Contained in the ‘Twin Flames’ universe
A pair who run an internet religious group that claims to assist members discover their soul mate have confronted accusations that they promote cult-like practices and have even inspired members to alter their gender in a bid to search out love.
Jeff and Shaleia Ayan, who reside in Michigan, are the founders of the Twin Flames Universe, an internet group which presents digital tutorials, workshops and remedy periods designed to steer individuals to their so-called ‘twin flame’.
‘A twin flame is your greatest buddy in the whole universe,’ Jeff defined in a 2017 YouTube video. ‘This particular person was designed for you by God, and also you had been designed for this particular person by God, to be your everlasting companion… for all of eternity.’
Members of the Twin Flames Universe are given entry to a particular Fb group, which has greater than 15,000 members, in addition to dozens of YouTube movies with titles like ‘does my twin flame know they’re my twin flame?’ and ‘manifest twin flame miracles’.
Jeff and Shaleia Ayan, who reside in Michigan, are the founders of the Twin Flames Universe, which presents on-line tutorials, workshops and remedy periods designed to steer individuals to their so-called ‘twin flame’. They’ve confronted accusations of working a cult-like organisation
Different choices, together with one-on-one therapies, and entry to Google Hangout ‘courses’ throughout which members had been supplied recommendation on their relationship issues, require a subscription.
In keeping with Vainness Honest, the price of accessing the ‘full run of this therapeutic actuality present, and its offshoots, prices $4,400.’
Whereas dozens of followers declare the organisation has had a constructive affect on their lives, a number of former members have spoken to Vainness Honest and Vice about what they contemplate to be Jeff and Shaleia’s exploitative and cult-like practices.
Jeff, who’s in his early 30s, and Shaleia, who’s in her mid-30s, vehemently deny any allegations of wrongdoing and declare the assaults are a part of a conspiracy concept to ‘destroy’ the Twin Flames Universe.
The duo, who declare to have a direct connection to God, work with a crew of coaches to assist information their members in direction of their twin flame, who may reside in one other metropolis, and even nation.
Typically these matches are individuals they already know; typically they’re different members of the group.
These matches are all the time between one ‘masculine’ accomplice and one ‘female’ accomplice, nevertheless the group makes use of these phrases to discuss with vitality, somewhat than an individual’s intercourse or gender, that means you could possibly be a lady however have a ‘divine gender’ that’s masculine.
Jeff and Shaleia declare their shut reference to God means they will verify an individual’s true ‘divine gender’, even when it’s not one they determine with.
The couple advised Vainness Honest that members who ‘uncover a brand new divine gender’ are by no means pressured to alter their outward look. However the publication notes that ‘lots of them do; beginning with their names, pronouns, costume, and hair.’
One transgender man spoke positively of discovering that his ‘divine gender’ was masculine after being guided by members of the group and his coaches.
Jeff and Shaleia vehemently deny any allegations of wrongdoing and declare the assaults are a part of a conspiracy concept to ‘destroy’ the Twin Flames Universe. Above, a seize from a latest video denouncing the assaults
‘I used to be guided completely via pointed, logical questions and meditation to the reality,’ he wrote in a weblog submit. He added to Vainness Honest: ‘It wasn’t pressured on me in any manner.’
Nonetheless others insist that members are actively inspired to outwardly undertake their ‘divine gender’. Ten ex-members advised the publication the ‘Twin Flames Universe is coercing susceptible individuals who have by no means skilled gender dysphoria to transition’.
One former member added: ‘If these individuals in there are completely happy, I hope so. However I simply assume it’s all too probably that indoctrination made them imagine that they had been trans once they had been f*****g wonderful earlier than.’
All present members disagreed, saying that nobody has pressured them to remodel something about their our bodies or lives. Jeff and Shaleia rejected the concept that they coerce individuals to alter their gender.
Jeff additionally referred to himself as ‘Father Christ’ and stated Shaleia is ‘Mom Christ’, positioning them because the undisputed leaders of the group with an intimate connection to God.
He later justifying the assertion by saying it was a mirrored image of the assumption that everybody is a divine being however added he’s additionally the ‘Second Coming’ of Jesus.
Former members talking to Vice leveled a spread of accusations in opposition to the Twin Flames Universe and accused Jeff and Shaleia of constructing a ‘cult empire’ that exploited its members.
Ex-members and oldsters of present members claimed followers had been inspired to chop off communication with their households, an isolation tactic that’s frequent in cults.
When requested for remark by Vice, Jeff and Shaleia denied they’re working a cult. ‘A cult is a (sic) group of abuse that systematically takes from and harms its members to complement its founder,’ Jeff stated. ‘We created a corporation of affection and concord which heals and enriches everybody in it and everybody who’s related to anybody in it.’
In keeping with Vainness Honest, Jeff and Shaleia additionally ‘filed two lawsuits that named seven former Twin Flames Universe members and one member of the family as defendants, variously accusing them of defamation, false promotion, unfair competitors, and extra fees. Amongst different issues, the complaints allege that their unfavorable accounts of Twin Flames Universe on-line or within the Vice story are false, cooked as much as make the religious group look unhealthy and to steal their shoppers, drive individuals away, and promote the ex-members’ companies.’
MailOnline has contacted the Twin Flames Universe for remark.
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