This applies in both your professional and personal life. NLP can give you immediate and practical benefits, which so often lead to deeper and more lasting change as you begin to reassess and look at the world in a different way. You will then have more choices available to you.
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NLP is able to reveal the structure for success because it looks at what works and how it works. So that the difference that makes the difference can be learnt by anyone who wants to improve their performance. NLP developers like myself have developed a whole raft of practical tools and techniques that enable people to be at their personal and professional best.
These tools and techniques allow anyone to change limiting behaviours, habits and beliefs that hold them back. They also support a way of thinking and being that helps create a mindset for professional success and personal fulfilment. Presuppositions: As we make sense of our world, interpreting our experiences, so we create our own map of reality. We begin to implicitly presuppose certain things, and act accordingly. Those presuppositions show up in our values, beliefs and sense of self.
They also show up in our behaviour. In the same way, what others presuppose in their maps of reality will determine how they act but also how they respond to your behaviour. And so the world goes round with each of us making sense of others based on our map of reality not theirs. Now no two people have the same model of reality. Imagine how this can become compounded in teams and organisations — oh, and families!
I flew all the way from Colombia for this, and was expecting something different. I lasted the entire day 1 as it would have required me to sit in traffic and fight my way back to Orange County so I stayed and kept thinking it was just me and I needed to open up more. After having to give a random massage to a person in my row and after several sessions of jumping around half assed I realized that this was really not that engaging for me. I am interested in self improvement and growth and also in a good place in life but expect that I can do more and deliver higher results.
The seminar was not going to provide what I thought and there was just way too many songs, disco lights, clapping, jumping around that was wasting time and not providing any value. The introduction at the start was terrible with 8 songs and a group of dancers on stage that did not belong. Overall I have decided not to return for the remainder of the seminar and will continue to improve on my own with reading great books, podcasts with interesting people and holding myself accountable.
I didn't know Tony has a weird clap,but trust you me,i laughed my ribs out. That was really funny. Loud, blaring music is just abnoxious. My sister from out of state signed me up for the LA event next week. I told her it wasn't my thing, but I wouldn't mind sharing time with her. I had no idea how immersive the event is. And how cultishly hyperactive it is. I've been dreading the experience for the last several weeks. I want to share time with my sister, but the though of spending a 50 hour marathon with screaming wannabes sounds like Hell Incarnate.
Besides, I have a business to run and I can't really afford the four days off. Showing up for the event is ironically hindering my ability to be successful. I think I need to suck it in and endure a few days to share the event with my sister. I'll cut my participation down to two days and actually get some work done on the other two. I'll let my sister know I'm not going to be all gung ho but be supportive of her and her experience. And just chalk it up as another life experience, however unsolicited.
Do not let this bait and switch article convince you that your experience will be bad. You will get out of this and any event equal to what you put into it both emotionally an physically. Play full out and your experience will pay out in dividends The truth is, you actually are better than the people who are still excited and affected by a Tony Robbins' seminar. I mean, not "better" in your soul necessarily, but better off, for sure. You're more advanced in your personal growth. I guess you know that though. Perhaps you have a bit of ADD.
You remind me if my brother who kept getting up during a Jim Rohn seminar years ago, all because his anxiety got the best if him. You are in the minority, although I can't say I would attend either. At least I haven't been compelled to do so yet, though I love Tony Ribbons. Best Wishes. Appreciate this insight. Not shame in that. Doing the deep work is really important to me. Perhaps you walked out because of some issue that you were choosing to run away from.
You were afraid Tony Robbins was going to waste your time. So you decided an even better waste of your time would be to go and make memes of Tony's quotes. It appears you do what Tony does on a much tinier scale.
You even made a point of trying to knock him for his promotion techniques and a feeling that he was try to sell you which im sure he was, he's quite good at it. NIce try. I would suggest being more open to new experiences. Dont value your time so highly that you'll miss out on a unique experience so that you can go home and make memes with your name on them I'm sure you want to inform me about one of your own seminars or your healthy sushi dinner I honestly see your points on some valid terms.. And if you paid more attention without bias you will notice be walked about because he read through the seminar sheet and figured his time is more valued somewhere else..
But of course as a cultic-fan that you are, you missed that point. From a neutral, I sure he wrote this article with honesty and SEO for his company in mind. Nothing wrong with self promotion as long as you speak the truth. I have never been in one of his seminars nor read a book, and although I have heard about him in the past I am aware of his events. It doesn't seem bad. Events like this are not everyone's cup of tea and not for me for sure but apparently, he is good at what he does and a lot of people have found a new meaning or a new way of doing things.
Why all the bashing? Jealousy, perhaps? To each it's own. I don't fancy these motivational events I rather read a book on business but maybe this is not for you and that's all. Just live the way you want and let the rest do the same. You hit the nail on the head. He was so short-sighted back then and seems he hasn't learned his lessons of impatience, and continues to criticize others of what he is guilty of himself. I have attended a lot of Tony's events then naturally.
The first one I attended was in , so this is all pretty recent for me. Noah, you talk about him going deep, I wonder what it is like with UPW in the states, what I can say is in DWD events I have attended, he goes far deeper and more into change with people. My life has changed completely and because of it I found the strength I needed to give up an addiction to crystal meth and heal my child hood trauma, see myself for the victim in life I was being and make the change.
The work happened after the events, after the crowd has gone home and from my own commitment to change Then perhaps my writing here would be dramatically different. This is the dedication I aspire too and the path I am now on to get there In fact my next area's of growth are nothing to do with Tony, they are in area's such as continuing to deepen my own masculine authenticity and responsibility. Good opinion piece. It must be remembered that we are drawn to our gurus, leaders, and inspirations because they resonate with us. If a message has found a pathway into your heart, soul, and motivational spirit, the source, if not evil, does not matter.
