Esther Rockett’s Ongoing Campaign to Falsely Liken Universal Medicine to Scientology

My Introduction to Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon

Vanessa McHardy (Age 26) | 7 Years BEFORE Universal Medicine
Vanessa McHardy (Age 26) | 7 Years BEFORE Universal Medicine

I have attended Universal Medicine events and presentations by Serge Benhayon for 13 years. I came across the organisation when a friend I knew suggested I might enjoy attending a Universal Medicine workshop.

I was not in great shape at that time in my life – I was living a life that revolved around partying around my work life, with an excess of alcohol and cigarettes.

I can only say my life since that first workshop has been enhanced by all I have learnt, and to try and summarise would be a disservice to 13 years of constant revelation and practical livingness as shared by the founder of Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon. However in short, today I can be me with an ease that did not exist in my adult life prior to my becoming a student of Universal Medicine.

My body is slimmer, with no asthma or hayfever blighting me – which it did for 30 years – and I am more vital than any other time in my adult life. I have a deep appreciation for the beauty and grace afforded us by God and the gorgeous reminders to be just who we are, from nature.

I see and feel my life to be full of purpose and that I am equally able to be love with everyone and everything; this is a choice and one I am learning to refine.

Through the presentations of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, I have learnt that everything is important to the quality of my interactions, and how that quality is a direct reflection of my choices to be connected to love or not. It is all very practical and in no way far-out or airy-fairy. From the simple take home message of breathe your own gentle breath, which I took to heart, I found that from there everything else is guaranteed to be love.

Vanessa McHardy (Age 42) | 10 Years AFTER Universal Medicine
Vanessa McHardy (Age 42) | 10 Years AFTER Universal Medicine

Esther Rockett’s False Claims about Scientology & Universal Medicine

Recently I have been concerned that Universal Medicine has been falsely likened to Scientology by Esther Rockett, acupuncturist and self-proclaimed health care activist, on blogsites and on Twitter, as part of her ongoing 3 year hate campaign against Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, where she has made a determined effort to suggest Universal Medicine engages in dangerous and deceptive recruitment practices and even gone so far as to imply that the aggressive and sometimes criminal conduct that has come to light as engaged in by the Church of Scientology, is also engaged in by Universal Medicine.

These ludicrous suggestions are made with no facts, and indeed are simply a concoction of lies; an attempt to garner a following amongst influential authors and filmmakers who have rightly exposed scientology.

To read these ludicrous claims and false accusations by Esther Rockett suggesting that Universal Medicine can in any way be compared to Scientology is disturbing to say the least, and it is important to set the record straight.

I once had an encounter with the Church of Scientology – and its tactics are apparent from my story. Equally I have had experience of Universal Medicine that has, contrary to Esther Rockett’s malicious claims, NO recruitment drive and NO coercive tactics. Indeed in contrast, Universal Medicine makes NO attempt to recruit at all.

Here is my story.

Deceptive Recruitment to Scientology

When I was 23 I was on a temporary contract working for a large company as a mac operator. I was temping through an agency that was employed by another agency that coordinated the needs of the business with graphics and design. One of the people I worked with got to know me and my interests and one day suggested I go to a café in Notting Hill Gate, which was a very trendy part of London but one I did not know well. I had no idea about the types of cafes around that area, except that she had said that there were some paintings and drawings hanging at the cafe with lots of arty types and I should check it out.

I was intrigued and was going through a time in my life where lots of friends had left to go back to New Zealand after 2 years in London, and so was keen to meet new people. I went down to check out the ‘café’.

On arriving it wasn’t clear where the café was as the address given was upstairs, not on the ground floor, so I went up the stairs to find myself in a waiting room. There were no signs, however there was a lady at reception and she was talking to someone. I looked up and noticed there were drawings of my colleague’s child as I recognised him from when he had been in the office, so I knew I was in the right place but was very confused as to what this place was. It was not a ‘café’.

Next the lady asked me some questions. I don’t recall now exactly what they all were but I ended up agreeing to fill in some questions; my guess is there must have been about 200 in total of which she took my answers and went away. I was told to wait and that someone would be with me soon. I felt weird but was willing to be open and go with the flow.

Next a man invited me into a room and there was a large desk that he was behind; he said they had charted my responses to the questions and that he would go through them with me. I had started psychotherapy a year before and was curious as to what this was all about. He explained there was a normal range that was optimum for behaving/performing in, and that if you fell too far below or above, you needed to work on that area and bring it to be within the ‘normal range’.

He went through each of the areas and then came to the section on impulsivity, for which my answer was ‘off the Richter’ as far as their test had determined. I was told how this was not good and that I needed to consider the impact this would be having. I immediately replied that I liked that I was impulsive and did not see it as an issue. He did not like this response as he went on further to share how risky this was and it was important to be within the ‘normal’ range.

This did not appeal to my 23-year-old self at all and again I stated I was happy with this aspect of myself. The man explained there was something called Dianetics and courses I could do, and he gave me a book by LR Hubbard and I left, only to realise much later that this had been my introduction to Scientology.

