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This following article was written in the Houston Press with erroneous information about Access Consciousness® and it’s members. The article was written by a supposedly acclaimed journalist after meeting and interviewing the founders of Access with whom he was incredibly charming and nice and told them how much he loved the work they were doing.

Hopefully this information below will correctly address the question raised: Is Access a Scam?

What’s Behind Gary Douglas’s Scientology Knockoff?

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

A A A Comments (16) By Craig Malisow Wednesday, Nov 7 2012

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the various statements and opinions presented in this story. Before I begin, I feel it is important to point out that the choice to use this article as evidence in support of claims against Grace or Gary Douglas is perhaps unwise. It is the nature of journalists such as Craig Malisow, to present information in such a way as to incite an intense, emotional response in the reader. He is hoping to make people, angry, indignant, offended and appalled by what he has “revealed” about this “dangerous new cult.” That’s what makes a good news item after all. The subjects he has chosen to write about are therefore carefully selected and edited to meet the requirement of newsworthiness.

“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.

This reference to the human/humanoid terms Gary Douglas uses to describe different kinds of people has often been interpreted as a disparaging judgment of others or an attempt to make one kind of person superior to another. This is an incorrect assumption.

Gary Douglas states quite clearly in all his classes and literature that the purpose of making this distinction is not to create a judgment or a superiority of one kind of person over another but to recognize that being different is just being different and it doesn’t make one greater or less than another person. The purpose of talking about the differences in people is to learn to NOT JUDGE others or compare oneself to another.

It is a KEY element of Access Consciousness conversations that judgment of self and others as good or bad, or right or wrong, or stupid or smart is destructive, not informative.

Craig Malisow has stated that he has read the literature and listened to the audios of the classes so it would seem that he has either not heard it correctly or else he has chosen to omit this information about the human/humanoid discussion.

There was a similar argument presented in a Family Court Proceeding in New Zealand and it was dismissed by the judge at the time. The official transcript of Judge J G Adams Oral Judgment dated 30 April 2008 is attached for further reference.

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.

This description of the Access Clearing statement is incomplete and so it makes no sense to any reader of this article. The description of it as a “mush-mouthed mantra” is dismissive rather than informative and it does not advance Craig Malisow’s reputation as an award winning investigative journalist.

For more information on the Access Clearing Statement, there are is a link to a FREE explanation of it in full here.

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.

The Access True Knowledge Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to be a resource for all people interested in the education of our youth. This includes teachers, school administrators, parents and those children who are interested in alternative methods of education.

It is an observable truth that people are all different and learn in different ways. The school systems in most countries are limited as to what they can achieve for their students because they have to rely on standardized curriculums that encourage students to memorize information and perform to an approved set of academic standards. While this may work well for those students who want to fit in and be like everyone else, there are others that struggle and get into trouble because they don’t fit in and don’t understand why they don’t.

The Access True Knowledge Foundation aims to encourage those students to embrace their differences. It seeks to empower them with the knowledge that they have an innate awareness which can be more useful than just learning than facts and figures. The Access Consciousness tools teach people how to use their awareness, their innate sense of knowing, to navigate through life. This gives the kids confidence and a sense of possibility so they can create a different future for themselves.

The Ricky Williams Foundation is also about empowerment of “at risk” youth so the two foundations are working towards similar goals. Gary Douglas and Ricky Williams have become good friends and support each others work. It seems as though Craig Malisow is suggesting in this article is that Gary’s $50,000 donation was designed to get more exposure for Access Consciousness and was not a genuine offer of support for a worthy cause. Some cynics may wish to see it that way and those who wish to find fault can always manufacture it if none is readily available.

Ricky Williams found a way to achieve more of his dream through the using the Access Consciousness tools and by his own admission he is “a little intense” about it. He says that for him “Consciousness has always been around. Gary Douglas has found an amazing way to access more of it.”

In the end, it doesn’t matter to either Gary Douglas or Ricky Williams if people think the Access classes at the Ricky Williams Foundation were a publicity stunt. The target was to empower the kids and the responses from the kids so so far are that they were pretty happy with it.

Regarding the comment that Access Consciousness is a cult, Craig Malisow offers no information to support or discredit that insinuation so it may be assumed that he has no conviction on this point either way. Should this be a question in the reader’s mind, there is a very good article written by Chutisa Bowman on what creates a cult based on the book “The True Believer” by Eric Hoffer. Here is the link.

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.

Gary Douglas is willing to talk about anything which is one of the aspects of Access Consciousness that many people find refreshingly honest. The sexual nature of children is one of the topics that most people won’t go near and yet Gary Douglas invites people to see things for what they are, not the way others want them to see them.

It is an easily observable fact that children love to be naked and will hug and kiss and touch just about anyone or anything. They love their life, their bodies and they exude that kind of energy that make people just want to care for them totally. It’s a natural response yet there are some parents who feel badly about the feelings of love and desire they have around their children. They believe there is something unnatural about it. Gary Douglas will have a conversation about it with them so those guilt ridden adults can stop judging the feelings they have and begin to enjoy receiving that exuberant energy they have around their children.

