this youtuber with 943,000 subscribers is running a cult

this youtuber with 943,000 subscribers is running a cult


Today’s video is sponsored by Skillshare. I found a cult run by a YouTuber with almost
a million subscribers and nobody’s talking about it. So like if you’re not busy or whatever,
I was hoping maybe we could discuss that. There’s a big difference between my videos
and all other videos on YouTube. You’re getting something very different
here, this is serious stuff. That’s an understatement. I’m actually at capacity and I don’t think
I can hold appropriate space for this information, so I’m going to go ahead and drop it on
you. Now, the guy we’re talking about runs what
appears to be a simple self-help/productivity course. I think these kinds of classes help a lot
of people, and there’s not usually anything wrong with them, but unfortunately this one
happens to be a full-fledged cult. So if you’re looking for those sort of courses
without the cult leader aspect, allow me to introduce Skillshare, the online learning
community with over– Okay, so we’ve already established that
we already know what Skillshare is. You join, get the classes, expand your creativity. I said that last time. What I also said last time is that instead
of doing the part of the script where I show you a Skillshare class, I just wanted to recommend
myself because I can’t stand giving other people credit for more than 5 seconds. So if enough people signed up for free, I
would create and upload my own Skillshare course. Well uh, enough people signed up so behold:
the outline for my very own Skillshare course about YouTube. It’s kind of a lot. I’m going to upload it at the beginning
of next month, so now is the perfect time to sign up with my link below, because the
first 500 people get to start a 2-month free trial. Even beyond that, an annual Skillshare subscription
is super affordable, coming out to less than ten dollars a month anyway. So click the link down below and join Skillshare
today, and I’ll see you in class. Alright. Now allow me to present: Actualized.org. Actualized.org is a self-help website. “How to tap into the potential you always
knew you had.” Ha. I don’t need a tutorial for that. Because I haven’t done step one, which is
“have potential”. So as you can see, this is a very standard
looking website for this sort of thing, and it’s really just a funnel to scroll people
to the bottom so they click the link and sign up for his $250 course. Now, this online course also appears to be
relatively normal. It actually reminds me a bit of those self-help
courses I went over in my Instagram money motivation accounts video. “Fed up? Dread Work? Feeling uninspired? Stuck in a meaningless job? Not realizing your full potential? Wish you could just get paid to do your art? Not sure how to turn your passion into a career?” m
Honestly, you get 25 hours of video content and the topics that he’s covering sound
. . . like things? So this course seems to at least be a thing. Whether or not it’s a thing worth $250 depends
on how much you like the course’s creator, Leo Gura. Now, Leo is a self-proclaimed “Professional
Life Coach”. From reading the blurb on his website, you’d
think he’s just your average wellness guru businessman, which thanks to the internet
is quickly proving to be one of the most profitable careers around. Leo runs a YouTube channel titled after his
website, called Actualized.org, and that’s when I realized he has almost a million subscribers. He’s been running the channel for almost
7 years, and it’s a bit different than the website. As you can see, it’s a bit more mystical,
a bit more frantic? So, we’ll just come back to come back to
some of his videos in a bit. After realizing just how huge his platform
is, I looked at the actualized.org forums and saw that there’s hundreds of thousands
of posts, and it’s still active. Leo is still active, with over 16,000 posts
and his most recent visit being less than 20 minutes ago. That’s weird. So I had to know, how do you leave 16,000
comments on one website. So I looked at his comments, and they’re . . . weirdly
similar? “Your awakening is incomplete.” “Your awakening is incomplete”. “Your awakening is incomplete”. “Your awakening is incomplete”. . . . What? Like, what? So . . . huh? So clearly something is going on here, right? Because I was just trying to turn my passion
into a career, I wasn’t looking for spiritual awakening, like . . . what is this website—what
is Leo Gura really about? There’s no better tool than psychedelics,
and if you’re not using psychedelics, honestly you’re wasting your time. Turns out the answer is a drug cult. Just a drug cult. There’s no other way of putting that. Allow me to present to the psychedelic drug:
5-MeO DMT, or 5-MEO as I’ll be calling it. Now 5-MEO isn’t illegal in the United States,
it’s a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, meaning it’s super illegal. Like, it’s beyond illegal. You can’t buy it, you can’t sell it, you
can’t make it, you can’t even have, it in your possession. And by can’t I mean not allowed, but by
not allowed I guess it’s free real estate because clearly that hasn’t stopped Leo. See, people think that 5-MEO has some sort
of helpful properties, which it very well might under medical supervision in a research
environment. But because of its high potential for abuse,
like all schedule 1 substances, and the fact that it’s 10-20 times more potent than normal
DMT . . . “normal DMT”, you 👏 should 👏 not 👏 be 👏 ta- 👏 king 👏 it. Clapping after every syllable doesn’t make
