Thursday, January 12, 2012

1984: Rael's Dark Year


Rael in black djellaba at seminar in 1982.
He always used to wear black until a
famous journalist pointed out to him that
most spiritual leaders he had interviewed
always wore white.
In her book Aliens Adored (2004) Susan Palmer relates 3 mysteries [1] in Rael's career as a cult leader. One of them was regarding 1984 when Rael’s mysteriously went out of public view for about a year.

The official report was that he needed to rest, and it was time the infant movement “learned to walk alone.” A Raelian publication 20 ans: La génération des pionniers (Twenty years: The generation of pioneers; 1994) gives the official reason for Rael’s absence from the 1984 July summer camp:
Rael in Retreat: Rael has decided, after 10 years of spreading the message, to go on a ‘spiritual retreat’ in a place held secret for an indeterminate period of time where he will continue to watch over the well-being of the movement that must function well without him”. [2]
While Palmer reports other variants of this event [3], in an interview with her in 1994, Rael reiterated:
“No, I took a year off because I was tired. The mission was so important for me, I was overdoing it and realized I was not practicing what I preached—to relax, avoid stress, lead a healthy life. After I went to the planet where I saw my body re-created and realized I was eternal, I felt I could push myself, ignore my health right now because I knew I had eternity to enjoy myself. But I lost ten kilos; I was not enjoying life anymore. I realized I was burnt out and needed a rest. So I stayed in France and visited Quebec for one year.”
Susan Palmer ends the episode in her book by lamenting, "That missing year is still a mystery."

However, former Raelian Bishop Jean-Denis Saint-Cyr published his book titled "Confessions de Raël à son ex-bras droit" (Confessions of Rael's Right-hand Man, 2009) in which he revealed what really transpired in 1984. According to Jean-Denis, Rael had spent 2 months of his sabbatical year at his home in Montreal.

For Jean-Denis, 1984 is perfectly etched into his memory:
"For me, in 1984, in the close intimacy of Claude Vorilhon, I had a year so incredible and memorable."
Rael, while wearing his famous
black wool cap, during a brief
public appearance at the end of
the 1984 seminar. Jean-Denis is
sitting next to him.
In July of 1984, Rael had called Jean-Denis from Europe and told him to keep his arriving to Montreal a secret [only Jean-Denis and his partner of the time, Claire were to know; Claire as Treasurer had sent money to Jean-Denis, then the Canadian National Guide, to cover Rael's expenses].

When Jean-Denis went to the airport to pick him up, Rael was wearing a black woolen cap that covered his entire head despite the hot weather. Jean-Denis refrained from questioning Rael about his strange attire. Jean-Denis also noticed something about Rael didn't seem right. Rael was:
"[g]oing through an existential crisis, a depression that affected him both in morals, from the point of view of his friendliness and his mental state. Nobody could have imagined at the time - and even today - what I was going to be the only witness. To help him, I listened to him, protected him."
The day after his arrival, to Jean-Denis' great surprise, Rael wanted to be reassured and asked him to come near him. Jean-Denis describes what follows:
"A stone's throw from me, takes off his wool cap and says, gravely and austerely, "Jean-Denis, look at me" (meaning "Look at the physical state of where I am"... he had a completely shaved head, or rather cut in bulk: it was horrible!)."
Rael then desperately pleaded Jean-Denis to help him decide whether he should just go back to being a journalist or restart his singing career all over. Rael confided in Jean-Denis that his wife and mother of his 2 children had filed for divorce. Rael explained that even though he could have all the women that he wanted, he needed his wife, Christine for without her he's "very bad". He explained that the past 10 years had been a major upheaval in his life and that he was now wondering what he should do to continue...

