More BS Coming Our Way Tags: Empowerment Genocide Nature of Reality Orwellian World Overcoming

by Greg Calise

You just can’t make this shit up. I am constantly amazed at the BS that is pushed on everyone to believe. Every year the psychiatrists invent diseases that don’t exist, so they can use their toxic drugs to “cure” them. Now they want you to believe that eating healthy is a mental disorder. I am quite certain that I am now living in the Twilight Zone.

I believe it was last year when these psycho psychiatrists invented the disorder called Oppositional Defiant Disorder, which means that if you defy authority, you must have a mental disorder that needs to be treated with psychiatric drugs. These drugs they shove down these children’s throats are so extremely toxic, that millions of children are damaged for life every year.


It is quite obvious that there is a concerted effort to destroy humanity. You really must ask yourself, “Who, or what, is behind all of this?” Why are we being sprayed with chemtrails? Why are GMO foods being pushed on us, even though it has been proven without a doubt, that they are killing us. Why are we engaged in constant wars? How did we allow the banks to rip everyone off for untold trillions of dollars. The list is long. Who is behind all of this, and why are we allowing it to continue?

Everywhere that I look, I see corruption and deceit, from politics, to business, to the media, medicine, to every branch of knowledge and organizations. Basically, this planet has been invaded and conquered by some extremely evil creatures, masquerading as humans. As George Gurdjieff said:

“A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.”
– George Gurdjieff



Well, we certainly live in interesting times. I am observing the world being led into a prison, where humanity will be enslaved even more than they are now. George Orwell warned us about this, yet somehow, we have allowed this all to happen.

You can be sure that most politicians, corporate leaders, bankers and leaders of society are no longer human beings, as human has the quality of empathy. No, we are dealing with cold blooded psychopaths. Perhaps they were at one point human, but they have allowed themselves to be taken over by evil forces to become antihuman. Unless people awaken to what is happening, and take action (that is the key) then there is no more hope for humanity.

I just came across this article condemning healthy eating as a mental disorder. Now there is definitely a large percentage of americans that believe this BS, as they believe so much other BS. But anyone with even a small amount of working brain cells must be shocked at this article:

Officials Declare Eating Healthy Is a Mental Disorder


So this is just one more major bull shit that we are supposed to believe. Just one more addition to the countless deceptions that are forced upon us daily. I am an old man with a short time left on this planet. But what about these young people that have little to look forward to in their lives, except slavery and diminished mental functions? Many of them are already so incredibly stupid, that they cannot even tie their shoes or mail a letter, and I am not exaggerating. 45% of children in the UK cannot tie their shoes, so I am not seeing a very bright future ahead. Is it too late?

– Greg Calise


Elites’ Globalization In Danger, What’s Next? Tags: Media And Politics New World Order Overcoming Politics of War Psychopaths in Power

Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich

They’re finally getting the message!  We, who pay the freight, are getting fed up with the way they handle things, so now they are running scared.  Isn’t it about time, and shouldn’t we keep the heat on longer and even higher?  Why ask that question?

Well, Bloomberg News recently tackled a similar subject with the publication of “With Globalization in Danger, G-20 Double Down on a Defense.”  Reading that rather perceptive article, one also has to read in between the lines.  What’s being delineated, I think as one who is an armchair economist not well versed in macro- or microeconomics, is that the world’s movers and shakers run scared when the “mice stand up and roar.”  And why shouldn’t they shake in their shoes when, basically, they have ruined many of the economies in the world!

There hardly are decent-paying jobs in the USA!

Most manufacturing jobs have moved off shore!  China’s going to make much of the U.S. pharmaceuticals, including vaccines.  Job cutbacks plague every industry, and now they are hitting the tech industries, too!  Goody, goody!  Why such an exclamation?  Because corporate greed and technology are responsible for putting most folks out of work, when one objectively examines the dynamics that accompany bottom lines on financial statements of corporations run by the ‘money changers’.  Robots will replace workers who need to feed families!


