Vernon and Barbara were asked to leave The Gnostic Movement by members outside Greece in 2010 for their inappropriate behavior which became apparent at that time. Only after they left did the members outside Greece become aware of the full extent of Vernon’s bad behavior that had occurred long before that, back when he was the sole member in Greece. Some of this behavior is outlined in the testimonial below. Had the members known about his behavior at the time, they would have asked him to leave years earlier. The following is an account from a person who witnessed firsthand much of Vernon’s inappropriate behavior in Greece.
Why did they attack Belsebuub?
Vernon and Barbara attacked Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) for things that they had mostly caused themselves, as I’ll recount, because they wanted to turn people’s attention away from their own mistakes and their inappropriate, negative and “cult” behavior – which was obviously far away from the teachings of Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub), which encourage respect for free will and comprehension of other people, love and truth.
The main reason that I present this account is because it seems that they continue to attack and defame Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) and our community. So until now we have been in defense, just defending ourselves and responding to their untrue allegations, while saying almost nothing about what they had done when they were in the Gnostic Movement. Now it’s time for me to present my account of what happened. The second reason I present this is because they have deceived many people, even those that are close to them as they don’t know or understand the entire story and facts. The third reason I present this is because I feel that we pay karma not only for our bad actions but also when we keep the truth in darkness and we don’t speak and act when we ought to.
Meeting Vernon in The Gnostic Movement
After I entered the Gnostic Movement in 2005, Vernon and I quickly established contact, as we had something very important in common: we had both been in the Gnostic Movement of Rabolu. Vernon also recounted to me how he discovered that Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) was the true successor of Rabolu and how eager he was about him and how loyal he was to him, and explained that he was in very close contact with him. You can’t imagine how many good things he was saying about Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) all that time when he was in the Gnostic Movement…
At that time I had doubts and I asked him how he knew that Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) was genuine. So he recounted to me an amazing conscious astral experience that he had with Belsebuub with impressive details, that I will not mention here as I respect his experience. But in spite of this he doesn’t recognize Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) as a spiritual teacher now.
The second thing that he told me was how much he had earned internally and in a practical way in the Gnostic Movement with Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub), such as having many conscious astral experiences and projections and gaining a deeper comprehension of gnostic teachings, when in the previous Movement he hadn’t succeeded in achieving anything important – especially in the area of Astral travelling in which he had absolutely no success – and had left that Movement for this reason.
But five years later in public he described something totally different in two TV shows in Cyprus and on the Internet. He falsely claimed that in the past he was never close to Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub), and he also spoke widely against him, his teachings, and the practices. He claimed the results of students’ practices were only caused by their “illusions” and “brainwashing” by the teachers. Given these contradictions, I wonder when Vernon was telling lies or “brainwashing others? In the present, past or both? Was he lying when he was a Teacher in The Gnostic Movement and he explained to the students (including me) the benefits of the teachings and practices of Belsebuub, and shared his personal practical successes with them? Or later when he was asked to leave The Gnostic Movement and sent defaming emails to many students? Or later again when he was saying contradictory things in that TV show against Belsebuub and The Gnostic Movement? I wonder when he was ever really being truthful. He ought to have a clear answer.
In the Easter of 2006 Vernon separated from his then spouse. A few days later Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) came to Greece with Edith Pritchard. After a few weeks many advanced students left, probably because of Vernon’s fanaticism. But privately to us Vernon on two occasions answered questions from other students who had asked why so many advanced students had left. Vernon answered that it was because of Belsebuub, and like that indirectly blamed Mark Pritchard for the students leaving. Vernon’s behavior of throwing the blame for his mistakes on others was something common, even if the other person, at that time, was his beloved teacher.
In June 2006 I attended the official Greek retreat in Anavriti, which was the first retreat I went to. At this retreat (where a student referred to as “Jane” also participated) one day Vernon got us to walk barefoot along a path with thorns for about half an hour in order to “understand how the path is internally”. It was very painful and afterwards we went back to our rooms to remove the thorns from our feet. Certain students had negative reactions. The last day however Vernon requested that we not mention this event in our retreat testimonials which Vernon would upload to the Gnostic Movement’s website. Who is he to call us a “cult” organization now? Much later when I told other Gnostic Movement members outside Greece about this event, they were shocked.
Sometime around July 2006, a few months after separating from his former spouse, Vernon was in a relationship with the student “Jane”. He displayed this relationship so openly amongst other students that he caused some to react in a negative way. One of these students, shortly before they left the center, said to me, “I can’t tolerate the pride and lustfulness of Vernon anymore”. His pride was obvious from then on to the students. I also remember the Gnostic teachings mentioned that when someone separates from their spouse that they should wait one year before they have a new relationship. I tried kindly to explain to him how the students were seeing the whole subject, without ever mentioning to him the real reactions of students and the specific statement of that student I mentioned above. The discussion ended with Vernon stating that it was “obvious” that those students “didn’t” work upon themselves and they “hadn’t” understood the internal work!
In the summer of 2006 two teachers from overseas had come for a vacation in Greece after their wedding, one asked Vernon why he hadn’t succeeded in training a Teacher. He reacted immediately saying Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) had said that it would be fine if all centers were working as that of Athens, but he evaded actually answering the question directly.
