Re: Don Hanson and Jennifer Hanson of Transforming Cellular Memory and Cellular Transformation
Date: December 02, 2019 05:27AM
I recently attended Don Hanson’s Bhaktichi workshop in Costa Rica, formerly known as Transforming Cellular Memory. I had attended before and found some wisdom and relief, even though I was left confused by his handling of a woman he had identified with having victim energy. He was very harsh with her. Two years later, he attacked a friend of mine in a similar manner over victim discussion. His whole face and demeanor changed as he was triggered by what she was saying and he continued to verbally abuse her for her POV. She talked back which enraged him more. She said she would just sit there and not say anything. He did my reading. Some was accurate, but half was so off that I stopped him during one piece of it and said “no way”. I let him finish before I told him that the other huge piece was totally inaccurate. the victim discussion continued...victims, in his view, ask for it. The examples given included that an 8 year old girl didn’t mind having sex with her father’s friends and a woman who was gang raped apologized to the head of it, saying she knew that she had teased him in the past. I also listened as two women, clearly devotees, discussed these issues in a way that was meant to support his point of view. At that point, I said we needed to discuss the elephant in the room, which was the way our friend was treated. Followed by the offensiveness of the discussion about sexual assault victims and the fact that my reading was half very off. As I left, my friend left as well.
Given his disdain of victims, the inappropriateness of his examples, his constant reference to his exwife as much younger and a seductress, I wondered if he was a perp. An internet search did indeed turn up that Don has been accused of sexual misconduct with students on more than one occasion.
Note from behavioral psyche, we know that intermittent reinforcement creates the strongest behavioral patterns. In this case, when someone can have good moments, it makes the bad moments confusing. And creates a strong, irrational bond.
Two days later, a person who had been my friend for two years but his devotee for 20, came to my house to first make me see the error of my ways, denying that he said what I heard during my reading, told me I interrupted the process of my friend, rescuing her. When I tried to point out that Don had problematic behaviors and that she must be aware of because of the waiver they make everyone sign (after paying and arriving) that they wouldn’t disparage him or request money back if they left the workshop...that they knew he was a loose cannon. She did not respond to that but instead told me “Clearly, you don’t respect the light” and I responded “how arrogant of you to think that only you and Don have access to the light.” The Manchurian Candidate moment intensified, making this statement by someone else on the internet completely true:
The pattern is for his followers to try and discredit, blame or verbally abuse anyone who challenges Don's behaviour or authority
She attacked me non-stop after that and I got up and walked out of my house so that she would follow. I had to insist that she leave. She even came back after getting to her car to use personal information in an unsuccessful attempt to hurt me. None of it impacted. As someone who has worked in the field of spiritual and mental health for decades, my center is stable and I know when I am observing madness.