Three classic books about cults and mind control which are a very good place to start. It helps to begin to understand that we are not alone or unusual:
Captive Hearts, Captive Minds : Freedom and Recovery fromCults and Other Abusive Relationships
by Madeleine Landau Tobias, Janja Lalich and Michael Langone
Combating Cult Mind Controlby Steve Hassan
Cults in Our Midst by Margaret Thaler Singer
Books that many of us have found useful:
Call No Man Master by Joyce Collin-Smith This is an amazing book by Rodney Collin’ sister-in-law about her experiences on the spiritual
path with Rodney Collin and others. The Harmonious Circle: The Lives and Work of G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky and their Followers
by James Webb
It is very helpful to put Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Dr. Nicoll, etc.
into an historical
perspective and to begin to understand how Gurdjieff and
Ouspensky practiced the work and
how those practices are different from the "work" that is
practiced in Sharon's "school." Taking with the Left Hand by William Patrick Patterson
Some of the early history about Alex Horn and others.
Rogue Messiahs: Tales of Self-Proclaimed Saviors by Colin Wilson
Madame Blavatsky and others.
Boyhood with Gurdjieff by Fritz Peters
First hand account of life with Mr. Gurdjieff at Fountainbleu
My Father's Guru by Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson
An account of growing up with Paul Brunton
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
Gurdjieff by Louis Pauwels
Morning of the Magicians by Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels
Mistakes Were Made (but not by me), Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson Tales for the Son of My
Unborn Childby Thomas Farber
Stories about Berkeley, California in the 1960's.
There is an excellent chapter about the author's encounter
with Alex Horn and his "school."
People only see what they are prepared to see. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Did you ever wonder why only certain books were permitted to be read in school? Having to ask permission to read a certain book is called censorship. Are you not capable of making up your own mind about what to read and what to believe? Were you told never to read first hand accounts by Gurdjieff's and Ouspensky's students because your teachers were afraid you would find out how differently other Teachers treated their students?
Do you have any idea how their schools actually operated?