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Kulte – Sekten
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Inhaltsverzeichnis (verbergen)

  1. 1. Politisch unkorrekter Kampfbegriff Sekte
  2. 2. Verzicht auf den Begriff Sekte staatlicherseits
  3. 3. Zitate zum Thema Kulte und Kultführer / Cults and cult leaders
    1. 3.1 Zitate von D. Hawkins
    2. 3.2 Quotes by D. Hawkins
    3. 3.3 Zitate von anderen Quellen – Kultstrukturen
    4. 3.4 Quotes by various other sources – Cult structures
    5. 3.5  Quotes by former (family) members of the Unification Church (S. M. Moon)
    6. 3.6  Quotes by former Buddhist nun June Campbell
    7. 3.7  Critical quotes on guru systems – Andrew Harvey
  4. 4. Englische Texte – English section on Cults
    1. 4.1 Six conditions to create a climate conducive to indoctrination
    2. 4.2 Methods of seduction, manipulation and binding used by cults and psychopaths
    3. 4.3 Ten most common spiritually transmitted diseases – Mariana Caplan
    4. 4.4 Cult scoring of self-help group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
    5. 4.5 Setting up a cult – Promotion of spiritual teachers
    6. 4.6 Setting up a cult – Promotion of spiritual teachings
    7. 4.7 Eight criteria to identify cultic coercion – Robert Lifton
    8. 4.8 Questions to inquire the fundamentalist mind
    9. 4.9 List of MKUltra related cults
    10. 4.10 Media recommendations – Discerning shadow aspects and cultic features
  5. 5. BW-Werte: Kulte
    1. 5.1 Levels of consciousness (LoC): related to cults
  6. 6. Index: Kulte / Cults – Bücher von D. Hawkins
    1. 6.1 Index: Audio- und Videomedien (engl.) von und mit D. Hawkins
  7. 7. Links zum Thema Kulte und Kultführer / Cults and cult leaders
    1. 7.1 Literatur zum Thema
    2. 7.2 Literature (engl.)
    3. 7.3 Externe Weblinks
    4. 7.4 External web links (engl.)
    5. 7.5 Audio- und Videolinks
    6. 7.6 Audio and video links (engl.)
    7. 7.7 Audio and video links (engl.) – Steven Hassan
    8. 7.8 Documentary and movie links (engl.)
    9. 7.9 Interne Links

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Rattenfänger von Hameln
Kopie einer Glasmalerei in der Marktkirche zu Hameln

Reisechronik des Augustin von Moersperg,
Aquarell, 1592

 

 

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Niemand tritt einer Sekte bei. Menschen schließen sich Interessengruppen an, die versprechen, ihre Bedürfnisse zu erfüllen.
Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo (*1933) US-amerikanischer Professor Emeritus für Sozialpsychologie,
Stanford University, Quelle unbekannt

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Politisch unkorrekter Kampfbegriff Sekte

Das Wort Sekte (lat. secta) bedeutet "Partei" oder "Schule". Es geht wahrscheinlich nicht auf das lateinische Verb "secare" (abschneiden) zurück, sondern auf "sequi" (folgen). Es handelt sich weniger um eine Abspaltung als um eine Gefolgschaft.

 

Die nicht-christliche Antike bezeichnete philosophische oder religiöse Gruppierungen wertfrei und neutral als Sekten. Die ersten Christen wurden in dieser Tradition als "Sekte der Nazarener", eine Richtung des Judentums, bezeichnet.

 

Sekte wird in den meisten Fällen als Kampfbegriff gebraucht. Die begriffliche Nähe zu 'extrem agierenden dissidierenden religiösen, ideologischen, psychologischen, medizinisch-therapeutischen oder politischen Gruppierungen' kann im landläufigen Verständnis des Begriffs "Sekte" zu einer einseitigen Diffamierung Andersdenkender führen.

 

In Meyers Enzyklopädisches Lexikon stand 1977 zu lesen:

  • Mit dem Wort "Sekte" wird heute weitgehend die Vorstellung von etwas Abartigem, Gefährlichem, Widersetzlichem signalisiert.

 

Im Münchner Rechtslexikon steht zu lesen:

  • Der Begriff "Sekte" ist in staatsrechtlicher Hinsicht unangemessen, da er eine negative theologische Beurteilung enthält.

 

Die früher als "Sekten" bezeichneten organisierten Gruppierungen werden heute meist neutraler als "Neue religiöse Bewegungen", "dissidierende religiöse Gruppen" oder "Alternativreligionen" bezeichnet. Kleinere, nicht bzw. marginal organisierte spirituelle Gruppierungen und Einzelpersonen nennt man auch "Anbieter auf dem Lebenshilfemarkt". Bei der vom Mainstream unbemerkten, da nicht organisierten Bewegung der Kulturell Kreativen und Menschen im Milieu der Esoterik, die sich im Rahmen der "freien Spiritualität" bewegen, greift die Zuordnung "Sekte" gar nicht mehr.

Verzicht auf den Begriff Sekte staatlicherseits

Der Kampfbegriff Sekte ist nicht mehr 'politisch korrekt'.
Die 1996 im Auftrag des deutschen Bundestages eingesetzte Enquête-Kommission für 'Sogenannte Sekten und Psychogruppen verzichtet mit folgender Begründung auf die Benutzung des Begriffs Sekte:

"Wie häufig der Begriff 'Sekte' auch umgangssprachlich verwendet werden mag, ist er doch sachlich unzutreffend und irreführend. […]
Er kommt von lateinischen sequi → folgen, und ist die Übersetzung von griechischen hairesis → Wahl, Gefolgschaft." Mit ihm wurden in der Antike zunächst diejenigen bezeichnet, die einem bestimmten Philosophen in seinen Anschauungen folgten. In der Geschichte des Christentums wurden damit die Gruppen bezeichnet, die außerhalb der allgemeinen Kirche einem bestimmten Glaubensführer und für abweichend erklärten Glaubenslehren oder Praktiken anhingen. Im Mittelalter (vgl. z. B. die Konstitution Ad Deus des Kaisers Friedrich II. von 1220) wurde das 'widerspenstige Anhängen' an eine 'Sekte' in Acht getan und mit dem Tode bestraft (vergleiche z. B. die Bamberger Halsgerichtsordnung von 1507, Artikel 30). Dadurch wurde aus einem religiösen Abweichen ein kriminelles Delikt, wie der protestantische Theologe Paul Tillich (BW 480) schrieb: 'Wer gegen das kanonisierte Dogma verstößt, (ist) nicht nur ein Häretiker, der den Grundlehren der Kirche widerspricht, sondern auch ein Verbrecher gegen den Staat.' […]

Mit der Erklärung der Religionsfreiheit in den europäischen Staaten wurden solche Auffassungen und Einrichtungen abgeschafft. Das deutsche Grundgesetz kennt nur -Religionen, -Religionsgesellschaften, -Religionsgemeinschaften.

Staatsrechtlich gibt es in dieser Beziehung keinen Unterschied zwischen Kirche und anderen religiösen Organisationsformen. Da außerdem der Begriff der 'Sekte' kaum von allem ihm durch die kirchliche Verlästerung angehängtem Beigeschmack, wie Max Weber forderte, gelöst werden kann, ist er äußerst fragwürdig geworden.

 

Quelle: ► Sekte, Wikipedia-Eintrag

Zitate zum Thema Kulte und Kultführer / Cults and cult leaders

Zitate von D. Hawkins

⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

Quotes by D. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • The true [spiritual] teachers can be seen to have no interest in fame or in having followers, prestige or trappings. […] The teachings and not the teacher are what is important. Inasmuch as the teachings do not come from the personage of the teacher at all, it does not make sense to idolize or worship the personage. The information is transmitted as a gift because it was received as such. The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 37, 2001

 

  • Many 'spiritual' teachings which are expressed in form frequently lead to what is best termed as 'astral' realms of consciousness which in themselves can be seductive, unending, and pleasurable, but they do no lead to enlightenment. Form reinforces the illusion that there is a seeker on some sort of pathway with rungs and signposts and even 'spirit guides' positioned along the way. On the spiritual climb to the peak of Enlightenment, there actually are no entities to meet you along the way. Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, chapter 9, S. 129, 2001

 

  • Question: Where does one begin the search for spiritual truth self-realization called enlightenment?
    Answer: It is simple. Being with who and what you are. All truth is found within. Use verified teachings as a guide. Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 175, 2001

 

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About fifty percent of the spiritual teachers are legitimate.

 

  • Question: Cults are traps for the unwary. How can they be differentiated from legitimate, spiritual splinter groups?
    Answer: Cults calibrate below 200. This may be due to the error of their teachings or the teachings may have merit but the organization itself is not in integrity. Sometimes it is the leader who is the source of the error. Cults appeal to the innocent, the gullible, and the spiritually naïve or ignorant. With discernment and spiritual maturity, the characteristics of cults become obvious. Primarily they are exploitive. The leader is typically controlling, money is important; allegiance to the group is emphasized; and the cult insists of proselytizing and eliminating relationships with spouses, family or friends. There are secrets, a hierarchy, and the use of psychological pressures and persuasions that border on brainwashing.
    The leader, rather than the teachings, becomes the focus of energy, gifts, money, favors and adulation, and the mere mention of their name brings "ohs” and "ahs" rather than simple respect. I. Reality and Subjectivity, heading Teachers and Students, S. 9, 2003

 

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Note ⚡: D. Hawkins run a cult himself.

Specialness, ingroup status, jargon, false promises

 

  • Frequently, serious spiritual students become waylaid by attractive, deviant pathways, schools, and teachings and thereby devote time and energy in fruitless pursuit of spiritual illusions. This may take up years, decades, or even whole lifetimes that sometimes end up in regret or even bitter disappointment. With the current availability of the techniques of calibrating levels truth, such errors can be circumvented. Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, chapter 12, S. 203, 2007

 


 

  • The direct path is through consciousness itself. […] When you sit down to meditate, you notice that the mind is constantly racing and running around and a lot of teachings try to teach you have to control it. You can't control it. You don't have any control over the mind. The mind exists of its own nature and it just runs about and does its own thing, just like the body does. There's no point to try to control it.   Sedona Seminar Causality: The Ego’s Foundation, 3 DVD set, January 2002

 

  • Secrets is the other sign [for controlling cults]. Truth has no secrets. That which claims a secret, avoid! God has no secrets. […] All is revealed! The only reason for a secret is to have control over you. I'll get something out of you in return for the secret, which makes you special. The attraction is one of specialness. […] All these things are OK on the way. The only trouble is their power of seduction is quite intense. […] Don't underrate the expertise of that which would mislead you. […] It sounds like the convincingly real. Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self: Final Moments, DVD 1 of 3, minute 1:39, 14. December 2002

 

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Inner integrity compass

  • Your own commitment to your own spiritual integrity will eventually lead you to leaving that which is non-integrous. You leave that which is non-integrous because you've evolved to that point not because some teacher, guru, leader, master [says so]. Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self: Final Moments, 3 DVD set, 14. December 2002

 


Seljalandsfoss, Suðurland, Iceland
  • Question: How do you choose a true spiritual practice to follow?
    Answer: Look for these things in a practice:
    • Non-linear. Same throughout the ages.
    • If it sounds weird, it probably is.
    • It seeks nothing for itself.
    • It doesn't want to change, control, enroll.
    • It is not a pyramid system, or a multi level marketing.
    • People are free to come and go.
    • The teacher is only a teacher, not some glamorized master.
    • It avoids spiritual trappings.
    • It does not portray real opinions on outside issues.
    • There is nothing to sign up, no membership.
    • It has no interest in special clothing, food, your family, your sex life.
    • It does not insist on specific spiritual exercises.
    • It does not insist on exercises or breathing patterns to lead to altered states.
    • It has no doctrines.
    • There is no partiality.
    • There is no specialness.
Sedona Seminar Identification and Illusion, 3 DVD set, 14. August 2004

 

  • Do not become attached to the teacher. Look rather at how to apply the teachings to your life. Sedona Satsang Q&A, Creative Life Center, 2 CD set, 10. May 2006

 

  • Your spiritual condition doesn't have anything to do with the country. […] Dedicate your love to love itself, instead of to any person or teacher. Divinity is love. That is all you need. Sedona Satsang Q&A, Creative Life Center, 2 CD set, 13. September 2006

 

  • If you look at God as Great Father or Great Mother, then S/He would delight in your enlightenment. God experiencing the joy of His own Divinity is both the pathway and the destination, both the traveller and the destination. Sedona Satsang Q&A, CD 2 von 2, 10. January 2007

Zitate von anderen Quellen – Kultstrukturen

Persönliche Bekenntnisse

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Weibliche Sexsklaven von "erleuchteten" tibetisch buddhistischen Lamas

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Zusätzliche Hinweise:

Gewalttätige und sexistische Aspekte des tibetisch-buddhistischenen Systems S. 75
Die Frau wird als "spirituelles Hilfsmittel" gesehen, ausgebeutet und spirituell entmündigt und verdrängt.
S. 76

  • Meine Einwilligung, in eine geheime sexuelle Beziehung einzutreten, basierte vor allem auf der Verpflichtung zu Hingabe und Gehorsam, die für alle, die in der nächsten Umgebung des Lamas lebten, von zentraler Bedeutung ist. Ausserdem machte die Forderung, den Lama als göttlich anzusehen, es mir praktisch unmöglich, sein Urteilsvermögen bezüglich aller Fragen, die meine eigene spirituelle Entwicklung betrafen, anzuzweifeln. June Campbell (*~1945) schottische Religionswissenschaftlerin, akademische Feministin, ehemalige Kagyu-Nonne, persönliche Übersetzerin des tibetischen Lamas Kalu Rinpoche, Göttinnen, Dakinis und ganz normale Frauen. Weibliche Identität im tibetischen Tantra, S. 165, Theseus, 1997

 

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5% Gurutypen ⇔ 95% Anhängerschaft

Während Bhagwan seinen Jüngern Bescheidenheit predigte, besaß er selbst eine Autokette von Rolls-Royce.

