Inspired by Michael Benhayon & the Teachers are Gold Project: Expression is EVERYTHING

“A teacher must be CELEBRATED and HONOURED in everything they are and in everything they bring, EACH AND EVERY DAY! Equal to this, they must be given ALL the tools of how to do this for THEMSELVES, that is, to truly celebrate and honour all that they are and all that they bring to our lives.” [Michael Benhayon, Director, Teachers are Gold! Project] 

I recently had an amazing conversation with Michael Benhayon – founder of the Teachers are Gold Project – about how I had been feeling at school and teaching; stressed, overwhelmed, and frustrated with the education system and all the ‘extra’ work I had to do. Only two weeks into school term I was becoming a teacher I didn’t want to be, exhausted and looking forward to the end of the week so I could come home and rest.

Something inside me strongly knew this way of living and being was not true – I missed my joy and playfulness. I knew there was another way to be and live, one that was much more supportive, loving and caring for myself and everyone else.

What came from our discussion was the fact that I was actually RESENTING everything I had to do on top of teaching and being there for the kids and all others as well – I was seeing it all as hard, as a burden and it made so much sense – I had been living, walking and expressing in a way that resented everything I ‘had to do’.

This resentment at times was obvious and big, like the school curriculum, attainment, grades and the education system not being what I know to be true, that education is about love and people first and the fact that everything was made much more complicated than it needed to be. At others times it was the little things like meetings, targets, paperwork and even things not being where they should be… and I wondered why I was so drained and exhausted at the end of each day, never mind feeling like I was going to collapse at the end of the week.

But then I realised that it wasn’t just in school I was resenting the things I had to do, I was resenting most of life too; the drive to school and back, no time for the gym, having to make tea, food shopping, making my bed, going for a walk, even having a shower or a bath, how I will ‘fit ‘ everything in, looking for a new car, spending quality time with my partner and my family… how must that have felt for them?! I even resented just being with me.

But what really made me stop – it was like a light going on – was what Michael and I discussed next; that EVERYTHING, yes EVERYTHING, is an expression of me! I had been making it about DOING and DOING and not EXPRESSING. I had been focussing on expression as only in the way we speak or write and when you think about it, this is what we are taught to believe, but not the fact that EXPRESSION IS ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!

For example:

  • How I get up in the morning.
  • How I dress, not only in what I feel to wear, but the way in which I lay out my clothes and put them on.
  • How I choose to cook and what I feel to prepare each time.
  • The way and quality in which I move, how I sit, I stand, walk and dance.
  • How I pick up and lay down pupils’ work.
  • How I address and speak to a class.
  • How I open my car door, how I drive to work.
  • The thoughts I choose to have.
  • Wearing lipstick, the way I do my hair.
  • How I type, file my paperwork, go to a meeting, write an email, press the keys, plan a lesson and teach.

These are all expressions of me, not one more or one less important – THEY ARE ALL EQUALLY AN EXPRESSION OF ME.

So with this amazing support from Michael Benhayon and the incredibly inspirational Teachers are Gold project which supports all teachers and educational facilitators, coupled with these amazing realisations, I had the most incredible day. Why?…. because I felt like me! I did my morning walk feeling a natural spring in my step, with my playfulness, light and joy. I dressed expressing me, I knew exactly what I felt to wear, even though my mind kept trying to cut in with “no, those boots won’t look right”, and boy did I look and feel amazing because I dressed expressing the beautiful and powerful woman I am. I drove to work full of joy because I felt me, so full of love for the world and humanity and looking forward to teaching and the school day.

Yes, there were little moments where I had a blip, but they weren’t a big deal because the power and amazingness I felt was way too big to let the little issues get to me. Yes, I still had to raise my voice to the kids, but this didn’t make me feel anything like before; there was a lightness, playfulness and joy in each class but at the same time true boundaries, and I didn’t run out the door at the end of the day. I joyfully and lovingly took time to set up the space and classroom for Monday. I drove home from school feeling amazing, not tired and tense, and even had more than enough energy to go to the gym when the week before I had just made it home to bed. And to top it all off I woke naturally the next day, hours earlier than I have in a long time and wrote this blog.

So I have come to realise, know and understand that EXPRESSION IS EVERYTHING. It’s not just about what we say and write, but in every little moment, be it writing a blog, cooking tea or teaching a class, it is all an expression of me. How could I ever get bored, resentful or complaining when each moment is an amazing opportunity to express how I feel and who I truly am. I know for one, by choosing to continue and commit to living this way, there will be less room for resentment, exhaustion or frustration that have been a part of my life – leaving more and more space for the absolute joy and the love I feel for humanity.

