Alternate Names of the Group: Emin Society, Emin America
|Founder||Raymond John Armin (also known as “Leo Run”, “Leo John Schertenleib”)|
* Information on the term “template” from a former member:
“The Template” is a common term in the Emin. It’s Leo/Armin’s conception of a grid of 16 “stations” into which all the functions of humanity (and, presumably, the universe) are meant to fit. Members of the “North American Template” are encouraged to “champion” various stations (or essences). There is also a bunch of “funds” that go with Template stations that Emin members are encouraged to contribute to.
The BITE Model As It Applies to Emin:
The following information was submitted by a current member
Behavior1. Regulation of individual's physical reality
a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with
b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
d. How much sleep the person is able to have
e. Financial dependence
f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations
2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals
3. Need to ask permission for major decisions
4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors
5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).
6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails
7. Rigid rules and regulations
8. Need for obedience and dependency.
Regulation of individual’s physical reality, major time commitment, need to ask permission for major decisions, rewards and punishments, rigid rules
Not especially out of line concerning this particular group, in this submittee’s experience.
Need to report thoughts, feelings, activities to superiors
No, although meetings sometimes start with “check ins” where members give impressions of their lives, the times, etc.
Individualism discouraged; “group think” prevails
There is a mind stopping “Emin-ese” that members use, or not. It’s not required, but the idiom is generally used. There tends also to be a group devotion and unquestioning of the teachings of Leo/Armin.
Information1. Use of deception
a. Deliberately holding back information
b. Distorting information to make it acceptable
c. Outright lying
2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio
b. Critical information
c. Former members
d. Keep members so busy they don’t have time to think
3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
a. Information is not freely accessible
b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid
c. Leadership decides who “needs to know” what
4. Spying on other members is encouraged
a. Pairing up with “buddy” system to monitor and control
b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership
5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.
b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources
6. Unethical use of confession
a. Information about “sins” used to abolish identity boundaries
b. Past “sins” used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution
Use of deception; deliberately withholding information; distorting information; outright lying
Members are only told certain things as they become “ready” for them. Initiates at open night meetings are not told some of the more “far out” ideas of the Emin. It’s less a distortion than a limitation of what’s revealed. If anything, it’s obfuscation by omission. Although, no outright lying.
Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged, such as: books, articles, etc.; critical information; former members; keep members so busy they don’t have time to think
Things of the “Culture” are generally doubted because the world is so messed up. Sources tend to be logically attacked as opposed to content. I know of only two examples of restriction to access of former members; one left in fear based on religious belief. Another, a “coach” left and I don’t know what happened to him. You can get so busy that you don’t have time to think. It’s the member’s responsibility not to get in too deep. (over the head)
Compartmentalization of information; “outsider” v. “insider” doctrines; information not freely available, access to information varies at different levels and missions
Absolutely. Members are not allowed to take notes in some meetings. Some information is not allowed to general group. Some information from Leo is being released to women only. Some information is rumored to be only available in Israel. Financial information on Leo/Armin is his business, and it is not released to the group. It’s a private corporation (the RLE Corp. Registered in Florida as well as others – one for women). Leo releases different information to different levels/segments.
Spying on other members encouraged
No pairing with a “buddy” to monitor behavior. Sometimes work in groups. Mutual support encouraged, but not required. No reporting to leadership of thoughts, etc, beyond above check ins and coaches.
Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
No; most centers (except for the NY one) can’t seem to maintain a consistant output. This is partially due to a sort of charming discombobulation when it comes to administration of such things. Plus the fact that Emin endeavors cover so many things that no one can put it into a single package.
Misquotations taken out of context from non-cult sources
Actually, the case tends to be vice versa. It may be my own perspective here, but those looking into the group tend to take Leo/Armin’s outrageous statements (which he may or may not have made) and blow them up. I have the feeling that he’s a very charismatic, but far far from perfect person. It is rumored that he’s a more highly developed person than the rest of us. You can take that as you please. He may also be a charismatic eccentric visionary with an extraordinary number of good ideas, a large number of crazy notions, and a few wrong and wrong-minded views. It is up to each Emin member, and each person to separate these out.
Unethical use of confession
Not present in member’s experiences.
Thought1. Need to internalize the group's doctrine as "Truth"
a. Map = Reality
b. Black and White thinking
c. Good vs. evil
d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)
2. Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating clichés"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".
3. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged.
