The “self strengthening” movement is growing across the country.
According to The Hill, more than 5,000 people have joined it since February.
The group, which is run by self-described “spiritual seekers,” says its purpose is to help families wake up to a sense of self and to create a better place for them to live.
Its goal is to wake people up to the fact that we’re all connected, the group says on its website.
“A better world is possible,” it adds.
“We want to awaken a whole generation to the notion that our lives are more important than the sum of our individual accomplishments.
We want to make a difference in the lives of others.”
The movement is not for everyone, however.
The Hill reports that in many states, such as Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia and Texas, the self-healing movement is illegal.
It also says some members of the movement have used drugs to support themselves, which could put them at risk for abuse.
While the group claims to support “all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, religion, political opinion, or any other identity,” it warns against doing anything that might “threaten” the “perpetual vigilance of a collective identity.”
And while some have taken to wearing masks to protect themselves from the cold, there’s also a growing number of people who say that their personal safety is at risk from this movement.
“If you want to be safe, then you should wear a mask, wear a hat, wear gloves,” an online post by one man in the wake of the attack said.
“You are being watched.”
The Post reports that many of the women who have been targeted by the movement are not afraid to speak out about it, even if it makes them uncomfortable.
One woman, who identified herself as “the only black woman in my generation,” told The Post that the movement’s message was important.
“There’s a lot of people saying, ‘I’m just a black woman who likes to dress up and pretend to be a woman,'” she said.
“It’s not a matter of being a black person and dressing up as a woman, but of saying, you know, you can be who you are and be safe.
We are all part of the same movement.”
“It’s a movement that is really about bringing attention to a whole set of issues, especially the issues of race and gender,” she added.
“The people who have used this to make them feel unsafe are the ones who are not scared of speaking out.”
The Hill’s report comes on the heels of another disturbing attack on a woman in Virginia on Saturday, when she was beaten and then strangled in her home.
Authorities have since said the woman was beaten with a baseball bat and a baseball horn.
“They were very violent,” Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said on Saturday.
“And it was a very sad day for our state.”
The attack was reportedly connected to the “self-healers” movement.