Former devotee and member of The Art of Living organization reflecting on the process of joining and leaving cults, abusive relationships, and sundry obsessions. Trying to draw the line by connecting the dots.


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  1. Be Free says:

    thx for all the work in posting the previous content..

    not sure if this site is still monitored.. trying to find resources/forums that can potentially be of use to freely discuss these topics. seeing too many people close to me get involved with this and want to find a place they can find other possibilities..

    please let me know.

  2. Juniper says:

    I enjoyed reading your reflections. They felt very real and I relate to what you went through. I left Art of Living after 10 years and being a teacher. It felt like the most integrated and true step to take but was one of the hardest things to do and was filled with a grief process of its own. I started to look around to the teachers around me and see how tired and unfulfilled they were, waiting for the next course or big mega event for an injection of grace. It didn’t feel integrated or whole anymore. I also kept feeling “i need to look inside for guidance” it isn’t going to come from talking to guruji or any of the full time teachers. I was also always trying to transcend the world and life instead of actually living and engaging with it. I thought if I could become more pure I could become untouched…gracefilled all the time. Art of Living didn’t really seem like a cult until I left, but there were things that were unsettling from the start…like pressuring people to take courses. Thinking that you know what is best for another person is the beginning of control and manipulation…this is something that although inner wisdom was a knowledge focus in Art of Living, was never truly, valued. We are each reservoirs of strength and wisdom…but to think that another person can know what is best for you, at least in my case brought a lot of suffering. I thought Guruji had all the answers, but by putting all this faith in him, even though there were besutiful trsnsformative experiences that went along with it, in the long run, it was unhealthy for my own development as an integrated adult.

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