It would be unfairly biased for me to right away promote a blanket acceptance that all spiritual movements today are fundamentally harmless, without first pointing out there have been some really terrifying and dangerous cults in our recent history that indicate otherwise. That being stated, our mainstream, and additionally our still very young Western spiritual culture is currently going through an unnecessary cult-fear resurgence. Although you can hardly fault our middle-of-the-road audience for that. They’re reminded almost daily through our media’s incessant fascination for the macabre just how unaware past segments of our society have been when it came to following or dealing with the charismatic attractions of various demented spiritual leaders. Affirming the sentiment, you had better beware! Add to that the industries online success of the 2006 award-winning documentary, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, and more recently the huge success of a Hulu’s original series called, “The path,” it’s not hard to realize why many spiritual explorers are now unwilling to tell anyone about their own mystical journeys, lest they be branded as another cult dupe. Sorry folks, I’m not trying to scare you away. I only want to point out the dark side of our easily manipulated social underbelly when looking for genuine guidance to life’s remedies.
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