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Serge Benhayon, Vietnam & A Life Changed Forever

January 28, 2017
Jessica Gamble Universal Medicine Vietnam Retreat

In 2010 my parents offered me a free holiday to Vietnam to attend a Universal Medicine retreat.  I was 21 at the time and the alternative was to stay home and mind the dog; which is what I did the previous year and it was nothing to write home about especially when I saw the shopping my parents and sister unveiled on their return.  Now before I go any further, I feel to say that preceding this invitation there had a been a number of changes in the household.  My parents had started taking much more care of what, how and when they ate; they had both reduced alcohol intake, if not stopped drinking altogether; they spent far more time connecting with one another and they appeared more vital and joyful both within themselves but also in life.  Although these are all good things…to me they were still changes and I didn’t know if I was on board with them yet and was somewhat suspicious of the retreat.

Of course not being a fool, I agreed to the free holiday, but clarified I would be shopping and sitting by the pool and that I didn’t want to attend the retreat.  You see I didn’t need to attend this retreat; I wasn’t searching for life’s answers, I didn’t have any massive life crisis or health scare. Life felt pretty complete to me. I was studying while working full time, had plenty of friends, enjoyed partying – I was living a normal and very comfortable life!

On arriving at the hotel I was informed that there was an afternoon tea by the river where the attendees could do a meet and greet…Suddenly feeling a little out of my depth I decided to stay close to my father and endured meeting strangers and engaging in surface chit chat.  

The next morning there was a session of gentle Esoteric Yoga followed by breakfast. I planned to give this a go and then venture out to commence my shopping bonanza.  After the yoga I moved promptly to breakfast in order to avoid the congestion of chatting stragglers.  As I waited in line, suddenly I started to feel a little dizzy, my eyes started to squint and I became a little clammy.  I knew these sensations well, as I fainted often when I was a child. Looking desperately for a family member, I moved myself away from the line knowing that I needed to get outside.  I didn’t make it and proceeded to collapse head first into the concrete dining floor.  In my completely passed out state, I went into rather a euphoric dream where I was the 5th member of Sex and the City, drinking cosmopolitan cocktails in a stretch limo.  Meanwhile it was reported that I was slowly going from white to blue and my body was convulsing. My father reports that he was extremely concerned and was about to move into action by calling emergency services.   

It was at this time that Serge Benhayon came and held my head.  Although I was in a dream- like space, something happened to me where I could connect that I had temporarily stopped breathing and needed to pull myself away from the dream-like space and back to consciousness.  With a gasp of air, I woke up and found myself looking up at the strangers I had endured the evening before, but also realising that I had wet myself and feeling extremely self-conscious and shaky. My mother took me up to my room to shower and rest.  I accepted Serge’s offer of Sacred Esoteric Healing on my head where I had a nasty lump from the impact of the fall.  Clearly I was not fit to go out and shop and feeling rather vulnerable, I lay at the back of the retreat letting the retreat teachings wash over me as I nursed my head (and ego). 

Within a few hours I was feeling much better but interestingly enough I was also lapping up the retreat.  The attitude and resistance that I had been experiencing had completely dissolved: pen to notepad, I was vigorously making notes and ‘couldn’t possibly’ miss a minute of the teachings! 

I returned home and my life changed dramatically.  I realised that although my life was comfortable, it wasn’t engaging.  I had a new thirst to find purpose in life, to be of service and to build a body that was made of love. 

My old life appeared a little boring and my relationships were not evolving.  I came back to Australia  newly committed to life and have since then qualified with my masters in psychotherapy, lost 20 kilograms, cured all symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (with which I had been  diagnosed a few years earlier).

I have more vitality and energy, more loving and meaningful relationships and a keen thirst to keep forever evolving.

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  • Reply James Nicholson January 28, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Jessica, thank you for sharing and being so open – I love your honesty about what you felt and experienced.

  • Reply Bina Pattel January 28, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Your blog is real Jessica and it sure is ‘engaging’.
    Your true story is very deeply inspiring and many of us who have now come to align to the teachings of Serge Benhayon have a BSB (before Serge Benhayon) life, event or something that was not quite right. In other words, life did not have the vitality and evolution you speak of.
    This man is incredible and to resist anything he has to say keeps us on the ill road which really is not about taking responsibility.
    The fact you have no symptoms of your medical diagnosis speaks volumes and your story is anecdotal evidence that cannot be ignored or negated. Thank you sincerely for sharing in your playful ‘say it as it is’ style. Very refreshing to read and feel.

  • Reply Gill Randall January 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    You certainly got more than you expected from your free holiday and relaxing shopping trip in Vietnam! A truly life changing experience, what a turning point in your life that you will never forget.

  • Reply Judith Andras January 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    ” I realised that although my life was comfortable, it wasn’t engaging.”
    I can see from your picture what you mean by that, your eyes are so engaging and open, really letting me in and you are fully there and one can feel your brightness and I don’t see this in people too often nowadays.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh October 30, 2017 at 4:57 am

      This shows we don’t have to have something ‘wrong’ in life to know that there is something more as yet untapped.

  • Reply Ray Karam January 28, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Haha and I love this blog from Jessica Gamble. It’s not that it was funny what happened but the way it is written and put together makes light of what is an extremely distressing situation. This also confirms how I know Serge Benhayon to be, a great caring man that is always there when people are calling for support. Great transformation from Jessica as well, even though at first she didn’t mean it to be.

  • Reply Doug Valentine January 28, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Awesome to share Jessica. I can completely relate to your change of attitude once you started to listen to the Retreat. When I first heard Serge I knew there was something different to anything else I had encountered and eventually I realised that it was truth I was hearing and that I had not heard it for a very long time.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh January 30, 2017 at 3:27 am

      Me too. At my first workshop I was struck with how simply, humbly and lovingly the truth was delivered. I had never heard anyone call out the various issues in our world with such clarity, precision and depth of understanding without inciting an ounce of agitation, blame or judgment. I had also never seen anyone relate to every single member of the audience as the most loving, wise, divine and precious person ever. And all of this whilst inspiring deepest level of reflection and assessment of life between over 100 people present. At the time I kept getting distracted by my own internal dialogue and could not follow everything presented. But I knew I was in the presence of something very special.

  • Reply Sarah Karam January 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    This has got to be one of the best articles I have read in a long time, you had me laughing and crying and it was all over in an instant, yet I felt you let me right into a time in your life that is now a memory. Your spunk and honesty is a refreshing, fun and engaging! I always wonder how people that have comfortable lives and mange to realise that it is not it, I was struggling physically from partying too hard and in that pain it drew me towards change but I love hearing other people’s adventures, that bump on the head sure seemed to clear things up for you, classic.

    • Reply Natallija July 5, 2017 at 7:06 am

      I agree Sarah Karam. I grinned from ear to ear when I read this blog. There is so much here to look at when we get so set that are lives are going well until a pearl of a wake- up call happens sending us to the next level of awareness we thought we had.
      The fall you shared here Jessica was truly a ‘god send’ for all as the quality you are sharing now is by far just the start of the potential you now bring others.

  • Reply Luke Yokota January 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    What a hilarious and very real and engaging story.

    Highlighting how our most unlikely events can be the most beneficial and life changing.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke January 28, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I love the way you write as others have shared. It is real, honest and engaging. I am going to my first retreat ever this year in Vietnam in just over a months time and really looking forward to this in many many ways, I feel more happens in these retreats energetically that we could ever fathom or know.

    This is so inspiring in that there is no holding back or walls of protection. You completely let the reader into your life which is deeply healing for all. I used to faint a lot in my life when I was younger and know the feeling well, I also know you would have been in incredibly good hands with Serge. It is amazing that when we surrender on some level the shift that occurs allowing true healing to commence.

