1) Recommended Books & Articles
Boland, Kim and Gordon Lindbloom "Psychotherapy Cults: An Ethical Analysis," in Cultic Studies Journal, Vol 9, Number 2. Bonita Springs, FL: ICSA. 1992. Chapman, Troy. Who Are We? The Lifeful Way. Narbeth, PA: Nov-Dec 2002. Also, Other Writings.
Conway, Flo and Siegelman, Jim. Snapping: America’s Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change, Second Edition. New York: Stillpoint Press. 1995.
Deikman, Dr. Arthur J. Evaluating Spiritual and Utopian Groups. Deikman.com
Fromm, Erich, The Art of Loving. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. 1956.
Hassan, Steven. Combatting Cult Mind Control. Rochester, Vermont: Park Street Press. 1990.
Hassan, Steven. Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves. Somerville, MA: Freedom of Mind Press. 2000. (Read Chapters Here)
Kramer, Joel and Diana Alstad. The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power. Berkeley: Frog, Ltd. 1993.
Lalich, Janja. Bounded Choices: True Believers & Charismatic Cults. Berkeley: Univ of California Press. 2004.
Lalich, Janja. “Domination and Submission: Psychosexual Exploitations of Women in Cults,” in Cultic Studies Journal, Vol. 14, No. 1 – (see next listing)
Lalich, Janja, Editor. Women under the Influence: A Study of Women’s Lives in Totalist Groups. Cultic Studies Journal, Vol. 14, No.1. Bonita Springs, FL: ICSA. 1997.
Lalich, Janja and Madeleine Tobias. Take Back Your Life: Recovery from Cults and Abusive Relationships (Second Edition, Revised & Expanded, of Captive Hearts, Captive Minds). Berkeley: Bay Tree Publishing. 2006.
Langone, Michael D., Editor. Recovery from Cults. Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse. New York: W.W. Norton Co. 1993.
Lifton, Robert Jay. Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, New Edition. Chapel Hill, NC:
University of North Carolina Press. 1989.
Miller, Mark. Letter to Family Member of a Daist. Sept 17, 1985. (Description of a cultic experience, addiction to leader, and negative reactions of group members to stories of former members.) Oakes, Len. Prophetic Charisma: The Psychology of Revolutionary Religious Personalities: Syracuse, NY: 1997. (Read Chapter 2: "Charisma.") Robischon, Noah. “Son of Heaven’s Gate,” in Netly News. Jan 7, 1998,
Rosen, Shelly. “Gender Attributes that Affect Women’s Attraction to and Involvement in Cults,” in Cultic Studies Review, Vol. 2, pages 22-38. Bonita Springs. FL: ICSA. 2003.
Shaw, Daniel. “The Dark Side of Enlightenment: Sadomasochistic Aspects of the Quest for Perfection," Paper at the National Conference of Clinical Social Workers. 2000 (in “Traumatic Abuse in Cults”).
Sherrill, Martha. The Buddha from Brooklyn: A Tale of Spiritual Seduction. New York: Random House. 2000.
Singer, Margaret Thaler, and Janja Lalich, Crazy Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work? Indianapolis: Jossey-Bass. 1996.
Singer, Margaret Thaler, with Janja Lalich. Cults in Our Midst: The Hidden Menace in Our Everyday Lives. Indianapolis: Jossey-Bass. 1995. (Excerpts on Psychological Persuasion Techniques.)
Tobias, Madeleine, and Lalich, Janja. (New edition: Take Back Your Life, See Lalich, Janja, above) Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Abusive Relationships. Alameda, CA: Hunter House Publishers. 1994.
van der Braak, Andre. Enlightenment Blues: My Years with an American Guru. Rhinebeck, NY: Monkfish Book Publishing Co. 2003.
Wallace, Amy. Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda. Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd. 2003.
