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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 SLC November 5, 2019 at 8:01 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.”

    Yes this is what Serge Benhayon does he reminds people what we are truly hear for – then life can never be mundane again.

  • Reply Leigh Matson September 7, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    My introduction was similar with family and the Vietnam retreat. Attending my first in 2011. Looking back now my life before then was very dull and miserable compared to what it is now.

  • Reply Viktoria July 1, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Serge Benhayon, Vietnam… a life changed forever – I can vouch for the same. This year I went to the vietnam retreat, something I have wanted to do for a few years, the experience completely changed my perception on life. I came back home and everything had to change – the way I tidied my home, how I work, the way I am with family and everything else. it’s beautiful, eye-opening and truly a gift.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh February 12, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you so much for this generously open, honest and inspiring story. It makes me laugh when I see in my own life and around me the extremes our Soul at times needs to go to support us return to living the magnificence of our true essence. The level of love we are all held in regardless of our antics is immense.

  • Reply Caroline Francis February 1, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Saying yes to our soul or what is next in our evolution can bring an upheaval in some form or another but in the long run it is so worthwhile to say the least. It can be life changing and it shows how planning our lives or even day ahead of what we think it should be and look like is not always the right decision for us. It begs to question our decision making and where it comes from when we are not living connected to our soul.

  • Reply Jonathan Stewart January 29, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Although my experience of attending Universal Medicine Retreats may not be as dramatic as re-told here, however, it does not matter how many times I attend, every time I come away with a new, life changing perspective of life.

  • Reply Alexis Stewart January 8, 2019 at 4:42 am

    When true healing does take place then our lives and also our subsequent lives do change for ever. As opposed to pseudo healing in which our lives change temporarily and then spring back to where they were before.

  • Reply Alison Valentine December 31, 2018 at 8:18 am

    While you thought you were going along for the ride and enjoy a holiday at a retreat your Soul had a totally different agenda for you.

    • Reply Alexis Stewart January 8, 2019 at 4:55 am

      You just gotta love our souls, seriously they are always there, overseeing everything and never ever abandoning us, even in our darkest hour. And there’s nothing we can ever do that will cause them to give up on us or even react in any way. They are our constant companions. Our constant connection to love, in a world which at times feels very loveless.

    • Reply Vicky Cooke March 3, 2019 at 6:34 am

      Yes so true!!!! Sometimes we say YES! and don’t even realise it ✨

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh December 25, 2018 at 4:09 am

    This sentence is something that is also true for me just as I know it is for many other close friends who have also attended Universal Medicine workshops: “I have more vitality and energy, more loving and meaningful relationships and a keen thirst to keep forever evolving.” I have not come across anything that ensures these qualities more profoundly than reconnecting to our deepest essence and starting to live with the settlement, wisdom and deep joy that this opens up.

  • Reply Leigh Matson December 13, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Once we get a sense and feel truth it takes a lot of effort to resist and reject it. Sometimes we need the resistance knocked out of us. I have found this to be the case in some incidents and ‘accidents’. Though I now don’t believe they are random or I didn’t play a part in it.

  • Reply HM December 7, 2018 at 12:27 am

    The beauty in this is that if our body is saying yes to the truth, then we will receive it in whatever way we will respond too. The choice you made to recover on the floor of the hall was the moment your body got you in the room to hear what was on offer.

  • Reply Tricia Nicholson December 1, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    A beautiful sharing and wisdom of the constellations in life and being open to them and the changes and healings that are on offer for us all in our own unique way. Serge Benhayon is indeed a remarkable man offering the wisdom we all know inside to connect to for ourselves.

  • Reply Matilda December 1, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I find often that all it takes is for me to stop resisting what is on offer in every day – the reflections from others, the learning and the endless opportunities to review.

  • Reply Michael Brown November 26, 2018 at 8:20 am

    This is such a great example of how little planning leads to grand things.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh November 23, 2018 at 12:42 am

    When we open up and let our Soul speak and we listen, our life can not but change, deepen and expand, constantly. It is the greatest gift to reflect this level of Soul expression to one another, no better reminder than witnessing another equal brother in such clarity of being. A blessing to have someone like Serge Benhayon, whose dedication ensures he lives this reflection 24/7, as a deeply inspiring friend.

  • Reply Natalie Hawthorne November 22, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Jessica deep down you were ready to connect deeper to who you truly are and it sounds like it was the best thing that has ever happened to you.

  • Reply jennym November 22, 2018 at 6:04 am

    It is inspiring to read about those moments where we are offered and choose a different path and really engage in life more fully.

  • Reply Samantha Davidson November 20, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Brilliant real article, being open to what there is to learn in life, however it comes, in whatever form of communication, is well worth it from my experience. Being stuck and in our habits is flat lining…who wants to flat line, not me…learning from life brings depth and meaning.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh January 20, 2019 at 12:34 am

      And boy does life have a myriad of ways of communicating . Even if we choose the flat line, the lessons will be coming left right and centre. The Soul never gives up on us. But it will always remain our choice how fully we choose to play.

  • Reply Natalie Hawthorne November 3, 2018 at 8:03 am

    I love how you were given the opportunity to feel what Serge Benhayon was presenting and how you just connected with it straight away. How you did it in your own way in your own time, as you were ready to see what was true and what was not.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh November 3, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I have been reflecting on the fact that how important it is regardless of our past choices and circumstances, to live and express according to the truth of our heart the best we can. This reflection has a huge impact on everyone, even if the response is to reject it. In a world where we are bombarded from every direction with what is designed to take us away from our inner essence, such a heart-full reflection and confirmation is absolute Gold.

  • Reply Natasha October 31, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Such a amazing blog and incredible story. “Clearings” are so amazing and it truly feels like you had a big one! I like your title and the beautiful simplicity of something that was obviously so massive.