With love and appreciation of Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon for inspiring and presenting the fact that “Expression is Everything”, and to Michael Benhayon for the initiation of the “Teachers Are Gold” project which appreciates and supports all teachers across the globe, and which continues to inspire me to express in everything I do.

By Anonymous, Scotland

918 thoughts on “Inspired by Michael Benhayon & the Teachers are Gold Project: Expression is EVERYTHING

  1. It also took me a while for the penny to drop that expression is literally everything we do. I too used to view it as a word only about speaking, talking, words, tone, style of speech we use.
    The level of responsibility is enormous in this, I can now see that leaving a mess behind me is expression, in fact everything is.
    It could feel overwhelming, but when we commit to appreciating the value of claiming ourselves in expression, that is simply a joy to bring order, love, clarity into everything in life.

  2. The way society respects, or disrespect certain professions, is always must test of the underlying values of that society. That so many teachers, within whose care are all of our children, are in a state of distress and disregard is simply indicative of the total paradigm shift that is needed in our society now

  3. This is such a powerful and awesome blog to read. I can relate to the ‘doing’ in life and missing out on expressing in every moment who I truly am. Your blog is a game changer and beautifully reminds us all that ‘expression is everything’ and the exquisiteness and joy felt when we commit to this in our life.

  4. Thank you Anonymous for sharing a really great blog, laying out simply what is meant by “expression is everything, little by little I am getting more of an understanding of that expression. “How could I ever get bored, resentful or complaining when each moment is an amazing opportunity to express how I feel and who I truly am. – leaving more and more space for the absolute joy and the love I feel for humanity.”

  5. “It’s not just about what we say and write, but in every little moment, be it writing a blog, cooking tea or teaching a class, it is all an expression of me”.
    Yes Expression is Everything in everything we do; thank you Anonymous for expressing so beautifully and powerfully.

  6. Brilliant Anon, I finally am starting to get it now. Expression is not only about the way we speak and write but everything…. but when we make everything about ‘doing doing doing and not expressing’ we lose the very essence and quality of all that we are expressing. Awesome blog.

  7. ‘These are all expressions of me, not one more or one less important.’ Thank you – what you have written here is deeply profound, life can be super intense, but if we are simply expressing who we are it suddenly feels very simple.

  8. What stood out for me in your blog was how, when you’re expressing you as consistently as possible in everything you do, think or feel during your day, that momentum of knowing you stands you in such great support and steadiness when we come up against those blips in the day that would otherwise pull us down. So the more we are able to express fully, in everything, the more solid our foundation of who we are becomes and the more we can recognise what’s truly going on around us but not get so affected by it. Gold from Teachers are gold!

  9. This is gorgeous, just amazing to feel how everything is indeed expression, all we choose is an expression of energy. It is for us to choose in what energy we express, and take in our day, I know when I’m conscious of this I choose more easily the energy that is serving everyone, feeling light and Joyfull in everything I do.

  10. What a powerful statement: ““A teacher must be CELEBRATED and HONOURED in everything they are and in everything they bring, EACH AND EVERY DAY! Equal to this, they must be given ALL the tools of how to do this for THEMSELVES, that is, to truly celebrate and honour all that they are and all that they bring to our lives.” ” – And this is not just for teachers at school, but anyone who teaches anything to anyone with their full being, bringing all that they are to their students.

  11. Thankyou Anonymous, making every day about ourselves and the expression of all that we are certainly changes things! Life feels more steady instead of compartmentalised with different tasks (me time, work time, chores etc) which can bring about different reactions and emotions.

  12. “A teacher must be CELEBRATED and HONOURED in everything they are and in everything they bring, EACH AND EVERY DAY! Equal to this, they must be given ALL the tools of how to do this for THEMSELVES, that is, to truly celebrate and honour all that they are and all that they bring to our lives.” I agree totally with the above statement but the word teacher could be replaced with child,mother, father, man, woman, in fact all people must be celebrated and honoured each and every day…..in so doing everyone would feel loved and cherished for who they are, and so would in turn celebrate, honour, love and cherish those around them, and so it would go, on and on.

  13. Beautifully shared. Such wisdom and clarity. Expression starts with a choice of being. This determines the quality of our doing. A great reminder to check in constantly, where are we.

  14. An awesome reminder from an inspirational blog, and an inspirational man (Michael Benhayon). It makes me smile as I appreciate just the way my fingers feel as I write this comment.. that in itself is an expression that can be hammered out, or they lightly dance across the keyboard.

