The Power of Personal Story
April 05, 2009 06:50PM
Also, BK constantly uses HER stories, but you are supposed to drop your stories, and take on her carefully written stories.
Annariadne wrote on Guruphliacs forum
At all times, there was a staff member in the back of the room speaking very softly into a dictophone, recording every story and event. Katie's books are largely made up of these stories and a release is signed at the beginning, giving permission for your stories to be used. One could literally feel the next book taking shape in that room.
It might have been a "voluntary" exploitation, but exploitation it was, nonetheless. More later.
26th March 15:18 p.m.
The context in which the staff member was sitting in the back of the room, speaking very softly into a dictophone:
The Shame module was perhaps the most disturbing unit in the School. I believe this took place in the morning of Day Three, although I admit to losing track of what day it was (we were always either in the windowless conference room, on the 30-minute silent and led walks around the blocks nearby, or, briefly, on the grassy lawn in front of the hotel or in the halls of the hotel when we were set free to do The Work with a partner).
In the Shame unit, we were instructed to write down the thing we'd done in our lives that we were most ashamed of, then take the mike and tell the whole group, then do The Work on it with a partner.
Shaming is a subtle but powerful component of psychological abuse used in every torture and mind control process. People stood up and, sobbing or preening, revealed everything from bestiality and zoophilia to embarrassing physical features, infidelity to poor parenting that bordered on abuse.
Many people told of having been abused and shamed by that.
The reward for producing a novel or particularly painful shame experience was Katie's cooing, warm approval and attention.
This was such a powerful exercise that, for the next few days, Katie would interrupt whatever exercise was in process to say that so-and-so desired to tell about their shame.
Folks who had kept quiet during the Shame module apparently could not resist being part of it all, taking that microphone, and joining Katie's "family." Although Katie said, after the confessions had begun, that we should not reveal anything illegal, many seemed not to understand that bestiality, child abuse, etc., were illegal in the US.
Carl Jung, traveled to Africa prior to World War II. He describes meeting a clan who lived on the slopes of Mt Elgon, at the headlands of the Nile River.
‘I was naturally much interested in the native’s dreams’ Jung writes ‘but at first could not get them to tell me any…nothing helped. I could never completely explain their shyness about telling dreams. I suspect the reason was fear and distrust. It is well known that Negroes* are afraid of being photographed; they fear that anyone who takes a picture of them is robbing them of their soul, and perhaps they likewise fear that harm may come to them from anyone who has knowledge of their dreams.
(Jung, Memories Dreams and Reflections
, Page 265.)
*(Jungs term for indigenous tribes of Africa…these were the years before we learned to clean up our language)
Earlier Jung described a visit to the Pueblo tribe of Taos, New Mexico, in the 1920s.
Chief Ochwaiy Biano said something to Jung about the Americans.
See”, Ochwaiy Biano said, ‘how cruel the whites look. Their lips are thin, their noses sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression; they are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something; they are always uneasy and restless. We do not know what they want. We do not understand them. We think they are mad. …Why” said the chief, ‘do the Americans not let us alone? Why do they want to forbid our dances? Why do they make difficulties when they want to take our young people from school in order to lead them to the kiva (site of the rituals) and instruct them in our religion? We do nothing to harm the Americans!”
After a prolonged silence he continued. ‘The Americans want to stamp out our religion. Why can they not let us alone?’ (Jung, Memories, Dreams and Reflections) Pages 250-252)
Why can Byron Katie not leave us alone?
Why can Byron Katie’s recruiters not stay out of our kivas (12 step meetings) , not use them to empire build for BK?
Jung, earlier in this interview with Chief Ochwaiy Biano, fell into a reverie as the Chief spoke of the craving and staring eyes of the white Americans: Here is Jung, born a white European, a Swiss, citizen of a region that had been colonized first by the Romans, Christianized by the Romans, later ruled by the native born Habsburgs and that had been the first to free itself from the Habsburgs in a series of battles won against Habsburg armored knights by Swiss pikemen and mountaineers fighting on foot and as insurgents in mountain passes—defeating and killing Duke Leopold of Habsburg at the Battle of Sempach..
Writes Jung; ‘
I fell into a long meditation. .I felt rising within me like a shapeless mist something unknown and deeply familiar. And out of this mist, image upon image detached itself; first, Roman legions smashing into Gaul and the keenly incised features of Julius Caesar, Scipio Africanus, and Pompey. I saw the Roman eagle on the banks of the North Sea and on the banks of the White Nile. Then I saw St. Augustine transmitting the Christian creed to the Britons on the tips of Roman lances and Charlemagnes most glorioius forced conversions of the heathen; then the pillaging and murdering bands of the Crusader armies. With a secret stab I realized the hollowness of that old Romanticism about the Crusades.
'Then followed Columbus, Cortes, and the other conquistadors who with fire, sword, torture, and Christianity came down upon even these remote pueblos dreaming peacefully in the Sun, their Father. I saw too the peoples of the Pacific Islands decimated by firewater, syphilis, and scarlet fever, carried in the clothes the missionaries forced on them.
‘It was enough. What we from our point of view call colonization missions to the heathen, spread of civilization, etc has another face—the face of a bird of prey seeking with cruel intentness for distant quarry—a face worthy of a race of pirates and highway men. All the eagles and other predatory creatures that adorn our coats of arms seem to me pat psychological representatives of our true nature.
(Jung, Memories Dreams and Reflections
, page 248-49)
The face of craving.
It is interesting eh, that Christin Loren Weber tells us BK resembled a bird of prey.
How can someone who craves free us from craving?
It was bad enough someone once tried to stop the Taos Pueblo from practicing their religion.
But its another thing when someone not only tries to detach you from your own stories, to substitiute HER story--yet, according to Annaariadne is reportedly appropriating the stories that once belonged to you
, that you are told are valueless so long as they are your stories, but that may become valuable if incorporated into the Falcon’s Story, She of the Glittering Eyes, ever hungry but never satisfied.
Do not forget that all despotisms try to take control of a conquered people's history.
The refusal of the Elgonyi to tell their dreams to a stranger, their conviction that even to be photographed meant the risk of losing their souls or core selves, is a teaching
worth remembering in this day when so many of us are sacrificing privacy.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 04/08/2009 10:51PM by corboy.