  • Fünf Prozent der Menschen sind intelligent, die restlichen 95 Prozent sind unsere Anhänger. Osho [Bhagwan Sree Rajneesh] [BW 570⇒180⇒90] (1931-1990) indischer Philosophieprofessor, umstrittener Guru, Begründer der NeoSannyas-Bewegung, zitiert in:  Psychopathen: Raubtiere ohne Kette, präsentiert von dem deutschen Nachrichtenmagazin Der Spiegel online, 25. September 2013

 

Empfehlungen

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Paraphrasierte verkürzte Version:

Nun glaubt nicht, nur weil ich es euch gesagt habe. Erfahrt selbst. Sollte die Wissenschaft eines Tages eine meiner Lehren widerlegen, so glaubt der Wissenschaft.
Glaubt nicht dem Hörensagen und heiligen Überlieferungen, nicht Vermutungen oder eingewurzelten Anschauungen, auch nicht den Worten eines verehrten Meisters; sondern was ihr selbst gründlich geprüft und als euch selbst und anderen zum Wohle dienend erkannt habt, das nehmt an.

  • Glaubt nicht an irgendwelche Überlieferungen, nur weil sie für lange Zeit in vielen Ländern Gültigkeit besessen haben.
    Glaubt nicht an etwas, nur weil es viele andauernd wiederholen.
    Akzeptiert nichts, nur weil es ein anderer gesagt hat, weil es auf der Autorität eines Weisen beruht oder weil es in einer heiligen Schrift steht.
    Glaubt nichts, nur weil es wahrscheinlich ist. Glaubt nicht an Einbildungen oder Visionen, die ihr für gottgegeben haltet.
    Glaubt nichts, nur weil die Autorität eines Priesters oder Lehrers dahintersteht.
    Glaubt an das, was ihr durch lange eigene Prüfung als richtig erkannt habt, was sich mit eurem Wohlergehen und dem anderer vereinbaren lässt.
Gautama Buddha [BW 1000] (563-483 v. Chr.) indischer Avatar, Lehrer der Erleuchtung, Zentralfigur des Buddhismus, Kalama Sutta
  • Glaubt den Büchern nicht, glaubt den Lehrern nicht, glaubt auch mir nicht. Glaubt nur das, was ihr selbst sorgfältig geprüft und als  euch selbst und anderen zum Wohle dienend erkannt habt. Gautama Buddha [BW 1000] (563-483 v. Chr.) indischer Avatar, Lehrer der Erleuchtung, Zentralfigur des Buddhismus

 


Mitglied der Internationalen Gesellschaft
für Krishna-Bewusstsein
, Moskau, Russland
  • Grundsätzlich empfehle ich buddhistischen Praktikern, nicht jede Handlung und Entscheidung ihres spirituellen Lehrers als göttlich und nobel anzusehen. In allen buddhistischen Lehren gibt es klar definierte Vorgaben und einen eindeutigen Verhaltenskodex, an den sich ein spirituellen Mentor halten muss. Wenn man als spiritueller Lehrer falsche Handlungen begeht und sich in nicht angemessener Weise verhält, ist der Student oder Schüler berechtigt, dieses Verhalten zu hinterfragen und zu kritisieren.
    Wenn man als spiritueller Lehrer falsche Handlungen begeht und sich in nicht angemessener Weise verhält, ist der Student oder Schüler berechtigt, dieses Verhalten zu hinterfragen und zu kritisieren. Der Guru, der geistige Lehrer, ist für sein oder ihr falsches Benehmen verantwortlich. Es liegt in der Verantwortung des Schülers, sich nicht in die fehlerhaften Handlungen, die der Lehrer begeht, mit hineinziehen zu lassen. Denn letztlich werden beide dafür schuldig gesprochen. In den meisten Fällen ist der Schüler zu obrigkeitshörig und zu gehorsam, weil er sich dem spirituellen Lehrer auf unangemessene Weise hingegeben hat. Es ist nicht richtig, die Führung durch eine andere Person blind zu akzeptieren. In allen Fällen beschädigt und verdirbt eine solche Haltung die Integrität des Schülers. Teil der Schuld liegt am spirituellen Meister, wenn es ihm selbst an Integrität mangelt, um gegenüber dieser Schwäche des Schülers immun zu sein. Dalai Lama XIV. (Tenzin Gyatso) [Tanchu Dhondup] [BW 570] (*1935) tibetischer Mönch, geistliches Oberhaupt des tibetischen Buddhismus, Linienhalter der Gelug-Schule, Friedensnobelpreisträger, 1989, Quelle unbekannt
  • Glaubt nicht an das, was ihr gehört habt; glaubt nicht an Traditionen, nur weil sie über viele Generationen hinweg überliefert worden sind;
    glaubt nichts, weil es als Gerücht kursiert oder weil viele darüber sprechen;
    glaubt nichts nur deshalb, weil es angeblich durch irgendeine schriftliche Äußerung eines alten Weisen bestätigt wird;
    glaubt nicht an Mutmaßungen;
    glaubt nicht nur an die Autorität eurer Lehrer und Ältesten.
    Wenn eure eigenen Beobachtungen und eure Analyse mit den logischen Erwägungen des Verstandes übereinstimmen und das Geprüfte das Wohl aller fördert, erst dann akzeptiert es und lebt dem entsprechend. Gautama Buddha [BW 1000] (563-483 v. Chr.) indischer Avatar, Lehrer der Erleuchtung, Zentralfigur des Buddhismus, Kalama Sutta

 

  • Ein guter Meister mag tatsächlich vollkommen erleuchtet und seines göttlichen Wesens gewahr sein, doch ist er außerdem auch menschlich. Selbst von Christus heißt es, er sei ein Mensch (Jesus) mit zwei Naturen gewesen: einer menschlichen und einer göttlichen. Außerdem bedeutet die Tatsache, dass die Seele und der höhere Geist eines Guru einer strengen Schulung unterzogen wurde, nicht, dass auch sein Körper und sein gewöhnlicher Geist vollkommen ausgebildet sind. [...] Der vollkommene Meister kann erst dann Perfektion im weltlichen Sinne manifestieren, wenn die Menschheit als Ganzes, in der er verwurzelt ist – ja, im Grunde, wenn jegliche Manifestation – sich zu ihrem eigenen höchsten und vollkommenen Zustand empor entwickelt hat. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt bezieht sich seine Vollkommenheit nur auf das transzendentale Bewusstsein, nicht auf die konkrete Manifestation. Deshalb sollte man sich vor einem im Konkreten "vollkommenen Meister" tunlichst hüten.   Ken Wilber [BW 490] (*1949) US-amerikanischer Philosoph, Vordenker des 3. Jtds., transpersonaler Bewusstseinsforscher, Entwickler der Integralen Theorie, Autor, Meister, Gurus, Menschenfänger. Über die Integrität spiritueller Wege, Frankfurt, Verlag Krüger, 1995

 

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Autoritär geprägte Hingabe-Unterwerfung in Kultstrukturen

  • Im Zentrum der traditionellen Guru-SchülerIn-Beziehung liegt die Hingabe, die in unterschiedlichem Maße Teil jeder autoritären Struktur ist. Im Idealfall unterwerfen sich die SchülerInnen vollkommen dem Willen des Gurus. Das versetzt Gurus in die Lage, extrem autoritäre Macht über ihre Gefolgschaft auszuüben. Joel Kramer (*1937), Diana Alstad, US-amerikanisches Autorenehepaar, Masken der Macht.Die Guru Papers [Original: Frog Ltd. North Atlantic Books, 1993], S. 92, Verlag Zweitausendeins, 1995

 

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Personenkult

  • Personenkult bezeichnet die übergebührliche Verehrung und Glorifizierung einer in der Regel noch lebenden Person, die eine – behauptete oder tatsächliche – Vorbildfunktion hat. Definition von de.Wikipedia

Definition von Sekte (Kult)

 

Hansjörg Hemminger definiert Sekte folgendermaßen:

  • Von einer Sekte kann man jedoch erst sprechen, wenn eine Gruppe eine geschlossene soziale Struktur aufweist. Sektierertum ist ein soziales Phänomen, nicht eine Eigenschaft von Individuen – obwohl es eine sektiererische Mentalität bei Einzelpersonen gibt. Ohne soziale Organisationsform wird die sektiererische Mentalität jedoch zur Enge, Rechthaberei und Verbissenheit – die es nicht nur bei Sekten gibt. Sozial organisiert und als Gruppennorm führen diese Eigenschaften jedoch zu den sozialwissenschaftlichen "Sektenmerkmalen":

 

  • Monopolanspruch auf die Wahrheit gegenüber anderen Gemeinschaften der gleichen Tradition
  • Monopolanspruch auf Rettung, Erlösung oder Heil
  • Größenideen, irreale Machbarkeitsvorstellungen und überwertige Ideen
  • Schwarz-Weiß-Struktur des Denkens
  • Starre Geschlossenheit nach außen hin, ungewöhnliche Gruppenkohäsion
  • Unterschied zwischen "innerer Wahrheit" und Außendarstellung (doppelseitige 'Wahrheit')
  • Totalitäre Innenstruktur der Gruppe mit "steiler" Hierarchie
  • Starker Zugriff der Führung auf die Gestaltung des Alltags bei den Anhängern
  • Personenkult um die Zentralgestalt der Gruppe
  • Innere Überwachungs- oder Spitzelsysteme, geheimdienstähnliche Methoden
  • Starkes Elite- und Sendungsbewusstsein der Gruppe
  • Selbstidealisierung und Dämonisierung anderer
  • Finanzielle, berufliche und familiäre Abhängigkeit der Anhänger von der Gruppe bzw. der Führung
Gruppen, die mehrere oder viele dieser Merkmale aufweisen, gelten heute umgangssprachlich als Sekten.

 

Quelle: ► Ausarbeitung von Hansjörg Hemminger, Was ist eine Sekte PDF, präsentiert von EZW, undatiert

Quotes by various other sources – Cult structures

Personal avowals

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Usual pattern of disgraced gurus

  • I have witnessed […] fallen spiritual leaders be publicly exposed, subsequently disappear, and invariably pop up in a new location several years later only to repeat the same pathological patterns that led to their downfall the first time around. The taste of power often seems to be so inebriating and irresistible that offenders are doomed to repeat their history again and again. Article What Happens When Your Guru Disappears?, presented by Eliezer Sobel (*1956) US American publisher, editor, journalist-blogger, author, 27. March 2015

 

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Traps on the recovery from cultic indoctrination

  • Cult indoctrination takes time. The mind is not manipulated and programmed overnight. The same is true for the recovery process. A newly awakened person may understand that they were being taught lies as truth, but rarely do they recognize how their very thought and emotional processes have been changed and shaped by the cult group. It's very common to come out of a cult with a strict black and white way of thinking. This "us vs. them" mindset, taught by cult leaders, tells us that there is only one right answer and one right way of doing things. Added to that, many ex-members exhibit an obsessive way of focusing. They feel an ingrained sense of urgency to work against the cult and ignore the "normal" world. This is especially true for those, who like me, were taught the ideology that Armageddon is to take place at any moment. Instead of managing multiple aspects of life, (education, job, family, relationships, hobbies) it is easy for a person to fixate on their activism to the detriment of themselves and their loved ones. Sadly, these tendencies can be a hindrance to true recovery. Blog article Heal Yourself first, then Help Others, presented by Steven Hassan's Blog, Steven Alan Hassan (*1954) US American ex-Moonie, cult exit educator, mental health consultant, author, 31. March 2016

 

Appeal

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Male leaders committing sexual abuse to minors or women of lower ranks

  • It is very important to recognize that men in leadership positions can sexually prey on vulnerable girls and women because the people who honor their leadership, also create the space and give them to power to do so! […]
    We are each responsible for the injustices of the men we place on pedestals! And we are each accountable. Blog article Gandhi to Asaram: Who Empowers the Sex Crimes of 'Gurus?'', presented by Genderbytes, Rita Banerji, Indian philosopher, photographer, gender activist, feminist author, 4. September 2013

 

Research conclusions

⚑ No one ever joins a "cult." People join interesting groups that promise to fulfill their pressing needs. They become "cults" when they are seen as deceptive, defective, dangerous, or as opposing basic values of their society.
⚑ Cults represent each society's "default values," filling in its missing functions. The cult epidemic is diagnostic of where and how society is failing its citizens.
⚑ If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. As basic human values are being strained, distorted and lost in our rapidly evolving culture, illusions and promissory notes are too readily believed and bought – without reality validation or credit checks.
⚑ Whatever any member of a cult has done, you and I could be recruited or seduced into doing – under the right or wrong conditions. The majority of "normal, average, intelligent" individuals can be led to engage in immoral, illegal, irrational, aggressive and self destructive actions that are contrary to their values or personality – when manipulated situational conditions exert their power over individual dispositions.
⚑ Cult methods of recruiting, indoctrinating and influencing their members are not exotic forms of mind control, but only more intensely applied mundane tactics of social influence practiced daily by all compliance professionals and societal agents of influence.
Article by Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D. (*1933) US American professor emeritus of social psychology, Stanford University, author, What messages are behind today's cults?, presented by APA Monitor, May 1997

 

Insights

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Devotee abuse

  • What's going on is much more than people sleeping around and misusing funds or whatever. It is abuse of someone in their most defenseless than a devotee rapt in adoration before a master. So what kind of wisdom could they possibly have if they are first indulging in that kind of abuse and then denying it in sometimes criminal ways? We really do have to face the full extent of their failure, and that is very painful, because we then have to face our illusions about them and the ways in which we colluded with them in our hope for magical solutions and transformations on the cheap. Interview with Andrew Harvey andrewharvey.net (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Teachers and Seekers: An Interview with Andrew Harvey, presented by the US American media company Yoga Journal, Catherine Ingram, issue 123, S. 60, July/August 1995

