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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.

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."

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Contributor Craig Malisow covers crooks, quacks, animal abusers, elected officials, and other assorted people for the Houston Press.
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