Speaking of evil old people and their "followers"... The woo, taking advantage of people and what seems to the the lack of common sense that continues to occur.... I try to be hopeful. Other than Dr. Oz and a few other quack daytime television doctors, I'm pretty sure quackery has remained online for the most part. Sadly, it's also coinciding with a time-frame where more and more of us spend our time.
This will be a two-part blog. Today's entry will consist of Louise Hay's dubious past with "helping" those with HIV and AIDS, and Bliss Johns.
I want to talk about the backhanded compliment first.
Looking back at that blog, I'm not sure what exactly it is that bothers me to the extent of the "backhanded compliment". Obviously, it's a HUGE mind game, one which is meant to not only harm you, but it allow others to make illogical and unfair judgments regarding your ethics (as you can see from the comment section). I hate mind games when the aim is to harm for no reason. I always thought I just "disliked those who weren't straight-forward", but let's not kid ourselves. Backhanded comments = a multilayer mind-fuck. It is near sociopathic with its mixture of (almost) lying and seemingly being sweet and nice mannerisms, along with the coy cowardice. It's much worse than actual criticism. It's condescending, and I think that's the part that vexes me. You wouldn't think that a "self-affirmation expert" like Bliss Johns/Baylissa Frederick would engage in such passive-aggressive behaviour. I don't often say this (if ever), but what a cunt.
I can't say I expected anything else from her. Bliss Johns/ V.Baylissa Frederick is a Louise Hay Heal Your Life® Certified Workshop Leader. Wtf is that? I have no idea. But I sense fraudulent claims when I see one. See http://www.healyourlifeworkshops.com/sub_content.php?id=64-- scroll down to the very bottom and you'll see V. Baylissa Frederick, Cardiff, Wales among the list of Heal Your Life® Certified Workshop Leaders.
I'm not sure how a Workshop Leader is different than the Heal Your Life® Teacher Training, but it appears that one may need to do the Teacher Training before they can teach a Workshop. I can't be sure, as here you will see both the Teacher Training and Workshop Leader Training may be the same thing. The "training" appears to be a bit...hmm... Holy Roller-like, if not outright bizarre on its own by looking at the group picture(s). I followed the photo's actual source, and it took me here: http://www.achieveyourdreamsteachers.com/group2.jpg. Thinking that since there's a Group 2, there should be a Group 1, and as expected: http://www.achieveyourdreamsteachers.com/group1.jpg. I can't decide which photo is creepier. There's a Group3 if you're so inclined.
So what is this "training about"? It's a week-long session you pay for (they used to have the prices online, but now you have to register to get any relevant information, it appears). Before you even attend the New Age Nut Tank, you are expected to be very familiar (emphasis not mine) with the ideas in Louise Hay's books. You're also expected to be (already?) using these these ideas in your life, as well as a "strong desire to share" these ideas with other people. I'll get into why sharing such ideas is just plain wrong, inhumane, and easily fatal. I'll be quoting one of Hay's HIV-infected critics from the 1990's. It's the best criticism I've ever read.
You are required to buy three books prior to this training:
1) Love Yourself, Heal Your Life Workbook by Louise Hay. (1990.)
A workbook in which you write down your inner-most feelings about love, sex, money, god, failure... Pretty heavy stuff. Find any negatives (which someone "taught" you), and simply throw them out. Poof, like magic, problem is solved. Or you're merely doing the equivalent of this:
From: http://augenguy.blogspot.com/2013/01/but-seriously-folks.html Ostriches don't actually bury their heads in sand to hide from predators, unlike humans. They're just eating.
2) Ordering From the Cosmic Kitchen by Patricia Crane, PhD.
This blogger tells you the 8 key steps of the book so you can "order" what you want from The Universe-- just as you would at a restaurant. Decide what you want, think positive, positive, positive; Realize that sometimes The Universe doesn't have all ingredients on hand, so you must trust The Universe-- "it" responds to fear. The more you trust The Universe, the sooner The Cosmic Chef can complete your order. Feel grateful towards The Cosmic Chef and The Universe when your "miraculous" order is complete. It "sends out positive energy and strengthens your trust". Someone did a lot of acid or is rather creative...
3) Last but not least... You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
(1984 and other editions). The main points in Chapter 1: All "dis-eases" are caused by a State of Unforgiveness; Humans "incarnate" themselves and choose their parents, their "color" (racist comments, great), and humans also get to chose where they are born born. There's also some kind of Universal Power.
