Vulnerability – Can We Just Be Ourselves?

 

Through vulnerability, honesty and a willingness to express what is there, what has been felt or observed we are able to deepen our relationships and open ourselves up to more. Learning to lead and manage a team and interact with our clients/patients is asking us to grow and bring the real us to the table, not some pre-meditated version of who we think we should be or a role we need to play.
It is my belief that the more we can be ourselves in every aspect of our life, the more ‘successful’ we are because success can not be based on monetary value alone. Success is about how we are in relationship, how we are showing up day to day and the ability to be ourselves in every way.

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And So This Is Christmas

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And so this is Christmas and what have we done another year over and a new one just begun?

Life is a never ending continuing cycle and the past is not behind us but lived with us until we heal, change, grow, learn and evolve. Thinking that the strike of midnight on New Years Eve will alter anything is a falsehood of hope that allows us to live irresponsibly in the notion that things will be different. That how we lived the past 12 months, years or lives does not matter, that it is wiped away by the ticking of the clock. This is not the case – how often do situations, events or history have to repeat itself before we admit that unless we change things stay the same. Yes they may be dressed in different clothes, or played out in different relationships, with different people but in essence it is the same scenario over and over until we get it, evolve and alter our quality.

By all means set goals for next year, reflect on this one but get honest about what you need to heal, let go of and resolve otherwise 2017 will just be a repeat of 2016 with a slightly different flavour.

Complexity It’s Simple Stupid!

OMG do you find yourself going down the rabbit hole of complexity, in an endless tail chase wondering why life is so hard and complicated. For example: That phone answering system that wants you to say yes, input your phone number, say what department you want, then is that support, sales, technical, billing etc only to get put through to the wrong place or be told ‘I’m sorry I don’t recognise what you said’ and tells you to go to the website. But then their website is so hard to navigate, you flick form one page to the next and you can’t find what you need, you use the search function still blank and just when you think you’ve cracked it it wants your 12 digit account number and the password that you were sent that was some improbable form of physics equation for defining the laws of quantum relativity. Its enough to send you insane!

I’m laughing now but we seriously nearly had a full blown IT tantrum on our hands as tried to complete a simple (or so I thought) task. But it made me wonder, since when did we make life so complex? What happened to the days where you could pick up the phone and speak directly to a human being or find out the answers you needed in a few easy steps.

Yes technology is great and it has opened up vast avenues of communication, knowledge and our ability to do things we never dreamed of but when did it replace common sense and the human touch? When did we let systems and automation replace connection and support, and our desire to serve our customers for example or to have a proper chat with our friends? How many times do you find yourself in the the tennis rally of back and forth texting or emails to decide afterwards ‘well that would have been simpler to just call and have a chat’!

Complexity seems to be a ploy that makes us look evolved and advanced because we have superior technology when in fact we should be using it to make things simpler. Yet we don’t need technology to make life complex – just look at the way politics, the education systems or some businesses are run and operated! Lots of red tape, complex systems and that’s not my department that offends people and reduces real interaction and autonomy when it comes to applying what is best for the people we serve.

Its time to go back and make life simple and user friendly and those steps begin with each of us – where can we simplify our own life, relationships and ways of doing things because at the end of the day its in the simple things in life that we derive the greatest joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning New Skills – Universal Medicine Exposed

New Talents Exposed.

11 years ago when I started my business Evolve Dental Healing in Kenmore I could barely send an email and with some concentration managed to find my way around the dental software required to keep patient notes and charts up to date.

Then when my website started to grow I needed to learn how to add posts, blogs and articles so I slowly taught myself how to this. I realised Google was my friend as there was a wealth of how to’s at my finger tips.

2012 saw me branch out into social media where I have taught myself the skills needed to post over several platforms, automate my news feeds and to curate information. Skills that I now pass on to others in the form of a very simple approach to social media and its purpose.

Expanding on that I have taught myself to use wordpress to blog, use dropbox, skype, fuze and more to be able to work on projects, edit, write and produce for websites, magazines, blogs etc.

My most recent amazement has been my foray into website design and building via Weebly, which although its a simple enough platform for a novice like me was a steep learning curve but something I realised I have a natural ability and eye for detail for.

So from being a humble tooth drilling technophobe I am now a master (well almost) web designer. And why? Well I’ve been working with an incredible and dedicated team to be able to showcase and celebrate an amazing group of people who over the past 10+ years have become my great friends.