I later had lunch with the colleague who had tricked me into going to the ‘café’ with what it seems could only have been an intention to deceptively recruit me to Scientology. She asked how I had found the ‘café’, which I found disconcerting as she was still keeping up the pretence that it wasn’t a Scientology recruitment place. I politely told her it wasn’t for me, but because she was my senior at work I felt like I couldn’t say how deceived I felt and how wrong it was that she had not been upfront about what it was I was going to.

Scientology Harassment

That was the end of it, or so I thought… that is, until I started being harassed by the man who had interviewed me who would ring several times a week asking me to come to a Scientology meeting or course. I was very polite at first, and not wanting to be rude would talk to him for a bit but always saying I was not interested. After one month of this constant calling, I got fed up and quite scared and told him I would call the police. He never called again.

Universal Medicine – the Total Opposite Experience to my Scientology Experience

Fast-forward 10 years and my experience with Universal Medicine was the total opposite.

A friend told me that her sibling had told her about this Australian guy called Serge Benhayon who is an amazing healer; he was coming to the UK and thought she would really like him. My friend said that there was a course coming up – the Universal Medicine Heart Chakra (now known as Livingness 1) course. When she told me this I said I wanted to go. I never once saw a flyer or indeed knew anything else about either Serge Benhayon or Universal Medicine at the time, but felt to go along.

I attended the Heart Chakra course and I loved it; it was an amazing day on many levels, mostly because I felt like I was reconnecting to a deep knowing of life that I was being reminded of by the workshop Serge was sharing. Unlike my experience of Scientology, I was being reminded that I am a living son of God, that I am whole and do not need to be fixed.

Serge Benhayon | Founder of Universal Medicine
Serge Benhayon | Founder of Universal Medicine

No Advertising or Harassment from Universal Medicine

After that first day I had to email the lady who was organising the Universal Medicine events. There were never any emails sent out saying what was happening, and back then I used to find it somewhat frustrating how little communication of events there would be! Once Universal Medicine grew as a business and became more established, you could ask to be put on a database to let you know what was coming up and when.

No one from Universal Medicine has ever, not once, asked me if I am intending on doing another course in the 13 years that I have been a student, and no one from Universal Medicine has ever, not once, harassed me.

In the last three years I have not attended ANY Sacred Esoteric Healing courses and no one has questioned this. I am treated with the same equal-ness as someone who attends all the courses.

No Comparison Between Universal Medicine and Scientology

It is blatantly clear from my experiences that Scientology holds no comparison to Universal Medicine in any way.

This is a simple explanation of the differences:


Universal Medicine

1. Recruited through deceptive means 1. Word of mouth, no recruitment
2. Harassed me with phone calls – no letting up 2. Has never contacted me – had to pursue my own interest and find more for myself
3. Tells you you’re broken and need fixing by them 3. Supports you to understand you do not need fixing but can connect to all you need within yourself
4. Have to pay for expensive courses to advance to the next ‘level’ 4. The way you live each day determines your evolution – no expense required unless it is choice to attend, but courses are not required for development

One other point that needs to be made is that those who attend Universal Medicine events are free to never return to another event, course or training. I have seen this happen and there is no attempt made to contact them to get them to stay. Free will is the cornerstone of Universal Medicine; there is no judgment of your choices, just a steadfast love that continues to grow and evolve regardless of who choses to do so alongside or not.

For Esther Rockett to make false accusations that Universal Medicine is a dangerous cult and / or that Serge Benhayon leads a cult and is similar to Scientology in the way it recruits and engages in coercive practices, is utterly false and a deliberate attempt to slur the reputation of both Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, who are both impeccable in every way. This is contemptible and needs to be exposed at every opportunity.

It appears that Esther Rockett in her ongoing personal hate campaign to smear the name of Universal Medicine has made up a story with no facts whatsoever to back it – Universal Medicine has never recruited anyone, nor has it engaged in any of the aggressive practices that Scientology has been reported to have done. Universal Medicine is an organisation that has flourished by word of mouth, through many satisfied people the world over.

In my own experience, an example of this was meeting a friend recently for a birthday lunch which we do every year and where she exclaimed, “What are you doing? You look younger this year!” – to which I responded by sharing the changes I’ve experienced since being introduced to Universal Medicine along with Esoteric Women’s Health, and following which, she went along to have sessions herself.

In stark contrast to Scientology, Universal Medicine does not need to recruit: it certainly does not harass and has a reputation for offering the highest level of quality complementary health care and training in a supportive and caring environment, a reputation that reflects what it truly represents.

By Vanessa McHardy, MA Integrative Child Psychotherapist, UK

Vanessa McHardy Vanessa McHardy is a Integrative Child Psychotherapist who loves supporting children, parents and schools to bring out the natural qualities of love that are in us all.

You can follow Vanessa McHardy on Twitter @vanessamchardy

Serge Benhayon | Founder of Universal Medicine Serge Benhayon is an author and presenter and the founder of Universal Medicine. You can learn more about Serge Benhayon at his personal website

Follow Serge Benhayon on Twitter @SergeBenhayon or on Google+ +SergeBenhayon

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