The source is merely a reflecting pool showing us what we are primed to see. Robbins is harmless - and in many cases, helpful. Such a good response, Helaine, I applaud you for that. We're often too drawn to gurus, and we forget they're people too. I know it's impossible to custom-tailor an event for 10, people, but more specific topics would have helped. Most humans require niche, specific strategies to overcoming hurdles.
I truly appreciate the adverse opinion piece. I find it both comical and disappointing that some post thrashings of you doing your thing, while supporting your feelings with what you personally experienced. In a world where we are encouraged to be different - be our own person, that some feel the need for you to conform, stay silent, not promote on your own platform, simply reinforces the hypocrisy so prevalent today.
I also do not appreciate "fluff" pieces, as I can clap and dance and sing during my personal time. Everyone has something to offer, but not to everyone. Either an experience is your cup of tea or it's not. Either we can take it or leave it. As someone recently receiving a predictably sooner-than-later time limit on life, I for one can say, spending time and energy on something you believe does not benefit you is more likely wasted time that we all should avoid. He claps that way so as not to emit the sound into his microphone.
It looks weird to us when people don't actually clap their palms together. I cant believe anyone would criticize TR. I have been to 3 of his seminar even 1 where I had to borrow to go. He changed my life completly. Before I was a poor waiter and I survived on tips and the goodness of people. So I would recommend the seminars to anyone even if you have to borrow money to go. Very good read! My google search that led me here was "how to get Tony Robbins cell phone number", as if it would actually be made public, though my mind is a bit off at the moment.
This was thought provoked on me wanting to leave a voice mail asking one of his handlers, "do you have extra chairs for poor people"? Actually not poor, just broke right now. Negative news is good news, right? I'm thinking Tony is looking to reinvent himself a little and what better way to just get it out there. Reading over a ton of positive things online tells me there is just a lot of BS about him being that affective vs truly getting what what you paid for by forking up k, or more.
So I'm a bit torn as I was in search of some way of getting a magically free ticket to his event. Even after reading all the mixed comments, I do feel deep down this Tony Robbins guy has true grit to provide Which is something I need right now, though I spent the last 2k actually 5k on my wife's medical bills, suicide seems like too much work Anyway, good read, just not sure of the underlying purpose as I see multiple views playing out here, all of which I feel the writer knew would take place regardless - Side note: if anyone has an extra ticket on the next event he has, I'll do dishes, though my background is in mortgages:.
He wrote an email to the company explaining how much he appreciated Tony's book. The company started an email chain with him that eventually made it to TR himself. TR sent my son a recorded voice message encouraging him and offering him 2 free tickets to UPW. If you don't get the same results, we're friends with one of his top security guys who can get discounted tickets. Be encouraged. I'm not a T. I also felt like you were pushing your own agenda while riding on Tony's fame.
Thank you, I thought I was dead inside for not jumping up and down to the mantra of the so captivating self made therapist. Reading your reviews has really helped me a lot. My son in law and my daughter has an obsession with TR and they think he is a God. They sold their property to join this cult paying 75k each and much more to this con man. He was fired from work and has been trying to become rich just by attending TR seminars travelling all over the world. It is really painful for me to see what will be the future of my grand children aged 4 and 5.
They both have been so brainwashed that they think everyone who does not worship TR is negative. I personally would like to thank you for writing the truth which proves to me that I am not insane the way they make me believe. Hi there, I can assure you that your kids are in good company with the Platinum members. It must deeply disappoint your kids to not have your support. As a mother of a young adult I completely simpathise with your fear. If my daughter came home anouncing she sold her house and signed up with the guy on YouTube I would absolutely loose my mind!!
For the sake of your kids, their success, and your relationship, I ask you as a fellow parent and Platinum member to please support them. At minimum by respecting the path they've chosen. I suspect they will amaze you with what they'll accomplish in a few years. You won't manage to change their mind, so perhaps you can stay involved and have influence by allowing them to share their journey. Good on you for walking out, and good on you for posting your experience. I have a twin sister who did his seminar and felt very similarly to you. I did the insight programs instead which apparently were seminars that Anthony Robbins ripped off.
This article is totally a Newsjacking lol. Great job! What Newsjacking means? You injected your development notes for download asking for an email and that is a subscription. Also you injected links for your app, and other two events where you are making a commission because is a referral link. Now, besides the newsjacking tactic you are doing I really don't see you growing strong in your life purpose when you are using a negative news against a person in order to gain traffic and then clicks to your sales funnels. Try again UPW and go without your significance pattern which will take you nowhere and you know you are lost.
The whole time I was reading this article I kept thinking that this guy is pushing his own agenda and trying to sell me things. I am not a TR fan but those are my observations as well. Totally manipulative. But transparently so, so not too intelligent. You have lost my support or respect through trashing another professional.. I watched some of your video about YOUR presentation and quite frankly found it boring and lacking charisma, it just fell flat and you could tell that from the audience too Taking my business elsewhere.
You show little integrity. A man that sticks up for what he believes and isn't afraid to talk about it. I shall call you sir, for you are a real man. It's a shame you feel you need to post negatively about someone who's only every been a force for good in his life and clearly has a drive to help. Also someone you claim to be one of your 'customers'. If you had more faith in your business you wouldn't need to bad mouth someone else's hard work and you should treat your customers with more respect.
