My guess is if you sat a Universal Medicine member down and asked them if truth was important to them, they would rank it number one. I also imagine that every member sees themselves as intrinsically honest and brimming with integrity
Even the great man himself has written:
“to align yourself with one lie is to align yourself with the energy of abuse”
Yet at the very heart of Universal Medicine, lay great un-truths that the followers of Serge Benhayon must accept every day in order to stay aligned with what he calls ‘spherical truth’.
I’m going to outline them broadly, but not exhaustively, below.
Antithetically to the group blogs were tidbits and hearsay are conflated into ‘facts’, each line of the following can be verified and supported with documentation that has been carefully collected and verified.
I ask one question then. If Serge’s version of events is not the ‘truth’ then is aligning oneself with it aligning with the energy of abuse?
According to Serge, indeed it is.
Serge has always been a successful man of integrity.
“Up and until the re-connection occurred, dedication, care and discipline had already been the hallmark of his then and now former professional career.”
During the much of the 1990’s The Benhayon family collected benefits from the Department of Social Security. In a letter dated 22nd December 1994 it is noted that the family will receive $449.60 every fortnight.
In 1995 Deborah Benhayon complained to the Commonwealth Bank that they had withdrawn a small amount of money from their family payment leaving the family in a pickle. According to tax records, Serge earned $13,864 in 1992/3 tax year from his work as a tennis coach. A statement of affairs lodged the following year with trustee of their bankruptcy listed around $3,860 in assets, some gold shares valued at $800 and a vehicle valued at $2000.
The family lived on a rented property in Alstonville, which many at that time erroneously believed Serge owned. The property actually belonged to a gentleman from Sydney whom Serge had coached and had become sympathetic when the family fell on hard times when the business Serge ran collapsed, owing $500,000 to various creditors.
According to the largest creditors, the investors in ‘Evergreen tennis and squash centre in Dee Why, Sydney’- Serge and the family had simply ‘disappeared’, and they were subsequently led to believe he had returned to Uruguay. Left with a large debt and no income they had no choice but to concentrate on rehabilitating the business. Similarly it appears the Commonwealth Bank of Australia had trouble finding the Benhayons over $180,000 owed, only locating the couple in 1994 after serving futile legal notices to addresses in Sydney for three years.
Serge worked for an Alstonville based coaching business between 1991- the year he arrived on the north coast-and 1993/4, operating out of Alstonville tennis club. At the end of 1993 or early 1994 Serge was asked to leave due to a dispute over the sale of that business where it was alleged that he had made representations to sell the business to an investor in the absence of its actual proprietor.
In June 1995 the Benhayons declared bankruptcy. It appears however that Serge operated a business during that time, with a company being registered in his elderly mothers name just months prior to the pair declaring bankruptcy; having its business address at Waratah in Alstonville, and sharing subsequent changes of addresses with Serge. Serge became the sole director and shareholder six months after being discharged.
Under Australian bankruptcy Law it is illegal to run a company when bankrupt, especially as a ‘shadow’ director. Moreover, in their statement of affairs, the Benhayons declared they “had no interest or management” in an Australian Private company.
The Benhayons had employed a solicitor by the name of Matthew Niebling to register the company before the elderly Mrs Benhayon became the director of the new sports company. Matthew Niebling has sat on the board of several companies with Mick Featherstone. Mick Feathestone is the director of Phoenix Global- utilized recently by Universal Medicine to remove search results from Google and undertake ‘investigative work”- and who was recently arrested for fraud related offences.
From all accounts during this period, Serge did run a rather robust cash-only coaching enterprise from hired courts in Alstonville industrial centre, and from a refurbished court on his rented property. It appears the trustees were unaware of this business, as was the DSS who continued to pay benefits to the Benhayons for at least a part, if not all, of the bankruptcy term.
In an interview with David Leser in 2012, Serge said that he spent “$60,000 a year helping kids out with tennis”. If that is true, the trustee and the DSS were not made aware of it.
Mr Benhayons neighbor David Oxer, with whom Serge became friendly after the death of his son on the 1st of September 1994 at a waterhole located at the boundary of the Waratah Property, commenced two businesses in 1995. One of those was named after Serge’s failed Sydney enterprise- Evergreen Property Investments. Whilst Serge was not listed as a director or shareholder, he was known at the time to be looking for investors in a golf driving range to be built on land owned by the company located behind the primary business in Holland street, Goonellebah; just blocks from the current HQ of Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayons long time residence. Several people reported that Serge appeared to have a ‘strong’ interest in this business and formed the view it was his.
According to those who knew Mr Oxer, David was an entrepreneur, and a former swim champion and Olympian. He had arrived from Perth around two years earlier with his then sixteen year old son after the breakdown of his marriage. According to the local police officer stationed at Alstonville at that time, he was involved in a number of enterprises that “were quick to make a buck”.
