This BK question of the month, show's Byron Katie intelligence and skill in these methods.
It is classic.
"It is not possible that every man, woman, and child in the world does not love me and care about me with all their heart. How is it that I am so sure of this?"
First off, she uses Questions, and those are permissive and leading.
Notice she has 2 negatives in the question, to create some confusion and a double-bind.
She has put the implicit assumption into the question that everyone loves her, as a statement of fact, which it is not.
She even phrases the question like a "School-Mate" type of question from school-days.
Obviously, every person on earth does NOT "love" Byron Katie. She is not very well known, and large amounts of people find her methods repugnant. So her embedded assumption is utterly false.
Notice also, both sentences have statements which she claims are CERTAIN. That is certainty, which generally means "truth". She is trying to engineer certainty about herself, into people's minds.
So what is the question REALLY about?
Its meant for her core followers, to try and bring them closer EMOTIONALLY to her, and think she is some godlike being. Same old Byron Katie pattern.
Notice the vulgar narcissism of Byron Katie thinking that everyone loves her?
But its real intent is to just reinforce these feelings in her closest followers.
She has always done this.
In the past, she found women who LOVED their former GURU's, and then just Transferred that to herself, Byron Katie. That has been shown in the thread. This is the same thing.
And many of the Byron Katie followers are "single". Why?
Then BK gets them to transfer all of their "loving" feelings to her and her image and photo's, and start some type of one-way twisted "love relationship" with Byron Katie in their minds.
So the goal of the question for Byron Katie is simple.
She wants to reinforce and deepen and engineer her closest followers to literally "love" her, and think of her as a godlike being.
She even uses more New Testament flavored language...as
QUOTE: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind". [bible.cc
She just took the first part...
"love me...all their heart".
Even notice, that "all their heart" and "all thy heart". Same pattern.
She just replaced "God" with "me". Clever.
There is even a bit more in that little question. Byron Katie is an expert at constructing these kinds of complex, multi-layered leading questions, with embedded assumptions, which lead people to "certainty" about their emotions toward her, and to "fall in love" with a figment of BK in their imaginations.
This is the type of stuff she would have studied with Stever Robbins the NLP expert. She is literally doing it by the book, although abusing the techniques.
It is truly abusive, twisted, manipulative, and sociopathic, to exploit people like that. What makes BK really bad, is she picks regular kind-hearted folks, who haven't studied these patterns for years, so they don't know what is happening to them.
BK's question of the month:
It is not possible that every man, woman, and child in the world does not love me and care about me with all their heart. How is it that I am so sure of this?
This is downright guru/cult leader/spiritual teacher worship. All discrimination is gone. They wallow in what they think is genuine love and feel safe like little birds in the nest.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/25/2009 07:30AM by The Anticult.