New Age practices are sometimes considered to mean “cult practices.” As if!
Cults have been educational experiences throughout human history. They’re among the most popular educational programs here at Earth School, along with:
- Addictions and torment over weight
- Sexual problems, intimacy issues
- Violence, drama; crimes, lying
- Taking responsiblity, handling money
- Risk taking vs. the need for safety
- Reasonable, balanced care of the physical body
- Fame issues, popularity problems, superiority needs, self-confidence
- Weird locus of control dynamics, co-dependency, enmeshment
- Love, love, “When will I have enough love?”
- Reaching out to God, seeking Enlightenment, “I’ll do anything for That”
Of course, any of these issues can become hooked into one cult or another. Very tricky indeed!
Alas, many people wouldn’t recognize a cult, even very sophisticated people. Maybe even you.
You can, for instance, have developed full energetic literacy. So you can read a person’s aura in depth and detail. Loads of information will become available, for sure. Yet you cannot tell if that person belongs to a cult.
Or you might become an expert face reader, so skilled at physiognomy that you can acertain loads of useful things about how a person deals with power, money, sex — many of those Big Ten Educational Topics listed above.
Yet you will find no “666 of Cultness” across that person’s third eye chakra. Or forehead.
So how can you tell whether a person’s enthusiasm qualifies as “In a cult” or simply “Enthusiasm”? In short…
How can you research cults?
Our last post discussed how, sometimes, I am invited to help someone exit a cult, or deprogram from cult jargon and mind control.
Sure, there are ways of using energetic literacy to research the effects of cult practices, such as Thrill Your Soul aura reading research.
Sure, it is smart to cut your cord of attachment to anyone you suspect of having influenced you in a cult-like manner. And, when you get to the part of the process about researching the cord items, they may add to your education about power dynamics in general and cult practices in particular.
Mostly, however, common sense can be your guide in figuring out if you have ever been involved in a cult. Know what “cult mind control” really means. Take the following True-or-False Quiz.
Feel free to comment below. Because this is a very tricky quiz, just as cults themselves can be exceedingly tricky.
Cult Recognition Quiz
1. Cults are oddball religions.
2. Cults refer to themselves “Cults.”
3. Cult members are weak, self-engrossed, selfish, and easily manipulated.
4. Cult members feel superior to everyone outside their cult.
5. Each cult has the greatest leader in the world.
6. Cults take your money.
7. Cults brainwash their members.
8. Cult leaders tell you the truth.
9. Cults show great respect for their members.
10. Courage is required to live free from cults.