Re: A Former "7th Initiate's" Journey!
- Hello Colleen,
I hope you get better.
Do you remember if the Eckankar office wanted you to send a letter
requesting renewal of your HI membership?
When my membership expired sometime after my 6th initiation I thought
it strange not to get a renewal notice from the Chanhassen office. I
called them and they asked me to send a letter requesting renewal of
I have a very important reason for asking this question.
--- In email@example.com, "Colleen Russell"
> I haven't been posting very much here as I'm involved in life
> of Eckankar, I'm glad to report. But I wanted to give you an updateto
> of my recent and upcoming activities. This group was very helpful
> me when I was putting together the pieces of the puzzle regardingmy
> Eckankar experience. I am indebted to the support of many of youon
> this site.Reform
> This past June, I gave my first presentation on "Disconfirming
> Inaccurate, Self-Limiting Beliefs Internalized Through Thought
> with Corrective Emotional Experiences" at the International CulticI'm
> Studies Association Conference at the University of Pennsylvania.
> Everyone told me that once I presented, it would be a breeze
> afterward, and I'm now perceiving that they knew what they were
> talking about. It took a lot to get up the nerve to present, but
> very happy I did and now I'm ready for more. In my presentation, ILoft",in
> discussed how I disconfirmed inaccurate, self-limiting, self-
> sabotaging (pathogenic) beliefs internalized in Eckankar through my
> experience in an intensive 2-year acting school called "The
> Los Angeles, just a few block away from the first Eckankar Center Irespected,
> helped establish in the '70's. My teacher was the highly
> late Peggy Feury. In retrospect, I realize I had a largelymy
> unconscious plan to leave Eckankar by first becoming "inactive" and
> getting involved with another "transitional" group -- the acting
> school -- where I was encouraged to analyze the playwrite's intent,
> do character study, connect with my past experience, feelings,and
> thoughts associated with it, work in the present with awareness of
> senses, be supported and identify with highly-motivated, bright,them!
> creative people pursuing their goals in acting...all of whom were
> doing well without the "Living Eck Master" to guide and protect
> I have written an article that elaborates on this in the upcoming
> Cultic Studies Journal with the ICSA. I directly relate to my
> experience in Eckankar and how it affected my life, and how I
> eventually psychologically and physically left. I hope you'll be
> looking out for this.
> It's been a very gratifying experience for me to work with former
> members of "political", "spiritual", "religious", "large group
> awareness training", "psychology", "philosophy", "one on one"
> and "family" cults. Besides individual work, I facilitate a Cult
> Recovery Support Group every other Saturday in Mill Valley, about
> miles North of San Francisco. We currently have a few openings in
> the group if you or anyone you know is interested.
> Best to all of you in your recovery and pursuit of normal, healthy