Monday, January 14, 2008

After The Secret Gets Told

File under: Satscams

Guruphiliac fave Steven Sashen and his The Anti-Guru Blog bring a new word into the lexicon, necessitated by all those dumb dupes who paid thousands for seminars helping them to use The Secret:
Manifrustration (man·i·frus·tra·tion ; pronunciation: \ˌma-nə-frəs-ˈtrā-shən\) Noun.

1) The unhappiness associated with not getting what you want after attempting to influence the universe with your thoughts

2) The displeasure that occurs when the manifestation “master” says you haven’t gotten what you want because there’s something wrong with you

2a) The added confusion when this alleged imperfection is some unprovable or vague theory, such as: the level of your intention or “vibration”; unconscious “resistance”; or the type and/or number of certain thoughts that spontaneously arise in your mind

3) The depression that follows the times when, if you do somehow manage to get what you want, you find that you’re not actually any happier

4) The sadness arising when, after not getting what you want through the use of a particular manifestation technique, you go into debt to take another manifestation course that promises better results… but only delivers one or more of the 3 states listed above
It's no secret that it's all claptrap now. It's too bad folks can't un-manifest their money back out of the bank accounts of the con folk who flimflammed them.

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At 1/14/2008 6:39 PM, Anonymous Martin Gifford said...

My course works. It's called: THE UNIVERSE BENDS TO MY WILL

I will give you a refund on my course if you can prove that no benefit was gained.

Note: learning that my techniques don't work is a form of education and therefore a benefit, and that disqualifies you from a refund.

-

Stuart Wilde's books basically said you affirm wealth and wait for a knock at the door for the cash delivery.

Then I saw him in Byron Bay (around 2001?) and he said the way to get money is to "make a product and sell it".

He didn't offer refunds for those who purchased his books.

 
At 1/15/2008 2:39 AM, Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Hey, I was just getting ready to blog about Steven's new word, 'Manifrustration,' which I think is brilliant. As usual, you beat me to it, Jody. I guess I can blog about your blogging about it. :-)

 
At 1/15/2008 8:34 AM, Blogger Steven Sashen said...

Actually my FAVORITE manifestation technology was offered by Saniel Bonder (I can't find the URL for it, sadly). Here's the deal:

If you sent Saniel $250 he would hold in his meditation the intention that you receive what you want.

He would also send you a certificate validating that you had demonstrated your commitment to getting what you want, and that he was doing his part every day.

He would continue to hold this intention until:

a) You got what you wanted, or
b) You decided there was no need for him to continue

But here's the kicker

If you didn't send him a MEASLY $250, then than was PROOF that you weren't really committed to getting what you wanted.

 
At 1/15/2008 1:43 PM, Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Re Bonder's little scheme: is that anything like a bargain-basement version of a Yagya, where you pay someone upwards of thousands of bucks to pray and/or perform rituals on behalf of you or someone else? I understand that The Maharishi and many others have made a few bucks doing that sort of thing...

 
At 1/15/2008 4:59 PM, Blogger Steven Sashen said...

It's one step away from selling Indulgences, which, BTW, I can get you at a discount...

 
At 1/15/2008 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you to the authors of this!

You appear to have manifested some divine common sense.

I never gave this movement any money but my right to freely choose my own beleifs was hijacked by an evangilistic friend promoting "the secret".

It nearly killed me this crap. I mean I had cancer and was sick and the only message I got from this person that it was my fault...and really that I was stupid cause I couldn't manifest through this nonsense.

People who crazily espouse this stuff should look at the long term spiritual consequences from the offense they create. This friendship is consequently suspended.

It's best to be a decent honest person rather than a snake oil salesman out for a buck and a BS form of status.

Losers....all of motivational guru's.

Ps. Australia is not big in the new age movement. And trust me the population is not big enough for some of these fraudsters to make a decent buck.

There is an expression in Australia, if you can play to an Australian audience and get them to like you, you can win anyone over. There is truth in this...Australian are very guarded and don't take too well to nonsense.

