EPA Newsletter September 2019
Welcome to the International EPA Newsletter, our Global platform for EPA members.
In this edition we overview the 2019 EPA Annual Conference held on July 14th 2019.
This year’s EPA conference was held on Sunday 14th July and set a new precedent by way of collaborative member contribution throughout all the presentations and continued to deepen member collaboration across various projects and initiatives.
Overview of Presentations
EPA Membership Structure
EPA 2019 Conference NEWSLETTER
Serge Benhayon opened the event to share that he was ‘joyous’ to welcome the new President to the EPA to represent something that is ‘very dear’ to him.
Serge spoke about the fact that the EPA is ‘yours not mine’, referring to the members in the audience and across the world on webcast. Serge acknowledged that he seeded forth the integrity and quality of the EPA back in 1999, and through the work of members it was able to formalise itself into what it is today.
“The EPA sits as one of its kind, and it will take 200 years for the world to catch up to what we are doing today.”
In describing the new President (Rebecca Poole), Serge said,
“No pretending, in this President there is a very solid commitment to the work and to the integrity of the modalities as a form of surrender to what they truly are – allowing herself to be a student of the modalities rather than being a user of the modality. We will get a different flavour of the EPA and the integrity of the EPA in expression.”
The new EPA President, Rebecca Poole welcomed all who are here today and those around the world on webcast. She shared that it was her intention today to appreciate what we have, connect to that and take it deeper.
“The EPA is a vehicle to offer energetic integrity and energetic responsibility. We have something that can really change the world. It’s been the holder of the modalities, and a vehicle for others to practise the modalities.”
Rebecca reflected on the professional integrity upheld by the EPA in support of the Universal Medicine Therapies. She called members to confirm the authority of what they know to be true as students of the therapies themselves – constantly learning and deepening their connection to the healing principles of
the therapies which include energetic responsibility, energetic integrity and energetic awareness.
Members were invited to feel the fact that they role model the reflection of these qualities to their clients, other therapies and indeed all aspects of their lives and relationships.
“People can be seeking a solution, and relief (which is different to healing). The platform we are standing on exposes that
consciousness and offers none of that – it offers the opportunity for personal responsibility and
Natalie Benhayon (Director of the EPA) presented:
“The beginning of anyone’s interactions or engagement with the therapies, is usually because they seek healing from illness, disease and imbalance. The impress for the therapies is much bigger in terms of where they can be taken and best utilised, offering a client access to energetic integrity, energetic truth, and invoking something within them that is much bigger than a solution or a remedy.”
Natalie went on to explain that our basic entry point is to provide an energetic healing space that allows the client to process, clear and release whatever it is that they need to, and once that is cleared, there is an opportunity to confirm the new foundation and initiate what’s next.
For example – Would you like to take your relationship to another level?
Have you noticed how much more confident you are since you’ve been making these changes?”
The responsibility we hold as practitioners of the therapies is to respond to what is needed to support our clients, which Natalie defined into three types of healing sessions – Resurrecting, Confirming or Advancing – neither one being better than the other.
Natalie is constantly sitting back in awe at how the therapies can be so responsive to specifically where someone is at in their body. Nothing is too big for the therapies to respond to, this simply requires the practitioner to not own the therapies or put a cap on what can come through, rather allowing themselves to receive everything that is there in full.
“There are endless possibilities with what we can access from the therapies.”
As a confirmation of what Natalie presented, Rebecca reflected:
“Be in the authority of the mastery that is already there”.
Rebecca went on to say that there is a whole other avenue as an EPA for us to explore, which is the self-responsibility of being a client.
“How are you as a client going to the service, are you accessing and maximising what is possible to get out of the Practitioner, by virtue of how you front up?”
You can locate yourself as a client on Resurrecting, Confirming or Advancing, therefore seeking out the specific practitioner that you need to talk to.
Rebecca concluded the day by saying:
“Part of the next phase for the EPA is a deepening of our responsivity and what we can access - together.”
The wellness days took place this year at:
Health food shops
Cancer support groups
Medical teaching facilities
A childcare centre
Mental health support facilities
An Autism support organisation
A community swimming pool
International Women’s Day events
A community open day at UniMed Brisbane
“Stress Release for Flood Relief”, an initiative provided in Lismore for the community, followed the recent large-scale flood.
