“Thanks to the tune ups to our radars, and importantly our ability to speak up, that has taken place since our involvement with Universal Medicine my children are all highly tuned in to the slightest untoward gaze, intent, or anything that even faintly smells of a drop of impropriety. My children are also highly empowered to speak up and claim if something feels even a bit off – they will openly and clearly say when there is anyone they would not like to hug, or have physical contact from. People in the supermarket that feel a bit imposing – they do not just grin and bear it and be nice – they will not smile sweetly to appease, they will look plainly and say straight – ‘no do not touch me’, such is their level of empowerment and discernment to operate only and always from their own sense of boundaries and what constitutes the level of integrity they deserve and are willing to have in their space. It is a twisted irony that these ever more empowered children, who have the Benhayons to thank for this empowerment, are being publicly alleged as ‘victims’ of something that is the precise opposite of their experience.” Kate, mother of four.
We have explored the extraordinary lengths that Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have gone to create a moral panic with claims of sexual abuse and sexual molestation. We have exposed their clear agenda to paint Serge Benhayon as a sexual abuser. In material intended to capture the imaginations of their readers they have made fetid and disgusting references to Serge Benhayon having a sexual relationship with his now wife when she was 13, to insinuating that he had molested his own daughters. With each fabrication they appear to have become emboldened, their online behavior is now utter vulgarity with a recent pamphlet drop of obscene material targeting women’s health in Lismore. But then again, it is probably not considered vulgar for someone who has forsaken his or her basic decency for a jealousy fuelled revenge campaign. With so many failures between them, it is no surprise that Lance Martin and his foul mouthpiece Esther Rockett, have further exposed the stench of their campaign in their latest ventures, each dimension that is exposed being more toxic and poisonous than the last.
Esther Rockett has stridently asserted that she has not called Serge Benhayon a paedophile. However, she and Lance Martin have gone to great lengths to IMPLY this – and indeed the information that they have distributed incited one of their blog contributors, Simon Leonard, (under a pseudonym Max Littlemore and on his own sites) to refer to Serge Benhayon as a ‘kiddy fiddler’. We think that the implication is clear from what Lance Martin and Esther Rockett have said – and by the way Esther, you do not have to say something outright to have made a defamatory imputation.
Brainwashing or bewitchment and enchantment
Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have gone to great pains to incite a moral panic, attempting to elicit fears of a dangerous cult and sexual predation to fuel their cause. However, their calls for alleged ‘victims’ to come forward have failed and the moral panic they have sought to create has not gathered the momentum they desired.
Put simply, and as a testament to the real lack of intelligence, a campaign based on lies will always fail, gaining at best a short run of traction, but like all lies, they will meet with their rightful end as history so clearly illustrates, a now historical account on Lance Martin and Esther Rockett they cannot erase.
Indeed, most rational people should be able to see through their catalogue of lies and malicious accusations. Esther Rockett has made pleas that they cannot do this alone, but alone they remain muttering away in a dark corner, plotting their next moves, chewed up by jealousy and failure.
When we see these attempts to use whatever they can to elicit moral panic we are drawn to make an analogy with the witch hunts of the 15th and 16th centuries where those charged with the crime of witchcraft would be accused of being enchanted and enchanting others.
For Esther Rockett and Lance Martin, ‘brainwashing’ has replaced ‘bewitchment’, but has no more plausibility than the idea of ‘enchantment’ or ‘bewitchment’, it is merely a belief in a metaphysical/supernatural process that has no substance.
As Professor Emeritus Gary Bouma (2011) has pointed out:
‘the concept of “brainwashing” has been thoroughly discredited. No cases of brainwashing have been documented, and claims made by some to have been brainwashed have been dismissed as attempts by those who joined a group and then left it to explain their joining.’
It has echoes of the past where those accused of crimes would claim they had been ‘bewitched’ by the coven, now we hear that we are ‘brainwashed’ by the ‘cult’.
Yes that’s right – believing in being able to bewitch others and cast spells, well that might be a little naïve, but not perhaps when Esther and Lance are deadly serious about the harm they wish to do.
Lance Martin keeps saying that he has ‘hard evidence’ to show he has some substance to his allegations. The question always arises however if it did exist, why hasn’t he used it and why doesn’t he just publish it? The answer is obvious – it simply does not exist.
Like Esther’s claims to have identified Natalie Benhayon in a photo in a manual using a ubiquitous white hoodie sweatshirt as proof of identity, it is so far fetched and fantastical, that they would be counting on being able to bewitch their audience for their lies to be believed. And just for the record: the hoodie was not worn by Natalie simply because it is not Natalie in the picture. A slight error by Esther Rockett, or just another one of her many lies? And just to add to the self-evident delusion, the hoodie was not white.