  • Reply Natalie Hawthorne October 23, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Wow Jessica that sounds like a pretty remarkable way to be introduced to the retreats and how at the end of the experience your life is something that you were not living before you left. Purpose and engaging with people to the maximum is something worth aspiring to as it certainly feeds you back.

  • Reply Michael Brown October 22, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Haha I like the comment about nursing your ego… sometimes we need a ‘knock on the head’ to put our bearings straight.

  • Reply rosanna bianchini October 22, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Absolutely beautiful story and very touching. You had no reason to change and yet change was embraced and true purpose welcomed.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh November 10, 2018 at 1:25 am

      This is how the impulse of our heart and our Soul works. No reason, no justification and no explanation necessary. There is just an undeniable inner knowing which we can either deny, dismiss or drown out, or we can embrace as in this glorious example.

  • Reply Fiona Pierce October 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I think it’s great how you say that part of the purpose that you’d connected with was to build a body of love – having an awareness of our body and living life from the wisdom of our whole body can help us to recognise false ideals rather than true purpose, which if we stay in our mind alone we may not discern.

    • Reply Alexis Stewart January 8, 2019 at 4:48 am

      A life lived from the head is vastly different from that of a life lived from the body. The former is a tangled rabbit warren of lies and distortion, the latter a life of increased clarity, truth and eventually freedom.

  • Reply Elizabeth Dolan September 27, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Sometimes we need a bit of a wake-up call to shake us out of something and this is a great example of how to come out the other end with more awareness, humbleness as well as a deeper commitment to truth.

    • Reply Same Davidson November 20, 2018 at 6:11 am

      I agree and being open to these wake ups is well worth it, avoid seeing the gold of them and we do not evolve.

  • Reply Hannah Ogden September 23, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    What an amazing story, such a 180 experienced there. Never knew this was your entry into the esoteric work, funny what our soul plans.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh September 18, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    It is remarkable that Serge Benhayon’s presentations don’t actually tell people what to do and live their lives, but the profound support offered to heal our issues, reconnect to our inner awareness and recommit to living our true expression offers people everything they need to start to transform their own lives.

  • Reply Viktoria September 13, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Life changes occur as a result of energetic shifts, everything else is just an adjustment – making things better. If that’s our aim, life-changes will be a rarity, but if we recognise that life is we know it on this planet is way off then life-changes become a way of life.

  • Reply Michael Brown September 12, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Travelling to Vietnam changed my life too – perhaps not as dramatically as yours though!

  • Reply Caroline Francis September 7, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    We just never know what is round the corner but unless we say ‘yes’ and dip our toe into the water then we keep going round in circles in the comfort of thinking we have it all. All we need to do is surrender and go for it!!

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh December 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      That is such a great advice. Most of my life I have been on the side lines because I have been worried about getting it wrong and messing things up. But all that achieved was me being less and less engaged in life and imagining myself more and more unable to make a difference. It requires a decision to ‘yes’ to our heart, even if it is just an acceptance of a possibility and if the first steps are wobbly and uncoordinated.

  • Reply Michael Brown September 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    What a holiday Jess! And knowing you now I have the privilege of seeing the great life you lead today.

  • Reply Carolien Braakenburg August 28, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    There you were Jessica, like so many others in life being comfortable and thinking you had it all together, ticking the boxes of the good life. Why would anyone in that position look further? Without the reflection of your parents you may not have, or not until your body would have shown severe signs of disharmony such as illness and disease interfering with the ‘good life’. It is a great reminder of how important it is that as many as possible live the life of love, harmony and purpose so that it is visible that there is indeed more, much more.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh November 16, 2018 at 12:41 am

      For most of my life I knew there was something not right although for me too most of the boxes of a good life were ticked. But I could not see any evidence of anything different or more in line with what I craved from within, so my response was to give up and close down that part of me. What supported me in turning this round was the reflections from Serge Benhayon who lives according to his Soul and others who were choosing a dedication to learning and deepening such an expression in their own lives. Yes such stories are a great example of “how important it is that as many as possible live the life of love, harmony and purpose so that it is visible that there is indeed more, much more.”

  • Reply Carolien Braakenburg August 28, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    What I love about your sharing Jessica is not only that we sometimes need to good thumb to the head to see clearly 😉 but mostly that you show how change is not about bettering, or fixing problems, but about recognizing what is not love, what is comfort and what it would mean to bring purpose and love into our lives.

  • Reply Joshua Campbell August 24, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Great article Jessica. Your account shows how much of an entrapment comfort can be. We are not aware of how truly uncomfortable, capping, boring, dull and utterly retarding comfort can be until we are out of it.

  • Reply Rosemary Liebe August 15, 2018 at 6:41 am

    It occured to me whilst reading this great article again this morning Jessica that even though it would seem you had no idea what was in store for you when you embarked on your ‘shopping trip’ that possibly it was the beginning of a return journey to your inner self that on some level you had already agreed to take .

  • Reply Gill Randall August 8, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    The way your commitment to life changed in such a short time was very powerful to experience, and from there, so many other changes occurred that have changed your life forever. You are in great service to yourself and an amazing reflection for other young people to feel what life is really about. Anyone who knew you before Vietnam could not fail to feel the transformation.

  • Reply Samantha August 7, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Jessica this is amazing, it actually made me nearly cry – I get goosebumps when I feel how many peoples lives have been touched in such a profound way. Truly magnificent.

  • Reply Fiona Pierce July 28, 2018 at 2:57 am

    It is genuinely enriching to connect with and have a taste of a true sense of purpose within ourselves.

  • Reply Rosemary Liebe July 26, 2018 at 6:12 am

    The truth resides deep within us all and is easily connected to when the time is right.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh January 11, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      And our own choices have a lot to do with that timing.

