What's Behind Gary Douglas's Scientology Knockoff?

Access Consciousness promises to help you reach a higher plane. For a price.

What's Behind Gary Douglas's Scientology Knockoff?

"This is something I've wanted to do for the kids for a long time," Gary Douglas says to an audience of children in an Austin hotel conference room over the summer. Other kids across the country are watching the seminar online.

Douglas, 70, just got done hearing from a mother professing gratitude to Douglas for bringing consciousness to her kids. He opened their eyes, and they opened hers. And that's "consciousness" with a little trademark symbol above it, just so you know. This isn't any pedestrian notion of consciousness. It's Access Consciousness. It's so mind-blowingly conscious that you have to be other than human to get it. You have to be what's called a humanoid. Here's one way for you to find out if you're a human or a humanoid: If you like to sit on the couch, drink beer and watch TV, you're probably a human. If you judge others and not yourself, you're a human. Humans are middle America. They sleepwalk through life. They're idiots.

Humanoids are steeped in awareness, not judgment. They get it. They've torn down the barriers, the mental implants drilled into their brains an eternity ago by malicious entities. They can change the weather.

If you want to find out if you're a humanoid, a good place to start is the Access Consciousness Web site.
If you want to find out if you're a humanoid, a good place to start is the Access Consciousness Web site.
The path to total consciousness requires an open mind and a valid credit card.
The path to total consciousness requires an open mind and a valid credit card.

Humanoids in this conference room, adults and children alike, understand it when Douglas says, "What stupidity are you using to create the old thinking you are choosing? Everything that is, times a godzillion — will you destroy and uncreate it all? Right and wrong, good and bad, pod and poc, all nine, shorts, boys and beyonds."

That's part of the Access Consciousness "clearing statement" — a sort of mush-mouthed mantra humanoids recite when they dismantle the implants. It's what Douglas would like to bring into public schools through something called the Access True Knowledge Foundation. Not many people knew about Access, and there was no real vehicle to get it into schools, until ex-NFL player Ricky Williams fell in love with Access and accepted a $50,000 donation from them for his Ricky Williams Foundation. Some sports writers poked fun at Williams for aligning himself with a "cult," but at least Access got some attention.

Expanded consciousness might seem like a heavy trip for the average teen, but you have to remember that we're all infinite beings, and children — even infants — are master manipulators. Children picked their parents before they were even conceived, and then they stripped those parents of choice. Douglas's son and daughter chose their moments of conception when Douglas was still asleep. On both occasions, according to Access's blog, he suddenly snapped awake just before ejaculating inside his wife. Boom, now he's got Schyler, playing guitar in a band in Santa Barbara, along with Grace, a new mom herself, here in Houston. See, kids get it.

Douglas also tells us that "young children are incredibly sexy." And if that made you recoil, if your mind immediately went to the gutter, then you're a human. "Sexy" doesn't mean sexy. Not in Accessory-speak. It's more a matter of energy, and kids have it in spades. And it's something parents have to own up to. They have to acknowledge that they find their kids sexy-in-the-humanoid-sense.

"The parents' own feelings of sexualness towards their children can be terrifying to these parents, who are afraid they will end up abusing their own children," Douglas is quoted as saying on Access's blog. Right next to the quote is a picture of a young girl, maybe a tween, staring straight into the lens with just a slip of a smile, her long dark hair tossed by the wind.

Although Access is based in Santa Barbara, there are many Accessories, as adherents are called, in Texas. Most notable among them is Curry Glassell, scion of the Houston family that gave its name to the Glassell School of Art and a philanthropic foundation. She's on the board of the Access True Knowledge Foundation. Like most other Accessories the Houston Press reached out to for this story, she wasn't interested in talking. An e-mail had circulated among them: Some guy in Houston was calling around, asking questions about Access.

The concern was that things would be taken out of context. Like the young-kids-are-sexy bit. Like the bit about how humanoids should call up enemies and tell them they are going to kill them. Those things need proper context. And that context comes with a price tag. You have to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars to move up the ranks and take the right classes to learn the tools and get the context.

The Press obtained these manuals, ordinarily not seen by anyone outside Access. Douglas's publicist, Justine McKell, wanted to know where we got them. She also stated in an e-mail that "most of the info is copyrighted as well, so you would need [Douglas's] written permission I believe."

After more than 20 years of existence, after its spread around the world and its sales of books, CDs and its own brand of bottled water, Access is finally reaching kids. Douglas couldn't be happier. And neither could a 14-year-old kid in Colorado named Eli, who's watching the Austin conference online. Blossom Benedict, one of Douglas's Santa Barbara-based office workers, reads aloud Eli's e-mail to Douglas. Eli was so moved by the day's online workshop, "Energetic Synthesis of Communion." "I already feel a change coming in my life, and that is great. The ESC today was so powerful that I just started to cry. Thank you for this, and how it is just for us kids."

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zest
zest

Do you think sexual energy/aliveness is the same as the sex act?

CindyC
CindyC

An interesting article other than many things were taken out of context.  I have enjoyed Access Classes for the past several years and have found the tools that I have learned to be very helpful in my life.  I attend about one class per year, and I use many of the tools; Asking questions rather than coming to conclusions, choosing to have an "Interesting Point of View" about things rather than using judgment, not being in competition with others or excluding others, and have found that the Bars really work to calm my mind and body.  I am more aware, healthier, happier, successful in my marriage, my business, being a Mother and a good friend.  

I had tried many other systems, trainings, and modalities that never worked for me long-term.  I had never found tools that I could use on a daily basis that helped me become more present and aware.  I feel I have more choices and abundance in my life as a result of these classes, and that I contribute more to others because I am kinder, have more allowance, and less judgment. 