It's never cool to try and trash someones business or hard work. He's clearly not attempting to trash anything, he's speaking honestly about an experience he's had and why it was negative. Great article Noah! I very rarely hear people willing to call Tony Robbins on his lack of substance in material and his dominating self-aggrandisement. I have heard his story and think it is remarkable, as is his success.
He has good points, but quite frankly nothing particularly unique. What I don't appreciate is when I see clips of his seminars where he is talking over people, constantly self-promoting it actually looks like he's insecure and needs to remind everyone exactly who he is. No humility. I am a communications specialist, so have done everything from Deepak Chopra, to Landmark, to The Artists Way and give my clients Brene Brown material all the time. I love self-development like you. But it can't be bullshit level, it's gotta go deep and hit the real conversations. Not quick fixes and Memes. Unlike you, I have not read tons of Tony Robbins - I bought one book once.
I couldn't read it through, too superficial. Well done for having the courage to write this article, especially since he is a customer! You might get the feeling there has to be a better way. Do your own research and find the truth of just how "life changing" these events are. Amend yo ypur comments. I attended a seminar of the same name. What gets me is the no. Of times he filed bankruptcy and the no. Of divorces!!!! One would think he had a better handle on his own life!!!!
I like Tony, I think he does add value and broaden perception. Please note, I have never attended a seminar of his, but as a practitioner of meditation for many years, this is the observation that comes to mind. Sure, he is a lot of hype, but he does need to get the crowd engaged. I feel that, however, that his methods may be somewhat shallow and wear of in the long run. Hi sis honest in saying that you need to do the work, but it is my experience that humans tend to regress over time if they do not have a vision, and the instruments to evolve.
I cannot say if it is worth going to a TR seminar or not, but I doo feel that one cannot change their physical-mental state for good without feeding their spiritual not religion component. I attended a Tony Robbins seminar today and I walked out before it was finished as well. I found there was too much hype and not enough content. I came to get content, not all the noise and hype which gave me nothing except ringing in my ears. I understand that people need to get out of their chairs once in a while, but this was ridiculous.
Also it was cold in the room all day apparently Tony had told staff he wanted it cold, and so doors were left open that invited some of our Alberta winter inside. I was up at 6 am and the sessions started at 8 am and by 10 am I was uncomfortably cold even tho I was wearing a warm top, a sweater, a winter jacket and gloves. Being uncomfortably cold takes away your focus on the speaker. There were others speakers before Tony came on, and at the end of each of their sessions, they wanted you to buy their program "at a special reduced price".
I started resenting this - it felt more like a sales pitch than a seminar. I left about half way through Tony's session as I couldnt take anymore of the hype. Tony has so much information to offer, he doesn't need to resort to hype. I went to see Tony at one of the NLC events.
I really wanted to see Eric Worre as well as Tony, but Eric was a no show. I was glad that I bought a Bronze ticket. I also walked out an hour and half before the end. I have been listening to Tony since the s. A lot of his stuff hasn't changed. I also was tired of being yelled at. I also felt empowered. I'm so sorry that you wanted your own success bad enough that you were willing to piggy back on someone with a much bigger name in a negative way that discourages others to take steps to improve their lives.
I'll bet you got alot of views but I hope people recognize your method to hurt some so you can help others for your own gain. How would you feel if you changed your approach that helps everyone you influence without hurting anyone? Good luck! Take a good look in the mirror, smile and accept yourself at the present moment.
Then ask yourself what is is you want to do for yourself and try. There is no magic guru except the one residing in your own body. The gift you are seeking is right there waiting for you to discover. I liked this article because the writer ultimately came back to trusting his own instincts. Plenty of smart people have great information to share without burdening another with a high price tag.
Check the local library out for tons of information about anything. If you want to learn how to knit, learn. If you want to learn how to invest, learn. Nike has a great meme. Just do it. I have a sister who has massive social anxiety and Tony Robbins changed my life into being a top personal trainer in my city. I would do anything to have her, go through that experience of a seminar. And it makes me so sad you would even write this.
God Bless. Hi David B. People or authors like him who write personal reviews provide consumers additional information to make better decisions. His research and personal testimony was informative, comical and entertaining. Not everyone will have the same experience as you. Asking Noah to delete his post is rude, and to top it off you added God bless at the end of your statement.
What is that? Confidence comes from within. If you believe in yourself, and focus on achieving a realistic and attainable goal, then you and only you can make it happen. If you fall then you get back right up and keep trying! I appreciate this article and author for the kindness and respect and honesty. I love this country, freedom to speak and freedom to take any class and freedom to leave if that is not some place you feel is a valuable use of your time or energy. I find this article and author realistic and refreshing.
Certain responses posted above there are pretty accusatory and defensive and guilting, which is odd, because the author is entitled to his own experience and actually others may benefit from a diversity of experiences and still others can relate. Obviously Tony Robbins is not God, and the guilting messages in some of these responses are absurd. I can relate. And it helped me to start a process of work on and within myself. Wading through the sales pitches for all the next courses was annoying. I feel the class itself was worth it, for me. To be clear YOUre the only one who can, the participant, out of your own free will.
If you have your own spark, use that! If you need a spark, yes you might buy one here! If you need friends, courage, support, spark- you might find it in a seminar or a course, but that work is all done or not done by you, the growth or not, and seminar or not. Went to a one-day TR seminar years ago, and left before the afternoon session. Most of it was for people in sales, but it was never advertised as such. Also too much selling of his programs which were available at merchandise tables. One minor point, he kept mispronouncing the name of the city where the event was held until an audience member pointed that out.