There is a great deal of paranoia about child abuse in the world today and Gary Douglas is promoting greater awareness as a better solution to possible abuse situations rather than creating more and more fear. Today we even have laws about teachers having no physical contact with the children in their care at kindergarten. What kind of a world is it that we live in when you can’t hug a distressed child for fear of being accused of molestation? What would the world it be like if people could trust their awareness of the people their kids interact with rather than be scared of everyone?

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.

This information is inaccurate. The structure of Access Consciousness classes is not linear; there are no ranks to move up. A person who is interested in finding out what Access Consciousness has to offer can attend as many or as few classes as they choose. There is wealth of FREE information on the website and many books available for those who prefer to study on their own.

There are five core Access Consciousness classes that cover the foundational concepts and tools of Access Consciousness and they do have to be taken in order but there is no requirement for anyone to do all of them.

Sometimes the core classes are a prerequisite to other classes so the facilitator doesn’t have to cover points that some participants will have already covered in another class. All other classes, teleclasses, seminars and books are available to anyone as they choose.

The pricing structure of Access Consciousness classes is actually very reasonable compared to the cost of other multi-day seminars. It takes 9 days to do all five core classes and costs $3400 USD.

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.”

The only classes that have manuals are the five core classes. Theses “manuals” are not actually manuals in the sense that they are an instructional document. They are actually transcripts of the previous version of the class and contain edited responses to participant’s questions which are referenced in the current class. The “manual” is rewritten after every class by a transcriber who adds and removes items so the manual will reflect the current conversations.

Access Consciousness “classes” are not actually classes in the sense that you have teacher and student situation with the teacher giving instruction on what to do or how to be. Access Consciousness classes are more like guided conversations and are based almost entirely on participants questions about what is going on for them. This is why every class is different. The facilitator will initiate topics for discussion and everyone in the “class” contributes to what is discussed. The facilitator will show how the Access Consciousness tools can be used to resolve whatever is going on for the participant so many of the items in the manuals are specific to the participants of that class.

Quoting random items from previous manuals is not helpful to gaining an understanding of how to apply the Access Consciousness tools and does not reveal anything useful about the process of Access Consciousness empowerment. The manuals are really only of interest to the participants of the class who can use them as a reference for what was discussed.

Information about the tools of Access Consciousness is more readily available in the many books.

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.”

“Hey, thanks,” Douglas says. “Thanks for being on here, Eli…This has been one of my hopes for a long time.”

“So you’re coming at it from a sex-cult point of view,” an Accessory says over the phone when asked about the “young children are incredibly sexy” line.

“You know what’s interesting?” she says, “is that I have not experienced anything like that from any class I have ever taken with any facilitator. So I think that that completely is taken out of context.” When asked what the context might be, she says, “I don’t gain anything out of it by giving that to you.” She doesn’t want to talk for this story. (The most recent Access Level One manual states that, while “children are highly sexual beings,” “it is certainly not appropriate for adults to have sex with children” — a sentiment that contradicts Access’s bedrock principle that there is no right or wrong).

This “bedrock principle” is not an accurate statement. Of course there is right and wrong. It is something we are all taught from the cradle so to say that there is no right and wrong is to be completely unaware of the world we live in. To say there is no right and wrong would be contradictory to the Access Consciousness target of greater awareness in all things.

We grow up among myriad cultures that assign “right” and “wrong” labels arbitrarily. The Access Consciousness tools invite us to become aware of what we are choosing rather than becoming unquestioning robots following the prescribed programs of life.

The target of Access Consciousness is empowerment so that people have choice. To function from choice requires awareness of what your choices create rather than blindly following what someone else says is the right or wrong thing to choose. One of the ways to become aware is to ask questions like “What if this wasn’t right or wrong? What if it was just a choice?” This questioning allows people to take ownership of their choices. Once someone knows they can choose, they can change whatever is not working in their life by choosing differently.

Access is most certainly not a “sex cult.” It’s conceivable it could be one day, since Douglas seems to add new tenets with each update of the secret manuals, which Accessories have to buy. Access is anything Douglas wants it to be. He’s said that no two Access workshops are the same; the energy in the room at the time dictates whatever direction Access is going to take. And up until very recently, Access was simply too boring to be suspected of being a sex cult.

In hours of CDs and DVDs of Access classes from 2003 to 2005 reviewed by the Press, there’s barely any talk about sex, and what talk there is, is focused on how to be “one” with your partner, just delivered in the maddeningly esoteric jargon of Access-speak in an attempt to sound new and profound.

The Accessory on the phone, because she is aware and unencumbered by simpleminded human judgment, only has to hear one question about sexy children to realize that this story is going to be a hatchet job. Like she said, there’s nothing in it for her. And that’s what it’s all about.

And she’s no doubt right. She’s probably never heard anything about sex and kids in any of her classes. It might be such a fresh concept that it hasn’t spread to all Accessories yet.

