by Doug Valentine, Peebles, Scotland
In the recent press attempts to attack Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, I was intrigued by the way labels (such as ‘brainwashing’ and ‘cult’) were applied without any effort to check the validity of such claims, when it would have been so easy to investigate first because this organisation is completely open for anyone to explore. It is not an organisation that you have to join – anyone can turn up and experience the courses and workshops or purchase the audio presentations and explore them in their own time. No one is going to ask you why you are there and no one will ask you why you have left if you decide it is not for you.
So for me the big question is, do you risk being brainwashed if you were to explore it? This might be a real fear for someone.
So what is brainwashing? The dictionary defines it as a process in which a group or individual “systematically uses unethically manipulative methods to persuade others to conform to the wishes of the manipulator(s), often to the detriment of the person being manipulated”. The term has been applied to any tactic, psychological or otherwise, which can be seen as subverting an individual’s sense of control over their own thinking, behaviour, emotions or decision-making.
It is a worthy exercise to apply and honestly assess this definition of brainwashing in relation to parenting and education – however the focus here is the question: do you risk being brainwashed if you were to investigate Universal Medicine?
My answer is ‘No’, and that in fact the complete opposite is the case. Why? Because Universal Medicine only presents what may be of possible truth for you to then weigh for yourself and discern whether it is true for you or not. In fact, by presenting how energy works, Universal Medicine offers students the skills to feel and discern energy for themselves, making them less likely to be brainwashed or manipulated. This natural ability to feel and discern energy also opens a person up to the possibility of understanding why their life has been the way it is and how they can change and develop a way of living that feels true for them.
The other label carelessly applied by the media is that of Universal Medicine being a ‘cult’. So what is meant by a cult? There doesn’t appear to be a universally agreed definition, but the main points that there seems to be agreement on are:
a) a religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader;
b) a system or community of religious worship and ritual; and
c) a usually non-scientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease.
A recent television programme about the Canberra Cult Conference in Australia clearly outlined “that no matter what the cult, their intention is control, money and power”. It went on to state that “all former members tell the same story of mind control, loyalty tests and complete and utter subservience to the cause”. Anyone taking the time and care to measure Universal Medicine against any of the above criteria would discover that Universal Medicine is anything but a cult. See the recent article by Brendan Mooney “Universal Medicine: Cult or the Antithesis?” in support of this last statement.