Is Landmark Forum a Cult or MLM scam?

If ever you have been told by your near or dear one be it family member, friend, neighbor, employee, colleague, boss, husband, wife, boyfriend or girl friend about his or her participation in three days landmark forum, and if you see them forcing you to participate the landmark forum you will find that something has happened to them. The people who want you to do landmark forum are so compassionate that their force brings negativity in the conversation when you right away say no as you would not spend big money for just three and half day self help programme that too recommended by someone who has just attended it and is yet to achieve the results. When such negativity around landmark forum and the person is created in your mind, the first thought that comes to you mind is….what made that person invite you to spend your weekend and big money ? You will either find it MLM scheme, or a scam or cult that brainwashes the followers and forces the participants to bring more participants. You don’t exactly know happens inside the three and half day Landmark forum that happens inside closed doors with lots of privacy. You begin to doubt your near and dear one’s motives of inviting you to such self help programmes. Let me put across a point of view to tell you how Landmark forum is not cult, scam or mlm scheme.

What is Landmark forum ?
– Landmark forum is one of the flagship self help training programme offered to individuals world wide. The programme is conducted From Friday early morning to Sunday late night.
Timings for each day are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. They would have Lunch break, dinner break, and couple of small break at the regular interval of 3 hrs.
–  Lunch and dinner are not provided at the Landmark forum. The participants have to manage them on their own. Also, during a lunch break, participants need to do certain exercise given in the previous session. So most people prefer to bring food from home or visit a near by restaurant.
– As per Landmark Forum official website the three days schedule includes sessions on Already Always Listening™,The Hidden Power of Context,The Vicious Circle™,Rackets™: The Payoff and the Cost,The Illusion of Someday: Rethinking Possibility
Freedom from Anxiety,How Identities Get Constructed,The Pervasive Influence of the Past ,Change vs. Transformation. All these are called landmark distinctions which help you to complete the past, live in the present and invent the future you would love to live in.
– At the regular intervals they offer the landmark forum participants to register for Advance course. The participants are pursued for the good as one single foundation course won’t be enough to deal with number of things.
– The participants are pursued-ed to invite their friends,family members and other near and dear ones to come and register for the Landmark forum. Those who can’t invite or are not ready to invite others are pursued-ed but not tortured or given any monetary motivation.
– During this three and half days, most the participant realise how they are stuck in the past which is costing their present in fear of future. At landmark forum they realise how they became who they are today. They realize that they are result of circumstances and some decisions they made in rough situations. They realise why their relations with others are not good. And for everything, they realise that it is them who need to repair things instead of blaming others. As soon as the realization comes, the individuals invent a possibility of new improved life for themselves and others in their lives.
– Once they come out of the forum, they realize that it is them who have done landmark and not the world. The powerful participants when reconnect with existing world on Monday onward, the encounter problems,cynicism, and not so good experience from the people around. But as they have done landmark forum, they know that they have certain tools to deal with breakdowns. Not everyone gets it perfectly at forum  hence a 2-3 months long seminar programmer is offered for free. The seminar is strong revision of what the participants acquired at forum. The Landmark Forum in Action seminar provides a structure of coaching and support to practice and use distinctions to apply to your daily life in order to deal with breakdowns and get breakthroughs in relationship, business etc.
– The forum helps you break the artificial identity of yours and build a powerful person without running away from your responsibilities.

So…..Why Landmark forum is not cult?
– Well, Landmark forum is not cult because Landmark forum is not cult.
If you see and use the word CULT to relate to something which brainwashes the participant to gain monetary and physically from them and they stop them seeing the world from their own eyes, separated from near and dear ones, then Landmark forum is not cult. Landmark forum gives you one more perspective to look at the life. In the beginning of the forum only the participants are told that they are many programmes in the world who promise to give the same outcome to the participants but landmark is different in terms of methodology and results achievement. They don’t separate people from their family and friends. In fact they reunite them by making the participant realize their own mistake for not taking of that relation.
The realization doesn’t happen easily. The participants go through emotional turmoil. Some don’t wish to go through it authentically hence label it as brainwashing.

So… Why Landmark forum is not MLM scam?
– What is MLM scam in the first place? And why do you think Landmark forum is MLM scam?
Well in MLM scams what happens is…that people are motivated to aggressively bring more and more members for monetary returns. The new members are offered the same monetary returns. The members are asked to make some investment first before they start making money. Initially the MLM scamster give out the payment but once their target of getting money via investment fee of new members is achieved, the MLM companies are shut, the owners runaway and the participants lose their money and hope both. Now, nothing of this short happens with Landmark forum. The landmark forum participants are pursued-ed to invite their near and dear ones and register for the forum. Yes, they are emotionally pursued, sometime called selfish that they don’t want their relatives to get the same benefit they have achieved through this forum. Well, this is their sales tactic which doesn’t go well with many people. But for no reason it is a MLM scam. No participants are offered monetary returns to make members. Also, they are offering self development programme and not some money in return as promised in MLM scams. Many people make mistake of calling Landmark forum an MLM scam as the participants who have tremendously achieved want their known people to achieve the same and they do this with force same as MLM members do.

Thus, The Landmark forum is not cult.  The Landmark forum is not MLM scam.
The landmark forum is selfhelp programmes where people reinvent themselves to get free from the clutches of past, start living in the present and invent beautiful future by firmly dealing with daily breakdowns and creating breakthroughs using leadership distinctions learnt at the forum.