One thing a cult leader does is rob cult members of the ability to make decisions. Once the member buys into the hope or goals of the cult, cult leaders instilling fear in them, provide some sense of security for them, and demonizing others (thus making the cult leader the primary influence in the member's life). People end up psychologically dependent upon the cult.
The good news is that people are resilient and smart. They can join a cult leader and believe in the cult message, but over time the cult's inability to deliver what it promises causes the member to question the cult's premises. Once the questioning begins, the member is often on the way out of the cult.
However, what can happen is that the cult leader can get wind of the questioning and perform an "intervention" of his own. This could include saying the group is "changing," that the member has the criticisms wrong or isn't advanced enough to get it, claim that even if the system isn't perfect there is no better alternative, claim that it would be a shame to leave now because the member is so close to a breakthrough, etc.
Analyze facts, information and experiences to make decisions, dont rely on your Mentor.
You have been taken advantage of and manipulated by cult leader Wayne Allen Geis.