spiritual cults

if any of ya’ll have hulu watch this:

a documentary, called Children of the Stars, about the Unarius Cult. they’re a group of people that have a “religion” for lack of a better term based around a lot of New Age spiritual concepts like extraterrestrial civilizations and past lives and all of that jazz (Lemuria, Atlantis, the Orion wars and so forth). they still function today but they were really active back in the ‘50s. 

lil snippet from wikipedia:

Unarius is an acronym for “Universal Articulate Interdimensional Understanding of Science”. The founder, and subsequent “channels” and “sub-channels”, have written books filled with channeled dissertations from alleged advanced intelligent beings that exist on higher frequency planes. Over 100 volumes have been published since 1954.

boy, were they bizarre but i can’t help but notice that a lot of the information in the documentary and from the group themselves is REALLY interesting. definitely check it out if you’re into the type of stuff you see on my blog. they even made a bunch of films and idk if ya’ll recognize these images or not (if you’re on tumblr you surely do) but here’s some shots from their films:

FEMME FATALE - Fire Signs

ARIES

Sexy, stubborn, dangerous and independent, this man eating femme is a blazing type of soul with a touch of macho in her personality. They feel bored with routine, desiring some adventure in life, a cause, something to fight for in the world.  Her femininity is fuelled by her courage and passion to live. The Aries femme is the heroine; fearless and intelligent - she knows how to stand out from the crowd. Just like the light, she can illuminate. The Mars-Ruled femme fatale always want things to go the way she desires. These femmes cast their love spell with an unmatched heart and eyes that say “I dare you”, she will leave behind anyone who doesn’t take her up on that challenge. She will make love until she can’t anymore, dance until she can’t anymore and be passionate until her last breath. 

LEO

In ancient times, the Lion (Leo) was held in total awe and admiration and given deep respect for its power and authority. Being close to the Leo femme is like reliving a sunshine day. She is like the golden days of summer that make the sea sparkle like jewels warming and lighting the world up. She shows off a goddess-given authority and powerful inner spirituality. She makes a cult of beauty - her own. The ultimate sex symbol - an enchantress with much more sexual power than she herself can manage, the zodiac’s Helen of Troy. 

SAGITTARIUS

Dangerous to bore, Sagittarius women are every bit the zodiacs wild vixen. This femme can put any man on edge with her reckless wild side. She is hard to keep track of: first she’s here, then she’s there - full of bounce and good cheer, the Saggitarian femme has a sunny disposition capable of putting a smile on even the most miserable of souls. The Femme Fatale of the Jupiter-ruled are savage, lustful and unrestrained, but also possessing a mysterious wisdom, perception and understanding of life, far greater than the ordinary man. 

There is no journey to enlightenment.

Via BohemianDiesel.com

In the YouTube video by J. Krishnamurti about Enlightenment, he explains that enlightement to wake up to something.”To wake up to what? To be enlightened about what?” He then explains how enlightement means to wake up to the truth about the psychological structure that has accepted time.

Eckhart Tolle, explains how Enlightenment is something we already are every present moment. It is not something you can add. It is the ego-less state. Which means to realize that there is no-self and to understand the nature of your present reality very very well. Studying reality will give you the direct experience of realizing that you are IT. Give up the search, he says, it is not something you can reach in the future.

The word Enlightenment has been used many times in both religion and spiritual cults. The new age movement loves to throw this word around in an attempt to compete. It has been explained as reaching a godlike and divine state, beyond our simple human understanding. Which is a very vague explanation that only creates illusion and expectations.

I used to be desperately seeking for “Enlightenment”, wanting to reach this superhuman state. My reasons where quite simple; 1. i disliked myself as i was , 2. i disliked the world. It was my way of feeling like i could escape it somehow.

After my LSD experience a whole new world opened up for me. And months after i still reap the benefits of it, having insights after insights. The most recent one is was about how we are never fully in touch with reality as it is. We dream our way through life thinking, fantasizing. We live on auto-pilot, totally unaware of the present moment.

I also started to have more and more moment where my focus went to the present moment for a short while. I found so much peace in these moments, that i decided to pick up meditation again and mindfulness practice.

Soon i discovered that it’s not so much about doing something. But more about learning how to just be. In this state of just being…i got a tiny glimpse of what it’s like to have no self without using any psychedelics. Who you truly are…is raw experience…and we are all that. Nothing is separate. Having experienced this first hand, changed my world upside down.

