Growing Old Beautifully and Looking Back with Understanding

If someone had told me when I was younger that I would feel more beautiful in my fifties than ever before, I would have scoffed derisively.

In ‘those days’ – from childhood to 40 – my relationship with my body was based entirely on how it looked and whether it met the grade of whatever aesthetic and fashion standard was set at the time. This in itself was an exhausting exercise, being ever at the mercy of the latest trends and ‘must looks.’

Looking back now I consider this one of the meanest set ups in society: the ever-changing set of rules about how we must look, that leaves most of us not ‘in.’

Looking back, I also see how unanchored I was, having little to no relationship with myself on which to build a sense of who I was and what my purpose in life could possibly be.  

Looking back, I realise that most of the people around me were just as unsure and at the mercy of social pressures and the norms dictated by statistical commonality.

Looking back, I understand how this striving for some external perfection keeps us in competition, comparison and separation from one another, sizing each other up to see how close to the mark any one of us has got. 

Looking back, this is another cruel set up that keeps us at arm’s length from the very thing that breaks these beliefs and strangleholds… honesty, openness, connection, communication and relationship.

So, for much of my life I felt out of sorts and at times really desolate, knowing that this way of living made no sense.

In 2006 I met Serge Benhayon at an informal evening event in London, heard him speak, spoke to him a lot over the next months and years and in the safe hands of a building community that was opening up and practising honesty, came to hear what I had always known… we are beautifully, inextricably in relationship with one another and that there are no mysteries to life, only the veils we have laid over simplicity and truth.

I did not learn anything new working with Serge, but I got to unearth and began to access everything I had always innately known. What Serge and Universal Medicine have done is to offer a foundation upon which we can build ourselves back to our innate potential.

If this sounds off track from where I started, the point is that the way I was living (in absence from myself), meant that my behaviour and choices were governed by external rules, expectations and ‘shoulds.’ I am now developing a relationship with life from the inside out: I am me, in the world, understanding my purpose and responsibility – the part I play in a much bigger picture in which we are all so beautifully connected.

There is a sureness in this that means I enjoy being me, which has the gorgeous side effect of my enjoying the way I look, expressing myself with clothes, make up, in my house, at work…

I take really good care of myself these days, ensuring the basics of responsible self-care are sustained:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Resting well
  • Going to the toilet when my body asks to
  • Eating in conversation with my body, listening to its signals
  • Bringing awareness to my posture and how I am holding myself

and then adding some finer details:

  • Being super respectful in my relationships
  • Letting myself love and be loved
  • Exploring humility and the learning opportunities on offer when I make mistakes.

It is amazing and remarkable for me to say I feel beautiful at fifty and that I am looking forward to whatever lies ahead; growing old gracefully alongside a lot of very inspiring men and women in my life.

By Matilda Bathurst, Primary School Teacher, Nurse and Midwife, UK­

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‘The Joy of Ageing, Esoterically’
On the Shelf or Embracing Life?
Sexiness in the Older Woman – not Related to Age, Sex or Good Looks!

831 thoughts on “Growing Old Beautifully and Looking Back with Understanding

  1. The never ending search to ‘get there’ whether that be the dream job, certain body weight, house paid off, certain partner etc leaves us constantly searching for something outside of ourselves and then when we do get these things they are not enjoyed because we are in the momentum of looking ahead instead of being with ourselves.

  2. There is such a simplicity shared here, how ‘there are no mysteries to life, only the veils we have laid over simplicity and truth’ … and that’s just it, for many of us we load ourselves with ideals of how we think we should be and see around us in society until for some of us we’re offered a stop and we begin to unpick those layers and come to understand that wisdom lies in us, it always has.

  3. When we don’t appreciate where we are then we can get caught up in needing to look a certain way. I caught myself looking at older pictures of me today and wishing I looked a certain way. This really hit home in terms of me not appreciating where I am at now. So it was a great learning for me in terms of what areas I avoid appreciating about myself.