Esther Rockett has said that she has distributed the images of what she says show ‘Serge Benhayon handling women’s genitals’ – with various false suggestions that it is Natalie Benhayon in the pictures – to everyone from State to Federal representatives and regulatory bodies from the Health Care Complaints Commission to the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.
Not one of these organisations, nor members of Parliament have considered there to be any truth in Ms Rockett’s claims – every organisation and regulatory body she has appealed to has obviously not been swayed by her false and salacious claims and have found no ground to pursue action against Universal Medicine.
Indeed, if you look at Esther Rockett’s claims of sexual abuse of minors and by implication paedophilia, and then examine the pictures she says are evidence, you might conclude she is quite mad – pitiful in fact.
Esther Rockett uses vile innuendoes to imply illegal activities
Lance Martin and Esther Rockett have used various innuendos intended to manipulate readers to make assumptions that Serge Benhayon engages in sexual grooming and illegal activities with young women. These extracts penned by Esther Rockett and Lance Martin on their hate blogs is evidence in point:
- ‘compromising his wife by having young girls stay in the family home, and God knows what goes on there’
- ‘needed Miranda to move into his home at age 13’
- ‘he needs to touch Natalie’s bottom’
- ‘cult members sending their adolescent daughters for sleepovers at Serge’s’
- ‘older parents giving Serge a free pass to molest their grown daughters’
- ‘Serge’s underaged houseguests’
It is all intended to suggest an unhealthy interest in young girls, for which the pair has nothing to base their lurid and malicious imaginings upon. Lance Martin and Esther Rockett’s obsession with presenting this material is abhorrent, and it exposes their callous disregard of the young people that they have fabricated as the ‘victims’ of this fictitious abuse.
Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have made numerous malicious suggestions, obviously hoping that their sleazy invective will cast a pall over their target, for example:
‘Personal boundaries within the Benhayon family are unconventional to say the least. The image above and more found in the workshop manual show that Serge is liberal when it comes to touching his daughter’s body, but controlling of his children’s behaviour. We know from a young woman who stayed in the Benhayon household that Serge asks that the bathroom door is left open when guests and family are showering.’
The latter extract suggests an unhealthy interest in young girls and that the situation is calculated to watch young girls whilst showering. Esther Rockett has gone from implying that she heard this occurred to suggesting that she has a witness, but when she has been asked to produce the ‘evidence’, there is none. There is no truth in any of this, it is all complete lies, but the repeated innuendo is such that it causes fear and apprehension where there should be none.
Esther Rockett has become skilled in the art of manipulation, as illustrated by the sleazy suggestion that ‘personal boundaries’ in the Benhayon family are ‘unconventional’. She has nothing to base this upon – that is correct, absolutely nothing. She does not know the Benhayon family, she has never seen them together and she has not visited their house. Those who can actually report upon these things get to see a loving and caring family with absolute respect for each other and their physical autonomy.
As Susie, aged 14 has written:
‘As a young woman who has known Serge Benhayon since I was too young to remember, I can testify that not ONCE, not even slightly, has he EVER made any inappropriate, sleazy, sexual actions or comments of ANY KIND towards me or my sister who is similarly aged’.
Simon, a father of two daughters who has been close friends of the Benhayons since 2002 writes:
‘I can say with confidence that my daughters who are now 14 and 17 are both very close to all the Benhayons having grown up with them. I know with absolute certainty that there is nothing inappropriate in this as I (and everyone else) can see how strong, healthy, inquisitive and alive my daughters are. In addition they can spot ‘boy issues’ at school from a mile away with a very well trained radar, and will have nothing to do with it. It’s something we make a point of discussing when they are at home.
The insinuation from Esther Rockett, based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever, is disgusting. It’s unfounded. It’s a horrific story to make up. And it is an awful thing for my daughters to have to read, and potentially then have to explain at School.’
As shown in Esther Rockett Byron Bay Acupuncturist engineering fear: from brainwashing to false child abuse claims – Part 2 – Lies about sexual abuse and incest the pictures Esther Rockett relies upon to make the lurid accusations that Serge Benhayon is ‘touching his daughter’s body’ or is touching her bottom’ show no such thing – first and foremost the pictures do not depict Natalie, nor do they show Serge inappropriately touching anyone.
