What is the Bite Model
[Exert taken from S.Hassan, Freedom of Mind: http://old.freedomofmind.com/Info/BITE/bitemodel.php]
Many people think of mind control as an ambiguous, mystical process that cannot be defined in concrete terms. In reality, mind control refers to a specific set of methods and techniques, such as hypnosis or thought- stopping, that influence how a person thinks, feels, and acts. Like many bodies of knowledge, it is not inherently good or evil. If mind control techniques are used to empower an individual to have more choice, and authority for his life remains within himself, the effects can be beneficial. For example, benevolent mind control can be used to help people quit smoking without affecting any other behavior. Mind control becomes destructive when the locus of control is external and it is used to undermine a person’s ability to think and act independently.
As employed by the most destructive cults, mind control seeks nothing less than to disrupt an individual’s authentic identity and reconstruct it in the image of the cult leader. The BITE model was developed to help people determine whether or not a group is practicing destructive mind control.
The BITE model helps people understand how cults suppress individual member’s uniqueness and creativity. BITE stands for the cult’s control of an individual’s Behavior, Intellect, Thoughts, and Emotions.
It is important to understand that destructive mind control can be determined when the overall effect of these four components promotes dependency and obedience to some leader or cause. It is not necessary for every single item on the list to be present.
Mind controlled cult members can live in their own apartments, have nine-to-five jobs, be married with children, and still be unable to think for themselves and act independently.
We are all subject to influence from our parents, friends, teachers, co-workers… When this influence helps someone grow and maintain an internal locus of control, it is healthy. Influence which is used to keep people mindless and dependent is unhealthy
Avatar and the Bite Model
Throughout our assessment of the BITE model with regards to identifying Avatar as a destructive mind control cult, please note that often we will mention at what stage these control mechanisms occur, for example: The Avatar Course, The Wizards Course, Junior Intern, Advanced Intern, Qualified Master.
In our opinion, Avatar takes control of your psyche and your life through subtle mind control and thought reform which for many can be over a period of years before there is extreme control and abuse.
The Bite Model: Our Assessment
(Note that the more extreme elements of the Stars Edge Network seem to be more prominent within the Australian and NZ group than in other countries, especially with regards to behaviour control)
Regulate individual’s physical reality
The Avatar Course and all Advanced Courses are carried out over 7 days, 9 days and 13 days. At this time, the student/master will be whisked away to a hotel or resort and communication with the outside world is extremely limited (more often than not zero). If the person is fast tracking, then their physical reality will be even more regulated and manipulated as the courses would work as follows:
Avatar Course (9 days)
Masters Course (9 days)
Internship (10 days)
Wizards Course (13 days)
Internship (10 days)
Or it may look like this:
Avatar Course (9 days)
Masters Course (9 days)
Internship (10 Days)
Professional Course (7 days)
Or it may look like this:
Avatar Course (9 days)
Masters Course (9 days)
The Wizards Course (13 days)
NB: these also depend on which country you are aligned to. For example, in Australia and New Zealand there would be more Internships due to the regularity of Avatar Courses which are run. There is huge pressure to turn up to the next internship.
These courses would literally be ‘back to back’ and the student/new master would be checking-in with both a Qualified Master (QM) and Advanced Intern (AI) in between course to do Source List and Reality Creation list (as a bare minimum). If interning, there would be prospecting and “creating students” between courses.
An active Avatar master if interning would need to check in any personal grievances. The doctrine of being in float means that Masters begin to check in more and more to get a viewpoint or perspective. This means that not only is their physical reality regulated (which increases over time), but also that they have begun to hand over their decision making to a QM or Trainer. As a Master becomes part of the secret inner workings, the demand for alignment and checking in becomes more and more, and thus, your physical reality becomes more and more regulated according to what is best for the group and for the bigger picture.
Dictate where, how, and with whom the member lives and associates or isolates
‘On course’, it is strongly encouraged that the student shares with between 1 to 3 other people. Students never share with Masters, even if it is their spouse or partner. This is not allowed.
Once a Master, we are not allowed to live with other Masters nor do any business dealings with other Masters. This is the same even if we rarely attend course. In our opinion, this is to prevent any doubts creeping in, especially if one master is going through a period of questioning the group or is ‘stuck in a creation’.
