Holistic Therapies: Access Bars

This week is Access Bars, which I happen to find at random one day when I first discovered the directory and I was taken aback by how ridiculous it sounded and amazed that it could ever be taken seriously by any thinking person. Access Bars is the brain child of a man named Gary Douglas who can be found on his site grinning back at you with the intellectually secure, knowing look of the ‘guru’.  The website also has the inevitable links to testimonials that always accompany pseudo scientific crap that has either been disproven by scientific testing or is non-falsifiable. These tales, as a lot of skeptics know, unfortunately speak more to people’s daily lives than the cold facts associated with evidence based reasoning and are more convincing as a result. Despite the number of these testimonials and the fact that they come from people probably convinced of their truth, we all know that the plural of anecdote is not evidence.

 

Mr Douglas – humble black and white photo with

a disarming and knowing head tilt? Sign me up!!!

The core concept behind Access bars is the idea that there are “32 points on your head which, when gently touched, effortlessly and easily release anything that doesn’t allow you to receive? These points contain all the thoughts, ideas, beliefs, emotions, and considerations you have stored in any lifetime. This is an opportunity for you to let go of everything!” Activating these bars, it is claimed, will allow energy to flow and open new possibilities for self improvement and the site poses you the question – “As there are Bars for every aspect of your life do you think its possible that you could clear limitations relating to money, healing, body, control, awareness, creativity, communication, hopes and dreams, sadness and joy, aging and money?” (On a personal note, I love the fact that they mention money at the start of the list and at the end of it too. It gives me a warm feeling inside. Also, AGING?) The neurological literature behind these claims is unfortunately not linked to but I would be happy to give it a layman’s look over if somebody can provide it, although I doubt people will consider me cynical if I were to suspect that it doesn’t exist.

Something that concerns me about the majority of sites that are selling the benefits of Access Bars, that I looked at during my research, is that there was a surprising amount of preamble that you had to get through to find out these core beliefs. You are seduced with promises of life affirming changes and great developments using the all too familiar sales pitch of alternative therapies that could easily be whittled down to something similar to “Are you a person? Do bad things happen that you don’t like and want to fix? Have previous attempts at fixing these problems been bad? Well we have the solution”. (NOTE: the previous sentence is to be read in the tone of a QVC shopping channel presenter). The site was one of the more transparent sites I found and it begins on its home page with the promising line Aren’t you just a little curious what Access is all about? and (wait for the sarcasm) follows it up with some informative, beautifully constructed and easily intelligible sentences such as Access consciousness is about empowering you to know what YOU know. So that YOU have the life YOU truly desire. What if you’re the creator of your life? And if you’re the creator, you can change any part of it?”. The details of what ‘Access Bars’ are, however, isn’t addressed on this page so you move on to ‘The Bars’, a section on the site which gives you the lowdown on the 32 Bars and provides you with a helpful graph:

 

Reading more of the details on the site left me scratching my head between the bars for ‘creating life forms’ and ‘money’ (which surprisingly didn’t result in any Leprechauns. Go figure?), and ruminating on a final couple of sentences I read. “At worst you feel like you have just had the best massage of your life. At best your whole life can change into something greater with total ease” and “And if you’re a healer or practitioner of any kind, how excited would your clients be if you were to add this to your list of service?”

The first sentence could apply to a lot of alternative therapies that usually involve a hands on approach (unlike Reiki for instance) but it was the last sentence that I dwelt on most of all. These sites are selling to an audience, not only of prospective customers of ‘Access Consciousness’ but also practitioners who want to add to their repertoire of alternative treatments. AccessBars.ie has a course advertised where you can, for an investment of 160 (80 for repeats), be guided through the first steps of Access consciousness. I can only assume this is 160 euros as it’s not actually stated on the site but it could be space hugs for all I know and I’m reluctant to assume anything when dealing with people so divorced from reality. Likewise the access consciousness site itself has a page () with details on how to become an access facilitator for the currency specific amount of $100 which is to be paid on an annual basis so that you can keep your ‘license’. Access facilitators appear, at least from my interpretation, to be a self regulated group. I suppose doing essentially nothing, for money, could hardly be seen as harmful outside of the financial costs incurred by the credulous but it is this approach that lends a false legitimacy to innumerable forms of quackery and helps them to present themselves as something other than fantasy bullshit. Access Bars appears to just be another form of magical thinking that if believed by its proponents has no real effect outside of head massage. For those practitioners who don’t believe in its claims, it is just a well packaged, self regulating school of crap that you can practice with all the bells and whistles of accreditation for an annual fee and a suppression of your moral instincts.

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18 thoughts on “Holistic Therapies: Access Bars”

  1. I am glad u wrote this, so many people take these classes and I find it weird that You do not see MORE & More people practicing the BARS if they worked hmm?? I feel the same about Richard Barllett’s Matrix Energetics (ME), he also is a chiropractor & so is Eric Pearl who started ” The Reconnection”. I find that these men GOT this Magical Gift from the universe and yet they Charge Outrageous Amounts of money for people to learn these practices and if u want 2b a facillator WOW the charges you have to pay and all the FREE service thast u have to give to R Barrlett to Assist him in his seminarsl WOW really??? You get a Gift 4 Free from the universe and u gouge people to get a Healing..even tho R Bartlett does not use that word or that he really Knows what ME is he just Charges people to Learn it .

