An Investigator’s Perspective (Part 2): Is Universal Medicine a Cult?

by E.W. Police Officer, Australia

I have been a serving police officer for over 17 years: during this time I have worked within Metropolitan, State and Federal jurisdictions. I have had experience in policing some of the most culturally and socio-economically diverse communities. I have also had considerable experience in criminal investigations (including domestic violence, hate crime, clubs and vice) as well as the usual engagements associated with general duties.

As an experienced investigator, I wish to refer to the widespread press allegations that Universal Medicine constitutes a cult.

In order to accuse a group of individuals or an organisation of being a cult, one would have to establish the facts that would be typical of a cult – and not merely base the accusation on a supposition, or on the perceived habits or behaviours adopted by that group.

Even if some behaviours are difficult to accept, it is disingenuous and extremely prejudicial to attach a harmful label to some people simply because they have adopted a certain (in this case ‘healthy’) lifestyle. This does not constitute evidence of a cult; it is simply a biased distortion, propagated under the guise of a moral cause.

A cult, if one is seeking to define it, is not necessarily bound to a particular figurehead, but rather rests on the fanaticism of the participants: this being an essential ingredient, the label can therefore be applied to any organisation, institution or even a loose collaboration between individuals, where a common fixation exists. This application, of course, would prove very uncomfortable for those who find themselves obsessed with mainstream religion, political or ideological movements, certain football clubs, or even obsessive fan-based clubs. Certain elements in these groups have been known at times to defend or promote with extreme violence what they see as the sanctity or divine purpose of their ideology or belief… hypocrisy abounds.

The fact that Universal Medicine (UM) is not a cult has already been comprehensively detailed by others: the continued arguments become circular and eventually non-productive. Bear in mind that the convenient marginalising of a group through false or exaggerated claims by a supposedly investigative media is itself a sign, as history demonstrates, of an ailing system.

It is interesting to note that the police ‘Right to Silence’ caution derives from 16th century English ‘Star Chamber’ courts that were set up to hear appeals or petitions of redress, but through abuse these courts eventually degenerated into a tool of tyranny that was then used to make false accusations, particularly against perceived religious dissenters.

Being an accuser does not imply virtue or possession of innocence.

Let us remember that in every country, region or society throughout the world, many people adhere to beliefs and practices – whether they are religion-based or cultural habits – that are seen as challenging, incompatible with, or unacceptable to other segments within that society. However, this does not justify the use of hostile finger pointing or malicious ridicule. As a society we all hold a duty of tolerance: the law guarantees, to a point, a level of tolerance for non-mainstream, but acceptable lifestyles and practices.

For the mainstream media to attack UM by throwing ‘mud’, hoping that some will stick, is an exploitation of press liberty. Press freedom is a mandate granted with the responsibility of acting impartially and with integrity. This attack is nothing short of staggering, given that we are in a supposedly modern first world country, with supposedly responsible institutions.

Attempting to smear those who attend UM with a ‘cult’ label is a clear and deliberate means of attempting to portray what is a free will choice, as manipulation and coercion: it is slanted as though anyone associated with Serge or UM is merely a ‘lemming’. This is simply cheap and prejudicial name-calling – a sly, underhand method to open the back door for what is nothing less than a modern form of persecution – simply because others choose to hold a different perspective.

I will say that I for one (and I being one of many I’m sure) have never witnessed any practice or behaviour at UM that would compromise the personal integrity, or independence of thought and action, or prey on the vulnerability, of anyone. And as for myself, I would without hesitation step up and challenge directly any such act, anywhere. In the nine years that I have attended UM presentations this has never ever come close to being a consideration.

I do not spend my time with manipulators, halfwits, gurus or evangelical preachers – I would find it torturous! I certainly do not, and would not tolerate, not even for a second, any cult leader lording over me, telling me how to live and where to spend my money to save my soul!

Nor do I have the patience to suffer fools, or keep company with those who think themselves important or special. I am for what is real – even if self-honesty reveals my own shortcomings (particularly belief patterns).

Universal Medicine’s only perceived ‘crime’ is the unique stance it takes in promoting personal responsibility in a society where it is all too common to blame anyone or anything else for whatever happens, when really the outcome is a result of our own choices or adopted habits.

Serge Benhayon is no cult leader! Anyone can attend UM sessions and leave without ever feeling obliged to comply, or believe anything. I would borrow from Shakespeare to sum up my experience with Serge Benhayon and his presentations:

“This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” 

Part 1: An Investigator’s Perspective (Part 1): Serge Benhayon ‘On the Money’ Regarding Alcohol
Part 3: An Investigator’s Perspective (Part 3): Through Universal Medicine I am now a Student of Myself

105 thoughts on “An Investigator’s Perspective (Part 2): Is Universal Medicine a Cult?

