The Medicine Within

by Fiona McGovern, BA PGCE, house wife, a forever student of my own inner heart, Isle of Arran, Scotland 

In the past my internal ‘medicine cabinet’ was jammed full of many ideals and beliefs about healing, including a complete distrust of anything to do with doctors, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, lotions and potions, as well as meditation, relaxation and breathing techniques, knowledge of how the body worked and other ideas I had about disease, healing and life.

When I began to listen to Serge Benhayon’s presentations I began to clear and clean out this ‘medicine cabinet’, finding it full of things from outside of me. As I cleared it out I found some undealt-with issues, with childhood hurt right at the back, full of anger and sadness. All those things which I had falsely believed were dealing with this hurt were actually burying it so deep inside of me I could no longer feel it.

As I faced this hurt and finally dealt with it, I began to see that at the very back of the ‘cabinet’ was a dirty mirror, long forgotten.

I began to clean this mirror and started to see in it a clear reflection of who I truly am and always was – beautiful, clear, wise, powerful and fragile. As a result the ‘medicine cabinet’ inside of me began to change. I found the qualities I saw in the mirror were actually inside of me: wherever I am, they’re always within me.

Now my medicine cabinet is no longer filled with ideas and beliefs but with things that support me to be more of me – simple, everyday choices to be true to that person I see in the mirror. For example, they’re in the way that I:

  • prepare myself for sleep,
  • awake to a new day and see it as the blessing it is,
  • choose to bathe and dress myself,
  • smile and feel about myself as I look in the mirror,
  • prepare my meals,

and in how I choose to:

  • answer the phone,
  • exercise,
  • have a cup of tea.

It’s in all the small choices I make, and as I am present with each choice, I find my day is full of beautiful moments and each interaction is like a ‘date’ with myself: in this way I can build up a rhythm which nurtures me and supports me to be more of me. It’s a way of being that is in harmony and honours the person I see reflected in the mirror.

My new medicine cabinet travels with me wherever I am, whatever I do and whoever I am with. This ‘medicine within’ is simple, light and fun and tailor-made for me to choose from, and by so doing I find there is more of me to enjoy. Life has become simpler too.

My views on doctors, hospitals, pharmaceuticals and meditation, and on the body, disease and healing have changed too. I am now open to all these things, as my body requires them, and in a way that supports me to be even more of me.

Whereas my old medicine cabinet offered me relief through the beliefs and ideals of others, the medicine within allows me the space to truly feel what me and my body needs in each moment.

As I choose to connect with this medicine within through being still and listening, I set up a rhythm which truly supports me to be all that I am. And as this rhythm becomes normal, the medicine within expands, presenting me with more loving and fun ways to be more of me.

The changes I have made have been inspired by the life and work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

81 thoughts on “The Medicine Within

  1. Beautiful Fiona, it’s so true! Our best Medicine is within us and our daily dose is how we live each day. I know my inner medicine cabinet has also had a HUGE revamp and is now much simpler, clearer and easier. Thank you for your wise and joyful post, always a pleasure to read.

  2. Fiona I love how you write: “As I choose to connect with this medicine within through being still and listening, I set up a rhythm which truly supports me to be all that I am. And as this rhythm becomes normal, the medicine within expands, presenting me with more loving and fun ways to be more of me”. You are so right there, it’s having a way of living that supports us to be all that we are so that the medicine within has the opportunity to present us with more and more of who we really are and not what the world tells us we are. The medicine within can support us to see where we go into separation and where we need to let go of the old to make way for more love and joy. Thank you for such a supportive blog. Ariana, UK.

  3. Brilliant blog Fiona. I loved your very simple analogy for love of self as being a medicine cabinet. It is very self-empowering to claim medicine like this. Thank you.

  4. Hi Fiona, I love the analogy of the traveling medicine cabinet. Hauling all those old ideals and beliefs around, thinking we were protecting ourselves, was heavy work. It is a much lighter medicine cabinet if it is filled with presence and self love. How we live our life is the best medicine we can have. And it’s very inexpensive!

    1. So true Gayle, our medicine cabinet is always with us, so if it is full of all the old ridged ideals and beliefs we have previously adopted, this becomes quite a weight to be burdened with. Thank-fully Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine offer much Wisdom on how to lighten the load and how to refill it with Love and Joy, the medicine of Glory. Bring on the Glory Cabinet…

  5. I too love the analogy of the medicine cabinet, Fiona. It’s certainly been life changing for me eliminating those out-of-date lotions, potions and cures I’d bought into to make my life seem better and lessen any pain I was experiencing.