2) Sampling of Websites with Helpful Info about GWP, High-Control Groups & Cults
NB: Please see Home Page for MANY additional links
(Please let us know if you find non-working links on this page or others. Thanks! )
Forum for Former Followers of GWP (Described as "A resource for people to discuss their experiences, share evidence, and raise public awareness about the Gentle Wind Project." For present and past members of GWP, their families, friends, and those interested in researching Gentle Wind Project .) Equilibra.com ("The Gentle Wind Project," by Ivan Fraser & Steve Gamble -- the first critique of GWP on the Internet. Special Investigations Agency (SIA, conducting an independent investigation of GWP, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educate, promote, and assure integrity and ethics by providing an investigative and intervention resource to the public.) Cult News.com (January 5, 2005: "Has the Tsunami washed 'cults' ashore?" "The old adage 'Beware of Greeks bearing gifts' may be useful....Another controversial group concerned about the trauma of tsunami survivors is the 'Gentle Wind Project.....'") See other news stories on high-control groups and cults at Cult News Network ABC-TV-8, WMTW, Portland, ME. See video on Home page. (TV News Interview with Jim Bergin, Judy Garvey, and with GWP's Mary "Moe Miller) Healthwatcher - Quack Machines ("Ill-wind from the Gentle Wind Project and the Toronto Star?" offers many opinions and a wide variety of sources about Gentle Wind from the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.) Doc Bob.org ("Gentle Wind Project Lawsuit Update": "Obviously this is a very important case for [the defendants]. . .also important for former Jehovah's Witnesses who run websites that are critical of the Watchtower as well as former members of all sorts of groups who speak out against the groups with which they were once a part.") Now Toronto Magazine ("Can This Card Save You? Gentle Wind's Big-Buck Healing Instruments Panned by Ex-Members.") Ellsworth American ("'Gentle Wind Project' Wafts into Ellsworth: Alternative 'Healer' Sues Former Fans.") Enlighten Me Free (Former students of "Ramtha's School of Enlightenment" --"As former followers of GWP, a group that claimed to have an exclusive connection to the "spirit world," we applaud any public service website dedicated to providing alternative perspectives....") Toronto Star "Trauma Card Story Needed a Critical Eye" -- (Rigour" was "sadly missing" in recent "Trauma card promotes healing" article about Gentle Wind Project.) Guidestar.org (Financial info about GWP; IRS nonprofit tax returns.) Crank Dot Net ("Cranks, Crackpots, Kooks & Loons on the Net": See Wind of Changes "Anticrank" award. Scroll down for Gentle Wind Project award of "Crankiest.") Skeptico : Critical Thinking for an Irrational World -"Gentle Wind Project." Phact.org (More opinions about GWP, with international accounts.) Steve Gamble Lawsuit Statement ( Entire statement from Steve Gamble concerning lawsuit dismissal for himself and Ivan Fraser after a consensual agreement was reached with GWP; also contains PDF of the Court document.) Rip-Off Report #1 - GWP ( Read testimonies here by people who consider themselves victims of GWP and also from "instrument keepers" who say that GWP helps them.) Rick Ross Flaming Website - GWP (After reading the personal attacks about former members of GWP, as well as himself and other cult reform educators, on one of GWP's "Internet Scam Alerts," (NB: GWP removed their "scam alerts" from their websites with no explanation; however, portions are still available as part of the lawsuit documents, and also on the Counterclaims page in reference to remaining defendants.) Rick Ross issued a "Flaming Website" award, along with three flames, out of a possible four, to GWP [ recently upgraded to 4 flames; see below] -- "'The Gentle Wind Project' blew a bit roughly after a link to a critical website was posted on the [Rick Ross Links Page]. page. The rather odd group decided to shoot the breeze about a 'cult deprogrammer...from New Jersey.' Guess who? They largely rehashed the much posted Scientology screed about my past. This group, which has been called a 'New Age cult/scam,' is run by John and Mary Miller. They sell so-called 'instruments,' which includes everything from a wallet sized 'healing card....requested donation $450' to a 'Healing Bar Ver 1.3...requested donation [was] $8,600 now reduced to $7,600.' The Millers also hold forth through seminars. But don't expect to see any scientific peer-reviewed study published about their paraphernalia within the pages of JAMA. Interestingly, since repeatedly being compared to 'cults,' the Millers have decided to offer free 'cult deprogramming,' though probably not to dissuade anyone from making further 'requested donation[s]' to the Gentle Wind Project."
Rick Ross.com upgraded GWP's "Flaming Website" award to four flames and added the following note: "The [GWP's] 'Eye of the Sky' blew a bit roughly after a link to a critical website about the organization was posted on the Links page.... Note: The Gentle Wind project initially received a three flame award, but after the group sued me and the Ross Institute for 'slander' and 'libel,' specifically citing the above paragraph as a cause of action, it seems they deserve an upgrade to four flames. The 'rather odd' group has the dubious distinction of being the first recipient of a Flaming Website Award, to sue over it.")