    Same thing w/ME, hundreds of people in Chicago and near suburbs have taken these Expensive ME classes and you hardly see anyone Practicing ME and those that do have mnay OTHER modalities they use along with or do NOT even mention ME.

    Now..reasoning. If these things were what they are proported 2b would not more and more people b practicing the art?
    If thes gurus want to truly seek out and help people on the planet why charge so much money that totally knocks a whole lot of people out of the box that are really really sick and in desperate need to have their bodies healed???

    It makes me want 2 Puke to see these folks take advantage of others..and if this stuff reallhy worked why are they not setting up FREE clinics all over the place to really HELP folks ??? why is everything about Money? R Bartlett travels the world putting on these seminars..and so do the others..how much money do they need?

  2. actually, if you know anything about quantum physics, you will know that all you need to do is believe-your thoughts are much more powerful that you might think, and yes, there is scientific evidence that this is true-therefore, what you believe is what is true for you. So, if you are releasing negativity from your body, then it is what is happening. A skeptic certainly cannot reap the benefits of something like reiki or Access consciousness because their ego is too big to allow them to heal, therefore they will always be held back by their ego. Happy living to all! Remember, science still doesn’t know why we need sleep, why we dream and how gravity works, and yet we know all those things exist….

    1. yes….skeptical vigilance is refreshing…provided the vigilant cast an eye upon their own preconceptions. science is just as much a religion if viewed from certain article of faith angles. “but it says so in the good textbook of unexamined assertion!!”
      but yes….that photo of whats his face….sheesh…

      1. Science is in complete opposition to faith. Science is trust in ideas based on evidence and the theory’s resilience to testing and contradiction. Faith is belief in an unshakeable truth in spite of the evidence against it.

        Steven Novella put it better than I can:
        “What do you think science is? There’s nothing magical about science. It is simply a systematic way for carefully and thoroughly observing nature and using consistent logic to evaluate results. Which part of that exactly do you disagree with? Do you disagree with being thorough? Using careful observation? Being systematic? Or using consistent logic?”

    2. Hey sorry for late reply, I haven’t given much consideration to anything blog related in some time. Knowing only something about Quantum Physics is enough for me to know you don’t really have any clue what you are talking about. You are just one of the many credulous people taken in by quacks and woo merchants like Deepak Chopra and his ilk. Experts in quantum theory are never found talking about negative energy or reiki because it has nothing to do with it. Deepak just takes ‘sciencey’ words to try and ad credibility to his nonsense. I desperately hope you are just trolling because that would be funny, if not I am pained that people like you exist.

    3. I’m not sure if you are being ironic or not here… but science certainly does know why we sleep, dream and how gravity works..and also knows that there is much more to learn as new evidence arises. Its small minded to link skepticism to having an ego too big to be open to healing… A skeptical mind is essential for anyone on any kind of spiritual/healing path… the holistic world is full tricksters and charlatans and if you’re not willing to ask some basic questions then don’t be surprised if you end up in a cult… the ultimate end destination of the non-skeptical spiritual seeker.

  3. I agree, it’s a bit like accupressure and accupuncture where different points of your body can be a “sore point” for release of tension, stress etc..which are all linked to our conscious and sub conscious mind, BARS can act in the same way, the human body is still one of the biggest medical mysteries of our time, there is more to be discovered every day.

  4. You fuckers…Because U touch few point you declare that its a Revelation? Pure speculative and pure bussiness to dumb the dumbs with money ofcourse…Get a job! and a few morality you Hypocrits…

    1. That was awful sorry. Completely disingenuous drivel from someone obviously with an agenda.

      He said nothing about the interpretation of his nonsense graphs. He didn’t even mention how a sample was chosen to determine the standard deviation for his plots.

      He is just throwing out scientific sounding details and peppering his explanations with misused statistical terminology.

      He then went on to talk about energy aligning and chakra’s which excludes him from scientific discussion immediately.

  5. Interesting article. I hadn’t heard of it before. I was wondering if you have since come across any studies on Access BAR. Thanks for your perspective.

  6. access consciousness is yet another money orientated metaphysical placebo modality that posits a fantasy definition of the follower seeing themselves as beyond being a human. In this metaphysical modality the follower/believer is taught to see themselves as ….”energy, space and consciousness”, and even a “humanoid”. This is a fascinating psuedo conclusion as invented by those creative minds at access consciousness who are convinced that by saying things enough times, it will come true. All religions and metaphysical belief systems do the same. Human minds suffering from cognitive dissonance create and posit solid static notions of god or gods or the supernatural or entities or the divine or oneness etc ….and either think they are that or hope to attain to that psuedo conclusion and self definition and live in that self imposed fantasy. By actually questioning, doubting and challenging our beliefs, we begin to clear away our dependance on these metaphysical modalities and religions and the supernatural, and develop our cognitive and reasoning capacities as actual humans….Its never too late to think for oneself…wether rich or not…academic or not…From personal experience

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