Exits in true LGAT meetings are often monitored by ‘minders’ or ‘handlers’, who are there to ensure that you stay through the majority of the ‘show’. This is often done to control the outcomes of the process – the process where you are being worn down at a rate that enables you to be influenced by suggestion, and also to cause some level of helplessness or giving in to either the concepts or to get you to part with money.
The long sessions are key to the process because that is how long it takes and that the slowest to move into compliance, and this sets the standard for when to stop.
LGAT with Minders at the back of each path to doors from a very enthusiastic writer. The one I attended was not as large, but had the same ratio of minders. You can draw your own conclusions of course.
Silence equates to Agreement
As originally introduced in Part 1, clearly, Silence should not equate to Agreement, but in the moment it would seem that the silence and lack of reaction or any complaint – is perceived at meaning that you, and only you are the odd one out – you’re not getting it or you are being too sensitive or something.
Landmark’s own training manuals for its Forum Supervisors states, “a Landmark Forum Supervisor’ needs to be an s.o.b. for impeccability. You need to give up a concern for being liked… Be a destroyer…” and “Don’t ever let people move or stand up or talk before you have declared the start of the break. Don’t ever let stuff like that go by. Ever, ever, ever.”
Landmark’s own warnings and disclaimers in its application for the Landmark Forum states, “…people will from time to time cry or experience headaches, tiredness, nausea, confusion, disappointment, feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and hopelessness. Some participants may find the Program physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful.”
In an article titled “Drive-thru Deliverance“ a Forum leader reportedly told participants “Anything you want in life is possible that you invent as a possibility and enroll others in your having gotten.”
Those attending the Forum in Phoenix asked “why the rules [were] so rigid”?
They were told that “transformation” required following rules, and they soon learned that those that broke the rules might be humiliated and labeled as “uncoachable.”
Werner Erhard the seminar guru that concocted this LGAT claimed that he received a revelation while driving on a California freeway in 1971, he realized that he knew nothing. And the instant he realized that he knew nothing, he then realized he knew everything, and everything was good.
Landmark teaches a philosophy that becomes a belief system for its adherents, and some seem to consider it their “salvation.”
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” ― Leo Tolstoy, A Confession
These moments of “am I the only one?” are the speakers strong weapon. Unlike a pub or a stand up comedy, a training session is a far more orderly place. People are less likely to draw attention to themselves by openly arguing with someone who is in the position of influence, even when one can assume that there must be other people that disagree with what is being said.
Those who do decide to speak out are usually brought down fairly quickly by public humiliation. You only need one or two examples of being publicly humiliated by these speakers and you may be reluctant to risk it for yourself.
However, this silence can be seen by you and others as agreeing or endorsing the speaker’s opinion. We don’t get an opportunity to see or hear many others’ expressions or thoughts on what has just been said.
It is a well-known fact that many of us will go with the opinion of the majority, the band-wagon effect. In this case, this silence (and supposed agreement) inadvertently serves to increase the speaker’s influence over the group and helps the attendee to ‘give in’ once again.
“When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” ― Yevgeny Yevtushenko
HAI – Human Awareness Institute
You see, every LGAT uses similar methods. The most important thing they do is to keep their methods SECRET as then they are more powerful.
HAI would not want people to know exactly how the sex happens, as that will stop some people from going, for instance, some younger women who are getting exploited. They want people to come with an “open mind” so they can be influenced by the LGAT process.
of course, consenting adults can do what they wish, that’s their business. But here’s the problem. “Consent”. These LGAT seminars have spent decades learning how to engineer consent, to manufacture consent.
So stating the facts of these seminars, even when distasteful and shocking, is very important.
For example, there was a Men’s Group, which had men getting naked and videotaped, or whatever. People have a right to know before they go somewhere that there is going to be videotaping when you are naked, so you can THINK RATIONALLY before you are in groupthink.
It doesn’t matter if its HAI, or Landmark, or Scientology, or whoever. An LGAT seminar is not Vegas, where what happens there, should stay there.
The only way to really combat these LGAT’s is with facts and education.
And sex-groups go into a very complicated area of human psychology. People need to be very cautious, and learn the facts.
From: http://forum.culteducation.com/read.php?4,66228,66413 a post answering “What happens at each level of HAI?”
What you can do
We get so many agreements to sign or agree with these days – with software and updates to our devices that we would need extra hours in our day to read them all, so we usually don’t. But, if an agreement is put before you when YOU are going to experience the outcomes, DO read it, and only sign it if you are happy. You might be surrounded by many people blindly signing and minders/helpers telling you to go ahead, we are all happy… Your signature means that you have agreed to so many things, made to sound nice, but you need to think, “what’s the worse that can happen” and see if you are still happy to sign.
If you are challenged by this, say that you’ve changed your mind, or you didn’t agree to torture and aspects that are against your will.
No one has the right to hold you from leaving, going to the bathroom or out for some fresh air. The real reason that this is done for is:
- increasing your overall weariness
- decreasing your resistance
- preventing you from rational discussion about the last statement that was made
- missing important indoctrination processes
Be sure that you don’t agree to their rules during the time when they are getting agreement for these controlling behaviours.
Make your exit quietly as this is just common courtesy and they will not be able to accuse you of already making a disturbance, and that their apprehending of you is more of a disturbance.
Ultimately, do what you need or want to do. It is your life.
Their only real weapon at this point is humiliation, but remember it only lasts a few moments.