Devastated parents reveal how a married couple from Michigan coerced their children into gender transition as part of their 'Twin Flames' love cult, which claims to help people find their soulmates

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The past clip Louise Cole heard from her 28-year-old daughter, Stephanie, was successful 2019. 

By then, Stephanie had fallen heavy nether nan spell of a twisted caller property cult that promised its followers a way to gathering their 'twin flame,' a personification created by God to beryllium their divine soulmate. 

'All of a sudden, retired of obscurity [Stephanie] said that these group that she recovered online told her that she could find fame and luck and emotion each from this 1 group,' said Louise.

'That's erstwhile she efficaciously disappeared.'  

Within a matter of weeks, Stephanie was connected a level to Switzerland to wed her 'twin flame,' a personification that she had ne'er met before: a trans antheral named Kiran.

Her mother and copy sister recovered retired astir nan matrimony (also known successful nan Twin Flame Universe arsenic a 'harmonious union') via Facebook. 

Today Stephanie and Kiran are nan poster children for nan Twin Flame Ascension School, a caller property self-help programme tally by 2 unassuming Michigan YouTubers named Jeff and Shaleia Ayan.

Preying connected those who consciousness mislaid and alone, nan programme guarantees a way to uncovering existent love...provided they are consenting to fork complete $8,888 for nan services.

Now family members and victims are coming guardant successful an explosive caller Netflix documentary, 'Escaping Twin Flames'—which specifications really nan cult coerces clients into transitioning genders, encourages stalking behaviour (which successful immoderate cases has led to restraining orders), and has torn countless families apart.

'He took my child,' said Cole, successful the docuseries.

'He twisted her memories, her mind.' 

Unlucky successful love, Stephanie (center) fell heavy nether nan spell of Jeff and Shaleia Ayan (pictured) erstwhile she went online looking for proposal astir an unrequited romance. Before long, she was coerced into cutting disconnected each ties pinch her family, and moved to Switzerland to wed her 'twin flame' that she had ne'er met before

The past clip Louise Cole (pictured) heard from her girl Stephanie was successful 2019.  She says: '[Jeff] took my child,' and  'twisted her memories, her mind'

Jeff and Shaleia started nan Twin Flames Universe connected Facebook successful 2016. The Michigan couple  claims they 'channel God' to thief group find their soulmate. The organization preys connected group looking for love, encourages them to 'chase their copy occurrence astatine each costs' and forces group to modulation genders

Isaiah (right) is simply a trans antheral who calved and identified arsenic a female until he joined nan Twin Flames Universe aft college. His mother tells Netflix that he was coerced into changing genders erstwhile he was paired pinch Sage (left), a trans female besides progressive successful nan cult. 'We sewage 5 hours announcement that he was leaving nan adjacent greeting to beryllium pinch his copy flame,' said his mother. 'We begged him not to go. We hugged him goodbye successful nan morning, and that was nan past I saw of my child'

For galore victims, their lives person been turned upside down. 

Some person near successful jobs to peddle nan Twin Flames gospel, a batch person trim off  interaction pinch 'unsupportive' family members, galore person transitioned genders (after ne'er having questioned their personality prior), immoderate had run-ins pinch nan law — each nether nan clone committedness that these sacrifices will consequence successful 'harmonious union.'

Jeff and Shaleia met connected Facebook sometime successful 2012. 

At nan time, Jeff was caller retired of business school, surviving successful Hawaii and going by nan othername 'Ender Ayanethos;' an online persona that he created arsenic a caller property manner guru.

In 1 aged video, he jokes, 'Maybe I should commencement a cult?' 

Shaleia, a free tone from Canada who's existent sanction is Megan Plante, was surviving successful Arizona astatine nan clip 'journeying pinch a belief teacher' erstwhile she sensed that Jeff was her copy flame.

A crass pick-up statement sealed nan woody and wrong a fewer years nan mates created nan Twin Flame Universe — a virtual 'healing business' for lovesick students that blended theories of numerology, spirituality, crystals and Christianity.

'Jeff and Shaleia were a joined mates and they seemed to person each of these answers astir relationships and that's thing that I was looking for,' explains Keely, an early devotee of nan Twin Flames Universe. 