  • Reply Rosemary Liebe July 26, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Deep within we all know the truth and can easily reconnect when the time is right.

  • Reply Mary July 23, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    What you are sharing with us all is amazing
    “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.”
    How many couples are like this? I have quite a few people that I know retiring as we are all getting to that age in my circle of friends. And I have heard that the wife doesn’t want the husband at home because they could not cope with them in the house all day! And here you are sharing with us that your parents are spending far more time connecting to each other and they appear more vital and full of life. Society should be sitting up and taking notice of this change and start asking the right questions to find out how and why they are bucking the trend against what is considered ‘normal’ in our society.

    • Reply Ariana Ray August 22, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Mary you are spot on “Society should be sitting up and taking notice of this change and start asking the right questions to find out how and why they are bucking the trend against what is considered ‘normal’ in our society.” For what is presented again and again by the Students of the Livingness is a way of life that is not ‘normal’ but true. Give me a true life any day over the falsity of ‘normal.’

    • Reply Alexis Stewart June 20, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Society can’t sit up and take notice because the energy that impulses most of life won’t let us. Sitting up and taking notice won’t be one of the options offered to most people because the energy that keeps us comfortably numb isn’t going to risk calling itself out.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh July 22, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Isn’t it amazing how the journey started with “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” and then look at the amazing changes and unfolding by the time this blog was written. We can ‘think’ ourselves into settling for a life that is well below our gloriousness, but the blessing is that given half a chance our Soul will always find ways to keep supporting us back to the fullness of our true expression.

  • Reply Michael Brown July 18, 2018 at 4:49 am

    I love that this all started with something seemingly as simple as ‘boredom’… Shows what life has in store for us even when we are oblivious to it.

  • Reply HM July 15, 2018 at 5:08 am

    What a purposeful trip that was. Everything happens to us for a reason. The fact you said yes to the trip meant you said yes to something far bigger. Your sharing shows how we can let the mind get an idea of what it wants to do, but ultimately, the body knows what is truly needed.

  • Reply fiona L July 14, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Over the years I have watched so many people come to universal medicine who appear aloof and sceptical at first, not wanting to be duped by another modality or group which is offering healing but often leaves us unimproved or worse. I then see the guards gradually come down as they start to feel the real them again, to feel their responsibility in healing themselves through their living and knowing this is the real deal.

  • Reply Viktoria Stoykova July 13, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I love reading this blog, it is so real and eye opening. We can have an absolutely picture perfect life butbdeep down know that there is more and that no amount of shopping or food can ever fill the void of a lack of love.

  • Reply Matilda Bathurst July 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Allowing a moment to transform our lives is very inspiring to hear about. Thank you for sharing this Jessica, and for resourcing back to that trip to Vietnam to make more and more loving choices in your life.

  • Reply Alison Valentine July 1, 2018 at 5:44 am

    What an incredible holiday, not what you were expecting but completely life changing, There is not a single Universal Medicine Retreat that I have attended where it has not been life changing but not quite to the extent you have experienced Jessica. What an amazing healing you received.

  • Reply Lieke Campbell July 1, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Beautiful to read Jessica. It sometimes takes a big shake up for us to realise that how we are living is not it and there is more depth to live in life than the superficial contacts, parties and worklife.

  • Reply Gill Randall June 26, 2018 at 3:10 am

    There are some events that are profound turning points in our lives and your story Jessica is definitely in that category, very cool.

  • Reply Joseph Barker June 10, 2018 at 6:10 am

    We think we want a holiday from responsibility, but ceasing this incessant escapism and commiting to life is what we truly seek deep down underneath.

    • Reply Vicky Cooke July 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      I never thought I would say this but having a holiday just for the sake of a holiday just does not do it for me anymore there has be a form of purpose there.

  • Reply Samantha June 5, 2018 at 5:53 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. “Wow and with this thirst for life our journey back home begins.

    • Reply Matilda Bathurst July 5, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      I love the bit about building ‘a body that was made of love’ – to love and be loved.

  • Reply Sylvia June 3, 2018 at 6:01 am

    I love how our soul supports us in the right direction.
    A great example Jessica that we get the support we need even it does not always feel that way when we get stopped.

  • Reply Michael Brown May 20, 2018 at 2:20 am

    “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” Isn’t it fascinating that we see something we know is so true and so supportive yet still hold back and look for ‘proof’ or ‘evidence’.

  • Reply Danna Elmalah May 19, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Oh so beautiful Jessica, I have read your story over and over again.And I enjoy so deeply what you share as it shows that there is a deeper part to us, and a part that prefers to stay comfortable in its mind. Thank you for your humbleness and honesty. This wakes us up to be real and see what we choose to not evolve and that there is so much more to us than we currently want to see.

  • Reply Viktoria May 17, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Jessica, you have written a few blogs which I have read and re-read a few times. In one of them you share about your relationship with yourself as a woman and how though the support of Universal Medicine you reconnected to your monthly cycle. This is something I am going through at the moment, connecting and understanding what the bodily messages are – and in that I am (right now) realising just how magnificent it is to be able to feel the tension in my uterus – a tension I have lived with for at least 7 or 8 years. Thank you for your open sharing, you never know who are they going to touch and how deeply.

  • Reply Rachel Murtagh May 9, 2018 at 1:35 am

    ‘Serge Benhayon, Vietnam & A Life Changed Forever.’ When I look at this title the words changed and forever, really do stand out. One meeting, one retreat and that’s it… a life changed FOREVER. A forever change, is no little thing; its absolute, permanent and strong. This is just one life, but the incredible thing is that Serge Benhayon has changed thousands of lives, FOREVER… this is huge.

  • Reply Joseph Barker May 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Resisting love and what we know is the truth is the killer, not a specific illness or disease. Make your life about Love and allowing it to be – and you might be surprised how you feel.

