Corrupted Spiritual Groups

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Tootsie
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Corrupted Spiritual Groups

Postby Tootsie » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:15 am

Here is a list of signs for corrupted spiritual groups. Please feel free to add to the list.

* Taboos - forbidden questions, doubts, reservations.
* Spiritual Cloning - all pupils talk, dress, walk, behave the same in group. (Suits, Long Dresses)
* Group Think - no place for individual perspectives or expressions of individual emotions.
* The Chosen - feeling of complete exclusivity over truth against other traditions.
* No Graduation - you will always need the group. (Good company)
* One-dimensional Perception - one explanation to all, all other possibilities are rejected.
* No Sense of Humor - life is a serious business.

actuallythere
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Re: Corrupted Spiritual Groups

Postby actuallythere » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:27 pm

+Denial that the group is a religion despite generally noticeable characteristics of a religion

+Members become ever more distant from old friends and family with time, and form closer bonds with the group

+Noticeable personality change among new members

+Behavioural codes creating social barriers with non-members (e.g. 'pausing' at a non-member's dinner party)

+Repeated and credible allegations that the group has been a part cause of depression, psychosis, attempted suicide, successful suicide, family breakdown, mistreatment of children

+Accumulation of conspicuous material wealth such as real estate, general material wealth and worldly prestige of the leadership

+Requests for money from members, particularly in wills
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Ella.M.C.
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Re: Corrupted Spiritual Groups

Postby Ella.M.C. » Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:39 am

Past members of the school don't exist for school people.

"How can a 'spiritual' school be so separate from the 'world' and the 'man on the street' ..
Yet proclaiming it teaches unity?'
Self serving, locked in and isolated .."
(Quote from another source)

Some of todays students may think that this principle of non contact with ex students, no longer is the rule.
I can assure you it is .. it is usually done by much more subtle means.
Ask yourselves, would you be comfortable telling Mrs Mavro that you have coffee with so and so (ex student)?

I know of a senior student who in recent years was threatened (not by any subtle means ..) that if they contacted
certain ex students again they would be out of the school, and then what would become of you?
And this mature person was in fear ..
It took the child of the person (a young adult) to say, "This is not right, it is a thing a cult would do"

I can relate to all the above listings as applicable to SFSK.

    Ahamty2
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    Re: Corrupted Spiritual Groups

    Postby Ahamty2 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:53 am

    To poison the minds of children to ostracize the children of students who leave the School because their parents have turned their back on truth and are now evil, which is totally criminal behaviour and destructive.


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