Cyber-bullying: The Power of Anonymity

by Rachel Hall, Brisbane, Australia

Definition of Cyber-Bully (Troll)

Cyber-bullying (Trolling) involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others. Cyber-bullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mails to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, but it may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech), ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation. Continue reading “Cyber-bullying: The Power of Anonymity”

To honour our tenderness

by Rebecca Poole, Brisbane, Australia

Why do people say “Grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really want to get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding! – Betty White

On one hand this is quite funny, and we laugh because it shows the ridiculousness of our world and the way we see ourselves, and possibly . . . if we didn’t laugh we would be crying. Continue reading “To honour our tenderness”

Media manipulation has real life effects

by Anne McRitchie, Chilcotts Grass, NSW Australia

On Friday 12th October, the monthly Universal Medicine lecture on Esoteric Medicine at Lennox Head Community Centre commenced with Serge Benhayon introducing a guest speaker, David Millikan, who had turned up unexpectedly and had asked if he could chat with the audience. Serge allowed the intrusion as in previous discussions David had accurately described the media’s misrepresentation of us as a group, and had been building a polite and respectful relationship with Serge during the four weeks since they first met. He had also twice mentioned that Universal Medicine did not fit the ‘cult’ tag and had given strong evidence as to why not. I mention this to demonstrate the level of deception and deceit that this man, and the media generally, are capable of. Continue reading “Media manipulation has real life effects”

Is Finkelstein a toothless tiger?

by Judy, Australia

The Finkelstein Inquiry looked into the culture, practices and ethics of the media and recommended a News Media Council be established to set journalistic standards and handle complaints made by the public when those standards are breached – so where are its teeth?

The general public has the tendency to accept media reports on face value, and most are unaware of what goes on behind the scenes to get the information that is presented to us as news or current affairs.

After reading people’s accounts of what occurred, as well as speaking to people who were present at the Esoteric Medicine presentation at the Lennox Head Community centre on Friday 12th October, 2012, I now have credible accounts of the means the media used to get their footage. It is abhorrent that a presentation open to the general public, with children present, was raided so mercilessly by David Millikan and his co-workers. Continue reading “Is Finkelstein a toothless tiger?”

From Recognition to True Love – one student’s unfolding

by Anna Karam, Goonellabah, Australia

Before Universal Medicine, life for me was just a game of recognition. There were good days, there were bad, and this depended always on how much or how little I was recognised or accepted by others. The good days saw me loved, appreciated and valued, but this love, appreciation and value never came from within me, it always stemmed from the outside world – my family, peers or work colleagues. My relationship with life and with myself was totally dependent upon the amount of recognition I received. I was very much a product of what life dealt me! Continue reading “From Recognition to True Love – one student’s unfolding”

Not the typical man-to-man conversation

by Francis Tybislawski, Brisbane, Australia

I attended a Universal Medicine presentation recently, hosted by Serge Benhayon, where there was discussion about how men interact with each other, and the types of conversations they have. In general men are very good at talking or interacting in a certain way and about certain subjects. It is very easy for us to discuss technical things, how things work, how we build things, how we make things work, and what we do for a living. We can discuss sport for hours on end and we discuss things at home, but often in a clinical and structured way. We may venture into how certain things feel, but it is often from a competitive angle. In some ways many conversations are competitive, always proving (or trying to) that our lives are better than other men’s lives, the things we own or have are better than somebody else’s. We use our assets to prove we are doing fine, that our lifestyle is great and consistently growing better.

What we don’t often do is communicate at the human level, about feelings and emotions, in an open and personal way. Continue reading “Not the typical man-to-man conversation”

Shame, Shame, Shame!

by Helen Simkins Bangalow NSW – local Tourist Attraction Manager (Macadamia Castle), Australia

On Friday 12th October, 2012 I attended what was scheduled as an informative talk on the subject of Esoteric Medicine which is generally held several times annually at our local Lennox Head community centre.  I was joined by my 14 year old daughter and, for the first time for them, a close personal friend who works in health and her 12 year old son who had opted to come in with us instead of skating in the park next door.

Much to our dismay we discovered very quickly that this evening was not going to be the human health and wellbeing lecture we were expecting, but was hijacked. Instead we had a firsthand experience of the scurrilous operating methods of a National “News” programme – and this is how it all went. Continue reading “Shame, Shame, Shame!”