New Zealand Cult List Coverage (GWP is one of only two groups, of the dozens listed, to be assigned 2 out of 2 flames and a designation of 'Dangerous.') From the website: "New Age cult/scam...[GWP] is described by former members as being 'a Cult.' Their descriptions of GWP's practices include many of the standard mind control techniques such as deceptive recruitment, control of information, etc, as well as sexual rituals to provide energy for GWP's 'healing instruments.' Members are supposedly warned not to tell outsiders about these rituals....(Naturally, GWP denies those claims.) GWP charges/requests thousands of dollars for the healing instruments, which do absolutely NOTHING for the well-being of the user apart from that caused by the placebo effect. Caveat emptor ('let the buyer beware' - although if you misinterpret that Latin as meaning 'the buyer has an empty head' you might not be far off)." "The above information has resulted in this page being included on their web site in a list of targets for legal action. (Intimidation is a classic cult trait.) We note also on their web site they have plenty of information available which makes their beliefs and many of their practices (not to mention the ridiculous price of their healing instruments!) quite clear. [GWP] has used a straw man argument to rebut the claims of former members. The GWP states that 'rape, molestation, and domestic violence' did not take place in the 'energy work' - their euphemism for the rituals that supposedly provide energy for the healing instruments. No such claims have been made by former members. We note the GWP has not denied that the 'energy work' actually involves sexual activity. "As of 1 April 2004 we see that New Zealand (but not specifically this page) is once again mentioned as a target for legal action. (Could it be they're doing a bit of seasonal joking?) It seems the NZ Cult List has rather more noble intentions than the Gentle Wind Project and we hereby request that Valued Readers do not send money for legal expenses. (The wording of GWP's request is for donations to a legal defense fund - something that we presume won't be required since no one is legally attacking them. What will they use the money for?) However, written submissions for this listing are now being accepted." Rick Ross.com - GWP (The Rick A. Ross Institute (RI) of New Jersey is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization devoted to public education and research. It also has an excellent discussion board with information posted about Gentle Wind. RI's mission is to study destructive cults, controversial groups and movements and to provide a broad range of information and services easily accessible to the public for assistance and educational purposes.) Disinterested Party ("Artifact Corner" -- "...It’s amazing what you can do with a closet door handle, a sheet of perspex, and some plastic pipe....") Holy Smoke (HolySmoke.org:"GW Had to Sell Its Research Banjo!")
("In the entire history of man, no one has ever been brainwashed and realized, or believed, that he had been brainwashed. Those who have been brainwashed will usually passionately defend their manipulators, claiming they have simply been 'shown the light' . . . or have been transformed in miraculous ways.")
The Power of Cults - a review (Why do people join cults and high control groups? "The Power of Cults," tells the personal story of Janja Lalich, former cult member, and prolific author of resources listed on this page, plus the just-released "Bounded Choices: True Believers & Charismatic Cults.") News of the Weird "People Different From Us": "The Gentle Wind Project of Kittery, Maine, was recently in the news for filing a federal lawsuit against a couple who had allegedly slandered the group with claims of mind control and child neglect, among other charges. According to a Gentle Wind spokesperson, each human lives inside an energy field 8 to 10 feet high, 4 to 6 feet wide, which sometimes gets damaged and must be repaired. Its 'healing instruments' are just the tools to do that, bringing good health, based on '20 years' of research. For example, its 'Puck Puck' (which resembles several tuning forks) is said to bring relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, migraines, ulcers and chronic fatigue to those who merely hold them, and it has even been known to help people 'forgive.' On the other hand, wrote the spokesperson, 'We're not New Age wackos.' [Portsmouth (Maine) Herald, 7-26-04] -- Chuck Shepherd’s News of the Weird." Also in Metro Pulse ("People Different from Us," included in "Noteworthy Absurdities from Around the World." A commentary on the GWP lawsuit, Knoxville, TN.) The same story with small variations is at "Las Vegas City Life," Las Vegas, NV; and Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier (IA), "Lifestyles"; and Columbus Dispatch "Flipside," Columbus, OH; and "Weird News," Anchorage Press, Anchorage, AK; and MSNBC,"Comics" section; and "Relish", Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, NC; and Pulse Weekly"Hooray for Cults"; and The Daily Camera, "News that Sounds Like a Joke," Boulder, CO; and Austin Chronicle, Austin, TX; and Orlando Weekly, "A Mighty Wind"; and Universal Press Syndicate, "News of the Weird." Cult News.net (News about cults and new religious movements around the world, including GWP.) Enroute Magazine (Air Canada Magazine's list of "The Top 5 of Everything for 2005: Five Products We're Dubious About -- The GWP Trauma Card.") Fact Net(International Discussion Board about high-control groups and cults, including GWP.) International Cultic Studies Association (The largest professional organization concerned about cults and psychological manipulation was founded in 1979. ICSA offers practical resources and services for families, former group members, mental health professionals, clergy, attorneys, educators, and young people based on scholarly study, research, and clinical experience.)
