Re: Survived The Billy Meier experience,
Date: June 08, 2019 03:59AM
1. How do you think FIGU fits the definition of cult, or how would you define "cult" to include FIGU?
Not so much a core group member, as part of an American division that was beginning to splinter off from it.
2. What do you mean with join? Did you become a passive member? Did you go there at some point?
More accurate to say a passive member. Ken wanted me and kept trying to persuade me to become an active member.
3.I'm assuming you studied the information for a long time before joining? What prompted you to become a passive member (assuming that's what you did) and what prompted you to stop being one?
Before that point I had read Jim Mars books on UFOs, and assumed the stories about Billy Meier were greatly exagerated. But there is a lot of granularity I don't even think Meier intended.
4. What do you mean with "surviving" FIGU? That's especially intriguing. Did you face danger from reading the materials online? From being a passive member? From visiting FIGU physically?
There was never any explicit danger, but rather the feeling of uncertainty, and being stalked at one point silenced me for a while. (Although I never came back to the group.
5. Who do you fear retaliation from? Do you mean retaliation for simply terminating your passive membership, or for something you did when you visited there?
Mainly from people I was most immediatly involved with online. For example some of the people I knew actually followed me on some language learning sites.
One other disturbing factoid, they were really obsessed with learning German. There was also a very very strong anti-LGBT current in it. And at one point they had preached that the Plejaren (apparently that's what the ETs preferred to be called, not Plaiadeans). And that they had "bred out" LGBT people from their society.
There were other reasons i stopped being a passive member, but such implied non-support for my own variation of LGBT status was a major factor.
The fear of relaiation was so strong, that when I actually go around to writing my own memoir of that particular group, I had changed its name. (I'm not entirely sure if the new group I'm in is in fact actually a cult, or if they use the word cult in a tongue in cheek manner.)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/08/2019 04:04AM by LWFlouisa.