Access Consciousness

A self-help organization that believes children are "sexy" and the leader can talk to dead people

1990 - present

Gary Douglass

Gary Douglass (founder) (via Career Confessions)

Access Consciousness is a self-help organization that has cultivated both an ardent following and significant controversy since its inception. Founded in 1990 by Gary Douglas, the organization aims to provide tools, techniques, and philosophies to help individuals live a life without judgment and limitation.

The roots of Access Consciousness can be traced to the founders alleged channeling of Rasputin, a 19th century Russian mystic, as well as a group of non-human beings called the "Novian." Building on the insights he learned from these entities, he developed a technique known as "The Bars," which involves touching 32 points on the head to purportedly release limiting beliefs and emotional baggage. Practitioners claim this process can change various aspects of your life, from your career and finances to your physical well-being.

Over the years, this organization has faced significant criticism over their strange beliefs and practices. Most serious are some of the claims of the founder, such as insisting that “Young children are incredibly sexy,” while also creating programs intended to target children. 

The organization insists that Douglas' teachings are harmless, and are misunderstood by those who do not understand his message. Various critics, on the other hand, insist that the beliefs and practices by the organization are cause for serious concern.

Access Consciousness inhabits a contentious space between spirituality and commercial enterprise, between empowerment and exploitation. For every individual who claims to have found liberation through its teachings, there seems to be another who questions the organization's ethics and legitimacy. Despite the controversies, Access Consciousness continues to attract a large and passionate following around the world, highlighting the enduring appeal of its promise to unlock human potential—even as debate rages over what, exactly, that means.

Religion: New Age

Founder: Gary M. Douglas

Founded: 1990

Location: International; Founded in Santa Barbara, CA

Size: 10,000 trained facilitators

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