  6. Hi Fiona, I love to read your blogs, each time more they remind me of ‘simplicity’. They have stayed with me, and I feel inspired to let go of my fears and ideals in relation to the body, its fragility and the pain that is felt through the nervous system. I am slowly but steadily opening up to new possibilities about the relationship between Love and the Human Body. Thank you.

  7. I love your expression of the internal medicine cabinet. We have it all without having to look elsewhere. Thank you Fiona.

  8. I love how this blog is timeless and carries such a supportive message that is so inspiring to read again and prompts me to reflect on how I have travelled with my ‘medicine cabinet’ in the past year or so. The contents in mine are ever-evolving as I claim and embrace the ever-expanding Love we all hold deep within and as Fiona wrote, ‘It’s in all the small choices I make, and as I am present with each choice, I find my day is full of beautiful moments and each interaction is like a ‘date’ with myself: in this way I can build up a rhythm which nurtures me and supports me to be more of me. It’s a way of being that is in harmony and honours the person I see reflected in the mirror.’ Beautiful!

  9. This is amazing Fiona, I always thought medicine was just something you found in a cabinet or in a drugs bottle, but through Universal Medicine, I have begun to see that medicine is SO much more than that, medicine is going to bed early when you’re tired and the way you prepare for bed every night, and the way you eat, and what you eat, and the way you are with yourself moment to moment, in fact real medicine is completely all-encompassing – it is something we can use all the time, and something we do not need to go anywhere for or buy anything to have it. Thank you so much for writing this 🙂

    1. It was the same for me Meg. When I came to Universal Medicine I realized that everything I do in life is either good medicine or bad medicine for me – a simple choice.

  10. The best bit I loved about this blog was when you shared that at the back of the cabinet there is a mirror. Everything I have used on or from the outside to cover up what I don’t want to feel has not worked – by the experience that it keeps coming back, the issue that is. But when I am just with me those issues are not there and they do not return. Thank you for the reminder that the greatest medicine I will ever need is already within me.

    1. That is beautifully said Leigh. I love the mirror as well, to look at ourselves in a deeply honouring and honest way, much will be revealed to us through that reflection.

    2. And that the mirror is the greatest medicine of all… taking the time to really understand what is going on, and not just popping the pill to fix an issue. It encourages us to ask why the issue is there in the first place.

  11. What a fun way to talk about medicine – which is always seen as something used to cure an ailment. What you share here Fiona, is a medicine that supports you every day -rather than fix you.
    That to me is true medicine!

  12. What a beautiful and gentle article to read. I love the metaphor of the “medicine cabinet (within)” and the “forgotten mirror (at the back of the cabinet)”. Thank you very much Fiona for writing this.

  13. Fiona, your blog allowed me to see clearly the difference between medications and medicine. We medicate ourselves to avoid feeling. Medicine is about healing, that is arresting the energy that produced an illness in the first place. In the cabinet we can find things of both kinds. It is a matter of choice.

    1. Yes, healing is about going to the root cause of the illness or disease and dealing with the underlying issues and not about curing the symptoms.

  14. Fiona, a beautiful article, thank you. My medicine cabinet used to be full of asthma and sinus medication, some of which I had been using since early childhood to simply be able to breathe. Not any more. I love how you describe your new medicine cabinet is being how you are living in your body and how this livingness is with you everywhere you go. I had not quite looked at my new medicine cabinet in this way and am very grateful you used this analogy. It is very supportive for me.

  15. This is sweet, it has inspired me to enjoy more those lovely things that we need to do in our daily lives, like you have said, Bathe and get yourself ready, have a cup of tea, prepare meals etc. These are all beautiful things and it’s time I appreciated and enjoyed them more.

    1. I agree, arieljoymuntelwit, too often I see these things as a chore when I can choose to enjoy them and appreciate the time I am taking to take care of me.

  16. What a beautiful way to share your rediscovery of yourself and the medicine we all hold within behind the medications. A delight to read.

  17. Reading Fiona’s blog has inspired me to review, if the current contents of my medicine chest, are supporting me to be all that I am.

  18. Love what you wrote Fiona – “It’s in all the small choices I make, and as I am present with each choice, I find my day is full of beautiful moments and each interaction is like a ‘date’ with myself”. I agree and yourself is the best date ! Always changing and evolving – never bored.

  19. Hi very wise Fiona I love what you say: “Whereas my old medicine cabinet offered me relief through the beliefs and ideals of others, the medicine within allows me the space to truly feel what me and my body needs in each moment” This is so true and needs to be taught form a very small age on. Imagine a world without such crazy beliefs and ideals about medicine.

  20. Quietly Beautiful, Simple and Clear – Fiona. Reading your blog felt like a warm and gentle wave of love washing of me. The flow of what has happened in your life unfolded with such Grace. It is as simple as that, a whole body allowing, accepting and appreciating. Thank you.

