In November 2012 a well respected Esoteric Practitioner in Mackay became the target of illegal activity aimed at bringing disrepute to her business, the local paper then published a story… Rather than the intended harm, the illegal attack prompted an outpouring of support from the local community. Many appreciative clients sent letters to the paper both before and after the story went to print. The following are a selection of letters that the paper received.
by Jo Smith, Heavy Equipment Operator, Mackay, Queensland
I wish to respond to a recent article that your newspaper printed on the 3rd of November 2012 concerning Universal Medicine and a local business, Esoteric Soulutions, regarding unsubstantiated claims they are part of a large cult movement.
What I find truly amazing is the furore that has been created by a small group of disgruntled people and that newspapers find this newsworthy. I have been privy to a number of newspaper articles, including yours, that have yet to print a balanced, honest and truthful account of Universe Medicine healing practice and the practitioners associated with it.
Unfortunately it seems that in our society you are guilty until proven innocent, and not the other way around. Mud sticks. Professional, dedicated and ethical practitioners with the highest of integrity who provide non-invasive healing treatments and a health service to the community, are being crucified in the media and by anonymous sources. As to the anonymous sources, if you truly believe in your conviction that Universal Medicine is a cult, don’t hide behind anonymous blogs and letter drops that are filled with slanderous and defamatory information which cannot be addressed. If you so strongly believe that you are right, then seek a forum that is open and honest and gives all stakeholders involved in the process a right to respond.
Media organizations like yourself need to start taking some responsibility for the misleading information you print, gleaned from half-truths and used in a persuasive manner to guide the reader to make certain assumptions about what is being said. Stop pandering to these so called anonymous sources. The livelihoods of these businesses and the lives of these practitioners are being damaged and denigrated, and there is no recompense from the anonymous sources, or the media. Actions have consequences; if are going to write misleading facts and information out of context, then you also should be held accountable for the printing of those unfounded comments that are disparaging a person’s personal and professional beliefs, and will ultimately affect their livelihood.
In your article you have written that some of the people that contacted your paper to criticise Universal Medicine (UniMed) do not want to be named, fearing backlash and harassment from those involved in UM. But what about the people and their families who have contacted your paper to support UniMed, and given their names because they believe in UniMed teachings? Who is protecting their rights to choose to live a life that is harmonious, loving and honoring to themselves? Who is protecting them from receiving the backlash and harassment?
I have attended both Esoteric Soulutions and Universal Medicine clinics and had nothing but positive experiences in the treatments I received. On a personal note, I have known Ms Hodgson for a number of years and know that she is committed to living a life that honours and respects not just herself, but anyone she treats in her clinic.
Why are we persecuting people who are exercising their choice to avoid drugs, alcohol, and strong stimulants, and who wish to live a clean healthy life that preserves and cherishes the body? Is that not what all our elite athletes do? Is that not what most doctors and health organisations would encourage? In a world where there is much hatred and angst, why are we crucifying associations like Universal Medicine that encourage individuals to be more loving and nurturing to themselves and anyone that they come in contact with?
I know what life I would choose.
by Nicole Blucher, Mackay, Queensland
I find it appalling that a Mackay paper has got on the ridiculous bandwagon of the outrageous claims made by southern newspapers. It is a case of ‘times are desperate’ and they will do anything to sell newspapers. I think it is horrifying that in this day and age that a minority few who are too gutless to put their names to paper, can make accusations.
I myself, partner and children have attended Belinda-Jane’s clinic over the last 8 years and have found her to be nothing but understanding, helpful and professional. I have also attended Serge Benhayon’s clinic on one occasion and found him to be a most warm wonderful human being – he did not push anything and it was not about the dollar either – he was a warm, genuine caring man.
If these practitioners in my opinion need to be put into a pigeon hole, I would in my own experience put them in a ‘counseling’ one. You do not see counselors, psychologists and customers being criticised or accused of ridiculous claims in newspapers, so why is it OK to print these ridiculous claims even if you are showing both sides. I find the idea of a ‘cult’ to be degrading to these business operators, and also the people who attend them – myself included.
This is an astronomical defamation in my opinion, which a minority has made, and papers with obviously no better news, have run with. In this day and age I find it disgusting: there is a reason why intelligent people are stepping away from newspapers.
by Angelo Leonforte, Mackay, Queensland
Universal Medicine makes perfect sense. As a long term client of Belinda-Jane Hogdson’s I would like to express how distressing the article on the 3rd of November was for myself. It cannot be any further from the truth: I have experienced Belinda-Jane’s commitment to true self-healing with long term positive effects which I am very grateful for.
The options which were in store for myself, as I was suffering from anxiety, made the problem even greater. I had been offered very little help, ‘except for drugs’. I can tell you I have not suffered from anxiety for over 2 years and am enjoying a very balanced state of mind, and feel like I have, more than ever, an unshakeable commitment of self-love and self-respect.