'I clicked nan nexus connected their website which brought maine to their Facebook page and location was this full elephantine organization of group moving together to heal to effort to find love.'

The mates claimed to person a typical relationship pinch God, and charged hefty sums of money for entree to nan 'Twin Flame Ascension School' which gives students entree to exclusive online workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions known arsenic 'Mind Alignment Process' (MAP). 

Keely introduced her younger sister, Marlee to nan group, and earlier long, Jeff declared that a man named Josh was her psyche mate.

'I had nary thought who he was,' said Marlee. 'He was conscionable immoderate random feline that joined nan Twin Flames Universe unfastened forum connected Facebook and he started messaging me. He was a full stranger.' 

'I did not for illustration this person, he seemed creepy.' 

Nevertheless, Marlee moved cross-country and to participate a 'harmonious union' pinch Josh that turned retired to beryllium toxic and abusive.

Josh suffered from schizoaffective upset and connected 1 juncture he was sent to jailhouse aft he 'chased her down' successful a home dispute. 

During a MAP session, Jeff and Shaleia encouraged Marlee to enactment successful nan narration and was told that providing a 'happy, supportive and loving environment' would heal each their problems.

'It was nan astir traumatic clip successful my life,' she says connected nan doc. 'It was conscionable survival, survival, survival.' 

Jeff and Shaleia (whose original sanction is Megan Plante) met connected Facebook sometime successful 2012. At nan clip Jeff was going by an online persona named 'Ender Ayanethos' - a caller property manner guru that joked astir starting a cult. Today, nan Twin Flames Universe includes classes, coaching sessions, books, products and a fare programme called Divine Dish

Stephanie (right) primitively joined nan Twin Flames Universe successful 2018 erstwhile she was heartbroken by a man she met successful Taiwan. In 2019, Jeff and Shaleia 'channeled' that Kiran (left) was her existent soulmate. Within weeks, Stephanie trim disconnected ties to her family and moved to Switzerland to wed Kiran (a man she ne'er met before)

Marlee (right) was told that a man named Josh (image blurred) was her 'twin flame' by Jeff and Shaleia. 'I had nary thought who he was. He was a full stranger,' she says connected nan doc. 'I did not for illustration this person, he seemed creepy.' Taking their advice, Marlee joined Josh who suffered from a schizoaffective upset and was forced to enactment successful nan abusive narration which she categorized arsenic 'the astir traumatic clip successful my life.' She tells nan doc: 'It was conscionable survival, survival, survival'

'Jeff and Shaleia were a joined mates and they seemed to person each of these answers astir relationships and that's thing that I was looking for,' said Keely, an early devotee of nan Twin Flames Universe. The virtual 'healing business' for lovesick students blended theories of numerology, spirituality, crystals and Christianity

Since it began, nan Twin Flames Universe has expanded to classes, coaching sessions, books, products and moreover a fare programme called Divine Dish. The Facebook group has 43,000 members

Similarly, different erstwhile personnel named Elle was moving successful a bio-engineering laboratory astatine Stanford University doing crab investigation erstwhile she discovered nan lovelorn organization online. 

She had conscionable travel retired of a 2 twelvemonth narration pinch a man who progressively wanted thing to do pinch her. 

'I wasn't successful a narration pinch him, but I was told to judge that I was,' she tells Netflix. 'Jeff taught america to prosecute our copy flames astatine each costs.'

Eventually, Elle's fellow revenge a restraining bid which led to her being arrested and charged pinch stalking. 

Despite this, Elle said she was encouraged to proceed texting and calling her ex.

'I was brought into a convention and was told by a coach that nan restraining bid wasn't real, and that it really didn't exist.' 

'There were different group who had restraining orders and it was sort-of seen arsenic thing you had to activity connected wrong yourself, if you heal yourself past you are capable to heal nan relationship,' she adds.

According to nan Twin Flames Facebook page, 'The MAP Healing Program is proven to resoluteness trauma astatine nan core.' 

In reality, nan programme uses brainwashing techniques to exert power and extort heavy seated secrets from its members. 

Elle was falsely convinced that she suffered from intersexual trauma arsenic a child, and was told to trim disconnected each interaction pinch her family. 'It was a representation that was planted wrong of me,' she realizes now.

