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11 years ago
Judy
Oprah is being blasted for promoting alternative "healing" techniques. Here's a sample from the Newsweek article where Oprah admits The Secret isn't the answer to everything: A few weeks earlier, Oprah could not say enough in praise of The Secret as the guiding philosophy of her life. Now she said that people had somehow gotten the wrong idea. "I think
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11 years ago
Judy
Hello mysticjaw, I'm still in the "sorting out" phase, figuring out which beliefs are worth holding onto and which ones to discard. I'm leaning more on my intuition and I'm simplifying a lot. One of the things I've simplified is my meditation practise, where I now mostly focus on my breath. Fortunately, I've never been heavily involved with any cu
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11 years ago
Judy
Thank you to to everyone who responded to this thread. It feels good to be amongst others who question all this New Age brainwashing that is, unfortunately, becoming increasingly accepted by the mainstream -- including places of employment where it's now being shoved down employees' throats. Unfortunately, I am not able to respond to you all individually because I've become qui
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
Judy
I also want to thank everyone who responded to this thread, including NKT members. You've all given me much to think about; I feel more strongly than ever that I made the right decision to search elsewhere in my quest to learn more about Buddhism. As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm not feeling well and don't have the energy or brain capacity to respond to you all individu
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
Judy
Thank you corboy for your private message, for taking the time to provide me with so much valuable information. Unfortunately, as a new subscriber to the board I cannot respond to you privately. I will keep my message short, partly because I'm very ill and fuzzy brained, but also because I see that in record time NKT members are saturating this thread with their pro-NKT responses, w
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
Judy
Anyone have info on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso or on the New Kadampa Tradition? I recently started attending meditation classes given by one of his followers and after a brief google search I'm having doubts about this group. Thanks.
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11 years ago
Judy
The Anticult, are people still going on about alien reptiles taking over the planet? I remember years ago when some people I knew were going on about David Icke. I couldn't believe they took that stuff seriously. It seems that rather than helping, New Age thinking leads to unhealthy thinking and behaviours. The more people embrace this stuff, the less happy and functional they end up bei
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
Judy
Hello corboy, Thanks for all the info! I recently discovered Steve Salerno's Shamblog. I haven't read his book yet, and this is the first I've heard of www.selfhelpinc.com and some of the others you mentioned. You're right about some therapists being a gateway. It seems a lot of them endorse and teach classes on A Course in Miracles. I find most self-help is badly writte
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
Judy
corboy, thank you for your response. What you say about Cultic Milieus makes sense re. New Age. Critical thinking is most definitely discouraged. Anyone who asks questions isn't "getting it" and is dismissed. You wrote: "The sad thing is, those in the cultic milieu think they have escaped the evils of mainstream culture and have escaped from the forms of marketing and c
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
Judy
Hello again Sandman! In your first paragraph you say: "According to New Ageism, if a letter you were waiting on did not arrive on time, then it could be due to something like that archetypal symbol identified in a dream two nights previously in which you were unable to communicate with a mysterious figure called something indecipherable who was communicating from another galaxy in the
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
Judy
Thanks for your response, Sandman. The idea that people are responsible for everything that happens to them makes no sense and easily results in blame and self-centeredness. The world doesn't revolve around any one person and going back to the mail carrier example, if the mail is lost, is it because of my "faulty" thinking or anyone else involved, including the sender of the mail (
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 years ago
Judy
Hello everyone! I've been dealing with health issues for some time now and whilst consulting with regular MDs (who were of no help) and a naturopath (the most helpful, so far), I've also been reading the works of people such as Louise Hay, Doreen Virtue and Wayne Dyer... (And yes, I also read The Secret and started A Course in Miracles, but couldn't get past the first few exerc
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