The Fresh New Look of Cult Rescue
We created this website in October 2013 as a platform to speak out against my former cult leader Michael Guen. Having been rescued from the group in May 2012 with the help of my boyfriend Karl and David McDermott, a cult intervention specialist, I have since become an advocate for cult education. Both Karl and I have educated ourselves about mind control and wanted to share what we learned with the public. It was also our intention to stop others from joining Guen’s group.
It’s been a while since we have written on this blog and so much has happened since we set it up in 2013. For one thing, I personally feel as though I have recovered from those experiences. When I first left Guen’s cult in May 2012, everything was in upheaval. I lost some of my supposedly closest “sisters” from the group. But now I realize that my relationship to them was completely fabricated. It still hurt though.
I also grieved a lot over losing $55,000 to an abusive cult leader, as well as my innocence in some ways. Sure, I will most likely never recover that money and yes, my ten years in the group were wasted times of my life. But in reality, I am so much happier. And my freedom means everything to me now. It’s true that I survived an abusive situation and now my life is my own again.
Much of my gratitude is directed towards both Karl and David McDermott who were able to get me out of this terrible situation. For several months, David worked with me one-on-one to dredge up unpleasant memories and undo much of the mind control that was still there. In the process, I also learned that a few other people in my life were taking advantage of me and I was able to draw some appropriate boundaries.
Karl and I are doing well in our relationship. There’s nothing dramatic to fight about anymore. We are on the same page. And I’m looking forward to all the good things we have going on in our lives – the time we spend together listening to live music, the walks we take on the ocean with our dog. I appreciate simple things that I never allowed myself to enjoy when I was in the cult.
I am also looking to develop my career path and that feels good too. It took me a while to see myself as a writer again, especially because I was so dependent on Guen’s every word. I don’t have to follow his code. There is no reliance on a cult leader to tell me what to do. I am not waiting for some big coming out anymore and I have the ability to connect with truly like minded people.
So all in all, life is going really well. We’ve revamped this website to give it a fresh, new look as you may have noticed. Since we put up this material last year, I have filed a complaint with the California Board of Acupuncture against Michael Guen. It is still in the process of being examined. We’ve had several people give their testimonials to the Board. So we’ll see the results of that endeavor.
In addition, I also filed a complaint with the California Board of Psychology, indicating to them that Guen implies that he is a board certified psychologist. The way he uses his “doctor” title is misleading and in actuality, all he did for his dissertation was experiment with rats in a lab. Currently, he is being reviewed by this board as well.
Also, I’ve noticed that his website has been “currently on maintenance” for many weeks now. I suspect that this is somehow related to his investigation or at least related to the material that we have been posting online. Fortunately, we have the internet and word on someone’s poor reputation can travel more quickly and reach significant amounts of people.
Lastly, we’ve managed to help get two other members out of the group with the assistance of David. We’ve been able to stop the spread of the so-called Teen Girl Empowerment Group that was being formed as a way to recruit both unsuspecting teenagers and their mothers into the cult as well. We reached out to the mothers of the teenage girls and informed them about the real intentions.
Hope you enjoy the new look of our site. We’ll continue to make regular postings and hopefully reach new people who can use this information. Thanks for your support in spreading the word.
– Ruth –
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