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Cult exiting, a guest post by Penny

 

Blog-Buddies, PENNY is the latest member of our Energy Spirituality community to share a story about her empowerment as an empath and a person. What did exiting a cult have to do with it? Read and marvel!

On this Valentine’s Day, I invite all you Blog-Buddies to take heart. Celebrate your spiritual growth, moving out STUFF with techniques like 12 Steps to Cut Cords of Attachment(R), filling up with what thrills your soul.

Moving forward on your personal path to Enlightenment, there may be apparent setbacks like suffering cult mind control. Or recovering from past experiences with people or groups of people who “hurt” you. Afterwards, when you break free and reclaim your own sense of self, your own life, it is all the stronger. Truth is, nobody has the power to permanently hurt your soul, your gifts, your identity.

Nothing and nobody has the power to destroy you, unless you allow it. Why? Because you are in charge of this spiritual journey. You, an amazing and unique creation of the Divine.

You were made with Divine love, light, and power (including power of command). With spiritual self-authority, you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.

On this day of the heart, I am grateful yet again to be able to teach energetic literacy, helping you’all to have better discernment about organizations like the one described here… using energetic literacy to evaluate anything that you consider adding or subtracting in life. I am grateful to coach you empaths. I’m so glad for the Energy Spirituality skills like cord-cutting and the skill set for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection. So many of you Blog-Buddies are freeing yourself up.

And I feel so privileged to witness the rapid (authentic) spiritual growth of my clients PENNY and RAY. As you can see, RAY’s recent post inspired today’s share by PENNY. I just added headings, minor edits… and admiration for PENNY’s courage.

Exiting a religious cult

Thanks for your post, RAY. I joined a religious cult for seven years. The two characteristics of cult that stood out for me were:

  1. Unquestioning obedience to the beliefs and practices of the cult
  2. How difficult it was to leave without being shamed or ostracized

I joined initially because I was a burned-out social worker. Also, I was looking for something deeper and more meaningful in my life.

On the surface, the idea of serving God was appealing to me. I felt the bliss of being part of a group that was so devoted.

I felt important somehow. As a lay person attending workshops, classes, and services, everything was new, energizing, and refreshing.

Cult initiations

It wasn’t until I became more involved with the cult, and went through initiations, that I started noticing some discrepancies.

There was certainly no room to disagree with any of the teachings or offer a different point of view.

No self-authority was allowed.

Anyone who used self-authority was considered a troublemaker and was shamed, often in front of the other group members.

At the time, I didn’t have enough faith and trust in my own intuitions and common sense…

to make a healthy decision…

to get the hell out of there.

I was in my 20’s at the time.

The high price of leaving a cult

I eventually left the cult after 7 years but it almost cost me my life.

I had no money. No place to live. No job to go to.

Pre-cult friends and family members? I had not really been in regular contact with them.

I joined the cult with the intention of being of service. I left believing that I had turned my back on God and was indeed going to Hell. (The cult viewed being human as a hellish kind of existence!)

These are potent archetypal forces in the psyche. And add to that a control over personal power. This I now see as bullying.

By the way, there were lovely members in the cult as well as the tyrants.

Exiting a cult can take longer than simply leaving a cult

I am still dealing with the effects 25 years later, especially since I am letting go of my addictions and allowing my subconscious mind to heal.

I am learning to value my self-authority and trust my own discernment more than ever before. Sessions with Rose have definitely helped this along.

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    Photo credit for today’s post goes to the fine EXIT sign at a website for professional speakers:

    http://executivespeechcoach.blogspot.com/2012/09/where-is-emergency-exit.html

    And have I mentioned yet? Big credit for today’s post goes to PENNY!

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    In today’s post, PENNY mentioned initiations. Spiritual initiations can be so powerful and wonderful.

    Yet I would encourage all you Blog-Buddies to use discernment about initiations.

    Usually an initiation will link you up with an astral being, or possibly a whole group of astral beings.

    Usually you are not told about that, either in advance or afterwards. This is part of the lying that characterizes cults. Also, lying (or confusion) about what happens during initiations is common in non-cult practices in a variety of religions and New Age spirituality.

    For instance, how many of you Blog-Buddies have learned Reiki? Okay, how many of you were told that every attunement, or initiation, within Reiki added an angel to your personal Angel Committee? A lovely angel, to be sure. But definitely a new astral being, brought in without your conscious knowledge or consent.

    Among the cords of attachment that I have facilitated cutting, some of the worst have included cord items from initiations.

    In cults it is quite common for an initiation to be glossed over quickly in advance. Or lied about. Often an initiation is described in a deceptive way that leaves the initiate unprepared for the astral-level linkage created.

    MIKE has played a leadership role here at the blog, over the past week, sharing many insights about his experiences with two cults, Transcendental Meditation and Eckankar. Both include initiations. The deeper within either cult you go, how those initiations add up!

    Related to initiations, if you are having a session of Energy Spirituality with me, regardless of your intention for that personal session, here’s a suggestion.

    It’s always a good idea to have a candidate ready, in case the healing centerpiece of your session winds up being having me facilitate cord-cutting.

    Well, who would be wise to put right at the head of your list of candidates for cutting a cord of attachment? Anyone who has given you an initiation.

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    Mike says:

    Rose
    One of the people that gave me an initiation was Nandkishore (TM), You may know him personally? I thought he was a lovely gentle being. I am wondering now whether he also was a little innocent and naive and actually also a cult casualty?

    In the film “David wants to Fly” (which I keep referring to.) there is a scene where Tony Nader is being inaugurated as the new leader of TM (after Maharishis death). Nandkishore is on a microphone addressing all the attendees, he starts to plead that he should also be consulted about decisions re the Movement (he was a very longstanding, close disciple of Maharishi), however as soon a someone twigs that there is an descencion/challenge in the air, his microphone feed is cut and the film maker has to leave the room. He looks bewildered. It was quite sad seeing him treated this way.

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    Jill Erin says:

    Penny, thank you so much for sharing your experience with a cult here. These posts are very instructive and helpful for all of us.

    My own Mother left the Mormon church when I was less than a year old. She described to me the agony she went through. She would push my buggy back and forth in the desert, sobbing and pleading with God to not “let” her commit the unforgivable sin. She was completely ostracized by her large family. She bore those scars the rest of her life – and the pain and loneliness of not having any relationship with her family. That was why she taught and nurtured self authority in her children. So, we were the lucky recipients of her painful experience and lessons. Just as we, here, are all lucky recipients of your painfully learned lessons.

    My deepest gratitude to you.

    Jill

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    Another point about cults, courtesy of a conversation with Blog-Buddy JOE.

    Recently an elderly relative, GLADYS, made her transition.

    Back when JOE was in a cult, when a relative would die, JOE didn’t feel much. This time it was different, because JOE is back to human.

    We talked about how this is one of the interesting side effects of being involved in a cult. Wouldn’t it be interesting if the introductory talk came with a warning like this?

    “Of course, if you join our Movement, you won’t care much if your family members live or die. That is part of our wonderful tranquilizing effect.”

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