Santa Monica, California, USA
Hi John! My goodness! It's great to see your sense of humor!
In the 70's, I did the est thing pretty heavily, then eventually moved on. A lot of people who didn't do it call it a cult and so on, but I found it no more a cult than Basic Training. The trick in both instances, I think, is go through it, but don't get caught up in it. Neither my DI's or est "Trainers" had a direct pipeline to God or whatever, but they sure made an impression that last to this day.
Would I sit still for either experience again, Nope!