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Shining a light for cult members you recruited before you left

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Imagine you survived a cult. Current members approach you with tacit
messages aimed at securing your validation of their present course
and/or kudos from "on high" (as in: are you high?!) for recapturing you.
You care about them (you once recruited them!), and wish they could
break free. You know only they can do that. What would you say? Asking
for a friend.

RE: Shining a light for cult members you recruited before you left
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5/20/19 4:09 PM as a reply to JohnM.
"I care about you and wish you could break free".

In my case the last lingering dependence on the authority of the guru or the so-called hierarchy of spiritual agents finally disappeared, when I made progress in another practise and discovered that the experiences & states I had sought were in fact available in many places.

RE: Shining a light for cult members you recruited before you left
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5/20/19 9:43 PM as a reply to JohnM.
JohnM:
Imagine you survived a cult. Current members approach you with tacit
messages aimed at securing your validation of their present course
and/or kudos from "on high" (as in: are you high?!) for recapturing you.
You care about them (you once recruited them!), and wish they could
break free. You know only they can do that. What would you say? Asking
for a friend.

That's tough. A direct approach will only cause them to be more convinced and make you the bad (wo)man in their mind. You might be able to guide them subtlely if you are careful but it has to be 'their idea.' You will have to pick up the clues if/when they might be receptive to a nudging in another direction. Protect yourself first and foremost.

RE: Shining a light for cult members you recruited before you left
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5/22/19 12:47 AM as a reply to JohnM.
How did you get involved in a cult, did it happen slowly and gradually, or was the person really persuasive?

RE: Shining a light for cult members you recruited before you left
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5/22/19 2:06 PM as a reply to JohnM.
JohnM:
Imagine you survived a cult. Current members approach you with tacit
messages aimed at securing your validation of their present course
and/or kudos from "on high" (as in: are you high?!) for recapturing you.
You care about them (you once recruited them!), and wish they could
break free. You know only they can do that. What would you say? Asking
for a friend.


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