As Masters move up the pyramid to Qualified Masters, this tends to turn the other way around, and AIs only hang out with AIs and QMs only hang out with QMs. The Group takes on a different lease of life from Advanced Intern upwards. There are groups within groups.
Masters become more and more isolated as they move up the pyramid towards trainer. QMs leave their homes and families, moving in with the Group and living hotel to hotel. It is not unheard of for QMs to have no family home or permanent base, and sometimes living in completely different countries from their family and friends.
Regulate diet – food and drink, hunger and/or fasting
A vegan diet is encouraged as you get into the inner levels of the Network, with their main doctrine being Knifes over Forks. By itself a vegan diet maybe considered harmless, but as part of a bigger program of thought reform, this can be quite the contrary. Cults are known for encouraging low protein and high carb diets in the way of veganism, which when connected to long hours and a severe lack of sleep, can be very damaging long term and stops critical thought. All the QMs and Trainers we were aware of were vegan and Thanksgiving with Harry Palmer was always vegan and considered part of being “enlightened”.
Manipulation and deprivation of sleep
Long hours are endured on all of the courses – often starting at 8:30am and finishing sometimes late into the evening, especially if you are told to finish off your exercises. As an Intern, these hours increase to a 7am start, with often an 8/9pm finish for 10 days straight. Often Masters Intern on a monthly basis, sometimes fortnightly. This is an excessive number of hours.
As you reach the higher levels, there will be meetings outside of these hours to also include. You will also be assigned a buddy who you will check-in with daily if you are “creating students” for a course. Here you would do your daily Source List and Reality Creation list and voicing any fixed attention you may have or express any transgressions kept secret and hidden agendas.
When you get to the level of QM it isn’t unheard of for these hours to reach 18/20 hours a day, 7 days per week, with just a handful of days off per year. The reasoning here will be that the person is being pushed to meet their “full potential”, or that they have a “special gift” they are bringing to the group. In our opinion, these people are being exploited for the organisations gain and act as their main recruiters, receiving very little monetary value in return and deliberately put on a pedestal to keep their agenda going.
Financial exploitation, manipulation or dependence
The Avatar Path demands a huge amount of financial commitment from the Master, which is more often than not manipulated. The majority of Avatar Masters will incur a huge amount of debt unless they came into the group with large assets (i.e. investments). It is rare for a committed Avatar Master to not have been unduly influenced and persuaded into attending all of the courses and internships. As a long-term master, you could spend 30k/40k/50k. For QMs and Trainers, this would be more.
A great deal of people in our society cannot afford these courses, so loans are being made by Avatar Masters on the recommendation of an Avatar Trainer. Loans have even been made to the unemployed who are on Centrelink benefits, and also to Masters who are in severe financial difficulty. Avatar Masters have been known to have been lent money by at least 3 different people at one time, sometimes mounting to over 15k. On top of this, these very same masters may also owe money in the way of bank loans and credit cards, bringing their Avatar Path debt to 30k+. Some Masters have been known to refinance their house or car. Often at the same time these masters are unable to pay for their rent, mortgages and sometimes even put food on the table. This can all happen within a very short time period – 3 to 9 months. Especially if the master is fast tracked and seen as an asset to the group.
This is extremely concerning and a huge failure of responsibility of Stars Edge International. It is also very manipulative that they are “using” pools of Avatar Masters who have existing assets to lend money to other Masters, rather than the organisation doing it themselves. It appears to be there “get out of clause” in claiming no responsibility in these loans being made, despite the fact they are always recommended and approved by a Stars Edge Trainer.
It is also important to note that the majority of these students would NEVER have done the Masters, Professional or Wizards courses if they were not unduly influenced to do so by having an Avatar Master magically appear before them offering to loan them the money (often when the student/master is in an altered state of consciousness) and in some circumstances, spending hours and even days convincing them that this is good to do so.
In some of these circumstances relationships with spouses broke down completely and their partners left them due to the decisions which were being made. The Avatar Trainers, QMs and Masters would see this as a positive thing and part of their awakening. Unfortunately, the students tend to regret it in the future when reality hits home (i.e. they lose everything)!
AI, QM and above their financial dependency on the group as you have given up your career and often your job to meet the demands of the role. This sometimes happens as a Junior Intern/Tweeny, but becomes greater the higher up you go. Many masters have given up highly valuable and committed careers for the sake of the bigger picture and to be of service to humanity, especially QMs and Trainers. Many of these careers are not saveable.