  • Reply Shami April 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    These are really beautiful words: ” a new thirst to find purpose in life, to be of service and to build a body that was made of love.” Beautiful because it is you returning, full and stupendous and knowing that there is work to be done.

  • Reply Doug Valentine April 29, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Amazing Jessica. If it wasn’t a fact and you experienced it, it would be hard to believe that any type of Retreat could have such a transformational effect, until and unless one has experienced a Universal Medicine Retreat in which case such transformation is ordinary every day stuff.

    • Reply Golnaz shariatzadeh May 2, 2018 at 11:34 pm

      There is much presented by Serge Benhayon that is not so easy to comprehend with the mind. One of the aspects of the workshops I have always loved is, the lack of expectation or pressure for you to believe or even agree with what is being said. But every opportunity and support is offered for you to actually experience what is being presented in interactions, reflecting on your own life, and trying it out in daily life. You don’t have to believe anything, it is your awareness and knowing that deepens.

  • Reply Joseph Barker April 29, 2018 at 4:42 am

    When driving on a trip – it can be challenging to admit that we’ve taken a wrong turn and retrace our steps right back to where we deviated. But better this than going on in endless loops pretending we are going great. This is just a huge waste of energy. Admitting we are lost can be hard to say but is a beautiful first step to heal our way.

  • Reply Hm April 23, 2018 at 3:37 am

    On my first trip to Vietnam i was open to the retreat but more interested in the tailoring. Now i can appreciate that it has totally flipped. This year was the first time I was able to absolutely soak up all the retreat presented, and see what a gift it is to have that level of love presented to me.

  • Reply Jennifer Smith April 22, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Gorgeous blog Jessica. Fortunately your body was all over where you needed to be and it certainly was not shopping. It really holds no comparison to the riches available at the retreats.

  • Reply Michael Brown April 20, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    It’s cool that those lived changes set a foundation for you to be able to be open to what was on offer.

  • Reply Rowena Stewart April 19, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    “I was living a normal and very comfortable life!” Amazing how we can think we have it all, and then we meet Serge Benhayon and his work and life gets truly interesting. We are so much more than our comfortable lives allow us to realise, what an immense gift these Retreats are, year in year out, deepening our connection to our Universal purpose, to make life about Love, Integrity and Responsibility, reclaiming our natural grace.

  • Reply Tricia Nicholson April 18, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    The retreats really are life changing and transformational everyone one in its own way as we continue to evolve as humanity back to who we really are. Inspirational.

  • Reply Michael Brown April 15, 2018 at 2:12 am

    It’s amazing how the body knows the precise time and place to release something to heal us.

  • Reply Melinda Knights April 10, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Jessica is like you came out of the fainting spell re-awakened to a new connection with yourself and with life.

  • Reply Ariana Ray April 9, 2018 at 12:49 am

    ‘I realised that although my life was comfortable, it wasn’t engaging.’ And that must be an awful prison to live within. We never think about our comfortable lives as being prisons, but it’s time we did.

    • Reply Alexis Stewart December 7, 2019 at 5:59 am

      The trouble is that it’s almost impossible for any of us to see that comfort is a type of self imposed prison because the consciousness that leads us to think that comfort is a desirable thing doesn’t give us the option of seeing or feeling that it’s incredibly limiting and stunting as far as evolution goes. In fact comfort is an absolute stop when it comes to evolution. And as life is constantly trying to pull us up we have to put in a considerable amount of effort to stay where we are.

  • Reply Tricia Nicholson April 4, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Beautiful honest and inspiring Jessica the life changing moments with Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine are ongoing and very real and supportive to humanity as a whole to wake up and see the truth and responsibility we all hold together.

  • Reply Ariana Ray April 2, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Every year each retreat is a life changed for ever as what is on offer is transformational. They are pure gold and a huge opportunity to live in a way that supports everyone to develop.

  • Reply Gill Randall March 29, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Such changes as you describe Jessica are unexplainable to anyone who has not had experience or witness of people’s testimonies about Serge Benhayon, but your experience was pivotal in changing the quality of how you live your life. Everything that happens to us is a lesson for us to learn from, you took that with both hands and the results are very profound.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh March 28, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    There are many situations in life that we consider a tragedy. We go into despair, sympathy and try to return everything to what was before. This fabulous story is a great invitation for us to ask how many of such situations are similarly a gift coordinated by our Soul to help us stop and reconfigure our alignment and direction in life.

  • Reply Lucinda Bathurst March 24, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Serge Benhayon has taught me that there are no accidents only infinite opportunities to learn and grow – sounds like you embraced this one Jessica.

  • Reply Monica Gillooly March 24, 2018 at 8:48 am

    What a gorgeous realisation Jessica that while life was comfortable it wasn’t evolving, and that there is a purpose to life, and to live that purpose we build a body of love, a beautiful reminder that there is so much more to life that we often allow and that we have a part of play in it. You remind me that my first purpose is to be love.

  • Reply jane Keep March 24, 2018 at 12:40 am

    I love the real honesty in this blog and the inspiration it offers. I too would love to hear more about the changes you made in your life, and how the polycystic ovary syndrome dissipated. You are a brilliant role model for young women, and for us all.

  • Reply Adele Leung March 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Humbleness is an amazing place to connect back to our soul it is the sweetest thing ever and so deeply worthwhile.

  • Reply Fiona Pierce March 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Re-connecting with a sense of true or deeper purpose in life is sincerely enriching.

  • Reply leigh matson March 19, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    This was very much the same for me, a ‘trip to Vietnam’ that ended up changing my whole life. But it’s not the retreats that change me life it’s the inspiration they provide that I then go and change my life accordingly to.

  • Reply Chan Ly March 18, 2018 at 7:28 am

    I love reading your blog Jessica. The way you express is so light hearted and honest. Incredible changes you’ve experienced and I would love to read more about how you healed Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I don’t know much about it but it sounds like the changes you made in your life was very much part of this healing process.