  • Reply Carmel Reid January 28, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I spent 20 years chasing to find ‘it’ in all sorts of New Age therapies but nothing held my attention so well as the presentations of Serge Benhayon. My body simply gave a great big ‘YES’. I struggled a bit with the word Religion, having carefully abandoned the Catholic Faith when I was 18, but now it all makes so much sense, simply reconnecting to our innermost and living from there.

  • Reply Natallija January 29, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Join the club Jessica. Life was comfortable for many of us but the word ‘engaging’ was the missing ingredient we all felt. Thanks for sharing this simple and honesty account of how we all had our own Serge Benhayon moment that has lead us all on the path of true livingness.

    Just like Jessica, we all have had a stop moment that has brought us more clarity to what life is all about and true living. A bump on the head, car crash or an illness are all signs that many have stopped this time around to listen with the support of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

    It is interesting to read that so many have had many different experiences of meeting Serge that have been sometime quite confronting. This blog is a timely reminder that no matter the experience what remains true is that in all cases it has been life changing.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh January 29, 2017 at 3:44 am

    I love such stories where our brain has clear ideas about what we want and what is good for us, yet later in hindsight we can see a far wiser dynamic at play where series of events and constellations have prompted us to a glory far greater than we were able to originally imagine. This story is a cracker. Thanks Jessica.

    What a gorgeous description of an unfolding engineered by an intelligence far wiser than the one access by our intellect.

  • Reply Jennifer Smith January 29, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Brilliant Jessica. No shopping expedition or sitting by the pool would have delivered those significant changes to your life.

    • Reply Natallija July 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Definitely Jennifer Smith. A wake up call like not other!

  • Reply Katerina Nikolaidis January 29, 2017 at 5:01 am

    I loved reading this! From a shopping spree that never happened, to a bump on the head and pass-out, to living life with your soul right there, life expanding forevermore.

  • Reply Sarah Flenley January 29, 2017 at 8:54 am

    “I realised that although my life was comfortable, it wasn’t engaging.” Bam – that’s it, isn’t it? For so many of us, we are living a ‘comfortable’ life but if we were really honest (and not wait for a serious bump on the head) and asked ourselves the question – is it engaging? I suspect the answer would be no. And if we asked the question, would you like to live an engaged life? I suspect the answer – underneath the resistance – would be a yes as well. Amazing work, engaging read for sure.

  • Reply Esther Auf der Maur January 29, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Thank you Jessica Gamble for sharing your amazing story with us all. I so enjoyed reading and hearing how it happened for you, that you then were able to open up to receiving all that Serge Benhayon was and is offering to your parents and to anybody who is ready to hear the full, one-unifying truth. And indeed, this is the truth that is offering us the opportunity to free ourselves from self-limiting beliefs and ideals about how life is, and how it ‘should’ be. And from here we can start to deeply heal and deal with life as it actually is.

    • Reply Natallija February 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

      The fact that you were willing to be open and engage is a huge leap that should be appreciated. It could have been so easy for you to dismiss what has happened with the common saying ” It was just an accident” and made your way into a trip filled with lots of site seeing and shopping. The stop moment was felt and honoured and written with such simplicity and realness. Thank you Jessica for bringing the realness of what Serge Benhayon shares with us all to this blog site.

  • Reply Stephen Gammack January 29, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Pretty amazing to heal all symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome just like that. It is kind of matter of fact how you state this, yet it is actually quite remarkable how you have done this. How many peoples lives are so positively changed by a retreat, the resistance you speak of is quite comparable to the resistance there seems to be generally to what Serge Benhayon is offering through his business Universal Medicine, and yet what he offers is becoming more and more obviously what people are in dire need of.

    • Reply Natallija February 4, 2017 at 9:57 am

      The world is definitely in dire need Stephen Gammack and the levels of support that are offered from Universal Medicine holds everyone with a deep level of respect and understanding to what is needed for the next point of evolution.

  • Reply Aimee Edmonds January 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Wow Jessica that’s a pretty massive life changing moment! I was on the edge of my seat reading your experience… how in that moment you realised that even though your life looked great and had no bumps, it was actually comfortable and that there is so much more. You are an inspiration and I love how you express.

  • Reply Rebecca Asquith January 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Jessica you are a total gem. I love this article. I had no idea that this was your first retreat experience – I love how the illusion was broken from your dream (quite literally) of living as the 5th member of Sex in the City to the realness and evolution of your true purpose in life, your transformation is a total inspiration. More writing please!

  • Reply Gabriele Conrad January 29, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    It feels to me as though you were absolutely meant to be at the Universal Medicine Retreat, even if you didn’t know it yourself at the time, thinking you were just there for the shopping. Our body speaks very clearly and will actually support us in whatever way is needed, including fainting and convulsions.

  • Reply Mary Adler January 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    So our parents do sometimes know what we are looking for even if we don’t. God, our Father, is constantly calling us to return to who we truly are but sometimes it takes a knock on the head to get the message.

  • Reply Jonathan Stewart January 29, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    My introduction to Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and the Ageless Wisdom (though that was not mentioned at that time) was at a Level 1 Sacred Esoteric Healing Course in 2006. It was a bombshell in my life that resulted in me completely changing my life, bringing true purpose, and love and joy that I had not ever experienced previously. It was without a doubt the most beautiful thing to happen in my life.

  • Reply Kristy January 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, I had no idea of this experience Jess, amazing sharing. I had quite a similar experience when I first met Serge. I was living in a very remote location at the time and had only heard one recording of his prior to this but I had decided I wanted to come and meet him and go to a retreat. My body experienced massive changes in that retreat and my life has never been the same since.

  • Reply Andrew Mooney January 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Love your humorous and light-hearted blog Jessica and it reminds me that sometimes a crisis or an unpleasant situation can actually be a great time of healing and a life-changing moment for the better.

  • Reply Christine Hogan January 29, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks Jessica – this speaks so loudly of the fact that there is so much more going on than we are ware of. If the mind is determined to block the truth then the body will find a way to open us to what is there available.

  • Reply julie Matson January 29, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you Jessica, for this very honest and open account of your first experience of the Vietnam Retreat, and to read how your physical body has responded so beautifully since, is very inspiring.

  • Reply sue queenborough January 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Loved your sharing Jessica. Amazing how you have healed your PCOS too! “I had a new thirst to find purpose in life, to be of service and to build a body that was made of love. ” Yes, amen to that.

  • Reply adam warburton January 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Wow…stunning read, and very inspiring, and a great example of how your life does not need to be a mess to realise something is missing.

    • Reply Jo Elmer January 31, 2017 at 3:22 am

      Great point Adam W. that we do not need to get to a ‘terrible’ place to realize there is more to life than how we are living it and once we are re-introduced and feel our deeper truth, choose to live by the love of our soul.

  • Reply Stephanie Stevenson January 29, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Wow Jessica – I love this blog written with light humour and a deep and very real honesty. You are an absolute inspiration.

    What a complete change in your attitudes, health and wellbeing – your Vietnam holiday certainly has been a super life-changing event! Thank you for sharing this story.

    “I came back to Australia newly committed to life and have since then qualified with my masters in psychotherapy, lost 20 kilograms, cured all symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (with which I had been diagnosed a few years earlier)”.

  • Reply Michael Brown January 30, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Major goosebumps Jess, your life is an inspiration to all. I love how you have written it as you were at the time, with no judgement or condemnation. Simply – This is where I was, and this is where I am now.

    We often need to remove ourselves from a certain lifestyle to see the true effects of it on our health and wellbeing.

    Jess you are an absolutely stunning woman, and what an amazing credit to who we can be when we step up above and beyond the magnetic pull of evolution.