 
At 1/15/2008 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems the secret mumbo jumbo became a temporary
mani-infestation....lol

yuk, yuk. yuk

Faeces with sugar

Eat it up you dreamers.

 
At 1/15/2008 7:52 PM, Blogger jody said...

Australian are very guarded and don't take too well to nonsense.

Unless you happen to be Ben Lee.

 
At 1/15/2008 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Australian are very guarded and don't take too well to nonsense.

Unless you happen to be Ben Lee.


Hey this is good promotion Jody. I'm sorry to disappoint you but Ben Lee was only born in Australia. He grew up in the states and lived there most of his life. In Australia someone would have belted him out of his sensitive new age ways during puberty (tongue in chek here)

Truly he's hardly been in oz. His song "Catch my disease." hit the charts here, but that's the first time we heard of him.

keep up the good work..Jody

 
At 1/15/2008 8:26 PM, Blogger Informantomatick said...

How about "Blind Rage": n., what you want to do whenever you see or hear The Secret mentioned without smirking.

I have a course, too. It's called "Delude Yourself into a Synthetic Heaven: How to Ignore Sickness, Aging, and Death until It's Too Late" and based on "the Secret"...

Hermes Trismegistus is spinning like a top in that grave of his to see his work sullied like this.

 
At 1/15/2008 11:50 PM, Blogger gregory said...

all this aside, what you put your attention to grows in life

you look for shysters, you will see them everywhere

 
At 1/16/2008 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>"There is an expression in Australia, if you can play to an Australian audience and get them to like you, you can win anyone over. There is truth in this...Australian are very guarded and don't take too well to nonsense."<<

Um, tell that to swami shankarananda and all his followers. Muktananda made a huge splash in Australia in his heyday and the siddha yoga seeds are still sprouting there.

get real

 
At 1/16/2008 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, tell that to swami shankarananda and all his followers. Muktananda made a huge splash in Australia in his heyday and the siddha yoga seeds are still sprouting there.

get real

Do you live in Australia? Have you spent long periods of time here? I've spent my entire life in Australia. I do know what australians are like.

Muktananda and the other have a compative small following???? There will always be niave people everywhere.

This is a generalised comment.

Stupidity is not determined by nationality.

I can tell you for sure there is virtually no new age moment in Australia. The woman who promoted the secret had to go overseas to do it. Most of the speakers on that DVD are form the states.

Sometimes people just post on this blog for a reaction. They have nothing constructive to contribute themselves.

 
At 1/18/2008 11:36 AM, Blogger Citizen Deux said...

One of the prior posters who suffered a serious illness and felt guilty - as it was their fault, claimed someone without theri best interests at heart - is only the tip of the damage done by the self-manifestation crowd.

For example, Louise Hay, a despicable person in my estimation, plies this claptrap in the extreme pointing out that individuals are "psychically" responsible for their own ailments. Tummy hurt? You are holding unspent anxiety. HIV? You must be a bad person. And so on.

Try telling that to my neighbors' six year old daughter diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

 
At 1/18/2008 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For example, Louise Hay, a despicable person in my estimation, plies this claptrap in the extreme pointing out that individuals are "psychically" responsible for their own ailments. Tummy hurt? You are holding unspent anxiety. HIV? You must be a bad person. And so on.

Try telling that to my neighbors' six year old daughter diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

This is an example of the sad abuse that beleif systems are susceptible to. It's like the dark ages sometimes...people still believe in superstition.

There are others that would then say the childs cancer is because of karma from previous lives or something. Well, please tell me then what has happened to many of the moguls who made a lot of money out of cancer causing industries....

Hey surprise surprise...where is their bad karma. Many of them live in comfort with access to the best nutrition, doctors, medical facilites, money for luxuries. etc etc

Some of these frameworks that people adopt don't hold up in general. And they are hurtful often to people when they are at their most vulnerable.

 

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