  4. “I am now developing a relationship with life from the inside out: I am me, in the world, understanding my purpose and responsibility”. This is what brings in the steadiness, stopping the reliance on the outside world and developing a connection to you and living what is true for you, out. It is the change the world is looking for (well maybe not the retailers at first 🙂 )

  5. To truly feel beautiful as we age, is surely an indication in the world that belies what is presented to humanity through the media, through almost everything as to what is normal, that is, that as we age we are less.

  6. “Looking back, I also see how unanchored I was, having little to no relationship with myself on which to build a sense of who I was and what my purpose in life could possibly be. ” I feel so many of us grow up with this uncertainty of who we are and our purpose in life, feeling unanchored and finding life confusing. To have this strong foundation from an early age knowing who we are and not be willing to compromise what we know to be true is something that we should all learn, and be the basis of our education both from our school and from our families. This is inner knowing is what supports us to grow into the beautiful men and women we naturally are.

  7. “If someone had told me when I was younger that I would feel more beautiful in my fifties – for me, my 60’s – than ever before, I would have scoffed derisively”. In fact, this was totally contrary to what I had been lead to believe; that it was all ‘downhill’ and that’s just the way it was. Like you Matilda, I have certainly blown those old worn out beliefs out the window and now at 68 can say unreservedly that I am feeling the most beautiful I have ever felt in my life

  8. Looking back can be useful but only if used to learn from and to support focussing on bringing the future to the present. As soon as we dwell or live in the past we are lost.

  9. It is amazing Matilda and it shows how simply living the love you are and honouring yourself in full makes such a huge difference. It is inspiring having people like you offering reflections of who we all can be no matter what age we are.

  10. If we look back and review recent events in truth, the first thing we’ll always start with is how beautiful we are. This gives us the platform to consider life with love and appreciation and wise eyes.

  11. More people need to know that it is how we feel inside that defines the beauty of our outward appearance, and has little to do with the performance that we put in whatever theatrical make up we decide to wear that day.

  12. When we ‘dislocate’ from our essence life is arduous, with all manner of thoughts controlling our movements. When connected to our essence, inner-most or esoteric, which are all one and the same, the movements become known in the ways that they will allow us to remain in that evolving connection. Thus growing in inner-wisdom; which has little to do with an age-modified-life, so life evolves by coming to us without any searching as our Livingness is assured through our movements.

  13. It is really interesting to come back to this article and to realise that the process of growth and change is an ongoing project. A lapse in responsibility and self care means unsupportive thoughts and behaviours re-appear.

  14. Accepting and appreciating who we are and building a life of love really makes so much difference to how we feel and know ourselves and others with an understanding and glory that changes everything bringing a beauty and joy to the world and as we grow older. The sharing of this is an inspiration and much needed in society today.

    1. On reading your comment Tricia, it struck me how different your description is to so many people’s experience of getting older, it amazes me that our experience of life can be so radically different and all as a result of our choices.

  15. The key is in how we hold ourselves. If we stoop and cower and shrink and withdraw then we are going to feel old and look old. Whereas if we hold ourselves with grace and move with grace and hold our body in an open posture we instantly look and feel so much more youth-full and alive. Ultimately it is the way we feel about ourselves that influences our choice of one or the other, so working on giving ourselves the attention and love we need is a great place to start in order to feel vital and alive and graceful.

  16. “Looking back, I also see how unanchored I was, having little to no relationship with myself on which to build a sense of who I was and what my purpose in life could possibly be” – so true, building a relationship with myself that was caring and self-loving has changed my world and the way I now see life. When we see life from a place of love, we start to see how absent of love life has been and is, and thus what our purpose in life, to life actually is.

  17. We think there will be a day, when we reach a certain age, sit back and enjoy the sunset with a loving partner and a drink, and start to appreciate what we have. But what if it doesn’t work like that? What if these kind eyes begin today and accumulate as we go to build a life that is well lived?

    1. I love it Joseph why wait when we can have it all now, we just need to stop and appreciate how everything we have is here to support us to be the love that we are. The more we appreciate it and ourselves the more magnificent we see it is and that we do not need to wait until a certain age to sit back and enjoy life as already are.

  18. Beautifully said Matilda…”…there are no mysteries to life, only the veils we have laid over simplicity and truth.” Life really is very simple – it is us humans who have made it so complicated.

