Hello Thomas and Elizabeth,
Thank you for replying. In regards to Hansard's defense, "crazy wisdom" only worked though somewhat weakly, for those from legitimate backgrounds and lineages such as Chögyam Trungpa. Hansard has made up his story, he comes from no such background or lineage, his publishers and book agent did not do their homework, as well as all the journalists involved in building up the myth of this man as I said, though I have no doubt they did so unwittingly.
It seems everyone simply relied on the credibility of each other and assumed that the others had carried out the proper checks and background research necessary. Vogue, the Independent, the Guardian, the Scotmen, Hodder and Stroughton, they all helped to build up this man's myth and need to be encouraged now to turn this around.
*Please note that neither his publishers, his book agent, nor any of the journalists who penned stories in his favour, came to his defense. Not a one has made a public statement or announcement on his behalf.
Christopher Hansard did not receive teachings from a Tibetan teacher of Dur Bon or otherwise in New Zealand.
While he may have received minimal sword and martial arts training as a boy in public school, his main vocation in University was film making and acting. Those from New Zealand can no doubt attest to this.
I am so confident in stating here that Christopher Hansard in fact made up his entire story (therefore 3 books) of his teacher and teachings, that I challenge Mr. Hansard to prove it. Those who knew him in New Zealand may also have an easier time accessing records of any such Tibetan, or Indian families immigrating to New Zealand over that period. I will do my best to help.
He does indeed need to be made accountable.
But I can hear his defense, saying it is crazy wisdom, that he is developing relationships with people to transform and heal them, etc.
He could use that for defense, however he is not having sex with patients to transform them, nor to heal them, as he has no such education or knowledge in which to do so. He has caused considerable harm not healing. Simply by proving and focusing on his lack of credentials in which he is claiming to 'heal' people will we be able to prove his true intentions for luring them onto the treatment couch. None of these women leave as "happy customers" in any way, many have been told that it was their fault that their treatments did not work. Not only are they stripped of confidence, they are filled with self doubt.
The myth was built up so that they blamed themselves as it could not have possibly had anything to do with Christopher, "he has helped so many, he is so great, and he has always been surrounded by such wonderful people who support him".
It is only this last part that was ever true.
The unfortunate thing here is that people have been convinced that any benefit that has occurred for them came from him and his treatments, or workshops. But they have no former experience or point of reference in which to gauge these events. For many it has been their one and only experience of this world, so they do not have anything to compare it to. He has also stolen many of his 'teachings' from other legitimate teachings, which has served to confirm or back up his story.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a victim circle...
Yes it would. If all the women and men were to meet and corroborate their stories, they would not only find they were all told that they were each special, that those acts they were invited to take part in would 'bind' them to him in a sort of sacred marriage, and stealing a line from that other forum as you mentioned Elizabeth, they were told it would benefit them, their healing, and their lessons with him. He inflicted further psychological damage by telling each one of them that he would visit them in their dreams, as those that I spoke to felt like he was still with them somehow. They are left with nightmares, not dreams. He created a very powerful myth for them. He made students and workshop participants bow down to him at workshops, but diverted this by saying they were not bowing to him, but to the Lha Khu, which he of course embodied.
Thanks for directing us to UK Skeptics, it has taken a recent turn for the better, though I suspect mahakala is your gondolf who is attempting to defend Hansard there having been banned from here.
A victims circle where everyone could come together to share their similar stories, support each other and move forward to take action together would benefit everyone, it might help put this to rest for those who have been struggling to do so for many years, and most importantly it would stop it from happening.
I urge those who have shared these experiences to come forward, please contact Witness, they have access to lawyers, and can protect you by law, by keeping your name and any personal private details out of the public eye.
I invite you to contact David Balen's, Christopher Hansard's insurers and make them listen. They could be held accountable in the future for negating their responsibility and at the very least not conducting an investigation.
For those apprentices, students, patients, participants who feel they have no recourse because they 'consented', you did not consent in any way, please do not be convinced that you did, and do not carry any guilt with you once so ever. You did not know what you were 'consenting' to. You thought he was a legitimate teacher and healer. That is what you were told and he took great lengths to convince you. He was able to do this not because you were foolish or naive in any way, and I must apologise for implying that patients were passive or submissive, but you were compassionate and had no reason to disbelieve him. Many people before you such as the media, and his publishers who should have known better, all helped to build him up and create the illusion.It was not because you were bad or foolish in any way, it was because he was that good at fooling you.