Cult-like practices and a sizable following belie Teal Swan’s claim that she is not a leader of a religious sect.
There is a new four-part docuseries, “The Deep End,” airing on Freeform and Hulu, about Teal Swan’s story, which was featured in the 2017 documentary “Open Shadow: The Story of Teal Swan.” To begin, we learn about Swan’s “Teal Tribe,” an intimate group of her devoted fans, and her self-discovery and healing program, the “Completion Process,” in “The Misfit Toys.”
Swan claims that she had no intention of making a career out of spirituality in the first place. After advocating for a variety of eyebrow-raising homilies all in the name of “healing,” the self-declared clairvoyant eventually joined the likes of Deepak Chopra and Jagadish “Jaggi” Vasudev, aka Sadhguru.
According to Swan, she “travels the world teaching people the truth about life, helping people to see the truth about themselves, and teaching them how to transform their emotional, mental, physical and spiritual pain.”
However, a closer examination of her mental health advice reveals that it is far more disturbing. It is not uncommon for her to promote suicide as “our safety net” or “our reset button” that is “always available to us.” For years, she has profited from the glorification of death.
In many ways, Swan’s methods are still a mystery. In “The Deep End,” Swan’s supporters, business partners, and a former fling are featured to help explain her methods and acclaim.
Here’s a closer look at the spiritualist who has made a career out of scamming vulnerable people, starting with her origins in the otherworldly:
Who is Teal Swan?
“Spiritual catalyst” and “personal transformation revolutionary” are other titles given to the 37-year-old spiritual teacher. When Swan was a child, she says, she realized she didn’t quite “fit in” at home or school, and that was the beginning of her spiritual and healing journey. Additionally, as a child, she was hypersensitive and believed she possessed special psychic abilities, including “clairsentience,” the ability to perceive what is invisible, and “clairaudience,” the ability to hear what is inaudible.
As a result of her abilities, she was allegedly isolated from family and friends and put at risk of abuse and sexual violence. When Swan was 6, she says a family friend raped her, drugged her, and psychologically tortured her until she was cured. A few months later, she revealed to HuffPost that she had been a member of two separate Satanic groups, where she performed ritualistic blood sacrifice and participated in a variety of other blood-drinking practices.
“A veterinary office put me down on a metal table after hours when I was 12 years old. The group’s cult trainer was covered in black mesh “Swan commented. “With the help of gel and an old projector, he hooked me up to electrodes and projected images of dead animal carcasses onto the wall ahead of me. He would shock me every time he changed the slide on the projector screen. Over and over he said, “Look what you did,” in an attempt to make it seem like I was responsible for killing all of those animals.”
Swan made an attempt on her own life as a teen and was referred to a psychiatric specialist who, according to Swan, failed to help her. At the age of 19, Swan escaped both cults and spoke out about the abuse she had suffered for years.
Fast-forward Soon after that she began making videos about self-help, mental health, manifestations, and other aspects of self-improvement, and she eventually established her own YouTube channel. The author of six books, she also hosts a wide range of activities, from live speeches to $400 personalized self-love courses.
The “Teal Tribe” of millions of Swan fans and admirers is a telling sign of her enormous success.
What is the Teal Tribe, more like “Cult”?
Swan’s Teal Tribe is “a network of people around the globe focused on positive change in how we live together and interact with one another,” according to the Facebook group page of the community. Emotional healing, support, authentic communication, and people thriving together in a community are also the group’s stated goals.
Location-specific pages for Swan’s fans in Germany, the Czech Republic, Scandinavia, France, and the United Kingdom are included on the group’s international page.
All of her followers are featured in the documentary and embrace her profound words of wisdom with open arms.
One awestruck fan exclaims, “I feel like she’s Jesus.”. “Swan’s mission is to heal us all,” says another.
“It all boils down to the fact that I’m educating people about the truth. I’m the one who can tell you if you can handle it or not “According to Swan’s own words. “When I’m thinking, ‘You are literally in a chain of addiction right now,’ I can’t stand on stage and say, ‘This is wonderful, just soak up the good vibes!’ In contrast, come to me, and I’ll show you how I can transform your life.'”
“The Deep End” airs on Freeform on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and on Hulu the following day. The docuseries’ trailer is available on YouTube:
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