  • Reply Rowena Stewart March 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    “… and a Life Changed Forever.” Deeply and irrefutably so, to the extent that there is just an innate knowing that there is no going back now, the way forward is a constant journey of inner growth that serves the whole world.

  • Reply Rebecca March 16, 2018 at 5:57 am

    How incredible a bump on the head could be! I have also experianced feeling a bit sick after/during esoteric yoga, almost like all the motion in my body catches up with me in that moment of being still

  • Reply Gill Randall March 16, 2018 at 1:16 am

    It is pretty incredible to realise how the Retreat was affecting you, like you absorbed it and your resistance had completely faded away too. You were able to see the truth of your life in comfort and that was really going on.

  • Reply Joseph Barker March 13, 2018 at 12:11 am

    We keep looking for proof and probing research when in truth energy speaks so much louder than words. The things that can change or take place when you align to Love are out of this world – thanks Jess!

    • Reply Michael Brown April 3, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      They say the proof is in the pudding but I wonder if that is a misdirection… I would say that the proof is in the lived way. In other words, examine a life and the quality of it to establish whether the choices within that life are supportive or not.

  • Reply HM March 12, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Writing from Vietnam myself, I can deeply appreciate the enormity of what is offered at each retreat. I can say that in the past I would see the retreat as 4 days and then it is done – pining for break time no matter how amazing the content was. But this was all me getting in the way of appreciating what is on offer and the gold that is shared with us.

  • Reply Mary Adler March 11, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    At the first presentation I attended by Serge Benhayon I remember feeling very uncomfortable when I realised that my ‘comfortable’ existence hid a lack of purpose and any true meaning.

  • Reply Janet March 9, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Thank you, Jessica. Another miracle life-changing story which confirms how we all know truth and can easily re-connect to it when we are ready.

  • Reply Michael Chater March 4, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Amazing how the mid was overcome by your body and Soul guiding you into the retreat.

  • Reply Steve Matson March 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    A very wise man I know said, there is no such thing as accidents. As we travel through life, we there are forks in the road where we can choose the easy way or the one that allows us to evolve. You are a great example of what can happen when we come back to our selves.

    • Reply jane Keep March 25, 2018 at 6:03 am

      Yes and how quickly the body can support us in that return.

      • Reply Alexis Stewart December 7, 2019 at 6:05 am

        Our bodies do really want to return because they are in constant tension when they are not living naturally within the body of God. The body of God is the totality of life, which we are all a part of but we have created a whole lie around who we believe ourselves to be and this is what puts our bodies into a constant state of tension, not living the truth of who we all are. The more that I allow myself to fall back into the body of God, the more settled my body becomes.

  • Reply Linda Green March 4, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Loved your sharing Jess. The last thing you expected from what you thought of as a shopping trip turned into a life changing experience! Feeling the truth and love in Serge’s words resonate deep within the body initiates an ancient call that inspires us to reconnect to our true self and the essence of who we are.

  • Reply Michael Brown March 3, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    In terms of return on investment this has got to be the best freebie ever!

  • Reply jennym March 3, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Indeed life can be so comfortable and smooth we no perceived problems, and yet we do not consider the quality of the energy that we live in or the level of responsibility we have to live the truth of who we truly are to inspire others.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh March 14, 2018 at 4:14 am

      Most of us tend to champion that smooth comfortable existence, yet such an expression is a tiny fraction of the grandness of our true expression. We are not used to appreciate those moments that knock us off our cozy stupour as this blog does, yet such an instance is in fact a most loving wake-up nudge from our Soul.

    • Reply jane Keep March 26, 2018 at 3:46 am

      and deep down, if we were to pause for a moment we do actually know that there is more to life – even if we can’t put our finger on exactly what it is, we do feel the emptiness of something missing – even in the most comfortable of lives.

  • Reply Richard Mills March 3, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Great sharing Jessica, thank you. Interesting how we talk about being comfortable in life as if its a really good thing. Maybe comfort is ok if we are here to just have a good time, but if there is a deeper purpose to life – as is very clear to me now – then comfort is actually quite and ‘uncomfortable’ state of inaction and stagnation. We are without doubt beings who are innately purposeful and without true purpose, something feels very awry.

  • Reply Lieke Campbell March 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Yes the point with a comfortable life is that we think it is ok and never would challenge it as long as we don’t get to uncomfortable yet it does not mean that there is any truth in the way we are living. Comfort feels like a fog holding you comfortably but until you feel the clarity of truth we don’t realise there is more.

  • Reply Danna Elmalah March 2, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Beautiful Jessica and so evolving to hear how you had go from resistance to opening yourself up to more, something deeper.. Profound the change you made!

  • Reply Paula Steffensen March 1, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I can so relate to this Jessica… I thought my life was fine too – no major dramas, going along smoothly – comfortable… but I wasn’t truly engaged in life. Life was about function, getting things done, and the quality I did those things in wasn’t on my radar at all – let alone energetic integrity and true responsibility. And so, so much has changed – a life transformed – as a result of living the teachings offered by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

  • Reply jennym March 1, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    We do indeed can have life ‘sorted’ in such a way that we are so comfortable that we feel nothing needs to change. Just as well the body is such a marker for truth and is always communicating what we ignore or dismiss.

  • Reply Otto Bathurst March 1, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Whilst your body’s response to your ‘resistance’ was very dramatic and I have never had such an obvious out-play, you article definitely stops me in my tracks to consider where resistance may still lie, what effect this is having on my body and how my body is communicating that to me.

  • Reply Victoria Picone March 1, 2018 at 9:47 am

    No getting away with playing smaller than we are heh. Thank you for sharing Jessica, I remember being at that retreat and feeling very concerned when you fell, though what an awakening to what was to unfold and continues to. I love the Universal Medicine retreats they are inspiring on every level.

