This is a good piece, well, a piece of the second Lifespring Movie. It must have been time for the demise of Lifespring because this probably signaled it. The movie was shown at guest events where graduates attempted to ‘enroll’ family, friends, strangers, homeless people, into the next Basic Training which ran a few hundred bucks somewhere between $450-600. I forget the exact sum. The advanced training ran about a thousand. The basic ran wed, thurs, and friday night…all day Saturday and most of Sunday. If you didn’t benefit from the training you got your money back until they changed that policy. Was it worth it?? Yes…every dime and then some. It was probably the single most influential, life changing experience I’ve ever been through and I’m forever grateful for everyone involved in putting this together on the grand scale and the local scale. Not enough time to go through the details but this was a no holds barred experiential training to help you confront your issues and your place in the world. I did the basic training then got thrown out of the advanced course, came back redid the basic training and went on and completed the advanced training, did the Leadership Program, got thrown out of senioring a Basic Training, then seniored a Basic Training, the seniored an Advance Training, did the Masters Course, seniored a Master’s Course and Captained a Master’s Course. I was the Medical Director for Lifespring in NYC. I did the relationship workshop and never made it into the Money Workshop. Worth every dime I spent and more, much more.
We all loved the first Lifespring video, the second one…not so much. We must have jumped the shark at Lifespring (a Happy Days reference to the show tanking after the episode where Fonzy, played by John McCain, jumped his motorcycle over a tank with a shark in it) after that video.
The video was basically terrible. It had none of the excitement and warmth of the first video. It was so bad we were forced to use it but early on the director of Lifespring NY broke ranks and wouldn’t show it but instead showed the first one which was a breath of fresh air.
From recall the movie showed a bunch stuffy, rich, overly removed people squawking about how magnificent they were and their lives since Lifespring. You felt like vomiting by the time the video was over. It basically said over and over…we are marvelous, regale in us, you can never accomplish what we have because we’re too fucking marvelous for words. Enjoy the training but you’ll never be who we are because we’re marvelous. I don’t think I’m so far off. The video featured a bunch of Narcissistic losers who were so filled with their own sense of excellence they really couldn’t give a shit about anyone or anything else except for how the world could treat them. The video was removed from the common man and elitist in attitude. Based on what I had seen I wanted nothing to do with the people on the screen, I could not relate to them and I had too much to do become one of these marvelous sloths telling me how wonderful their lives were thanks to Lifespring when it was pretty clear their lives were already marvelous.
Who was going to sign up with this piece of crap? Nobody! It’s harsh but it’s true and it was simply time for Lifespring to head the way of the dinosaur as the film was deplorable.