  19. This is great Matilda, so much of our time is wasted in searching for what you have shared in this one simple sentence. “I am me, in the world, understanding my purpose and responsibility – the part I play in a much bigger picture in which we are all so beautifully connected.” Feeling connected to everyone is such a joy in life and takes away the ensuing judgmental ways in, which life can be lived.

  20. Beautiful Matilda and very empowering to feel who we are and claiming our beauty within growing more beautiful as we age naturally and gracefully with an inner confidence ,connection ,wisdom and love for all.

  21. The cycle of life and how we are within that is everything. To dismiss any stage of this is dismissing all the potential of who we are. It is such a common belief that when you get older you become a waste of space. Yet not that long ago and in some place it still remains that the older you get the more wisdom we offer. Its about us sharing and embracing each other to appreciate that each stage is essential for the all.

  22. The oldest I have ever felt is when I was 16 as I felt the weight of world on my shoulders and that I knew everything. Since coming Universal Medicine and making The Way of The Livingness my religion and way of being I have continued to grow younger. Firstly, I had to come to terms with the shock of actually getting it all wrong and begin to understand myself and the world from a whole different angle and now some 15 years on and in my early 60’s I feel younger and wiser than I have ever felt before even though my appearance and my physicality has obviously aged as we do.

  23. I feel more beautiful, open and loving with myself and others today than I have ever been. I am still challenged in some areas of life, sure, there is no perfection, and I can sometimes avoid challenging situations that I know bring up frustration and so forth, but the more I know myself, the more loving I am.

  24. From childhood to forty I had the upmost disregard for myself, raining down on myself a certain slow sort of suicide, I thought I was having fun but at what cost? I now can’t believe the audacity I had to treat my body with such disrespect we are only given the one so it should be treated like a temple and so we can go on feeling great until our job is done this time around.

  25. It is so stilling to feel that age is not your enemy but is on your side, simply as a marker of your choices loving or not as they are.

  26. Living within a rhythm that brings an understanding of the simple things you have shared Matilda, allows us to feel our body in a way that it is always sharing our next point of evolution. So what ever is in-front of us is a quality that will be a progression so that we are deepening our divine connection.

  27. ‘If someone had told me when I was younger that I would feel more beautiful in my fifties than ever before, I would have scoffed derisively.’ I can recollect that a wise person did tell me this and they were correct, and this grew and expanded through my sixties. It was very great wisdom.

  28. Serge Benhayon presents what we all know deep down to be true, but often find it hard to live simply because we don’t love ourselves enough to take ourselves to that level of nurturing, truth and integrity. Turning the tables on the lack of responsibility in the world today Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine are totally inspirational in how we can live, love and age gracefully and joyfully.

  29. ‘There is a sureness in this that means I enjoy being me, which has the gorgeous side effect of my enjoying the way I look, expressing myself with clothes, make up, in my house, at work…’ Beautiful Matilda , very awesome!

  30. When we look back in understanding we allow for ease to enter our body… an ease that doesn’t confirm what was right or not right, but instead an ease that comes from confirming what is true.

  31. I too am really learning to appreciate my body’s messages when something is not harmonious for me, no matter how the beliefs and ideals may make them appear otherwise. The result – immediately more love.

  32. The inner confidence and knowing of your worth is absolutely the most beautiful energy to be around as it supports another to feel relaxed and know their own inner beauty.

  33. ‘Looking back, I also see how unanchored I was, having little to no relationship with myself on which to build a sense of who I was and what my purpose in life could possibly be.’ This is what I experienced too although there has always been a solid feeling in myself of who I was but I dared not to show it to the world and started to disconnect from my body which made things even worse.

  34. When we look back with understanding our eyes are open, we see the beauty … and when we look back in lostness or regret, our eyes remain closed and we miss out in seeing the great beauty that’s there. Great beauty or growing old beautifully is therefore the beauty of full-sight.

    1. Beautifully expressed Zophia, full sight is the willingness to be responsible for what has been and therefore what is occurring now. When we can look back with understanding and not recrimination and blame our bodies become free from old patterns and ways so that our future becomes a fountain of possibilities.

