by Victoria Carter, Pottsville, NSW, Australia
I share the sentiments of other comments here – in that I cannot see how your recent GW article is not a deliberately biased account of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine (UniMed). From the outset of your piece, you ignore the plethora of testimonials and true stories of lives lived – lives that have only ever been enriched by their choice to participate in UniMed events, and receive complementary healing sessions from practitioners who adhere to the highest code of ethics.
From the outset, you deliberately bring ‘to the reading public’, topics that would appear to be most ‘challenging’ to a discerning mind – a version of Serge’s awakening, the subject of reincarnation… For readers not conversant in such subjects, this may well all sound quite ‘out there’ – and that’s the point.
The bias in your piece begins by presenting what will no doubt bring a sensationalist-style reaction from many, and thus lead many to discredit the rest of the true story – before they even have a chance to get to that (and they will have to look for that – because you have not provided it). Many actually attend UniMed presentations with such ‘questions’ – but something has led them to come, to question, to investigate further… Could it be that they’ve felt changes in people around them that have actually inspired them to ‘see for themselves’?
Also in this context, I have to say I find it somewhat perplexing – well, actually highly biased – that you question whether Serge had a ‘psychotic episode’, when in another piece you have authored, you wax lyrical about the awakening and virtues of Eckhart Tolle (a man who, from your account, had his own ‘unusual awakening’), and in no way are any of his claims so questioned or made to look ridiculous… To journalistically associate the word ‘psychotic’ with a man carries a great weight of responsibility, does it not?
The true story here, is one that includes many highly qualified medical professionals, psychologists, allied and complementary medical professionals, and indeed people from so many walks of life – builders, labourers, solicitors, teachers, policemen, business consultants, social workers… (and yes, it does include a vast number of people whose relationships have benefitted enormously!). It is a story of why so many have found the quality of their professional and personal lives, and the way they are able to truly care for themselves and others, deeply enriched via involvement with UniMed. Serge may not himself have medical qualifications, but surely ‘something is going on’ that these people actually attend UniMed events to learn and deepen their awareness of humanity, and the energetic root causes of the ills we face – all from a deep love for humanity, and a questioning as to how we ourselves, from wherever we are, and through whatever we ‘do’, might ‘make a difference’.
I realise it can be difficult to comprehend that with UniMed, there is no ‘escape’, no ‘quick fix’ offered from the ills of the world – when so much of what’s ‘out there’ promises us ‘a better life’, or even ways to ‘master’ life in order to get what ‘you’ want out of it (as so much of the new age and personal development industries are about). What if there is no other ‘reference’ for the public regarding an organisation such as Universal Medicine, that offers so much in the way of awareness and truly supportive complementary healing modalities, and yet does not in any way ‘take away your ills for you’? I, for one, via my involvement with UniMed, continue to deepen my awareness of just how deeply we are all fully responsible for our own healing. It thus seems to me, a ‘convenient response’ to portray Serge Benhayon and UniMed in the light that you have – to make it all look like ‘mumbo jumbo’, founded by a guy with a ‘God complex’ – i.e., dismiss and stereotype what you may not have a true reference for.
Investigate further, and you may just find that there is something different here. There is much more to this story and, despite the bias of articles such as you have penned, the true story continues to unfold every day. I highly recommend looking at the student-initiated blog sites referred to in others’ comments above – these are real stories, of real people. And, they are truly amazing.