The State of the Ricky Williams Foundation

Williams remains on the creative edge in retirement

Access Consciousness' Gary Douglas
Access Consciousness' Gary Douglas

I am a reporter, as is my RosterWatch co-host and co-founder Byron Lambert, who joined me Thursday for a sit down interview with Ricky Williams, Gary Douglas, and Dr. Dain Heer.

To entertain their recorded, overtly expressed wishes that we aid in getting their message out regarding what the Ricky Williams Foundation is doing, we thought it may be best for you to hear this particular story directly from them.

Please note the audio (linked below) may, at times, be disturbing to some and contains profanity.

We will preface in this way: Gary Douglas is as charismatic as they come. He has a spellbinding presence that is hard to explain. He is the founder of Access Consciousness, a group with "accessories" (members) in 38 countries. As you will see, Douglas believes he can heal the wounded with his bare hands, teach others how to read minds, and even speak with molecules outside of their own bodies among other things.

Some call Access a movement, some call it a cult. In performing a simple Internet search, it is not hard to find scathing remarks regarding their methodologies, some from individuals claiming real-life experience within the culture. Their teachings are based in freedom from judgment in our conscious experiences. This idea manifests itself in many ways, including emphasis on sexual freedom. Douglas' business partner is Dr. Dain Heer.

In December 2011, Williams thought his foundation had secured funding to the tune of $32 million. He was under the belief that the group donating the money shared his values about the importance of helping underprivileged children to understand they have choices in life, and could always aspire to be great. The anticipated funding never came through, according to Williams this was due to him no longer being an NFL player.

Williams, through the beginning of the spring, was contributing his own money with the expectation that his foundation would be receiving the $32 million. When it fell through, that's when the charismatic, rich Gary Douglas swooped in to help. Together, Douglas and Williams concluded that Williams, although never indoctrinated directly, was indeed unknowingly practicing Access Consciousness. It was the model of his whole foundation's program: Give the kids a choice, free their minds.

Williams is now a devout accessory of the Access movement, and the mission of his foundation has transformed into an outlet for delivering the controversial teachings of Access Consciousness to the underprivileged children who attend their camps. This is currently taking place, in Austin, on AISD property.

Douglas is a significant contributor and is bankrolling a large sum of costs by live streaming the event to devout accessories all over the globe for quite a pretty penny. (Replays of certain live streams can sell for upward of $1,200.) Williams was the camp's instructor last week for Level I of the course. "Advanced" levels II and III will be delivered to these children by the person who accessories all over the world call their "fearless leader," Gary Douglas himself.

This is the first time this method has been performed on children in a group setting. Here is the audio:

Douglas on what he plans on teaching the children this week:

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"I teach them how to be aware of what they are aware of, and how to take answers out of other people's heads when they take tests and stuff so they can all get A's and B's instead of C's and D's."

Douglas discussed his approach to dealing with a victim of childhood sexual abuse by her older cousin:

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"She goes 'yeah, I got the fucker." She came to the awareness that in some other lifetime, she swore that she would kill this guy, and, he was her cousin in this lifetime and she had gotten him to have sex with her and told the family so he got kicked out."

Ricky Williams describes his view of Access Consciousness:

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"The difference I have found with Access is, it's really just an energy … it's that place where you're just like 'OK, there's got to be something better than this,' and you start to ask questions and things show up in a different way."

Douglas on how he partnered up with Ricky Williams and has taken the lead with the foundation's curriculum:

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"Ricky, you know, he created this foundation a long time ago, and then he talked to me about it, and I went 'Holy shit, you were doing Access before you knew about Access, you were looking for how you could help these kids have choice.'"

Ricky Williams on how his life may be different today had he been indoctrinated as an accessory to Access as a child:

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"If I was aware of all the things that I enjoyed to do, and all of the capacities that I had, I might have chosen something different, and I would have been able to create even more."

Douglas on his motivation to help the Ricky Williams Foundation:

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"When they took away (Ricky's) funding because he wouldn't do what they wanted, fuck 'em. I will find a way around this and I will find somewhere to get the money."

Douglas and Heer on trying to persuade Ricky to get Access "in" with the NFL to help injured players, who they have the ability to heal through their program:

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"She goes to the hospital the next day, to her surgeon that she knew personally, and the guy says, after looking at the X-rays, he goes, 'My God! What happened? It looks like somebody already set this'" [dislocated shoulder and fractured ulna].

The full one-hour interview is available on in two parts. Douglas and Heer go into great detail about Access as an organization if you have interest in learning more about their methodologies, as well as how to receive further information about classes and membership. Williams also speaks on a variety of interesting subjects.

Me personally? I walked into this interview thinking I would come out with a fluff piece about one of my all-time favorite football players, soliciting help for the foundation in the wake of their $32 million loss. I left the interview thinking just three words:

Run, Ricky.


[Alex Dunlap (Follow on Twitter) is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America, the host of RosterWatch on ESPN Radio Austin and San Antonio, founder of, and featured NFL Columnist for Bleacher Report]

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