(Used with Permission. Copyright 1996, Star's Edge International®)
by Harry Palmer
following is an excerpt from
Living Deliberately: The Discovery and Development
by Harry Palmer
1987. Six months after the first Avatars, we were invited to California
to deliver the first west coast Avatar class. There were supposed to
be eleven people waiting to enroll in the class, but just before we
arrived I learned that none had actually paid. All were waiting to hear
me speak before they made their final decision. This was a surprise
to me, because I had not prepared anything to say.
surprises came at the airport. Our luggage was still in Pittsburgh,
and our friend who picked us up told us that in addition to the eleven
probable students, there were another fifty people waiting at his house
to hear me speak. What am I going to say?
So, dirty, sweaty, and tired, I found myself
perched on a stool in a California living room with sixty strangers
sitting on the floor around me. If the Avatar Processes ever worked,
they had to now. I closed my eyes and spent a minute handling my own
doubts and nervousness. When I applied the processes, all the doubts
slipped away. When I opened my eyes, I was definitionless awareness.
How are you my friends? Have I got a treat for you!
"I will try to describe Avatar
without conveying too many of my own beliefs or perspectives to you.
The reason I say that is because The Avatar Course is about your
beliefs and your perspectives."
Absolute motionless silence! Sixty people,
two babies and a dog, and you could hear the clock on the kitchen wall
tick! It was so quiet that it finally unnerved the dog, and he surprised
himself with a muffled bark. I felt I had said enough. They know.
Let them feel me. Underneath the beliefs, we're part of the same awareness.
The room relaxed as the fog of thoughts
cleared. We had touched someplace behind it all and now were friends.
We were in love. Eyes filled with tears. Gentle, accepting smiles. I
love this feeling. We're real. The costumes are off and we're real.
Together, part of a greater shared destiny.
"What you believe has consequences
in your life. The Avatar course helps you to make the connection between
what you are experiencing and the belief that is creating the experience.
"Imagine enrolling on a course where
the study materials consist of your own consciousness. We provide navigational
tools, a blank map and emotional support. It's your exploration; you
have to bring your own terrain.
"The purpose is to assist you in
returning to the level of consciousness at which you are the knowing
creative source of your own beliefs. Along the way you are going to
learn that what you believe is not nearly as important as knowing
how you believe. In this case, understanding the container is
more important than understanding the contents. Empty the contents.
Marvel at the craft that creates the bowl.
"Creative source is an effortless
state of being. Don't confuse it with an attitude or identity that may
be on automatic and seems effortless. This state is effortless, accepting
and undefined. (Desiring and resisting are efforts. Accepting and appreciating
are effortless.) From this state of being you can experience anything,
and within extremely broad limits (perhaps boundless) change it as you
"This is the state of being that
we call Avatar, and we have found a very simple and very effective procedure
for achieving this state. It can be done in a matter of days when presented
under the guidance of an experienced master. With this sense of presence
and the tools we teach you to use, you are equipped for the exploration
of your own consciousness."
"The course is set up in three sections.
Section I is for the intellect. It's food for thought. It requires only
that you listen, read, or watch and, if you wish, contemplate what you
have experienced. It is intended to bring about an understanding and
a connection with a broader arena of life.
"Then with the Section II materials,
you start exploring. Little expeditions into the backyard of your consciousness.
Overnights! You practice the specific abilities and tools that are required
to successfully manage what you are already experiencing in life. It's
an opportunity to get your affairs in order before the big adventure
II clarifies and expands an extrasensory perception channel to the physical
universe that you may already be vaguely aware of - extended feeling.
This is a non-sensory feeling that does not require physical contact.
It quiets the mind and dramatically enhances your sense of being."
A hand went up in the audience. "Is
it like meditation?"
"Yes and no. It produces the same
type of mental stillness that meditation produces, but it does so in
an interesting and much faster way. It's like meditation in that it
is about gaining mastery of the mind--allowing the mind to still--but
Avatar does it playfully without the struggle or confrontation. It's
the difference between opening a safe by prying the door off or using
the combination. Avatar is the combination."
The group likes the analogy. Many of them
have spent a lot of time prying.
"Another exercise in Section II develops
a skill in recognizing, creating and changing judgments. This really
begins to wake you up to the patterns in your life.
experience what we experience in accordance with our judgments, which
are the beliefs through which we filter our perceptions. Two people
may experience the same event quite differently. For one of them it
is traumatic and ruins their life; for the other it is inconsequential.
The difference is determined by the judgments the two people place on
"The end result of this exercise
is the ability to honestly relax judgment on anything being experienced.
It lets you slip into your resisted experiences like entering a hot
tub for a good soak. If you have been struggling with a body condition
or a relationship, this exercise produces powerful realizations and
"The final part of the Section II
materials contains tools and exercises to remove barriers or blocks
that you may have placed in front of your ability to create reality.
We describe it as the most challenging experience anyone ever laughed
through. It causes smile cramps in your face, increases your ability
to create, and restores your control over existence."
In my mind I see the smiling faces of
the students who have thanked me after completing this exercise. Their
moist eyes occupy a special place in my memory. I also
remember, somewhat sadly, the angry face of one student who didn't make
it and denounced Avatar as a fraud. He was frozen at the controls of
a failing life and couldn't let go of his righteous anger. Oh well,
when it no longer serves him to be a victim, time will bring him back.
Just a little more effort, a little more honesty, and he will make it
In case there are chronic victims
present, I feel a little warning is in order.
"If you are not completely satisfied
with the results you achieve in Section II, don't go on to Section III.
There's nothing in Section III that fixes poor results in Section II.
