Universal Medicine students undertake Esoteric healing workshops under the apprehension that completing a certain set of courses will enable them to become an ‘accredited’ Esoteric healer through Universal Medicine’s own accreditation body, the Esoteric Practitioners Association. The UniMed cult claims the EPA has the highest ethical standards of any practitioner association in the world, yet provide the public with no information on what those standards are. Nor is the EPA a registered training body, which begs the question, what does Esoteric accreditation mean? What are EPA members paying for?
Esoteric accreditation – bypassing authority
In 2009 we inaugurated the Esoteric Practitioners Association Pty Ltd (EPA). This arm of Universal Medicine represents the members association, the practitioners association and, it acts as the accrediting vehicle for the Complementary Medicine modalities as taught by Universal Medicine. Universal Medicine Website
We still haven’t been able to find out how much the EPA membership fees are, but the following notes from an Esoteric Development Group lecture shows how the EPA was sold to members.
Many people have asked Serge over the years to make his website more user friendly but he knew people had to welcome themselves to the work and if the people came then they were ready. He has not compromised in any way and now we are reaping the benefit of this. An example of this is that we used to have to be insured by the National Federation of Healers in order to practice Esoteric Healing. This meant that we had to come under the banner of “Spiritual healing”. Serge did not want to be under the umbrella of spiritual healing so he and some others got the esoteric modalities fully accredited and now we have the EPA, which is the accrediting arm of Universal Medicine…
Serge began the work he is doing now with doing healing session, then he went onto do the Heart Chakra presentations where he was telling people in Byron Bay that they had to close off their lower 3 chakras and they would argue with him about that. Then with the help of Serryn O’Regan and Anne Barns we got our healing modalities accredited and set up the EPA. (Esoteric Development Group lecture notes taken by Elizabeth Dolan, December, 2011)
Qualifications and insurance are mandatory for Australia’s registered healthcare practitioners (doctors, dentists, physios, psychologists, Chinese medicine practitioners etc.), but anyone (including Serge) can set up as a ‘healer’. There’s no registration or formal regulation, so no requirement for insurance. A look at the National Federation of Healers website shows the federation to be a small membership who join and agree to abide by their code of conduct voluntarily. A number of such voluntary associations exist in Australia, as an assurance to the public that in the absence of formal regulation, the members agree to abide by a common code. The NHF site doesn’t mention insurance.
More importantly, how and where did cult lawyer and Breast Massager Serryn O’Regan, with the help of Anne McRitchie, get the Esoteric modalities ‘accredited’? With whom? What does Esoteric ‘accreditation’ mean, and where is the evidence?
Or was accreditation outsourced to Arcturus?
A simple check with the Australian Skills Quality Authority or ASQA tells us Universal Medicine is not and never was a registered training body. The claim of ‘accreditation’ is therefore what the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would call a false or misleading claim.
EPA Chairman Neil Ringe and ‘the highest code of conduct in the world’
All practitioners need to abide by the comprehensive and uncompromising ‘Code of Ethics’ established by the Esoteric Practitioners Association and must be fully insured. Universal Medicine Website – Truth about Esoteric Breast Massage
For those choosing to become noted and or EPA accredited practitioners of Esoteric Massage, it is compulsory to have read Book 3 (The Way of Initiation) and signed the EPA Code of Ethics and Conduct. (Benhayon, S., Esoteric Massage Level 1 manual, p.4)
But what is the EPA’s Code of Ethics and if it’s so comprehensive, presumably in the interest of protecting patients, why is it not posted anywhere on the Universal Medicine site? Benhayon was critical of the National Federation of Healers, but at least their site is succinct, easy to navigate, and their code is clearly stated. And they only charge $55 per annum for membership.
All we could find about the EPA’s code was through statements made by cult physiotherapist, Kate Greenaway, and EPA chairman and chakrapuncturist Neil Ringe, both of whom are enjoying the Glory and the cash that comes from being long term yes-artists for Serge.
The healing modalities we use are all insured by a reputable insurance company under the Esoteric Practitioners Association (EPA) and we combine complementary health care with western medicine.
The code of ethics for the EPA are the highest I have ever experienced, based on ”No Harm” to others and to ourselves in how we live our lives. This is from the understanding that how we live in our bodies affects those around us and especially via hands-on therapies. Kate Greenaway, quoted in the EchoNet Daily.
The following is an edited audio transcript of Universal Law office manager, Gayle Cue, interviewing EPA chairman Neil Ringe in June 2011. Around the 35 minute mark of an interview where Ringe rubbishes his old profession of acupuncture to laud the Esoteric benefits of chakrapuncture, Gayle asks about the necessity of setting up Universal Medicine’s own practitioner association.
35:30 Gayle Cue: …it would have been so much easier to just slip into some other complementary medicine association.
Neil Ringe: I knew about it (the formation of the EPA) from the start but I didn’t do all the preliminary work. That was done by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine and the able assistance of some people, who did a lot of work getting it up and running, and particularly getting insurance. Because even though it’s an Esoteric association, it’s very much in the temporal world; that is to say it’s very much here in our daily world, and it’s regulated and it has, any practitioner that completes the course, can gain insurance…
Regulated by whom, Neil?