Tony got a bit defensive at that public correction. Wonderful post. It's easy for me to smell fraud in some of these people. They prey on the gullible. Take a look at Polyvagal Theory if you really want to understand your experience at Robbins' seminar. I've left more than my share of seminars in the middle. Me and my partner went to one of Andy Harrington seminars Andy Harrington is a Prodigy of Tony Robbins and uses the same style which after the first 3 hours we found nauseating. It was a bit like going to listen to a charismatic preacher in one of those big American Bible thumping sessions.
I do think though that Tony does have some sincere moments, and that according to his background, it is probably due to that that he is able to do that so well. I do think he wants to help people become better, he got to help really famous politicians and high profile sports people. I don't think his is the proper term for a con artist or a scam. By writing a negative feedback about Tony's seminar made me read your paper other wise if ti was positive would ignored it but I was disappointing because I felt that you used this trick to make read your stuff other wise I wouldnot have read.
You also did quite a lot of pumping up yourself and telling us what you have done writing a book what you have read that changed YOUR life, how you spent YOUR time.
Why I Walked Out on Tony Robbins
Too much fluff in the article also. Yeah, whoever doesn't notice you using a bigger name to promote yourself should go attend a Tony Robbins event. I've studied over 1, hours of Tony Robbins material and now coach people full time after helping my wife overcome some very severe mental illnesses that created a lot of pain in our lives. I'm happier than I ever imagined now and I give most of the credit to Tony. So glad he didn't let the kind of doubt and fear you've encouraged, to promote yourself, hold him back.
I've been a therapist for years and suggesting you watched hours of TR material and then helped her resolve such issues is pure BS. Either your wife didn't have significant mental illness as you suggest, you are lying about the severity of her condition, OR you are overstating your effectiveness..
Several years ago I obtained a coaching certification as I am keenly aware that coaching can be extremely helpful for folks that need short-term help. My experience with that certification was that a large number of people in that training program outright dismissed the need for therapy or they believed they could help people "resolve" significant mental illness like Schizophrenia and Borderline PD. The trainers did not understand mental illness or they believed NLP could resolve mental illness - this is magical thinking and my experience was that they confused mental distress with mental illness.
There were two other shrinks in that training and all three of us came away with the same feeling. I like TR and find his material helpful. I have been sober for many years and have used some of his quotes in my AA meetings as I find them helpful. I have bought his books for friends and I have had discussions with my peers about the concepts his presents in his material.. I might even be willing to attend a seminar to experience him in person. Tony is also very clear that he offers "coaching" and not mental health treatment and suggests that some people who attend his seminar might need outside help.
I'm a huge TR fan but have always wondered if I'd have the exact same experience at one of his events. I watched the documentary on Netflix and was amazed at how stupid the whole thing seemed. Tony barks out a lot of self-help cliches and then makes very superficial and ineffectual attempts at offering therapy to a few hang picked audience members. The funny thing is if they offer him any resistance or disagreement he basically turns into a bully and lampoons them in front of everyone else.
The whole event is completely laughable and absurd. Funny that you claim to have not fallen for Tony's tricks yet this guy caught you so easily with his marketing scheme to piggy back on Tony's name. What would have happen if you wouldn't have let all that "bother" you?
And it seams like you are at another level than most of participants of TR events. I did not feel that participants problem are relevant to me. Whatever Tony was telling was obvious for me. Unfortunately, I did not get anything new, even going for a full UPW maybe just some stuff about nutrition.
And I signed up for coaching. And that was the biggest mistake I have ever made in my life. The coach was absolute zero and I had to cancel sessions with her and did not full refund, but was promised to get it in full. So, there are people who are not strong enough to coop with problems, to motivate themselves, to have a goal and work on getting things done. And I could do much more, but I have decided to be a little bit lazy. Some of these comments are exactly why I am critical of Tony Robbins. No matter where you're coming from, no matter your perspective, no matter the validity of your substance, no matter how solid your critique, Tony Robbins has built a full proof method of manipulation to turn any critique into a faulty personality trait: "that's your ego speaking.
Because my friend went to a conference, gained unreasonable confidence to the point he thought he could say whatever he wanted to whoever he wanted , and lost all of his friends, including me. He still clings to Tony Robbins, trying to "have gratitude instead of complaining" and tries to regain these friends by telling them how "grateful" he is for the time they spent together but NEVER apologizing for his antisocial behaviours and ALWAYS implying that he is above it "I'm here for you when you need it" aka "You aren't talking to me because of a personality fault within yourself, not because of my behaviour, which you choose to react negatively to".
Tony Robbins doesn't make you successful. He makes you a twit. Recently I remarked to a friend, I wanted out of the self sabotage of my life, I wanted a new life and a career, yet i do not know what i want to do. He told me to read tony Robbins after a bit of research stumbled upon this, I am trying to empower myself. I am studying, getting qualifications, wondering at 47 am i a bit too late, but if i dont try how will I know? So I want to say thankyou, I will probably buy or rent his book, not because of him but because i can.
There are some great comments here. I think you and Tony might have a lot in common. Probable the things you did not like about him, are the things you don't like about yourself. You wrote this article from the same ego driven place and I think you left the seminar so early too early to complain, really so you can be the guy ''that walked out from Tony's seminar''. You get to tell this story for the rest of your life. You might see it as a powerful story, connecting your name with a powerful person. I think it was the attention seeking that got you out so early.
He was ''not going deep enough''. If he would have talked to you instead of John, would you still have left? The attention seeking also made you post those pictures of you.