  21. I really like how you have used the medicine cabinet to explain this. It captures it really well. Especially how we fill it up with all the things people tell us are good for us, instead of having what we know is true in what we need. Really great.

  22. So love coming back to this blog Fiona… it is a gentle reminder that every choice we make either supports and nourishes us or the opposite, it harms our bodies. It is our choice to love ourselves or not…..

  23. ‘Outside’ (or conventional) medicine, although an amazing support when required, can be used irresponsibly. We can use it as an excuse not to look after ourselves, knowing that it is there as a back-up to ‘fix’ us when we have clearly abused our bodies. We also arrogantly use the ‘science’ of medicine to ignore the ‘inner’ medicine that is always with us – how we choose to live, feel and be, in every moment.

  24. This is such a great blog about how we live is medicine. Medicine is not something to be taken to fix the body, but something we live every day as a constant support for our body to live from love, very beautiful! In this taking pharmaceuticals is also a support for the body in an all encompassing process of healing that has evolution at its core and not a quick fix to get back to function.

    1. Yes Rachel the medicine of living in a consistent and loving way, supported when needed by the expertise of the medical profession, is the prescription that humanity is calling out for.

  25. “As I choose to connect with this medicine within through being still and listening, I set up a rhythm which truly supports me to be all that I am. And as this rhythm becomes normal, the medicine within expands, presenting me with more loving and fun ways to be more of me” – this is very powerful. Everywhere I look, there are many techniques, products and substances promising one thing or another, it is overwhelming and I am not surprised if our natural ability to discern is short-circuited.

  26. Fiona, I just love the wisdom of your words and the way you express yourself. What an awesome analogy of our own body being our own medicine chest – complete with a mirror to show us what we need to heal. I totally loved your blog.

  27. Always love a good metaphor Fiona. And in this particular instance its a reminder to just stick to the basics.. that is what provides us with a foundation, and all the clever, difficult things get dealt with from that platform – a by product of getting the basics right, rather than something that has to be hard or troubling.

  28. I have a similar medicine cabinet now and what is great is as you say Fiona it can be taken everywhere with me. It’s a much more responsible and loveable medicine cabinet than the one I used to hang onto, which was full of old idealistic beliefs and buried issues and that never truly supported me.

  29. Bringing it back to the small choices is really powerful. We strive to put our best foot forward for the big things but its the quality of everything that counts towards everything.

  30. Thank you Fiona for this inspiring blog on the medicine within. I can relate to those old ideals and beliefs stuffed into the cabinet, old and untrue, now well past their expiry date. To have a good clear out of these old ideals and beliefs, just to check if there are any remnants that will spoil the new way of being that I aspire to now, since being part of the Universal Medicine Student Body and The Way of The Livingness presented by Serge Benhayon.

  31. ‘It’s in all the small choices I make, and as I am present with each choice, I find my day is full of beautiful moments and each interaction is like a ‘date’ with myself: in this way I can build up a rhythm which nurtures me and supports me to be more of me.’ – A beautiful reminder Fiona to take into my day -thank you.

  32. Thank you for such a beautiful sharing Fiona. I like the way you honour yourself: “I find my day is full of beautiful moments and each interaction is like a ‘date’ with myself”.

  33. Love the idea of spring cleaning my internal medicine cabinet and polishing the mirror in order to reflect and choose to nurture the qualities within. Just what I needed to read this morning as my body is asking me to be gentle as I recover from a cold. Lovely to be reminded of how inspired I was when I met you in how you lovingly cared for yourself Fiona. Thank you.

  34. That ‘medicine within’ is our ability to discern what is healing and what is harming for us. It’s the fact that we can choose our very next moment – and that we’re free to choose whether that is harmonious and honouring of who we are. Our medicine within is Love – our innate way of being which offers us a reflection of the truth about the way we’re living.

  35. Fiona, I like your idea of having a medicine cabinet within yourself. It’s true – we have immense personal medical knowledge if we tune in and listen to what our bodies are telling us. Thank you – your blog has reminded me to continue to build my awareness of what I have stored in my own medicine cabinet. It’s good to do a stocktake regularly and clean out what no longer belongs and add in new things that do support my total health and wellbeing.

  36. Thank you for writing this, iT is a great thing that we have all we need always with us. Living in appreciation and connection with ourselves is a joy.

  37. What a gorgeous blog and so so true. I love the analogy of the dusty old medicine cabinet full of old medicines that never worked in any case and the dirty old forgotten mirror at the back whose offered reflection we have chosen to ignore for so long. Mine used to be full of things such as caffeine to enable me to function despite being exhausted, and alcohol to relieve the stress built up ever day.