  15. Thank you for the reminder that in every choice we make we are choosing to express – I have been feeling overwhelmed at work this week and am aware that this affects the rest of my life but have not acted on it. Today I chose to appreciate me and express that in full and allow that to shine out in all that I do. The Teachers are Gold project is so inspiring and allows teachers to start to appreciate the reflection that they are offering to children in everything they do.

  16. A great reminder, thank, you, of what “expression is everything” means as it can become just a concept. How I shift in my seat is either a mechanical reaction to the comfort level of my body, or, is choice to make a movement in connection with the source of love within me, that will allow me to continue to offer all of me in what I am writing or reading or attending to in my seat. When no movement is separate to the expression of love, it sustains itself and expands in the body and more so, pulses into the world. Therefore making everything we do an expression of who we truly are, is everything.

  17. This is a great turnaround and this by simply allowing yourself to enjoy and express yourself in every moment. This is very inspiring and shows the importance of honouring every moment in our life and honouring us in it in full expression.

  18. Thank you Anonymous this line is gold for me to read this morning and be inspired by ‘How could I ever get bored, resentful or complaining when each moment is an amazing opportunity to express how I feel and who I truly am.’

  19. This has put me on notice of anything in my life I don’t enjoy. Why would I not enjoy everything if I were expressing fully and being the love that I am? I would have to be letting the what’s out there affect me and dull my true feeling. I would have to be making choices that dull the lightness that I feel and that I am innately.

  20. I know I can slip into ‘just getting things done’ and worrying about time but the more I am aware of it and am honest with myself about it the quicker it seems to stand out! And then I have the choice to come back to making my movements and expressions about the quality I know they can be and that feels true.

  21. This sounds a great project that if your case is anything to go by will revolutionise how teaching is conducted. It is all about which you that you take to school and we always have two choices. I have the same choice in my mode of work, I can either take the full whole me to my work or I can choose to take a lesser, much lesser version of myself to it.

  22. awesome blog! “But then I realised that it wasn’t just in school I was resenting the things I had to do, I was resenting most of life too; the drive to school and back, no time for the gym, having to make tea, food shopping, making my bed, going for a walk, even having a shower or a bath, how I will ‘fit ‘ everything in,”this momentum of living is so common. When we think lineally and live life in this momentum its very difficult to see clarity and have a sense of joy and lightness in our day, but approaching things as all one in the same brings a whole different being to everything we do.

  23. Teachers definitely do need to be celebrated for what they bring rather than just assessed on the grades the children get. Teachers are the bringers up of our next generation and so we need to truly support and nurture them so they can do the same with our children.

  24. “each moment is an amazing opportunity to express how I feel and who I truly am.” This is the most valuable lesson that a teacher can share with students.

  25. Understanding “EXPRESSION IS ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING” allows us to feel how much we are the creators of our lives depending on the quality of choices that we make on a daily basis. It is the consistency and simplicity of these choices that create a harmonious flow in life.

    1. This blog is a great reminder that it’s about quality first: what quality am I choosing to be in and express from, and how does this affect not just me but everything around me? When I remind myself of that, my relationship with my to-do list and all of my day to day responsibilities totally changes and I enjoy what I’m doing so much more.

  26. I love how you challenged the normal weekday scenario and the TGIF that surrounds so much of us and looked beyond and knew that it was not normal. And then chose to be and bring all of you to all that you do. There is so much for us to be intrigued and fascinated by and our life and how we are in it is a great place to start.

  27. A great reminder that everything is expression reading this blog again at the beginning of a very full day ahead I have come to a stop and let go of the overwhelm I was feeling to appreciate and claim and reconnect with myself and move in to my day taking responsibility for my expression and the reflection I offer humanity.

  28. Well presented anonymous, its so important having the awareness that every little thing we do is expression, and all the little things we do compound into big things.

  29. Thank you for sharing your inspiration here Anonymous. Learning about the power of expression has been a big part of my life. I now appreciate the fact that it is what I express that leads to how I feel every moment and every day – when once upon a time I felt I was a victim of other people’s expression. This has been a powerful revelation and as you share here, becomes part of everything we do – no matter how insignificant it might appear to be. Everything we do matters and everything we do in the fullness of who we are is a joy-full experience.

  30. Resenting the things we have to do in life – even resenting life is something that feels very familiar to me. It makes life about trying to get to the end of an endless race so there is time to have some space for myself. But what if the space I crave is actually within my body. What if the space I feel or don’t feel is completely down to the quality of the choices I make? If this is the case, which I feel it is, then doesn’t that mean I am resenting something I don’t think I can change but is in fact completely and absolutely my choice?

