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Nori Muster


Art therapy, positive thinking, and abuse recovery.

Experience in the area

I have been an expert at since 2000. Before that, during college and graduate school, I put in approximately three hundred volunteer hours working at juvenile halls. I also worked in drug and alcohol counseling agencies. In addition, I have done art and writing therapy with young people who grew up in abusive religious groups.


The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), helps families, people who grew up in cults, and people leaving cults.


Books by Nori:
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World, a history of positive thinking and how to practice it in the post-9/11 world.
Child of the Cult, a collection of stories about children who grew up in restrictive religious groups.
Cult Survivor's Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life, a recovery handbook for people who had a bad experience in a group.

For a summary of all writing, see


Masters of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (psychology, counseling, and criminal justice), Western Oregon University, 1991.

Awards and Honors

Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement won an award from for best selling book in its category.

What do you like about this subject?

Changing people's fears into love and positive thoughts will make the world a better place.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

If I were to decide to go back into in-person counseling, I would first want a doctorate in Gestalt art therapy. In the meantime, I continue as a writer-researcher, and am currently writing a book about my own mind-body-spirit healing.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Positive thinking cannot be forced or phony. The subconscious mind knows a person's inner motivation and will respond accordingly.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Many people equate positive thinking with denial. In other words, it means to stamp a happy face on a situation that remains unresolved and stressful. If you write to me, I will show you how to see through that and write an affirmation that will change your mind.

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2016-10-14 trust issues:

Dear Melanie,  Thank you for your letter and for explaining your situation to me.   You could look at it two ways:  1. You have trust issues.  2. He has trustworthiness issues.  He sounds a little psycho

2016-07-15 hello:

Dear Apsara,  Thank you for your question. I went to India three times in the 1980s, including Delhi and Karnataka. I was a woman in the Hare Krishna organization when I was younger, but have gotten away

2016-05-12 help:

Dear Apsara,  Thank you for your letter.   The world is quite depressing lately, and as it always is to some extent. A certain level of depression may be considered normal, but if your depression is so

2016-01-31 Follow-up:

Dear Kirsten,  Your problems are complex, and dealing at a distance by computer, and not being a licensed counselor, there's not much I can do to be of help.  You might find a good resource in Debtors

2016-01-26 My life is a nightmare!!:

Dear Kirsten,  Thank you for your letter and for sharing your story with me.   Getting caught stealing the money is not why you are screwed. Stealing the money you put yourself in this situation. Also


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