A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words – with a Few of the Words

Please note: Universal Medicine courses are not weight loss courses, they are about the possibility that we can make more self-loving and self-nurturing choices in our day-to-day lives. Weight loss is often a natural occurrence when these choices are implemented in daily life as can be seen from the photos Rowena and Jonathan Stewart have sent in below.

It is worth noting that from an Esoteric perspective, there is no ‘perfect body weight’ to achieve, only a shape that is most natural to you, and which can be allowed to be and take shape, as a harmonious and loving relationship with yourself is embraced and then embodied.

In April 2006 we attended a new complementary health workshop to broaden our professional healing skills, but not to address our own health issues. What we really met was…

Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon and discovered that:

  • Self-love is ok
  • Looking after yourself deeply is part of life
  • We can make loving choices that not only help oneself, but also all others in the process

BEFORE Universal Medicine

BEFORE - Rowena and Jonathan before meeting Serge Benhayon and going to UniMed courses (January 2005)
Rowena and Jonathan before meeting Serge Benhayon and going to UniMed courses (January 2005)

AFTER Universal Medicine

AFTER - Rowena and Jonathan after meeting Serge Benhayon and going to UniMed courses (June 2012)
AFTER – Rowena and Jonathan after meeting Serge Benhayon and going to UniMed courses (June 2012)

The Words Behind the Pictures

The evident changes in the pictures have not come about from the intention to lose weight. Nor were we overweight from overeating. All of it was and is because of lifestyle choices.

In 2006 and in the years leading up to it we had, as successful complementary health practitioners, been making informed and rational choices to support our health and well-being that was above the average of society in general. But we were in denial of the truth that we:

  • Were overweight from consuming foods and drinks that our bodies could not tolerate
  • Made work more important than our health, relying on caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods to alleviate our general state of anxiety and exhaustion and boost our energy levels
  • Arrogantly believed that our way of living in general not only supported our well-being but was beneficial for us
  • Were very judgemental, stubborn and argumentative
  • Tried very hard to fix Rowena’s health issues of painful periods and endometriosis, migraines and bouts of depression (which we both experienced) with kinesiology, but which in truth only resulted in burying them further into her body
  • Gained our sense of worth from what we did and identified strongly with our profession

In the 6 years that have passed it is not that we have eaten less nor striven to lose weight. When we attended the Universal Medicine workshop in 2006 it was with the sole intention of furthering our professional skills.

Instead, we were presented with a different way of being. This has led us to make different choices not only about our food but how we approach our work, sleep routine and life in general.

This has resulted in:

  • Relinquishing comfort eating, caffeine and alcohol in favour of addressing the underlying emotions and to feel the effects of the foods we eat
  • Taking responsibility for our emotions, actions, choices and communication
  • Being willing to face our unresolved hurts and issues, instead of burying them
  • Discovering Jonathan’s sense of humour
  • Putting our health first, learning how to love, nurture and care for ourselves and consequently how to love others in the process
  • A dramatic improvement in Rowena’s health
  • Rediscovering that our self-worth is inside ourselves and not in the things we do
  • Losing loads of weight without meaning to
  • Beginning to have an inkling of the true meaning of joy and harmony
  • Being committed to just being ourselves in whatever we do

This, and more, is a work in progress. We can still get grumpy and irritable but by learning to be honest the disharmony is less and less frequent. Instead of compromising by finding solutions we now seek resolutions. Life is not about how one looks but this is how we look after 6 years of living a self-loving way.

It is through OUR choices and endeavours that OUR LIFESTYLE has become OUR MEDICINE.

We have learnt a great deal from what Serge Benhayon has presented in the workshops, presentations and books but mostly from the example LIVED by Serge and the whole of the Universal Medicine staff and students. Thank you Serge for inspiring us to choose a far more joyful, harmonious and loving way to live.

by Jonathan & Rowena Stewart, England

Further Reading:
Before and After | UniMed Living
Everyday People in Livingness

405 thoughts on “A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words – with a Few of the Words

  1. There is so much to experience from looking at your before and after photos and today I felt how open you both are in the after shot. In the before photo I could feel some protection from the world, and in your discovery of self-love and self-care, the protection feels like it has dropped away and you are much more open to the world.

  2. When we are inspired to feel and choose a different way of being with ourselves it impulses us to question our way of living and through a deepening awareness start to make choices that are increasingly more caring and regarding for our body and we feel the impact of our choices when they are not loving.

  3. “Discovering Jonathan’s sense of humour” I love this. When it comes to health we often put our focus on exercise, diet and sleep but completely forget that there is so much more to life than these daily necessities. How we are with people and whether we allow ourselves to express what lives within us and how we really feel is another huge contributor to our wellbeing and state of health.

  4. There is so much gold in this blog. Today I am drawn to this truth “rediscovering that our self-worth is inside ourselves and not in the things we do”. To live this truth changes everything.

  5. It’s really key what you’ve shared about how being overweight wasn’t simply a result from overeating but it was to do with much more; how you lived, approached work, what ‘fixes’ you went to to emotionally cope with issues etc. We can’t address global problems such as obesity in a 2-dimensional way.

  6. What is here shared is the importance of the quality in which we do things. In the past many would not have faulted your way of living I’m sure, it seemed healthy and committed, but without the connection our essence and the full understanding of energetic integrity and responsibility no true change can occur. Yet when we do embrace it, as you both have and countless others including myself, the changes are more profound then we once could have imagined.

  7. They could make a picture from you every year. I can see you changing every year more. Now not so much the weight anymore but the radiation in your eyes and body. Always love to see you as students of Universal Medicine in the UK and learn together.

  8. It is important to read and feel the words behind the pictures for in those words it’s people coming to their own understanding of what is their true shape and how to nourish their bodies and wellbeing.

  9. From changing your way of being and relating, so much has changed as listed in all of your amazing health points. And your before and after pictures say it all – you are both absolutely glowing and radiant.

  10. “Made work more important than our health, relying on caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods to alleviate our general state of anxiety and exhaustion and boost our energy levels” It is interesting to see how we made it normal to drink caffeine, alcohol or sugary drinks just to feel able to do something. Those substances are not natural nourishments for us and our body, more the opposite, so it begs the question of how we are living that we need that to get by?

  11. Being aware of our emotions and how we come to living in an emotional state including the effect it has on our bodies, has been highly empowering and liberating. As developing an honest, responsible and loving relationship with my body has allowed me to feel the debilitating effects emotions have on my body and being, in which drive was often engaged leading me to feeling exhaustion. I now, not in any perfection, understand and can feel the difference when I live from who I am, in connection to my body and being, as there is an effortlessness that is present and a settlement in which the need for emotions have no place.

  12. Holding onto a judgement of another is enough to bloat us because the way that we are in life affects our body.

  13. You both are the living examples that we can change our whole life through more loving choices as you both so beautiful expressed:”. . . It is through OUR choices and endeavours that OUR LIFESTYLE has become OUR MEDICINE.”

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