Sleaze, Sensationalism and Kate McClymont… Journalist or Professional Gossip?

I just read Vanessa McComb’s article – Kate McClymont cries ‘Cult’ in a Case of Journalism without Investigation – in response to what seemed to be a copy and paste article by Sydney Morning Herald investigative journalist Kate McClymont. This was the first I had heard of this article as I tend to avoid the corruption and sensationalism that typifies the media these days. When I read that the headline ‘Sleazy, millionaire, cult leader” had been tagged in a newsfeed to Serge Benhayon, founder of Universal Medicine and complementary Esoteric practitioner, my first and only thought was that they really had the wrong guy!

Kate McClymont, Investigative Journalist, Sydney Morning Herald
Kate McClymont, Investigative Journalist, Sydney Morning Herald

‘Sleazy’– now there’s a word that sets fear into anyone, especially women who are considering going to see a health practitioner. I remember when it was first recommended I see Serge Benhayon to address the underlying energetic/emotional aspects of my physical condition, which had become very obvious to me.

At this time I held a mistrust of male practitioners, as I had had some ‘sleazy’ experiences with a medical doctor as a young child. On those occasions everything appeared ‘above board’ but energetically I knew (and much later I discovered my parents did too), that something was not right. So you could say my radar for ‘sleazy’ being disguised as ‘professional’ was fairly well tuned!

At my first session, it was clear that Serge Benhayon lives with more understanding, integrity and respect for people than most men or women ‘have in their little finger.’ I felt safe, cared for and deeply respected in a way I had not experienced before, even by those who ‘love’ me. This care was the ‘real deal.’ The best way to describe Serge Benhayon’s manner and quality is to say it felt ‘clean’ and pure, and left me feeling the space to just be myself – something that we all miss from our childhood. Ironically, this purity of intention over time was a powerful reflection for me and a catalyst to change areas of my life that lacked this same integrity.

Headshot of Serge Benhayon standing alonside a brick paved wall
Serge Benhayon | Founder of Universal Medicine

‘Millionaire’ – I have no idea how much money Serge Benhayon has or earns, so he may well be a millionaire, along with the other 1.16 million millionaires in Australia alone (1). Accusing someone of being a millionaire thesedays is like the scene in one of the Austin Powers movies where Dr. Evil’s ransom of 1 million dollars – which would have been huge in the 1960’s – is laughable in our current times.

That aside, what I have observed over the last 2 decades is a man who is dedicated to humanity like no other, works insanely long hours by normal standards but with a joy, purpose and ease like no other and has touched myself and countless others with unconditional generosity that I have never experienced before.

Things like providing healing sessions and accommodating cancer patients for free before his working day as a practitioner commences says a lot about this man. And unlike many charities, Hollywood celebrities and philanthropists, there is not an ounce of sympathy or ‘do-gooder’ energy to be felt! Again, the purity of Serge Benhayon’s intent is rare and refreshing in this day and age.

‘Cult-leader’ – much has already been said about this in the media and addressed by the UM (Universal Medicine) Facts team and many other blogs by students of Universal Medicine.

From my own experience, I can say that before Universal Medicine I was part of the biggest, most bullying cult around. It’s the one that tells you what is normal and acceptable. It tells you from a young age that what you feel is wrong, making you doubt and question the loveliness and inner knowing you naturally have as a child. And as with all cults, the backlash when you try to leave is ferocious. No tactic or action is too vile for this cult.

One thing that stands out from my early sessions with Serge Benhayon is that he very simply supported me to re-awaken my ability to feel the energetic quality of an object, event, word, or action. He simply asked me to close my eyes and feel two objects placed in front of me, one at a time. With one object I felt hardness in my chest and head, like I was being imprisoned in my own body. With the other, a feeling of ease, openness and lightness returned.

Fiona Lotherington
Fiona Lotherington

From that moment on I have used my body as a barometer of what is true, loving and healing for me, and what is false (even though it may be dressed up as the truth).

This ability to feel is what allowed me as a young child to know who I could trust and who did not have pure intentions. Restoring this natural ability that we all have is one of the greatest gifts I have received in this life.

It is this ability and trust in my body, along with the unwavering consistency I have observed from Serge Benhayon and his family, that has actually freed me from the societal ‘norms’ and allowed me to feel for myself what I align to. I have never heard of any cult leaders who remind you that you know how to discern energetic truth from everything else on offer.