Freedom of Mind and Information about GWP (Steven Hassan, cult counselor and mind control expert is a Nationally Certified Counselor and licensed Mental Health Counselor and has developed a breakthrough approach to help loved ones rescue cult mind control victims. He is a former member of the Moon cult. Ex-cult members and others seek him out for specialized counseling to help them recover from symptoms other mental health professionals are not trained to address. Hassan has been at the forefront of cult awareness activism since 1976 and is the author of two critically acclaimed books.Hassan has 27 years of frontline activism exposing destructive cults, providing counseling and training, and appearing in major media including 60 Minutes, Nightline, Dateline, Larry King Live, and The O’Reilly Factor. This site also maintains an excellent discussion board, including information about GWP.) Modemac.com High Weirdness Project ("It's the Scientology of New Age Cults.") Fact Net (Information about mind control and cults, for present group members, former members, and families.) CSICOP (Committee for Scientific Exploration of Claims of Paranormal .) Insolitology (Critique of GWP under "Paranormal/Pseudo-Science" section.) The Human Nature Review ("Sex, Drugs, and Cults: An Evolutionary Psychology Perspective," by H. Keith Hanson in The Human Nature Review) Evaluating Spiritual and Utopian Groups (In the cult psychology section of his website, Dr. Arthur J. Deikman has written a short gem of common sense called 'Evaluating Spiritual and Utopian Groups.') The Art of the "Cold Reading" (“The Art of "Cold Reading’” from James Randi Educational Foundation: An educational research resource on the paranormal, pseudoscientific and the supernatural.) Letter to a Family Member. (Classic description about the how to communicate with a friends or family member whenhe or she is still immersed in a cultic environment.) Soul Betrayal ( Soul Betrayal: Sexual abuse by spiritual leaders, by Anne Simpkinson, in Common Boundary Inc. Nov 1996.) Black Sun Journal "Happy Birthday, Mom" (The son of Elizabeth C. Prophet shares his perceptions of his parents and gives insights about being raised in such groups. "Faith cost my parents their relationships with their children, their health, and ultimately their self-knowledge.") Surrealist (The Nitty-Gritty of Cults includes "Stories of former members of the Gentle Wind Project -- GWP is trying to sue these people for speaking out.") What Enlightenment - Andrew Cohen (Former members' experiences with Andrew Cohen, founder and director of a group in western MA.. "Breaking the Code of Silence" article could be useful reading.) Boundaries (An essay by Nancy Miquelon. Rediscovering a separate sense of self; tolerating ambiguity.) J-Walk Blog ("Supernatural healing at the Gentle Wind Project") 16 States of Cult Evolution (The 16 stages of Cult Evolution. "Not all groups will pass through each stage and stages will overlap. All along this evolutionary line people are joining and leaving the organization.") The Goldbergs' Resources (Very helpful information by two clinical social workers who are also coordinators of "Cult Information Services of NY/NJ," as well as a support group for former members of high-control groups.) ReFocus (Recovery resources for folks hurt by their involvement with abusive and controlling organizations and relationships.) Healing without Harming ("Healing Without Harming," by Gail Matheson, from The Aquarian, Spring 2001. "Just because a healer is holistic doesn't mean s/he's good for you. Protect Yourself.") Cults Viewed from a Socio-Addictive Perspective (Cults Viewed from a Socio-Addictive Perspective by Josep Mª Jansa and Miguel Perlado. Beyond the dissociative model and along with thought reform processes, the symptomatic profile of the follower could be included among addictive disorders: group addiction or cult addiction). Common Dreams ("One Man's Guru is Another Man's Fraud, or Worse" in Common Dreams News Center) Cults on Campus ("Judge: Web site can't be sued for 'cult' comment." and other resources.) Strange Maine Blog (Strange Maine "Did you read Gregory Kesich's story about the Gentle Wind Project lawsuit? Holy heck!")
3) Gentle Wind Project's Own Publications & Websites
Channelled from the Brotherhood by Mary E. Carreiro [aka Claudia Panuthos; aka Mary "Moe" Miller].
The Psychology of Spiritual Growth. Granby, MA: Bergin & Garvey Publishers, Inc.1987.
