The ‘Logic’ of Denial

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.

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"What if" Serge is teaching you to be a Narcissist?

Narcissists create their world ast it reflects back to them
Narcissists construct their world as it reflects back to them.  A low empathy state resides behind a facade of charm and unusual responsiveness manipulated  to confirm their grandiose self-image.

 

What is a Narcissist?

Narcissism affects about 3-5% of the population. Like the word cult, it seems like a derogatory term but it is no more so than any other clinical terms, for example ADHD or bi-polar. It describes a certain mental/body dissociative state. The name is derived from the legend of Narcissus who fell in love with his own image- the allegory being that these people are unable to “feel” how they are in the world, and rely on their ‘image’ as a sense of their place and identity.

The condition arises from trauma’s of childhood ( generally) whereby a child form a bond with a parent and there is/maybe some sexualisation of that bond whereby the child feels excited but naturally attempts to deny those feelings. The denial of those feelings commences a process of feeling neutralisation and the person learns how not connect to their ’emotions’. This is compounded when the child becomes a complicit partner with one or both of the parents and is made to feel equal in the relationship and becomes emotionally involved with their states, ideas and problems.They are ‘seduced into giving up their sexuality and offered in its place the image of being special

If the attached parent is suffering from dissociative states themselves and does not know how to express ‘love’ ( acceptance, encouragement, genuine melting emotion) this can compound the depth the condition. This child can be made to feel both very special and rejected at the same time. Because they are given adult roles, they begin to believe they are god like in their abilities, while at the same time fearing rejection and suppressing feelings. The child can take on the role and ideas of the parent while at the same time later rejecting them as they were rejected themselves.

Naturally, there are varying degrees of Narcissism and it can be accompanied by other conditions. An adult Narcissist may operate quite normally in society and may only suffer from a mild sense of ‘disconnection’, or they may become pathological, psychotic or grandiose in which case the manifestation may take a different form, such as becoming manipulative, charming, overbearing, controlling, and so forth. Many if not all cult leader suffer from Grandiose Narcissism.

Narcissists are not aware that other people do not experience the world the way they do. They of course believe, as they have no evidence to the contrary, that the people with whom they interact are having the same experience. They are charming, usually like to hug to avoid eye contact, can keenly read how others ‘feel’ via how they appear ( as they have a sharpened outward sense as a reflection of themselves), intelligent, and often appear generous and warm. When the world is not reflecting according to their idea of themselves, they can be cold, calculating, manipulative, blaming, paranoid, insensitive and tyrannical.

Key Symptoms of Grandiose Narcissism.

  • Suppressing feelings/emotions
  • Fixation with the body and it’s ‘feelings’ ( or lack thereof)
  • A sense of Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience
  • A desire for people to value them highly or ‘worship’ them and their ideas
  • A sense that they will experience special sexuality transcending normal love.

Serge’s key ideas:

  • Emotions are to be avoided. ( they are pranic/not real/creations of the lords of form)
  • Livingness” is being ‘in your body’ ( something he doesn’t sense easily as like most narcissists his view of the world is shaped by how he thinks others see him)
  • He is masterful, has been major historical personages, is able to sense all energy in the universe and move into other dimensions at will.
  • Most people cannot make love. Serge is capable of making ‘true love’ because he is masterful.

What is Emotions?

Emotions are a necessary human sense.  It is the ability to sense our internal movements of energy. For example, fear, pity, sadness, happiness, joy, humour, hate, love. There is a sensation within our bodies we can all agree on,  that is a natural and necessary nature of the human condition. Emotions emanate from the body and are experienced in the mind. How we relate to our emotions is our ’emotional life’.

Denying emotion and feeling is a form of psychotic behavior. At its extreme end, people become catatonic. Emotions can be powerful as we all know. A function of wisdom is learning how to temper and use emotions positively, rather than suppressing them.

“Everyone loves, hates, gets angry, sad and frightened. A “Special Person” has be above their body and emotions”

What is Love?

There are many definitions of the word love. However, in the human sense, it is an emotional state of ‘tenderness’ and ‘melting’ felt towards someone or sometimes, something. Love involves acceptance, encouragement, subjugation of ones own needs in favour of another, endurance, forgiveness. Physiologically we are more able to do these things when we feel ‘love’ towards someone.

