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Let's Talk About Sects

Sarah Steel

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Let's Talk About Sects
77 min2019 OCT 15
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Australian esoteric healing organisation Universal Medicine teaches that entities known as The Four Lords of Form rule over 9-foot-tall spirits that are all around us, and that most people have lived at least 2,300 lives before.

Former student Matt Sutherland told Sunday Night journalist Matt Doran that he would describe Universal Medicine’s founder Serge Benhayon as “a human wrecking ball.”

CORRECTION: The 'groping' allegations were found to be conveyed by the publication but the court did not find that Esther Rockett had proven them true. Defences of honest opinion and qualified privilege were upheld for these allegations.

Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.

With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.

If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).

Credits:
Written, Researched and Hosted by Sarah Steel
Music by Joe Gould

Links:
- The Cult: International investigation into Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine — by Matt Doran, Sunday Night, Channel 7, 17 February 2019
- Australian cult leader Serge Benhayon targeted in international investigation — by Matt Doran, Sunday Night, Channel 7, 15 May 2019
- The Da Vinci Mode — by David Leser, Good Weekend, 25 August 2012
- Universal Medicine follower's daughter releases private emails between mother and 'cult' leader — by Josh Robertson, ABC News, 10 November 2017
- Universal Medicine cult founder exposed as ‘charlatan’ — by Rhian Deutrom, news.com.au, 18 February 2019
- Universal Medicine 'cult' received hundreds of thousands in charity donations from prominent donors — by Josh Robertson, ABC News, 14 September 2019
- Universal Medicine Facebook page — accessed September 2019
- Universal Medicine website — accessed September 2019
- Serge Benhayon’s website — accessed September 2019
- Unimed Living website — accessed September 2019
- The Truth about Universal Medicine — blog by students of Universal Medicine, accessed September 2019
- Universal Medicine Exposed — website by students of Universal Medicine, accessed September 2019
- The College of Universal Medicine — website accessed September 2019
- Esoteric Breast Massage website — archived in March 2012 by the Wayback Machine
- Self-styled healer Serge Benhayon leads 'socially harmful cult': jury — by Michaela Whitbourn, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 2018
- Esther Rockett’s blog — accessed September 2019
- Benhayon v Rockett (No 8) [2019] NSWSC 169 — Supreme Court of NSW final determination, 6 December 2018
- Benhayon v Rockett (No 9) [2019] NSWSC 172 — Supreme Court of NSW costs determination, 28 February 2019
- Parliament of NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard — 21 August 2019
- How one hippie town became the anti-vaxxer capital of Australia — by Tim Elliott, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2019
- Australian Charity Register listing for College of Universal Medicine — accessed on 27 September 2019
- 'Cult' cures on Medicare — by Heath Aston, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2012
- Controversial health provider under investigation — by Samantha Turnbull and Bruce MacKenzie, ABC North Coast NSW 23 July 2012
- Rick Ross Cult Education Institute Forum — thread started by Herbert Kane, 15 January 2012
- Jane Hansen: How Universal Medicine bullied me — by Jane Hansen, The Sunday Telegraph, 15 March 2015
- Lance Martin’s blog — accessed September 2019
- Doctor rebuked over 'spiritual healing' group touting 'esoteric breast massage' — by Joshua Robertson, The Guardian, 31 May 2017
- Doctor who gave patient medical history to Universal...