  31. A beautiful continuity of expression that leaves you feeling complete in any moment and complete at the end of the day, looking forward to doing it again after a nourishing sleep the next day and the next and the next, knowing that it is a deepening of expression each and every day that needs no one else to give it permission or a score card. Taking this into a school environment and offering them this richness of expression, take it or leave it, is a wonderful way to be a role model, a friend, a colleague and a mentor just being who we are as a human being.

  32. “I had been making it about DOING and DOING and not EXPRESSING.” Expressing is everything we do, think, say and be. I used to think it was just about what came out of my mouth. Looking at it in a whole new way ensures everything we are is expression, which reflects so differently to everyone around us.

  33. “So I have come to realise, know and understand that EXPRESSION IS EVERYTHING. It’s not just about what we say and write, but in every little moment, be it writing a blog, cooking tea or teaching a class, it is all an expression of me.” So true. ‘Expression is definitely everything’ as Serge Benhayon has presented.

  34. The difference between driving to work dreading what is coming next vs being full of yourself (in expressing what you naturally are in every way) is like chalk and cheese. One will inspire a nation (or a classroom) and the other will confirm to them just how difficult life is, and ultimately set them up for failure.

  35. “I had been making it about DOING and DOING and not EXPRESSING..” This is pure gold Anonymous. How often do we ‘do’ but not ‘be’ who we truly are in everything in life? Upon learning that expression is everything and IN everything in my life, my life changed dramatically. Taking ourselves in our fullness everywhere we go is the way to go.

  36. A powerful testimony to the Teachers are Gold project by Michael Benhayon and the exposure of resentment you were holding. An awesome turnaround in your expression Anonymous. Thank you for sharing the gold that you bring.

  37. The bureaucracy of present day systems can burden and bury us in complication if we choose to let it. But, when we hold steady and clear in our observations and understandings of the world around us, and keep our expression simple, true and solid in all that we do, the load or burdens we take on and carry is significantly lightened. Life is then so much more enjoyable as we again begin to feel the potential of the world around us.

  38. We can get so caught up in the doing of our responsibilities and tasks that we forget that the actual quality of our expression is the foundation that determines the quality of everything we do.

    1. Well said Suse. And this is where awareness is so key for it is only when we are aware that we actually have a choice and can come back to a quality that is true.

  39. I wonder whether it is simply missing ourselves (our true self) that creates the resentment we then have with life as how can we enjoy doing anything when we are not even present as who we naturally are but a reduced functioning version just getting through life and not living life.

  40. Whatever we do, when we do it without being ourselves it will leave us empty; doing something because we have to, making it a duty, because it needs to be done lacks the sense of true purpose; being with oneself and feeling true purpose goes hand in hand, we cannot have one without the other.

  41. Your blog is a powerful reminder of the enormity of each moment and the importance of each choice to honour that in the quality it deserves… with each moment being no less than another in the potential it offers.

  42. Re-introducing that expression is not just the words we speak, but how we speak them along with how we move and complete our daily tasks, is a powerful gift, for any who wish to take a moment to consider that how they feel is a direct correlation to how they move.

  43. A truly brilliant and inspiring sharing…
    I grew up witnessing so many around me – those who were, effectively, my ‘teachers’ – drained by the ‘doing’ of most everything in their lives. I knew that this wasn’t truly living, and felt quite exasperated by this from a young age. Clearly, I didn’t want to become another case of ‘exhaustion’ or struggle, and yet I found my own ways of perpetuating the same.
    It wasn’t until meeting such inspirational people such as Michael Benhayon, that I began to truly get it, that we never need be lost in the ‘doing’ – that there is an inner-connection and quality to foster within us, a foundation from which the activity of our lives becomes largely filled with joy and a sense of purpose, passion even… Foster and discover this, and we are actually capable of ‘doing’ much, funny enough…
    And so to read your blog here today, and what transformed for you when you appreciated yourself and just how much of ‘you’ can be in every moment, is an absolute delight, anonymous, thank-you.

  44. When we lose ourselves in the momentum of the doing, and make it all about ‘getting it done’ while forgetting about the people, the purpose and the connection, it’s no wonder we feel resentful – it’s like we’re doing things in auto-pilot, in a numbness of moving from one task to another. The more I commit to staying aware and awake, fully present and committed to being there and in my body in each moment, the more i actually enjoy what I’m doing instead of seeing it as ‘another thing to do’ on a long and never-ending list!

