By Natasha Ferré, Film TV producer, creative director, presenter
I have had the pleasure of interviewing and working with many presenters over my many years working in television and not too many stand out of the crowd. One man did certainly turn my head and has continued to do so over the few years I have known him. I first met Serge Benhayon when I attended one of the healing courses he presented for Universal Medicine. I remember back then that I felt an immediate response to what Serge was saying.
To me it was like, ‘Far out, not only does this guy know his stuff, I can really feel that he is speaking the truth.’ More interestingly he didn’t have ‘cheat notes’, a reference book, even a PowerPoint to refer to. No, he delivered three full days to a crowd of hundreds, with nothing but his knowledge.
I have worked as a physiotherapist for 20 years and have been to many conferences and health and well-being workshops; so I was familiar with this kind of event. The usual format would be that the presenter would be introduced with much fanfare and talking up of their credentials and would be generally held as an expert in their field and someone we should all look up to for the answers.
The presenters at these events would usually act and behave as the ‘expert’, presenting themselves as superior or more knowledgeable than their audience. I had observed that often these experts would be super knowledgable in their fields of expertise in health care but would not look or act very healthy themselves.
I don’t know many or in fact any other family who has brought up four children who have never taken alcohol, smoked, taken drugs or indulged in the usual teenage ‘not-so-healthy’ pursuits, who all excel in their own fields, with a level of throughput of work and projects way beyond the norm, who are not lost and checked out on social media or other forms of entertainment, and who have a level of wisdom well beyond their biological age and live lives of deep integrity, responsibility and purpose. If we could replicate the recipe that resulted in children becoming adults of this quality, the world would be a very different place indeed.
Serge Benhayon and Medicine
Serge once offered to me that what he felt would support me in life was less trying and more allowing. This was like a bell resonating in my body, starting gently at first and then building to the point that my whole body was resonating in the quality that was felt in this simple offering.
A couple of days later, I was lying on the floor on my back, breathing gently and repeating the word allow in my mind. It felt that with each breath I was allowing a warmth and surrender to move deeper and deeper into my body. Finally, the warmth reached my lower back, an area of my body that had been locked up and often extremely painful for over 20 years. My lower back felt warmer and warmer and then without warning, the warmth bridged through my lower back and right down to my legs. As this happened, my whole pelvis moved, re-aligned and my lower back released. That was my last time that I felt real pain in my back, some 10 years ago now.
During the harrowing time following my brother’s death I had very little professional help and this resulted in me bottling up all my feelings on the inside. I was hurting deeply and had become defensive as I had lost all trust in human nature.
In the meantime I heard, that there was to be a presentation in London by a man who was known as the healer’s healer. I immediately felt the impulse to attend, but had no idea why … that was until the presentation started.
In the world today, there are a seeming endless stream of people who are ready to get up and say they have the answer to all of life's ills and mysteries. Some will tell you the 'secrets' they say only they know that have brought them supposed untold wealth and power. Some will say that you will have to get down on your knees to come to meet them. Others tell you to go on pilgrimages that abuse the body 'to get clear' and still more will give a whole show with supported 'rah rah' to 'lift you up' but after leaving the workshop or presentation you hit the floor within a few hours or days.
Do we ever take a glimpse of how these people live, or take the time to study these self-professed 'self help guru's' for the integrity and commitment they live by? And are their lives totally open and transparent for all to see how they live, or are there all the secrets and hidden pockets of behaviour that are protected from view? Are they living in the world, seeing the reality of life, living with a family and dealing with real family issues?
I know that I have been to many of these presentations, read many books all promising the earth and leaving you with nothing. Each time I thought I’d found someone who was talking truth, I’d study how they live and found they were not living what they presented, far from it. This was the case for many years until I met Serge Benhayon.
I felt with no doubt, absolutely equal, worthy and appreciated with no imposition or underlying agenda and beyond words it offered a healing to have this reflection in my life concerning relationships between men and women. I decided that this was a quality in a man, in a human being that was worth exploring and finding out more about. And recognising this integrity, power and equality in him, brought the realisation from within me, that to see it in another I must already know it within myself. I began an unfolding path of redefining, reappraising and reestablishing of how I lived, cared for myself and expressed as a woman, and this continues to develop.
Byron Bay and the local area are filled with any possible healing modality you can think of. The local newspaper and notice boards are jam-packed with advertisements from practitioners; there are a number of healing therapy directories available online and in print media to choose from, but Serge has never advertised his services. This in and of itself should stop anyone and everyone in their tracks. How do you become global without self-promotion?
To provide some context to what follows, so impressed was I by Jenny right from the start of our first meeting, and similarly by a number of her close friends who were also students (as they refer to themselves) of Universal Medicine, that I took up my own study of this subject with great interest. There was something different about these people. I could see and feel it.
And so it was with quite some intrigue and anticipation, when the opportunity arose to attend Livingness 1, that I did attend that event and meet Serge Benhayon that first time. My email to Serge the following day, as shown below, captures the significance to me of that first encounter, how I was impressed by him and my feelings about what he presented.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to listen to many of Serge Benhayon’s presentations consistently emphasising the power of movement. I recall his first demonstration of this was in a guided Gentle Breath Meditation years ago when he suggested we think a negative thought or an emotional situation with the negative series of thought that goes with that and then he had us adjust our posture in a gentle way, demonstrating that when we moved in that way we could not sustain the negative thinking.
These testimonials are written by people who have met Serge Benhayon and have been directly inspired by him.