Mark (Belzebuub) in the light colored shirt, sitting listening to Krishnamurti at the series of talks he gave at Brockwood Park in 1983.
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. In his twenties he decided to dedicate himself to his search for spiritual truth. Belzebuub 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 nine years he taught and practiced their work, saying that he found it to be the most effective form of spirituality he had ever encountered. During this time he established spiritual study centers in eight cities and ran classes in five others across four countries and two continents, often with very little money, and always teaching for free.
THE GNOSTIC MOVEMENT
Photos from The Gnostic Movement.
In 1999 Belzebuub founded a non-profit organization called The Gnostic Movement in Australia, which taught the work of Samael Aun Weor as well as his own.
In 2001 Belzebuub 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. These courses proved to be highly effective in helping participants to gain spiritual experience; 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.
Belzebuub spent over a decade teaching freely in The Gnostic Movement. The Gnostic Movement provided courses, workshops, events, social gatherings, retreats, video classes, websites, forums, chat rooms, eBooks, and produced a feature length documentary, all of which were created, administered, delivered and publicized by volunteers. Belzebuub also provided many educational resources in video format, some of which are still available on YouTube and Vimeo.
Because of the principles of Belzebuub and The Gnostic Movement’s volunteers who did not want to profit from giving spiritual information, people were able to participate in these activities entirely free of charge (or at cost in the case of retreats). The Gnostic Movement had a presence in Australia, the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Greece, Cyprus, and Malaysia. The response to it was very positive, with more than 90,000 people taking the courses offered by TGM both online and in person throughout its period of operation from 1999 to 2012.
TROLLED USING THE “CULT” STIGMA
Just some of the people who attended The Gnostic Movement, and have shared their positive experiences.
Despite the popularity and praise for Belzebuub’s courses, one of these 90,000 participants — who had never met Belzebuub and who had attended just two of the free introductory courses offered by The Gnostic Movement — went on an obsessive trolling campaign that lasted for three years. This person has acknowledged psychological issues, and posted 196 comments in a forum thread in just one year alone. Often this individual would post huge rants in rapid succession, replying to themselves. They anonymously posted reams of outlandishly defamatory claims which became increasingly exaggerated and absurd. These intolerant and irrational attacks against Belzebuub and The Gnostic Movement were made under a pseudonym on the forums of an anti-cult website.
This person also made videos, created their own blog, and posted on social media, even going as far as to admit they routinely ripped down The Gnostic Movement’s posters. In one comment they stated “I would love to know what I can do… other than ripping down their posters wherever I can” and in another that they wished they could conjure demonic entities to send at Mark.
The unscientific and bigoted anti-cult movement — whose past is littered with the types of criminal activity they often illegitimately accuse spiritual groups of perpetrating — was used by a minute percentile (0.01%) of The Gnostic Movement’s former attendees to whip up grossly defamatory lies about Belzebuub and The Gnostic Movement. What Belzebuub and The Gnostic Movement experienced is just one of many examples of how anti-cult ideology is being used to radicalize individuals against harmless groups. These individuals — who often have a history of mental health issues — are being used to suppress many alternative forms of thought and opinion, even those with histories that span thousands of years.
You can read a detailed rebuttal of the false claims made against Belzebuub and The Gnostic Movement here and here.
In 2012 The Gnostic Movement closed. Mark (Belzebuub) had already left it in 2010 to focus on writing books as an independent author. His talks, interviews, and articles were published on his personal website, which was developed into a large free online resource that has had well over 2.5 million hits.
The material of his free online courses was provided on his website as free eBooks, where they were downloaded over 140,000 times before being taken offline due to rampant plagiarism. Belzebuub’s books were then released in print on Amazon.com and from other book retailers. Many of his media interviews have been archived on YouTube.
Belzebuub always chose not to receive royalties or payment from his work so that his books could be sold as close to cost as possible.
In 2010 Belzebuub withdrew from public life. His previous sites now remain as an archive of his work.
VIEWS ON SPIRITUALITY
Belzebuub emphasized in his work that spirituality should be a matter of experience rather than of blind belief, explaining that each person has the innate potential to uncover the greater realities of existence. His work is therefore very practically oriented, containing the spiritual exercises he had found in his experience to be the most effective. Belzebuub initially structured his work as a series of practice-based courses for this reason, as through his own experience he understood the importance of practice to gain understanding and develop spiritually.
One of the first courses Belzebuub created was in astral travel and dreams, where he taught participants how to understand and explore out-of-body experiences. He wrote that out-of-body experiences have been used by people since time immemorial to explore other dimensions, and to gain spiritual knowledge firsthand. Some eminent quantum physicists propose that such parallel dimensions exist.