  1. EW, this is an incredibly powerful statement, clear, candid, concise and straight from the heart. Thank you for presenting the facts and exposing the fiction.

  2. I second your every word EW! What this in actual fact exposes is the irresponsibility and sensationalising by mainstream media that is devoid of any truth.

  3. I have never experienced harm with Universal Medicine or Serge Benhayon during the three years that I have known them. This is a huge statement, since we all know how quickly and easily we can harm each other in our relationships. So not only is Universal Medicine not a cult, it even offers people a safe space where no harm takes place.

    1. That is actually a remarkable statement, as you say harm can happen so easily and quickly and is often part and parcel of life, how many people can you say have never harmed you? But I’ve never experienced any form of harm with Universal Medicine or Serge Benhayon either in the 10 years or so I have known them.

  4. I totally agree E.W. with all you share here, there is nothing about Universal Medicine that resembles a ‘cult’. In fact it is the exact opposite and is an organisation that truly supports and cares about people.

  5. What you reveal in your ‘investigation’ here EW – through your honest sharing of your own experiences of Universal Medicine – is that you have been supported to see your ‘own shortcomings (particularly belief patterns)’. Me too, and this speaks volumes because in doing so we are liberated from systems of thinking that have been taken on from various aspects of our past, be they school, parenting, religion or others, leaving us more free to choose what we feel is true for ourselves. The common perception of a cult is that it brainwashes – i.e. it imposes its beliefs and ideals onto those who have chosen to take part. Universal Medicine supports the awareness of such beliefs and ideals so they can be undone. We might therefore look at the imposing way we educate and raise children to believe what we want them to believe and recognise that we are ‘cultivating’ a society of people conditioned to behave in a particular way rather than as they would naturally evolve. Perhaps our societies are more like a cult than we realise.

  6. The term ‘mainstream’ is an interesting one. We describe various religions as mainstream and yet they have some pretty ‘out there’ beliefs and fanatical followers. There is mainstream music which includes much very opinionated, sometimes abusive and often pornographic imagery. We have mainstream schools that are seriously failing our children these days. Just because something is described as mainstream does not necessarily mean it is a loving and healthy common sense choice. Universal Medicine presents wisdom with a lineage going back eons and yet this wisdom has still not become ‘mainstream’. We might be better off looking at what we consider mainstream in this instance rather than assuming it to be some kind of useful standard.

  7. ‘To thine own self be true…’ I love this quote from Shakespeare. It encapsulates the true message of Universal Medicine which is about being who we truly are, rather than following the doctrine of another.

  8. Awesome article, cutting through all the hype that’s been fabricated around cult allegations and Universal Medicine and just says it as it is. The line that clangs away for me, as a reminder of individual responsibility in choosing one’s view on this matter is this: ‘Being an accuser does not imply virtue or possession of innocence.’ That packs a most well-deserved punch. And yet there’s something about the printed word and the social media post that somehow carry with them an assumed authority – erroneously so. It is therefore up to each and every individual to discern whether truth is felt in the word – be that spoken or written – and from there, as the Bard said, ‘to thine own self be true’.

  9. ‘Universal Medicine’s only perceived ‘crime’ is the unique stance it takes in promoting personal responsibility.’ I absolutely agree, the world massively lacks self responsibility, or any form of responsibility, and this is what many people react to, but is it a crime to ask the world to be more responsible? I hardly think so!

  10. Universal Medicine presents on living a responsible and healthy lifestyle with integrity and love as its foundation, it is in no way shape or form a cult and it is criminal that the media are allowed to get away with taking the view of a few individuals who have made such outrageous claims based on their own hateful agenda. ‘for the mainstream media to attack Universal Medicine by throwing ‘mud’, hoping that some will stick, is an exploitation of press liberty. Press freedom is a mandate granted with the responsibility of acting impartially and with integrity’.

  11. “Being an accuser does not imply virtue or possession of innocence.” There are elements within the media that seem to be developing a cult of obsession and fixation of abusing Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine without bothering to interview any witnesses to the truth. This is a modern day persecution. “Universal Medicine’s only perceived ‘crime’ is the unique stance it takes in promoting personal responsibility in a society where it is all too common to blame anyone or anything else for whatever happens, when really the outcome is a result of our own choices or adopted habits.”

