by Sean on Jan.28, 2008
Peter Ragnar and the Opulent Reality. I was browsing zaadz.com last night (recently bought and assimilated by gaia.com) and saw this ad banner prominently displayed in the Sponsors column. Gaia.com is a socially conscious community-based networking site. I rarely click on ads unless I’m looking for something specific, but this one caught my eye and I decided to check it out. The browser was directed to http://www.peterragnar.com with a splash page and link to enter the site.
Uh oh. Once you are in you are greeted with the following quote, “You Didn’t Visit Here by Accident” followed by “Dear Friend,”. To the left you have photos of Peter Ragnar fading in and out. The whole vibe just seems off, but I decided to suspend judgment and dig a little deeper.
The first thing I clicked on was the “Storefront”. Hmm, the Opulent Reality Symposium. It only costs $797 and comes with four free bonus packages. What a deal! Next, I clicked on “View All Products”. Right at the top of the product list: Chi-Mendous Balls. I start thinking to myself, is he “Ragnar the Opulent or Ragnar the Horrible?” I’m sure Ragnar the Horrible would love to have you fondling his Chi-Mendous Balls for the low price of only $59.97.
Next I click “Peter’s 7 Vows” and then click “On Visiting Peter”. There is a link to watch an interview and I click it. http://www.yoursymposium.com/ . Youtube time. The video starts with a vault that resembles a mandala opening. There is a funky melodic jingle (they obviously understand the psychological importance of catchy jingles) and the vault creaks open to reveal Peter Ragnar brandishing a staff. This is a conference call interview. In case you are wondering what the hell the dude at the bottom is doing in the little box, that is disciple Tony and he gives a testimonial later.
The whole Opulent Reality Symposium site reeks of scam. A couple quotes:
Wouldn’t you love to master the trick to almost “Magical Prosperity”?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to work your butt off to receive some of the GOOD STUFF life offers?
Once you master the trick, you’ll no longer have to slave away, enduring hours of toil.
Good Things will EASILY float into your life.
Discover How to REALLY influence and persuade others with more power and precision than you ever imagined. This is the EXACT program that Len has used to acquire “Mega Deals” with Multi-Millionaires (one deal he initiated and closed within four hours – and this particular millionaire didn’t even know him before that day)!
Wow. Maybe I should sign up for the symposium. I’m sick of enduring hours of toil. Perhaps if I learn how to infuse my affirmations with “super-charged chi energy” I will have all the abundance I desire.
After the symposium… “Crap! I just wasted $797 of my hard-earned abundance for this?”
I really can’t say whether this is a case of Ragnar the Horrible or Ragnar the Opulent. Peter has written a lot of good things on his site and his health is obviously vibrant. If he truly has people’s best interests and well-being at heart and his methods work, I’ll have to ask forgiveness for writing this blog. However, when you visit the symposium site it is like a blaring neon scam signal. Why didn’t Len hire a decent web designer with some of the money he has acquired closing mega deals with multi-millionaires? If Peter and his disciples are just focused on scamming people out of their money then it is a shame. When individuals use charisma and spiritual concepts for personal gain at the expense of others, it creates a deeply rooted stigma in people’s minds that can close the doors to true spirituality. There is nothing worse than a money-grubbing false guru.