Walking in Presence and Without Pain

Not long ago I attended a Universal Medicine course – Esoteric Healing Level 4 Part 2 where Serge Benhayon taught us the ‘acceptance walk’ – when you walk the ‘real you’, with purpose and focus, staying present with your body (without your mind always wandering off). I found it easy to do this with Serge, and to the music of Glorious Music by Michael Benhayon. Although I ‘practised’ the acceptance walk a lot when I returned home from the course, I realise now that I had never really walked staying present with my body; in other words, I had never truly walked ‘me’.

I could feel in my walking that there was always an element of ‘drive’ or ‘push’, or an intention to walk to lose weight or get fit. Consequently, I began to get a very painful right leg (in the groin/hip area) every time I walked, no matter how much I ‘tried’ to stay present with my body – even over short distances, and even walking slowly. So I began to walk less and less – even though I know that I love to walk – because I was unable to walk without pain and the pain would sometimes keep me awake at nights.

This all changed this morning. I woke later than usual and I felt a little tired and fragile… but it was a beautiful morning, so I decided to go for a walk. My right leg started to hurt just a few metres down the road – even though I was walking slowly.

Halfway across the park near our home I looked up and saw a flock of birds (swallows or godwits) flying in formation. As I stopped to watch, they fanned out and, just for a brief moment, came into a heart shape in the sky. I felt the magic of God in that moment, and it felt so beauty-full. Then they did some more amazing displays for me – once they went high and spread out; then floated down like a huge fireworks display. All of a sudden I really felt I was staying present in and with my body, i.e. connected to my body, in a way I had not often felt before, other than during and after Sacred Esoteric Healing sessions.

I could feel the stillness inside my body: it felt like a warmth, a glow. I could feel the warm glow in my whole body, but especially around the area of my heart. When I started to walk again I could still feel the stillness and the glow, and it felt like I was taking that radiance with me and spreading it to all I met. I discovered that I was really enjoying connecting with the people I met on my walk, and that I was really enjoying being with my body walking, and being with ‘me’, in connection with all of myself.

I realised that I was effortlessly staying present with my body without ‘trying’ to be present: my focus was also effortless, as my mind was with what my body was doing and feeling. Yes, my mind did wander off a little, but I very quickly was aware of that and easily came back to my body. For the rest of the walk I was very aware of everything around me – birds flying, dogs joyfully running into the sea to pick up a stick, the crispness in the air… in short, the wonder and glory of life.

I found that I could keep this stillness and presence even if I walked faster, as long as there was no ‘drive’ or rush. And, for the first time in a long time, I was walking without pain in my right leg/groin; and I felt my left leg working as hard as my right leg.

I know now that, for me, the key to walking ‘me’ is to stay aware of everything around me, which in turn brings me the awareness of being connected to my body – to the ‘real me’ – which in turn increases my awareness of everything!

I also know that walking ‘me’ (in presence/stillness) affects everyone I meet on the walk, so that maybe they too are inspired to walk with themselves – in a loving way for their bodies.

And all simply by staying present and connected with my body, and with everything around me, and all the while being able to walk without pain, so that I could feel the stillness and beauty that I am.

I can now walk without pain – a miracle? Yes!

I feel huge appreciation for Serge Benhayon and the teachings of Universal Medicine for showing me the way.

By Anne Scott, Auckland

442 thoughts on “Walking in Presence and Without Pain

  1. I have noticed that when I choose to focus on my legs in particular as I walk, I naturally have a slightly slower pace and the rush is taken out of each stride. I have been practicing this, especially when I walk to and from work. This focus has also led to my head having less busy thoughts as I have occupied it with my walking.

    1. Sure Eduardo, I too experience walking as something very special to me. Walking is not only a means to move from A to B, it is much more as when we walk we either ingrain patterns that do not belong in our bodies or we can choose to walk in a way in which we connect, deepen and amplify the godliness we are.

  2. It’s like when we are lost in thoughts it’s more common to bump into a table corner or piece of furniture than it is when we are present with our bodies. Or if we aren’t present when driving we can miss road signs, traffic lights or run over curbs – the quality of our driving is less basically. I have found over the last few years for example that my toes used to make a clicking sound whenever I walked. Being more present with my body I noticed my walk changed and gone was the clicking. This shows me how presence brings quality to our lives.

    1. Thats a really interesting observation Leigh, the presence you speak of really allows us to be our own scientific experiment, with how we move something that we can bring quality to that affects us on a physiological level. This would be an incredible thing to be taught and accepted in life, I imagine a packed London underground as one example where everyone was bringing this quality to their movement, with everyone aware of everything around them, and considerate of everyone, it would be incredible to witness.

