I’m on your side. Seeing this TV program, I was curious whether the French reporters had themselves manipulated the presentation of the Landmark or whether this organization, revered as "life changing" by so many professionals and associates I knew in the US, was truly the amazing fix they claimed: a three day seminar that can jump-start a new life. "When you die, the tombstone will read, X was abandoned at a school one afternoon by her parents, and her life has been a revenge on that moment ever since. Usually 1 person in about 150 does that. Landmark Education suffers humiliating legal defeat in New Jersey Federal . I just finished my first 3 days at Landmark (I have “graduation” tomorrow), so I figured I’d post a wrap-up to how my experience was. 150 participants sat in a pleasant room in downtown London and listened to Sophie give a humorous lively presentation of the Landmark's key tenets. { 23 comments… read them below or add one }, Hello Admin, I finally decided to try out the Forum for myself after two different conversations with a couple of intelligent and well-balanced friends. What’s that all about?”) In the Tuesday follow-up session after the weekend, graduates are encouraged to bring friends and family and persuade them to sign up for the course. If a person expects to encounter a bunch of scam artists and salesmen looking for his money, that’s what he will see. Having a restless syndrome, I also excused myself to the bathroom every half-hour. Homework assignments were to call our loved ones and apologize for the years of victimology; coffee breaks became the cherished moment to make phone calls to parents and friends. You ruined her life, admit it, for your own selfish purposes. This scene begins the 2004 French Channel Three report on the Landmark Education Forum in Paris. :). The movie Revolver is another one that kept coming to mind during my Forum experience. How could one argue with these basic tenets of the Landmark Forum? The concluding remarks were powerful. That being said, anyone was permitted, though not encouraged, to walk out of the room at any time for whatever reason (e.g. Google の無料サービスなら、単語、フレーズ、ウェブページを英語から 100 以上の他言語にすぐに翻訳できます。文字数制限は 5,000 文字です。さらに翻訳するには、矢印を使用してくださ … The woman said she did not care. No, the problem with the Forum is the participants. The way of presenting is superb. In turn, this is intended to help them to achieve a “breakthrough” that will interrupt their habitual reactions, help them imagine other options, and empower them with greater flexibility to choose their behavior in the future. Perhaps the Forum had changed its Draconian techniques since that TV program. The process is described as experiential learning, as distinguished from informational learning. Here is just some back story: My mom joined The Landmark Forum last year in Hong Kong because her best friend keeps on asking her to join it. I respected – and respect – these men. keep sharing. "You're lying. Many of these phrases – word for word – turned up repeatedly in the support groups attended by the main character of that movie. And it also reflected a French bias: that radical self-confrontation was always already a suspect activity. Landmark's entry course, the Landmark Forum, is the default first course for new participants and provides the foundation of all Landmark's other programs. Read them if you like but they all seem to have the Probably even more so, since I’m so powerful and intimidating. If you choose to go to the Forum, you’ll receive whatever meaning you create out of it. He tried getting me to go to the Landmark Forum after using my vulnerable state to get my address and tried to get my credit card information. And in place of all this bad stuff, we’re asked to draft new ways of behaving and being through the phrase “the possibility I am creating for myself and my life is the possibility of being…”. Examples include acquiring a new language or learning calculus – we can figure out in an instant whether we don’t know Hindi or calculus, and determine how to get from A to B. "You win but you have won nothing. Have you heard of the Landmark Forum and want to know what it is all about? The crowd nodded. There’s no meaning intrinsic to events that happened in our lives. Yes, they urge us to proselytize, which rather than a cult technique, might just be an unfortunate mistake in marketing strategy: I would never urge anyone to do the Forum precisely because they urged me to do the Forum. We transform to be more powerful in our individual lives, not to change social structures, not injustices, nor to reach truth (there is none). It is a script. I did experience my own breakthroughs. As previously reported by CultNews the private for-profit seminar-selling company some have called a “cult,” has been on what appears like a crusade lately, to suppress a French documentary from being seen on the Internet. Executive Success resembles motivational groups such as the Landmark Forum, the Sterling Institute of Relationship and Lifespring. "There is no meaning but what you give to it," explained Sophie for us, drawing a new empty circle. (Yes. Sophie had tears in her eyes as she thanked us for letting her serve us. No cult, no radical religion: an inspiring, entertaining introduction of good solid techniques of self-reflection, with an appropriate emphasis on action and transformation (not change). We recognize that we only have an ego – our egos are not us. The end. Landmark Education incurs legal defeat in New Jersey Federal Court (2005) by Rick Ross sister projects: Wikipedia article, Wikidata item. In the movie, “he” is the ego, the story that you make up and then tell in order to make things make sense, make yourself right and others wrong, and make yourself look good. In contrast, most of my fellow participants threw out whatever value system or philosophy they had ever had and began speaking of everything in their lives as either "rackets" or "strong points." Everything is intentional, and nothing distracts participants from the business at hand. And of course, in the words of Caesar (echoed by the movie): The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look. Hence “The Forum.” I experienced discussions about awareness, … Perhaps her own inability to stand up to her beliefs, or honor her breakthrough in the previous session about how she was being a worm in her marriage? "You're lying. I just did not see any reason to 1) prevent critical thinking and 2) make evangelism the marketing strategy of the Forum. Philosophically, the concepts are too sensible to be controversial. If they had, I concluded, I would not even know: they were long gone down the jogging trail. Alternatives to Medicine 2. (“it” being the disempowering story that the participant was telling that kept her trapped, more or less). To my mind, this has a two-fold purpose. His most urgent philosophy, repeated throughout his speeches, is that one must have a commitment to truth without ever presuming its absolute nature. Part of HuffPost Wellness. ETs & UFOs 5. But it had not changed its method. When we use possibility-based / transformation-based language, and complete the past, we create a new future into which we can live with excitement, optimism, and passion. She also gave a mini-lecture on existentialism, citing Shakespeare's "sound and fury signifying nothing" as well as a little known poem by e.e. I felt like offering up some other of my defects--of which there were plenty I already knew about before this moment of enlightenment--to win people to my side, to have their looks of empathy after the session, as everyone else who had sobbed about their faults had as well. Rick Ross. It didn’t seem to be the main point of the experience. Why were they all waiting in gleeful anticipation for me to break? This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Is it just me or do most of the answers on here seem to come from people within the organisation? Perhaps the hope is that someday those letters asking forgiveness will reach us as well. After a topic is presented, the leader often asks the participants to share in conversation with the person next to them what they’ve learned, and how it might apply in their own life. I was glad I went. "Tell me Karin, do your friends run away from you? Informational learning is primarily based on moving things from the category “we know that we don’t know” into the category “we know that we know”. Get cancer. Why has the Landmark been subject to so many lawsuits and claims of being a cult? She pointed her finger at me and said: "Karin is a journalist.". One thing I’ve learned in the last seven years: in every game and con there’s always an opponent, and there’s always a victim. We’re urged to examine our “rackets” – the situations where we execute habitual, disempowering behavior patterns by complaining that something or someone should be different from how it actually is. A lot of this stuff, I already agreed with or “knew”, but the Forum experience helped me solidify it in a more visceral way. Its own strong point is what was--and still is, in many parts of the world--the fabric for faith and celebration of life. in some way. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, The essential guide to taking care of your mind and body. This was a lot milder than I expected, and even helpful. I realized I would probably not be able to get the private interview I wanted with her for my article. Instead, Sophie gave a brilliant, truly brilliant, performance of how human beings are like donkeys (this said, running around the stage following an imaginary carrot at her nose), who are always pursuing an imaginary "someday" of satisfaction. Landmark might be called a "snob group," one which promotes elitism. It wasn’t just entertaining, of course. I also think it has some potential but I wanted to find out why you … If the stakes were higher, I might have been stoned. By Sunday, participants tearfully explained in testimonies how they had made breakthroughs with family members they had not spoken to for years. You post is very good and Fruitful . The main activity of the Landmark is to make--not urge--participants to apologize to the people around them for the "rackets" they have dumped on them. I would be shunned. Also as a professor, I am used to manipulation from students who have not done their homework and risk failing a course: they will use any method to get me to "weaken" my stand. Think about it this way, though. The woman burst into tears and thankfully agreed: a new breakthrough! Transformation is simply deciding and declaring a new way of being, tout court. Also, if you Not my break-up with my boyfriend, my miscarriages, my mother speaking with an accent when I was five years old in a New Jersey kindergarten. I’m not shouting at you because I want to kill you. And I expect to put the experiences and learnings into practice in my life in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Someone was finally telling me how it was, daring to sum up my personality in a way that most of my friends would not dare to. I thought overall this was a healthy experience. I hope you got all the details about Tractor. Such a amazing post very informative and I will definitely suggest other people about it for sure. Sophie teased them humorously. The effect would have been the same. One participant at the break said he objected to my critique of the Luther and Gandhi references. The most intense parts of the Forum occur when people go to the front of the room to “share” with the whole group, and receive coaching from the leader. The Landmark Forum is grounded in a model of transformative learning—a way of learning that gives people an awareness of the basic structures in which they know, think, and act. This curriculum is delivered by a facilitator, who would alternate between lectures and conversations with the the audience in a Socratic style. The experience itself was epic and fun, even as it was emotionally draining. In the Forum, all of us participants are encouraged to do our own work of “completing the past”, by calling those people with whom we have conflicts and apologizing for our own contribution to that conflict. I was not breaking. Martin Luther King and Ghandi were not just victors