I am grateful for Gary Douglas, Dain Heer, and the Access Team for these tools and have found them to be very valuable in my life.  


jhocek
jhocek

If the AccessBARS healing modality didn't work as well as it does with clearing emotional garbage, I would be inclined to agree with some of the points in your article. Craig, if you closet-pedophiles at Houston Press could only get over Gary's "children are sexy comment", by that I mean resist to urge to incessantly take it out of context, this might have been one fine and perhaps un-biased (lofty wish) article. Now stop being barking dogs for your right-wing media conglomerate culture-manipulating masters, and go learn how to be true journalists. As for those that spent too much money on Access Consciousness classes, well, was anyone pointing a gun to your head, forcing you to give up your credit card number?

oneghing
oneghing

Began using AC tools a few years ago. Learned  through the level of "Certified Facilitator." AC is no different than many other 'courses' in awakening awareness, only different in form. It's quite a scam though when you get to spending the money in order to make the money. Of course if you have a problem with that, or a question or a criticism you can just destroy and uncreate it, lol! I'm not broke by it, but I've spent way more than I've made and the continuing education requirements are far greater than any license I've ever held before. It can be upwards of 4000 just to hold your certification each year. That doesn't include travel, lodging and other incidentals. Gary is, in many ways a crock who asks for feedback (sometimes) but can't receive it. He's crassly profane and thinks he's class. He's full of judgments in his own right and no master by a long shot. Gary also believes that he's far more aware than other people. He's not. Dain is incredibly loving and talented. There are many truly lovely, authentic people in this group. But really, I'm done paying thousands for all of this. I already have everything I want and need, am extraordinary happy and at peace. Access tools helped me some along the way, but by no means were the foundation, for me anyway. For some, it's just the ticket, and they're not crazy or scary at all. Super healing talent going on among those active in this group. And a lot of crock too. I wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole if I had it to do again. There's equally and more effective healing for free or pennies compared to what you'll spend here. And you will spend it.

mariahsblog125
mariahsblog125

Wonderful article! I'm so glad to see an exposé like this in mainstream media. People get scammed by the Access Consciousness group and others like them all the time. The teachings are not helpful and in many cases are harmful. Relationships are destroyed, people ignore reality and find themselves in a state of financial ruin, and ignore serious illness. Some wake up from the spell, others do not. (I'd love to se an Abraham-Hicks exposé someday, hint hint.)

Anse
Anse

My bartender should start his own religion. He exudes a welcoming spirit; I can't sit down in front of the guy without confessing my sins. And no matter how lousy I felt when I walked into the bar, I always feel better when I leave, especially after five or six rounds of the communion cup.

Smedley
Smedley

Thank god I'm a Satanist.

Gaspar_Ramsey
Gaspar_Ramsey

Read the first page. Reminded me of when I started my own religion, the Brotherhood of Dasypus, just on a lark. I was preaching all kinds of nonsense, thinking everybody was in on the joke. I quit when I started getting converts. Made me realize just how gullible people are. Actually, it scared the shit out of me that people were so stupid and that I might wind up somehow responsible for them. These days, I'm a Zen Presbyterian, something else I invented, but I don't accept converts and never, ever explain what it's all about.

Swede
Swede

I am at the moment an unemployed single Swedish guy that started using tools from Access Consciousness 3.5 years ago.  4 years ago when I was unemployed, I was constantly worrying if everything would turn out well, I would have loads of hard work getting a new job and if money was getting low I would complain to/with my parents and they would help me.  Today I am enjoying life, not judging myself for not having a job and talking with women is 5-50 easier than before Access.  The self esteem and self value are so much higher, and if the women I talk to do not like me, I do not care (because I couldnt force them to like me anyway). Craig, thank you for writing the article.  It made me be even more grateful for where I am today.  And you know what, since you are probably a humanoid, I guess we will see you in Access Consciousness within 5-10 years from now....  Good luck resisting!Regards

/Swede 

cybervigilante
cybervigilante

Power of positive thinking, Scientology (and Elron was Totally Evil), some mass hypnosis and feelgood social grouping, and Wallah - another Zombie.

 

The method of raising consciousness is very old, free, works, and is free of any trappings - simple meditation (also good for lowering blood pressure).

DenverJD
DenverJD

I am a Christian that has practiced AC for a few years now and I am very grateful for their life changing tools.  I have been climbing out of abuse, emotional and addiction issues since childhood and have found the clearing tools and BARS techniques to be very transforming and mind opening.  The AC philosophies offer very different point of views to approaching life which has helped me break though and out of abusive "operating systems" and into more ease, joy and glory.  Thank you Gary Douglas and Dain Heer.  Keep being you.  How does it get better than this?

scnethics
scnethics

Great article.  A first-rate take down of this pernicious group.  I hope that as scientology continues to burn to the ground there's a flash point - a point in time that generates such public interest that the media can take a long breath and explain how ALL cults work. 

Lostafriend
Lostafriend

Got a friend whose lost in this cult, she sounds like a parrot repeating the same Access mantras all over. Not sure how much she has spent on it, but she has really bought in and lost many of her closest friends. The article sounds like it's all very obvious, but they are quite subte, targeting health and NLP professionals to spread the beliefs. Worrying...

anon.adon
anon.adon

One manipulative, quackery-pushing, profit-driven cult (Scientology) begets another (Access).  Not really surprising.  The most important lesson one learns in Scientology is that there's a sucker born every minute.

 
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