Re: HCS & Membership Cards
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "incensestiks"
> Just cross posting this so it will be seen by the optimal amountof
> Yes, the Higher Consciousness Society does give people membership
> cards, after sometimes forcing them to become members, as was
> in my case.to
> A friend had sent me a copy of Ford's "Confessions" book. I have
> admit, I had a very, very hard time reading it. It was way tooeckie,
> and Higher Con gratifying, for me. And I've never been able toread
> the second half, about the "Great Work".probably
> I'd lent it out a couple of times, and the people took forever to
> read it and didn't want to return it to me. For a few months I had
> been hearing that Ford was giving away free copies but couldn't be
> bothered, until I realized that somewhere along the way I'd
> lose my copy, one day, to someone who wouldn't return it. I wantto
> hang on to it as reference to the con job. So, I wrote in toFord's
> site saying I had been hearing they were giving out free copies tobefore
> pass on to people. Darrell wrote me back, saying they give out
> copies, but you must become a member of the Higher Con Society
> they will send them. Then he gave me directions on how to sign upfor
> membership at the site. I balked inside about this, then thought,Eckists
> well, it can't hurt if it will get me a book to lend out so
> can see the truth about Eckankar, although I'd like to rip out theso
> second half of the book. Plus, I don't buy into their crap anyway,
> I signed up for the 3 free books to lend to others.to
> 4 months later, still no books. And I've heard this has happened
> others. They are promised books that never show up. Ithought, "F***
> it!" Then said, Nah, I am going to make them honor their promise.he
> So, I wrote Darrell. He fell all over himself apologizing and said
> would look into it. A few days later he emailed me to let me knowthe
> books were on their way, but he never explained why they weren'tsent
> 4 months earlier, like they were suppose to be. This time I didcame
> receive the books, but I also received a shock. With the books
> some papers. Several for keeping track of whom you have lent outto,
> with date, loaned to, phone number & email address, date returned,sheet
> etc. Uh huh. But the real kicker is this-----
> "We have also included a One Publishing Book Referral Tracking
> for each book (plus a few extras) to help you keep track of thebooks
> you sign out. Please give each book a tracking number or letter todays
> correspond with your tracking sheet.
> We are finding that it's best to give the reader no more than 30
> to read the book before they must return it to you to give tosomeone
> else. At your discretion, they can also loan the book outthemselves,
> as long as they have that person's name and contact information.please
> Please keep a running record of this, and if you feel that these
> individuals would like to receive more correspondence from us,
> let us know.for
> From this referral program we can then begin to hold gatherings
> those individuals who have read the book and have questions andWe
> issues they'd like to discuss. If and when you feel it would be
> helpful and appropriate, we can arrange for a possible conference
> call (assuming you have or can set up speaker phone capabilities)
> where these individuals can be invited to discuss the book and its
> contents directly with Ford Johnson or myself (meaning Darrell).
> feel that this will serve as an important catalyst to helpingcreate
> a new sense of community within the new paradigm of I AM, GOD IS,WE
> ARE ONE." (End of quote).cinched
> Notice they capitalize the `god' shit just like Eckandoo-doo does.
> And since when did I become a library?
> If I wasn't totally turned off by the Higher Con before, this
> it for me!!! I will never hand out their books to anyone again.I'd
> rather burn them first. And I wonder why they started giving outfree
> copies? Is it because no one is buying them? So they have to givesign
> them away free to get their "message" out? And, when they hand out
> the copies, they get members, because they force the people to
> up for membership. Maybe they think that once we are a member,we'll
> buy into the crap?section,
> Also, they keep going on and on about them being the `Great Work',
> which sounds like a big ego trip to me. I decided to look it up in
> their glossary in the book. Yes, folks, they have a glossary
> just like Eckankar. Mainly because, both of these con groups havewithin
> made up a lot of their own words, so they have to tell people what
> the words mean
> "Great Work Term for the efforts of highly spiritually developed
> persons who aid others in recognizing the innate spirituality
> and the illusion of worshipping or depending on intermediaries forone
> our return to the ONE." (End of quote).
> Red flag warning, here. I wonder who appointed this merry band of
> misfits as highly evolved spiritual beings? It's the old adage of;
> those who claim to be highly developed are usually trying to pull
> over on you. And they are usually pulling one over on themselves,almost
> too. Watching their shenanigans on the bulletin board when Graham
> exposed Ford, you could have fooled me. I never would have guessed
> these people are highly developed spiritual beings.
> Anyway, in the interval, I kept getting newsletters from HCS -
> a carbon copy of Eckankar, I might add. I would get these thingsand
> think, what the heck, open them up, and see what it was, then tossthem
> them aside, unread - garbage.
> Meanwhile, Graham brought the truth out about Ford. I decided to
> gather up the newsletters I'd tossed aside. When I finally had
> all together, a couple of weeks ago, I glanced through them to seesee
> who the players of the game are. While glancing, lo & behold, I
> that I have a membership card with the Higher Con that is good forI
> one year. It took me 8 months to realize I have a card. I see that
> also have an ID number. Lucky me. Damn, I guess I'd better putthis
> card in my purse right away so I can be "somebody". *LOL* Atleast
> they haven't initiated me - or have they? It's my understandinghave
> that those who have "chosen" the one year "free" membership will
> to fork over some $$$$$$$$ after that year is up in order tocontinue
> membership. You can bet I won't be forking any $$$$$ in their---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Well, that's my story on membership and cards at the Higher Con
> Society. Kinda makes me wanna puke.
incensestiks, can u fill me in a little about graham exposing ford??
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> incensestiks, can u fill me in a little about graham exposingford??
> --------------------------------------------------------------------You could check out the archives here. It's all there, in black and
white, so to speak.
Or, you can check out the "files" section in this group. Most of the
important info has been put there. You don't have to join to read.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "incensestiks"
> --- In email@example.com, "fishnik2004"---
> > incensestiks, can u fill me in a little about graham exposing
> > -----------------------------------------------------------------
> You could check out the archives here. It's all there, in black
> white, so to speak.Go back & start around message #4585 - Graham's posts had to be
reposted here by those of us who received them, for some odd reason
he had problems posting directly.
> Or, you can check out the "files" section in this group. Most ofthe
> important info has been put there. You don't have to join to read.Thanks for compiling!!! And if you feel like it & I don't get a
chance to, add a link here to your "Files" with "Graham" or
something as the subject. And it's great to see that evidently
Yahoo no longer requires membership to look at the files! Yes, you
mentioned that before but I didn't get around to checking it out.
I'm getting *much* closer to actually starting work on the new
website, it's just amazing how things move so quickly &
my "compiling" can't keep up with it.
Don't know if anyone's specifically mentioned "Higher Con's"
first "seminar" - Liz, thanks for posting those letters or whatever
awhile back - I'd gotten them & clicked on the links or whatever,
and see that he's selling promotional material, posters etc. for his
members to buy for advertising & recruiting, just like e-kult does.
Anyway, I also looked into his "seminar" a bit more, and it looks
like he's just one exhibitor at one of those "new-agey" expositions,
and he's also rented a room to give talks in - at $20 a head, I
think. It would be interesting to learn what kind of turnout he
I *still* wonder if he actually believes his own hype!! Sadly, I
think he does. But that's the way e-kult affected many people - too
bad that honesty (with both one's self and others) isn't something
the cult encourages.
Gee...I was away last weekend, and basically haven't done
anything "e" all week and it's been *so* nice!!! <gg>
Unfortunately, the fish haven't been biting & the skies have been
overcast - but it's still been fun!!
Well, have a great weekend, everyone!