Evaluating UM as a cult.

The feedback from the Universal Medicine group, its followers, some members of the public and even affected families can give one the impression that there is a question mark remaining over whether Universal Medicine is a cult. There is a general misunderstanding of the nature of cults in the public at large,  however the implacable nature of UM as a cult is not in a shadow of doubt to the well-informed. The only question is, what trajectory is the group following as they tend to have an arc of development?

I’ve cut and pasted a commonly used cult evaluation chart (the FBI have used this for cult evaluation in the US). The higher the score the more potential danger the group poses. Of course, the rankings are subjective and dependent on your knowledge of the group’s machinations. I’ve put my score in bold next to each question. (Don’t let it influence you, which of course is now quite impossible- ah,  the irony)

The commonly held misapprehension is that members are held against their will in a compound or tricked into slavish adherence to the group and its leaders after a honeymoon period. While groups do exist like this, the vast majority of contemporary groups are ‘open cults’. That is, the members more or less function as they would have done before being recruited by the cult. Many cult members ‘feel good’ and this takes precedence over logic and inconsistencies. In the case of Serge ( and like many narcissistic cult leaders) this means ignoring glaring integrity issues and questionable ethics. The accountability website has done an sensational job of highlighting many of those.

Not you're average cult leader
Sorry ladies…not you’re average cult leader
A meme found on the web
A meme found on the web

Members of these groups- UM included- are not aware that theirs is a cult and that their leader suffers from a personality disorder. If they did, then the group could and would not exist. It is in a sense, easier to believe the grandiose claims of the cult leader, than the far simpler truth that their leader has a personality malfunction. The payoff is a sense of purpose, community, and superiority ( poorly masked by love-speak).

At the limits, the metaphoric walls that keep members contained are sets of behviours that are dictated (or offered as choices) by the group ( for UM that is food, music, sport, relationships, sexual behaviour, feminine identity, art, information) and the ‘penalty’ for leaving which is usually a spiritual punishment; the thought of which is ineffable and subsumes the logic of making a rational choice based on the information at hand. In the case of UM this is  bad karma, further bad incarnations, going down the imaginary initiation scale, not becoming an initiate or member of the ‘hierarchy’; and of course rejection by the group mind which is extremely powerful. There exist groups that hold a real gun to their heads of the members, but they are few. The metaphoric gun for modern groups is turning the mind of the follower against itself, by keeping them sufficiently simultaneously dumbly happy and confused therefore disabling their sense of mortal and spiritual danger.

The stakes have risen for Serge in the last year. Rather arrogantly (one of his favourite words) he predicted the ‘new era’ and imagined himself as it’s chief advocate. In his mind Universal Medicine was a growing force ready to take on the world. Instead, he has been met with a steady stream of right-minded criticism and the soured fruits of his efforts- a wall of distraught families and unhappy partners. His medicine has been exposed as a large scale scam and his business practices called into question. Whether he knows it or not, the relevant agencies are aware of his every move and the sins of his the past and present. Long forgotten ghosts no doubt will come back to haunt him. What we need to remain vigilant of now is Serge ratcheting up the rhetoric out of an understandable sense of paranoia and foreboding. He and the group are currently following the cult-under-pressure play book to a tee. And there’s more revelations to come.

For people with loved ones in the group, keep an eye on your family member and remember, arguments won’t get them out. Real love just might.


The Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame


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Low High

1 Internal Control: Amount of internal political and social power exercised by leader(s) over members; lack of clearly defined organizational rights for members.        10


2 External Control: Amount of external political and social influence desired or obtained; emphasis on directing members’ external political and social behavior.      8 – increasing steadily with RMRC, womens groups etc


3 Wisdom/Knowledge Claimed by leader(s); amount of infallibility declared or implied about decisions or doctrinal/scriptural interpretations; number and degree of unverified and/or unverifiable credentials claimed.                                                           12- Serge is off the scale here.


4 Wisdom/Knowledge Credited to leader(s) by members; amount of trust in decisions or doctrinal/scriptural interpretations made by leader(s); amount of hostility by members towards internal or external critics and/or towards verification efforts.           12- Serge is off the scale here also

5 Dogma: Rigidity of reality concepts taught; amount of doctrinal inflexibility or “fundamentalism;” hostility towards relativism and situationalism.              12- Serge is also off the scale here ( surprised?)