A few days before that discussion in 2006 we (including the overseas teachers) had a two day retreat at Mount Taygetos. During the night we ran out of water. We used the last supplies of water to cook our soup. I had one half bottle of water for any need. But Vernon insisted on using it to cook more soup. I said that I had eaten enough but he asked me with so much psychological pressure in front all students that I was forced to give it to him without me willing to give up the last bottle of water in order to eat the soup that was a bit salty anyway. As you can understand, after that I felt thirsty enough and it was difficult to sleep that night. The next morning of course everybody was feeling thirsty, including Vernon. But Vernon “hopefully” drank water from the bottle of Jane. We didn’t want to drink water from Jane’s bottle and Jane didn’t offer to give us any, so we remained thirsty in the morning and then we started the return journey. On the path, on the way down, we found a big half full bottle of water. Vernon has a special pipe that is supposed to allow you to drink dirty water safely through it. In any case the water seemed “clear” and we decided to risk it! But Vernon wanted firstly our guest teachers to move away from us in order not to see us drink that water in front of them and a give a bad impression overseas!
In the autumn of 2006 we had another official Retreat in “Zachorochoria” village. One young student was overweight. So it was obvious that it was really hard, difficult and exhausting for her to climb the mountains. We helped her in order to allow her to continue. She didn’t say anything on the first day. The next day after another few hours walking through the mountain she kindly told Vernon in front of the group something like, “we should respect the abilities of others”. Vernon reacted immediately saying something like, “if we have some difficulties in our lives we must blame only ourselves. Even if someone throws you down from a cliff, you should blame only yourself for this.” I was shocked when I heard that. According to that logic, have Vernon and Barbara only ever really blamed themselves for being asked to leave the Gnostic Movement?
In any case Vernon should know that we don’t have the right to say something like that to anybody unless we only mean it for ourselves. The student that time didn’t say anything, but after the retreat that student was very angry complaining that, “Vernon characterized me in front of others as someone fat”. You can understand how sensitive and disappointing it is for a young woman to feel and think like that. Obviously she stopped attending the courses.
In the autumn of 2006 one student said that the internal work is very difficult and very few accomplish spiritual mastery. Vernon reacted saying that he will become a spiritual master in this life. Unfortunately Vernon had reinforced this idea of mystical pride inside himself very much and this was well known to advanced students. I wonder again who he is to call anyone else a cult?
In the same period of time Vernon had the idea that all of us should do a theatrical presentation at the center, but in the end he did not participate, he simply watched us. The justification for this was that it was for our internal work. There were a lot of reactions from students because the center program was very heavy. Some students even stopped attending the center. The most advanced student also reduced his presence in the center and afterwards stopped attending completely. We had a very heavy program with his idea and we were very exhausted. I had the sense that no one in The Gnostic Movement outside Greece knew what was really happening here.
Vernon’s Opinion of Barbara in 2007
In the Summer of 2007 the official European retreat was held in the UK. After that retreat we still remained in London for a few days. One day around 15 of us went to the theater. It was strange for us to see Vernon and Barbara sitting together while Barabara’s spouse was sitting alone away from her and to the other side of our group. This made a big impression on us. In general Vernon was speaking so positively and enthusiastically about Barbara, that I hadn’t seen him to speak like that about anybody, except of course Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub). I pointed out to him how he spoke with such enthusiasm about Barbara and he justified it by saying that, “Barbara is one of those people who seriously works upon herself”. Some months before he had shared with me that Barbara was his first teacher in the Gnostic Movement and that she inspired him and he felt very lucky because of that.
On the last day in the UK, because Vernon was spending time with Barbara and some other students, the students who were with them were delayed in returning to their hotel. We were a big group with baggage and we were travelling on the underground train system and we had to change trains several times before reaching the airport which was a long way from London. Also one student delayed further and we didn’t know the precise time of departure. The result was the Greeks missed their flight. Vernon wanted to leave us (as there was a seat on another flight for Athens) because he “should” be at his job the next day. But there were reactions from some students, so he was asked to stay.
The next day Vernon insisted we visit a museum with some students for a little while before our flight. I disagreed with this, but he insisted that I was wrong. So I and my spouse didn’t go with them, and we stayed back at the hotel instead. Obviously Vernon and the students did not have enough time and Vernon later called me and told us (me and my wife) to take the baggage of one student when we went to the airport, so that he would not have to return to the hotel, because he was running late and would miss the flight otherwise. But the extra baggage was extremely heavy for us to carry through the London underground train system, and we had to change stations and go up and down many stairs. We only just made our flight. Of course Vernon never apologized for this as he never has done for any of his mistakes in all the years I have known him. This is because a problem with Vernon was that he had the illusion he had the right to put “his” students through “internal” tests by exposing them to difficult situations without real reason. But later he was repeatedly accusing Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) and the members of The Gnostic Movement of cult behavior. Who is talking?
Vernon’s Attitude toward Relationships
In August 2007 Vernon organized a retreat in Greece with Greek students, in which I did not participate. At this retreat Vernon only invited one person from outside Greece – a female student from another country. This caused the other students to react, and they asked him intensively about this discrimination toward other students outside Greece and Vernon was unable to give them any good explanation.
The next month, before I left for Cyprus, Vernon and I discussed various things. He asked me if I had seen something “going on” (in a romantic sense) between Jane and another student. I answered “yes”. Then he told me how that student saw that he had come between Vernon and Jane and so had backed away. Vernon seemed satisfied about this (even though he was not with Jane anymore).
Then Vernon told me that he was “interested” in that female student he had invited from another country. The female student probably had also understood that Vernon was interested in her, but he had a problem – where would she sleep? If she was going to stay with Jane (which would have been the natural thing to happen) they likely would have discussed the subject of how Jane was with Vernon before. Therefore he would have a problem with that female student. In order to avoid this, the female student slept at his house and Vernon slept at the center.
