A Nod to school, and other “4th Way” cults from Cultic Studies hero, Margaret Singer

In the spirit of self-empowerment through education, and to veer briefly away from our globally shared trauma, called coronavirus made worse by incompetence and corruption from the White House, and connected propaganda outlets, Faux News and the Trump cult (RIP Republican Party) , today I wanted to share a little tidbit from Margaret Singer’s book, Cults in Our Midsts.

On page 43, in a chapter on the history of cults, she outlined a brand of cult that developed in the 70s, spiritual cults ” … cults to expand awareness”.

School definitely falls in this category: “Personal spiritual experiences were uprooted, aided by talismans and seers. Potions, oils, crystals …. became the tools of the breed of pied pier that led these groups. As is not the case in other categories, many female leaders flourished here … the California-based Fellowship of Friends and certain other “Fourth-Way” groups whose teachings are based on the works of G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky. 

Sound familiar, Sharon, Robert?

Ms. Singer was a hero. You can learn more about her in this New York Times tribute: https://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/07/us/margaret-singer-a-leading-brainwashing-expert-dies-at-82.html

4 thoughts on “A Nod to school, and other “4th Way” cults from Cultic Studies hero, Margaret Singer

  1. Gerda says:

    Daniel Liszt is a Cambridge-based journalist who goes by the moniker Dark Journalist. He examines, among other things, dabbling in the occult by the politically powerful and famous throughout history and also examines the roles played by Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and mystery schools in the world at large. He has a new broadcast every Friday, and they are fascinating. I recommend starting at the beginning of his talks for a fuller picture, but if you want to go right there, check these out:



    There are indeed genuine mystery schools in the world, but “School” was never one of them. Developing spiritual discernment, in order to suss out the real from conman, is part of the seeker’s path. Love is the guide and key.

    Margaret Singer remained fearless though she was pursued by the nasty ones.

    Another brave modern day spiritual truth teller:

    “To love without fear– that’s why we’re here.”

    • The Gentle Souls Revolution says:

      Hi Gerda – good to hear from you! Thanks for the links. I’ll definitely check them out. I seem to have to read and listen to and watch everything cult related. Just finished the docu-series, Wild Wild Country, which is a crazy true story of a cult in Oregon in the 80s. Mr. Gurdjieff gets a mention in one episode. I’ll be posting about that soon.
      Hope that you’re healthy and safe! GSR

  2. Sar says:

    I wonder what Singer might say about Sister Keri’s crusade to save us from the evils of the deep state’s nano technology war on humanity.
    At the risk of judging this on just a cursory glance at the material– one shouldn’t exchange one whack job for another.

  3. Sar says:

    And re:Daniel Liszt

    Conspiracy website– In addition to long lectures about Gurdjieff and Fourth Way Systems you can hear about Coronavirus “hoax”, WHO conspiracies, Zuckerberg and Bill Gates helping to suppress truth tellers like Alex Jones-
    I can’t claim to know full objective truth about this stuff- but a lot of it seems to come from the paranoid conspiracy playbook that was Gans and Horn’s specialty.

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