SmartLess - Listen Now: Twin Flames

Episode Date: February 29, 2024

We all want love, that happily-ever-after feeling of finding your soulmate. What if someone not only claimed they could help you find that perfect partner, they guaranteed it? Jeff and Shalei...a, a young couple famous on YouTube, teach about ‘Twin Flames’ — a deep, romantic connection with your perfect partner in their videos. It’s divine love, you’re designed for no one else, and they’re designed for no one else. But the path to finding your Twin Flame isn’t so simple. Some followers claim they were encouraged to cut ties with friends and family that are holding them back, and to claim their Twin Flame by any means necessary. From Wondery, Twin Flames is a podcast about what happens when the quest for love turns into a dangerous obsession. Hosted by Stephanie Beatriz.Listen to Twin Flames: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

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Starting point is 00:00:00 Hi listeners, it's me. We all want love. That happily ever after feeling of finding your soulmate. What if someone not only claimed they could help you find that perfect partner, they guaranteed it, huh? Twin Flames, a riveting new podcast from Wondery, is about what happens when the quest for love turns into a dangerous obsession. Jeff and Shalia, a young couple famous on YouTube, teach about twin
Starting point is 00:00:25 flames, a deep romantic connection with your perfect ultimate partner in their videos. It's divine love. You're designed for no one else and they're designed for no one else. But the path to finding your twin flame isn't so simple. Some followers allege they were encouraged to cut ties with friends and family that were holding them back. They were also pushed to claim their twin flame through any means necessary, even stalking. By the time some members are able to leave the group, they don't even recognize themselves, and claim the harassment to rejoin makes them fear for their safety. I'm about to play you a preview of Twin Flames, so buckle up. While you're listening, follow Twin Flames on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or you can listen ad-free
Starting point is 00:01:08 by joining Wondry Plus in the Wondry app. A listener note, this episode contains adult content and language. This may not be suitable for all listeners. It was July 2019, Toronto, an average hotel meeting room. Beige carpet, rows of gray chairs, a platform at the front, dozens of people milled around waiting. Among them was Victoria Bonilla. This was my first time meeting anybody from this group.
Starting point is 00:01:43 And it was such an interesting experience because everybody was so awkward. People gathered in groups. Some fumbled through small talk. Others stared at their phones. Or you'd see the occasional one person standing there just kind of looking around and smiling, not really knowing what to do.
Starting point is 00:02:02 And I was like, well, this is weird. But then the atmosphere changed. It was time. So everybody wanted to sit up front, so it was kind of like, oh, we got to, you know, grab the best seats we can. All eyes turned to the entrance. People craned and stretched, desperate to see.
Starting point is 00:02:17 The doors opened. And a young couple walked in. They walk up the aisle, and they walked in the stage, and everybody's cheering and just standing and clapping and crying. I was just like, oh my, I just like I had chills. A man stepped onto the stage. He was in his early 30s. His wavy brown hair was shoulder length. He wore designer ripped jeans and a suit jacket. The woman took her place next to him,
Starting point is 00:02:41 dressed in a t-shirt, fitted pants, high heels, and makeup. The man raised his arms. Welcome back to the very first juicy Twin Flames universe, ascension workshop. Jeff and Shalia had arrived. The room was buzzing with excitement. This was the first time many in the audience had ever seen the couple in real life.
Starting point is 00:03:08 We're starting right here. And if you don't know where to find your good, it's within yourself, within. I have it. You have it. We all have it. If you've never seen it, hi. Here it is.
Starting point is 00:03:24 On stage, Shalia beamed Jeff. You'll get used to me. I have. Jeff smiled. The audience was eating out of their hands. As the speech neared its climax, Jeff closed his eyes, suddenly serious. I'll give you the tools if you haven't received them already. To feel good anytime you feel bad.
Starting point is 00:03:51 Isn't that powerful? To be able to feel good anytime you want. And then when you feel the good thing, it can manifest its good things. Like your twin flame, in harmonious union. He promised to give the audience a secret. A secret of finding your twin flame. The perfect partner. Soulmate.
Starting point is 00:04:18 The ultimate lover. But that wasn't all he promised that weekend. He was going to show them how to get the perfect career. A beautiful home, a fat bank account, a Corvette. All of it is yours. Everything, everything, everything you desire. Follow me, follow me. I just kinda remember feeling, like I don't want to say I felt high but it kind of yeah
Starting point is 00:04:48 I mean for a lot guys just like this is wow like I just feel like I'm in another dimension right now. You too can have your twin flame. You too can have harmonious union forever. Join us, thank you, and take care. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Thank you.
Starting point is 00:05:14 The audience was on their feet. Victoria was among them. And I was just like, this is such a momentous occasion for me. Like, this is such a breakthrough. And I'm like, oh my god, the miracle's gonna happen any day now. I'm like, this is it. No one in that room could have predicted what Jeff's promises really meant. I didn't suspect what would come months later.
Starting point is 00:05:38 I had no inkling. But there were people in that room, people she knew, who would soon find themselves grappling with just how badly they wanted that true love Jeff promised, and how far they were willing to go to get it. I had to follow what they told me to do. They knew best. You gotta do it.
Starting point is 00:06:00 Like, don't be a little fuzzy, don't be a little bitch. That wife is the one that's in the way. You're gonna have to completely submit to me and give me your complete, utter obedience. I no longer knew who I was. I was spiraling. They were the Master Christ, and they were the King and Queen of Heaven, and that we were going to help them bring Heaven on Earth. If I don't get out, I'm gonna die. Everything. Everything. Everything, everything, everything, desire.
Starting point is 00:06:29 Follow me. Follow me.

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