"The New Message From God" an odd and mostly overlooked cult. They have my wife.
Date: August 10, 2018 09:12AM
Has anyone had any experience with this cult? Sometimes it feels like I am the only one fighting them.
They are a New Age meditation/UFO cult that believes in the power of "Knowledge" which can only come from within, accessed by meditation. Knowledge will guide us as the world falls apart from the "Great Waves of Change", and then the aliens will come down and dominate us. Without Knowledge, we are doomed of course.
They have an indoctrination program in the guise of a meditation practice known as "Steps to Knowledge" that she constantly pushed me to perform. Upon my continuous denial she basically declared me a Suppressive Person (though NMS does not use this term, it is the closest I can think of) and pushed me, her husband of 10 years away viciously. Now we live apart and divorce is constantly on her mind to "regain her freedom and independence".
They have a strong anti-logic push in their literature, which helps defend them from rational attack and appears to have allowed them access to my wife's mind. This in spite of the fact that she is a scientist and a professor at that. She has a degree in physics, yet hand-waves away concerns about FTL travel, relativistic collisions with space dust, incredibly long timespans involved in interstellar travel as "Aliens just have higher tech than us, humans are arrogant, we know nothing".
This is no way for someone trained in the scientific method to act but something about this literature has hooked her mind, and now I believe it is sunk costs that draws her ever deeper into the cult. They don't actively demand anything from her, but she is willing to give and give. One of the most frightening things is that until this year she had never met cult members or attended a retreat or meeting. She was indoctrinated entirely over the internet!
Many people have been in this cult for many years and I fear I will never be able to extract my wife from it, nor save my daughter from inevitable involvement as she grows up. The leader, Marshall Summers, started it 30 years ago. Perhaps it is truly a "New Religious Movement" as it has more of the hallmarks of religion than a cult, other than the drive to separate members from their loved ones and their past.
Thank you for any input.