But later I learned that female student had a big reaction against Vernon and she stopped attending the courses. She didn’t explain to me the real reason, but she was very hostile towards Vernon. Ι said this to Vernon, but he didn’t give me any explanation and I remained in the dark. Fortunately I managed to change her mind and she returned to the courses. Years later when I asked her why she was so negative against Vernon, she responded that she was angry with Vernon because at that retreat in Greece, he tried to “pass” Jane on to another student.
Vernon had an unfriendly attitude with the couples, whether they were members, teachers or advanced students. We and our spouses had realized this. In one case Vernon encouraged one advanced student to separate with his partner because Vernon considered that his partner did not work internally and wasn’t an advanced enough student. The student understood that all these ideas were false, so he was very angry with Vernon about this.
Vernon’s Approach to Finances and Fundraising
In December of 2007, we organized in the Cyprus center a fundraising event in order to raise some money for the center rent and other expenses. We spent enough money in order to organize it, but “unfortunately” in those days Vernon came to Cyprus to “see” us. The day before the event Vernon told me that I couldn’t organize an event just to fundraise for the expenses of the center and he said he would take all the money for the European retreat project. He asked me to explain this sensitive matter to students and that they should understand this. What could I explain? I told him that this was quite different from what we had decided with the students. I proposed that he should explain it himself to them and he said he would do it. But in the end he didn’t say anything to them and he took from us all the money we raised – about 300-400€. When I later tried to explain this to students I saw their disappointment and probably they felt they were deceived. I felt very uncomfortable. This was Vernon’s style of dealing with money. No wonder he was later asked to leave the organization.
In another incident almost two years later, we had just saved 100€ from a similar fundraising event for the expenses of the center. But also around that time the organization started organizing fundraising events in various centers to cover international expenses. I said to the member that contacted me about this new fundraising project, that even though we had just organized an event to cover the expenses of the Cyprus center, I was willing to give the money for the international purpose. He kindly told me that I couldn’t give the money for another purpose other than what it had been given for. You can imagine the positive surprise I had from that member of the Gnostic Movement and how spontaneously different his approach was from that of Vernon!
In March of 2008 Vernon “found” a bigger center in Αthens with a high rent of 1,400€ per month. He drew big plans for renovations in the center which were very expensive. But just three months before they moved to the new center they renovated a public area in front of the old center shared by tenants in the building. This renovation work tired out the energies of students. I asked him directly why he did this, when they were about to move, and it was a shared space anyway. The answer was something like it just had to be done. To me it seemed as if the students were just toys to him or he felt he had the right to put them through “internal” tests.
Vernon started renovations in April 2008 at the new center. Generally it made a big impression on me, the fact that Vernon began that big work in the same period that the center ran a very demanding program of advanced practices with daily presence in the center. Two students (one 50 years old and unemployed) knew very well how to renovate and they were working from 8am in the morning up to midnight for a month. Vernon also made a student buy curtains with her credit card to the value of 1,700€. He made the same student buy curtains of around the same price for the London centre, 6 months later. All this caused pressure and annoyance and I had the feeling that some students would leave after the renovations of the centre were complete, and indeed this happened. An advanced student (the forthcoming member of Athens) heard the 50-year-old student I mentioned earlier speaking to himself when he was renovating the centre, saying: “I will throw black stone behind me” (a Greek expression meaning he would leave and never return). After the renovations finished he left and he never came back. Later some other students also left. We had the strong general impression that Vernon pressed the students too much. He squeezed them like a lemon in order to do his job and then he threw them out.
In the beginning of Spring 2008, Vernon told me that he thought he should resign from his government job because he earns enough from his company that he created with Les and Jake. I told him that it is not a good idea because he now had large expenses with the center and he couldn’t risk it in the event that the company would not go well in the future. He did not answer. A few months later I understood Vernon’s real reason was something else.
The Development of Barbara and Vernon’s Relationship
As I recall, in the middle of April 2008 Vernon told me that in a group meeting, Barbara had apparently announced her separation from her spouse. Vernon did not explain the reason why. Around a week later Vernon told me that Mark asked him to go to London in order to help the center. Vernon claimed he had the “intuition” that this would happen before Mark asked it. At that time Vernon was the only Teacher in the Athens center and not one of the Teachers there as Barbara has claimed in the past.
1-2 weeks later Vernon began to speak positively about Barbara to me, and he claimed the same was happening from Barbara – that she was seeing him as more than a friend. He was obviously glad about all that.
Around every 5 days he was telling me something new about the relationship developing between him and Barbara, showing more clearly that her interest in him was real. After a few weeks I asked him directly if all this was truly happening or was it a creation of his imagination. He reacted immediately in order to persuade me and he recounted to me in detail how much Barbara was interested in him. So, I knew the relationship between Vernon and Barbara was already happening back then. This was almost three months before Vernon arrived in London, but Barbara claims in her blog that her relationship with Vernon began to be formed after he arrived in London.
In the same period, in May 2008, Vernon, Barbara, her spouse and a few students from Greece took part in an informal retreat in Greece in the mountain Iti. Later Vernon uploaded on Facebook a lot of photographs from that retreat. I was surprised to see pictures of Vernon, Barbara and her spouse together at that Retreat. I didn’t know what to make of it. At that time I supposed that her husband accepted peacefully their separation and he also must have accepted Barbara and Vernon’s relationship in order to remain as friends. The matter was so strange and sensitive that I didn’t even dare to ask Vernon anything about this.
