Changing our Perspective on Vaccinations – thanks to Serge Benhayon

By Penny Scheenhouwer, Brisbane

Growing up, I had all the recommended vaccinations. My mother never questioned the wisdom of vaccinations, or indeed any other recommended medical tests or treatments of the time, for any of our family.

When I was 18, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. At this time she started a very different relationship with medicine. She started to look at all the natural and alternative medicines. As she went along this path, she began to dismiss much about conventional medicine and what it had to offer. I watched her go into complete remission (medically stated) using ‘natural’ methods, and I found this very inspirational.

Through this process I began to read many of the books that she had (and she had literally hundreds). I too began to see things in a ‘different’ way than I had before. Somewhere along the way my mother became anti-vaccination and I too took on her anti-vaccination stance, after reading much of the material that supported that stance.

I decided that the harms of vaccination seemed to far outweigh getting a disease. I came to the decision that if I ever had children, I would not vaccinate them and intentionally put them at risk.

At the age of 35 I had my daughter. Both my husband and I had no intention of vaccinating her, and we did not. Just before her 3rd birthday she contracted chicken pox – a very bad case. From that I began to question whether or not we should have vaccinated her, after the doctor stated that the vaccination may have prevented the disease, or at the very least she would have only had a mild case.

I had met Serge Benhayon a few years previously, at the age of 31. In a conversation with Serge not long after my daughter’s illness, I asked whether we should vaccinate our daughter or not and what his views on vaccination were. His reply was that he could not and would not tell us what to do, but that he knew vaccinations do what they are supposed to do and that all his children had been vaccinated.

Following this, my husband and I talked and decided to vaccinate our daughter. Still caught up in the fear a little, we vaccinated her for everything except MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). Although we vaccinated our daughter, we never took responsibility for our selves and our own health, and did nothing to ensure that our own vaccinations were up to date.

Over time even this attitude has changed. We recently chose to vaccinate our daughter for MMR, as well as travel vaccinations. Not only that, but my husband and I also got all the shots we needed to bring ourselves fully up to date.

If it were not for the support and wise words of Serge Benhayon, offering us a greater perspective upon which to make our decision, my husband and I would never have vaccinated our daughter. We understand now that this put not only her at unnecessary risk of preventable diseases, but also others in the community. Our initial choice not to vaccinate was made out of fear, and not wishing to do her harm, but there is a bigger picture here, one that includes us all.


You can read more about Serge Benhayon’s views on vaccination on the blog “Serge Benhayon on vaccination – choice and responsibility”. 

397 thoughts on “Changing our Perspective on Vaccinations – thanks to Serge Benhayon

  1. We must never forget the fact that our vaccinations of today prevent diseases that in the past that have caused the deaths and the maiming of many.

  2. There’s a breadth and depth of responsibility to bring to the anti-vaccination case that this article has beautifully outlined. In many ways, it was a blessing your daughter became so ill – it’s this kind of ‘hits home’ incident that can help us take the blinkers off.

  3. I was not vaccinated when I was young but chose to make sure my children had all the appropriate shots, this had a lot to do with Universal Medicine’s positive attitude towards vaccinations. As you say, it’s about the whole community and it can be done in a way that still honours you and your child.

  4. It’s interesting how easily we can be swayed by the beliefs of our family and hold strong to something that can be unsupportive when truly addressed. I have heard of many that have been against conventional medicine in some form only to come to Universal Medicine and begin to change their mind… seeing the healing power in conventional medicine especially when combined with the wisdom and self responsibility of esoteric principles founded on what’s in the best interest of the all not just the self…. A movement towards the all that is healing in itself.

  5. Without vaccinations we would still be dying from preventable diseases, and when we choose not to have our children or ourselves vaccinated we are contributing to the resurgence of these diseases as is happening in the UK with Measles. We seem to think they are relatively harmless because of growing up in a time when there were very few cases of them due to vaccinations. There is not the living memory of the devastation these diseases can cause so we have become complacent and irresponsible, thinking it won’t matter if our kids aren’t vaccinated. But it really does.

  6. When we make a choice that only considers the individual we forget that we are all part of the one humanity.

  7. I was just having a conversation about vaccination with a family member yesterday. What came about in the conversation was that most of the reaction to vaccination was to do with the pharmaceutical industry and the trust that had been lost in them rather than vaccination itself. It just showed me how we can overlook something great if we have a hurt in the way of seeing truth.

