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2 years ago
Christa
I wasn't that high toward the end of my involvement in my group. I was increasingly suspicious of the leader, my life. far from improving, was getting worse, and I was seeing too much wreckage in others' lives. The leader's boyfriend (yes this group was unusual in that a woman was a guru) dumped her for a younger woman (she was much older than he, and much uglier.But she paid the
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
8 years ago
Christa
The descriptions of volunteer opportunities available through Robbins Research International merit the attention of everyone who reads this board. I'm posting fair use excerpts below; the full details are available at Robbins Crew Positions This is not a leak of secret information. Everything excerpted here is freely available at the Robbins Research International website. I am also
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
8 years ago
Christa
QuoteBethannThank you for so many informative posts on James Arthur Ray and the trial. I've followed for the past four months, and knew of the problems with Ray four years ago. Tuesday, 9:15 PST, June 28th. Perhaps you'd like to say more about the problems you knew about four years ago? Also, your post appears to have 2 different dates on it.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
Christa
Absolutely fascinating. American medium Vickie Monroe starts off being interviewed on the podcast Righteous Indignation, but slides into doing a cold reading on the interviewers. She starts throwing out common names, diseases, and life events, but since the interviewers know these techniques and thus don't feed her much information, the reading completely fails. It's all really quite a
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
8 years ago
Christa
Today's excellent, appalling New York Times article about Donald Trump's business practices inspired me to revive Sparky's very prescient thread. I urge everyone to read the article linked below, then pass it along to everyone you know. I did not think I could find anyone more disgusting than James Ray, Tony Robbins, Byron Katie, and all the other scammers, conmen, and frauds we
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
8 years ago
Christa
The excellent article below illustrates the damage the bad advice of Tony Robbins, and people like him, can do to start-ups. It is very tough to start a business, and people who do it are wise to seek counsel. Robbins and his ilk prey on entrepreneurs' legitimate questions, fears and desires-- their goal is to fill their own pockets, drain the company dry, and then move onto the next victim.
Forum: Multi Level Marketing and Commercial Schemes
8 years ago
Christa
QuoteInPassingPerspective: Maybe I should point out the obvious. This thread is for the “education” of those who want to understand the pitfalls of an LGAT. Any moderate, positive view or experience is summarily dismissed. Your misinterpretation, and consequent condemnation, of this thread is not obvious to anyone but you. LGATs and cults are inherently fraudulent. To have a moderate, positi
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
8 years ago
Christa
QuotecorboyIn India power is not seen 'as' divine, power is experienced AS divine, period. There is no way to imagine corrupt power or legitimate power. Power just IS. One has to have had a thorough education along Western and humanistic lines to be able to remove oneself from such conditioning. IMO, anyone lucky enough to be born into a functional participatory democracy ris
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
Christa
Pulitzer prize-winning author Lawrence Wright profiles Ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis in this week's New Yorker. A must read.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
Christa
QuotecorboyAndrew Cohen and the Future Quote..and Urban Zen hosted a dialogue with Andrew Cohen and Deepak Chopra, entitled “Creating a Spiritually Empowered Future.” The dialogue was moderated by Arianna Huffington. (for full text read here) Worth noting that Arianna Huffington is up to her neck in MSIA cult bullshit. She's a very, very smart woman (although she did plagiariz
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
Christa
I found several creepy yet informative videos about Keith Raniere on YouTube. One of them appears to be an old infomercial, starring the actor Eddie Albert, for Consumers' Buyline. (Eddie Albert played the husband in the old TV show Green Acres-- the one that also starred Eva Gabor.) He must have needed money. These videos are a treasure trove. In the infomercial, Raniere uses all kind
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
8 years ago
Christa
Hey Anticult, and everyone, in addition to whatever the Secret encourages people to mis-believe about food and weight, ex-Scientologist Tory Christman thinks Scis gain weight partly because when they get to the highest levels of Scientology they know for sure it doesn't work, but they're not allowed to raise any questions. In fact, the mind control at these levels is so tight they'
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
8 years ago
Christa
Quotealyb45Let me ask you this Christa Do you think US undercover allies in the middle east will want to help the US after these leaks became public? Do you think some might fear that future leaks could jeopardize their safety and identities? I do. I did check out your links. Opinion remains unchanged. Unsurprisingly, alyb45, you missed my point, which is that the US government does n