Restrict leisure, entertainment, vacation time
Leisure, entertainment and vacation time become less and less as you get deeper into the inner workings of the Avatar Network. This is especially true if you choose to Intern and make the commitment to the Advanced Intern Program.
QMs rarely socialise, if at all, being completely shut off to the outside world and often working 7 days a week, with breaks being extremely minimal, including Christmas and New Year, when they will still be “on course”.
Funerals, holidays, special events, the birth of nieces, nephews and hospital appointments – all have been missed because you are persuaded that attending the next course, or creating Avatars, Masters and Wizards are way more important – often for the sake of humanity and in creating an EPC.
Major time spent with group indoctrination and rituals and/or self-indoctrination including the internet
If you are a fast tracker, or a committed Avatar Master and have the primary of being a Qualified Master and/or Trainer, the majority of your time will be spent on Course, interning, attending meetings, meeting up with a “buddy” carrying out exercises, working with a QM to get to the next course and absorbing yourself with Avatar material, books and doctrine – often on a daily basis.
Again, this depends on your level of commitment and whether you are on the Advanced Intern Program or not.
Permission required for major decisions
At the level of QM, major decisions will need to be checked in with a trainer and sometimes Avra. A viewpoint will be sort to make sure it is aligned with the Network and what commitments you have currently made.
Many practicing Avatar Masters will have their decisions “manipulated” for them and are often put on “a program” of Avatar exercises (sometimes for days at a time) to help steer them into the direction which is wanted by the Group or Trainer, rather than the individual.
Thoughts, feelings, and activities (of self and others) reported to superiors
This is an indoctrination which begins from as early on as the Resurfacing Course. The Avatar Course is the cult of confession, reporting to superiors is encouraged.
- If something creates “fixed attention” – then you must check in with a QM or Trainer.
- If you are in float – then you must get a viewpoint from a QM or Trainer.
- If a situation means there is questionable alignment – then you must check in with a QM or Trainer.
- A morning program of Source List and Reality Creation List, encourages reporting to a superior if somethings creates fixed attention, even if this is a personal issue.
- All issues, no matter how personal, are checked in with a QM and Trainer – there is to be no fixed attention on course. If you do not check in, then one of your Avatar buddies will do it for you which leads to fear and sometimes humiliation. Best to get in first!
As you get further into the Group, you have to complete a personality profile at the start of each internship which is checked by an AI or QM. This creates a huge system of control as the personality profile, in addition to all the other exercises and doctrine of confession a master has undertaken in the past, will lead to the confession of “everything and anything” which is on the master’s mind. This has led to the control of a Master’s reality and private life in the past.
The QMs stalk ALL Avatar Masters Facebook pages on-behalf of a Trainer. A QM will report the activity of Masters to a Trainer without their awareness and without their consent. This is even without a Master ever having any knowledge (especially at the beginning of their Avatar Path) that every bit of detail in their life is meant to be “aligned”. This often also leads to manipulative peer pressure being generated by the Trainer to try and lead the Master back on path without their awareness that this is even happening. A very cunning and intrusive activity.
Rewards and punishments used to modify behaviours, both positive and negative
Rewards will be recognition, huge praise and love bombing from Avra, group inclusiveness and a break from having to endure hours upon hours of exercises and processing.
Punishments could include a variety of things, dependent entirely on individual circumstances. These have included control and cancellation of course delivery with regards to the specific Master in question, exclusion from certain activities, shunning, verbal and psychological abuse, intimidation, humiliation, a demotion within the pyramid, or simply days on end of Avatar exercises, usually including a specific created program of Feel-its, Label-Its, Rundowns and Handlings – which will seek to make you overcome your transgressions, hidden agendas, integrity issues, un-alignment and/or bad intentions. This will continue until you are aligned to the Mission and the Group.
Discourage individualism, encourage group-think
The group is considered more important than the individual, including their choices, relationships and even life decisions as you get further within the group. It is all about what is best for the Group, the bigger picture, for humanity and making sure you are aligned to Harry and Avra’s intention. Everything else is considered either “selfish”, out of integrity, a lower mode of consciousness, an over inflated ego or that you have a self-importance issue.
