“It’s easier to defend democracy …

… then win it back once it’s gone.”

I heard a speaker, who immigrated here from Yugoslavia, impart this wisdom at a rally protesting the election of the most unfit president-elect I’ve seen in my lifetime. A candidate whose psychological makeup runs counter to democracy:the rich, privileged and entitled narcissist who is easily manipulated by flattery and quickly enraged by criticism, as well as not-so-subtly endorsed by Russia. The protestors wanted electors to vote against the Trump presidency as it is a threat to democracy. Of course, nothing changed.

So let’s look at the situation shall we … a woman named CON-way teamed up with a man named Trump and the won (cough) the presidency.  The man who campaigned on a message of “I can say and do anything and I won’t lose any votes … I could shoot someone on 5th avenue” is now our president-elect. He lost the popular vote by almost 3 million, but the electoral college fell his way – the electoral college is meant to protect Democracy from unfit presidents. Our new president is unprepared and a soulless, heartless, greedy, proud “pussy-grabbing” asshole.

I can’t wait to see the “greatness” that’s gonna soon follow as Trump, trumps his way through 2017. CON-way, dismissed those protesting the electoral votes as she does, was recently quoted as saying this: ” … He said, ‘I’ll be president of all people’, but the left is trying to de-legitimize his election …. They’re trying to deny him what he just earned. So why is the burden always on him?

Sound familiar? The Con/Trump-way is also the Cult Way – contrived kingdoms and queen-doms. Individuals exist merely to prop up the self-assigned royalty. Cults are not democracies. America will soon not be a democracy, either, if we do as the Trumpians tell us and shut the fuck up.

So, CON-way, I’ll spell it out for you:

  1. The US is a democracy (for now). Trump ran for president. The Donald is not king. We are not subjects. We are citizens and he is (barf) our president-elect. He applied for the job. He got the job. Now he is responsible for the job, like anyone else who gets a job. Tell your candidate to quit whining and man up. Our criticisms have only just begun. Grow some balls, quit hiding behind Twitter, and face the millions of voters who don’t trust him Remember Con-way, Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. It’s on him to prove himself worthy of our trust.
  2. Its on him because he lies. There’s no reason to believe this statement: ‘I’ll be president of all people’. Since he lied his way into the White House, with your help, those of us who are sane and did not vote for him, expect the bullshit to carry forth. We will watch his actions to see if they match his words. So far, his actions confirm one thing: Trump lies. We will continue to use our free speech to blast a spot light on his lies and you will continue deny, dismiss and spin – lie for your boss, because that’s your job.
  3. Praising Vlad Putin doesn’t help his case. We are watching and listening. The burden is on him. If he continues fucking up, well, we’ll point it out.

So welcome, everyone, to the Divided Trump Cult that used to be America — the gaslight-ing of our nation forges ahead. Trump camp wants non-believers to shut the fuck up, pack away free speech and “deal with it”.  It expects you to offer up your deference. You are not allowed to criticize. Because, after all, “Why is the burden always on him?”, right CON-way? Why would the man who ran for president, actually do the job? We should all accept this new reality, right?

Not so much. Hope you’ll be out there, standing up for democracy and free speech, with me. Stay tuned.



And now this – pay no attention to the Trump behind the curtain …

Now that US intelligence agencies have confirmed that Wizard Trump & his Wicked Witch, Kellyanne Conning-her-Way into the White House, teamed up with Russian hackers, to undermine democracy and turn the USA into the cult-o’-Trump (cough) — who it turns out is merely a puppet for Vladimeer Putin, the crown behind the Wizard (surprise, surprise) — you might want to read this: The Narcotic of Trump …

Here’s a quote from the article …

“And so we see the clear design that Trump will use to rule: He will give us showmanship and cheap drama, put-downs and promises — the stagecraft of the world’s most powerful narcissist. And meanwhile, the nation will be governed by oil oligarchs, climate change deniers and Goldman Sachs tycoons brought in to do the real work.”

