Sexual exploitation is a hallmark of cults, and cult leader Serge Benhayon’s aberrant teachings and practices are integral to the profitability of Universal Medicine and its main recruitment arm, Esoteric Women’s Health Pty Ltd. Disturbing teachings on the disease causing ‘energy’ of normal sexuality, the karma of sexual violence and puritanical prescriptions for emotionless love making sit uneasily with in house assessments of ‘sexiness’. A culture of personal boundary transgressions, including inappropriate touching highlights the sexual confusion among devotees. The manipulation is essential to UniMed’s lucrative death drive; psychologically destabilizing followers, fracturing intimate relationships with non followers, and inducing dependency on dubious occult therapies
Cult leader, Serge Benhayon, is a fairly ordinary, not so clever bloke who can only establish himself as Universal Medicine’s alpha male by disparaging competing men via thought reform indoctrination. Based on derogatory stereotypes, his ‘occult philosophy’ demonizes so called ‘male’ traits of sexual desire, intellect and physical activity to encourage followers to reject anyone who doesn’t subscribe to the cult. Followers are then sold the remedy of ‘femaleness’ to make them more compliant and keep them dishing out the cash. In this final instalment in the Esoteric manhood series, we look at how Benhayon exploits the trope of male emotional inferiority to disempower cult men and turn women against his competitors.
As discussed in the previous post on Serge Benhayon’s polarizing of gender, his rantings and writings portray men as sexually predatory bastards who need a dose of ‘femaleness’ to bring them into line. Following up, we see how sport, intellect, beliefs and ideals are portrayed as dangerous, disease causing masculine evils. Not only are these so called ‘male’ traits a challenge to dependency on Universal Medicine’s cynical, damaging enterprise, but Benhayon’s misandry reveals his psychological projections. The damage sustained by followers and their loved ones originates from one man’s inability to resolve the insecurity he feels about his inadequacies.
Universal Medicine followers uncritically accept cult leader, Serge Benhayon’s polarized views on gender where violence, corruption and disorder are conflated with masculinity. ‘Femaleness’, as in gentleness, stillness and submission, is presented as the antidote and simplistically tied to virtue and Esoteric charades of ‘nurturing’, ‘healing’ and ‘love’. As many readers know, those who fail to conform to Benhayon’s standard of castrated manhood are tarred as bullies, abusers and perverts, placing a strain on relationships already under pressure from the demands of loved ones adhering to the cult. In this first post of three on Esoteric Manhood, Benhayon’s writings reveal his divisive views on gender that have contributed to relationship discord among Universal Medicine cultists.
Esoteric Breast Massage is another Esoteric Women’s Health modality designed to lure women into the Universal Medicine cult via false claims of therapeutic efficacy and the ‘gentle’ and ‘nurturing’ feelings they’re told it instils. The technique is used to break down personal boundaries, exploit physical and emotional vulnerabilities, and instil recipients with a sense of pollution and victimhood only repeated sessions of Esoteric ‘healing’ can clear. Peer pressure stifles the voicing of misgivings to an extent, but it’s the participation and endorsement of doctors which gives victims a false sense of trust and security. Such endorsements are in breach of doctors’ professional code of conduct; a code which is meaningless when the national regulator, AHPRA sees no reason to enforce it. Continue reading →
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.
The Universal Medicine cult is remarkable for the high rate of relationship and family breakdown among followers, and a survey of its leader’s writings on relationships remove any mystery as to why. Serge Benhayon’s teachings regard all emotion as toxic, ‘love’ as a state of emotionless inertia, relationships as painful and attempts to engage in reasonable discussion as abuse. Esoteric relationship advice encourages narcissistic passive aggression and rejection of those who don’t subscribe to UniMed’s brand of ‘healing’. The fact Esoteric relationships are only possible with fellow self centred, emotionally neutered and paid up members of the cult, serves a dual purpose – consolidating cult membership, and furthering the UniMed death drive – eroding followers’ reasons to live. Continue reading →