For a member that has been with the TOV for over a decade I couldn’t help but throw a bucket of cold water on this one:
- No, the Temple of the Vampire is not run by insurance salesmen or cryonics organizers.
- No, for anyone to obtain a cryonics contract it does not cost $20,000-30,000 and you do not go through “George Smith (AKA Lucas Martel/Nemo) and his son and some close confidants, including Anton LaVey’s son Xerxes.” It is covered under a number of–rather popular and mundane–life insurance policies for approximately $20 a month. The Temple recommends it (as well as financial strategies for investment, health strategies with diet and exercise, interpersonal skills, Intrapersonal development, and a number of resources in the direction of good life habits)
- No, there is no relation covert or otherwise between the Temple of the Vampire or Scientology (or any other weird, sketchy, globally ambitious religious/political movement for that matter)
- No, the Temple of the Vampire is not a CIA project run by the Trump administration to control the world’s minds on behalf of our Russian overlords
- The brainwashing that really goes on in the Temple is learning how to think critically and effectively about one’s life and its desired direction. Bad deal, huh?
- Get creative with these for the love of God. These conspiracy theories are a bore to read.
Granted some may have learned the secret handshake and were able to peak inside the inner secret Cabal that runs the TOV scam behind the curtain (and that I have been hopelessly clueless on how to penetrate in over 10 years). So slap my ass and call me Sally, what do I know?
In all seriousness, the TOV is a loose interest group of diverse people with convergent interests in both developing incremental, measurable improvements in mundane life and esoteric exploration. Nothing criminal. Nothing weird. Just old fashioned hard work and a tremendously joyous view of life and its exploration.
If there was any pressuring, brainwashing, sketchy business deals, criminal conspiracies, I would have unaffiliated. I don’t do cults. Moral of this story is that people’s stories on the internet are not reliable sources of information (I hope I didn’t need to say that).