Craig Malisow seems to be particularly interested in idea of Access Consciousness as a sex cult and keeps reiterating the “sexy children” comment. It is unclear whether or not he seeks more information on what is meant by “sexy children” or if he feels the use of the words is inappropriate. The suggestion appears to be that there is some hidden and unspoken menace to do with sex and children in the classes although there is no example provided (anecdotal or otherwise) to suggest there is anything untoward or immoral occurring in Access Consciousness classes.

The thing is, Access might never have been born had Gary Major Douglas gotten out of real estate.

He’d done well for a while — by his estimation, making $100,000 a year. But by 1990, according to Santa Barbara court records, his business went belly up. He was sued by collection agencies, then filed for bankruptcy in 1993. His host of creditors included the IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice’s tax division. He’d be paying off those federal liens for the next eight years. After real estate, he had a short stint in the United Way, but nothing seemed to be working for him.

That’s when Douglas surveyed the metaphysical landscape of Santa Barbara and found an opening.

For years, Douglas had flitted on the outskirts of Scientology. His first wife, Laurie Alexander, ran a “field group” in the city — pulling in new recruits through Scientology’s “auditing” process. The whole point of Scientology was to get “clear,” to rid your body of subconscious memories of tragic events, which are called “engrams.” People paid good money for this. Scientology had its own language, and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, had something of a fetish for dictionaries and what he considered to be the true definitions of everyday words.

It is quite audacious to attempt to describe all of Scientology in twenty-five words or less. This explanation is both incomplete and incorrect and will probably offend many Scientologists however Gary Douglas is not a Scientologist and any discussion about it is therefore irrelevant.

Craig Malisow is looking for historical references to justify the existence of Access Consciousness and has picked out one aspect of the extensive research Gary Douglas did into religions, gurus and alternative philosophies. Gary Douglas had questions about life and he sought answers from inspirational leaders and organizations all over the world. He did investigate what Scientology had to offer but as with many other philosophies and religions, he discovered it was just swapping one set of values and beliefs for another which was not what he was looking for. Scientology suits some people just as Tony Robbins or even Christianity suits others. Gary does not discriminate against those who use Scientology or any other modality. If it works for them and they are happy then great.

After Douglas divorced Alexander in 1983, he married an ex-Scientologist named Patricia O’Hara. The two were close friends with another former Scientologist, named Mary Wernicke, who was roughly 40 years their senior. The English-born Wernicke rose up the Scientology ranks, working for the church’s exclusive “Sea Org” unit. But after dedicating years of her life to the church, Wernicke and others grew disenchanted when Hubbard passed the reins to David Miscavige in the early 1980s. Miscavige began to restructure the organization, creating a rift. Wernicke was one of many higher-ups who left the church for the short-lived offshoot, the Advanced Ability Center. Douglas grew very close to Wernicke and even cared for her as her health began to fail in older age. He moved her into his Santa Barbara home and hired nurses to tend to her.

According to mutual friend Kathleen Martin, Wernicke had a profound influence on Douglas. She made Douglas the executor of her will. She wasn’t a wealthy woman and she had no surviving relatives, so she left her jewelry and books to a handful of friends, including Douglas, his wife and his daughter Grace. She left $10,000 for one friend, and any remaining money (including the proceeds of any household items sold) to Douglas, which amounted to around $100,000. Martin says that Douglas gave her a portion of the money, even though Wernicke hadn’t willed any to her; it was simply in Douglas’s nature to be generous, she says.

Mary was 90 and bed-ridden when she died. Gary Douglas took her in when she had no one else and he cared for her as if she was family. Is Craig Malisow implying that Gary did this because of Mary’s Scientology connections or maybe so he could get her money? Is he suggesting that Gary’s care of Mary was based on her profound influence over him rather than being the actions of a kind and generous friend? This reference is not at all clear.

Not only was Douglas exposed to key elements of Scientology through Wernicke and others, he was tapped into the growing popularity in Santa Barbara of “channels,” people who claimed to be able to allow spirits to enter their bodies. It was always a hit at parties. Though channels no doubt were serious about these supernatural powers, Douglas was not without a sense of humor.

According to the early Access document “How Access Came to Be,” “Gary related that, in 1987, he went to a party and saw a man channeling a being called Bashar. He said, ‘How come he can do that and I can’t? He is no better looking than I, he’s no taller, he certainly doesn’t speak better — he’s from New Jersey.”

Around the time Douglas’s real estate business imploded, he discovered his own channeling powers. One night, his body was taken over by the spirit of Grigori Rasputin, the Russian mystic who was assassinated in 1916. Douglas would later joke about how it was just his luck that he couldn’t be a conduit for any of the typical angelic beings claimed by other channels.

Douglas didn’t entirely trust Rasputin, and he eventually was inhabited by other spirits, including a “wise ancient Chinese man named Tchia Tsin,” a “robust, rowdy” 14th-century friar named Brother George, and a group of alien beings called Novian.

