With this post, I’m breaking from chronological order in the cult saga, but this is what’s coming up for me now, so I’m writing about it.
Let me also cut to the chase here and explicitly reveal the name of the cult for anyone who may not be familiar with it. I was a member of what the news media eventually called the “Heaven’s Gate” cult. As mentioned in previous blog posts, the focus of the cult was to embark on a “classroom” experience, likened to an astronaut training program, as preparation—according to the cult leaders—to graduate into “the real physical level above human” or the “Next Level”.
In March 1997, the cult made international news headlines due to the unfortunate event in which all remaining 39 members committed group suicide in San Diego, California. That was three and a half years after I left the cult. I knew most of the people who died. In future posts, I will write more about that and its effect on me.
For now, I’m at a crossroad, a next step in my life. I’m about to divorce Elizabeth, my wife of nine years, the last year or more apart.