  3. The simpleness of ‘being aware of our surroundings’. What does this say about the current way we live in our world today, constantly in a rush or literally hanging out for the moment we can check out of our days with, alcohol, drugs, TV or other screens.
    Could it say we are not aware of what is around us, nore do we even begin to conceive that when we feel our surroundings we are fully present in our bodies, filling them with our essence, fireing our cells with our presence. What a powerful experience walking this way is, as God so definitely confirmed.

  4. It’s so interesting to read about so many people’s experiences of pain just disappearing once they change their movements, and/or bring more awareness to themselves and the way they are living. All this often without medical intervention. There is something to be said about the power of one connecting more to themselves, because the proof is in the pudding and it’s inspiring to read about such miracles.

  5. To be conscious present with our bodies stops our wondering mind and makes us to become aware of that other part in us, our inner heart, that is constantly radiating that godliness we are to whoever we meet and be with.

  6. I can so relate to the joy of walking without pain after many years of walking with it and it has all come about by choosing to be present as I place each foot on the ground and to feel each movement throughout my body. It was not easy to do to begin with, and there are still times I drift away from me, but these days it is so much easier to come back to “walking in presence” as it is simply making the choice to walk with all of me; my body and mind in union.

  7. I am constantly in awe of how incredible our bodies are, when we support and allow the space for them to be moved by the quality that they are designed to be moved by – love. Again here with what you have shared Anne, I can feel the power of simply allowing our connection to our stillness within, our essence, our Soul to be what moves us, through which our mind, body and Soul is in union and as such work together to be a greater and far more honoring expression of our true selves.

  8. We can all walk with presence and we need not compare one to another. What is walking with presence and how does it look? We are all at different levels of awareness at different points and if your walk isn’t up to a level you feel it can be then walk for where you are at, always bringing awareness to the fact there is possibly more. I enjoyed this article and what it presents while at the same time seeing we need not push to walk a certain way. Walking with yourself for where you are at to the best of your ability is needed and then the openness and flexibility that there maybe more. We are growing or expanding back to something we already know, confused? It just means from this presence or connection we know we are more but it’s not something to achieve more something to unfold back to from this knowing. Walk for where you are at and that is you, not perfect and possibly not to all you can feel but use this as a reflection to make your next step and keep building that awareness from there. Appreciation of yourself and where you are is important in growing the awareness of what is next.

  9. Anne, I love the realisation you share, that to be present with you is to be aware of all around you – that is beautiful. We are a part of everything and everything is a part of us. How grand.

  10. I love your realisation that presence is not about fast or slow but that it simply is the way how we are with our bodies and everybody else and the awareness we allow.

  11. Reading this, I realise that the pain I have been having in my left shoulder/arm is also a physical manifestation of the pain of not being myself. We all have different ways to manage not being ourselves – by adopting an ideal/belief, holding back, going into protection, withdrawing, checking out… it all has a different affect on our body. I would love a book on the energetic anatomy explained according to esoteric medicine so that we can get greater understanding on what we experience as the aches/pain/illness/disease in our body and make the best of it as an opportunity to heal.

  12. Walking in presence is simple but it does take some practice, and can have some dramatic effects on our physical aches and pains. In the past I suffered severe lower back pain and had difficulty walking up the stairs, but when I focused on each step being gentle my movements became easier, pain was reduced and I could easily, but slowly walk up the stairs.

  13. A couple of years ago I went through a process of tattoo removal – far more painful than actually getting one done. What I eventually learnt to do was connect with my essence, the stillness underneath the pain I was feeling. I in no way mastered it but there was a significant change in my ability to be with the process over time. Deep connection, be it with the body or with the soul, leads to significant shifts within us – at the physical level, and more.

    1. Thank you Victoria, that is fascinating to read, your comment would make a very interesting blog. I have noticed when I am connected to my soul quite profound changes happen to how I feel physically and often quite quickly.

  14. Simply being able to ‘walk you’ no matter what is going on or what is happening around you is something that gives me a great level of ease. So often we can look to everything else for what to do and yet inside is the true gauge or place to find the answers, the answers to everything.

  15. Walking with me- body and mind together, and being aware of my surroundings is such a great way to feel confident, empowered, and not feel exhausted at the end of the day.
    Before learning to walk this way I used to bump into things, trip over, walk in nervous energy trying to do too many things or walk in a driven fashion and end up with low blood sugar and therefore crave sugar and coffee to keep me going.

  16. Walking in presence I have noticed that the body responds differently and aches and pains which could be a daily occurrence just disappear – things like achy hips, knee pains, sore feet. The body feels lighter and going up the stairs becomes effortless and we have more energy…. now who wouldn’t want that.

