Re: The Marman's take on Patti Simpson Rivinus
- Hello Etznab,
That would be interesting to know
how Patti and Millie kept Diane
laughing and "in stitches" over
I remember that Patti and Gail
would laugh when someone asked
PT his date of birth. They thought
it was funny that he made such
a big deal of it. Actually, the joke
was on them since they believed
Paul was 19 years older than Gail
As far as that Navy story in
"Difficulties of Becoming the
Living ECK Master"... Paul was
still exaggerating and joking in
June of 1971 while recounting
this story. I'm thinking he meant
swimming so fast that it was
"as if" he was running on water
to escape a shark but changed
the story to equal what Jesus
did... except Jesus didn't "walk
on water" because he feared
getting eaten by a shark! LOL!
What do you mean kept you in stiches?
Paul wrote a story about himself walking
(or was that running?) on water. It was
during his Navy days, I believe. Apparently,
there were even witnesses :)
Hi guys havn't talked in a while.
I knew Patti since 1971. She was a
good friend. when I knew patti she
was a bit of an iconoclast. Her and
milli more kept me in stiches they
would play tricks on Paul. He called
milli his 16 year old. He could'nt get
her to stop smoking, I was told
she finally did,or not!
I am always sad to see an old friend
go. At my age that seems to be
- Paul used to hang a large sausage outside his window in winter at seminars,to keep it cold. They cut the sausage off and tied one of his books to the string. When he pulled it up you can imagin his suprise!! He new who did it of course. but they never admited it.
They would do silly things like that. He never could get Millie to mind,she would just go on her way saying this and that. That was over 30 yrs ago so my memory is'nt as great as it used to be.
--- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, etznab@... wrote:
> What do you mean kept you in stiches?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: dianastanley43 <dianastanley43@...>
> To: EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous
> Sent: Sun, Jul 31, 2011 9:54 am
> Subject: [EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous] Re: The Marman's take on Patti
> Simpson Rivinus
> Hi guys havn't talked in a while. I knew Patti since 1971. She was a
> good friend. when I knew patti she was a bit of an iconoclast. Her and
> milli more kept me in stiches they would play tricks on Paul. He called
> milli his 16 year old. He could'nt get her to stop smoking, I was told
> she finally did,or not!
> I am always sad to see an old friend go. At my age that seems to be
> more frequent.
> Diana Stanley
> --- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "prometheus_973"
> prometheus_973@ wrote:
> > Hello Austinatma,
> > Thanks again for sharing
> > your impressions and
> > experiences. Please feel
> > free to share more insights.
> > Prometheus
> > austinatma wrote:
> > I found myself a bit conflicted reading this Doug Marman piece.
> > There's a rhythm and a cadence to the way Doug writes about
> Eckankar that has driven me up the wall for years. He's a decent
> writer and all, but there are a priori, as well as "casteneda-like"
> cornerstones he uses that get on my liberated nerves.
> > I read about a person I respected and knew (not well), through
> that ever present lens of the true believer. If Doug's typically mild
> writing bothers me you can imagine my allergic reaction to the party
> line rhetoric that seems to be the adhesive of the Eckankar religion!
> > I took a gradual weaning off approach, followed by simple
> decompression from more than 30 years of involvement with Eckankar.
> I'm sure my sense of never quite being able to "swallow" the groupthink
> or doublespeak is not unusual with people who escape the subtle opiated
> state of a religion. When I read something like Marman's piece it
> brings back a tone and an a state of consciousness that is central to
> why getting out of Eckankar was the best decision possible. And yet it
> isn't easy to explain what that tone and state is that builds up like a
> fog till you can't even see the top of the bridge ;-). There are a
> many reasons for people to doubt themself when they question why a
> semingly gentle, sweet, memorial of a good person stirs up cult
> repression vibes. And even stranger that Patti was someone who, as
> Doug says in his piece specialized in encouraging people to be
> themselves. Of course, what choice do we have ;-).
> > The closest I can come to describing the vibe or aura, is to say
> there is a rhythm of grandiosity with a backbeat of narcissism to the
> way Doug hints at grander, large scale plans that could only be known
> by certain select people who's role in life tended to be fed by the way
> people accepted or thought about grand scale plans -- with them at the
> center of those plans. Or reporting on those events in a way that
> seems to explain things to people who might not otherwise understand.
> This while writing about Patti's walking away from a lead role in a
> cage for the walk on role in Vermont. She purportedly broke off
> contact with the Eckankar followers and started over again. Nice,
> however to my way of thinking my view of Patti had to come down to
> earth (if Doug's account is accurate) because Patti may have been more
> involved with the 'afterglow' of Eckankar in the telling of Paul's
> > I liked Patti and her naturalness in speaking and writing about
> her experience. She performed a wedding ceremony for me once upon a
> time. I liked how later waves of Eckists couldn't really tell if she
> was a card carrying member or not and it kept them guessing.
> > The other day I watched an interview with Robert Jay Lifton , who
> must be in his 80's now. An unassuming, lucid, and insightful man who
> didn't need to turn himself into a guru or man of power to share his
> insights and ideas with the world. There are many others like him, and
> far less well know. What a difference from listening to someone who
> appears to indirectly feed off of people feeling special because they
> have learned to speak of their experiences in a certain way, and are
> involved with a group or guru who has special knowledge of a grand
> > Eh, maybe I was just in a bad mood when I read Doug's piece.
> Second thought, no, that wasn't it.
> > What did any of you think?
> > AA