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You wanted us to say good job on your transformation. Doesn't it go down to being loved? Or being enough? Things you seem to ridicule. If I were you, next time I would stay until the end. And complain than, if you still feel like it. Or are you afraid of actually liking it? Or making a change? There are too many people liking Tony and that would not make you special in any way, right? I haven't been to Tony's seminar but I watched a lot of his videos. Yes, everything that you all mention, it is true. And it is true for all of us. I think this is a common mistake people do, they expect the others, especially the powerful, to be perfect.
He is human also. He was flaws, like all of us. For me, the important part is: do I have something to learn from him? I am sure I have. He is a man that accomplished a lot. And he is using his power for good. And he is human so he makes mistakes, he has an ego, he brags, he name drops Another thing is, as someone else mentioned, there is no pill to fix us. No easy way. You might walk on fire, jump around, go to a seminar or you might find all that BS. What counts is the work you put in on yourself, day in, day out.
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Publishes the Sunspot magazine. Gnosticism: From the Greek word gnosis knowledge. Salvation comes through secret knowledge. A diverse belief influenced by Greek philosophy and similar to forms of pantheism , Gnosticism generally taught that matter was evil and spirit was good. Forms of gnosticism affected early Christianity. One Gnostic heresy taught that because matter was evil, Jesus could not have come in the flesh.
Goat's Head: An occult symbol consisting of an upside-down five-pointed star. See Baphomet. Goddess: New Age , occult , neo-paganism. A term used in various though related senses to affirm a feminine nature or aspect of the divine. Three beliefs are common: revering "Mother Nature," or the Earth, as divine see Gaia ; worshiping a female deity often linked to primitive pagan religions, as in Wicca ; and the search by some women for the "divine spark" of the "goddess within.
Publishes Sacred Cycles newsletter. Golden Wheel, W. Good, Joseph: See Hatikva Ministries. The first four books of the New Testament, which consist of accounts of Jesus' ministry, death, and resurrection Matthew, Mark, Luke and John , are also called the Gospels. Most false gospels teach a form of either salvation by works or universalism. Great Invocation: A New Age prayer written in by Alice Bailey see Arcane School and circulated by various New Age groups that believe widespread recitiation may help initiate a new utopia on earth.
Publishes The Covenstead newsletter. Great White Brotherhood: New Age belief in a group of spirit beings or reincarnated teachers, also called Ascended Masters , existing on a non-physical higher plane. Stevens, Jr. Allegedly practices mind control and shepherding. Guided Imagery: Another term for Visualization. Guideposts: Magazine founded by Norman Vincent Peale. Gurdjieff, George I. Considered by some to have been the greatest mystical teacher of all times.
However, in its modern American form it is a holiday based on pagan , occult , Celtic beliefs and Druid rituals. Believed to be a religious high or holy day by those involved in witchcraft see Wicca and Satanism. Celebrated on October 31st, children are encouraged to wear costumes and solicit candy door-to-door Trick-or-Treat. Halpern, Steve: Prominent New Age music composer and lecturer. Harmonic Convergence: A New Age , social, environmental and personal transformational event formulated by Jose Arguelles, based on alleged Mayan prophecies and astrological conjecture.
Other significant dates were 31 December and a culmination in Hatha Yoga: See " Yoga. Publishes The Pathfinder magazine. Hay, Louise: New Age , metaphysical counselor and author. Practices Kundalini Yoga , vegetarianism, and overcoming painful thoughts to move toward enlightenment. Publishes the Harbin magazine. Publishes the Heart Dance magazine. Applewhite a.
Do and 38 other members committed suicide in March of , believing that by leaving their bodies behind they could join Nettles a. Ti and other "older members" from "the next level above human" on a UFO supposedly hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet. Heaven's Magic: Another name for the followers of David Berg, founder of The Family Children of God ; produces multi-color children's posters and music. Heresy: Literally, a theological dissension or division arising from diversity of opinions and aims. The term is usually reserved to refer to false teachings considered so serious that belief in them excludes the followers from the true faith and salvation; in other words, a belief viewed as fatal to the gospel.
Religious groups founded on the basis of heresy are known as cults. Heretic: A person who causes a division by teaching heresy. Publishes Windwatch newspaper. Publishes Himalayan Institute Quarterly. Hinduism: The major world religion that originated from the ancient religions of India, which originally embraced polytheism. As a more unified world religion, Hinduism teaches pantheism ; the ancient gods especially the triad of Brahma , Vishnu , and Shiva are commonly interpreted as representations of the various aspects of the divine Brahman.
Human beings progress to the ultimate realization of their oneness with Brahman often called Nirvana through reincarnation according to the law of karma. Some of the concepts of Hinduism are incorporated, modified, and expanded upon in the New Age Movement. Twelve followers or close associates have committed suicide or died under unusual circumstances. Many left large sums of money to Hoffman.
Some holistic health remedies and assumptions i. Much within this movement, however, is based on pantheistic concepts, New Age visualization , and eastern religious beliefs such as Chinese Taoism Yin and Yang. Most questionable are holistic practices that have no valid physiological explanation or scientific proof such as applied kinesiology , reflexology and iridology. Blighton: Monastic New Age group that practiced esoteric , mystical religion blending biblical themes with reincarnation and other concepts from Eastern religions and the occult. Blighton, an ex-engineer who was once fined for practicing medicine without a license, began the order in After advancing through the order, men reached the status of Brown Brother of the Holy Light, while women might become an Immaculate Sister of Mary for Missionary Training.