These wellness events are supported by fully accredited EPA members who volunteer their time.
These days allow the space for people’s wellbeing and nurturing of self to be a focus. Participants and companies alike greatly appreciate the voluntary support of the EPA and its members in making these community offerings available.
With the high rates of illness, disease, exhaustion and burnout in society, these events offer people in the community an opportunity for deep relaxation and reconnection.
If you are interested in enquiring about organising a wellness event in your organisation or community group, please contact us on
Universal Medicine Therapies - Moving Forward
Dr Maxine Szramka and Psychologist Caroline Raphael
Difference between Complementary and Alternative Therapies and
Universal Medicine Therapies Complementary to Medicine.
Maxine and Caroline commenced by clarifying the difference between Complementary and Alternate Therapies (CAM) and, Universal Medicine Therapies Complementary to Medicine. The confusion with CAM therapies is that they can stand alone and operate distinct from conventional medicine.
Universal Medicine Therapies are unique in the aspect that they are not taught or practiced as a stand-alone modality or therapy. They are specifically stated to be a complement to conventional medicine. The paradigm of Universal Medicine Therapies is directly inclusive of conventional medicine, not in contrast to conventional medicine and clients are directly encouraged to seek medical care and diagnosis as appropriate.
There is a community demand for complementary health care
In the USA the out of pocket expenses of CAM are comparable to the out of pocket expenses for conventional medicine, with people visiting CAM practitioners more often than their doctors.1 In Australia approximately 70% of the population use some form of complementary medicine.2 In a study across Australia, UK, America and Canada results found that 80% of Psychologists refer to or practice some form of complementary therapy as they have recognised the population demand for it.3 People have recognised that there is more to the healing process than just conventional medicine and that self-care and responsibility also play a key part in the healing process.
Research is an important part of being a practitioner
Anecdotally, it has been shown Universal Medicine Therapies are supporting people in their overall well-being and improving their quality of life and health. Maxine and Caroline presented that it is important that these results which are seen are communicated more broadly as a duty of care for all people. EPA Practitioners have a key and important role in documenting and communicating the improvements and challenges they are seeing with their clients, as well as with other health care professionals, as collaborative working relationships will facilitate a greater sharing of information with the public and health community.
There is a need for research in this area as currently there is a push by some medical professionals and groups to discredit Complementary Therapies and rule them non permissible to the public. This does 3 things:
1: Takes away a person’s fundamental freedom to choose
2: Disregards the public’s call for other forms of therapies to support conventional medicine practices for their best health and well-being.
3: Denies the validity and importance of each person's anecdotal health and well-being experience.
It has been found that people choosing complementary medicine do not necessarily reject conventional medicine, they are often seeking extra support with their health and well-being.1 Those that use CAM also frequently access conventional medical services.1
Those pushing to discredit complementary therapies frequently state that there is ‘no evidence’ for their effectiveness. However, there is a dual standard applied to the need for ‘evidence’ for CAM and conventional medicine with research showing that 50% of medical therapies studied are of unknown effectiveness with only 11% of treatments studied thought to be actually beneficial.4 Opponents of complementary health care make broad and sweeping claims of the ‘dangers’ of complementary therapies, however on an analysis of causes of death in the USA, medical error ranks number 3 (resulting in the death of approximately 250,000 people per year) 5 and side effects from appropriately prescribed drugs ranks number 4.6 In contrast, complementary therapies do not rank on this scale of death, even though the data has shown that people access complementary therapies/medicines frequently at their own expense.1
Maxine and Caroline presented that it is well known that randomised trials which are used to assess drug efficacy and side effects are not always appropriate methodologies to assess complementary therapies.1,7,8 Anecdotal evidence and experiential evidence are important forms of evidence in addition to doing trials where possible.7,8 There are far more community experiences as a form of evidence than are currently published.
As a summary, Maxine and Caroline expressed the importance of EPA Practitioners committing to documenting and sharing their observations, patient experiences and health outcomes as more research is needed into the valuable contribution the Universal Medicine Therapies can make towards society and our health care system as a complement to conventional medicine.