Thoughtstorm – is all about group-think, where a decision will be made by the whole.
The Professional Course – has a huge focus on group think, including creating a performance (Scientology style) which takes days to prepare as a group. Most of the work is regarding alignment as a group.
The Wizards Course – is all about group think, what’s best for the Mission, Stars Edge and the “collective consciousness”.
Instil dependency and obedience
Decision making (as above)
Financial (as above)
Fear of punishment (as above)
Need for alignment (as above)
Activities and doctrine which create dependency and obedience include:
Being in Float
Getting a viewpoint and perspective
Transgressions and hidden agendas
The need for alignment
Guardian Heart and what is best for the group/bigger picture.
The amount of psychological abuse AIs and QMs receive keeps them more and more obedient and dependent on the group, Trainers and Avra.
Deliberately withhold information
Distort information to make it more acceptable
Systematically lie to the cult member
Deliberately withhold information at:
Recruitment – non-disclosure of group, beliefs, materials, doctrine, inner workings, abuse and financial structure.
On-course – information on next steps and what is actually happening to them (some students get very stressed out) are deliberately held back and manipulated. This breaks down the person and then rebuilds them according to the needs of the Group.
Intern program – the intern program is kept completely hidden, even from new Avatar Masters. When part of the Adv. Intern program, all upper levels are kept hidden. The Trainer Program is also hidden from those on the Advanced Intern Program. There are AI’s who have been part of the Group for decades, who have no awareness of the doctrine and beliefs shared within the inner circle of Trainers, Harry and Avra. There appears to be a belief around Harry Palmers connection with extra-terrestrials and UFOs within this part of the group, but none of this has ever been shared with Avatar Masters.
Gas lighting is one of the most common practices within the Avatar Network, which will include systematic lying to the cult member and sometimes a clever program of peer pressure and manipulation involving a variety of QM’s, AIs and Masters to control the member and covertly get them back into alignment. Sometimes this can lead to awful consequences.
Lies, deception, disinformation, information – all are fine within the Avatar Network if it is important to the Mission. The end justifies the means and holding back information, distorting information and lying are common practices. These practices do not seem to fall under “integrity issues” and are generally accepted, even if it does send the targeted master into psychosis, or means they leave the Network with a trail of abuse and having to rebuild their broken lives again (sometimes hospitalised).
For those who do not leave – they become more subordinate and devoted to the Avatar Network, often meaning they are promoted further up the pyramid. Control within Avatar is entirely psychological, full of mind games, bullying and deception with the intention to subtly control the Master.
Minimise or discourage access to non-cult sources of information, including:
Internet, TV, radio, books, articles, newspapers, magazines, other media
Access to normal living and other forms of communication outside the Avatar network are minimised the more you go up the pyramid. Once you get to the level of QM and Trainer, reading non-Avatar material and doctrine will be scarce.
All critical information is passed off as being created by disgruntled customers or Avatar Bashers who have a mental illness. Avatar Master wouldn’t dare to consider any critical information, as it would be seen that there is a hidden agenda on your part and you would be questioned as to why you would even want to research such information.
Often considered Avatar Bashers if they are critical, meaning they have an integrity issue or are even mentally ill!
Leaving is “always” to do with the Avatar Master and never the organisation. People leave because they have a “creation they cannot handle”, a “transgression or hidden agenda”, or are “not willing to take responsibility for humanity and the bigger picture”.
People end up staying due to confusion, gas lighting, shame, doubt and fear of being ostracised and shunned. This seems to get harder and harder the higher up you go and is seen as a sort of betrayal if you even consider leaving.
Keep members busy so they don’t have time to think and investigate
All courses require long hours and very little time to yourself.
Interning requires even longer hours and almost no time to yourself, especially if you are sharing a room.
18/20 hours a day, 7 days a week can be expected of you at QM level and higher, especially if you are a key recruiter.
Basically, the higher up you go, the less time you get to think. Investigating is frowned upon and you would be considered to have a hidden agenda against Stars Edge, Harry and Avra.
Control through cell phone with texting, calls, internet tracking
As you get to the high levels within the Network (QMs and Trainers) everything has to be reported to make sure it is within alignment.