After the death of Blighton, the group underwent radical changes. The majority of followers converted to Eastern Orthodoxy and the order eventually was transformed into Christ the Savior Brotherhood, a sect of Eastern Orthodoxy. Several competing groups later formed claiming to preserve Blighton's original purpose and message. Publishes Purarnave periodical. Homeopathy: Pseudo-medical holistic health techniques developed by Samuel Hahneman whereby minute doses of natural elements are said to cure diseases.
Publishes the Homeword newspaper. Horoscope: See Astrology. Publishes Shiloh's Messenger of Wisdom. House of Divine Bread, J. House of Yahweh, Yisrayl a. Sabbatarianism , Sacred Name , British Israelism , only true church. Houston, Jean: Prominent New Age spokesperson and author of many books on education in the American school system. Hubbard, L. Ron: Late founder of the Church of Scientology. Hunger Project: Claims to help poverty-stricken people using visualization to rid the world of hunger.
See est. Hypnosis: Technique inducing an altered state of consciousness or trance by verbal or non-verbal stimuli. Participants experience reduced ability for critical thinking and are generally open to external suggestion. See Mesmerism. I Ching: Yi King or The Book of Changes Ancient Chinese method of divination , predicting the future using random casting of the stalks of the yarrow plant or three-lined diagrams Trigams representing, among other things, Yin and Yang.
Identity Movement: See Christian Identity movement. Iglesia Ni Cristo, Felix Manalo: Rejects the Trinity ; teaches salvation by works , salvation found only in this group. Originally promoted free thought and democratic political theories. Now believed by many to be an anti-democratic, elitist, conspiracy for one-world-government. Imagery: Alternative term for Visualization. Publishes Subconsciously Speaking newsletter.
Inner Space Center: See Prosperos. Inner Technologies, Richard Daab, Fairfax, CA: New Age , yoga , astral projection , meditation , reaching Samadhi state of enlightenment , channeling , crystals , visualization.
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Insight magazine, Washington, D. Institute for Advanced Perception, Harold S. Taught the world would end in Publishes the Lunar Letter. See Dual Covenant. Founded in with 55, members worldwide. Current president Willis Harman. Former members and critics allege mind control. Practices shepherding , teaches baptismal regeneration , and claims to be the only true church. Publishes Upside Down magazine. Aggressively recruits on college and university campuses throughout America and internationally. Publishes Insight. International Society of Divine Love, H.
International Society for Krishna Consciousness, A. Publishes Back to Godhead magazine. Investigative Judgment: One of the unique doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that make the place of that church within evangelical Christianity questionable. First taught in Adventism by Hiram Edson, F. Hahn, and O. Crosier, it was accepted as "present truth" by those who would later become known as Seventh-day Adventists SDAs after it was confirmed and taught in visions received by Ellen G.
The doctrine teaches that in the Holy of Holies in the Heavenly Sanctuary Christ is now conducting an investigation into the lives of all who have ever professed belief in Christ. He is judging all their works, by the standard of God's Law. All those whose lives fail to measure up to the standard of the Law are rejected and condemned as not having true faith. Those whose lives meet that standard and thus manifest the perfect character and righteousness of Christ are recognized as having true faith, and so their sins are "blotted out.
It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom. Profile on SDA available. Iridology: Developed by Ignatz Peczeky, a Holistic Health technique which supposedly allows one to diagnose unrelated diseases such as a sprained ankle or weak back by reading the color patterns of the eye's irises. Some practitioners also claim ability to diagnose emotional or mental problems. Isis Unveiled: See Rosicrucianism. Islam is the second largest world religion, and has recently become the third largest religious body in America with over 6 million adherents.
The mystical tradition of Sufism includes many Sunnis and some Shi'ites. The Arabic word Islam means "submission to the will of God" and a person who submits is called a Muslim. However, only the Qur'an is considered uncorrupted. Islam rejects the Trinity doctrine, the deity of Christ and His Sonship, claiming that Jesus was only a great prophet. Muhammad is considered to be the greatest prophet, whose coming was allegedly predicted by Christ.
Islam adheres fiercely to monotheism. In addition to good works, salvation is sought though observance of the Five Pillars: reciting "there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger," praying five times per day, fasting, giving alms donations to the poor , and a pilgrimage to Mecca. While many Muslims exhibit tolerance towards other faiths, even today Islamic fundamentalism promotes jihad holy war , against those of other religious and political views. Jehovah's Witnesses: Official name of the religion that accepts the authority of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
Jesus: The founder and central figure of Christianity. The name "Jesus" corresponds with the Hebrew "Joshua" and means "Jehovah is salvation. Even ancient, non-Christian sources corroborate some historical facts about His life and ministry. By far, the oldest and fullest historical information is found in the New Testament Gospels. Attempts have been made by liberal Christianity , New Agers , cults , and other religions to present Jesus as a "great teacher" whose ministry or life was radically different from the biblical historical accounts. While these efforts often define a "Jesus" compatible with their world views, they lack early supporting historical documentation and are thus arbitrary and subjective.
The sources support the historic, traditional Christian belief that Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity , that he was and is fully God and fully man, that he was born of a virgin, died on the cross as a substitutionary atonement for our sins, and rose bodily from the dead. Jesus Only: Nickname for Oneness Pentecostalism. See Modalism. Jihad: Literally, "struggle," more popularly, "holy war"; a term used to refer to the Muslim commitment to impose the teachings and law of Islam throughout the world, by force where that is considered necessary or appropriate.
Publishes an annual catalog. It is said that he makes "love slaves" of women. Judaism: World religion that traces its origins to God's call to Abram Abraham to be the father of a great people who would inherit the land of Canaan and be the means of blessing to all mankind Genesis That people is identified as the children of Abraham's grandson Jacob, who was renamed Israel. The foundation of Judaism is the Torah Genesis through Deuteronomy , which tells of the Israelites' bondage in Egypt, their miraculous deliverance in the Exodus, and the giving of the Law through Moses.
