Rebecca Briant – Following Her Heart
NAME: Rebecca Briant
PA, Receptionist, Student
I first met Serge Benhayon when I was 9 years old. My mum was searching for an answer to her back problems and her questions about life, and when her practitioner recommended going to see Serge, I decided to take up my mum’s offer to have a session.
I was a very anxious child and would never do something that I didn’t feel was safe – I was known to hide behind my mum’s legs when I met new people. It was this that prevented me from ever taking up an offer to see any of the practitioners she had seen previously. But when she offered to take me to see Serge, I felt safe and was happy to go.
Sitting in that session with my mum, I had an amazing conversation with Serge and instantly felt in him something I could trust, and someone who spoke to me like I was an adult. From there I started attending courses and found that there was a student body, full of people that have become my family.
My mum broke up with my dad when I was 3, and since then I had very little to no contact with that side of my family. Me and my mum moved away and my brothers and sisters were my father’s children and a lot older than me, and so we didn’t see a lot of each other.
My Mum brought me up alone, with a full time job that often required her to travel and up until I was 9 it was quite hard for her.
However, since coming to Universal Medicine, I have not lacked care and support, for many members of the Esoteric community and the whole Benhayon family have taken me in as a daughter, sister and friend, and along with my mother have provided me with all the support, love, care and guidance a child and young adult could ask for.
Whenever I have been worried about schoolwork or exams, or friends and work, or boys and relationship,
like what subjects to study, or not to enter into meaningless relationships with guys at school just because it’s what all the girls are doing around me, or to not feel pressured to go out partying or drinking if it’s not what I want to do. Because everyone around me has supported me to make choices to do what I feel to do rather than what I feel is expected of me, I have chosen not to drink, take drugs, or smoke and feel confident in saying ‘no’ to those things when they are offered.
As I have grown up around these amazing people, I have been encouraged to express myself, to not hold back how I feel and to feel safe to speak up when something doesn’t feel right. I have been supported to make my own decisions about my education and my future, so rather than feeling forced to go to University to study something well thought of, I was encouraged to explore what I felt to do, and what job would bring my strengths and talents out to most help the world –meaning that I am now at the age of 18 exactly where I want to be, going on to do exactly what I want to be doing because everyone around me saw my potential and helped me realise it for myself. Rather than going to traditional University I am doing a distance degree in politics, philosophy and economics and plan to work full time as well, because I work best when I am working with people while learning alongside. I love politics, and I believe that it is the area that gives me the best opportunity to help people and make a difference in this world.
The list of people who have had a hand in me being the mature and responsible young adult I am today is very long, but I want to take this opportunity to thank all of them. I especially want to thank my mum, who has been a rock and a beacon of light in the hard times that are the teenage years – she has never once forgotten what an amazing person I am or what I am capable of and because of that and her steady love for me, I have never wandered too far off course from who I am and what I want to be doing. I also want to thank the whole Benhayon family for their love and care, showing me what true family is and giving me support and guidance whenever I have needed it, and providing me with role models of hard working young people with loving relationships and successful careers and personal lives.
The care and support I have been given has enabled me to go out into my community to give that back in volunteering and actively taking part in life by having a full time job and having worked in some way from my mid/early teens.