Toward the end of June and the beginning of July 2008, the official retreats in London and then in Greece were held. In the UK, Barbara didn’t have the minimum number of students attending in order to cover the basic expenses. So Vernon, along with another 3-4 Greek students, attended the London Retreat despite the big expenses that had been created in the Athens center from the renovations. At that time the Athens center had to pay Vernon large amounts of money monthly over some months to pay him back for renovation costs which he paid for upfront on his personal credit card. This was on top of the monthly rent of 1,400€.
Vernon’s Behavior at the July 2008 Greek Retreat in Kapitsa
The retreat in Greece followed the next week, in Kapsitsa, with 50 students. There the following happened:
One day Vernon asked all of us to go to the top of a mountain in order to practice the Yoga Asanas at 4am the next morning. It was early morning and still dark but Vernon still did not come. The route through the forest with the minibuses was complex as we did not know the roads, and it was still dark. Finally it proved to be very dangerous because at the end of the route, we were travelling on a very bad narrow road with a big precipice beside us. Afterwards, Vernon justified why he did not come, claiming his throat was aching and he did not want to go to London ill.
In that Retreat we didn’t have a common place to do the sit-down practices. So we held regular meetings in a place under the trees and then we would go and do the practices of astral projection in our chalets. There was a break of about half an hour after each meeting to go and do the practice before the next meeting. The chalet Vernon was staying in was close to the meeting point but the chalets some other students were staying in were about a half hour walk away there and back. So what practice for astral projection could they do? Each time fewer and fewer students returned and Vernon smiled and seemed satisfied about that. I tried to explain to him that the students had hardly any time to go back to their chalets to sit, relax and do the practice but he didn’t give me any real attention.
On one of the last days some students informed me that one Cypriot student wasn’t in a good mood. Actually she was very upset, in a very bad mood and she was crying like a small child. She felt very depressed from the tough and exhausting program at the retreat, telling me, “Why did Vernon do this to us? I came to the retreat with the best feeling but why did he behave like that to us?” I was listening feeling her pain penetrating my heart without being able to give her a good explanation. As you can understand after that retreat she vanished.
Toward the end of the retreat Vernon had personal discussions with the advanced students from the second center in Greece. He told me, and emphasized in an intense way, that some students from that centre should repeat the introductory courses because they didn’t understand anything about the internal work. I felt really bad to hear again this heavy accusation. It was almost frightening to hear him say that about such gentle people. But these students still continue with our group and I love and respect them very much as we now all do practices together and these students inspire us with their comprehension and I feel very grateful for that!
On the last day of the Greek retreat in the Summer of 2008 we had an unpleasant event. The manager of the retreat place asked for more money (2,200€) because he claimed that we ate too much and it was not in the agreement! The proprietor “supposed” that those of us attending the retreat would have just two meals each day instead of the usual three that we had. Vernon refused to let all the students know of this unpleasant situation in order to share the expenses (all together there were 50 of us). He said it would harm the image of the Movement and blamed the error on the Athens center, and therefore the Athens center had to pay the bill despite the high expenses that they had already. I remind you that in the following days Vernon and three students would leave Athens to go to London, so the rest would be left to pay all the expenses of the Athens center. The new teacher in Athens refused to allow the Athens center to cover this cost because the expenses of the center were already high, so he undertook to pay it himself with a personal loan from a bank!
But I didn’t like the idea of only one person having to pay this huge sum all alone. So I offered to help him by asking for help from the Cypriot and certain Greeks students (and we collected one third of the sum). I asked permission from Vernon to do it and indeed he didn’t have a problem, obviously because they wouldn’t spoil the image of the Movement and himself abroad! I wonder where is the cooperation, responsibility and contribution in difficult situations? It is easy to “throw” the blame on others.
Vernon Joins Barbara in London
2-3 days before he was to travel to London, we had a private discussion where we talked about London. Barbara already had found a center in a fairly disreputable region and “everything” was ready. I asked him about Barbara’s spouse, because all of this had made a big impression on me. He said that Barbara had moved her spouse out of the house and in a mocking tone mentioned that he had left for Australia, and he seemed satisfied about this.
While saying farewell to Vernon before leaving on the last day of the same retreat in Kapsitsa, an advanced student privately advised Vernon to be careful not to lose his balance in London (diplomatically warning indirectly about rushing into a relationship with Barbara too soon after her breakup). Vernon later told her husband (another advanced student) that his wife was not doing well!
The same day Vernon flew to London with two students. A third student would follow later. That day he told me he had little money. At that time and in the next weeks, I wondered how he would renovate the new center in London, as he had little money and twice thieves had stolen his wallet with money in it, and he was upset about that! A few months later he told me that the London center cost 6,000€ to renovate. So I asked him where he got the money from, as only 300€ in donations was received from Cyprus, and it was likely the Athens center couldn’t contribute to London expenses. He replied “from donations”. I wonder what happened with the donations for the European Retreat that he was receiving for years? Where is that money now? Isn’t it true that he used an amount of this money in order to renovate the centers of Athens and London?
When Vernon was in London I spoke to him over Skype many times, and I noticed that somewhere nearby in the background Barbara was usually there with him.
In August of 2008 a female student from another country (the one Vernon had previously taken an interest in) went to London. Barbara was “cold” to her and she never invited her to stay at her house, so the student remained in the center, when at that time the center was being renovated. As a result, the student was living and sleeping in the dust and in the mess of the center. Only at certain times was the student allowed to Barbara’s house to take a bath.