The two companies David Oxer ran were involved in sports and relied heavily on two benefactors. They had met Mr Oxer during a swim lesson and had been convinced to come in with $2,000,000 they had just inherited towards the construction of a new gym and sports facility. This facility never eventuated, and the then rather unsophisticated investors felt ‘locked out’ of the business. They later heard that ‘piles of cash’ were distributed to various people and by the time it went into voluntary liquidation in 2001 it was too late for recourse despite representations to police, regulators and local politicians.
Serge and Deborah were released from bankruptcy in June 1998 and purchased a $300,000 property within 12 months. A parcel of land was purchased in Deborah Benhayons name at McLeans Ridge and a four bedroom house constructed forthwith. A small mortgage was lodged for the purchase of the land with the National Australia Bank. There is no evidence that a mortgage or covenant was registered against the cost of the house construction, reportedly paid for largely in cash.
In December 1997 The Benhayons left Waratah as the property was sold by the owner. Serge moved to an address at Wollengbar and Deborah lived in East Ballina with her still young children. In early 2002 Serge purchased his current residence in Goonellebah. At or around that time it was leased or occupied by two young ladies by the name of Smith.
In an interview conducted at Blue Hills Road clinic in 2012 by Josh Robertson over the purchase of a $1,200,000 property in Queensland bought partly with funds raised anonymously (according to emails and notes obtained from students of Universal Medicine) and a recently established charity with Serge as a chairman in perpetuity, Serge denied ever being bankrupt when asked. In a digitally recorded interview, he labelled the suggestion “scurrilous”. When asked a second time he launched into a diatribe about “young girls being split in Goonellebah”.
Serge only admitted to the bankruptcy when presented with copies of the trustee documents. He subsequently told the reporter that he was forced into bankruptcy due to the corrupt business practices of the investors and their lack of integrity.
Serge heard sweet voices in 1999 and Universal Medicine was spontaneously born.
“In early to mid 1999, Serge Benhayon found himself under the impress of a series of unfoldments that led to a re-connection, or, ‘union of old’. As a result, he initiated these impresses via the expression of Esoteric Healing using the forum of his sessions to present the teachings that not long after became his vast collection and volume of service to many thousands.”
Curiously, one of the original investors in the failed Sydney enterprise is a well-known philanthropist who heads a self realization fellowship and well regarded international charity. While one may speculate that this person may have inspired Serge’s later career choices, it came as a surprise to this gentleman who reported last year that Serge had no interest in those subjects back in the last 1980’s and early 1990’s. His recollection was of an ambitious young man with a “gift for the gab and a touch of grandiosity”
However, by 1994 Serge was involved in the sale of a ‘healing mud’ in a sort of loose partnership with his landlord and new benefactor. According to this gentleman, nothing came of this business, though Serge did make several trips to Sydney to discuss and promote it. The healing mud later reincarnated as a tennis grip enhancer which was sold to students and their parents.
In a 2012 interview his former boss at Alstonville tennis centre was quoted as saying “Serge was a good coach and a terrific business man, but he became interested in healing”
At that time an Aunt or relative from Uruguay lived at Waratah. It was reported that she was considered a seer or psychic and espoused ideas about entities and astral beings that forms part of Serge’s current doctrines.
An employee of Serges coaching business recalls him mentioning Universal Medicine as early as 1995 or 1996, when interviewed in 2014. He was unaware of Serges current business or the media.
Serge also attended energy healing workshops in Melbourne as early as 1996. He told a reporter in 2012 that it was at one of these workshops that he experienced his “ah-ha” moment when a jolt of energy threw him across the room. According to Serge, the now deceased practitioner told Serge “he had something special”
Alternative healing practitioners around the North Coast of NSW have reported attending workshops with Serge in the late 1990’s. Serge later described these workshops as him discarding of abusive and harmful modalities.
None the less, before and throughout this period, Serge continued to run his tennis business from the Alstonville Tennis Centre and from local tennis courts. It was during one of these early coaching sessions in 1993 he had first met Miranda Smith at the Bangalow Tennis courts in the then sleepy town where her parents ran a local shop. Serge recognised the talent in the 12 year old school girl right away and convinced her parents that he should be her coach.
Serge had commenced running coaching intensives, known as elite coaching, at the court at Waratah for selected students, some of who domiciled at the property, and also persuaded Miranda’s parents that she should live at his home to eliminate the time wasted travelling between Bangalow and Alstonville. At first this was a part time arrangement, however it soon became full time. Miranda’s mother became very concerned as she felt she was emotionally disconnecting from the family, and in 1995 asked her to return home. She refused and after confronting Serge, she was banned from the house for being ‘abusive’.
