening (the children that is…) to how they feel and they might need some guidance into how to express it but they are so good at showing us adults what is important in life, joy and laughter and having fun.

  49. Great call Rachel, it is so easy to ignore what is going on as long as we are not effected and it is uncomfortable to look at and talk about the horrible things that are happening in this world, the illness and disease and the decay of the body that comes with that, the wars and atrocities associated with it, the sexual exploitation and abuse of women, the slavery called human trafficking today, etc. but if we do not look and we do not talk about it, the grievances and the injustice is not addressed and people are not pulled into responsibility.

    1. The power here lies in our own livingness and the responsibility to live this to the best of our ability each day. Children thrive on modelled behaviours, are constantly questioning what is working and what doesn’t from an early age and are more open to expressing this than an adult. To model vitality, commitment, self-care just to name a few is a huge gift for any teacher in the classroom. Yes the works of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine is no doubt the missing ingredient that is needed in not only schools but in all working spaces and it has the possibility of starting by the lived experience of many.

  50. “Is Universal Medicine being attacked because it is pointing out the obvious? Are those that complain just too comfortable with the way things are, and lack the courage to make self-loving changes to their lives? With self-awareness comes responsibility – this is, understandably, a challenging road to take.” These are brilliant questions to ask because all I have experienced are the wonderful benefits of the common sense teachings of Universal Medicine.

  51. You are spot on – we have gotten ourselves to a very sorry state indeed. As you said, the first step is awareness…the world Needs to be aware of all that is going on before any change will take place

    1. I guess the world has chosen to not be aware, to be blind to what is right in front of us. For how can we ignore what is going on under our noses? For myself, I can say that I have been apathetic, not wanting to really see the truth of it all as it feels like a gigantic, out of control beast that cannot be stopped. But this is where the teachings of Serge Benhayon come in, that to take responsibility for my own life, my own choices and my own health, is firstly very manageable and doable and secondly is a step in the right direction for all.

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