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Saturday, February 11th, 2006
8:36 pm
[bigmike33315]
my intro
Hi. My name is Michael Fleischmann and I was raised in a cult. As stated in my profile, my family lived in Florida for 12 years, with a crazy woman (let's call her "Vicki"). I talk about it in detail in my LJ community, it's listed in mym"Website" info. I'll post a few tidbitsd here once in awhile.

After reading up on the subject, I had discovered that our life was like living in a cult, with Vicki (the woman) as the leader. We moved down there in 1985 (I was nine) and I got out around 1997, when we came to Michigan. I'm going to post a few details when I get free time, but here's the basics of what we dealt with.

1. Therapy. Everyone needed it, according to the woman, and everybody had a dysfunctional family and needed counseling.. oh yeah, and every family had at least one or more relatives who were molested.

2. Suicide. Nobody did it, but I can guarantee that every one of us were suicidal, more than once. That is, everybody except the woman and her family. That's how bad it was to live with her.

3. Money. Everyone had jobs, and gave money to her for bills.. though I suspect she kept a little for herself. Hmm. I don't recall her having a job for too long. Also, our family rarely, if ever, had anything in our name. The house, the cars.. they were mostly in Vicki's name, or someone in her family who lived with us. There were also the times when I was "charged" for doing something wrong.

4. Religious brainwashing. We were taught that unless we were Christians, we would go to Hell. And if we didn't want anybody else to go, we had to "witness" to them or else. We could not be friends with anyone who wasn't religious. We didn't go to church much, so we had "services" in the home, with the woman as the top pastor. The home was church.. according to her, we were the only true church, the only real "saved" people in the world. Also, she acted as if she had a direct line to God, as if He vocally told her stuff (for example, "God" told her we should pay her money).

5. Exorcism. Actually, it was called "deliverence." If we caused problems.. and if therapy, counseling, interrogation, religion didn't work? Well, then we were obviously possessed by a demon. Which means, we needed deliverence. It was crazy. I'll go into detail about this in another post.

6. Hot Seat. Ah yes, the hot seat. Our cult didn't have a name, probably because the woman (and everyone else) didn't think it was a cult, and they hate it when I use that word now. They always referred to us as a "family." Strange, isn't that what Charles Manson called his followers? Hmm. So, I call it the "hot seat cult." Here's why. Whenever we were in deep trouble, we would be in the hot seat. We sit in a chair, at a table. Everyone else would surround you. Then.. they ask questions, yell, interrogate. Twist your words, put their own words in, twist what you say, jump on every word. Everything is questioned. And if, by the end, therapy and interrogation didn't work.. well, you needed "deliverence." Oh, and you better answer quickly. If you paused or anything, you were I denial, censoring, witholding information, or a demon was keeping you from talking.

I know it's a lot of crap. It went on for 12 years. I'm going to post more later.. a lot more. Details. I also plan on writing a book series about my life in Florida.

- Mike

Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, February 19th, 2006
4:38 pm
[severina00]
Can we activate this community a little?
Hello,
been offline for reasons which people will probably only believe if it is in a movie. Truth is stranger than fiction, they say, and it is absolutely true, at least in my experience. I just revamped my LJ and have added a couple new entries which may be edifying to some, challenging to others. Feel free to read and comment. The world must know, and there are so few of us who are getting out. Would love to see some activity around this community.
I have a mirror blog at:
www.mysteriousjourneys.blogspot.com

Severina

Current Mood: frustrated
Saturday, January 29th, 2005
11:12 pm
[palindromicme]
I am compelled to do this because....
I recently googled a cult that I was forced to join when I was 10.

Turns out they have been exposed here: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~skyaxe/index.html

And that was a damn good feeling.

Not like it's gonna be stopped anytime soon, but felt good to see someone else thought that that shit was bad. Kinda sucks that the site hasn't been updated in over a year, but hey beggars can't be choosers.

So after seeing that I come here to see if there was a community of peeps that have also been through a cult, since it seems like there's a friggin community for everything. But wow, there isn't.

*steps up to the plate*

And I just started using this site, so I'm gonna be a lil slow at getting this place to look as astheticly pleasing as those other places.

Please try to ignore the boring look of this and just pay attention to the only thing that I can offer you all.

Myself, my experiences and my ears (eyes?) will be out here for you all.

Current Mood: accomplished
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