Randi Jensen 
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Re: “I am Annoyed and Disappointed

While I don't know about the comments of Landmark being a "deviant sex cult," I will certainly stand by the fact that its indoctrination methods utilize techniques that even the brightest and boldest people cannot "resist" because of the potency of the use of trance language, nuerolinguistic programming and simply, the cult of personality.

A great film to see that can give you a sneak preview into how hard it is to break this kind of mind-f*&king is “Holy Smoke,” with Harvey Keitel and Kate Winslet http://bit.ly/rzdD9 Even the guy who’s working to “crack” the indoctrination, if not supported, loses his own marbles. That’s how this stuff works. Preys on the very tender spots in the human condition then festers there. All sold under the guise of healthy growth. These cult-like groups take credit for the most basic changes of human development, calling it transformation and then offering a instant “community” of friends. Go to any scientology seminar, large group awareness seminar, "transformational retreat," insight seminar, or guru in Marin county to experience more of the same. Problem is, in the long run, the feelings of real pain and human desperation persist, under the surface, and one becomes more and more removed from themselves in a sort of trained disassociation. People end up compromising boundaries around sex, money, social behaviors, spirituality, etc, because its all open territory after this kind of indoctrination. Leads to deeper self

So many people today are lonely, starved for connection, and it’s a well documented fact that groups like this prey on people’s weaknesses in order to extrapolate massive amounts of money over long periods of time. While the first course costs only $250, it’s cited as feeling to many like a marketing seminar where you're being heavily "sold" on doing all the next levels. They get you to go in the hallway and call someone you're on the outs with during a break, and then bring you up to the mic to cite your success. I hate to say it folks, but if any of us called people we were not speaking to for a long time, with just an ounce of open-mindedness and a desire to forgive repair and move on, the results would be most likely very positive. This so-called course gets you to do that, then takes the credit for your successes, so you can no longer distinguish you own thoughts from the training model.

That my friend is what they do to get you to sell their course for them, so you make them money by becoming a traveling sales agent (like the Cafe Gratitude managers) or by spending all your duckets yourself on the advanced courses. Anything that has to be that tricked out to make its point leaves me more than a bit suspicious. Especially when Landmark is allegedly all about being “direct.” I don’t think of subtly manipulative invasive covert techniques as direct, but hey, perhaps I’m just old fashioned.

Posted by Maggie on 08/10/2009 at 6:32 PM

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