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Oran Canfield: My childhood in freefall
Guardian ^ | Saturday 16 January 2010 | Turner

Posted on 02/07/2010 4:46:18 AM PST by mgist

Oran Canfield: My childhood in freefall

Son of the famous self help author "Chicken Soup".

Oran Canfield: My childhood in freefallMusician Oran Canflield's early memories are of growing up in a punk rock commune, juggling in a travelling circus and hating his father, a famous self-help 'guru'. His parents don't remember it in quite the same way.


Oran Canfield writes that his birth in 1974 was presided over by 10 ­Buddhist monks who chanted throughout the 72-hour delivery. His ­parents, Timothy Leary-types who ran a holistic health centre in ­Massachusetts, dined on the placenta. For the first year of his life, as Canfield describes in Freefall, his memoir of growing up in a dysfunctional family, he was cared for by "a community of weird therapists, early self-help freaks and drug-experimenting hippies".

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: newage
I tend to like these types of books, but the reality is that anything devoid of Jesus, is false. If I as an adult don't immediately recognize this type of deception, which is everywhere, imagine our poor kids?


Jack Canfield, a self-described New Age leader. He has been Dir. of Wholistic Education, Pres. of the Association for Humanistic Education, Chrm. of the Foundation for Self-Esteem, Board Member of National Council for Self-esteem, Pres. of Self-Esteem Seminars.

1 posted on 02/07/2010 4:46:18 AM PST by mgist
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Wow, these people are nuts. Thanks for sharing this article. It makes you pay attention to the messenger more carefully!
2 posted on 02/07/2010 5:05:15 AM PST by NoExpectations
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I have to wonder if his book would have been published if it weren’t for his father’s fame. Another bitter 36 year old kid. Yawn.


3 posted on 02/07/2010 5:22:47 AM PST by Shannon
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>>> "....A Stanford University professor staged a performance piece there called 'Composition for Mood Swings' that involved inviting an audience into the damp cellar, where a small pharmacy of illegal drugs was laid out on a table under a 120w bulb, and inviting them to choose their poison. Canfield chose heroin. He was soon a secret user, lying to and stealing from his friends, and funding his habit by selling the recording studio equipment that his father had given him a $10,000 loan to buy so that he could set up a business...." <<<

The mom claims that this book is fiction and evidentally got a lawyer to make sure her son did not use her name in it.

The small excerpt from the article about the autobiography seems very difficult to believe, too. It's a shame that he didn't stick to the bare stark truth, as it could have been a really interesting indictment of the self-help movement.

4 posted on 02/07/2010 5:31:29 AM PST by hennie pennie
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I find it funny that so many former ‘hippies’ deny their conversion to capitalism..HA!


5 posted on 02/07/2010 5:33:14 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Ok, joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: NoExpectations

It’s sad these type of people can fleece the public.


6 posted on 02/07/2010 6:26:50 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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