The following article is an excerpt
from Volume 17, Issue 1 of the Avatar Journal, prepared by Star's Edge
2003 Special Report on Avatar®
prepared by Stars Edge International
Someone once noted that the most rewarding
efforts are those that not only accomplish what you set out to do but
produce bonus results that are as good as or even better than the goal
you intended. This is voiced again and again by Avatar Course graduates.
It was even better than I expected. A lot better. It
far exceeded my expectations.
And the consensus testimonial, which is a big part of the underlying reason
for Avatars expansion around the globe is, Wow, there are
no words. This is what Ive been waiting for all my life.
So what is Avatar?
It is a straightforward self-development
course that comes unencumbered by beliefs, sect memberships, or any quasi-religious
rites. For these reasons, it is the high point of the human potential
movement. Its graduates are quick to agree, It is the most powerful,
purest self-development program available at any price.
Price? Yes, Avatar comes at a price, and a sizable one by some standards.
The basic weekend workshop, called ReSurfacing®, costs $295. Section
II of the course, which takes four to five days, costs $500, and Section
III of the course, which takes two to four days, costs $1500. (Course
prices vary in different countries.)
During the course, students are given many hours of personal attention,
and any student who is not satisfied after Section II of the course is
entitled to a full refund.
Where did it come from?
An educational psychologist named Harry Palmer
created Avatar in 1986. He wanted to present a training program that people
would find valuable. Our intention, he states in his ReSurfacing
textbook, is that the people we train and license to deliver The
Avatar Course charge money (not worship nor homage nor admiration, but
currency alone) for their valuable service, and that they charge enough
that Avatar continues to expand
For 40 years the visionary ideas behind the Avatar Materials incubated
in the mind of Harry Palmer. Like many of us, Harry had occasional glimpses
into the patterns that creation seemed to follow, but for him a glimpse
wasnt enough. In 1976, Harry resigned his tenured teaching position
and began what was to become a decade of study and investigation into
how consciousness works.
Harry is an accomplished man without pretensions or any magical airs,
but with a certain deep-seated calm and a warm and quick sense of humor.
He does not look or act like anyones guru or a corporate executive.
He tends to wear tee-shirts and running shoes and is usually in the middle,
though not necessarily the focus, of the excitement. He prefers incisive
simplicity to any charismatic drama.
Harry revived the tradition of the early 19th century mystery schools
and, accordingly, many of his writings are confidential and studied under
the supervision of trained Avatar Masters. This de facto confidentiality
preserves the quality of the instruction and the freshness of the materials,
as well as making economic sense.
Today, few who fair-mindedly study Harry Palmers techniques can
doubt the profound effect that his writings are having on the collective
consciousness of the world. Harrys writings have been translated
into 20 languages, and his business model has had a major impact on the
personal-development seminar industry.
Who takes The Avatar Course?
Students come from all walks of lifefrom
monks to captains of financeand a wide range of belief systemsfrom
fundamentalists to atheists. Most find that Avatar intensifies their understanding
of life and increases their tolerance and compassion for others.
Who runs Avatar?
Stars Edge International, the company
Palmer founded in 1986, has certainly achieved his goal of presenting
a training program that people find valuable. A prominent liberal arts
professor who has reviewed the course materials describes them as an elegant
blend of oriental philosophy and western cognitive psychology. There is
little doubt in anyones mind that Avatar unveils deep-subconscious
conditioning and restores self-control.
Today, the Stars Edge Florida offices manage several thousand licensed
Avatar teachers (Masters) in 66 countries. Supervising this network is
a staff of administrators and an international team of Stars Edge
Trainers who come from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia, France,
Germany, Holland, New Zealand, USA, and Venezuela. To date, 65,000 people
have graduated from Stars Edges courses.
What does Avatar do for people?
The Avatar Course produces profound increases
in self-awareness. This allows graduates to make changes in their values
and goals. These changes are self-determined and are not the result of
influences or persuasions by the teacher. Avatar Masters are discouraged
from passing their own beliefs to students.
In a graduation commencement address given on April 28, 1990, in Nice,
France, Palmer made it clear what he expects from Avatar Masters:
Anyone can decide their beliefs are righteous. Any belief can be
dressed up to look righteous. Righteous beliefs are inscribed upon parchment
and in holy books. Eventually they become slogans on battle flags and
are used to justify insensitive acts for which no sane individual would
ever assume personal responsibility. If they did, they would be tried
and convicted for murder. So people die by the thousands with righteous
beliefs on every side.
It is better that you denounce Avatar a thousand times than use
it even once as a righteous belief to justify your actions. Champion no
cause above personal responsibility.
