Self-Indoctrination- the subtle nature of thought reform.
One may wonder how people fall under the spell of thought reform techniques, and indeed how they work. Many families of cult members, and members themselves cannot grasp the subtle forces that lead to someone coming under the influence of a cult and its doctrine. What’s more many people misunderstand what constitutes a cult. That’s been spelled out here before, but to recapitulate it is NOT a compound with chanting zombies. A cult can simply be a group that idealizes a certain belief to the exclusion of others whereby it leads to diminished critical thought and the erosion of key relationships, and is often, but not always, centered around one individual who claims to have special knowledge. The members function in society, albeit with an altered worldview. Universal Medicine has offered a rather limp defense that they are not a cult on their own site, albeit without either understanding cult criteria, or necessarily being completely forthright.
A feature of cult doctrines is the presentation of the world in absolute terms. In the case of Universal Medicine the world is simply “Fiery” or “Pranic” and the student is asked to choose between them on a moment by moment basis. Serge uses everyday personal dilemma’s that are common to all (problems, lack of fulfillment, self-esteem, relationship, financial issues, and so forth) and world problems, real and imagined, as the justifying rationale behind his choice; describing those things as resulting from “prana’ and “pranic choices”
He simply needs to set this idea in motion for the student to commence a process of auto-indoctrination. Once introduced to the concept, the idea insinuates itself into the consciousness informing every decision in light of this new ‘paradigm’. Furthermore, by introducing the key idea that thought and emotion is ‘wrong’ he creates a distrust within the would be student in their own ability to make that decision. They soon come to see their own reactions as flawed and ‘pranic’. To reinforce this process Serge offers healings, workshops, meetings and group support aiding the student in letting go of their own critical faculty.
The Student blogs are bursting with descriptions of self-indoctrination and details of how critical thought has been abandoned. It is also very interesting to note how many of the students mythologize their childhood and how Serge uses children as ‘proofs’ that society and the world at large corrupt people with ‘pranic’ thought. In the Universal Medicine doctrine, children are ‘claire sentient’ which is later suppressed (often blamed on parenting, schooling etc) and a goal is to return to that state of ‘innocence’.
However, it is well known that children before the age of 6 or 7 view the world in a non-critcal way, since they lack the high functioning critical faculty that develops as the brain does. It has been covered in another post here how Stage 1 thinking is replaced by Stage 2 which is ‘reflective’ and ‘high functioning cognizant states’ that have allowed humans to self-reflect, excel, advance, and have a sense of the future, past and consequences of choices. Faculties clearly lacking in children.
So in actual fact, Serge’s doctrine of ‘soulfullness’ is really about switching off the critical faculties and returning to a child-like state. This rings true because it is in that state we absorb much like children, who fail to grasp inter-relatedness, reason, meaning, consequence and experience the world ‘as is’. In this state we are more prone to re-programming as the critical mind is not testing the probity of the information or its source. Remember, we have gained our understanding of the world- our key values and personality traits- from the influence of that period. Many base assumptions, values and predispositions are formed in that time. That is why this period is deemed so critical in a child’s development. (Consider children in varying cultures and subcultures, their development and subsequent worldview. Consider also how some children manage to carve out their own sense of self despite their milieu and what faculty might been at play to have allowed that to occur)
Therefore, when a ‘student’ is asked to do ‘the work’ they are being asked to turn off their adult minds and to absorb a new paradigm- a sort of an over-writing of base programming*. All Serge needs to do is to introduce those ideas and much of the so-called ‘work’ is done by the student- self-indoctrination.
Below is an exchange between a student and Serge describing that process. It is interesting to note that Serge has no problem sharing this with the followers at large.
*Exit counselors inform me that many ex-member display symptoms of low emotional empathy and poor critical functioning well after leaving cults (and Universal Medicine) as a result of this base reprogramming.
EDG MESSAGE 29
ONE STUDENT’S HONESTY LEADS TO A COLLECTIVE REVELATION:
With Love, Kylie” Kylie has put it into the very simple it really is. Not much more needs to be said.
Except that —
is worth the daily custom.
it is all designed for you to know the grand you truly are.