6 Recruiting: Emphasis put on attracting new members; amount of proselytizing; requirement for all members to bring in new ones.                                     10- UM has a very clever model of focusing on women health issues and word of mouth, plus satellite agencies of ‘practitioners’ that have paid for the privilege to recruit for UM/Serge


7 Front Groups: Number of subsidiary groups using different names from that of main group, especially when connections are hidden.                                        10- Oops like Serge hits the mark here too.                    


8 Wealth: Amount of money and/or property desired or obtained by group; emphasis on members’ donations; economic lifestyle of leader(s) compared to ordinary members.    10- And again… surprising? Not really.


9 Sexual Manipulation of members by leader(s) of non-tantric groups; amount of control exercised over sexuality of members in terms of sexual orientation, behavior, and/or choice of partners.                            12- Yes. He’s a royal flush. His mass scale manipulation of the sexuality of his members is monumental. What he does more privately is yet to be examined.


10 Sexual Favoritism: Advancement or preferential treatment dependent upon sexual activity with the leader(s) of non-tantric groups.             10- Based purely on the pretty girls that stay with the Benhayons sent from overseas and interstate, and the known activity of match-making for his own children, ex-wife and favoured inner members.


11 Censorship: Amount of control over members’ access to outside opinions on group, its doctrines or leader(s).                                       10- Members are told which books to read, to avoid newspapers, dissenting sites, and to clear books they  have to read of bad energy.


12 Isolation: Amount of effort to keep members from communicating with non-members, including family, friends and lovers.                        8- They havent perfected this yet. But they make an effort when they know someone is dissenting.


13 Dropout Control: Intensity of efforts directed at preventing or returning dropouts.   7- Not sure of this internal mechanism.


14 Violence: Amount of approval when used by or for the group, its doctrines or leader(s).   2- That is giving Serge the benefit of the doubt.


15 Paranoia: Amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies; exaggeration of perceived power of opponents; prevalence of conspiracy theories.       10- Large scale paranoia of imaginary enemies and persecution from past life times.


16 Grimness: Amount of disapproval concerning jokes about the group, its doctrines or its leader(s).                                           10- They don’t like a joke at all.


17 Surrender of Will: Amount of emphasis on members not having to be responsible for personal decisions; degree of individual disempowerment created by the group, its doctrines or its leader(s).                        10- While its alleged it is a choice, that is false. The members are totally dis-empowered from differing opinions to Serge and other members.


18 Hypocrisy: amount of approval for actions which the group officially considers immoral or unethical, when done by or for the group, its doctrines or leader(s); willingness to violate the group’s declared principles for political, psychological, social, economic, military, or other gain.                                  15- Serge’s assertions are completely at odds with his own behaviour past and present.



Deconstructing Serge- The "Truth"

Deconstructing Serge- Part 1.     

A lovely waterhole located on Serge’s Alstonville Property 


Over the coming months, time allowing, I am going to deconstruct both Serge the myth and also Serge’s great fiction of Universal Medicine. I thought it would be instructive to start with an analysis of Serge’s “spherical thinking” using an extract from his seminal work “The Way it is” which highlights a grab bag of moral ambiguities, confessional language, irrational arguments and just plain every day stupidity.
What is important about this extract is it demonstrates how Serge uses a system of confusional semantics to dislodge the aspirant from their long held view of the world, and wrangle them into replacing those with ideas that are the antithesis. It’s a lesson in how to turn good people bad. One of the known effects of cult-indoctrination is how members commence betraying those close to them, and this in part explains how that is rationalised in a ‘means over ends’ approach characterising cults. Put simply, they don’t know right from wrong, even though they know think they know what is ultimately right! Yes, the great paradox of the human mind.
In this little extract, typical of the whole subversive work, Serge is attempting to invert the meaning of “Evil” into a form of “good” and good into a form of evil- a favourite theme of his, and one he is  astonishingly successful at achieving amongst his followers.
What is very interesting about this piece, is that it has an almost confessional undertone. That is not just my opinion incidentally. The books have been through the hands of more than a few cult aware professionals and they have all remarked the same without prompting. See if you can spot what they are talking about.
 Here we go….