Probably nothing shook their shoes like the heroic people of Great Britain voting to save their culture and country.  “Brexit was a big hit!”  They didn’t see it coming?  How could they have not seen it, when financial discord and strife are all over the European Union?  The English Channel keeps Britain a little “safer” from all the social unrest forced upon the rest of the EU due to the manufactured Syrian and refugee crises by the warmongers who also influence, if not run, the money markets, in my opinion.

Next should be Francexit.  A few more countries in the EU, namely Greece, a country forcefully placed into almost perpetual financial servitude should bite the bullet like little Iceland did and say “yassas or antio sas,” goodbye in Greek, and forget any air kisses.


Probably nothing scares them like The Donald!

Trump is too much not like them, and that has them running really scared.  Nothing—and I mean nothing—exemplifies how scared than how the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was ‘covertly’ run by those pulling strings from behind political curtains.  Paying $50 to fill empty seats for warm bodies to yell and clap for Hillary is not a way to show party unity or jack up a candidate’s popularity.

The media, which they control lock, stock and barrel, performed a deliberate public relations campaign for Hillary – and a public disservice – by almost totally disregarding the political unrest and upheaval within the convention regarding the “Bernie people,”  another genre of ‘mice’ who have them concerned.  However, Bernie’s apparent caving in to the DNC’s obvious (?) arm twisting indicates just how things are done when they want them done their way.  Tsk, tsk, tsk!

But here’s the real nitty gritty when it comes to the elites who think they run the world.  Or, did I misspeak; they do run the world!  Let’s examine how they obviously take care of one of their own, Hillary Clinton.

clinton earnings

In prior years, 2007 through 2012, Hillary Clinton’s salary ranged from $165,200 to $186,600.  However, in only TWO years—2012 to 2014—Hillary’s earnings jumped to slightly over $16 MILLION.  Boy, don’t you wish you could get that kind of work too?  The chart above ought to say more than anything about Hillary’s aspirations to be—she IS—one of them, cater to their one world order globalization whims, start World War III, and institute a globalized society apparently creating a global gulag the likes of which this planet or history have never known.  What are UN troops doing in the USA now?  Here’s something readers ought to note:  When I wanted to copy and paste a URL for a UN campsite a hiker found in Middle America, I got the prompt “Site blocked”!  What does that tell you?

Is that what the 99 percent want?

Remember, money talks ‘loud and clear’, and when it’s their money, it can even work horrible wonders!  Look what it’s gotten us since 2008.

Hillary, too, obviously is running scared and really upset about how the public perceives her [1].   And why not, when she always tries to hide behind her Teflon veneer by saying things like,

“I relied on and had every reason to rely on the judgments of the professionals with whom I worked.” “So in retrospect, maybe some people are saying, ‘Well, those — among those 300 people — they made the wrong call.’ At the time, there was no reason, in my view, to doubt the professionalism and the determination by the people who work every single day on behalf of our country.” [1]

Whom will Hillary blame when she decides to nuke some country her handlers want nuked?  We have to think about that, don’t we?  Or, will everyone’s angst be soothed by “Slick Willie’s” negotiations?  Remember something like what can be referred to as “the Loretta Lynch format.” [2]

The Clintons have a checkered past that really needs deeper examining and answers, I think, since the money folks backing Hillary’s presidency quest need her in the Oval Office as the last piece on the game board to accomplish their Agenda 21 [3] updated to Agenda 30 [4].  It all looks and sounds ‘write’, and that’s the correct form of right that I want to use.  Just because it’s written doesn’t mean it will happen humanely or that there are no codicils we aren’t permitted to read on the Internet.

We didn’t do our due diligence vetting candidates going into the 2008 elections and look what we got!

But what probably concerns this writer more than anything is this: Is Hillary emotionally and health-wise capable to become the next president of the USA?  These video clips below taken at the DNC convention in Philadelphia, and also on the road, ought to have everyone questioning is Hillary really fit to be president?

Can we really trust them forcing their economics and presidential candidates upon us?


