New Age Beliefs Lead to Death
Her followers came from many walks of life -
yet they all shared the same destiny - strange
or puzzling deaths. All left wills and/or gave assets to their
New Age self-styled guru, Terri Hoffman. Ms. Hoffman currently has two lawsuits against her alleging
her use of mind control, hypnosis and profiteering on seven
victims, all now dead, to name her or her organization, Conscious
Development of Body, Mind and Soul, Inc., beneficiary of insurance
policies and wills.
These seven deaths were either suicides committed because the
person believed him or herself to be terminally ill or bizarre
accidents such as falling out of a building, driving off a
cliff or drowning. Over a period of twelve years, nine of her followers died by
suicide or accidents. While Ms. Hoffman taught the usual New Age fare of meditation,
astral travel, rays, karma and reincarnation, it was during
the late Seventies, when the teachings became more radical.
She would lead her students on "wars" against the evil
Leaving the group was unforgivable. She urged her group to spiritually
hurt one member who left. Yet, a member did leave when he realized that the group was
"a cult" and the inner circle of students "was
definitely a place for violence... mind control... witchcraft."
Ms. Hoffman's teachings are sold on cassette tapes and literature
and also teaches a meditation class at SMU that includes a
professor, an engineer, a City Hall admini¬strator even a DISD
A biography her organization puts out states her as a native
Texan, 51 years of age who as an orphaned child was befriended
by spirit guides or masters that were her teachers, (The
Dallas Morning News, Sunday, December 17, 1989, pp.1A and
Not all New Age groups or teachers are harmless, easy ways to
expand your spirituality - it can kill you.