  • Reply Leigh Matson January 30, 2017 at 2:42 am

    I too had my life changed by a ‘shopping holiday to Vietnam’ (with the requirement of the Universal Medicine Retreat) I came home with some lovely tailor made clothes but far grander was the ‘tailor made’ understandings of my life and how I could then go further in exploring and learning more in becoming a student of myself that Serge consistently delivers in his universal approach to human life.

  • Reply Nicola Lessing January 30, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Thank you for sharing Jessica – we are so taken care of and what a blessing that incident was. Funny how we can think we are doing well perhaps by comparison with how badly everyone else is doing, but when you see someone who is truly well, vital and loving then we can discover we are not as well as we might have thought we were.

  • Reply Monica Gillooly January 30, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Jess, you make a great distinction between having a comfortable life versus an engaging one, and in your clear description of it I can feel how most of us have often gone for the comfortable life and in fact that constant looking in that comfortable life is because deep down we know it’s not engaging or evolving us – we’re comfortably stuck in a gilded cage and we know it. There is a tension always which we often resist, hence our need to keep searching outside to distract ourselves. When we do take the decision to truly engage in and commit to life we stop this outward search and begin to develop and live from the connection within us , and life becomes inside out and not the other way around. I was not consciously aware of these distinctions until I came to Universal Medicine and through the teaching I’ve been learning more on what it means to commit to life and what it is to live a life of purpose.

  • Reply Carmel Reid January 30, 2017 at 6:29 am

    ‘I have more vitality and energy, more loving and meaningful relationships and a keen thirst to keep forever evolving.’ Such is the experience of many who attend Universal Medicine retreats and other presentations.

  • Reply Kerstin Salzer January 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    The change you describe here is awesome, Jessica, and deeply to appreciate. I can feel that you did not stay comfortable having done this change but keen on evolving more and to a deeper sense of yourself. In having connected to this thirst within yourself you have connected to the real you in yourself. As Serge Benhayon is living a life full of love and commited to evolution all his presentations are an invitation to this way of living.

  • Reply Jonathan Stewart January 30, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    A lovely sharing. You communicate with simplicity, lightheartedness and humility of a life changing event, the impactfulness of the Universal Medicine Retreats and the loving care of Serge Benhayon, without any fanfare that speaks for so many of us. Thank you Jessica.

    If one is open to being honest with oneself, the teachings presented by Serge Benhayon are a window to one’s Soul and then magic occurs as witnessed here.

  • Reply Stephanie Stevenson January 30, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Truth and Love have a myriad of ways to keep presenting themselves to us and continues to do so, until we begin to heed it and then make choices to return to what is, in truth, our natural way of being.

    I agree with you –Truth has its own way of presenting itself to us and continues to do so, until we begin to heed it!

    What a gorgeous photo Jessica – strong and solid in yourself, emanating a quality of inner beauty and deep wisdom through your eyes.

  • Reply Christine Hogan January 30, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    The moment we say yes to evolution anything can happen.

    The first time I heard Serge Benhayon speak I could feel deep in my body the truth of what was being shared and there was no turning away from this ancient wisdom teaching. It could be felt in your comment – ‘ The attitude and resistance that I had been experiencing had completely dissolved: pen to notepad, I was vigorously making notes and ‘couldn’t possibly’ miss a minute of the teachings!’ – there was something that resonated deeply with you Jessica, that also felt true, something that was speaking to you about the way forward for you. Great ordinary yet extraordinary sharing – I am pleased that I didn’t have to ‘bite the dust’ in order to feel what was on offer.

    • Reply Natallija February 22, 2017 at 7:45 am

      It is the truth that was heard Christine Hogan that is a far cry from what we are hearing in the world today. The Ancient Wisdom is bringing back the simplicity that we have been craving in a world that is run in the opposite direction. Yes Serge Benhayon has brought this back in his livingness and it is not surprising that you couldn’t stop writing down the gold he is offering the world to hear.

    • Reply Natallija May 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Spot on the mark Christine Hogan. What is offered by Serge Benhayon are not with the words shared only but the lived example of his body. There is nothing less but a walking example of responsibility, a willingness to hold everyone with respect and a loving call to look beyond and feel the potential we all bring when we don’t hold the magnitude that is offered to all through the teachings of the Ancient Wisdom.

  • Reply Jo Elmer January 31, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Great job Jessica, just presenting what happened and your state of mind before, during and after your introduction to The Ancient Wisdom via Serge. You leave the reader to consider what is going on for themselves. What I see is that on one level you did not want to rock your ‘comfortable’ boat but on a deeper level you were very much ready for more meaning and truth in your life and your body made sure you would not miss a proper introduction to it! Beautiful.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh January 31, 2017 at 5:59 am

    I am touched by the honesty and simplicity of your story. The fine yet powerful thread running through the story clearly shows that there is much greater intelligence at play than our minds can plan, control and rationalise.

  • Reply Andrew Mooney January 31, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    It is easy to settle for a comfortable life and many people are constantly seeking this but to have a truly engaging, vital and joyful life is something altogether different. Perhaps many people have given up on the possibility of having a joyful and vital life? After meeting Serge Benhayon myself and realising that it was possible to live a life full of joy and vitality, suddenly the comfortable life appeared much less comfortable.

    • Reply Stephen Gammack February 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Yes agreed Andrew, I was one of those people looking for comfort, and yet not being satisfied, taking on more work is actually more rewarding than any break.

  • Reply Stevie Cole February 1, 2017 at 5:09 am

    I love this Jess. Goes to show that when we’re feeling comfortable and cruisey, that this is so not what’s truly going on, on the inside. The evil of pure illusion unveiled.

  • Reply Karoline Schleiffelder February 1, 2017 at 5:40 am

    This is a powerful story Jessica where although your life was comfortable, you had it all, so it was not about searching or wanting to find a deeper meaning to life. But a knock on the head was instrumental in you opening up to another possibility where you came to know that there is so much more to living than the comfortable life, which actually was boring compared to what you had come to know, living a life of love from you and how that changes our whole life.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh February 1, 2017 at 8:42 am

      It is amazing how truth has a way of getting our attention. None the less many of us get the messages and promptly ignore it and try to carry on as before (try is an apt word because it will be not long when some other situation comes up to get our attention!). Jessica’s example is a great one of how when we respond to something we recognise to be true our whole life transforms.

  • Reply Rowena Stewart February 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    This is an extraordinary expose on the real choices we make in life Jessica, choosing the comfortable life that does not challenge us, or stepping up and taking full responsibility for ourselves and all that comes with it. Interesting to see what you were being offered when you fainted, “the 5th member of Sex and the City, drinking cosmopolitan cocktails in a stretch limo.” Which had you chosen to really go with, was actually going to kill you. Choosing evolution, vitality and health is an awesome achievement, but equally a complete ‘no brainer’, because the depth of wisdom and personal growth experienced on any of the Universal Medicine Retreats cannot fail to expose the immensely dulling effects that choosing a comfortable life delivers.

  • Reply Elizabeth Dolan February 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Jessica, what a great re-awakening that occurred for you. Life is sometimes not what we expect at all and this is a great thing. As I read this blog I could feel the power there is in having true purpose in life and that when we re-connect with ourselves and the light that we come from true purpose is automatically ignited.

  • Reply Carmel Reid February 3, 2017 at 8:21 am

    It is inspiring how you have been inspired to make such changes in your own life after experiencing the Vietnam Retreat; they are a great way to be fully immersed in, and to experience at first hand, The Way of The Livingness.

  • Reply Roberta Himing February 3, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Jessica, I really loved reading your story of unfolding joy and truth. Isn’t it amazing and I love how it seems to me that this is another example of ‘when the student is ready the teacher appears’ , even though there may be other things at play attempting to have us resist that which is deep within our body calling us to pay attention.

  • Reply Joe Minnici February 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    It’s interesting how far away from truth we can be even though we may think we are travelling well, thanks Jessica for sharing your experience.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke February 5, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Not only an Awesome blog, I love the way you write, but you have reminded me to take a notebook with me when I go to Vietnam .. something I would have probably forgot! So very practical too.