  8. Thank you Penny for sharing what you have shared here about vaccinations. When my son was born I felt strongly not to vaccinate him initially because I was concerned about how his immune system would handle it and whether he would have any adverse reactions. However, by the time that he was 2 years old, we had already travelled overseas to 7 different countries including Korea, parts of Europe and North America, and this rang alarm bells for me. I felt that it was a natural course for him to get vaccinated so as not to put him at increased risk anymore. I immediately put this into action and have kept his vaccinations up to date since, with no regrets or second questions. There have been times when he has been very sick after the vaccinations with fever and chills and grumpy and irritable, but I have seen this as a sign of his immunity activating, and have allowed several days of quiet recovery in that time. Despite all this, and being considerate of my son’s wellbeing, I never once stopped to consider that vaccinating my son could also protect other children and those who are immune compromised. All these decisions came from a self-centred approach rather than considering everyone. This has been my learning and my understanding, and I am glad to be in a position today that allows me to see a broader perspective, and I can say that this is thanks to how Serge Benhayon has supported me with this understanding and the caring of everyone and not just myself or my immediate family.

  9. Vaccinating or not vaccinating out of fear is not the way forwards. It is important for each person to feel ok with their decision. One key point of advice for anyone who is about to get a vaccination done is to make sure that they are not unwell, do not have a cough or cold etc when they are getting the vaccination as this could put too much pressure on the immune system and make it that much more challenging to recover.

  10. As a family we lost faith in vaccinations for a while when one of us went down with chronic fatigue after having a vaccination. All the publicity brought about by the now struck off doctor Andrew Wakefield with his apparently fraudulent research in 1998, put the public’s health at risk because so many lost faith in vaccination.

  11. When we see our own children suffering from illness that may have been prevented or at least reduced the extent of the illness we start to question our own choices that we make on their behalf, not only are we responsible for ourselves we are responsible for them too, as we are to all children whether they are ours or not, therefore a vaccination has to be worth considering not just for ourselves, but a means to help protect everyone.

  12. When my children were young there was no question that they would not be vaccinated, even though at that time there was a lot of talk against getting them vaccinated, but I am of an age where I knew people with polio here in the UK, and have seen measles and mumps within my own family growing up, so the decision was easy for me.

  13. I have never ever heard Serge Benhayon tell anyone what to do and only ever shares how he lives providing the understanding behind his choices. Then it is up to me to feel for myself if that is something I wish to try out or not. These are great moments of deepening awareness and inspiration. At times I am moved to tears when I become aware of a far deeper level of love, care and responsibility that I and the whole of humanity could be living.

    The day I reassessed the mantra of ‘vaccination is bad for you’ (which the most of the Alternative Therapies I had in the past studies had preached) was such a moment when I took another step in realising I am not an island, and my choices and actions truly matter.

  14. There is such simplicity in free will, but also great responsibility. I’ve never really given vaccinations much thought, I’ve ‘followed the herd’ in that regard. Cool to read this story to get some perspective on the matter.

  15. Despite having cared for my daughter when she had a relatively mild case of whooping cough due to my decision not to get her vaccinated, I was still caught up in my reaction to what I perceived as the corruption of the pharmaceutical industry. I never considered my wider responsibility to the community we lived in who were affected by my decision, as well as the impact on my daughter and myself as she missed several weeks of school during her recovery. Making a decision in reaction does not allow the truth to be felt and explored.

  16. And this is the thing about Serge Benhayon, an extraordinary mix of the most wonderful ancient wisdom that humanity hungers for, combined with absolutely practical down-to-earth wisdom… And this combination in a man of the most extraordinary humility.

  17. It is interesting to see that there are some movements in society that reject the vaccination programs because of several reasons, sometimes from their religion or sometimes from other belief systems like the people living biologically or in a natural way. Their opinion may be to not interfere with nature (or God), or that the actual vaccination would be actually a risk to get the disease (what rarely happens) or any other reason. However whatever their reasoning might be in them choosing to not participate in the national or world wide programs, they actually do not take their full responsibility for what these programs offer to humanity. With these actions others can be put at risk by a possible reintroduction of some devastating childhood diseases that mostly are abandoned out our societies as a result of the worldwide participation of many in these these vaccination programs.

  18. So are vaccinations simply something to protect oneself against diseases or are they to protect society? If we stop making everything about ourselves for a moment and consider the big picture, the sense of vaccinations becomes very obvious. For example smallpox, a major killer, was eliminated worldwide by vaccination. Not just with vaccinations but with all things, considering the all lifts us all out of the tedious and very harming game of making everything about ourselves.

  19. What is the truth re vaccinations, yes, in many instances they make a huge difference to a wider community, but I have also read in certain instances, in the long term they may weaken the wider community.’

