Last year I met an old friend who I hadn’t seen for nearly 15 years. He recognised me but I knew he couldn’t remember my name, so I said, “You don’t remember me do you?” to which he shook his head, so I told him my name. He literally stood there for about 3-4 seconds with his mouth open and eyes wide in disbelief and just blurted out “You’ve gone back in time.”
We started to talk about how I had chosen to refine my diet; over the last few years I had cut out dairy, gluten, alcohol, sugar and caffeine. This dietary change has had such a profound and positive effect on me and my overall well-being; it had also helped me lose a lot of extra weight I had been carrying. But his only response to everything that I shared with him was “What, you don’t drink any alcohol at all?”
I found it strange that his only response was about the alcohol so I presented to him the possibility that what we eat has a direct influence on how we look and that certain foods and drink can age us prematurely.
Using the analogy of looking at our body as a car, what happens to a car if we:
- Don’t always put the right fuel in?
- Drive it too fast?
- Don’t protect it from rusting?
- Don’t keep it clean and tidy?
What happens is that the car starts to look shabby, neglected and old beyond its years.
Is it possible then, if we don’t lovingly take care of our bodies and really look at what fuel we put into it, that our bodies will go through the same process?
I feel that by putting the wrong fuel into our bodies it starts to rust from the inside. We start to look a lot older than we actually are and then things start to break down.
For instance, I used to have a constant supply of tablets for heartburn and indigestion because I was drinking too much coffee and alcohol combined with eating lots of fatty fried food and enormous amounts of sugar in the form of cakes, biscuits, chocolate, sweets and fizzy drinks. I would also feel bloated from eating foods with gluten, like bread or pasta.
Because of what I was eating I always felt lethargic; I just couldn’t be bothered to do anything except watch TV, which just compounded the issue. My thoughts were very foggy and only seemed to be about food and watching TV/DVD’s. My skin was red and blotchy and I quite often came out in spots. My bones seemed to creak when I had to get up and I was always catching a cold or having a complaint with my chest; at one point in my life I had a stint of several ear infections.
Since 2007, when I started to attend the presentations by Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon, I have gained a better understanding about the effects certain foods and drinks have on our bodies. I could then start to make choices that truly nurtured and supported my body.
With the changes I have made to what I eat and drink I no longer need any tablets for heartburn or indigestion, I don’t feel bloated and my energy levels have increased. My thoughts have a lot more clarity and are not just focussed on me. My skin is very clear and I haven’t had a cold or a chest complaint for years.
Looking at some old photos of myself, I now look about 10 years younger and what is more important is that I FEEL younger. The choices I have made have had a profound effect on my life and I know I will never go back to my old ways.
So, in answer to the question,
Is Time Travel Possible?
But is it possible to appear to slow down the ageing process by choosing to fuel and run our bodies in a loving manner, so we will look healthier and have more vitality? YES!
It just makes sense that if something we put into our bodies can prematurely age us, then we can reverse that by not putting it into our bodies, something which I have experienced, all without a time capsule in sight!!
Inspired by the work of Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon and his continued love, commitment and dedication to humanity.
By Tim Bowyer, London Bus Driver, UK
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A great blog showing the profound difference making different choices can make in our lives, thank you Tim – isn’t it interesting how many people will instantly pick up on the fact that someone does not drink alcohol, as doing so as an adult is assumed a normal aspect of life? Strange when doing so is so harmful.
It is incredible that as a humanity we readily accept behaviour that is wayward, turn a blind eye to corruption and abuse moment to moment and don’t blink an eye when it comes to ingesting sugar and alcohol when we are well aware of their harm to us….even at the point when our body is calling out in desperation for us to stop and showing us clearly the signs that all is not well?
Very true Michael. I’m not into partying, drinking and drugs, and when I express this to my friends they say things like, ‘Why not?’, ‘You’re going to try it at some point’, ‘You’re no fun’… Which is crazy when you think of how harming these behaviours can be on the body.
Tim, these photo’s are incredible – what a difference. It is wonderful to read your very humble, inspiring story.
I agree Rebecca, the photos say it all. Well done Tim and Universal Medicine
Tim, your photo’s says it all and I can imagine your friend did not recognise you at first. When we start to love ourselves we are able to make the choices you have made about what you feel to eat and drink. And as you share it has not only an effect on your body but also on your mind; you are more clear in what you think and it becomes more about everyone instead of being focussed on your self. Choosing love as fuel has got an amazing effect, we cannot even imagine how amazing this effect truly is.
Yes Annelies, choosing love slows things down and brings some things to a stop. If we look at what is going on around us, even on a global scale all those ‘stops’ are because of love — the balancing effects of the power of love. Loving choices truly make change instead of unloving choices will bring a forced change.
Love the car analogy Tim and apart from the amazing physical transformation I was struck by you saying that now ‘My thoughts have a lot more clarity and are not just focussed on me.’ The fact that you have chosen to share what has happened to you since your choice to look at the fuel you were putting in your body so that others can feel how it is possible to turn the aging process around by committing to looking after yourself in self loving ways is a true gift to humanity and a direct result of the choices you have made. Thank you for sharing.
I agree, Helen, Tim’s comment about having clarity and not being so focussed on himself is great … perhaps it could be first steps to humanity assisting itself and each other from a spiral down into self-centredness and ‘looking out for number one’ to that of brotherhood and supporting each other – all from just adjusting what one eats!
It is amazing how the body responds to loving choices. You are living proof of this Tim, your photo says it all. I love your car analogy, and the rusting from the inside, we are not aware of this until we become ill and then quite often major repairs are needed. We also don’t overfill our car with petrol, and then stop at every service station to top up, but we are happy to over-ride our body and eat huge meals and then have snacks in-between and wonder why we keep increasing in size.
Very inspiring Tim. It’s rather gross and distorted that so many are doing the equivalent of cutting and pasting their bodies to make themselves appear younger when the answer is clearly to work from the inside out and love and accept ourselves regardless of how we look.
