I remember telling someone at The School how strange it was that BK seemed so confused. She stammers often, and blinks and nods... like a robot trying to process or retrieve the information you requested... If I had a dollar for every person I saw sitting there with that blank look of utter confusion on their face... well, I would have my money back from The School!
I think it's more likely that she acts that way because she has a mental health problem of some kind. Corboy wrote a post that listed a bunch of people thinking they had become suddenly enlightened or had a metaphysical experience when actually there was something physically wrong with their brain. [forum.culteducation.com
Reading the examples he gave in that thread made me think that Byron Katie most likely experienced dissociation, a mental distortive phenomenon that can occur spontaneously either as a reaction to psychological trauma or as a result of physical stress, especially brain damage such as a stroke or tumor. Dissociation is a very pleasant and peaceful experience, since you are unaware of yourself or who you are or what you know; all you can do is physically use your 5 senses but with no thoughts behind what you are experiencing. (Eckhart Tolle almost certainly had a psychosis of some kind which gave him the same mindlessness but for much longer.) Katie (and Eckhart) took this to be the way they should consciously strive to live, and wanted to pass it on to others. They claim it to be the ‘true’ reality, but it’s actually a distortion of reality. I have often thought that’s probably what also happened to Siddhârtha Gautama (founder of Buddhism) too. He was emaciated and exhausted, and spent several days in meditation under a tree (all or any of which could cause dissociation), after which he attained ‘enlightenment’. [en.wikipedia.org
] But after his enlightenment he didn’t charge people to learn how to get it and he always said each person has to work out their own enlightenment.
Another thing that she could have going on is a mental health disorder called "Narcissistic Personality Disorder." NPD is widely believed to be universal among people who gather followers via mind control -- whether it be political (like Hitler) or religious or financial. When I went to counseling to recover from my cult involvement, my counselor read some of the speeches by the cult leader. She said they sounded exactly the way people write who are schizophrenic. And the description of NPD fit him to a T.
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