The Esoteric Practitioners Association Pty Ltd was inaugurated in 2009, but up until a week ago, its website was under construction and its Code of Ethics and Conduct, touted to be the highest standard in the world, had never been made public. As a document packed with Universal Medicine’s absurdist cultic authoritarianism, and as a list of the cult’s misdemeanours and double standards, it doesn’t disappoint. In this second part of a series on the crackpot code, we look at the UM’s attempts to evade accountability as well as sections on undue influence and mental health. Members of the public need only read a few posts on this site to find a catalogue of EPA members’ breaches of their own code.
Knee-jerk ethics – reaction without substance
The Universal Medicine cult succeeded once in getting this blog removed from the blogger platform without a court order, and ever since, they’ve been looking for ways to shut me and other victims and critics down. It’s a lot of effort to go to, to bully victims, unless, of course their victims’ presentation of evidence of their wrongdoing is putting a dent in their bottom line.
It’s nice to see they’ve been paying attention. On the 9th of July, not quite two weeks after the Esoteric Practitioners Association – Money for Nothing post appeared on this site, the cult hastily updated its schedule and announced the Esoteric Practitioners Association Annual Conference. The Universal Medicine calendar of events for 2013 has no mention of it. It also appears it was the EPA’s first ‘annual’ conference in four years, while the much mythologized Code of Ethics and Conduct, copyright Serge Benhayon 2009, suddenly materialized in a puff of damage control the day of the conference last Saturday. While it gives the appearance of addressing several concerns raised on this blog, the blatant long term breaches by Esoteric practitioners of their own code shows it’s a belated and unconvincing stab at appeasing nervous cult members and an increasingly well informed public.
We’re looking forward to the completion of the EPA website, and hoping it will include the promised directory of Esoteric Practitioners (which we’ll link to from our Naming Names UniMed Cartel page). In spite of students constantly throwing money into UM courses and EPA membership, very few Eso-practitioners will ever make a living out of overcharging for rubbish, untested modalities that do zilch for symptoms, and come with a full package of mind-fuck. Not that any Benhayon or upper rung cult member cares whether patients are abused and ripped off or that the minions get a negative return on their investment. UM students continue to attend workshops in an attempt to stave off their despicable PRANA, and as long as they do, the money rolls to the top of the pyramid.
In the previous post, we looked at contradictions and hypocrisy within the code of conduct, and numerous breaches of the code by Esoteric Practitioners particularly with regards to Informed Consent, personal and sexual boundary transgressions and breaches of confidentiality. The following are more glaring double standards from the EPA’s own code.
Undue Influence is prohibited, but deception, exploitation and brainwashing is fine
3. Undue Influence on Clients
a) Undue influence is a concept recognised by law where one in a potentially superior position by way of age, status or profession, could influence a more vulnerable person…Esoteric Practitioners Association Code of Ethics and Conduct, p.10
I’ve been writing about UM’s undue influence for months, and have been vilified, censored, bullied and falsely accused of stalking and criminality for it. In contrast, when the cult feigns transparency by talking it up in their code, they are exhibiting ‘utmost integrity’.
All therapists place themselves in a superior position as soon as a client agrees to treatment and/or lays on a treatment table, and while unregistered practitioners are equally responsible for the ethical treatment of patients, the greatest power imbalance occurs when medical or allied health professionals exploit vulnerable patients by spreading pseudoscience and misinformation, and participate in, enable, promote or deny abusive practices like Esoteric Breast, Uterus or Ovarian Massage, molestation of sexual abuse victims, or Benhayon’s ‘Livingness death drive’. Doctors Eunice Minford, Samuel Kim, Howard Chilton, Anne Malatt, Jane Barker, Elizabeth Skinner, Maxine Szramka, Rachel Hall, Rachel Mascord, physiotherapists Kate Greenaway, Jane Torvaney and Andrew Mooney, and psychologists Caroline Raphael, Brendan Mooney and Marianna Masiorski are all culpable, and all in breach of the EPA’s own code.
• Pressuring clients to continue to have treatments…
Esoteric practitioners specialize in overservicing – persuading clients to persist with useless, health negating ‘treatments’, such as Chakra-Puncture ‘Chemo-Wash’, or 12 sessions of inspecific ‘Detox’ with an eating disorder thrown in. Marketing for Esoteric Breast Massage, which clients have been having regularly for years in order to ‘reconnect’ with the breasts located right under their noses, included advice the massages were needed daily in ‘acute cases’.
Or there’s this prognostication from an Esoteric healing workshop manual:
A wounded chakra is usually present when in many lives the personality is reluctant to let go. It may also be that healing is not possible due to simply not having someone who can do it. A wounded chakra represents many complications for that person. A great example of this is a woman or a man experiencing rape and not having it cleared energetically for many lifetimes. This can be 100s sometimes 1000s of years old. But if not cleared it will still be in the chakra. (Benhayon, S. Sacred Esoteric Healing Advanced Level 2 Workshop Manual, p.17)
Esoteric healers are the only healers in the universe able to ‘clear’ the ‘1000s of years old’ energy that victims can’t detect until they’re told to. We’re still waiting for someone to present as ‘clear’ (Scientology uses the same term to keep followers toiling through their courses at great expense), but never mind, that’ll be $70, come back indefinitely.