The Israelites returned to the promised land of Canaan and became a small but powerful nation there under the rule of King David and his son Solomon. After Solomon's death the kingdom split into a northern kingdom called Israel and a southern kingdom called Judah the name of David's tribe. The northern kingdom was conquered and decimated by the Assyrians in BC, after which the term Judeans, or Jews, gradually came into use to refer to all Israelites.
Throughout this period the Jews developed a strong sense of national identity, identification with the Promised Land, and anticipation of a coming Messiah or Christ "Anointed One". These themes dominate the rest of the Jewish Bible, which is identical with the Protestant canon of the Old Testament. In the first century AD, Christianity originated with the belief that Jesus was that promised Messiah. The Jewish establishment at that time, however, rejected Jesus' claim to be the Messiah, and in fulfillment of his prophecy Mark 13 the Jerusalem temple was destroyed and the Jewish nation scattered AD What is now known as the religion of Judaism originated after AD 70 as the rabbis, or teachers of the Torah, developed a system of laws and interpretations of the Torah that were eventually codified in the Talmud.
Today Judaism can be identified as a cultural, ethnic, or religious concept. There are three main branches of modern Judaism: Orthodox traditional, literal adherence to the Torah as interpreted by the Talmud , Conservative a middle position advocating traditional beliefs and practices up to a point , and Reform liberal, non-literal stance on the Torah and Talmud; often non-religious or secular with emphasis on Jewish culture.
Kabbalah: Various spellings Mystical Jewish teachings intermingled with teachings of gnosticism , Neoplatonism, magic and the occult. The word Kabbalah means secret oral tradition and was coined by an eleventh century Spanish philosopher, Ibn Gabirol. The philosophy developed in Babylon during the middle ages from earlier Hebrew speculation and numerology. An early Kabbalist, Moses de Leon, developed and systematized the philosophy in his thirteenth century work, The Book of Zolar sometimes spelled Zohar meaning "Splendor".
Kairos Foundation: See Life Training. Karma: The Hindu principle of cause and effect. Representing neither good nor evil, all actions and events are balanced with corresponding actions and events in the past or future including past and future lives through reincarnation. Karma Yoga: See Karma , Yoga. Katherine, Brooklyn, NY: Astrology , psychic development. Keen, Sam: Prominent New Age teacher and author. Publishes Utopian Eyes magazine.
Klassen, Frank, Ft. Knight, J. Koresh, David: See Branch Davidians. Kosmon: See Universal Faithists of Kosmon. Krastman, Hank: See Metaphysical Union. Krieger, Dolores: See Therapeutic Touch. Publishes Yoga Quest magazine. Devotion to Krishna has been introduced in the West especially through the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Krishnamurti, a Hindu who sought to unify Eastern religion with Western philosophy and science, was proclaimed as the world's messiah by Theosophy leader Annie Besant in He later renounced that role to be the head of the newly created Order of the Star.
Teaches alternative mystical experiences. Also, the form of yoga that seeks to focus that force. Kunz, Dora: See Therapeutic Touch. Laksmi: or Lakshma The name of one of Krishna 's consorts. Myers, FL: Bible Students group. Lao-tzu: See Taoism. Membership estimates range between and 1, members. The group is believed to own or control more than 24 companies and have holdings in Nevada, Idaho, and possibly Arizona and Mexico.
Lazaris: Spirit supposedly channeled by Jach Pursel. Or, a system of religious rules must be kept to please God or religious leaders, sometimes resulting in a kind of spiritual abuse. Liberal Christianity: A movement that seeks to retain religious and spiritual values of Christianity while discounting the infallible authority of the Bible. Its origins are in the German Enlightenment, notably in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and the religious views of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Liberals reject the stated authorship and historical accuracy of many books of the Bible.
They are skeptical concerning many or all of the biblical miracles, preferring naturalistic explanations or viewing miracle accounts as legend or myth. They often deny or reinterpret in mythical terms such doctrines of orthodox Christianity as the virgin birth, atoning death, and even the resurrection of Jesus. Liberalism has been most influential in mainline Protestant denominations and is rejected in Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christianity.
Liberation Theology: A movement that attempts to unite theology with social and religious concerns about oppression. It finds expressions among blacks, feminists, Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans, but it is most closely identified with the shift toward Marxism among Roman Catholic theologians and priests in Latin America. Most traditional doctrines of Christianity are de-emphasized or reinterpreted. Jesus and the Bible are defined and interpreted in light of a class struggle, with the gospel seen as a radical call to activism or even revolution promoting political and social answers usually in the form of classic Communism.
Life Training, Dallas, TX: New Age seminars that seek to awaken people to a new level of awareness and belief systems; Eastern spiritual philosophy. Lifespring: New Age seminars promoting human transformation and altering belief systems. Similar to est. Lifton, Robert: Dr. Lifton studied Mao Tse-Tung's programs of "Thought Reform" or Chinese brainwashing while doing research for military intelligence. His study focused on radical change in personality and belief systems of certain prisoners-of-war who were held and tortured in Chinese camps.
This research was later expanded in his work, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, in which he theorized that subtle elements of these brainwashing techniques could also be found in other environments. While some elements of these criteria could be found in virtually any group, Lifton warned that an environment of mind control or thought reform exists when all eight are found implemented in the extreme. Publishes the Let There Be Light magazine. Publishes The Lotus quarterly. Publishes The White Light newsletter. Publishes Yoga In America magazine.
