Investigate Harry Palmer's Avatar Cult ( a.k.a. Star's Edge International) sign now

Governor Bush, the undersigned wish to alert you of a major international scam operation based in Florida. We urgently request that you order the appropriate regulatory and law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute those responsible.

Star's Edge International has its headquarters in the Orlando, Florida metropolitan area. For specific details, see the company's promotional website: www.avatarepc.com/. For critical details, see: www.avatarscam.com/.

This Delaware corporation is registered as a for-profit enterprise selling a series of courses under the trademark "Avatar." The courses are described as "personal development education." In reality, Star's Edge is a quasi-religious cult with roots in Scientology.

MISREPRESENTATION OF ORIGIN, CREDENTIALS AND PURPOSE
* The founder and sole owner of Star's Edge, Harry Palmer, operated a Church of Scientology Mission in Elmira, New York for 15 years. After he was excommunicated in 1986, he soon introduced the Avatar Course.
* Palmer claimed the course resulted from revelations gained during a prolonged series of "sensory deprivation" sessions in a flotation tank. He promoted the course to former Scientologists as providing "the entire span of the Scientology bridge, the Buddhic path and beyond."
* Over the past decade, Palmer has broadly advertised himself as an educational psychologist. This unlicensed imposture as a health care professional is a felony in Florida and throughout the US. In truth, Palmer never received a degree in psychology, and has never held any credential or license as a psychologist. His college degree was in secondary education, and he was certified in New York to teach high school English.
* The basic Avatar Course consists of mental processes that induce a state of hypnotic trance. They are similar to those taught in Scientology, Raja yoga, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Buddhist meditation, among other practices. Yet the materials are represented as "confidential," and students are required to sign a nondisclosure agreement that defines them as unpublished trade secrets.
* Avatar Course trainers engage in mental manipulation by indoctrinating vulnerable students into the belief that the Avatar "network" is key to creating an Enlightened Planetary Civilization that holds the key to solving the woes of mankind.

UNETHICAL AND ILLEGAL BUSINESS PRACTICES
* Star's Edge and its licensees recruit students for a nine-day course to become "Masters" (individual trainers) licensed to deliver the basic Avatar Course. The conditions of full licensure are not fully disclosed beforehand.
* Successful graduates receive a "provisional license." They are required to pay internship fees for an indefinite period until they become "qualified" by Star's Edge. Meanwhile, they are pressured to take successive trainer courses.
* Qualification requirements are arbitrary and unpublished. The licensing contract allows Star's Edge unilaterally to revoke any license issued, without explanation or recourse.
* Trainers are pressured to fix fees for the basic Avatar Course at the full "suggested" amount. This practice violates fair trade and competition regulations in virtually every jurisdiction worldwide where the Avatar Course is offered by independent licensees.
* The licensing scheme is a pyramidal multilevel marketing operation with the primary objective of selling successive courses for the financial benefit of Star's Edge, rather than providing a viable business opportunity for licensees. As a result, the vast majority of those who completed the Master course have since failed and given up on teaching Avatar as a business.

MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MALPRACTICE
* Although Palmer falsely advertises himself as a psychologist, most of his works (including those registered as published) are claimed to be confidential, and have never been subjected to peer review.
* During the top-level Wizard course (which costs $7,500) Palmer reveals to students that they are infested with multiple possessive spirits or "entities." These are similar to the implanted "body thetans" of Scientology lore.
* Palmer has stated that these entities are the true cause of fatal illnesses, including AIDS and cancer. Their influence is said to be responsible for psychotic breaks that may occur during the basic Avatar Course.
* As a result, Avatar Masters who have taken the Wizard Course sometimes spread unfounded rumors of miracle cures. Many claim that taking the Avatar Course(s) will enable students to cure themselves of various medical conditions, including bipolar disorder. This amounts to a fringe religious doctrine akin to those expounded by Scientology, Christian Science, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Voodoo and other groups that practice faith healing.
* On the Wizard Course, students finally learn that Palmer is a sort of New Age messiah. This is the culmination of a progressive indoctrination into an occult belief system. It all began with the deceptive promise that the Avatar Courses only enabled students to examine and restructure their own personal and religious beliefs.