    It would be great if you could write more about this and how it was cured this is something many women suffer with and I know from how you write many people would find this easy to engage with and something they can relate to ‘cured all symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (with which I had been diagnosed a few years earlier).’

  • Reply Rowena Stewart February 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    This is a very important article. When we live such a comfortable life there is little incentive to look at its deeper meaning and purpose or to rock the boat in any way. What is of huge and significant note here, is that what was presented on the Retreat was so power-full, truth-full and multi-dimensional that it completely cut through the blanket of comfort and brought you back to the clear cut purpose of life – inner evolution. No amount of material wealth will ever deliver the immutable wisdom and reconnection to our true purpose like the Universal Medicine Retreats do.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh February 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    It is incredible how often situations that we neither imagined or would ever plan for ourself propel us out of the self-limitations we had not until then even realized we had.

    This is such a gorgeous, lighthearted, hilarious yet profound story. How often in life are those accidents, incidents and disturbing scenarios, as well as our illness and diseases simply there to give us a nudge away from the comfortable stupor we have chosen and back toward our Soul?

  • Reply Natallija February 7, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Holidays are equated with time to relax, enjoy and bring back bags of shopping goodies. Jessica your holiday is by far one that is the best holidays deal anyone could experience. Goodies that are truly changing your life and inspiring others!

  • Reply Stephen Gammack February 9, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Sometimes when we are resistant to something it is because there is much within it that will actually support us. It is interesting to note our resistance as there always seems to be that part of us that wants to stray towards less supportive ways. I guess that is the difference between being aligned to our spirit, which loves indulgence, and our soul, which loves purpose. This is a great example of someone aligning to their soul and moving towards greater purpose.

    The crux of the matter for many if not most of us is, if there is no health crisis then why would we even consider looking at changes in our life. But then there is the measure of what being well means, and also from a wider perspective, how the collective world population is doing. I could say like Jess that I had no major health crisis going on in my life, but an unease and a willingness to find answers to questions on life that had never made sense. This is what I found in Universal medicine, ways to live that make your own life better, but from a place that I found meaning and purpose where before I was unsure what I was doing here.

  • Reply Bernard Cincotta February 9, 2017 at 4:37 am

    It is interesting to note that when life is comfortable and there is no life crisis or illness we are happy to breeze through life, but any ills in our life eventually come to the surface giving us an opportunity to take a fresh look at life.

  • Reply Kerstin Salzer February 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    “I returned home and my life changed dramatically” This is what I experienced as well after having attended workshops and retreats with Serge Benhayon. To come closer to one’s truth can change one’s life dramatically.

    • Reply Natallija February 12, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      The life changes are truly remarkable. Each workshop, retreat or course offers more and provides us with the choices to bring more to every aspect of our own lives. Serge Benhayon is the real deal!

  • Reply Deidre Medbury February 11, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I love this Jessica, You had already seen the changes within your family but still had a resistance to changing your ‘comfortable’ lifestyle. However when the time was right and you felt the truth for yourself, the resistance dissolved for you could not deny the truth you felt in what was being presented by Serge Benhayon. “I had a new thirst to find purpose in life, to be of service and to build a body made of love.” Truly gorgeous.

  • Reply Susan Green February 11, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I loved hearing your story, it was like an insider’s account of what was going on in your world and I had a feeling of ‘what’s going to happen next?!’ Sassy and engaging, thank you Jessica.

    Who would have thought that going on what you thought would be a holiday and shopping trip would end up as a huge life changing event.

  • Reply Jonathan Stewart February 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Attending Universal Medicine Retreats whether it be for the first time, or a repeat for the nth time, it is always a life enhancing experience.

    I have now attended 5 Universal Medicine Retreats and they have all been wondrous. On every one I have experienced a deeper understanding and appreciation of myself, others and a constant deepening of connection with God and the Universe. What can be more wonderful than that?

  • Reply julie Matson February 13, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    What a wake up call. This just goes to show that there was no accident being in Vietnam at that time, even under the disguise of shopping and sitting by the pool. Very real story, thank you Jessica.

  • Reply Michael Brown February 14, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Whether, like you Jess, we experience a moment of revelation, or like many others, we experience a gradual embodiment of teachings and revelations – we All feel the truth of what is presented by Serge and Universal Medicine. Whether we say yes to it, is another story. I love seeing your face every time I come onto this website – It really does inspire me. I’ve always loved hearing you share this in person, and in words it is equally as joyful and inspiring. Thank you.

    I can’t wait to go to Vietnam again – it is absolutely Magical!

  • Reply Gabriele Conrad February 18, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Life can superficially seem alright and rather good even, but deep down we are all looking for true purpose – it was certainly my main motivation throughout the many years of searching for answers. It was only when I came across the Ancient Wisdom teachings that the dark night without my Soul came to end.

    You thought you had signed up for a humdrum better-not-miss-out free holiday and got an absolutely life-changing and deeply enriching experience instead. These Universal Medicine Retreats are one of a kind and always extraordinary, in the many ways that that plays out in people’s personal lives.

  • Reply Elizabeth Dolan February 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    If we were to allow it, every moment of every day could be a life changing experience. When we connect deeply with ourselves the universe opens up to us and the universe is anything but boring!

    • Reply Henrietta Chang March 9, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Spot on Elizabeth – we are offered opportunity after opportunity on a day to day basis to evolve and grow in a life changing way – the question is how many do we let go by without even realising what has been offered?

  • Reply Katerina Nikolaidis February 20, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Jess I love your realness and down to earth light-heartedness – this is a gorgeous blog to read again and again – what a joyful way to re-discover living with your Soul, and with love in every angle and cornerstone of your life.

  • Reply Leigh Matson February 23, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I would say the exact same in that life was comfortable but it was not engaging and with that it was very miserable despite having a comfortable life (my own roof over my head at 19 with no mortgage, food, job, car, social life of gaming). These days my life is so much more engaging and joyful. Learning something new everyday and while it may at times feel like a struggle there is always more love to experience and understand.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh February 25, 2017 at 7:21 am

    It is so easy to settle for what we have learned to assume is all there is. Yet there is always so much more and lest I forget, there are those like Serge Benhayon in life who through living a Soul-led life forever inspire me about exactly that fact, there is far more and it is possible to live it right now. And then there is our own Soul and our own body from within as evidenced by this gorgeously honest story prompting us on – tough when we are struggling with it, but on hindsight always loving and often quite playful.

    I always appreciate it when people live in a way that inspires, lets me have a sense that I can always ask for their support but leaves me to take up what I choose in my own time. I have only ever experienced this from Serge Benhayon and all at Universal Medicine. It is lovely that none of the people around you tried to push you to do anything, honouring whatever choice you made. But amusing that your own Soul obviously wanted a different pace to what you had consciously planned for yourself.

    I love stories like this that show so clearly that we are part of a flow and intelligence far greater than the little brain we are so proud of. This stupendous intelligence has a very loving, playful spaciousness. But we can fail to see it, when our focus is being busy acting our own self-created dramas and taking ourselves ever so seriously.

  • Reply Mary-Louise Myers February 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Wow, great account of how your soul supported you to be at the retreat ….worth getting knocked out for….. you are an amazing, young woman who has transformed her life in such a short space of time. The soul works in mysterious ways sometimes.

  • Reply Harrison White February 26, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Quite an extraordinary story Jess! What a change from being suspicious of the retreat (I would have been too). To seeing that there is more to life, and at a young age is quite profound, it shows that wisdom is not defined by age.

    As you said, you didn’t feel there was anything wrong with your life, you had the so called good life with friends, study and was still young. Amazing to read how you then came to realise perhaps there was more to life, as a Universal Medicine retreat could simply be dismissed as just another spiritual adventure by someone who glances but I have experienced it to be so different to that and very grounding and exposing of real life. Stunning Jessica.