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 years ago
Christa
alyb45, you do not appear to be a victim of media brainwashing; you appear uninformed. Do you seriously not know the vital role WikiLeaks has played in the anti cult movement? That information appears in this thread; you don't even have to Google for it. If the US government is sincerely concerned for the safety of Iraqi and Afghan nationals who collaborate with them, why have they made i
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Christa
Quote “Every attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.” --Daniel Ellsberg Here is a link to a video of Daniel Ellsberg discussing Assange with Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now". Ellsberg says that Assange voluntarily redacted many names, and asked the Pentagon to tell him which names it wanted blocked from
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Christa
According to their website, they still offer residential programs. At the time of Paul's death, they were planning to continue offering residential treatment. I'd advise anyone interested to call and ask what they offer. Their residential program was excellent, and I wouldn't want anyone to rule them out without checking with them.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Christa
Wellspring is still providing services, despite the sad death of Paul Martin. It's an excellent place to heal from cult abuse.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Christa
It's not the Internet's fault that there are a lot of nuts out there. Your post is not entirely fair. BTR is just a platform; anyone can use it. You could use it. Have you thought about starting a BTR station to talk about cults? Here's a link to a series of extremely informative, interesting interviews with ex-Scientologists, critics, and Anonymous. They're on BTR; th
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Christa
QuoteSandman If the material on the Meta-Faith website was presented as a TV show no-one would bat an eyelid, they wouldn't say "look out, it's a scam". They may or may not find it entertaining, but they'd accept it was just a satirical performance piece, a black comedy. So Joyce1969's apparently sincere, actually mocking post on this non-Hollywood, non-PR message
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Christa
Evan Georgiades IMDB page: My first thought is that the videos and website are ways to publicize some truly low-rent fictional work. I bet they've tripled their amount of traffic since the OP's first post. The videos are incredibly lousy. They look like a fairly unimaginative person's idea of what gurus and cult victims are like. It's very hard for advertisers
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Christa
Brynhild, thank you for an excellent post. The only thing I'd add is exit counseling. A knowledgeable, well-trained, experienced exit counselor can really speed up the healing process.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Christa
Wow. Jaw-dropping Vanity Fair article on NXIVM and the Bronfmans. Conde Nast own Vanity Fair, which means every assertion in this piece has been fact-checked into the ground. Did anyone know this was in the works? WARNING: There's a photo of Raniere lying in bed, legs unclothed. Made me rethink my love of the human body. From the article: Quote What seems clear, from court documents
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
9 years ago
Christa
If your counselor is saying you're stuck in the past, I have to wonder if he really understands cult issues. I saw many counselors who helped me with other life issues but never helped with recovery. You might want to take some info from this site into your counselors. Also, counselors who have experience with spousal abuse issues are often able to help with cult issues. You absolutely
Forum: Recovery from Destructive Cults and Groups
9 years ago
Christa
Everybody, you simply must click the link below and watch Keith Raniere talk about his crack-brained child-rearing ideas and about some new ecological website, Theplanetpride. He's even got a cool new Planetpride lapel button (oddly, he has no lapel) to publicize this site. If only the interviewer could ask this planet if she's proud of Raniere.
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
9 years ago
Christa
Fascinating, informative article, photos, AND video. For some reason, I'm surprised to see this kind of serious, in-depth information about a dangerous group in the popular press. Maybe NXIVM is finally starting to crumble. From the Times Union article: Quote "It felt like a very safe, very safe environment," she said. "It did not end well." Her story, she said,
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
9 years ago
Christa
Haven't seen any info about this book, Tragedy in Sedona - My Life in James Arthur Ray's Inner Circle, on this thread. Here's an excerpt about the author and her family: QuoteConnie and her husband Richard are among the few people who were members of the World Wealth Society (WWS), Ray’s inner cir­cle, from its inception. They attended every event that he offered as either
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 years ago
Christa
And yet "eric pearl fraud" is still the first suggestion!! Looks like karma optimized this search.
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