So awesome Tim you are one shining example of what can happen when we truly start to look after ourselves. Over the years I have been blown away by the changes in those attending Universal Medicine Events I have seen people look 10 -20 years younger. It seems the answer to this simply is listening to the heart and body and living from there rather than the mind that can feed you all sorts of things! (quite Literally)
Ha ha Sam literally feed us all sorts of nasty things, thoughts and then foods, I have noticed beyond any doubt that the more we take care of our bodies the more our thoughts are taken care of, loving actions bring loving thoughts but you have to be willing to make the loving action first, our will is significant and the love built in the body is what will initiate that desire for love to fill the body rather than the destructive ill that the loveless mind will happily fill us up with, literally their are people who weigh 1 tonne, that is horrendous – no judgement just an illustration of how far we can go in being fed harm.
Yes Samantha I couldn’t agree more. Living from what our heart and body shares with us continually is the way to be.
Sam I agree that it is about listening to the heart and the body rather than the mind. Our minds have an amazing ability to not only distort the truth but down right lie, whereas the body can only ever tell the truth.
Thank you for sharing Tim and what a huge change there is in you in those pictures. It goes to show how important the way we live and treat our bodies impacts on our health and well being. So many of us let ourselves go as we get older, it is inspiring to have examples and role models like yourself that show it is never too late to change and start truly taking care of ourselves.
A great image Tim, a finely tuned sports car driving a London bus! I too have found I feel so much younger and with much more vitality since I started paying attention to what I put into my body.
It keeps amazing me that what we put into our bodies has such a huge impact on how we look (and feel). And knowing this ,why do so many people choose to ignore this fact?
Great question Lieke, if I reflect it back to my previous attitude around health, I would say that ignoring the fact that if I look in the mirror and I look sloppy, is to then wanting to not feel how my previous choices have affect me. To me this all comes down to taking responsibility for my life and being honest that I disregared it in many ways. I still look at myself in the mirror and see this still sometimes, but the big difference is that I will look deeply into my eyes , feel my previous choices- but also the love that I am! That makes a huge difference, and it reminds me that I am always having a new choice to take care of myself.
Tim, I love reading your blogs and often share them with friends and family, because they are light hearted and speak to many. I have also used the analogy of the car in relation to how we treat our bodies. It’s an irony that we’re more connected to our cars and its maintenance and safety, than we are to ourselves and our own health. Would you drive around in a dodgy car that’s not roadworthy, many would not, yet choose to walk in a body that is not life worthy. Another analogy is the relationship we have with our homes: many people have immaculate, well furnished homes, but live in bodies that are chronically ill. It reminds me of ‘Changing Rooms’ a UK reality TV programme that invited interior designers and decorators into viewer’s homes to clear, re-decorate and re-configure rooms. Though we observed huge physical transformations, home owners walked back into their homes in the same way as they left, so no true change. When we become our own interior designers and decorators and take responsibility for changing our inner rooms, true and lasting transformation happens, that impacts every area of our lives.
A great sharing Tim, You have very simply presented a way of being that brings true health in mind and body in a way that is accessible to all. You also offer the many millions of women (and men) worldwide that turn to cosmetic surgery, an alternative way to maintain youthfulness and vitality.
You are a living testament to the choices we make Tim.
This blog is another beauty Tim, Two weeks ago I went to a friends leaving party and saw old drinking buddies that I haven’t see since I stopped drinking about eight years ago, they were more amazed by the fact that I don’t drink anymore than the fact that I hadn’t really aged and I was 13kgs lighter as well. I too used to suffer terribly from heartburn and that was all down to what I consumed, now its just a distant memory.
You have transformed yourself Tim and how gorgeous it is to be vibrant and free of the things that stopped you from feeling how amazing you are. You are awesome.
I love how you explained your choices so simply by likening your body & food to a car & fuel. What an inspiration you must have been to your friend to be speaking like you did, and looking younger than he remembred.
Yes Fumiyo I especially love the simplicity because it made it even more palpable.
Tim, you show us that time traveling is possible, that it is possible to reverse our bodies health form deteriorate with the years to rejuvenate with the years by applying the proper care and nurturing our bodies deserve.
Congratulations Tim on your decision to reverse the ageing process in this very simple. common sense yet profound way. I have done same, proving at least two of us are capable of ‘time travel’ – and I know many others who have done so too – by implementing changes as a result of attending presentations by Universal Medicine.
I could not agree more Victoria – there are indeed many of us that have done the ‘time travel’ by applying the profound yet common sense teachings by Universal Medicine in our day to day living.
What a fun way to introduce a very serious and inspiring account of time travelling Tim. It is clear from the photos that your transformation is profound, in the second present time photo you look so at home in your own body, and enjoying yourself too.
Your blog is a great testimonial to the wise choices you are making regarding food and alcohol, and how this makes such a difference to our thoughts, mental clarity and vitality. Thank you for sharing your experience with looking so much younger that you were almost unrecognisable! Thank you also to Serge Benhayon for bringing this awareness about caring for and respecting our bodies to our attention in such practical and do-able ways.
Yes that is so true, the possibility to be more aware of the body and how it feels, we have been shown through Serge Benhayon, what a blessing. It is for everyone to live it every day so this way of living can become the own lived true way.
The photo given says it all.
Well done to the commitment you have given yourself to live a life of love, care, self dedication and commitment.
Well done Tim!
The amazing thing is that not drinking alcohol is actually the easiest of all these. Alcohol causes so much harm to us that a little increase in awareness makes it obvious that alcohol hurts us. With sugar, gluten and dairy it is a little more difficult even though the damage is immense once you start noticing it.
It is Christoph, when you start to be honest and bring awareness to how your body feels you then have a very clear choice – continue doing the same or try it without and feel the difference. In most cases I knew full well how I felt drinking alcohol or eating certain foods, there was no questioning really, it was more giving myself permission to not have these things even if everyone around is doing the opposite.
The permission to not have this foods and drinks that are not good for the body, is key to stepping out of this vicious cycle.
Such an inspiration you are Tim . Goes to show that what we fuel our bodies with can either stop us on the side of the road or have us flying past the rest of the cars with ease. Thank you.