  • Reply Jane Torvaney February 26, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    ‘I realised that although my life was comfortable, it wasn’t engaging.’ I spent many years feeling that but not finding any answers. It was only after I met Serge Benhayon and started attending courses that I could feel that the answer was not something I had to get to but was within me all along and I was returning home.

  • Reply kim weston March 1, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Talk about getting sense knocked into you. It seems God was not going to let you stray far from your purpose this life.

  • Reply Kerstin Salzer March 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    This is something to ponder on, going from pure resistance into an openess toward the truth inside of you through the reflection of another person , who lives his life with true purpose and intention, Serge Benhayon. It is a great example that our body does not lie, our body is in truth aligned and shows its truth concerning our resistances through illnesses and accidents, so that we have the chance to learn and awaken.

  • Reply Rik Connors March 3, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    It was a blessing to read your blog Jessica, it was fulfilling to read and thus can feel the difference in your life. More please!

  • Reply Benkt van Haastrecht March 4, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Thank you for sharing your honest and beautiful story of how you came to feel that life is more than what is on the surface.

  • Reply Eva Rygg March 4, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Amazing sharing Jessica – I remember the incident you speak of very well and am still today amazed at the enormous transformation that I was observing you going through during that retreat. I love how cheerful and straight out funny your writing is, please keep it coming.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke March 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

    This reminds me that even when we have some resistance the deeper call for truth cannot be ignored or overridden, in the end this wins.

  • Reply Henrietta Chang March 9, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Wow Jess – a pretty phenomenal turn around! You were literally hit in the head so that you could be supported to clear the resistance to loving yourself more deeply! Amazing, but no surprise, how you took to the retreat and Serge’s presentations and the work it offers, and how your life changed as you made realisation after realisation! Well done and thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Reply Brendan Mooney March 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    A lifestyle speaks for itself if it results in more vitality along with more deeply meaningful relationships…

    • Reply Natallija May 4, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Thank you Brendan Mooney for highlighting that the key ingredient here is the willingness to go deeper into developing meaningful relationships with others that brings out the quality of ones lifestyles. So often we are bombarded with images that its all about the way we walk, talk, dress and the latest fads relating to how we eat and are with others that is sold to us with a myriad of social engagements.

  • Reply Rowena Stewart March 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    “I realised that although my life was comfortable, it wasn’t engaging.” It is so awesome how these Retreats reconnect us to a purpose, commitment to life and depth of awareness that all the comfort in the world can never deliver.

    “I wasn’t searching for life’s answers, I didn’t have any massive life crisis or health scare. Life felt pretty complete to me.” Which makes your whole experience of the Retreat and its impact on your life Jessica even more remarkable. Cutting through the illusion of comfort that we create is a tough job, but no-one does it better than Serge Benhayon, whose wisdom we ignore at our peril.

    Sounds like it was the holiday of a life time Jessica! The Universal Medicine Retreats are truly the only way to spend our holidays, soaking up the immense wisdom so openly presented by Serge Benhayon, who delivers a whole new perspective on our lives, renewing our awareness and recharging our batteries in a deeply life changing way, year in, year out, empowering us to return to our true glory, brotherhood and Universal Intelligence.

  • Reply Mary Sanford March 24, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I love the engaging way you write about something that is so life changing for you and your family, what a transformation. To me you have shared with us all one of those moments in life that are seen as miracles.

    When the very first Vietnam retreat was taking place, I was on my way to see a client and the engine of my car blew up! I came to a gentle stop off the road and that was it. Me and the car had to be taken home in a tow truck. The car needed a new engine, this shows too me that we may not be at these retreats but that doesn’t mean we are not getting affected by them. It was an amazing experience and was a another moment to stop and consider what was going on in my life.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh April 20, 2017 at 12:08 am

      It is amazing that life has so many ways up its sleeve to prompt us to stop and pay attention. And still we often attempt to soldier on and are proud of our choice to ignore every sign constellated for us to wake up from our stupor. I have started to pay more attention and I find myself prompted to be much wiser in life.

  • Reply Elaine Arthey March 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    There is nothing quite like attending a Retreat in Vietnam with Serge Benhayon and the Universal Medicine team. If we allow it, it is life changing for sure.

  • Reply Shami March 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    The honesty that you write with Jessica, is a testament to how you have been living, completely willing to be open and to show us your journey, with nothing hidden or seeking for recognition. This shows to me how present you are with yourself, giving you a confidence that goes beyond recognition for what you have achieved as it comes from someplace much deeper, a relationship with yourself.

  • Reply Jenny Ellis March 25, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Amazing story Jessica… life has the most delightful way of pointing us in the right direction, sometimes despite our own convictions that it ought to go a different way. I hope you still got to shop a bit before heading home.

  • Reply adam warburton April 2, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Incredible turnaround. I cannot say my own first experience of Universal Medicine was quite so dramatic. If I remember correctly, I fell asleep at the first lecture I attended, although this was not so much due to boredom, but the fact that because I was being asked to stop and just be still, I could no longer hide my deep exhaustion behind constant activity and motion like I normally did.

  • Reply Michael Brown April 13, 2017 at 4:50 am

    A most wonderful story Jessica, delivered with a perfect balance of humour and direct approach!

  • Reply Rachel Murtagh April 22, 2017 at 4:34 am

    A great sharing Jessica. There is much to be inspired by. Once I had attended my first Universal Medicine workshop I too knew there was no turning back. The truth was there to be revealed and I wanted to keep learning.

  • Reply Nico van Haastrecht April 24, 2017 at 11:57 am

    This is an amazing story Jessica and important to write about, because we all one day have to return to being all of who we actually are as that is what Serge Benhayon is presenting to us. But when we come from our self proclaimed ‘comfortable’ lives, which in fact are not comfortable at all, we have a tendency to not accept and in that reject that what is being presented, but fortunately we have a Soul that knows ways to stop us and gives us time to ponder on what we in fact are trying to escape from and this is something I am have to deeply appreciative off.

  • Reply Rowena Stewart April 25, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    If ever we feel our lives need a spring clean, or we are floundering for purpose and understanding in our lives, then book a place on a Universal Medicine Retreat. 5 days of the most awesome teachings that lifts our awareness and horizons out of our very centralised worlds and places before us our true responsibilities, purpose and power, that as you experienced Jessica once experienced, we don’t want to miss a word of what Serge Benhayon presents.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh May 6, 2017 at 3:05 am

    The story is hilarious Jessica how it seems despite of the thoughts your were entertaining, a deeper intelligence was slowly constellating so you would be supported in connecting more deeply to your essence. What is gorgeous is that when you were finally in the room, albight laying down because you were unable to go anywhere or do anything else, and as you put it still “nursing your head and ego” from the earlier incidents, that when you recognized the truth and preciousness of what was being presented, you started to run with it in your life.

    We can waste so much and let so many opportunities slip by because we are too proud to admit we may be wrong, and it is very inspiring when someone shows they have no qualms about admitting they were mistaken, perhaps even laugh and also share about it so that others can learn from it. Thank you.

  • Reply Natallija May 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks Jessica for sharing what often seems the ideal life style to live that of ‘comfort’. Yes it leaves us comfortably nestled into a life of ease but our natural curiosity to learn and evolve more is the missing ingredient you have shared called “engagement”. The teachings of Serge Benahyon brings many out of the life of comfort to feel their potential to engage with community and play their part in finding the missing whole.

  • Reply Sandra Dallimore May 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    What a gorgeous account of your first experience at a UM retreat Jessica and how it took for you to faint and a ‘bump to the head’ to get you to the retreat.

