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 Theresa Boswell, Mackay, Queensland
I have never heard of anything so ridiculous as to call Esoteric Soulutions and Universal Medicine a cult. I ring to make an appointment, no different than when I visit my GP or dentist. How is this being in a cult, and what happened to free will?
Obviously there are some very sad people who have dreamt up this idea, who don’t want to take responsibility for their own actions and want to blame everyone else. There is nothing wrong with looking after yourself and being responsible for your own actions. Any treatment that myself and my family has had by Esoteric Soulutions has only ever helped and made our lives better. We are all living happy lives and making our own decisions. Doesn’t sound like a cult to me.
by Dean Whitling, Mackay/Brisbane
I’m writing to to relay my personal experience of both Universal Medicine and Belinda-Jane Hogdson. I have now lived in Brisbane for 2 years, but prior to that I lived and worked in Mackay for 10 years. I still own property there and visit regularly for work. I am a photographer and many people in Mackay will know who I am and have dealt with me for many years.
I started seeing Belinda-Jane after my wife visited her and suggested I might benefit too. I went along kicking and screaming, arrogant enough to feel there was nothing wrong with me – that I had it all worked out. I was resisting because Belinda-Jane has an uncanny ability to get me to look at my issues, and who wants to take responsibility for their issues… right? Gradually I came to experience that true self honesty and dealing with my stuff led to improved health and wellbeing, plus better relationships with others.
Around 2 years ago I started to attend Universal Medicine presentations and found something very similar: a message that asked me to first look at my own life and how I was treating myself, then to consider how my actions also impact others and the world around me. I pay to do courses and attend presentations by Serge Benhayon, just like I pay to do other types of courses for my business. This is done by my own free will, and I receive a benefit from the investment. Whether or not I attend anything is entirely up to me.
Lately there have been lots of media accusations that Universal Medicine is a cult and has duped its followers. I take offence to this. The suggestion is that I am a mindless cult member, unable to discern for myself that I am being ripped off somehow.
I can assure you this is not the case. Anyone reading this who knows me would not consider me a mindless cult follower. In fact, when I first saw Serge present, I was on the lookout for a scam – I probably wasted the first few presentations by focusing on this rather than the message. Instead, what I found was a consistency and a man that is truly inspiring.
What many may not know is that Serge has been around for a while. As well as running a full time healing clinic and courses, he has also written 6 books over the last 10 years, which are amazing works of philosophy. The message Serge has presented over this time is consistent and so simple that for many, it’s too simple. What I found is a message that just makes sense. Serge has consistently advised me to not take his word on anything, instead apply what he presents to my own life, then make up my own mind. That’s the total antithesis of a cult.
So the message is take care of yourself first, then you can worry about the world later. Things like alcohol, caffeine, dairy and wheat are simply not good for your body. That is a scientific fact. So ask yourself, why are you eating or drinking them? Going to bed early is a very self loving thing to do and you will sleep better, and feel better. We carry hurts from the past and these can be the reason we abuse ourselves with food and other things. Be honest with yourself about your actions. Always take responsibility for what happens in your life – for all of it.
I have applied all these things myself and found that they have worked. Note that they have worked for me in my personal situation. Whether or not they work for another is not my concern. As a member of a cult I should be forcing this down your throat, right? Only those that know me will be able to attest to its efficacy in my case.
There is some suggestion that Universal Medicine and/or Belinda-Jane have broken up marriages. Anyone with even the tiniest amount of common sense would know that is a ridiculous assertion. It is to suggest no responsibility at all for the two actually in the marriage.
And there is the rub, what I feel is at the core of the media accusations. Both Belinda-Jane and Serge are asking us to take responsibility for everything in our lives. For many this is simply too much to bear. It is way easier to blame something, anything, outside of ourselves. Truth and self honesty is not an easy path… trust me, I know.
Belinda-Jane is a wonderfully caring and loving person who has had a hugely positive effect on my life. I know she has also helped many others in Mackay over the years, many people I know personally. Now loving often means calling me out and delivering the tough love – it’s not all incense and candles. In fact, Belinda-Jane is one of the most honest and pragmatic people I know. She is insightful, yet tough enough to help me get beyond my arrogance and to the truth. For this I am eternally grateful and incredibly thankful.