It is a truly inspiring story that cannot be questioned or twisted into anything other than a story of how one man made some simple choices and gained a level of health and wellbeing almost everyone wants. This story tells us it is available to all!
Yes a great story – for everyone who is ready to listen to their body
A great message, Tim, that what you eat is what you get. Every time. You’re living proof that taking responsibility for the type of foods that we put into our bodies can bring a considerable pay off in wellbeing and outlook. Our health comes from the inside out so it makes absolute sense to be discerning about what we put inside.
Hmm yes Cathy Hackett, ‘what you eat is what you get’ – this is great, so what are we eating (aside from just food) that is making us so ill as a race, even opted out of life and work? Weight is so much more about the consumption of whole life, and its quality – with the love of self and others, or not.
It is possible to live the future now by simply listening to the messages our bodies are constantly communicating to us. In our ancient past and in our future that follows, this has been and will be, how we live again. We as a society have become lost in the search for the ‘perfect pill’, the magic elixir’ and the ‘ultimate solution’ that will cure us of all our woes and lead us to everlasting youth and well-being. This is pure illusion, for in this outward quest we overlook the very natural wisdom that is on offer from within the ‘confines’ of our own bodies. Instinctively we each know which substances we ingest will either support or oppose our level of health and vitality and in this way, either contribute to our sense of harmony within ourselves, or work against it. Our bodies talk, but are we listening?
It is so true that we do have all the answers right here right now inside of us, and it takes an enormous act of will to override these messages – which is something we have been doing for centuries even though our bodies have never stopped communicating with us right from the start.
Living the future now, brilliant. Just like it was in the past.
We don’t want to listen Liane because that would require us to be honest about what affect our choices are having on our bodies. The wisdom that lives within is there when we are willing to be honest and listen rather than put our fingers in our ears going ‘blah blah blah’ I know this is a position I have taken many times and still do, to the detriment of everything. But what I have noticed is the more I am able to make loving choices the more that builds until I can take my fingers out of my ears and go, oh that feels awful I don’t want to do that anymore, I love myself too much to hurt it like that.
Great comment Liane. I agree, our body is communicating messages to us constantly. The choice is clear, do we listen to them or not makes a world of difference to how we look and feel. Tim’s story shows just how incredible it is when we do listen. The health benefits that we can experience are a direct result of us listening to our body, making loving choices to support and fuel it back to its original supreme state. When we put love and care into anything it will simply flourish and grow. So the same goes for our body, it is waiting and crying out for us to make loving choices continuously.
The question is why don’t we listen to the wisdom our body lovingly speaks ALL the time. The answers are within us but we seek outside ourselves, ignoring the simplicity we instinctively already know. We partake in a huge excursion, walking far away from this truth to ultimately arrive back at the very place we initially left.
Liane, I agree with you. I love your line “It is possible to live the future now by simply listening to the messages our bodies are constantly communicating to us.” Yes, long ago, we lived this way, and gradually, with the help of and role model we have in Serge Benhayon, some of us are just at the early stages of relearning to live this way. It is such a joyful way to be living, building our love, and caring deeply for ourselves. Tim is obviously now listening to the messages from his own body, and his latest photograph shows the beautiful results.
How lovely Beverley. The more we embody the idea of living the future now the more it feels like a possibility. As you say with ‘the help of and role model we have in Serge Benhayon’ our lives are forever changing and adjusting to the amazingness of the Ageless Wisdom. For me so many things are not yet in my livingness but there is a deep inner knowing that I am now following the true path back home and returning to where I belong.
You are so right Liane, we would give anything for a perfect pill, that allows us to continue with an unhealthy lifestyle. The rewards of self-responsibility are much more satisfying as Tim has shown us.
I read recently that scientists are actually trying to produce a pill so people who cannot eat gluten would be able to take the pill and then eat what they want!!!!!! This is absolute madness and I thought scientists where supposed to be smart! There is a very sound reason why the body cannot tolerate certain foods….. because it is not actually good for the body or supporting us at all. How many millions of dollars has gone into that research just so someone can eat what they are not supposed to be eating, when instead it could be used to promote a true healthy way to live and actually listen and respond lovingly to our bodies instead of overriding it. What this is encouraging (the pill idea) is actually more dis-ease.
It is a comedy/tragedy really Liane, the time and energy spent trying to get someone else to change things for us without us ever having to take responsibility when all the time we have the means for change with us, our very own body screaming at us. . .
“please do not ingest/say/drink/think that . . . remember what happened last time. . . .oh, no too late . . .you have already . . .OK here we go again on the down hill spiral. . .” It reminds of a cartoon that asks a crowd of people ‘who wants change’ and everyone puts their hand up enthusiastically and then the crowd is asked ‘who wants to change’ and not one hand goes up and everyone slumps and looks at the ground.
For many it sounds great in theory and most are keen to better their lives but to walk your talk consistently and make true change means not only making the initial choice but making a constant choice thereafter -being committed and responsible. It isn’t just a matter of swallowing the tablet, matrix style, it is how we are with everything that follows.
So true Liane our body holds our natural wisdom we simply need to listen to what it is telling us. I know at times I over ride the messages because I do not want to make the necessary changes. I have known for a year that I often eat salmon for comfort and it is too rich for my liver but it has taken till recently for me to adhere to this as I “loved ” my salmon.
Ah, yes, Mary-Louise that rings a bell with me too – as I have for so long over ridden the messages that my body lovingly offers me I am now receiving louder and clearer – and more uncomfortable messages. This is where I so appreciate all the love and wisdom that I receive both from Esoteric Practitioners and from the student body of Universal Medicine. There is a love and an honesty in the reflections that I receive from them that eventually knock at the door of my stubbornness, and allow me to begin the process of letting go of all the old patterns that have kept me stuck for far too long. And then as I begin to change I wonder why I have waited for so long!
That way of living is actually very simple, but not very interesting for the health industry. If people would take care of their bodies and going for regular check ups and putting the right fuel in, that would mean, that there are more healthy people and less need for the health services in hospitals and with doctors.
Liane, to me what you have put forward is not just a possibility but an absolute truth. To address your question
‘Our bodies talk, but are we listening?’
