NSW healer tells of ‘spirits’, past lives

Universal Medicine founder Serge Benhayon. Photo


A NSW spiritual healer suing an ex-client for defamation has told a court that most people have lived at least 2,300 lives and he is the reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci.

Serge Isaac Benhayon testified on Wednesday that he received information about past lives by accessing the ‘ageless wisdom’, and he was a female author in his most recent former life.

The 54-year-old former tennis coach said he had not counted all his lives but he had gone back as far as necessary – about 10,000 years – to learn what he needed to do in the present.

‘I would probably say I know very little of my entire catalogue and I know a little about some of them,’ Mr Benhayon told the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The spiritual healer is suing Esther Mary Rockett for defamation over a 2014 blog post, two comments she later made on the post and 14 tweets.

Mr Benhayon denied under cross-examination by Tom Molomby SC that he was concocting his understanding of past lives as he went along, and said it was energetically confirmed to him that he was Leonardo in a past life.

Mr Benhayon also told the court there were spirits in the room during his testimony, which he could sense rather than see.

‘There were some that were present when I walked in and particularly when you walked in,’ he told Mr Molomby.

However, he refused the barrister’s repeated requests for him to count the spirits, saying he could not break the rule of his soul.

The jury has heard Mr Benhayon founded Universal Medicine in northern NSW and was a teacher and practitioner of the business, which ran seminars, healing courses and retreats.

His barrister has contended Ms Rockett’s blog contained defamatory meanings, including that his client was the leader of a socially harmful cult, a sexual predator, had indecently touched her in the treatment room, preys on cancer patients and is delusional.

Ms Rockett, a former acupuncturist, is fighting the case on the defences of truth and honest opinion.

Mr Benhayon said on Wednesday he felt she had ‘basically crossed every line’ and attempted to demolish his reputation when he first saw her blog post about him.

‘You feel raped. You feel that you’ve been stripped,’ he said.

He said Ms Rockett’s claims definitely were not true and he was taking her to court to protect his reputation and because he strongly believed in having a fair and decent society.

The defamation trial continues.

13 responses to “NSW healer tells of ‘spirits’, past lives”

  1. Simon Wirtz says:

    This is so good.

  2. Kim Wright says:

    Please keep us posted

  3. Jack Nickerson says:

    I thought we’d already had April Fools Day this year? This can’t be real can it?!

  4. Andy says:

    i was sure I was Leonardo..oh well.. might have been Galileo.. or one of those other famous guys

  5. Lionel Blair says:

    How come people who believe in reincarnation always say they were someone famous in their former lives?! What abut someone saying they were a window cleaner or a bricky?

    • Madeleine says:

      Probably because the whole thing is a load of made up nonsense. I’ve heard it was claimed in court reincarnation is a ‘science’ – which was swiftly rebuffed by one of the barristers. Anyone who thinks reincarnation is a science defiantly has no understanding of what science is!

  6. Mulch says:

    Ms Rockett is delusional that he is delusional? The spirits in my room are telling me they are all delusional!

  7. Byronian says:

    I hope he loses and has to pay her court fees. Unfortunately he has enough followers who will pay back his losses.

  8. JAS says:

    I’m not a UM participant but I know quite a few people that are. The UM students that I know are all intelligent, ethical people who seem to be participating in UM with the expressed purpose of making the world a better place and making human beings better people.

    Serge Benhayon believes in reincarnation and feels the presence of spirits; So what?!
    Half the people in the world profess the same beliefs.
    And the other half believe the Pope is divine (or at least they used to up until a couple of weeks ago).

    It’s not a criminal act to believe in something you can’t see or touch.
    It is criminal to make up slanderous lies for the expressed purpose of ruining someone’s reputation.

  9. Marcus Omullane says:

    He has taken her to court to ‘protect his reputation…’ 😂😂😂😂😂

  10. Caz says:

    I thought I was Leonardo once. Turns out I was just another turtle.

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