NWS Presents an Evening with Twin Flames: Burned! A Survivor and Cult Expert Speak Out
Northern Michiganders were stunned when two major documentaries appeared about Twin Flames Universe, a self-help and wellness cult, with its leaders residing in Suttons Bay, Michigan.
The depth of emotional pain expressed by former members was hard to watch and raised more questions than it answered. How did Twin Flames fly under the radar of our tightly-knit communities, Suttons Bay and nearby Traverse City? What exactly is a cult? What is the seductive draw that entraps people? Can law enforcement play a role even when people voluntarily fork over their savings and agree to work for nearly nothing?
This event will feature Keely Griffin, a survivor of the Twin Flames Universe, and Dr. Janja Lalich, a cult expert, who were both featured on the Nextflix documentary, “Escaping Twin Flames.” They will talk with guest host Jacob Wheeler, who recently wrote about the cult in the Glen Arbor Sun.
Keely will talk about her journey into the online group with the goal of improving her life, relationships and finding her “twin flame,” or her divinely chosen soulmate. After three years, she left the cult, losing everything, including her career, savings, and beloved sister, whom she encouraged to join TFU. Keely aspires to advocate for fellow survivors in the legal system and improve education and legislation around coercive control.
Dr. Janja Lalich, author of “Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships” and an international authority on cults, will talk about the draw of cults, the different forms they take, and why they are so challenging to escape. Her book includes advice for those want to leave (or have already left) and eye-opening accounts of those who joined to grow spiritually, only to realize that the charismatic leader was engaged in criminal conspiracy, polygamy, slave labor, and sexual abuse of members, including minors.
Attend via live stream or in-person at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., Traverse City, Michigan. Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music and a cash bar. The event begins at 7 p.m. and includes a Q& A. Each in-person ticket includes a signed copy of Take Back for Your Life (or opt for a two-ticket package and a book). Dr. Lalich will personalize books after the event.
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