As I am observing a young woman on Facebook in the clutches of a cult and her inability to understand that she is part of a cult, I remembered this post I wrote 6 years ago about my cultic studies following my own exposure to a cult.
This 4th-of-July weekend (Independence Day in the US), I managed to combine learning more about the traumatic impact of cults and the (almost) unbearable beauty of lotus flowers.
What does one have to do with the other, you might ask.
At a very concrete level, the location of the cultic studies conference and the location of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens were both in the Washington, DC Metro Area.
Cathy of Nomad, Interrupted posted beautiful pictures of her visit to these Aquatic Gardens which I had last visited about 15 years ago. Thanks for the inspiration, Cathy!
At first, I only thought of the Aquartic Gardens as a photo opportunity but now I realize there was a much deeper connection.
Just as the lotus flower grows out of mucky swamp waters, I needed release from diving deep into the human quagmire of cults, common personality…
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