It's a shame how crooks have bastardized teachings from Vedanta and others for use in scamming people. My holistic doctor did this, and used LE tech, which uses many twisted versions of eastern philosophy and psych. Eastern stuff was new to me then but now I can't stand to read it - it's all a reminder and I interpret it still via their version. There are now so many businesses throwing in eastern concepts and gurus popping up all over the place, and LGAT infiltrating organizations that their ideas and jargon are becoming accepted now. The one therapist I saw after LF turned out to be pro-LE(!), but she said it's not for me because I'm always searching. But, she clearly did not see any way LF could harm people.
I've overheard conversations in supermarkets between soccer moms loaded with language about being authentic, being responsible, creating clearings, blah, blah, blah. It's really freaky.
Hi Hope & Guy:
It's truly a shame that LEC and similar have coopted so much beneficial thought and methodology from both Eastern philosophy
(ooops! I almost typed Easter philosophy! LOL I have NO IDEA what THAT would be!)
and Western psychology.
Yet ironically despite all of LEC's claims of "authenticity" I've yet to hear them cite their sources and give credit where credit is due.
But then again old L. Ron like to take credit for any good idea.
In their proper contexts both Eastern philosopy and Western psychology have so many tangigle helpful things to offer:
From yoga I've learned how breath control, meditation and concentration can have literal and scientifically measurable tangible benefits for stronger immunity, stress reduction, emotional equilibrium and self esteem.
And from Western psychology I've learned SO VERY MUCH about myself as an individual and how we all relate together in everything from dating to families and beyond.
But just like when someone eats graham crackers just before getting the flu and then spending all night worshipping the "porcelain god," it's only human nature that if one had encountered some of these concepts in an LEC context that they'd tend to look askance at them if their LEC experience was a bad one.
I know that whenever I hear the buzz words like "new age," "authentic," "possibilities" and "stories" I have similar conditioned responses--bad ones.