Stained glass depiction of Joseph Smith's First Vision.
He claimed that a heavenly being told him that all
churches of his day were corrupt and abominable.
  • Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
    Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
    Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
    Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
    Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
    But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason
    and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Buddha [LoC 1000] (563-483 BC) Indian Avatar, teacher of enlightenment, central figure of Buddhism, Kalama Sutta, The Buddha's Charter of Free Inquiry

 

  • If one has a teacher who is not qualified, who is engaging in unsuitable or wrong behavior, then it is appropriate for the student to criticize that behavior. H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso [LoC 570] (*1935) Tibetan monk, leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Peace Nobel Prize laureate, 1989; cited in: Face to Face. Confronting the Guru-Disciple Relationship, presented by the US American quarterly magazine Gnosis, Ihla F. Nation, spring 1996

 

  • The standard definition for cult1 is, "A system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object." In this context, almost anything can be taken as a cult, particularly if we define religion as Paul Tillich has as "anything for which we have ultimate concern."
    My own view is that every religion or ism can be regarded as potentially cultic, if we use the pejorative usage of that term. Even a sport like surfing can have a cult-like following or a charismatic leader in politics can be seen as cultic. It all depends on how we are using the term. Blog article Studying Cults. A Forty-Year Reflection, presented by integralworld.net, David Christopher Lane, Ph.D. (*1956) US American professor of philosophy and sociology, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, California, lecturer in religious studies, author, May 2017

 

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See also article:

Face to Face. Confronting the Guru-Disciple Relationship, presented by the US American quarterly magazine Gnosis, Ihla F. Nation, spring 1996

 

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Infantile fascination and dependence on guru personalities

  • Most frequently, however, this fascination leads to an infantile giving up oneself and being so to speak flat on one's belly before the other person worshipping the great leader or the great spiritual guru or whatever the projection is and loosing oneself in an infantile way. Remaining infantile, such people are generally very fanatical in the admiration of that admired person, defending that person against the enemies and basking in the glory of their master, admired person, through identification. That saves these people from making an effort themselves. The great man or the great woman out there is going to do it all for me. And my task is to only applaud and admire the thing. I have to make no effort to become more intelligent or more wise or more independent myself. It can just annihilate the personality and make them infantile instead of making them grow up and develop them. Video documentary / interview with Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz (1915-1998) Swiss Jungian psychologist, Jungian scholar, author, The Way of the Dream, presented by Windrose Film, host Fraser Boa, introduction by Marion Woodman, 1983, The Way of the Dream, part 1 of a series of 4, YouTube film, minute 1:42:28, 3:04:58 hours duration, posted by JP Opperman 24. November 2011

 

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The new paradigm draws audiences, not followers.

  • The new paradigm no longer has "followers". Only audiences. A member of an audience is, and must remain, FREE to leave whenever he or she wants. Video interview with Inelia Benz [Inelia del Pilar Ahumada Avila] (*1966) Chilean Irish refugee, 10th dimensional human catalyst, vibrational supporter during the paradigm shift, Debt – A Link in the Chain of Enslavement, July 2010

 

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Awakened community is the Second Return of Christ

  • It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth. Thich Nhat Hanh [LoC 460] (*1926) Vietnamese France based Buddhist monk, peace activist, teacher, poet, author, source unknown

 

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Leaving a cult

  • Persons who consider leaving a cult are usually pressured to stay. Some ex-members say that they spent months, even years, trying to garner the strength to walk out. Some felt so intimidated that they departed secretly. […] [M]ost cult members eventually walk out on their own.
    1. First, many, if not most, who leave cults on their own are psychologically harmed, often in ways which they do not understand.
    2. Second, some cultists never leave, and some of these are severely harmed.
    3. And third, there is no way to predict who will leave, who won’t leave, or who will be harmed.
Micheal Langone, Ph.D., US American counseling psychologist specialized in research about "cultic" groups and psychological manipulation, executive director of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), editor of the journal Cultic Studies Review, Cults: Questions and Answers, presented by ICSA, undated

 

 

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Definition of a cult:

Pyramid structured, authoritarian, unduly influenced group or relationship resulting in a new identity (dissociative dysfunction) of followers who become obedient and dependent to the authority figure

  • I define a cult as a pyramid structured, authoritarian group or relationship where the people at the top have power, and deception is used to recruit and mind control techniques [hypnosis, thought-stopping, and phobia indoctrination] are used to create a new identity which is dependent and obedient to the leadership/ideology. […] What I call the , control of Behavior, Information, Thought and Emotion, is intended to create a new identity which is obedient and dependent to the authority figure. […]
    [C]ults aren't just religious in nature. They can be
political,
business,
➤ large group awareness training,
➤ psychotherapy/transformation
➤ or even just a controlling individual.
The more intensive and totalist the group is, the greater the need for transparency.  
Audio interview with Steven Alan Hassan (*1954) US American former Moonie, cult exit educator, mental health consultant, author, Twilight Moon: The Intertwined Lives of a Poet and a Messiah, presented by Talk To Action, Frederick Clarkson, 30. October 2012

 

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Beneficial cults

  • Benign cult groups are any group of people who have a set of beliefs and rituals that are non-mainstream. As long as people are freely able to choose to join with full disclosure of the group’s doctrine and practices and can choose to disaffiliate without fear or harassment, then it doesn't fall under the behavioral/ psychological destructive cult category. Steven Alan Hassan (*1954) US American former Moonie, cult exit educator, mental health consultant, author, FAQs freedomofmind.com, undated

 

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Cultic structures are ubiquitous.

  • Cults are not just religious. There are political, therapy, business cults, cults of personality as well. Video presentation by Steven Alan Hassan (*1954) US American former Moonie, cult exit educator, mental health consultant, author, Steve Hassan at FECRIS meeting in Perpignan France Oct 13th 2012, sponsored by FECRIS (European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Sectarianism), founded on 30 June 1994 in Paris, meeting, Perpignan, France, 13. October 2012, Vimeo video, 19:42 minutes duration, aired ~5. November 2012

 

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Leaving old style deprogramming behind, Hassan developed the Strategic Interactive Approach on behalf of cult members in transition. It is relationship based and respectful of all persons involved.

  • Love is stronger than mind control ["destructive influence"]. The person's real self still exists. Through love and through knowing how to communicate effectively you can reach that person and empower them to start thinking for themselves. Video presentation by Steven Alan Hassan (*1954) US American former Moonie, cult exit educator, mental health consultant, author, Steve Hassan at FECRIS meeting in Perpignan France Oct 13th 2012, sponsored by FECRIS (European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Sectarianism), founded on 30 June 1994 in Paris, meeting, Perpignan, France, 13. October 2012, Vimeo video, 18:44 minutes duration, aired ~5. November 2012

 

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Motivation to become a cult leader

 

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As the worshipped charismatic leader is a fallible human being over time their contradictions are noticed and may become a source of parting from the cult.

Minute 0:27:52

  • Features of a cult
    1. A charismatic leader who becomes increasingly the object of worship, so that decreasingly worshipped are the larger principles.
    2. Thought reform or coercive persuasion
    3. Idealism from below and enormous manipulativeness or deception from above
Video presentation by Robert Jay Lifton, M.D. (*1926) US American psychiatrist, known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought reform, Cults: Robert Lifton Speaks at Conference, YouTube film, minute 0:20:29, 1:01:06 duration, posted 1. December 2010

 

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Retirement syndrome – long suppressed doubts emerging

  • People who have advocated nuclearism, nuclear weapons, may spend their lives building them up. And at their moment of retirement where they are no longer in that environment they can say very wise things about nuclear weapons and their danger. They can let lift that suppression of their doubts and then they know better than anyone else what these weapons can do.
    There is something about a person coming out of a cult that is parallel to that retirement syndrome. Once there is let in some further encouragement of possibility for returning to those doubts they can pour out like a geyser because they've been there and they've been suppressed for so long. Video interview/dialog with Robert Jay Lifton, M.D. (*1926) US American psychiatrist, known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought reform, Dr. Robert Jay Lifton and Steve Hassan: August 2012, Wellfleet, Cape Cod, 20. August 2012, host Steven Alan Hassan (*1954) US American former Moonie, cult exit educator, mental health consultant, author, Vimeo video, minute 47:11, 53:16 minutes duration, posted ~20. August 2012

 

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The sacrosanct concept of perfection allows "enlightened" structures to draw in authoritarianism.

 

  • The need to appear right when presenting oneself as a spiritual knower is greater than in any other arena because knowing is what makes one essentially different from seekers. Admitting any fallibility not only removes one from that exalted place, but makes it difficult to compete with other presumed knowers who do claim infallibility.   US American author couple Joel Kramer (*1937), Diana Alstad, The Guru Papers. Masks of Authoritarian Power, S. 47, Frog Ltd. North Atlantic Books, 1st edition 20. May 1993

 

 

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Gurus do not "hang out" together.

  • Years ago, when we first became interested in gurus and Eastern concepts such as enlightenment, it initially seemed an oddity that all these supposedly enlightened beings did not seek out each other’s company. With each other they presumably could find deep and real understanding, and respite from always having to deal with minds at a lower level. But since disciples view their guru as a vehicle for their own salvation, they must believe that he can do the best for them. Consequently, the meeting of gurus, when it occurs (it rarely does), is always laden with heavy meaning, as the disciples watch very carefully to see who comes out best. Even the simplest acts (who goes to see whom) have implications of dominance. The fact is that gurus do not "hang out" together because the structure of the role makes it nigh impossible.   US American author couple Joel Kramer (*1937), Diana Alstad, The Guru Papers. Masks of Authoritarian Power, S. 110, Frog Ltd. North Atlantic Books, 1st edition 20. May 1993

 

  • Gurus differ widely from each other in a variety of ways, but most claim the possession of special spiritual insight based on personal revelation. Gurus promise their followers new ways of self-development, new paths to salvation. Since there are no schools for gurus, and no recognised qualifications for becoming one, they are, like politicians, originally self-selected. Anyone can become a guru if he or she has the hubris to claim special spiritual gifts. […]
    Gurus go through a period of stress, which sometimes equals a psychosis, that ends with the revelation of a new truth that dispels confusion and creates order. This sequence of events is comparable to the creative process in mathematics and science, that also starts with nagging problems, but ends with the formulation of new hypotheses that impose links between hitherto irreconcilable facts or theories. Anthony Storr (1920-2001) English psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author, Feet of Clay. Saints, Sinners, and Madmen. Study of Gurus, HarperCollins, paperback, new edition 7. April 1997

 

Six most common dynamics in cults – Source: ► Traumatic Narcissism. Relational Systems of Subjugation,
chapter "Traumatic Narcicissm in Cults", Routledge, 1st edition 19. September 2013

  1. Purification of the ego.
  2. Only perfection is good enough.
  3. Incessant urgency.
  4. Violation of boundaries as a norm.
  5. Inner deviants must be eradicated.
  6. Defend the leader, no matter what.
Daniel Shaw, LCSW, US American certified psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, cult member of the SYDA movement under Gurumayi (1981-1994), author, cited in: Audio podcast interview Daniel Shaw: What Is Narcissism, Victim Process, How It Develops, Cults, Tea-Party, Clinton..., MP3, presented by The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, host Rob Kall, US American radio host, minute 1:34:48, 2:28:54 minutes duration, aired 27. August 2014

 

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Written in honor of US president ⚡ George W. Bush's form of national exceptionalism – expressed in the US American Iraq War II

 

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Dynamics of dominance and  submission, sadism and masochism

  • Theorists such as [Erich] Fromm (1965), Becker (1973) and Berger (1967) have sought to understand the dynamics of dominance and  submission, sadism and masochism, that are built into the human character and which are triggered in individuals and societies exposed to certain influences. Fromm, and later Becker, were moved to explore these human traits by the horror of Nazi Germany; Berger's interest was oriented to the history of religion. These ideas about man's vulnerability to certain "pathological" behaviors can be used to suggest that those who become cult victims are predisposed to submissive, sadomasochistic behavior. Essay by Daniel Shaw, LCSW, US American certified psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, cult member of the SYDA movement under Gurumayi (1981-1994), author, Traumatic Abuse in Cults: An Exploration of an Unfamiliar Social Problem, presented by thezensite, archived in: THE ARCANE ARCHIVE, May 1996

 

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Masochistic attitude

 

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Study made on the Boston Church of Christ

  • It is true that many new converts look to someone to keep them from error and to guide them into truth. However, where the individual relies altogether on another person to protect him from all error, he will cease searching the Scriptures and fail to develop his own ability to withstand false teaching. [...] Some find the pattern for their new order of discipleship in the relationship of Jesus with His disciples, forgetting this was done within Judaism before Jesus began to build His Church. Instead they should seek guidance for church patterns in the Acts and Epistles. [...] Along with this there is a tendency to downgrade democracy in the church in favor of submission to authority. [...] Jesus must be kept central. He is the Great Shepherd of the sheep. The only covenant we need is the one sealed in His blood. General Presbytery of the Assemblies of God, S. 42, paper issued in 1976, referencing: Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr. (editor), Howard W. Norton, Don E. Vinzant, Gene Vinzant, The Discipling Dilemma, Gospel Advocate Company, Nashville, Tennessee, 2nd edition republished on the Internet with the permission of Mr. Yeakley 1988

 

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What is enlightenment?