But when we get past all of the glittery self-affirmation bullshit, we see a woman who is peddling some very bizarre and dangerous "causes" for diseases... And she's been making millions. Have a cough? It could be anything from a mild throat irritation to emphysema. Hay believes (or wants you to believe) that you're only coughing to "bark"-- to tell the world, "Look at me!". Dysentery is caused by fear and anger, according to this nut job. No, not from a bacteria/a virus or parasites. So while you're dying from dehydration and a cytokine storm, remember-- don't be fearful or angry. You control everything, according to Hay. If you get a "dis-ease", it's because you didn't love yourself or forgive others enough.
Why hasn't anyone stopped this woman?!? Instead, people are still buying her dangerous book. Still signing up for classes to practice and "share" these ideas with others. One of those people would be the New Age Bliss Johns. And yes, I have a huge problem with that.
This isn't about me or about Bliss Johns. We all know how sue-happy she gets without first fact-checking international laws or the people she chooses to associate herself with. Because... "That's what charities do". (Wtf? They sue people?) I wonder if her "stalker/volunteer" is still on the lookout for http://recovery-road.org's Benzo-Wise book critics? I know I'd FREAK out if someone accused me of selling VITAMINS.
THE HORROR! THE DEFAMATION!
Hahaha... Too ironic.
On a more serious note, this is about people who have real illnesses, ones which can be physically or mentally devastating, and they're told that they can simply "will it away". There's a difference between ripping someone off financially, and actually causing them more harm by telling them to not get treatment. They're both wrong. Everyone asks me why I dislike Bliss Johns so much. Even with the blackmail, the backhanded comments, and calling me mentally retarded one or two times (child's play), I don't think I need to defend my opinions.
I'm pretty much disgusted at how she scares the hell out of people over her 1.5 milligrams of Klonopin "story". She demonizes benzodiazepines, even when she had a legitimate medical use for her tics. And then she profits from it. I don't care if most of her book's profits benefit Recovery Road. I don't care that it's a "charity". That doesn't automatically make it a good thing. She's on a crusade, and she's setting up cognitive biases in already-weak people's heads who often need them and have a much better, healthier, and fuller life because of benzos. From what I've read, most of the monies go towards training "counselors". Which makes me wonder... Where oh where could they be getting "training" from?
Louise Hay seems like she's got herself set up with a nice pyramid scheme. I can't explain how anyone cannot see the drawbacks of Bliss Johns being a Certified Workshop Leader, trained by a woman (Hay) who has caused more harm than good. They can't offer you anything but maybe a smile-- if you're smart enough to look past their anti-science facade.
Another highly ironic thing I discovered was that I was not alone when it came to the critics/bloggers who refute Hay's claims, and the super uncanny occurrence of Hay supporters to tell Hay critics to "be at Peace and have Light with themselves". Vomit.
This is a quote from the last blog author:
"And it came as no surprise either, to encounter a New Ager with a narcissistic sense of entitlement instead of manners."
That pretty much sums it up and leads me into the next blog about New Age Woo, and their lack of manners:
"This is consistent with the remarkable self-centeredness of New Age philosophy, in sharp contrast to the emphasis on charitable works and outreach to others in many religions. The whole point of New Age thinking is development of one's own spirituality, one's own happiness, and the importance of keeping one's "vibration" high..." -- From http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/New_age
In the meantime... The following includes an article written a man named Jack Nichols. Realizing that the article was written in 1998 with no updates, I looked him up. I wanted to get more than a few quotes for copyright reasons, but he's no longer alive, but that doesn't mean he does not have rights. I will try my best to honor his copyright notice. They're not as strict now as they were in 1997-- I'm not sure if "Fair Use" existed for bloggers or not back then, but I doubt it, but I do respect the wishes of others who no longer have a say.
I admire this man for having common sense, and for having the unfettered and careless guts to confront Hay-- New Age Nut Bitch. I especially admire him for telling Hay what a worthless (in terms of human decency) scam she was and is running. I like this guy. You rarely meet many people who can tell someone to "bite down on it, joyfully even", while not being ashamed of his homosexuality. It's raw, it's honest, but most of all, I think she needs to be reminded of what a greedy, self-absorbed crack-pot she is.
While Jack Nichols is no longer here to agitate Louise Hay's Big Lie, I will certainly do my best in his honor.
HEALTH-CULT EMPIRE: LOUISE HAY'S BOOKS AND TAPES
Angry Response From AIDS Activist About Positive-Thought Guru
By Jack Nichols April 21, 1997
http://gaytoday.badpuppy.com/garchive/health/042197he.htm; Retrieved on 2/3/2013.
http://gaytoday.badpuppy.com/garchive/health/042197he.htm; Retrieved on 2/3/2013.