  • Reply Elizabeth Dolan May 10, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Meeting Serge Benhayon continues to be one of the most significant events in my life. When you hear the energetic truths of life presented you simply cannot remain as you were as it challenges the false beliefs and ideas we are all living under.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh May 20, 2017 at 12:32 am

      This challenging of the false beliefs and by reflection showing that everything that is in my heart is possible and could be lived right now is the greatest gift ever. There are not many in the world that lovingly point out your blind spots so that you do not blindly carry on hurting yourself and others, and who consistently see the greatest in you and inspire you to be all that you are. At least not yet. But thanks to Serge Benhayon the number of people who commit to do just that for others is growing every day.

  • Reply Benkt van Haastrecht May 13, 2017 at 5:12 am

    This is a gorgeous story, showing that our body always will communicate in one way or another, bringing us back to that which is true and lets us see that life is more than just that which is on the surface.

  • Reply Rowena Stewart May 15, 2017 at 6:16 am

    This is yet another amazing story that confirms the very real effects of Universal Medicine and how, when we apply it’s teachings to our lives, we can transform the quality of our health with spectacular results.

    • Reply Jonathan Stewart May 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      So true, Rowena, and there are now so many people who have transformed their lives through the teachings of Universal Medicine that the truth of what is presented cannot be denied.

  • Reply Michael Brown May 16, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I am a young man who’s life is absolutely amazing in a world that can not comprehend what I do on a day-to-day basis and in the grander sense. All thanks to the world teacher Serge Benhayon.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh May 16, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    This is a gorgeous honest and inspiring story. My relationship with and experience of life has also deepened enormously and continues to do so, as a direct result of meeting Serge Benhayon and being inspired to reconnect to and commit to start living the fullness of who I am.

  • Reply Rachel Mascord May 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I love that strange dream state, the one where you became the 5th member of the Sex in the City crew. It made me laugh, but jeez, what if you ended up there? No criticism of those women and the many women who love them, but they are not really offering the world what you are today.
    So here’s to knocking ourselves out if that is the wake up call we need to see the beautiful truth of who we are and what we are here offer the world. And thank God for the man who has made the path you have walked all so graceful and simple.

  • Reply Mary Sanford May 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Jessica just to say you look stunning! the light in your eyes is quite exquisite. And I enjoy coming back to read your account of your experience of a Universal Medicine retreat which is highly unusual to say the least. But our bodies do know and love to re calibrate to the loving qualities that these retreats bring to the world.

  • Reply Samantha England May 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Wow what a way to start a retreat Jessica. I remember mine and my husbands first meeting of Serge Benhayon – it was totally life changing – now 6 years on we reaping the benefits of living more love in our lives.
    A meeting with Serge is a meeting with Grace.

  • Reply Liane Mandalis May 31, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Love this Jessica. Sometimes it takes a big bump to the head to knock us out of the ill seeded consciousness we have sought shelter in for so long. It is always our choice alone whether we make comfort or evolution our purpose in life, as it is also our responsibility to not condemn not impose upon others a judgement of their choice.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh June 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    How many 21 year olds would after noticing that their life was comfortable, boring and not engaging, instead of packing in entertainment, distraction and numbing activities make their focus: “to find purpose in life, to be of service and to build a body that was made of love” and set the bar for their relationships be “evolving”. This is a testimony of the support and inspiration offered by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine as well as your own choice to turn everything round and live a life that is not just about self, but has love, dedication and purpose as its foundation.

  • Reply Stephen Gammack June 10, 2017 at 2:38 am

    What can seem like the most exciting and fun thing, in this case going shopping was replaced by something else, a retreat that was life changing it seems. It seems to me that so often what we think is it and have a measure of being what life is about is most often not really satisfying, In this case you had a rounded life yet came away from the retreat with a much richer view of what was possible. That is hugely fascinating and perhaps where we can all learn more about the purpose of life on earth.

  • Reply Michael Brown June 12, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Jess you are a real star shining bright! As someone who got a big wake up call (perhaps not as public as yours haha) myself, I can appreciate the shift in attitude and direction that it brings about. And if heeded, can be a massive support when making choices from thereafter.

  • Reply Aimee Edmonds June 13, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I love reading this again Jessica, how once you heard and felt truth you chose to drop so much of what was not how you truly felt about life. Looking back and even now, I see when ever I am staunchly stubborn or have an attitude about something, that it is time to look at why. Firstly I am obviously not myself when in that attitude and secondly I’m feeling very closed off and not observing.

  • Reply Leigh Matson June 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    That thirst for expanding my life and increasing my ability to share what is from my essence in my body through how I move and live life always gets a turbo boost when I attend a Universal Medicine event. My repeated attendance comes from the feeling within that can never be settled by platooning. But the thing is these events never present anything new, just the same quality over and over again. It’s in the expression of who we are repeatedly that expands this vitality in life.

  • Reply Carmel Reid June 29, 2017 at 11:14 am

    ‘they spent far more time connecting with one another and they appeared more vital and joyful both within themselves but also in life.’ I think this is true for many of us who were shut down, closed in and feeling separated from the world. Learning just how much we are all truly connected, knowing that our every move affects everyone on this planet, inspires us to open up and see everyone as the true equal brother they are.

  • Reply Harrison White July 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    exquisite Jess. The changes that were made that you mentioned definitely do not go unnoticed, when people around us are contemplating, considering behaviours and making choices such as to reduce or cease alcohol consumption that that really is quite a huge difference and something to appreciate.

  • Reply Kehinde James July 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    We can run, but we cannot hide from truth. Though you looked the other way, truth came looking for and found you. Beautiful read Jess.

  • Reply Kehinde James July 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    A true and spectacular awakening.

    • Reply Victoria Lister August 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Yes, that’s the word I was searching for Kehinde, an awakening!

  • Reply Susan Green July 24, 2017 at 1:14 am

    ‘I realised that although my life was comfortable, it wasn’t engaging. I had a new thirst to find purpose in life, to be of service and to build a body that was made of love. ‘ What a enormous realisation after just one unexpected Retreat!

  • Reply Viktoria July 26, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    What an amazing story, I love the way you have described this complete flip in the way you approach life.

  • Reply Alison Valentine August 4, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    The Universal Medicine Retreats are always life changing but yours was quite profound Jessica. Sometimes we need a wake up call to take us out of our comfort and realise that there is so much more to life than what we have accepted.

  • Reply Victoria Lister August 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Wow, Jessica what an extraordinary occurrence. I remember when I attended the Vietnam Retreat in 2012 (not my first Universal Medicine Retreat, but my first time there) I had whiplash from a bingle in a taxi on the way to Hanoi airport as we made our way to Hoi An. The jolt was definitely delivered to knock something out of me, something I’d been holding on to, and it feels like your incident did the same. Interesting how it sometimes takes a physical event to move us to the next phase of our development.

    • Reply Matilda Bathurst September 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      I am coming to appreciate more and more the moments that my body tells me loud and clear that something needs attention, changing and/or care… I have come to respect that my body has an intelligence about life that is way beyond what I can process mentally.

  • Reply Victoria Lister August 4, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Sex and the City has a lot to answer for, doesn’t it! I used to love the show (as I’m assuming you did too Jessica) and could have easily slotted in as a 6th member of the group. What a fantastic illusion to have shattered – that the dream of female empowerment proffered by that show was actually of any substance.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh August 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    It is remarkable how often you can look back on events that seemed unpleasant and unwelcome at the time, such as illness, accident and incidents, and when you are no longer caught in the drama and reaction of it all, you can so often see like in this gorgeous story, that it was the most wonderful nudge on your return to living and expressing the grandness of who you truly are. It reminds me of the footprints in the sand poem – our Soul and the love of God is never ever not present in our life.

