Emily Newman – Finding A Truer Way of Life
NAME: Emily Newman
LOCATION: Brisbane, Australia
Administration Services, Student
Before I can tell you about the amazing community and support I have received from everyone involved with Universal Medicine, I have to give you a background story on what my life was like beforehand.
I was exhausted I’m not just talking about the ‘its hard to get out of bed in the morning’. I had glandular fever so I was forever tired (it’s an ‘in’ thing to have I hear – very popular). I used to have exhaustion break downs after a big day (usually sports days) just like a little kid when they were super tired. I had the question asked to me once, “Do you wake up tired in the morning?” Needless to say I thought that was a stupid question – of course I do. My dad then informed me that people actually wake up not feeling tired. I was astounded.
Like my body? No. Never. I had extremely low self-esteem and used to think my body was never good enough. I didn’t realise, until a presenter at a Universal Medicine event shared her story, that I had an eating disorder. I use to watch my weight and food meticulously . . . starve, throw up and work out relentlessly. It was considered normal for me though, as all I based myself on was how good I looked. Because of this, I sought male attention. The only way I was able to do this was through binge drinking on weekends. I remember feeling horrible in the afternoons yet would do it again the weekend after.
I’m not normal - I’m weird. I’ve always felt like I was weird and different from everyone else. I found it hard to feel comfortable within my own family, and dinner time would often see me running off to my room crying. I always found it hard to talk to my family as I didn’t understand or like how people interacted with each other and I always felt like there was another way to be.
This uncomfortable-ness in how I felt is what drove my drinking at parties, along with the occasional cigarette, and I experimented with marijuana sometimes too.
Apparently this is a pretty normal teenage life. From all that happened in regards to sexual partners, alcohol use, family and childhood issues and feeling tired, I felt like an absolute mess yet didn’t really know how to deal with any of it. So I kept my fears and pains to myself and I didn’t really talk about the stuff that mattered to anyone. This was all before my 17th birthday.
Even though I am no longer with the partner who introduced me to Universal Medicine, I am still great friends with his family – something that probably wouldn’t be usual in that situation but totally possible because of all I learnt and developed through Universal Medicine. I have also met a group of people my age who have the same interests, that I love hanging out and talking with and who I can feel like I can be myself around. Finally, I feel normal. They are amazing friends to have. Our talks and the wisdom they all have amazes me and I always cannot wait to see them.
I learn so much from everyone at the Universal Medicine courses. Everyone there is welcoming, inspiring and amazing to talk to. The practitioners I have seen who offer Universal Medicine therapies have gone beyond words in
There were many who supported me and inspired me:
In 2011 I met a man whom I started dating. In October 2011 I went to my first Universal Medicine event with him and his family. His family was so much fun to be around and it felt very honest and open whenever I would stay over. From these guys I got a great sense of family and what it was like to be able to talk with each other and start feeling comfortable in expressing and talking the way I wanted to. This of course didn’t just stay with them and I now find it easy to talk with my family and don’t end up running off crying.
Over time my then boyfriend and I went to a few courses together which built my trust and I found he was extremely understanding in helping me talk about some of the fears I had. He introduced me to Serge Benhayon, the founder of Universal Medicine, who through the way he was, supported me to have the confidence to start the conversation of what I felt so bad about myself for.
Just randomly, without prompt, I found I could talk with Serge Benhayon about things I thought I wouldn’t be able talk to anyone about. And it really helped.
I attended many Universal Medicine presentations and what got me every time I went was the way everyone was with each other. I didn’t feel uncomfortable one bit and talking with everyone was super easy. The women’s presentations and the amazing support from Natalie Benhayon lead to my first pain-free period. Before this experience I would be knocked off my feet, throw up from the pain and get monthly migraines. It was not a pretty picture let me tell you.
I have made lifelong friends from the people I have met through Universal Medicine.
Seriously, there are so many people who stand out. All are amazing.
There is just something about what Universal Medicine presents that changes people’s lives and you can’t help but be inspired and supported.
The craziness I lived in before Universal Medicine has stopped.
I don’t drink or smoke and I actually wake up around 5am – without feeling tired. Before my association with Universal Medicine I was being a ‘normal’ teenager in society’s eyes – including partying, drinking, experimenting, losing myself, being chaotic – yet I felt different. Now that I have had the massive support from everyone I have met from Universal Medicine I may be be named as ‘different’ in society’s eyes – yes not drinking and honouring and looking after myself are not seen as ‘normal’ – yet I feel beautifully normal – and that’s the best part about me.
People do notice this, but it’s what they enjoy about me. Knowing how to be me and interact with others is the greatest support I could have gotten - and I could have only gotten it from those that are doing it themselves.