  38. Living life as medicine in every aspect of it is a very wholesome way to live, that way medicine does not become a way to cure us from illness and disease but is a healing way of living that lets us truly let go of things that do not serve, thus we do not medicate to suppress and or hold in check what is ailing us but truly heal and can move on from there.

  39. What is so beautifully highlighted through the wisdom shared here by Fiona, is how important it is for us to regularly do a stock take of our external medicine chest and clean it’s mirror, in order to ensure that it is reflecting our inner evolving qualities.

  40. “It’s in all the small choices I make, and as I am present with each choice, I find my day is full of beautiful moments and each interaction is like a ‘date’ with myself: in this way I can build up a rhythm which nurtures me and supports me to be more of me. ” I love this. Choosing to live in a rhythm that supports us feels great – but also knowing that this too needs a regular spring-clean, a constant refinement. A great reminder for me today.

  41. I am surprised how many people are anti-medicine and I love how you undo this in your blog Fiona. It seems to me as the saying goes, that we throw out the baby with the bath when it comes to medicine. Of course medicine has made its mistakes and can be critiqued in certain areas but without its support, where would we be? I appreciate medicine for what it offers us, but do not expect it to do for me what I can only do for myself and what you describe in your blog, to re-discover my own ability to heal – a medicine that lives within me.

  42. I like your new medicine cabinet Fiona, filled with things that support you. I think we have to redefine what true medicine is because to me medicine is the way we live, the food we eat and the energy we choose to live in.

  43. ‘This ‘medicine within’ is simple, light and fun and tailor-made for me to choose from, and by so doing I find there is more of me to enjoy. Life has become simpler too.’ And we all know this ‘medicine within’ and it asks us to be honest about the choices we have made and make, to observe and let go of everything that holds us back from being and live in the wisdom brought by the simplicity.

  44. Delightful blog Fiona – I also have found that by making a few simple choices in how I approach every day tasks is ‘very good medicine’.

  45. How beautiful that you have been inspired to look behind all the seeming medicines to find the only one you ever need… you. Your sharing encapsulates how amazing it feels to have committed to clearing out and letting go of all the things you had taken on, to be left with all the qualities you innately are… to now make choices based on honouring and expanding them… and in doing so supporting you…. and others through your words.

  46. I love what you share ” the medicine within allows me the space to truly feel what me and my body needs in each moment” we do know what is true for us, as we stop to listen to our body, our body tells us the truth. In those moments we have a choice.

  47. I love this Fiona – what a gorgeous and powerful sharing. Love is indeed the greatest medicine of all time. And when we realise that we are in essence love, we will come to know that as being who we are, in connection to our love within through all that we do, is the greatest form of medicine, which is always available to each and every one of us.

  48. What a powerful and gorgeous blog this is. I love the analogy of the forgotten mirror being cleaned and the true reflections it then offers of what is always patiently waiting within for us to re-discover.
    “I began to clean this mirror and started to see in it a clear reflection of who I truly am and always was – beautiful, clear, wise, powerful and fragile. As a result the ‘medicine cabinet’ inside of me began to change. I found the qualities I saw in the mirror were actually inside of me: wherever I am, they’re always within me”.

  49. We spend our day, our life, with no consideration or care and arm ourselves with an array of fix and management tools, playing a constant catch-up to react and respond to the consequences of our choices. This makes no sense – but that was the only way I knew to be and deal with life before I encountered Universal Medicine. Choosing the quality of our movement is something we can so simply do at any moment, and that changes the quality of life we live.

  50. Beautifully written blog. I too am starting to discover the dusty and long-forgotten mirror at the back of the internal medicine cabinet, and choosing to start discarding those ideals and beliefs that I’ve used as relief to masque hurts I didn’t want to deal with. But nothing truly changes unless we’re willing to be open and honest and start seeing the extent of the roles and behaviours we’ve been running with, and truly looking after ourselves on a deep enough level to be able to let these protective layers go.

  51. “being still and listening…” If only we all realised that in stillness, we are in touch with what it is that we actually need at any given time, and allowed ourselves to step out of the chaotic swirl of imposed ideals and others’ opinions… Beautifully shared.

  52. Great analogy of the “medicine cabinet”. I also had strong beliefs against modern medicine, which actually prevented me from doing what was loving and caring for myself. After studying with Serge Benhayon and attending an event where modern medicine was presented as essential for our wellbeing and quite unloving to avoid when unwell I began to realise the belief I held against using modern medicine was very harmful. I now have a great relationship with my doctor who I see regularly, and have had a number of medical procedures and an operation, all of which have been very supportive for me personally and for my health.

  53. Beautifully said Fiona, if everyone started connecting to and living the true medicine we all had within I am sure the illness and disease figures would drop dramatically as well as people’s general health and well being would improve considerably.

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