“How often do we consider the importance of our expression, and that expression is not only a natural part of who we are, but that ‘Expression is everything’?” (Serge Benhayon , 2011)
Whether we express ourselves, or not, or the way we express ourselves, has a consequence in our daily lives.
The BBC published an article entitled: ‘How speaking up can save lives.’ (BBC News 2015)
Pretty sobering given the article discusses two industries – aviation and medicine – and in both industries examples were given where lives were lost. In both cases the member of staff (co-pilot/junior doctor) did initially speak up, but did not make themselves heard. The Aviation industry has since been undertaking training for aviation staff and found in the simulations that “Co-pilots would rather die than contradict a captain.” (BBC News 2015)
This training is now being undertaken in the National Health Service (NHS) in England too.
These examples show that “Expression is everything,” right down to the matter of life and death, and yet these examples also show that the people here didn’t ensure, no matter what, that they were heard.
How many of us express what we feel in full, or ensure that we are absolutely clear in our expression during our daily lives – whether it is a matter of life or death, or a simple matter of communication within our homes or at work? And what gets in the way of us expressing?
In children there is a freshness and an openness in the way they say things out loud when they see something, and sometimes parents or ‘grown ups’ tell children to ‘be quiet’ because they may feel uncomfortable with what the child said as it exposes or unearths a truth. And whilst there may be occasion when ‘piping down’ is appropriate, telling our younger generations to ‘be quiet’ may be dampening down their innate, natural expression to say things as they are, to speak up, to say how they feel, or to talk about what they see in their lives.
During our education and in our modern day workplaces we have communication and presentation skills’ training which teaches ‘respect, politeness, courtesy and how to be polished, smooth, entertaining’, or how to tell the listeners/audience ‘what they want to hear’ and how to not ‘ruffle feathers’. And when we do speak up in the rawness of a situation, or give our feedback at work or in life, we can be seen as ‘negative’ or ‘out of line’… to the extent that we can fear for our jobs if we do speak up.
Yet in our lives today there are many ills and atrocities in society where we need to speak up, sign a petition, write a letter etc. There are many daily situations where we need to express clearly, whether in matters of urgency or simply in every interaction we have, as misunderstanding, error or conflict amongst people has arisen from unclear communication, or from something that is partially expressed or watered down.
Is it not our responsibility to express? If we expressed with the openness of children and allowed our innate, natural true expression to come out and we learnt together in our workplaces and in our daily lives that “Expression is everything,” our expression may just save lives.
Otherwise, as the BBC news article highlighted, we may be culpable (directly, or indirectly as bystanders) for many things that happen that could have been handled differently, where communication plays a key role – take for example the ‘never-events’ in the NHS:
“In 2012/2013 in England there were nearly 300 “never-events” – incidents that can cause serious harm or death and are wholly preventable.” (BBC News 2015)
The ripple effect when we re-awaken our expression in full, and when we speak up in our daily life, not only has the potential to save lives, it has the potential to change our world today.
- Serge Benhayon (2011:117), Esoteric Teachings & Revelations: A new study for mankind, Unimed Publishing
- BBC News (2015), How speaking up can save lives, 26th July – Health. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33544778
By Jane Keep