  • Reply Michael Brown August 12, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Vietnam with Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine changed my life forever too! Although it must be said not in as dramatic a way as yours Jess…

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh August 18, 2017 at 12:06 am

    It is a huge when life offers the reflection of someone who is living their light in full, as your experience of meeting Serge Benhayon. Such a moment reminds us of our own true essence and confirms that it is something we too could be living right now. A powerful space within which much of our given up outlook is zapped away, and we are left with the stark honesty that this mediocre (and sometimes abusive) life is what we have settled for, and that there is another way.
    And what an inspiration to read the story of someone taking up the gift of that moment and turning their life round.
    Thank you.

  • Reply Monica Gillooly August 19, 2017 at 2:50 am

    There is something so shocking on one level reading this sentence ‘ although my life was comfortable, it wasn’t engaging’ and that’s the thing, many live in this way (I know I have) and it’s considered normal. And the truth is life is comfortable but often not engaging, and we’ve in fact gotten used to living life without purpose and without true service – we’ve settled for a lesser way of being. And so to be woken up from that is a huge blessing and I love how willingly you embraced that Jessica, and it’s a wake up call for all of us too to consider if we do indeed live a life that is full of service and purpose.

  • Reply Nikki Mckee August 22, 2017 at 5:04 am

    I love it when we think we have one plan and then the souls steps in with another.

    • Reply Matilda Bathurst September 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Me too and the clarity that this comes with… this is such a far cry from my dogged grip on plans I had made and how much I used to detest change.

    • Reply Vicky Geary September 6, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Me too Nikki. It usually confirms something I have been feeling on a much deeper level by bringing it all to the surface.

  • Reply Danna Elmalah August 29, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Beautiful Jessica, showing us all our way and purpose to live for, as you said:
    ‘I had a new thirst to find purpose in life, to be of service and to build a body that was made of love. ‘- and that even though we might think things are great, they potentially might actually not be that great or true at all. So it worth truly pondering where we are truly at and if we can use a little help 😉 A loving reminder, as the teachings of Serge Benhayon offer.
    Amazing work, I am glad you received the message of your Soul!

  • Reply Samantha Davidson August 29, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Love the way this article flows it is playful, humble and honest. It reminds me of reflecting on how life unfolds and being aware that everything is happening for a reason and nothing happens by chance.

  • Reply Shami August 29, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I understand this resistance to not wanting change because everything seems to be just fine and how sometimes it is when a big shock or stop moment happens that we get to see that change may not be so bad after all. Thankyou Jessica for your lovely piece of writing.

    • Reply Nico van Haastrecht August 29, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Indeed Shami, I do know this resistance too. ‘I think that my life is okay now, I do not need to change.’ But fact is that we never stop evolving, after every step follows a next step, a step up to the next level of evolution back to Soul. It is the comfort we are seeking that stops us from evolving that results in this feeling of resistance. Otherwise we would naturally say yes to every offering to return back to Soul.

    • Reply Matilda Bathurst September 4, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      I am inspired by this constant pull to develop, grow and evolve. There is no settlement, simply points of inspiration and then the next.

  • Reply Nico van Haastrecht August 29, 2017 at 11:10 am

    So beautiful how our Soul steps in and leads us the way. We all know these moments and it is up to each and everyone of us to make that choice to stop resisting and follow this course of return or not. That is the beauty of free will we all have and when wisely used, we stop delaying our return to our original state of being that is to live in direct connection with our Soul.

  • Reply Lucy Duffy August 29, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    This was a pretty dramatic wake-up call from the body which was hard to ignore. Awesome that you listened Jessica. It makes me consider all the many many times my body has sent me wake-up calls which I have ignored, and although less dramatic, they are no less urgent in their communication. Our bodies never speak without purpose, so every signal, message, whisper or loud scream from within, is important and is asking us to pay attention.

  • Reply Lieke Campbell August 31, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Ha! Sounds a bit like me Jessica. My parents also knew Serge Benhayon before me and even though I could see and feel them changing I was not willing to change my lifestyle just when I was allowed to drink alcohol and eat non-organic bread! This all changed when I had a big car accident which crashed the car but left me only with a stiff painful neck. It was then that I could allow myself to let go of all the those false ‘joys of life’ and surrender to loving myself and letting myself feel that I actually loved the teachings of Serge Benhayon. They definitely make you aware of the true purpose in life.

  • Reply Rachel Murtagh September 1, 2017 at 4:16 am

    It’s amazing how things unravel and turn out… that fainting and bumping your head enabled you to embrace the teachings of the retreat and cut the resistance! It makes me think of the times I had needed a shake to wake me up.

  • Reply Elodie Darwish September 1, 2017 at 5:13 am

    What a great story. I love how that all panned out!

  • Reply HM September 2, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Jessica what an incredible sharing. In the moment you hit your head, you could have retreated more so and hidden from the world, but you embraced it. That is just amazing. I relate to your sharing as I had parents who were doing retreats and I too thought life was comfortable. But like you, there was no purpose. And the expansiveness I feel from having a purpose in my life is enormous.

  • Reply Annelies van Haastrecht September 3, 2017 at 2:19 am

    ‘I had a new thirst to find purpose in life, to be of service and to build a body that was made of love.’ Amazing to read your story Jessica and I had to think about my daughters accident ( she shared this in a recent comment). What a beautiful before and after story you both have.

  • Reply Melinda Knights September 3, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Thanks Jess for sharing about your introduction to Universal Medicine, you certainly don’t do things by halves! Humour aside, it’s truly wonderful to read about the changes you have made in your life as a result of Universal Medicine, and in particular the complete healing of the polycystic ovarian syndrome.

  • Reply Rebecca Wingrave September 4, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Jessica, thank you for sharing so openly and honestly about your experience of the Universal Medicine retreat and how life changing it has been for you, attending Universal Medicine workshops and courses has been life changing for me so I can very much relate to what you are sharing.

  • Reply Matilda Bathurst September 4, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    What I love about working with Universal Medicine is that change, revelation, growth and learning have become part of my daily diet. A far cry from the locked down fear of change keeping up appearances of my past.

  • Reply rosanna bianchini September 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    What an introduction! and what a fabulous experience – that met none of your expectations !:) And yet you came home life changed. That speaks volumes for the truly significant work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

  • Reply Ingrid Ward September 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    My introduction to Serge Benhayon was not quite as dramatic as yours Jessica but the outcome is very much the same. I realised very quickly that I was being presented answers to the many questions I had been asking about life for such a long time; answers that oozed with common sense and that somewhere in my body I actually knew. My life is so very different than it used to be; it has gone from a struggle to a joy and I know that there is still so much more to discover about life and about me.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke September 5, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I think I have said this before but I love your honesty and humaness in your writing, it engages with people’s hearts. Please write more.

  • Reply Raegan Caireny September 5, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Really great to read your experience Jessica, is sounds like a very dramatic introduction to what you first thought was going to be a shopping holiday. But it also sounds like you were able to recognise very quickly, even if there was some initial resistance, that what was on offer was something life changing, so that is very awesome.

  • Reply Lucy Dahill September 6, 2017 at 4:20 am

    OK, that was one introduction to the teachings of Universal Medicine I wasn’t expecting! As you say – you had no need to listen, you were not sick or searching, you went for the shopping and what you found was a connection to yourself you hadn’t even realised you were missing!

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh September 7, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Universal Medicine presentations are brilliant at bringing awareness to and offering a good look at those blind spots that we might have been avoiding for a long long time. An amazing support on all levels.

    • Reply Christoph Schnelle September 18, 2017 at 5:35 am

      I hope Jessica still went shopping as well – there probably would have been time.

  • Reply fiona lotherington September 6, 2017 at 6:07 am

    I never heard this story before so I really appreciated the honesty of how it all unfolded. We often think we are in control of our lives and choices when we are most being controlled by the norms of society. Universal Medicine retreats and presentations have allowed me to keep challenging these norms and having more freedom to live true to myself.

