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Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

IndoctriNation Rachel Bernstein

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 58 Ratings

Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

    Happy, Holy, Hell w/Stacie Stukin & Phillip Deslippe

    Happy, Holy, Hell w/Stacie Stukin & Phillip Deslippe

    Returning guests, Stacie Stukin and Phillip Deslippe are joining the show once again to speak about their newest investigative piece on the troublesome boarding schools of the 3HO community.



    Stacie Stukin is an arts and culture journalist from Los Angeles. She was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal and has also written about yoga for the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine. Over the years, she’s had the opportunity to write about Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, including a majorly impactful article for Los Angeles Magazine about the sexual misconduct allegations against Yogi Bhajan and the subsequent reckoning within the 3HO community.




    Philip Deslippe is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and holds an MA from the University of Iowa. He has written articles for several academic journals including the Journal of Yoga Studies and Tricycle magazine. Philip was himself a member of 3HO for about a decade after taking a Kundalini Yoga class at his undergraduate college in the mid-1990s. He left in 2008 and went on to conduct research into the origins of Yogi Bhajan's Kundalini Yoga that culminated in the ground-breaking 2012 article "From Maharaj to Mahan Tantric" for Sikh Formations.



    In this revealing conversation, Stacie & Phillip delve into the disturbing practices within the 3HO community, particularly focusing on the abusive and neglectful conditions at the boarding schools in India. Philip provides a detailed history of Yogi Bhajan's rise to power and the hierarchical structure he created, which facilitated widespread abuse and control. Stacie shares harrowing accounts from former members, highlighting the long-lasting impact of the community's toxic environment.



    The discussion also covers the recent reparations program for survivors of abuse within 3HO. While the program aimed to provide settlements and institutional changes, many claimants found it re-traumatizing and inadequate.


    Read Stacie & Phillip's "3HO's Boarding Schools Were A Living Hell":

    https://www.baaznews.org/p/3hos-boarding-schools-abuse-yogi-bhajan

    Find more info on Stacie and her work here:

    https://www.staciestukin.com/

    Find more info on Phillip and his work here:

    https://philipdeslippe.com/



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    • 1 hr 11 min
    BONUS EPISODE PREVIEW: The Hypnotic Mantras of Elizabeth Clare Prophet pt.2

    BONUS EPISODE PREVIEW: The Hypnotic Mantras of Elizabeth Clare Prophet pt.2

    This is just a preview of our Patreon exclusive bonus episode. You can hear the full episode by becoming a member at:
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    In this continuation from a previous bonus episode, Rachel explains how mantras and repetitive meditations can both heal and harm. She shares her insights by exploring the work of Elizabeth Clare Prophet and the Church Universal and Triumphant who is infamous for her hypnotic monologues.



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    • 4 min
    All The Scary Little Gods w/Natalie Hoffman

    All The Scary Little Gods w/Natalie Hoffman

    Natalie Hoffman is the author of Is it Me? Making Sense of Your Confusing Marriage: A Christian Woman's Guide to Hidden Emotional and Spiritual Abuse and her recent memoir All the Scary Little Gods. Natalie is also the host of the Flying Free podcast. She is a mother, grandmother, educator, and passionate advocate for women of faith in abusive homes and churches. Through the Flying Free Sisterhood program, Natalie empowers women to discover and use their God-given voices, gifts, and freedom to choose for their spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being.



    Rachel and Natalie delve into the multi-layered aspects of Natalie's life, from her upbringing in a strict Christian environment to her journey through an abusive marriage and her eventual path to healing. Natalie shares her experiences with internal family systems (IFS) therapy, a method that has helped her understand and heal from her past trauma.


    They discuss the covert nature of emotional and spiritual abuse within religious settings and the importance of bringing these hidden issues to light. Natalie emphasizes the need for self-compassion and the significance of being an empathetic witness to oneself.