  • Reply Mary-Louise Myers March 1, 2018 at 4:25 am

    Vietnam is a life changing retreat as is all of the UM retreats. We attend the 4 days and leave with so much more awareness about ourselves, others and society at large. As well we end up with great tools as to how to
    be best equipped for life and how to deeply care and nurture ourselves as well as serve humanity. It is a complete package where we can walk away deeply inspired to get on with whatever is needed to evolve ourselfs and others.

  • Reply Shirley-Ann Walters March 1, 2018 at 3:06 am

    What an amazing tale that completely confirms why you were there and needed the kick start back on track so to speak, whilst living a normal life and being totally real within it. There are many stories like this, some maybe less dramatic 🙂 but all with that sense of “yes of course” on reflection that this was exactly needed in some way. Soul is so wise with what comes our way.

  • Reply Matilda Bathurst February 28, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    The impact of resistance and acceptance clearly laid out; adept at the former and a willing student of the latter, I understand more and more about life and our choices.. Thank you, Jessica.

  • Reply Karin Barea February 28, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Wow! Amazing how everything came together for you to be at the retreat and then want to not miss a word and you changed your life from then on. It seems like all that wasn’t in line with you participating came out and with such superb timing. Loved reading this and reflecting on where I still hold back from living the Ageless Wisdom. Thank you for such a clear view.

  • Reply Alexis Stewart February 28, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Jessica, for most of my adult life, I too thought that I had it pretty much mapped out. I was happy, fit, in a long term relationship that I deemed loving, enjoyed my work and had good friends. What’s incredible is that I was living a life that many aspire to and yet now, looking back, that life feels incredibly one dimensional. Having re-acquainted myself with The Way of the Livingness I am now living a life of constant vibrancy and one that is based on purpose. I absolutely love each and every burgeoning day.

  • Reply Stefanie Henn February 28, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Hearing stories like this make me smile. Isn´t it magical, what our body communicates and causes when you are listening ( or in your case it makes you listen) , what effect and result it has. You obviously were ready, otherwise your body would have not responded like that. And that is what I like- you can be ready for more, although you haven´t attended any spiritual or new age courses and talk about it a lot. Our soul acts out much simpler than that.

  • Reply Melinda Knights February 28, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Great to read this again Jessica,, it’s quite an entry into the Ageless Wisdom! However it is we find the work if we say yes to exploring it life changes considerably, even the most comfortable life is exposed as relatively joyless and loveless as that is life without a true connection to the soul. Once we make living from our soul our priority and way of life then our joy and love can be present in every situation, without the need for the outer life to be or look a certain way.

  • Reply Gill Randall February 28, 2018 at 2:11 am

    It feels no coincidence that you happened to be in Vietnam for what you thought was going to be a shopping spree, actually became a huge turning point in your life. Your openness and letting go of the resistance allowed the changes to happen but you were definitely in the right place at the right time.

  • Reply HM February 28, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Hi Jess – I appreciate your sharing here – how you have truly come to your own understanding of what Universal Medicine offers and how you had your own tangible experience with this. Much like you I don’t like being told what to do – and so I came to my own understanding too – knowing that how I was living had no purpose. Now that has changed for me, and everyday is about saying yes to what is next and what is more.

  • Reply Joseph Barker February 27, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Sometimes it takes a ‘big’ event to stop us destroying ourselves by keeping life small. What will it take this time for us to remember we are all Universal? Thank you Jessica for the powerful reminder.

  • Reply Viktoria February 26, 2018 at 3:59 am

    What an inspirational sharing – often leaving our comfort zone can seem daunting, we’re scared from the unknown and we don’t want our reality to change. But what’s evident is that many times, our comfort zone is what keeps us stagnant.

    • Reply Melinda Knights February 28, 2018 at 4:20 am

      That’s true Viktoria, and we often don’t realise our comfort or stagnation keeps us from experiencing and living more love and joy. We get used to the comfort and safety of what feels familiar when there is actually always more love and joy on offer.

    • Reply Stefanie Henn February 28, 2018 at 5:42 am

      Heaven is so patient. You can choose over and over again to avoid expansion and stay in the “known”. It will allow you this space. But there will come a time, where the love gets poured at you that you can´t look away anymore from truth. It is on us, how much we buy time and delay or accept the unavoidable expansion.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke February 25, 2018 at 9:01 am

    It is amazing what is takes in order for us to let go of the resistance and stubbornness but you must have let go in order for this to have happened.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh February 9, 2018 at 1:11 am

    I enjoy revisiting this blog. Just like seeing a feather appear from nowhere, or something in life mirror exactly what you need to reflect on in that moment, a wonderful reminder that there is nothing random about life and we are never alone. We are part of a Universe with stupendous order and flow that will always offer opportunities for us to connect, expand and evolve.

  • Reply Alison Valentine February 7, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    What a turn a round and a transformation. I love your willingness to let go of all the resistance and arrogance you arrived at the Retreat with. It might have taken a bump on the head to jolt you out of your comfort but it got you to attend the presentations at the Retreat and as they say….’the rest is history’. Knowing my own arrogance and resistance that I had at the beginning, you probably saved lots of wasted years fighting and resisting what you would have already known deep down to be true.

  • Reply Elizabeth Dolan February 5, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Love this blog as it reminds me that sometimes all of us need a knock on the head (or another part of the body) to see what is before us.

  • Reply Rik Connors January 28, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Beautiful sharing Jessica. What a turn around from the bump on the head. It just goes to show we are all on a path to return and we can choose comfort, detract, resist, be ignorant, hesitate or lack conviction however, all in all our body will show what choices we have made.

