by Dr Lyndy Summerhaze, Crabbes Creek, NSW Australia
I had a dream a couple of weeks ago. I was window-shopping outside a jewellers / china shop. There were so many beautiful and colourful objects there, but when I looked at each individual item – there were actually none that I wanted. As I was leaving, I saw a life-size cardboard cut-out of a fashion model standing there – I didn’t want that either. So I walked away from it all, down the street.
As I was walking, in the dream, I remembered something Serge Benhayon, founder of Universal Medicine, had said to us some years ago whilst demonstrating a healing modality – the Energetic Facial Release. For those who may not be familiar with this healing technique, it is a release that can help deal with and clear emotions we hold within our face, such as sadness, frustration etc. It can rejuvenate the face to reveal a person’s natural radiant beauty, and can also have a profound healing effect on the whole body. What Serge said were words to the effect of – there is not one woman in the world who isn’t beautiful when connected to herself. This utterance resonated deeply with me as I knew it to be true and had always known it. And I recalled something that happened many years ago on returning home to Lismore for holidays from Sydney University and a whole sophisticated city-world of fashion, food and incredible bookshops. While on holiday in Lismore I saw a country woman dressed in her Sunday best and I was so deeply touched by her beauty; a beauty which had nothing to do with the latest fashion. Yes, clothes are so much fun to play with, but it is always the love and tenderness that a woman radiates that makes her so delicious, so irresistible and a joy to behold.
As I continued the walk down the street in my dream I was contemplating the role of fashion magazines. It was clear that the force running these magazines comes from the same source as that running the newspapers – they are all owned by the same group. I felt a very specific agenda behind the magazines in addition to that of making a profit, selling product and manipulating image. I could feel it working in this way: the fashion image on the page is designed to make a woman dissatisfied with herself – with her looks, her clothes, her life, what she can afford (most clothes on these pages are in the thousand dollar bracket). The plan is to take a woman away from herself i.e. take her out of her true contentment and into dissatisfaction. This means that a woman abandons her natural confidence, her beauty and her gorgeous cheeky playfulness to seek towards becoming what the magazines are portraying to her as the ideal way of what a woman is to look like and be. But when a woman allows herself to be pulled out of her own natural confidence and contentment to become something else – something prescribed from the outside world – she can lose her poise, her grace. She is pulled out of her natural rhythm and can consequently feel disconnected and in disarray. On the other hand, if she chooses to stay connected to her own self, the woman’s beauty is so lovely that it can bring a man to his knees!
So why would fashion magazines want to hook a woman out of her innate rhythm? Well, my feeling is that it will certainly sell more magazines and fashion items, keeping the woman ever dissatisfied and desiring a beauty that is something only attainable ‘out there’ or outside of herself. But is there an even more hidden agenda that wants to keep the woman out of her poise and beauty – a beauty that has no need of copious amounts of money spent to create it – a poise so powerful it is as a balm to the hearts of men. Is it possible that there is a thought, albeit unconscious, that if women can be kept out of their innate rhythm and harmony, then the world and all its affairs, with no reference point available, can be kept in constant motion and ragged tension, in constant chaos and fragmentation… going through its daily round in an ever increasing frenzy, unable to stop and take stock of what is actually happening?
If women decided to choose, to come back to their natural rhythm and way of being, would it not then be possible for men to feel a real difference, and to adore it?!
And, would it not be possible for men to feel this same precious quality within themselves, to feel this living, tender love?
And, what then could the world be like?
Here the dream came to its end, and I woke up.
Many years ago as a young woman in the 1960s, I attended the first Women’s Liberation meeting in Sydney. After one meeting I knew this was not going to work for me, or truly change anything. It was 40 years later that I eventually began to find true liberation; to be the beautiful woman that I am today. This I found at the amazing Women’s Group presentations held by Universal Medicine. I am now beginning to open up to experiencing the precious woman that I am; to feel the silky, lovely beauty within me – and in the other women who are also dedicated to exploring the beauty that lies within. And we can all still totally enjoy a fashion magazine, while not denying our awareness of what is going on with the media’s portrayal of how we ought to be as women.
Serge Benhayon was so right – every woman is full of beauty – so very beauty-full.