Publishes the Light Speed magazine. Publishes the Lightworker newspaper. Lion and Lamb Ministries, Monte W. Holds that Jesus is the biblical Messiah. Legalistic tendencies, Sabbatarianism , practices Jewish holy days. Judah falsely predicted that the Abomination of Desolation prophesied in the Bible would occur by March of promising he would be "totally discredited" and would "shut down" the ministry if wrong. On March 23, he apologized for the false prophecy but reneged on his vow to disband the movement. Literary Criticism: The discipline that seeks to discover the underlying literary sources, stylistic features, type or genre of literature, authorship, unity, and date of a text, for their value in interpreting the text's meaning in its original historical context.
The application of literary criticism to the Bible can be constructive, although in liberal Christianity the method is typically applied on the basis of antisupernatural and humanistic assumptions. See further Form Criticism. All other worthy Jehovah's Witnesses the "other sheep" cf.
John will live for eternity on a new paradise earth. Published Shekinah newsletter. Now defunct. See Branch Davidians. Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. Paul, MN: See "Spell. The current president is Carl Weschcke who in acquired the magazine Fate, which now has , subscribers. Their popular catalog, New Worlds, is sold in newsstands nationwide and has a circulation of nearly , Limiting or controlling the thought processes by regulating the language in such a way that communication constricts and limits rather than expands human understanding. Growth and controversy developed during the administration of their second leader, the late Witness Lee, who moved to America in founding Living Stream Ministry.
Among issues drawing criticism from evangelical Christians is the Local Church's use of the term "mingling" to describe the relationship between God and believers i. Some evangelicals have also charged that the church compromises the Trinity doctrine by confusing the Persons of the Holy Spirit and the Son in a way similar to modalism.
The organization's exclusivity has also comme under fire. According to Lee, each city can and should have only one church. Denominationalism is seen as of the Devil. According to critics, the effect is that Lee-led local churches, usually called by the name of their cities e.
Thus, according to former members, all other churches or denominations are seen as being outside the will of God or not true churches at all. The Local Church has also gained a reputation for threatening legal action to prevent unfavorable public evaluation of its movement. The Lodge: See Freemasonry. Lotus: New Age periodical. Lucifer: Another name for Satan. Lucis Trust: See Arcane School. Publishes the Gnosis journal.
Publishes Birth Into Light newsletter. M Mackey, Albert: See Freemasonry. MacLaine, Shirley: Former film actress turned New Age author; seminars, channeling , pantheism , reincarnation , chakras. Mafu: Spirit supposedly channeled by Penny Torres. Magi Center, Inc. Magic: Magick Occult ceremonial use of amulets and talismans. May involve necromancy or divination , invocation of infernal deities or use of natural elements to gain supernatural power or knowledge. The word magic is also used to describe a type of stage performance involving legerdemain slight of hand or illusion with no alleged psychic or occult power.
This type of stage magic is not inherently evil, although occultists have occasionally used stage magic in an attempt to claim supernatural abilities.
Mahavira: See Jainism. Malcolm X: See Nation of Islam. Mantra: Eastern mysticism or New Age term for a word or series of words that are repeated over and over either verbally or silently. The Mantra is said to help one achieve an altered state of consciousness. Often practiced during meditation or relaxation exercises.
Marah, Madison, NJ: Occult , magic , goddess worship, Egyptian revival, Wicca , moon festivals, divination , runes , astral journeys. Taught Christ would return in Martindale resigned leadership April 20, , after a former member filed a lawsuit accusing him of forcing her into a sexual relationship. Lenin: Atheistic philosophy of communism based on the "class struggle" theory of socioeconomic evolution derived from dialectic materialism. Sometimes confused by the uninformed with biblical mandates to care for the poor, and the voluntary sharing of resources practiced by some primitive Christians.
Marxism advocates establishment of a classless, stateless society by revolutionary force; it has always led, however, to totalitarian statism, and has never successfully eliminated any class but the bourgeoisie, the middle class, leaving the great majority of its subjects in poverty. It is militantly atheistic. Marx wrote, "The criticism of religion ends with the teaching that man is the highest being for man? Millions of sins, filthy deeds, acts of violence and physical contagions? Every defense or justification of the idea of God, even the most refined, the best intentioned, is a justification of reaction.
See House of David. Masonry: See Freemasonry. Publishes the Winners newspaper. Maya: The Hindu principle that all is an illusion and that ultimately the physical world, contacted through the conscious mind and the five senses, does not represent reality. This philosophy is also taught by many within the New Age Movement. Publishes Mayan Mysteries magazine. Meditation: Entering an altered state of consciousness by use of a mantra , yoga , deep relaxation techniques, controlled breathing or visualization. This is different from biblical Meditation where one is encouraged to meditate on God, His attributes or His word, employing the whole mind Joshua ; Luke Medium: A psychic or channeler who claims to be able to contact and communicate with the dead, as in a seance.
Such occult communication with the dead, known as necromancy , is forbidden in the Bible. Megiddo Mission Church, L. Menhir: "Long Stone. Mesmer, Franz: Founder of Mesmerism. Mesmerism: An 18th century movement begun in France by the Austrian doctor Franz Anton Mesmer, who believed that astrological influence on humans was conveyed through a force or substance similar to magnetism. He first began treating patients with magnets or charged fluids but quickly modified his position, theorizing that cures were actually coming from an energy or mysterious "magnetic fluid" coming from the hands, voice, or nervous system of the practitioner.
This invisible substance or magnetism was thought to be similar to electro-magnetism and was dubbed "Animal Magnetism.
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