And how did Esther Rockett come to falsely assert the pictures were of Natalie Benhayon (when they look nothing like her)? As we have noted before, Esther Rockett makes the lame suggestion it was because Natalie Benhayon might have been wearing a white hoodie at a workshop that Esther attended in 2005 and that the person in the manual was wearing a white hoodie (in fact the hoodie in the photo was not white) – so she asserts that it was a REASONABLE leap to say it was the same person. Let’s compare how Natalie Benhayon compares to the woman in the manual shall we?
What this obviously shows is that Esther Rockett has to be aware that she is lying or simply indifferent to the truth. These are not the same person. She has been fully cognizant of the fact that the pictures are not Natalie Benhayon for some time, but has persisted in falsely representing that it is Natalie to various organisations.
Esther Rockett is fully aware that she has nothing to base her lurid innuendos about ‘unconventional’ boundaries’ – the pictures she relies upon do not convey what she claims, she does not know the Benhayons and she certainly has never seen anything ‘unconventional’ – and neither has anyone else, except if you consider the harmony within the family, that is perhaps, sadly, ‘unconventional’.
As Ariel, age 17, has said,
“Staying with the Benhayons was an amazing opportunity for me to see and feel what a true family is. Their care for each other is so deep, I could observe each family member playing their part within the family, taking the responsibility needed to live and be in a home. There was no arguing, no frustration with each other, no demanding, controlling, manipulating, playing small or arrogance at all. The love they know and teach is lived by them day to day, they walk what they talk and never put on a show.”
Esther Rockett and Lance Martin are fully aware that the public ‘hates cults and they hate sexual predators’, indeed they are banking on it. They are setting their sites on placing in people’s minds a vile and reprehensible lie, which they know is completely false and has no basis in fact.
But know this Lance and Esther – When you need to bank on sentiment, you are declaring that you have no evidence. It clearly shows what Serge Benhayon has said from the start of your jealous campaign – all you have is a story, and Martin’s story at that, and as such they are lies as seen by many of the public and officials who have accordingly commented.
As we have identified, Esther Rockett has made lurid and false suggestions of sexual grooming against Serge Benhayon and suggested that the whole Benhayon family and close friends are complicit in ‘grooming’ children. To sustain this argument about supposed ‘cult members’ grooming on behalf of Serge Benhayon she has to sustain the cult lie – the only way to make any of her fabrications work is to rely upon a mythology of brainwashing and have her ludicrous suggestions of Serge Benhayon wielding this power of covert hypnosis over an unwary group. It requires an audience to believe Esther Rockett’s fairy tale of bewitchment and enchantment, a mythology spawned from her and Lance Martin’s fetid imaginations.
Esther Rockett and Lance Martin falsely accuse others of ‘pimping their own daughters’
There is a simple fact that puts to rest all accusations, and that is the fact that if you have evidence you do not need a story to embroider your proof. If you have the evidence you tout Lance Martin, then provide it and have the charges come forward.
But no, the lies are needed simply to deceive, abjure and conceal the fact that there is no evidence simply because the accusations are false, completely made up stories that will find the same success as Lance Martin’s business ventures, a short-term ride, long-term demise.
And so, what do you do when you have no evidence because there is none?
The answer is easy if your decency has not ever had any lived quality outside the veneer of politeness one uses to get others to do what you need them to do.
If you are genuinely decent you will neither make up lies nor bother to distort the truth. But, if you have never truly lived any form of decency, the transgression is but a mere trigger to the existing predilection or perhaps an extension of the existing whole set of lies one’s life is already deeply drenched in.
On this point, we note the lies and distortions, where we see that Esther Rockett has made the gross suggestion that Universal Medicine students ‘pimp their own daughters to the Messiah and his sleazy Esoteric ‘real men’, or worse suggesting that parents give ‘Serge a free pass to molest their grown daughters’. Being the mouthpiece for Lance Martin’s jealous fury, Martin was obviously the source of this poisonous suggestion, having previously referred to mothers bringing their daughters ‘as sacrificial lambs to the altar of Serge’ which illustrates the poor comprehension Lance Martin has of the care that most women will take of their daughters welfare – but of course according to Martin and Rockett, they would be too ‘brainwashed’, or should we say ‘bewitched’, ‘enchanted’ or ‘spellbound’ to notice.
The assumptions made by the sleazy pair, that parents would allow abuse to occur under their noses and are too brainwashed to notice, have to be called out for what they are – COMPLETE FABRICATIONS – there are no ‘victims’, no ‘abused’ children (and no ‘brainwashing’).
