Healing Readings

Understanding the Energetic Responsibility of a Nation

July 10, 2016
Mary Sanford

The vast majority of people can relate deeply to the notion of wanting to avoid a room, a house, a street or particular part of a neighbourhood. Sometimes the root cause is apparent, such as a derelict space in disarray or shouting that cuts through walls, leaving a feeling of coldness, due to the abuse occurring within. At other times, however, on the surface, the feeling seems unjustified, as the space may present a picture of perfection, functionality and regard. Yet a deeper unshakeable knowing remains, that more is occurring than is outwardly evident.

With these facts in mind, it stands to reason that just like a house can harbour turmoil, so too a country can emanate a certain type of quality, that is the sum total of all its inhabitants. It is a proven fact that everything is energy and everything is because of energy. It is therefore a natural progression to accept that the energy of a country will be of a certain type and quality, that reflects the livingness of its people. The feeling of a country in the midst of brutal civil war, an economic collapse or a severe natural disaster is understandably and quantifiably different to a country enjoying social cohesion and economic prosperity. Since 1999, Serge Benhayon has presented in depth on energy, its varying qualities and outward impacts. He has provided accurate readings about global events and countless personal readings to individuals upon their request.

Here is one such account.

I was on an outward bound plane to Greece and about an hour into the flight, I started to get a headache, which when I landed grew worse. It was one of those headaches I knew was not going to respond to any drug. Nevertheless, I went out to dinner with my host and ate a lovely simple meal, but my whole body was paying attention to the headache. By the time I got to my hotel, I knew that I was in for a rough night. I felt very sick and my head was pounding.

Sure enough, in the early hours of the morning, I was quite ill and the only temporary relief I could get was to put my head under a very cold shower, numbing the head and neck for a short while. The next morning, I had to get up early to start the day visiting customers. I struggled, my head pounding. I just sipped water to keep myself hydrated. It was quite hot in Athens. Tuesday night, I went straight to the hotel and again spent most of the night with my head under the cold shower. I got up no better the next day and with a feeling that I was never going to get home.

I spoke to my daughter on the phone about feeling trapped and not being able to ever come home. It was the weirdest feeling. I have never had this before and I travel very consistently for work all over Europe. My daughter tried to reassure me and told me that I always return home; that I have never failed in the 18 years she has known me. But I can assure you, I felt as though time had stopped and I was stuck in a time warp. It was quite unnerving to say the least. It felt like time was elastic and had stretched so much, it had stopped altogether and there was nothing, just me stuck in Greece.

I kept going and on Wednesday I visited all my customers and in the afternoon I started drinking peppermint tea with a cucumber and tomato salad, which I managed to keep down. All this time I kept thinking of Serge Benhayon and I so wanted to contact him. I also knew that he was extremely busy and didn’t want to bother him. In the early hours of Thursday morning, however, after spending another night with my head under the cold shower, I sent Serge an email, asking him to help me understand what was going on. I was desperate. I just couldn’t bear the pain in my head, neck and shoulders any longer.

It seemed that within minutes, he was back in touch with me. ‘Does he sleep?’ I wondered. I wasn’t expecting an immediate reply, thinking that maybe he would reply sometime in the next 24 hours. The relief I felt in my body was immense; that he was on the other end of an email giving me a reading on the energy at play and what my part was in the scheme of it all. I understood completely what he said and immediately I felt so much better.

He helped me understand that I had actually resented going to Greece; that I could already feel that how I was living and how Greece was in social and economic upheaval at the time, did not match. I live lovingly every day. I make life solely about serving people and living responsibly, in absolutely every area of my life. I make sure I commit to society in full. In going to Greece I was presenting a level of responsibility that at the time was not being lived there. The quality I brought, was quantifiably different to the way the Greek people were collectively choosing to live at that time. So, before I arrived, I could already feel a tension, the heaviness and oppression of a whole country, which was resisting a level of responsibility, that energetically it should have been maintaining in Government and in its social contracts with its people. In fact, I could feel the whole country’s energetic resistance to this.

To give some context: Greece became the epicentre of Europe’s debt crisis after Wall Street imploded in 2008. With global financial markets still reeling, Greece announced in October 2009 that it had been understating its deficit figures for years, raising alarms about the soundness of Greek finances. Successive governments had been buying votes to stay in power by giving the Greek people high social benefits, low to non-existent taxation, pension schemes, that could not be paid for in the long run and high wages. The ‘black economy’ is rife, meaning money is paid in bribes and does not find its way back to the government through taxes and VAT.

Recently, under strict conditions, Greece was given nearly USD $98 billion as an international bailout. To my way of thinking Greece has been spending money that it didn’t have for years and now wants the European Union to bail it out of its predicament. The austerity package that has been brought in alongside the bailout, has not gone down well with the Greeks, who seem to feel that everyone owes them a living and they cannot see that their irresponsibility has led to this debt crisis. Many people see Greece as being similar to a developing country, where the ‘black economy’ is stronger than government fiscal policies. With such unrest and turmoil permeating the entire nation, the overall quality and state of Greece had to be affected seriously. 

Recently, the lowest voter turnout, saw the left wing Syriza Party return to power in another snap general election. Mr. Tsipras told supporters, that he would tackle the endemic corruption in the country. He said, “The mandate that the Greek people have given is a crystal clear mandate to get rid of the regime of corruption and vested interests.”

I was in Greece just before the election and I was surprised by the positive atmosphere. Considering all the negative press about the riots and unrest in Athens in the months prior, with citizens only allowed to take out 60 Euros a day from the banks, the financial situation seemed dire. Yet everywhere I went, the streets were bustling with people spending. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants were all doing a roaring trade.

So where was the austerity that the journalists were reporting? For me to go to Greece, to see and hear for myself, the extent of the corruption at every level was enlightening. I noticed the difference in the people, who had left the country for their education and then returned. These people had a completely different perspective to the locals, who had not travelled and only knew what they had been taught. The educated people could see that paying and receiving bribes didn’t work, as none of the money went into the economy and so the government couldn’t collect enough taxes. As a result, the coffers were empty.

I was given several examples:

  1. A man pays for an expensive healthcare plan for his family. His daughter gets sick, so he takes her to the doctor. The doctor wants 300 Euros to treat the child. No money, no treatment, even though the treatment is covered under the insurance. So the man pays, as his daughter is sick; but is furious with the doctor, who says it’s not his fault the system is the way it is.
  2. A family puts its children into a private school and pays for the uniforms. The wife gets a call from the uniform supplier to say the uniforms are ready to pick up. In payment, the suppliers want part cheque, part cash. The cash is the supplier’s cut of the deal and the cheque is what he will declare. The family is furious, because although they know it goes on, they are impotent to do anything about it.
  3. The best example, I have saved until last. Greece hosted the Olympics in 2004 and there was a huge amount of infrastructure needed, especially new roads from the new Airport into Athens. So the money was allocated to build these roads. I was told by locals that as you drive along these new roads, the storm drain covers are visible, but there is nothing underneath them. The drains themselves were never built! The money went into someone’s bank account, so now when it rains heavily the roads are flooded from all the water pouring down the mountains!    

It appears the Greeks are more than happy with their ‘black economy’. The locals told me that Greece is like a developing country, because you have to bribe people to get anything done. Potentially, this corruption could be coming to an end, as many Greeks now say (over their espressos), that Germany owns them. Maybe this will sober the Greeks enough to realise, that they all have a part to play in the economic growth of the country. Also, it may bring other countries to their senses, to realise that it is impossible live off borrowed money forever.

