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Re: Teal Swan
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: August 03, 2018 10:22AM

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Brown was curious about how these followers found Swan, and many of them described “some sort of cosmic delivery.” ”They were putting this intention out to the universe, and Teal’s videos were sort of coming to them,” said Brown. But Swan had a more straightforward answer to this question. “She said she basically targets them, using basic SEO, and basic Google tags, so when people are searching things like ‘I want to kill myself,’ they find her videos.”

Teal Swan didn’t respond to VICE’s requests for comment, but I was able to get some answers from a Google representative on how they deal with suicide-related searches. The tech giant doesn’t allow autocomplete on searches that indicate self-harm, and serves a “results box” at the top with the phone numbers of trusted country-specific organizations. But with straight-up titles like “I Want to Kill Myself (What to Do If You’re Suicidal)” and “What to Do If You Feel Hopeless,” Swan’s videos aren’t hard to stumble across on YouTube’s search platform.

(Professor Janja) Lalich says she’s been hearing complaints about Swan for quite some time. “Mostly they’re from people who feel they’ve been exploited,” she said. “They want some kind of validation that they were right in feeling that way about their experiences.”

For more read here:

Yes, There Are Women-Led Cults
Meet Teal Swan, a YouTuber who proves selling salvation to desperate people is an equal opportunity racket

[www.vice.com]

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Re: Teal Swan
Posted by: jameslbeard ()
Date: August 08, 2018 09:34PM

The following Blog details the ways in which the Teal Swan group meets the criteria for a cult

[www.celestialhealing.com]

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Re: Teal Swan
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: September 02, 2018 11:03AM

Teal Swan & The Craziest Wellness Cult Conspiracy You’ve Never Heard Of
MORGAN BAILA
AUGUST 31, 2018, 12:00 PM

[www.refinery29.com]

This small quotation from the article gives an interesting view on
Teal Swan's source material.

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This backstory (Teal Swan's alleged sufferings in early life) is the focus of episode 5

[itunes.apple.com]

in which Brown and Glazer dig into Swan’s past. In her teens, Swan says a man she trusted, a veterinarian, recruited her to be in a satanic cult. While she was in it, she claims she witnessed the sacrifice of at least two young children. These are heavy claims, and the details of her alleged experience were left out of the final version of the podcast.

“No one should hear about these horrific things on their daily commute,” Brown said. “That was hard, because it was a big part of her story, but they were too explicit for our radio audiences. And that is saying a lot.”

But we do know this: her memories of the alleged cult were uncovered during a therapy session with Barbara Snow, a controversial figure in her own right. Snow specialized in “recovered memory” from one’s adolescence, and according to a 2007 article about a government investigation about her

[archive.sltrib.com]

she “allegedly imposed on them false memories about being sexually abused and being subjected to military testing.” The government eventually dropped the allegations against her after she agreed to go on probation. Swan has modeled a version of her teachings after recovered memory, and she calls them “completion processes.” (According to her website
Snow is still a practicing individual and group therapist in Salt Lake City.)


[www.bsnowtherapy.com]

Swan appears to have been so influenced by this repressed memory work that she has even developed her own version of Snow’s process by combining it with Carl Jung’s shadow work

[tealswan.com]

and has deemed it the “Completion Process.”

[thecompletionprocess.com]


This process has a person reenacting a moment or interaction from their childhood in to uncover the root of one’s “current pain” and resolve it.



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Re: Teal Swan
Posted by: anon27 ()
Date: September 08, 2018 09:21PM

I've been aware of Teal Swan for a couple of years, my thoughts if they're useful:

1. The Completion Process is a very effective trauma recovery practice.
It is clearly based on well established practices, so it's not surprising that it works.
Teal's refinements of this process are useful.
This is the one thing about Teal that is objectively positive and useful and adds to people's life tools.

2. Outside of trauma recovery, many of her statements are mainly nonsensical in real-world terms. (Aliens, Akashic fields etc.).
I think she does believe them though, I don't think she's consciously lying.
However, they are not down to earth, or verifiable, in any sense.
That in itself should give viewers pause for thought.

3. Her older videos seem to have more integrity, less woo-woo Goop type stuff.
From what I can tell, the commercial expectations of the people invovled have corrupted the useful stuff that was there.
Maybe she was corrupt before, I don't know, but her success has brought it out.
Example: She used to explicitly refuse the label "leader" ... and now she claims it.
I suspect also that people around her have put her into a slightly alternate world, because it suits them to have a "guru" type figure with super powers.
Makes them feel special.
Teal used to mock those who became "guru" figures. She actively fought against being that in her earlier videos ... now it seems she's accepted that's what she's become.
In my opinion, that was a wrong choice that has led to lots of nonsense and, sadly, turned what was something like a genuine as far as it could be postive self-help group, into a cult.

4. On suicide:
I looked into this, and my view is that, at it's root, Teal basically says:
If someone has been having suicidal thoughts / feelings for a long time, then one way of getting free of them is to imagine doing it vividly.
The idea is that this breaks through the person's stuck state, enabling the person to become aware of what happens after suicide (i.e. it hurts other people and doesn't fix anything).
Clearly, this is a dangerous method for anyone to do without proper support; and would only be useful in a very few extreme cases; and should only be done after everything else has been tried.
From what I can see, the suicide that did happen on her watch causes her a lot of pain. That person seems to have had a long history of mental illness, and many years of suicidal thoughts / behaviour.
That the person did it while in Teal's therapy doesn't mean Teal is responsible. It happens to a lot of mental health practitioners.
What Teal's credentials are for doing this kind of work with these kinds of people is another question.

5. I admit I'm disappointed with the way Teal Swan has developed over the last couple of years.
She is a powerful communicator, an insightful empath, and has some useful and practical ideas.
In some of her videos, she exposes a lot of ways fraudulent teachers out there fool their students, in very clear, and well explained, ways.
What therefore surprised me is that she also thinks Osho was a positive influence. That made me wonder about Teal's reliability.

Overall, I suspect that if she hadn't made this her business, she would have remained "good", as far as normal human beings can be.
That she and many others now earn their livings from her work in this field means it has been corrupted.
Blake's comments quoted above about boundaries and rape show that there is a toxic arrogance that has infected them.
This arrogance is a sign of the corruption that is now in the group, very unfortunately.

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