The last straw that led to her apprehension happened 1 evening erstwhile she showed up astatine nan aforesaid nightclub arsenic her ex-boyfriend, though she maintains (to this day) that it was purely by accident.

Elle spent a period successful jailhouse and her parents put up their status savings to bail her out. Later successful class, Jeff congratulated her for having religion successful nan process. 'It gives maine tremendous spot successful you, erstwhile earlier I had none,' he said. 

In speech for her devotion to his teachings, Jeff promoted Elle to a domiciled wrong nan Twin Flames Universe arsenic societal media head and offered her nan costly Life Purpose courses for 'free.'

Like truthful galore others, Elle wasn't being paid for her activity wrong nan organization, which fundamentally rendered her an indentured servant.

Elle had a successful profession moving successful a bio-engineering laboratory astatine Stanford University erstwhile she discovered nan Twin Flames organization online. She had divided from her boyfriend, but was told by Jeff to 'pursue our copy flames astatine each costs.' Eventually, Elle was arrested for stalking, aft she grounded to abide by nan restraining order. 'I was brought into a convention and was told by a coach that nan restraining bid wasn't real, and that it really didn't exist,' she tells Netflix

'There were different group who had restraining orders and it was sort-of seen arsenic thing you had to activity connected wrong yourself, if you heal yourself past you are capable to heal nan relationship,' she tells nan doc

Through online video sessions, Jeff and Shaleia coached their followers connected really to find their 'twin flames' which they said came pinch a 'true love' guarantee. Later they changed nan norm to stipulate that ones 'twin flame' besides had to beryllium progressive successful nan group, and said they were capable to 'channel' from God nan partnerships betwixt 2 people

Jeff preached that pursuing one's life intent would lead to existent love. 'But someway really that turned into everyone being told that their life intent was to activity for Jeff and Shaleia,' she says.

Elle wasn't nan only personnel moving for free. Jessi, a erstwhile customer work manager, spent $20,000 connected becoming a Twin Flames coach, only to activity 12-hour agelong days wholly unpaid.

Shanise, different female featured successful nan docuseries, says: 'At nan time, my copy occurrence was having a babe pinch personification else, successful a wholly different relationship, successful a different state, but that doesn't really matter.'  

'None if it f*****g matters!' shouts Jeff successful 1 video. 

'You are his copy occurrence and this is your union. This trumps everything, each nan bulls**t, each nan nonsense, each nan f***ery, each nan individual protection orders, each nan ex-girlfriends, wives, husbands, marriages, kids, each those things are trumped by this 1 elemental thing, your copy occurrence union.' 

Similarly, Angie, a successful female from Ontario moving successful economical improvement was drawn to nan Twin Flames Universe successful her early 40s. 'The only point that was really missing successful my life was love.' 

Within a fewer years, Angie had near her well-paying occupation to give herself afloat clip to preaching nan Twin Flames gospel arsenic an 'Ascension' coach. 

Angie felt a strong, unrequited relationship pinch a man who was gay, and progressive successful a narration pinch different man.

'They said that my copy occurrence is feminine acting because I was taking his masculine power distant from him,' she said.

Angie began wearing dresses, reddish lipstick, perfume, and decorating her location pinch caller flowers to look much feminine. 

When that didn't work, Jeff and Shaleia encouraged her to return a much bold approach.   

'F**k appropriate, make it hap Angie!' Jeff says successful aged footage. 'You cognize what to do. He is your man.'

In nan beginning, nan Twin Flame Ascension schoolhouse came pinch a 'true love' guarantee, but arsenic clip proved that committedness empty, Jeff and Shaleia changed their rules to stipulate that ones 'twin flame' besides had to beryllium progressive successful nan group.

