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“Summer is a time many of us look forward to and long for. Long days. Chilling in a hammock or on the beach. Barbeques, cold beers, time just hanging with friends…or playing with our kids. We remember the endless summers of our youth – catching fireflies, licking dripping ice cream cones and bomb pops, spending afternoons in the lake or the pond or the pool – and envision what a wonderful season we’ll have. | Then reality hits. There’s too much to do, too many emails to answer, and too many responsibilities. | And then it’s fall.”

“That is the insidiousness of mind-manipulation,” Lisa Kohn, a cult survivor and author of the upcoming memoir To the Moon and Back, tells Bustle. “Nearly anyone can be manipulated by the promise of a better tomorrow or the answers to their questions or a sense of their inherent rightness (or sinfulness).”
Kirkus Reviews  | June 2018 | A Teacher and Leadership Consultant Takes Readers into the Crevices of a Cult
“If writing is an evacuation tool to process and understand abuse, Kohn has done an excellent job of producing a text that oozes with honesty and truth.”
Third Age  | June 2018 | 5 Ways to Break Free From Your Past & Embrace Your Future
I used to think I was the one with a past. You know, “a past.” A past that set me apart from everyone else and that had, pretty much, damaged me beyond hope. I was raised in a religious cult by one parent, while my other parent’s religion was sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Two contrasting, competing, diametrically opposed, weird – if not harmful – worlds.
I am a recovering perfectionist. I can have a compelling need to get things “right” and make no mistakes. But we learn by making mistakes and by relaxing and letting things happen. It still can blow my mind that things can happen without me causing or pushing them.
But I’ve found over the years that it is possible – and amazing – to claim each day as my own and to live stronger and more fully than I ever thought possible.
Growing up in a cult, your brain is filled with false truths and lies. You know you’re sinful. You doubt yourself. You’re filled with shame and self-loathing. Life with my father required vigilance. My role models there were dope-dealers and hippies who had my brother smoking pot at the age of ten because it would be “cool.”
She Knows | May 2018 | How I survived a cult
When you have learned and believed that there is a Truth and that there is “right” and “wrong,” it’s terrifying to walk away from what you have known as right. One of the things about mind control and extremist situations is that they teach you that questioning and doubting are signs of weakness and sin.
Not only is there more good news than bad news, there is more good than bad overall in the world. Sometimes it’s easy to think it’s the other way around, because that is often what grabs our attention. The bad news and the anomalies sell newspapers and are what catch our eyes. It would be boring if we counted everything that went well and every story that had a happy ending.

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