Later at the end of November-beginning of December 2008, a letter came from Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) addressed to all the members where he was talking about alchemy and when you can start a new relationship after a separation and divorce. He said those members and students who did not follow this shouldn’t give the teachings. So after that Barbara and Vernon stopped the advanced group program immediately in London.
Vernon Returns to Greece and Cyprus
The next month, January 2009, Vernon announced an informal retreat in Greece, at the mountain Olympus (the mountain of Greek Gods, what amazing adventure!) and sent emails to certain students from various countries.
In the middle of February 2009 Vernon came to Cyprus from Greece. At that time he was in Greece to recover his health, and also in order to be away from Barbara after the clarification was made about needing to have a one year break between relationships. He claimed the one year would have passed by the forthcoming April and they would recommence their relationship then, as he claimed that one year before, in April 2008, Barbara had apparently announced her separation in a group meeting. However Barbara didn’t publicly announce her marriage separation until June 2008, and in any case her ex husband did not move out of her apartment until June either.
Vernon stayed in our house for 10 days at that time. We looked after him very well and he was very thankful for our hospitality. I also went with him to see a doctor twice, because he had a sensitivity to the climate in London that he had already developed during his postgraduate studies in London (before he entered the Movement) and which he knew about. So he had already developed that health problem before he went to the London center and not after he went to London, as he claimed one year later, blaming Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) for it.
In Cyprus he took part in four TV shows of Elita’s about Gnosis as a teacher of the Movement. I suggested to him to put some captions during the show in order to advertise the lectures, as he had done in the past. He did not show any interest. At my own insistence, I put advertisements in two TV shows when I accompanied him to Sigma TV. Ιn the other two TV shows where I did not accompany him, he did not put any. Maybe he didn’t show interest really about the Movement because he was working for his own benefit in the TV shows?
During that time we were also without a center, and we had found a place to rent which caused big reactions amongst some students because the rent was high. Therefore I had doubts. Vernon said to me that I should make out that I believed it the correct choice and that I should not hear what the students had to say. When some months later I spoke to Edith Pritchard regarding the center – and she told me that I should hear what the students want and decide according to their needs and capacity – it made a big impression on me how different this was from Vernon’s approach.
Vernon’s Attitude to other Members
When Vernon was still in Cyprus in my house he told me in an angry way that a few weeks before in Athens, the member of Athens and some students did an all-night practice. A female student saw Vernon in the astral coming into the Athens center as a negative entity. The Member said to the students that they should search for the meaning of this internally. Vernon was annoyed about this and complained that Belsebuub prayed for healing for him, and yet this member had left students with the impression he was a negativity entity. Because I knew the member concerned very well I didn’t support Vernon’s conclusion. I told him that he had a right to voice his concern, but I pointed out that the person he was concerned about was the trusted member in Athens (who is someone I know well and respect). He did not like this and he did not answer.
Later Vernon spoke with the member over Skype, in open hearing where I could hear everything. He accused the member in Athens saying that he did not demonstrate solidarity (brotherhood) between the members when he allowed the comment from the student to pass without reprimanding them.
Only a minute or so later, he spoke with Les on Skype on matters about their company, and they also spoke negatively about the member in Athens and especially Jane, regarding their lack of productivity to their company.
It made a big impression on me the fact that one moment Vernon accused the member for not showing show fraternal solidarity (brotherhood) and the next moment with Les, he was accusing the member who was Les’ Teacher. Obviously Vernon and all of them had mixed the operation of the center with their company and this was bad enough. So Vernon could control Les and Jake with money and employment, but they couldn’t see it.
When he was still in Cyprus, one Saturday evening the three of us (me, my wife and Vernon) sat together in order to listen to the teachings of Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) in a live online talk. It was announced that instead of Belsebuub, Edith would speak. Flamboyantly he stood up, took his laptop, and left the lounge, and went to his room. My wife and I remained to hear Edith. When he came back I asked him why he left. He answered smiling, saying that Edith was not a “Master”. This left us with a very ugly impression. Something was not right. If we followed this strange perspective he had, it would mean no one should listen to any teacher in the Movement except Belsebuub and we shouldn’t even listen to Vernon either as he was not a “Master”. But he did not seem to realize this contradiction.
At that time there was an impression that he was close to becoming a “Spiritual Master” as he had Barbara as a partner now. Sometimes Jake would jokingly in Skype refer to Vernon as a “Master”. Vernon would not respond to the joke and acted seriously.
Vernon and Barbara asked to leave the Gnostic Movement
In April 2009 the retreat in Olympus, Greece took place at which I didn’t attend. Students attended it from various countries around the world. One student who went, told me it was obvious to all students that Vernon and Barbara were a couple. He also said that one day Vernon said to all students the following: “If you see that an ego can help you in the internal work, you can use it as a walking stick and when you have advanced enough, you can eliminate it afterwards.” The student said this made a bad impression on him, because it was totally contradictory to the core esoteric teachings.
The day that retreat finished was Sunday, just before the holy week of Easter in 2009. The same day Vernon and Barbara were to fly back to London where they would live together. The next day was Holy Monday of Easter. He called me in the morning saying that the board of Australia asked him and Barbara to leave, so they had no other choice but to resign from the board in the UK.
He told me that he had arranged to participate in a TV show in Cyprus during the Holy week of Easter, in order speaks about Judas, as a representative of The Gnostic Movement, but after his expulsion he couldn’t participate. But ironically one year later he would be unconsciously playing the role of Judas in the physical level with Barbara to betray and attack Belsebuub, and they have continued doing this for a long time now.