  20. ‘We understand now that this put not only her at unnecessary risk of preventable diseases, but also others in the community. Our initial choice not to vaccinate was made out of fear, and not wishing to do her harm, but there is a bigger picture here, one that includes us all.’ True Penny, we have made this same decision to not vaccinate 2 of our 3 children out of fear and wanting to protect them from being hurt or getting an illness because of the vaccination. We were greatly influenced by what was common in the Rudolf Steiner School, but I remember when there were children seriously ill around us because they had not had any vaccination, I was full of fear for my children and in doubt if we had made the right decision. Just like you, when I heard Serge Benhayon talk about the responsibility we have as parents to everyone in the community, I could feel how irresponsible it is to not vaccinate our children. Every parent should feel into this for themselves and make their own decision and also consider if the schedule of vaccination feels true for their child and adjust this to the rhythm they feel the child can handle.

  21. I had the recommended vaccinations when I was a baby and throughout my childhood but ever since I have not seriously considered to have them up-dated. I am now forty six years old and ever since I have had an attitude that repeating the vaccinations was only for those in the medical profession or when travelling abroad. I can feel the arrogance and how irresponsible to live in this way. Penny, your blog has me pondering…

  22. Growing up there were often children who had measles, polio, mumps, chicken pox and then suddenly there were less cases or milder cases and the diseases were hardly mentioned, but having grown up with these diseases it never entered my head not to get my children vaccinated. But it seems that because there are few cases now, parents do not know of the lived experience of someone they know having suffered, so are willing to take the risk, but now it would seem that these serious illnesses are on the increase again.

  23. Choosing vaccination is to take responsibility for ourselves as well as for the wider community. With worldwide vaccinations programs there are some preventable diseases that are now no longer, or vastly reduced, problem for all children in the world.

  24. There is so much misinformation around about vaccination which is such a terrible shame as it changes and has changed the trajectory for millions of lives. However the scientific, media and medical worlds have to take some responsibility for that misinformation. There have been instances of manipulation of the truth to achieve desired outcomes and this manipulation has been uncovered leaving sways of the general public mistrusting much of what is shared. Whenever I wonder how to change that it all comes down to valuing honesty, that is what Serge has taught me and that before I can ask that of another I have to be it myself. It changed how I looked at things and how I did my research.

  25. We react to what we don’t like about something and turn our back on the truth of it in the first place. Say for the likes of vaccination there is a truth to having it as it can be a very wise and loving choice to make. However it is certainly not the answer to it all and therefore always keeping an open mind (and heart) to what is true from our body’s perspective is always the wisest choice to make.

  26. Penny, that is such a great point, we can so easily make it just about us and our choices and neglect to see and understand that our choices affect others no matter what and do we consider the whole picture in those choices – often we do not and in fact as we begin to see and understand more clearly the parts we all play we view our choices very differently and so it’s not about just vaccinating your child to protect them but about how that works in the wider community of which all of us are a part. A great reminder that each and every choice we make matters.

  27. Having all the information needed to make a decision is part of the difficulty with this subject. It is incredibly emotive and when we come from a place of wanting to protect our children from harm we can be influenced more easily. Ultimately it is about the providers of information using that knowledge for the good of all not to promote fear.

  28. I was vaccinated as a baby but I have never considered whether it would be supportive to me and the community where I live to update the shots; it is something to deeply ponder on. Thank you Penny for sharing.

  29. Although I have sought it many times, I have not ever heard any do’s and dont’s from Serge Benhayon. What I have always received has been an inspiration to deepen my awareness and connection to my body and deeply honouring what I feel is required, and also to seek support when needed, thus being fully responsible for my own health and wellbeing. This has prompted me to not settle for one size fits all mentality and also be aware that at different points I may have different needs, so to keep tuning in to my body and keep reassessing all areas including vaccinations.

  30. I too have become more aware in making choices that are inclusive of all thanks to Serge Benhayon. He is a man who is devoted to all of humanity by truth and includes taking deep care of himself so he can be his all for us all. How you too can have a full perspective.

  31. I’m no medical expert but my understanding is that using a vaccination works by stimulating the body’s natural ‘defences’ against diseases and would seem be a good thing – preventing unnecessary levels of suffering.

  32. When we take ourselves from the forefront of the picture and look at the whole bigger, picture many of our choices seem reckless and irresponsible. Feeling the fact that we are all equal and living here together on earth shines a different light on our choices.

  33. In this day and age we can find literature on just about anything to support and justify just about anything. As responsible adults we need to be really discerning about what is true, what is not true and what is simply nonsense. This as you say Penny needs to be from the perspective of the all to support the all equally.

  34. Reading this I can see how decisions I’ve made based on fear have seemed entirely justified. What if I were to pause and feel based on the whole picture and all of us being included in that decision? That would certainly be a different energy I went about the choice in, even if, superficially, it seemed the same decision.

  35. Being able to see the wider responsibility of vaccinations was a big one for me to see as I was against them for many years. Since listening to Serge Benhayon and reading blogs like this I have come to see the value and necessity of them in medicine today. Thank you Penny.