  35. Taking a leaf out of your book Matilda, and working backwards to undo the past from the point where we lost our connection or felt we had a choice is a great way to heal our past hurts. So now as in the past we feel our divine essence so we can connected to that inner-most. Then the past is starting to be lived now with-out the imperfection that our life has placed on us and this is immensely power-full as well as super healing. Re-finding our inner-most so we can clearly see the way forward without all our hang-ups is thanks to our understanding that our esoteric is void of that existence so we now have a choice to be re-connect again.

  36. It is the body that gets older but when we shine our essence through our body we feel and look the most amazing.

  37. Age is never a deterrent in feeling beautiful when we express the fullness we are at any age. I especially feel beautiful when feeling connected to a source of love that impulses my movements without resistance.

  38. “What Serge and Universal Medicine have done is to offer a foundation upon which we can build ourselves back to our innate potential”. Matilda you have here captured beautifully the enormity of the blessing offered through Serge and Universal Medicine which if accepted, can support us on our return journey to our divines.

    1. Yes to be offfered the road map back to living your divine nature is something I am super appreciative of.

  39. When you look back, it’s crazy how long we carry on repeating the same old patterns. Perhaps if we looked back with appreciation like this more often we would live clearer in the future? The mindset that we degrade by default is ‘real’ but does it have to be that way? What if we opened up and embraced the fact that we are all here to evolve and learn? Perhaps then age could become as you show Matilda, very beautiful indeed.

  40. 51 now! And I come to see more clearly the endlessness of the learning and opportunities in life… today’s point of inspiration is to realise (feel on another level in my body) the constant forever flow of life.

  41. Basic self-care ‘going to the toilet when my body asks to’ it might sound silly but I feel we do this quite a lot, especially as women that instead of honouring what the body is asking we just do that one more task, and another one and maybe another before finally going!

  42. As a child I remember being treated like an out-cast and everyone seemed ‘ancient’ at the time. So! “Looking back now I consider this one of the meanest set ups” “Looking back, this is another cruel set up that keeps us at arm’s length from the very thing that breaks these beliefs and strangleholds… honesty, openness, connection, communication and relationship.” All the adults that were around me in my youth wanted to do when they got together was to tell yarns, drink and smoke. When I now look back we were all lost and “living in absence from” ‘our-selves’ so now looking forward when we express openly and communicate with the young and old alike there are no age barriers. This allows the exploration without the normal conditions that I grew up with to be ‘our-selves.’ So let each individual come to their own awareness of how much connection they are open to and thus re-connecting to the inner-most, which is the true self that holds the Love we all come from.

  43. The older I get the more I free myself from expectations and just let myself be me, and I have noticed this in others too. We have a choice not to follow a trend into any kind of decline in self-worth but to choose greater self-appreciation instead, and as I see this unfold in myself and others I know that we are in truth more beautiful than we were without it because beauty is a quality we all have within.

    1. There is such lived wisdom and truth in your words, Shirley-Ann. ‘We have a choice not to follow a trend into any kind of decline in self-worth but to choose greater self-appreciation instead.’ It’s up to each one of us which way we choose to go.

  44. The beauty of growing old and connecting back to myself is a real gift that I have learned from Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon and the repercussions of this is a real miracle we can all connect to and live for ourselves in the grandness and joy of being ourselves and appreciating this lovingly.

  45. Many of us pay out a lot of money to try and fulfill an idea of perfection to try to be be good enough, rather than accepting what we already have to celebrate.

  46. The problem is that we are fed with the idea that only youth has a beauty and importance in life and when we age beyond this scale of youth we are degrading in beauty and in importance. While this idea is completely false it is widely spread in our societies and leaves its scars in the many people that do believe in it and with that hold this as a truth in life because it is their reality. But fortunately I have met Serge Benhayon who shows us the reality of life, that we tend to hold on to beliefs, but to that we can make another choice, the choice to live to our inner heart. And when we do, the beauty that then surfaces is not dependant of your age and radiates the vitality and grandness that we are as a being.