  17. It feels like after all your devotion to yourself, to your care and attention with yourself in your walking and the presence that you were able to bring to your body you were blessed with a healing, not a healing that just happened but one that you were part and parcel of in the responsibility you brought to the process. A lovely sharing, thank you

  18. Beautiful to read how your pain transformed as you walked with all of you Anne. When I don’t rush, hold my self and my posture and walk feeling my quality I feel the grace of my walk. That then feels amazing.

  19. Serge Benhayon has brought a massive healing tool into many peoples lives by offering a way to walk in presence. Who would have thought that one can heal just by walking. Not only do we offer it to ourselves we offer healing to all. We are a point of light that continues to offer reflection.

  20. Anne I love your description of how the stillness felt in your body. To feel stillness as we move feels both amazing and very precious – what a reflection, in that moment, we are offering the universe.

  21. Thankyou Anne, it’s truly a lovey blog and I’ve enjoyed reading it a few times now. When beautiful things happen in nature and we are moved by them we are most likely moved back to ourselves!

  22. Walking and moving in connection to our bodies when lived consistently allows us to connect to something grander than the dimension we live in, it is only then we realize we are all connected and equally part of the universe.

  23. Anne, this is amazing to read and so helpful for me. I have had a very similar experience recently, but with my right knee. My knee was getting so painful that it was getting hard to move about, and so I was left with little choice but to experiment with how I could move without pain, what I discovered was that I had been moving in a jarring way that felt like I was trying to get somewhere and I was not walking in a light, delicate way, I began to feel more the female qualities of my legs and started to move with presence and grace rather than in a clunky way, this has enabled me to move without pain – this has been a very interesting experiment.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience with your knee, Rebecca. I loved how you allowed yourself to feel the female qualities of your legs -this, in turn, has helped me, as I often feel my right leg is very present and solid, but my left leg doesn’t seem to be there! So on my new walk I will be practising feeling my grace, delicateness and sacredness (i..e. my female qualities) as I walk.

  24. It’s become normal to walk around and believe pain in our body is normal and we have to put up with it, I used to have pain in my knees every time I walked! But why should we live with pain? Why should pain be normal?

    1. True and living with any level of pain, be that slight or severe, is something that many in humanity have come to accept as the new normal. We have set the standard far from the truth of wellness and harmony that is our body/s natural state when we are living in accord to the truth we are.

  25. Anne, what a beautiful ‘Magic of God’ moment you share here. Being aware of nature is a great way to bring more awareness to being with the body in full. In my experience, ppreciating the connection between the two confirms this deeper.
    “I looked up and saw a flock of birds (swallows or godwits) flying in formation. As I stopped to watch, they fanned out and, just for a brief moment, came into a heart shape in the sky. I felt the magic of God in that moment, and it felt so beauty-full. Then they did some more amazing displays for me – once they went high and spread out; then floated down like a huge fireworks display”.

  26. ‘the key to walking ‘me’ is to stay aware of everything around me, which in turn brings me the awareness of being connected to my body…’ – Thanks for sharing this – and how simply we can reintroduce presence into our walk. I watch my infant trying to walk and all her focus is on that one thing – she is a teacher to me to come back to my body and to want to feel everything that is on offer.

  27. Physical pain is important because it tells us where we are at, what we are holding and how we are living. So to have an ache in the leg can be regarded as a blessing. Personally I would prefer to have the pain and therefore know what needs to change rather than to be in no pain, thinking that everything is alright but actually living in illusion and disharmony.

  28. Recently, during a presentation I was giving, I had a deep sense of just being me and how easy this was for those listening to connect to. It was a ‘light-bulb moment’ revealing that being ourselves is our primary responsibility in life – not trying to be something we are not, not trying to impress or seek attention. I could feel how my body relaxed and those around me responded to this. The presentation was a success, not because of what I said but because of who I was being. ‘Walking me’ is the same thing and as Anne shares here – affects everyone we meet.

  29. That is a miracle indeed and what a beautifull sharing of the magic of God .. I felt the true beauty, love and grace in the moment you shared with the birds. You know it is funny (or not) we all walk in the day everyday and yet do not know how to truly do this, walking can bring us back to ourselves and is incredibly healing, as you have experienced. I, and I know many many others are in deep appreciation to Serge Benhayon for living and teaching this.

  30. It has taken me a long time to come to know the power of my walk and how that power comes from “walking in presence”, being with me in every step and being conscious of what energy I am walking in; am I being responsible for the quality of energy I leave behind me for someone else to walk through? Do I choose to leave a trail of love or am I simply dumping my current emotions behind me? With every single step my walk is my responsibility and that is no longer a burden but a joy.