“Never having been human, Novian was very hard on [Douglas’s] body,” according to “How Access Came to Be.” “They would take about one breath and talk for twenty minutes, lower Gary’s blood pressure and heartbeat to the point that, on a 92-degree day, he would be freezing…Belligerent, he said, ‘You know what? If you can’t give this information through Rasputin, I am not doing it anymore. This f—king hurts, and I’m just not going to do it.’ The very next day, Rasputin began talking about what is now known as Access.”

Douglas retired Rasputin several years ago, but old recordings indicate that Accessories were spellbound by these channeling sessions, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that Douglas’s faux Russian accent makes him sound like a high-school thespian doing Tevye.

Yes it is true that Gary Douglas did do channeling for several years. It is not unusual for people to receive inspiration and enlightenment in unorthodox or unscientific ways. In fact the entire Christian religion is based on some very unscientific events. This does not make the information received any less useful.

Gary Douglas no longer channels for several reasons including the reason Craig Malisow writes above that people were “spellbound” by the channeling sessions. They made it so significant that they would give up their own awareness in favor of the channel. This was counterproductive to what Gary was trying to achieve for people with the Access Consciousness tools.

Rasputin was enough of a hit that Douglas decided to go into business, creating what was originally called Access Energy Transformation. Access was more than a channeling routine — it was a watered-down repackaging of Scientology.

This accusation that Access is a watered down repackaging of Scientology is wholly without foundation. Gary Douglas has nothing in common with L.Ron Hubbard. It is questionable that Craig Malisow made a serious study of either Scientology or Access Consciousness as had he done so, he had he would know that they are quite different from each other in every respect.

Here are a few key differences. Scientology is based on calculable answers and strictly defined patterns of behavior. There is no variance allowed to the practices and rules that L. Ron Hubbard has laid down for Scientology practitioners to use and everyone has to somehow fit into the boxes on the various charts he has created. The training for practitioners is rigorous and exacting. Scientology processing uses rote procedure and the path to freedom is uncompromisingly linear with each step listed in order.

Access Consciousness is none of these things. Access Consciousness has one target, empowering people to know that they know and to trust their own awareness. Everything and everyone is included and nothing is judged. There only two rules for the participants of classes. No violence and no disempowerment. Access consciousness facilitators are free to create their own businesses or practices using the Access Consciousness tools they have learned. The only provision is that they acknowledge they are using Access Consciousness tools to their clients so the clients can ask for more information if they are interested.

Scientology is also a religious organization with headquarters and centers all over the world. It has a defined hierarchical chain of command and a strict code of ethics with written policy on how to do everything. Scientology also has an active enrollment policy with divisions in the organization devoted solely to creating converts. Senior Scientology staff are required to sign binding contracts and are discouraged from leaving the organization with threats of excommunication should they falter in their commitment to the cause.

By contrast Access Consciousness LLC has almost no organization at all. There are no headquarters, no centers, very little structure and no enrollment policy. Gary Douglas has absolutely no desire to be a guru or create followers and takes every opportunity to destroy any suggestion that he is greater than anyone else.

The people Access Consciousness LLC employs mostly work from home and have their own businesses as well. Gary Douglas trusts people to do what they have been asked to do so there are no written contracts. The whole team works independently and will consult with Gary on their respective projects as required. Gary Douglas actively encourages everyone who works with him to continue to expand their lives beyond their current roles and he requires no commitment from them to stay if they want to move on to something else.

….. At the ground level, both offered fairly typical New Age palaver, but there was incredible chance for advancement, if you were willing to pay.

The comment about “being willing to pay” is not really answerable as it is very unspecific. Does Craig Malisow think the fees are too high, or that there are too many classes, or that no money should be changing hands or something else? What people choose to spend on the services or classes offered by Access Consciousness is a personal choice. Gary Douglas strongly advises against people putting themselves in financial difficulty to attend his classes and there is no coercion to buy anything.

Access Consciousness is about empowering people to trust their own awareness and create their own lives their own way. You can come and go as you please, take what works for you and disregard the rest.

In Access, the hook is that there are 32 “bars,” or “points on your head, which, when gently touched, effortlessly and easily release anything that doesn’t allow you to receive,” according to the 2012 Access Foundation manual.

The Access Consciousness Bars have been recognised as natural health therapy by The International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT) which is one of Australia’s leading professional bodies representing practitioners operating within the natural health industry.

In order to “run bars” on a person, you must take Access classes to become certified. There are 22 Texas “certified bars facilitators” on Access’s Web site, but the number could be higher, since not all facilitators need to post a profile on the site. The idea of the bars has stayed consistent through Access’s life, and it’s how Access drew in its number-two man.

Around 2000, a thirtysomething Santa Barbara-area chiropractor named Dain Heer was on the verge of suicide. Handsome in a J.Crew-catalog sort of way, with a gentle manner, he had a wonderful fiancée and lived in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. On the surface, he appeared to have it all. But his chiropractic practice wasn’t doing well, and he could barely pay his share of the rent on the apartment he shared with his fiancée. Heer states in his profile on various Access sites that he was a victim of childhood abuse. He had too much self-doubt and self-loathing to allow himself to be happy and in love. It got bad enough that he set a six-month expiration date for his life if nothing got better.