    1. Beautifully said Nico – thank you for this great summary. I love the radiation you describe and feel this quality with you.

  47. ‘I take really good care of myself these days, ensuring the basics of responsible self-care are sustained’
    It’s magic to me that in paying attention to the seemingly mundane aspects of life, ie. basic self care, we transform our relationship with ourselves, knowing our value and worth when before there was none; bringing love and respect to ourselves when before it was self-loathing.

  48. We can all age gracefully, but perhaps what gets in the way is the lifetime of self-compromising choices that hurt the body, such as excessive eating of chocolate, fast food, lack of exercise and a lifetime of pushing the body to stay up late when it really wants to go to bed much earlier and a life time of emotional outbursts and anxiousness. In this, the body feels heavier, denser and perhaps we are more prone to aches and pains leaving us not feeling very graceful at all. But what if we took care of ourselves…even later in life, and allowed ourselves to heal the hurts, make more supportive choices for the body and live life less from the emotions and more from the heart with greater understanding… would ageing gracefully not be part of a natural order even if we became sick?

  49. We all are beautiful, there is something about us all that is there to appreciate. I feel this about everyone on this planet and yet so many of us are caught in the idea that beauty is for the young and cool. Beauty, like love, is a feeling, a way of being, a quality before it becomes a seen expression.

  50. Beautifully said Matilda…”…there are no mysteries to life, only the veils we have laid over simplicity and truth.” There are no mysteries to life when we allow ourselves to feel and honour the truth we innately know within.

  51. I’m experiencing that it’s actually quite beautiful getting older. There is a sense of surrender as I let go of needing to appear perfect, and an acceptance of the changes that are happening in my body. As I surrender and let go I can feel more of the true me emerging, and I don’t have to hold on to all the ideals I had that had me bound in the past. There is a freedom that comes with this.

    1. Yes Rebecca, there is a freedom in the letting go of the ideal how to look like that allows the inner beauty to come out and be lived in full.

  52. For the first time in my life I am beginning to appreciate ‘Me’. I am taking the steps to really get to know myself and claim the beauty the world has been telling me is all wrong. Today I celebrate getting older and the elder wisdom that is there to share with others.

  53. There is an inner grace that emanates when we are in harmony with ourselves and that grace touches all with whom we have contact and then others allow that/ I allow that in from others or react and keep myself separate. Allowing more openness yet not dropping our ability to discern we are able to hold ourselves and others in love, a continuous learning curve as we discover what is held in the body that reacts to love.

  54. It has not been that many years that men felt confident to wear colours they liked. Our clothes came out of the closet breaking the mould of what was not manly. We are now expressing what we have suppressed for far too long. We are joining the women at being beautiful at every age.

  55. The young are taught that the best years of their life are when they are young, making them feel like they need to be more reckless and abusive in order to have ‘fun’ but also making those who struggle with issues growing up they will feel like they missed their opportunity – rather than instilling in them the fact that every day of their life can be a great level of love

  56. When we look to the outer to make us better or more successful or popular, there is so much there to distract us… a constant stream of quick fixes and solutions shiny and promising the world. Giving us a false purpose of needing to do it for a reason. I have found all complications, drama and outer influences drop away when there is true purpose in my day.

  57. Life completely transforms when we view beauty as innately within each one of us, that shines from within for all to behold.

  58. Growing old gracefully and feeling more and more beautiful is a very real way to be from living the way by inspiration and reflection from Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine and changes everything. Now in my sixties I feel more and more beautiful every day also.

  59. So many of us have grown up with an emptiness inside, not truly knowing who we are, having abandoned our true selves early on in life because of the reactions of others around us. It is great to be given an opportunity to reverse this and to reconnect within and feel the beauty that was always there.

  60. How often we look back with regret or sadness but rarely with understanding. How loving this would be for ourselves.

  61. I can feel how newspaper magazines, fashions and trends hook people, especially women into looking outside themselves to try and keep up with staying young. But it is such an illusion and builds the emptiness inside, because there is always another hook. I was there and did that for a long time, until I came to realise I had everything I needed, all on the inside.

