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Laura Garon
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The Box
I read a Vice article today where a woman who survived Jonestown recounted some of her memories and experiences.  One of her statements really jumped out at me when she referred to what was called 'the box', which was a 6 x 4 x 3 plywood box where adults co...
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Serving Truth
My name is Jacky Barnes. My name in the Source Family was Springwater. I'd like to weigh in on Laura's recent blog post about Harvey Weinstein and the inevitable comparison to Jim Baker and other "spiritual leaders", particularly since I am mentioned in it....
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An Aquarian Harvey Weinstein
Sadly, the case of Harvey Weinstein using his position of power and influence in Hollywood to sexually harass, abuse and take advantage of women around him did not come as a surprise.  The women who have finally decided to come forward with their stories ab...
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Escaping The Downward Spiral
One thing that Jim Baker seemed to be good at was leaving or escaping situations that he no longer wanted to be in, like his escape from his wife and children early on....his escape from being married to just one woman, and I guess that you could say his es...
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Music Recollections By Octavius
All of the songs that were ever recorded, during the Source Family had one thing in common, and that was they all had the same drummer---Octavius performed on every one.  Although, Octavius wasn't just the drummer; he was also a producer and engineer.  I re...
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Cultural Denuding
I realize there is no actual term 'cultural denuding', but with the term 'cultural renewal' recently being used by one of the filmmakers to describe The Source Family cult; the only opposite word of renewal that I could think of was denude - to strip (somet...
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Subjugation By A Narcisstic Cult Leader
Unconsciously, Jim Baker ended up subjugating every man, woman and child who joined his cult family by admonishing and entreating everyone to follow his words or rather his commandments.  But, like countless other so-called 'spiritual' leaders of cults; Jim...
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Submit At Sea
Needless to say, I was horrified when I saw that three former Source Family cult members were actually going to present Father Yod and The Source Family at the recent Summit At Sea 2016 floating conference!  The sheer lunacy of inviting three former members...
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Spiritual Bypassing At Its Finest
Although the term spiritual bypassing was not coined until 1984, it is a term that probably describes/sums up the entire Source Family experience better than anything else that I've found.  After intimately living with everyone who comprised the core member...
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My Own Moral Outrage
Today I read an article in Harper's  titled The Ideology of Isolation where I read the following statement that I felt perfectly described Jim Baker's own attitude and belief towards the women in The Source Family cult; "The loner taketh not, nor does he gi...
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