Lo and behold, he was flipping through a local paper when he saw an ad for a woman who “ran bars,” in Access parlance. The woman turned out to be Douglas’s stepdaughter, Shannon, who discovered that this sad, chiseled man was actually a prodigy. He had a gift for healing that he wasn’t even aware of. He took the Access Foundation and Level One classes, and then Douglas went to see him. He asked Heer to start facilitating Level Three classes, something the chiropractor hadn’t anticipated. Douglas recounted one of these early visits in a 2004 class:

“Just talk to my body and do what it tells you,” Douglas said he told Heer. “And I knew that he could do that. And so he started doing this stuff, and I started twitching all over the table, and when I got up, I went, ‘Holy shit, what did you just do? That was the most phenomenal thing I’ve ever experienced.’ And that session changed my life. And that session changed his life, too.”

Before long, Heer moved into Douglas’s home and became Access’s number-two man.

With his hint of vulnerability, impeccable taste in clothes and awesome hair, Heer was an immediate hit. Based on some accounts by former Accessories, the man has magic fingers. When he runs bars at Access workshops, with only his fingertips on a woman’s head, he has been known to induce orgasm.

Given that Craig Malisow has not actually spoken to Dr Dain Heer about his role in Access Consciousness LLC or his relationship with Gary Douglas, this is a very colorful and superficial recounting of how and why Dr Dain Heer came to be working with Gary Douglas. Dr Dain Heer is presented here as a comic sidekick or pin up boy for Access Consciousness and it must be acknowledged that there are some people who see him that way.

When one is in the public eye and is a controversial public speaker, it is inevitable that people will have their own point of view about who you are and what you do based on a very limited interaction with you. Unfortunately, that kind of snap judgment goes with the territory and both Gary Douglas and Dr Dain Heer are aware of that. Gary and Dain sometimes like to make fun of this by parodying the roles they have been labeled with.

Heer certainly helped with the eye-candy aspect, but based on the earlier classes reviewed by the Press, this wasn’t the only appealing part of Access workshops. These weren’t stodgy

affairs; there were no pedantic lectures or church-like solemnity. They were fun, lively explorations of what it means to be a humanoid. When Douglas wasn’t spouting Access catchphrases like “binary occlusions” and “nucleated spheres,” he was dropping the F-bomb, sharing funny anecdotes and encouraging healthy debate. Heer could keep things light with impressions of his family members or a random joke about his penis. To someone who doesn’t believe in past lives, metaphysics or magical healing, the classes might seem flaky, but benign enough.

But based on more recent writings and accounts from later classes, Access has taken a distinctive turn.

One woman, whom we’ll call Tammy because she didn’t want her name used, told the Press that Douglas was “verbally abusive” at a workshop she attended within the past year.

“I was horrified by his style of facilitating — which is shaming,” Tammy says, later comparing Douglas’s style to Heer’s. “I mean, Dain is really sweet and openhearted, and Gary can be really vicious…I think he has a lot of unresolved anger toward women…He would talk very disparagingly about his ex-wives and how they did this to him and that to him. He just sounded like a victim the way he talked about it.”

Tammy says he showed a real dark side, referring to his ex-wives as “controlling bitches,” and sharing an anecdote about how he dealt with a little girl who picked on his daughter Grace when she was a child: “Gary told us that he pulled the little girl aside and he called her a little cunt.” (Douglas’s first wife, Laurie Alexander, a minister and life coach in Santa Barbara, told the Press that she loves Gary. “He’s a great guy, really good person, really lots of integrity…That’s all I can say.” His second wife, Patricia O’Hara, also praised Douglas and Access to the Press, which is odd, since Douglas told a group of Accessories in 2004 that, because of her, “You were not allowed to talk about Access in the house.” Douglas meekly bowed to her demands, as in all aspects of the marriage: “I said nothing…I just made the money and gave it to her.” To illustrate what an emasculating shrew she was, he told a story of how she chided him in front of Heer and other dinner guests one evening, snidely asking him if he remembered to turn off the barbecue grill because he had forgotten to the last time. At this point in Douglas’s story, Heer chimed in about how he was even more upset than Douglas, saying, “She was about to get kicked in the cunt.”)

This is a great example of what happens when you report something taken something out of context. This is a story from a class and what happens in a class situation is that, in order to illustrate a point, Gary will use examples from his own life. In this instance he has used examples from when he was married about things that don’t work in a relationship. The stories he is using are about past situations when he had a lot of negative and destructive feelings going on. He usually then goes on to explain how he used the tools of Access Consciousness to change those points of view he had that were causing the problem in his relationship. He talks through what happened to show how using the tools of question, possibility, choice and contribution allowed him to change the situation and have peace with that person. That part has been left out of this example.

Gary Douglas has often said that he loves both his ex wives; he just can’t live with them. Even though they are both divorced from Gary and live different lives now, they are on good terms with him which would seem to indicate that the Access Consciousness tools have worked. The quotes from both Laurie Alexander and Patricia O’Hara about Gary Douglas written in this article show quite clearly that there is no animosity, no unresolved anger and no victimhood present in their current relationship.

