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Friday, April 22, 2016

On Dahn Customers Needing to Take Responsibility

This is my open letter to one of the commenters of my blog.

Nata, good for you and glad you are keeping healthy. Many people are vulnerable and they just want to get better with healing. To a large extent, yes - we are mostly responsible for our choices. Cults like Dahn Yoga are also responsible for representing themselves (the employees, corporate mission) fairly and accurately. However, they have a hidden and dark agenda that starts with Ilchi Lee that needs to be brought to light.

If customers are fed darkness, it becomes that much more difficult to see the light behind hidden agendas. It seems that the more customers are seeing the truth about Dahn Yoga, the more the business tries to initiate some sort of cover up. Coincidentally, several Dahn Yoga businesses near my county are renaming their facilities so that "Dahn" is not shown anywhere in the signage or advertisements (leaflets, cards, coupons, etc.). Rather, the update names are more generic, like Tai Chi, Power Yoga, and some variation of healing stretching.

Why the cover up of the actual business name if there is nothing wrong with the business? If I opened a yogurt shop and called it "Dahn Yogurt" I would invest as much as I could to reinforce branding and build a reputation. I would probably only change the name (say, to Yummy Yogurt? Yogurt 4 You?) if there was a widespread media campaign smear about the questionable quality or business model of the enterprise. Maybe people started spreading the word that Dahn Yogurt uses expired ingredients, aggressively persuades yogurt upsells and cross-sells, or sells useless products. Maybe rather than fix these issues I decide I just want to conceal the ugliness with a new name.

Well guess what? It's just lipstick on a pig.

To point the problem as being the customer's responsibility in this hypothetical case is rather irresponsible. Yes, it's a capitalist society so they are free to take their yogurt or yoga business elsewhere. That is the beautiful thing about our economy. But you have missed the point of the necessity of accountability on the merchant's side.

If Dahn Yoga insists on operating the business under its current shady motives and dark cult history, customers will find it that much more difficult to "get out" of this contract system than they would had they enrolled in a business with a transparent mission from the get go.

Psalm 52: 2-4
2 You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.
3 You love evil rather than good,falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
4 You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Dahn Yoga & the Role of Psychology

Here's the thing. EVERYONE has a story to share. Everyone has been through his or her own share of hurts: betrayal by a close friend, manipulation by a family member, lies by a lover, humiliation by an employer, or some form of variance or combination (maybe all) of the above.

Dahn Yoga practitioners know that we all have frailties and insecurities - obviously, they do, too. The difference is that they exploit our past or present pains for financial gain.

I started thinking about this more and more as I considered my last employer, a savvy businesswoman who was a manipulative psychopath. She knew exactly which buttons to push from most of her employees. The nicest and most soft-spoken workers got the most heat, and they would often leave her office with puffy red eyes from crying. The ones who had greater confidence and/or less to lose (ie, those who had college degrees, money in their bank accounts, or a firm religious background) received little to no harassment by this woman.

Dahn Yoga's 1:1 healing sessions are operated under the same framework. Disguised as healing and nurturing sessions, the masters talk you into spilling your guts as they literally beat your chest, stomach, and back repeatedly to remove "blockages" from your soul and your system. It is in this sort of vulnerable position confined in a small, poorly lit room reminiscent of a prison cell that you begin volunteering stories of grievances of years past.

In what seems like releasing the demons and thus inviting restoration to the soul, you end up feeding the Dahn predator with reasons why you need more help than you realize. After you've bared your soul to them, they suddenly have a class or series of healing sessions to sell. Can't afford a healing retreat or seminar? No problem - they offer payment plans that are reasonable and fit around your schedule.

Try as you might, they are relentless and will not back off. You start to feel uneasy with their aggressive sales tactics, but you're cornered, because now they know all your dirty little secrets and use all your stories as leverage to get you to commit. "You can't spend $300 to attend a Shim Sung lecture? No wonder you still suffer from your addiction to XYZ. No wonder you're still plagued by the child abuse from your youth - you're unwilling to let it go. Restoring your health is obviously not a priority to you."