Louise Hay's books, camp meetings and top-heavy missionary positioning in the nationwide AIDS community once touched thoughtful onlookers as, possibly, a needed phenomenon prior to the availability of life-prolonging drugs. Some feel there's demonstrable value in the illusions she peddles.Aren't there, after all, some beliefs that, fortunately, ease fearful minds, beliefs such as affect folks in foxholes who are never supposed to be atheists?Paul Martino an able AIDS activist, now deceased, taught AIDS counselors how to respond to calls made to the Florida AIDS Hotline in Tallahassee. HIV-positive himself, Martino worked himself into exhaustion in activist trenches, living in a virtual foxhole day and night. He'd watched, with extreme anxiety as his own brother had succumbed to the hated virus.Before Martino's death I asked him, jokingly, about Louise Hay, expecting, as was characteristic of him, a gut-level response. "Does Louise Hay have the truth?" I laughed. He reacted with dismay, and agreed to give a written response to the question. This response included quotes from a Louise Hay audiotape. Her diagnosis of AIDS-caused maladies infuriated Martino:
LOUISE HAY TAPE: "Lung and breathing problems indicate that on a very deep level we feel we do not have the right to take in life, to take up space, perhaps even to exist. Blood problems indicate a lack of joy in the system.
Fevers are anger expressing itself.
When there are things we do not wish to look at, our vision may begin to fail."
PAUL MARTINO: These attempts by Ms. Hay at diagnostic sophistication are soothing, narcissistic solipsisms to some and fucking bullshit to others---these quotations are from Louise Hay's "AIDS: A Positive Approach," an overpriced and outdated audiotape available at your local metaphysical market.
Sister Louise, the psycho-babbling New Age Goddess of Immunology, wants us all to have our egotism and eat it too. Her big thesis states: "Mental patterns create experiences." This is Louise's fudgy way of saying that babies born with AIDS "choose" to do so. Having tested positive for the HIV-anti-body, I have run out of any patience I might ever have had for Louise Hay's AIDS-referenced New Age cant. What this dangerous crackpot is telling me after a glorious lifetime of sucking and fucking and three years of non-stop AIDS activism is that I have this disease because I want to have it. Louise Hay can bite my crank.
... If and when I get sick, I will not need to hear this woman's fantasy that the reason I'm gasping for air or writhing in pain from a visceral abscess is because I feel I don't have the right to take in life. Louise, darling, if condomized cocksucking and buttfucking isn't "taking in life," what is?
If my blood work begins to show problems, I won't need Louise Hay chirping in my ears, "Blood problems indicate a lack of joy in the system." If and when my blood tests reveal a declining immunological competence, it will be because I did not have available to me a low-cost, nontoxic, antiretroviral prophylaxis because the FDA, the drug companies and the (slow-moving) administration (the enterprises that are really killing people) aren't interested in saving a faggot's life. Bite down on it, Louise, joyfully even.
What causes the fevers are known (and often unknown) pathogens for which we still have no reliable treatments. If La Hay and those who actually buy her tape and use it would spend their energies advocating immediate development and distribution of drugs to treat opportunistic infections in all people with AIDS, instead of referring everything to the "self," we might not be getting sick and dying by the tens of thousands today.
Louise Hay has her head so far up her fundamental aperture it won't be able to fall out until she walks, fecal-eyed, trembling and leaking peace of mind into some fucking tunnel of pure white light at the end of her life. This white light may be the hallucination some envious New Agers are creepily and not-very-gently trying to jam down our throats these days, but I am not at all willing to merge into the Cosmic Oneness just yet. Piss off, Louise; just shut up and withdraw your tapes and books from humanity.
I have enough to cope with; I don't need Louise Hay's or anyone else's half-assed lunatic metaphysics. Louise Hay is telling me that I have AIDS because I want to have it, and that only if I would stop wanting it and needing it, it would go away and I will have "mastered" it. She's telling me that if I think and feel the "correct" way, her way, I can "heal" my life by dying. As long as I'm around I'll be agitating for the Big Science to service my medical needs, not Louise Hay and her Big Lie.
One should not ever be being satisfied or reassured with delusions. It's your choice. Just please realize that New Age Quackery is akin to a sugar pill, complete with its own placebo effect: Seemingly helpful at its best, and deadly at its worst.