Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Delusion Continues

One of the sad, but remarkable things about The Source Family which ended in 1976, after its spiritual leader, Jim Baker died a year earlier in an ill-advised hang gliding attempt is how some of its former members insist on keeping it all going.  There are those who continue to exalt Jim Baker and to immortalize him, along with the perpetuation and presentation of former family members as being 'special' and 'chosen'---some claiming lofty titles such as 'high priestess' and 'keeper of the temple'.  There are some who want to create a mythos around Father Yod and The Source Family.  There are some former family members who continue to go by the name that Jim Baker gave them forty years ago, something that Facebook has become increasingly intolerant of people who use these fictitious names.  Those individuals who still only go by the 'aquarian' name that Jim Baker gave them over forty years ago attach some kind of special status to their names to such an extreme that their entire identities are wrapped up in those names.  The personal boundaries of each and every individual were blurred and trespassed upon in The Source Family and in many ways continues to be the case where a creepy familiarity is perpetuated in order to make people feel they still belong to 'the family', in order to give the appearance of a unified group of people behind the sales and marketing of Source Family items by one individual with a financial investment in selling the story of Jim Baker and The Source Family to the public.  The people who want to profit off the story of Father Yod and The Source Family desperately try to give the appearance of an entire group of former members behind them----which is a falsehood.

Jim Baker was constantly elaborating and expounding on how The Source Family and its members were going to lead the way for the rest of humanity, and is a belief that some former family members relished and continue to believe and embrace.  Tim Garon and I, along with others wanted nothing more to do with The Source Family, after we all dispersed in 1976, but no one has been allowed to completely extricate themselves from being included in the revival and resuscitation of the defunct Source Family.  You would think that after forty years anyone who would rather not have their photos or their music included in the continued proliferation and promotion of The Source Family would be allowed to do so, but, that has not been the case.  Every individual who was in The Source Family has had their stories, photographs of themselves and their children, their artwork or their songs and music taken and used by one person in the ongoing self-promotion of herself, because one person feels that she has the inherent right to profit from the entire life story of Jim Baker and continues to present herself as being the only authority on Jim Baker and The Source Family.

Tim Garon and I wanted nothing more to do with The Source Family, after it all ended in 1976 and yet the imperious and impervious attitudes of a couple of former members who feel a sense of tremendous entitlement have taken and used Tim's songs/music along with placing their stamp of ownership on his music and labeling it 'Source Family music' entering into distribution and licensing agreements with outside entities like Drag City to sell/distribute albums containing Tim's songs and doing all of that without any written agreements!  The same individuals also refuse to allow Tim's son/our son to have a copy of the video of his Dad performing his song Woman Beyond The Sun that was used in their documentary without even giving Tim an iota of credit!  Selfish, greedy, grasping individuals concerned with their own self-interests and self-promotion ignore every other former member who doesn't support them or agree with what they're doing in their ongoing promotion of The Source Family.  It's the same kind of arrogant and imperious spiritual ego that was prevalent in the group forty years ago when Jim Baker nurtured it which still exists today.  It's the same kind of entitlement that was nurtured and fed during 'the family' where some transgressed the personal boundaries of others by taking and commandeering their personal effects.

One individual continues to take and use, cut up and paste together photographs of former members in order to further the delusion that The Source Family still exists, and no matter how many times you may ask or implore this person to please not take and use either your own image or that of your own actual family members in the continued promotion of The Source Family; your request is ignored or you're met with personal attacks.  To understand the delusional mindset better that some former Source Family members continue to exhibit, you have to understand how Jim Baker aka Father Yod aka Yahowha created it and encouraged, nurtured humongous egos with the belief that those in The Source Family were the 'saints and sages' and 'world saviors' of the 'Golden Age' or 'The Aquarian Age'---heady stuff to be told by someone whom you'd adopted as your 'earthly spiritual father', and yet is the deluded magical thinking that some former Source Family members continue to believe.

As seen in other cults, members adopt an 'us versus them' mentality where they view/see themselves as being separate and apart from the rest of humanity believing themselves as being 'above the rest of humanity' and even chosen 'guardians' and 'saviors' of mankind.  That was the kind of imperious and arrogant 'spiritual ego' or attitude that was cultivated by Jim Baker in the minds of the individuals who comprised his 'family', and whether anyone wanted to separate or distance themselves completely from any and all association with The Source Family any longer out of sheer embarrassment has been a difficult thing to do, because the people who still go by/use the last name of 'Aquarian' continue to promote and perpetuate their deluded belief that The Source Family still exists.