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Title Global Community Communications Alliance
Soulistic Hospice, Avalon Gardens/Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, Global Change Media, Out of the Way Galleria, Soulistic Medical Institute
Founder Anthony Delevin and Nancy Chase
Leader Tony Delevin, aka Gabriel of Sedona, aka Gabriel of Urantia
Description Formed in 1989. The group has 100+ residents in a 165 ranch in Tumacacori, AZ. The group is very charismatic and owns a lot of property which has been a controversial issue for neighbors in the area. They believe the leader channels "higher celestial beings" and is the only voice for God in the entire planet. One of the main people in leadership was part of Synanon right before she joined this group, and Synanon was known for being disbanded for fraud, violence, and crime.
1. Regulation of individual's physical reality
  a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with
  b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
  c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
  d. How much sleep the person is able to have
  e. Financial dependence
  f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations

2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals

3. Need to ask permission for major decisions

4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors

5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).

6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails

7. Rigid rules and regulations

8. Need for obedience and dependency.
Everyone is on a strict schedule and highly supervised. You NEVER get alone time, except when you're sleeping, and most people share rooms with others.You are told what to do all day long and need to comply otherwise are threatened with demerits and getting kicked out. You are given a new identity to assume and there is a very strict behavior protocol to follow especially when guests are around.
1. Use of deception
  a. Deliberately holding back information
  b. Distorting information to make it acceptable
  c. Outright lying

2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
  a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio
  b. Critical information
  c. Former members
  d. Keep members so busy they don’t have time to think

3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
  a. Information is not freely accessible
  b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid
  c. Leadership decides who “needs to know” what

4. Spying on other members is encouraged
  a. Pairing up with “buddy” system to monitor and control
  b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership

5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
  a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.
  b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources

6. Unethical use of confession
  a. Information about “sins” used to abolish identity boundaries
  b. Past “sins” used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution
Many people are prohibited the use of the internet, communication with outsiders, and even the books/materials you read. It is encouraged to just read the community's books and listen to their music. Classes are held but all of the information is controlled. Events are held as well but its all around what they want to show you. Movies get "screened" and only permitted/approved movies are ok for viewing within the community.
1. Need to internalize the group's doctrine as "Truth"
  a. Map = Reality
  b. Black and White thinking
  c. Good vs. evil
  d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)

2. Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating clichés"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".

3. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged.

4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down "reality testing" by stopping "negative" thoughts and allowing only "good" thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.
  a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
  b. Chanting
  c. Meditating
  d. Praying
  e. Speaking in "tongues"
  f. Singing or humming

5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate

6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful
We get up early and go to "morning sharings" where we gather in prayer and discuss topics the leaders want. We attend classes most nights all around reinforcing their teachings. We attend Sunday sharings and "transmissions" in which it is drilled in even more. Everything surrounds a set of thoughts and principles and everything in your day revolves around reinforcing them.
1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person's feelings.

2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader's or the group's.

3. Feeling-stopping. Like thought-stopping, this is the automatic suppression or blocking of feelings that are not acceptable by the cult identity- such as feeling "homesick" or feeling "depressed" or feeling "resentful".

4. Excessive use of guilt
  a. Identity guilt
    1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)
    2. Your family
    3. Your past
    4. Your affiliations
    5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions
    6. Social guilt
    7. Historical guilt

5. Excessive use of fear
  a. Fear of thinking independently
  b. Fear of the "outside" world
  c. Fear of enemies
  d. Fear of losing one's "salvation"
  e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group
  f. Fear of disapproval

6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.

7. Ritual and often public confession of "sins".

8. Phobia indoctrination: programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leader's authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.
  a. No happiness or fulfillment "outside"of the group
  b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: "hell"; "demon possession"; "incurable diseases"; "accidents"; "suicide"; "insanity"; "10,000 reincarnations"; etc.
  c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family.
  d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the group's perspective, people who leave are: "weak"; "undisciplined"; "unspiritual"; "worldly"; "brainwashed by family, counselors"; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.
There is a "chip" game in which people write and address the things in you they don't like. You could for example not even talk or interact much with a person but they have the right to accost you and say they don't like the way you walk or appear on passing. It all revolves around loving and adoring the leader and proclaiming loyalty to him, he is made God among everyone and you're hardpressed to comply and conform to the society you're in otherwise you're seen as the worst of the worst.
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