When enough people are able to see that the only real difference
between any of us are the ideas and beliefs that we create, there will
be a spontaneous worldwide awakening to the fact that everyone on this
planet shares a common destiny.
As Avatars you remember who you are and what you are not. You remember
you are not things. You remember you are not any of the ideas of nationalism
or race that humans fight over. You are neither expressions nor identities.
You are the source of these things, and you can create better.
Together we can work to feed the hungry, protect the environment,
and speak for peacethese are the efforts that buy us the time needed
to expand Avatar and create an enlightened planetary civilization. Ultimately,
the real solution to these problems lies where they beganin consciousness.
What is personal responsibility?
Personal responsibility is the ability to
determine ones own decisions, choices, and actions. In Avatar, this
is called being source. A natural outcome of increasing this ability is
that people discover areas in their lives that they havent been
A fundamental characteristic of people who support the creation of an
enlightened planetary civilization is a high level of personal responsibility.
Avatars emphasis on increased personal responsibility contributes
directly to creating an enlightened planetary civilization.
Does everyone like Avatar?
No. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the
way Stars Edge does about personal responsibility. It is a complex
issue that has motivated an occasional press attack on Avatar. Some individuals,
organizations, and even countries, develop extreme psychological domination
over peoples lives. Psychologists call this dominance/submission
a form of co-dependency. When the victim of such a relationship increases
personal responsibility, the dominating partneror organization,
or countryis threatened, i.e., personal growth on the part of the
victim threatens the status quo. From the dominators point of view,
Avatar is a threatsomething to be decried as dangerous and to be
avoided. Such people have even made the accusation that Avatar is a brainwashing
cult. Ironically, those making the accusation are usually guilty of the
One young German woman who left her boyfriend after taking the course
describes her decision to leave as, waking up and realizing I was
trapped in a unhappy relationship. But her boyfriend claims she
was brainwashed. Even though completely untrue, the local press found
the boyfriends story attention grabbing and immediately sensationalized
Avatar as a dangerous brainwashing cult.
We dont brainwash people, explained an Avatar spokeswoman.
Just the opposite. We help people to recognize limiting beliefs
that they may not have accepted voluntarily or may not even be aware of.
We show them how to change their beliefs if they choose. We dont
tell people what to believe nor do we put forth any beliefs as true beliefs.
We only help people to make a connection between the consequences they
are experiencing in life and the beliefs that they hold. Avatar teaches
Ask yourself, what kind of a person labels increased awareness and
personal responsibility as dangerous?
How does Avatar view the media?
In a briefing Harry Palmer instructed Masters:
Its no surprise that the best journalists count integrity
and the ability to present the story honestly as their highest skills.
They know that if they report a false story or allow themselves to be
manipulated by someone bearing a grudge, their credibility among peers
and editors may be gone forever. Skilled reporters hate to write retractions;
retractions are career killers. So dont ever put a reporter in a
position where they might have to. Tell them the truth; trust them until
they give you a good reason not to.
If you do run into a careless or hostile reporter pressed by deadlines
who relies on the gossip and rumors spread by our enemies and ignores
the facts, dont worry too much; the truth always wins out in the
The Mission of Avatar
Avatar is spearheading the most important
campaign of humanity: to create an enlightened planetary civilization.
Is this just an impossible, grandiose idea?
Delusions of grandeur, says Harry Palmer in his bestseller
LIVING DELIBERATELY, are delusory only as long as they remain unaccomplished.
Otherwise they are great and noble deeds.
In a private interview, Harry Palmer spoke about his strategy for contributing
to an enlightened planetary civilization:
Q. The first question
Harry: Ive worked a
lot of jobs in my life, and
Ive been successful at most of them. But the job that really fits
me, the one that makes me feel good in my soul, is contributing to the
creation of an enlightened civilization.
Q. How do you
Harry: I have been called
a hardcore visionary. I guess thats partly because of the utopian
vision of the enlightened planetary idea and hardcore because I never
Q. How do you
plan to succeed when others have failed?
Harry: My plan is really pretty
simple: help the guy next to you to wake up, and when he does, tell him
to pass it on. Of course, if you want his best, full-time efforts, there
are economic and social realities that must be considered and addressed.
People like to help each other, but they also like to live comfortably
and enjoy friends. So the lessons that lead to awakening must be valuable
to the people who receive them, and they should be happy to pay a fair
price for them.
One of the lessons I have learned from life is that not only are negative
behaviors contagious, but selfless service to others is also contagious.
Thats my strategy to contribute to an enlightened planetary civilization.
Together we can create an epidemic of compassion and enlightened understanding.
Copyright 2003 Stars Edge International.
Permission to reprint this article in its entirety is granted.
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