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“It was always gray around her,” Jacqueline said sadly, of her mother.
Salzman, an extremely fit woman wearing the type of thin athleisure sweatshirt that’s all the rage with the middle-aged bourgeoisie these days, turned her attention to a woman sitting at the island: Jacqueline, a 27-year-old with long dark hair, who was a psychology student in college, told me that she hadn’t experienced anything as effective as Nxivm (pronounced “nexium,” like the heartburn medication). Ron Hubbard, whose 1950 handbook “Dianetics” was billed as the “modern science of mental health” and whose pseudoscientific methods were, in his view, world-changing, Keith Raniere, Nxivm’s 57-year-old founder, believed his organization could heal individuals and transform the world.
The way Nxivm did this was through techniques, or “technology,” meant to rewire your emotional self.
She also agreed to do one thing that terrified her each day for the next 30 days, and on a day when she indulged in a man’s attention, she would do two terrifying things.
Facing your fears, especially in conjunction with penance, was key to Nxivm.
Not all the women were told that these initials were present in the symbol.
Hundreds of members fled Nxivm after they learned about the branding, but much of the inner circle remained.
As Jacqueline prepared to leave, the two women hugged. “I feel really good.”The scene in Salzman’s home was intense but mostly cheery.
Yet last October, The New York Times published an article reporting alarming practices by Nxivm.
Citing the fact that Raniere had a cast of girlfriends, the media declared that Nxivm was not a self-improvement company at all but rather a “sex-slave cult.” A federal investigation was opened, culminating in Mexican police officers plucking Raniere from a pricey villa; he is now in a federal jail on the Brooklyn waterfront after being denied bail as a flight risk.
Another Nxivm member, Allison Mack, a blond actress who played Clark Kent’s friend on the long-running “Smallville,” was arrested and later released on million bail.
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