After one month we spoke again and I told him the letter that Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) had sent about alchemy showed the mistakes he and Barbara had made. He told me that it was also written for others. I insisted that finally it was a mistake to be with Barbara so soon after she separated from her husband. But he said Barbara and him were making amends in order to correct the mistakes.
Vernon’s Manipulative Behavior
Another thing he used to do, is he always liked to use the name of Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) and ask for various things in his name. He liked to use Mark Pritchard’s name in order to get his way. If any student felt that what Vernon was asking for was too extreme, Vernon liked to ask: “What would you do if Belsebuub would ask the same from you?” Nevertheless, if for various reasons the student didn’t accept to do it, Vernon would not even speak to them in the center for days! I think he knew very well how to manipulate the students. He was the only teacher I ever saw act in this manipulative way. He was asked to leave for his inappropriate behavior, and yet when he was not allowed back to the organization he calls us a cult!
The worst thing is that he manipulated the students very well via the fear of punishment if they didn’t do what he wanted. The punishment for the student would be double. Vernon would send the student back to a lower level but would also tell other students that this meant the person wasn’t working internally enough to understand and accept what Vernon wanted. He was also trying to cultivate a negative competition amongst the students during the practices over who was advanced and who was not. That is completely against the purpose of esoteric teachings. This negative attitude and influence, along with the exhaustive tasks he was giving in the center without respecting the student’s free will at all, had created a negative situation where it was difficult to get a good result from the practices, or for the positive result to last within you if you did succeed to get a good result. In any case, there was hardly any time for practices with all the tasks he was giving.
All this made him negative and not a good teacher like he liked to believe. Sometimes the negative environment and his bad behavior was so obvious that I couldn’t do the practices. I suppose that also happened to many good students who left. So instead of Vernon speaking about the illusions of students in the TV show in Cyprus it would be wiser for him to dissolve his illusions about himself that he has cultivated all this time.
Numerous times I thought about leaving the center but I remained because I didn’t want to leave the valuable teachings of Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub). The other reason is that I didn’t want to deprive the new students from having access to these valuable teachings. So, for this reason I went to Cyprus to be away from Vernon, but, as you understand, his bad, negative and unbalanced influence still continued.
Vernon’s “Cult” Creation in Greece
So after all this and many more other facts and details (I obviously can’t mention all of them) I consider that he had created a “cult” organization in his center. For this reason I feel he has used the term of “cult” so much in order to cover-up his own cult-like behavior and actions that were far away from pure Gnosis, the teachings of Belsebuub and from the love, the truth and the respect for the free will of the students. So, I believe he accused Mark Pritchard and The Gnostic Movement of being a cult organization in order to pass the blame for what he did and distract the attention of students and make them forget his own bad and cult-like behavior. I think he mistakenly thinks that if he deceives other people he can cover-up his bad behavior and mistakes from the people and the Divine. So, for me, it was totally fair that Vernon (and also Barbara) were asked to leave the Gnostic Movement because his actions were outside of the spirit of Belsebuub’s teachings and our Gnostic Movement. We couldn’t continue like that.
Besides, Vernon shouldn’t have any complaint about us; that is, me, the member of Athens and all the advanced students, men and women, of Greece and Cyprus. He had all the support and trust from us, even with his bad, negative and “cult” behavior. But this trust he used in a selfish way that directed him to spread his negative and improper behavior further beyond the borders of Greece and Cyprus and it ended fairly with him being asked to leave by the Members. I am very thankful for this decision by the Members which released us from Vernon’s influence.
Period after Vernon and Barbara Left the Organization
One month later Vernon sent me an email in which he asked me to remove him from the Board of Cyprus. Around the same time he had also asked the member of Athens to remove him from the Board of Greece. But one year later he forgot about that and “seized” the center of Athens in order to, I believe, satisfy his hurt pride and ego.
Later in the summer of 2009 he sent an email to the members of Europe and the advanced students of Athens, asking us if we wanted to buy metallic pentagrams from him at a good price for ourselves and the students of other centers. All members refused his proposition. He probably thought that he was still in the Movement.
In the summer of 2009 I learnt more from others about Vernon’s past behavior in the Athens center that was not very good. One time while another teacher was giving a lecture, Vernon sat at the back of the room and spoke disruptively throughout the lecture. So the teacher asked him to be quiet. This made Vernon angry and later he said to the teacher’s husband that his spouse wasn’t going well. On a second occasion during a sit-down practice, Vernon stood up disruptively and began gathering his blankets before they finished the practice, creating a bad impression for students.
In this period of time in Cyprus there were rumors coming from a few ex-students that Vernon was a very “advanced” person, as he had Barbara as a partner and it was thought he was passing the 4th big Initiation where the Master denies the student. I didn’t know how these ex-students learnt about them being asked to leave. All that period we had very clear instructions not to say anything to anyone about Vernon and Barbara being asked to leave, except to the most advanced students, and we acted accordingly. So we respected their honor at all times, according the instructions, and we didn’t say anything negative about them to anybody. For a long time after they left my students were asking me about Vernon and I was answering to them that Vernon was very well, as if he was still in the Movement. I was telling lies in order to protect their honor hoping that one day they would return back to the Gnostic Movement, even though I didn’t really wish it, as I knew that Vernon hadn’t really changed his behavior. So it is totally unfair and false that later Vernon and Barbara claimed that we wanted to humiliate them.