It has a real presence as a feeling in the solar plexus and is accompanied by changes in body temperature, circulation, heart rates and pupil dilation. In the case of romantic love between a couple, it is that feeling over simple sexual or genital excitement. Sexual feelings between people who love each other are accompanied b a feeling of ‘melting’ and ‘warmth’ rather than simple genital excitement alone.

The notion of Divine or Cosmic love has a natural personification as we are not capable of seeing it any other way. It is impossible to think of a God that does not love us in the first sense of the word. However, as God is a non visible conceptual entity, divine love is often expressed as ‘void’, above and beyond human love.

Serge’s key ideas:

  • Emotions are hooks that people put into you.
  • Emotions are ‘pranic’ or from the life force and are to be avoided, or suppressed.
  • Love is “without a single ounce of emotion”
  • Human love is ‘lower/animal/carnal’
  •  Men have sex for release only. Women have sex to be accepted. Most if not all,  people are incapable of making love.

The denial of ( non approved) Art, Music, food,  outside activities and so forth is an extension of this ‘denial process’. By learning to deny the everyday, enjoyable and normal, the student learns slowly how to deny themselves what they desire, and eventually their feelings and own emotions.
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It appears, ironically, that Serge is teaching his students how to emulate his state while at the same time developing a sense of his omnipotence through the reflection of their following. 

“Psychotic personalities tend to amass followers….they know all too well how to play on the fear and weaknesses of others…they they proclaim they will be the light and security others seek. In their own minds they hold themselves superior…desperate lost and frightened people turn to the as saviors, creating a flock of followers. The more followers there are, the more ‘social proof’ and normalisation of the otherwise often fantastic and absurd claims of the narcissist..”

“The sense of Omnipotence are attributes of God which on a deep level psychopathic narcissists see themselves as. Too often their followers see them in that light too”.

Serge’s Key Idea:

  • He alone knows the ‘energetic truth’- he is leading the world into the New Era and is a representative of a ‘Hierarchy’
  • The vision extends to his family, who are reflective extensions of his own ego. They are ‘seers’ and incarnation of remarkable individuals.
  • Serge can ‘clear’ bad energy, remove ‘bad entities’
  • Serge knows more than everyone, any tradition or discipline.

Serge has fool-proofed his system of thought by declaring emotions and emotional love as ‘pranic’. The Student is offered a hypothetical alternative, which is a cosmic love. An ideal that can forever be striven for, but never achieved as only by entering a state of total pscyhosis can one acheive a ‘no-emotion’ state.
Contrary to other spiritual traditions, which emphasis transcendence over the normal mind, in order so the normal mind may perceive more keenly, Serge’s idea is to deny ones feelings and to attempt to ‘sense’ via a hypothetical organ within the body, ‘soulfulness“.

What he is really expressing is a personal connection ( and this is most likely his epiphany) to the well of feelings that the average person feels routinely, and paradoxically he is training his students not to acknowledge.

There is no point over speculating on Serge’s early life but it would fit that he was brought up by an overly religious parent or parents, that there were abnormal sexual events, a sense of specialness through some complicity with a parent and that he did not achieve goals that he assumed were his natural right. There is a definite overt interest in women’s sexuality and bodies in his books and talks and the denial of masculinity which fits with the pathology discussed.

It is unfortunate that the followers of Serge remain unaware that the state of ‘clearness’ they so desire and they believe he personifies is actually a pathological state most likely requiring treatment. In some ways they will experience inner peace as denial of ‘feeling and emotion’ will have that effect.

Of course, the price is disconnection from the rich tapestry of life which involves both love and pain. That is how we are forged and wisdom is truly won.

The Mind of the Cult Leader

Let me start with a disclaimer, Serge style, that this is speculation as I have not met the man or been able to sit down with him in an interview or discuss his ideas. The speculation is based entirely upon his writings, the website, interviews, media, and recordings. I have had the misfortune of reading his 6 volumes of derivative and fantastic nonsense, which however is instructive as an insight into the anatomy of his thinking and its origins.

