This is an interesting scenario: a charismatic leader sent his followers to an existing LGAT (in this case, a group called Harmony) whose methodology broke down boundaries and conventional ethics.
The followers were 'processed' by the LGAT, and rendered yet more malleable for the leader's purposes.
The leader exploited the malleability created by the Harmony LGAT. The leader and his followers are now on trial for several ghastly murders.
All three defendants participated in a Sacramento self-awareness program called Harmony (that bears some resemblances to the old EST program-Corboy).
Witnesses said ``devastated'' some members with its harsh, confrontational approach. Harmony participants would stand in front of a room full of people and talk about being molested and raped, trial witnesses have said. Bathroom breaks during the group's marathon empowerment sessions were allowed only with a staff escort.
It was Harmony that Taylor Helzer valued most among the belief systems he, Justin Helzer and Godman toyed with, several witnesses have said. Taylor Helzer demanded that people close to him complete the organization's three levels of training. People who didn't could not be trusted, he told his friends.
'Another of his plots involved having small-town mayors enlist their townspeople to self-help training. The residents then would donate money to help Taylor Helzer create a nationwide Harmony organization.
'In contrast, Justin Helzer purportedly was taken with New Age interests. Former roommates have testified that he often did yoga, grunting loudly with the exertion. He would debate Buddhism and other world religions.
Groups such as Harmony, which began in Salt Lake City and includes a lot of Mormons, have drawn warnings from Mormon leaders for the faithful to beware.'
'Further references to the Harmony group are here
Harmony, where "facilitators" confronted participants about their "lies," would help some people improve their lives, but would leave others crying and unable to complete the program, Carter said.
"You learn about yourself and the obstacles in life that are keeping you stuck or immobile," she said. "It's very intense."
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