Sound familiar? Kinda echoes the tactics used in a certain “esoteric mystery school”

Cult Confessions, post pilot run …


“No unnecessary talking!” “I’m good, thanks!

Good morning readers, I’m posting a big thank you!!! to all who attended the pilot run last night.

The promised art supplies yielded some precious feedback.

This particular piece made me laugh my ass off … I thought some of you might enjoy it, too. 🙂

A picture paints a thousand words …Happy “school”free holidays!!! GSR


Please consider this a friendly reminder of the pilot run of my Cult Confessions, presentation this Sunday. It looks like roughly 15-20 people are going to bear witness while I cult confess (I wonder if I should pitch this to Steve Colbert?) which is a good amount for feedback.

In the spirit of self expression, via the expressive therapies, I’ll provide supplies: paper, markers, colored pencils, stickers and such (Play Dough for you, Mr. Stepakoff!) Attendees will be able to share feedback in a variety of creative ways and do so anonymously, if anonymity is preferred.

 If anyone out there is interested in attending, get in touch with me via comments or email (GSR@cultconfessions.com). I’ll send you the pertinent details.
Thank you!  GSR

Cult Confessions Presentation, the Pilot Run

Greetings all –

Holy crap, this pilot run is happening next Sunday – a week from today. It’s December! How did that happen?

Some of you have already confirmed, or denied, if that’s the case, you can ignore the rest of this graph. If you haven’t responded, but you are planning on coming, can you send me a quick confirmation. If you might be coming … you can let me know that, too. 😉

I’ve got about 15 confirmations right now. I’ve got to set up the room, etc. so it’d be helpful to know how many to expect. If you want the details, send a message and I’ll get back to ya’


Thank you! and Season’s Greetings! GSR

Guest Post: The “presentation” & “impressions class”…

Dear CC Readers –

Most of you probably know about the “lectures”, aka the”presentations”! Some of you may have been recruited via this exalted “school” offering. Ever wonder how these works of wonder come together? The comment below (contributed recently) deserves GUEST-POST prominence because it lifts the curtain on how “school” spins information into cult propaganda & presents it as “esoteric knowledge” to the masses. It describes the associated “school”-perpetrated feeding frenzy, that can accompany such events, when they aren’t quite as successful as planned, and now this …

The “Lecture”  (aka “Presentation” )

I remember working on the lectures in Boston. We got divided up into groups – ostensibly we were a part of a group that we had a “talent for” or an “interest in”. I don’t think we got to choose the group we were in or our opinion was only minimal in the decision. In each group, we divided up all the subgroupings of subject matter and we each did a whole bunch of research (or not) and then came back together and talked about it all (ad nauseam) and filtered it all through the “leader” (older student and exalted one) of the group.

Eventually, after many months of research and talk, talk, talk about it all, the “leader” wrote the lecture. And then came the fun part (the part that I had not known about): the “leader” or should we now call him the “lecturer”, or “presenter” (whatever it is now) got to practice the lecture (ad nauseam) for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks.

Here’s the funny part, as the lecturer would practice the lectures, Robert would listen and then he would say he wanted to take it home and work on it himself. So, in the end, Robert re-wrote all the lectures. He put in all the non-factual, non-researched points of view which made it all fit into the “work”. Instead of the work fitting into the world, Robert remade the world to substantiate the work. On top of that, everything that Robert put into each of the lectures was the same for all of them, so that by the end, they were all the same lecture except the subject matter was slightly different for each one.

I was in Josh’s group.

Well, the end result of it all (and yes, I do have a selective memory) was that after each one of those thrilling-identical-Robert-written-lectures we had one of those wonderful soul-bearing sessions known as “the impressions class”. This is the one that I remember. I have mostly forgotten all the others: It was a lecture that Lisa gave and she got the greatest honor anyone could get: Sharon was coming from NY just to hear her!!!!

