Esoteric student notes tell us in 2010, unqualified 20 year old Natalie Benhayon took up amateur social work to perform a Universal Medicine conversion on adolescents and teens – pestering them to disclose sexual and other indiscretions and offering them and their parents an ‘alternative’ to their errant behaviour and miserable ‘pranic’ lives – join her Dad’s shonky therapy, molestation and death cult.
Our guest blogger gives their account of the Universal Medicine workshop experience and their observations of young girls involved, demonstrating how Benhayon grooms large groups of followers to accept his inappropriate behaviour.
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A few years ago, I attended several workshops held by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine after being exposed to Serge’s audio recordings and meditation techniques by a friend who was convinced they had found “the truth” therein. Despite my initial skepticism toward the claims and ideas I had heard Benhayon present, and my reluctance to get involved with UM (everything about it screamed “cult”). I decided to give it a chance and check it out for myself, before dismissing it completely as the New Age nonsense I suspected it was.
Universal Medicine markets itself as a complementary medicine organization that promotes healthy living, however, the Esoteric healing services sold by cult leader Serge Benhayon glorify death and reincarnation at the expense of physical and mental health. A critical element of Benhayon’s Livingness death drive is magical thinking, where Esoterically correct thoughts and behaviour are rewarded with improved reincarnations, while the contrary are punished with disease and adversity. His writings show how Benhayon has borrowed from New Age mogul, Louise Hay’s book of moralistic magical thinking spells, and reveal his toxic attitudes to the sick, disabled and marginalized.