Mary Sanford is a mother of a young woman who has grown up knowing Serge Benhayon. They have attended events together – she addresses the pair:
“How dare you Esther Rockett and Lance Martin assume that as a mother I am some simple idiot who has been brainwashed by Serge Benhayon to such an extent that I would willingly allow him to sexually abuse my daughter under my nose. It would have to be right under my nose because my daughter is always with me when attending any of the events. How dare you tell the world that I am some naïve and manipulated mother! How dare you assume that I have no experience of sexual abuse. I know what sexual abuse is and I can tell if a man is an abuser because of the way they behave. And I will stand up in a court of law if I need to, to say that Serge Benhayon is not an abusive man in any way shape or form.
My daughter has known Serge Benhayon since she was a little girl and she adores Serge because he treats her with the utmost respect and unlike a lot of adults has never dismissed her because she is a child.”
We can also give voice to Mary’s daughter Rebecca Briant, who responded to Part 1 of our series of blogs on Esther and Lance’s child molesting claims, Rebecca writes:
“I have known Serge Benhayon since I was 9. NEVER have I been or felt that I was manipulated, abused, isolated or treated in any way sexually. It is completely disrespectful of me and my intelligence to assume that I cannot make my own decisions, or that I am so naïve that I wouldn’t know what being sexually abused was, or that my mother would not step in and stop it.
I don’t know what Esther’s childhood relationship with her parents was, but my mother would never stand by while I was mistreated, let alone sexually abused. The only experience I have had of Serge has been of utter love and respect, treating me not as a child but his equal.
Yes, I have hugged Serge, big deal, I hug a lot of people, because my life is full of friends and love and family. Perhaps Esther and Lance’s lives are so starved of love and affection, that to them even a simple loving hug is to be treated with suspicion and contempt.
Without Universal Medicine, I would be out partying, drinking and sleeping around, because I would know no differently. However I have been blessed with the knowing of true love, and the confidence to care for myself. The allegations made shows far more of the damaged workings of Esther and Lance’s minds, and their weak grip on reality, than they do of the people they are aimed at.”
Esther Rockett has made the peculiar suggestion that Serge Benhayon is somehow ‘grooming his followers to accept inappropriate behaviour, and enable and participate in a range of abuses.’ To this end she has asserted that a simple hug with Serge is evidence of ‘inappropriate behaviour’.
As Rebecca points out it says more about Lance Martin and Esther Rockett that ‘a simple loving hug is to be treated with suspicion and contempt’. What is stranger? Is every hug shared to be treated with suspicion by the pair?
What a strange and isolated world they must live in. Lance Martin, do you hug your own daughter? What are you thinking when you do so?
Even though there is no evidence of any such abuse, Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have rested on the assumption that their false accusations will be taken as proof of factual guilt.
Esther’s moral compass is revealed in a recent comment referring to her lies being exposed; she asserted that: “No one gives a toss whether I’m an alleged cyberbully or liar’.
Well, it might surprise Esther Rockett that people do care – no one trusts a liar, particularly one that does not care that they lie.
We wonder what the good folk of Byron Bay will make of a practitioner who has no care for the truth and thinks so little of others?
So enough of Esther Rockett’s and Lance Martin’s lies, that have not a grain of truth – if you feel you need a bath after reading what they have concocted you would not be alone.
As we emerge from Esther Rockett’s lies there are actually real stories and real people who can tell the truth. Perhaps we could look at some real evidence – and what it is like for a young woman to stay at the Benhayon household? Yes we have real evidence, Esther, not like your concocted lies.
Young women are supported by Universal Medicine to say ‘no’ to abuse in all its forms
Young women who have actually known Serge Benhayon, who are real, live people who are actual witnesses to what Serge Benhayon is like (unlike Esther Rockett’s imaginary witnesses who are never produced), consistently state that they have experienced nothing but the greatest support and respect from Serge Benhayon and that it is his work that has helped them develop strength, power and dignity in their own lives. Since we published Part 1 of this series on the lies Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have made up about sexual abuse and Universal Medicine, the support has flooded in.
Meg, age 27 writes:
“To name an amazing, well-respected man a child-molester, or someone who abuses children is just disgusting. I met Serge Benhayon when I was around 16 and I can categorically state that I have never felt anything even remotely untoward towards me, or towards anyone else, more to the point Serge has inspired integrity in me – yes from his own strength of integrity. He has also taught me that abuse is not acceptable in anyone’s life, and that we must stand up and say no to it. He is an inspiration and these new stories Esther Rockett is spreading I would, without doubt, state my life on being a lie.”
