About Belzebuub – Spiritual Author
Belzebuub is the spiritual pen name of the author Mark Pritchard who has written over 3 free courses and 7 books on topics such as out-of-body experiences, self-discovery, dreams, the development of consciousness, and the path to enlightenment. He says the name Belzebuub is the eternal name of his consciousness, and that everyone has an inner name like this, which they can discover.
He has always taught freely. His free courses were taken by over 90,000 people in over 100 countries, and as free eBooks, his books were downloaded over 140,000 times. His book on astral travel was a bestseller in its genre on Amazon.com and his title Gazing into the Eternal was a finalist in the 2009 USA News Best Book Awards.
He has appeared on over 70 radio and television programs internationally, including 19 interviews with the BBC and with leading academics on national television in Cyprus and Greece discussing the discovery of the controversial ancient text the Gospel of Judas.
Belzebuub’s own personal spiritual journey began as a child when he had numerous psychic faculties and supernatural encounters. Later, as a teenager, he was particularly interested in the work of Krishnamurti, and in his twenties decided to leave his career and dedicate himself to his search for spiritual truth. He began a spiritual practice in earnest in 1990 when he discovered the work of the spiritual teachers Samael Aun Weor and Rabolu. For the next 9 years he taught and practiced their work, saying that he found it to be the most effective form of spirituality he has ever encountered. He established spiritual study centers in 8 cities and ran classes in 5 others across 4 countries and 2 continents, often with very little money, and always teaching for free.
The Gnostic Movement
In 1999 Belzebuub founded an organization called The Gnostic Movement in Australia, which taught the work of both Samael Aun Weor and Rabolu, as well as his own.
In 2001 he wrote and released three free spiritual courses, which were run both online and in person, and were the most popular of their kind at the time. They also proved highly effective; for example, 67% of people surveyed who had completed Belzebuub’s Course on Astral Travel and Dreams, had their first out-of-body experience during the course as a result of it.
Belzebuub spent over a decade teaching freely in The Gnostic Movement, a non-profit organization which provided courses, workshops, events, social gatherings, retreats, video classes, websites, forums, chat rooms, eBooks, and films, entirely free of charge. It had a presence in Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK, Greece, Cyprus, and Malaysia. The response to it was overwhelmingly positive, with more than 90,000 people taking the courses both online and in person throughout the organization’s duration.
Trolled using the “cult” stigma
However, 1 out of these 90,000 participants, who had never met Belzebuub and who attended just two of the free introductory courses offered by The Gnostic Movement, went on an obsessive trolling campaign that lasted 3 years. This person has acknowledged psychological issues, and posted 196 comments in a forum thread in just 1 year alone, often writing huge rants in rapid succession in reply to themselves. Reams of outlandishly defamatory claims, in which they intolerantly and irrationally attacked Belzebuub and The Gnostic Movement, were made anonymously on the forums of an anti-cult website, which is run by a convicted felon. They also made videos, created their own blog, and posted on social media.
This person even went as far as admitting they routinely ripped down The Gnostic Movement’s posters by stating, “I would love to know what I can do… other than ripping down their posters wherever I can.” Also stating that they wished they could conjure demonic entities to send at Mark, saying “I have been wondering for a while if anyone might have made contact with any real negative entities?… I would like to know so I can send some to Mark.”
The unscientific, bigoted, and even sometimes criminal anti-cult movement, was used by a 0.01% percentile of The Gnostic Movement’s former attendees along with the internet, to whip up grossly defamatory lies about Belzebuub and The Gnostic Movement. This is just one example of how anti-cult ideology is being used to radicalize individuals, who often have a history of mental health issues, and to suppress many alternative forms of thought and opinion – even those that are thousands of years old.
In 2012 The Gnostic Movement closed, and Mark (Belzebuub) moved on to other projects. His talks, interviews, and articles were published on his website, which has now been built up into a large free online resource that’s had over 2.5 million visitors. The material of his free online courses were provided on his website as free eBooks, where they were downloaded 140,000 times before they were taken offline due to them being too plagiarized. Most are now available in print on Amazon.com and from other book retailers. He has also written a number of new books with contributions in research from his wife Angela, and most of his media interviews are now available on his YouTube channel.
Today he continues to write freely, receiving no royalties from his work so that his books can be sold as close to cost as possible.
Views on spirituality
Belzebuub emphasizes in his work that spirituality should be a matter of experience rather than of blind belief, and explains that each person has the innate potential to uncover the greater realities of existence. His work is therefore practically orientated, containing the spiritual exercises he has found in his experience to be the most effective, which is why he initially structured his work as a series of practice based courses.
