Ricky Williams retired from the NFL after the 2011 season, an ancient running back (in running back years) at the age of 34. But outside of football, he’s still a young man. A young man with a household name, a charity — the Ricky Williams Foundation — and a dearth of incoming paychecks.
Ricky Williams has adopted the teachings of Access Consciousness, a strange entity that most outsiders describe as a worldwide cult, headed by a man with a “spellbinding presence” that believes some pretty crazy things. Ricky’s foundation, and his new “corporation” — Errick Williams, LLC — are both intertwined with the cult-like organization. His involvement is dubious, to say the least. But more on that later. For now, let’s try to make some sense of Access Consciousness itself.
The founder of Access Consciousness is Gary Douglas, a supposedly rich man. A supposedly rich, assuredly shit-saturated man. Here’s a sampling of things he’s said and says that he believes:
– “I’ve personally changed water where it was muddy and cloudy into the point where it was clear.” He also says he can make stale food taste fresh, and bad wine taste good.
– He “believes he can heal the wounded with his bare hands, teach others how to read minds, and even speak with molecules outside of their own bodies among other things.” He claims tumors have disappeared after he or one of his minions have touched one.
– He can teach men how to give women “between seven and 15 orgasms in an hour and a half, and how to give a man a full-body orgasm.
– He wants people to live with “an orgasmic point of view.”
– He thinks Access Consciousness’s teachings “can be used to change any area of your life.”
– He says, “it is not diet and excersice that creates longevity; it is a healthy point-of-view with no judgment.”
(This information was extracted from various media pieces featured on Access Consciousness’s website.)
Access Consciousness bills itself as a simple set of tools that allows you to rid yourself of judgment and achieve what you want, in any area of life. Their version of it is basically all of the positives results of the movie, “Yes Man.” You start out by having a trained facilitator touch 32 points on your head, which “allows you and your body to begin releasing all the limiting thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions and beliefs that you have ever had, about anything.” Then, they “use questions and verbal processing techniques to empower you in knowing what you know and clear any energetic blockages that are limiting you. It is through you becoming more conscious of what choices and possibilities you have available, that you are able to choose and generate the life you truly would like.”
Ricky is classified as a facilitator, meaning he is allowed to teach classes and touch points on your head, (supposedly) changing your life. The classes are “very expensive.” Here’s a " target="_blank">a cynical blogger’s take, but one that, by all accounts, seems to be a reliable source.
While Access doesn’t require that you give up all of your worldly goods to join (as many classic cults do), they apparently DO try to dip into your bank account as much as possible. Like so many similar organizations, Access is good at the upsell — at manipulating members into believing they “need” the next [and more expensive] level.
Furthermore, there does seem to be a lot of “hero worship” of Gary Douglas and, especially, his younger sidekick Dain Heer. Dain apparently has his own constantly changing harem of very willing women; it would appear that, like so many New-Wage or pseudo-spiritual leaders, he is taking advantage of his position of “leadership,” such as it is.
(From what I have heard, for example, some Accessories don’t believe “safe sex” practices are necessary; they apparently believe that the mind tricks they learn through Access will keep them from unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases.
They also encourage random sex, regardless of your marital status. This has been known to ruin members’ marriages and lives, as you might imagine.
Ricky’s relationship with the cult-like entity is strange, unclear and shady. His foundation received money from them, he promotes them through the foundation and he wants to teach kids their methods. On the side, he also has a corporation that he thinks will profit him $20,000 a month by teaching people their methods.
We intend… to provide a positive, nurturing environment that fosters intellectual, social and emotional development through a meaningful mentoring experience. The vision of Rickys Kids is to expand the program to reach over 1 million children in the nation and become the standard for culturally conscious educational programs
The Ricky Williams Foundations is a non profit 501 (c) 3. Our mission is to be instrumental in the physical, mental, emotional and educational development of at-risk individuals from low social-economic communities. We believe in a holistic approach to solving the societal crisis minorities in America face today. We believe the children in our program deserve the support needed to reach their full potential.”
So, Ricky Williams, it appears, is trying to ameliorate the education system through unclear methods that allow kids to be fully supported and free of judgment. They “offer a free after school program for low income students, who under normal circumstances, would not have the financial means of afer school care.” Ricky Williams, crazy as he may be, has always seemed genuine, with good intentions. This seems to still be the case. However, the whole relationship with Access Consciousness is beyond questionable.
