Yes, I am sure it could cost thousands of dollars a month and that Sharon (and Alex?) may be wealthy off of this largesse. And, I am not doubting their obsessions with this facet of their "teachings."
Largesse? Largesse implies that one has money to spare to give to those in need. On the contrary, many students have had to hold down two or more jobs and neglect their spouses and children in order to pay for the privelege of being "taught" by Alex Horn and Sharon Gans. You speak as though obsession combined with domination are humane and benign. Obsessing over the accumulation of wealth and power has historical precedents and contemporary correlaries. Two pertinent examples are Pharoah and Saddam Hussein. There is little difference between Saddam Hussein's palaces and Sharon Gans and Alex Horn's real estate acquisitions-- what they have in common is most of all the slave labor. In fact, Saddam is morally on higher ground because he probably paid his workers something even as he pillaged and stole from the rest of his citizens. Didn't Pharoah subjugate your ancestors and make them build things for him as slaves-- i.e. free labor? I know-- Alex Horn and Sharon Gans told you you would "grow your being." Did you?
However, 25 years ago, I found them useful. Then, as now, I saw a great many "students" go through their school. I was at various points "new;" "old;" a "teacher;" confidant; and was "kicked out."
"Then as now"? I thought you said you left? As was stated elsewhere, apparently you never left. You claim you went through many permutations during your tenure with "School"-- new, old, teacher, confidant, kicked out-- how [i:a35b833ce6]you[/i:a35b833ce6] do not see this as manipulation and abuse of your psyche needs to be confronted in your [i:a35b833ce6]own[/i:a35b833ce6] heart. Of course, if you were like many who have been involved with Sharon Gans and Alex Horn, perhaps you can see your complicity in this cycle as your own unacknowledged need for attention and lust for power and authority over others-- and always at the expense of your humanity, of course.
My experience with every single person in school was that people, including Sharon and Alex, and definitely Bob Klein, got out of "School" what they put into it.
This is another trigger phrase. Be assured that Alex Horn, Sharon Gans, and Robert Klein got far more out of [i:a35b833ce6]you[/i:a35b833ce6] both financially and psychically than you and hundreds of others have ever gotten out of them.
Therefore, yes, as Sharon and Alex both had dominating, obsessive personalities, I can see how that could have gotten worse over the years, and, I suspect, created their own personal hell because of their inability to get over it. I understand how that could easily translate into their students developing the same bad traits.
Therefore, I understand the vehemence with which you and former students castigate them.
This is the first statement you have made that has some sense of insight. The next question is: if they are in their own personal hell now are they even aware of it? And were they already in their own personal hell when you met them? Is it not likely that they had co-opted the "Work Ideas" as a sophisticated means of not facing themselves? And all this while they were taking full advantage of you and others? If substance abuse-- be it alcohol, caffeine, nicotine (please don't speak of "Higher Hydrogens for evolution"!) -- and obsessing over the control of other's lives and the acquisition of material things is any indication, it seems that they are constantly avoiding facing their own inner lives-- and especially now since they are too old and it is too late. Is it too late for the students who have been with them the longest and who are now your age? Quite likely-- being a degenerate has some addictive yet hollow perks. It is ironic that the very ideas they purport to live by (but in reality abuse) for the sake of "consciousness," "will," and so on are quite likely the source of their psychological prison. How far they are from reality and what a shame they continue to get away with their exploitative and dangerous charade.
I guess my point is that life is simply not black and white. I found School to be useful.
"Life" is nothing without the people who inhabit it. "Life is simply not black and white" is a complete evasion. The same can be said of "School"-- it is the people in a "School" who make it black and white and every shade in between. If you are saying that people are not black and white but are filled with nuance and layers, fine. But in order for some people to escape painful, violent, sado-masochistic situations they have to see their abusers and the abusive situation first in black and white, which translates to "they are wrong and I am right," "they are sick and I am not sick," "this is crazy" etc.
The real question is whether you truly realize what you are doing here on this forum if everything is as wonderful for you as you state. Some other people have made this useful, temporary, and self-preserving dichotomy of "black and white"-- maybe you are here because it is now your turn to do the same. And it costs nothing.
And, I suspect that Robert Klein is probably still striving away to keep it useful, in spite of, or in addition to, being in a controlling "cult."
This is a direct contradiction of what you said before about the students inheriting the same bad traits as Sharon Gans and Alex Horn. If you really believed deep down what you say of your "good friend" you would still be in touch with him in some way real and tangible other than the clear psychological ties you have demonstrated in your messages. It seems you have a good intuition which is why you have (at least physically and externally) stayed far away. Perhaps you need to consider whether Robert Klein is actually the worst of the members of your old "group."
But you have a problem: You do not on the surface believe that what you were involved in was and remains a cult, or that cults of this kind exist. Maybe you have not applied yourself to the study of the nature of what a cult is. Perhaps if you consider that isolation from life does not merely have to be physical-- if it is psychological it is sufficient. Alex Horn, Sharon Gans, Robert Klein, and several others "teach" that this is "being in Life but not of it." This is but one little step among many in the manipulative process of being indoctrinated into "the Work" [i:a35b833ce6]as they distort it [/i:a35b833ce6] and contributes to the "controlling cult" you mention. Initially this idea is exciting to the young, impressionable, gullible, and disillusioned who get drawn into their "School," but ultimately it is useful only to Robert Klein and the two people who helped harm him and so many others: Sharon Gans and Alex Horn. And, as with Dave Archer, you should not look to external and material success or a website for your "ersatz bildungsroman" as an indication of psychic health.
And it appears to some of us here that you cannot assume that the mere passage of time has allowed you to truly leave and move on.