  36. Thank you Penny, your blog brings light to a subject that has been shrouded in controversy. I know I too was scared of immunisation and was against it and even projected my fears and opinions unto others. I can now see how immunisation is about seeing the bigger picture and taking responsibility for our own health and the health of others.

  37. Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon are always there to bring, with the wisdom that everything is energy, a perspective that is always there to evolve humanity, from the simplest things of what really serves us to eat, to how to be in harmony with all the different aspects of medicine.

  38. Vaccinations have become a ‘hot topic’ in recent years and has often become wrapped in hysteria. What is needed is cool, calm detachment from all the emotions so that people can take an honest look at their fears and then make decisions. The federal government in Australia has now taken a firm stand on childhood vaccinations due to the alarming drop off rate in people having their children vaccinated as the risk of old and possibly deadly disease returning was reaching unacceptable levels. This, to me, clearly indicates that consideration of the health and wellbeing of the whole community is a necessary part when any parent/adult is weighing up their final decision around vaccinations.

  39. Science protects us from many untruths as described by Penny, but science itself is continuously evolving and the initiatives of a number of people to cast the current scientific methods into stone are just as unscientific as those who sold snakeoil as a cure-all. It is assuming that only these methods lead to truth – that is not an assumption that has been proven.

  40. Well said Penny, it was through the support and wise words of Serge Benhayon that I also changed my negative perspective of having vaccinations however I now understand the bigger picture and my responsibility within that.

    1. So true Linda, we need to consider the community as a whole and how we are putting innocent people at risk if we are making a stand that has potential to deeply harm – responsibility is key here.

  41. What seems clear to me is that we hold so many beliefs that we have grown up with from our surroundings, family, books, friends or teachers and education etc that we don’t often question until something forces us to look more closely. We live by assumptions based on second hand knowledge (as is all knowledge) instead of feeling what is there to be known though our own intuition and experience. Serge Benhayon simply exposes the ideals and beliefs which are not from us and shows an alternative based on discerning what is right for ourselves in our choices, rather than being led by that which has been created for us to follow.

  42. When I had my children vaccinated there was no push to reconsider the rights or wrongs of it. It was later down the track people questioned more. That doesn’t mean that they were wrong to do so, but like us all we want to do the most loving thing for our children and not harm them. Thank you Penny.

  43. it is the perspective here that is the obviously important factor…And it is definitely perspective that the presentations of Universal Medicine…And Serge Benhayon…bring perspective that is truly vast…like one of those movie shots where it starts in someone’s backyard and just keeps going up and up and up until it’s the Earth, and then the solar system and on and on…This is the perspective that is offered.

  44. Through viewing vaccinations in a less than positive way, I stopped having them for many years until recently, when as you say Penny, Serge Benhayon presented a grander perspective, that enabled me to understand the bigger picture, that it was not about me but my responsibility with everyone in the community and beyond.

  45. I have not had flu vaccination for as long as I can remember since I left school more than 30 years ago, and in the past 10 years or so, I was so anti that I was even telling my family not to. Yet, it was only recently when I started listen to the presentations by Serge Benhayon I started to really question as to why we shouldn’t. There I was thinking that I would be OK; I was taking good enough care of myself; there’s far more bad than good in vaccination etc. – but I started to realise the naïvete of that attitude. I realise now that as a member of society, I have a responsibility to make a informed decision that considers all.

  46. I also was anti-vaccination from a mis-trust of medicine and a general anti-authoritarian stance. Both the mistrust and the reactivity came from unresolved issues within myself – from my hurt. Based on this hurt, I too was willing to put my children at risk under an ideology of ‘natural medicine’ – denying even pain killers when my daughter got a perforated ear drum. My children are also now fully immunised (we needed to to a catch up schedule for all my 3 kids) – this feels like the best decision for my family and the community as a whole. I still retain a mist-trust of pharmaceutical companies as I feel that their motivation is greed-based and not care-based, however it is the best option we have so far and I am not willing to put my children or family at risk anymore.

    1. I acted in the same when it came to vaccinations for our children and chose not to and was very anti. What you are saying here about mistrusting the pharmaceutical companies is probably more what swayed my choice and I did not consider at that time how these vaccinations are the best option we have at the moment for everyone’s risk to be decreased, and can now see the why the bigger picture has to be considered.

  47. Penny thank you for sharing your experience, there are lots of mixed messages as to what the correct course is, to vaccinate or not. Taking responsibility for our own health and others makes it an easier decision.

    1. When we consider others as part of our choices and not in isolation to our choices – in other words considering the all equally – we make decisions based on true brotherhood – not at the expense of ourselves or another, but in support of, and with, all.

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