America's New Gurus

America's New Gurus

2021, Religion  -   7 Comments
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In this feature, the search for enlightenment is brought into focus. It follows several individuals who are considered to be religious leaders by their communities. These communities tend to proliferate in the United States, especially since entities that register as a religion can spread their message freely and they also enjoy some economic kickbacks. Among the movements are what can be called 'New Age' communities, which are reminiscent of the 90s New Age movements.

The followers of these movements are searching for meaning, healing, and even contact with extraterrestrial life forms. They include people from all walks of life and to a large extent the rich and famous since access to some of these spiritual leaders can cost thousands of dollars.

One shaman, who also happens to be the husband of a princess, connects with spirits and in one session can offer any client that is feeling a sense of emptiness some sense of release, energy, and fulfillment.

Another leader uses the toxic secretions from a frog to offer healing sessions to clients with conditions such as cancer. This session is usually done in a group and the side effects of exposure include vomiting, palpitations, and dizziness but are said to have anti-microbial and antibiotic properties.

James Arthur Ray is another of the leaders with an interesting story that includes death, imprisonment and a big comeback.

We also get another interesting perspective from one 'cult' whose message is all about communicating with aliens and sparking controversial conversations.

This documentary raises questions about the true cost of enlightenment, to the spiritual leaders and the followers and also asks the question of who really benefits from the exchange. Often, followers are put in danger and risk their health because of the level of dedication these leaders spark into them. Should there be more legal regulations around the formation of these communities? Should they simply be ignored as frivolities and superficial movements or are they genuinely harmful not just to the members but to unwitting members of society in general?

One thing is certain. The search for life's meaning is a centuries-old phenomenon that is likely to continue for generations. The non-traditional paths towards this endeavor make for an interesting watch.

Directed by: Flora Desponts, Gary Grabil

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Jackal

    These are truly sick people, conned by slick advertising and slicker personalities.

  2. Norman McKinnon

    A pox on ALL religions & cults. They all should be banned. Marx was right. Religion is the Opiate of the Masses. never more true than in 19th Century China. They exported opium use all over the world thru their Immigrant Communities. Just like Covid.

    1. Julian Morris

      That's funny, have you ever read about where the Chinese opium came from? It was mostly imported by the British and grown in colonized India. Watch a documentary on the Opium Wars.

    2. Dwight Hayes

      There is only one true church and it isn't a physical church. All physical churches are used for condemned worldly purposes these days. The real Christian church is a spiritual church between his chosen ones and their creator. The Communist hate us real Christians more than the Phonies with their fake physical churches. They have been persecuting us and they have feared us for quite sometime. Communist are some of the dumbest and most corrupted people on Earth.
      They are afraid his chosen few Holiness Christians who are involved in faith healing miracles with the Spirit as our partner and protection. The Fallon Gong are faith healers like us American Holiness Christians that the Angel Michael, who was Jesus Christ on Earth told his disciples and followers he would give us a sign. He revealed himself to us in every generation since his resurrection from tomb. That was our sign that we are of his chosen. My life since that childhood revelation has been full of miracles. The Chinese Communist Party is selling and harvesting human organs from Fallon Gong practicers in China. Harvesting their organs while they are still alive.

    3. Dwight Hayes

      That's right about Opium. Do you know where the Communist Rossecrutions come from? North Eastern India.

    4. Dwight Hayes

      We true (spiritual) Christians do not claim to be leaders in any religion.
      We are servants only. Don't believe anyone who claims to be a Cristian Church leader. That's another condemned concept that goes against our Christian Doctran.

    5. Dwight Hayes

      This is an end times century. That's why you see so many Phonies and false Prophets everywhere.