Why Serge Followers can’t see the world any other way.
The last few days has seen a renewed interest in Universal Medicine. To the outside observer it is clearly a case of internal heat combusting into a brush fire; the inevitable result of years of friction caused by Serge Benhayons claims of ascendency on all fronts. However, to the followers, it appears as if the cult is under attack…why?
Cults are paranoid
Cults believe that they will come under attack by outside forces. In the case of Serge, he believes and has his members believing in malevolent forces from other planes bent on stopping mankind, and more specifically, their group, who are reflections of a higher light, from evolving. They believe that those forces work to bring wrongs against them.
The Benhayons were however aware that in due course Serge’s claims would result in negative attention. They seem remarkably suprised now that this has eventuated. Serge has long claimed however, when the time comes he would not back away from any of his truths- this has not eventuated.
Cult leaders are Infallible.
The leader and the followers believe or need to believe that the leader is infallible. Therefore, any negatives are by definition a lie, distortion, incorrect, collusion, has a hidden agenda and so forth. The members are unable to see that the person with the greatest motive to indulge in those activities is the cult leader or cult inner circle. The detractors stand to gain very little to nothing.
Cults dont take responsibility.
In Serge’s case this is particularly interesting as he espouses a new age ideology of total reflective responsibility. That is, everything is a reflection of where you are with your development and integrity. However, when the light is turned on the cult or the leader, that principle is abandoned and others are found to blame.
In this case the favorite people to blame are ‘abusive, violent and loveless men’- although it is clearly apparent that there are men, women and families affected. Even if this group alone are the cause of Benhayons woes, which of course is paranoid nonsense , wouldn’t his doctrine of responsibility still be immutable?
Members have vested interests.
Many of the members have a vested interest- in the case of Universal Medicine many of the practitioners, doctors, lawyers and so forth are reliant on Universal Medicine followers as a base of customers. They have switched or modified modalilites and furthermore associated themselves heavily with the cult. They may or may not realise the nature of the group, however it is in their ongoing interest to protect the group for financial and reputation reasons and also for reasons stated below.
We have been noting the posts over the last 2 months on their own blog, facebook and other sites such as Good Reads, and most belong to a loyal group of insiders with such interests. Interesting, they constantly ask people to disclose their agendas while not declaring their own.
Here is the same group at work criticizing the well written and very balance David Leser Article.
Members have personal investment.
Other members have a large emotional, financial and time investment in the reality of the cult and its ideas. It is not easy to change direction once an emotional decision has been made. These people have spent a long time getting to the point of deciding to ‘commit’ to the work, and to backtrack and admit error is exceedingly difficult, if not impossible. Many alcoholics and drug addicts have the same issue and will spend a lifetime in denial about their addictions ( the group and the feeling it creates is in fact an addiction) and will create fallacies, destroy their families and others in order to remain in denial.
For these type of members, while a very deep level they are aware of the addiction and nature of the group, in their conscious minds they cannot actually recognize or articulate that their group is a cult, or their leader is flawed; while they can see it in other groups quite easily. They perceive criticism of the group or leader as criticism of themselves, and push people away who threaten their perception of the group.
Logic is meaningless.
By the very nature of the group, logic is useless. They have been trained to accept non-sequitor arguments or statements as profundities. Meaningless jargon replaces critical thought. Simple slogans mask complex doctrines. This is witnessed by the repetitive mantras of the followers emphasizing that ‘ the work has shown them how to be in their body and have a more joyful life’ and ‘Universal Medicine operates with the utmost integrity’ and so forth; even though many legitimate questions have been raised, arguments changed, positions retracted or modified and a tissue of deceptions revealed, albeit at the corners at the stage.
Truth is obfuscated.
The group and the leader accuse others of what they are doing in order to obfuscate the obvious truth to themselves ( denial) or to protect their interests ( vested) or to protect the leader ( infallible) In order to achieve that, sources and detractors are discredited and facts skewed and reworked to fit with the current revelations. Once a cult ‘fact’ has changed, it will be accepted as the truth as if that was always the case.
Belief beats Critical thought.
Under lining all of this is something they will hang onto very tightly; their belief that their worldview is the absolute and irrefutable truth. Serge has created a perfect cult doctrine of us and them, pranic and fiery, energetically pure and not. This insistent choice keeps the follower in state of circular suspension from which there is hardly an escape. To admit that there may be problems, is to make the incorrect energetic choice and to join the ‘lower, temporal, mundane, carnal, pranic, world’ and to be implused by ‘spirit and astral forces’ rather than the ‘soul calling’ of Serge’s doctrine. It is a no-win situation for the so called student.
Can they get out of the cult?
Maybe. Some cult members do ‘wake up’, however many will spend years trapped in that state striving to achieve the impossible standard and ideal set by the delusional leader who will keep raising the bar.
Serge’s now retreats does just that.
Eventually many members leave exhausted after many years.
A few lucky one may leave from a sudden realization that something isn’t correct.
Others get rejected by the leader or the group.