The simplistic [blue meme] view of a perfect guru challenged by a Western woman after having recovered from sexslavery

  • Tricycle: Is Kalu Rinpoche less enlightened than we thought he was, or do we have to change our understanding of what an enlightened guru is?
    Campbell: [...] asking a mere woman about the status of a lama's enlightenment. [...]
    I think it's more to do with the problems of squaring up the idea of perfection alongside what is perceived to be dubious behavior.
    ➤ One understanding of the "enlightened guru" is that everything about his behavior, no matter how strange or morally wrong, is a manifestation of enlightenment.
    That view may have been sustainable in Tibetan society – even promoted – but I think it's certain that Western society will be unable to sustain it. It's my view that if people resist looking at this question, certain groups will become more and more insular in Western society, in an attempt to protect themselves from challenge and to avoid change. They'll
    ➤ never go beyond a simplistic view of the guru as perfect,
    ➤ and the gurus themselves will never go beyond wielding complete power and being adored.
    To my mind this kind of insularity would either hasten the demise of the whole system, or create closed, cult-like groups that have no influence on society at all. [...]
    [T]he Tibetan system's not unique in there being a link between power, religion, and gender. And it's not the first system in the world to face change or be challenged. [...] [I]n essence we have the same problems in the West to do with abuses of power.
Interview with June Campbell (*~1945) Scottish religious scholar, academic feminist, Kagyu nun and personal translator of the Tibetan Lama Kalu Rinpoche (70ties), The Emperor's Tantric Robes, presented by US American quarterly magazine Tricycle. The Buddhist Review, winter issue 1996

 

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Signs of spiritual abuse

  • 1. Apotheosis or de facto deification of the leadership — exalting them to God-like status in and over the group, often to the extent that the leaders become a "mediator between the people and God."
    31. Members departing without the prior permission and blessing of the leadership leave the group under a cloud of manufactured suspicion, shame, and slander. Dr. Steven Lambert, US American Bible scholar, theologian, ordained minister, educator, author of Charismatic Captivation, 33 Signs of Spiritual Abuse, presented by Charismatic Captivation, 15. November 2008

 

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Sexual exploitation of women [dakinis] by male dominating Tibetan Lamas

  • As one Western female teacher and devotee of Tibetan Buddhism noted, in attempting to sort through her own feelings on the subject: How could this old lama, a realized master of the supreme Vajrayana practices of Maha Mudra, choose a thirteen- or fourteen-year-old nun from the monastery to become his sexual consort every year? What did the lama's wife think? […]
    I talked to a number of Western women who had slept with their lamas.
    ➤ Some liked it – they felt special.
    ➤ Some felt used and it turned them away from practice.
    ➤ Some said they mothered the lama.
    But no one described it as a teaching; there was nothing tantric about it. The sex was for the lama, not them (in Kornfield, 2000). Geoffrey D. Falk, US American author, Stripping the Gurus. Sex, Violence, Abuse and Enlightenment, chapter XXIX After the Ordeal, free download, PDF, Million Monkeys Press, 1. February 2009

 

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Teacher's shadow as an essential ingredient of a cult.

  • More and more spiritual teachers are being caught with [their] pants and halos down. [...] I do hold people responsible who get into this trouble [sexual exploitation with their teacher] with teachers by holding the teachers more responsible. And it's very, very common. [...] Even the most immature of us still has a bullshit dedector [...] but we may be a little frightened to say it because that person [the flawed teacher] has more authority. A healthy teacher encouarages students to have access to their own innate autonomy and authority right from the very beginning which means he or she will get questioned more which makes the thing healthier and which makes the possibility that this thing wil turn into a cult less likely, but that's uncommon unfortunately. Skype video/audio interview with Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. robertmasters.com (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, 081. Robert Augustus Masters, presented by Buddha at the Gas Tank. Interviews with "ordinary" spiritually awakened people, host Rick Archer, US American former TM meditator, aired 1. August 2011, minute 0:37:44, 1:44:47 duration, posted 4. August 2011  Removed upon RAM's request on 12. March 2014, reinstated 2016

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Stages of deprogramming
Loss-hurt: Shock ➤ Numbness ➤ Denial ➤ Emotional outburts ➤ Anger ➤ Fear ➤ Searchings ➤ Disorganization ➤ Panic ➤ Guilt ➤ Loneliness ➤ Isolation
Loss-adjustment: Depression ➤ "Re-entry" troubles ➤ New relationships ➤ New strengths ➤ New patterns ➤ Hope ➤ Affirmation ➤ Helping others

See also: ►Five strategies when faced with the inevitable – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Quotes by former (family) members of the Unification Church (S. M. Moon)

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Cult of personality

  • A cult of personality arises when an individual uses mass media, propaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized, heroic, and, at times god-like public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise. Definition by en.Wikipedia

Personal testimonies of prominent cult dropouts of the Unification Church

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Donna Collins' closeness to the Moon family, allowed her to witness a "frightening, totalitarian" atmosphere with them.
She acknowledged "the tremendous discrepancy between the Moon family and the top hierarchy with money."
Her conclusion: Unificationism is wrong.


Moonies – glassy-eyed mindless robotic fundraisers
In 1981 the UK Daily Mail newspaper described the members of the Unification Church, led by Korean totalitarian cult leader Sun Myung Moon [LoC 515⇒160] (1920-2012) as "robots, glassy-eyed and mindless, programmed as soldiers in this vast fund-raising army with no goals or ideals, except as followers of the half-baked ravings of Moon, who lived in splendor while followers lived in forced penury."
The longest unsuccessful libel suit in British legal history against the newspaper cost the plaintiff Unification Church, then represented by Dennis Orme, more than 1$ million in court costs.2

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Donna Orme-Collins was the first "Blessed Child" of the Unification Church in the West. Her parents, Doris and Dennis Orme (*1938) founded and directed the Unification Church (UC) in England in the 70ties and helped launch Moon's print media endeavors in the United States in the 80ties.

  • My mother [Doris Waldner married Orme, 1969] had a spiritual conversion, which to her was real. She thought this was the answer. They were going to change the world and save humanity. There was an idealism in the organization then that isn't there today. All races are one. All religions are one. These are noble things. It's not like they were joining the KKK.
    When I [the first "blessed" Western child] was born, my dad was surprised I was crying at all. I was supposed to be perfect – born without sin.
My parents never saw me, and I was always being handed off to other people. They'd take me out of the closet for meetings, or for holidays.
Moon [LoC 515⇒160] said I must learn the language of the fatherland [Korea] and the spirit world, and fulfill my role as the first blessed child [in the West].
I pleaded with my father not to send me back [to Korea a 2nd time], but Moon told him something bad would happen to me if I didn't go. They took me back to the airport screaming.
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Cognitive dissonance, elitism and regular swearing among the "True Family".

He [Moon] and his kids didn't live by the teachings. His sons would come in and swear all the time. They were having steaks flown in from America. I'd been eating rice and kimchee for three years and getting serious dysentery. It was a joke. I started asking myself, 'What is godly about all this?'
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At age 13 rebel child Donna was called in for an humiliation audience with Sun Myung Moon.

He got livid that somebody would have the nerve to question him and screamed at me for 30 minutes. I was bawling and shaking uncontrollably. Then he'd hold my hand, and say, 'I am your parent. One day, you will be a great woman for God.' I calmed down and said, 'Thank you. Thank you.' And then I'd write in my diary about how great it was to be with the True Father.
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At age 15 Donna Collins went to her first public school, a highschool in Washington D.C..

I started to date and live a double life. I was just being an ordinary person, but I had to make up all these lies when people would ask what my dad did for a living, or why I lived in Korea and was named Young Oon.
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After leaving the UC at age 22 Donna Collins reaches her parents.

I'd challenge them [my parents], asking, 'Why does he own all these villas and chateaus around the world and there are members of the church who don't have enough to eat, and need medical care?'
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After separating themselves from Moon, Dennis and Doris Orme, who had worked for over three decades in and on behalf the UC, were impoverished senior citizens.

Assisted by New York lawyer AFF (later ICSA66) president Herbert Rosedale the Ormes threatened to sue the US for neglect of availing retirement funds. Moon paid an out of court cash settlement for silence to the Ormes. Since then they moved to Australia into a hideout.

They were left destitute for a while. They were used. A lot of people joined the church because they met people like my parents. Most members never meet Moon. But my parents were very charismatic. They laid the foundation for his church.
My dad now believes Moon is the Son of Perdition – the Antichrist.
My parents still think the nuclear family is weird. To them, it's insignificant. After living on this roller coaster for so long, trying to save the planet every day of their lives, it's not that exciting to just live and be human.
Source: ► Interview with Donna Orme-Collins (*1970) English-American ex-member of the UC, author, Life as Moonchild Far From Blessed, presented by San Francisco Chronicle, Phoenix, Don Lattin, 11. February 2001
► See also: Growing Up With The Moonies Good Housekeeping, by Donna Collins, as told to William Falk, December 1999
Unification Church: Inside Moon's Unhappy Family Church founder's ex-daughter-in-law pens grim tome about life on the inside, by James A. Beverley in New York, 16. November 1998
The True Family's Real Values, presented by Spirit Watch, Rafael Martinez, US American director of Spiritwatch Ministries, undated
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In 1995, Nansook Hong, the wife of Moon's eldest son and heir-apparent, Hyo Jin Moon, escaped from the Moon family estate in Irvington. Her husband was an adulterer, an alcoholic, a cocaine addict, who regularly abused and beat his wife. The crown prince grew up spoiled and neglected in the dysfunctional Moon family which is divided by intrigue and hypocrisy.

Following her meticulously planned flight from the UC the church launched a hostile ill-advised campaign against Ms. Hong.
After her divorce from Hyo Jin Moon the former "true" daughter-in-law received a settlement of $600.000 and $9,000 per month [possibly $150,000+ a year] as child support for raising her five children from the UC.
In September 1998 Ms. Hong's autobiography In the Shadow of the Moons. My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family was published by Little, Brown & Company.
See also a list of quotes from Nansook Hong's book: The Dysfunctional Messiah?, presented by rickross.com

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Coercive brainwashing vs. conditioning

  • Much has been written about the coercion and brainwashing that takes place in the Unification Church. What I experienced was conditioning. You are isolated among like-minded people. You are bombarded with messages elevating obedience above critical thinking. Your belief system is reinforced at every turn. You become invested in those beliefs the longer you are associated with the church. After ten years, after twenty years, who would want to admit, even to herself, that her beliefs were built on sand? Nansook Hong (*1966) Korean-American divorced wife of Hyo Jin Moon (†2008) eldest abusive and addicted son of cult leader Sun Myung Moon, author, In the Shadow of the Moons. My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family, autobiography, Little, Brown & Company, September 1998

 

  • I feel that I was duped. I had certainly the naive idealism that I wanted to work for God. […] I did come to the conclusion that Rev. Moon cannot be the messiah. He is a conman. Nansook Hong (*1966) Korean-American divorced wife of Hyo Jin Moon (†2008) eldest abusive and addicted son of cult leader Sun Myung Moon, Real Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Real Unification church... , presented by US American WBZ-TV News 4, aired ~1998, YouTube film, minute 26:04, 27:15 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2011

 

  • I felt a certain sense of obligation to the members who have no idea what these people are like and they give and dedication their lives to these people [the Moons]. In writing this book [In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family, 1998] I had to reflect from the very beginning what my life was and what my past was. And it was therapeutic.3 Nansook Hong (*1966) Korean-American divorced wife of Hyo Jin Moon (†2008) eldest abusive and addicted son of cult leader Sun Myung Moon, The Shadow of the Moons, presented by the Book TV booktv.org, produced by the US American cable television network C-SPAN, aired 23. September 1998, 29:05 minutes duration, posted 7. November 1998
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Various customer reviews on Nansook Hong's inside account posted on Amazon.uk and Amazon.com:

Nansook Hong's autobiography In the Shadow of the Moons. My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family, 1998

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Group denial

  • [T]he book makes public many issues which a number of Unification Church members have struggled with in private for a long time. As such, it forces these problems to the surface where there is an opportunity for them to be addressed and resolved. 5 September 1998
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Blind devotion in a personality cult

  • This is not a typical case of spousal abuse; it is what happens when followers of a religion practice blind devotion and worship a man instead of God. 5 September 1998
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Passion and courage to reveal the truth

  • Never before has someone so high up in the Moonies had the passion, courage and spirit of generosity to reveal the truth. Perhaps only former members and those familiar with cults will comprehend the magnitude of this achievement. 22 September 1998
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Civic courage is rarely seen in cults.

  • Some may view her as a greedy, vengeful woman, looking for some means to get back at the Moons for their terrible abuse, but as an insider, I say bravo for her courage, something so many ex-members have not been able to muster. 28 September 1998
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Former member facing the awful truth

  • I have been a Unification Church member for many years, and reading Nansook's book has been a devastating experience for me. Through the spiritual pain that I now feel, I believe what Nansook has written. We must always face the truth, if we are ever going to have any kind of a really decent life. By writing her book, Nansook has given a gift of much needed truth to everyone. Robert Oliver "Rob", Salt Lake City, Utah, com. 30. August 1999 and UK, 24 September 1999
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Message of the autobiography 100% onfirmed by a witness exposed to the inner circle

  • I've been a victum of Moon's organization for approximately 15 years. Throughout my years in his church I was repeatedly abused, reprimanded, punished and coerced to live the way they wanted. I have been a member here in New York City since the beginning, and have witnessed it all. I've worked with and around the so called sinless "true family". I know first hand how the church spin doctors go around covering up all the sins of the true family. I still have not been able to leave the church officially due to the prospect of losing my family. […] I personally vouch and testify that all of the issues covered in this book are 100% true. NoStrOdoMouS, New York City, New York, 22 July 2001
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Denial and fear to speak out

  • This is the sort of thing that is kept even from members of the church, the closer you get to Moon, the more things are discovered. I think people are aware of what is said in this book are afraid to speak or there are those who have absolutely no idea because they 'refuse' to accept it, or call it lies. 5 December 2008
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Dream guidance to the messiah Moon

  • In a dream, I was told, I would meet the Messiah on October 6, 1981 and was told in the dream to go out and look for it. […] I met the Unification Church missionary [...] on October 6, 1981, exactly the very day I was told in the dream! 3 September 2012
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"Hardcore" devotist thoroughly disillusioned

  • I myself was very devout and was often called "hardcore" by other children in the church, but as I got older I became disillusioned with what I was seeing in the group. It's a shame that I didn't read this book a decade ago. I would have been spared a lot of grief. 21 September 2011

 