So here it is Universal Medicine Exposed

Showcasing and Celebrating the Students of Universal Medicine
Universal Medicine Exposed provides an in-depth up close and personal insight into the lives of the people who call themselves students of Universal Medicine and The Way of The Livingness.
We call ourselves ‘The Student Body’ because we all
are students of Life – students of our own Life and Evolution
It showcases and celebrates the lives of individuals who have been inspired by the life and presentations of Serge Benhayon to make simple but profound changes to their own lives, which has improved their self-awareness, health, relationships and wellbeing immeasurably.
And it is through these changes that I have made to my own life that I am who I am and where I am today.

 

Community

If you look up the definition of community what stands out for me is this line

a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common”

It is interesting, how we have taken what is so obviously a Universal all-encompassing meaning and used it to create division and separation based on geography, location, likes and dislikes, shared ideals and beliefs, culture, nationality, level of education, gender, age, social and educational background.

If we were to truly look at this definition and feel it in its wholeness we could never do what the above examples clearly demonstrate, which is to apply reductionism to break community into factions that keep us at arms length based on our small picture outer differences rather than our true commonalities.

For me when I read the definition of community and feel it from what I have lived before, my understanding of community is:

Group of people = Humanity
Living in the same place = Earth
Particular characteristic in common = we are Love, we are all Sons of God

So for me community goes beyond the people who I come into contact with or choose to spend and share time with. Community is all-inclusive and is based on the principles of Brotherhood, Oneness and Equality knowing we are one community living in the same place, sharing the same characteristics.

Who is Hurting Who?

Being in the World can be harsh and challenging, we have all been hurt by someone yet we behave and react like we have been hurt by everyone.

What do I mean by that? Growing up we experience moments and situations in life that are unpleasant and as we are naturally sensitive beings designed to live in harmony with one another this hurts us. It could be that Mom looked at you in a way that wasn’t full of love and adoration, your sibling bullied you, a friend lied or let you down and so forth and hence we get hurt. So to avoid being hurt again we put up defences, guards and walls to keep people at bay or project aggression, being hard and tough so it looks like we will attack first so don’t you dare go there. We must protect ourselves from hurt at any cost. But instead of being this way with the people who we perceived hurt us we are protective and guarded with everybody – just incase.

But what if this protection we think we have is an illusion and that by being anything other than trusting, loving and open we are the ones already hurting ourselves as we are going against our Divine inner nature. What if being hardened and aggressive is a self-perpetuating hurt that we are living in almost every moment of everyday. . .Ouch!

This for me is a very poignant point and a great reminder when I realise I am steeling myself for a meeting, phone call or just going out into the world that the greatest protection I have is to be all of the love that I am. To remind myself I can’t hold the whole world and all of humanity to ransom for a handful of people in my life that hurt me because I needed them to be a certain way, to love me when they couldn’t and to give me what I wasn’t giving myself which was permission to be loving, delicate, tender and understanding.


“The moment you harden to protect yourself from being hurt, your next move is in disregard … you are then hurting yourself.”

~ Esoteric Teachings & Revelations – by Serge Benhayon
Pg. 469

So at the end of the day who really is hurting who?

Universal Medicine Retreat Vietnam

March 2016 and I find myself in Vietnam for another consecutive year attending the Universal Medicine Retreat hosted by Serge Benhayon and Natalie Benhayon. This retreat is a 5 day gift that I receive every year along with around 200 students of The Ancient Wisdom.

Now when most of us think about health retreats we have images of hours of yoga, meditations, clean food, massage and spas – well at least I did anyway. However, the retreats by Universal Medicine turn this concept on their head. These retreats are designed to deepen our understanding of who we are and our place not only in life but the whole grand scheme of things in the Universe. Through presentations and workshops which are both challenging, exposing and at the same time enlightening we get to explore the hinderances and games that we play to not live in full knowing that we are more than flesh and blood and come from Divinity.

The days start at 5am through to 6.30pm and are punctuated by the most delicious food served overlooking the resort gardens, pool and river, time for walks and esoteric yoga twice a day – which is not all standing on your head, poses or strange breathing exercises but a time to connect to the body and the quality we have within.

Serge Benhayon holds no punches during these retreats where he presents how he lives and his deep wisdom and connection to the intelligence of the Universe – so as to reawaken us to the fact that we too are Divine beings living in a way where we have forgotten and repressed who we are to fit in to a societal norm that is anything but normal to the way we are to truly be.

These retreats are transformational and life changing in a way that grows and develops by ones own commitment to self develop, explore and put into place a Way of Livingness that supports you to be more deeply connected to and able to live who you are.

So why many of my friends ask do I keep coming back year after year? Well the answer to that is there is a deeper level of me to go to, more to understand about myself and my place in the world and a deeper quality of love and Divinity to evolve to. Attending these retreats support me and my family to do just that through the inspiration of Serge Benhayon, his family, my friends and all the students of Universal Medicine. And to put it quite simply its also a lot of fun!