A few more emails flew back and forth to Serge and as my understanding grew, I just kept feeling better and better. My headache simply evaporated. I stopped feeling sick and best of all, the time warp I seemed to have been stranded in, disappeared. The treacle I was immersed in left and time started again. I got a few hours sleep and woke feeling more myself. That day I managed to eat some lamb and salad and in the late afternoon, walked up this long hill to see the Acropolis. There would have been no way I could have done that prior to my email from Serge. I could barely walk, let alone trek up a huge hill.

It was also interesting to reflect that when I saw how Greece was in a complete mess, I had dropped into sympathy with the people and their predicament, rather than see what the situation truly represented. Serge has shown me that it is all too easy to focus on the surface suffering, that we see and choose not to consider the choices people have made or continue to make, that has led them to the situation we see before us. He gave me the opportunity, to not lose myself in such sympathy and to understand that by going into sympathy, we miss out on an opportunity to actually understand the people and the responsibility they have for what they are choosing in their lives.

Serge Benhayon has always taught that everything is energy and all is because of energy. The support I received within minutes is typical of Serge. This is just one incident of the many I will recount, with which Serge has helped me. Serge Benhayon serves humanity tirelessly and his knowing of life and how it all works and fits together in one constant flow, truly is something to behold.

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  • Reply SE December 29, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Amazing Mary, how interesting is this, of course when I feel into it makes absolute sense, countries have an energetic quality brought about by everyone in there. Makes me sad to feel the implications of Brexit which is so decisive and destructive has on our people and all that live ad visit here.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh January 7, 2019 at 4:05 am

      Yes “countries have an energetic quality brought about by everyone in there” and at times what is lived and reflected out is not pretty. Makes me also consider what the energetic quality of planet earth reflects as a result of how all of us are choosing to live on the planet.

  • Reply Nico van Haastrecht December 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    When we go into sympathy with what mankind is choosing we are lost in its illusional trade that situations happen to us and in that we can forget that we all make choices and are responsible for these. And these choices can be made on different levels in life but all start with making deliberate choices ourselves first.

  • Reply Liane Mandalis November 15, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Sympathy simply confirms the particular energetic vibration another has chosen and does nothing to truly support the other to arise from it. Unfortunately for the time being, we have set up a world where sympathy is great sought after and if you do not pander to it then you are seen as being mean and cruel, while the truth remains that in order to truly support someone to arise out of the mud, you cannot be walking in it yourself.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh January 4, 2019 at 1:22 am

      Serge Benhayon is a great example for me of how in comparison to truthful reflection, love and being honoured, the sought after sympathy is a booby prize at best. And compared to the increased awareness and inspiration such a reflection offers, sympathy seems to create a glue that keeps you stuck and wallowing in the hole you are in.

  • Reply Samantha Davidson November 10, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    So much to be aware of in life and yet as an example we go on a trip and do not pay attention to anything that is really going on in a place. We just think about what we can get out of our trip. I love the level of observation and reading that takes place in this blog about life.

  • Reply Nico van Haastrecht November 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    At times we can become sympathetic with people that have to live in certain conditions but then we forget that there is an energetic reason behind that makes this situation to exist, And this will continue until the people collectively cut the energy behind it all and choose to live differently and with a greater responsibility.

  • Reply Nico van Haastrecht November 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    We are so much more in energy than that what manifests on the outside as a human being, that the answer to all our wounds and hurts always can be found in the energetic part we all are super sensitive too and is not only reserved to the few.

  • Reply Esther Andras October 31, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    If history and politics were taught with the understanding of the energetic outplay as you bring in here Mary, we would not repeat what we have repeated over centuries, as in history is repeating itself, but would lift ourselves out of the daily rut and understand to take our steps wisely and that our every movement counts and the responsibility we hold.

  • Reply Simon Williams October 31, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    A great example of the body feeling and responding to something well before the mind catches up, and a testament to Serge and his tireless service, always on hand to review and reveal what is really going on.

  • Reply Elizabeth Dolan September 27, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I love reading this blog because it reminds me of how much we actually do know when we listen to our bodies.

    • Reply Nico van Haastrecht November 1, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Our bodies are so much wiser than we can comprehend with our minds.

  • Reply Caroline Francis September 4, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    There is always a bigger picture to see. To not see the bigger picture we lose ourselves and get swept away by what we can only see on the surface. There are never any victims in life; where we are today is from every choice up until this very moment we have made in our lives.

  • Reply matilda August 18, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Not only a testimony to Serge Benhayon, but also a point of inspiration for us to read situations beyond our first impressions, to be open to understanding life and the way things are on a deeper and deeper level.

  • Reply Melinda Knights August 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you Mary, reading this again has really brought home the power of observing and seeing through the surface to what’s going on underneath, and how this can support our development of understanding and wisdom about people. I appreciated this line too “…by going into sympathy, we miss out on an opportunity to actually understand the people and the responsibility they have for what they are choosing in their lives.”

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle August 14, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Greece is at another crossroad – it is out of intensive therapy and back to financing through conventional means but it seems as if the energy or the underlying tendencies are continuing.

  • Reply Ingrid Ward August 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    For me there are two valuable messages coming through your wonderful article Mary. One is that a nation is the sum total of the quality of the livingness of everyone who lives there, therefore if the population is unhappy with what is going on there is actually no one to blame, but an opportunity to honestly examine the way they have been living. The other message is that sympathy is a poison to our body, serves no one, neither the giver or the receiver, and as a result the true underlying issue is conveniently avoided.

  • Reply Jill Steiner August 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    An amazing article Mary thank you for sharing, what a difference it makes to our wellbeing to not get caught up in the power of sympathy and its disempowering energy, beautiful that Serge was able to give you a reading on Greece’s situation, when we read a situation so much understanding is then offered.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke June 17, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Fascinating to read and to get a deeper understanding energetically about the country. To me this highlights the importance of us reading every situation or being able to read every situation to see the bigger picture.

    • Reply Christoph Schnelle August 14, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Yes, the understandings and sometimes the surprises can be huge.

  • Reply Samamtha Davidson June 11, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    What I get from this deeply today is not to deny what we feel or underestimate what we bring to life and so a place when we live with responsibility and love (without perfection) We all feel it, it being everything.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle June 7, 2018 at 4:57 am

    The European Union has, after years of indulgence, asked Greece to be more responsible by not giving any more new money, just replacing old money that needed to be paid back. It is very interesting to watch how many well-respected economist and others are advocating ways for Greece to remain as irresponsible as it had been – as if people will never change their behaviour and need to be indulged indefinitely.

  • Reply Lieke Campbell June 5, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Sympathy can be a poison in our bodies because we are ignoring the truth that is very easy to see if we want to. It is a sophisticated form of niceness, but what we are actually doing is taking the issue on, contributing to it by ignoring it and not offering any true opportunity for the people involved to see it in a different way.

    • Reply Melinda Knights August 16, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      That’s exactly how it is for me Lieke, it’s so deeply embedded in society, I find I may not even be aware I’ve been sympathetic in an interaction until afterwards when I feel quite off and realise I’ve enjoined in the issue or taken it on so to speak.

  • Reply Meg May 28, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    There is an astonishing accuracy to every reading I’ve ever heard Serge Benhayon give, he has an amazing insight that exactly pinpoints the energetic cause and with that understanding he provides the problem almost always has it’s power taken away from it.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh May 24, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    It is wonderful knowing that those aches, pains and physical issues actually mean something. I am so very grateful that Serge Benhayon supported this understanding. There is so much wisdom and awareness accessible to us all and when we do not bludgeon our body into dullness, it is naturally an invaluable support in this.