Moon and Hak Ja Han
  • I needed to read through Moon's speaches again, because I had been in trance while he was lecturing for hours and hours and hours. And as a leader I had these non-edited transcriptions of his speeches. And I needed to see how crazy he was. And part of my healing – and partially because I was a leader and I did feel guilt and shame over things that I had done, that I had helped this cult leader to get a foothold in the United States – I felt this need to help others to get out. It was something my father was very upset about and begged me, "Leave it go. Move on." And I said, "Dad, these are people I know and I want to help." And I realized my parents were traumatized by my involvement in the group. They wanted the nightmare to be over.  Just knowing that there was danger, because I was speaking up against this billion dollar group, this horrible group. But I had to face my authentic self and my conscience. […] It was very therapeutic for me to help others to get out as I was meeting with Moonies and hearing them parrot the exact same sentences that I had parroted. […] I naively thought that I could get rid of the Moonies in 2.5 years. Video presentation by Steven Alan Hassan (*1954) US American ex-Moonie, cult exit educator, mental health consultant, author, Steven Hassan's talk on Helping Individuals Born in High-Demand Groups and Cults, sponsored by ICSA Annual Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 25.-27. June 2015, presented by Freedom of Mind Resource Center, minute 1:17:43, 1:20:19 duration, posted 11. July 2015

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Data on cult leader Sun Myung Moon

NOTE: Moon publicly declared himself to be the Messiah at the opening session of the Assembly of World Religions held in San Francisco, CA in 1992.
NOTE: The Reverend Moon's hubris culminated later that year [1985] in a secret ceremony in which he actually crowned himself and Hak Ja Han Moon as Emperor and Empress of the Universe. The Reverend Moon was aware enough of how an act of such monumental egotism would be received by the world that he banned photographs from being taken at the actual ceremony. Since there was no authority higher than the Reverend Moon, the Messiah had to crown himself Emperor of the Universe. Nansook Hong's autobiography In the Shadow of the Moons. My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family, 1998
► NOTE: Moon blamed the apparent dysfunctionality of his "true" and "sinless" family to the lack of "blood, sweat and tears" of his followers who failed to meet the backbreaking daily fundraising quota requested of them by him.
► OBITUARY: The Rev Sun Myung Moon obituary. Korean founder of the Unification church – the Moonies, presented by The Guardian, Christopher Reed, 2. September 2012

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Moon's outrageous claims:

Jesus begged him to complete his mission on Earth. Moon crowned Jesus "Lord of Heaven." Moses, Abraham, Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Mohammed gave him messages. The Founding Fathers of America endorse his ideology.

  • Jesus then begged "Rev." Moon to complete his mission on Earth and Moon accepted. Moon then did Jesus a big favor and married him to some old Korean hag on the astral plane and God finally allowed Jesus into paradise and Moon crowned him "Lord of Heaven."
    Alas, Jesus' new position was to be short lived as soon one of Moon's teenage sons was killed in a car accident so Moon stripped Jesus of his lofty new title and crowned his 17 year old son the new "Lord of Heaven" instead. I'm not sure what Moon has Jesus doing now, sweeping floors? […]
    Moon is that nutty. He claims that many of the Founding Fathers and other past presidents totally support him. Now how in the world can we fact check any of his claims? San Diego, California, 5 September 2011
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95% of the UC members in the United States have left the enslaving corporation.

  • Nansook ought to be viewed as a heroine for the courage she displayed exposing the Moon's for the fraud that they are. It ought to be pointed out that 95% of the individuals who joined the Unification Church in America over the last 30 years are no longer affiliated. Most members leave and persue other avenues in life. No one is joining today and the Church is an empty shell in comparison to days past. 7 September 1998
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Apologist missive on behalf of cult leader S.M. Moon and UC members in programmed denial

  • I feel Miss Hong does a disservice to Rev. Moon and to the legions of conscientious people who at one time or another have found meaning in his words. He is not a fraud or a con-man, and I believe Miss Hong knows this. He may not be the messiah; he may well be deluded and suffering from a messiah complex. But anyone who has witnessed his incredible work ethic, his marathon prayer sessions or his interminable lectures (still going strong at 78) must know he believes in his mission. 28 September 1998
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Moon's corporation is taking advantage of idealistic youth.

  • Mr. Moon and his minions took full advantage of the idealism and youthful energy of the young people they targeted for their movement – who were fundraising fodder for a fake Messiah.
    Hong's book is an excellent expose of this deeply flawed cult and its leaders. Harlan Simantel, Portland, Oregon, 14 October 1998

 

In 1993, at age 37, Ye Jin Moon (*1960) the oldest Korean-American daughter of Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012) split from the "True Family".
In 1996, at age 29, Moon's third daughter Un Jin Moon (*1967) parted the Moon clan. She married another man, leaving her Moon-assigned abusive husband behind. As a result she had been declared spiritually dead to church members.4
Estranged from her parents, she told the US American TV program "60 Minutes" that she knew Moon had at least one illegitimate son. When she disclosed to her "true" misogynistic parents that her husband beat her, they responded that she deserved it. The same happened to her sister-in-law Nansook Hong.

 

Quotes by former Buddhist nun June Campbell

Personal testimony of a former Tibetan Buddhist nun

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See Campbell's book:

Traveller in Space. Gender, Identity and Tibetan Buddhism, Continuum International Publishing Group, 1996, revised edition May 2002

  • I spent 11 years without talking about it and then, when I had decided to write about it, another seven years researching. […] Once I started unravelling my experiences, I began to question everything. I realised that in order to be myself I had to leave it all – completely and utterly. […]
    I wanted to weave together my personal experience with a more theoretical understanding of the role of women in Tibetan society to help me make sense of what had happened to me.
    [After publishing] I was reviled as a liar or a demon. In that world [of Tibetan Buddhism] he [tulku Kalu Rinpoche] was a saintly figure. It was like claiming that Mother Teresa was involved in making porn movies. June Campbell (*~1945) Scottish religious scholar, academic feminist, Kagyu nun and personal translator of the Tibetan Lama Kalu Rinpoche (70ties), public lecture, sponsored by nonsectarian College for Buddhist Studies, Sharpham, Devon, beginning February 1999, cited in: I Was A Tantric Sex Slave, presented by the centre-left British online newspaper The Independent, Paul Vallely, 10. February 1999

Questioning the concept of enlightenment, traumatized former Kagyu nun Campbell waited 18 years before she revealed her experiences as a tantric sex slave of Kalu Rinpoche within the misogynous Tibetan monasticism.

 

Recommendations


June Campbell
  • Don't agree to a long-term secret relationship; it's a burden you'll have to carry all your life, and in the end you'll have to be true to yourself and face up to why you entered into it. If you're afraid of what might happen next, or how you'll deal with the stresses of secrecy, try to take control of your life again. If you're being passive and compliant because he's your teacher, do as I did eventually:
    think for yourself, take action, and end it.
Never allow part of yourself to be hidden away under threats of "bad karma" or anything else. The truth never made "bad karma." If you need to, look for supportive people to help you. If you've started to feel that in some way you're special, that maybe you've been chosen to fulfill some kind of destiny, well, think again. These kinds of thoughts won't help you to become strong in yourself. They may seem to explain things now, but they'll only hold you back in the long run. Interview with June Campbell (*1945) Scottish religious scholar, academic feminist, Kagyu nun and personal translator of the Tibetan Lama Kalu Rinpoche (70ties), The Emperor's Tantric Robes, presented by US American quarterly magazine Tricycle. The Buddhist Review, winter issue 1996

Insights gained from a secretive tantric enslavement by high Tibetan lama Kalu Rinpoche

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June Campbell, the enforced sex consort of celibatary monk Kalu Rinpoche for several years, first risked publishing about her experiences with him after his death.

  • The imposition of secrecy [...] in the Tibetan system, when it occurred solely as a means to protect status, and where it was reinforced by threats, was a powerful weapon in keeping women from achieving any kind of integrity in themselves, for it seems clear that the fundamental and ancient principles of Tantric sex – the meeting together of two autonomous individuals as partners for sexual relations to promote spirituality – was tainted by the power wielded by one partner over the other. So whilst the lineage system [the gurus’ chain of initiation] viewed these [sexual] activities as promoting the enlightenment state of the lineage holders, the fate of one of the two main protagonists, the female consort, remained unrecognized, unspoken and unnamed. […] [T]his imposed hidden role meant that, within the Tibetan monastic system which dominated the Vajrayana, for other women practitioners, there were no overt role models and no open system of exchange between women. June Campbell (*~1945) Scottish religious scholar, academic feminist, Kagyu nun and personal translator of the Tibetan Lama Kalu Rinpoche (70ties), Traveller in Space. Gender, Identity and Tibetan Buddhism, chapter 6 At One with the Secret Other, S. 103, Continuum International Publishing Group, 1996, revised edition May 2002

 

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The concept of the guru's perfection alongside what is perceived to be dubious behavior

  • One understanding of the "enlightened guru" is that everything about his behavior, no matter how strange or morally wrong, is a manifestation of enlightenment.
    That view may have been sustainable in Tibetan society – even promoted – but I think it's certain that Western society will be unable to sustain it. It's my view that if people resist looking at this question, certain groups will become more and more insular in Western society, in an attempt to protect themselves from challenge and to avoid change. They'll
      ➤ never go beyond a simplistic view of the guru as perfect,
      ➤ and the gurus themselves will never go beyond wielding complete power and being adored.
    To my mind this kind of insularity would either hasten the demise of the whole system, or create closed, cult-like groups that have no influence on society at all. [...]
    [T]he Tibetan system's not unique in there being a link between power, religion, and gender. And it's not the first system in the world to face change or be challenged. [...] [I]n essence we have the same problems in the West to do with abuses of power. Interview with June Campbell (*~1945) Scottish religious scholar, academic feminist, Kagyu nun and personal translator of the Tibetan Lama Kalu Rinpoche (70ties), The Emperor's Tantric Robes, presented by US American quarterly magazine Tricycle. The Buddhist Review, winter issue 1996

Critical quotes on guru systems – Andrew Harvey

Personal avowals

  • I've come to believe that most of the masters and gurus are actually the patriarchy's most brilliant way of keeping these always – revolutionary truths of divine identity and equality under wraps. The last thing the patriarchal societies have ever wanted was for women or homosexuals or the untouchables or the poor to get hold of these truths, because then all power elites would crumble. And unfortunately the guru systems have nearly always been indirect servants of power [force]. Interview with Andrew Harvey (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Teachers and Seekers: An Interview with Andrew Harvey, presented by the US American media company Yoga Journal, Catherine Ingram, issue 123, S. 59, July/August 1995

 

Harvey who had promoted his colleague, the controversial serial sexual offender and "spiritual teacher" Marc Gafni (*1960) discovered and made known that he had supported yet another fraud during his career as a teacher.

  • One of these emails [to me] said, "Look, I am challenging you to do your due diligence and really to talk to a group of the women who (have claimed to) have experienced abuse of a very serious spiritual and sometimes physical kind from Marc Gafni. […]
    I dillidallied for several weeks and then I plucked up my courage and I had a series of conversations with several women who knew Marc and suffered greatly, it seems, at his hands. I have to tell you that those hours of listening were the most painful and devastating of my life, because I heard stories of the most frightening kind of mind control and the most comprehensive kind of occult and physical abuse alleged by these women. But so clearly witnessed and testified to by these very brave women who spoke to me that I could no longer hide in my own skepticism and I had to come to a choice and I had to make that choice […] from what I heard. […] I am asking all of you to do due diligence and to read what you are able to find on the web, if you look. Why I am lending my voice is for a larger reason than unmasking potentially Marc Gafni. […] There is a pathological inability in the New Age [i.e. Integral movement] to even begin discussing the nature of what you could call evil, the vast destructive forces of darkness in a) human nature and b) the cosmos." Audio podcast by Andrew Harvey andrewharvey.net (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Reflections on the Marc Gafni Situation, minute 2:24, presented by The Shift Network Blog, posted 31. December 2015, reposted by themarcgafniinquiry.com, 25. April 2016
    Note: Original link deleted

 

Caveat
Harvey was a promoting author for Mother Meera and co-author with Sogyal Rinpoche before he discovered their frauds in 1994.

  • It is my belief that 90 percent of the so-called masters in the modern world are not enlightened at all but are in fact occult magicians. The occult magician will use his or her occult powers to ensnare the devotee in a posture of adoration by feeding them visionary experiences, which may seem to open things up for the devotee but actually keeps one dependent on the guru. It's a kind of drug pushing as dangerous on the spiritual level as cocaine or heroin is on the physical. Because people don't know the difference between the divine and the occult, nor how accurately the occult can mimic the divine, nor how easily occult powers can be cultivated by the unscrupulous and ambitious. They take these powers and experiences to be unmistakeable signs of divine presence and go on worshipping as divine these people who have, in fact, shown that they are neither good, nor kind, nor humble, nor generous. Interview with Andrew Harvey andrewharvey.net (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Teachers and Seekers: An Interview with Andrew Harvey, presented by the US American media company Yoga Journal, Catherine Ingram, issue 123, S. 60, July/August 1995

 

Insights
True spiritual guides welcome constructive criticism.

