Okay, now you've got my curiosity going.
What was/were the name(s) of the cult(s)
that you belonged to?
How long were you a member (of each)?
Can you name or compare other similarities
with it (those) and the leader(s) to Twitchell,
Gross & Klemp and to the EK org?
Thanks for posting and please share more!
There's a lot I could say, but I suspect that it would be misinterpreted.
I will clarify that I have never been a member of eckankar.
I just know a cult whan I see one because as I said-
I had a very similar experinece in a different cult.
there was the same "carrot-dangling" to get you to
capitulate to what others thought you should (or shouldn't)
be doing. There were favorites, and those who were "advanced"
because the leaders took a liking to them. It was all very human-
centered, filled with illusions, special secret names and rituals,
levels of advancement, etc - and many were hurt. I was very
angry about it all for a very long time, and much of my young
life ws spent under the veil of that illusion.
But my anger held me back spiritually almost as much as
those in the cult did. I guess what I responded to was the
bitterness and anger that I was hearing. You are all good
people, with a lot of courage, and I admire and respect what
you are doing. Recovery is never easy, and I would never
intend to suggest that anyone "suck it up and just deal".
I was just concerned that all the negativity was keeping
you tied to these self-serving idiots who steal and hoarde
what rightfully belongs to all of us. Our heriage as spiritually
Prometheus - I'm with you on the public praying thing.
Yuck. I am very wary of any fundamentalist religion, and
i probably would have openly embarassed the man at
table with you. I feel that strongly about it. I am glad
you are all speaking out on these things, it gives others
the courage they need to get out of the bad places they
went to all because they trusted someone with their spiritual
welfare. I think there must be a very special place reserved
for those who knowingly do spiritual damage to others
for their own evil ends...
Peace to all of you,