    You can find more info on Natalie and her work at: www.flyingfreenow.com



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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Hurt & Healed By The Church w/Ryan George

    Hurt & Healed By The Church w/Ryan George

    Ryan George spent the first 20 years of his life in a cult, attending a series of Independent Fundamental Baptist churches including one where his dad was the pastor, whose word was the ultimate authority. It wasn’t until Ryan was confronted with the truth that his father was a serial sexual abuser hiding his sins behind Bible verses, that Ryan realized his faith was built on a foundation of lies. He’s spent the last 25 years reevaluating what he truly believes, and miraculously, while he left the spiritually abusive IFB movement, he didn’t leave behind his faith altogether.


    In this episode, Ryan recounts his experience of confronting his father and the complex path of untangling his personal faith from the harmful tenets of American fundamentalism and the teachings of Bill Gothard. Despite the spiritual and physical abuse he endured, Ryan managed to reconstruct his faith and find redemption. His new book, "Hurt and Healed by the Church: Redemption and Reconstruction After Spiritual Abuse," delves into these experiences and his journey toward healing.



    Rachel and Ryan also explore the broader implications of abuse within religious settings and how it impacts families and communities. Ryan's story is a powerful reminder of the importance of speaking out and finding one's own path to healing and faith.



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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Bonus Episode Preview: The Hypnotic Mantras of Elizabeth Clare Prophet pt.1

    Bonus Episode Preview: The Hypnotic Mantras of Elizabeth Clare Prophet pt.1

    This is just a preview of our Patreon exclusive bonus episode. You can hear the full episode by becoming a member at:
    www.patreon.com/indoctrination



    In this episode, Rachel dives into the life and influence of Elizabeth Clare Prophet, the leader of the Church Universal and Triumphant. Rachel recounts her early encounters with the group and shares a chilling memory of hearing Prophet’s hypnotic mantras, which had a profound impact on her. She also reflects on a conference where she heard Prophet's daughter speak about the challenges of growing up with such a mother, highlighting the often-overlooked perspective of the children of cult leaders.



    Rachel also delves into the dual nature of mantras and repetitive sounds used by Prophet, which can have both positive and negative effects. She explains how these practices can calm the mind and reduce stress but can also trigger trauma and anxiety in those who have experienced significant psychological harm.



    Rachel concludes by providing a comprehensive look at Prophet’s life, from her early mystical experiences to her leadership of a controversial religious movement, and the lasting impact on her followers and her own family.

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    • 5 min
    A Well Trained Wife w/Tia Levings

    A Well Trained Wife w/Tia Levings

    Returning guest, Tia Levings writes about the realities of Christian fundamentalism, evangelical patriarchy, and religious trauma. She is also a podcaster, speaker, and content strategist. She’s been quoted in Salon, the Huffington Post, and Newsweek, and appeared in the hit Amazon docu-series, Shiny Happy People. Based in Jacksonville, Florida she is mom to four incredible adults and likes to travel, hike, paint, and daydream. Her debut memoir, A Well-Trained Wife, is available now for pre-order.




    In this episode, Tia delves into her personal journey of escaping a high-control Christian patriarchy, which she now refers to as evangelical patriarchy—a "cult without walls." She shares the harrowing experience of a hostage situation that led to her escape and discusses the complexities of healing from trauma. Tia emphasizes the importance of self-advocacy and the multifaceted nature of recovery, including the use of internal family systems (IFS) and somatic work.



    Rachel and Tia also explore the broader societal implications of religious extremism, particularly the Seven Mountain Mandate, which aims to infuse Christian values into various sectors of society, including government, education, and media. Tia's insights provide a powerful reminder of the need for awareness and vigilance against the encroachment of religious dominance in public life.



    More info on Tia and her work here:
    https://tialevings.com/

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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

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Important conversations about control in many dimensions

Really appreciate all the deep dives into what control can look and feel like. Super important questions being asked here.

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2019 conversations with Ron Burke

As a person of faith, I really appreciated these conversations with Ron Burke. Thoughtful and insightful.

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True education about cultic groups

I’m an IFS therapist and I work with folks exiting cultic groups. I listen to many of the cult podcasts and I appreciate Rachel in particular because she respectfully encourages people to share their story, while simultaneously and seamlessly educating the listener on the tactics of coercion. Thanks for your decades of work Rachel!

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