  • I think that the true spiritual guide admits that he or she is still in process, that they are always aware of their own shadow and of the limitations of their upbringing, their cultural conditioning, their cultural religious views. The true spiritual guide never claims to be unified with the divine. The human being can merge with God but can never become God. […]
    I have come to believe, too, that real spiritual guides welcome disagreement and doubt, for two reasons.
    1. One is because those who are really awake know that they can learn from anyone, and
    2. the other is that doubt is part of the necessary finding out of the secret hiding places of the false self.
Interview with Andrew Harvey (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Teachers and Seekers: An Interview with Andrew Harvey, presented by the US American media company Yoga Journal, Catherine Ingram, issue 123, S. 62-63, July/August 1995

 

Harmful addiction to transcendence

  • [M]ost of the ancient traditions in their more obvious forms are addicted to transcendence, are addicted to a privileging of the light over the forms that are born out of the light. So [they] are fundamentally concerned with helping us get into radical connection with the light, with the danger of dropping relationships, the world, justice, our relationship with all other creatures, in the process. […] [T]his radical addiction to transcendence is a very great subtle temptation [that] most people on the Path do not avoid. […]
    [A] marrying of the Divine Light consciousness with the mind and the heart and the body […] cannot be done without an immersion in the shadow [of the mystical traditions’ addiction to transcendence, the body hatred, sexual shame, the collective defeat triggering denial, disbelief, disillusion] and a profound desire to our own personal shadow [the traumas, the personal addiction to an addicted society]. So the descent of the light into the mind, the heart, and the body can only be accomplished by a surrender to this very difficult, very grueling process. Audio interview with Andrew Harvey andrewharvey.net (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Evolutionary Mysticism, transcript, presented by Sounds True, Insights at the Edge, host Tami Simon, minute 36:18, 59:22 minutes duration, aired 22. June 2010

 

Future outlook on the guru systems

  • Though there are exceptions despite the system, I think the guru system, as it is now, is flawed at its core. Anyone in that system is going to run extreme dangers, whether they are the guru or the devotee. I think the next five years will see a massive shattering of the idols. What is now a light summer rain of scandal is going to become a blizzard. The guru system in its current state of dangerous corruption will be revealed. Interview with Andrew Harvey (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Teachers and Seekers: An Interview with Andrew Harvey, presented by the US American media company Yoga Journal, Catherine Ingram, issue 123, S. 61, July/August 1995

 

Further reference: ► Article Killing the Guru and Finding God: the Andrew Harvey Story,
presented by patheos.com, Tom Rapsas, 23. September 2012

Englische Texte – English section on Cults

Six conditions to create a climate conducive to indoctrination

༺༻Cultic psychopathologic conditioning
1.Keep the person unaware that there is an agenda to control or change the person.
2.Control time and physical environment (contacts, information).
3.Create a sense of powerlessness, fear, and dependency.
4.Suppress old behavior and attitudes.
5.Instill new behavior and attitudes.
6.Put forth a closed system of logic.
Source: ► Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D. (1921-2003) US American adjunct professor of clinical psychology, University of California,
Berkeley, Cults in Our Midst. The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace, Jossey-Bass, September 1996, revised edition 11. April 2003
Focussing on family therapy, coercive persuasion, schizophrenia, brainwashing
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry Cults in Our Midst

Methods of seduction, manipulation and binding used by cults and psychopaths

༺༻Enslaving operations applied by psychopaths, cultleaders and cultsReference/s
1.Deconstruct existing support and/or dependency systems and replace them with new support and dependency systemsLifton, Singer, Schein, Galanter, Taylor relative to cults
Carver, Rotter, Shaffer/LaPlante, Evans relative to family systems / interpersonal relationships
2.Develop, reinforce, and then appeal to an un-admitted and denied sense of powerlessness, then helplessness, then hopelessnessLifton, Schein, Hoffer, Singer, Taylor, Bandura, Seligman, Bowen, Golomb, Jackson, Branden, Carver, Rotter, Skinner, Watson, Lidz, Henry, Laing
3.Love-bombing in the early stages followed by withdrawal thereof followed by increasing pressure to conform to get "love," followed by threat of abandonment over non-conformanceSinger, Taylor, Beattie, Cermak, Schaef, Rapson/English, Mellody
4.Manipulate and trigger already established – and then enhanced – introjections of guilt, shame, worry, remorse, regret and anxietyLifton, Schein, Singer, Hoffer, Taylor, Tangney/Dearing, Jackson, Lidz, Bowen, Branden, Golomb, Henry, Laing
5. Stimulus deprivation and/or amplification, rapid deep breathing (to induce hyperventilation), repetitive motion exercises, chanting, meditation, guided imagery and/or trance induction to create dissociation, de-realization, depersonalization and/or excitotoxic (nerve-damaging) anxietySinger, DeBellis, Cozolino, Gazzaniga, Heim/Nemeroff, Kaszniak, Panksepp (neurobiology)
6.Sleep deprivation, diet control, restriction of urination and/or defecation ("re-potty training") to stress, break down the ego and infantilizeLifton, Singer, Taylor
7.Compel personal history examination, revision and group sharing to induce painful affects and peer-influenced appraisals thereofLifton, Schein, Singer, Hoffer, Taylor, Ross
8.Group jargon to enhance in-group identification and out-group rejection, as well as to make it increasingly difficult for members to communicate effectively with outsidersSchein, Singer, Hoffer, Taylor, Griffin/Moorhead, Kets de Vries (organizational dynamics)
9.Peer pressure to conform to group norms, including group think and group jargonLifton, Schein, Singer, Galanter, Hoffer, Taylore, Griffin/Moorhead, Kets de Vries, Rokeach, Henry
10.Employing the Karpman Drama Triangle dynamics: covert control as both rescue and subtle – or less subtle – persecution to victimize the lower-level recruits and induce compliance via the discomfort of subtle threatKarpman, Beattie, Weinhold/Weinhold, Whitfield, Garrett
11.Deception, debilitization, dependency and dread to weaken member's egos and increase complianceSchein, Singer, Schore (affect regulation)
12.Authoritarian, dominance and submission ploys, games and exercise to identify "proper" and accepted, sadomasochistic roles for leaders vs. followersLifton, Singer, Galanter, Taylor, Altemeyer, Baumrind, Benjamin, Sullivan, Rotter, Berne, Byrne, Bernstein, Carver, Golomb, Lidz, Henry, Laing/Esterson, Lifton, Peterson/Zurbriggen (non-cult interpersonal dynamics)
13.Establishing ambiguities and conflicts to destabilize existing core beliefs, utilizing paradoxical injunctions, threat of harm or abandonment and other means to induce double bindsBateson, Laing, Watzlawick et al.
14.Inducing identity-diffused, ego-dis-integrated, borderline organization via compartmentalization of unconsciously opposing, compelled beliefs ("shoulds," "musts," "oughts," "have-to's") to support the mutually opposing fears of abuse and abandonment that make it impossible to resolve group-induced conflictsKernberg, Meissner, Masterson et al., Garrett
15.Inducing anxious attachment to place member/victim in a state of learned helplessness5Bowlby, Shaver/Mikulincer, Cassidy/Shaver
Seligman, Schore, Mellody, Whitfield, Rapson/English
16.Employing increasing and finally, absolute, control of information and communication among members/victimsLifton, Schein, Singer, Hoffer, Galanter, Taylor
17.Compelling regression on both the Piagetian and Eriksonian scales, from formal operational (dialectical) processing, autonomous identity and elective generativity to concrete operational (black and white, all or nothing, dichotomous/absolutistic) processing, infantile trust and lack of autonomy, respectivelyPiaget, Erikson, Beck, Ellis, Meichenbaum, Schore, Rokeach
18.Employing relentless loading of the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system to set up the leader's ability to trigger the fight, flight, freak or freeze response to support learned helplessness whenever desiredSelye, Wolpe, Seligman

Ten most common spiritually transmitted diseases – Mariana Caplan

Listing ten cultic features
༺༻Spiritual
dysfunction
Symptoms – keywords
1.Fast-food spiritualityMix spirituality within a speed-driven culture, quick fix mentality, multitasking, instant gratification, belief that transformation and transcending the human condition can happen quick and easy
2.Faux spiritualityTendency to dress, talk, and act according to the cliché of spirituality, imitation and mimicing spiritual realization
3.Confused motivationsThe desire to grow genuinely and purely is interspersed with lesser motives: spiritual ambition, wish or need to be loved and belong, to be special, to be better than, to be chosen, to fill internal emptiness, to end one's suffering
4.Identifying with spiritual experiencesThe spiritual ego identifying with one's spiritual experiences and claiming one's spiritual path, pseudospirituality, false belief that one is embodying peak insights (lasting for longer periods), that one is enlightened and therefore apt to perform as a spiritual teacher
5.Spiritualized egoThe "bullet-proof" egoic personality becomes deeply embedded with spiritual concepts; invulnerable to help, new learning, other perspectives, constructive feedback; impenetrable humans stunted in their spiritual growth
6.Mass production of spiritual teachersTrendy massproduced, marketeering spiritual traditions led by self-deluded people who deem themselves enlightened masters selling and teaching a quick fix method
7.Spiritual prideLongterm practitioners who have attained some wisdom justify their refusal to grow further, spiritual superiority:
"I am better, more wise and above others because I am spiritual."
8.Group mindGroupthink, tribal-mindedness, cultic mentality, ashram disease, insidious virus with elements of co-dependence, subtle unwritten rules how to think, talk, dress, and act correctly, not conforming individuals, attitudes, and circumstances are being rejected
9.Chosen-people complexBelief in having found The One (who fits for All), that
"Our group is more spiritually evolved, powerful, enlightened and better than any other group."
10.Deadly virus
"I Have Arrived"
Belief that one has reached the final goal of the path, ceasing of further spiritual progress
Source: ► Mariana Caplan, Ph.D., US American professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, psychotherapist, author,
10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases, presented by US American online newspaper The Huffington Post, posted 15. June 2010,
paraphrasing author's book Eyes Wide Open. Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, 2008, Sounds True, Incorporated, October 2009

Cult scoring of self-help group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

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Disclosing Bill W. as a cult leader, womanizer, liar, swindler, and narcissist

Confirmed in article Bill Wilson. Little Known Facts About Bill W., presented by alternatives-for-alcoholism, Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed., US American mental health professional, recovering alcoholic, 2007-2012

  • Bill Griffith Wilson [Bill W.] had already failed in business and in life, and he was already far less than perfect — he was an alcoholic, a fraud, a failed Wall Street hustler, a quack healer, a phony holy man, a felonious embezzler, a stock swindler, a madman, an evil cult leader, and a narcissistic pathological liar — so he didn't really need to keep on cheating on his wife Lois just to make the other A.A. members feel comfortable. Article The Other Women, A. Orange, last updated 21. July 2013
Bill Griffith Wilson [Bill W.] and the 12 steps program Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
 ༺༻Cultic characteristicsScore 10
10-6
RemarkScore 10
5-1
N/A
1.The Guru is always right.10   
2.You are always wrong.10   
3.No exit.10   
4.No graduates10   
5.Cult-speak10   
6.Group-think, suppression of dissent, and enforced conformity in thinking10   
7.Irrationality10Deserves ~100  
8.Suspension of disbelief10   
9.Denigration of competing sects, cults, religions, groups, or organizations10   
10.Personal attacks on critics10   
11.Insistence that the group is THE ONLY WAY.10   
12.The group and its members are special.10   
13.Induction of guilt, and the use of guilt to manipulate group members.10   
14.Unquestionable dogma, sacred science, and infallible ideology.10   
15.Indoctrination of members.8   
16.Appeals to "holy" or "wise" authorities.7   
17.Instant community  4 
18.Instant intimacy7    
19.Surrender to the group.10Deserves ~50  
20.Giggly wonderfulness and starry-eyed faith.7   
21.Personal testimonies of earlier converts.10   
22.The group is self-absorbed.6   
23.Dual purposes, hidden agendas, and ulterior motives.10   
24.Aggressive recruiting10   
25.Deceptive recruiting10   
26.No humor10   
27.You can't tell the truth.10   
28.Cloning — You become a clone of the group leader or other elder group members.10   
29.You must change your beliefs to conform to the group's beliefs.10   
30.The end justifies the means.8   
31.Dishonesty, deceit, denial, falsification, and rewriting history10   
32.Different levels of truth10   
33.Newcomers can't think right.10   
34.The group implants phobias.10   
35.The group is money-grubbing.10   
36.Confession sessions10   
37.System of punishments and rewards10   
38.Impossible superhuman model of perfection10   
39.Mentoring10   
40.Intrusiveness10   
41.Disturbed guru, mentally ill leader10Deserves 20  
42.Disturbed members, mentally ill followers10   
43.Create a sense of powerlessness, covert fear, guilt, and dependency10   
44.Dispensed existence10   
45.Ideology over experience, observation, and logic10   
46.Keep them unaware that there is an agenda to change them10   
47.Thought-stopping language. Thought-terminating clichés and slogans10   
48.Mystical manipulation10   
49.The guru or the group demands ultra-loyalty and total commitment.10   
50.Demands for total faith and total trust.10   
51.Members get no respect. They get abused.10   
52.Inconsistency. Contradictory messages10   
53.Hierarchical, authoritarian power structure, and social castes  5 
54.Front groups, masquerading recruiters, hidden promoters, and disguised propagandists10   
55.Belief equals truth10   
56.Use of double-binds10   
57.The group leader is not held accountable for his actions.10   
58.Everybody else needs the guru to boss him around, but nobody bosses the guru around.10   
59.The guru criticizes everybody else, but nobody criticizes the guru.10   
60.Dispensed truth and social definition of reality10   
61.The guru is extra-special.10   
62.Flexible, shifting morality  5 
63.Separatism  5 
64.Inability to tolerate criticism8   
65.Charismatic leader7Not any more  
66.Calls to obliterate self.10Rates more  
67.Don't trust your own mind.10   
68.Don't feel your own feelings.10   
69.The group takes over the individual's decision-making process.8   
70.You owe the group.10   
71.We have the panacea.10   
72.Progressive indoctrination and progressive commitments.10   
73.Magical, mystical, unexplainable workings10Deserves more  
74.Trance-inducing practices.10   
75.New identity – Redefinition of self – Revision of personal history.10   
76.Membership rivalry   ./.
77.True believers10   
78.Scapegoating and excommunication  2 6 
79.Promised powers or knowledge10   
80.It's a con. You don't get the promised goodies.10   
81.Hypocrisy10   
82.Lying. Denial of the truth. Reversal of reality. Rationalization and denial.10   
83.Seeing through tinted lenses.10   
84.You can't make it without the group.10   
85.Enemy-making and devaluing the outsider.10   
86.The group wants to own you.10   
87.Channelling or other occult, unchallengeable, sources of information.10   
88.They make you dependent on the group.10Deserves far more  
89.Demands for compliance with the group.10   
90.Newcomers need fixing.10Deserves ~100  
91.Use of the Cognitive Dissonance technique10   
92.Grandiose existence. Bombastic, grandiose claims.10   
93.Black And white thinking.10   
94.The use of heavy-duty mind control and rapid conversion techniques.   ./.
95.Threats of bodily harm or death to someone who leaves the group.  5 
96.Threats of bodily harm or death to someone who criticizes the group   ./.
97.Appropriation of all of the members' worldly wealth   ./.
98.Making cult members work long hours for free  1 
99.Total immersion and total isolation  2 
100.Mass suicide   ./.
Sources: ► Archived article by A. Orange The Other Women, A. Orange, last updated 21. July 2013
Alcoholics Anonymous as a Cult. Scorecards 1 to 100, presented by defunct orange-papers.org, updated 21. October 2013
References: ► Bill Wilson, compiled by Jan Irvin, US American ethnomycologist, independent researcher, political analyst, blogger, lecturer, author, founder, curator, and host of Gnostic Media Research & Publishing, undated
► Online book The Orange Papers. One Man's Analysis of Alcoholics Anonymous and ► Blog article by jonsleeper, Leaving AA, staying sober: new perspectives on recovery, 30. September 2014
► Article alcoholics anonymous & the new world order, presented by blog site sparklesdelicious, 26. October 2007
► Article Bill Wilson. Little Known Facts About Bill W., presented by alternatives-for-alcoholism, Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed., US American mental health professional, recovering alcoholic, 2007-2012
References: en.Wikipedia entry Bill Griffith Wilson [Bill W.] and ► Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
See also: ► Quotes by ⚡ Bill Griffith Wilson and ► Actual success rate of the 12-step program – Lance Dodes

