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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.