I went to the 1999-2000 Byron Katie New Year's Cleanse.
'The turning of the millenium did make my experience a bit more intense, but I certainly did not expect what happened--I ended up completely ungrounded and by the next day had developed a thought disorder that kept me out of work for a few months.*
*(Comment from Corboy--how many of us can afford to have this happen to us, today in the current economy? At least around December 31 until April of 2000, the dot.com economy was still roaring at its height, so one could take time off to recover. But today--not so many of us could afford to be sidelined from work for 'a few months.')
'I did a partial fast during the event and I think that was a major contributor to the ungroundedness. I later heard from soneone else that they knew someone else who had some kind of mental breakdown during the same event.
'I emailed the organization to report this and to suggest that there be wording to warn people that fasting can be dangerous for some people, etc., but I guess they didn't take the suggestion, which is reckless and irresponsible.
'I see it like this--some of us are on the rigid side, and can benefit from theirr minds being loosened up for a little while.. Some of us are already on the loose side, and will be damaged by further loosening.
'A longer term aftereffect was that I felt an existential emptiness that did not feel like freedom but rather cold and purposeless. Looking at others as my projection, which was talked about in The Cleanse, went against my desire to see others as truly human beings with whom I could share warm feelings.
'Just as the potential side effects of medicine are listed with the product, I think the potential side effects of these kind of mind-changing interventions should be listed on their pamphlets and website.'
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