 

Setting up a cult – Promotion of spiritual teachers

Techniques for promoting spiritual teachers
༺༻Action···ApproachLegendD. Hawkins'
system
1.Psychological
transfer
Encouraging followers [awakened ones] to psychologically transfer divine qualities and goals onto the teacher [awakened one], thereby locking both into a dynamic system of projection, dismissing any show of spiritual autonomy. Placing the teacher on the top end of the spiritual master spectrum (avatar, etc.), inflating the teacher image, confining clients in the student role.
2.Fashion and
style
Teachers who dress fashionably or perform in a certain style apply the marketing tool of the first impression made by appearance and presentation. 
3.Name changeTo change the teacher's name to an exotic sounding one is part of presenting oneself as a spiritual master. 
4.NationalityConnections with places like South/Middle America, India, Tibet, Africa, Egypt, the Far East or Pacific Islands, cathedrals may enhance the teacher's marketing campaign.
5.BehaviourImportant is that the teacher behaves peacefully and lovingly in public whereby they are building up a huge unexpressed psychological shadow. If abusive behaviour of the teacher becomes public it can be justified by presenting it in the context of "crazy wisdom", presenting imbalance and erratic behaviour as a valuable lesson in non-attachment to expectations regarding the teacher. Sitting and staring at the audience beyond the comfortable degree gives students the opportunity to project their inner spiritual images onto the teacher, catalyzing a strong attachment.-'
6.Vocabulary and
phraseology
Most listeners come from the heart not from the head, willing to accept a casual message. Contradictions are forgiven since they illustrate the paradoxical nature of the spiritual path. Words and phrases (like "oneness", "infinite love", "loving ourselves", "loving what is", "meditation", "quantum ******", "non-duality", "opening the heart", "letting go", "being yourself", "finding what is true", "authenticity", "opening the chakras", "touching the void", "reaching within", "connecting", "opening the heart", "advaita", "it is simple", "everything is inside") keep the audience impressed.
7.Self-confidence
and charisma
Effective teachers bind students in the certainty of conceptual truth. An abundance of self-confidence and charisma and a good sense of humour is very appealing to (potential) customers. A dosis of narcissism in the teacher is also attractive. The teacher may not to express doubt or admit not knowing something. Students with a profound acceptance of their own ignorance can wake up and walk off.
8.Comprehensive
teaching materials
and opportunities
Constant self-marketing via lectures, courses, regular "satsang" meetings, and holiday retreats (along with videos and audio recordings of the complete enlightenment package), books, guided meditations, internet updates allows the teacher a very good living. Up-selling. To keep individuals in the fold it is vital to offer an online presence on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and a monthly newsletter (both paper and online) or even a magazine.
9.Lineage and
direct transmission
Inducing the belief that the teacher predominantly energetically transmits spiritual awakening. To keep one's fold it serves when the teacher comes from a long successful – contrived or genuine – lineage of transmitters.
10.Pseudo-objective
corroboration
Teachers with the creative nous may formulate a pseudo-objective evaluation systems to "calibrate" levels of truth – applied by dowsing or muscle testing. This way the teacher is lifting himself by his own bootstraps. Calibrating critics of the teacher or their system as low on the scale i.e. not worthwhile to further examinate their arguments.
11.Promoting the
rareness of spiritual awakening
The enlightenment lottery is captivating. Getting students and clients to believe that enlightenment is so rare that it may not happen until future lifetimes.
12.Extraordinary powersThe guru's physical presence, favorably their hug or touch, is the ultimate powerful placebo effect. Close followers may spread rumours about the teacher's magical and mystical feats.
13.Third-party
endorsements
The New Age (New Consciousness) is a close-knit community with different teachers endorsing each others' books and teachings on a tit-for-tat basis (not stopping short of self-fabricated endorsements by Mother Teresa).
14.Building a hierarchy of followersTo separate the teacher from the bulk of their students it is vital to establish hierarchical access to the more successful teacher. If the inner sanctum students witness the teacher's halo slip a bit behind closed doors, they will not disclose it or leave, since they have so much time and money invested. Rankist hierarchies are convenient organisational control structures. Wealthy customers can buy access by making large donations.
15.Educational/
charitable
foundation
The teacher can talk about the need for a better world. Telling one's customer base that the teacher's message can really make a difference. Charitable donations can be used to support oneself as well. These money making exercises can offer substantial tax breaks.
16.Opening an ashram
or spiritual center
Placing an ashram on the map adds credibility to the teacher's organization. It allows to run weekend retreats and workshops more economically. 
17.WebsiteIn the 21st century it is vital for masters to have a web presence offering many close-up photos of the teacher (looking very spiritual) and tasters for the different talks given by the master. The domain may be the teacher's name and end with ".org", which will associate the teacher with non-profits or do-good organizations.
18.Multiplying teacher
and retaining control
Once the teacher has grown their organization and/or spiritual teaching it is important to multiply themselves, so that the trusted inner circle of customers can repeat what the teacher is doing on behalf of their center and spiritual message.
19.Donation vs.
set prices
Donations make the teacher look more authentically spiritual as it distances him from the world of commerce. Chances are that donation will outstrip costs. A "suggested donation" amount make guilty people into giving more. 
20.Supplementary
sales
Not only the teachings but also items [paraphernalia] with the teacher's energetic vibration [pictures, charts, crystals, energized water, pendants, key-rings] can be marketed to help develop whatever.
21.Rewarding
sycophantic
followers
The teacher keeps feeding the spiritual egos of their inner circle of devotees by telling them how well they are doing on the spiritual path. This ego-investment will have them staying loyal to the teacher and turn into effective controllers for other followers thereby putting the possibly tainted guru back on their pedestal.
Summary derived from source: ► John Smith, US American blogger, Spiritual Marketing Techniques,
presented by Energy Grid Magazine, Andrew P, October 2002
See also: ► Salvationism: Problematic Redeemer ◊ Messiah ◊ Savior complex

Setting up a cult – Promotion of spiritual teachings

Techniques for promoting spiritual teachings
༺༻Action···ApproachLegendD. Hawkins'
system
1.Conceptual spiritual pathSuccessful marketing of any spiritual teaching to customers can evolve their minds and their egos on the spiritual journey. In an ego-obsessed society teachings that encourage to develop the spiritual ego are popular, because they do not challenge the ego. Paradoxically, ego-centric systems are being presented as ego-dropping systems. Containing a creation story, giving students purpose and a special significance, triggers attachment/dependency to both the teacher and the teachings.
2.Promising immortalityDeath is a big fear for most people. Any system of spirituality that promotes some kind of immortality is attractive to potential customers. Teachings that promise physical immortality have a short term a lucrative approach. It is more difficult to justify over time. 
3.Focusing on the teacherThe teacher is original. Their teachings are a unique product given that they keep pointing to them as a key component in the awakening process.
4.Implying certaintyAny belief system that offers certainty with conceptualisation is going to be very popular. Prophecy and prediction can be extended to the future.
5.Promising health and happinessMost like to believe that the final destination of the spiritual path is a state of eternal bliss, perfect health and sublime happiness — enlightenment. This delineates a huge payback (strong motivating factor) for following the spiritual path. Disillusioned and unhappy with normal life, many people turn to the spiritual path. 
6.Special/secret techniques and teachingsOffering a special type of teaching or meditation/fantasy technique that is kept secret. Convincing customers/students they will find awakening by applying these particular teachings/techniques will result in strong attachments. As secrets are being disclosed in the age of the internet "direct transmission" along with the teachings/techniques given personally by the teacher or appointed students are the key to "activate" the awakening process. 
7.Promoting emotional expressionIn society where sexual and loving emotions are restricted communities based on teachings that encourage free emotional expression appear attractive and freeing. See also #11. 
8.Strict codes of conductIn most people the impulse for belonging/bondage is stronger than the impulse to freedom/accountability. Strict codes of conduct and attire appeal to the first group. They also suit the spiritual ego that wants a formula to do everything right. 
9.Copyrighting and trademarkingOffering the message under a special name which is copyrighted/trademarked. Labeled teachings can be owned and controlled by the teacher. Questions about copyright/trademark can be blamed on the organisation or its lawyers. Explaining legal restrictions on the teachings can be justified as protection from being bastardised by a third party.
10.Material outcomesAdvertising and implying to customers' egos that their material needs and wants (including physical health issues) will be met. Spiritual awakening is understood as an addition to human powers, bank balance, potentials, and wholeness. This approach also justifies any opulence of the teacher relative to their customers. 
11.Hijacking feel-good techniquesCustomers associate a feel-good fix with the teacher and the teachings when feel-good techniques such as meditation, mantras, relaxation, dance, tantra, fasting and breath control are being hijacked. Controlling the feel-good fix sufficiently without allowing customers to awaken i.e. leave the cultic circle. 
12.TestimonialsPromoting (marketing) spiritual teachings/teachers requires testimonials and case-studies for the media. In the age of social networking, this often happens spontaneously. Obtaining endorsements for teacher/teachings from celebrities or clients (placed on book covers).
13.Self-validationOffering the teachings plus their sublime value will validate them for heady customers. When the most evolved spiritual master presents the teachings in high-brow terminology he implies that those who do not understand this are "not ready".
14.Sequential presentationSpreading out the teachings in a series of courses spanning from beginner to advanced levels over a few years. "Graduates" are unlikely to quit due to their investment and sense of achievement. 
15.Pseudo-scientific justificationLinking teachings with modern physics increases credibility with those who is not scientific literate. (Key terms used in the teachings: "quantum", "relativity", "scalar waves", "quantum entanglement", "Bell's Theorem", "photons".)
16.Jargon (exotic/foreign terms) Presenting teachings filled with ancient terminology (containing foreign words like "karma" and "maya") impresses clients/students. Followers who have adopted this vocabulary will feel increasingly spiritual themselves. "Insider" phraseology allows for a stronger communal spirit.
17.Schooling in exotic locationsOffering holiday and Mecca-type retreats in exotic places. Customers outside the confines of their everyday lives tend to be more relaxed and focused.
Summary derived from source: ► John Smith, US American blogger, Spiritual Marketing Techniques,
presented by Energy Grid Magazine, Andrew P, October 2002
See also: ► Salvationism: Problematic Redeemer ◊ Messiah ◊ Savior complex

Eight criteria to identify cultic coercion – Robert Lifton

Eight criteria to measure the level of coercion in families, groups, nations
using manipulative techniques to gain (total) control over their members
༺༻Cultic focusAction item
1.Milieu control"We control what you experience, and how you experience it."
2.Loading the language"Our own special language [group jargon] helps you to think the way we want you to think."
3.Mystical manipulation"We'll make sure our system works for you – even if we have to fake it."
4.Sacred science"It's true because we say it's the Truth."
5.Demand for purity"Only those good enough can 'get it.'"
6.Confession"We promise we won't use your past against you … really …"
7.Doctrine over person"When your facts don't match our Truth, your facts are wrong."
8.Dispensing of existence "The Truth is worth more than life, especially an outsider's life."
Sources:
Book: Robert Jay Lifton, M.D. (*1926) US American psychiatrist, researcher of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence, developer of the theory of thought reform, author, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, chapter 15 The Future of Immortality, Norton, New York, 1st edition 1961, New York, chapter 22, 2nd edition 1987, Chapel Hill, 1989
Book excerpt: Dr. Robert J. Lifton's Eight Criteria for Thought Reform
Article The Basics – Lifton's Eight Criteria of Thought Reform, presented by Open Minds Foundation, Spike Robinson, 5. December 2016
See also: ► Power vs. Truth

Questions to inquire the fundamentalist mind

Acid test for fundamentalist systems
༺༻Questions to ask to pin fundamentalist cults
1.Is the system closed to modification?
2.Is there a covert [political] agenda in the system?
3.Does the system deal in absolutisms?
4.Does the system denounce opposing points of view or seem paranoid?
5.Does the system avoid critical thinking?
Source: ► Stephen Larsen, US American psychologist, founder of the Center for Symbolic Studies, author,
The Fundamentalist Mind. How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All, Quest Books, Wheaton, Illinois, 1. January 2007
References: ► en.Wikipedia entries : Fanaticism, Fundamentalism, Moral absolutism, Relativism

List of MKUltra related cults

It appears that most of the bay area and other psychedelic leaders that were involved
directly or "indirectly" with MKULTRA and/or associated with Aldous Huxley,
seem to have gone out and started some form of cult or another.

