Just received the following post from Fairfield Life and have permission to repost it. This article, by TM Marketer Jeanne Ball, compares Transcendental Meditation to Zen and other meditations.
Surprisingly, TM comes out on top. So Transcendental Meditation Marketer$ are trumpeting her article all over cyberspace.
While I suspect Jeanne and Tom McKinley Ball are dedicated people who just want to promote something they passionately believe in, it seems to me they've gotten to the place where anything is fair game in the name of a Higher Good.
One thing we should consider in the above and other examples is the real-life realities of such cult tactics, and then try to do something about it while we can.
For example, longtime TM jihadist Jeanne Ball (posing as a "a writer for the David Lynch Foundation—a non-profit, philanthropic organization that supports meditation projects for such diverse groups as gifted children, at-risk kids, prison inmates, veterans, Native Americans, high school and college students and the homeless") has and does successfully use her blog on the Huffington Post as a soapbox for a radical pro-TM cult agenda, which to many of the liberal readers of the Huff Post probably seems like a "wow, isn't that cool" blog post.
What knee-jerk Huff-libs are missing though is that Jeanne
- doesn't clearly share where her bias comes from (i.e. that she's a "re-certified" TM teacher and a stealth Marshy salesperson),
- She distorts the scientific reality of TM as a "self-transcending" neurological reality (i.e. the counter-examples she uses are published and established neurological realties, hers is just something TM science bots just came up with to try to look "unique" and counter some wonderful modeling of the neurological realities of deep meditation by leading neuroscientists),
- She distorts EEG examples to favor her bias and her "product"
- and most bizarrely (and in keeping with Wikileak documents revelation of the TM Org's love bombing "I so LOVED that post" tactics) take a peek at the remarks which all say 'wow, I loved your post' and 'oh the research on TM is so great'...'I tried TM and it's just the bestest'. It's really disturbing.
Classic cult tactics at work..and succeeding at sucking up to Arianna and Co.
What's even more disturbing is that they appear to have already compromised the editorial process at Huff-Po. Two Huff-Po members that I know have had their comments critical of Ball's article or which pointed out it's fallacies / inaccuracies blocked and edited out.
The truth does not really set you free when no one's ever allowed to even see it.
Shame on you Arianna for allowing this to take place and double shame on you Jeanne for being such a lying, deceptive TM cult zombie.
(I dare someone to try to get a critical comment through.)
"I trust you tell your truth. Sadly, your values are so out of left-field—'your truth' is commonly called a lie."