The Australian College of Massage’s links with Universal MedicinePosted: March 26, 2014
The Australian College of Massage is a nationwide business with 36 branches and, of late, an increasingly Esoteric flavour. The question is, will the company’s association with UM and its peculiar doctrines and abusive practices help bolster the cult’s recruitment, or simply prove to be bad for ACM’s business?
ACM is owned by Robert and Deborah Wild, who divide their time between residences in Melbourne and Byron Bay. Last we heard, their Byron Bay property was on the market for upwards of $7M. We’ve heard ACM is about to undergo a name change and an expansion of the courses it offers. Seeing the Wilds appear to have been adherents of Universal Medicine for some time, and their staff numbers have been recently boosted with a number of Esoteric devotees, we wonder if the new courses will feature money for nothing Esoteric content, and whether their shop will soon stock Esoteric products, like the butt ugly healing symbols.
We were first informed of the connection by a massage student who asked an instructor if they could play music other than that by Chris James during class. The student was familiar with cult recruiter, Chris James’ insufferable droning because they’ve had the unfortunate experience of seeing loved ones disappear into the Esoteric zombie vortex. They were told by the instructor Chris James is standard music during classes. The student took in alternative music, but the instructor was reluctant to play it and became visibly uncomfortable with the conversation. The instructor said the choice wasn’t up to them.
Our informant wondered about UM involvement but couldn’t get much sense out of staff. We got in touch with an old friend who used to work for ACM, and they confirmed it. Chris James (embattled Sound Foundation charity front trustee) has provided the official College muzak since late 2012, and the College has recently filled out their staff with a bunch of UM faith-full, the most notable of whom is their new CEO, Serryn O’Regan. From her Naming Names page entry:
Serryn O’Regan, Esoteric Breast Massager and lawyer, Universal Medicine Pty Ltd company secretary, Esoteric Practitioners Association company secretary, College of Universal Medicine (charity) Chairperson.
We asked if any of the staff would like to talk with us, but our friend gave us the story we’ve all heard before. Non UM staff are walking on eggshells, fearful for their job security, and keeping their mouths shut. Our condolences go out to them, and we welcome them to our community of readers who are likewise attempting to peacefully co-exist with Esoteric followers. We could open a wig factory with all the hair that’s been torn out dealing with that lot.
We were directed to a series of articles on the ACM’s News pages, Self Care Tools for Life – the cult’s latest marketing pitch for recruiting health practitioners to their pyramid scheme of abuse – with the usual array of eccentric hyphenations and cliches. Similar to UM publicity, it’s all about everyday self-loving choices, the fiction of the rise in ‘multi-symptomatic’ disorders and the perils of a ‘racy mind’. Arcturans, entity possession, the evil Astral Cult, the four Lords of Form on horseback, rants on the karma of sexual violence, and the Gimme Your Money spiels are saved until targets have undergone the cult conversion.
The major question is what do the Wilds get from their association with UM? Hitching their wagon to an organization that’s been embroiled in controversy for almost two years and is destined for a lot more is hardly a wise business decision.
Were they hoping for a contra deal where they share their students with UM? Even the wealthiest students will only undertake a limited number of courses, or will the the new ACM business model mimic Serge’s and begin marketing the cleansing of prana and elimination of supernatural entities? Serge swindles that through his initiation scale con, and is able to market repeat attendances at the same worthless courses by inducing dread of invisible enemies.
Has Serge or the Benhayon family or Chris James bought in? What is the financial deal?
Or have the Wilds, acting purely out of faith, dragged a healthy business to the sacrficial altar of the high priest of piss-takes for him to bleed it dry and hurl the carcass into his ditch of ill repute?
Either way, with the direction in which UM is headed, tacking itself onto a nationwide massage school won’t save it.
And give it a year or two, but our prediction is there’ll be a once reputable massage school with 36 branches going cheap.