The Landmark Forum Experience… why not?

Recently I attended The Landmark Forum and had a very positive experience. Luckily, I took the advice of my friend to take the class and did ZERO research before signing up. If I had done some research, I think I would have NOT signed up. I believed his word that The Landmark Forum was a positive experience and a few days before attending I heard it was a cult, nothing much else. I thought oh well, I signed up on a good recommendation.

The day after the class, I didn’t think about it much except when I talked to a friend who also took it about the impact it had and what we both saw after taking it. Our conversation went very well because the combination of friendship and both of us have had taken The Forum.

Later that day, I had another discussion with good friend who I thought might take it. I talked to him briefly on the weekend and I thought he would come to the “Tuesday” meeting after, but since he has changed his mind. We had a discussion about it on IM and I attempted to convince him it was a good idea to attend the Forum, but in the end he sent me links and ideas of how it was bad (pyramid scheme, religion, etc.) and he wouldn’t be attending. It was interesting to see how the phrasing and concepts of the forum could be applied to the discussion. I’m not going to get into that, but I found it very powerful.

This discussion was good and bad. It was good because I think I understand how The Landmark Forum operates as a business and as a perceived cult and why people are so fearful. It was a bad conversation because my friend isn’t interested because of what he read online.

Now I must ask the question to myself of why The Forum is received online so negatively. 1) I’m not a worse person after attending, 2) I feel I received my money’s worth, 3) No one has told me I’m not me today 4) I did not experience amazing results, 5) I experienced others experience amazing results.

How is The Forum perceived to get new students? Brain washing!

How does The Forum actually get new students in a way that is miss-interpreted as being negative? I’ll make it very simple; it works like a drug… Person goes to Forum, person experiences amazing thing, person feels high from the amazing things, person is excited for self and friends to experience amazing things, person wants friend to attend, friend feels pressured because person is high from amazing things. Friend doesn’t go because the combination of the stupid things online and the person telling him he should attend which friend misinterprets because he read it’s a cult and now thinks person is brain-washed.

Although I compare it to a drug, I’m not addicted, but I bet some people get addicted to their amazing results. Is The Forum bad? Well, if the person received something bad, then yes, it would be bad. But I’m sorry to tell you, there is no voodoo, brain washing, etc. It’s just a positive experience.

My feeling is that over-all, I think the forum is a great opportunity. A caveat of caution is that if you’re very vulnerable, you will probably get a good experience from it, but you may also not understand what happened to you because (a) you’re too busy having major breakthroughs and (b) you’re so high and excited from these you’re brain will be buzzing and lead to a non-realization. I would imagine after a few days you’d get it, but who knows.

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I think this is a fair review in looking at pros and cons. I’ve read a lot of really nasty things online which shocked me. I have done the forum with some pretty awesome results. I think it was a very positive experience because I went into it with a very open mind. A lot of things can be taken the wrong way depending on your past experience. If you go into it and treat it with an open mind and are willing to question everything you ever believed to be true, you can come out finding more of a… Read more »

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I really thank you both for writing. I just finished the Forum. I also cleared up my authenticity. I began accepting that things are the way they are sometimes. not bad and not good. some things you cannot change. so if you want a relationship with someone who has such a thing, you better get it, accept it and “create” that relationship you want and not a relation”chip”. it is a great business. good for them to get so many to sign up. Business is business. true that if you know someone vulnerable, you may want to go with them… Read more »

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Yvette

WOW. FUCK LANDMARK! I say that with PASSION. I’m not “apathetic” like Landmark preaches non-Landmark followers to be about their life. I will tell you a story about this organization and listen carefully: You wonder, “How can people change like that? After only three days?” They do. And, you can NOT call me close-minded just because I’ve made a decision on something. I have almost always been a rather indecisive person, and I usually think that everybody’s got a point. I have a good track record. I have never had extraordinarily strong or firm beliefs about anything. Not like I… Read more »

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Hello everyone. I have went through some of your comments and I must say I appreciate you all for being authentic. Now I would like to share with you my experience. It was awesome!! I have never realized i was doing the things I did and now my mind is so clear. i realized that the present moment is what is real and the past is not real and the future is not real. Only this present moment is real. I create my own reality in the present. Now let me take a minute to discuss with you the sales… Read more »