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Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: Leslie Read ()
Date: January 07, 2022 09:31AM

I feel they are legit but as with, perhaps, many who awake to Wholeness suddenly they seem stuck in a typically Absolutist, bypassing ‘position’ that heavy denies our Humanness.

While ‘The Work’ of Byron Katie has never resonated with me, as an approach I have heard of way too many instances of harmful advice she has given on this human plane.

I’ll take an ordinary Human...any day...who knows and feels they are already (the) Divine
over
a spiritual Being who denies their Humanity.

Some examples of BK’s teaching… “Boundaries are an act of selfishness,” and my personal non-favorite, “Victims are violent people.”

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Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: antman ()
Date: January 17, 2022 11:39PM

I was thinking about my history of reading ET, and listening to his talks, and decided to come post in this thread.

I do own the BK book with The Work, I never got into it. I found The Work to be a waste of time.

ET had an immediate effect though and I was reading TPON again and again. This was between 2010 and 2013. This influences me even today.

The most helpful aspects of the book appear to be the things ET cherry picks from different religious traditions and philosophies.

The most harmful aspects of the book, for me, were his personal anecdotes. (Telling the reader not to think, to accept as the truth, lovebombing, if you are reading this book you are spiritually ready, etc)

That said. I had immense state of bliss by reading parts of the book and meditating. Was this all fake?

The ideas that I liked were

-metaphysical things, like you always existed and can never die
-you can come to know yourself through the breath and body awareness
-The present moment is the only place where anything can happen

I'll leave it at that. I am at the point where I feel these ideas are just wishful thinking and used by cults to deceive people.

This has led me to some kind of nihilism void. However I'd rather seek the truth than fall into wishful thinking.

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Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: Sahara71 ()
Date: February 08, 2022 04:45AM

Hello antman,


Quote: -metaphysical things, like you always existed and can never die

There is a lot of evidence out there to suggest that people do actually die. For example, both my parents died, I saw it with my own eyes, it was very real. However, a lot of religions believe in 'life after death', which brings people some comfort - we believe that one day we might meet our loved ones again, in a spiritual dimension. Fair enough, it may happen, but no-one knows, or can ever know.


Quote: -you can come to know yourself through the breath and body awareness

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to relieve anxiety and promote a sense of well-being in numerous studies. However, meditation is not always recommended for people with mental health disorders and should only be used under medical guidance for this cohort.
"Knowing yourself" is a vague term. You could also claim that you can come to "know yourself" through collecting stamps, baking bread or joining a choir.



Quote: -The present moment is the only place where anything can happen

Possibly true, depending on which standpoint in theoretical physics you subscribe to. However, as human beings who are social and who live in a complex organized society, we do need to put some plans in place to make things happen for us. For example, we need to plan to shop for groceries if we would like to eat dinner tonight. It won't just 'happen'. Living perfectly at peace in every single moment is only realistic if someone does absolutely everything for you, all the time. Which I suppose is how Eckhart lives, since he is a multi-millionaire.

Take a look at -

[www.youtube.com]

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Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: February 08, 2022 05:10AM

A member of this message board who went by the name Anticult, quite knowledgeable in hypnotic trance induction techniques, made many contributions to this discussion of Byron Katie.

You can read the posts here.

[forum.culteducation.com]

After Anticult joined, this Byron Katie discussion was visited by many trolls. Without alert daily moderation, the discussion would've been disrupted.

A troll invasion usually suggests that the discussion is worth reading.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/08/2022 05:13AM by corboy.

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Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: shamrock ()
Date: February 08, 2022 11:43AM

I've been studying a lot of YouTubes on hypnosis recently. There's a particular class of rapid inductions called "the confusion induction." I'm guessing that's how BK's "Is that true?" question works. The subject doubts their own perceptions, has nothing to replace them, and confusion results. After this point, they are malleable.

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Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: February 08, 2022 09:13PM

Here's a URL for something Anticult wrote.

Second post from the top.

[forum.culteducation.com]

Here is a list of posts Anti Cult wrote describing a sophisticated trance induction story telling method that goes by the name "nested loops".

[forum.culteducation.com]

To do a search on the CEI message board that covers from discussions many years ago, always select "All Dates" before running your search.



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Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: shamrock ()
Date: February 08, 2022 11:47PM

Quote
The Anticult
That is from the confusion technique in hypnosis which Byron Katie uses, which has been described in this thread. That is the first step of this type of conversational hypnosis, to put people into a very confused mental state.

It's good to have my observations validated.

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Re: Byron Katie (the Work) and Eckhart Tolle Legit??
Posted by: GTaylor ()
Date: May 11, 2022 03:49AM

I literally joined this forum to discuss finding out that a co-worker of mind is a serious follower of Eckart Tolle.

I used to read this forum a lot years ago so Tolle was already on my radar.

This co-worker, who I have found to be an annoying dimwit generally, was all psyched about her trip to another city to see Tolle live on tour. So she is not a casual follower, and apparently doesn't see the issue with sharing this information in a professional context.


I feel like this info might give me some insights into her personality and how to work with her. One thing I've noticed is that she keeps returning to aspects of our project and just marinating in it and not moving on. It's the most conceptual/visioning/philosophizing part of the project, which can be fun but like LET IT GO.


Anyway, I'm looking forward to have a re-read through this thread.

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