My Letter to the Landmark Forum
Date: May 11, 2005 08:38PM
I visited the Advanced Class (22nd March – Cape Town) last night as a guest…for the third time. I managed to get 5mins to talk to Annie (the speaker)at the end and seemed to be unable to have my usual “answer for everything” and consequently signed up for the next course in July (See attached) paying my R300 none returnable deposit. My philosophy at the time was and always has been “regret the things you have done, not the things you haven’t”. As Annie put it “what have you got to lose?”. So, already, without delay instead of walking out a free man I’m busy passing on the good news and roping people in, knowing all along this is really not me at all. So, I thought to myself, hang on, what am I promoting here? I haven’t done the course, I have noticed very little difference in my partner (now Ex ) who has done three courses (and of course is actively selling the course with great enthusiasm – recruiting!) and the people I see on the course bare no reflection to myself or my own concerns in life. These appear to be people who live in the past, dragging their baggage with them, or just plain and simply not been honest with themselves.
I had a break through with my father…big deal, the opportunity was always there
I stopped blaming someone for something…blame is a complete negative waste of time. I have no time for this.
Two people who were called up on stage didn’t even know what their breakthrough was…they had to be “coached” there and then.
In fact one person was so away with the fairies I’m not even sure what planet he was on.
Any way…this is not a letter of insults, I have no reason for that. Its simple, I listened to what everyone had to say, did the exercise (and got nothing from it…again) and noticed that it was very repetitive. The same exercise done in a different way…then the sales pitch…then the exercise, some personal stories (generally all of the same flavor – blame, guilt, dishonesty etc)…then the sales pitch…this goes on until the end.
So, why do I write to you? Well I’m not sure whether I am about to be “had” or not. So, I did a little research and look what I found! What is disturbing is that this is what I have noticed myself and then made excuses for. And why? Due to the fact that the course came from people I hold in very high regard. So I have a dilemma…do I do the course? Have I got something to lose? (R1495) so that is a yes, possibly I may leave disillusioned so that’s a yes again. I may become confused about my present stable life, so that’s a yes again. So if I lose, its down to me not putting in, and if I gain…well that’s down to the wonderful Forum!
I actually received 3 phone calls following the last visit to the Forum, follow-up sales pitch, hard sales at times. If the course is that good, then why the sales pitch? On a number of occasions I have heard first hand that participants are made to feel guilty by not recruiting enough future participants. This again is making me think I am doing the wrong thing here. But I don’t like going back on my word…but even less so “been had”.
I’m still in two minds as to whether I should go despite the fact that my sister who is a highly qualified psychologist claims LMF are a bunch of amateurs playing a very dangerous game. I asked to be taken off of the list of people that would be hounded to attend. I did this forcefully enough not to be called again. However, I would appreciate been contacted by a rep of the Forum to discuss my concerns and findings attached.
As regards the attached. When do you ever buy anything of this price without checking it out? The simple answer is NEVER. So I checked LMF out and found so much bad press its amazing more people don’t hear this rather than the hard sales. Please feel free to comment when you call.
I mean no insult by this letter, only have a real concern for peoples well-being, including my own.