  31. I have found that the more I consistently connect with myself and build a quality of presence, my movements align and flow with my body’s natural rhythm.

  32. Appreciating that walking in presence and stillness affects everyone; including ourselves; and comes with a responsibility to do just that, walk/move in presence and stillness, no matter where we are or what we are doing. Thank you Anne, I love what you have shared.

  33. Perfect blog for me to read today…. I notice when I am walking how much I am in my thoughts, it is an old pattern of mine and at the moment, there is a lot of change happening in my life, eg, new job, new relationship, a move coming up, etc, so I am doing a lot more thinking, when actually all I need to do is stay in my body and stay present and let it all unfold naturally!

    1. Those pesky thoughts can certainly come in jaqmcfadden04! I notice that my face and body tense up, so I lose the freedom I feel when I walk with conscious presence, i.e. when any thoughts I do have are simply about my body and how it feels walking…

    2. I find in those heavy thinking moments that stopping and taking a breath before my next step helps, it’s as if the stop switches off the thoughts in the mind. And if not something like gently stroking the back of my hand with my fingertips helps to calm a crazy mind as well. The power is in how we move our body and not what the mind produces, that comes from what the body gives the mind in the first place.

  34. Anne you highlight some great points about walking with presence and connection with the body rather than being caught up in the mind and pushing the body to walk. Recently I have been aware of the drive I can have in my walk at times and stopping to reconnect to me brings a different quality and flow that my body enjoys and appreciates much more.

  35. I notice when I focus on the pain it makes the pain louder, when I connect to and focus on what’s underneath the pain, the feeling of my inner-heart then the tension causing the pain starts to release. But sometimes I can’t (choose not to) connect to it within me first but then I cannot deny the support from God in that nature has a way of reminding me to pay attention to that which is within me. Be that like a certain bird like a parakeet flying by when I feel more shy and withdrawn, telling me I can’t hide away. Or if I am feeling connected and bold that same bird can be a confirmation that it’s totally ok to be me and let everyone know it (those birds aren’t exactly quiet!)

  36. So often we walk to get from A to B – but what you present here is a whole other level of being with our bodies no matter what. I have also done this exercise and it is very powerful. I bring myself back and it simply sets a foundation of how my body is. Very supportive for me.

  37. I have found the more we try to do something the less successful we are, because we have already given ourselves a goal or expectation to be able to do something which takes us further away from our body, yet when we connect to our innermost it is easier to allow a natural unfolding, and we discover that it is more about our connection with ourselves than trying to do something from outside of ourselves.

  38. When we are connected to ourselves our presence is astute and at one with the flow of the universe.

  39. There is such a great joy in simply being ourselves and walking in a way that is totally connected with ourselves. When we do this our step lightens up and there is purpose in what we are doing.

  40. By developing a relationship with our body and how it feels – exercise becomes a paramount part of keeping healthy and energetically stable. Without going for a walk or giving the body some space to heal it starts to feel heavy very quickly and I feel less equipped to walk in a lightness of being.

  41. ‘the key to walking ‘me’ is to stay aware of everything around me’ … so important Anne, we are part of the all, and when we embrace that we flow with life.

  42. This is so appropriate with me returning to the gym after many years. I am re-imprinting many things I have inherited that do not belong within my body and its trueness.

    This ‘trying’ is tiring and heavy. I loved how you described the dance of the flock of birds and being aware of everything around you.

    Every time I read a blog, I learn something more about my self, thank you.

  43. There was something power full in this blog that I had to read it again….I observed after reading it for the first time my body had responded so differently to before. When I attended the gym, I saw everything so clearly, the gym, the people, the ward I work at to the many things I had to do that day.

    I had experienced a true connection to my body that I hadn’t felt before and it was so gorgeous to be with and feel but also gorgeous to share with others whether they wanted or not.

    I can feel I will be referring to this blog from time to time as it provided me with a great marker, thank you Anne.

  44. This is beautiful Anne, when we are connected with ourselves, we allow the light of God to flow through us and touch all we meet.

  45. Actually being in presence with our body we connect to more than the three dimensional world we may think life’s about. Actually we then connect to the Universal Mind, that wisdom and knowledge that is there for us to reconnect to and with that to our divine origins and with the understanding that we are the Ones and way beyond the little self we experience when we wander off into our limited mind.

  46. I have been paying attention to the way I walk recently. Some days I get stiffness and pain in my back and legs, and on other days my body is pain free and walking feels light and effortless. How I walk and the energy that’s driving my motion is what I’m now seeing makes all the difference.

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