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Title Emissaries of Divine Light
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Founder Leader: Uranda (Lloyd Arthur Meeker) and Martin Exeter, now Emissary Trustees. Uranda died in 1952, Martin Exeter died in 1989
Description Alternate Names of the Group: Emissaries

FROM A FORMER MEMBER:

The Emissaries is a Christ-based new age group. They claim that they are non-denominational as the Christian church sects are not accurate in the way they depict Christ or his lessons or his death. They teach that people should practice oneness techniques with the life current (which is vibrational) and be still. The mind should be silent to receive the inner word from God; therefore, the mind should not do what it thinks because those thoughts, unless they are guided from within, are the devil working through you. Lots of fear and persuasion use here. The Emissaries believe that their way is the ONLY way for people to be saved from the hell on earth today, and that you can be redeemed while you live (only through their methods of course).
Behavior
Control
1. 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.
Emissaries were taught to only associate with other Emissaries, either on-site at an Emissary center or if you lived long distance from one, then you should live an isolated life and only connect with your center for all communications.

Members were taught to give at least 10% of their finances to the Emissaries, and that they should give their donation monthly. Through the years (since 1932) many members gave more than their 10%âfamily inheritances, trust funds, etc. were given over to the accounting office, all to the detriment of the members.

Regarding leisure activities: those who excelled in the arts were treated poorly because their passion to create needed to be tempered so that they would reveal only loving, Emissary-based artistic pieces. Only those who did so were granted the prestigious honor of being able to devote one or two hours a week to creating their art. As more members became aware of how to get attention to their work, and as they began to create art that reflected the Emissaryâs way then huge conferences began to come together yearly, and those who were chosen by the leaders as âtrue artistsâ were given leadership roles within the group.
Information
Control
1. 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
Very rigid information control: All of these were true. The ways chosen to effect these lies were indoctrinated as part of the basic Emissary way. There is so much to say here, I could write pages about it. Suffice it to say that all of this was used and is still used today.
Thought
Control
1. 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
  b. Chanting
  c. Meditating
  d. Praying
  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
Thought: All of this was used and underscored on a daily basis.
Emotional
Control
1. 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.
Emotional: The Emissaries did not promote taking poison to kill oneself but that the world was going to end and soon (itâs always soon). All of this was true and is still being practiced today.
Group
Websites
Applied Ontology

Emissaries.org

Attunement.org
Critical
Websites
F.A.C.Tnet : Emissaries of Divine Light

Other
Resources
(articles, videos, information)
The International Cultic Studies Association