  • Reply Viktoria May 20, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    So much can be felt if we surrender, the way a room feels, the way a street feels and the way a whole country feels!

  • Reply Ingrid Ward April 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    How wonderful that the evil of sympathy has been exposed by Serge Benhayon, something which most consider to be a ‘virtue’ and to be applied anything time we judge someone to be suffering. Learning that the most loving thing we can do in that situation is to support the person with compassion allowing them the space to begin to heal what they are going through.

    • Reply Melinda Knights August 16, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      People don’t usually equate love with responsibility but they go together. Responsibility is very empowering.

  • Reply Tricia Nicholson April 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    The understanding true level of support and healing offered to yourself and humanity tirelessly is beautiful to feel and know for myself also from Serge Benhayon. The energetic readings of what is really going on bring and true understanding to our bodies and makes everything so simple true and known The level of responsibility called for for humanity is being exposed everywhere and as the world’s starts of affairs are appearing and can not continue easily And more love is poured on earth for us all.

  • Reply leigh matson April 16, 2018 at 1:21 am

    Reading this article this time around really highlights how healing having an energetic understanding of situations can be.

    • Reply Christoph Schnelle June 7, 2018 at 4:58 am

      Yes, it provides a much deeper understanding as just looking at the symptoms would provide.

  • Reply Shami March 28, 2018 at 6:54 am

    It is incredible to read about how a black market economy works, and how so many people can feel disempowered by it while others seem to gain all the profit that is offers. This seems to me like a very imbalanced system that will always lead to something turning in to a collapse of some sort. And perhaps this is what is most frustrating for the people of that country, to know what will come but feel powerless to do anything about it.

  • Reply Michael Brown March 26, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    The level of support we have from Serge and Universal Medicine blows me away every time.

    • Reply Meg May 28, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      I agree Michael – there is nothing in this world like it.

  • Reply Joseph Barker March 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Beautiful Mary. We end up with physical consequences and blame our body when often it is just registering the truth about the environment we find ourselves in. We need to acknowledge that living amongst massive disconnection hurts.

  • Reply Adele Leung March 19, 2018 at 10:58 am

    An amazing sharing Mary and it has brought understanding to me in a similar situation when I visited Peru, it has helped me to understand the extent I have absorbed about the place and the choices of this place to not see the truth beneath. But also understanding why I would do that and freeing myself from this choice.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle March 15, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    We are having more and more elections where the outcome looks quite strange with more and more single-issue and fringe parties getting a bigger and bigger share of the vote. There does not seem to be much demand for alternatives that are sensible.

    • Reply Matilda Bathurst August 18, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Either sensible or responsible. We seem keener on choosing political parties that give us the leeway to remain comfortably blind and irresponsible.

  • Reply Susie W March 9, 2018 at 7:27 am

    We can usually tell if we’re hoping or trying to avoid someone in our day, for example a particular family member, colleague or even supermarket cashier, but you’ve raised an interesting point that we can actually dig our heels in and fight going to certain locations or countries too. Clocking this feeling and looking at WHY we feel the need to avoid these places is the only way to change this. It’s amazing that you had the support to see more clearly what was going on, and we can all provide this support to each other.

  • Reply jennym March 3, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    This account can be applied in our lives in so many situations. How prepared are we to just observe and bring ourselves fully to life without becoming overly involved and sympathising or going into reaction and judging others for their choices?

    • Reply Christoph Schnelle March 15, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      That is very true.

  • Reply rosanna bianchini March 3, 2018 at 7:56 am

    I was riveted Mary by your story, a really interesting and insightful read from all aspects – global responsibility and how an individual’s choice affects everyone. Feeling the resentment as you did would not have been lost on those living in the country every day who, as in your examples given, know full well what is going on, but feel powerless to do anything about it.

  • Reply jennym March 1, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    What is so striking is how we can all feel and sense the underlying nature of things and yet we dont always want to acknowledge what has already been felt and seen.

  • Reply Danna Elmalah February 27, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    What a gorgeous example of what we all can feel and sense.. but have payed little if no attention to, as our views are often not wanting to go there.. the obvious and not so obvious truth that shows the ugly behavior. That causes much harm in this world. All have been or still are responsible for it. No matter what we say to pretend we are not, the smallest seed of creation that we live, is contributing to all of our loveless ways. That is why what Mary shares is so profound, as once we start to love and be loving in our everyday life, truly, we actually make a difference and can see the upheaval clearly, being less invested in the picture to be ‘good’.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle February 22, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Mary, if the consciousness affects you as a visitor this strongly – what does it do to the citizens themselves?

  • Reply HM February 10, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Such a strong reflection of the part energy plays in our lives, and that sympathy is actually us taking on ill-energy. Mary this sharing offers so much about the impact of people’s choices and how everything can be felt.

  • Reply Rebecca January 29, 2018 at 8:49 am

    There is nothing to big or small to consider and read energetically – nothing too seemingly insignificant or large in proportion that cant have an deeper meaning brought to it

  • Reply Gabriele Conrad January 24, 2018 at 7:59 am

    A thorough account of how corruption undermines us all; in the short term it looks like it creates winners, those who pocket the bribe, but in the long run it drains us al and tempers with our senses.

  • Reply Rik Connors January 21, 2018 at 10:31 am

    It is proof here that education should be made about energetic awareness. What a difference it would make to understanding the ills of each other and our world. As Mary as shown, if we are not being responsible it is us that will carry the ills.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle January 19, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I wonder if there is a deeper issue with Greece – perhaps a desire to get away with the least amount of effort, the least amount of commitment to life and to others and why that consciousness would be so strong?

  • Reply Shami January 5, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Mary this is pure gold – to recognise the difference between sympathy and simply seeing the situation for what it is. Because without sympathy I feel that we are all way more equipped to actually support and initiate the changes that need to happen, whereas with sympathy there is no room for objective movement as all is caught in the one stream of movement and therefore nothing is offering a different perspective.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle January 1, 2018 at 6:53 am

    That is true. What I find interesting is that certain levels of corruption are accepted, even embraced but other levels of corruption like the one in Greece is becoming less acceptable. Perhaps there will be further developments in what is unacceptable.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle January 1, 2018 at 6:51 am

    I have been following the Greek narrative for years – the overspending by everybody in Greece as a result of joining the EU, the reckoning and the reaction to the reckoning. This is one of the most insightful contributions I have read.

  • Reply HM December 28, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Mary – this is experience is really important for us to understand. A country chooses to live without responsibility and the result is not great. So there are consequences. I have been to Greece – I have seen the state of the roads- the fact that no more garbage can be collected because tips are full and there is no more money to build more. Nor do they care to separate compost and recycling. It has become a state of beaches and nice restaurants to please tourists and yet there is no care underlying this. But as you share here – it is possible to feel the energy of a country – and this can be felt by people who live there and visit there.

  • Reply Rebecca December 26, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    There have been many time when Serge has responded incredibly quickly given the time zone difference and his busy schedule, but that is just the kind of person he is – unwaveringly there for people in such a consistent way that he has developed a deep level of trust with hundreds of people

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle December 26, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Greece is getting a very supportive education in being less irresponsible in the past – their ‘austerity’ was simply a stop in getting further money as the outflows and inflows have balanced over the last six years. It exposed just how inefficiently money was spent in Greece and the Greek have a choice to live within their means or go broke completely.

  • Reply Adele Leung December 7, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Yes we feel everything all the time. This is an amazing reflection to me of a similar incident when I travelled to Peru, it has helped me make a lot of sense of the experience.