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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich is now available


Prophets to Profits: The Corporate Takeover of Spirituality Tags: Censorship Consciousness Human Rights Overcoming Social Engineering The Awakening


The self-help and “mind-body-spirit” scenes are billion dollar industries, but how has the commodification of spirituality affected our ability to practice it? As sacred principles are co-opted and watered down to sell feel-good mass-market products, those unwilling to sellout spiritual principles are pushed further to the margins – where they are increasingly maligned as “cultist” for putting spirituality ahead of materialism.

Alternative spiritual teachings and groups that encourage a way of life outside of mainstream values are being marginalized and suppressed from all sides.

On one side, what is deceptively being presented to the general public as a viable and appealing alternative to mainstream religious institutions is largely owned by corporations and individuals looking to profit from people’s natural interest in spirituality, making it nothing more than a cleverly disguised offshoot of the mainstream itself.

Corporations and individuals who sell spirituality select fragments of ancient spiritual concepts or teachings and then repackage them to be more appealing as a product to sell. In the process, however, they violate the integrity of the original source and distort the original meaning and purpose.

Additionally, by charging money to access the majority of their products, these merchants of spirituality break the timeless cycle of freely giving and receiving spiritual knowledge (which is a fundamental spiritual principle found within the origins of many spiritual traditions).


This has created a confusing landscape that is difficult to navigate for spiritual seekers looking for truth beyond the mainstream and has begun to change the very definition of what “spirituality” is, as it turns more into an alluring commodity to be bought and sold instead of a way of life.

With corporations having massive funds to market and advertise, along with the power of the media and the charm of spiritual “celebrities,” alternative spiritual groups who don’t conform to this new form of commercialized “spirituality” often can’t “compete” and are drowned out by those selling products designed to have mass appeal. This makes genuine alternative voices increasingly difficult for spiritual seekers to even find.

As corporations push new religious movements to the margins they become more obscure and are seen as outsiders of society. This then makes them more susceptible to vilification by the anti-cult movement with the assistance of the media, which often portray these groups in a sensational way, employing stereotypes that are derived from intolerance and play upon fear of difference and the unknown.

These forces have been successful in cultivating a taboo towards groups of people who seek a spiritual life that does not conform to mainstream values. In many cases the anti-cult movement unjustly describes members of alternative groups with the derogatory label “cult member” because of a commitment and dedication to spiritual ideals over materialistic ones, and for pursuing this commitment outside of a mainstream religious institution.

This taboo has created a hostile (and in some cases dangerous) environment for those seeking to commit their lives to a spiritual lifestyle that doesn’t conform to the parameters of either mainstream religions or the new commercialized spirituality promoted heavily through various large corporations and major media icons.

The end result of this two-fronted assault is that all “socially acceptable” spiritual options are establishment-controlled via either religious institutions or corporations. This creates an illusion of free choice and alternatives, but genuine alternative choices are actually vilified and pushed to the margins.

Alternative Spirituality Throughout History


Helena Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society, an occult movement formed in the late 1800’s

By “alternative” in this context, I am referring to a spiritual doctrine or practice that differs substantially from the dominant values of the society in which it exists. It is not simply a matter of relative popularity (as these alternatives can in fact become quite popular at times) but rather that these alternatives promote values that are different from those of the mainstream. In academia, these groups are commonly called “new religious movements”.

Throughout history there are many examples of spiritual seekers who found alternative groups of people with a spiritual teacher and dedicated their lives to those teachings – for example, the disciples of Jesus or Buddha. Communities like the Christian Gnostics, Essenes, Cathars, Rosicrucians, and Sufis all taught outside of the mainstream, and were forms of alternative spirituality in their time.

Alternative spirituality was also very popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s with the rise of occult groups and esoteric schools like the Theosophical Society and teachers like Gurdjieff. This period also saw a wave of new Christian denominations, such as the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Christian Science.