As mentioned, a constantly referred to theme is that ‘young girls’ or ‘little girls’ stay ‘unaccompanied’ in the Benhayon household with the obvious (false) implication that they are unsafe.
Esther Rockett, in order to sully the whole group and make all appear as a danger to society, has suggested that everyone involved in Universal Medicine condones sexual abuse, saying they ‘publicly excuse’ such behaviour.
But what behaviour exactly is being ‘condoned’?
How can something be excused when it never occurred in the first place?
Esther Rockett has gone to extremes to make up lies about sexual impropriety, going so far as to imply that Serge Benhayon’s own children, including his 24 year old daughter, Natalie Benhayon, have engaged in ‘grooming’ children for their father. She maliciously, and with absolutely nothing to base such lies upon, infers that teens and children’s groups that were supported by Natalie Benhayon, and other projects, are part of this exercise.
Youth Groups supported teenagers to make their own choices with drugs and alcohol
Esther Rockett has referred to the warmth and affection shared and the meeting of groups of teenagers as ‘mass grooming behaviour’, obviously using the word ‘grooming’ to elicit a sense of danger and moral turpitude.
But more than just the sheer extent of the lies, we see how lost Esther Rockett is in her pursuit to please her leader.
With no evidence and the opposite of the lies being the case, where does Esther Rockett, now an Acupuncturist in Byron Bay, think she can lead anyone? If you tell a lie and you have someone agree or follow it, it does not make the lie real or true, it just means that the person who is believing the lie is just as lost if not more lost than the liar.
However, and the Lance Martin and Esther Rockett lies set aside, activities such as simple warmth and affection, or teenagers gathering in a safe environment where they eschew the use of alcohol and drugs, and learn to honour and respect their bodies, would be seen by most parents as something that would be applauded rather than condemned with sleazy invective.
Esther Rockett has made much of youth groups that Natalie Benhayon supported between 2009-2011, falsely suggesting various nefarious motivations and activities.
Esther Rockett has suggested that the teenage groups were a result of Natalie looking for ‘marketing opportunities’ and the bizarre claim that she was seeking to collect ‘dirt’ on the teenagers and their parents, although there is no logic to such a claim.
As a starting point, the groups were inspired by parents requesting that Natalie Benhayon (who was 20 at the time) mentor some groups of young people, as the parents were concerned about the pressures that their teenagers and those just coming to their teen years were facing at school and socially. They had seen academic demands, peer pressure, drugs, binge drinking and alcohol, an increasing interest in pornography, sex, social media and cyber-bullying, sexting, self-harm/cutting, depression, anxiety and bullying all emerging in the peer groups of their children and felt an opportunity for them to get support and talk about what was going on would help them.
It was no ‘marketing’ opportunity, simply a genuine call for support to which Natalie Benhayon responded, such is her nature. Yes, Natalie is someone who consistently considers what is needed by others and part of this consideration is a dedicated concern about how young people are affected by the life pressures they find all around them. You will find it hard to find a more well rounded and mature for her age woman than Natalie Benhayon.
As a result of what was being witnessed by parents of these teenagers, Natalie was approached by them to bring together an informal gathering where such issues could start to be spoken about, and support offered directly to the teenagers as to how they could potentially handle the new pressures they were facing. All of the teenagers participating in these groups were already familiar and known to Natalie as family-friends (through other meeting occasions), and so the coming together of the group was easily embraced. The groups were never at schools as Esther Rockett has implied, nor were they a matter where Natalie placed herself in a position as having ‘qualifications’ to do anything.
Natalie is known to many in her community as a young woman who managed to ‘get through’ such youth pressures, whilst sustaining a confidence and self-esteem rare to many young girls today. Being only 20 years old at the time the groups commenced and from her own experiences, Natalie offered a relatable presence for the teens to connect with and during these groups, the teens were given the opportunity to explore their thoughts, feelings, and anxiety about what they were experiencing amongst their peers and how they could best approach these issues without getting lost and swept away by them.
This appears to have been a well-founded impulse as can be seen from the feedback provided by some of the teenagers, now young adults.