  12. ” Press freedom is a mandate granted with the responsibility of acting impartially and with integrity. This attack is nothing short of staggering, given that we are in a supposedly modern first world country, with supposedly responsible institutions.” Yet the attacks continue – so press integrity and responsibility have not changed one iota in four years. In stark contrast Serge Benhayon is however a man of huge integrity and is a walking reflection of living and behaving honourably, even to those who continue to attack him.

  13. Here we are many years down the track and the lies, abuse and jealousy about Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and those who have chosen to lead a healthy and loving life style whilst fully contributing to society continues. There are countless stories of this kind of persecution throughout the history of mankind. A sorry reflection of not only the disgraceful behaviour of some members of our society but that too of the silent majority who do not speak up and allow such lies and abuse to be perpetuated.

  14. I am shocked by some of the media’s lack of responsibility and inability it seems to fairly report about Universal Medicine. I feel some media’s behaviour encourages people to insult and belittle other upstanding community members with no grounds to do so besides the proper-gander that anyone associated with Universal Medicine cannot think for themselves!!
    I am running 4 pumping businesses and raising 5 children. Not to mention doing very well in society, and my husband and I are well known active committed members of the community. How might I be doing all this if I was a push-over brainwashed fool?
    Some media might want to consider that the main culprits responsible for spreading vicious rumours about Universal Medicine are possibly not exactly considered a credible source.

  15. It is a pleasure to read a policeman’s perspective and their exposure of the manipulations at play by those people who aim to smear others with different beliefs to their own, and persecute them for their difference. Thank you for calling out the rot at play and to stand up and express the truth that is being lost in the false labels and sensationalism.

  16. Since Universal Medicine is not a cult at all, it feels to me to me that it is clear that the accusations of it being one are not based on facts but on wishes of having an excuse to keep a hate campaign ongoing.

  17. A cult is a dubious name to refer to a way to collective way of functioning in which people give their power away to someone else and hence while they establish a relationship of dependence with it, the one that they depend upon has a more than average capacity to exert some control over them.

  18. The accusations of Universal Medicine being a cult issued under the banner of freedom of speech encroach the notion of free will and the right of freedom of association. There is no reason to believe that freedom of speech prevails over free will and freedom of association and, even less, that it can be used against them.

  19. Accusations are not always fact as the source of any accusation is not always honorable nor credible – and this is a fact the media should always be very very aware of.

  20. When I was into drugs and alcohol people did not agree with what I was doing but no one really spoke to me about it or tried to support me out of it. Since being a student of Universal Medicine I look, feel and am the best I have ever been, I do not drink, I do not smoke, I eat super healthy, I exercise daily, I work for no charge in many community events. Interestingly now many people regularly talk about what I am doing, bring up that I am in a cult and question my credibility…..doesn’t really make sense does it?

  21. It is interesting that talk of responsibility is met with such outrage, mud slinging and abuse. If you look at things from a rational perspective, it is absolutely crazy that Serge Benhayon is attacked for what he presents. Yet he commonly is and this is commonly accepted by the media and many who read such reports. What is it about responsibility that makes people irrational?

  22. ‘Being an accuser does not imply virtue or possession of innocence.’ Yes, accusations can come laden with all sorts of agendum. Indeed the very word (accuse) implies a finger-pointing judgement from the get-go, well before we even get into the realm of understanding what the intent behind an accusation might be. I’m reminded here of those instances where school girls have falsely accused their male teachers of molestation for personal motives such as revenge, ruining the careers and good standing of the accused in the process. There is no virtue or innocence in that.

  23. ‘This is simply cheap and prejudicial name-calling – a sly, underhand method to open the back door for what is nothing less than a modern form of persecution – simply because others choose to hold a different perspective.’ EW what you have outlined here and in this blog overall is brilliant – incisive and clear. Yes, we may not burn witches at the stake anymore, but this form of persecution is no different – it simply looks less harmful on the surface. But let’s be real about what’s going on when people are attacked and livelihoods threatened for simply choosing a different way.

  24. “I am for what is real – even if self-honesty reveals my own shortcomings (particularly belief patterns)”
    I love this sentence, the one thing that I have become since I have chosen to be a student of Universal Medicine, is more real and honest in my life. What I have realized, it is this real-ness that I have missed in my life. Now I am feeling it again, life, whilst it can be challenging, is the most joyous, exquisite experience.

  25. It is amazing that there is so much reaction to the word responsibility it seems so much easier to blame others than to look at our own lives and accept that our lives are the way they are through our own choices. I once felt that responsibility felt like a burden I had to carry but have since come to know and live with the freedom and choice true responsibility gives to me.