On a final note, I find it interesting that throughout the smear campaign against Belinda-Jane and Universal Medicine, not one of the accusers has the courage to put their names to their accusations. Yet those involved in the so-called cult are happy to provide their names. As a cult member, shouldn’t I be the one hiding away, frightened of the backlash that comes with being branded this way?
Well I’m here to tell you that I fully support Belinda-Jane Hodgson in all that she does. I have known her for over 10 years and I am proud to say she is not only a wonderful practitioner, she is also my trusted friend.
by Leigh Strack, Mackay, Queensland
I have been an esoteric student for about 4 years and I am eternally grateful to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. I am also grateful to Belinda-Jane Hodgson – if it wasn’t for Belinda-Jane, I may have never found Serge. I have been going to Belinda-Jane for treatments for probably close to 10 years now, and she has helped me greatly – I have always found her to be honest, loving and supportive.
Belinda-Jane, Serge and the UniMed team have simply shown me a way to live that I had already felt for myself, but didn’t know how to actually live it. From an early age I had constant trouble with sinus and ear infections, and from the age of 21 I contracted asthma. I even had a couple of operations to open up my sinus passages. Nothing helped… I still had sinus constantly and lived on ventolin puffers and cortisone preventers daily.
I did change my diet when I first contracted asthma and stopped eating dairy – I did notice a difference then, but I was still eating wheat and I never completely cut dairy out: I would still eat a little something now and then, so my body was still creating mucous. It wasn’t until I became an esoteric student that I learnt that both dairy and wheat create mucous in the body. So I thought ok, I will stop eating both. The difference in my body is amazing. I no longer take any asthma medication.
Along with the diet change I am beginning to live in a way that is much more loving and respectful of my body. This is beginning to rub off with how I am with my family, in fact with how I live my life, and it feels lovely. So thank you Serge and Universal Medicine.
by Kym & James Suey, Mackay, Queensland
This letter is in regards to the article written by Melissa Grant in relation to the article about Universal Medicine and Mackay practitioner Belinda-Jane Hodgson. I felt the need to respond to the negative accusations in this article, particularly in reference to Belinda-Jane and her service to her clients, such as myself, in the Mackay and surrounding regions.
I have been a client of Belinda-Jane’s for close to 13 years. In this extensive time, Belinda-Jane has consulted with myself, my husband and my son for personal/emotional reasons. My husband had a serious motorbike accident in which he lost his left arm: I do not know where we would be today without the love, support and guidance Belinda-Jane gave us during this major life experience, on a professional level.
I feel that since Belinda-Jane has been affiliated with Universal Medicine there has been much speculation about the group, and a false sense of understanding as to what this group are involved in and what they ‘do’. Personally, I visit Belinda-Jane on a monthly basis and have visited Serge Benhayon on one occasion, last year. May I stress that on absolutely NO occasion have I ever felt influenced or pushed into any way of living that is destructive or cult-like, so I find it unfathomable that ‘people’ would not see Belinda-Jane’s ‘service’ as anymore than loving – genuine support that they have willingly participated or booked in a consultation.
I personally feel that the any ill-feeling that a person or persons may have with Belinda-Jane or Serge are from their own personal judgments based on a lack of understanding about what they ‘do’, or a fear in some way that they are unable to control the outcome.
by Steve Hunt, Mackay, Queensland
I would like to submit support for the local Universal Medicine practice here in Mackay. There has been a campaign by some nameless vindictive individual/s in Mackay to disrupt a local business by circulating discriminatory material in and near the place of work. I find the tactics used to be gutless and little short of extortion, trying to bring a legitimate healing practice that has been operating for over ten years to close.
I have been attending the Esoteric Soulutions’ clinic for the past five years and have found the staff to be very helpful, knowledgeable, loving and understanding in all matters of physical and mental wellbeing.
Belinda-Jane Hodgson’s dedication to her work goes beyond the average, with her always updating her qualifications constantly to be of better service to her clients. I have nothing but respect and admiration for the work that Belinda-Jane does and would have no trouble recommending her services.
I have also been attending courses, workshops and lectures put on by Universal Medicine and their founder Serge Benhayon over the past four years, and have found the information and support provided by them to be truthful, simple to understand and spot on. They are at the leading edge of working with conventional medicine, to asking the big questions which affect so many people these days… like why is humanity being diagnosed with so many cancers? I have drawn on my personal experience from these talks to be aware that one is totally responsible for where they find themselves to be right now.
- 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 2)
- 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)