It's Not Work – It's My Life
by Mary-Louise Myers Women's Health Practitioner
I grew up in a middle class family watching my father go to work every day resigned, to the fact that this was his lot in life, this was what was needed to support the family. I would often hear other grown ups talk about their work in a very derogative and complaining way always biding their time, waiting for their working day to end and for the weekend to come about, thinking that this was where their real life happened.
Every which way I turned work seemed to be portrayed in a negative light as something that you had to do to earn money so as you could live life as best you could depending on the amount of money you earned. Everybody was looking forward to retirement and talking about what they would then do when they eventually no longer had to work. Not a great reflection for a young women to be inspired in looking forward to her working life.
But everything changed for me thirteen years ago when I met Serge Benhayon and started attending Universal Medicine Presentations and Workshops.
That my ‘working life‘ was not separate from anything else I did, that all was one. From this new awareness I trained in the Universal Medicine therapies. While doing the training and practice hours I cared for an elderly woman for 5 years. In this time I developed a work ethic that has been with me ever since. I learnt to make life about people.
Thus began my dedicated working life at the age of 45 and from here it has gone from strength to strength.
I renovated my home to include a clinic under my house and started giving treatments, very quickly I built a very busy practice specialising in the Esoteric Breast Massage which supports women to re-connect with their innate divinity as women and reclaim their true beauty through re-connecting with their breasts as well as their bodies. Eventually I moved to Goonellabah and began working at the Universal Medicine Clinic where I continue to work.
I started to take a particular interest in Women’s Health and began running presentations on Breast Care and Well-being for Women as well as Menopausal Women’s groups which has led me to travelling 4 months of the year through out Australia, UK and Europe, supporting women with individual sessions as well as holding presentations and workshops.
I am one of the founders of a Breast Cancer Care Group. We brought together a group of medical professionals, complementary health practitioners and women who had experienced a breast cancer diagnosis and held a Breast Cancer Retreat for no charge for women. We continue to run community groups at no charge for women with any type of illness and disease
I am a member of Rotary where we hold many fund raising events so as to give support financially to community needs. I am on the board of Community Engagement Advisory Council that provides input and advice on community engagement across Northern NSW.
I am also on the board of the Drug and Alcohol Community Advisory Committee which provides a means for service users, carers and the community to actively participate in and contribute to, the review and development of Drug & Alcohol Services.
This year I collaborated with a team and we began the Living Circles Program which is a free program for people with drug and alcohol addiction
Recently I have gone back to study Cert III and IV in Aged Care and Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment as I am writing up an Aged Care Program with 2 other women for a registered training course and will be training and assessing students once the course is up and running.
At the age of 58 I feel like I have just begun to find a way where I can do everything I want to do and maintain the quality it needs to be delivered in. The key I have learnt is to make life about people first. I have no intention of retiring, I can see myself working until the end of my time.