Serge Benhayon on Vaccination – Choice and Responsibility

Serge Benhayon and Family Serge Benhayon: “Just for the record, Deborah and I had all our four children vaccinated. Our grandchildren are following the same course. Thus, I/we have chosen vaccination. I also respect choice. Simple.” Esther Rockett, with what amounts to the usual disinformation of the serial cyberbully has made a couple of suggestions that Serge Benhayon is anti-vaccination. Like so many of the lies that Esther Rockett spins about Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine nothing could be further from the truth. Serge Benhayon has consistently advocated for everyone to seek appropriate medical care for all health conditions and his strong pro-medicine stance is reflected in his advocacy of the benefits of vaccination. He has consistently referred to the great benefits of vaccination in preventing disease (1) and stated that he and Deborah Benhayon had all their children vaccinated and now his grandchildren have also been fully vaccinated by choice of their parents. Michael Benhayon and Emmalee Benhayon and family Michael and Emmalee Benhayon:

We have always vaccinated both our girls by the book. It is something we choose to do as we feel it is important. We have done our research and for us it is a responsible choice both for our children, to support their physical health and wellbeing, as well as others who may not yet be vaccinated. Everyone is entitled to their own views and choices when it comes to the health and wellbeing of their children and this is something we feel is important to us, but of course we would never push our stance onto anyone. After all, we all want what is best for our children.”

What is important is that Serge Benhayon has also been the catalyst for many parents who have been anti-vaccination to reconsider their stance. Penny Scheenhouwer had taken an anti-vaccination stance and had chosen not to vaccinate her own daughter, a stance that she began to reconsider when her daughter had a severe case of chicken pox at the age of 3. Her doctor explained that this could have been avoided or been less severe if her daughter was vaccinated. She looked to see what others were doing with vaccination and in a conversation with Serge Benhayon asked what his views on vaccination were:

‘His reply was that he could not and would not tell us what to do but that he knows vaccinations do what they are supposed to do and that all his children were vaccinated.’

With consideration of medical advice and also seeing Serge Benhayon’s example, Penny and her husband have now chosen to fully vaccinate their daughter. As Penny explains:

‘If it were not for the support and wise words of Serge Benhayon, my husband and I would never have vaccinated our daughter – putting not only her at unnecessary risk of preventable diseases but also others in the community.’

Anna Douglass also reflects that she had once considered that she would not immunise due to adopting ‘alternative views’ on the risks versus the benefits of immunisation. It was attending Universal Medicine presentations, and the consistently strong pro-medicine approach presented by Serge Benhayon, that helped her reconsider her anti-vaccination stance. Anna has chosen to vaccinate her daughter, taking on board proper medical advice, as she explains:

“When I finally had a daughter and the time came to make a decision around vaccinating her, I clearly knew that it was the right thing to do. Even though I had heard about the potential risks involved, I felt I would put her at more risk if I did not get her vaccinated. I also felt a sense of responsibility to the community; if too many do not get vaccinated we have the possibility of disease epidemics recurring and putting even more vulnerable children at risk. I did not hesitate in getting my daughter vaccinated and in protecting her from any potential diseases. I am also fully vaccinated and due to my work as an International Flight Attendant I ensure all appropriate vaccinations needed for overseas travel are taken.

What has also impacted upon many individuals’ choices to vaccinate is an increased sense of personal responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, and that of others. Karoline Schleiffelder, a mother and grandmother, has reflected that although she had her own daughter vaccinated (32 years ago) without much thought at the time (indeed at the time it was done as a matter of course), more recently, with the controversy that has been around vaccinations, when it was time for her own grandchildren to be vaccinated, she gave it her whole-hearted support. Karoline has commented that her stance on this came from greater understanding of the research on this but also “a sense of responsibility, as inspired by Serge Benhayon who is a strong supporter of medicine and vaccination.” She explains:

‘Serge does not impose his view, however he does provoke one to think more deeply about our current issues, controversial situations and local and world events so that we make responsible choices that not only affect us but our whole communities. I came to realise that vaccination is not only about and importantly so, protecting the health of our own children, but also our community as it prevents certain diseases from becoming rampant and having an enormous impact on our community and the health system. Serge’s teachings are about responsibility for us, our families and the communities we live in by the choices we make.’

Karoline’s daughter Kylie has vaccinated both her young children and has commented that her approach to vaccination has been informed by Serge Benhayon’s strongly pro-medicine approach and encouragement from him to make her own ‘decision based on the scientific and medical research/evidence’: on this basis she formed the view that ‘vaccination is important in ensuring and looking after the long term health and wellbeing of my children.’ It is not only parents concerned with their children’s vaccination status that have benefitted from reflecting more deeply on other aspects of Serge Benhayon’s presentations. Serge Benhayon has, over the years, given detailed suggestions on how we need to develop a deeper sense of self-care, and that this is an imperative if we are to be responsible for our own health and wellbeing. Some students who had resisted having vaccinations themselves, even though they worked in the medical profession – which is clearly at high risk from contagious illness and disease – have rethought their position when they have developed a deeper sense of self care for themselves and others through their contact with Universal Medicine. Jen Smith, a registered Nurse, addressed her concerns about vaccination that she really needed for her work in nursing and came to understand that in her job vaccination is part of self-care and caring for others. As she reflects:

‘I began to feel that being vaccinated was a deeply caring thing to do, not only for myself, but also for the people I care for. I followed up on what was required.’ 

Serge Benhayon encourages others to take a greater responsibility not only for their own health and wellbeing but also to have a deeper sense of being part of a community and the responsibility we have for others. Judith Andras, a health practitioner from Germany and student of Universal Medicine, explored the facts about vaccination with Serge Benhayon and came to understand that:

“Vaccination is something that I am not just doing for myself. But by making sure I am vaccinated I actually take care that others are also protected from that disease.”

For Judith the choice to immunise herself brought a deeper sense of responsibility:

So I realised that vaccination is a responsibility I hold towards my community. And also I saw that by walking around without being vaccinated, I could potentially cause harm to others. And furthermore, by getting vaccinated I also help the whole community to eradicate that specific disease… for me, vaccination is one of those choices that I now choose – for me and for everyone.”

FOOTNOTE: (1) Serge Benhayon, The Way It Is, page 371, Serge Benhayon, The Way of Initiation, page 451, Serge Benhayon, Living Sutras of the Hierarchy, p 289

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