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9 months ago
MynameisHeather
7. Couldn’t Be That Person When my first child was over a year old, my chronic pain worsened. I became debilitated. When I had a pelvic exam with my doctor, I had my usual panic attack, I hyperventilated, I wept and wept. Normally I avoided doctor’s exams because it always felt traumatizing and physical touch felt painful. My doctor called in a nurse (university hospital) and asked the n
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 months ago
swissalyst
Be Scofield has announced that in November 2019 she will release a book titled Toxic Spirituality: Abuse, Denial and Delusion in New Age Culture. The chapter list is at QuoteByron Katie & The Work Mooji Abraham Hicks & The Law of Attraction Teal Swan Marianne Williamson & A Course In Miracles Eckhart Tolle John of God Agama Yoga & Tantric Abuse Scandals Mindfulness
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
2 years ago
Freda_Last
Thank you, Corboy. You share with me and then I go look these things up. Helen Schucman was very troubled woman. Hated real Jesus till the end. She died of pancreatic cancer. Said she wish she never wrote the course in miracles. I find this in Amazon review of the Course in Miracles: "A course in nihilism February 9, 2010 Format: Hardcover I mean, the ACIM is more ridiculous
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
2 years ago
corboy
TCIM was supposedly dictated by Jesus to one Helen Schuchman,* a respected academic psychologist. What is interesting is that Schuchman's mother was an adherant of Theosophy. Scuchman's channeled material is typical of Theosophical literature. Quote ACIM dictates that guilt, fear, illness, and sin are only states of mind. I argue that it drains such terms of their rich and appr
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
3 years ago
Leah2
I relate to this strongly. I was deeply involved in a group that held some similar beliefs to a course in miracles for 10 years and am honestly contemplating going back. Same exactly as you shared--anti-therapy, anti medication, quick fix.. We addressed childhood trauma to a point of invalidating its effect because "it's just something playing in the brain--not happening now, and you ca
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
4 years ago
JulieS
I was part of a high control group which preached New Thought doctrines such as Emmet Fox and A Course in Miracles for 18 months. As a result I ended up on a psychiatric ward completely delusional about my relationship to God, who I was, and who I thought the people inside the group to be. I’d had many past life revelations during which I’d come to believe that I was St Paul and two of the promi
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
4 years ago
liminal
Quotes below are from POV's recent ad. POV has lost two Canadian trainers and at least two U.K. trainers. The two Canadian former trainers have gone on to form their own seminar business. The two U.K. are Jeff and Sue Allen, Chuck Spezzano's top people. Jeff Allen has recent health challenges that he says are why he no longer will be a trainer (not having to pay the annual POV fee w
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
5 years ago
corboy
Joe Szimhart has background in studying gnostic groups. His entire essay on the ACIM can be read here. QuoteAt this point, we can look into the characters that developed ACIM. Helen Schucman, the channel or "scribe" for the ‘voice,’ grew up as an only child to Jewish parents in New York City. Her father was aloof to religious beliefs while her mother was an early “new ager” wh
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
5 years ago
corboy
ACIM stands for A Course in Miracles The author of this review appreciates ACIM but had some concerns. A review of Awakening Through a Course in Miracles Quote of 6 people found the following review helpful 2.0 out of 5 stars The mysteries of David, February 12, 2014 By Amazon Customer (Gold Coast, Australia) - See all my reviewsVerified Purchase(What's this?) This revie
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
5 years ago
corboy
Another error results if you start to see anything in form or in the script as being causative, since images are really unreal effects of an unreal cause. The images of the world are unreal effects. And the unreal cause is the ego. The Course teaches that God didn’t create this world, God creates the eternal. God creates in Spirit. You know we are all familiar with the phrases in the Bible, “Hold
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
5 years ago
corboy
Will have to divide this text into a third post. Once again, I invite readers to examine their states of mind as they read this material in the privacy of thier own homes. Then imagine the impact if you heart this given by a skilled public speaker in a room full of people. If (by ANY chance) you are led through chanting, or are kept up past your normal bedtime, impact of listening to
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
5 years ago
corboy
Friends, notice how complex the sentences are. THis entire document is so lengthy that it could not be fitted into a single post. Notice your state of mind as you read through this. If by any chance, you feel rather dizzy while reading this in the privacy of your own home, imagine the impact if you are seated in a room full of people listening to this same thing. (
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
6 years ago
livingengine@yahoo.com
Eric Allen Bell inspires the kind of irrationality, and blind loyalty usually associated with followers of a cult leader. I think psyborgue may be one more example of this. I really do not see how anyone can read this statement by Eric Allen Bell, and not come to the conclusion that Eric is telling his followers to stay away from Shoebat because Shoebat is a Christian. This is consistent
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
6 years ago
livingengine@yahoo.com
Hello psyborgue. "Just because somebody is spiritual, charismatic, has followers, and is critical of major world religions does not make one a cult leader. Does he have a group with a totalist structure? " I am not sure what "totalist structure" is, but in the cult of Eric Allen Bell one is free to come, and go. "Does his organization practice thought reform?&qu
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
7 years ago
petrus4
QuoteJudyHello everyone! I've been dealing with health issues for some time now and whilst consulting with regular MDs (who were of no help) and a naturopath (the most helpful, so far), I've also been reading the works of people such as Louise Hay, Doreen Virtue and Wayne Dyer... (And yes, I also read The Secret and started A Course in Miracles, but couldn't get past the first