On this page I plan to discuss what constitutes a cult, whether Serge is aware that he is running one, his possible motivations, and why the students sincerely believe they are not in a cult.

Is Universal Medicine a cult?

 

Ask your average person what constitutes a cult and they will hesitate, no doubt conjuring Hari Krishna’s dancing down the street chanting “Hari Krishna, Hari Krishna..” or David Korech locked inside his compound in Waco, Texas. Some will give those descriptions, others will call the Catholic church or Islam ‘the biggest cult’ there is, or perhaps, as Serge himself does in his inimitable double-speak, accuse society at large of being one BIG cult. They will probably not indentify groups of people living apparently quite normally within society, maintaining the normal jobs and many social connections as being members of a cult. Most certainly, people in groups such as this will almost never immediately recognise that by definition, their group is none-the-less, a cult.

So what defines a cult? 

  • A cult is a group which identifies itself by an exclusive doctrine. It insists no allegiance or relationship with other traditions or preexisting groups, and if it borrows its doctrine from another tradition, it radically re-interprets its meaning to ensure exclusivity.
  • A cult has a leader who claims to have supernatural information- and is on a divine mission
  • A cults doctrine is dense and difficult to grasp so it is constantly being ‘learned’ and interpreted to fit as required.
  • A cult insists on belief over discursive thought as an a-priori to membership.
  • A cult maintains itself through a sense of community, which is defined by symbols, special music, food, behaviour,  and  neologisms (group words impregnated with special meaning known to the group
  • A cult has a shared sense of purpose and special meaning that is given to them by the leader.

* Note, religions are concerned with ethics and moral conduct. Cults are not. The Catholic church and other religions can be rightly accused of reprehensible acts accompanied by myopic and conservative ideology, however a covenant of membership is agreement to a set of ethical and moral codes, which while often ignored are none the less spelled out. Cults have no concern with such codes and are only interested in their goals and reshape ethics and truths to align with those goals.

Universal Medicine clearly meets all of those criteria and more. It is important to note that a cult does not need to be religious. It can be political, human potential, new age, or environmentally motivated, for example. A cult can also be benign, or malevolent. The question here is where does Universal Medicine sit in the pantheon of cults.

Serge’s “Philosophy” – the foundations of a cult.

Serge claims to have been impressed with information from ‘the hierarchy’ which he writes ‘energetically’. Much of his writings are clearly based on reinterpretations of the already derivative Alice A Bailey, who took ideas from Madame Blavatsky, a well known Satanist and accused plagiarist. It is interesting to note that much of the allegory of Universal Medicine alludes to “Luciferic Traditions” derived from Theosophical philosophy belonging to late 19th and early 20th century. For example, ‘fiery’ and ‘astral’ which is direct reference to the realm of lucifer, a fallen angel. Much else is borrowed from Hindu and Buddhist traditions and shoe-horned into his doctrine which is as much meaningless as it is badly written.

What his volumes do reveal however, is the mind of the maker and his fundamental error of showing his own hand via insistent critique of other thought systems, beliefs, healing modalities, educations and ideas. It is as though he is totally lacking self reflective power and is unaware that each accusation highlights that his doctrine suffers from the very flaws he accuses in others.

Serge’s vision is wide sweeping. It is apparent that he believes his is aware of every nuance of knowledge in the known universe and is solely able to judge whether something is energetically true, or not. ( a non sense term and ability which none the less empowers him with a supernatural ability which is required to be the leader of a cult) He freely passes negative judgement on Buddhism, modern thought, philosophy, medicine, education, institutions, traditions and so forth in support of his manifestly-unrealized ideas. On one hand he will discredit science and in the next moment use it to support an argument. To lend himself credibility he alludes to mastery in former lives, selecting personalities who perplexingly would disagree with him on his core doctrinal ideas and ‘no-mind’ approach. ( with the obvious exception of Alice Bailey who is of little significance except to those interested in white magic and medium ship, which is an interesting choice against the other greats claimed by Serge)

His chief tools to confuse the reader and perhaps himself, is to switch the meaning of key words, use double-speak, use false dilemma’s, ad hominen arguments, non-logical statements ( for example:  if everything is energy, everything is because of energy) and sayings supposedly loaded with ‘wisdom and meaning’ and insistent calls to abandon cognitive thought via blunt trauma arguments such as ( paraphrasing) ” the reason you are resisting these words and finding it hard to read is this truth of it has touched you deeply, and it is your arrogant mind which is forcing you to put this down and call it hogwash”

Each paragraph offers false choice to the reader whether to accept or deny his arguments. To the unsophisticated and cognitively lazy reader there is a clear choice:  What if Serge is able to know a greater truth? What if you are resisting simply because your mind is too arrogant to admit its truth?