If you don't go on and you decide within the next week or so that Section
II wasn't worth what you paid, I'll see to it personally that you get
a refund check." I smiled to myself. Has anyone ever offered
enlightenment with a money-back guarantee?
"So now, Section III, the main course.
Section III begins with a guided initiation session conducted by an
Avatar Master. That's me until the new masters are finished with
"The initiation takes you on
a tour of some of the most fundamental, transparent belief structures
of consciousness. Transparent because instead of seeing them, you see
through them. The initiation experientially introduces you to procedures
and tools that you can use to self-determinedly manage your life. Normally
it is an insightful and enlightening experience that may leave you in
a euphoric state for some time."
I'll be surprised if they're not totally
blissed out and euphoric for the rest of the day, but I didn't say that.
"Following your initiation you will
become an expert on the solo Avatar procedures. Now you are ready to
explore. With the solo procedures and the occasional assistance of a
trainer or fellow student, you begin your exploration with the Avatar
rundowns. Each rundown addresses an area of experiences, beliefs,
or attitudes that may be interfering with your appreciation of life.
I'll go over the rundowns for you."
"The first rundown is called Body
Handle. The Body Handle processes produce effects similar to sensory
deprivation tanking, but without the risk of isolation or panic reactions
and much more quickly. They assist you in recognizing the beliefs that
keep you identified with a physical body and, if you choose, show you
how to function independently of a body. You experience yourself as
a non-material spiritual being."
A couple in the front
row looked at each other knowingly, and I realized they had just made
the decision to sign up.
"Body Handle also helps you to identify
undesirable perceptions and sensations that you have actually been installing
in the body--the illusion is that they were coming from the body. The
result is that the body is no longer held out of alignment by injurious
beliefs or judgments.
"Once you recognize and experience
that you've been installing unpleasant sensations in the body, you can
put back the sensations you wish to have. You may experience some remarkable
healings." Remarkable--I've seen miracles, but I don't want
trouble with the AMA.
"A fascinating side effect of the
Body Handle is the lucid or controlled dreaming that it produces. You
learn to enter the dream state of consciousness without going to sleep.
Some students have reported experiences of floating or flying and of
exploring alternate dimensions."
"The second rundown is called Limitations.
Have you ever explored any sort of spiritual or developmental path?"
Most raised their hands. "Then you are aware that we set limitations
on ourselves. We say, 'I can't do this. I can't do that.' And then we
wonder why we can't do it.
"Children's stories talk about the
little steam engine that thought he could and the notion of positive
thinking has been around for years. Well, this is a new look at the
"On the Limitations rundown, you
eliminate specific limitations that interfere with the goals that excite
you and bring you to life. You will probably not choose to handle all
limitations, since some serve to focus your life."
"The third rundown is called Identities.
Most people have a mental closet full of costumes that they carry around
and project onto the people they meet. 'Will you wear this costume for
me? Will you be this person for me?'
"When we get along well with people,
it is generally because they are willing to wear the costume we offer
them, and we are willing to wear one supplied by them.
"Have you ever had someone put an
identity on you that you didn't want to wear?" This brought nods
of agreement from the group.
"When you perceive another person
without any costumes, judgments or belief filters, you perceive them
as a spiritual being. It is a profoundly moving experience to purely
perceive another being without any distortion. It is a compassionate
space that some have called unconditional love."
"The fourth rundown is called Persistent
It gently guides you into the most resisted aspects of your life. You
can eliminate desires, compulsions, persistent pressures and pains that
may have seemed beyond your control. The first sessions of Persistent
Mass are done with another person acting as a facilitator. This is a
very powerful process and produces amazing life-changing results."
"The fifth and sixth rundowns are
called respectively Universe Handle and Collective Consciousness
Handle. You do these rundowns after you have resolved your own personal
conflicts and wish to help the collective consciousness of life.
"One of the ideas you create early
in life is the idea of being someone. In fact, being someone is the
experience of a belief. If you take awareness plus a belief about being
someone and put them together, you get an individual. You can stay an
individual by creating more beliefs that separate you further from collective
consciousness--or with the Avatar procedures, you can eliminate the
beliefs that cause separation, and experience a collective consciousness.
You can change any beliefs you may have that separate you from pure
creative awareness--the Aware Will.
"In the Universe Handle rundown,
you learn that all things are connected at some level of consciousness.
In a sense, there is no individual consciousness, only segments of collective
consciousness. With this exercise, you work on locating the limits that
prevent you from joining the collective consciousness and operating
"This obviously is a very high state
of attainment, and students will vary in their ability and willingness
to employ this technique."
"The last exercise is called The
Ultimate Process. It is aptly named. It is guided by another person.
"The whole course takes between seven
and nine days, depending on you."
I ended the talk by inviting people to
reach out and feel me, not with their hands but with their awareness.
Everyone in the room seemed interested.
I chatted with some friends and felt relief to see a line of students
form in front of the registration table. The next day we began class
with eighteen new students.
Within a few days the class grew so large
with new arrivals that we had to move to a hotel, and our week-long,
West Coast delivery stretched into twelve weeks and several hundred
Old friends called each other with the
message: "This is it! Come now!" One student arrived after
hearing about Avatar from a phone call intended for his roommate. Another
student received a psychic reading in which she was told to do Avatar.
A third arrived because of a dream.
Because so many likened the experience
of Avatar to waking up, they began to refer to themselves as Awakening
Masters (AMs). Awakening Masters sent out a long-awaited wake-up call:
"Avatar is what you are looking for."
Since 1987 over 50,000 people from
60 different countries have taken the Avatar Course.