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17 days ago
Resilient
An ascensionist creeped one of my meditation groups, where I said something like "the human body is designed for deterioration" (I may have been talking about Buddhist contemplation of death practices) and she started to slowly shake her head "no" (side-to-side). I asked what she objected to, and she told me that she will ascend with her physical body intact. Like, whoa. I did
Forum: Recovery from Destructive Cults and Groups
17 days ago
Resilient
Allalong, just a note about Pema Chodron on your list. I, too, have enjoyed a couple of her books, but I like to dig into the teachers' lineage before going too far down a path with a "popular"/reknowned author and teacher. Especially important if the work resonates with you, if you are citing quotes or engaging more deeply in their practices. She had an abusive and disgraceful tea
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
27 days ago
Resilient
Wow - Bricolage sounds like what my cult guru created but he called it "synthesis". Such a great word.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
2 months ago
Resilient
allalong, I am glad my experience is able to support you in some way. I'll address a couple of the questions you asked. Q: This sounds perfect for me. May I ask how you found a teacher? A: I had heard about a teacher who was a young, male, charismatic zen buddhist/yoga teacher many years ago from a friend. It was not what I was looking for that at the time. Many years, like, 8 years l
Forum: Recovery from Destructive Cults and Groups
2 months ago
Resilient
allalong, I am glad my experience is able to support you in some way. I'll address a couple of the questions you asked. Regarding meditation, there are many types of > meditation and you need to ask and know what the > purpose is/what the effect is and don't take the > teacher's word for it. The most basic mindfulness > meditation from the Buddha's satipa
Forum: Recovery from Destructive Cults and Groups
2 months ago
Resilient
Allalong, I just replied to another post of yours, and I didn't realize the extent of your suffering. Rachel Bernstein has a great podcast and has helped many people to recover from cults and other systems of control. There are therapists who specialize in this work, and maybe you can gain some clarity or insight from some of her interviews. Possibly even reach out to her, or find a referral
Forum: Recovery from Destructive Cults and Groups
2 months ago
Resilient
Allalong, this is a great question that I wish more people would ask themselves. I have gone down more than a few rabbit holes searching for practices and techniques that make sense, delivered by trustworthy people. it's not easy to navigate those waters when you're searching for connection, healing, understanding, etc. I have a few ideas to consider. Ask yourself what need you are
Forum: Recovery from Destructive Cults and Groups
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