  • Reply Rachel Murtagh December 7, 2017 at 2:28 am

    This was great to re-read, Mary. ‘…by going into sympathy, we miss out on an opportunity to actually understand the people and the responsibility they have for what they are choosing in their lives.’ Through your headache, you clearly show by going into sympathy what this can do for the sympathiser! As a fellow sympathiser I love the wise words from Serge Benhayon that you share.. it makes sense on all fronts. It also allows room for others to make different choices too.

  • Reply Michael Goodhart December 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    What a powerful account of how when we commit to living responsibly in a loving way as Mary has done we can have a huge impact with everyone we meet and even feel the difference in energy between oneself and a whole country! Amazing too, how dramatically our bodies can respond to these different vibrations to show us where we are at in out personal development.

  • Reply Christoph Schnelle December 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    A truly excellent and insightful summary of the Greek situation.

  • Reply Elodie Darwish November 18, 2017 at 6:14 am

    That is so interesting Mary. The stories of corruption really blow my mind. To think that a government would not complete a job, like adding the drains to the roads because instead they could benefit from the cash is just unbelievable. I can not fathom how this actually goes on. Positions of power are abused by the minute and it’s disgusting. It really makes me realise just how complacent I can choose to be in my life when I think that the government or any higher position has ‘got this’, and that I don’t have to worry or even think about all the ‘big’ stuff. It’s not true, the more turn a blind eye, the more we are an equal player in the corruption game, because we are essentially facilitating it.

    • Reply Adele Leung December 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Corruption and bribing happens in China frequently as well, it feels like a barbaric way of communicating, and probably the reason I have resisted going there or working there. And yet, with the realisations that this piece has supported me with, I do not need to resist anymore. Simply read the situation and the situation will not have control over how I choose to be. In fact, the reflections of truth are greatly needed in the world.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke November 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    A great example of being able to read a situation and how this helps us. I.e to take a step back, take true stock of what is going on and be willing to see the truth and not what is presented on face value. Also you expose how going into sympathy just does not work.

  • Reply Annelies van Haastrecht November 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I loved reading your article this morning, great inside of what our body can communicate to us and thank you for the reminder of the evil that sympathy truly is. There is more than meets the eye.

  • Reply Leigh Matson October 29, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Focusing on the suffering distracts us from seeing the steps, choices, lifestyle and the energy behind it all that led to the end result of suffering. It’s great if you want to be irresponsible but that actually creates more suffering we later moan at or get stopped by.

  • Reply Lucy Dahill October 17, 2017 at 3:43 am

    What a great read this morning. We feel so much more than we can choose to be aware of and to take it to that level, feeling the lack of responsibility of a whole nation brings it right home. What I learnt from your blog is that it is not just knowing a country is irresponsible, it is recognising that this can be the opposite to what we live and that if we don’t clock it, then we can feel a tension in our bodies that can manifest in physical, psychological or emotional symptoms. The lack of understanding actually harms us!

    • Reply Christoph Schnelle February 22, 2018 at 4:44 am

      Yes, I always find it very interesting how I respond when I visit a new country or even one I haven’t been to for years.

  • Reply Willem Plandsoen October 16, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Super interesting story Mary. Of course countries also hold an energy, and even continents do. That is why I never went on holidays again after two holidays in Africa. The continent just does not feel right. I know a life is not really valued, and that is felt in energy when you are there. Not surprisingly I was robbed at noon on the beach on one of the these holidays. The feeling that you have to watch myself constantly was there all along.

  • Reply Melinda Knights October 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Its an interesting study into individualism and the disregard to local and national community because of self interest, and the far reaching effects on the international community. The true riches lie in brotherhood, money (including corrupt money) cannot fill the void that only brotherhood and interdependence can give human beings.

  • Reply Melinda Knights October 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    What an amazing article, thank you Mary. I learnt about the true situation in Greece and the very important point of observing what is happening rather than being in sympathy, which allows the true foundation of the situation to come forth as well as the cycles people move in, particularly in relationship to personal and collective responsibility.

    • Reply Christoph Schnelle December 26, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Yes, sympathy is what people who don’t want to live within their means trade on.

  • Reply Jill Steiner October 12, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Thank you Mary for sharing such a great story with so much understanding given to you by Serge who understands and knows all there is to know about energy and how it affects our lives. To be able to look deeper into the situation in Greece and see what was happening as a result of irresponsibility eliminated going in to the energy of sympathy, a word that has no connection to responsibility.

  • Reply Simon Williams September 29, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Its fascinating when you stand back and feel how a nation can take on a consciousness and then people run with it, it becomes their normal. This is what develops into a national consciousness that might drive its citizens (thinking of the fast developing countries), get them to rest on their laurels, or constantly have them picking a fight (either with each other or the rest of the world) because of their insecurity. Out question is always do we clock it? Are we a part of it, or can we feel what is true for us inspite of the ‘usual’ way things are done?

  • Reply Rebecca Wingrave September 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Mary, thank you for sharing this, it is interesting how we can make ourselves ill when we go into sympathy and that it is much more loving for ourselves and others when we stay present, read and understand what is truly going on in a situation and know that are lives are a result of our choices.

  • Reply fiona lotherington September 15, 2017 at 2:53 am

    This is a great example of how if we each let our standards slip, a whole nation can silently end up agreeing on behaviour that is unethical, unsustainable and completely self-indulgent.

    • Reply Lucy Dahill October 17, 2017 at 3:45 am

      Yes and then it is an uphill battle to bring back decency and respect. No-one wants to lose out, so if corruption pays, then all of a sudden corruption is the way to go. Greece has been a very important reflection to the whole world the question is, will we choose to see it and learn from it?

  • Reply Lieke Campbell September 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Such a great sharing that our illnesses, pains and tensions can come from so many things, and have not just a physical root cause.

  • Reply Ingrid Ward September 9, 2017 at 6:15 am

    This is such a huge eye-opener that you have presented us with Mary, but not just for Greece but for how we live our own lives, as the way we live not only impacts on us but on everyone around us. These words in particular resonated with me as it seems to me that the Greeks are not the only ones “who seem to feel that everyone owes them a living and they cannot see that their irresponsibility has led to this debt crisis.” I can see that all around me and in the world at large. I have come to know that if I have a ‘debt crisis’ it is has been created by my irresponsibility, by my choices, and therefore the healing of it is my responsibility, and mine alone

  • Reply Lucy Duffy August 31, 2017 at 5:10 am

    This is brilliant Mary. Being able to understand and see so clearly what is going on energetically within a country, or any situation, supports us to continue to observe and not to drop into sympathy or emotional charity. Then responsibility and accountability come to the fore which is when healing can begin.

  • Reply Kehinde James August 4, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Mary what you share, brought back a memory. My first trip back to Sierra Leone country of birth, after twelve years living in the UK was marked with something similar. I was 19 years old and very soon after I arrived was struck with blinding migraines and excruciating headaches never previously experienced. Like you, I entered a country that on the surface beautiful but beneath the outer skin riddled with corruption but familial and national. I was surrounded by a sea of false faces and felt the heaviness in the air. Despite all efforts, prayers did nothing to relieve the pain., they subsided when I flew out of the country. From your article I am now re-reading what happened.

  • Reply Natallija July 26, 2017 at 7:44 am

    This blog brings back the true meaning of what it means to live not only at you own level of disregard and irresponsibility but the impact that this brings to us all as nations around the world. There is no hiding that we all play a part with each movement daily that does not bring full expression.