my point any more valid, but it makes 👏 me 👏 feel 👏 bet- 👏 ter. But despite all of these glaring health issues,
and the fact that it’s just literally illegal, according to Leo, you 👏 should 👏 be
👏 ta- 👏 king 👏 it. He is a huge advocate of 5-MEO, to the point
where I literally Googled “5-MEO DMT”, and Leo came up. On the first page. Twice. “5-MEO-DMT: The Magic Pill to Enlightenment
& god”. Um. Apparently, Leo isn’t so much into the largely
unconfirmed potential medical benefits, but rather the extreme hallucinations and physical
reactions that 5-MEO causes, which he’s mischaracterizing as “enlightenment”. Yes really. Now when I saw this video, I thought “Okay. Maybe he’s just sharing his experiences”. After all there’s a huge difference between
mentioning that you take psychedelic drugs for spiritual purposes and recommending that
others do the same. So I watched the full thing, and he’s not
just recommending that people try it. He’s recommending that people use it multiple
times. Higher and higher and higher and higher until
finally something cracks in your brain, and then enlightenment is had. So the “awakening” he’s so adamant about
can only be achieved by taking this drug. Honestly, if that’s the case, I don’t
want enlightenment. Brain alteration? It’s not the vibe that I’m going for. Now, I would like to point that Leo sort of
includes precaution and safety statements for 5-MEO. Like he says in the beginning of the video
that misusing it can be lethal. But what good is a 5-second disclaimer if
it’s immediately followed by over 1 hour of content hyping up the thing you’re not
supposed to try. Every time he shares a health risk in the
video, he immediately follows it up with five more reasons why the good actually outweighs
the bad. Not just that, but he even shows you how to
take it. *sniff sniff* Like this just- keep sniffing
it in. Is that allowed? Like is that kind of content actually allowed
on YouTube? I feel like I’m going to get in trouble
for putting that clip of his video that he didn’t get in trouble for– in my video. It’s like he even knows how iffy this whole
thing is because he has a comment trying to discourage the video from becoming a lightning
rod for 5-MEO dealers. Now, obviously, not all of Leo’s followers
are on board with this part of his teachings, seeing as it’s, you know, insane and against
the law. So it’s actually causing a bit of consternation
on the actualized.org forums, and things are getting a bit heated. Someone actually made a post on the forum
calling Leo out, and they named that post “5-Leo DMT”. That’s actually very clever and I’m upset
that I didn’t come up with it. And guess what Leo’s reaction was. Take a guess at what his grand statement was. “Maybe try it a few times before you go
criticizing”. I don’t know where to start with that, so
I’m not going to start. But you know, with all this being said, keep
in mind that just because someone uses illegal drugs, that doesn’t make them a bad person. Unfortunately in Leo’s case however, being
a bad person is what makes him a bad person. Now, I point out all the time that I’m better
than other people; 50% of that is jokes, 100% of that is true, but I don’t think I’m
on a higher plane of consciousness. It’s completely outside of your ability
to imagine it in your current state of consciousness. So what is “it”, what are we not able
to comprehend about Leo. Well I realized it when I some more responses
on the 5-Leo forum post that was calling him out. Apparently, apparently, the icing on the cake,
the cherry on top, the other food-related idiom that indicates you’ve reached the
climax of this video, is that Leo. Is. god. It was just utterly radical realization of
myself as god. So yeah, remember at the beginning when the
website said “How to tap into the potential you always knew you had?” That’s the potential. That’s the root of Leo’s teaching. He thinks that every single person is actually
god and that we each, independently created the entire universe. You’re absolutely infinite and eternal,
and that you’re constantly creating everything. But of course, Leo is more god than you are,
because he knows he is. And he’s running out of patience with people
who don’t. LEO: At this point, I’m becoming very intolerant
of people’s games and ignorance and close-mindedness. That’s why he was telling people on the
forums that they have “not yet awakened”. Because they refuse to admit that they’re
god, and by extension that Leo Gura is god. So now, long-time members on the forum are
calling it a cult, you know because it is, but they’re getting shut down by the other
members who haven’t realized it yet. It’s causing so much drama that Leo has
taken a break, which he’s currently on at the time of this video, in order to avoid
the controversy that is actualized.org. Oh no wait, he’s taking it because “Awakening”
and also “Healing”. So yeah that’s the story of how I discovered
a self-help website that turned out to be a front for a literal cult run by Leo Gura,
a man who thinks he’s actually god and is encouraging his followers to repeatedly take
psychedelic drugs because that’s his shortcut to enlightenment. So I think the moral of the story is pretty
obvious . . . subscribe to my second channel. I upload there several times a week, and while
they may not be as fancy as this video, at least I’m not running a cult fueled by 5-MeO
DMT. In most of my videos. Anyway, looks like I’ve gotten ten minutes
of content out of this, so leave a like, tell me what you think, and subscribe if you haven’t
already. Thank you for watching and a big thank you
to my 329,000 subscribers. Okay bye.