There is no need to defend Serge Benhayon, as he has nothing to hide and those who have peddled or entertained lies will be exposed in time. Because of his utmost integrity and dedication to serving people, I know I will never see Serge Benhayon being chased by ‘A Current Affair’ on behalf of outraged, ‘ripped-off’ clients, as has recently happened in the example of Lance Martin (one of the main pedlars of these sensationalised lies). The media’s copy and paste stories written by so-called investigative journalists such as Kate McClymont could not be further away from the truth. What Serge Benhayon lives and represents is precious and if I had my way, this would be what makes the headlines – and a story worth reading.

Are there any journalists out there willing to present the true story?

By Fiona Lotherington, Team Leader and Complementary Health Practitioner

References:

  1. Pash, (2018). Australia now has 1.16m millionaires, according to Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report. [online] The Sydney Morning Herald. Available at: https://www.smh.com.au/business/australia-now-has-116m-millionaires-according-to-credit-suisses-global-wealth-report-20171127-gztc7u.html [Accessed 6 Jul. 2018].
Fiona Lotherington Fiona Lotherington has a passion for healthcare and education, and working with people to reclaim their natural stillness and freedom of movement.

You can find out more about Fiona Lotherington at her personal website: www.fionalotherington.com

Serge Benhayon Serge Benhayon is an author and presenter and the founder of Universal Medicine. You can learn more about Serge Benhayon at his personal website www.sergebenhayon.com

Follow Serge Benhayon on Twitter @SergeBenhayon or on Google+ +SergeBenhayon

Related Reading:
The Responsibility of a Free Press
Cults, Witches and Easy Headlines, the Absurdity of the Media Exposed
WORDS on Serge Benhayon – Raw and Uncut

344 thoughts on “Sleaze, Sensationalism and Kate McClymont… Journalist or Professional Gossip?

  1. I don’t know whether this journalist believes what she is writing or not but it is obvious that she does not know Serge Benhayon and probably has never met him and if she has in order to write such absurdities she must have come with her own very cemented agenda or been strongly influenced in such a way that she could not see the truth standing in front of her.

  2. ‘a man who is dedicated to humanity like no other, works insanely long hours by normal standards but with a joy, purpose and ease like no other and has touched myself and countless others with unconditional generosity that I have never experienced before.’ – From my own experience this is a very accurate description of what Serge Benhayon lives and reflects, and it is not something he offers for the select few but for all equally. I have never seen or heard of anything remotely like it before.

  3. Our body feels energy first, I agree this needs to be our marker and reference point, from there we can and do know truth. Sleaze and sensationalism is clear to feel, in the media in general and yes, this false story that has cobbled together.

  4. The depth of Serge Benhayon’s love and care for humanity continually blows my mind. I have never met anyone who so easily responds to humanity’s plight with such wisdom and graciousness, inspiring community projects that truly educate us about who we are and how to live life with immense integrity and love. Funny how the press seem to deliberately misconstrue the depth of Serge’s philanthropy to such an extent as to label him the complete opposite of who he truly is – an extremely wise, generous and true Gentleman through and through.

    1. I completely echo what you have shared Rowena. Here we have an example in this gracious man of the depth to which humanity could be living every quality that we would all hold dear. Inspiring beyond words because one of those qualities is the dedication to support others to also live at this level.

    2. ‘Funny how the press seem to deliberately misconstrue’ – And to know that this is actually what they do for a living…

  5. ‘the purity of Serge Benhayon’s intent is rare and refreshing in this day and age.’ So true Fiona. In my experience Serge Benhayon brings the highest standard of integrity…. always. I have known this man for over 10 years and he never wavers on delivering impeccable quality in everything he does. Truth is the bottom line for Serge Benhayon.

  6. I have by choice always surrounded myself by people who I considered had great integrity and cared deeply for people. I saw myself as such a person too. Then I came across Serge Benhayon and what I observed blew my mind about the depth to which these qualities can be taken and lived.

    This was not a one of inspirational meeting, in fact I am deepening my awareness in this and so many other areas every time I have any interaction with this incredibly loving man.

    1. Well said Golnaz – the depth of integrity and genuine care for every being on the planet that Serge Benhayon consistently lives and reflects, is blowing all our past perceptions out of the water.

  7. ‘This ability to feel is what allowed me as a young child to know who I could trust and who did not have pure intentions. Restoring this natural ability that we all have is one of the greatest gifts I have received in this life.’ – Beautifully said, we have all learnt to dismiss what we truly feel as opposed to knowing and claiming that to be our truth.

  8. Gossip is such an awful thing. If we need to know something it will be presented in the course of life, we don’t need to spread everything just in case. I am usually one of the last to know about who has got together, who has split up, whose pregnant and so forth and I consider that to be a really great thing, and even if I innocently get exposed as not knowing it seems to me that it can be a breath of fresh air to find out that there is someone who doesn’t already know your personal business, so I am cool with that too.