  • Reply Natallija July 10, 2017 at 10:28 am

    It is interesting to note that we can observe the choices that other countries make yet we need to ponder closely on the impact these choices have on the whole. This is no different to ignoring the injury to one hand that has come for irresponsibility and not thinking it will not have an impact on the other hand along with the rest of the body.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh July 8, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Interesting that dropping into sympathy rather than seeing the truth of the situation can affect us.
    I know from being at the receiving end, that it is not that helpful to the other party either for us to go into sympathy and try to rescue them out of the mess they are in.

    In contrast it is immensely empowering to give them the space to become aware in their own time that they themselves colluded in making that mess, to understand the dynamic, to deepen their understanding of accountability and to realise that within them they also have everything they need to turn around the situation.

  • Reply Samantha June 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    We have so much we can learn from others, if one county is doing well we can look to see what works, we need to share and implement good practice around the world not just keep it to ourselves likewise we need to be open to the fact that others may be doing it better and be willing to learn. In the future we can not have the separate nations, we all need to learn from each other so the whole world is firing at the level it should be.

  • Reply Sarah Flenley June 11, 2017 at 5:20 am

    The body is incredible in its wisdom that it shares with us, even if we dont’ want to see it! This is obviously what you needed to see and experience to bring a greater understanding to it, supported so ably by the extraordinary-ordinary Serge Benhayon.

  • Reply Samantha June 1, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Very intresting Mary, fascinating to read. Very relevant for today here in the U.K. with Brexit ever looming – what the energetic consequences of this will be.

  • Reply Natallija May 29, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Sympathy is a killer and can harm the sympathiser more than the person that is choosing to live their life a certain way. The works of Serge Benhayon have been pivotal in my experiences. Learning that the need to sympathise rather than offering them understanding harms on a deeper level. Allowing others to make choices that in the long run may not work to heal the directions they have taken or continue to make the same ill choices again and again is just a choice and nothing more.

  • Reply Jonathan Stewart May 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    “It seemed that within minutes, he [Serge Benhayon] was back in touch with me. ‘Does he sleep?’ I wondered.” The support and love of Serge Benhayon is truly remarkable yet at the same time that is the lived example of the same depth of love in our essence.

  • Reply Karin Barea May 25, 2017 at 6:38 am

    This is huge and offers so much with how we are with individual people and while countries. As someone who has had a penchant for sympathy to read how ill we can affect ourselves with it is an eye opener. I have fallen for sympathy and fallen ill too. It is such an ill that I have continued to fall for when I am in it as I notice it is usually coupled with guilt in some way. So awesome to know the truth of others’ choices that have created their situation. Sympathy doesn’t allow them the clarity to then see the unloving and irresponsible choices. Conversely, reflecting choices which hold great integrity does light the way out of whatever predicament that has been created.

  • Reply Monica May 22, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Mary thank you for this blog, it really shines a torch on how countries are no different from people and that each person affects the whole. Right now I’m sitting in Greece writing this and things have still not changed although people know they need to and acknowledge there is a culture issue they need to address yet at the same time seem to suggest it’s beyond them. There is a real lack of care of the public space and it reminds me of many third world countries I’ve visited. And It’s great to read this and be reminded not to go into sympathy here but to feel that this has come about due to a series of choices and change will only come when people change those choices and rather than go into sympathy I can respect that with the understanding that is all part of the learning for means them.

  • Reply Gabriele Conrad May 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    When I first started reading your article, I thought it might be about Brexit and Britain’s responsibility and then it turned out to be about Greece. The examples of bribery that you cite are shocking and even more shocking is the fact that nobody seems to care enough to stay stop, this is not right and will not ever get us out of this mess. Let someone else come to the rescue.

  • Reply Harrison White May 6, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    It makes sense although unfathomable that the root cause of your Illness when entering Greece was because you were living at a level of love so much greater than the people at that time were living en masse, it is truly extraordinary and a learning for us all to always consider that there is more at play then what we can see.

  • Reply Harrison White May 6, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    An amazing sharing Mary thank you. Many times I too have been very appreciative and humbled at Serge’s Email replies, also thinking, wow I didn’t expect a reply so quickly knowing how busy he is, but every time I also learn that he does what is needed and is always willing to help, when help is truly asked for.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke April 28, 2017 at 6:39 am

    It is fascinating to hear how one country thinks another country owes them! There is so much to be exposed and healed here.

  • Reply Rowena Stewart April 23, 2017 at 3:09 am

    “Maybe this will sober the Greeks enough to realise, that they all have a part to play in the economic growth of the country. Also, it may bring other countries to their senses, to realise that it is impossible live off borrowed money forever.” It never pays to dodge our responsibility to contribution to our societies, because at the end of the day it all stacks up and the situation in Greece is a classical example of how when it does, it really does come crashing down round our ears.

  • Reply Monica April 22, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Sympathy is such a killer and it can apply anywhere people or countries, indeed it’s one I can find challenging at times – there is a line where when we go beyond understanding and begin to commiserate with another, and once we do so we’re right in there with the other and we are both impacted and there is nothing shown beyond the situation at hand. And of course this does nothing changes nothing and this is often how we operate – your story Mary is very important as it shows how harmful this is and how stepping out from this changed everything

  • Reply Stephen Gammack March 13, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    What an article this is, quite brilliant. It describes the Greek economy perfectly and exposes how sympathy does nothing but harm. Imagine we were all to read life like this, why everything occurs for a reason. Also to not bend to the corruption we see but instead stand up to it. Mary’s presence in Greece and her commitment to decency, honesty and people was a staggering reflection. It is worth embracing the fact that we all make a difference, we can say that one person can ‘t change a country, but perhaps that is not actually so.

  • Reply Karoline Schleiffelder February 8, 2017 at 7:07 am

    We can get so caught and involved in the stories of people’s suffering, including our own, but to stop and read beyond the surface, shows us what is really going on. Our world, our nations, down to our homes, is made of people and our choices.
    Serge’s love for humanity is not about sympathy but seeing what is really going on, and taking responsibility to go there, to our choices and how this affects the all.
    ‘Serge has shown me that it is all too easy to focus on the surface suffering, that we see and choose not to consider the choices people have made or continue to make, that has led them to the situation we see before us.’

    Superb sharing Mary, I loved reading every word.

  • Reply Joe Minnici February 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Yes Mary, Serge Benhayon is a very special man, it’s quite extraordinary that he can respond to thousands of people worldwide within a short time frame and this is on top of everything else he does.

  • Reply Mary Adler February 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    A great example of how energy is in and effects everything and everyone.

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

    Miracles with a capital M Sue! The power of getting to the root cause is freeing beyond words and the opportunity to appreciate the process taken to identify all this as the cycle of learning for all.

  • Reply James Nicholson January 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing Mary, it is so easy to take things at face value but when we actually look below them we get to really understand what is going on. Something crazy I have found about the human condition is that we are prepared to accept a certain level of suffering so long as we can keep things the way they are and not have to change anything. The truth Serge bring calls us to take repsonsibility for our lives and whilst it may seem daunting at 1st is definitely worth it.

  • Reply Bernard Cincotta January 6, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Mary this is a great example of how we are affected by energy, and how if we react to what we feel, to takes a toll on our physical bodies. Understanding what is really going on energetically helps us hold true and respond without reaction.

  • Reply Natallija January 3, 2017 at 11:12 am

    A powerful read on the levels of responsibility that go way beyond the individual. As countries worldwide we have an energetic responsibility in how we live and what we are reflecting to our neighbours as a collective. Serge Benhayon has brought light to a question that many would be asking and realising that energetic responsibility can harm all no matter where you are located on the world globe. There is a responsibility in calling out the ideals and beliefs that can often cloud our understanding of the truth.