  26. I couldn’t agree more EW. I especially love this line…”Being an accuser does not imply virtue or possession of innocence”. The contents of what sections of the press have published over the last 4 years in relationship to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine highlight this in droves.

  27. “I will say that I for one (and I being one of many I’m sure) have never witnessed any practice or behaviour at UM that would compromise the personal integrity, or independence of thought and action, or prey on the vulnerability, of anyone.” I agree, Universal Medicine is the opposite of imposing things onto you to do, it is the first organisation I came across that puts so much emphasis on the fact they are only presenting and it is for the attendees to discern for themselves if it is true or not.

  28. It is always important to note that ‘Being an accuser does not imply virtue or possession of innocence’. Well said E.W..

  29. Brilliantly said E.W. and indeed, a travesty that this need be said at all.
    In the hands of so few lies such great responsibility… We see here the utter irresponsibility of a media intent on pushing lies for their own kudos and to fuel the demand for such tripe – a demand that all are responsible for creating… and we see those who I would say are far, far off from being true to ‘thine own self’, peddling agendas, prejudices and manipulating via their cyber-hate with no concern for the facts or the people that may be affected, whatsoever.

  30. It is interesting what we have come to accept as the norm which E.W. rightfully points out in this super piece of writing. We don’t think that anyone could possibly belong to a cult even though we would bend over backwards to see our team win or pray till the cows come home; it’s ironic that we don’t even consider let alone question it!

  31. Such powerful, insightful words delivered with authority. Wow. Thank you, E.W. I have been hearing so much about corruption and misconduct including sexual abuse by the members of the police force it’s absolutely awesome to know there is a police officer like you who lives by and with the truth and integrity.

  32. Wow, you really have a huge amount of life experience and you clearly are an extremely intelligent well-rounded individual. The inference that has been made about Universal Medicine being a cult is so insulting especially considering that people associated with it can be perceived as “followers”, it does not in anyway represent who you are or who I am and so I appreciate that you have written these blogs because we need true coverage on the internet when it comes to Universal Medicine.

  33. When you are accused of being something you are not, it is natural that you want to ‘clear your name’. Yet, when you do you play under the terms set by the attacker, who holds the upper hand. You can choose that clearing your name is the only and most important thing to do or you can also expose the attacker and its modus operandi. Many other people will benefit from knowing that there is another way to clear things up.

  34. “Press freedom is a mandate granted with the responsibility of acting impartially and with integrity.” When the responsibility, impartiality and integrity are abandoned then press freedom becomes a tool of corruption.

    1. We have been letting the banner of political correctness and tolerance be hijacked by those who have ulterior motives for far too long. It is time we stopped confusing ‘personal freedom’ with ‘absence of responsibility and accountability’.

  35. “I do not spend my time with manipulators, halfwits, gurus or evangelical preachers – I would find it torturous! I certainly do not, and would not tolerate, not even for a second, any cult leader lording over me, telling me how to live and where to spend my money to save my soul!” . . . . well said E.R! Thank you for this very extensive coverage of your investigative perspective of Universal Medicine. Every point you make I can personally back from my own experience having been associated with Universal Medicine since 2003.

  36. To read someone stand in their power and authority and express as you have done here E.W. is so needed in a world where many have shutdown to expressing their truth, this is very inspiring to read thank you.

  37. Another deeply inspiring blog. Thank you E.W. for the clarity in which you write here on Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon. I am in full and wholehearted agreement with you about Serge being at the other end of the spectrum from any fanciful notions people may have about him being a cult leader.
    Serge Benhayon’s presentations are based on the Ancient Wisdom Teachings and you have summed them up beautifully, as found in my own experience.
    ” I would borrow from Shakespeare to sum up my experience with Serge Benhayon and his presentations:
    “This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

  38. Thank you for this piece, EW, it’s extremely enlightening … to have someone clearly explain that just because someone does things which they consider odd does not make them inherently wrong and any attempts to have those others dismissed (as the cult label does) is in fact dishonest, and in fact something we do indeed need to call out as a society rather than having others disenfranchised because they are perceived as not the norm. There is no justification or bowing down in what is offered here just a straight up claim of the right to live and speak truth, how utterly refreshing and a great reminder to me to live the truth I hold.

  39. I find it extraordinary how a group of people can be classed as a cult, purely because they are different, however the difference is only because Universal Medicine promotes others to take responsibility for their choices and their actions as they affect everyone, whereas it appears to me that those who are eager to call Universal Medicine a cult hide behind untruths that they are not able to substantiate.

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