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Title Endeavor Academy
Founder Leaders: Charles Buell Anderson, Theodore Hector Poppe
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Alternate Names of the Group: -The New Christian Church of the Full Endeavor (official name) -Miracle Sessions -Miracle Center The BITE Model as It Applies to Endeavor Academy (information supplied by former members): I. Behavior Control Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates. Brothers are encouraged to confine their association to other brothers. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects. The famous EA diet (e.g. Coke), to break any health superstitions one may harbour. Financial dependence. By encouraging the member to hand over his funds to a point where the master deems him cleansed of dependence on money, the new recruit is automatically forced to become dependent on the group. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations. As with most things in EA, there are no written rules forbidding this. Its just frowned upon. (Vacations are only for Master Hector!) Brothers are told that the world depends on how soon they give up their dependence on the world, including worldly desires. This, however, seems to not apply to any real depth, as most brothers spend a great deal of their time watching television and videos, or attending movies all worldly pursuits indicating the superficiality of the world rejection, or conversely, the true reason for the preaching of world rejection: the acquisition of members assets. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals. Session takes up an awful lot of members time. Other time is filled with service to the organization (unpaid) or additional teachings or readings intended to purge the mind of worldliness. This works to create a surrogate community, and family, for the new recruit who has listened to the extremely intimidating admonitions of Master Hector, who has said that if he leaves he will face damnation in Hell and the like. Need to ask permission for major decisions. Decisions, in general, are discouraged. All decisions, it is taught, are made by God by just allowing, or releasing, or stepping back, or just saying yes. Of course if the decision still persists, Master Hector (if hes in town) is the final decisionalizer. This fosters a way of life where dissociation becomes the norm. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors. Feelings, thoughts and activities that do not agree with the EA philosophy of unbroken attendance and agreement with Master Hector need to be reported, and are always attacked by Master Hector in session where he has most effect due to the group model of subservience. Rewards and punishments (behaviour modification techniques positive and negative). Stroking and criticism in all forms occurs all the time, primarily by Master Hector but also hierarchically by older members on newer members, under the guise of training for the role of Teacher of God but most often as a way to release the suppressed rage generated by continual dissociative behaviour. Individualism discouraged; group-think prevails. Individual ideas are not permitted. Only those concepts in line with EA versions of ACIM are permitted. This creates massive fraudulence and the generation of spiritual egos, as the mind attempts to reassociate at a group-acceptable level. Rigid rules and regulations. People who leave are told by Master Hector that they are the cause of all of the pain and suffering of the world, or that they will die within six months. Need for obedience and dependency. Dependency comes through the enforcement of a group ethic based on spiritual specialness. By active discouragement of members going out in the world again, the member desiring acceptance must break ties with family, community and friends. This dependency, like all dependencies, is clothed in acceptable jargon and group-think, but is identical in nature to a heroin addiction, as demonstrated by the returnees who cannot stand it out there after leaving. This also closely resembles the addictive or codependent behaviour of abused wives. They return to the scene of abuse because they have nowhere else to go because they have severed all ties with the world and given all their assets to Master Hector. Like all addicts, it takes a crisis of sufficient scale fro them to recognize their dependence, but it takes great courage for them to overcome it. (People finding such courage are in a fast-growing minority at present.) II. Information Control Use of deception. Deliberately holding back information. All information is dispersed via Master Hector, when he is in town. In this way he maintains version control of reality, and slants it his way, maintains control and support, and feeds the addiction/dependence of his flock. We have seen several examples recently, where Hector has reinvented EA history re the suicides and suicide attempts of members. Outright lying. Continuous. Usually justified or evaded with Its not real or I did it because you asked me or Dont you trust me? Also our current favourite: The Holy Spirit made me do it. Re-jigging of critical information. Critical information such as letters to Master Hector are held up to ridicule by him in session, where active debate on the contents is impossible. We are proud to report that Holy Smoke has been attacked in this way on numerous occasions. De-validating former members. Those who leave are dying, dead or warts. Keep members so busy they dont have time to think. Session, service and group activities means the member never has time to pursue a comparative inquiry. Intensives and forty days are both ways of getting new recruits deeply enough in so that they will give up their attachments (i.e. possessions). Compartmentalization of information. Outsider vs. Insider doctrines. Outside doctrine is not just discouraged. It is actively attacked as (for example) New Age Bullst. Information is not freely accessible. Although an audited company (in theory), the Academys accounts are not freely available to anyone outside of the Board and Master Hector, who controls the Board. The news about (for example) the suicides, suicide attempts, psychiatric breakdowns, sexual misbehaviour, embezzlement of funds by Hector Poppe, breaches of Australian law, and so on, has often been revealed for the first time to surprised members by Holy Smoke. Information varies at different levels and missions within the pyramid. Only that which is safe for members is told to them, because if it were seen how much Master Hector has to do with forcing donations, choosing investments and setting up businesses, it may also be seen that he is very much in the world and not not from here as he claims to new entrants. Spying on other members. Hector takes an active role in seeking personal information about the financial resources of new recruits and, if they have funds, targets them in session where group approval works to support his attack. Pairing up with a buddy system to monitor and control. The guide system is a thinly veiled way of maintaining clear lines of communication re individuals funds etc. to Master Hector by already trusty members. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to the leadership.Guides are encouraged to seek help from Hector when their charges are difficult. Extensive use of cult-generated information and propaganda. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc. The massive output of (immensely boring!) videos is a way of keeping the message in the consciousness of the member. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources. The EA has always misquoted ACIM, especially in relation to the specific direction to refuse an outside teacher. In fact EAs very existence relies on this intentional turning away from the ACIM teaching. Unethical use of confession. Information about sins used to abolish identity boundaries. Loop statements such as Its only your mind are specifically against the teachings of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), because they cause spiritual guilt. However such loop statements are integral to EAs way of breaking down ego boundaries, and are a factor in the many cases of mental breakdown in members. Past sins used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution. Although it is taught that the world is not real and the past does not exist, Hector Poppe and other teachers are willing to accuse past members and present of actions seen as wrong, or unwhole, or antithetical to the EA version of ACIM. III. Thought Control Need to internalize the groups doctrine as Truth. The teaching Truth is true and nothing else is true is abused to cover up a multitude of worldly acts, establishment, aggression to ex members and present ones. Members who return home invariably believe, like all cult members, that they are casting pearls before swine, when their attempts to proselytise to their parents and friends are rejected (as they invariably are by mentally balanced people). They inevitably return to the safety of the group because they believe that the world is bad and in denial or worse, is addicted to death. Adopt loaded language characterized by thought-terminating clichés. Words are the tools we use to think with. But these special words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous buzz words. Master Teacher and Hector use spiritual obfuscation and loop statements to confuse and bewilder newcomers into the feeling that they havent got it. Hector discourages one-on-one dialogue because he knows that the group support is critical to the acceptance of his endless monologues by the newcomer. It is mission-critical that the newcomer be confused. When Master Teachers spoken statements are written down and read carefully, they rarely make sense. Only good and proper thoughts are encouraged. Worldly thoughts, compassionate thoughts, thoughts of sick friends, attendance at funerals, tending sick relatives, accepting blame, taking responsibility are all discouraged until the addiction is established. Then they are brought back in the form of an assignment from God, inevitably in the form of recruitment, expansion, free labour, etc. Thought-stopping techniques. Stopping negative thoughts, and allowing only good thoughts; which leads to a breakdown in the members ability to test reality. Rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism. Hector will pursue any measure to stop thought including verbal attack, physical attack, psychic attack, psychological attack. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking is not allowed. Under the admonition Just be in the now, the new student is forced to give up his rational and critical thinking ability. This explains the acceptance of what outsiders see as entirely unreal and often insane ideas by EA brothers. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate. Although Hector and Master Teacher seem to teach against idolatry, they actively encourage dependency, and crush debate in any form. This results in extreme idolatry though EA members are notoriously unable to see this till stepping out of the hothouse. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful IV. Emotional Control. Manipulate and narrow the range of a persons feelings. There is only Love and fear does not exist. In the case of EA, this is used to narrow the experience of the member to a need for a daily endorphin rush of light. Only light is a valid or permissible experience. NB: There are simple neurological explanations for the light experience which EA brothers rarely want to hear about. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leaders or the groups. The selective use of the concept of singularity is used as a tool of repression in EA. Anything a person brings up is pushed down by saying it is only your mind. A statement of singularity is a conversional tool used on oneself and a powerful weapon used on others. Excessive use of guilt. Spiritual guilt is the basis of the EA teaching method. Identity guilt. Members are told by that because they have not given up their human identity they are causing all the death and suffering in the world. Your affiliations are attachments, and must be broken. This usually frees up money, especially when divorce occurs. Social guilt. You are taught that you cause AIDS, you cause cancer and you are the eternal pederast. Historical guilt. You are told that by relating to the past you are maintaining it and preventing Gods reality. Excessive use of fear. Fear of thinking independently. It is taught that to think independently is to hold onto grievance, and that this causes death and suffering. Fear of the outside world. Which is is full of humans and dead ones, and if you return to it you will die. Fear of enemies. Your enemies are created and maintained by your old mind. Fear of losing ones salvation. If you leave, you have committed a mortal sin, for you have been offered the Truth and rejected it. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group. Once the member is accepted in his new peer group he cannot return to his old life, because entrance to the group depended upon breaking all prior bonds; family, friends, support, politics, civic responsibility. So to leave is now a huge and apparently retrograde step, even though in truth the member has created its difficulty by submitting to demands for dissociation from the world. Fear of disapproval. The Session group model survives due to fear of disapproval. All members are always in fear of Hectors attacks, but have a perverted sense of excitement when anyone else is attacked by him. They actually enjoy seeing others attacked. Extremes of emotional highs and lows. Lows (the natural bodily response to the unnatural endorphin addiction of going to light) are seen as proof that the member needs to submit further, and has not surrendered sufficiently to the teacher. Phobia indoctrination: programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group, or questioning the leaders authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group. Exited members are dead ones, and to be pitied for the terrible fate that awaits them. They are often portrayed as having cancer. (Its Hell in the world. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: hell; demon possession; incurable diseases; accidents; suicide; insanity; 10,000 reincarnations; etc. All standard EA tactics, as refined by Hector Poppe.) Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the groups perspective, people who leave are: weak; undisciplined; unspiritual; worldly; brainwashed by family, counselors; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.

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The Academy: Miracle Or Cult? Apologetics Index Entry, A Course in Miracles