I read somewhere that anxious people are the nicest people. In a way, being nice is a protection device - a defense mechanism. The nicer you are to people, the less likely they will attack you. When it comes to pyschopaths (ie, Dahn Yoga practitioners) you end up becoming their prey because they are here to hurt, rather than to heal clients.

Beware, especially those of you who are pure in heart and are particularly susceptible (to the point of being gullible) in readily trusting others. If you somehow get caught in the Dahn Yoga web, remember Jesus' Word from the Bible says: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:6

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dahn Yoga: A Holistic Cult

After all these years, I still believe there is merit in the actual exercises for pain relief. But, at some point, often early into your membership (*cough*..indoctrination??) you will realize that you can't pick and choose individual elements of the practice that you like. Dahn Yoga is not a la carte - it is a holistic practice wherein ALL the components, for better or worse, are interconnected.

You can go and enjoy the health benefits, but this is a cult, and you will absorb either directly or indirectly the cult energy, including:

- Love bombing - excessive hugging and physical touch* by the employees. *not sexual

- Exposing your vulnerabilities - they prey on the weak, and will expose your physical ailments and/or emotional pain in order to gain your confidence, control you, and sell you something.

- Shame and Guilt - they will use peer pressure and influence you to keep participating and buying into their scheme. If you're not buying, they will use your weaknesses against you and subtly manipulate you to do what they want. "Our $300 Shim Sung class is not worth your health? So you don't want to be cured of your blockages? You will never be free if you stop now, etc." Never underestimate the power of suggestion.

- You will pay - Yes, it's a business. Yes, they are selling products and services, but at a cost that exceeds any monetary value. Once you commit, they know they can keep cross and upselling their services MLM style. Several readers on my blog have reported spending literally thousands of dollars on retreats, seminars, healing sessions, and merchandise/accessories. Remember that each Dahn center has no choice to be preoccupied with bringing in new members and making money because they are funding Ilchi Lee's larger cult cause.

- Mind-altering practices - You're not just stretching and moving, you're led to meditation, closing the session by chanting "Happy body, happy heart, yes yes yes!", and strenuous/dangerous exercise in desert retreats. And, they often use loud, tribal "music" to coax a trance in form of wild and reckless body flailing. Failure or refusal to participate further increases the me vs. them chasm.

- The leadership structure is elitist - The instructors are to be addressed as "Master" and the Founder, Ilchi Lee claims a special, exalted status for himself. He has reported in interviews that he receives special messages from the divine, and is on a special mission to save humanity! Consider his construction of Mago Earth Park in Sedona, AZ. This place has massive statues of various gods, all erected to give the illusion of a harmonious world. People! There is only ONE true and living God, and He is Christ Jesus our Lord!

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Dahn Blog Posts...Need Your Ideas

Hello All, I'd like to write more on my blog but need your ideas. Please post your questions and ideas in the Comments section. You do not need to register to enter comments. Feel free to post anonymously :-)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Part 2: Practical Advice to a Concerned Blog Reader: "I am in a quandary"

A couple days ago, one of my blog readers commented that they didn't know what to do about their personal Dahn Yoga pickle. While they seemed pleased by the introductory healing session and class, they expressed concern about what to do next, ie, now that they know a little more about the sinister, cult-like history and current events of the practice. You can read their full comment at the bottom of this blog post.

Dear Anonymous Commenter, if you've returned to my blog to read part 2 of my dedicated post for you, I'm providing some practical advice for your consideration. I will be as  pragmatic and as legalistic as possible, but I will write with some "heart" because this is a subject that is near and dear to me.

1. You have membership cancellation rights.
Provided that you have not exceeded your trial period, you have every right to cancel your membership with a full refund as per your state's laws. For example, I live in the State of California, and we can cancel membership transactions within 10 business days. A quick Google search led me to CA's Consumer Affairs site outlining cancellation rights. 

