It's been a big year for cults.
There's been the Love Has Won cult which ended in a woman being found mummified.
There was the Twin Flames cult which encouraged members to stalk their crushes to the point of getting arrested.
And then there's the Modern Mystery School which has apparently recruited two of the world's biggest pop stars: Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus.
Neither Mendes nor Cyrus have confirmed they subscribe to the teachings of MMS, but TikTok has basically decided that both of the musicians are members.
But first thing's first, what is this cult and should we be concerned? Short answer: yes.
What is the Modern Mystery School?
The Modern Mystery School was founded in 1997 by Gudni Gudnason. The website says that the school “trains and certifies healing practitioners and teachers in the tradition of the lineage of King Salomon," which traces back 3000 years.
The school has thousands of students from all corners of the world across 60 countries, including the UK, Canada, the USA, Japan, South Africa and Brazil. Their mission statement is to bring “peace on this planet by uplifting the hearts and minds of humanity”.
Sounds innocent enough, right? Well...
In 2021, Vice published an investigation into the Modern Mystery School which detailed the stories of dozens of current and former students.
Former students claim they were exploited, classifying the group as a “cult” and “spiritual pyramid scheme” whereby many students spend upwards of $20,000 to reach “the top of the pyramid of training”.