  9. Amazing to read how simply the purity and quality of another’s presence and the way they live can be such an inspiration and catalyst for changing how we live. Serge Benhayon has done this for many many people without any trying or converting or coercion, just simply showing the way forward by example and leaving everyone free to make their own choice as to whether they want to go that way or not.

  10. I agree, Fiona – ‘What Serge Benhayon lives and represents is precious’. Serge reflects the same preciousness within each and every one of us. How open we are to this reflection depends on how invested we are in protecting our long-suffering human identity, rather than simply re-connecting to the truth of who we are.

  11. ‘I felt safe, cared for and deeply respected in a way I had not experienced before, even by those who ‘love’ me’. Fiona, this line alone is a huge testimonial of the nature and intention behind all of what Serge Benhayon does. I’m sure you are not alone in this very bold statement as many would feel the same, myself included.

  12. It seems that there is no news credibility in reporting on the integrity and professionalism of a man who has devoted his time in facilitating people to heal their own issues.

  13. I can think of quite a few so called sleazy millionaires who make money out of other peoples misery, and multi-National corporations that rape the land and their employees with the terms of their employment contracts, who are only interested in profit not people. I have also been told there are many so called cult leaders that should rightly be exposed. But none of this makes any sense to me in relation to Serge Benhayon. I do wish that these so called investigative journalists would take a day way from their desk and actually go and do some proper investigation. Then they would find out that Universal Medicine has won awards for they way they conduct their business for several years in a row, does Kate McClymont really believe that this company would win such awards if any of what she has reported was true! This proves to me she has not done any investigation what so ever and is relying on regurgitated misinformation to make a living. Personally I would not want her title at all it must be soul destroying to have to come up with such drivel in order to sell a newspaper these days… what a thankless job.

    1. Partaking in anything that is devoid of Truth, Love and Integrity destroys us on the inside – Shakespeare had many great stories to reflect this dynamic. It is little surprise that those who gain ‘success’ in such a way are never a picture of vitality, nor do they reflect someone living with inner settlement and joy.

  14. I have never met anyone with as much honest, true, genuine dedication to humanity as Serge Benhayon. I have no idea how much he earns, and it is none of my business. What I know from who he is as a person and how I have experienced Universal Medicine run, it that not a penny has come through from any kind of exploitation.

    Also, why is earning money tarnished as a bad thing? Is it because more often than not we see ‘the rich’ squander money and not give back to society? I have no doubt I earn far less than Serge Benhayon but even with the lesser amount that I have, I am far more irresponsible with it. I know he has great respect for money and the true good it can provide for people.

  15. Your picture says it all Fiona. The sparkle in your eyes and the vitality and presence you command is testimony to your living way, to The Way of The Livingness that Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have been teaching since 2001. If that is cult, well, it’s the cult of joy, vitality and nothing short of living an amazing life. Sign me up please – actually, I fully and already have 🙂

  16. Your picture says it all Fiona. The sparkle in your eyes and the vitality and presence you command is testimony to your living way, to The Way of The Livingness that Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have been teaching since 2001. If that is cult, well, it’s the cult of joy, vitality and nothing short of living an amazing life. Sign me up please – actually, I fully and already have 🙂

  17. In my experience, I have only ever found gossip to be hurtful and damaging to relationships. I can not therefore imagine a reason why any one would want to make this in to a profession.

    1. To make a profession out of words that offer nothing less but the constant stream of hurt and separation between us all is far from the truth in any profession

  18. If what we read is hogwash, it has a way of conditioning us to accept lies. Pretty soon we champion them without checking they are true. And so we have the whole of life – a web of self-deception inside. And it just becomes clear with our media how we let corruption pass without batting an eye.

  19. In the end it is us sitting there and believing what we get presented with because how can we know if we only listen to the words? Because that is what we are taught that the outer appearance and the sophistication of our words count. But we all know that this is not true. It is the all in all quality we choose in every moment that is felt in everything we do. And we do know, and not by rational thinking, but because we feel it. To pay attention to this part of us of feeling we can discern for ourselves if what is presented to us is true or not because it simply does not sit / feel right with /to us.

  20. I don’t even know if Serge Benhayon is a millionaire or not but even if he is, since when is it a crime to have money? Anyone running a business is perfectly entitled to charge for their services and in a world where we are increasingly talking about businesses with ethical credentials, you would be find it hard to find a business with more community service and care credentials than Universal Medicine.