In the western world during the 1960s and 70s, a surge of alternative spiritual groups appeared on the scene, many of them influenced by an infusion of teachings and spiritual practices from the east. It became very popular to join these new religious movements. The counter-culture at the time was already very open-minded, with many young people leaving their homes and prospective careers to take up an alternative lifestyle that rejected the values of mainstream society.

Today, alternative spirituality still exists much in the same way as it did in the past. While beliefs and practices vary from group to group, many consist of a spiritual lifestyle that requires discipline, commitment, and an aim to transcend the materialistic world and desires, in order to reach salvation or enlightenment.

In the past, it was understood that a life dedicated to those aims would be full of difficulties and contain many challenges to overcome in order to gain spiritual rewards, and this understanding is still prevalent in many alternative spiritual groups practicing today.

Alternative spirituality has always had waves of popularity and suppression, as people have long sought after alternatives to the mainstream, and mainstream institutions have long sought to suppress anything that threatens their dominance.

In more recent times, the burgeoning popularity of new religious movements in the 60s and 70s coincided with birth of two powerful forces that has profoundly changed the way we view alternative spirituality: the self-help industry and the anti-cult movement.

Corporatization of Spirituality via the Self-Help ISONY DSCndustry

While self improvement is a concept that has always been around, the self-help industry itself began in the 1900’s1 with a few books and essays promoting personal development as a means of success in life, like Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

Though these authors became quite popular, and are still heavily quoted even today, the industry itself didn’t completely take off until the last part of the 20th century, right around the time that new age and new religious movements were becoming widely popular.

As more people rejected the mainstream and became interested in various alternative spiritual groups, the self-help industry expanded rapidly, ready to capitalize on the emerging “market,” and quickly developed a niche within which products could be marketed and sold by large corporations.

Before long, new age and self-help products of various description began to stock shelves, co-opting, repackaging, and selling various spiritual ideas, terminology, and practices, often distorting them in the process. People looking to make money off of spirituality set up shop in the western world, much to the dismay of many new age practitioners and alternative groups.2

The self-help movement is now a multi-billion dollar industry that has steadily been increasing as people move away from mainstream religious institutions and consider themselves “spiritual, but not religious.” So much so, that even during the American recession when many industries saw revenues plummet, the self-help industry still remained strong, with Americans alone spending 11 billion dollars in 2008 on self-help books, seminars, CDs, and coaching.

Many people naturally have an interest in alternative forms of spirituality and search out a spiritual practice that is more mystical, personal, or experiential than what traditional religious institutions provide. Unfortunately, this natural interest in alternative spirituality along with the rise in feelings of inadequacy and unhappiness has made it relatively easy for the self-help industry to capitalize on the “market,” using both our insecurities and spiritual yearnings against us.

The notion that you can purchase your spiritual progress, in a sense, has become common place in commercialized spirituality, putting a monetary value on spirituality which limits those who can access it to those who can pay, contradicting what is found in original spiritual teachings found throughout history.3

This is having a major impact on spirituality today, even distorting the very perception of what “spirituality” is held to be.

How Corporatized Spirituality and the Self Help Industry Go Against Spiritual Principles

Jesus and the rich young ruler being told he would have to let go of his riches if he hoped to reach salvation

Jesus and the rich young ruler being told he would have to let go of his riches if he hoped to reach salvation

In this day and age, it may seem normal to have to pay for something we value, especially if we feel it will change our lives in a positive way. But when you look at the origins of spirituality, particularly at spiritual teachers like Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, or Krishna, they all gave their teachings freely to anyone who was interested, without expectation of financial reward.

Jesus told his disciples “freely ye have received, freely give” 4 and that they should help others spiritually without charge since he too had given his teachings to them for “nothing.”5

Buddha encouraged others to find peace and “share the way.”6 Lao Tzu spoke about how the wise “take care of everyone” and “abandon no one.”7 Lao Tzu also comments on those who attempt to help others spiritually while seeking a superficial reward and its lack of real value:

“Some help others in order to receive blessings and admiration. This is simply meaningless. Some cultivate themselves in part to serve others, in part to serve their own pride. They will understand, at best, half of the truth. But those who improve themselves for the sake of the world—to these, the whole truth of the universe will be revealed. So seek this whole truth, practice it in your daily life, and humbly share it with others. You will enter the realm of the divine.” Lao-Tzu – Hua Hu Ching, Chapter 16. Translated by Brian Walker

This fundamental principle found within the origins of spirituality has for the most part been utterly lost within commercialized spirituality found today.