Arianne, now 18, writes:
“I loved attending the Teen Groups as it was a time to connect and to be inspired by Natalie Benhayon and others in the group. I learnt in these groups that I can hold myself in any situation and not be affected by what I was watching, or what was happening in life around me. These groups offered a fun, light and intimate space for us all to express any issues we were facing, experiences, or things that we wanted some support with. I could always feel how much Natalie loved to support others and that it was never about dictating or teaching anything. Natalie would simply offer the awareness on what was truly going on energetically, allowing for us all to go deeper, regardless of how intense school or my home life would be in that time. In no other part of my life was I receiving such support, neither from school, parents or friends. This offered a whole new level of expression and depth of what there is to talk about, to deal with and express issues that we are facing rather than keep them bottled up. I was able to ground myself every month, and to walk back into life with a joy, confidence and greater awareness of what was and is truly going on energetically.
I wish these teen groups were still on, I would love to have this kind of support in my life again.”
Esther Rockett has made many snide suggestions that Natalie ‘pried and pressured those children’ to divulge ‘what she wanted to hear’.
This in no way reflects the reports of those who attended who as noted above reported the groups were mainly a ‘fun, light and intimate space for us all to express any issues we were facing, experiences, or things that we wanted some support with’.
As a complementary therapist and presenter of Universal Medicine teachings, Natalie Benhayon held the groups to encourage and support this type of open communication, with teens commenting they felt understood, heard and with greater confidence to be more self-aware of what choices were available to them as they proceeded into their high school years.
In many instances, the very act of gathering like-minded teens together whereby they could communicate and hear from others that they were not alone in their struggle to “fit in” to what was fast becoming “normal” around them and their peers, was enough encouragement and brought much more confidence for them to know how to handle their struggles. Many stories were shared of what each individual was witnessing and experiencing, as well as many sharings offered by the teens to each other about what they discovered “works” for them when dealing with the various issues at hand. As one young woman, Arianne, age 18, has commented, the groups:
“…allowed me to learn to express things that I was otherwise bottling up. I hadn’t been able to talk about things affecting me with friends or family, as I felt they weren’t ready to talk to me about it, however they were often issues to do with them… so initially I was very closed off, however these Groups just simply offered me the space to learn to express, and that what I had to say was worthy of being said, and to be looked at and supported. That it wasn’t just a silly thing… that everything is everything. I loved receiving this monthly support. That no matter what happened, I knew I could be truly supported by Natalie (even by email if needed), and the love she held us in was indescribable. She was like a wise woman/big sister, not there to dictate, just to support us, and anyone who wanted to come and to offer True inspiration and awareness… a true role model.”
Universal Medicine teaches the importance of knowing who one truly is in oneself, in one’s own essence, and how to establish a connection and relationship to this essence through the daily practice of self-care and self-love, communication and expression. There is no imposition of any particular way to be, rather an opportunity is given to develop a greater energetic awareness that in turn provides a freedom to make choices informed by that awareness.
As Serge Benhayon has suggested:
“By raising our young to be energetically aware, they can largely observe the necessary events of the unfolding path and hence make choices from an energetically aware observation, rather than from the pit of its enthral. For example, teach a child the energetic facts about alcohol and drugs and they can make a very wise and knowing observation instead of having to experience what energetically takes place.
And that’s how Deborah and I raised our four, we never told them once to not drink, we just taught them from very young what happens when you drink, and it was their choice and it never failed them.”
~ Serge Benhayon, The Way of The Livingness 15
These teachings are vital to our youth, who experience a period of high intensity pressure to conform to many behaviours, activities and attitudes in order to achieve acceptance and recognition in their immediate world. When engaged, teenagers communicate with great honesty their understandings of life and the inner-struggle to not lose themselves in and amongst the need they feel to be accepted and not considered weird, odd or to be excluded from peers.
Luke, now 19, writes of the positive influence of Universal Medicine in his life:
“I have been truly blessed to have had access to the teachings of Universal Medicine from the age of 14. Universal Medicine presentations have given me practical tools to act responsibly and loving towards everyone in my life. While also being a dedicated, loving and well rounded 19-year-old young man. Like most teenagers, I too was met with the pressures of drinking, drugs and meaningless relationships. This can be said for most of us, as this is what most teenagers experience today. There was an enormous pressure to conform and sadly many of our youths crumble to the pressure of self-abuse everyday.
Through the enormous support of Universal Medicine and the associated student body, I was able to have the self-confidence to stand up for myself and say no to the self-abusive behaviours my friends were a part of. The supportive teachings allowed me to make clear choices based on self-love and loving others, to make decisions about drinking, taking drugs or entering meaningless relationships during my teenagers years. It gave the reassurance and support I truly needed to assess what was right for me and what activities I wanted in my everyday life.
