I've just stumbled upon this site as I'm doing some research on Landmark. I've had a couple of friends do it and was planning on doing the forum, except that $500 is a lot to me- I had no idea how many people worked for free there until now!
Consider yourself very lucky to have found this site. I wish I had found out about the true face of Landmark before I joined. I missed a documentary that ran on TV just before I took the first course.
Anyway, after a really bad year last year, I'm coming off anti-depressants and thought the forum might help me get some clarity, motivation for my goals, and sort out what I want from life and how I'm going to achieve it and improve self esteem and empowerment etc.
After reading many of these threads, I'm now thinking it could make me depressed again, just as my life is improving.
I became manic for months after doing the forum and the advanced course. I loved the "high" - I tried to get it back by taking more courses but never got that first kick back.
After quitting Landmark I started taking an anti-depressant and stayed on those for years. I simply couldn't cope without having the support system Landmark Education to keep my depression at bay. I had been depressed before Landmark and while I was involved I kept it pretty much under control by applying Landmark "technology" (I hate that word in the landmark context) and constantly working myself to exhaustion. It really didn't work. But you train yourself not to listen to your feelings. When I quit Landmark I had to train myself to start listening to my feelings again.
I have no plans on quitting my job, and pushing people to join- I'm not into the whole sales thing.
I would have said the same but they are very good at turning people like that into salespersons for Landmark. You would be amazed! I hate selling things - but after the course I was constantly trying to sell the Forum - simply because I thougt it was the "best thing that ever happened to me" (implanted Forum talk). In truth it is the worst thing that ever happened to me. Well - let's say that it was the most devastating of all the new age stuff I have tried...
Is it possible to just do the weekend thing and get some benefits without getting obsessed with it? or is the whole thing just a dangerous con? Has anyone here had good experiences?
You will get obsessed - it doesn't work unless you get obsessed - it is design to make participants take the bait, swallow it and belong to the Landmark Education for a long time - some belong for the rest of their life. Even if you only do the first course you will have been subjected to mind control techniques that can damage your health. Some people become psychotic. It is not worth the risk to your health. There are people that report only having good results and my question to them is; "would you want these results if you knew the cost for the ones that are harmed?".
Also with Landmark everyone at the higher levels are trained to present their results in an "enrolling" way. I have done that. I used to talk about my positive results to enroll people. Some of these positive results were in the area of getting material stuff - like cars etc. Later I think of these positive results as something that was positive when thinking out of the mindset of a landmark person. Now in retrospect - I think I spent to much money on these things - I simply spent money like there was no tomorrow.
So - even positive results may have more to it than your friends tell you (the ones that are trying to get you to do the course)
I would say my advice is;
- don't get involved with the Forum
- show this to your friends. It might help them from spending time in Landmark
PS I was high up in the local Landmark leadership. Look at my other postings on this site