    1. This is very true as, surely it is not whether a person has money or not, but what they are doing with their time that counts?

  21. Clean, pure, wholesome are words I connect with Serge Benhayon, he is a true gentle man, no question, you met him and you know you have meet a man of true standing and decency.

  22. If we were to stop and think about it, we the society have allowed the media to become very powerful and if that power is not used wisely it becomes corrupted Lord Acton, a British historian of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, wrote to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887
    “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. An observation that a person’s sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases.”
    As this is precisely what has happened with the media and actually most so called ‘pillars’ of our society. But we have only ourselves to blame because we the people allowed it to happen by giving our power away to such establishments.

  23. ‘‘Millionaire’ – I have no idea how much money Serge Benhayon has or earns, so he may well be a millionaire, along with the other 1.16 million millionaires in Australia alone (1).’ – Put like that the ridiculousness of such ‘accusation’ becomes very apparent. What is really the point? I have never before met any human being that puts in more working hours than Serge Benhayon, why then, should HE not be a millionaire?

    1. I would be delighted if Serge Benhayon was a millionaire, although nowadays that does not mean much, there are so many billionaires and people who are even not even recorded as they hide behind large corporates. But the thing is I know the level of care, integrity and dedication to serving humanity this man lives 24/7. I know how he lives, how open his household is to everyone, how transparent he himself is, how he has all the time of the world for anyone who asks for his support. The more money that goes through the hands of such people who are dedicated to serving humanity the better off everyone will be.

  24. The work of Serge Benhayon is so simple-connect with yourself and you will know God. It seems that the world has a very big problem with that.

  25. “At my first session, it was clear that Serge Benhayon lives with more understanding, integrity and respect for people than most men or women ‘have in their little finger.’ ” When we have first hand experience of feeling the true essence of such a man, we have to start to question what is it that enables one person to able to be like this when the majority are not. Is this not what we are all seeking and craving in our lives? To be truly met by another? There has to be something far greater at play when there are people who want to go all out and find fault with this depth of true love, integrity and respect that is on offer to us all.

    1. Hear hear Nattalja – gossip is irresponsible, respectless, loveless and careless, gossip sucks. Those who demand (buy) gossip need to take one good look in the mirror.

  26. I was going to comment that my understanding of love was totally redefined by Serge Benhayon and all he presents but this does not really go far enough as prior to coming back to a way of living inspired by Serge I couldn’t describe what love was at all. I remember at school we were making posters called ‘Love is…’ and I knew there was an answer but could not find it to write on the poster. Serge lives the ‘Love is…’ for us all to feel and be inspired by and to re-connect back to our own loving ways and bring them into full expression in life.

  27. I have had this awareness once we know the body can offer us awareness if we connect with it, we know we can discern the truth or not truth…”From that moment on I have used my body as a barometer of what is true, loving and healing for me, and what is false (even though it may be dressed up as the truth).” Our bodies are indeed our barometers.

  28. I have witnessed firsthand how the media can take the facts and manipulate them to be something totally different to suit their story but this goes one step further here as it seeks to deliberately harm the reputation of individuals groups to robs others of a free choice to align to all they present and live.

  29. Those that know Serge Benhayon know well these are just sensationalised lies to capture attention, to sell a story. Unfortunately though it creates a suspicion and wariness amongst those that do not know him. I have learnt to do my own research and not blindly believe everything in the media.

    1. Until all of this happened to Serge Benhayon I would be discerning of the media but I didn’t really connect to the impact, or devastation, this may cause those on the receiving end of the sensationalism. Whilst Serge has remarkably remained very much intact over the heinous and false allegations, there are many who have faced similar abuse who have not been able to withstand the attacks. By not connecting to the fall out of what we have allowed we continue to allow it.

      1. Great point Michelle. Until I witnessed the blatant lies, defamation and slander that Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have experienced, I did not understand the impact on the people featured in such a story. Although many of us take the media with a ‘grain of salt’ the doubt or suspicion remains unless you know first hand those words to be untrue. I have also seen the ripple effect for Universal Medicine students who have also been targeted at their work, having been tarred with the same brush by the media. Amazing work has been stopped or cut short just because of these lies.

      2. So true, it would be near impossible to continue with such abuse if we truly connected to the person on the receiving end as our brother, sister, mother, father, friend, daughter, son. We are those people. We do have a responsibility to not continually feed these lies.

      3. I understand, we do understand the damage the choices the media make, have on the general population. As a society we read the news and do not always question it’s legitimacy. False news is very damaging to the people involved, generally. I agree also that Serge Benhayon is an inspiration in how to continue to live what feels true regardless of the unfounded misrepresentation of the media.

