Re: Byron Katie and "The Work" Participant Reports
Date: April 17, 2009 06:59AM
this most recent report is very interesting.
The pitch that most LGAT's make is just "exercise your free will". but here's the problem. The LGAT's are world class experts at powerful social influence, and most of it is not even visible to most people, unless you have the training, which is every hard to come by.
But to be honest, this is one of the first LGAT's, where they go as far as calling your hotel room, and take a role call. But the instruction from Byron Katie about being carried into the seminar, is actually not strange at all. BK knows, that many people are literally going to have complete emotional breakdowns, and not be able to move, due to Trauma PTSD being activated. So it just shows she knows what is going to happen to people. They want the person carried into the room, so she can continue the full LGAT persuasion process. Its not strange at all, in terms of the LGAT process. If you are half conscious, that can be better for them, as the unconscious material can work better. Very standard stuff.
Also, just refusing to do the various exercises at LGAT's, is very difficult, due to the social pressures. Some people are able to get free tickets to many LGAT's, through contacts. So one could go to all these LGAT seminars, and sit near the back and take careful notes and observe their methods.
In every single case, participants and staff, would approach you constantly, to try and force you to "play along". You can say no, 100x, and they keep coming back, as they are taught. In most cases, people get at minimal angry, to outright verbally HOSTILE at you, even try to throw you out. So its not easy, even for a professional, to not "play along".
So when they say its all optional, its yet another trick of the LGAT.
These LGAT seminars are extremely tricky, even for trained professionals. They hit you will 100 techniques, from all sides at once. You can only be conscious of SOME, not all of them.
By attending the LGAT, its a Win/Win for the LGAT people. As you may get converted to their system, or at minimum they have your $5,000, for nothing.
But please, never listen to LGAT promoters, who say..."just say no". Its bullshit, and they know its bullshit, which is why they say it! :-)
You can't say NO to everything coming at you from all sides at once, even a professional can get duped at times. The only way to really not get hit at all, is to be so detached, that you stand out like a sore thumb. Then they usually harass you, and even with throw you out, as they think you are a "spy" from another LGAT trying to steal their techniques.