whenever you hear someone like Katie constantly telling little weird "Stories", that is generally this brand of hypnotic symbolic persuasion. For those who have been exposed to the technical literature, it just LEAPS out instantly. Its totally blatant.
No different than for someone who knows a little about music, Mozart and Bach can be distinguished in a few seconds, but for a non-musical person...all classical music sounds the same...
the way Katie contructs those sentences shown above, betrays exactly what Katie is doing. Even though some of the Stories are strange and ambiguous, the sentence construction of double-binds, false-choices, embedded commands, and leading questions is hard evidence. That is being done very technically by the book, and at a very high level of skill, by Katie.
and as noticed, Katie is constantly telling sad-sack Stories about her various illnesses, they are listed above.
Again, this is done as it impacts on numerous levels, one of them being it builds emotional sympathy and Rapport with her female and loving followers. Katie goes on and on about her "blindness", and her treatments and ultimately an operation she had for her eyes. (...was blind, but now I see...). But notice she also added in one of her followers literally offered her his corneas while he was ALIVE!! So that fits perfectly with her program of Giving Katie EVERYTHING. Even offer her your EYES...heavy stuff..
Dr. Milton Erickson did very similar strange Stories like that, but in an ethical way. Patients would come into his office with some problem, and he would go into these long strange "stories" that did not seem relevant, or even make sense. (he was doing what came to be called Ericksonian Hypnotherapy), and by all accounts it got excellent results. (but he was an ethical hypnotherapist, who helped people like a good therapist would).
So this type of Laundry Story is classic. It works on the conscious level, it works as a Distraction, it works beautifully on the Unconscious level when you hear her vocal delivery,and the way she ends it, and it also possibly works on a meta-level, as a type of arrogant in-joke.
Katie also uses certain patterns like saying "I'm baffled by technology". Then her next sentence tells you to go to her website and go "Ctrl-Alt-Delete" your SELF!. (Reboot the Self).
Its a terrific diversion to put people at ease, and make them feel more comfortable.
So these types of Stories sound absurd and crazy to the conscious mind, which is their INTENT, but to the Unconscious they make perfect sense. Its a type of Dream-Language, of symbols and processes.
Uma (Inder) tried to cut off members from
> outside influence:
> “Use of Facebook was shamed and for certain
> members Uma prohibited it. Cult members were
> encouraged to spend time largely with each other.
> Outside connections were labeled by Uma as ‘leaks
> in the shared container’ of practice. Over time
> cult members became more and more isolated within
> the cult.”
> While some members lived in Bali, others would
> travel to Bali several times a year to study with
> her. Some would go to Bali for several months out
> of the year or just a few weeks during a retreat.
> But members report it was easy for others to get
> sucked in regardless of how long they stayed. Uma
> then used an online forum to keep control over
> The online Google message board forum is “what
> tied things together internationally.” This
> digital platform allowed Uma to have active cult
> members in the “US, UK, Canada, Scandanavia,
> Russia, Mexico, Japan and elsewhere.”
> Participation in the online forum was required of
> members regardless of where they were. The online
> chats consisted of in-fighting, sharing
> compromising information, discussing
> consciousness, in-depth descriptions of sex and
> Uma’s controlling dictates. All of this was used
> to control and even blackmail devotees. As one
> describes, “Members often spend the entire day
> verbally abusing others, confessing, and in group
> One former member reflects about the time in the
> forums and spent in discussion groups in Bali:
> “The sheer amount of time we stayed involved in
> them created isolation from other people. The
> environment was deliberately creating extreme
> psychological pressure (“break down”), and there
> have been sporadic instances of physical violence
> as well, as well as explicit and implicit threats
> of violence.”
> The message board was how Uma kept her controlling
> influence over members:
> “The forum was a place for us to pour our deepest
> thoughts and feelings out, and to receive Uma’s
> ever-poetic reflection on where we are “in False
> ID,” so that we can liberate the true self.
> Ultimately, the goal was dying, while alive. Dying
> into God.”