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3 months ago
Zato
Hi all, new to this forum! I was researching info about the Avatar cult (which is quite difficult to pinpoint) and came across this website. Amazing place to clear your ideas and keep away from insanity! First of all, you both are very brave and I encourage you to keep looking for answers, without walking into gurus traps. I hope you both are doing fine with tour lives. I am quite surprised a
Forum: Recovery from Destructive Cults and Groups
6 months ago
light34
Some people i know reported cases of friends being on drugs (medicine given by the Shaman) and then they were abused... how sad ...
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
7 months ago
corboy
(Excerpt QuoteExperiences of sexual abuse seem to be widespread in this world. We've heard numerous allegations against numerous healers and read many testimonies of sexual abuse on online forums. ....... "It was quite lucrative - big ceremonies. They'd fill up fast, people paying C$300 (£175) to come and sit with Guillermo. He had kind of a status. It was an honour to si
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
1 year ago
liminal
Trinity is still at it. He's married with children now and uses that fact as part of his ongoing sales and branding. He says that his Ayahuasca Healings venture in USA never did earn DEA permission. That they have not heard from the DEA since November 2016. Trinity de Guzman penned a lengthy "humble confession". It's b.s. He pretends to apologize to the people that he h
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
1 year ago
corboy
Now that many are becoming disappointed with Moo, you can expect to see new satsang teachers arrive on the scene, hoping to fish in troubled waters and obtain recruits. Especially those of you with money, people management skills, skills with event planning, accountancy, public relations, Youtube and other social media, web design, search engine optimization (SEO), those of you fluent in var
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
1 year ago
JosephSmith
It's worth mentioning that Ayahuasca Healings (Trinity de Guzman's group) is an affiliate group of the Oklevueha Native American church. I made a thread called "Oklevueha NAC death toll" with an overview of ONAC's illegal practices. Trinity's group is just a fraction of what is going on. I used to be a member of another ONAC affiliate. Definitely a cult. Glad tha
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
1 year ago
JosephSmith
Hi everyone. I am an ex-member of an Oklevueha NAC affiliate group. I've been keeping track of deaths associated with ONAC and would like to share them here. Please note that the Oklevueha Native American Church is not associated with Native American Church whatsoever. They also have significant differences in their beliefs. Oklevueha NAC death toll as of 12/2/18: Death at Oklevueh
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
1 year ago
corboy
Buddhism Buddhist Buddhistic Dharma Ayahuasca Cultural Appropriation Plastic Shaman Here is something for people to ponder if they want to combine their buddhist commitment with ayahuasca. Buddhist ethics (aka precepts) warn against stealing. Many persons who are native americans are deeply troubled that ayahuasca has been commercialized. If one takes cultural appropriation seriously,
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
1 year ago
corboy
Psychedelics’ Buddhist Revival? Small excerpts QuoteWhenever I’ve gone off on this topic, I get butthurt responses from people who love their drugs and feel personally insulted. Or I get folks who protest on behalf of “indigenous peoples” (indigenous to where, they never say) whose religions I have apparently demeaned by pointing out that paying $300 for an ayahuasca journey in Oakland
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
2 years ago
corboy
The Bizarre Murder Case of a Revered Ayahuasca Shaman Peru Prosecutors Say Canadian Killed by Lynch Mob May Have Shot Ayahuasca Shaman
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
2 years ago
corboy
In a discussion of new wave gurus, such as Bentinho Massaro, one person mentioned Trinity De Guzman and mentioned his or her own reasons for once feeling attracted to the scene. Quote–] 3 points 12 days ago Used to really dig Bentinho a couple years ago. That was when I was desperately trying to find a story for what was happening. Same kind of affection was there for Trinity De Guzm
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
2 years ago
corboy
We Asked a Veteran Peruvian Ayahuasca Shaman About Dumb Tourists Ayahuasca Tourism Is Ripping Off Indigenous Amazonians Some groups are pissed about the influx of Westerners visiting the Amazon to dress up like the indigenous people and bastardize their rituals. Crappy Ayahuasca Shamans Can Kill You
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
2 years ago
corboy
Why You Will Never Get a Traditional Ayahuasca Treatment (Excerpt) QuoteAyahuasca, Means and Ends The first difference lies in the role that ayahuasca plays. Locally, it is tool that the healer employs to enter the world of the spirits, channel the chants he receives from the spirits into his healing, and capture information about the illness of the patient and the medicine the patie
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
corboy
(Slow shake of head) In classical music even the most talented musician usually focuses on mastering just one instrument for public performance. Exploring the full potential of playing saxophone, violin or piano is enough to occupy a virtuoso for an entire lifetime. Quoteayahuasquero, a Mongolian Buryat shaman,a "Phurba Priest in Nepalese Jhankri Tradition, Houngan Asogwe in Hait
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
