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the chameleon cult

Posted by jo on February 23, 2003 at 21:35:01

In Reply to: it was always 3 sheets posted by Acheick on February 23, 2003 at 10:18:59:

I remember actual classes on it(2 sheets: 1970,71 in L.A. and TSC). Illustrating how to fold it etc! Abner taught some memorable ones at TSC. But what stuck in my mind the most was when a guy confessed at a purging session in L.A. that he had used more than two sheets of toilet paper and was being dealt with (by ricHARD) and weeping and groveling on the floor in submission and begging for forgiveness. It was horrific then, but unbelievably insane to think of now, or comedic had it not been so sad. That is something about the fam. They changed their teachings often. That way, everyone has memories of the family from different perspectives according to when they came in and what they actually experienced.
Also at that time, dating was not allowed, or even holding hands. But there were big hugs and sometimes sloppy (yechhh) kisses during the "love feasts".
Even the little abreviations change over and over again. Security measures, too.
Obviously, after reading James Penn's letter, it is easy to see that the fam. was quite a bit different at the core, or inner circle.
Then of course, some could honestly say that something was a lie (not knowing any different) while others could lie for "the right reasons" and "security purposes" because the world at large is run by the "devil" and they wouldn't "understand".
Also, some doctrines (like the alcohol limits) were widely ignored in many countries (like Europe) but followed strictly other places.
I think the interesting thing about this is that even after the family experience, exers can be affected or affect others in so many ways by what is said.
Once people were more on the road and using the "system's" toilet paper, it didn't really matter because the fam. wasn't buying it.
Berg did have a peculiar fascination for potties and potty products, didn't he?