(An Esoteric practitioner) is someone who’s committed to a way of life, a Livingness, a way of coming into contact with our innermost being and so they don’t have to be a practitioner in the sense. Anybody can come along. People can be student members, support members. We’ve got surgeons, doctors, dentists, physios, bodyworkers, and there are Esoteric modalities that are under the Esoteric Practitioners’ Association, like chakrapuncture and Esoteric healing and Esoteric massage. Also there is for women Esoteric Breast Massage as well. And there is more bodywork to come as well.
So members don’t have to be practitioners. They can pay to join just for the joy of belonging to an energetically correct clique.
The difference is the Code of Ethics and conduct. In fact brokers in both Australia and Britain have said it’s the highest code of conduct in the world, and ethics too of course…The conduct really is about how we live, so practitioners when they join the association are committing to live the knowledge they’re gaining from the ancient wisdom…
Insurance brokers are now the arbiters of ethics and experts on the ‘ancient wisdom’ Serge threw together from 1999.
We ask that practitioners who belong live the teachings…so there’s no separation from how you are in clinic to how you are in your daily life. If you don’t behave in one way, or give advice to someone and then immediately break that advice with regard to your own self.
GC: So the association is insured?
NR: Yes, very much so. It’s very insured by OAMPS who are major insurance brokers.
GC: That must have been quite a feat to get that accomplished.
NR: It was a massive feat. When the brokers came to Goonellabah to the clinic there and saw the work that Serge Benhayon presented they were so impressed, it, um, happened. I was surprised in the end by the speed in which it happened…I think because it is a first.
GC: Is it the first in the world?
NR: I think it’s the first in the world, the brokers have certainly said that. There isn’t another like it, and certainly the Code of Ethics…The thing is we’re not flying under the radar. This is an absolutely insurable modalities with now an established association where practitioners and members are living what they are learning and what they are teaching too. Because it’s very important because you must live the advice you give…We all know that doesn’t apply to a lot of practitioners we see.
Except you are flying under the radar, Neil. The Esoteric Practitioners Association website is defunct and has been since media scrutiny of UM began. There is no list of Esoteric Practitioners as promised, no disclosure of the EPA’s structure and funding, and no Code of Ethics to be found. In other words, no transparency. The EPA has an Australian Business Number, but unlike most practitioner associations is not a not for profit organization. How many members are there, how much do they pay to belong per annum and what’s your salary, Neil?
The EPA insurance fiction
Nor is gaining insurance any kind of feat. Any practitioner can be insured, as this list of approved modalities from Insurance House shows. More importantly, what is so risky about Esoteric healing that requires indemnity insurance?
Does Esoteric indemnity insurance cover inappropriate touching?
Is that what the brokers were so impressed by when they travelled to Goonellabah to see the ‘work’? Were these practices, and others, such as the privacy invading consent form, disclosed to the insurers, as is the duty of the insured? I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but perhaps it’s time they were.
For those interested, the wording from the standard OAMPS (W. R. Berkley) Complementary Therapy insurance policy spells out exactly what indemnity insurance does and doesn’t cover. It’s discussed in the following post – Indemnity Insurance doesn’t indemnify abuse, or dishonesty, or privacy invasions or any criminal behaviour.
Energetic Assessment of EPA members
At the 42 minute mark of Ringe’s interview, Cue asked him about his duties as Chairman of the EPA. He states each of the modalities has an overseer, although he is the chairman of the association and gets to decide each members energetic correctness. He’s so Esoterically advanced he can tell straight away if a member is not Esoteric enough.
I chair the overall things but mostly it’s about implementing that very Livingness. It’s about making sure that’s all happening and communicating to people when it isn’t or when they’re in doubt.
(On the accreditation process): There are requirements of course. There is one thing all practitioners have to have, which is an energetic assessment…That’s very easy to see in another. You see straight away what they carry…That is again unique and a first I think, that we’ll say actually you’re not living this so you can’t work under this banner. And if you do live it, you’ll be assessed that way and you’ll be able to practice under the banner. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. It’s quite liberating really because, um, you can claim it, you can feel that you really belong to some, to that fire that we all collectively are.
In other words, in the absence of any real ethical standards that protect patients, EPA members pay to be assessed on whether they are obeying the cult line. It’s another version of Serge Benhayon’s Initiation scale. Neil Ringe, right hand enabler to Serge Benhayon, stationed at the top of the lucrative abuse pyramid is the chief fascist and judge.
The over remunerated Universal Medicine cult hierarchy would like us to believe that EPA members living what they practice and teach constitutes the ‘highest code of conduct in the world’. However, the molestation marketed as healing, the baseless therapeutic claims, the secrecy, the privacy invasions, the dangerous, non nutritionally based diet, the lack of transparency and the authoritarianism of pompous, soft spoken despots like Ringe suggest the EPA’s code of conduct is more likely the lowest.
Please use the contact tab at the top of the page if you have any further information on the EPA, or post in the comments. We’d like to know how much the annual fees are, and if anyone has a copy of the code of ethics, or any other EPA paperwork. Are members issued receipts?
Anyone who joined the EPA under the apprehension they would be accredited as an Esoteric healer, and such accreditation was necessary to be able to purchase insurance, has a case for complaint to the ACCC (Office of Fair Trading) and is entitled to a refund of their fees.
And if anyone would like to contact OAMPS Insurance Brokers, it would save me a heap of time. Done, thank you!
UPDATE: In response to our exposure, the EPA has made it Code of Ethics and Conduct, supposedly copyright 2009, available to the public for the first time. It only took four years. A dissection of EPA members breaches of their own code is available in the Crackpot Code of Ethics posts