Compartmentalise information into Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
Those within the group are “awake” and part of the elite few who are creating an EPC. (Enlightened Planetary Civilisation)
Outsiders are considered “asleep”, and if not supported, are criticised for “not contributing to humanity”. Some are not considered “fertile ground” for cult recruitment and others in the eyes of Harry Palmer are even considered a worthless cause, such as the homeless.
Masters are manipulated and persuaded to stay on the Path so they do not go back to sleep. There also appears to be a fear of reincarnation as you get further into the group and the concept of karma becomes important. These beliefs are no where to be found within the course material, but are the beliefs of the Group and are used to control, create fear and prevent the member from leaving.
Ensure that information is not freely accessible
Critical information is suppressed within the organisation and the Situation Reports which have been circulated have been manipulated and pulled out of context. None of it is freely accessible.
Control information at different levels and missions within the group
A great deal of the information is confidential (all of the courses are, with exception of the 2-day Resurfacing Workshop). A junior intern or tweeny would not have the same access to information as a QM would. Just as a QM would not have the same access to information of a Trainer. There is a culture of secrecy within the Stars Edge Network, starting from the 9-day Avatar Course upwards.
Allow only leadership to decide who needs to know what and when
All decisions come from top bottom – more than the Avatar Masters are made aware of. For example, for some situations, a QM may check in with a Trainer and then the Trainer with Avra.
A Trainer totally manipulates who knows what and when. They will play each person differently.
Encourage spying on other members
FB pages and the activity of the Masters are monitored and reported, even without the awareness and the approval of the master.
The AI, QM and Trainer will report any behaviour they feel is suspect or not aligned without the awareness of the Master. It is like being under surveillance without your knowledge. The exact same behaviour happens on-course.
Impose a buddy system to monitor and control member
A buddy system is implemented within the Advanced Intern Program, especially when you are creating students for the next course.
Report deviant thoughts, feelings and actions to leadership
As above – behaviour and information control
Ensure that individual behaviour is monitored by group
As above – behaviour and information control.
A Trainer, and also a QM to a limited degree, will have a “record” on every Master in the group. They are always monitoring without your awareness.
Extensive use of cult-generated information and propaganda, including:
Newsletters, magazines, journals, audiotapes, videotapes, YouTube, movies and other media
Avatar books, materials and YouTube speeches by Harry Palmer are extensively used. AIs and above consider them to be sacred text and the Private Lesson 2 book is used both as truth and to manipulated the path and decisions of a Master.
Throughout both courses and Internships, we are made to watch Harry Palmers YouTube speeches over and over and over again. Many of us have watched them dozens of times, and long-term Masters would have watched them into 100s. The reasoning here is that you will always get something new out of them, even if the Master falls asleep – which isn’t uncommon. It could be argued that these videos are fall of subliminal messages, for example, “I have a mission which will keep you busy for the next 100 years”. And “before this lifetime many had made a pact – an ancient agreement. They are part of an elite group who will save the world”.
Misquoting statements or using them out of context from non-cult sources
There have been many comments made over the years that Harry Palmers materials have been written out of context and that many of his quotes are “mis-quoted” or ignorant of the doctrine/beliefs he has taken them from. All of Harry Palmer’s materials are borrowings of Scientology, Buddhist meditations and techniques, Basher, Seth and other new age texts.
Unethical use of confession
Information about sins used to disrupt and/or dissolve identity boundaries
Nothing is confidential within the four walls of Avatar, a habit going back to their Scientology days where they have been known to blackmail using ethics folders and confessions.
Within Avatar there is a constant pressure to confess through a variety of exercises, starting on as early as Resurfacing and leading to excessive confession in the disguise of Secrets and ‘releasing fixed attention’, which can go on for days in the Wizards course. What no one is telling you is that anything you say in the strictest confidence will be used against you, usually when you are being gas lighted, manipulated or blackmailed into the Groups agenda. This sometimes includes leaving, relationship control or being coerced into signing up for the next course.
So many of us have experienced a betrayal of trust and confidence has been broken, sometimes resorting in private information being shared with other members and the Group. It is humiliating, distressing and psychologically damaging, but again, it’s always about what is best for the “bigger picture” and Harry/Avra’s intention, not the well-being of the Avatar Master, nor their friends and family.