Angie was a successful business female from Ontario erstwhile she joined nan Twin Flames Universe complete a man that she was hopelessly successful emotion with. Despite nan truth that he was cheery and already progressive successful different relationship; Jeff and Shaleia encouraged Angie to proceed pursuing him. 'F**k appropriate, make it hap Angie!' Jeff says successful aged footage. 'You cognize what to do. He is your man'

Angie (center) —who was erstwhile chastised by Jeff for not embodying nan 'divine feminine' —was abruptly told that she was a 'divine masculine', and that she should commencement presenting herself arsenic a man. 'I was told you are a man, and Victoria is your copy flame, judge it,' she tells Netflix. Angie changed her pronouns, began sporting a buzzcut, and dressed successful much masculine clothes

The organization exists mostly online, and expanded quickly during Covid - gathering chiefly connected Zoom and Google Hangout 

The mates claimed to person a nonstop relationship to God, and frankincense were capable to transmission copy occurrence partnerships. 

In aged YouTube footage, Jeff candidly speaks to nan camera: 'I pulled up a caller image of myself and put it adjacent to nan expected image of Jesus and uhh, it's nan aforesaid person.' 

'Those images were images of me, not a Jewish feline from Israel, but a Euro feline pinch bluish eyes and brownish hair. The image of Christ was really me,' he clarifies: 'The 2nd coming, not Jesus' first coming.'

Sitting adjacent to him, Shaleia laughs, 'I'm banging nan Christ!'

Sometime successful 2019, Jeff and Shaleia channeled 20 caller copy occurrence partnerships. A shortage of antheral members successful nan organization meant that women were paired pinch different women.

They explained that each personification (regardless of sex) has a divine masculine and divine feminine energy.

They released a database of nan caller couples successful nan successful nan organization which besides stated who was to embody nan 'divine feminine' and who was nan 'divine masculine.'

'The divine masculine did not person to beryllium successful a antheral body, it was immoderate Jeff and Shaleia branded you is what you were,' explained Drea, a lesbian who joined TFU aft she was spurned by a romanticist liking who insisted she was A-sexual.

Angie —who was erstwhile chastised by Jeff for not embodying nan divine feminine —was abruptly told that she was a divine masculine, and that she should commencement presenting herself arsenic a man.  

'I was told you are a man, and Victoria is your copy flame, judge it,' she tells Netflix.

Victoria recovered retired that Angie was her copy occurrence connected a zoom call. 'I said, 'No I'm not a lesbian.' She near nan group soon aft that. 

Jeff and Shaleia encouraged group assigned arsenic 'divine masculine' to alteration their sanction and pronouns, bargain caller wardrobes, and travel retired to family members and colleagues. 

Convinced that she was now a male, Angie shaved her caput and was seen successful aged footage telling her chap TFU members that she was 'very happy to beryllium revealed arsenic a 'divine masculine' because she ne'er felt 'completely authentic' arsenic a divine feminine contempt having made a convincing effort. 

Re-watching nan aged footage today, Angie struggles to admit herself. 'There's not a connection of truth to it,' she says.

Stephanie primitively joined nan statement successful 2018, besotted by a man she met successful Taiwan.

Later, she trim disconnected each ties pinch her family and promptly moved to Switzerland aft it had been 'channeled' that her copy occurrence was a trans man named Kiran.  

'They had only chatted a fewer times, ne'er met successful personification and were hardly moreover acquaintances,' said her flabbergasted mother, Paula. 

'Kiran was assigned arsenic a divine masculine and was told to transition.' 

Today nan Twin Flames website proudly announces their successful coupling. After having 'undergone heavy treatment done nan Mind Alignment Process,' it says, Kiran and Stephanie were capable to 'release deep-seated trauma, starring to nan revelation of their existent authentic selves.' 

One erstwhile personnel told Netflix that Jeff and Shaleia (center) precocious purchased workplace and 300 personification arena hall, pinch plans to unrecorded communally among chap members and statesman to procreate among each other. 'It felt for illustration they were trying to nutrient their ain breed of human,' she says

'I pulled up a caller image of myself and put it adjacent to nan expected image of Jesus and it's nan aforesaid person,' said Jeff successful aged footage. 'Those images were images of me, not a Jewish feline from Israel, but a Euro feline pinch bluish eyes and brownish hair. The image of Christ was really me'

Another dumbfounded mother named Maxine tells Netflix of really she mislaid her girl to nan Twin Flames Universe.

'After assemblage and grad school, my kid returned location and met personification connected a making love website who past introduced them to nan copy flames making love universe.'

