What you are looking for does not appear to fit the stated purpose of this message board. This message board and website concerns matters that are not metaphysical but social/sociological.
You state that you were 'stunned' by what you found concerning the School of Metaphysics. But you did not make clear what you meant by ‘stunned.” You had two earlier posts on this board one about Amway
and another about yoga expressing concern about whether there are other yoga cults out there beyond ones you mentioned.
Thus, your prior history on thie board was that of a concerned correspondant.
So.. if you are actually interested now in whether the SM and its exercises are useful and not whether they are harmful, this is a question that falls the domain of the RI website and message board.
Unlike criteria for cultic behavior and for harm done, which involve not beliefs but behavior and its human consequences, the metaphysical realm cannot be dis-proved.
It is subjective and, some suggest, aesthetic.
If you have decided that you are interested in the metaphysical domain and whether certain excercise taught by a particular group or school are useful, the RI site and message board cannot help with referrals.
You will need to do your own search on google to find congenial discussion venues for exercises done in the School of Metaphysics.
There are other venues to pursue discussions of metaphysical material and praxis with similarly interested person.
This paper by Joe Szimhart formerly in a couple of metaphysical groups could be worth a peek.
In his terms you apparently liked Aldous Huxley's aesthetic.
Huxley was greatly influenced first by Theosophy and then by Vedanta (which many equate with Hinduism - a big mistake), and Theravedan Buddhism. He tried psychedelics and feared the consequences if these drugs were made indiscriminantly available, for Huxley worried that not everyone could handle the effects.
These were Huxely's preferred aesthetic.
Huxley did not have a specific political program though. And he was not a businessman. He had earned success and income as a novelist. And was not under anyone persons thumb. He was a life long student.
Two books of his do apply to the political though—The ways sincere spiritual aspirants can become deluded into supporting utterly destructive political agendas - topic that remains sadly relevant today. These two books of Huxley's are less well known than Perennial Philosophy. Had people in the Sixties and Seventies added these to their reading lists, perhaps we would be better off today.
They are painful reading but should be read by anyone aspiring to work in politics or social justice.Grey Eminence:A Study in Religion and Politics(Imagine Saint Francis of Assisi sincerely becoming assistant to Kissenger and using prayer and spirituality to justify the bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam war--thats what this book is about--only the events took place in the 17th century
andThe Devils of Loudon
(Very much more in here than in the Ken Russell movie. Also an essential read)