One of the most powerful and profound teachings to come through Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine is that we don’t think. We think we think, but our thoughts are fed to us by the quality of energy we align to through the quality of how we are moving. Therefore, our thoughts are informed by our movements. Change our movements and we change our thoughts. Change our thoughts and we change our experience and perception of life.
Years ago, when I first experimented with this teaching if I couldn’t sleep because my thoughts were too racy, I’d get up out of bed and just walk gently around my bedroom or living room focusing on my breath and feeling and connecting more deeply to my body and how my bare feet felt on the carpet. This would always support, but the degree to which would depend on how deeply I’d allow myself to connect and let go. However, over time and with more practice at surrendering more deeply into my body I’d find that I wouldn’t need to get up at night to settle myself. I learned that if I sustained gentle movements during the day then my head would not be so racy at night-time.
One particular night stands out for me because of what happened when I changed my movements. On this night I don’t remember if my brain was going nineteen to the dozen or if I was feeling an intense imposing energy, but either way I do recall not really wanting to get out of bed. I remember an extreme tension in the raciness I was experiencing and felt like my body was too heavy to move to try and get up. I remember trying to breathe deeply through it, but it didn’t work. Instead, remembering the teaching, I simply experimented by moving a little finger up slightly and across my mattress. That’s all I did.
One. Very, simple, movement.
That one tiny movement was profound. That one tiny movement was so profound it completely stopped my racy head and thoughts. The difference of energetic quality in my body was so extremely altered that it was remarkable – to me like a miracle that could only be wondered at. The racy energy had been completely arrested and, in its place, I had given permission for a more settled energy to be there. Not long after this I was able to drop soundly to sleep.
This one experience confirmed with utter clarity the truth of the teaching that if we wish to change our thoughts, we only have to change our movements.
But what does ‘change our movements’ actually mean? Through re-connecting to my body, I have been able to rebuild my foundation with life through re-developing an ever-deepening presence.
When I consciously connect to my breath, I feel my lungs as I breathe gently in and out through the tip of my nose. When I do this, I can then observe how delicate I am and this allows a gorgeous physical and inner surrender all the way down to feeling the gentleness in my feet when I walk. When I move in this way, I am able to pay more attention to what foods truly support my body.
Movement also incorporates how I honour the being within my body and therefore the being in everyone. This is allowing me to let go of the many conditions I’ve placed on myself, others, or on life to be a certain way.
I am also learning that movement includes acting with immediacy on things that are being called for, offering a profound deepening. Being in the moment in full is one of the most gorgeous ways we maintain our connection to our essence and to the bigger picture. Long gone is the overriding impulse to justify and prove my worth or to receive recognition for what I am achieving. Instead, and in their place, I have developed a deepening inner settlement that needs little confirmation and a consistency with equanimity that is now my lived norm.
By changing my movements over time and by deepening in my relationship with myself and my body, I have begun to rebuild a way of life that makes it less about self and more about all of us. There is a joy to be had in the daily living of my innate essence at the fore. That innate essence knows where it is from and the purpose from which it springs and needs to move. It moves and expresses so that we may all ultimately realise the truth of the essence that is all of us, one and the same.
By Michelle McWaters