What's Behind Gary Douglas's Scientology Knockoff?

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

"Their food is not to my standards," he said.
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On July 24, Ricky Williams tweeted his gratitude to Access.

"Thank you to Gary [Douglas], @RickysKids raised over 50,000 dollars thanks to the generosity of Gary, Dain and Access ­Consciousness."

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.

He was referring to a component of his nonprofit Ricky Williams Foundation called Ricky's Kids, which "is perfecting a new and alternative place of growth for children in the Austin area." This is achieved through "a free after school program for low income students, who under normal circumstances would not have the financial means for after school care."

According to foundation representative Peggy King, some of the Foundation's donors backed off when Williams retired from the NFL, and Access stepped in with a one-time $50,000 donation.

The Austin Chronicle explored this relationship in a story last August: "Williams says he's become an [A]ccessory of the Access movement, and the mission of his foundation has been transformed into an outlet for delivering the controversial teachings of Access Consciousness to the underprivileged children who attend his camps." According to the article, the Foundation visited two Austin Independent School District schools "over the last year, having approached the school principals directly for permission...AISD says there are no further visits scheduled, as no formal request has been submitted."

It's an important step toward Douglas's goal of reaching even more kids. Currently, kids can attend Access classes for free or at a reduced rate. Douglas believes Access's tools can help kids excel at school; the kids who use Access methods are called "Xmen."

Here's 16-year-old Xman Aaron Caddy's testimonial on the Access Web site: "Just being Access, basically, has helped me a lot. I mean, I don't study very much. The only thing that really helps is manipulating the teacher. That's the main one. If you can do that well, you can get an A in every class. That's what helps more than anything else."

This is in keeping with the goals of the Access True Knowledge Foundation to establish Access Schools — "after-school programs or schools that educate kids in a more expansive and dynamic way," according to the Foundation's Web site.

Foundation directors include Douglas, Heer and Houston oil heiress Curry Glassell, who's also served on the boards of the Alley Theatre, The Glassell School of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. According to her Web site, she's been facilitating Access classes for ten years. With Douglas's help, according to her site, "She began to ask questions that changed all of her points of view about money, wealth and abundance. She learned the true meaning of personal wealth and shares these tools in classes around the world."

No shrinking violet, Glassell has adorned her site with photos illustrating her importance: There's her standing beside President Barack Obama, their arms around each other; there's her and Houston Mayor Annise Parker cheering at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. For someone as outspoken about Access as she is, Glassell did not want to be interviewed for the story. The phone number on her Access profile went to a voice mail instructing people not to leave voice mail. Instead, her message refers people to her assistant, who never returned our calls. The only time we actually got through to Glassell was probably because she forgot to check her caller ID.

"Actually, I can't hear you at all, I'm so sorry, we're breaking up," she told us before the line went dead. (Strangely, while Douglas says humanoids have the ability to talk to molecules and regrow body parts, they're still hostage to poor cell-phone reception.)

Although we quickly called back and left a message on her don't-leave-a-voice mail voice mail, we never heard back.

To Glassell and other Accessories, humans who ask too many questions are probably just "evil little fucks" or "demon bitches from hell," not worth their time anyway. To an Accessory, that categorization is not a judgment, it's awareness. It's not a fixed point of view, but an "interesting" one. And that's what Douglas says Access is all about. Total consciousness. As the Access Foundation manual says, everything else is just a story, and you shouldn't listen to it, tell it or buy it.

So here's what you should take away from this: "The story is just a story. It is not a reality. It is not a truth. It doesn't mean anything."

craig.malisow@houstonpress.com
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FULL ACCESS
How founder Gary Douglas's teachings deepen the human/humanoid rift.

Access Consciousness's response to anyone who questions Access literature is that critics are taking things out of context.

It's a disingenuous defense to an argument that wouldn't be necessary if Access didn't go out of its way to play word games. Like Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, Access founder Gary Douglas seems to have a fetish for what he considers to be the true definitions of words.

The nomenclature choo-choo leaves the tracks almost immediately, with Douglas's bedrock belief, found in Access's Foundation manual under the heading "Words and Languaging" that "if you are going to look up the meaning of words, find a dictionary that was printed prior to 1946. In 1946, the meaning of words were changed intentionally in order to control people better."

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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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