Another aspect that you’ll find mixed in with commercialized spirituality is the importance placed on materialistic gain. Many spiritual “entrepreneurs” and celebrities promise to hold the keys to a better life where you can become better looking, own a better house, become more successful and incredibly rich. This is something that also differs greatly from many of the world’s greatest spiritual teachings from ancient history, which in most cases taught about the importance of detachment or denial of temporary and superficial “worldly pleasures” when in pursuit of self-knowledge and enlightenment.

Today, modern day spiritual entrepreneurs are selling spiritual concepts which in many cases they themselves do not even practice. What then gives them the authority to teach these spiritual concepts, if they lack direct experience themselves? By packaging their product in an appealing way, and with all the marketing, branding, and publicity support that large corporations can provide, many of these individuals have gained celebrity, fame, and significant fortune.

According to the Watkin’s Top 100 Spiritual People List of 2015, for example, (a list put together by Watkin’s magazine, which pulls together data based on what spiritual people or topics the majority of people are googling or reading about online) within the top ten you’ll find spiritual “celebrities” whose combined income is in the billions.

Can we really trust a spiritual teaching that is “packaged” for the sake of profit and fame, instead of spiritual value and the sake of others, and is only available to those who can pay?

Selling Salvation: The Fast Track to Enlightenment

Arthur Hughes - Sir Galahad

Sir Galahad, one of many Knights in the Quest for the Holy Grail, who endures many trials and hardships during their journey to attain something Divine

The materialistic approach found in various commercial spiritual options today is at odds with the principles found in spiritual teachings and sacred writings of the past. Looking at the greatest spiritual teachings and teachers in ancient history, you can see many striking similarities. Many taught of a personal struggle to change within, and emphasized that reaching “enlightenment,” “liberation,” or “salvation” was the primary goal of life. They taught that this was done with a specific process and that much of it was full of hardship and struggle, but with an ultimate reward spiritually.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna explains that those who “bravely restrain themselves,” renouncing “attachment and hatred,” and also abandoning, “selfishness, power, anger, arrogance, and desire” within themselves are those that “reach perfection” and “find the eternal spirit.”8

Jesus also speaks of the many sacrifices that are needed in order to reach the Heavens, and Buddha mentions that to gain enlightenment requires a great deal of perseverance and struggle. You’ll also find it shown allegorically through tales of the struggle between darkness and light, in the literature, myths, and legends of many cultures throughout history, like the Odyssey, the Churning of the Milky Ocean, the battle between Horus and Seth, or the Quest for the Holy Grail.

In this aspect, much of what passes for spirituality today is almost unrecognizable compared with the spiritual teachings of the past. Today, commercialized spirituality has extracted all of the pleasant or positive aspects from ancient spirituality, and have left out the hardship, self-sacrifice, struggle, and standards required to gain spiritual knowledge. The original spiritual concepts become distorted and taken out of context all for the sake of profit, which goes against the fundamental principles taught within the original teachings themselves.

As Krishna points out in the Bhagavad Gita:

“Only the ignorant speak in figurative language. It is they who extol the letter of the scriptures, saying, `There is nothing deeper than this.’ Consulting only their own desires, they construct their own heaven, devising arduous and complex rites to secure their own pleasure and their own power; and the only result is rebirth. While their minds are absorbed with ideas of power and personal enjoyment, they cannot concentrate their discrimination on one point.”

You can trace this kind of co-opting of spirituality throughout history. Many of the original teachers venerated today in mainstream religious institutions were initially rejected, and then later had their teachings taken, changed or interpreted in ways to fit the agenda of mainstream political and religious organizations. This resulted in the formation of powerful religious institutions that strove to stamp their authority over those teachings and control how they could be used.

