*Updated with a statement from Michael Brown! See bottom of page.*
I was recently contacted by Blake, Teal Swan’s right-hand man. He and Teal were planning to make a video addressing some of the allegations against her, he said, and he was wondering if I would consult with Truth Tribe and put together a list of questions we’d like to have answered.
Here is the full list of questions. I’m told that the video will only be about 15 minutes long, so there may not be time to answer a them all. Still, I’m very excited to see how they respond!
You say that you rejected your extrasensory abilities after escaping the cult and that you only reclaimed your spirituality at age 25, but before age 25 you mentioned becoming a medium, being a Wiccan high priestess, and being a trained energy healer. How did your spiritual journey really unfold in your early adulthood?
Your old website said that you had lived in/traveled to New Zealand, Fiji, Rarotonga, Paris, Tokyo, Milan, Mexico, and Tahiti by 2005. How many of these countries did you actually live in?
You say that you were once sewn into a corpse for hours as a child. According to medical professionals, this is impossible. Can you explain this?
Mental Health and the Completion Process
You were recently cited and fined by the state of Utah for practicing therapy without a license. How will this affect your trained Completion Process facilitators? How will you prevent issues like this going forward?
What protocol do you have in place to help suicidal people in Teal Tribe? Do you still believe that “there is nothing that any healer could do for that type of vibration” when it comes to people with suicidal thoughts who feel hopeless?
In a blog post, Ale claimed that you pressured him to have kambo administered through burns to his forehead, but subsequent photos show no marks or scars. What really happened, and how do you justify coercing someone into having their face burned?
Last year, you posted an email from your ex-husband in Teal Tribe. In a later blog post, Ale edited this email from your ex to make it look like he was friends with a hit man and that your life was being threatened. We have screenshots of both of these posts and can prove that the information was changed. There have also been rumors that you have accused Ale’s ex-wife of hiring a hit man to kill you. Can you explain these claims?
It has recently come to light that Jordan Duchnycz coerced a former friend of yours named Tori into sex and later confessed to raping her. Did you recently remove Jordan’s animation from the intro to your Ask Teal videos because of this controversy? Do you plan on removing your frequency paintings on the Spirit Science website? Will you stop associating with Jordan and/or Spirit Science?
As a survivor yourself, how do you feel about Blake’s perspective that Tori wasn’t really raped, and that the assault was due to her “poor boundaries”? (In 2011, you wrote, “Individuals who come out with the truth about the abusive atrocities they have suffered run the risk of being discredited by a waiting society, who does not want to admit such things go on…Support from society for a victim of abuse alleviates much of the impact of the abuse whereas opposition in the form of discouragement, judgment, hostility or disbelief can compound the damage of the impact of the abuse catastrophically.”)
You say you were hired to address the UN about the refugee crisis, and you went on to say that “the Syrian refugees are not refugees” A witness says that your talk at the UN was on a different subject. Is there any record of your official UN speech on this crisis, or any staff/attendees who can verify that it happened? Have your views on the crisis changed?
In your frequency paintings, you have used symbols from the Necronomicon, Fullmetal Alchemist, and the Reiki healing method. Can you explain why those modern symbols appear in the vibrations that you depict? Do you think you would be able to replicate one of your paintings just by meditating on the vibration, without looking at the original?
Update: Teal “Answers to the Allegations;” Michael Brown Answers Back
Nearly three months later, Teal has released this video addressing her “haters'” concerns. Sort of. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t answer our questions. She did, however, compare herself to Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Einstein, and Tesla. See for yourself.
I was especially curious to see how Teal would explain her undeniable, well-documented plagiarism. Conveniently ignoring the countless instances of lazy copy-and-pasting that litter her blogs and articles, she zeroed in on the controversy over the originality of her Completion Process, saying:
They went to Michael Brown, who’s the creator of the Presence Process, so they reached out to him and they said ‘She’s stolen this process!’ And they got him all up in arms, and then he looked into it and there was nothing there, and he’s like ‘Oh, great.’ So he and I had a conversation and he’s like, ‘Yeah, all these yapping dogs basically called me and said that you stole this process and it’s nothing like my process and so, sorry that you’re going through such stuff,’ and we had a nice conversation. But, yet again, no claim. Because why? Because the Completion Process and the Presence Process have nothing in common except for the fact that they both promote the concept of sitting with emotions instead of escaping from emotions, and the concept that triggers…are remnants of the past. That’s the only thing they have in common. Yet, here we go with slander again.
So, according to Teal, Brown agrees that the two processes are completely different. They had a lovely conversation and are on great terms.
This statement from Michael Brown paints a very different picture.
“When Teal Swan’s management first contacted me, asking if we could engage on some level about the commonality of our work, or some other pretext like that, I brushed them off. I said something like ‘when people do explorations into themselves they likely find the same things…blah, blah, blah.’ When readers told me Teal Swan is plagiarizing The Presence Process, I wasn’t really interested. I do recall comparing such mutterings to, ‘yapping dogs.’ I apologize for that now. My initial flippant response is because I have heard exact sentences, verbatim from my own two books, come out of the mouths of many known New Age ‘teachers,’ and even celebrities like Jim Carey, Oprah and Ellen. Even my own friends do it to me, not realizing they are talking my book back at me. This is because The Presence Process is full of perceptual catch-phrases I created in the 90′ to communicate the intricacies of emotional processing, which have now become meaningless New Age memes. People love to use them to impress, especially when they have no experiential clue what they really imply. Some of these catch-phrases now appear on fridge magnets in New Age homes, always ascribed to some fake guru, like Teal Swan. The word ‘integration’, for example, was only used in the context of the business community before I added it to the vocabulary of emotional processing in the early 90’s. So I take people plagiarizing my work with a pinch of salt. However, Teal Swan does take it to a whole new level. Since my one and only interaction with Teal Swan, last year if I recall, Namaste Publishing Inc. has been contacted about this matter by others and did pass their documentation on to their legal advisers. I would encourage readers to contact them again if this matter concerns you. [Attention: Constance Kellough http://www.namastepublishing.com] I have not read Teal Swan’s recent book, or any of her writings, other than excerpts sent to me by concerned readers. So beyond what has been shown to me, I have no idea to what extent she copies anything by anybody. But I have seen her videos on you tube. Teal Swan is everything I hoped the writing of The Presence Process would protect people from. I guess I failed a bit here!!! As long as people confuse ‘taking their power’ with ‘following another despite their obvious inconsistencies’, the Teal Swans of the world will be here to rake in the cash and leave a wake of confusion and disappointment. The Presence Process is delicate, personal, self-facilitation, written in context and with extreme care. People using any part of it to gain followers are naive, reckless, irresponsible and ignorant. Or otherwise they are just power-hungry psychopathic narcissists.”
Michael Brown, author of The Presence Process and Alchemy Of The Heart.
Teal, is this slander, too?
Actually…don’t answer that.