'My kid was calved female, and identified arsenic a female until, he joined Twin Flame Universe and I'm trying my hardest to usage nan pronouns he/him,' Maxine says.

'In 2018, my kid was online each nan time, arsenic soon arsenic he sewage home, he would caput down to our basement and vanish for hours,' she explains. 'A fewer months later, retired of nan blue, my kid said, 'I want you to commencement calling maine by he and him.' 

'I asked, 'How agelong he had felt for illustration this?' and he responded immediately, 'When I became a copy flame.'

Maxine's boy goes by Isaiah now. He was paired pinch Sage, different transgender woman.  

'We sewage 5 hours announcement that he was leaving nan adjacent greeting to beryllium pinch his copy flame. We begged him not to go,' Maxine said. 'We hugged him goodbye successful nan morning, and that was nan past I saw of my child.'

Today Isaiah has undergone apical surgery, sports a afloat beard and buzzcut successful Twin Flame videos pinch titles like, 'Gender transitioning together arsenic Twin Flames!!' and 'How authenticity attracts your copy flame.'

'It had go a shape of conversion therapy,' erstwhile member, Victoria tells Netflix.

Jessi reveals really she was called into a 'divine treatment group' erstwhile she struggled pinch accepting her caller personality arsenic a 'divine masculine.' 

'I had ne'er felt for illustration I was successful nan incorrect body, I ne'er felt for illustration I was a man,' she says.

Nobody was allowed to time off nan 'divine healing' sessions until 'everyone had complied and 'healed nan block.''

In aged footage, Jeff is spotted telling his followers: 'First you judge that you're genuinely a man inside. The truth that you person a pussy and you're a man inside, nan pussy is genuinely an illusion.'

He implores them to 'dissolve nan illusion' and 'recognize that you already person a penis.'

Similar to a multi-level-marketing scheme, Jeff and Shaleia return a trim of each MAP therapy sessions. Coaches certified done nan 'Ascension School' are encouraged to perpetually bring successful caller clients

One erstwhile personnel says that she was forced into a lengthy 'divine healing' convention aft she refused to judge her caller gender. Nobody was allowed to time off nan 'divine healing' sessions until 'everyone had complied and 'healed nan block'

Keely, an early devotee of nan Twin Flames Universe, sewage her sister Marlee involved. Both women person since near nan cult, but admits they haven't spoken since. 'I miss her truthful much,' Keely sobs. 'I really miss her and I would emotion to person a narration pinch her if she would let that'

Keely told Netflix that she made nan determination to time off Twin Flames erstwhile Jeff and Shaleia began readying a bigger early for their cult to unrecorded communally connected a precocious purchased workplace and 300 personification arena hall. 

'One of nan things that was implied erstwhile we moved to Michigan is that we would beryllium having children,' she says.

Jeff decides what couples are worthy of having children based connected their income level. He besides chooses who nan sperm philanthropist is for nan aforesaid activity couples incapable to nutrient naturally. 

'It felt for illustration they were trying to nutrient their ain breed of human,' Shanise tells nan doc.

In 2019, Jeff and Shaleia formally established 'the Church of Union.' 

'I sewage nan solution,' Jeff said successful aged footage featured connected nan doc. 'We're going to move portion of our institution into a religion, and successful this way, I don't person to salary people, I tin conscionable person volunteers.'  

Similar to a multi-level-marketing scheme, Jeff and Shaleia return a trim of each MAP therapy sessions. Coaches certified done nan 'Ascension School' are encouraged to perpetually bring successful caller clients. 

Since it's first incarnation, nan Twin Flames Universe has expanded to classes, coaching sessions, books, products and moreover a fare programme called Divine Dish. 

Indeed, it's nary astonishment that peddling a caller property cure to loneliness has made Jeff and Shaleia fabulously rich. 

Recent videos posted to their Instagram flagrantly show disconnected their lavish lifestyle, which includes a Maybach, designer clothes, a Fendi watch and jewelry. 

Today their Facebook page has 43,000 followers. 

After leaving nan cult successful 2020, Keely was capable to prevention Marlee from her abusive copy occurrence relationship, but admits they haven't spoken since.

'I miss her truthful much,' Keely sobs. 'I really miss her and I would emotion to person a narration pinch her if she would let that.' 


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