Evil does not exist. It exists only when it is expressed in thought form or in action, or both. When evil is not being expressed or acted, then, there is no evil.
This is of course, totally and unequivocally Irrational. If evil doesn’t exist then it doesn’t exist. It cannot both not exist, and also exist – “when expressed in thought or action”. To paraphrase Serge, that is utterly ridiculous. I suspect that Serge himself is not aware that the two statements are mutually exclusive, any more than his followers appear to be. No doubt will call it ‘spherical’ which is Serge-code for “meaningless piffle designed to mess with your head”
Evil has many different and judged meanings. For example, a murder or rape is seen and judged as evil. But what if these were acts of another law gone wrong and hence, are in fact, not evil acts at all, but the Law of Oneness expressing its imbalance in the negative, which produces such acts we then erroneously judge as being evil.

In the case of murder or rape, the true evil is what created the original imbalance to the harmonious Law of Brotherhood which later attempts to re-balance itself, but not always in a harmonious sense, since the re-balancing expression may also be affected by evil.

Having opened with the absolute assertion Evil does not exist, Serge goes on to explain the ‘quality and origins’ of evil. He also parlays evil, or the act thereof, such as murder or rape (both curious examples which occur repeatedly in Serge’s works) into nothing other than a ‘rebalancing’. In typical ‘new age’ backwards logic, the victim takes a unequal share of the blame, and the perpetrator is simply expressing an act that ‘balances’ karma in an endless timeline of lives in the past and/ or future of which is being redressed. Total nonsense. But very dangerous nonsense that can mess with the psyche of the unaware.
In terms of truth, evil is an expression which is expressing from a consciousness that is separative to the consciousness which is God. God is love. If you know you are the Son of God, then you are not capable of any evil. True evil then, is the source that made or influenced the Son, to not know who they are, for if the Son would know, he would not murder, nor rape.
So to recap, Evil DOES NOT EXIST, yet not only do we now unequivocally have evil in contradiction to that, we have ‘true evil’ defined as the separation of consciousness from God, who according to Serge is Love ( which according to Serge is an emotionless, empathy, compassion and sympathy free state- otherwise known to the average person as antipathy- or hate)
It is a typical convoluted argument Serge uses to slowly confuse his ‘students’ in order to define a new paradigm. His.

Is the murderer evil or is the energy that put him into that consciousness the actual evil?…The above is presented in energetic integrity for the understanding of those who can read it without an emotional bias. Murder and rape are both horrendous and atrocious ill expressions of someone who is in deep pain. Such a person is totally contracted from who they are, so much so, that the presence of another who is also in that same totally lost consciousness can unite with them and thus the two and the three, will act out the ill expressed and vile expression.

Of course, it is impossible to “get it’ because like everything Serge says or writes, the meaning does not exist. His modus operandi is this: Present a problem; real, imagined or exaggerated, propose a question: “what if it was some other way” to illicit agreement ( okay, perhaps…) and then confuse with a circular argument ( it should come with a warning like you get in Microsoft excel when your arguments are within each other!) and then propose a solution that is ridiculous, but unprovable-  ‘ the reason men are hard is because they are not as connected to their clairsentients as women have the advantage of menstruation” and voila! You have completed a classic thought reform tactic of: De-anchor – confuse- re-anchor- The poor listener is left “pondering” the improvable argument which actually acts to suspend their critical thinking. Eventually, most people will cease trying to tease the argument out in their heads, and give in to the arguments as if they have meaning. This is not speculation my friends, but the known basis of thought reform technology of which Mr Serge Benhayon is unfortunately, a master either by design or accident. Ponder that.
Take note how Serge also gives hints how the reader should think “ For those who can read without emotional bias”. This is known as creating an expectation which the reader/listener will unconsciously conform to. Another example is to say “ I hate liars” which of course implies that the speaker is not a liar, when in fact they most likely are- otherwise why should they mention it? A good pick up artist knows to create an expectation in their intended target such as “Thank god! Someone with an open mind I can talk to!” which has the real effect of persuading the person to behave that way. Serge might say “I can sense that you are a really clairsentient person and that you are going to get this really easily. It’s like we’ve already met..” and yes, he has said that.
No one person can act in an evil manner. This Energetic Law. If this is difficult to accept by the ignorant or those who fear what is hear implied then look into the eyes of such a person and you will see they are not there. It is for all to know that no evil act is ever carried out by any one being, but the union of three who are sharing the same ill, contracted and lost way.