  • Reply Matilda Bathurst January 23, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    This is a brilliant and inspiring article about the madness of our resistance to what we feel is true and the beauty of surrendering to the wisdom shared by our bodies. Thank you, Jessica.

  • Reply Michael Brown January 22, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I find it incredible how differently people have come across the work, from different corners of the globe and with vastly differing life experiences yet are all unified by the truth they recognise.

  • Reply jennym January 18, 2018 at 7:47 am

    You raise an important issue here of what is true fulfilment and engagement in life. As you said you were happy and contented with your life, study, work, relationships and yet you connected with a deeper purpose and meaning for you in life that was not yet fully lived.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariaztadeh February 11, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      I am finding that whenever I choose to be open, life keeps offering deeper connection, awareness, responsibility and purpose. It is always my choice whether I blinker my view and settle for a limited version of what is on offer for me to live, experience and express.

    • Reply Melinda Knights February 28, 2018 at 4:28 am

      As human beings we seem to all confirm the same standards and quality of life, we need the reflections of others living soulful lives because it offers a new marker for what is possible in life. Unless we have those greater reflections our lives can feel pretty good compared to the worst society has on offer, but on the other hand our life can also be exposed for the lovelessness and lack of engagement Jessica experienced when she experienced something greater. The important thing is that all human beings have the opportunity to grow through others soulful reflections.

  • Reply Andrew Mooney January 18, 2018 at 7:43 am

    It has also been my experience that sometimes my body does some unexpected things that I have not always enjoyed or wanted to happen but everything my body does leads me to greater wisdom and understanding of life.

  • Reply Adele Leung January 15, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    When humbleness drops in we are much more open to receive and this is a wisdom from the body to expand our awareness of truth that is everywhere around us. Vulnerability and humbleness go hand in hand, holding our hand and moving back to love.

  • Reply Tricia Nicholson January 13, 2018 at 7:06 am

    A beautiful sharing and honesty of the way your life has changed with the love of Serge Benhayon and his mazing wisdom and support for humanity .”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. ” A real inspiration

  • Reply rosanna bianchini January 12, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Awesome Jessica, this shows that there’s nothing like engaging in life to bring more vitality and energy, more loving and meaningful relationships into our lives.

  • Reply Michael Brown January 7, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    It’s a great story to share, for it shows how simple life can be when we accept wheat is being communicated to us.

  • Reply Shami January 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    What strikes as me as so beautiful about this piece, is how you came back from the retreat fully engaged with life. And just the fact you completed your masters in psychology is evidence of this.

  • Reply Ken Elmer January 4, 2018 at 11:48 am

    An incredible story. I have only met Serge once, but have benefited from all his presentations with audio and video.
    His presentations alone are like nothing else, They have supported me to make changes in my life that have affected many other people in my life. I am finally making a difference in the world and all I had to do is remember myself and live me.

  • Reply Carola Woods January 4, 2018 at 6:12 am

    It is one thing to experience a life that is comfortable in many ways, but this never equates to true fulfillment as you have highlighted so well. The Ageless Wisdom Teachings as presented and lived by Serge Benhayon, offer a way for all the experience a life that can be lived with an ever deepening love, wonder and evolution, where every day feels like a brand new one, with and incredible amount of fulfillment experience, and a world within of absolute awe to explore.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh December 31, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    This is such a gorgeous, light-hearted yet profound story that reminds me of the poem “Footprints in the sand”. So often in life we can look back at an event which we struggled to control and eradicate, to find that we were completely and firmly held in the exact love and support needed at the time to help us, if we chose to, grow and expand.

  • Reply Annelies van Haastrecht December 31, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    How our bodies call us to live the love, wisdom and purpose is truly remarkable, we all have our own story but this one is quite dramatic and joyful at the same time

    • Reply James Nicholson January 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      I love it too how our bodies know what is best for us – we just have to listen, say yes and then everything else is taken of.

  • Reply Ingrid Ward December 30, 2017 at 8:43 am

    This was rather dramatic way to have any blocks to your future well-being knocked out of you Jessica, but I am sure that every day you celebrate this moment in time, as painful as it might have been. I have learned that my body is actually giving me valuable messages all the time but it is only when I ignore then I am brought to a painful stop. I no longer choose to be stopped in this way so any messages are listened to and acted on fairly promptly – well most of the time.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke December 29, 2017 at 9:11 am

    What I got from here is honesty is always something we can relate to. Meaning in how you have expressed here there is no protection, no I will only give this piece of information. You expressed your experience in a raw and true way and in that we as the reader can connect to this honesty far easier within ourselves. Thank you … very refreshing.

  • Reply Chan Ly December 29, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Wow Jessica, I loved reading your blog and what a transformation? Very inspiring how you chose to step out of your comfort and into a life of purpose, truth and love. Incredible changes and healing.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh December 29, 2017 at 1:05 am

    When I was first invited to a Universal Medicine workshop, I declined. although I was not content with my experience of life, humanity and the world, I was resigned to it. So I could say I was fine!
    Yet when I did finally attend I was pleasantly surprise that here was someone (Serge Benhayon) who was talking about all those areas I had given up on as if there in fact was a different possibility, and it was all so down to earth, simple, loving and natural. It was as if I already knew what he was saying, but I had forgotten it, and here I was remembering again. Everything was new, yet also felt very old at the same time.
    This is still the flavour of what Serge Benhayon presents 11 years on. New information that has me on the edge of my seat, that somehow also feels very old and known within my every cell of my body.

  • Reply Mary-Louise Myers December 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Before I came to Universal Medicine my life was devoid of love, full of drama and directionless, now my life has no drama what so ever and is full of purpose, love and dedication to serving the plan.

    • Reply Alexis Stewart February 28, 2018 at 6:25 am

      The funny thing is we have come to associate and accept drama as being tied in with love but the truth of that matter is that there is never an ounce of drama in true love.

