Monday, 4 February 2013

Findhorn Foundation Discrepancies

A book by Eileen Caddy

My Citizen Initiative website, launched in 2007, was at first greeted with disbelief by those accustomed to deceptive promotionalism of the Findhorn Foundation. After a while, some parties grasped that I was telling the truth. Evasion and exploitive commerce are involved in the project at issue. The "workshops" at this venue are notorious for the high prices charged.

Recent law court actions in Scotland are of interest. A complication was created for the Findhorn Foundation by an immigration officer acting for the Secretary of State. The "accredited education" advertised by the Foundation was mentioned, though a great deal  of what is taught there has no accredited basis. The legal procedure  provided a support for the defending party, mentioning (amongst other matters) that "the Scottish Charities Register shows that the Findhorn Foundation is a charitable trust" having objectives such as "the promotion of human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation." The theme of conflict resolution is elsewhere known to be a farce in the case of dissidents. The petitioners favoured the theme of  a Findhorn Foundation economic impact. 
 
The theme of an economic   impact  is controversial, and  also associated with the tourist income insistence favoured by Moray Council, who are money-oriented, with no interest in ethics.  Bureaucratic laxity is widespread, and the law can no longer be relied upon. Only money talks in a decadent society

BBC News still maintains inadequate coverage of the Findhorn Foundation, without reference to ongoing controversies.  The deficiency is habitual. Twenty years ago, I was living at the same building in Forres (Moray) where a BBC television camera team snubbed a major local critic of the Foundation, their attitude being completely partisan to the Foundation, with no cognisance of any facts involved. The camera team provoked a reaction from their intended subject, who refused to be filmed. I knew that this development would be welcome to the Foundation, whose insidious propaganda had influenced the BBC team. I now confronted the impudent leader of the camera crew, who had derisively said to the critic: "It is just your view against theirs." This gesture strongly implied that the Foundation could not be wrong in any way. The BBC spokesman proved evasive when confronted. 

I was then obliged to telephone the BBC management in London, to find my worst fears confirmed about the total irresponsibility of BBC officials.  At first, the official I spoke with groaned and said "Oh no!" Afterwards he became evasive, and would not acknowledge any error of deportment. The image of the Findhorn Foundation was thus preserved as being one of perfect charity. A due apology was overlooked. It is no surprise to me that Sir Jimmy Savile  fooled the BBC excusers for so many years. The paedophile could do anything he wanted, because the BBC media protected him as a praiseworthy exemplar of charity.

A relevant fact neglected by the BBC television fiasco was that the local critic (Kate Thomas) had been ostracised by dictatorial Findhorn Foundation officials. One of these oppressors was an American bisexual with near schizophrenic moods of aggression and amity. Another was a dogmatic and persecuting German partisan of alternative therapy who declared that God had given him the custodianship of Cluny Hill College (now the Findhorn Foundation College), which was a centre for new age therapy, channelling, and shamanism. The extreme behaviour, including harassment, did not accord with the glowing publicity instigated by such personnel.

Commercial promotion of Stanislav Grof's danger therapy known as Holotropic Breathwork (hyperventilation) was another problem in the "spiritual education" package at the Findhorn Foundation. Dissenters from therapy were blacklisted; the promoters were glorified. Thomas strongly resisted Holotropic Breathwork, as did medical doctors, and this meant that she had to be suppressed by the management.  The BBC failure to negotiate anti-medical bias occurred in 1992, a year before the medical verdict from Edinburgh University emerged. The Foundation management was reluctant to comply with the warnings, and never did acknowledge that Thomas had been right, instead opting for a continual hostility towards her.

A decade later, Thomas  was cordoned by a Findhorn Foundation Trustee (Janice Dolley), and because of her resistance to drug use and related matters. Standing for principle in the new age is a dead-end, as this instance confirms. Scruple is very unpopular, in view of widespread indulgences.

BBC Radio is another defective organ of the media, to date neglecting any due response to a quite lengthy complaint made in 2006 concerning a Findhorn Foundation “workshop” entrepreneur, who was hosted on BBC Radio as an authority in “holistic” matters. BBC Radio made no mention of the fact that William Bloom had promoted in London the lunatic exercise in hyperventilation devised by Grof Transpersonal Training Inc. The commercial therapist promoted this dubious activity despite the medical warnings which had occurred in Scotland, causing the Findhorn Foundation to desist from promoting the dangerous practice of Holotropic Breathwork, mistakenly advertised as a therapy. See further Letter to BBC Radio

To update here, Bloom has stated in contemporary idiom, that he is "pissed off with the BBC." Perhaps that organisation are suitably impressed by holistic gestures.

Meanwhile, the continuing evasion of Findhorn Foundation staff and supporters has been evident in such matters as online book reviews. One of these deceptive items (in 2011) was composed by a person who stated that he lived in the neighbourhood of the Findhorn Foundation. This semi-literate troll asserted that Kate Thomas had made a “brief stay” at the Foundation, and strongly implied that she wished to be accepted there as the “leader.” She was here accused of an "ego trip." In reality, the dissident stayed in the near vicinity for ten years (as is quite well known), and never wished to become the Foundation leader, but only to be given a fair hearing in the face of suppression, and eventually illness. See Kate Thomas and the Findhorn Foundation.  I happen to know because the misrepresented person is my mother, and I myself lived in Forres at the period under discussion. Findhorn Foundation gossip, like their promotionalism, is very unreliable.

Love drips like blood from the hate campaign daggers of trolls and their mentors. The distortions achieved by the "spiritual community" are neither convincing nor exemplary. Trolls ignored a recent complaint made via solicitors; the response to this complaint by the Findhorn Foundation management did not show refinement.

Kevin R. D. Shepherd

ENTRY no. 52

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