Tammy says that Douglas’s rantings were so different from the Access teachings that appealed to her in the first place, explaining that “I’m grappling with that, because I don’t want to throw it out completely — because there are good things.”

It is true that Gary Douglas will tell stories in such a way so as to wind people up, to stir the post as it were. This way of talking is designed to bring up people’s feelings about their relationships so they can examine their own points of view and see if there is anything they would like to change. He often says things that are controversial and challenging for this purpose. It is unfortunate that in this particular example, it was perhaps a little too real for Tammy and she has decided not to pursue her inquiry further. If she would like to resolve her concerns about Gary’s behavior in class, he would be happy for her to ask him about it.

Another former Accessory, whom we’ll call Liz, said she left the group after noticing what she called a darker streak in Douglas’s teachings. What had started out as a call for “oneness” and just generally being a better person, led by a genuinely sweet man who had empathy for others, had taken a dark turn — especially in how he spoke about women. Simply put, Liz says Douglas’s “perspective on women lacks development.” She says he didn’t think women were inferior; he just wanted to focus more on helping men explore their consciousness. (She says the only female who had any sway over Douglas was his biological daughter, Grace. In Liz’s estimation, Douglas’s stepdaughter Shannon threw herself into Access and worked hard for Douglas’s approval, while Grace walked on water.)

These comments about Shannon and Grace are a shallow view of two very different yet very dynamic, capable women. Shannon is headstrong, outspoken and fiercely passionate while Grace is quiet, gentle, sophisticated and utterly charming. Even though these stepsisters are so different, they are very close friends and love each other dearly. Grace and Shannon have seen and heard first hand all the interactions Gary has had with their mothers and yet they have chosen to support their father in his work. This outcome would be unlikely if it was true that Gary had any issues with women.

In fact Gary has an excellent relationship with all his children. He treats them with honor and respects their choices in life as true and correct for them no matter what they may be.

Liz was also slightly uncomfortable with how Douglas “created Dain [Heer] as his little mini- me” and “[posed] Dain as Prince Charming.” Prior to Heer, she says, Douglas was grooming two men in Australia to be his VIPs, but they didn’t last. Liz says that, for Douglas, Heer was a perfect, impressionable acolyte — someone who was “perhaps not a self-thinker” and was “willing to follow Gary blindly.”

It would seem that Craig Malisow is accusing Gary Douglas of “creating” Dr Dain Heer in much the same way a recording company “creates” a recording star through clever marketing and image control. While Dr Dain Heer may be amused by this fanciful characterisation of himself, it is an entirely erroneous view of his role in Access Consciousness.

Dr Dain Heer and Gary Douglas are good friends who have become business partners. As of this writing, they both facilitate the core classes of Access Consciousness and co-facilitate several other classes during the year. Dr Dain Heer also has his own business offering classes and treatments which are quite different to those offered by Gary Douglas. Both Gary and Dain are committed to the target of Access Consciousness and work diligently towards empowerment for those seekers like themselves.

These women’s recounting of Douglas’s behavior describes a man radically different from the Douglas in the 2004 workshops reviewed by the Press. That was a man who advocated self- reliance, and swapping a low-confidence victim mentality for one of empowerment. That Douglas even encouraged skepticism, saying at a workshop that one sign Access isn’t a cult is that “I ask and request of you one thing: Know that you know. Whatever makes you feel light is right and true. Whatever makes you feel heavy is a lie — don’t buy a lie from anybody. Not me. Not the guy I channel, Rasputin. Not anybody.”

That sentiment is lacking in the most recent Access manuals. Some of these puzzling changes in Access dogma were first revealed by the administrator of a site called Accessschism.com, and explored in a more irreverent manner by a blogger outside of Houston, Connie Schmidt, whose brilliant “Whirled Musings” blog at cosmicconnie.blogspot.com tackles what she calls “the New-Age/New-Wage crowd.”

This sentiment is as true today as it ever was. Just because it’s not written in the current manual doesn’t mean it is not part of Access Consciousness. As previously stated, the manuals are only relevant to the class they are transcribed from. To treat the manuals as gospel is contradictory to what Gary is saying here. “I ask and request of you one thing: Know that you know. Whatever makes you feel light is right and true. Whatever makes you feel heavy is a lie — don’t buy a lie from anybody. Not me. Not the guy I channel, Rasputin. Not anybody.” This applies to everything that is written down anywhere as well.

Connie Schmidt writes a blog that is very funny and her articles poke fun at Gary, Dain and Access Consciousness in general. Her work is provocative and engaging so it usually inspires people to go to Access Consciousness website for more information. Her “Whirled Musings” are not really a creditable source of accurate information about Access Consciousness.

Andrew Blanford explains on Accessschism.com that he took a basic Access class and has “read much of the material.”

He writes that, while “there are some good things in Access,” much of the material “is confusing, convoluted and contradictory at best.” According to Blanford, “Most of the deceit and coercion you won’t discover until you are invested to the point that you don’t want to admit to yourself that you were duped.”