Manipulation of memory, possible false memories
If you are going through a period of being controlled, then the Creation Handling Procedure maybe used in order to “discreate” a memory which is contributing to an experience which the Network feels is out of alignment with the group. Again, this has been known to be used in relationship control or if you wish to leave the group. It is claimed that your whole past can be “discreated” and wiped clean. In its place you will create a new reality and identity which suits you the most (or the Group in most cases).
One Avatar Trainer has spoken of her experience where she was subjected to hours and hours of 1 to 1 brainwashing by Harry, Avra and another trainer which convinced her in the end that she was responsible for the mess in Elmira. She believed it the next day (after being kept awake until 3am) until someone saw what was happening and snapped her out of it. This led to her leaving.
Require members to internalise the groups doctrine as truth:
Adopting the groups ‘map of reality’ as reality
Instil black and white thinking
Decide between good vs. evil
Organise people into us vs. them (insiders vs. outsiders)
Change person’s identity
The Avatar Course has a strong emphasis on changing the person’s identity and even mentions replacing it with a Master identity. Some rundowns and handlings include:
- Persistent identity rundown
- Identity handing
- Asserted identity handling
- Advanced approach to integrating persistent identities
- Approval rundown
- Initiation process (where you discreate the memories of your mother, father and events in your life)
All of these using the CHP, which even has a step which “disassociates” you from your creation (i.e. memory, emotion, identity, feeling, experience). This technique abused over time can have serious consequences to the psyche and a severe destabilising of the person.
This is dressed up as breaking down the identities which hold us back from living deliberately, whereas arguably exercises and techniques are used to break down the person’s authentic identity and rebuild it (sometimes over years, dependent on the person) into a cult identity.
“When she came back she was a completely different person.
“She looked like someone who had just had a mental breakdown or was sedated. Beside some obvious changes in her behaviour, her critical thinking was non-existent. She was acting like a robot.
“When she spoke, it was like her words were coming from someone else – like a new personality had been implanted into her brain.
“We were shocked and very worried. We just didn’t know what to do.”[Taken from NZ Herald Article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11309958]
This is an example of someone who only reached the level of Wizards and doesn’t appear to be a committed master. Can you imagine the identity changes which have, and are, taking place with long term committed masters who have gone through dozens of initiations and identify handling/rundowns and processing? You will notice that some Masters become extremely destabilised and some have multiple personality changes over a period of years, which can be really noticeable and worrying. Some people report their loved ones to have turned from a loving, caring person into an emotionless narcissist – which seems to take place from the amount of processing and the deliberate break down of a person’s identity. This is not only done through processing, but the manipulation and influence of the group, QMs and Trainers – which will also contribute to the master’s change of identity and breakdown of personality.
Sometimes the destabilisation can be so bad that the person will end up going psychotic, will be hospitalised, turn into a devoted narcissistic master or simply leave – never to be heard from again.
Use of loaded language and clichés which constrict knowledge, stop critical thoughts and reduce complexities into platitudinous buzz words
Loaded Language includes:
- Behind the Scenes
- The Stretch (It’s a stretch)
- An Intention
- Creation / A Creation / Creations
- Getting into feel
- Feel Its
- Your drama
- Nothing on it
- That’s interesting
- Source viewpoint
- Source being
- Fertile ground
- Care for the Bigger Picture
- In Float
- A Being
- An Identity
- A Viewpoint
- Guardian Heart
- The Tools (Using the Tools)
Those which stop critical thinking includes:
- What identity are you in?
- What is your intention really?
- Feels like it’s all about you?
- What is your agenda?
Encourage only ‘good and proper’ thoughts
All thoughts need to be aligned and support the bigger picture.
Hypnotic techniques are used to alter mental states, undermine critical thinking and even to age regress the member
The Avatar Course and Advanced Courses are arguably made up of hypnotic techniques. The more frequent hypnotic techniques used to control include:
- Source List
- Reality Creation List
- Being Present with a Person
- Serious Drill
- Creation Handling Procedure and Rundowns
- All other rundowns and handlings
The majority of the initial Resurfacing 2-day workshop are also full of hypnotic exercises, including Will and Attention. Many claim that these are used to shut of the critical mind so the student is more susceptible to the upper levels and the continuous videos they have to watch.
