182 | Sarah Edmondson | NXIVM Cult Whistleblower Teaches Us How To Take Down A Cult And Reclaim Your Life

In this episode, Darius and Sarah dive deep into the effects of cult manipulation and how cults rewire the brain of their members. Now a cult recovery advocate, Sarah also shares her story of being a member of NXIVM, which she later exposed for their abusive practices. 

In this episode, Sarah and I talked about:

  • What drew Sarah to join the NXIVM group
  • How Sarah found out about the disturbing activities within the group
  • The factors that contribute to joining cults
  • What it was like for Sarah working as an actor while being a member of the NXIVM
  • Sarah talks about the HBO documentary series “The Vow”
  • The story behind A Little Bit Culty podcast
  • And other topics…

Meet Sarah:

As a working actor and artistic professional, Sarah Edmondson has been a mainstay in the industry for more than 25 years. Among her many film and TV roles, a breakout performance in the hit CBS series Salvation created an even bigger audience for her expanding fanbase. With almost 100 IMDB credits including twelve films for the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime, she is also a well-established voiceover artist with roles on popular series such as Transformers: Cybertron and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

Sarah is also known for her role in a real-life saga that played out in the glare of the public eye. It began in 2005 when a personal and professional development company named NXIVM intrigued her with its promise to provide the tools and insight she needed to reach her potential. An initial 16-day workshop became a twelve-year tenure, but despite her rise through the ranks from student to coach to operator of her own Vancouver center, questions lingered for her about the organization’s rules and practices. It all came into focus in 2017, when she accepted an invitation from her best friend to join DOS, a “secret sisterhood” within NXIVM. It was a decision that changed the trajectory of her life and resulted in a front-page bombshell in none other than the New York Times featuring a shocking photo of her branded body and her story as a woman on a mission to shut NXIVM down.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine LIVE. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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