  62. I agree often people do feel unsure of themselves and life and seek to fit in for security, this does not bring joy, we are here to express ourselves, join with what feels truth, but conforming for security, well that reduces us.

  63. The Students of The Livingness are living examples of love who are “inspiring men and women” of all ages and who are definitely bringing so much to the esoteric community about how we age grace-fully.

  64. “I did not learn anything new working with Serge, but I got to unearth and began to access everything I had always innately known”.
    This is beautiful Matilda – Serge Benhayon always re-iterates this fact – we have nothing to ‘get to’ as we already are everything. Returning to re-connect with our body and thus re-develop our innermost essence confirms this.

  65. I not only feel more beautiful now I am nearly sixty, I also realised since looking at photos of my self dating back to my twenties that I look more beautiful now then I did back in those earlier years .I feel this is due to a deeper contentment and love with myself and this is reflected in my inner and outer beauty.

    1. I too am looking more young and vital in my late 40’s then I did at twenty and as you say Mary Louise the true secret of beauty is not in creams or pots, nor in specific features and sizes, but in reconnecting to who we truly are and then letting this shine out.

      1. Agree Carolien you not only look younger and more vital but also so, so much more womanly, sexy and drop dead gorgeous. I love how you are not afraid to show this to the world and in this way of being you are an inspiration for other women.

  66. In re-reading your beautiful blog Matilda I realise how we have made this a normal cycle of life, have fully accepted that we feel awkward, have lack of self worth or even self loathing in our earlier years and how amazing we then get to feel when we get to our fifties and think we ‘finally understand’ ourselves, accept ourselves and are less affected by the world around us. And even though there is a beauty in this realisation there is the sad fact that we had this from the beginning. That it is not a normal cycle of life to lose ourselves and then partially find ourselves back at a later age. What we are returning to is something that was there from the start and the reason that we leave it is not a natural way of being, it is because we have created a world in which being yourself is so difficult and scary. So yes let’s celebrate our return to being the beautiful, wise, tender, sensitive, strong women that we are and then make sure that the new generations get what they need to not have to go down the same road.

    1. Well expressed Carolien – returning and re-connecting to the truth of who we are offers a powerful and true reflection for generations to come.

  67. It’s a shame most of us freak out about ageing and do whatever we can to prolong our youth, when the answer is in acceptance and grace. An older person secure in their age is a very cool person!

    1. Haha! Yes I couldn’t agree more kevmchardy. Growing old gracefully is not a throwaway line – it’s the potential we all have when we accept and embrace our natural ageing process. I’m loving it ☺️

  68. When we look back how can we move forward in evolutionary steps, but when we are “super respectful in all our relationships” life takes on a different shape and we magnetically pull all those things that are already taking us forward so we can evolve.

  69. So much focus is on the outside, in how we look and what we do, rather than the absolute gold that is within each one of us.

  70. There is so much beauty and grace in every one of us that can’t help but shine forth when we deeply honour and nurture ourselves.

  71. Focusing on how we look is such a set up. How we feel dictates what we see yet when we’re only looking at what we see without making it about how we feel, we are capped and set up for failure.

  72. As I’m approaching 50 I am noticing the small changes in my body and learning to embrace them and love myself for them. As we grow older we need to take extra special care of ourselves, talk to ourselves gently and learn to adapt to the changes. The world is set up to discard people in their older years. We need to not discard ourselves and love ourselves even more.

  73. Many people believe in the statistical commonality you mentioned Mathilda. The idea that we for instance are handed over to whims of our genes is deeply ingrained in many people. But too the idea for instance with the saying that If you are born poor you will remain poor all your life is one of these. Because we believe in these statistics and sayings we keep these alive and our self created reality but that will not say this is true and in full appreciation of the beautiful and powerful beings we are.

  74. Tending to not know who you are is a means to withhold and to not live and share the potential of living a divine and purposefull that is already living within. That constant conflict of suppressing that what is already there brings us the abuse, misery and illnesses and disease we experience in our lives already for ages.

  75. I have come to appreciate that they way I used to look at getting older was just a nonsense based on how many women of a certain age I have met not living their fullness and all that manifests from that. Today I choose to live as a living example as far as I can to others of another way.