• Subjecting clients to treatment that is unnecessary, or not in their best interest… (EPA Code of Ethics and Conduct, p.11)
The ovarian reading I copped was not necessary, or in my best interest, and I didn’t want it and said so, but got it anyway. I’ve argued throughout this site that NONE of the Esoteric modalities is able to address symptoms or benefit health, and nor do they aim to. In countless cases Esoteric healing has made life considerably worse for UM followers and their loved ones. Eg. the Esoteric diet, Esoteric womens health modalities, Esoteric Chakra-Puncture.
In a piece of exemplary salesmanship, Serge admits as much in the Code of Ethics:
Certain prescriptions, when they are in-truth prescribed, can assist in the cure of the symptoms. That said, they are not the healing answer. The roots of our ills and woes come from an ill source and flow of energy. This principle is founded on the immutable scientific fact that all is energy. If ‘all’ is energy, all is therefore, because of energy. The healing answer is to remove the offending ill energy. Forget this not.
c) The practitioner should always keep in mind that at times uncomfortable symptoms may be part of the healing – educating and bridging the client into such an understanding is here paramount. To seek to take these away, as the leading drive of the treatment, will always be at the expense of dealing with the offending energy. As such, this will interfere with the healing that is taking place. Remedies should never be used to mask symptoms. Ibid., p.11-12
That’s Serge’s definition of Esoteric ‘healing’ in a nutshell, relieving himself from the inconvenience of trying to improve the health of patients, whilst keeping them returning to deal with mythical offending energy that causes poorly defined ‘ills and woes’ that aren’t necessarily manifesting as health problems. No one appears to have had their ‘offending energy’ dealt with to the point where they no longer need copious healing sessions at great expense. Money for nothing.
Continuing with the undue influence:
• Deliberately withholding necessary treatment or referral to an expert in any field or a fellow esoteric practitioner. Ibid, p.11
Funny how so many of UM’s followers stop taking medications against the advice of non cult doctors.
• Imposing one’s beliefs on a client…
In a code so loaded with hypocrisy, that has to be the most howlingly obvious. The majority of posts on this site give examples. Esoteric Breast Massage victims cop a dose of Benhayon sexist, life negating, relationship breaking, prana and cancer dreading indoctrination. Sex abuse victims are told they are copping karma from being a sex offender in a past life. Emotions cause cancer. Sexual objectification of women causes cancer. Not being female enough causes gynaecological disorders including cancer. Babies receive negative energetic imposts through breast milk. Root vegetables are PRANIC. Disability is the karma of being a despotic arsehole in a past life. Treating qi or prana is not treating who we truly are. Death is a healing and on and on. And on.
• Soliciting a client to give or lend you money or any other benefits.
Like soliciting anonymous donations to the tax exempt Universal Medicine ‘College’ or other building and renovation funds? The Fiery Building Fund, for example?
• Charging unreasonable fees or withholding information about fees and associated costs until they have been incurred.
All clients are being overcharged for untested, ineffective, non healthcare related Esoteric healings by unqualified numbskulls ‘that should never be used to mask symptoms’, and which may include privacy invasions and molestation.
• Putting pressure on a client to purchase a product which will bring to you financial reward or which is not needed by the client in their healing.
Count in every product produced by the Universal Medicine Cult – Serge’s volumes of spherical mindfuck he calls Esoteric philosophy, the ludicrous Esoteric healing symbols, the quasi-curry-powder sold as Eso-Herbs for $30 a bottle, the breast cream that ‘cannot clear the breasts…but you can use it to maintain them‘, the dietary supplements clients wouldn’t need if they ate properly…
Esoteric healers’ breaches of their own code have proven too numerous to contain in two posts, so our readers can look forward to one more, on insurance fraud and the hypocrisy of the code’s sections on disciplinary proceedings. Otherwise, a few more breaches stood out and deserve dissection.
4. Mental Health
a) All members are required to immediately report any client or any other member whom they suspect or have assessed to be mentally unstable. All such reports should be given to any superior pertaining to one’s place of work and to a member of the EPA Mental Health Advisory Team. p. 11
Who will do what? The mental health advisory team we assume consists of the UniMed brainstrust, Brendan UM isn’t a cult Mooney, Marianna depressed? join our cult and give up Masiorski and the undistinguished Caroline Raphael. Will they disclose to any hapless ‘mentally unstable’ person that they practice Esoteric psychology, which is not a recognized psychological therapy, and was invented by an unqualified ex bankrupt, who reckons he’s Da Vinci reincarnated, and teaches that touching sexual abuse victims’ genitals is ‘healing’.
If practitioners suspect someone is genuinely mentally unstable – and not just critical of Esoteric shenanigans – and if they want to do the right thing, they should suggest they consult a non cult GP, and then BACK OFF.
Members are not professionally qualified to countermand instructions or prescriptions given by a doctor. p.13
You must not prescribe or advise on herbs, supplements, medicines or the like unless you are qualified and accredited to do so. p.11
Does that include Nicole Serafin, the unqualified, unaccredited dietician, who was spruiking the Esoteric eating disorder the cult calls a diet?
And again, why do so many Esoteric patients go off their medications, Serge?
You should refer clients to another practitioner where necessary or where it would be of benefit, ensuring that the practitioner to whom you refer is esoterically sound, professional and well studied. Where possible, you should select someone who lives the esoteric life, to the best of your knowledge and/or that of other known professionals. p.12
Yes, and keep the cash flowing within the Universal Medicine Cartel, regardless of what is best for patients.
We know what that means. To be Esoterically sound is to be emotionally atrophied, bigoted, undertrained, self entitled and humourless, to have no regard for privacy and personal boundaries, deny abuse, enable or participate in the molestation and bullying of the cult’s victims and remain obstinately hostile to facts. And to pay big bucks for it.