4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down "reality testing" by stopping "negative" thoughts and allowing only "good" thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.
a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
e. Speaking in "tongues"
f. Singing or humming
5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate
6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful
Need to internalize doctrine as “Truth”: adopting group’s map of reality as “Reality”; /white thinkgin; “good” v. “evil”; “us” v. “them”
The Emin map is very definitely the Emin Reality. There is a cosmology about the Astral light around the earth which has many levels corresponding to the levels of energy for life. World history has a very definite overlay of Emin interpretation. According to Emin (Leo’s) teachings the human is a five-part creature. The Astral Light has seven levels. These are a map. But what belief system doesn’t establish a map? How could you have a system without a map? Adopting the map is not discouraged. The Culture is Generally bad – the Emin is good. One is encouraged to be “thoroughly discontented” with everything, including, I take it, Emin theories. Again, yes. There’s a lot of evil inherent in the world right now. Emin v. Culture. Members take on an Emin name as opposed to their outside name to summon up the qualities they admire.
Use of loaded language
Absolutely. There is an entire language of Emin that uses English terms but gives them new meaning to those who know. These new meanings are sometimes useful and sometimes very limiting. Again, it’s up to the person to choose.
Only “good” and “proper” thoughts encouraged
Yes. Popular Emin quote: “You become what you think about.” But, when used rationally, isn’t that a good thing?
Use of thought-stopping techniques
Leo is generally not criticized at the core level, though criticism is encouraged. Critical thinking is generally put as “to find evidence for” Leo/Armin’s teachings. Not, generally, to discuss both sides. Chanting is used, but not for long durations. To see what it feels like and what “turns up in people”. Like experimentation only with a foregone conclsion drawn by Leo. Use of directed meditation, frequently on qualities of life we’d like to have and attract (care, patience, creativity, etc.) But, these never last more than 10 or 15 minutes. Sort of praying; more invocations. No speaking in tongues that I know of. We sing songs. There are some Emin Songs. And there are songs composed by members that are really nice.
Rejection of rational analysis; no critical questions about leader, doctrine or policy seen as legitimate
Yes, in general. One is encouraged to find evidence for Leo/Armin’s teaching – not against it. There is a much harder wall up against discussing why something is nonsense than to discussing “how can we perceive this as true.”
No alternative belief system seen as legitimate
No. Parts of other religions are used, coopted, and even taken credit for. Also, it is widely said that many many many people outside the Emin Society are involved with the universal idea of the Emin.
Emotional1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person's feelings.
2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader's or the group's.
3. Feeling-stopping. Like thought-stopping, this is the automatic suppression or blocking of feelings that are not acceptable by the cult identity- such as feeling "homesick" or feeling "depressed" or feeling "resentful".
4. Excessive use of guilt
a. Identity guilt
1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)
2. Your family
3. Your past
4. Your affiliations
5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions
6. Social guilt
7. Historical guilt
5. Excessive use of fear
a. Fear of thinking independently
b. Fear of the "outside" world
c. Fear of enemies
d. Fear of losing one's "salvation"
e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group
f. Fear of disapproval
6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.
7. Ritual and often public confession of "sins".
8. Phobia indoctrination: programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leader's authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.
a. No happiness or fulfillment "outside"of the group
b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: "hell"; "demon possession"; "incurable diseases"; "accidents"; "suicide"; "insanity"; "10,000 reincarnations"; etc.
c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family.
d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the group's perspective, people who leave are: "weak"; "undisciplined"; "unspiritual"; "worldly"; "brainwashed by family, counselors"; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.
Manipulate and narrow the range of a person’s feelings
Some. But only to develop the individual, to process what is best.
Make the person feel that if there are any problems, it’s their fault, never the fault of the leader or group
Some. The group is constantly admitting and working on its problems and trying to get to the next step (as defined by Leo/Armin). Some of the Emin Society’s problems are jokes within the group.
Excessive use of guilt; identity guilt, social guilt, historical guilt
Yes. All of these. But with the twist of “do something about it.” Emin teaches that Humans are off track (historically and currently) individually we are each off track so we need to be very careful of our affiliations, our thoughts, our emotions and our actions because each calls over something else, something unseen.
Excessive use of fear
Fear is used in the sense of members living in fear of things as a result of their beliefs. The “Culture” can be dangerous to your continuance after life if you are too concerned with it. There are no “enemies”. The salvation question is pretty hopeless at this point for humanity. The Emin is frequently referred to as a “rescue mission”. Ostricization and disapproval are fears in every group. But the Emin Society does not use it as a threat. These are very friendly people. Reincarnation is not a good thing necessarily.
Extremes of emotional highs and lows
There is a feeling of “well being” that comes when good things are being discussed. Sometimes the “force”, or “atmosphere” in a room can become too much for some. Those people step outside until they feel better. There’s a physical sensation of “fizz” that attends when certain things are being discussed. The highs depend on the individual. The lows aren’t really that low. And are generally blamed on Culture struggling to get in.
Ritual and often public confession of “sins”
Phobia indoctrination: no happiness outside the group; terrible consequences will happen if you leave; shunning of leave takers; never a legitimate reason to leave
Not apparent to this member.
(articles, videos, information)
Emin - Essay about Emin from Former Member