  30. “This purity of intention over time was a powerful reflection for me and a catalyst to change areas of my life that lacked this same integrity.” That is exactly what happened to me too Fiona. How wonderful is it that having such a role model can be so inspiring. Now I am wondering if we both are also such role models out there for others.

  31. The world in general has shut out our very amazing ability to feel. When we feel we know Truth. We do not blindly belief and follow. We question, we explore, we dig deeper and we find our own answers rather than just saying something without proof.

  32. Whether or not someone is a millionaire is irrelevant. The care support and nurturing of others is what is important and very clearly looking a the life changing choices people are making as a result of being Serge Benhayon or attending courses and workshops by Universal Medicine. In this case Serge Benhayon more than excels.

  33. It is amazing what we can feel with our body, even when we are convinced that we cannot. In recent years I have been able to feel changes around me which I felt where personal to me so discounted them as being a wider energetic change only to find out that I was picking up a change which was affecting many more or in truth everyone else also. Now I do not deny what we can all feel.

  34. “This ability to feel is what allowed me as a young child to know who I could trust and who did not have pure intentions. Restoring this natural ability that we all have is one of the greatest gifts I have received in this life.” When we allow ourselves to feel a whole new world opens up, it allows us to see that there is more to life than we can see with our eyes.

  35. ‘feeling the space to just be myself – something that we all miss from our childhood.’ – This is what most of us keep yearning for our entire life, we just cover it under a ‘perfect’ facade and pretend we are all ‘well’, just like everybody else. God forbid anyone found out that we are not so ‘happy’ as we portray ourselves to be.

  36. ‘Are there any journalists out there willing to present the true story?’ – Love your challenge – remains to see who has the courage.

  37. The fact that newspapers allow so many lies to be printed says so much about what we value as important in society, in fact why do we allow this. Why do we choose the lies over the truth – a topic I am sure many have debated for years..

    1. Thats a great question David “Why do we loose the lies over truth?” Sometime we are aware of this and most of the time we are not. Its interesting though even though we may be aware of this, we may still choose to say purchase that newspaper or tune into that program. So really by doing this we are supporting the lies, rather than taking a stand for truth.

  38. “what I have observed over the last 2 decades is a man who is dedicated to humanity like no other, works insanely long hours by normal standards but with a joy, purpose and ease like no other” this alone and you have to take an open and careful look at how this is possible. For Serge this is his daily, unwavering normal, he shows us every moment that it is possible and natural whilst tirelessly presenting the ‘how’ through his teachings of the Ageless Wisdom.

  39. Words can be adjusted to convey a tone of voice that is either complimentary and appreciative of someone’s services to humanity or they can be written in such a way to imply that the person is sleazy, a criminal and the complete opposite of the truth of who he or she is. People’s ability to discern or disseminate truth varies depending on where they are at and it is not for us to judge.

    1. I was in Berlin recently and went to a museum that presented on the lives of the people caught up on both sides of the wall. There was a newsreel from the 50s that showed both sides of the same story on a protest against the dominating Russian rule. The west side presented the facts more or less how they happened, the east was full of lies. I was left wondering did anyone on the east side really believe the propaganda that was spouted? If they did what were they gaining by not choosing to connect with the truth that was already a known? Underneath, we all have the ability to discern but when we choose not to we have to ask ourselves what we gain from it.

  40. How empty and purpose-less our lives must feel when all we want to do is invest evil intent into hunting anyone down or continually smearing non-stop damaging, poisonous and unfounded lies across the media and social media platforms – simply because their way of living with energetic responsibility, integrity and commitment does not comply with our veiled and controlled way of looking at things.
    Serge Benhayon’s way of living has inspired more awareness of the veils of illusion that binds us from the truth of living who we are – LOVE.

  41. Great Fiona, exposing the whole lot of lies that have been continously poisonessly spread around the world about this absolute loving tender man Serge Benhayon and the students that live by the Way of The Livingness. I am very aware that those lies are there to avoid and deny the truth of who we are. Very simple. It is the opposite of the truth grasped by journalism nowdays.
    Hence I love the question you ask at the end : Are there any journalists out there willing to present the true story?
    I bet this question can be answered from above. It is not just a practical question it is one that depends on the depth of willingness to stand for the truth of All.

  42. It is shocking to see how anyone can publicly write these kind of derogatory words about someone they have never met in person and without a shred of evidence to back up their words, but then again this is what plays out constantly in daily life whenever we gossip or repeat something we have heard somewhere else without really checking the source of the information or considering the damage that can be done to another when we disrespect each other in this way.

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