As for my brother, I do not like the fact that he goes to the RS site but upon reflection perhaps he's the least likely fellow to suffer much harm there. For my mother I think things are much worse.
The Religious (anti)Science Treatments being done on him are hopefully not going to be directly physically harmful, as long as they are doing it the old fashioned way, which is just reading words, in a form of declarative prayer.
Of course, hopefully he is getting proper medical care from doctors? You could speak with the RS practicioner, and make sure he is telling your mom to seek proper medical treatment from a doctor as well, and that if he isn't and something happens, you might hold him responsible..
Of course, many RS churches have been taken over by lots of whack-jobs, who are against "doctors" and all the rest of it.
there are fiduciary laws that force parents to seek medical care for their dependents in certain areas.
But its a drag that the New Thought maniacs have gotten a hold of your family. Once people get locked into the New Thought stuff, its very very difficult to come out of it.
Many get locked in for life.
Jack Oskar Larm
exImpact, interesting list. Could you be more specific?
:shock: I'm OK. Really. It's just another new-age piece of crapola to pile on the huge heap of things these groups twist and turn to propagandize, justify and verify their insane ideas. Impact however has claimed to be directly responsible for every good thing that has happened in this world for the last 25 years. Well, [i:3be9fa4e45]The Secret[/i:3be9fa4e45] is further "proof" of the validity of their Lift-Off training, this "calling forth" and "manifesting" crap is their bread-and-butter. The only people I ever knew that had success in that "training" had it before they even went in.Quote
Yo exImpact... you feeling alright? :wink:
I appreciate the concern, but do not worry. My family is in such a sad state that my brother is cared for by the government. He resides in a group home run by professional care, he visits on weekends. This is when my mom brings him to her church. If I had any say in things I'd take my brother to a movie every weekend.
37 years old
Melbourne-born creator Rhonda Byrne, 55, will appear on the Oprah Winfrey show later this month, having re-located to Los Angeles in preparation for the production of The Secret 2, which this time will be made with Hollywood backing.
This film will appeal to people who want material wealth and happiness without having to invest time or energy - or put money at risk - to achieve them. Contrary to the producers' claims that it has become "the foundational philosophy of entrepreneurs", The Secret is quite the opposite of the entrepreneurial mindset. Entrepreneurs must know their market deeply, take significant financial risks and have contingency plans for all possible failure modes for their entrepreneurial undertaking.
The film's assertions that science supports the "Law of Attraction" are without merit. String theory - cited as supporting the "Law of Attraction" - is still deeply theoretical and no scientific evidence exists to suggest that our thoughts affect the "frequencies that we radiate into the world" or that "thoughts become things" by attracting "things radiating the same frequencies".
Karin Klein, editorial writer for The LA Times, called The Secret "just a new spin on the very old (and decidedly not secret) The Power of Positive Thinking wedded to 'ask and you shall receive'". The editorial pointed out a few of the common criticisms of The Secret, characterizing the film as "another get rich quick chimera" and a recycling of "well-worn ideas of some self-help gurus" customized for "the profoundly lazy" and repackaged with "a veneer of mysticism." The editorial also gives published recognition to the much-discussed criticism that the film provides a dubious recipe for material greed, social apathy, and blaming the victim.
Journalist Jeffrey Ressner, reporting in Time Magazine, writes that some critics are concerned with the film’s attitude towards "using ancient wisdom to acquire material goods". In one example in the film, "a kid who wants a red BMX bicycle cuts out a picture in a catalog, concentrates real hard, and is rewarded with the spiffy two-wheeler."
Since the first release of the DVD, Esther Hicks declined to continue with the project, mentioning contractual issues in a letter to friends. While continuing to speak highly of the film, she acknowledges that "we have been very well paid for our participation with this project… which has amounted to a staggering amount of money". She goes on to say "Jerry and I were uncomfortable with what felt to us like a rather aggressive marketing campaign (just not our style, nothing wrong with it)... allowing them to edit us out was the path of least resistance." As a result of this, scenes which Esther Hicks originally narrated are instead narrated by Lisa Nichols.
Unverifiable and Unsubstantiated Health Claims
ABC news referred to claims that the mind has power over our health as "perhaps the most controversial" in The Secret. They quote Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, as saying: "I've seen kidneys regenerated. I've seen cancer dissolved," 
On the Rhonda Byrne MySpace, she says she is 37 (cough cough).
37 years old
I wonder if some internet research could turn up her REAL age, as opposed to her Secret Age. (in the Secret, you can get YOUNGER EVERY YEAR if you BELIEVE it!)
ok, like I thought, I thought I saw somewhere that Rhonda Byrne is 55.
Is it possible she is even trying to fabricate her real age?
Whatever her age is, I'm thinking she has a few more years to go to find the secret to wisdom or true freedom.