THEREFORE, the undersigned demand that Harry Palmer and Star's Edge be investigated by the Florida Board of Psychology, the Florida Department of Health, and the Florida Attorney General for the felonies of unlicensed activity of health professions (psychology and medicine), the operation of an illegal multilevel marketing operation, and violation of other applicable state and federal trade regulations.

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  • 27 December 2015400. Ken Jps
    I've studied cult phenomenon for years. US state or country Buffalo, NY USA Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 22 December 2015399. Sophie L
    We have a social obligation to protect the unwary, the weak and the lost from being preyed on by these personality cults US state or country AUSTRALIA Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 04 November 2015398. Geheca Sparks
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  • 22 October 2015397. Master X
    Interrogated to befuddlement, very unkind, what Compassion is this? US state or country United States Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 09 October 2015396. Jillian G
    Finally someone is doing something! US state or country Florida Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 04 October 2015395. Abram D
    I support this petition
  • 29 September 2015394. Gertrude Vanv
    It has been around for years, asking excorbitant prices for workshops. Now i heard a former relation took the course. US state or country Netherlands Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 05 September 2015393. Timothy S
    В US state or country New Mexico Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 31 July 2015392. Hinda R
    В US state or country FL Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 20 July 2015391. Troy E
    Thankyou for this petition not only does it provoke a great topic of conversation but it provokes some great feelings. i am about to become an avatar, making me an excited student of Harrys ramblings.If only we lived in a world were the most scary things
  • 09 June 2015390. Nancy C
    WAKE UP, WORLD! WHO ISN'T "IN A CULT"??? YOU ARE WHETHER YOU ARE AWARE OF IT OR NOT!!! THE ORIGINAL DEFINITION OF THE WORD "CULT" MEANS "A GATHERING OF LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE"! THAT'S IT IN A NUTSHELL! THEREFORE, CATHOLICS, PROTESTANTS, JEWS, HINDUS, ISLAMS,
  • 02 May 2015389. Christophe B
    I support this petition
  • 30 April 2015388. Elona S
    My boyfriend and I were invited to an introductory meeting where one of our friends ran an example exercises with us. Honestly, it looked nice, but when I felt her pressuring us to take the course, something didnt feel right. I asked if there was somethin
  • 25 April 2015387. Sabrina J
    I support this petition
  • 03 April 2015386. Michelle Q
    I support this petition
  • 28 March 2015385. Monica P
    Please investigate this man and his claimed credentials US state or country California Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 23 February 2015384. Laura E
    Support for comprehensive invesitgation. US state or country Rhode Island Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 09 February 2015383. Alrik H
    I support this petition
  • 24 January 2015382. Beverly B
    My dad has become involved in the Avatar Cult within the past few years. He has recently become extremely distant to family and friends. He actually got married last month and didn't tell his own family until two weeks later. He has cleaned out his house
  • 12 January 2015381. Richie S
    I went to the resurfacing 2 day course for $295 to help myself be more selfaware....as the 2nd day way ending and I had to leave. I was stopped by several folks in there trying to convincing me to stay and that im not done and HAVE to complete the 2 days
  • 23 December 2014380. Jeff W
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2014379. Keith C
    I totally agree with this petition A civil action may occur against stars edge international. US state or country alaska usa Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 20 December 2014378. Paula Warner
    I lasted one day of the two day resurfacing workshop. Sat through 8 hours of two masters reading out of a book I had already read. No explanations re the book content were given. It was all hocus pocus to me, and I couldn't get away fast enough. Sadly the
  • 04 December 2014377. Phyllis T
    Turned off to course by very bad vibe and high pressure. Definately a cult. US state or country New York Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 01 December 2014376. A V
    I know at least one such 'avatar-master' US state or country the Netherlands Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 26 November 2014375. Vanessa G
    I am concerned that my father has fallen prey to this scam. US state or country Texas Did you take the Avatar Course(s)? No
  • 19 November 2014374. Tena D
    I support this petition

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