He writes that out-of-body experiences have been used by people since time immemorial to explore other dimensions, and to gain spiritual knowledge first-hand. Top physicists agree that such parallel dimensions exist, and one in ten people will have at least one out-of-body experience in their life-time.
The focus of Belzebuub’s work is a process of inner change and transformation in which someone essentially increases their consciousness, becoming more loving and peaceful etc., and reunites with higher parts of their own Being. He writes that ancient people used the sun to symbolize this higher Being, which was once central to an ancient religion of the sun that spread across the Earth and was practiced by a lost global civilization that built thousands of megalithic sites aligned to the sun at the solstice and equinox, such as the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the statues of Easter Island, and Stonehenge.
Below you’ll find information about the anti-cult movement and how the word “cult” has been used to stigmatize innocent people.
The loaded and bigoted term “cult” is being used to stop people’s search for truth, and attack anyone who has any kind of apparently “non-mainstream” point of view. However, the ideologies attacked include those found in ancient Egypt, Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient Christian Gnosticism, Paganism, and Native American spirituality etc. Innocent people are lied about by those who hide behind anonymity so they can avoid the consequences of their actions, which in many cases are against the law.
— Angela Pritchard
Information on how the anti-cult movement
is being used to suppress spirituality
Jenny Haase interviews David Gardner from The Conscious Reporter, on his article How Fear is Used to Turn You Against Spirituality:
“Fear is a weapon of social control used to manipulate thoughts and actions without people even knowing it. Today it’s used to control and alienate would-be practitioners of alternative spirituality. How has this happened and who stands to gain from it? By understanding how fear is used we can be free of manipulation in our choice of spirituality.”
Fear is a weapon of social control used to manipulate thoughts and actions without people even knowing it. Today it’s used to control and alienate would-be practitioners of alternative spirituality. How has this happened and who stands to gain from it? By understanding how fear is used we can be free of manipulation in our choice of spirituality…
Increasingly in the West practitioners of alternative spirituality are subjected to discrimination and censorship. It’s sobering to look at the possible outcomes of living in a society where spiritual freedoms are heavily restricted. This article looks at the Chinese government’s oppression of spirituality as an example, to illustrate why we should not take our spiritual rights and freedoms for granted…
Online harassment is a problem of epidemic proportions that is increasing around the world at an alarming rate. Frequently cloaked in anonymity and with an air of moral righteousness, online trolls and cyberstalkers reveal the worst side of human nature in their efforts to attack and suppress the expression of free will and freedom of belief. There have always been people with a predisposition to preying on others. The schoolyard bully, the jealous friend or ex, the boss hiding feelings of inferiority by…
The use of propaganda and negative framing techniques is rampant in both print and broadcast media. These techniques are used to portray alternative spirituality in a negative light, manipulating mass media consumers to fear and despise new religious movements as a criminal evil to be avoided at all costs. This article examines the framing techniques used to harm spirituality…
Today, religious liberty continues to exist on paper in the west, but remains threatened by those who perpetuate moral panics, putting minority beliefs at the mercy of mob mentality – a recurring historical trend. The designated slur, and rallying cry, by which alternative groups and teachers are targeted has shifted from “heretic” to “cult”, but the mentality driving the stigmatization is the same…
Small religious groups, are at particular risk of being labelled a “cult” and considered potentially dangerous or harmful. This can happen quite easily, not because of anything a group has done, but simply because they are a small religious movement, which today is becoming synonymous with being a “cult”. But who gets to decide which spiritual groups are “cults” and which are legitimate? Our understanding of what a “cult” is has not appeared spontaneously or naturally…
Mass media outlets around the world are overwhelmingly negative towards small spiritual groups. This article explores the origin of this bias and the harm caused by positioning all new religious movements as criminal groups or dangerous “cults” which should be feared and despised. For over 30 years positive media coverage for small spiritual groups has been virtually non-existent. But why?…
Let’s try a quick experiment: think of the word “cult.” What does it make you feel? What concepts are associated with it in your mind? What would you think of a group if someone told you it was a “cult”? What would you think of someone who joined that group? “Cult” has become one of the few remaining socially acceptable slur words. It provokes fear and suspicion and is used to vilify and discredit alternative spiritual groups…
It was the largest death toll of US civilians by human acts until 9/11 , but was it really “mass suicide” or were people murdered? What’s to be made of the spectre of CIA conspiracies looming over Jonestown? This article examines how the Jonestown narrative was manipulated, and the claims of covert government connections to a massacre that fuelled a war against alternative spirituality…