Thx so much for posting the text for attending a Byron Katie School For The Work. People have a right to read that well before they attend, and to do so when they are not under social and time pressure at a large event. Most people are too rushed to read it, and they just sign it without reading it. (please never do that!!)
They also have a right to take it to their attorney and mental health care provider.
The waiver is posted above at this link.
Byron Katie, THE SCHOOL FOR THE WORK, RELEASE OF LIABILITY
There is so much in that document.
Notice the buzz-word that they use for all of these techniques. VOLUNTARY. That is the same buzz-word they used when the details first came out about what went on in these seminars.
No one is saying people are being forced a gunpoint to do anything. Its all about very sophisticated PERSUASION, much of it unconscious. There is social pressure, emotional pressure, philosophical pressures. They use those conversational hypnosis patterns, and sales methods.
They know that making persuasion appear voluntary, is the most powerful persuasion. They make it as invisible as possible.
The next part is saying that The School is not psychotherapy. But notice in their advertising, they pitch to Eliminate Depression, and heal Trauma, and eliminate stress, etc. So that is just another loophole. Advertise to make it sound like its dealing with therapy issues, and market it as a form of "therapy" but then put the OPPOSITE in the fine-print. That is standard deceptive sales procedure.
But its true, in their own document they state that Byron Katie is NOT A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL. So people should NEVER go to her with psychological issues of any kind. The waiver says it itself. Don't go to Byron Katie for help for any psychological issue. So that settles it right there. She has no qualifications for anything.
So how can they make all those "claims" on their websites about the psychological issues they can help with? That is probably up to the FTC to deal with.
Then to really cover their butts, they make you sign away ALL of your rights, in case you get hurt emotionally, or otherwise. So again, if they screw up, its YOUR fault. If they open your PTSD trauma from sexual abuse, and you have a break-down, TOUGH SHIT FOR YOU. It also adds your "heirs" have no claims either, one supposes in case someone commits suicide due to the stress? Yep, the next line says.
"I acknowledge that I am voluntarily assuming all risks associated with my participation at The School and voluntarily agree to accept any and all risks of injury or death and verify this statement by placing my initials below"
They even include DEATH on this list. Why? You be the judge.
People can easily go suicidal when trauma is opened up by unlicensed pseudo-therapists, and there is not 24/7 support for them. How many suicides have their been?
They then say that this "course" will involve emotional and psychological "activity". Notice the weasel words? Its not group therapy, its "activity".
And they are not going to monitor ANY limits of their own INSTRUCTORS!! Its right there in text. So again, if they screw up, from some incompetent "instructor" its YOUR FAULT. So if they botch your Soul-Surgery, that is your fault.
Then it gets really crazy.
If you talk about some deeply personal issue, and its recorded on video, or audio...BKI OWNS IT FOREVER. They can SELL it for profit, license it to others for profit, and "EXPLOIT" (their word) your image, voice, likeness, and everything else. They own it forever, perpetuity, that means they own it forever, even after your dead. You are completely stripped of your rights if you sign this document.
Many LGAT's would NEVER go this far, and include it in the same document. They would have a seperate page for people they interview on video.
Not Byron Katie, if you are in the room, and sign this document, she OWNS you on recordings. And BKI owns it. So even in 20 years, if Byron Katie retired or passed-away, and the company was sold to someone else, tough for you. You can be put in a TV infomerical, and uploaded to YouTube, and you can't do anything about it. They could even license it for profit to unrelated companies someday, so you could end up cut into an infomercial for a completely different product, and you can't do anything about it. That's what that means.
Don't ever sign anything like that.
And of course, NO REFUNDS.
God forbid that Byron Katie be held accountable like any other business. NO REFUNDS = BAD PRODUCT. The only place these days with no refunds is the dollar store. This is dollar store pseudo-therapy.
So notice, even if anyone from BKI screws up and hurts you, its 100% your fault.
If the seminar is bad, no refunds.
If they sell video for profit, of you crying and talking about personal issues, they keep the money.
This is a deal with the devil, to sign something like that.
No one should ever sign something like this, ever. Why?
Your bear 100% of the risk, and Byron Katie bears 0%.
This is exactly the same as The Work, in which everything is YOUR fault. (that creates guilt and depression).
Notice that BK always talks about how there is no "truth" and all the rest of the new age gibberish?Well, this document is the TRUTH. If you sign it, then it becomes true.
4 Questions applied to the text of the document:
Is it true? YES.
Can you absolutely know that it's true? YES, BECAUSE THEY FORCE YOU TO SIGN IT TO ATTEND. YOU CAN'T ATTEND WITHOUT SIGNING IT. ITS NOT "VOLUNTARY", TO SIGN IT IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND.
How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought? TO NEVER ATTEND THE SCHOOL FOR THE WORK, AND TO NEVER SIGN AN OBSCENE RELEASE LIKE THAT FOR ANYONE, EVER.
Who would you be without the thought? DEAD-MEAT. YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE NUTS TO IGNORE THAT LEVEL OF SERIOUS WARNING, WHICH INCLUDES DEATH.
Turnaround? YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE NUTS TO TURNAROUND A WAIVER LIKE THIS. BUT A TURNAROUND WOULD TAKE ALL THE BLAME OFF YOU, AND PUT IT ON BYRON KATIE, WHICH IS A GOOD START. NEVER ATTEND A BYRON KATIE SEMINAR.
Of course, the irony is many of these waivers are not worth the paper they are written on, as seen in many cases where LGAT's have seriously harmed people, and people have fought for justice, for example, with Landmark, and many others. [www.culteducation.com
Conclusion: Never ever sign this type of release to attend a "seminar" ever in your life. That is proof positive that the seminar is very damaging to many people.