He told the Press in an e-mail, “One of the foundational elements of Access Consciousness is accepting and allowing everything, therefore Access Consciousness should be in total acceptance and allowance of any critical discernment of their teachings or writings.”

Allowance and acceptance are actually two different things. Yes, one of the key tools of Access Consciousness is the practice of allowance. Allowance means you see things as they are with no judgment, no point of view about it. You are able to be yourself and keep your own counsel in the face of different points of view all around you, like a rock in a stream. You are able to let others have their point of view without the necessity of trying to change their point of view to agree with yours.

Acceptance is not allowance. Acceptance implies agreement with or resistance to point of view and resignation that you can’t do anything about it. Acceptance requires you to change to accommodate another’s point of view. Acceptance is being swept away in the stream rather than being the rock.

Andrew Blanford’s points of view about Access Consciousness are just his points of view and he is perfectly entitled to them. That doesn’t mean they are true for everyone else. He is welcome to express his views so long as he acknowledges that they are just his points of view and not universal truth. Expressing your beliefs as absolute truths is how cults and holy wars get started.

Access Consciousness is not for everyone. It works or some and not for others, and that’s how it should be. Gary Douglas has made it very clear to those who will listen that he is on a search for consciousness and he is happy to have you come along and be part of the conversation about it…or not. He is going there alone if need be. That’s allowance.

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?'”

Again this information is taken out of context of the class in which it was given. Elfs and rattlesnakes are lighthearted epithets given to people who like to make mischief in your life (elfs) or ones who are always trying to stab you in the back (rattlesnakes). It is not a serious accusation and neither is the “demon bitch or bastard from hell” label. Anyone who was in the class was aware of that and the lighthearted tone in which it was delivered.

There are times when people do things that are not kind and one possible way of dealing with that is saying “I will kill you if you do that again. “ This story is about learning to intimidate a bully. It is not an instruction to murder anyone!

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.”

Gary Douglas is talking here about actual case studies he worked on where this was the case. Again, the information is taken out of context of the class. In this example Gary was offering the information as an illustration of how awareness can be freeing. The people he worked with were able to get over their abuse issues when they were able to acknowledge what they had known about it all long. By quoting this sentence out of context, Craig Malisow seems to be trying to suggest that Gary Douglas thinks ALL abuse victims desired to abused for some reason. Nothing could be further from the truth. Gary Douglas makes it clear in his classes that the Access Consciousness tools can help victims of sexual abuse so they can have closure and create a different life for themselves.

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.”

Again this information is presented out of context of the class. These comments about families are all jokes aimed at skewering the heavy influence your family can have on your life. Gary says things like this to lighten the mood in the room when conversations about family start to get to significant and heavy. The FAMILYY acronym was created on a whim by Dr Dain Heer who, as a chiropractor, can make an acronym out of almost anything. It usually gets a laugh in class.

The truth is that Gary Douglas has no strange hidden issues with family, marriage, children or anything else. He is delighted when he finds other families that function with kindness and caring and support for one another. Unfortunately not many families are functioning that way and Gary would like to show his class participants how Access Consciousness tools can make a difference with that. Gary values family very highly and is always looking out for his children, his grandchildren, his extended family and even his ex-wives.

And then there’s this bombshell of higher consciousness: “Girls like to go shopping with their friends and talk terminally about nothing.”

Andrew Blanford has recently posted this on his website “It was my recent decision to stop updating the Access Schism web site and to remove all of the content. Access Consciousness has been successfully deconstructed. It is a form of Solipsism. Solipsism is a philosophy of extreme preoccupation with self that completely disregards others and puts self indulgences above all things. I feel like I have succeeded in creating the awareness I sought to create around the destructive groups like Access Consciousness and feel like it’s time to move on. The rest is up to you.”

For whatever reason Andrew Blanford has decided to move on, it seems clear that Access Consciousness was not what he was looking for. He very kindly encourages others to find out for themselves when he says “The rest is up to you.”

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.

Yes Access Consciousness is contradictory and it changes all the time. That is because it is not a cult with a clever dogma and prescribed rules of behavior; it is a continuing conversation in consciousness. Access Consciousness does not present its participants with solutions and answers; it ask questions that get you to look from a different place so you can have more awareness around what is occurring for you. It’s very simple and easy to use. Unfortunately some people insist on making it extremely complicated and try to make it fit with other things they may have studied. Access Consciousness is just different. It doesn’t fit any box – which is what attracts the people who like it.

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.

“Their food is not to my standards,” he said.

This comment implies there is a level you can get to called “total consciousness” and Gary is supposed to be there. This is NOT what Access Consciousness is about. There is no path, no level to get to. Gary Douglas has never said he is a perfect example of how to live in total consciousness. He is still working on it too. He keeps using the tools, asking questions and he keeps getting more aware. Access tools work for him. If other people are interested enough to ask him what he is doing, he will tell them. That’s’ how Access Consciousess came to be, by word of mouth and people asking for more. Gary Douglas often acknowledges that there are many other people in the world that have never heard of Access Consciousness and who function from awareness and consciousness. Gary Douglas did not invent consciousness – just the tools he uses to access it.

