The salacious content aside the abstract of the group could be relevant generally.
Some quotes from the article: the centralisation of control, a belief system vulnerable to critical scrutiny and an attempt to change people in fundamental ways.” experts say people attracted to change are vulnerable to manipulative ‘cultish group behavior’ As the case against Raniere unspools, larger questions may emerge, including how a group which appears to have begun as relatively benign program linked to the personal wellness movement could have developed into a hierarchical organisation of interlocking subgroups.. and under the control of a single leader. “There’s nothing wrong with a self-help workshop, but people who are attracted to change and being changed are vulnerable to the kind of leader we see in cult situations – manipulative, interested in control and highly narcissistic.” The existence of a cult around Raniere, Boyle-Laisure said, would not necessarily mean that a wellness group like Nxivm, which tapped into modern obsessions such as wellness, celebrity, affluence and thinness, was inherently dangerous. “I don’t believe people joined the group saying ‘I want to look thinner,’” she said. “They joined because somebody said they had answers to life questions. In the process they became controlled about how to look and behave. “That is what is so deceptive about cults. The engagement is not clear at the outset, people get sucked in, turn over collateral and then it’s too late to exit.” .. eustace10679 posts: 'Everything was just lies': how alleged sex cult Nxivm deceived its victims https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/11/nxivm-trial-allison-mack-keith-raniere-cult-victims https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/11/nxivm-trial-allison-mack-keith-raniere-cult-victims?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0xOTA1MTE%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&CMP=GTUS_email ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Upstate NY’s ashram communities, including ™’s Livingston Manor, that other TM one at South Fallsburg, NY in there too.. The facility at South Fallsburg was bought subsequently from TM by Muktananda’s .org? ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Upstate New York, “..a 'burnt district.' this references where the religious revival is related to reform movements of the period, such as abolition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolitionism_in_the_United_States, women's rights https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_rights, and utopian social experiments https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia#Religious_utopia, the region is expanded to include areas of central New York that were important to these movements. “ Others there in history too. The earliest Shaker spiritual practice ashram-like communities landed in upstate New York. = Shaker Meditative Practice: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fbclid=IwAR3KgYKQM6y-efgVs1Ds2zKFMtsflbwajNjSFBoSCPB38Ee4P9G5-aIDhbA#!topic/communal-studies-forum/0wLtbs5giDo https://groups.google.com/forum/?fbclid=IwAR3KgYKQM6y-efgVs1Ds2zKFMtsflbwajNjSFBoSCPB38Ee4P9G5-aIDhbA#!topic/communal-studies-forum/0wLtbs5giDo The Amana Society communalists of The True Inspiration, also silent meditators in spiritual transcendentalist practice, went through that upstate NY area too, building an ashram-like community outside Syracuse initially before they migrated to settle and build in Iowa. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : That upstate New York corridor seems to have been a hotbed for this kind of breeding. Noyes at Oneida, Joe Smith with the Mormons, and this. What could the astrocartographers say, fertile ground or something in the water? ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> wrote : Nxivm former members to break vow of silence by testifying against cult leader https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/06/nxivm-former-members-opening-arguments-new-york-court https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/06/nxivm-former-members-opening-arguments-new-york-court?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0xOTA1MDY%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&CMP=GTUS_email