What I have noticed is when you live most of your life connecting to a energy that is not true, the ‘messages’ you think you are receiving about your body and what it needs are grossly inaccurate. When you aligned to this false source you can be fooled by convenient truths that feed the minds idea of health. To know our wisdom we first must know the source we are connecting to and then all is known by the quality of that source/energy.
That was a great command Liane and so revealing of how we choose to life our lives. I agree our bodies talk but we choose not to listen anymore and that is sad. Therefore I love what you wrote – it is like we need a wake up call out of our Sleeping Beauty dream prison.
Love this post Tim, it is extraordinary every time I look at your photo to see the difference, wow. Particularly enjoyed this analogy: “I feel that by putting the wrong fuel into our bodies it starts to rust from the inside. We start to look a lot older than we actually are and then things start to break down” – adding plenty of self-TLC clearly works wonders. Awesome.
Tim, your photo says it all and your words bring the truth of this home. Your analogy of the car gives a perfect illustration as to what is at play here. The fuel we put into our bodies can either support us or pollute us. There are only ever 2 types of fuel in which to choose from: Love or not-love.
So true Liane and Tim is a great example that if we adhere to this simple law, we have the power to change a lot, we can even somewhat reverse the aging process.
I love your comment Liane, beautifully said. It makes so much sense and it raises awareness for us to take responsibility for our own healthy. It also puts our choices and our healthy into perspective when you read Tim’s blog and the amazing comments.
I know I love the analogy of the car too Liane, it makes it very simple and obvious about what we are choosing and what is or is not supporting the body.
So very simply said Liane. The fuel we choose to put into our body is either loving, nurturing and nourishing, or it is polluting, toxic and difficult for the body to digest. Which one we choose determines how our body feels and how it responds and is in everything we do.
Yes Sandra, the consequences of whether we choose love or not-love are felt far and wide by many, including ourselves. To be loving, caring, and nurturing, or not to be, a simple on-going choice.
It’s a very straight forward before and after! It’s great to read about the symptoms you noticed in your body, and after removing certain foods that these all disappeared. Our body is really communicating strongly all the time. It’s very true that we care better for our cars but disregard our own body expecting it to run well on the worst kind of fuel. Emotionally we may feel we need foods or drinks so strongly that we can’t even consider the harmful effects of our diet. I’ve certainly done this at times, however a vital harmonious body is a joy to live in, much greater than any comfort or distraction a food or drink could offer.
I’ve also previously fed myself unsuppportive foods, Melinda, and agree that a harmonious body is so much better to live in than otherwise … unfortunately many people do not give themselves the chance to experience this … or maybe they do when the body is unwell enough when not listening is not an option!
My car feels great because I have chosen it for me and I do take care of it because I love it. Every time I sit into my car seat I take a moment and appreciate it. It is reliable, sporty, it drives very smooth and sits on the road very safe and is very easy to drive, it also is very efficient and it looks classy. My car reflects me so much.
It is so crazy but, unfortunately, true that the idea of not drinking alcohol seems inconceivable to most people – they look at you in disbelief and then you can almost feel their mind kick in with an instant ‘fire blanket’ to dampen any spark of truth and then onto the next line of defence – criticism.
Yes Tamara, it exposes how reliant people are on alcohol.
And our reliance on alcohol must surely raise the question as to why is this so?
Why do we hold back who we truly are with others? Why do we need to take the edge off life and ‘get out of it’ altogether?
Yes Tamara, I have also experienced that people that were close to me took it personally when I said I no longer drink alcohol, as if I had actually let them down. It is crazy how the whole society is largely set up to blindly make choices that are harmful to not only themselves but everyone else equally.
Such a catchy headline – I had to read on. But it is just as an amazing story as would have been some kind of time machine futuristic story. Great reflection here Tim!
The possibility of actual time travel – let’s never say never: it works for Dr Who, and who knows what we are truly capable of!
And, in another sense, we could say we are time travelling all the time – we think we are moving forward but we are repeating history on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, etc basis as we cycle around and around in the same momentums, rarely learning what we need to do to break free.
Yes I agree Neil. I actually find it more amazing than a futuristic time machine story, as this is real and very relatable to our current time.
I could feel the absolute joyfulness in your writing Tim and then, when I looked at your before and after photos, WOW – simply awesome! No words required – you reflect it all! If I ever visit London I will definitely be catching a ride on your bus☺
That’s what I felt too Tamara – it is the joy of Tim sharing the changes that he has made that truly tells his story. A story that needs to be told far and wide.
It is indeed inspiring Tamara, Tim’s transformation is not only a physical or weight one, but a whole change in his level of vitality and well-being.
Yes Tamara, Tim’s before and after pictures speak volumes.
Tim it’s astounding the response I get from people when like you they genuinely ask how have I lost weight and it’s the same response ‘ what you don’t drink at all’. If I said about my car breaking down because I put E10 instead of regular fuel ( which I did) they engage… but no alcholol and it’s a conversation stopper. Such is the hook, we cannot see life without it no matter how rational, intelligent, alternative, health conscious not drinking is a ‘ no go zone ‘. It’s an addiction that effects and controls even the most rational of us. We can’t imagine life without a drink, now I can’t imagine life with a drink I have cracked the mind controlling addiction.
Glad you picked up this point of Tim’s Merrilee, the response to no alcohol being a no go zone just serves to demonstrate how embedded and insidious it is. What I pick up on in the responses to not drinking is a sort of pity that I certainly cannot be having any fun in life at all without consuming alcohol. “Oh surely you can have just a little glass of xyz to celebrate so and so’s birthday?” It’s like not drinking is something that’s been imposed upon me rather than I have freely made that choice and like you cannot imagine a life with alcohol nor would I want one. And incidentally I have far more fun or should I say joy without it.
And yes Josephine we also remember having fun and it’s awesome to wake the next day with clarity and feel the joy. I had this conversation with someone yesterday and they immediately put me in the ‘wowser’ basket but as I stayed with my choice they got louder, more giggly and mocking such was their true discomfort and need to feel better about their choices.
