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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Life Training Life Training is just one of several 'therapy cults' that have emerged in America and Europe in the past 20 years. Many stem from 'est' (Ehrhard Seminar Training), founded in California in 1971. Life Training uses intense weekend courses of anger- provoking humiliation, sleep deprivation (16-hour days) and mass hysteria to break down the inhibitions and fears that prevent people from achieving success. Though course participants are encouraged not to mix socially with the unenlightened, except for recruiting, Life Training (as with all est spin-offs) considers career and material success to be central to self-realisation. There are 22 Life Training communities around the world and one in Britain since 1984. Though formed by two est-trained Episcopalian priests, Life Training preaches that Man (rather than God) is the centre of the universe and that fate is choice. The weekend courses are exhausting and emotional affairs (sick bags are reportedly provided duringsome training sessions) and cost £185. Those who subscribe to Life Training after this initial weekend, but who cannot afford the price ofadditional courses, can offset the cost by working for the organisation duringsubsequent recruitment weekends. Jobs include escorting participants to the toilet, since no one is allowed to spend time alone. Members are encouraged to donate funds by setting up standing orders; 'promise auctions' are also held at which members (generally professional or middle class) donate goods or services which are then auctioned to other members. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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