An editorial by Laurence Kirmayer of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, comments on the potential downsides to taking spiritual concepts and practices out of context and using them in isolation, instead of as a whole spiritual process as was taught in many of the original spiritual teachings. He points out:

“Often, happiness, well-being, or following one’s bliss is framed in terms that re?ect the political economy of consumer capitalism and neo-liberal e?ciency in which feeling good itself becomes both commodity and goal. While reducing or eliminating su?ering may be a worth-while goal, certain forms of su?ering may be essential for empathy, solidarity, and depth of fellow feeling. Moreover, there is a sort of “tyranny of happiness” that in its zeal for feeling good threatens to drain life of any meaning beyond hedonic pursuit and (temporary) ful?llment.
In many ways, the moral orientation of Buddhism as seen explicitly in the Four Noble Truths and the teaching stories surrounding the Buddha’s own life directly challenge this shallow notion of well-being by insisting that even when one is well o?, life will inevitably bring illness, su?ering, aging, and death. In the face of this stark existential reality, happiness must be understood as something other than the successful pursuit of ?eeting satisfaction. For Buddhism, the end lies in seeing through the delusions of the self that is so deeply attached to seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. Articulating this ethics of well-being is an essential feature of Buddhism that may disappear when mindfulness is turned to purely instrumental ends (Huntington, 2015).” – Laurence Kirmayer

After taking out the struggle, hardship, and serious commitment, what is left is a feel-good, watered-down version of spirituality that misleads the spiritual seeker from the original meaning and purpose of the spiritual teachings of the past, while simultaneously deceiving them into feeling like they are partaking in something that will bring them closer to the Divine and self-realization.

This reduces the seeker to become nothing more than a repeat customer going from one spiritual “best seller” to the next, as the teachings are so fragmented from their original source (and in some cases, even plagiarized) that real spiritual “enlightenment” or “liberation” never comes.

Persecution of Alternative Spiritual Groups Throughout History

Martha Corey, a 72 year old women falsely accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials

Martha Corey, a 72 year old women falsely accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials

Looking back throughout history, it is noticeable that the vilification of spiritual groups that deviate from mainstream values has long been part of an agenda to control and stifle those interested in pursuing a lifestyle dedicated to alternative spirituality. In the past, political and religious leaders made decisions on what spiritual texts and teachings would be accessible and acceptable within society. Those trying to practice spirituality outside of their structure could then be labelled as heretics, witches, or blasphemers.

At various periods in time, many alternative spiritual groups were violently persecuted and driven underground by authorities supporting and promoting mainstream religious or political ideals. The Gnostics were condemned as heretics and the Cathars suffered a bloody persecution for teaching a doctrine that challenged the status quo, and for providing a spiritual avenue for people independent of dominant institutions.

The teachings and efforts by those alternative groups directly clashed with mainstream religious institutions that sought to monopolize spirituality and insisted only they had the means and right to offer people salvation.

During the inquisition, people who practiced spirituality contrary to the church were targeted as heretics, and some were tortured or killed. Many groups and mystery schools who wanted to continue existing were driven underground to practice in secret to avoid persecution. This early suppression of alternative spirituality served to strengthen the power of mainstream religious institutions.

Persecution Today

Now, a similar formula is repeating, only instead of heretic, the new label for alternative spiritual groups is “dangerous cult.” Instead of being burnt at the stake, you can be accused of being a member of a cult and have your reputation destroyed, lose friendships, relationships, or even careers – not to mention, the loss of personal freedom that comes with having your religious choice questioned, ridiculed and effectively suppressed.

This modern form of persecution is in part a backlash against those alternative spiritual groups that became popular in the 1960s and 70s for providing a tangible way for people to live a spirituality-oriented life that is independent of consumerism and less controlled by the established systems in society. This would obviously run counter to the interests of those who profit from this consumerism and those seeking control and power over society.