This argument is trotted out over and over by Serge and his minions. One could equally say ” What if there is a teapot circling the moon?” and produce the exact cogntive illusion. One can imagine a teapot circling the moon. It is possible. Therefore one has to to admit is might be true. While you know it is highly unlikely, you cannot remove the image from your mind. This is the same trick used by Serge in his “what if” scenario’s.

To reinforce this idea so it sticks in the mind like a bad song, Serge impregnates the vision with grand possibilities that allude to personal expansion and greater individual growth and spiritual ( or soulful) freedom while underscoring it with implied warnings should one not comply with the ‘fiery plan’ that has been impressed upon him from the ‘hierarchy’ who are the custodians of an ‘ancient ( and therefore by implication, true) wisdom”

The content of Serge’s books are irrelevant, as they are philosophically worthless and present no new ideas or insights in any lucid fashion and hide this by insisting on absorption of their contents by impossible means.
(though one is led to believe by following Serge’s way known as ‘the work’  a new quality of ‘livingness‘ will result in an ‘esoteric‘ state of non-mind which offers the promise of a transcendental understanding; and being sufficiently confusing, this offer to the unsuspecting appears inversely logical)  The methodology of his books on the other hand are very important as they pointedly fulfill several of the conditions of a cult outlined above. What’s more, this style of presentation is used in his talks and recordings with the over-arching goal of achieving this state of ‘suspension’ of critical thought and the nagging question ” What if Serge IS right?”

Even though there is no sense to be gleaned from his works, that is the very reason for their success at ‘auto-indoctrination’ as the ‘student’ becomes locked into a confusing counter-argument whereby disbelieving and not understanding Serge’s ramblings ( which is the only possible outcome), forces them to believe that Serge is therefore right. The teapot is circling the moon.

Once someone has surrendered to this vision, the door is open for the subsequent process of indoctrination. An interesting feature of this process is that the person does not feel at all diminished, but expanded, more alive, more in touch with themselves. A sort of inner peace envelopes them. This is the effect of switching off the cognitive mind in relation to the ‘what if’ argument and is felt by anyone falling under the sway of a group mindset. It is accompanied by a feeling of epiphany and sensations of joy. From this state, in the case of Universal Medicine, the follower is ready to accept any new information that is presented as personal truths ‘Tibi ipsi dic verum

To the follower then, there is no distinction between the words uttered by Serge and their own feelings and beliefs because the two become necessarily intertwined. In this new state, the connection between their leader and themselves is direct and without a critical firewall. In a sense, they begin to share his vision, which is a sort of psychosis. The follower then cannot see themselves as part of a cult. Their experience is that the ideas, thoughts, feelings ARE originating with them.

That is why to an outsider, witnessing obvious mirroring of Serge and like for like behaviour on blogs and media comments is aghast at how the ‘students’ slavishly follow Serge, while they will genuinly feel that their ideas and sensations are entirely their own- and while noting a similiarity with other people from the group, simply take this as validation that their ‘feeling’ is therefore correct, rather than simply from the same source. It is also why any criticism of Serge creates an instinct in the followers to circle and protect him as he has become an extension of themselves.

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Inside the Mind of Universal Medicine

I have been away  in Spain and not attending to this blog, which is unfortunate because there has been 2000 + page views since it was hastily set up a few weeks back.

I have decided to start posting some information outlining how Universal Medicine works and what is central ideas are and the mechanisms that make it attractive to people. I also want to debunk some of their fallacious arguments whereby they try to discredit critics of Universal Medicine, or of Serge Benhayon himself.

Part 1- Discrediting Critics and the Critical Mind.