Unfortunately, I believe Trinity de Guzman and Ayahuasca Healings have gotten worse. More dangerous. Earlier in this thread there has been some discussion of Dylan Guss. At one time, he seemed to know that he needed to break away from AH. Now he is once again fully integrated into the group, given the title "the bridger of worlds". He is a young man and in the past has been drastical
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
princecurt Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I met a guy who went on a retreat and used this > stuff. He was completely screwed up by it. Not > sure he will ever recover. I'm sorry this happened to your friend. Can you tell us more about what retreat he was on? Was it through Trinity de Guzman or another group? My hope is that recovery
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
princecurt
I met a guy who went on a retreat and used this stuff. He was completely screwed up by it. Not sure he will ever recover.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
Trinity's description of a tantric center he attended in Thailand: Quote“Life changing in so many countless ways. One of the greatest things I've ever done for myself, after 10 years of walking the spiritual path and experiencing retreats from around the world, is meeting Maha Siddha, and attending their retreats. I've attended 2 already in 2 months, and will keep coming back.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
Trinity apparently is currently operating out of Peru. Trinity markets ayahuasca events with El Camino Sagrado in Peru. Participants have to be members of Trinity's "Ayahuasca Healings Church" in order to attend. The US Dept of State has this caution concerning ayahuasca tourism in Peru: QuoteAyahuasca tourism is increasingly popular in Peru, but poorly regulated. Be aware of
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
An example of how unsafe these events can be: QuoteEcuador: Shaman Found Guilty In Death of U.S. Citizen During Ayahuasca Ceremony On June 8, 2017, a judicial court in Macas, Ecuador found shaman Miguel Chiriap guilty of culpable homicide in the death of U.S. citizen Leslie Allison. Leslie who was 35 years old at the time of her death is described by many as a “ray of light” and a “free spi
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
corboy
QuoteBruce went home with a feeling of anxiety. He was fixed now. Right? Everything was better, no? The missing pieces of the puzzle were all in place, surely? Of course they were. That’s what happens when you drink ayahuasca. Except that Bruce quickly realized it wasn’t all better. He felt fantastic for two weeks: light, airy, free of anxiety, his internal monologue had quietened. He felt
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
Some quotes from concerning Trinity de Guzman's company Your Highest Truth Healings Inc. DBA Ayahuasca Healings: QuoteI purchased a retreat in Peru. 12 days before I was to leave I received a video blog update stating that the clinician that was going to be conducting the retreat was no longer and it was going to be moved to a different location which was still undisclosed. Henc
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
QuoteSo I take it. Trinty and his friends took our money and got rich. Now the rest of us are still yet to get an experince Recent post from Facebook group "Ayahuasca Healings is not legal and fraudulent practitioner warnings"
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
In recent videos Trinity tells us that he has ended a relationship and that this is a good thing. He says he is in northern Thailand. I suppose if we asked him how he affords all this travel, he would claim that he "manifested". I'll paste in below a copy of some of his text rhetoric that is posted with a video. I'm not able to sit through a half hour Trinity video but I do
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
corboy
The problem is not just the drug in question; it is the kinds of people attracted to the profits to be made from selling both the drug and its alleged mystique. The original custodians of ayahuasca refuse to glory in its powers and refuse to profit from it. With this attitude and the refusal to profit from ayahuasca, there was no incentive to offer the plant except as needed within its co
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
QuoteSome reported good experiences down there. But two people — Sulastri de Andrade, who hosted some of Trinity's retreats, and Clifton Thomas, who attended one — says they were a mess. For one thing, the leaders were inexperienced. One was living in a tent before Trinity took her in, another was a street performer, playing music in the town plaza with a group of "hippies," Sul
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
I encourage any former workers or customers with information about safety and diversion issues to contact the DEA. In USA you can contact the nearest field office and eventually talk with a Diversion Investigator.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
corboy
From a discussion on New Age Frauds and Plastic Shamans forum. Discussion of Trinity de G's background.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
liminal
. New article on Ayahuasca Healings
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 years ago
corboy
Decolonizing the Yoga Retreat The entire article is an excellent read. What is especially useful is the list of suggestions on what one can do. If you hear people being scolded, hear slaps, if there are sudden, nervous silences when you walk into a room or someone senses your presence -- that is a bad sign. It might be better to leave. If you stay too long in such an environment,
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
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