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Psychic Dictatorship in America Paperback – February, 2000

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Paolini International LLC (February 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096662131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966621310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,366,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Psychic Dictatorship in America" by Gerald B. Bryan is a book published in 1940. It exposes the machinations and strange appetites of Guy Ballard, Edna Ballard and their bizarre religious movement, The Mighty I AM Activity. For a few years during the 1930's, this particular group had a mass following, or at least the capacity to stage mass meetings in many American cities. Its message was an eclectic melange of New Thought, Christian Science, Theosophy and American right-wing nationalism. Guy Ballard claimed to channel a host of "ascended masters", most prominently Saint Germain. The Mighty I AM Activity seems to have lost its mass appeal already during the 1940's. Decades later, its fallen mantle was taken up by a strikingly similar organization (presumably an off-shot), the Summit Lighthouse or CUT, led by Mark Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Today, the Prophets are more well-known than the Ballards.

Judging by Bryan's account, The Mighty I AM Activity was a classical cult. Members were forbidden to socialize with outsiders (including family members). They were expected to live strictly celibate lifestyles, which destroyed many marriages. Even kissing, hugging and socializing with members of the opposite sex without a chaperon was prohibited. The cult had its own security guards known as "Minute Men" to silence critics at public meetings. Its worldview was completely paranoid, with "entities" and "black magicians" constantly threatening the faithful. Like other cults, The I AM Activity made promises it simply couldn't fulfil. It preached a kind of "prosperity gospel" and claimed that its members would soon "ascend" to Heaven in immortal bodies of Light.
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I was researching this topic and came across a website where I accidentally downloaded the free pdf file of it. Why pay$200 for this, good book though. Here's the link http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCkQFjAAahUKEwiA166T7LbHAhVLOogKHczFAYU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.orgonelab.org%2FPsychDict.pdf&ei=YlrVVYCeJ8v0oATMi4eoCA&usg=AFQjCNGLCllHjP_sBieIHOWmBKxp94eDlw
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In the Preface to this 1940 book, Gerald B. Bryan wrote, "This is a history and psychological study of one of America's most astounding cults. An incredible story of the strangest dictatorship now current in our land. It recounts how an unseen, psychic potentate dominates the minds and actions of thousands of patriotic American citizens, who, today, meet in closed, secret study-groups in most of the cities throughout the United States. It relates how two self-styled 'Accredited Messengers' of invisible 'Masters' rose from obscurity to fame and fortune by bringing forth a new Messiah---allegedly an actual historical character who had considerable political influence in Europe during the middle of the 18th century."

The "I AM" movement was the acknowledged predecessor to the Church Universal and Triumphant of Elizabeth Clare Prophet.

Here are some additional quotations from the book:

"The easily observable fact that ALL these numerous 'Gods,' 'Masters,' and even fair 'Goddesses' say the same things, use the same phraseology, slang, and idiom, doesn't seem to reveal the fake to these trusting, heaven-bent souls." (Pg. 44)
"The first Ballard book, Unveiled Mysteries: Secrets of The Comte de Saint Germain (Forgotten Books)... (has) no mention whatsoever of the 'Mighty I AM.' ... Now, why didn't Saint Germain mention these 'magic words' to Ballard on Mt. Shasta in 1930 instead of waiting two years to speak them over the marvelous 'Light and Sound Ray' in his home in Chicago?" (Pg. 87-88)
"And now in this latest Fascist-directed movement, popularly known as the Mighty I AM...
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In the early 1980s I interviewed Gerald Bryan's widow at her home. By her account he was a kind-hearted man with a yearning to find truth. G Bryan was a chiropractor who dabbled with the I AM beliefs until he noted the extensive harm the Ballard's perpetrated not only through their wild claims about channeling St Germain and the power of I AM decrees, but also for leaving behind so many broken families and financially and psychologically damaged ex-members.

Bryan addressed these issues in pamphlets he distributed himself then compiled into a self-published book. Sure, this was not academically peer-reviewed scholarship but the evidence to support what he wrote is there if one cares to look. Every Ballard plagiarism he cited I have confirmed on my own. During the late 1970s I knew many I AM members and read every one of their books as well as dozens of I AM "Voices." In my view Bryan could have gone much further in deconstructing this quasi-fascist Theosophy sect had he the resources. His book has been a blessing to all who yearn for a clearer idea of just what was behind the Ballards and their bizarre movement.
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