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
spiritedangel
I am continuing to heal from the mental torture inflicted on me by a man in Charleston, SC who had advertised his "services" on the internet. About a year ago I sought the help of a hypnotherapist to assist me in getting past some childhood abuse. In our first session this "God Nazi" told me he had something that worked faster and better than hypnotherapy. I trusted him as he
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
spiritedangel
Is "Scott Perry" really Robert Perry...A Course in Miracles Teacher who lives in England and makes his living "interpreting" A Course In Miracles?" NO WHERE IN THE COURSE DOES JESUS (? OR IS IT SIMON MAGUS) SAY WE NEED YOU TO INTERPRET A COURSE IN MIRACLES. It IS a cult, Robert. And you, Robert are one of the egotistical humans who think they are endowed with the brillian
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
8 years ago
spiritedangel
"Remember that theology comes first." This definitely applies to any spiritual teacher or psychologist who uses A Course In Miracles (ACIM) as the basis for their "therapy/counseling." Look further for info on ACIM as well as Endeavor Academy (EA) and Unity Church. EA now has "counselors" posing as "spiritual teachers" , psychics, hypnotherapists, and life
Forum: Clergy and Therapy Abuse
8 years ago
corboy
In fairness, I want to state that everyone is different. Some quite honorable and innocent literature may affect people. I was in a class studying a classic text of Mahayana Buddhism, The Diamond Sutra. It put me to sleep each and every time. I'd conk right out at the table while taking notes. A friend told me that if she had insomnia she found that reading mathamatical texts did t
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
John Fox
Walter Berlin seems to be trying to expunge bad news of himself off the internet. He's going to be pretty busy considering there are a wealth of very credible newspaper articles about him. There's also a damning 60 Minutes report. Walter Bellin is credited with creating the Turning Point course. You can read plenty about this course here: In particular, he considers this minor
Forum: Coercive Persuasion and Undue Influence
8 years ago
good enough
I'm not a therapist and have no experience with Landmark, so I'm not qualified to give you advice. Having said that, your therapist's job (what I'm assuming you signed up for) is to help you and your husband deal with your issues, to learn tools that will help you now and in the future. It's not your therapist's job or her right to try to recruit you for Landmark.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
corboy
From our newly registered member, Dr. Monasterio (Corboy-I organized this into paragraphs) QuoteSomebody was asking for some licensed psychoterapists to give their two cents over this most entertaining-and quite dangerous- subject. Here my review of of one of Katie's latest "pearls". This review is from Amazon: A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
gV9iH1sC1rooo
Somebody was asking for some licensed psychoterapists to give their two cents over this most entertaining-and quite dangerous- subject. Here my review of of one of Katie's latest "pearls". This review is from Amazon: A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are (Hardcover) If Byron Katie weren't the successful business woman that she is I will b
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Star
Hello All, I am a newbie and have read several responses on this particular thread. I feel the need to share my 2 cents worth. I have traveled many spiritual paths in my long journey. Some felt right to me atthe time and fed me and then I lost interest. Soon another path would come to me offering more and interesting me again with deeper insights. I have always paid attention to my intuition
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
corboy
Hmmm compare this from Wineguy "There is nothing about this philosophy that is any different than that of Christian Desert father mystics, Sufis, Taoists and some famous Zen Buddhists like Huang Po" with this Wikipedia article on Eck Tolle "InfluencesAt the age of fifteen Tolle read several books written by the German mystic Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, also known as Bô
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Penelope
QuotenewagesurvivorI'm not sure if this has already been linked to here, but Vinstonas Wu has written a piece called Debunking the Law of Attraction and "Thoughts Create Reality" Concept. The contents of the article are Introduction Common sense and ordinary examples that logically refute this teaching Beware: Whatever you expect to happen, will happen! And whatever you fear wil
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
solea13
Hi Brynhild, I understand what you're talking about. It sounds in your case that you weren't exactly in a 'cult' per se, but that you picked up a mixture of New Age beliefs over the years that have become an integral part of your own belief system. I think what you're experiencing is called 'cognitive dissonance'. In this belief system you're not suppose
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
9 years ago
sunshine
It's not just New Wagers who will shower you with attention in the early part of your association. Jews for Jesus were very attentive when they were hustling me for Jesus. One guy would call me regularly to stay in touch. He reminded me of a telemarketer because when I asked him questions it would throw him off and he would return to his script -- never answering my questions to my satis
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Brynhild Tudor
To the OP, I've had plenty of experience with alien/ascension/conspiracy theories, more than I want to know. Thanks to the good people on this board, I can now laugh at the utter ridiculousness of these things, half of which I actually used to believe! I often frequented the site www.salrachele.com There's a ten-part Earth History series in the channelings section. Think X-files meet
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
corboy
"A major sentiment was forgiveness, which never applied to dissidents" Findhorn - an alternative view (tiny excerpt from this very interesting article which includes references to Grof and Holotrophic breath work) QuoteIn 1996, a book was published locally (in Forres) that documented the fate of several dissidents. The Foundation responded by suppressing the book to a notab
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
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