The support and love I have felt during my teenage years has been invaluable and I am forever grateful. The student body always felt like an extended family to me, that allowed me to build a solid foundation of responsibility, dedication while being a contributing member of society. And let’s not leave out the BEST part; I discovered that all I had to do was just be me.”
All groups were attended by teens whose parents gave full and written consent, and were conducted in private premises. They came to a natural completion in 2011, largely due to the success of the group itself, in which the teens reached a stage that they felt more confident and equipped to deal with what previously had been burdening them.
Another young woman also provides a true picture of what Universal Medicine might be offering young people – for teenagers not to fall into dangerous behaviours that their peers are engaging in takes a lot of strength, a strength each of these young people quoted clearly show.
‘I have known Serge Benhayon and his family since I was 2 years old. In those 12 years, I have felt nothing but absolute love, support and care from each and every member of their family. At almost 15, many people expect me to be into drinking, experimenting with sex, going to countless parties, pushing myself to get good grades, doing drugs, being violent, etc. etc., and it is highly unusual for someone my age to not identify with at least two or three of these behaviours. Often these patterns form from peer pressure, or from teenagers simply following the trend of what is so called ‘normal’, but what Universal Medicine and being so close to Serge and his family have taught me is that ‘Why would you choose to do something that would in any way shape or form, dull or change who you are?’
Kate, parent of four children (three now teenagers aged 15, 14 and 13) rejected Esther Rockett’s baseless assertions that the support groups her children had attended were harmful:
“The teens are all boys who face everyday intense pressures and are exposed to things we would not have imagined when going through school, such as sexting, pocket porn, (everyone has a device in their pockets, and porn videos are rife), new forms of drugs like Ice and more. Natalie is a constant inspiration and support for all our children for whom she is the most amazing role model by example from the way she lives with such high level integrity and self- care in her own life, not to mention dedication to supporting others also.
The youth and children’s groups were an incredible support for all of our kids in that they were a place to really be themselves, and not have to live up to this expectation or that peer or parental pressure, nor be judged for what they do, it was very much about being themselves and the opportunity to feel this as a foundation to then have a choice when out in the world, and to be able to discern all the more. Every time they came out their eyes would be sparkling, their whole outlook positive, ‘can do’ and open and their behaviour loving and supportive to each other and all they met. True empowerment.
One of my teens is now a role model to a group of friends in year nine who are bucking the trends and not partying, sleeping around, or writing themselves off like so many around them are in ever increasingly intense ways.”
Rockett has provided no evidence on her blogs, or in her numerous complaints to the HCCC that indicates that Natalie Benhayon, Universal Medicine or Serge Benhayon have harmed anyone. Esther Rockett has suggested she has ‘heard’ things – she implores imagined victims to come forward, but they have not, and this is because they do not exist.
Even though there is no evidence of any abuse, (in fact, the opposite is the case) Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have rested on the assumption that their false accusations will be taken as proof of factual guilt.
What is clear is that the teenagers resoundingly report that if they had not received the support they were given in the groups or through Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon, they would be in a very different place, and not a positive one. As Susie aged 14 has written:
‘I am eternally grateful for the support and encouragement Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon have given me to not change the way I am for others, which I am sure if that support wasn’t there, by now I would be heavily into drinking, smoking, drugs and sex as the majority of teenagers my age are.’
Teenagers stay in the Benhayon household where they are cared for with dignity and respect
As we have noted above, Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have made disgusting suggestions that young women staying in the Benhayon household are in danger, having never specified but clearly implying something sleazy, with nasty comments such ‘young girls stay in the family home, and God knows what goes on there’. Sliding in nasty innuendoes such as:
Well, Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have actually no idea – they have made up some vicious lies and implied Serge Benhayon has an inappropriate fascination with young girls, although we suggest the fascination appears to be all Lance Martin’s. Martin’s constant false accusations of paedophilia; a corrupt relationship with his wife and ex-wife; manipulating his wife into a relationship with him; ‘sexual grooming’ of ‘young girls’ (current and past); an indecent interest in ‘young girls’ or ‘pre-pubescent, barely out of primary school girls’ give cause to ask – what is going on in Lance Martin’s mind? This indecent obsession with all matters sexual with his chosen nemesis provides a troubling picture of Lance Martin. As Ariana Ray, a Social Worker who specialises in Child Protection states:
‘Professionally, I would consider that those who make highly sexualised false allegations in relation to children, is a concerning trait that would warrant further investigation. Study of the language used in such allegations and the sexualising of children in such attacks can reveal strong indicators of poor mental health and instability that indicates such people could be of a high risk to children.’
