Taking a sick day – what did I learn from it?

By Gina Dunlop, teacher, Brisbane

On my morning walks I connect with nature around me, which I love to do. I hear the birds singing, observe the lush magnificent trees, bushes and grasses, smell the fragrance and feel the entire embrace of nature around me. It is beautiful.

But on this one particular morning I could feel my body was aching in many places; I felt heavy and it was pretty hard going.

I contemplated how all those things in nature I was observing were in optimum health and function. Sure, there may be the odd injured bird or animal, but overall everything was functioning spectacularly. My body, a human being on this planet, is a living part on this earth as much as everything else – so why wasn’t I feeling spectacular also? What had I been doing that meant I had a body that wasn’t functioning to the best of its ability and was quite frankly feeling run down and exhausted?

When I got home, I began getting ready for work and realised I was actually sick and I needed to call in unwell. I went into regret and guilt. But on further reflection, I realised there was more – what I was feeling was an irresponsibility.

This was my third day off sick this year – on each occasion, I understood it was my body telling me I was living in stress and nervous energy; I was engaging in behaviours that were not fully supporting me to function optimally and allowing me to flourish.

So with this awareness, on this particular day I felt irresponsible. My body had been communicating with me on two prior occasions and I had deeply understood and linked feeling unwell to these stressful behaviours, but I had not fully dealt with them and here I was unwell again.

On this occasion I decided to do something about it. I spent my day resting and nurturing, but then sought support from colleagues and practitioners. I discovered some new work strategies and visited health practitioners with the willingness, openness and honesty to go deeper at looking behind the behaviours I had previously been exhibiting.

The results have been profound. My body doesn’t buzz with a nervous tension all the time, I am more relaxed and more joyful at work, I have space in my day to be joyful and playful with my partner and young children. I feel so much better!

Since attending presentations by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, I have been blessed with an understanding of how our behaviours directly impact our well-being and health. Our bodies are ideally designed to live in harmony and unison with our environment, like the nature I had observed and mentioned previously. In harmony, we have enough energy to function in optimal health, to accomplish all the physical activities we need to do in our day. However, unlike nature, we can load ourselves up with active thoughts, emotions, concerns, stress, over excitement, or consume food and drinks which don’t support us – these emotions and intakes use up energy we require to function – and more often than not, we ‘run out’ of energy.

It is then our bodies become dis-eased which, over time, leads to disease. The ease we should be living with is disrupted.

Just as nature continually evolves, so too do our bodies – as part of that nature – support us to evolve. Illness and disease are the body’s way of clearing anything that does not support us and they are part of our evolution. It is the body’s way of talking to us – alerting us to our harmful choices and behaviours.

How beautiful and wondrous that our bodies speak to us like this – to view illness as a dialogue, alerting us to behaviours which do not support optimal health and living. How often have we felt this – we get sick – and it provides a moment where we can directly feel and link our illness to a certain way of living – a stressful time recently experienced, a few late nights, eating unsupportive foods. Or we bump into something, hit our ‘funny’ bone, even break a bone – it’s all a ‘stop’ moment our bodies are bringing us to in order to pull us up to reflect on behaviours which are taking us away from feeling awesome.

I, like many, had always felt a connection between behaviours and illness, but since listening to the presentations of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine I have deepened my awareness and acceptance of this inner wisdom and knowing and have brought this to all areas of my life. As a result, I am living with an inner joy and true confidence in myself, which I had never dreamed of attaining.

I am so appreciative of the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for bringing to me these ancient understandings of the science of life and how the world truly operates.

I am a forever student, ever learning from my body and from life how to grow in love and wisdom, every day.

1,160 thoughts on “Taking a sick day – what did I learn from it?

  1. I’ve recently become more aware of the word ‘order’ and how that relates to our health and well-being, and the dialogue our body is having with us. I’ve started to feel that we are part of a greater order and harmony and when we step out of this nor only do we harm our own body, but we are pulled back to the enormity we are a part of. Illness is part of correction to bring us back to the grander order we belong to.

  2. I can really relate to this blog as repeatedly I experience sinus infections. I am fine at this moment but it’s a reminder to take responsibility for the behaviours that lead to the sinus infections.

  3. There are a lot of people who think that what Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine present are somehow new or far fetched. But if we were to look more closely we would all see and have the understanding that what is presented is ages old. Serge Benhayon is one of the many who have presented the Ageless Wisdom; he is one of the many teachers from an ancient lineage of masters. And like so many other teachers has drawn criticism because for many of us we like our comfortable life and do not want to be reminded that there is more to life than we think there is.

  4. If we didn’t impose on our bodies then they would naturally flourish but we do. We consistently and persistently bring in all manner of things that interfere with the natural functioning of our bodies. All of these disharmonious ways of living that we haul into and onto ourselves are created out of an energetic source called the pranic consciousness. There are literally thousands of different variations of the pranic consciousness but the ones that I know very well are beliefs, pictures, expectations, emotions and individuality, I have used them all excessively to the absolute detriment of my body.

  5. “Illness and disease are the body’s way of clearing anything that does not support us and they are part of our evolution. It is the body’s way of talking to us – alerting us to our harmful choices and behaviours.” Bringing this understanding to our sick days is so supportive. Having had a migraine headache yesterday although it felt awful I knew my body was clearing a lot – and despite feeling a bit fragile today I’m off to volunteer.

  6. Gina, this was perfect timing as my body is going through what feels like an unpleasant clearing. It has been loitering around for some weeks now and at times, I feel miserable to be honest.

    Reading this has just reconfirmed that it is ok with what ever is going on, and to have the support of practitioners, is supportive and loving for me and my body.

    I love reading these blogs/sharing’s, they remind me that everything is ok and if I need the support of modern medicine or a Universal Medicine practitioner, so be it. Thank goodness we have both.