    There is no running away from responsibility as an individual or a nation. This blog says it all. The choices we make in our living as an individual, in partnerships, as a family, community or nation it all counts.

  • Reply julie Matson December 2, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    This is a great read Mary and highlights that there is so much more going on than what meets the eye. Who would have thought that by going into sympathy for a whole country that you could develop such severe headaches, and that by reading the situation and bringing more understanding the pain subsided. This really brings it home how crucial it is to read everything the body is telling us and not just when we are in severe pain such as you have described.

  • Reply Elizabeth Dolan December 2, 2016 at 4:42 am

    This article leaves us in no doubt that we can actually feel everything that is going on around us. It is quite remarkable that once you understood what was going on Mary that the headache left. This just shows that our body is constantly responding to the quality of the energy that we allow through it.

    This blog shows how we are so much grander than what we allow ourselves to live most of the time. We can feel everything that is going on and we just have to give ourselves permission to know what we already know.

  • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh November 29, 2016 at 3:04 am

    It is a great source of empowerment as well as wisdom if we can relate to life, without getting blinded with the surface veneer and niceties, but with an awareness of the energetic dynamics truly at play. I have found Serge Benhayon’s support in starting to understand how energy works, letting go of ideals and beliefs that stopped me from being open to seeing the truth in front of me, as well as trusting and honouring the awareness each of us has deep inside, immensely invaluable. Again and again I find this deflates the balloon of fury, judgement, finger-pointing and ultimately giving-up which for so long have been my default reactions.

    We are so used to and so comfortable with complaining about life and pointing the finger. We go around expecting and demanding from others that which we are not even bothering to do for ourselves. Being reminded of our responsibility in the situation is never a vote-winner, yet thank God there are people like Serge Benhayon with more love for humanity than caring about being popular, who keep reminding us of it.

    Ironic that although most of us seem to avoid it at all costs, responsibility is one of the most empowering and evolving relationships we can have with life.

  • Reply Jonathan Stewart November 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you Mary for this powerful testament to the devastating effects of sympathy, the fathomless depths of Serge’s boundless love and support and your demonstration that true healing occurs when one is willing and dedicated, as you are, to discovering the root cause of something rather than numbing the symptoms.

    Discerning and observing is so important to ensure that we do not become engulfed in and by the energy surrounding us.

    You expose brilliantly here, Mary, the insidious harm of sympathy. You also clearly show how everything is energy and if we read it objectively we do not need to be affected by it.

    • Reply James Nicholson January 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Well said, it is important we observe what is going on around us rather than simply react to what we see. This way we can almost take a step back and then can respond to what is going on and so not get caught up in it.

  • Reply Rowena Stewart November 16, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Thank you Mary, we certainly need more articles like this that expose the irresponsibility that many nations choose to live in. Greece’s predicament, while being very painful to witness the suffering that is being experienced by its people, is a direct consequence of a complete lack of integrity and responsibility, from the personal to the collective level. I too would have so easily slipped into sympathy in the past, but what Serge Benhayon teaches is how to look deeper than the surface situation to feel and understand the real causes of our predicaments, created by the quality of our daily choices. 10 years plus of studying with Serge Benhayon has supported thousands of people, you and me included to establish a bedrock of integrity from which to live our daily lives, in the knowing that everything we do will come back to us in the same energy it was activated in. Choose to live with integrity, respect, commitment and honesty and that will return, choose otherwise and we end up experiencing our own energetic debt implosion just like the one Greece is having to take responsibility for now.

  • Reply Leigh Matson November 1, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Reading the introduction to this article I stopped and pointed out to myself: The way I live within a country, flat, workplace, underground train car is supporting the quality of the air/space that people will enter into and or co-inhabit with me. This quality others will consciously or unconsciously feel. Now that’s obvious when we are in a room with someone who for example gets angry or excited, but it’s not just in those obvious moments but all the time. It makes me wonder how does the quality I live in communicate to everyone around me? Thank you Mary.

  • Reply Sandra Newland October 28, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Mary, your story is one example of many where Serge Benhayon responds to a call for help. His reading of the situation puts everything in perspective so you can see what is really going on underneath the surface. He does indeed, “serve humanity tirelessly”.

    “…by going into sympathy, we miss out on an opportunity to actually understand the people and the responsibility they have for what they are choosing in their lives.” People belief that sympathy is ‘good’ but your story Mary shows how devastating it is for the body. When we are in sympathy we join the other in their predicament and offer no clarity or understanding of the situation, so it keeps people bound in their misery.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke October 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    WOW those examples you gave are shocking and I am sure from understanding the level of corruption that you have shared, there are many many more. A great call in how sympathy gets us nowhere and when we are in sympathy we cannot see with absolute clarity what is going on and more importantly, why. With the stuck and ‘treacle’ like feeling you had when you were there my feeling is, by the sounds of it, that this is the energy the country is in at the moment through the corruption they have been living in and from being in sympathy this is what you were taking on. It is a great example of how the way we live has an impact on everything, especially if we are irresponsible.

    That is pretty dire for the country to say that citizens can only take out 60 euros a day! Yet still it seems, from what you share, that the absolute truth of the situation is not felt by the people living there and the people that through living irresponsibly created this to happen. You mentioned this wasn’t felt and people were still out drinking coffee and shopping. ‘Yet everywhere I went, the streets were bustling with people spending. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants were all doing a roaring trade.’ How bad does it have to get for us to truly take notice?

  • Reply Shevon Simon October 18, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I love this Mary, I really thank you for taking the time to write it. Serge Benhayon is an absolute treasure, always bringing understanding. His awareness of how life works and the great wisdom that he brings to everyone through this is an absolute blessing. I could read what you have shared here over and over again as it brings so much understanding as to why things are as they are and this is just in one country. There is so much more going on in life than what we see on the surface.

  • Reply Stephen Gammack October 17, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Simply love this writing Mary, to have such strong feelings in response to a situation is actually very normal, but how easy would it be to dismiss the headache as just a headache. The teachings from Serge Benhayon that everything is everything, nothing happens for no cause is eye opening, and jaw dropping in some cases when I understand just how sensitive we all are to what occurs in our world, and particularly how we just know corruption and how much it is far removed from how we are meant to live. Corruption which we all experience leaves too many behind, and that creates an imbalance in our world that eventually has to correct, as we see in Greece, it always catches up, nothing is ever gotten away with and responsibility is key.

  • Reply Jo Elmer October 16, 2016 at 5:28 am

    It has become common place among esoteric students to experience these kinds of experiences and the profound healing that comes from true understandings, as felt and offered by Serge, felt and known by our own inner most.

    I have always known there is so much more at play but now I also know that we can understand what is effecting us and why and when needed, correct our part in it.

    It is purely inspiring to me to read how much Mary has come into her own loving power by adhering to the innate love that we all are as Serge inspires and reminds us is our true way. I love knowing that Mary is now flying around the world meeting people with an open heart.

    I am opening to this more and more too and am floored by how responsive and ready people are to have a real conversation with true warmth and honesty.

  • Reply Cherise Holt October 15, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Super interesting article Mary and I loved reading about the changes and understanding that was brought to you when you allowed an all-encompassing approach to see and read what was fully going on. This is our potential with all matters of life, to observe, to read and to bring understanding to all pockets of life where there is (and is clearly not) the choices of responsibility being made.

  • Reply Gabriele Conrad October 3, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I had some knowledge of the corruption and lack of responsibility in Greece, but your insider story reveals a lot more about what is really going on and how deep it runs.

