- 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: #6,268,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Psychic Dictatorship in America Paperback – February, 2000
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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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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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This is a marvelous book, for which I actually paid a lot of money for a first edition years ago when it was out of print. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by Peter P. Fuchs
This collation of brief and so-called historical sketches certainly reminds me of a peculiar sort of literature in which an individual is first drawn into an organization, later... Read morePublished on March 22, 2005 by John R. McWade
When I found this book was available, I ordered it quickly. I had heard some of the stories and have a couple of Gerald Bryan's tracts that he handed out in the 1940s. Read morePublished on August 18, 2002
After many years out of print, I applaud the publisher putting Psychic Dictatorship in America back into print. Read morePublished on August 8, 2002