  • Reply Vicky Geary September 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    When I reflect back upon my life prior to Universal Medicine there was this underlying dullness that I used to live with. It was like the colour was missing. The energetic awareness and responsibility that I have been reminded of since have completely changed the way I see life and its purpose.

    • Reply Matilda Bathurst October 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      I agree, Vicky… there was a dismal greyness to my life before I started working with Universal Medicine that felt very turgid and full of struggle.

  • Reply Joshua Campbell September 14, 2017 at 1:17 am

    I know this feeling all too well Jessica. I too have had a comfortable life and at times felt arrogance that I had it all and did not need help from anyone. In truth though feeling tension in life is a good thing as it opens us up to the possibilities that there is more and makes us question our current reality. Such is the danger of comfort in dulling such tension and hence making us less aware of the fact there is more.

  • Reply Jennifer Smith September 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    It wonderful to hear how people came to the work of the Ageless Wisdom. The wonderful part is not so much what let people to say there must be more, but the fact that we have all chosen to return.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle September 18, 2017 at 5:34 am

    This is a beautiful blog.

  • Reply Michael Brown September 18, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Love you and your gorgeous smile Jess! Thank you for sharing your story with us all.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle September 25, 2017 at 7:08 am

    According to Dr Google, polycystic ovary syndrome has no cure and it is a question of managing the symptoms avoid complications like heart disease and diabetes. Recovering from that seems to be quite unusual.

    • Reply Matilda Bathurst October 13, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Remarkable even, of note and worthy of research, as with many incurable conditions that have disappeared for people working with Universal Medicine.

  • Reply Rebecca Wingrave September 28, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Jessica, thank you for sharing this, it’s amazing to read, I love your honesty and humbleness.

  • Reply Sylvia October 3, 2017 at 4:14 am

    If you read stories like this beautiful sharing of Jessica who ca e the study with Universal Medicine there should ring a wake up bell.
    This what we want for all our young onces. They are our future.
    If they start to make loving choices and make life about service for humanity in stead of living in comfort and going for pleasure, the world will for sure make a change.
    What if we make school systems in the way that the teachings of Serge benhayon delivers?
    Those sharings should make the schoolsystems, education systems very interested to know more about.
    In my house hold it is not just me who made tremendos changes in her life while studying with Universal Medicine and having many Esoteric healing sessions. Also my partner and if I look at my daughter I see a young playfull, pure, loving young woman who is deeply committed to be in service for humanity not just by working as an amazing nurse but also in all the other parts of her life. To see young women, young people blossom like Those ladies is a gift for the heart.

  • Reply fiona lotherington October 5, 2017 at 6:58 am

    We can have things stored in our body that allow us to believe that our comfortable life is ok. For instance, I had a headache on the weekend which is unusual for me but I knew something was clearing to make more space in my body. It sounds like this happened for Jess at the retreat. For the most part, we don’t see any other alternatives to the best we can hope for in life. However, once I had the marker of how life can be from Universal Medicine, the comforts and tantalising didn’t seem so great.

  • Reply Willem Plandsoen October 7, 2017 at 6:09 am

    You bumped into the retreat, that is for sure. Sometimes we have to be stopped to change our lives, this obviously was such a moment.

  • Reply Jonathan Stewart October 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    If we are open to responding to the Teachings of The Ageless as presented by Serge Benhayon remarkable things happen.

  • Reply HM October 8, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Interesting how life plays out. Nothing is a coincidence, and everything is presented to us to provide more love. Sometimes we go willingly, sometimes not. But in all Jess, what an amazing experience and point of reflection where your head was saying no but your body was saying yes.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh October 24, 2017 at 3:39 am

      So true HM. And in a way amusing that it was the head that got the knock. I often find this, that the part of my body connected to the type of stubbornness I am playing out, tends to get the knock, the injury or the symptom. There is definitely more at play and we are supported more than meets the eye.

  • Reply Alison Valentine October 13, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Thank you for sharing Jessica, what an amazing wake up call you had, things can turn out very differently to how we think they are going to be . It is amazing how easily we can become comfortable with our life without really realising it, but then why would we when life seems to be going the way we want it to and there is nothing to take us out of our comfort zone. The Retreats are great at doing this and that is why they can at times feel very exposing

  • Reply Matilda Bathurst October 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    A dramatic way to let go and open up to the teachings of Universal Medicine… thank you for sharing, Jessica. Our bodies are very adept at guiding us back to truth and we can accept this guidance or resist.

  • Reply Rachel Murtagh October 14, 2017 at 12:23 am

    This is a wonderful sharing of your stop moment, Jess and a real honesty that you write with. Once connected to, in full – The Teachings of The Ageless Wisdom are impossible to dismiss.

  • Reply Sarah Karam October 17, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Regardless of the fact that you are younger than me, you are one of my strongest role models. I am so glad (despite your stubborn streak) you made it all the way to Vietnam and collapsed just at the right time, to be woken up to the amazingly dynamic woman you are. Otherwise the world would have been robbed of your engaging, warm and direct ways, these ways have always been your ways but they may have remained hidden and buried treasure, rather than the sparkling jewel we are all blessed with today.

  • Reply Elizabeth McCann October 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you Jessica for your beautifully honest sharing. It never ceases to astound me how our body, will let us know in no uncertain terms, when we are straying from our true purpose in life.

    • Reply Christoph Schnelle November 20, 2017 at 8:17 am

      That is true, Elizabeth. The honesty then lets us acknowledge the consequences and gives us a choice whether we want to continue to accept the consequences.

  • Reply Danna Elmalah November 2, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Beautiful Jessica – what a healing place and instance this was for you and a life changing one too! As you expressed your life has become more full of purpose and zest for life. We are forever students claiming ourselves back in the truth and love in life. What a blessing this collaps was and has rendered you forth to surrender and no longer fight the truth. A beautiful truly beautiful story that we can all learn from.

  • Reply jennym November 17, 2017 at 7:08 am

    It is my experience as well that the most profound shifts can be felt in the body, as my head often can over ride and dismiss what is energetically occurring.

  • Reply sue queenborough November 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Thankyou for sharing Jessica. Although not as dramatic as your event my life changed dramatically too, after I had attended Universal Medicine presentations and retreats. I changed many of my lifestyle choices and feel more healthy and vital than I did prior to becoming a student of the Ageless Wisdom teachings.

  • Reply Elodie Darwish November 18, 2017 at 5:46 am

    It is incredible to read about the huge changes that came about after this experience. What I love though, is they’re not crazy, they’re basic and make real sense and feel like they’re not even changes as such, but you coming back from trying to be something you weren’t to the person you always were, but hadn’t realised was enough.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle November 20, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Honesty has one huge advantage in life – it allows us to see the consequences of what we think and do and, once we do that, we can move on. If we are not honest, it is a lot more difficult as we don’t really know what is happening.

  • Reply Michael Goodhart November 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    The way in which Jessica came to discover the truth and immense value of Universal Medicine as delivered this time by Serge Benhayon just shows how much we are constantly offered opportunities by God to heal and evolve. Jessica obviously took this opportunity to heart and to see her amazingly bright and open expression in her picture is a testament to both herself for committing to living the teachings and to the power of what Serge has delivered to all of humanity.

  • Reply Esther Andras November 22, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I love the realness of your story and how you share it. This is material for a TV show. This is what TV shows should be made of.

  • Reply Heather Pope November 22, 2017 at 8:11 am

    The thirst for evolution is one that many will feel once they have been in contact with the work of Serge Benhayon. Myths of life being about success, competition or partying disappear and the true value of life and all it offers is on hand.

  • Reply jennym November 24, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    You so clearly describe Jess the realisation of feeling the emptiness of living what seems a very comfortable life compared to a much fuller life where you are really engaged.

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