Starting in the late sixties there was a surge of workshops that came under the heading of the Human Potential Development Movement. Movement is an interesting word isn’t it? A movement is a group of like-minded individuals who get together because they are interested in a similar subject. If you look in the dictionary, cult shares this same definition. The Human Potential Development Movement was about helping people see their lives in a more positive light, in other words changing their negative thinking about situations in their lives to positive. Companies sent all of their employees through the workshops to facilitate people being more open and positive in the workplace, and therefore, more productive employees…and it worked! Companies found that they were making more money because when people worked together, more work got done. People’s relationships also improved at home which spilled over to the work environment when they were not as stressed about their outside environment. With less stress at work and home, came less illness and time off from work, another factor which contributed to the bottom line.
The interesting observance at the workplace later by managers was about the people at work who refused to go to the workshops, because companies did not force people to go. Some people said it might be in conflict with their religion, others said it was a bunch of new age woo-woo bunk, and others called it some type of a cult because they made you close your eyes during some of the exercises…and what were they doing when your eyes were closed? Fear and negative belief systems emerged about what they didn’t understand, or their fear of change.
The other observance in the workplace was the interaction and attitudes displayed between those that went to the workshops and those that didn’t attend. Those that went, afterwards displayed positive traits of looking forward to new responsibilities, being accountable for jobs they were given, and being helpful to all their fellow employees. Those that didn’t go to the workshops complained about any extra work that came their way, were more lax in their duties, and didn’t offer to help others who needed extra help. In other words, one group joined the cult of positivity, and how can I be of service. And the other group joined the cult of negativity, and what’s in it for me, or why should I bother.
The Father of the Human Potential Movement, Alexander Everett, said once in court when asked by a judge ‘who did you get the teachings in these workshops from’? Alexander said, “well as I see it Jesus was the first one to teach it and all the rest of us just copied it from Him”. Of course, if you study any of the ancient teachings from any of the great religions today, they are all saying this same thing. All of the “guru’s, new age teachers, workshop leaders, shamans and ministers of all faiths” teach the same philosophy. They teach Positivity, not Negativity. Why? Napoleon Hill stated the why in his books – “To Think Is To Create”. How we think manifests into what we will create more of in our lives, and in the world, today. If we think negative, we create negative. If we think positive, we create positive. This is the basic spiritual teaching, Einstein’s physics proved it scientifically. Science now proves spirituality!
There are many great teachers out there that have been honoured for the work they have and are doing in the field of uplifting human consciousness – the Dali Lama, Sathya Sai Baba, Derek O’Neill, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Yaffa Epstein, the Pope, etc. – the list is extensive and spans every positive culture and religion across the globe. It has been said that there is really only one religion, the religion of Love. Love is a Positive force. Hate is a Negative force. Which cult do you choose?