of positive thinking: they had a radical political agenda to re-adjust political inequality. It was particularly shocking how quickly every participant adopted the vocabulary, kit and caboodle. The leader presents concepts in a high-energy, theatrical fashion, sometimes acting out scenes of interpersonal conflict, parental mistreatment, and other human drama, and sometimes scribbling and sketching on the chalkboards to illustrate a concept or principle being taught. You just cleared all my doubts. I quickly ran through my appallingly brief list of friends and wondered if she was right. Feeling more courageous about setting audacious and exciting life goals, and bringing others on board to help me achieve them. The crowd, on command, burst into hysterical howls of laughter, aching belly howls that went on and on and on, an event which frightened me far more than my 6 billion co-inhabitants, as a demonstration of how easily mass emotion can be created, just by urging one to recall primordial fears. Frauds, Hoaxes, Conspiracies 6. And if they do judge us, so what? Advanced Landmark Forum costs you 25,000 same as above if paid fully during the first course. The Forum cycles between a few main activities. By a Landmark Forum participant I have not returned back to the Landmark Forum today and I feel the need to spread my opinion. And it’s a good thing, too, because now it’s time for the phone calls! Another young man began repeating verbatim the "nothingness" argument, as if finding no contradiction with his earlier avowed dedication to serve Christ. On the surface, the material seems as if were collaboration between Buddhist monks, Tony Robbins, and writers of The Matrix. As throughout the Forum, she sprinkled her lecture with an inspiring array of quotes, including my favorite: "A successful person goes from failure to failure with enthusiasm" (Churchill) and concluded, per forma, with moving descriptions of Gandhi and King. The first day was inspiring enough. Second, it is a brilliant viral marketing strategy that gets participants to communicate to loved ones (or former loved ones), in their own language, how the Forum is helping them interrupt some of their destructive behavior patterns of the past. John Deere. It also disgusted me to see people unwilling to have their transformative weekend tampered with by critical thinking. Then I went to the stand. As he put it: You’ll go back to your families on Sunday night and they’ll ask you what happened, and you’ll say “I spent the whole weekend getting yelled at by some Jew with no eyes and all teeth”. Asking myself if I was blaming other people or situations (“making them wrong”) rather than taking responsibility for my own thoughts and feelings. The Forum leader explained that he couldn’t guarantee any results (“getting it”, in Forum lingo) to a participant if he wasn’t there for the full experience. The tenets are prologue to practice. The reality is that most people are too afraid of other people – i.e. We are all concerned with looking good to others and fitting in with others. At this, I felt something in my mind strain and then give way, with a little click. First, it allows the participant to get a lot more value from his participation in the forum, by taking tangible action instead of just thinking about it. I clocked four hours devoted to this subject on Saturday. I had an intelligent woman's cunning attention. The trick is to know when you’re the latter, so you can become the former. We learn that most people perceive their future in terms of their past, using past traumas to interpret and predict what will happen to them in the future. Seven months on, I can see that they were absolutely right – and that the Landmark Forum was one of the most pivotal experiences on my inner journey to date. ", One by one, participants who had been complaining about their husbands, mothers, employers, children, began to realize how unfairly they were dumping their resentments from childhood onto everyone around them. Associate Professor of Cinema and Theater at the University of Paris 8; member of the TransCrit Research Group. Not only for people with massive emotional blocks due to traumatizing circumstances in their life, but for people who are seekers, artists, businessmen, and even Humans act like “meaning making machines” and construct the meaning of everything in our lives. Another thought I was being needlessly picky when I pointed out that using Sarkozy as an example of integrity (he sticks to his word; he admits his Carla Bruni affair in public) pointed out a rather shallow rightwing prejudice. Reporters hiding secret cameras had snuck into the Landmark, a self-help program launched in 1991 as the successor to Est , after Werner Erhard, the founder of the organization, escaped from the United States a millionaire, to avoid possible imprisonment for … True my point was valid, but couldn't I accept that a mass of average people might get so much mileage out of the inspiration of being compared to these great leaders that I was spoiling their fun if I was too logical and "intelligent" about it? Nobody seemed to find it troubling that the Landmark vision was delivered as if it were absolute truth, sui generis. Science & Philosophy 11. The rules are equally precise: the Forum starts at exactly 9:00 AM; no food or drinks are allowed in the Forum room, aside from water; time out consists of two 30 minute pauses for toilet, snacks and phone calls, and one 90 minute dinner period; note taking is discouraged during Forum time, not because of confidentiality of the course material, but because participants are encouraged to give full attention to the Forum leader and the participant “sharing” his or her story at the front of the room. (Note: as a journalist I had to sign a form that I could not quote or paraphrase any participants in my article; I would hope that my own words are admissible. In his words: "When the symbol (of any given religion) is made into a fetish and an instrument of proving the superiority of one's religion over others, it is fit only to be discarded.". 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