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Cults
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A good number of sites online warn you to stay away from cults, but I hadn't noticed a warning on here about them. If there is, I apologize for hitting this topic again where someone else has <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

I thought that there really ought to be a warning for this kind of site though. When you're first learning about who you are, or what you are in your soul, it can be all too easy to fall into a cult without realizing it for a long time. I know I definitely did. That's why I definitely wanted to bring it up.

I'll sum up my experiences with a cult briefly. Last year I was becoming aware of the fact that I wasn't normal. Well, more so of remembering. I sort of buried it back in middle school, and refused to deal with the fact. However, last year I met someone that helped me to understand it and to cope with it. We adopted each other as siblings, and were extremely close. This is the sort of part where a cult looks completely normal and okay. Over the last year it had gotten incredibly worse, with several other people added in. Looking back on it now, I can hardly believe what I had believed. I'll make a short list of some of them. It goes to show how dangerous cults can be for your mind and your life.

1. Evil Epic War was coming and I would have a huge part
2. I was an incarnate of Isis, while my first friend was an incarnate of Osiris, and we were destined to bring Horus to the physical plane as our child. Which, by the way, would have involved me cheating on my boyfriend at the time
3. That I was with the first friend in past lives, and that he had saved me numerous times, and I still owed him
4. That I was the first friend's child, lover, and sister.
5. That there had been a huge war between vampires and wolves for all of time, and my headmates were two royal vampire children

That's only five of a huge list I could make. Cults have very scary effects on people. It very nearly wrecked my life several times. Including several car accidents that I could have been in during the last year due to 'Osiris's' (easier to use that for sake of convenience XD ) horrible and reckless driving while 'trying to get away from something'. We were in one car accident in the fall, and it's by the grace of God that I'm still alive. This is one of the strongest parts of my story I can tell anybody with my experiences. If one thing had been changed with how the cars stopped, I would have died instantly in the passenger seat. The love of my life, who is the only reason I ever got out of the cult, would have been in critical at the hospital. That accident didn't even occur when 'Osiris' was trying to get away from something only he could sense and that the rest of us weren't sure was even there, it occurred during a normal drive. It still sends shivers down my spine to imagine what it would have ended like if it hadn't been a normal drive.

When I think about how many things I barely avoided, how many times I got lucky to live through it, I can't believe what happened. It's scary to think about. I can honestly say, if it hadn't been for my boyfriend, I wouldn't have survived any of it. I fully believe myself that God sent him to get me back out of there. I just sorta fell in love with the person he sent me <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

That's the shortened version of my story. It taught me many things about how strong cults can be, and how dangerous. So I guess what I mean to say here is I strongly hope people can realize when they're in a cult and know that there are people that will help them back out of it.

If anyone has questions about my story, comments, or stories of their own, I would love to hear it <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile --> And if this wasn't completely easy to follow, I apologize. I've got a foggy mind thanks to the common cold lol

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2009-05-13 23:00
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Re: Cults
Uhm, Wicca is a cult. I don't hear anyone calling that a horrible thing to experience (well, except the born-again peeps that burn Harry Potter books, but that's another issue).

Hellenic paganism is a cult, Asatru' is a cult, Satanic cults are cults, Christianity was once a cult, and so was Buddhism.

Cult is one of those words that gets beat up and twisted in common use. The only real distinction between cults and religions made in my anthro class was that cults were relatively young in age and small in size compared to religions.

Otherwise, not much of a difference there. I don't know why cult gained such a negative connotation to it, probably something to do with a specific group called a "cult" by Christianity's standards, but I disagree with that use of the word and refuse to use it in that way.

It's like using the word "theory" as many people do and say that things are "just a theory", when in reality a true theory has a TON of evidence to support it.

A better warning would be "use your mind and exercise critical thinking" when looking at groups you run into, rather than "avoid the evil cults!!".
2009-05-14 3:27
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I wouldn't say the experiences in the original post relate to being in a "cult" at all (cult being taken to mean a Branch Dividian-esque New Religious Movement). If anything it's more of a group delusion.

The way to avoid those group delusions is to think critically about everything and remember that just because something seems to make sense or you get told what you want to hear, doesn't mean it's true.

As for moving into a compound, stockpiling weapons, and getting shot at by the FBI? Well that's a very in depth and fairly specialised topic, but a lot of people who find themselves in otherkin groups are also prime cult material.

Suffice to say that if I ever offer random people unconditional love and tell them I support and believe everything they say . . . chances are, I'm starting a cult, and it would be an idea to RUN. Unconditional love is great from your parents, but I think in just about every other relationship it's a big warning sign.

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2009-05-14 18:07
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Quote:Suffice to say that if I ever offer random people unconditional love and tell them I support and believe everything they say . . .

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2009-05-14 20:53
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