The Problem of Cults and a Probable Solution

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June 09, 2020

A belief is an affirmation of one’s existence. It gives humanity a reason to suffer, a reason to do good, and a reason not to kill someone just because they accidentally stepped on your brand new blue suede shoes. But, how do we know when these beliefs, that we learn from others, are genuine or if they have hidden agendas? Religion is a major source of our beliefs in civilization; so much that we based our laws on governing bodies on the teachings of the Bible. Even our dollar bill has, “In God We Trust”. In this essay, I will be exploiting the issue‘s of organizations that exploit peoples beliefs for personal gain; in specific, a cult.


In the documentary Holy Hell, by Will Allen, it shares a true account of a “spiritual leader” who had devoted followers that gave everything to feel “closer to god”. Closer to god as in the freedom to feel safe with who one is, what one has, where they are in life, and who they associate with. This cult started in California in the 80’s, and was led by a man named Michel. Michel was an aspiring actor who had become certified in hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses language to control the recipient during a relaxed state of mind. It is meant to bypass the critical thinking part of the brain and transmit directly to the minds processing system; short and long-term memory.


Michel used this as a tool to manipulate his follower by increasing the chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, etc., with the use of language and attached those feelings to the experiences they shared with him. This in turn created an association of happiness with spending time with Michel. Tolhuizen’s specifies certain techniques for intensifying relationships that Michel took advantage of. Increased contact; Michel would have sexual relations with his followers during “counseling sessions”, verbal expressions of affection; the key theme was love for life, love for brethren, and love for Michel, and behavioral adaptation; Michel convinced his followers to donate a majority of their earnings from employment to supporting the cult (Guerrero et al., p. 121).


This support could be as small as buying groceries, to as big as paying for the construction of a theatre for live play’s. The best way to prevent this materialistic, psychological/emotional, and physical exploitation of a person is to understand the source. The source is the communication the Michel used to convince his followers that he was more than human. This intensifying of relationships through sexual relations; often in secret, and manipulation of beliefs; often through the use of hypnotherapy. In the Bible it states that there should be only one God that is true, and the mistake that these people made was believing in idols or other forms of worship; in this case it was Michel.


To prevent people from losing sense of self during these times is to be able to separate or avoid oneself physically from the source (Guerrero et al., p. 125). Michel, or the Master, made it a point to have his followers live every single moment with him. They moved in, and some even quit their jobs to spend more time with the Master. Another way to combat this from happening is to remember, or to be able to reflect on one’s past and apply it to the present. If someone feels like they need other’s to be normal it is a warning sign of dependence. Once we become dependent on others we give them power over us.


Therefore, in this essay I defined the issue of manipulation, and exploitation of beliefs. Relationships can be detrimental to one’s health and status when they become overdependent on others. In order to prevent this from happening it is necessary to avoid, and separate oneself from those they are attached to in order to be able to reflect on oneself. It is not selfish to care for oneself, but a necessity.

Mother Superior Shot the Gun.

Mother Superior Shot the Gun.

She pulled the trigger and let it run. In the veins it ran its course.

What can I do?

Pain has no remorse. Death is selfish, I can’t just go.

My family loves me, that I know. Doctor’s can’t help me, Medical or Medicare.

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I have given up hope; Not a care, not a care.

Despair, despair, this isn’t fair. I can’t cope, I send a prayer.

I pray to the Holy Trinity

All is One and One is All.

Should I live, should I die, who am I?

My mind plays trickery, it fed me lies.

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Where’s my mind, I cannot find the tranquility I had in memories past.

I know I can, I know I can, I know I can.

I can, indeed. I repeat, I can indeed.

For by my side you ought not, deep inside the stars at night, and in sunrise, you are all light.

With Love,

Hypodermic Mom mn Mother Nature

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How to Pray (Talking to God One on One).

Quick Note Before Reading:

  • This is based in Christian theology. However, all religions, beliefs, people are encouraged to read.
  •  The bullet points are the lessons given by my Father (Biological). The boldRead” are the lessons given by our Father (Spiritual), and they are there to provide You the direct source, and to further Your study.
  • In the end we all are on different levels in our path to Godliness, and every one’s path is unique. This is not meant to challenge, provoke, or make anyone question or challenge their own ways of doing things, rituals, etc. It’s simply here as a tool to those who might find it beneficial.
  • Feel free to comment your own methods on prayer, offer corrections, or provide additional guidance or feedback. I am after all a human being and make mistakes.