  • Reply Stephanie Stevenson September 30, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    A powerful and inspiring writing that exposes the dire trap of getting caught up in sympathy for people and the circumstances they are in. The truth is that sympathy only adds to the ill-energy that is being chosen and accepted as the normal way of living – the corruption and evil of a black economy in order to remain in comfort in this instance.
    “I had dropped into sympathy with the people and their predicament, rather than see what the situation truly represented. Serge has shown me that it is all too easy to focus on the surface suffering, that we see and choose not to consider the choices people have made or continue to make, that has led them to the situation we see before us”.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh December 17, 2016 at 2:59 am

      And how many times in history have we poured aid, charities, support projects founded on the sympathetic ideals and instead of offering understanding and support to those needing to learn by facing the predicament they themselves had created, we helped them buy time, ignore their accountability and bury themselves further?

  • Reply Kerstin Salzer September 21, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Mary, this is beautifully written and I feel almost part of your life. I have similar experiences with Serge Benhayon. He normally comes back immediately or within a few hours. I feel very held by him.

    It is interesting how a whole country is governed by certain emotions, beliefs and ideals, which is harming to them as well as to others not living in this country.

  • Reply Sarah Karam August 10, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Thank you Mary, this was a captivating story. I felt like I was there with you, experiencing it. It’s very powerful when we ‘read’ the detail of situations, sometimes we are able to do it on our own, other times we need a little support, what really baffles me is the fact Serge Benhayon is always there for everyone, always responds quickly and gives his all, it defies time and space.

    • Reply Natallija January 27, 2017 at 10:55 am

      So true Sarah Karam. The support that is offered by Serge Benhayon is endless and consistent. An example and true marker of responsibility.

  • Reply Ruth Ketnor August 7, 2016 at 1:36 am

    What a powerful and insightful blog Mary. Such a great example of how, ‘everything is energy and everything is because of energy’. Serge Benhayon serves humanity tirelessly, absolutely and is a constant inspiration.

  • Reply Aimee Edmonds August 1, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Serge’s readings have always been spot on and the truth felt in every cell of my being and my whole body surrenders with the clarity. I had a similar experience when in Rome visiting the Vatican. I was fine before arriving but while standing in the line to go in I became instantly ill and I felt like a vice was on my head and shoulders, that left me sitting in the gutter like I was going to pass out. Now, I would have known straight up the energy I was feeling, but way back then I persevered and went inside. As soon as I did my headache quickly shifted to a migraine (which I never had before) and my eyes were rolling around in my head, I was eventually carried through each room in agony. As soon as I left the building and went back to where we were staying I felt clearer in my head and started to understand a little more of what happened, and the pain dissipated. Bottom line… we can never underestimate or should ignore that everything is energy and we are feeling it and can read it in every minute moment.
    Reading this I can feel how truly loving it is to see and understand in full where people/groups/companies and countries are at and what they are choosing. That way no one can ever look down on or sympathize or go into rescuing another… because it will be very clear when we step back, what is really going on. Sometimes some hit rock bottom before they are shaken up to see the mess and illusion they have been living.

    • Reply Stephen Gammack April 14, 2017 at 5:15 am

      Hi Aimee, sounds like there is a deeper story to be shared there too, I would love to hear of the reading, understanding you would have of why you got the headache at the Vatican. Considering the abuse and scandals and hypocrisy that surrounds the Catholic church it would make sense that such behaviour of disregard would come with an energy that could have the potential to affect someone. What I find interesting in this and in Mary’s sharing is how when we read- understand a situation, bring clarity to it, then often a physical symptom can disappear, often instantly, that to me is fascinating.

  • Reply Judith Andras July 30, 2016 at 4:29 am

    The readings given by Serge Benhayon are so spot on and helpful and I have experienced the same Mary, if there is any serious body issue going on, he gets back to you like immediately, even if he is on a different time zone – it is really a phenomena how in sync he is with everyone.

  • Reply Leigh Matson July 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    This article makes a whole lot of sense, I’ve known that being in certain rooms or hanging around certain people come with a certain feeling but never did I apply this to countries. I experienced something similar a few years ago visiting family in America. What you’ve also shared about Serge Benhayon has also been my experience, no matter what if we ask for support it is there, never ever in sympathy but in supporting us to understand what is going on because with understanding we are not helpless but fully able to stand and make choices, not by direction but in being aware of what choices available to us and learning that we all make and have made choices that lead us to where we find ourselves in every moment.

  • Reply Leigh Strack July 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    A very powerful article Mary fully disclosing that how we respond to what we feel is paramount as to how this affects our health.
    It also shows us all the importance of full understanding, without attachment or judgement.
    I am deeply honoured to have read and shared this experience with you.

  • Reply Monika Rietveld July 24, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Your story confirms to me how much we feel and how strong this can effect our health if we don’t observe. What a learning to experience being stuck in time, feeling you can’t get away from it. Sympathy is a strong feeling and behavior we can go into with huge effects on our own health and it never offers the truth, the love and the responsibility the others need. How synchronized Serge could offer you a reading on what was going on and put subtitles for you by what you were experiencing.

  • Reply Simone Delorme July 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Again a wake up that we should not get fooled by images and surface appearance, but first and foremost feel the energy. I get still fooled a lot by thoughts and images and do not always take responsibility for what I sense. Great article Mary!

  • Reply Katerina Nikolaidis July 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    What a breath of fresh air Mary.
    I grew up in Greece until the age of 12 and as a teenager living in Scotland after that time, I would go back every summer with a very romanticised outlook! One summer this changed significantly as I sat in a cafe with some other people of my age — I was around 17 at the time — and everyone was idly playing on their mobile phones (this was in the 90s) AND the stock market. When I asked why the stock market I realised they were putting their pocket money in the stock exchange — it was a new thing to do and because no one from my generation in Greece was encouraged to work part-time and gain some independence and learn responsibility, they were downright bored. The stock market was the distraction and money was something you just got — from your parents, the government, the stock market…
    Today that’s the same generation that is in the mess that it is, but the attitudes still haven’t changed — the ‘you owe me’ as you’ve rightly put it is still strong, and hence the karma that the nation faces now.

    • Reply Golnaz Shariatzadeh September 28, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      What a great revelation these insights are that nothing is random and everything constellates to help us resurrect ourselves out of the wayward ways that we might have sunk into. It is there for us to observe and reflect on what part and what relationship we have with it all, and from there to expand the level of love, awareness, and responsibility with which we are choosing to live.

  • Reply Suzanne Anderssen July 17, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks to reading your article Mary, my eyes have been opened wider. There is nothing and nowhere energy doesn’t touch, although I can still be amazed, now is one of those times as I read your personal story on feeling the devastation of a country and its people and that effecting your health. This is very powerful and is true education. Perhaps it explains the reason my daughter has become sick the two times we have been to Japan and a few other places.

  • Reply Vicky Cooke July 16, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    A fascinating read Mary on many levels, I do not have much knowledge on governments in other countries (which maybe I should!). I remember the crisis in Wall Street, this just goes to show how people’s individual choices have an affect on everything else around us. Something the UK is, as a nation, more aware of since the referendum. It is also great to get absolute clarity on a situation as you did. Many times if I haven’t been able to understand something or could not read a situation I have also sent an email to Serge Benhayon not only will I, more often than not, get an immediate reply. I will have a far deeper clarity and understanding of a situation from Serge’s response. Serge Benhayon does serve humanity tirelessly .. it is an inspiration.

  • Reply Joshua Campbell July 15, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    This shows there is more to one dimensional life than we tend to think. Things are not always what they seem and reading the energy from our bodies gives the wisdom of what is truly going on underneath. When we take it for granted that life is what it seems we pay the consequences.

