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Among the recent Access teachings Blanford helped bring to light are the new ways in which Accessories should deal with "elfs" ("Evil Little Fucks"), rattlesnakes and other enemies. The excerpts on Accessschism.com are an accurate reflection of recent manuals obtained by the Press, and they were included in questions we e-mailed to Douglas's publicist.
From the March 2012 Level One manual: "How do you handle a demon bitch or bastard from hell? You call them up and say quietly to them three times, 'If you do this again, I will kill you.' Make sure nobody else can hear you. You have to mean it. Maybe not this lifetime, but you will kill them. If they tell somebody, you go, 'Me? Would I do such a thing?'"
And then there's this, from the same manual: "In many cases where children were sexually abused, the child allowed themselves to be molested because it was a way of stopping the person from doing it to anybody else. And they knew it — even if they were only six or seven years old. That was a great gift and a bizarre point of view to realize that they know it's what they have to do."
There's also a treatise on family in Access's March 2012 Foundation manual, which states that the word stands for "fucked-up and mainly interested in limiting you" and explains that "the reason they love you is that you agree with them." Also: "Remember, the only reason to have a family is if they have money you might inherit. Otherwise, divorce them."
And then there's this bombshell of higher consciousness: "Girls like to go shopping with their friends and talk terminally about nothing."
Douglas's publicist replied to our questions about these statements with, "Access has reviewed the questions posed, which have been taken out of context from the Access Materials. Gary is also presently out of the country and due to his schedule, is unavailable at this time."
It's a disingenuous defense, because even viewed in the "context" of their respective manuals, the meanings don't change. It's just that in the manuals, they're surrounded by long, rambling, gobbledygook phrases that try to shroud their inanity. They expose the fundamental flaw in Access pointed out on Accessschism: It's inherently contradictory. It doesn't hold up under even the slightest scrutiny. It tells Accessories to cast away all judgment and not have "fixed" points of view. Nothing is right or wrong. They're all just "interesting" points of view. In one manual, the word "but" is singled out as a word to avoid because it qualifies and negates everything preceding it. So you can't have exceptions for murder or rape.
The only current Accessory who was willing to talk on the record has been with Access for only about four months.
After 22 years in Houston, Sara Blumenfeld moved to Austin to be part of the city's "metaphysical, spiritual community." She'd been interested in "personal growth" teachings for years, but recently was seeking something more. She says she heard Heer discussing Access on a radio talk show one day and "I could feel the openness of it, the possibility of it." She quickly became a bars facilitator, and says she's run bars on about 100 people so far and has "witnessed just major changes in people."
Blumenfeld tells the Press, "My understanding of Access is that it's all about following the energy and asking questions, rather than coming to any kind of point of view or fixed answer...They're presenting different ways that you can look at things, other than the way most people have been looking at them. Just so that you open up your brain to the possibility that there's another way to do something or think about something. Because we all get so locked in to certain answers — even...if they're answers that we think are great answers, right — and then we stop looking for any other possibilities."
When asked about some of the more puzzling statements, such as that children as young as six "allow" themselves to be molested to spare someone else from being molested, she's at least willing to discuss possible contexts — one being that, as infinite beings, we always have choice. We just may not understand or agree with those choices.
"For instance, my husband had cancer," she says of her late spouse's choice of how to leave the world. "Well, I could judge that as wrong, but that's what he chose and so...the concept of everything-in-our-life-is-a-choice upsets a lot of people."
To make things easier, she offers this analogy: "If I had said that someone ate peas when they didn't want to, to prevent someone else from having to eat peas who didn't want to even more, then you would be okay with that, probably. It's the same kind of a concept, but to such a greater degree that it makes you uncomfortable, and maybe you can't grasp that, and that's okay."
Still, fixed points of view can be difficult for even Douglas to give up.
In a 2004 class, Douglas fessed up to having two of them, but said that he can drop them at any time. One is that if someone raped one of his daughters, that person would pay. The other is, he won't eat at chain restaurants.
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.
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?
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
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).
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?
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.
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...
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.
@Swede Yeah, nothing scary about this at all.