The anatomy of denial – conversation with a cult member

This week I had contact from a mother and daughter team of Universal Medicine followers. The mother had several treatments as a patient of mine about eight years ago, and the pair are related to lifelong family friends. The mother called to make an appointment for treatment, but I refused, citing conflict of interest. I knew the daughter was deeply involved with UM, but was less sure of the mother. I spoke to her briefly of my misgivings about Serge and referred her to this blog. However, the discussion, and ensuing contact revealed the depth of her involvement and the true purpose of her contact – to convert me, and pry into my personal life, looking for dirt.

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The Esoteric Practitioners Association Crackpot Code of Conduct Part 1: Breaches

MarxBrosEsotericHealingFor years, the Universal Medicine cult has been telling its followers that the Esoteric Practitioners Association has the ‘highest code of conduct’ of any practitioner association in the world. The newly released document leaves no mystery as to why those of the ‘utmost integrity’ took four years to make it public. The Code of Ethics and Conduct is remarkable for its absurdity and its omissions, and superbly highlights Serge Benhayon and his acolytes’ numerous breaches of their own code, showing Esoteric Practitioners for what they ‘truly are’ – harmful hypocrites.

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Indemnity insurance doesn’t indemnify abuse

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The Universal Medicine cult loves to gloat in its publicity that all its healing modalities are fully insured. However, the policy wording of a standard complementary medicine therapy indemnity insurance policy from Universal Medicine’s insurer, W. R. Berkley, specifically excludes molestation and psychological abuse. For the Benhayon family  ‘healers’ and all of the Esoteric Breast Massagers this means they are paying for insurance for nothing. Given the abusive nature of their ‘modalities’, none of their practices are insured, but that shouldn’t deter their victims from pursuing a class action to seek compensation for damages.

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Esoteric Personal Boundaries – goodbye dignity

Serge Benhayon with his hand on 14 or 15 year old daughter, Natalie Benhayon's bottom, Sacred Esoteric Healing Advanced Level 1 Workshop manual, p. 53

Serge Benhayon with his hand on a young woman’s bottom, Sacred Esoteric Healing Advanced Level 1 Workshop manual, p.53

Why is it not acceptable in society 

  • for a father to hug his teenage son as he did when he was a boy?
  • for a father to hug his daughter when she becomes a woman for fear of it being interpreted as sexual?
  • for a man to hug another man?
  • If one is contracted/reserved you don’t know what energy comes through a hug. If you are open its all there to see. Serge Benhayon, quoted in notes taken by Michael Dixon. Esoteric Development Group lecture, 19 February, 2011.

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Esoteric Privacy – nothing is sacred

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Salvador Dali, ‘The Eye’

The Universal Medicine cult has a thing for consent forms. Victims of Esoteric Breast Massage are asked to sign one; cult chakrapuncturist, Neil Ringe, asks his clients to sign a consent form for Esoteric chakrapuncture and Esoteric ‘psychology’ and participants of UM workshops are asked not only for consent but to provide details of their medical histories as well. Why? What’s so dangerous or invasive about gentle breath meditation and sacred Esoteric healing that would require consent? Why would a workshop consent form request detailed medical information? What goes on at UniMed workshops that necessitates the declaration of one’s HIV status? Why are a bunch of ‘healers’ with zero qualifications collecting private medical information? How do they use it and how do they store it? Importantly, how do these extremely questionable practices align with Australian privacy laws?

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Esoteric Breast Massage Part 2 – hyperbole, evasion and just plain bad therapy

Detail from Jeune Femme by Adolphe Etienne Piot

Detail from ‘Jeune Femme’ by Adolphe Etienne Piot

Ever since scrutiny of Universal Medicine’s abusive Esoteric Breast Massage intensified, the cult has made hamfisted efforts to manage public perception, attempting to hose down the sleazy aspects and downplaying false therapeutic claims. Efforts to portray the practice as ethical included hyperbolic assertions of ‘integrity’, the endorsement of cult doctors, and insisting on meaningless ‘consent’. After all, the cult is in the business of making money and bringing in new, cashed up and suggestible recruits. Yet, in the end, EBM is an unpleasant, therapeutically worthless exercise in life and body negating indoctrination.

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Esoteric Breast Massage Part 1 – marketing abuse and calling it ‘healing’

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Detail from ‘Psyche’ by Adolphe William Bouguereau

See also: Video – Unpacking Serge Benhayon’s scam Esoteric Breast Massage June 2016

Breasts are conveniently located at the front of the female body, not too far under the nose and within massaging reach of most women’s hands, yet the Universal Medicine cult gets money out of women for Esoteric Breast Massage by insisting they are ‘disconnected’ from their breasts. The price includes bogus therapeutic claims, gratuitous touching by cult practitioners, invasion of privacy, over-servicing, indoctrination with body negative tropes and a generous dollop of man hating.

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