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Teal Swan
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BornMary Teal Bosworth
(1984-06-16) June 16, 1984 (age 35)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Pen nameThe Spiritual Catalyst
OccupationWriter, public speaker
GenreSpirituality, Psychology, metaphysics
Notable works"Shadows before Dawn" (2015)
"The Completion Process" (2016)
"The Anatomy of Loneliness" (2018)
Mark Scott
(m. 2006; div. 2013)

Sarbdeep Singh Swan
(m. 2014; div. 2015)
Ale Gicqueau
(m. 2016; div. 2018)
Children1, Winter (Son)

Teal Swan (born Mary Teal Bosworth; June 16, 1984) is an American spiritual teacher and YouTube personality, who has self-published several books.[1][2] Critics of Swan have called her a cult leader and nicknamed her "The Suicide Catalyst" due to her diction on suicide as "the reset button," which some believe contributed to the suicides of two of her followers. [3][4] Her statements on suicide have been condemned by the American Association of Suicidology and the Parents’ Association for the Prevention of Young Suicide in the United Kingdom. [5]


Swan was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 16, 1984[6] and from the age of four grew up in Logan, Utah.[7] Swan claims she was diagnosed as schizophrenic at the age of sixteen and "was banished to a life of closed psychiatric institutions." [8]

Claims of supernatural ability

According to Swan, she is an alien from the star Arcturus, and was born with extrasensory abilities such as clairvoyance, "clairsentience", and "clairaudience".[9] She also claims to be a spirit medium [10] with the abilities of astral projection[11], intergalatic teleportation[12], telepathy[13] and can access the Akashic records to possess knowledge of everything (all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future)[14]

Satanic ritual abuse

Swan has frequently discussed her claims of past abuse. Swan has claimed to be the victim of Satanic ritual abuse from the ages of 6-19, in order to cure her of her supposed extrasensory abilities.[15][9] Part of this alleged abuse included being sewn into a corpse.[16]

Swan claims that she had repressed memory of these events until a Salt Lake City based therapist, Dr. Barbara Snow, helped her uncover them.[16] An investigation was opened into her claims before being ultimately shut down due to several accusations made against her therapist.[16] Dr. Snow was later placed on probation by the State of Utah's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing for violating the National Association of Social Workers' professional conduct and ethical principles. [16] The state alleged that during her psychotherapy practice, Dr. Snow imposed false memories, used leading questions, and wrote intentionally fictitious therapy notes to stoke Satanic Panic. [16] Affidavits made by Dr. Snow were later questioned in appellate courts and her sworn court testimony led to at least one wrongful conviction that has since been overturned by the Utah Supreme Court.[17]


Swan's career began to rise in 2011 when she released her self-published book The Sculptor in the Sky and started a now YouTube channel. Her followers are self-stylized as the "Teal Tribe."[18]

In 2015, a local Cleveland news website,, discussed her mantra [19]

A documentary about the life of Teal Swan entitled "Open Shadow: The Story Of Teal Swan" was released in 2017. [20]

A Gizmodo podcast, hosted by Jennings Brown, ran a six-part series on Teal Swan [21] At the time of recording, her YouTube videos had been viewed 55 million times.[22]

The website of Swan's for-profit company, Teal Eye LLC, despite registration as a corporation rather than a charitable organization, claims to create changes in several different areas: alternative education, reforms in the global food industry, justice, animal rights and spirituality. [23] Swan has focused her ministry on healing others of their psychological ailments, including suicidal thoughts and repressed traumatic experiences.[16]

Swan owns and operates the Philia Center, a retreat center in Costa Rica.[24] Offered at the Philia Center is "The Curveball," a four day "extraordinary workshop," costing $5,000 for a single room or $4,200 for a shared room.[25]


Suicide diction and allegations

Teal Swan has said on YouTube "What suicide is, is pushing the reset button... There is nothing wrong with suicide".[26] Additionally, two of Swan's followers have committed suicide, and opponents of Swan's methods have claimed Swan led them to their behavior. Swan's teachings are partly drawn from her own recovered childhood trauma, that she says left her with the same feelings. [27] Her teaching methods sometimes involve participants imagining their deaths, occasionally by suicide.[27][28] A Refinery29 piece notes that while Swan is not directly encouraging suicide and that she claims to have "the strategy to help people out of suicidal thoughts," nevertheless her "highly-triggering comments and extreme views on suicide that trickle into almost every piece of content Swan produces" are potentially harmful, such as the way Swan compares followers with suicidal thoughts to "stray cats" and "orphaned children."[29]

Cult allegations

Many have claimed Teal Swan is a cult leader,[30][27] a claim Swan has vehemently denied. Swan has claimed that she knows she has the perfect recipe for a cult. Paired with her ethics, this knowledge has stopped her from becoming a cult leader, according to Swan.[28]

In popular culture


  • The Sculptor in the Sky, Authorhouse 2011
  • Shadows Before Dawn: Finding the Light of Self-Love Through Your Darkest Times, Hayhouse 2015
  • The Completion Process, Hayhouse 2016
  • The Anatomy of Loneliness: How to Find Your Way Back to Connection, Watkins Publishing 2018
  • The Connection Process, Archway Publishing 2018


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  19. ^ "This Question Can Change Your Whole Life".
  20. ^ "Open Shadow | The Story Of Teal Swan". Open Shadow | The Story Of Teal Swan. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
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  23. ^ "The Vision of Teal Eye LLC". Teal Swan. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  24. ^ "About". Philia. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  25. ^ "The Curveball – A Teal Swan Workshop". Philia Center. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  26. ^ Berman, Sarah. "Yes, There Are Women-Led Cults". VICE. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
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