To be honest, after this it only feels like i just started on my journey. It feels very different this time. Like i am not chasing some fantasy. I am merely letting go. I used to think i was so close to the end of my journey, but now i realize how ignorant this was. I opened myself up to the fact that i know nothing, and i am gonna study the present moment as best as i can.

In the book “Mastering the core teachings of the buddha: An unusually hardcore dharma book” by Daniel Ingram. That the three most important things one can realize in studying the present moment are 1. no self , 2. impermanence, 3. unsatisfactory.

So..in other words, there is no search for Enlightenment. Nobody else can teach you to realize it. It is an insight you get by looking deeply into the present moment. Which is why is why a better word for it would be “woken up” to truth.

XOXO – Daphne Denninghoff – GoddessBible

mostlyvoid-partiallytrek  asked:

So you know how it’s a trope for cults to “brainwash” people? The religion/cult I was in totally embraced that. Like they literally said they were brainwashing us, but they framed it like it was a good thing. “Yes, you’ve been brainwashed. Your brain is dirty and we’re washing it. Don’t you want your brain to be clean?” Has anyone else had a similar experience? I'd love to talk to people who can relate.

I’ve been through something similar where one was supposed to “give up their individuality,” though wasn’t exactly up front called brainwashing to be honest. Any followers can reblog this if they have more similar experiences. 

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anonymous asked:

how do you feel about shimizu's death in the manga oyasumi punpun?

But…Shimizu didn’t…die? Seki does manage to get him out of the fire before it’s too late.

Here he is after being discharged from the hospital (Chapter 142)…

…and here’s Seki telling Harumi about Shimizu during the class reunion after the final timeskip (Chapter 146):

So Shimizu is alive and well! We can also infer that he’s still in contact with Seki, given that Seki knows that Shimizu has become a nurse and why he couldn’t make it to the reunion, as well as the casual tonal delivery of Seki’s dialogue here.

…Unless you mean his amnesia? His memory loss can be read as a sort of spiritual transcendence or “death” because of these panels:

If that is what you mean…well, I’ve already written a little about the “resolution” to Seki and Shimizu’s arc here. But long story short: I think it’s a bit of a copout, as well as…problematic, given the inferences you can derive from Shimizu achieving personal fulfillment and happiness by joining a cult and participating in a suicide pact. Your mileage on this plot point probably varies on how much leeway you give Asano Inio, re: Shimizu and Pegasus. Rather, whether or not you buy into reading Shimizu and Pegasus as “prophets,” which…I do think is problematic, since that narrative detracts from and even erases what reads as Shimizu living with mental illness and how the entire cult plot corresponds to real world cults.

Pegasus is a cult leader. He approaches people who feel alienated, alone, or are in vulnerable mental states. Remember, he approached Shimizu twice: the first time after hearing about the dead body in Punpun’s future apartment building left him terrified and shaken; the second time after Seki lashes out at him verbally and physically, forcefully shatters his delusion by reminding him that his mother is dead, and blames Shimizu for all the misfortune in his own life. He approaches Punpun at one point too, and we know that Punpun is prone to volatility and suffers from depression. The rest of Pegasus’s followers also attest to similar experiences: feeling alone, isolated, and/or unfulfilled until Pegasus approached and convinced them to join his cult. That’s predatory. Pegasus is charismatic, and he uses his charisma to construct a fiction wherein he and his followers are magical warriors that must fight and stop the apocalypse, convince his followers of this constructed “reality,” and use that fiction to persuade his followers to participate in a suicide pact. He is also a criminal who breaks into people’s homes and assaults them, so there’s that too. Most importantly, Pegasus does not exist in a vacuum. There are real world analogues who have caused a lot of harm and loss of life, like Jim Jones. So…I hope we can all agree that the effect Pegasus has on his followers and what he has them agree to are not “positive” in any sense of the word. Shimizu joining the cult was not a good thing, and his presence among them puts him in an environment that is hazardous to his immediate, mental, and emotional well-being.

