Now why would someone take 9 days out of their life and spend thousands of dollars just "out of curiosity"? This seems very odd, to say the least.
How is it that Daphne knows how many school participants elevated Ms. Katie into guru status? Did she do a heacount? What criteria did she use to determine who fell under BK's spell? What if many people showed little or even no external signs of being unduly influenced, but were nonetheless?
Daphne claims, "Byron Katie teaches just the opposite of anything cult, it’s about critically examining what you think about."
No, BK's "turnarounds" are the antithesis of critical thinking. They are bizarre mind twists that erode a healthy sense of self.
If it is okay with Daphne to get "worked up" over certain things, like churches, why not over BK too?
I went to a Byron Katie 9 day program out of curiosity. I am not a follower of her or anyone else, she is not a guru. Yes, there were some there who elevated her, very few, why is that Byron Katie’s fault? She didn’t encourage them. Nobody with her organization led any rounds of applause for her or set her apart in any way.
Most people were looking for a way to challenge their thoughts, which they got. That included challenging their thoughts about Byron Katie and her message. There was no coercion, no requirement to do anything. She suggested people give up their addictions while they were there, cell phones, tobacco, caffeine. There was no requirement to do so. I drank my Starbucks in the meeting everyday. Nobody bugged me.
Everyone was an adult. They came on their own, paid their own way, no one was asked for a donation, of time or money or possessions. There was nothing offered to her, I was at the entire meeting.
If you want to get worked up about something, get worked up about churches telling children they will suffer in hell if they don’t follow some book. That’s child abuse pure and simple. Get worked up about Mormons who want to justify pedophilia via polygamy.
Byron Katie teaches just the opposite of anything cult, it’s about critically examining what you think about.
Everyone who runs a course isn’t trying to start a cult. No one has contacted me since my participation, not a single e-mail asking for anything, no phone calls, nothing.
If she running a cult, she’s not doing a very good job of it.
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