Don't want to spoil the novel for anyone who is going to read it...
Altar Music by Christin Lore Weber. [forum.culteducation.com
But its basically about convent life.
And of course a novel can be about many things.
But one thing that is relevant here, there is a huge cross-over with the Byron Katie situation.
For example, the main problem with the convent, is that people are sworn to SECRECY and OBEDIENCE. That has nothing to do with "God", its just about humans controlling other humans in an organization.
POWER. Every cultish group does the same thing.
And when things start going bad, when people start getting abused, no one tells anyone.
If the first time the abuse started, the person spoke up, maybe that would stop it?
And the abuse cannot just be reported internally, as they will cover it up, like every organization.
And if a person is afraid for themselves, they can report the abuse anonymously, they could write it up, and then post it everywhere, and take it to the papers...
So the abuse in the nunnery is similar to the abuses of priests. Its an abuse of POWER, and the SECRECY of the organization covers it up, so it goes on for years, and many people get hurt.
Some people even die from suicide related to the abuses.
So how is this connected to LGAT seminar groups, like the Byron Katie system, and many others?
Its about the abuse of power, and secrecy, and cover-ups, and the abuse can be financial, as well as emotional.
In that sense, its virtually identical, right down to people being FORBIDDEN TO SPEAK at meals, and following all sorts of arcane rules, to train them to be obedient.
But most important is the secrecy and the forced obedience. For example, BK people are not allowed to say anything critical at all about The Byron Katie Work, or they will get kicked out. That is enforced obedience.
And its reported that everyone involved at medium-higher levels are all signed up to gag-contracts, so they can't speak out. They have enforced silence and obedience.
In that sense its exactly like a nunnery (convent). You have a Mother Superior in charge, and there is enforced obedience, and secrecy is the rule, and abuses are covered-up internally to try to maintain their "image".
As far as Christin Lore Weber, who knows what she really thinks? She is a smart person, it would be interesting to see what she has to say. But if there was a copyright dispute, or other problems, isn't it her duty to tell people what happened? After all, she wrote that ridiculous book A Cry In The Desert [forum.culteducation.com
] which tries to set Byron Katie up as some kind of 2nd Coming.
But if it all turned sour, over money or something else, doesn't the concerned public have a right to know?
Why is everything always so hushed up and secret? There doesn't appear to be ONE WORD from her about what happened with Byron Katie, which completely contradicts how she ended that book.
Its exactly like a nunnery when there is abuse, and they just hush it up, and try to pretend it never happened.
Even in the novel, Altar Music, it didn't appear the police were called in to deal with the abuser.
What if the abuser nun were just moved to another nunnery to do it all over again?
So old "habits" die hard.
That is why all the censorship and top-down control has to be directly challenged. If people have been taken advantage of, or used, or abused, its essential to speak-up, and break the vow of silence and the vow of obedience.
Those who are silent about abuses and exploitations that happened to them, or that they saw happen, are just allowing it to continue to happen to others.
Christin Lore Weber seems like a reasonable person. But to write an outrageous book like A Cry In The Desert, which tries to make a very damaged but extremely manipulative woman into some type of 2nd Coming...and then to go completely silent about it afterwards?
That is beyond nonsensical.
Don't people also have a right to have a dose of REALITY, after all the extreme over-idealization and "projection" trying to turn some damaged manipulator into the new Womanchrist?
In the novel Altar Music, the highly controlling, damaged manipulative, abuser nun, is highly relevant to this story.
Just imagine that same person running a "spiritual" LGAT seminar in street clothes.
And instead of taking young nuns into the woods, they have "spiritual" workshops.
There is a part of the book A Cry In The Desert, where there is information about some type of nude or partially-nude close embracing female "workshops" that would happen in water? If someone has time, perhaps they could find that info and post it?
That is quite similar to some of the material described happening between the nuns at the convent, although some was "spiritual" and some was sexual abuse?