Book Reviews of The Psychology of Spiritual Growth:
D) Ralph Magazine -- "The Brothers and Sisters of the Inner World" have evidently blown in from the Gentle Wind Retreat in Kittery, Maine. This tome has little to do with psychology, something rather evasive to do with spiritual growth, and a great deal to do with carping about false prophets. Evidently the "Long Age of Darkness" --- 75,000 years in duration --- is nigh about over, and our souls are momentarily to balloon off elsewhere. All the New Age doodads, meditations, and spiritual trips are in vain. The Psychology of Spiritual Growth suffers from what we might call the anchorless statistic, a round number floating about on a gentle wind without the secure chain of foot-notes. Ninety, eighty, fifty, thirty, and even twenty percents all come and go, babbling not about Michelangelo but, instead, about our lousy school systems. If you go to the last chapter looking for their mode of soul growth, good luck. The most you will find is promise of many more volumes out of Kittery, Maine, on the same subject, with, perhaps, the ultimate answer, or at least twenty percent of it." We would like to apologize for publishing this book during our involvement with gwp – Jim Bergin and Judy Garvey
Channelled from the Brotherhood by Mary E. Carreiro [aka Claudia Panuthos; aka Mary "Moe" Miller].
Modern Religion & the Destruction of Spiritual Capacity. Granby, MA: Bergin & Garvey Publishers. 1988. We would like to apologize for publishing this book during our involvement with gwp – Jim Bergin and Judy Garvey
Channelled from the Brotherhood by Mary E. Carreiro [aka Claudia Panuthos; aka Mary "Moe" Miller].
Modern Education: One Size Fits All. Granby, MA: Bergin & Garvey Publishers, Inc. 1988. We would like to apologize for publishing this book during our involvement with gwp – Jim Bergin and Judy Garvey
Gentle Wind Project. Energy Alignment Healer. Kittery, ME:1985.
Gentle Wind Project. Gentle Wind Newsletters, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2, and 4. Kittery, ME.
Gentle Wind Gentle Wind Project. Healing Instrument Manual. Kittery, ME:circa 1992.
Gentle Wind Project. The Sacred Book of Healing. Kittery, ME:1996.
Gentle Wind Project. Energy Alignment Healing Directions. Kittery, ME.
(Earlier versions of various gwp websites might be found on the Way Back Machine) Included one of the newest and strangest claims in GWP's short history -- "Cult Deprogramming Services." GWP leaders started promoting this idea in April 2004, after ex-members published personal stories about their years inside the group. (NB: GWP has since removed this idea from their website.) NB: We former members of GWP would like to offer the following recommendations for anyone seeking information about, or help with, recovery from high-control groups or cults, for yourself or your family: Any experienced and trained professional who assists former high-control group or cult members and their families would say that the use of so-called "deprogramming" techniques would be unprofessional and unethical. To learn what to look for when choosing professional help, please link here to read Ethical Standards for Thought Reform Consultants. If you are looking for information about, or help with, recovery from a high-control group or cult, first thoroughly check the activities of the organization, agency, or individual offering these services. Ask for references (from people outside of the group) or current licenses. Search the Internet for diverse opinions about the group, agency, or individual offering the services. Be aware that one of the world's largest "groups" took over the once highly respected Cult Awareness Network (no longer recommended) several years ago. Many high-control groups and cults have tried the same tactics. www.eyeofthesky.org Gentle Wind leaders’ "Eye of the Sky" website, reacting to ex-members’ personal stories, and other critics, was removed after GWP leaders filed their lawsuit. Why? The original "Eye of the Sky" website contained many examples of straw man arguments by GWP leaders about ex-members and any individuals or organizations that host former members' stories on their websites. (Some original versions of various gwp websites might be found on the Way Back Machine)
4) Groups listed on GWP's former website as "affiliates"
NB: GWP's latest enterprise, "Family Systems Research Group" is described
Allies for Trauma Relief : "...mission is to facilitate the distribution and implementation of the Gentle Wind Project trauma relief technology..." (Check Way Back Machine for earlier versions as the present site has been greatly changed.)
5) Books by Claudia Panuthos (later to be known as Mary Carreiro/Mary “Moe” Miller)
Published by our company, Bergin & Garvey Publishers, Inc., prior to our involvement
with GWP. These books do not openly recruit people into the Miller Family's enterprises, or to
any subsequent activities of Claudia Panuthos/aka Mary/Moe/Mo Carreiro/Miller. However, in recent years Mary Miller (AKA) has attempted to dust off her old persona as a childbirth educator.
We see this as a thinly veiled recruitment technique into the Miller Family's schemes.
Extreme caution recommended.
– Jim Bergin & Judy Garvey
Panuthos, Claudia. Transformation through Birth: A Woman’s Guide. Westbrook, CT: Bergin & Garvey Publishers. 1984. Panuthos, Claudia. Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses. Westbrook, CT: Bergin & Garvey Publishers. 1984.
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