Discrediting, or ad hominen arguments,  is the base and instinctive tool of a thought system that fears proper analysis. It is employed by people and organizations as a way  of deflecting questions and allegations by discrediting the authority or competency of the other party. It is a sure sign that there is something to hide and things at stake. Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon excel in this mode of defense with the degree and frequency of its use inversely proportional to the information they are eager to conceal.

As the Universal Medicine doctrine is an invention of Serge Benhayon- part active imagination and part ‘borrowed’ ideas it is natural that it would not stand any conventional test of usefulness. Of course, this is their very argument- that is is beyond the reach of the intellect and that in order to access it’s wisdom, one must acquire or develop a ‘sense’ that is not in use by the common man, but presumably is available to Serge. Interesting, most other religious and mystical philosophies are written to carry the mind into transcendence rather than demanding transcendence as a pre-requisite for comprehension. It is not clear in any of Serge’s volumes how one can achieve this state, which again like many other traditions, the methodology of achieving the state of expansion and transcendence IS the philosophy accompanied by a code for living.

Conversely Universal Medicine doctrine avoids any ethical code as such, rather setting up a simple dichotomy which confronts the adherent at every turn: ‘Esoteric’ or ‘Pranic’- ( and while employing meta-switching- changing the meaning of key words) creating a constant choice of good or evil in the mind of the ‘student’. There is a New Age resonance throughout, with a focus on ‘the self’ and an upside down code of conduct which asks adherents to avoid ‘charity’ ( except to Universal Medicine) , being ‘good’ over ‘honest’ ( presumably to ones own wants and desires or ‘feelings’- reminiscent of the humanistic but equally self serving Ayn Rand ideology) and a focus on the ends or the goal which is a more desirable next incarnation or none at all- an escalation to a higher plan of existence.

As with every religious cult, there is a messianic mission to elevate people- albeit themselves, even if it is argued that their actions are a benefit to the whole- with a sense of purpose and specificity belonging to the group. Serge has built a narrative around a ‘soul group’ incarnating throughout history at various significant moments- with the man himself taking precedence as a noted historical figures of the periods- obviously to lend gravitas to his otherwise ordinary real time history of his current insignificant life. This fictitious shared history gives them a ‘glue’ and shared sense of purpose and singularity which serves to hold them together against the tirade of rational arguments and criticisms which the group will collectively deflect as distortions, misrepresentations, or lies. True to form, they will bend with the leader in service of the core mission of the group, which is chiefly its survival at all and any cost, even if that requires ‘re-interpreting’ the truth or hitherto known facts to ‘fit’,  and rejecting and vilifying others who they perceive to be detractors. All will be conducted under the guise of ‘love’ and the ‘greater good’.

A cult such as Universal Medicine differs from a Religious Philosophy in that Moral guidelines are not its central concern or raison de etre. Rather,  its central concern is justifying itself and its stated aim, regardless of moral concerns; meaning that its members and leader will indulge any form of behaviour required to achieve those goals while paradoxically unaware that long held values have been abandoned or ‘re-labelled’ in service of the aims of the cult. That is why in extreme cases, cult members can easily become involved in the commission of crimes, homicides and even suicide as the goal supersedes any ethical consideration because the world view and moral lenses through which the members now see is fundamental.

It is apparent from the current behaviour of Serge and the cult members that this process has already commenced. They have been able to easily absorb key shifts in ‘messages’, contradictions and retractions, and moreover have indulged in the same behaviour of their leader,  with testimonials, blogs, media appearances and the such like. The members themselves have started mirroring the behaviour of Serge, discrediting critics -for example posters on the Rick Ross cult forum, by implying an associated unreliability of the bloggers,  as Rick Ross is a self confessed felon from an earlier time in his life. Of course, this has no bearing on the credibility of the bloggers or the veracity of their experiences, but it is a typical blunt club approach of a discrediting strategy that is the hallmark of a sub culture or cult  It will be interesting to see if they will apply the same standard to Serge should unseemly information of his earlier life become available. No doubt, the majority of his followers will re-interpret this information to ‘fit’ their goals, and Serge will endevour to discredit the source and pre warn his followers of such as an ‘impending attack’ which they will take as an attack up them, not simply Serge himself; as they see themselves as an ‘extension’ of him- which in a sense is true as they share in part his delusion and psychosis.