    1. Sure Shirley-Ann there is another way to become older as you and many of the students of Universal Medicine are a living example off. Thank you for being this example to me and the world.

  76. It is so true when we stay in comparison we need to keep improving ourselves to the external pictures and standards of the day.

  77. From reading your blog, I can see how the understanding and awareness we get to, offers a whole deeper level of settlement into the body and with this feeling and quality, it allows a grander love and approach of life

  78. We can often look at society and think to ourselves “these social norms do not impact me” in arrogance, yet, although we may not be subscribing to them by copying, our rebellion and judgement of the people who do are just as poisonous.

  79. “I am now developing a relationship with life from the inside out: I am me, in the world, understanding my purpose and responsibility – the part I play in a much bigger picture in which we are all so beautifully connected.” I love this it sums up how we could be truly living in the world where as we live the total opposite to what you present here Matilda.

  80. We do seem to have an internal measuring stick when it comes to letting people in. Some people if they don’t feel threatening we let in more than say someone who feels aggressive or angry we all do this at some level which proves to me we do feel and we do know about energy or surely we would let everyone in without any discernment?

  81. Very Beautiful Matilda and something I too, can attest to. Currently in my sixty’s and feeling so amazing, beautiful and claimed – I now know that there is a ‘Me’. All of this and more is already within us and the rest of the ‘stuff you speak of is life’s way of distracting us from this.

  82. Looking back on life, I can feel the pain of not appreciating myself. The torment of my teenage years when I was body obsessed and could only see what was wrong and kept looking for fault was unbearable. I can definitely recommend self appreciation. From here our love for ourselves grows and we feel our beauty.

  83. Even one of the bullet points you listed will make a huge impact on our lives. Take staying hydrated for example – what an impact this has on our vitality, how we feel and eventually how we look.

  84. Seriously this is one of those blogs I would love the world to read – what you offer here in terms of self acceptance and evolution is grand. And in a world where getting older is seen as something to dread, Matilda you have shown another way – full of grace which completely blows societies normal negative picture out of the water.

  85. With the advent of Universal Medicine the whole way of viewing and feeling about old age has changed. Because the vitality and beauty of the inner-heart has been revealed our viewpoint and vantage point has metamorphosed hugely. Life does not end, the only thing that happens is that we have outgrown this particular body or vehicle. There in fact is no end. And if one feel so joyful a few wrinkles and bits falling apart make little difference.

    1. Loved that opening sentence … feels like people in a hundred years will be going ‘with the advent of Universal Medicine there was a whole paradigm shift… from trying to fix things from the outside, to realising how important our relationship with ourself and the divine nature of who we are defines and informs our experience and health in the world’.

  86. ” Growing Old Beautifully and Looking Back with Understanding ” this is the openness and understanding everyone must bring, to allow the true beauty to emanate no matter what age we are at.

  87. It is crazy how the conciousness out there is around how we look. This gets us into the comparing with others, it makes us loose our connection to ourselves.

    1. Yes, Amita, I had a moment this morning when I realised how destructive and abusive comparison is… there is no acceptance, appreciation, understanding or respect in it whatsoever… leaving us all much poorer and, as you say, disconnected from ourselves and therefore one another.

  88. ‘Looking back, I also see how unanchored I was, having little to no relationship with myself on which to build a sense of who I was and what my purpose in life could possibly be.’ I know this one, I too had little to no relationship with myself with no true sense of who I was. Building a relationship with myself over that last few years I am getting to know me, life is purposeful and I’m really enjoying it.. feeling younger as I age.

  89. One of the beautiful things about growing older is that I now connect more with my inner beauty and grace and allow this to be in the forefront rather then relying on my physical looks.

    1. This was stunning to read. Currently how many other women around the world can stay this about growing older? Trustfully it will be more and more women that genuinely feel this way about themselves ❤️

  90. Why people feel empowered through working with Universal Medicine is because it supports you to reconnect with what you have always known but have moved away from. You get a sense of coming home and you reclaim your inner wisdom and connection to God and all humanity.

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