Our “Impressions”

The lecture was absolutely dreadful – the subject matter, the delivery, the plausibility of the lecturer, everything was totally off. It was an evening from hell. Then we get to the impressions class. Four or five people got up and said what a brilliant job Lisa had done, her delivery was flawless, her subject matter showed her pure intellectual superiority to all others, she was a marvel, a miracle, in fact she was just almost as good as the Virgin Mary.

Then Robert says: “Would you like to know what Sharon thought?” Everyone was eager to hear because they were expecting Robert to shine his bright sunlight on Lisa even more so she would be doubly blessed. Robert said “Sharon hated it.” Silence. Then he went on to expand upon exactly how horrible it was (and for the most part, she was actually correct, believe it or not). Not what he (Robert) thought (he loved it because he actually wrote it and coached Lisa on her presentation and on every step along the way) but what Sharon thought.

So, there’s the rub: by condemning Lisa, he was actually condemning himself as well. But he did it because Sharon showed him the evil of his ways and he was grateful to her for that and also because he did (and still does) whatever Sharon tells him to do. Not much free will out there in cult-land.

Then, like the good little lemmings they are, everyone else in the class who had not yet spoken, stood up one by one and told Lisa exactly what a horrible dreadful miserable god-forsaken itsy-bitsy person she was (and for the most part, they were actually correct).

Lisa was, of course, devastated and after that she was “out of favor” for months. This is what they do: build you up and then break you down. Send your whole world crashing down around you and leave you standing alone in the ruins for what seems like forever. What public humiliation does to a person’s psyche is horrendous. It is crushing. It is equal to soul rape. If you have been in “school” for a while, then you have experienced it and it’s effects. Not fun.

You might have guessed that I have no love for Lisa but I have been in that exact spot before and I don’t like watching it being done to others no matter who they are. I didn’t speak in that class, coward that I was then. But it hurt me and I think that it hurt everyone in that room. Everyone in that room. Not just the very few of us who might whisper the next day or the next week to someone we knew really really well that it was a real shitty thing that was done to Lisa. Everyone in that room. Maybe it hurt the people worst who are still there and still watching this scenario run over and over again in Robert’s capable hands. I got to the point, eventually, before I left altogether, when I had to walk out of the room when this sort of abuse started happening to someone in the room.

The Illustrious Aftermath

Often “disgruntled ex-students” can be very-very-very angry and hostile. They will also tell you that their lives are just wonderful – so much better than before they left the group. Here’s the thing — they would be telling you the truth. It’s a difficult thing, to be in a cult and very enmeshed for 20 or 30 years and it takes an amazing amount of courage to walk out the door. But the group takes its toll. It takes a long time to get over it and really return to “normalcy” (whatever that is) – if we ever really do return to some form of “normalcy”. It’s not something you will ever forget or leave behind you. Your experiences with Sharon and Robert are with you for the rest of your life. It’s normal to be angry and sad and hurt and broken for awhile. It’s hard but it does lessen over time. I’m not sure it ever really goes away totally.

I’m saying all of this partially because it’s true and needs to be said and partially because I know that Josh and Lisa and Robert will all read this and they will all disavow the truth of it. I am just asking you to look deeper into your hearts and try to see the truth of your predicament. It’s not your predicament alone, we are all in it to varying degrees. And if you should decide to leave – or are thrust out into the world again via Sharon’s death – just remember that it is not all sackcloth and ashes but its also not all roses but it is a little of each those. And you do have friends out here who will try to help you along your way. It’s a road that many many of us have been down.

Blessings on each and everyone of you.


New Series – Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath

Good morning Readers, this is a quick post to let you know about a new t.v. series on A&E. Leah Remini was in the “church” for decades through her family. Now they’ve exited and she’s a vocal critic. I heard about this show yesterday, so haven’t watched it. For more info, click here:

Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath

Also … I haven’t read this, but here’s an article from the Washington Post:

How Leah Remini is trying to expose Scientology secrets in her new docuseries