Q and A about how the group lived and ody’s and how sawyer met Ti and Do

I was asked the following questions by someone interested in making a movie so I’m simply sharing the answers:

1) I’ve heard that in Heaven’s Gate everything was done in a meticulous manner. So, I wanted to know was there a schedule for the day? For instance, did you all wake up, attend class, play games or do any other task or hobbies at a certain time?

Yes we lived very regimented lives, especially when we moved into houses from the wildeness camping we did for years. We had nearly 50 people living in one single family, but large house, that only had about a dozen beds so we had three shifts of sleeping and that included three shifts of breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. A few years after that about half of us got jobs in the world and so schedules had to work around the job requirements. We had an “up time” and a “down time”, all terminology for otherwise normal human things changed. For instance all departments of life became “labs” so there was the nutri-lab for the kitchen and the fiber-lab for the laundry and the yeast lab for the bakery, etc. We did have games and a certain amount of TV and outings to movies and occasional restaurant or church visit. One year we had a Christmas tree and exchanged presents but all the presents were functional for the “craft”. We called the “house” a craft as it was a simulated spacecraft environment and organization. We eventually had computer networks and intercome and TV’s even in bathrooms so we could keep up with news and special shows Ti and Do wanted us to watch. It was literally amazing. Everything was clean and orderly and yet never any harsh words or threats, though challenges galore to come up to speed with Ti and Do’s directions for our thoughts and actions. We had virtually every kind of discipline one sees in the religions but without pompt and ceremony or garb or dogma. There was no group prayer or stock prayers, though we did have a few meditations. Things would be required for a time and then optional. We lived like kings and queens towards our last years in the sense of comfort and always had well prepared foods with health consciousness most always considered. We experimented with all sorts of fasts and diets for health to mitigate doctor needs. We did have a library and “played astrology” as a game for those that gravitated to doing so. All this and much more stimulated the “lessons” – how we worked with one another and the teachers.

2) When you join Heaven’s Gate was there some kind of initiation? Did Do call you in front of the class and announce the new member or something similar?

No, but you will see in question 4’s answer what took place.

3) Forgive me, if you’ve answered this already, but was the suffix “ody” something you earned? Did you have reach a certain level, complete a certain task, or demonstrate a certain amount of competence to earn the suffix?

Here is a thorough understanding of “ody”:
http://wp.me/puJOl-2M

4) Can you describe the first time you met Ti & Do? What was your first impression?

You motivated me to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I’ve posted the first six chapters of my autobiography I wrote long ago. In it you will find in the last two chapters answers to these questions:

http://wp.me/puJOl-83

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