In December 2009 I sent Vernon a letter in order to get his signature of resignation from membership and the Board of the Gnostic Movement of Cyprus. But he delayed too much in sending it to me. This made me worry that he was probably preparing something bad.
One of the following days I saw him on skype and I asked him why he delayed sending the letter. He told me that he can’t cover for my mistakes anymore before Belsebuub (Mark Pritchard).
Vernon and Barbara’s Smear Campaign Begins
After a few months they started the attacks. In May of 2010, they sent mass emails with accusations about Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) and The Gnostic Movement. Vernon had secret contact with a few students from the Cyprus center. So probably like that he learnt the email accounts of the rest of the students or even ex-students, who also received all their defaming emails attacking Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) the Gnostic Movement and me personally as a member of the Movement. As usual, Vernon wanted to be the “center” of the world again. Many students, even advanced ones, stopped attending the courses. This created a very difficult situation, especially as I had to leave Cyprus permanently. I also felt that an advanced student who continued in the courses (who I used to consider a friend who I thought I could trust) was still in secret contact with Vernon. That student was talking negatively against, or spreading “doubts” about, Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) and the Movement, to other students but I couldn’t prove it for a few weeks. I was feeling the betrayal behind my back from that student and also Vernon as I was seeing that they wanted to destroy everything – the courses the survival of the center etc – after so many attempts in a very religiously sensitive Christian Orthodox country. All this made many of us sad. But this was their choice however and we did everything we could to help the students.
During this same period they “seized” the center of Athens. In the end we left the center to them – not because we feared what they might do, but because we didn’t want any contact with them and “their” centers, as they now claimed the center as their own. We also hoped giving up the centers this way would be enough for them. But it wasn’t…
Also, Jake tried to frighten me saying that if I didn’t do what they wanted and accept their negative ideas and accusations about Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) then they would create problems in my job and other areas of my life…
A few days later Les called my father and said negative things about me, such accusing me of committing fraud with legal matters and claiming I am in a bad organization, etc. Les tried to arrange an appointment with my Father to “explain” his accusations about me further. My Father did not accept. This situation created a lot of anxiety for my parents who worried about what happened with Vernon and others and what else they might do.
Vilification on Cyprus TV Show
That same month (May 2010) Vernon participated in a TV show via a live phone call, and he accused Mark Pritchard and the Gnostic Movement of various untrue things, without informing us or giving us the ability to defend ourselves. So he exploited the friendly relationship he had with the journalist who hosted a live daily TV show, to use her show as a platform to broadcast many untrue things and his illusions about Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) and the Gnostic Movement (the TV host referred to Vernon as a friend who she loved and admired very much on the program). I only heard about this show from a student who was watching the program when it aired, and happened to see what was being said. She phoned me up and told me to watch the show, and when I saw what was happening on the TV show I was shocked because we (those of us in the Movement) were labeled “insane” by Vernon and he also agreed that we brainwashed people, and the TV host claimed we were “a bit crazy” and that Vernon had discovered “monsters” within our organization. She also made up a false allegation, without any evidence, that a Gnostic Movement student (referring indirectly to Barbara) was “abused sexually” by Mark Pritchard (probably based on false allegations Vernon had told her about previously). But that allegation is completely false and Barbara wasn’t even living in the same country as Mark Pritchard! (Anyway, Barbara actually alleges she was propositioned over the phone. Vernon was aware of that but made no effort to clarify the point.) All these things were said and we had no opportunity to respond or any way to defend ourselves.
After six months they organized a second TV show with the same journalist hosting it. When I tried to speak to the journalist beforehand, she told me that she didn’t want to be informed further about the case so that she could remain neutral when she hosted the show – even though she had already heard so much from Vernon in the first TV show. When I pointed this out to her, she refused to accept it, telling me that nothing bad happened for us in that previous TV show, as Vernon was only present through a phone call (remember on the previous show she herself said about the “monsters”, and made up a false allegation that a woman [Barbara] was “abused sexually”, in our organization – even though Barbara actually alleges she was propositioned over the phone – and Vernon made no effort to clarify the point). She continued telling me that she wanted to be fair to both me and Vernon and claimed she hadn’t had any contact with Vernon either. That claim was totally false, as was proved later with defaming videos used against us on the TV show which were prepared and edited by the TV station well in advance (with content the host openly said had been brought by Vernon) as well as by the overall approach used in the entire presentation, which included promoting Vernon and Barbara’s smear campaign website with a caption while the show aired. The host even said she had read testimonies Vernon supplied before the show, and another guest openly said the TV host had told her to read information on the internet attacking The Gnostic Movement and Mark Pritchard before the show. So it was completely biased. And yet the journalist would not let me talk to her beforehand to give my side of the story because she claimed she did not want to be biased!
I appeared on this TV show as a representative of The Gnostic Movement. I was the only person there defending it, as the other panelists (which included Vernon) were negative towards us. In that TV show here is what happened:
Before the TV show Les, in front the journalist who hosted the show, indirectly tried to frighten me by claiming that if they wanted to, they could create problems for me at my job.
A video clip used on the show presented us as a sinister “cult” organization, by taking an unrelated cult video from the Internet (about groups which murder and commit suicide etc) and mixing this with video footage showing our peaceful activities at retreats, and playing scary dramatic music.
The journalist said during the TV show that she had studied a huge amount of information that Vernon had submitted to her in advance. And furthermore, before this TV show Vernon had already read our own testimonials (when he was talking with the TV host in her office before the show) which we had sent to the channel to have our side of the story heard. But the TV host refused to read these on the show, but nevertheless played the video testimonials from Vernon’s side. But I was not given the same opportunity to see their testimonials before the show.
