posted on Mar, 8 2009 @ 12:30 AM
I see a lot of semi-cults (more 'cultish and getting worse') form and unform over the years in the remote viewing field. Which is pretty much a cult
waiting to happen--but that could be said for nearly any psychic endeavor, historically that's been the case with psi arts--but RV has a boatload of
very left brain logical sorts and a minor warzone of doctrinal-method, so it's like the worst of all worlds combined when it comes to cultism.
The main thing that seems to tip the balance usually comes from the leader, and specifically, it's their ego. I don't just mean being an egomaniac;
that's not such a big deal. I mean the leader behaving badly in some way, and should anybody even mildly question a behavior, a practice, an opinion,
anything, the leader takes "great umbrage" about it (and/or acts like a victim about it) and all the followers then rally to their leader's side
and then the person who dared ask or point out the blindingly obvious, is completely castigated. They're either excluded entirely or, at the least,
will never have the guts to stand up for their own opinion again.
This is actually so common in the field that you can have big groups of people in discussion areas and almost nobody says a word, and many say
privately it's because no matter what they say their 'trainer' will be irked at them, or for them participating with others, or all the enemies (of
other doctrinal-methods) are out there and they don't want to interact with them. It makes it truly exasperating trying to promote something healthy,
non-partisan and positive.
Combine that with training methods that amount to cult indoctrination (as much out of ethic-less stupidity as design) in a lot of subtle ways most
people don't understand, as well as "private advice" during training that amounts to, "Well we don't discuss X and Y publicly because the
scientists are uptight and people on the internet get all prissy about it, but you and I know how it REALLY is." So it becomes secret-beliefs within
different public-beliefs the leader then defends as being reality and the whole group is forced to develop this dysfunctional shell-of-respectability
to the degree that a lot of the stuff 'underneath' literally starts falling out of their awareness; they know it's there, they operate based upon
it, but their mind doesn't really put together the 'difference' between the public and private story anymore, it just becomes habit.
Onlookers (such as scientists) are forced to believe the commercially-driven leaders who 'say' things are this or that way (everything is kosher and
legit and gosh we have no idea why some of our former trainees now say this is cultism...) because they don't have to deal with the reality of what
individual people really believe on a daily basis, they're operating at a higher level where their only real source of information are the people
telling them what they want to believe. It's pretty frustrating. But oh well.
There's some degree of this in every field I imagine.