I agree Merrilee, it never fails to amaze me either how threatened people are even about the thought of going without alcohol for an evening when an event is alcohol free. I can recall feeling put upon when asked not to drink when I was drinking and yet when I broke free from the hold that alcohol had I never looked back.
Gosh, indeed Merrilee – I too can’t imagine a life drinking alcohol again, my whole body is shouting out a loud and clear NO.
It’s incledibe Eva it’s not just a no to alcohol, it is actually as you say a full body NO, which I find fascinating and ask myself was the body shouting so loudly when I was drinking and I just couldn’t hear it as it’s now so tangible and I feel the NO in every particle of my body.
Merrilee alcohol is a no go area for many people, when you say you don’t drink they look at you as you are crazy. It’s definitely an addiction that people don’t want to let go off, a pure comfort so they don’t need to feel. They will justify and defend why they drink and that it helps them relax. Does it really help people relax or does it just numb them from feeling?.
Yes Amita – when I say no to alcohol around those who are drinking they really get concerned that I am missing out on something ‘fun’ or a ‘good time’. At times I go into reaction trying to drill them for their choices and make it seem like I am better than them for not drinking – but when I am accepting of their choices I can present the truth of it, that I have never enjoyed the taste or the feeling of being on alcohol and I don’t enjoy the person I become…so why drink it? The only thing I am missing out on is me if I choose to drink it.
I have experienced this a few times Merrilee – when I have stated I don’t drink to someone wanting to share their wine and the response is always a raised eyebrow or a comment like ‘what! how can you manage life without a drink” indicating that this is very strange indeed to have chosen not to drink alcohol about 7 years ago after understanding the impact it has on my body after attending a presentation by Serge Benyahon. I cannot imagine how I would feel with alcohol now, I certainly feel much clearer and filled with joy without it.
I love your blogs Tim, I never know it is yours till I get to the end of it but they always get me! You look amazing and to know that this is because you have considered what you put in has an effect on what you get out…so simple and clearly so profound! Your friend, like so many others …me included at one point… Spend so much time focusing on what we can’t have that diets just never work. Feeling from your body the immense benefits, both physical and psychological, of throwing the word diet out and looking at lifestyle choices, a way of living that has the benefits you are a living example of, now that is inspiration for change.
Yes focussing on the positive changes/benefits rather than what someone can’t have gives the inspiration to keep going and constantly refine dietary and other lifestyle choices as Tim so clearly demonstrates. So many are stuck in the mind-set of feeling the lack of something even if they know it is harming for them and seem unable to get past that. It is clear that the initial choice about what kind of fuel you put in your body then governs future choices so until one makes the choice to stop ingesting certain substances they will be trapped in this limiting mentality.
Wow Tim, your photos totally confirm the transformation you have made, very inspiring. I love the analogy you use of the body being like the car; it makes complete sense that what we put in is what we get out.
Simply loving choices, thank you for sharing.
Tim you are an absolute inspiration. Your old friend received a huge healing from seeing your transformation…an imprint of what is possible for anyone and everyone. And the weight is just a byproduct…although he may not have been aware of it, he was feeling you and your light first and the quality with which you choose to live and love… this is undeniable. Thank you Tim
Absolutely Sara – such a beautiful point you’ve made. Everyone gets the blessing or healing of how we are living, whether we have physical changes or not. We feel the energy and light before we see, even though some may not be consciously aware of this. Our choices affect everyone all the time. Thank you for the reminder.
Tim I too have had similar comments from family & friends. I was plagued by indigestion, bloating and creeping weight gain until I changed my diet and my feelings about my self, all through the inspiration of Serge Benhayon who presents that we are all worth the love and care that is required to keep our bodies vital and healthy. With this renewed vitality I am able to engage and truly support others.
I love this Anne: “With this renewed vitality I am able to engage and truly support others.” It is so awesome by just simply listening to the body and taking good care of it and us, of how much more support we can be, and the quality of the support reflects the quality in which we live our life.
Yes Anne, there is such a beautiful synergy in the way that taking loving care of ourselves not only has a dramatic impact on our own health and sense of self, but also on the way we relate, interact and inspire others. This loving way of being is a true support to all.
Tim the difference your choices have made is astounding, not just because of the obvious weight loss, but the complete change in your sense of self and wellbeing. What struck me reading your account was your comment that your thoughts are no longer just about you… a fascinating comment I don’t think l’ve ever heard someone say before. l’ve worked in the health industry a long time, and have seen many physical ‘transformations’ of a relatively minor kind, but very few manage anything major over the longer term. There is an ingredient inherent in what Universal Medicine offers that makes this possible, and is the missing link when it comes to transformational change. Without it, we are left with will power and sheer grit to go against the lifelong ingrained habits that generally pull us back into our old ways soon enough, despite our best intentions otherwise. Thanks for sharing your story, it is very inspiring for others to know this is possible.
I too have never heard anyone say this either – it’s an absolutely fascinating observation. This potential link between lifestyle changes and an increase other-centric thought is worth investigating.
It seems that when we deeply care for ourselves, we have a much greater capacity to see, receive and care for others.
I agree Emma, that is the key I feel, to firstly remember how to truly nurture and care for ourselves first. Something else that I am becoming more aware of is the gem quality of learning to ‘receive’. Many of us would say we are more than willing to care for others, or care for another, indeed in the past oftentimes far more than truly caring for ones’ self. To bring forward the willingness to surrender the will behind the doing I am finding opens up the possibility of acceptance and receiving. Could it be that this is a piece that may be missing from the picture that enables one the possibility of surrender to divine will i.e. the call of our soul that is ever present. I wonder is that a consideration, a point of contemplation?
Absolutely agree Jenny, this sentence called my attention too. Clarity of thought and stop focusing on ourselves, but being deeply self-loving and self-caring is the missing ingredient that is supported by Universal Medicine. We can also call it true purpose and making love the foundation of life. It is not about dieting, getting a better bodily function and/or looks, but about true wellbeing and awareness so that our body can guide us through life.
