Actually as I started to write this it rings a bell about how BK has a story about her husband (Stephen the douche)* gave her a wedding her and asked her with a smile to keep it as long as she could because she has a tendency to just randomly give her possesions away. The anecdote was all very light hearted and endearing but not in retrospect as anticult laid out that this can actually be a suggestion for people to give her their stuff.
That is exactly what it is. They are both pre-framing their audience with those suggestions, over and over and over, to prime the pump, to hand it all over. They do it dozens of times, even starting in the books, and CD's in the mass market. They plants the SEEDS right from first contact with the customer.
Its obvious that Mitchell doesn't "value" some prank wedding ring he got for BK, so why would he care if she got rid of it?
But how would Stephen Mitchell feel, if his wife "gave away" his copyrights to his books?
How would Mitchell feel if an ex-wife took 5 of his unpublished manuscripts, and "gave them away"?
How funny would he find that?
What about their own previous divorces?
People should ask licensed marriage counsellors how smart it is to give your wedding ring to a New Age multimillionaire guru, behind your spouses back at some ridiculous LGAT seminar.
And different people have different values. Any decent marriage, to destroy your sacred vows by getting rid of your ring, is beyond sick.
But some people also have "open relationships". For example, in on CD mentioned earlier, BK does say something like...if her husband had an affair and IF she was not ok with it...something like that.
So there was a very clear signal there of an "open relationship" and signals about divorce.
How many people reading this would be OK if their husband only had an affair if she could approve of the woman first, and sign-off on it?
So, some people are Swingers, and some people think wedding rings are a joke.
So its just a sick game they are playing with their own people.
Its not just the money, in terms of the wedding ring. Of course, some people's rings are very valuable, but its far more than that.
When do people get rid of their wedding rings? After a divorce.
And the rings are not just being given to people on the street. The wedding rings are being given to Byron Katie.
Its so blatant, so deliberate, so sick, its hard to believe those on the inside would do it, but it is very believable as they set it up very carefully.
What's it about.
Psychological transference, breaking the closest bond many people have in life, their marriage, and inserting herself in the middle of it. Many LGAT seminars do this, many Guru's do this technique.
If a person got married in a church, giving away your wedding ring without your spouses consent and agreement, is a spiritual divorce, right on the spot.
Its an emotional divorce, right on the spot.
Then what? Then those feelings, attached symbolically to the wedding ring, get transfered to Byron Katie. The person becomes a "Bride of Katie" in that sense.
That may sound extreme, but look at the way many of the single women who are senior in the BK organization write and speak. That is emotionally what is going on.
So the person becomes totally dedicated to and "in love" with Byron Katie, from the wedding ring transference, and the dozens of other things that go on. And then they devote their lives to working for her, promoting her, working at the seminars for no pay, and who knows what else?
And if someone did give their wedding ring recently, one could just try to get it back, possibly with a letter from both spouses and another "expert" in these issues. And if they refuse to give it back, then a letter to the media might get it back.
What do they do with these wedding rings and valuables? Are they locked in a safe, to keep the psychological transference active? The ring could even be shown to the person once a year or so, to keep the transference hot?
Or are the rings just liquidated?
How are those "gifts" processed, in terms of corporate income? If people are told they are going to "charity", then were is the charitable donation tax-receipt for the value of the gift?
Is it a charitable, corporate, or personal gift?
Oh that's right, don't think, the mind is evil, hand over your stuff, thank you and come again.