Of course, Seki and Shimizu’s relationship is far from healthy too. They are extremely codependent, but Seki willfully blinds himself to that reality as they grow older. Instead of accepting his own dependence on Shimizu, he constantly frames it as Shimizu’s dependence on him without acknowledging that he also needs and depends on Shimizu. The more he does this, the more his behavior becomes abusive and hurtful, as well as infantilizing. It is very, very significant that Shimizu decides to cut ties and walk away from Seki after years of happily fulfilling his end of an agreement Seki proposed to formalize their relationship—If you believe in me, I swear I’ll protect you…so don’t leave me alone anymore…—and that, afterwards, it’s Seki who keeps calling Shimizu, who keeps coming up with increasingly desperate plans for the two of them to do together (going to Thailand together over the summer, even promising to pay for all of Shimizu’s expenses so he’ll agree to join him; running off to Tibet together to become monks), who ultimately begins to confront himself, his behavior, and his attachment to and feelings for Shimizu. It lays the codependence bare, and most importantly it creates the opportunity for Shimizu to disprove Seki’s infantilizing rhetoric!

However…having Shimizu leave his codependent relationship with Seki to join a cult and participate in a suicide pact…does nothing to contradict Seki’s oft-repeated assertions that Shimizu cannot take care of himself. On the contrary, it supports the infantilization pattern! Evidently Shimizu cannot, in fact, “take care of himself” or “make healthy choices for himself” without Seki…never mind that Shimizu has been taking care of himself and coping with his delusions throughout the series. It’s pretty bizarre, frankly. Having Shimizu call out and walk away from Seki’s dependence and infantilization patterns only to have Shimizu decide to commit suicide shortly thereafter because a cult leader “believes in him” is contradictory.

Even if you accept the implications that Shimizu is actually some kind of prophet and that everything Pegasus says is objectively true, there are other issues apart from erasure and romanticization of cult leaders and their cults. Shimizu’s spiritual transcendence reads as escapism, which reflects how the fresh start resolution of his and Seki’s arc deprives us of any real closure or catharsis because we don’t see them own how awful their relationship was and take steps to improve it together. Framing that transcendence as Shimizu’s happy ending—finding a place and people who genuinely accept and appreciate him—frames the avenue he took to reach it, the suicide pact, as a positive thing by association…which is so problematic. Yes, you could argue that the cult never went through with the suicide pact and that it was Wada who planned and triggered the explosion that killed and injured them, thus making their deaths martyrdom instead of suicide…but that does not detract from the fact that Pegasus knew what Wada was planning and let him do it without warning anyone. So even if Shimizu and the other cultists on that flying saucer were “martyred,” why the hell is Pegasus there? Either way, accepting such a reading romanticizes death, which is definitely something that did not happen with Aiko’s suicide—which was framed as sudden and stark and shocking and saddening and devastating—or any of the other deaths in this series.

So no…I am not too keen on Shimizu’s “death.” Or any part of the cult subplot, really. They robbed Shimizu of his agency, independence, and opportunity to decide whether to build a healthy relationship with Seki or not. Which speaks to Asano Inio’s issues with handing nuance or creating depth appropriately, I think, because the last third of Seki and Shimizu’s arc fumbles so many crucial issues and erases or overlooks other considerations that are so, so important. I apologize if that’s not what you meant at all, anon…all of this has been bothering me a lot since I finished Punpun.

Hey do me a favor and boost this? 

spiritualabusesupport is a newly opened blog made by a friend of mine (which I now mod for) for, and just as the url suggests, is for supporting spiritual abuse survivors who are enduring/leaving/have left cults/high demand groups, here is some more information on the blog but Im just gonna put this here for those of you not quite sure what spiritual abuse is:

“Spiritual abuse describes the process by which a religious leader or a group itself misuses authority, power, and the trust that their followers give to them…[to exploit the followers] in some way that generally benefits the group’s leaders or the ideology…”

so please reblog this for you followers who might be or have been in these situations and are looking for support

thanks <3

MBTI Stereotypes

ESTJ - a cop or some other nitpicky authority figure
ISTJ - grandpa
ISFJ - mom
ESFJ - catty mean girl &/or obnoxious hostess

ESFP - dumb blond drama queen who feels strongly about animal rights
ISFP - gentle vegetarian or emo rock musician
ESTP - dumb jock or salesperson
ISTP - rebel without a cause on a motorcycle

INFP - cranky poet/artist/bum &/or feel-good armchair philosopher 
ENFP - hippy woman with armpit hair & a big mouth
INFJ - hypocritical yet stubborn activist and/or pretentious hipster/spiritual guru
ENFJ - charming cult leader &/or status-climbing social networker

ENTJ - angry dictator &/or unscrupulous businessman
INTJ - arrogant creep with a chip on his shoulder & nihilistic philosophies
INTP - mad scientist &/or loser who lives in his parent’s basement
ENTP - wannabe comedian


I’m so sorry.