Tim what you share is pure gold and reading it it offers an amazing reflection for everybody on how our choices can hold us back in time or how we can be ahead of our time and live the future in a body that feels forever vital and young.
well said Jenny the big difference with universal Medicine is not only that the changes are lasting and ongoing but the love, care and nurturing that is reconnected to as in truth it is all about that and the weight changes and the better health are simply a very welcomed result of that.
Spot on Jenny. The diet and weight loss industry is based on using will power, motivation and as you say, sheer grit to break habits and adopt a more healthy lifestyle. But what I see, and have experienced myself is that it is always the mind that either gets you to your goal or gives in. Before I came to the presentations and courses with Universal Medicine, I was addicted to sugar and no amount of will power could keep me from it. It has been through understanding and healing the reason I wanted/needed the sugar that I’ve been able to gradually let it go…no will power needed. The ‘hook’ sugar had on me just gradually loosened and now I can just easily say no to sugar because of how I know I’ll feel if I have it and it’s not worth it.
Hello Jenny Ellis and I agree. I also love this part from Tim Bowyer, “But is it possible to appear to slow down the ageing process by choosing to fuel and run our bodies in a loving manner, so we will look healthier and have more vitality? YES!” The “loving manner” has been what Universal Medicine have support so well. It’s not about diet, eating this or that, going to this course, seeing this person etc. It is about ‘loving’ choices in the whole picture without a focus on just one part. This is what supports everything, the foundation if you will. That same love and care then is there for others, naturally. Thank you Jenny.
This part stood out for me too Jenny. I’ve experienced the same foggy thoughts Tim had when I eat, drink or don’t exercise in a way that supports my body. My thoughts become all about how lethargic and tired I feel, and there is also a sense of confusion… definitely like putting gas into a car when it needs petrol, and when you go to accelerate it either spits and splatters or doesn’t move forward all together! Hence it is than all about me… as I’m unable to then follow through with what needs to be done. Actually through Universal Medicine presentations and feeling this for myself in detail I’ve easily let go of many unloving behaviours, instead of the quick fixes I had tried before.
Yes Aimee – so true all of it, and there are no quick fixes, they are a myth and just a selling propaganda, leaving people in their stuff even more. Loving choices is the key, and the more loving choices we make the more the body responds and we will feel this in every moment of the day.
Yes – Universal Medicine supports us with the missing ingredient in taking care of ourselves. With healthy lifestyle changes the general rule of thumb is that “I should”. What Tim clearly demonstrates is that he has done it because he has said “I love myself and know to my bones that I am worth it”! Without a foundation of self love these changes could not occur, but once these changes are made it can’t be kept for oneself anymore but has to be about everyone else too.
When we change our diets because ‘we should’ it is loveless and while it may have an impact on our weight and looks, it has no impact on our feelings,and we remain hooked in to the glamour of how we present. When we change our diet from love, wanting to care for our body in a way that truly serves, all that glamour falls away, and weight loss, looking younger and have more vitality is the bonus our body thanks us with.
That is so true Catherine, and if we change for the wrong reasons this can become an abuse that the body then suffers. Our body – and our faces – are truly a marker of how we have lived our lives with every painful hurt etched in. We have become to obsessed with our outer appearance that our relationship with our true body of love has been squeezed out of the picture. It is so beautiful to see Tim shining his light as he radiates vitality and love.
Michelle I relate to ” Universal Medicine supports us in the missing ingredient of taking care of ourselves” without understanding this key ingredient we would all still be searching for the connection and filling ourselves up with misinformation. So nurturing to feel connected ” to the bone” as you say and feel the fullness of Love.
Totally Jenny, I came back to your comment ‘pulled’ to add to it ! Bring in Universal Medicine, and all the makings about life are presented with nothing that is left out. Only your discernment is pending and your choice to see if it works. Tim acted and made those choices. You feel great Tim and a man I want to meet – inspirational!!
Yes this comment also caught my attention. What an interesting knock on effect. From simple changes in food choices, to clearer thoughts to actually becoming less self-centred and being able to think of others. The impact that food has on our bodies is huge.
You make some great points Jenny…no will power or motivation is needed when the focus is on health and feeling well because once someone decides to make changes to their lifestyle long-term (as opposed to a quick fix or diet), it becomes a way of being that transforms over time. The inspiration is constantly there because feeling well and more vital feels great.
I also love what you say Jenny, about the missing link between long term change and returning eventually to the old ways, is found in the teachings of Universal Medicine. A study of this truth will be heralded as the key to our true health and wellbeing – other wise humanity is on a road to self destruction, a future direction that Tim has arrested for sure. It is so obvious too that once we feel the joy of caring for ourselves with love, we naturally want to share that with others.
Indeed it seems a paradox that the more we take care of ourselves through such self-loving choices around what we eat that we can have more space to think about others and possibly care for others.
Yes, this is true jenny mcgee – Initially it is an odd paradox to consider that self care and self loving choices free up the attachment to time. From my own experience I know this really brings more space to be there for others.
This is true and a very astute observation Jenny. To consider that our world opens up and becomes encompassing of all as a result of true self care is a miracle unto itself. How small we keep life when we focus it on the self part and purely on our own comfort or bettering ourself while the whole world is there to connect with.
Well said Jenny. Since making choices to be more self loving and caring with myself, naturally I have been thinking of others more and considering them as much as I consider myself, what a great change indeed. Behaviour like reaching for snacks, comfort food and overeating is ‘self-ish’ behaviour.
This is a super interesting thread to read, I have been considering my self-ish-ness recently, and how easy it is to make a simple decision – such as eating a food that gives me a tummy ache, but for a few moments gratification my whole mood and quality drops, and the people around me get less than they deserve. When you add other people to the equation your choices have to begin to change, otherwise you are knowingly hurting other people.
Its amazing What can happen when we pay some attention to our bodies, and feel how they actually are. This leads us to really inquire and realise that we have a relationship that no body talks about! Its great that we start to talk about it and share it with others. Many are really wanting to know what is up and why their bodies are experiencing so much pain, discomfort and the myriad of other symptoms that we experience. This blog is great because you have shown that making responsible choices for oneself does have amazing results! Keep at it!