Interest in alternative spirituality also upset the parents whose adult children turned their backs on conventional life, often giving up their possessions, education, and the chance of a successful career to join a new religious movement. Many parents began networking to try and “rescue” their grown children whose religious choices they could not control, in order to force them back into mainstream society and a more normal life.

Out of this developed what’s known by academics as the “anti-cult movement,” where secular groups and individuals began working together to label alternative spiritual groups as “cults” and to provide a way for people to remove and “deprogram” individuals who had joined them. Many of these professional “deprogrammers” carried out horrific abuse on the people they were “deprogramming,” and many were kidnapped, and physically, emotionally and even sexually abused.

The anti-cult organizations and prominent figures began to lobby the government and the media, gradually turning coverage on new religious movements from what was initially portrayed as “exotic” and “interesting,” into something “dangerous” and “threatening.”
This fear of alternative groups escalated intensely with the events of Jonestown, and a few other tragedies, which changed how we view alternative spiritual groups, as the word ‘cult’ became negatively associated with these events. Negative perceptions of almost all alternative spiritual groups then became naturalized and repeatedly reinforced in the public consciousness, from decades of biased, negative and sensationalized media representations.

The anti-cult movement has used a set of cult criteria in order to define new religious movements as cults and to “protect” unsuspecting individuals from falling into the wrong hands, so to speak. These questionable criteria are designed to put any group that deviates from mainstream values under the “cult” umbrella, meaning that basically any group of people practicing spirituality outside of the mainstream and whose members display dedication and commitment to its doctrine could be labelled a “cult,” even if their doctrine or way of life is completely benign. In fact, because this cult criteria is so sweeping, you could essentially apply the same “cult leader” label to historical spiritual figures like Jesus or Buddha, and the label of “cult members” to their followers.

While there have definitely been groups whose values and practices have been dangerous or harmful, this is not reflective of the vast majority of alternative spiritual groups. The all encompassing assumption that all new religious movements are likely to be “dangerous cults” has now created an environment where people who display serious interest in spirituality and want to dedicate their lives to it unjustly face hostility, ridicule, and persecution, effectively marginalizing them from society.

Implications for Spiritual Seekers

Unfortunately, the opportunity for people to practice spirituality freely has become extremely limited. The socially acceptable choices seem to be between mainstream religions or watered-down, corporate-backed, commercialized spirituality. Anyone exploring anything outside of that runs the risk of being accused of or perceived as being a member of a “dangerous cult”. That is an outcome that results in terrible associations that have the ability to destroy lives, as well as greatly limiting the potential for development of human consciousness in a serious way.

Genuine alternative spirituality is essentially being drowned out by spiritual businessmen selling appealing but shallow options for salvation and inner peace. Meanwhile, those who practice or pursue alternative spirituality seriously are being demonized by anti-cult proponents, and innocent and benign spiritual groups are made to seem like dangerous, criminal operations.

Commercialized spirituality and the efforts of anti-cult activists to persecute new religious movements have two important things in common: they both effectively limit people’s ability to explore spirituality outside of the mainstream, and they both masquerade as something positive and helpful. While commercialized spirituality can appear like a wonderful influence – advocating peace, and happiness – it can also serve as a justification for hedonism and materialism while parasitically using and distorting the messages of spirituality while obscuring the source. Similarly, the anti-cult movement can appear as a helpful and noble protector of society from dangerous forces, but beneath the surface it effectively functions as a modern day witch hunt or inquisition.

Put together, these forces serve to drown out truly alternative spirituality with a wave of more socially acceptable and better marketed products while simultaneously vilifying it as something dangerous. This amounts to a subtle yet major suppression of spiritual freedom, which takes away the chance for people to find and dedicate themselves to the spirituality of their choice without interference.

The decision to live out a spiritual life, (or not to) has always been a part of the human experience, and it is still considered a fundamental human right; however, that right is at risk of being further eroded if those who are interested in pursuing it do not speak out.

Acknowledgments: Matthew Butler and Justin Norris contributed to this article.


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