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Xtul: An Experience of the Process
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Overall, I rate it an excellent read, in part, for the honesty she portrays about her naïve, and yet heroically romantic, outlook on life that is quite typical of many sheltered inquisitive people who confronts the subtleties of the world just waiting. It seems she was able to reconcile herself with some of the less reputable realities of the group, and humanity, after her rescue and became a better person for it.
I think a lot of people can identify with her portrayal of the idealist filled with the angst of growing up facing the status quo.The feeling in the Sixties of course had a lot to do with fanning that angst fire even more so since the emotional disconnection between generations was being laid bare.
Some disappointment comes from her not elaborating more on her experiences. Was the “mind traveling’ described real in her own experience or just second-hand observations of what others told her? Was the compulsion analysis really substantial for her or finally little more than peer influence mixed up with her own romantic notions and nothing more than spoken analysis that could be done by anyone? I wanted to hear more about those things than mostly about the hierarchy circle that manipulated and controlled.Read more ›
The emotional disconnection common to middle and upper-class life in Britain in the 20th Century was what fed the group in its early days. Something that offered a way to center into oneself and release a lot of the emotion that the conventional lifestyle smothered had an immediate appeal to a certain segment of society,one that desperately needed to burst out of a constricting cocoon. Verney produces a convincing narrative of how own timorous approaches to the group, her growing enchantment with its approach to living, her parents' intervention as they recognized she was moving into a new way of seeing things, and the break this intervention produced in her connection with the group. She evokes more than she describes, and thus produces an intriguing text for anyone who wants to understand more about the appeal of non-mainstream spiritual groups. The experience is one of infatuation, just as the loss of the attachment is like the end of a love-affair, and she captures this well.
The book doesn't rate a fifth star primarily because of Andy Roberts' shoddy final chapter, which aims to put The Process into a tighter historical context. He muddles timelines, fails to appreciate how The Process evolved and changed its belief system frequently (hence its brief flirtation with British nationalist groups) and comes out with straight-out errors, such as claiming Paul McCartney was once on the cover of Process magazine.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this well-written book, an autobiographical account of some months in a "cult." The word "autobiography" might sound stuffy, but this book is quite engrossing. Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by Jan Bays
Sabrina Verney takes you with her every step of the way and lets you see and feel what she feels without telling you how to interpret her experience. Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by susan nash