The changes I have lovingly made to my life serve me – with a deeper respect and love for myself I am happier and healthier than ever. Belinda-Jane’s and Universal Medicine’s level of care, integrity, professionalism, to true healing, in my opinion is something the world is in dire straits for, and is something that resonates true for me.
by F.L., Reg Nurse
I would like to state how I have found Belinda-Jane’s sessions helpful. I met Belinda-Jane Hodgson approx 3 ½ years ago while attending a workshop. I really liked her unassuming, friendly, down to earth nature.
Approximately 18 months ago, I booked in for a chat with her to help me with some difficult personal situations – again, her help was invaluable in helping me see clearly what was going wrong and why it was so, and how so simply and easily I could make a shift into a new direction. I had tried many other avenues with well meaning people but none seemed to help me in the same way Belinda-Jane was able to.
I have had some very trying marriage difficulties too; in fact, my husband and I were virtually separated anyway, and had tried regular formal marriage counseling with not much luck. I was shaping up for the inevitable separation ahead. Fortunately, I had a chance to have a session with Belinda-Jane and my husband together. I was gob smacked by how she was able to talk with him in a way that united us both and gave us a fresh appreciation of each other. It was mind-blowing and still is, that we could even talk, but it’s happened and I am so glad Belinda-Jane has the skills and wisdom she does to offer such incredible support to people like us. She supported us to see what was going on with our 3 children and how we could get through to them: we were both frustrated and sad that we were not to able to communicate well with them.
Even more importantly, her practical insights actually WORK at home, long after the session is over. It’s been brilliant for us. I feel optimistic about the future for the first time in years.
by Kym Mahoney, Mackay, Queensland
It was with concern I heard there was an article in the Mackay Telegraph on 3rd November 2012 about Universal Medicine and Esoteric Soulutions. However, after reading it I was pleasantly surprised as it provided both sides of the story: an article that provided enough information for the reader to choose, as we all do, which aspects of the story is truth for them. This is what life is all about isn’t it? Choices!
As an example: I have chosen to write this letter to you, I choose to get out of bed early, I choose to have long hair, I choose to live in Brisbane, I choose to garden on weekends etc. We all have choices in our lives, and unless I am mistaken there is no law against making choices, even if they are not consistent with those of others, for example family, friends and society.
So, more choices I have made: I chose to enter a practice in Mackay 12 years ago run by Belinda-Jane Hodgson, and continue this choice; and I have chosen to be involved with Universal Medicine and its teachings. So where have these choices left me? They have led to a number of other choices (which again I have made) which in turn means I am – fit and healthy with more energy to live, more caring about myself and others, able to communicate and work with people in a more compassionate way, in a loving committed relationship, and the list goes on.
So if choosing to see a practitioner, who in all of my experiences with her (over numerous years) has been and is, caring, considerate, non-judgmental and supportive (to name but a few), is wrong or not consistent with another’s choice, then it is my responsibility and I will reap what I sow!
I trust the choices we all make for ourselves (as this is all we can do) are the right ones.
by Carolyn Pietzner, Mackay, Queensland
I am writing this letter in response to the attacks on Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and Belinda-Jane Hodgson at Esoteric Soulutions. I have been seeing Belinda-Jane Hodgson for about 9 years and not once have I felt that Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine nor Belinda-Jane Hodgson are a cult.
They say how many women have left their relationships… If it wasn’t for Belinda-Jane Hodgson my marriage would have ended years ago. Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and Belinda-Jane Hodgson saved my marriage.
I have never been asked for money, nor am I brainwashed into doing anything. I make my own choices in my life, and take responsibility of those choices. People attack what they don’t understand, and the media misuses information just so they can sell papers. That’s not journalism.
What happened to writing the truth, and not writing what you think may be the truth? For those who are making these attacks – come forward and show yourselves. I will continue believing in truth.
by Vicki Robb, Mackay, Queensland
I have been advised that you are running a story this week on a practitioner with connections to Universal Medicine. I am a longtime student of Universal Medicine, and trust that your article is carefully researched and not sensational journalism. There is a blog your journalist may wish to visit called ‘The Truth about Serge Benhayon’. As they will see there are stories written by students of Universal Medicine, recounting how they feel that they live healthier, happier lives by deciding to make lifestyle choices that are gentle and loving.
There has been a concerted attack on Universal Medicine – Serge Benhayon and his family and students of Universal Medicine are being attacked and threatened, online and in the media, by people who wish to remain anonymous (how courageous!!). These anonymous people are encouraging the media to run sensational stories regardless of any truth or unbiased research.
I trust that the Mackay Telegraph will publish a fair and well researched article.
- An Expert for Any Occasion: Media Myths in Mackay
- Letters of Support for Belinda-Jane Hodgson & Esoteric Soulutions in Response to Media Reports (Part 1)
- Letters of Support for Belinda-Jane Hodgson & Esoteric Soulutions in Response to Media Reports (Part 3)
- Letters of Support for Belinda-Jane Hodgson & Esoteric Soulutions in Response to Media Reports (Part 4)
- Letters of Support for Belinda-Jane Hodgson & Esoteric Soulutions in Response to Media Reports (Part 5)