by Dragana Brown, London, UK
In 1991 I went to the Dominican Republic to a wedding. I was 28. Whilst I was there I suddenly started getting spots on my face, particularly around the cheek area. Prior to that my face used to be absolutely crystal clear. Even throughout my teen years I never suffered from acne, and many people, women in particular, used to ask ‘what my secret was’. There was none.
At first I thought this was just some ‘strange’ phase I was going through, perhaps too much Caribbean sunshine, and that soon it would all be back to normal. I was wrong. Over the next few years it got much, much worse, and I ended up with very large and very prominent patches of redness on my face, mixed with spots. It left me feeling devastated and at times livid that it was happening to me – which didn’t help my already red face.
I embarked upon a quest to find a cure for my condition. I turned to conventional medicine and all it had to offer – I sought high and low, with some top skin consultants in England (and abroad), but all they did was diagnose it as Acne Rosacea and prescribe various treatments. Nothing helped, not even a tiny bit!
I was even sent to various other specialists, including an infectious diseases physician, and underwent thorough investigation to see if I had contracted some ‘tropical disease’ – again – all tests came back clear and no further light was shed on my condition. From there on I just had to ‘grin and bear it’.
After a few years of absolute despair and the look of my face getting worse, I had exhausted everything that conventional medicine could and did offer me. I then decided to look at alternative medicine for help. I absolutely explored everything that was on offer there, from herbs to acupuncture, to homeopathy, to macrobiotics, to various other fasts, diets, to all kinds of skin lotions and potions… anything that somebody might mention as a possible help for acne rosacea, I tried it. To no avail.
There were days when I did not feel like getting out of bed, and I definitely felt like smashing every mirror in and outside my home! Worry not, I did not turn into a ‘mirror smashing loony’ :-). Sometimes, I would walk out of the shower and my face would look as if somebody had ‘accidentally’ left hot irons on each side of my face, mixed with spots – horrendous! Seventeen years of this nightmare!
In June 2008 I went to see Serge Benhayon. When I booked the session I actually had no clue what I wanted out of it, or what Serge could offer. A very close friend suggested in November 2007 that I might like to hear his presentation, which I did, but I still couldn’t quite picture what a one on one session would be like. I asked the same friend, who recommended Serge in the first place, what I should ask him and she said – just ask whatever comes to you when you get there.
Of course, the first thing I asked was about my face. I was sceptical though, about how Serge could help me – after all, up until that point I had spent 17 years desperately searching for answers from experts in the field, so how could I expect a ‘magic pill’ from him? With no medical or even alternative health qualification, I just couldn’t picture how and what it was that Serge could do to help me, but I saw no harm in asking… and I was desperate. He listened to me very carefully, and before he did some hands-on healing we talked about some of my emotional issues, including sadness, and “all the things that I had been harbouring that could no longer be kept behind the ‘façade’ (my face)”. He didn’t even complete the sentence and I was crying about nothing in particular. Serge had scratched the surface of something BIG, something that I would consciously and deliberately begin to address from that day onwards. I knew there and then that Serge had ‘hit the nail on the head’. I walked out of the session feeling positively different, elated, lighter and more content – and again I found it hard to explain how this was possible just after an hour of receiving hands-on healing and sharing a few words throughout.
It made sense what he said… I knew skin was our largest organ – about 5kgs of it! Next to kidneys and lungs, skin is a very important part of our excretory system. It also made sense that my body had been trying to get rid of something (pretty ‘large’ I’d say) through the skin. And emotions reflected on our faces – that is so true. Reminded me of Snow White and the seven dwarves… grumpy, bashful, sleepy, moody… Seriously though, think how many people we meet every day and we can see on their faces and in their expressions their sadness, anger, frustration, rage… without them ‘pulling any of those faces’. We can tell a lie, but our bodies and our faces simply cannot.
Five years later, and a fair amount of tears in between – some of happiness, too – and my face is now clear again with no signs of acne rosacea. The red (or at times even purple) coloured cheeks, nose, even chin and forehead have been replaced by healthy looking skin-tone facial parts with a pink hue. Almost five years now since I first went to Serge’s presentation, my face gets to look more radiant daily. The transformation is absolutely jaw dropping. In the last few years, whilst I have been dealing with my deeply buried emotional issues, all that I have applied to my face is esoteric massage cream, which in no way claims to fix skin (or any other) conditions – it just feels and smells great! In fact, it feels so lovely on my face that I use it all over my body – I love it!
Having worked on re-connecting to my inner beauty and releasing what seemed like an infinite amount of sadness (gosh, I had no clue there was so much in me!) and all that was not truly me, what I was left with is the beautiful essence of who I truly am. This was then naturally reflected on the outside, and each and every day more of the true Me is re-emerging and allowing my true beautiful face to return.
We often hear people say that beauty comes from within – which is true! But it has taken me 40 years plus to completely grasp the deep meaning of this statement. There is more beauty to come out from that inner space, as I make more self-loving, nurturing and nourishing choices each and every day. It took one man, Serge Benhayon, to inspire me to want to go much deeper than I had ever imagined possible. The result is amazing – as these pictures show. Thank you, Serge.
BEFORE (February 2009): My red face (acne rosacea) approximately 1 ½ years after being introduced to Universal Medicine.
AFTER (August 2012): My face (clear from acne rosacea) approximately 5 years after being introduced to Universal Medicine.