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.”

(Refer to earlier response regarding Ricky Williams Foundation)

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.”

“X-Men” is another lighthearted epithet used to describe kids who have “disabilities” such as dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, OCD and other learning problems that are really indicators of special abilities. Gary Douglas started calling them X-Men because they are treated similarly to the mutants in the “X-Men” movies. Gary Douglas has some methods he can teach them so they can learn to use their abilities to their advantage just as the X-men do in the movie, rather than be limited by them. This does not mean he is creating Wolverines! It is just an analogy that kids can relate to. In Aaron’s case, he has discovered a way to get A’s on his test paper without studying too much by using Access tools. You will have to ask him how he manipulates his teacher. Maybe that is his special skill!

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.

The Access True Knowledge Foundation is a not trying to establish a replacement for conventional schools. Access Consciousness is about creating more possibilities and adding to your life, not cutting things out. Access schools would create more possibilities for education by offering a place for those who don’t do well in a normal school environment.

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.”

Learning to use a dictionary should be part of everyone’s education and etymology is part of that process. The English language is constantly changing and the meanings of words have drifted over time. It would appear that many dictionaries were re –written in the 1940’s to reflect the changes in language at the time. Looking up words in dictionary written prior to 1946 will confirm this. Please test it for yourself.

Right away, this helps deepen the humanoid-human rift.

The wordplay doesn’t stop there. Humanoids confuse humans with their definition of “sex.” Instead of using commonly accepted meanings, Access tackles the issue by suggesting humanoids apply six terms to what the rest of us consider sex: “Sex is what occurs when ‘you’re looking good, feeling good, and strutting your stuff'”; “Sexuality…is how we define who we will and will not receive the flows of sexual energy from”; “Sexualness…is the energy of life itself. It’s the energy of caring, nurturing, joy, healing, the creativity, the excitement, the expansiveness, and the orgasmic quality of living”; “Sensuality refers to the nurturing and touching that bodies love”; “Copulation…is the act of sexual intercourse”; “Orgasm…is orgasm as experienced during copulation, but also any other experience of extreme intense joy in your body.”

Now that you understand where Access is coming from, you can understand Douglas’s opinion, as expressed on Access’s blog, that “young children are incredibly sexy” and “in cutting off the sexual energy, which is a major component of true caring, parents cut off their sexual energy towards their children and require their children to cut off their own sexual energy as well.” Crystal clear.

Words have a great power to influence others as the writer of this article, Craig Malisow, knows full well. Gary Douglas does his best to make his meaning clear in his classes and uses concise language to explain the concepts he is discussing.

Access’s broad position that it has its own language gives Accessories the wiggle room to accuse human publications like the Press of taking the following Access statements “out of context.”

• Everything is just an interesting point of view. It is neither right nor wrong, nor good nor bad. If you do this for every thought, feeling, emotion and point of view you have, for 6 months, you will never have a problem again for the rest of your life

• There are three elements to creating the foundation for a good relationship (everything else is just a bonus): the person is good in bed, they provide money, they allow you to do whatever the fuck you want to do when you want to do it and you allow them to do whatever the fuck they want to do when they want to do it

• Humanoid women are much better off having three men in their life — and having sex with all three of them. One to watch movies with and sleep with, one to go to formal events with and he’s a good dancer and socially acceptable and you could sleep with him, and one that you could take to picnics and family events and he would act right and be good and your family would approve of him and you could sleep with him

• If your family is human and they have no money, you can divorce them

• The only evil that exists in the world is total unconsciousness or anti-consciousness

• Molecular de-manifestation is where you make something go away that does exist, again by talking with the molecules. You can do this for tumors and unwanted pregnancies, for example

• For humanoids, the four basic food groups are sugar, salt, water, energy

• If this doesn’t make logical sense to your mind, be grateful. Our point of view in Access is, “A mind is a dangerous thing, waste it.” If you’re thinking, you’re stinking

Check Access’s Web site for upcoming workshops, and remember that kids under 15 get in for free!

Much of this article is repetitive so I have not addressed every item in it. Please feel free to ask for further clarification on any point I have not covered satisfactorily.

Craig Malisow has done a huge amount of research for this article and it is a pity he did not manage to get the answers he was looking for from people who are using Access successfully in their lives. Perhaps no one really has any disturbing stories about their Access Consciousness experience or maybe they felt it was a waste of time to talk to someone who only wanted to hear what matched his own point of view.

This article does not seem to be a very good example of investigative journalism because by titling this article “What’s behind Gary Douglas’s Scientology Knockoff?” Craig Malisow has established his point of view and conclusion about Gary Douglas and Access Consciousness before he has even begun his research. The Church of Scientology would be aghast being linked in any way to Gary Douglas and Access Consciousness so what possible reason can he have for making this claim unless it was to piggy back off the notoriety the Church of Scientology enjoys in the popular press?