 

  1. William ThetfordCourse In Miracles Cult 7 / 8
  2. Bill Wilson – Alcoholics Anonymous cult 9
  3. Alfred Kinsey – Pedophile / Nambla cults 10
  4. Nambla
  5. L. Ron Hubbard – Church of Scientology cult 11
  6. Julian Huxley – Transhumanism cult 12
  7. Aldous Huxley – Psychedelic revolution / Esalen cults 13
  8. Carlos Castaneda – Neo-shamanism / Don Juan Cult / Tensegrity (ended in suicides) 14
  9. Albert Hofmann – Bicycle Day cult
  10. Al Hubbard – LSD cult
  11. Terence McKenna2012 / Mushroom / Stoned Ape / Archaic revival cults
  12. Daniel Pinchbeck2012 / Mushroom / ascendance cults
  13. Gordon Wasson – Mushrooms as finding god cult / Eleusis cult
  14. Timothy Leary – IFIF cult / psychedelic revolution / Psychedelic orientalism 15
  15. Allen Ginsberg – IFIF / psychedelic revolution / Psychedelic orientalism
  16. Huston Smith – IFIF / Eleusinian / psychedelic orientalism
  17. Richard Alpert [Ram Dass] – Be Here Now cult / International Foundation for Internal Freedom (IFIF) cults
  18. Margaret Mead / Wilhelm Reich – Sexual liberation cult 16
  19. Gregory Bateson – Native Revivalism / Double bind etc, cults 17
  20. Marshall Rosenberg – NVC cult 18
  21. John Paul Rosenberg [Werner Erhard] – Landmark Education cult
  22. Gloria Steinem – Feminism cult 19
  23. Marilyn Ferguson – Aquarian Conspiracy cult
  24. James Lovelock – Gaia cult
  25. Ken Kesey – Merry Prankster cult
  26. Carl Ruck – Demeter cult
  27. Jim Jones – Jonestown cult (ended in murder)
  28. Michael Murphy – Esalen cult
  29. Dick Price – Esalen cult
  30. Andrija PuharichThe Council of Nine / Uri Geller / Arigo cults
  31. Guy Banister – UFO cult
  32. Steve Jobs – Apple cult
  33. "Farmer" John Griggs – Brotherhood of Eternal Love cult / mafia
  34. Mircea Eliade – Wicca cult
  35. Charles Manson (No Name Madock) – Manson family cult
  36. Peter Furst / Barbara Myerhoff – Phony Huichol / neo-shamanism cults
  37. Alan Watts – Zen Buddist double bind cult
  38. Joseph Campbell – Power of Myth / Star Wars cults
  39. Steve Gaskin – Tennessee Farm / (Church of Sandy Hook cult to be verified)
  40. John Perry Barlow – EFF / Grateful Dead cults
  41. Grateful Dead – Following / cult
  42. Alex Grey – Art temple / NY cults
  43. Richard Bandler – NLP cult
  44. John Grinder – NLP cult
  45. Riane Eisler – NVC cult – Dominator culture cult
  46. Vito Paulekas – Freaks cult
  47. Arthur Kleps – Boohoo cult
  48. Paul Twitchell – Eckankar cult
  49. Kerry Thornley – Discordianism cult
  50. Bob Dobbs (Dean/Neveritt) – Church of the SubGenius cult
  51. James Baker (Father Yod) – Star Wars cult, Vegan cult, Source cult, etc.
  52. Larry Harvey – Burning Man
  53. Finders
  54. Heaven's Gate
Source: ► Chart List of MKUltra cults, compiled by Jan Irvin, US American ethnomycologist, independent researcher,
political analyst, blogger, lecturer, author, founder, curator, and host of Gnostic Media Research & Publishing, undated
See also: ► Bewusstseinskontrolle – Mind control and ► Sucht – Addiction and ► Sucht-Tabellen – Addiction charts

Media recommendations – Discerning shadow aspects and cultic features

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Myth

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Learning discernment:

Cultic features and God complex

  • Mariana Caplan, Ph.D., US American professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, psychotherapist, author
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Recommended reading:

Bibliography in Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 435, 2005

Eyes Wide Open. Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, Sounds True, Incorporated, October 2009
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Neardeath

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Shadow

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Inner Work

Owning Your Own Shadow. Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche, Harper Collins, San Francisco, reprint edition 5. March 1993

 

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Philosophy

  • Ken Wilber [LoC 490] (*1949) US American transpersonal philosopher, consciousness researcher, thought leader of the 3rd millennium, developer of Integral Theory, author, A Brief History of Everything, Shambhala, Boston, 1996, 2nd edition 6. February 2001
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Psychedelics

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Life skills – compassion

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Life skills – willpower

  • Video presentation by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. kellymcgonigal.com, US American health professor of psychology, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University, leading expert on the mind-body relationship, Authors@Google: Kelly McGonigal, presented at and sponsored by Authors@Google, Google Campus, Mountain View, California,  54:03 minute duration, posted by AtGoogle Talks 1. February 2012
    Humans have one brain but two minds: 1. a mind that acts on impulse and seeks immediate gratification, 2. a mind that controls our impulses and delays gratification to fulfill our long-term goals
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Life skills – effective performance

  • Tony Schwartz, US American president and CEO of The Energy Project, professional speaker, journalist, business book author, What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America, Bantam, New York, reprint edition 1. March 1996
  • Video presentations by Tony Schwartz, US American president and CEO of The Energy Project, professional speaker, journalist, business book author,
    Leading@google: Tony Schwartz, presented at and sponsored by Authors@Google, Google Campus, Mountain View, California, 17. April 2008, YouTube film, 61:17 minutes duration, posted by AtGoogleTalks 6. May 2008
    Effective longterm performance derives from good sleep and relaxation.
    The Myths of the Overworked Creative, presented by 99U Plus, Behance's 99% Conference 2011, Vimeo video, 26:50 minutes duration, posted October 2012
    Four types of energy: quantity, quality, focus, purpose; pulsing between spending and recovery/renewing energy

 

See also: ► Schatten – Shadow

BW-Werte: Kulte

  • BW xxx  –

Levels of consciousness (LoC): related to cults


  • LoC 195 – Jehovah's Witnesses
  • LoC 195-110Christian Identity Movement22
  • LoC 195 – "Left Behind" (Apocalyptic Ideology)23
  • LoC 190 – The Luciferic
  • LoC 190 – 7th Day Adventists
  • LoC 160 – Heaven's Gate cult24
  • LoC 155 – Solar Temple (ideology)25
  • LoC 135 – Polygamous sects26
  • LoC 130/135 – Religious fundamentalism (like militant Islamic fundamentalism)27
  • LoC 95 – Right Wing fundamentalism (ideology)28
  • LoC 50-160Cults29
  • LoC 45 – Satanism
  • LoC 35 – Historical Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church

Index: Kulte / Cults – Bücher von D. Hawkins

Englische Werke

Index: Audio- und Videomedien (engl.) von und mit D. Hawkins

 

Links zum Thema Kulte und Kultführer / Cults and cult leaders

Literatur zum Thema

Literature (engl.)

Study made on the Boston Church of Christ

The trial of exiting the cult of Frederick Philip Lenz, III, Ph.D. [Rama] (1950-1998) US American Buddhist spiritual teacher

Focussing on schizophrenia, family therapy, brainwashing, coercive persuasion  – Wikipedia entry: ► Cults in Our Midst

Features / commonalities of a guru personality
1. Isolated as a child
2. Remains isolated for the remainder of his life
3. Rarely has a close friendship
4. Indifferent to family ties
5. Introvert
6. Narcissistic
7. Eloquent
8. Charismatic
9. Authoritative
10. Paranoid
12. Does not discuss his ideas, only imposes them. Disapproval leads to hostility
13. Elitist
14. Claims that his life has totally changed after getting a special spiritual insight. Often follows a period of mental suffering or physical illness. Most often occurs between 30 and 50 years of age.

Cialdini's Six Principles of Influence. Convincing Others to Say "Yes",
1. Reciprocity, 2. Commitment, 3. Social Proof, 4. Liking, 5. Authority, 6. Scarcity, presented by mindtools.com

Book review, presented by magazine "Intersections. Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific", issue 22. October 2009
Sexual morality is a facet of living that undergoes periodic upheavals. Four major periods in Indian history when there were significant shifts in the collective social perception of sex and sexuality, and the associated customs and beliefs.

The Unification Church practiced the Korean Pigarum ceremony [‘change of blood lineage’] and yongch’e ceremony [‘receiving a new spiritual body’] (1940s-1962). A male spiritual leader [here Moon] united sexually with his female disciples and a female spiritual leader had ritual sex with her male followers. In 1962 the Holy Wine Ceremony and The Three Day Ceremony replaced this original sexual ritual.

Featuring intergenerational generation of narcissistic personalities and the relational dynamics that sustain "systems of subjugation"

It took Tredwell 14 years to publish her disclosure. The five years of writing this book contributed immensly to Tredwell's healing process. She took full responsibility as an accomplice and enabler of a cult leader.

Externe Weblinks




Anmerkung: ratiobestimmtes Papier, mangelndes spirituelles Verständnis

Internationale Klassifikationssysteme von spirituellen Krisen: Zustände beschrieben, welche sich von den klassischen neurotischen bzw. psychotischen Verlaufsformen unterscheiden.


External web links (engl.)


Global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments


Exposing the worldwide religious movement Siddha Yoga run by the SYDA Foundation, founded by the Indian gurus Swami Muktananda [LoC 655] (1908-1982) and secret practitioner of Tantric sexual yoga Bhagawan Nityananda [LoC 500], succeeded by the current head of the Siddha Yoga path Gurumayi Chidvilasananda (*1955).

Keywords to delineate false gurus [Stichwortkatalog zur Ermittlung von "falschen Gurus"]

1. Physical, emotional and psychological abuse of students
2. Sexual abuse of students
3. Lavish, gluttonous, and sybaritic lifestyle
4. Actions which have tainted the appreciation for the practice of the Dharma



Linkless articles

  • Article Women Who Sleep with Their Gurus ... and Why They Love It, presented by the dissolved US American magazine What is Enlightenment? / Enlightennext, Jessica Roemischer, US American pianist, composer, teacher, writer, issue 26, August/October 2004

Audio- und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

Minute 4:13: Circular logic of emotional vulnerable cult members is: 1. Moon is of God. 2. God will fix all the problems in the world. 3. All I have to do is to humbly follow. 4. Then God will fix all that I fell overwhelmed by.
The most dangerous problem is that it creates separation: Us vs. Them, Right vs. Wrong, Good vs. Evil.

Audio and video links (engl.) – Steven Hassan


Inherent danger in giving federal charitable funds for faith based organizations tied to cults

Seven warning signs of a pyramid scheme and multi-level marketing group

Masoud Banisadr, author of Masoud. Memoirs of an Iranian Rebel, SAQI Books, 2004, was the longterm representative of MeK to politicians in the U.S. and Europe.

Destigmatization after having once been in a cult

Former members of Scientology are leaving in record numbers, despite the church's PR efforts.

Thought reform, psychology of totalism, destroying the world to save it, Nazi doctors

Working with people who have been subjected to undue influence


 

Documentary and movie links (engl.)

Article Reverend Sun Myung Moon – Emperor of The Universe (BBC 2000), posted by GreatMindsOnGod. 11. June 2012

  • Compare with: Promotion film on the Korean founder of the Unification Church Rev. Sun Myung Moon, presented by the Unification Church, YouTube film, 1:05:09 duration, posted 25. March 2012

 

Interne Links

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Usual pattern of disgraced gurus

Wiki-Ebene

Englisch Wiki

 

 

1 Oxford Living Dictionaries

2 Article The Story Behind London's Largest Libel Case – Moonies Versus The Daily Mail, presented by Tparents.org, Mike Marshall, July 1981

3 See also: The UC and Moon, undated

4 Sun Myung Moon, presented NNDB

5 Learned Helplessness (LH) is defined as "the condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or persistent failure to succeed."

6 Shunning/ostracism of people who quit the program, blaming non-A.A. spouses for relapses

7 Critique – ⚡ ACIM resulting from CIA mind control

8 Critical external web links (engl.) – ACIM

9 Cult scoring of self-help group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Audio and video links (engl.) – Alcohol addiction – ⚡ Bill Wilson and J.R. (Randy) Richmond

10 ⚡ Kinsey's K-bomb unleashed "sexual liberation" brutalization and political control

11 Timeline and origins of D. Hawkins' Map of Consciousness

12 Posthumeously revealed biographical data of David R. Hawkins' life / Quotes by and on the interbred elitist families Darwin-Galton-Huxley-Wedgewood

13 Quotes by ⚡ H.G. Wells and brothers ⚡ Aldous Huxley and ⚡ Julian Huxley / Quotes – LSD intake for healing alcoholism and mind control purposes / Quotes by and on the interbred elitist families Darwin-Galton-Huxley-Wedgewood

14 Video TV documentary Carlos Castaneda and The Shaman – Tales of The Jungle, presented by British knowledge TV channel BBC Four, originally aired 15. January 2007, YouTube, 57:56 minutes duration, posted 1. June 2016

15 Timeline of long-term mass mind control administered by the parallel government / Timeline of CIA/Elite funded LSD experimentation, therapy and counterculture

16 Timeline of long-term mass mind control administered by the parallel government

17 Timeline of long-term mass mind control administered by the parallel government

18 Quotes by Marshall Rosenberg

19 Quotes by Gloria Steinem

20 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 335, 2005

21 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, chapter 17 "Spiritual Truth", S. 398, 2005

22 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 359, 2005

23 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 359, 2005

24 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 359, 2005

25 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 359, 2005

26 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 359, 2005

27 Sedona Seminar Spiritual Community, 3 DVD set, 28. June 2003

28 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 359, 2005

29 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 359, 2005

30 In Brief: "In the Shadow of the Moons", presented by NYMag, Book Reviews, Vanessa Grigoriadis, 19. October 1998

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