2. It's only 3 months
You said that you "agreed to purchase a three month membership and additional healing sessions." If you've passed the grace period for cancellation, just remind yourself that you are committed for "only 3 months" and decide whether you will:

A. Chalk it up as a loss and opt out (no refund, nada).
B. Suck it up and go, even though you end up balancing the constant moral dilemma with the "Wow! This makes me feel terrific!" guilt.

****BUT****

Should you decide to continue participation, because hey - you did pay for it and you worked damned hard for your money.

1. Attend with PURPOSE
A. Write out your personal objectives for taking the class (and healing sessions) and ensure they are fulfilled. Don't add anything else beyond that. Going to class to increase flexibility? Do it. Want to focus on the exercises for your burning shoulder pain? Do it. Don't want to get sucked into the rhetoric and bullying sales tactics? Leave class IMMEDIATELY, do not stay another minute once the session is complete and don't look back...until the next class, that is.

B. Make a schedule of when you will go and stick with it.
Keep your "ritual" regimented so that you'll lessen any vulnerability you may have from taking additional and unplanned class/healing session impact.

2. Don't make friends there. 
I know. This sounds like such a jerk thing to say, but really. This is to protect your spirit.

A. Instructors: First of all, the Dahn Yoga administrators are your instructors. Don't ever let them indoctrinate you into thinking they are the "masters" that they call themselves. They are trained to be the master manipulators and they are obligated to meet sales quotas. For goodness' sakes, don't reveal anything about yourself to them. They can and will escalate a simple "I felt a little lonely today" into a full strike negative assessment of your nonexistent neurosis, social anxiety disorder, and their favorite, "BLOCKAGES!"

B. Classmates: Most of the time, your fellow classmates have no idea what is going on behind the scenes of Ilchi Lee's cult. They're harmless. BUT, the more they buy into the rhetoric, the more they become like one of Lee's sheep. Best to remain cordial and diplomatic, but don't get too friendly or share ANYTHING personal that leaves you (or your loved ones) in a vulnerable position.

3. Don't be social
This is related to point 2, but because of the community/classroom nature of Dahn, you should be especially vigilant. As lovely and as tempting the post-exercise tea sessions are, it might be best to avoid them. This is a prime opportunity for the instructors to collect stories from your classmates and exploit them down the line. "Oh, your knee feels better today? Well, if you learn the secrets of complete healing from our $800 XYZ class, you can remove blockages and achieve complete healing!"

4. Don't buy anything else!
I don't know how many healing sessions you bought, but please keep your money in your pocket. Do not spend another cent on Ilchi Lee's cause. A dollar in their register is a dollar in a greedy cult leader's pockets.  So please, don't buy any books, clothes, and definitely not any of those damned training sessions and weekend getaways!!!

5. Talk to your friends and family
You're feeling better and you're feeling a renewed spring in your step! You can't believe how good Dahn Yoga makes you feel! You want to shout it from the rooftops! Well, don't. At least, not to the wrong audience. We are designed to want to share good news with others, so go ahead. Share with your non-judgmental friends, family, or someone you can trust who is NOT affiliated with Dahn Yoga.

6. PRAY for protection
This is the biggest one for me. I have made it clear throughout my blog that I am a Christian, and I believe in the power of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I believe that He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord my Healer.

Before I go up against anything that brings me anxiety (interviews, meetings with difficult people, dangerous neighborhoods, a long drive, etc.) I pray to God for His hand of protection over me, and I thank Him that He is already doing a work in me and sending His army of angels over me.

Now, if you are not a Christian, I strongly encourage you to pray in your own special way and/or meditate and bring in mental and emotional clarity BEFORE going into each session. In fact, I would also pray AFTER for good measure so that you don't attract negative cult spirits on you. Do whatever you need to do that helps encourage, uplift, and heal your spirit.

I would love to hear what you decide to do and keep us informed of your progress. Please be sure to read through my blog as I've peppered tons of other practical advice that I've personally used as well as tips and tools from my own anti-Dahn friends and family.

Thank you again for reading my blog and I will look forward to your comments.