During the TV show Vernon had the facility of his laptop in front of him having all his “testimonials” and probably with Internet access in order to have contact and receive messages from his followers.
They also invited a Christian theologian to be a panelist on the show. During the program itself she openly said she had only recently read the hate sites of Vernon and Barbara before the show and that the TV host had directed her to read such information on the internet beforehand. Just before the show began, this theologian told me herself that religious Christian groups already knew about this TV show and had asked her to go on it in order to destroy us. So on the Cyprus show, she repeatedly accused us of being a “heresy” in a Christian orthodox country very sensitive with religious matters, even after I kept trying to tell her that we are not a “heresy”.
Throughout the live broadcast the TV station continually presented textual captions at the bottom of the screen, presenting Belsebuub as a demon and the Gnostic Movement as something totally negative, cultivating a very negative perspective on us. I only realized this later when I watched a recording of the show, as during the broadcast the TV screen in the studio wasn’t close enough for me to be able to read the captions as the show was being filmed. So I was unable to ask them to not put these negatives captions when I was speaking on the show. I wasn’t experienced enough in TV shows to have even considered what they might do with the captions.
They falsely accused us by claiming that we have our own separate weddings (marriage ceremonies done outside those of the orthodox church – which is taboo in Cyprus). And yet, when the orthodox Christians have such intolerance towards wedding ceremonies in other religions that they consider it taboo, they still claimed we are the ones against other religions.
With the way we were presented, it isn’t surprising that viewers who phoned into the TV show, whose calls were put live on air, were negative toward us – including accusing us of being forerunners of the antichrist and claiming that we want to destroy the Cypriot society and their children.
The way they presented us so negatively was extremely dangerous for me and all the practitioners of the Gnostic Movement in Cyprus, given the intense orthodox Christian views in that country. Actually, both the TV host and Vernon had faced opposition from the Church in Cyprus in the past for taking part in shows dealing with Gnostic topics and discussing Belsebuub’s teachings (this was before Vernon turned against Belsebuub), so they knew very well the danger. In the past the Church had also discussed excommunicating the TV host before and had also issued a threat that they would “eliminate” her from the media if she continued showcasing views contrary to the Church’s teachings. Not only that, but a religious fanatic had threatened the TV host’s life before, saying she was under the control of Satan (referring to Mr Pritchard) and so she had to report this threat to the police. Given the hostile atmosphere in Cyprus, the TV host had warned me and Vernon in a phone call in the past that we needed to be careful and that we might be in danger. After that Vernon mentioned this danger to me personally and asked me not to mention this to anyone.
Vernon and the journalist hosting the show were also aware that, in the past, a death threat had been made toward to me in Cyprus, by a religiously fanatical man (a man who himself mentioned that he was in close contact with a Church Priest in charge of dealing with “heresies”). This man suggested the heads should be “cut off” all people like us. He made this threatening comment to me when I tried to open the new centre in Cyprus in his neighbourhood.
With the level of hatred we had faced in the past, the TV host and Vernon knew very well the hatred this show would incite toward us in the public, and how it could possibly put us in danger, but they still did the show anyway.
After the TV show they questioned me in emails, asking why I defended Mark Pritchard and the Gnostic Movement and many other things, and they asked if I did this because of my internal work. Who are they to speak about internal work? They like to speak with the terms of internal work and gnosis. But what would they know about Gnosis and all these amazing things if they hadn’t known, met, studied and practiced the teachings of Belsebuub? Absolutely nothing! So it’s ridiculous for them to speak with these Gnostic terms – as they also do in a hypocritical way on their hate sites and social networking pages – especially considering all the horrible things they have done in their smear campaign.
As you can understand, to remember and write all this was an unpleasant situation, so I postponed doing it for weeks. Actually, I was too afraid to do it for a long time, because of their intimidating scare tactics and the threats they made toward me about my job and family. But I couldn’t be silent anymore, when I ought to speak. I could have remained silent while “doing my internal work”, doing my practices, being calm working on my Egos etc. But is it an internal work to not reveal the truth, or leave others to defend the Truth in which I believe and consider valuable and precious?
When I finished writing this account, for the first time, I had a dream about me and Vernon. We didn’t have any conflict and finally he was leaving me in peace without disturbing me anymore in my efforts to spread these valuable Teachings of Belsebuub to people who need them. I wish this to happen in the future. I wish him also to find what he is searching for in his new business interests and hope he, Barbara and their followers leave our community in peace.
Perhaps some things I have written will annoy them. Of course, I haven’t got any problem with removing the entire article, but under one condition: they must stop now their smear campaign against Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) and us, right now and into the future. They must shut down all the relevant websites, articles, and comments and never in the future upload or say something against our community. I am sure that if they did that, then from our side we would be willing to do the same.
A final message from me to them… Samael Aun Weor has said the following two interesting and important things. The first is: “If you see that all the doors are closed, you should knock on the door of true repentance which remains always opened.” The second is: “In the Heavens there is more joy when a bad person repents than one thousand good people”.
Finally I would like to thank Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub) for his valuable teachings and Edith Pritchard and our community for their support and trust because now, after all these negative and “cult” situations that me and my spouse endured, in this new amazing positive environment free of Vernon’s influence, we can learn something totally different and new, like we had always hoped to do, and work internally via the spirit of comprehension and with love and care for others, searching for the pure spirituality, truth and light.