How to Pray (Talking to God One on One)

  • Our prayers should be in the name of Jesus Christ always.

Read John 14:6, 13, 14; 15:16; 16:23, 24.

  • Our prayers should be in secret. We are to tell God alone of our needs.

Read Matthew 6:5-14.

  • Our prayers should be specific. Tell God exactly what you want.

Read Luke 11:5.

  • We should be persistent in our prayers. We should not stop praying everyday till we get the answer.

Read Luke 11:5 – 10; 18:1 – 8; Mark 10: 46 – 52; Matthew 15: 21 – 28; Romans 1:9.

  • We are to pray in faith. By reading the Word of God with the intention to hear & obey generates faith.

Read Romans 10:17; Mark 11:22, 23.

*** When your Faith is low.

Read Hebrews 11 (Whole Chapter).

  • We are to pray according to His will by asking for it.

Read James 1:5 – 8. By seeking God’s ways in the Word of God, noting whether the Holy Spirit encourages us to go on praying a certain prayer, we come to understand the will of God.

  • We should pray with a desire to please & obey God.

Read 1John 3:23.

*** When we abide in Him, we truly obey Him & please Him.

Read John 15 (Whole chapter); Matthew 22:35 – 40.

  • We should always give a prayer of praise & thanksgiving. Every time something good happens in our life whether we ask for it or not. Our prayers become heavy & slow (Takes too long to answer), when we don’t thank God for what he has already done for us.

Read Luke 17:11 – 19.

  • Every day we should pray the minute we wake up in the morning that we will be kept safe all day. Free from accidents &/or harm. Before we sleep, we should thank God for helping us get through the day safe, etc.

Read Exodus 34:4 – 9; Mark 1:35.

  • We should pray at every opportunity. Pray before going anywhere (In the car, bus, etc). When something pops in your mind, pray for it. Just remember nothing happens by chance. God always has something to do with it if its good. The devil (Satan) has to do with evil things like lying, stealing, killing, drugs, etc. Pray before making any decisions. Bad things only happen because God allows it. He is in control of everything.

Read Romans 12:12; Nehemiah 2:4.

  • God wants us to pray & ask him before doing anything. A lot of king (Rulers) in the bible failed because they tried to do things on their own without asking God for advice. Adam & Eve did not pray when the serpent (Satan) approached them in the Garden of Eden. Eve tried to do things on her own (Without praying first) and that’s why she was deceived by Satan.

Read Genesis 3:4 – 6.

Hindrance to Prayer

  • Unforgiveness – Main blockage to our prayers. If we don’t forgive others their trespasses, God the Father will not forgive ours.

Read Matthew 6:14, 15; 18:21 – 23; Mark 11:25, 26.

  • Selfishness – We should pray that God take away our sinful desires. Often the reason God does not supply what a person desires is simply that he knows it will not benefit that person. God is not obliged to answer our prayers in the affirmative. He will not act in ways that are contrary to his will even if he is besieged by fervent prayers. Anytime we seek to further our personal pleasures through prayer, we are asking amiss.

Read James 4:1 – 6; Matthew 6:31 – 34.

  • Failure to thank God – We should always thank God for everything good that happens in our lives. Whether we ask for it or not.

Read Romans 1:21; Luke 17: 11 – 19.

  • Idolatry (Idols in the heart) – This is placing anything before God. These can be friends, pleasures, habits, hobbies, sports, possessions, business, reputation, money, etc. You can have all these, but God has to come first. Idols are not just carved images. They are the godless cravings & commitments that rule in our hearts.

Read Ezekiel 14: 3 – 5.

  • Disobedience to the Word of God (God’s Will) – Basically God put it in our conscience what is right & wrong. By reading the bible you will find our more of what other God’s will are.

Read Proverbs 28: 5 – 9, 13 – 14; 15: 8 – 9.

  • Stubborn Self-Will – Doing what you want although it’s against God’s will.

Read 1Samuel 15:10 – 23; Colossians 2:23.

  • God does not hear sinners.

Read John 9:31; Proverbs 15:29; Isaiah 1:15; Micah 3:4.

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Story Time: Reading aloud Mesmeric Revelation from Edgar Alan Poe.

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Story Time: Reading Aloud Mesmeric Revelation From Edgar Allan Poe.

Book:

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe with Selections from His Critical Writings.

With an Introduction and Explanatory Notes by Arthur Hobson Quinn.

Texts Established with Bibliographical Notes by Edward H. O’neill.

Barnes & Noble | Books | New York | 1992. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

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