How beautiful that your friend got to hear about the loving choices you make not to ‘fill up with the wrong fuel’ including not drinking alcohol. Alcohol is so socially accepted, so ‘normal’, that most people cannot fathom that someone is able to choose not to drink it. Your friend got to hear and see for himself the results of true self-responsibility, that there is another way and that we all have choices.
Wow, look at you Tim, fit, shining and a picture of health. What an amazing change and all due to you taking care of what you do with your body. Yes, our car is a great symbol for our bodies. If we don’t look after our car then we can’t expect a good trade in or for it to last as long as it could. Also if we put the wrong fuel in then it won’t go anywhere and the motor will be damaged, food for thought.
I agree Susan, the analogy of the car is a great one. Effectively how we treat everything in every moment has a direct effect on our bodies – the more loving we are with the more love we feel in our bodies and with everybody else. I find it fascinating how the way we are with ourselves has a direct impact on the way we view / perceive life. The example of 2 people both going to work one really enjoying it, the other being depressed – even though they have gone to the same place and are experiencing the same things. What we allow to run our bodies, the fuel we put in, then dictates the thoughts we have and the day we have. I know how awesome it feels when I put love, the rocket fuel of life into my body and far from it being taxing, it gives more and more. Whereas when I choose emotions, hate, frustration my body feels heavy, hard and withdrawn – it also calls for constant re-fueling leaving me exhausted and run down.
‘when I choose emotions, hate, frustration my body feels heavy, hard and withdrawn – it also calls for constant re-fueling leaving me exhausted and run down.’ this makes me wonder, James, how it feels for the many people around our planet who live with those emotions all the time – no wonder exhaustion is such a plague in our modern society.
Driving yesterday I thought of this blog and the car analogy; which is a great one and also remembered how this can be taken further. I have heard of this analogy before and it makes sense; the one I hadn’t heard before is anything that happens to our car represents our life, e.g. a flat tyre means I am not moving forward in life. Recently, I had my car serviced. There were 2 things to look at from this check up.. a light that keeps getting water in it and is therefore corroding and a slight leak in the gear box. I had completely dismissed this as being something just to do with my car, but as Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine presents everything in life is a communication reflecting back to us what is going on in our life. So pondering on this I felt that the light could be reflecting to me that I have dampness in my body (which is from certain foods I have been eating) and is not allowing the light within to shine out; and the slight leak is showing me how I am not being 100% present with the one thing/task I am doing (instead my mind wanders off elsewhere) in every moment?
You have expressed this so well James, I have experienced the same. “I know how awesome it feels when I put love, the rocket fuel of life into my body and far from it being taxing, it gives more and more. Whereas when I choose emotions, hate, frustration my body feels heavy, hard and withdrawn – it also calls for constant re-fueling leaving me exhausted and run down.
So very true Rachel, I also have experienced the same, how awesome we can feel when we put loving fuel in our bodies versus when we put unloving fuel in. This includes when we choose emotions, absolutely. Anger, frustration, reaction, it does indeed have an impact on the body. It does come down to having awareness of this and feeling how those emotions are in the body. Feeling it so you know you can make another choice the next time.
Yes, Raegan, it’s not until we are willing to feel these emotions that we can begin the progress of unravelling the mess that we have got ourselves into. As you have said when we begin to feel what is going on we have a marker and from that awareness we can evolve and begin to self-love and allow ourselves moments of letting go and being.
James, I loved how you referred to ‘Love’ as being the rocket fuel of life – has me picturing being aligned with our personal bowser of Love Fuel but all being in receipt of this Love from the same source and never having to run dry, or being exhausted by having to go through the motions of re-visiting the bowser, dealing with heavy pumps, being careful of not wasting or spilling any of the fuel etc. etc. – but just to keep the flow going by being ‘plugged in’ or connected continuously without interruption – the awesome thing is that could be our reality if we didn’t choose distraction or contraction, for it seems that that is the truth of it, that Love is there for us all to align to all of the time. To continue being playful, I can see a cartoon segment somewhere in there.
A great description James that we can all relate to.
It is a very clear experiment to do. The days where I am lacking commitment and choosing a more comfortable path, taking the edge off or holding back in any way shape or form are arduous, don’t flow and exhaust me continually both during the day and continue to deplete me in sleep. When I bring all that I am, am committed and with purpose and loving and appreciating of myself and of others, I take this to work and the magic happens. Effortless and yet I am at my most productive, everything flows, I deepen my love and connection to myself and I sleep like a baby held in the love that I am.
I love what you share here Deborah – a simple and beautiful reminder to take into my day.
I agree James, when we choose emotions our body is instantly affected with energy that then needs to be sustained, usually by food, and this is definitely debilitating. Choosing love every day actually develops a body that eventually will only make loving choices. We all can stumble along the way, but once love is truly felt it is always there in our body as our marker.
Very good description James and quite an exposing example of the two people going to the same work. We really are masters of our own destiny / downfall and that is a great way of showing it to be so.
Yes, and so, so many people will look after their car far better than their own body. They realise that if they do not look after their car they are putting themselves and others lives at risk, because of this there are even laws to maintain our cars at a certain standard of safety. Yet our body is not only what we travel in, it is actually what we live in. It’s crazy.
Yes Jonathan, I totally agree with you it is totally crazy – especially considering that the way we are also has an impact on everyone around us.
I Love this Jonathan. I was talking to my dad and his Brother the other day and we all raised how much this is true. These two wonderful men spend more time money and consideration looking after their cars, than they do their bodies. If there is the slightest noise, squeak, rattle or splutter from their car they will do everything they can to work out what it is and have it fixed immediately, and yet the will spend days, weeks, and years with crews and groans and sore knees and a bad back without ever doing anything about it.
I LOVE the analogy of the car. Every day as I drive my car I will relate it back to my body.
IT is my vehicle. It supports me and gets me around.
I can either choose to love and care for it in every way or just treat it as a functional object.
My body is the same. Treat it with love and care or as a functional object? It makes sense doesn’t it.