  • Reply Monica July 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Mary, it is so insightful to read your blog today as I’m visiting with family and seeing how they are and how they live. They are experiencing a lot of misery and I have found myself going into sympathy. Reading here has allowed me to come back to the understanding that no-one is a victim, that there is no need to judge or sympathise, both do not support anyone. To stand back and understand and observe that all of us are where we are, be it countries or people through our choices. So thank you to both you (Serge) today for reminding me of this valuable insight, and the responsibility I have to see beyond the surface and to bring true understanding to what I see: most importantly that everyone of us has that responsibility.

    • Reply Rowena Stewart December 19, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Well said Monica, the quality of our lives rests firmly on the quality of our choices and where we end up in life is a direct consequence of what we have chosen. Sympathy supports no one, it just embeds our wilful ignorance to refuse to take responsibility and painful as it is, at times we have to go through the extremes in order to learn. If we don’t chose to take responsibility for our individual and collective way of life, when it all goes pear shaped, we have no one else to blame but our selves.

  • Reply Zoe July 11, 2016 at 5:01 am

    What a powerful story Mary. It is amazing how strongly emotions effect the body… Thank-god for Serge hey! His clarity and love is life changing.

  • Reply Nicola Lessing July 11, 2016 at 4:33 am

    What a fascinating article Mary and now we have Britain going through turmoil with Brexit, exposing some of the people’s undercurrent racism. Seems countries, like people, have Karma because (of course) they are made up of people who often have a collective consciousness. Whenever I land in a country I always get a hit of the energy of the people and that country. I remember the first time I really noticed it was many, many years ago when I visited India. Interestingly enough, it was a deeply familiar feeling and I am pretty sure I have lived a few past lives in India!

    Also, I quite regularly have people tell me they emailed Serge Benhayon and got an instant response, in the manner you did and I have experienced that myself. It is really amazing how he does that and how nominating the truth of a situation can have such dramatic and healing results.

  • Reply Sarah Flenley July 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    The magic of God through the magic of Serge Benhayon. And I don’t mean the hocus pocus kinda magic. I mean the magic of being able to access this divine wisdom to read what is truly going on. To see it so clearly, with no judgement and/or sympathy and to support each other to see it as well. This is a well-told documentation of the many miracles that occur when you live The Way of the Livingness AND of Serge Benhayon’s tireless support of humanity.

    This level of corruption is across the world and I think you are not alone in the initial part of not wanting to see it. We have our heads in the sand about a lot of things and our bodies are aching because having our head in the sand is not its preferred stance! I so appreciate Serge Benhayon and students of The Way of the Livingness who are willing to pull their heads out and start to see what is truly going on in the world.

  • Reply Luke Yokota July 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    A very enlightening account of events.

  • Reply David Nicholson July 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Mary a great article on how whole nations are responsible for the quality within the nation and how that affects the rest of the world. I too had an experience in Greece a few years back and reacted really badly to the corruption I felt from the moment we arrived, it was spoken about as being normal, part of life. Yet I felt this complete lack of responsibility is anything but true. I’d not considered my resentment of it though. Recently I’ve spoken to others who say the Greeks are so happy for the UK to vote out of the EU and wish they had the courage to do so. To me this shows furthermore how the UK’s responsibility (or lack of) has now affected other entire countries in a way that avoids them looking at their responsibility. We are all responsible first for ourselves and then for everyone else, something I’ve learned and felt from Serge Benhayon that has meant my life is very different today, far fuller and far more enjoyable.

    • Reply Simon Williams October 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Its a great observation about the choice to leave Brexit. Its like wanting to be out of a difficult relationship because there is a tension, but having no idea what is on the other side of the fence… just wanting the relief. The UK is beginning to wake up to what that looks like and its certainly not going to be a panacea.

  • Reply Andrew Mooney July 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I agree Mary that it is very easy to just see life on one level in terms of what we see with our eyes is happening and to get caught up in that. I know whenever I have tried to figure out why something is happening on this level it rarely makes complete sense and one can drive themselves a bit potty trying to figure out why if we restrict ourselves to this level of reading life. Serge Benhayon has presented many times that it is wise to read things and why they are happening on a much deeper energetic level. Whenever I have applied this to my life things have made much more sense.

  • Reply Sandra Schneider July 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Wow. What an article. What a woman. What a world. And what a man.
    You bring here an understanding from the world and how it all works together. How we are a part of it and that is spectacular Mary! My livingness emanates and gets responses on many levels, be it in a one to one relationship, up to the relationships we have with countries. It opens up a view of responsibility, power and understanding like a bomb. How we choose to live has a huge impact, this is now very, very clear. Be it to support greedy behaviours and setups or living lovingly and in service for all – we count. Our choices count. Time to embrace our accountability – it is there anyway.

    I realise more and more how true understanding turns myself and the world around, even though it goes around anyway… So, in truth, it doesn’t turn the world around but my view of it. It turns what I have made into my realty, my creation – even if it was not true.

    Such a supportive article to bring more understanding to how energy works, how we people make countries and how supportive the lived love from Serge Benhayon is. An enlightenment sweeping blow.

    • Reply Vicky Cooke April 28, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Sandra I love this it says it all for me ‘Wow. What an article. What a woman. What a world. And what a man.’

  • Reply Miike Keppler July 10, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you Mary, what a beautiful piece on true responsibility. I can completely relate to your description, your story and – most of all – your experience. I am aware of this in my body and it always gives me a reflection of the energy a country is in; especially when I enter it. This happened to me, when I went to South-Africa in 2014 to teach coaches and counsellors. I could feel the resistance against responsibility and the avoidance of it in the whole country, even though South-Africa is one of the more modern countries of the continent. Most of the time I stayed in my hotel room in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Slowly, I could see how I was aligning with sympathy. Before I left I had a bit of time at the airport, where I booked a massage in a small clinic which was located in the shop mall. I asked the practitioner to treat me only gently without any outcome or attachment to results. I left South-Africa free of judgements, thoughts and sympathy. Before going there I had spoken to Serge Benhayon about the journey. He supported me to understand the service I could bring through my job and presence.

  • Reply Michael July 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Amazing article.

  • Reply Christine Hogan July 10, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Everything is a choice and this sharing is profound in its request to ask us to consider the much deeper and broader impacts of the choices we make and our understanding of our world. Serge Benhayon has through his transparency and livingness lived a truth and love which is available to all of Humanity all of the time. His introduction to the fact that everything is because of energy has built on the original foundation of Einstein’s discovery that ‘Everything is Energy’. Our bodies are reading the truth of what is happening around us all the time and it is up to us to honour what is there to be read and to honour this through our movements and choices. Thank you Mary for this insight and the power of living responsibility that is available to us all – In deep appreciation of the Works of Serge Benhayon.

    The Reflection that everything in life offers us a deeper understanding is there all the time teaching and holding us when we are willing to really see what is going on. The insight that Serge Benhayon shared with you Mary reflected the truth in this situation and it also reflects the ability we all have to choose to see what is happening around us. The tension felt in your body was true and confirmed the toxicity of the state you had entered. Serge Benhayon is a true teacher and has taught that everything is energy and everything is because of energy and this is truly evident in what you have shared here – Thank you.

  • Reply Lyndy Summerhaze July 10, 2016 at 7:55 am

    A spectacular article Mary. This is real education. Without understanding the basic tenet that ‘Everything is energy and therefore everything is because of energy’ we do not really know what is going on in the world and so we are at the mercy of our own emotional reactions instead of being able to see clearly and bring wisdom to the situation at hand. Serge Benhayon has been and is, the most magnificent educator I have ever known in the world.

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