A while back I saw a poster for a free documentary showing. It was a New Age film that said it was about miracles and would “Change your life” and make you “Believe in the impossible”.
I went and realized it seemed kind of cultish. All of the members seemed brainwashed and worshipping the “Leader” who made the documentary. In it, he said he achieved supernatural powers through meditation and things like that, and could perform miracles and had super powers.
I watched him doing these supposed “powers” and it was clearly a hoax. Then I remembered I had read about this guy online before and he was a total cult-leading scammer. I asked the followers if they believed his powers were real and they were all like “Yes! He is holy! He is divine!” and the documentary was full of people saying the same, totally deceived. I left freaked out and will not be going back.
In a weird way, though, I liked the film. It really did change my life and believe anything is possible in this way- even though the guy was a total fake, he projected himself and his beliefs with such utter confidence that he got a whole ton of followers, international fame, and a ton of money. People the world over look up to him as if he’s Jesus. Even though he’s a phony, he had so much self-belief he was able to convince people on such a deep level.
Now I don’t want to start a cult or trick people and I think he's horrible that he scammed people, but the film inspired me in the sense that it shows that with enough self-belief, so much is possible. If he didn’t present himself with complete and total confidence and self-assurance, he would have gotten nowhere. But he did, and look what he got.
So in its own messed-up way, the film taught me the importance of self-belief and confidence, so in a weird way it really did “Change my life” and “Believe in the impossible”, just like the poster said. Haha.