  45. Thank you. This is a supportive reminder that all that it takes is being ourselves and let everything unfold from there, as, as you describe there is a naturalness in which we feel to express.

  46. I recently read an article by a high school teacher who was expressing how they were being abused from all corners – the students/the parents/the system, and it was shocking to read the reality of what was going on in schools these days – and it is very obvious that this is not an isolated issue, and even though we may not be a teacher or have children ourselves, it feels way over due we start paying attention to our own choices of behaviour and how they are affecting everyone and everything else, including our younger generations.

  47. I was thinking of the Teachers are Gold project the other day and just how amazing it is after listening on the radio for a few days from teachers telling listeners about the job they do. I truly take my hat of to teachers they do an incredible job and have a lot of work to do including taking work home at the end of the day and weekends just because there is no time in their working day/hours to do this. One teacher shared a similar understanding as the Teachers are Gold project saying how important it was to take care of yourself as this supports everything else. Wouldn’t it be awesome if anyone who felt resentment with what they do (and not just teachers) could get instant clarify and understanding from another as you did with Michael Benhayon. I have huge respect for Michael Benhayon as he is not even a teacher but has set up a project to support not only teachers within his community but globally! It just goes to show when we get ourselves out of the way what we can bring for others is super supportive. Thanks for the reminder that Expression is Everything something I did not truly get until meeting Serge Benhayon.

  48. What a gem of a blog! It is very empowering to feel every move we make is an expression of us, this makes life fun and purpose-full because everything is therefor important.

  49. The Teachers are Gold project is an amazingly supportive Project, the way you describe it! What a great support for all teachers to be shown they are valued and empowered to teach in such a self loving way that then rubs off on the students. Expression is indeed everything I am learning!

  50. Your insights are very inspiring: “expression is everything” (Serge Benhayon) has changed your life and especially your working life as a teacher and can make every moment one of awareness and ultimately – one of space, lightness and joy.

  51. I am beautifully reminded that God is in the details. Literally. Everything from how we close the cupboard door to how we open a book or sit to be, are all qualities we take to all our other expressions in our day. It is all linked! All one!

  52. Just when you think you know this you become aware that there is another part, “So I have come to realise, know and understand that EXPRESSION IS EVERYTHING. It’s not just about what we say and write, but in every little moment” I feel that this is a part that trips me up every time, the part I think I have got somewhere in place of feeling that I am already there and not needing to be more. I know it sounds confusing or maybe a bit light on but what I am saying is that there is an element of the ‘achieve’ that sees me stop and rest when as the article is saying “EXPRESSION IS EVERYTHING” and so that stop is part of the everything. It’s not that we don’t stop and rest but more it’s where and the way it’s done. Obviously as a part of life these things are natural but I am using them in relation to thinking you have achieved something and so it’s a job done type of thing and like a bit of a closing off of what is next. If I be more aware of ‘everything’ then this is more an ongoing thing that has no ending, so yes stop physically for a rest but when it comes to awareness there is no stop just an ever expanding everything.

    1. Thank you Ray Karam for sharing a great point here. There is no rest for energy as it is everything and remains consistent. The reflection here is that we have the opportunity to live that consistency and feel what is then on offer to read that is truly supporting or not supporting us in every moment.

  53. ‘I joyfully and lovingly took time to set up the space and classroom for Monday. I drove home from school feeling amazing, not tired and tense, and even had more than enough energy to go to the gym when the week before I had just made it home to bed.’ Beautiful to feel how you have laid a foundation here, ready for whatever comes next.

  54. Hi Anonymous, I can relate to so much of what you have said here. Life used to feel like drudgery to me. It was all about finishing everything so that I could sit down and have a break. My life was compartmentalised into things I had to do like work and fun things like going on holiday, or going out. As you so clearly describe, every part of what we do can have meaning and be fun because we are taking the time to be with ourselves in the action. Its a totally different way of being that has transformed how I live.

  55. It’s true – we are expressing 24/7 in every moment no matter what it is we are doing, even sleeping, we are expressing and the quality of that expression is up to us… It makes me realise how much of an effect we all have on each other when you consider that we are all sending out ripples of expression/ energy all the time.

  56. When we understand that expression is absolutely everything, we know that walking in the authority of who are – in the full appreciation of our beingness and not hold any of it back is all that is needed, as we are then offering a reflection to the world of what we are all capable of living when we align to the right source of the soul.

  57. This is incredibly inspiring, and exactly what Teachers Are Gold inspires us to see that there is so much more to what we are doing in our lives be it work, getting dressed etc that actually it is the quality we are in as we move that makes the world of difference as you so clearly show!

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