Basically, there was some sort of mixup with a hedge fund and the Ricky Williams Foundation that rid the charity of a $32 million investment that Ricky had expected to be there. In absence of that money, Douglas, the leader of the organization that seems a lot like a cult, was there to help.
thank you to Gary Doulglas, @RickysKids raised over 50,000 dollars thanks the the generosity of Gary, Dain and Access Consciousness.
— Ricky Williams (@RickyWilliams) July 24, 2012
The exact relationship between the two is unclear. Ricky’s foundation got money from Douglas, in what appears to be some sort of marketing agreement or investment. $50,000 doesn’t put a dent in the $32 million that they lost, but supposedly the hedge-fund mishap was what started the relationship between Douglas and Ricky.
Ricky publicly supports Access Consciousness and says it changed his life. He advertises Access Consciousness classes on the foundation’s website. His after-school program appears to be based on their strange methodologies. And then, there’s Ricky’s new corporation, in which he wants to teach people the ways of the organization, and profit wildly from it. Basically, Ricky teaches people about Access Consciousness, and gets paid handsomely for it. It seems safe to assume that Douglas and the heads of Access Consciousness also profit from Ricky’s classes, since he uses their name and methods. There’s more about it in the Austin Chronicle, which states that Douglas puts significant money into all of this, helps stream Ricky’s talks around the globe, streams that “can sell for upward of $1,200.” The talk referenced in the Chronicle was supposedly the first large, group Access Consciousness talk directed towards kids.
There’s more absurdity. The Foundation hit up Lady Gaga for support on Twitter (hey, our cult members are your biggest fans, can I get a RT?). Ricky asks existential questions on Twitter. Sometimes he seems crazy; sometimes he seems smart. You can pay to go on a trip to Cancun with Ricky, where nobody will judge you and the possibilities are #Limitless, as he constantly promotes. There is something called ProjectLimitless. It’s somehow related to the charity and Access Consciousness and all of this. It’s a colossal clusterfuck. It makes little sense. People are making money. People are losing money. Ricky Williams may be trying to help kids, and even adults. He may be succeeding. He may be taking their money and ruining their lives. He may be being tricked himself. He may be getting screwed by all of this. I don’t know. It’s a colossal clusterfuck.
The charity is a non-profit. You can donate to it. The after-school program is free. The Access Consciousness classes, part of Ricky’s “corporation,” (not foundation) are not. Access Consciousness is not a non-profit. Again, the link between the two exists, but it’s really fucking confusing.
I know Ricky Williams is, um, eccentric, and that’s fine. But if he’s brainwashing underprivileged kids, that’s not fine Or ruining adults lives for profit. So, I wanna know what the hell is going on here.
There was a feature in the Miami New Times that offered some more strange insight. It says Ricky no longer smokes weed. It seems to suggest he’s doing nothing wrong. In an accompanying piece, the reporter gets the healing treatment from Ricky, where Ricky tells him “he’ll start to get secret powers, actually.” The writer doesn’t dispute this, and talks about how he had wild success playing blackjack immediately after (yet strangely left after winning $100 in seven minutes).
The feature also shows what’s going through Ricky’s head regarding his “corporation” and financial future.
“I’ve become a businessman.”
He’s there to pick up a credit card machine. He’s bringing his Florida corporation — Errick Williams Group LLC — out of dormancy. Access Consciousness is not only spiritually “mind-blowing,” as Ricky likes to say, but also extremely profitable.
Besides his sessions at the studio in Davie, he’s spent much of the past few months traveling the world — Singapore, Jamaica, Australia, Dubai, Cancún — teaching wealthy people how to live without judgment or the rule of emotion, the tenets of Access Consciousness. A group weekend with Ricky and other “facilitators” can cost each student $2,000.
(He) guesses that his corporation will make $20,000 a month in revenue.
He also talks about how he doesn’t “ever have to feel bad about anything that I do as a parent,” even though their mother says she basically raises their kids herself. Apparently he’s making a better effort, though.
Finally, when it comes to concussions, Ricky’s strong, anti-scientific views are dangerous.
Ricky believes that thanks to his spiritual training, he is safe from dementia caused by football’s hard helmet hits. He even posits that former NFLers effectively will the deterioration of their own bodies and brains to solidify the only identity they know: as former football players.”
Ricky wants to teach Access Consciousness to NFLers, as part of his business. They thought he was weird when he played; he thinks they’re messed up. He wants to help them (and make money off of them). With the trove of findings coming out lately on the horrid effects of concussions and head trauma, anybody Ricky “helps” could be in a lot of trouble, to say the least.
There’s a lot of sketchy shit going on in Ricky Williams post-football life. The morality of it all is hazy. The only thing that’s clear is that the whole thing is a shitshow of Herculean proportions.