In every evil thought there is the presence of another (spirit) who is attracted to that state of being by the Law of Attraction. If this is given further emotional energy the thought itself will attract one other (spirit) who is also in that state of being. The force of the three creates the action we judge as an evil act.
So Serge is saying this: There is no evil, but there is evil if you are separated from God AKA love, and if it acts through you, but the victim is actually the perpetrator who is part of the rebalancing, and the perpetrator is playing their part, but they are not themselves because NOW there is an evil entity acting through them. It seems like you need a few people to do an evil act. They may be real people, or discarnate entities, but no one person, such as say Serge, can commit evil. It takes others to help him do it. So no one person is to blame. It is the group. Interesting stuff Serge.
There is no argument, from the human perspective, in such actions being judged as evil. However, it is important to note well that all rape, murder and other such actions stem from this negative union of three.
When the action is complete, the energy of evil, as a form, no longer exists, unless the original source, the wounded and very lost human being is further fuelled by rage, bitterness, frustration and resentment (all of these emotions are negative reactions of an unbalanced gall bladder). This will keep the three in union and further evil action will be fuelled by the evil thoughts. All this, interestingly, is powered by the negative energy of an out-of-balance gall bladder. This may have been influenced by the long-term storage of anger in the liver. All is energy and therefore has a rhythm and a flow, whether this is positive or negative, Divine or astral.
So ultimately, the gall bladder is to blame. It was the one that stored the energy and committed the murder, along with another two or three entities or people which was part of the rebalancing of murder or rape, which we ‘erroneously judge as evil’
In the case of murder and rape there is first, a separation from truth. That separation attracts others who are like-minded. This attraction draws those who are in the physical and the non-physical. The force of this union creates an expression which is not truth, but a separated expression from truth, which is acted on in a separative thinking manner. If the original source, i.e., the hurt person, was able to seek help and deal with the pain there may not have been a lower descent in their energetic state and therefore, the lower vibrational state of being would not have allowed the thought of murder or rape in the first place. This is why in-truth evil does not exist.
So to end Serge’s argument (or is it something else?) Serge is explaining that the victim more or less brought it on themselves, and others under the law of attraction were drawn to it, creating a union of like minded, contracted people with bad gall bladders who ended up committing rape or murder. And somehow that proves why “in-truth” evil does not exist. Also, if you think it is evil, that my friend, is erroneous. Got it?
Of course, dear reader it doesn’t make a whit of sense, and it is not meant to. The passages are designed to obfuscate meaning and confuse the reader-or aspirant-  as to the nature of evil, or as we outside the cult might call it, crime. It is to somehow make these acts less brutish and morally reprehensible than they really are. It is designed to shift blame onto the victim and to dilute the psychopathic nature of the perpetrator who committed the crime.

Personally, I find it very interesting that these passages are even in this book. How many self enlightenment books or great philosophical works spend so much time labouring over the nature of rape and murder? How many end up laying the blame on the darned gall bladder and a few conspiring entities and the victim? I’d say none, with the exception of Serge’s dark little self published book which I read somewhere is called “far reaching philosophy”
I will refrain from ironic laughter and end with this. There is something very dark going on with this man which I don’t like and it saddens me to think that so many well meaning people can so easily be mesmerized by a series of questions posed to challenge their reality when no sensible answer is forthcoming. There are so many good philosophies in the world and if you must believe in unseen creators, other planes, angels, devils and other lives, there are many other beliefs to indulge in that don’t revolve around one little man with small, misappropriate and mangled ideas that read like a justification for a life gone badly wrong.
There is no such thing as Evil, I agree. But Serge certainly puts up a sterling argument for its existence, there is no doubt.
From The Way It Is: A Treatise on Energetic Truth, Serge Benhayon, Uni Med Publishing, Goonellabah, 2006, pp.305-7
Where it all began… Serge’s residence in the 90’s.
‘Elite’ Tennis coaching anyone?