However, Miranda’s father remained supportive of the arrangement, even spending significant funds on improving the tennis court at the property in the belief that the intensive coaching would lead to her turning professional. This disagreement eventually contributed to the breakdown of that marriage.
In 2012, after seeing Serge Benhayon interviewed on TV on ‘a current affair’, a woman made contact and stated that she had stayed briefly at Waratah during this period and was also involved with the coaching intensives. She said “while I saw nothing specific, I thought there was something going on between Serge and Miranda. Serge and Deborah argued because of it. He also made up shower and sleep with doors open, and told us what we could and couldn’t eat. He yelled at us and made us run around the tennis court when we made mistakes. I called my mother and begged her to get me out of there.”
Miranda did in fact enjoy a good junior tennis career, winning tournaments, prize money and gaining a junior ranking. In 1999 having turned 18 and at the end of her junior career, she bowed out of tennis. Those who knew Serge and Miranda at the time stated they believed Serge considered Miranda a path to a possible career as a high profile coach. They also reported they believed there was something more to the relationship.
A student of Serge’s from that period said when interviewed in 2014 that she formed the impression Serge was living with Miranda at Waratah in late 1997. Her father confirmed he had formed the same impression and stopped his daughter taking lessons there. It may have been around this time that Miranda’s father went to Sydney and discovered that Serge’s coaching credentials were not what he understood them to be, along with a trail of creditors who till then were unaware of Serge’s whereabouts.
It seems 1999 was a crucible year for Serge. With his star student and protege now retired it seemed as if the way was open for a change in directions, whether he wanted it or not. Perhaps these are the ‘unfoldments’ to which Serge refers.
It appears that in fact, Universal Medicine was born after a decade long gestation and at a convenient point of time, rather than in an instant and guided by an unseen hand.
None the less, Serge pragmatically, kept his tennis business registered until 2002. He enquired on the tender process for the lease on Byron tennis courts as late as 2005.
The newly born Universal Medicine was not all plain sailing. Serge rented a room with a local doctor, who declined to be named but reports asking Serge to leave “because he didn’t approve of what he did”.
Serge then became involved with a wealthy Byron Bay woman who is supportive of new-age alternative healing, however the relationship soured; reportedly over money. Around this time Deborah Benhayons father owned a massage and healing business in Byron Bay. Serge subsequently become involved, but the arrangement soon went awry reportedly over a loan and Serge’s request to use a provider number for his treatments.
A number of other local alternative practitioners report that Serge ‘groomed’ them in his early days. Some of these are now hostile in their attitude towards him. They declined to go on record, saying that Serge was known to be litigious and they had experienced his wrath when they had rebuffed his advances. Several expressed the opinion that it was important to Serge to gain credibility by joining with known practitioners.
In any case, he soon attracted a number of loyal followers, with practitioners numbered amongst them. Besides lending credibility, they also become his proponents, with a few writing online testimonials to his healing abilities and speculating as to his ‘true nature’.
In the beginning Serge appropriated the work of Alice A Bailey, a forebear of the new-age movement. He adopted her ideas, books and doctrines, and eventually claimed to be her reincarnation. The New York based Lucis Trust who manages Alice Bailey intellectual property took exception to this and wrote him a cease and desist letter. In an interview in 2012, Serge told the reporter they were heavy handed and treated him unfairly.
By 2002 Universal Medicine began to grow out of its infancy. It would take another five or six years for it to reach maturity, when in 2007, with newly self published books and a clutch of loyal followers, the group experienced sudden word of mouth growth. Whether Serge had stumbled on or planned a formula for recruitment and growth is not known, but what happened over those next five years has allowed Universal Medicine to develop momentum, eventually thrusting it into the spotlight.
In 2010 Serge married Miranda Smith, then 28 years of age.
Serge’s ex wife, Deborah is Universal Medicine bookkeeper, although she is reported to have been distraught in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, and to have made allegation regarding her ex husbands new relationship.
The family now own around 14 properties directly, jointly or in trusts.
The children now represent Universal Medicine on a number of fronts.
The group admits that teenage girls regularly sleep over at Serge’s residence, due to his generosity. His two sons are married to the daughters of members who sent them to live at the Benhayon household while in their mid to late teens.
As time has passed and the group grown, it appears as if Serge has become a victim of his own press- beleiving every word of it. He has also benefited enormously from the WYSIATI effect, confirmation biases, group dynamics and a woeful lack of background information.
The events above are just part of the story. But the question remains. Have the members aligned themselves with the energy of lies?
I will leave the reader to decide for themselves. My guess is their point of view will be determined what they want to believe to be the truth or not.
And therein lies the source of the issue.