Tim I love the anology of our bodies being like our cars. It seems logical that how we treat it affects how it performs. I have found this in my own life and I am sure if other people made the choice to consider the fuel that they are putting into their bodies, their bodies would respond just like yours and mine has.
I love that analogy too Sharon – so practical and nothing to misunderstand there …
Simple and true – a great analogy especially coming from someone who knows about the running of automobiles so well!
Ha! yes so true – didn’t think of that – and the analogy is just perfect.
What is so interesting to ponder on this analogy too is that why is it that we take better care of an inanimate object than ourselves? Do we think of ourselves as so undeserving or that our bodies are disposable and just there for a matter of function.
Great point Jenny, unlike a car, when it comes to our bodies we are not able to simply go out and buy a new one when it has run into disrepair. It makes so much sense to start taking care of our bodies now, rather than waiting for something to break before we pay attention.
Love that Hannah! It should be a poster! It’s so true that we can’t just pop out and get a new one when our bodies need repairing. Great blog Tim.
True on one level Hannah but what I am becoming more and more aware of is that with medical and scientific advancements, people’s bodies are being treated like objects with more more replacement parts and complicated surgery available that performs so called miracles. I know people in their 80’s and 90’s who have had their hearts repaired to the extent that the rest of their bodies are well and truly beyond salvage but their hearts will have them live perhaps over a century without any quality of life. Have we allowed our bodies to become commodities, such is the disregard we have for them?
Yes its funny how we treat our cars with so much love and yet when it comes to our bodies we can be the complete opposite. Our bodies are our vehicle for life we cannot upgrade to a different model when we exhaust the one we have.
Yes Jenny, there must be some truth in the belief that our bodies are not worth of care as there is no other logical reason to explain why we take better care of objects than we do ourselves. I have noticed this before with the care I have taken with another person and wondered why I did not apply that same gentleness to myself. The issue of self worth is something that deserves a lot of consideration.
There indeed seems to be something about self worth. Why then would we not take deep care of our bodies? I have also wondered. The analogy is too logical, but look at humanity there is very little care for the body. Apart from that we are bombarded by the media and marketing campaigns that feed this lack of self worth. Why do we ‘suffer’ such little self worth? Something to ponder upon a little more.
Great question which stopped me in my tracks Jenny. It makes no sense to take greater care of our cars than we do ourselves. The analogy of a car certainly exposes our lack of responsibility in taking care of ourselves!
It is mad and sad Jenny how so many of us treat inanimate objects better than our bodies even though our bodies are with us 24/7.
I agree, its also a good metaphor because we take far more care of our cars than we do of ourselves.
…and yet we can replace our cars …but our body is with us for our entire lifetime… and the way we live in it – for lifetimes.
The investment to truly take care of ourselves – deeply and lovingly – is one of the greatest investments we can make, and the return is enjoyed by all.
I too love the analogy and it makes so much sense. We just put anything we want into our bodies and then expect it to work properly and last a long time and we are even take by surprise if it doesn’t. Even animals are fed specific foods to keep it healthy but somehow we humans think this doesn’t apply to us.
The changes you have made by eliminating gluten, dairy and alcohol from your diet are profound and gobsmacking, nothing short of a miracle.
For shizzle Gabriele, for shizzle. Outstanding.
Sarah – I just love the expression ‘for shizzle’ – it says a lot and feels lovely and warm and confirming, and I can only imagine that is what it means in response to Gabriele’s comment on Tim’s simply gorgeous blog. As we all engage with one another and expand the blog we all make an amazing connection to one another and the world becomes smaller and we all begin to feel younger, and all confirming the inspiration of Tim’s original words.
“For shizzle”… no idea what that means either, but it sounds fun. I agree Susan, expressing and expanding on these blogs is what it is all about, and I love the thought of the world getting smaller and us all feeling younger. Tim’s journey with turning back the clock has been nothing short of miraculous, for not only has he changed his diet and lifestyle, but the other little trick up his now much smaller sleeves is the choice to open up to the love of himself, and this is reflected in the joy which shows in his face.
I have never heard of that word before!!!! But yes it just goes to show how eliminating gluten, dairy and alcohol can have amazing health benefits to our body.
No wonder your friend didn’t recognise you! The change seems miraculous, but it is a miracle available to anyone who wants to choose to care for themselves.
Well said Heather thats the true meaning of a miracle. A miracle is not something that miraculous happens if we are lucky. Miracles are happening all the time if we choose to care for ourselves and live from love. It is interesting how miracles have become this fairy tale and unreachable thing that only very lucky people get when it is actually the joy of normal and daily living from our Soul.
Yes, miracles happen all the time if we are willing to make different choices and care for ourselves. We are responsible for the miracles to happen. Nothing to do with being lucky, born on a Sunday, but with connecting to ourselves and taking care of our bodies.
Yes Monika I agree the miracle is the choice to change the way we live for our bodies to run at full capacity with lots of love and care.
Very well said Rachel! Miracles are all over waiting for us to be chosen!
Beautifully said Rachel. Yep miracles occur EVERYDAY with normal folk. There’s no luck involved and it even has nothing to do with genetics. By living more lovingly we CAN transform our lives and our world as Tim is stunningly showing us. This is absolutely Stupendous!
Agree Rachel – we are the miracles happening in the world every day.
That’s right Heather. The choice is always there.. and we have to keep on making those choices until that’s all we know.
It starts with one choice to try something different and then another and another until it becomes a familiar thing to consider our bodies and not simply override it for the sake of a short term relief or reward.
I found and find if I give something a go for a while, not eating something in particular and observing how the body responds, and the body responds beautifully, the desire is fully gone and I am not even having to
choose should I should I not, it is simply not an issue any more. So liberating.
And underneath that choice Jenny is a growing awareness that we are worth this level of care and commitment. This is the beautiful message in Tim’s sharing.
Much cheaper than cosmetic surgery too.
..and does not look so scary.
…and, completely unlike ANY quick fix … the choice to become more loving with yourself actually has benefits that increase continually with time.
Yes a simple choice can unfold such a miraculous shift – incredible.
Yes this is a truly miracle!
Totally agree Gabriele Conrad, and Tim’s photos say it all!