  • Reply Mary-Louise Myers December 28, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Sounds like when you fell something was knocked out of you, may be your resistance and common sense returned and then you could take in the Ageless Wisdom teachings…cool chain of events, where your soul was obviously guiding you.

    • Reply Matilda Bathurst January 23, 2018 at 11:43 pm

      When we can accept the teachings on offer, however they appear (even with a touch of humiliation if required…), we are allowing ourselves to surrender and open up to the humility of being students of life… this is gold.

  • Reply Michael Brown December 26, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Whilst I didn’t have such an obvious experience during my first retreat at Vietnam, I definitely connected to something there that I hadn’t in such a long time.

  • Reply rosanna bianchini December 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    “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” – a fabulous distinction to make Jessica, that there is a huge difference in the quality of life between one that is comfortable, and one that is purposeful.

  • Reply Mary December 25, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Jess thanks for your honesty in writing this blog, what you are showing everyone is a willingness to look at everything in your life and reevaluating it because being comfortable actually isn’t it. Being engaged in life is far more rewarding and much more fun. You discovered being comfortable to be dull and boring by comparison.

  • Reply Sandra Vicary December 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Thankyou Jessica. Your experience just goes to show what a wealth of wisdom and pure inspiration we can miss out on if we choose to dig our heels in and remain stuck in the arrogance of thinking that we ‘know it all’, when clearly from what you share here, there is always more for us to learn about life, the universe and everything in between.

  • Reply fiona lotherington December 24, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    We don’t like change, especially when we are comfortable in life! But when we get to feel something deeper that we have been missing in ourselves. Then the comforts don’t seem nearly as attractive.

    • Reply Chan Ly December 29, 2017 at 8:39 am

      So true Fiona. Many people I know are not aware of how much more there is in life, the grandness, the responsibility, love but instead often settling for ‘comfortable’ because they haven’t been shown what is possible or what life is truly about.

  • Reply rosanna bianchini December 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Yet another amazing and totally unique story, I really enjoyed the read Jessica and especially the result of your time with Serge at the retreat “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.”

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh December 22, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Ahh I chuckled at the events leading to and including in effect raising the white flag and accepting the flow of life at the back of the room : “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).” It is amusing that so often in life we need to be made to stop before we let ourselves see the magnificence of the opportunity we have before us

  • Reply Matts Josefsson December 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks Jessica for sharing. Makes me realise there is more to life than meets the eye and that there is work to be done here on earth..

  • Reply Sarah Flenley December 17, 2017 at 7:35 am

    You are bang on the money Jess, living a comfortable life is definitely not an engaging life. When I settle for comfort, I am not engaged in life, and there is a tension and I seek more comfort. When I engage in life, I seek less comfort, as my life is more full.

  • Reply Adele Leung December 5, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Purpose not comfort is our support for life, we have got it so wrong in our heads, and collectively we have made what is not normal to be normal, but our body can never lie to us, thank goodness for that.

  • Reply Michael Brown November 26, 2017 at 8:06 am

    A free holiday that gave you more than the most expensive all inclusive could ever offer.

  • 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.

  • 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 Golnaz Shariatzadeh October 30, 2018 at 1:19 am

      The term ‘wool being pulled over your eyes’ comes to mind, and how freeing it is to realise the extent of the limitation we have been choosing to run with and start to re-awaken to our natural vitality, appreciation and depth of commitment to life.

  • 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 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 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 Alexis Stewart December 7, 2019 at 6:08 am

      I agree Christoph, dishonesty is a barrier to evolution because we are failing to see things as they really are and it is only by seeing things as they really are that allows us the freedom to move on.

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 18, 2017 at 5:34 am

    This is a beautiful blog.

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Alexis Stewart December 7, 2019 at 6:15 am

      What I have come to glimpse is that far from being a struggle, life is a momentous offering. So many of us have such a narrow view of life, we see it as a very functional straight line that involves a few key moments and the rest of the time it’s about titillating ourselves out of the boredom and drudgery. But our view of life is so far from the truth that it’s not even in the ballpark. Life is rich, deep and grand, it is majestic and magical and these are not words that I am using because I am on some spiritual high, these are words that I am using because this is what I feel living my normal life, going to work 5 days a week and living with my family.

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

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

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 SE 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.

    Serge Benhayon has a incredible ability to show us what is really important, he reminds us that love really is the only true way.

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 4, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Thank you 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Alexis Stewart December 7, 2019 at 6:21 am

      Indeed our bodies don’t and can’t lie, which is why the way that we awaken each other is through our movements, body to body. Our bodies register the truth that another body is living, ‘we’ can then choose to either reject that truth or accept it but what our bodies can never do is say that they didn’t see it.

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Fiona Pierce January 4, 2018 at 7:38 am

      I agree Andrew and sometimes an incident or illness can help us to open up more to our sensitivity and with that reflect more deeply on 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Otto Bathurst March 1, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      A great point Jennifer and amazing to see what the body can do to wake us up to the gold that is available to us.

  • 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 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 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 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 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 Golnaz Shariatzadeh January 17, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      Yup it shows that nothing can be discounted. The Soul can literally use any means and opportunity available to support us, when we have opened up even a little bit to give it access.

  • 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 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 jane Keep March 27, 2018 at 2:35 am

      Me too – on the first workshop I attended where Serge Benhayon presented I felt actually very uncomfortable, squirming in fact, yet, I knew it was true and nothing would take me away from staying at the workshop, or from attending future workshops.

  • 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 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 Alexis Stewart December 7, 2019 at 6:45 am

        We are the ‘more’ of Life and so on one level we all fundamentally know that there is indeed more to life, so, so much more than we are currently accessing.

  • 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 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 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 Jenny James March 2, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Wow, nothing was going keep you away from your true self Jessica! An awesome sharing.

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