In all ways the work of Universal Medicine provides young people with an inner strength and authority to say no to abuse in all its forms. Young women who have stayed at the Benhayon house report a rich experience surrounded by Serge Benhayon’s extended family, including his children and their wives and grandchildren, his current wife and also his ex-wife and her current partner. As Susie reports:
‘I have been blessed with the opportunity to know, observe and be a part of a family that never back down from what is true, who have loved me like their own and never not been there for me. Serge is like a father to me, even so, he talks and treats me like his absolute equal – not once have I ever felt him take a superior role because he is a man or I am younger than him, which has influenced me to never treat people as less or accept being treated as less; therefore take absolutely zero abuse from anyone…. I am very much aware of the allegations that are currently being made about Serge being a peadophile and being abusive to young women, including his daughters and wife, but I can say with no doubts in my mind that from staying in the Benhayon home, having a close relationship with Miranda, Natalie, Simone and Serge himself, not ONCE have I ever witnessed or been victimized in any way, to even the slightest, tiniest bit of inappropriate sexual behaviour or innuendo.’
One young woman, Ariel, age 17, who has stayed with the Benhayons many times writes:
“From the very first time I met the Benhayons I have been shown the highest level of Love, care and respect. The Benhayons reflect a way of living that is based on responsibility, and not to mention how joyful and content they are within themselves, hence never needing to seek pleasures from around them. To have ‘Serge Benhayon accused of a grooming process for sexual abuse’ does not make sense. As a young woman that has stayed with Serge and his family, and experienced living with them I can say with authority that this statement is completely false. I wouldn’t have the confidence, grace and joy that I have today if it weren’t for meeting the Benhayons and being inspired by their truthful way of living.
I feel so held in energetic integrity while I am with them. They are consistent and honouring, they are very practical, real and true people and have deeply supported me gain more confidence in myself, more love in my body and more depth to my expression. They treat me like family and support me as I grow through my life and have deeply supported me in growing into the strong, gorgeous woman that I am. There is no reservation in treating me as an equal family member and they always welcome me contacting them, even if it’s just to say hi.”
Rather than the vicious and malicious picture Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have portrayed, experiencing the Benhayon household is a warm and deeply caring experience and as Ariel shares, she has developed greater confidence and strength through her relationship with Serge Benhayon and his family. Ariel continues:
‘Staying with the Benhayons was an amazing opportunity for me to see and feel what a true family is. Their care for each is so deep, I could observe each family member playing their part within the family, taking the responsibility needed to live and be in a home. There was no arguing, no frustration with each other, no demanding, controlling, manipulating, playing small or arrogance at all. The love they know and teach is lived by them day to day, they walk what they talk and never put on a show.
They are the real deal from when they are presenting on stage to being at home together having dinner, cleaning up or just a casual chat.
The Benhayons are the living example of true family and continually inspire me. Through this inspiration, I am now also sharing this love and care with my family and friends.’
What is extraordinary in the family dynamic is the deep care and respect each person has for the others and the strength of support shown to one another, but also to their guests equally.
There is none of the squalid conduct that Esther and Lance have tried to malign the family with, it is an open, simple, warm, caring and embracing environment that reveals that Serge Benhayon walks the talk of all he shares with others. It is a picture of shared responsibility for the running of the house, with all of the household sharing in preparation of meals and cleaning up. There are no arguments about who is washing up, stacking the dishwasher and all the tiny irritations seen in most households; in the Benhayon household there is true harmony.
What does this experience bring to those that share this warmth with the family? It can be deeply healing for those who missed the experience of a loving family and it can also be a surprise at how much joy is felt in their shared time together.
There is no avoiding of a family meal; it is evident that the family loves nothing more than a shared meal at the end of the day together. Those who stay are met with an experience of what it means to live in deep respect, harmony and joy with others and have the benefit of taking that home to their own families, much enriched by the experience.
There is no abuse, no ‘grooming’, no sexual abuse; in fact the opposite is true. Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have shown young women how to say no to abuse in all its forms and to recognise true love and respect. For when we do not know what love is, because it has been absent in our own lives, we cannot know when we are offered less than that. When real love is seen and felt, there is a marker by which to discern what is really being offered and to make a choice. The teachings of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine offer us all that choice.
Further Reading in the Esther Rockett Byron Bay Acupuncturist engineering fear: from brainwashing to false child abuse claims series:
Bouma, Gary. (2011). Cults are the cost of an open society. Religion and Ethics, ABC Radio National, 15 Nov 2011 http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/11/15/3366349.htm