    1. I agree Shushila – having both western medicine and the support of esoteric medicine have both been instrumental when I have been ill.

  7. ” to view illness as a dialogue, alerting us to behaviours which do not support optimal health and living.” For those who lack this awareness, illness can be seen as an attack, failure, can cause shame or embarrassment. If we can get beyond this and begin a dialogue with an illness, it becomes a wise friend brought to deepen our understanding of the relationship we’ve had with our bodies and life.

    1. The consciousness around illness is all of the above, but also in extreme cases it has to be conquered or defeated. ‘Beating’ it is championed, but in trying to beat it we are missing the point of the illness in the first place.

      1. Yes, I agree Michelle attempts to ‘beat’ an illness defeats the purpose, which is to bring understanding and true healing and not just removal of symptoms.

      2. Seeing illness as an opportunity to clear poison from our bodies that we have taken in by not honouring our sensitivity supports us to understand why we have the illness and then to change the momentum that led to the condition. Healing is very different from a cure.. as you say Kehinde, a cure is the removal of symptoms, true healing is to rid the body from the energy that caused it.

      3. I hear so many people wanting to ‘fight’ their disease. They just want to get better quickly and get back to their old ;normal ‘ life, which is what brought on the illness in the first place. We need to wake up and take more responsibility for our health – as a nation.

    2. Kehinde, I love your perspective on illness, ‘a dialogue with an illness, it becomes a wise friend’, I had not viewed it like this. It does become your ‘wise friend’, so in this we develop a more of an understanding and in that understanding, we appreciate the intelligence of the body. And when we appreciate the intelligence of the body, more is revealed to us.

  8. The stop moment that a sickness offers to us, is a loving reminder of the opportunity we always have to make a stop and listen our body at every time in our life.

  9. These days I too appreciate “How beautiful and wondrous that our bodies speak to us like” they do, always letting us know what is going on for them, what needs changing, when we need to rest and so on. But it wasn’t always the case, as in the past I often used to get annoyed at my body’s messages and the fact that it was not functioning the way I expected it to. But I finally discovered that if I made the choice to listen to what my body was saying and then made more self-loving choices, I ended up with a body that was way more healthy and vital; yes, it was definitely worth stopping to listen.

  10. This is such a timely read for me. We can learn to respond to what the body communicates to us, but looking back at how we have been living up to this point offers us just as much learning.

  11. How we treat our bodies is akin to how we treat ourselves, how we live our lives and consequently how life treats us back.

    1. What you have written would be a beautifully simple and practical lesson for all children; that how you treat your body is ‘how life treats you back”. As everything is interrelated, how we treat one part of our life affects everything else, so we are somewhat deluded if we think we can continue to treat our body badly and not have a consequence, often very uncomfortable and possibly painful.

  12. Gina it’s brilliant that you could approach illness like this, I get the same irresponsible feeling – knowing that my choices or disregard for myself has ultimately led to me letting other people down. So the best move forward is to take better care and look into ways we can adjust our lives so that the same compromise is not made again.

  13. Taking a ‘sick day’ is an opportunity for a deeper healing into our own responsibility in the way we have been running our body.

  14. “In harmony, we have enough energy to function in optimal health, to accomplish all the physical activities we need to do in our day.” We often fight with our bodies rather than work with it. When we learn to support, care for and honour it, it gives back to us and having unlimited energy for all the things we need to do reflects the quality of our Livingness.

  15. If we have evolved from nature, how is it so that we are not in harmony with it? How comes we are the main predator and reason behind the extinction of animal and plant species? If our origins are from this planet, how come we cannot live in harmony with it? We are blinded to the truth of our origin, of our roots and in that lie we are excused to do whatever we desire.

  16. “It is then our bodies become dis-eased which, over time, leads to disease. The ease we should be living with is disrupted.”

    I love this line – so simple and so true. If we heed what is being revealed, we would arrest our out of control nose-dive into ill health and disease.

  17. “However, unlike nature, we can load ourselves up with active thoughts, emotions, concerns, stress, over excitement, or consume food and drinks which don’t support us – these emotions and intakes use up energy we require to function – and more often than not, we ‘run out’ of energy. It is then our bodies become dis-eased which, over time, leads to disease. The ease we should be living with is disrupted.” This is such a common sense blog and this quote is so supportive, I agree as human beings we live outside of the harmony our natural environment lives to, and as a result of that disharmony we manifest illnesses. So simple and clear, thank you for all you have shared.

  18. The more we are able to connect and listen to our body it offers us an amazing wisdom from within, yet when we make choices that are in disregard to what we know to be true our body gives us a nudge, we don’t feel so well and it is simply our body drawing our attention to how we are living, it could be as simple as going to bed late on a regular basis or working without taking a break, we have to lovingly look after our body for it to lovingly look after us.

  19. The body has a standard of love that it doesn’t drop from, it won’t let me get away with an unloving behaviour. Everything is registered and eventually will be addressed in one way or another be it an ‘accident’ and illness or something else that gets me to stop.

  20. We just simply have to love our bodies because of how honouring they are of us, they communicate loud and clear when something is not ok, they don’t give up and persist in reminding us that what ever we are doing is not working. We can either listen and make changes or keeping going until at some point the body will make us stop. I know which one I prefer.

  21. Our body is the marker of truth, we can not lie to it, we can pretend we are fine but it will show us in what ever way it can when we have moved away from being the loving caring precious women and men that innately are within us all.

  22. I love how you remind us that harmony is our nature. Anything but calls for attention, and our body commands it.

  23. When we live in dis-eases we end up living with a disease, our bodies are made out of harmonious particles which communicate, thrive and grow from the energy of the Soul. When we prohibit this communication, the disease from our bodies is evident.

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