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Guru Papers Masks of Authoritarian Power

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ISBN-10: 1883319005

ISBN-13: 9781883319007

Edition: 1993

Authors: Joel Kramer, Diana Alstad

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The Guru Papers demonstrates with uncompromising clarity that authoritarian control, which once held societies together, is now at the core of personal, social, and planetary problems, and thus a key factor in social disintegration. It illustrates how authoritarianism is embedded in the way people think, hiding in culture, values, daily life, and in the very morality people try to live by. The book unmasks authoritarianism in such areas as relationships, cults, 12-step groups, religion, and contemporary morality. Chapters on addiction and love show the insidious nature of authoritarian values and ideologies in the most intimate corners of life, offering new frameworks for understanding why…    
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 5/20/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Joel Kramer has been speaking throughout the world for many years about the basic concerns of living. He was on the resident faculty at Esalen Institute from 1968-70. He teaches on the evolution of awareness, combining Eastern and Western philosophies. Visit him at

Preface and Map of the Book
Introduction: Why Focus on Authoritarianism? Authority, Hierarchy, and Power
Personal Masks
Religion, Cults, & the Spiritual Vacuum Religion and Morality The Challenge of Science Who Defines Reality in Religions and Cults? Reexamining the Sacred
Gurus and Times of Upheaval
The Seductions of Surrender Control and Surrender Scandals, Saints, & Self-Centeredness Recognizing Authoritarian Control
Guru Ploys Inducing Surrender Maintaining Dominance
The Assault on Reason
Stages of Cults -- Proselytizing to Paranoia The Messianic Phase The Apocalyptic Phase
The Attractions of Cult Hierarchy
Gurus & Sexual Manipulation The Betrayal of Trust Spiritual Hedonism
Gurus, Psychotherapy, & the Unconscious
The Traps of Being a Guru Narcissism and Adulation Deceit and Corruption
Jim Jones & the Jonestown Mass Suicide
On Channeling Disembodied Authorities Assumptions about Channeling An Example of Channeled Writing: A Course in Miracles What Are Channels Channeling?
Do You Create Your Own Reality?
Healing Crippled Self-Trust
Ideological Masks Introduction:The Morality Wars
Fundamentalism & the Need for Certainty The Essence of Fundamentalism The Quandaries of Revisionism Revisionism and the Need for Identity What's at Stake?
�Satanism & the Worship of the Forbidden: Why It Feels Good to Be Bad Good and Evil The Problem of Evil Satanism as an Avenue to Power The Divided Self: Good and Evil Internalized Satanism as the Dark Side of Monotheism
Who Is in Control? The Authoritarian Roots of Addiction What Is Addiction? The Divided Psyche: Symptom of a Dysfunctional Morality Taming the Beast: The Inner Battle for Control Addiction as Revolt Against the Inner Authoritarian The Failings of Disease & Responsibility Models Twelve Steps to Where? Developing Wholeness and Self-Trust
Love & Control: The Conditions underlying Unconditional Love What Is Unconditional Love? Love, Time, and Timelessness Self-Sacrifice, Power, and Passion Control and Boundaries "Love Addiction" Measuring and Roles Forgiving and Letting Go The Religious Foundation of Unconditional Love Timeless Love through Time
Oneness, Enlightenment & the Mystical Experience The Mystical Experience Dualism and Renunciation The Function of Enlightenment The One-Sidedness of Oneness Holism and Interconnectedness Renunciation as Accumulation
The Power of Abstraction: The Sacred Word & the Evolution of Morality Abstractions and Power From �Animism to Polytheism: The Concrete Abstractions of Idolatry Monotheism: A Universal Abstraction Oneness: The Culmination of Religious Abstraction Abstraction, Either/or Thinking, and Dualism Symbol Systems and Power Transforming the Symbol System: A Dialectical Perspective<b