Another oft repeated mistake used in their defence of the allegation of their cult status is that some members are professionals- Doctors, lawyers, accountants, CEO’s, philosophers ( allegedly) and so on. The professional life or education level has no bearing on the nature of the group. Someone’s propensity to fall under the influence of a cult or mind control group is not in any way related to their intelligence. In fact, people with above average intelligence are typically members of cults. The commonality has to do with emotional ‘entry points’, preexisting needs, unresolved emotional issues, a desire for a sense of purpose, belonging, community and any combination of these and other factors. The mistake, implied by this defence is that these people are ‘intelligent’ and therefore immune to cult indoctrination. This is is both ironic and erroneous as ‘intelligence’, especially in Universal Medicine is specifically frowned upon as ‘arrogant’ and ‘lower mind’, as is ‘conventional eduction’ and ‘evidence based thinking’- therefore, why use such a defence when intelligence is a non requisite of membership? This sort of non-sequitor argument is appealed to over and over again in defence of the doctrine and goes entirely un noticed by its members.  To wit, one can be ‘intelligent’ and remain cognitively lazy. Universal Medicine demands that its members are just that. Its entire premise is to subjugate thought to feeling, with the rationale that the mind is deceptive and ‘feeling’ is the progenitor of true intelligence.

This is entirely and evidentially incorrect. There has been much advances in the last 4 decades demonstrating how the mind operates in automatic and cognitive modes, and that the former works on impressions and ‘feelings’ gathered through a variety of senses; and while excellent for day to day functioning, is entirely unreliable and blind to ‘cognitive illusions’ which include the predispositions of its host. A person using their high functioning cognitive modes can avoid all sorts of errors of judgement, and focus truth out of a blur of illusions that the automatic of ‘feeling’ mind is naive to.

Therefore, what you will not find in these groups is critical, self reflective thought, or the encouragement of it, as you might in other traditions such as Confucianism, the mystery schools, Platonism, Renaissance thought (as personified by da Vinci) as the belief over thought is a primary goal. Universal Medicine especially favour this and no written work, talk or recording fails to be prefaced by the warning to ‘feel into’ the truth of Serges words and not to ‘think about them’ or ‘try to understand its meaning’

The ‘genius’ of this system is it creates an automatic snare in which the student become entangled. They are urged at every turn to forsake their doubts and critical thoughts in favour of their ‘feelings’. Naturally at the start of the process their feelings are hovering between negative and neutral. But over time, with the right input of ‘love bombing’, feel good retreats, massages, healings, self focus on rituals that serve the individual in favour of true service to others ( such as family or the community at large) soon the ‘automatic’ mind defaults to a positive impression of Universal Medicine.  The feeling becomes paramount, and any doubt or ethical consideration becomes wholly secondary. It is easy to find many accounts online of Universal Medicine students describing this very process of self imposed indoctrination..

[Note- Universal Medicine goes to lengths to discourage community activity and charity, even labeling such activities as ’empty’, ‘pranic’ and ‘evil’. This is necessary to ensure an inward looking adherent who is self focused and dispassionate. A high function of compassion and empathy is critical thought. Ergo, compassion and empathy is discouraged or re-described in Universal Medicine vernacular to satisfy the student ( service, non-separation and so forth)  aimed at keeping the so called student self focused and hence ’emotionless’. For families of members their behaviour will become less spontaneous, humourless and self absorbed; contrary to how the adherent feels within themselves and how they percieve they are interacting with their environment  which is expanded and liberated; a symptom of low cognitive/empathy states]

It goes without saying that any student reading this essay will be incapable of realizing their predicament. Nor may they be motivated to do so, as they cannot see any reason, literally, to alter their adopted view of the world and their place in it. So positioned, they are ripe to absorb any doctrine that Serge invents, not only superficially, but as if it has a meaning and depth above any other they have experienced in their lives- because their cognitive defence is not in operation. Normally, the cognitive mind validates the information being absorbed, but with it in the OFF position, any new information seems deeply profound and moreover it becomes axiomatic to the automatic mind and the student.

Part 2-  The Motivation of a Cult Leader.