Royal Way/Jacumba/Ranch/Michael - Need Info
Date: July 06, 2006 03:46AM
Not long ago someone told me about a Royal Way Retreat. I was thinking of going so I looked Royal Way up on the internet and found your blog. I was concerned about what I read, until I realized that none of these people had ever attended a Royal Way Retreat or met Michael. They are people sharing their negative thoughts about LGATS, not accurate information about Royal Way. Then I saw the comments of the person who had actually attended and stayed for 13 years, and the comments of the person who said their many years in Royal Way were amazing. That sounded pretty good to me, so I figured I'd give it a try and see for myself.
So here's what I thought about the Royal Way Retreat. I had a beautiful experience. I found Michael to be very knowledgeable, kind and genuinely caring about the people on the Retreat. He also has a sense of humor and talks straight, which I found refreshing.
Contrary to what someone said on your blog, Michael did not discourage questions. He encouraged them. He did not tell anyone what to do or how to live his or her life. He simply offered observations and suggestions. I remember thinking that if one is open to what he says, there is much to gain here, even for someone like me -- an independent person who has always gone my own way. So I thought about what was said to me and used it to go my own way even better and function more effectively in my everyday life.
As far as Michael using other's teachings goes, he himself said he does that. I kind of liked that he was not tied into using just his own thoughts and ideas. Besides, I figure who cares who said what. It's the experience of the Retreat that was unique.
As for the person who stayed 13 years, it appears that Royal functions on many levels, so I can see how someone could stay that long and have difficulty leaving something so worthwhile. Well, maybe they got what they needed and moved on.
Regarding the comments about Royal Way splitting up families and friends, my observation on the Retreat was just the opposite. The goal was to bring families together. One example was a man who was estranged from his father for many years. After the Retreat they were able to sort out their differences and have a meaningful relationship. And there were other such instances involving spouses, friends, etc.
Regarding money issues mentioned on your blog, the fee for the Royal Way Retreat was reasonable compared to the other Retreats I also looked into, and there are so many things offered in Royal Way that have no fee, it seems like a good deal to me.
Also, I think people who group all LGATS together or call them all cults are simply ignorant of the facts. Certainly there are some dangerous LGATS out there. There are also some dangerous doctors out there, does that mean we should not trust any doctors? Of course not. We use our intelligence to discern what is best for us. The same goes for LGATS.
To sum it up, I'm really glad someone told me about the Royal Way Retreat. By the way, I didn't feel recruited at all. I liked what I saw in the person telling me. Attending the Retreat was a beautiful, growthful experience, and I am looking forward to the next one.