Teaching thought-stopping techniques which shut down reality testing by stopping negative thoughts and allowing only positive thoughts, including:
Denial, rationalisation, justification, wishful thinking
Speaking in tongues
Singing or humming
Rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism
Everything is encouraged to be done “in Feel”. Critical thinking is stopped through the majority of Avatar tools, including: feel it, label its, source list, CHP, serious drill.
The mind is seem as something which needs to be controlled.
All constructive criticism is considered an integrity issue or a reflection of the person.
Forbid critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy allowed
Absolutely forbidden and seen to be connected to a transgression, integrity issue or hidden agenda. This is made clear from the Wizards course onwards.
The Avatar Tools are seen to be fool proof and any issues with them are seen to be due to the way they are used, or because the student has not taken responsibility for something, or there is a creation the person cannot face/handle.
Manipulate and narrow the range of feelings – some emotions and/or needs are deemed as evil, wrong or selfish
A challenging area to comment on as, in our opinion and from our experience, the Stars Edge Network is all about manipulating your feelings and emotions. What starts of as an exploration into your consciousness and useful tools to deal with feelings and emotions, soon turns into a system of control – with the Tools being used on a regular basis to manipulate and control the Avatar Master to conform to the Group and Harry/Avra’s agenda.
Teach emotion-stopping techniques to block feelings of homesickness, anger, doubt
Pretty much all of the Avatar Tools have been known to be used as emotion-stopping techniques, especially to relieve doubt about Avatar, Harry and Avra or used to eliminate lower modes of emotions, including anger, pain and even more positive ones such as love, if they are not in alignment.
Make the person feel that problems are always their own fault, never the leader’s or the group’s fault
Everything comes back to the student/master as being either their creation or responsibility. Various doctrine and exercises only enforce this, such as:
- Source List (you create it all)
- Everything is a reflection of you
- Everything is a belief – if you change your belief, then your reality will change.
- Criticism of another is an integrity issue (Hidden Agenda or Transgression Kept Secret).
The whole of the Integrity course is built on this doctrine, which used to be the Advanced Integrity Rundown in Wizards. Basically everything starts and finishes with you.
Promote feelings of guilt or unworthiness, such as
You are not living up to your potential
Your family is deficient
Your past is suspect
Your affiliations are unwise
Your thoughts, feelings, actions are irrelevant or selfish
Guilt is induced, dependent on what triggers the master. For example:
- Not living up to your potential
- Not enlightened
- Having a negative/damaging effect on the group – the greater whole
- Not taking care for humanity
- Not taking responsibility for humanity
- Ruining the Mission
The last 3 can be a killer for Avatar Masters who are deeply committed to change and have embodied the mission to help humanity and the creation of an Enlightened Planetary Civilisation.
These guilt inducing techniques have been used to manipulate a master from leaving the group, sometimes years longer than they should have.
Instil fear, such as fear of:
The outside world
Losing one’s salvation
Leaving or being shunned by the group
- Fear of falling back to sleep
- Fear of operating from a lower mode of consciousness
- Fear of creating bad karma
- Fear of having to reincarnate again
- Fear of giving up on your dream
- Fear of not meeting your primary and failing
- Fear of letting down the group, Harry and Avra
All these are instilled into you, primarily by a trainer, and the higher up you go, the worse the fear gets.
These are not healthy fears, but fears which are used to control, manipulate and stop your critical thought process.
Extremes of emotional high and lows – love bombing and praise one moment and then declaring you are horrible sinner
The whole of the Avatar Path is filled with extreme highs and lows. One minute you will be the most important amazing person ever, next you have transgressed or done something which has affected the group/agenda.
Ritualistic and sometimes public confession of sins
As above – see information control.
Ritualistic exercises and public confession techniques include:
- Walk for Atonement
- Personality profile
- Forgiveness mini course
- Integrity course (the majority of this course)
- Secrets (within the Wizards course) (similar to Scientology’s Ethics)
Phobia indoctrination: inculcating irrational fears about leaving the group or questioning the leader’s authority
No happiness or fulfilment possible outside the group
Terrible consequences if you leave: hell, demon possession, insurable
diseases, accidents, suicide, insanity, 10,000 reincarnations, etc.
Shunning of those who leave; fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family
Never a legitimate reason to leave; those who leave are weak, undisciplined, unspiritual, worldly, brainwashed by family or counsellor, or seduced by money, sex, or rock and roll
As above – see information control.
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