How does Recruitment Work in the Michael Guen Cult?
Several years into the group, I was the one suddenly recruiting new women into the cult. I had been doing this for years, trying to pull in many of my friends and acquaintances. When many of these women left the group, I was usually the one blamed for their departure. He called me competitive and jealous and I believed him. As a result, he placed extra emphasis on my need to recruit other women in order to prove that my character had changed. In one instance, he had told us that we were required to bring at least one new person into the regular weekly class. He sent out this special requirement in an email to all of us:
**A new criteria for core community member attendance is that you must recruit and maintain the involvement of at least one paying student in your class. New students must possess the drive and enthusiasm, and be able to afford the $225 per month tuition, which gives them (a) the weekly class, (b) access to extra information and trainings such as a monthly Etheric Writing Class that will begin in August, and (c) one mandatory private Clinical or Master Coaching session with me each month – a commitment I am now insisting on to ensure quality participation.**
He made it a requirement for all the core members to find a new person or otherwise we would not be allowed to attend our regular class. He frequently explained to us that we had to give back because we had received so much. But this was all part of the manipulation. He was just trying to pull more people in to pay his exorbitant “tuition” costs. Within the text, you can also see that he was making it a requirement for new students to have one mandatory one-on-one session with him each month which cost an additional amount every month. I paid $90 per session. This was his way of making sure that the new recruits would start their indoctrination process.
I tried hard to find someone to fulfill the criteria and ended up inviting a friend of mine who was moving into the area. This person had been my friend for ten years and we had a very light and playful relationship. She had also been very supportive of me throughout the years. When she came into the group, Michael encouraged me to take on a mentor role with her and when that happened, it already was putting a strain on our relationship. Eventually, she was pulled into one-on-one sessions by him to get help with a medical issue. Over time, she told me of her ambiguity in staying with the women’s group. She did not trust Michael on a gut level.
After more manipulation into having me not move in with this woman, Michael once again tried to put me in a position of power over my friend. He was setting us up against each other. He told me later that this woman had unresolved feelings for him. She ended up leaving the women’s class, having been completely disillusioned with her experience. Like many of the other failed recruiting experiences, it strained my relationship with her and forced us to have this awkward unspoken tension in regards to the group. I am realizing now how much I was just being coerced into recruiting my friends. It was all for the purpose of getting Michael more money and power, as well as pull in attractive young women.
Cult literature says no one joins a cult. You are always recruited. The cult targets people who are vulnerable – those of us who have gone through a major life transition, job loss, new career, death or other situation. Usually the person is searching for some guidance and meaning. This recruiting process is essential to perpetuate the teaching and make sure that more people are drawn in. I can see now how we were always encouraged to bring new people to the group and it became a requirement, especially to prove our loyalty and devotion to our so called “family.”
– Ruth –
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