Then, Rael dropped the bomb on Jean-Denis and confessed:
"Extraterrestrials, would not be so... Do not talk about it, Jean -Denis. In the 70's it was very popular, but... really... have I had contact?"
Jean-Denis paraphrased:
"you mean that you have not been contacted...?" And then Rael confirmed, "I have not been contacted ... you understand everything!" His response was fast and dry, just as articulated, even before Jean-Denis could finish his sentence with "by aliens?" Rael just nodded and raised his hand as if to signify in a still and silent body language: "You have understood everything." Jean-Denis describes Rael, "His head moved up and down, down and up, as an android, a robot with a human appearance. It was clear, he did not want to repeat what I had just said, that he had not been contacted." Then finally Rael acknowledged, "Well... I was not..." before falling silent again.
Postcard Rael sent by post to Claire and Jean-Denis
thanking them for their support in his difficult moments:
"Thanks to both of you for your support in difficult
times last summer. Rather than the "diet" was your
warmth to be effective. Now I no longer need any "crutch"
to sleep and I have happily passed the 60 kilograms
of weight eating (almost..) everything. Fraternally, soon Rael."
The next day Rael told Jean-Denis how he spent a sleepless night. After Jean-Denis brought up the topic from the night before again, Rael hesitantly, after a long silence, repeated his plight of not being able to decide on his future.

Some time later Rael sent Jean-Denis and Claire a thank you postcard.

Less than 5 years after Rael's confessions, Jean-Denis resigned from the Raelian Movement in March 1990. Jean-Denis kept Rael's confessions secret until 2009 when he wrote about them his book.

Following the release of Jean-Denis' book, Rael made an attempt to assassinate his character by ironically telling Raelians that Jean-Denis was expelled from the Movement because he diverted funds and computer hardware for his own personal business and that he's just in it to become famous and sell his book (Contact 366, p. 8; read also Jean-Denis' reply to Rael's slanderous libel here).

Fortunately, Rael's libel can be proven from an announcement in the Raelian publication Le Raelien (The Raelian) and from other letters related to Jean-Denis' voluntary resignation... not exclusion.

Written on the cover of The Raelian:
"Resignation of the National Guide!"
(44 AH = 1990).
In 1976, Jean-Denis Saint-Cyr was amongst the first persons to adhere to the Canadian and International Raelian Movements as an active member and to climb rapidly in the hierarchical ladder through his knowledge and dedication. He was soon promoted to the important mission of "evangelizing" Greater Montreal. Jean-Denis assumed many high-level positions including being president of the Counsel of the Wise, president of Counsel of Discipline, Guide responsible for the educational aspect of the Sensual Meditation seminars (presently called, Happiness Academy) in America, President of the Decisional Counsel and President of the Raelian Movement of Canada for several years. Not only was Jean-Denis Rael's man of confidence, his confident, his right hand man, his adept, his friend, his favorite... he was also at times his press attaché, the one who hunted down interviews for radio and television... to where, Rael also requested that he escort him every time.

Jean-Denis leading a meditation.
Jean-Denis was also a certified Silva "Mind Control" Method meditation teacher before he joined the Raelian Movement in 1976. Jean-Denis apparently taught Rael the Silva Method which inspired him to personalize them and incorporate it into his Sensual Meditation (1980) book. Rael claims the origins of Sensual Meditation is from his visit to the Elohim's Planet of Eternal Life on October 7th 1975.

Turns out much of Rael's mysteries including 1984 isn't much of a mystery after all. What goes around comes around. In 1997, Rael allegedly confessed to his boyhood acquaintance Roland Chevaleyre about never meeting ETs. Perhaps the human Claude Vorilhon inside the fictional Rael finds solace by confessing his lies now and again but his sociopathic persona would probably never publicly admit it.


Advocatus Diaboli


Rael (whose hair is growing back),
his ex-wife Christine and Jean-Denis
in Cannes in January 1985. Rael is
in civilian clothes.
[1] Read The TEESDALE INHERITANCE Hoax, Clonaid's Burden of Proof and RaelPress.org Scribs CLONAID.

[2] Terrusse, Marcel, and Michèle Richard. (1994). 20 ans: La génération des pionniers (Twenty years: The generation of pioneers). Nimes Cedex, France: Mouvement Raelien.

[3] According to his companion, Sophie, he was very sick and thought he would die, but then he heard extraterrestrial voices promising him his perfect woman, and this gave him courage: "He told me that when he was sick in 1984 and he thought he was about to die, the Elohim spoke to him. They told him that they had chosen a special woman for him, that this woman would be waiting for him. Then he felt better, and everywhere he traveled he was looking for her. As soon as he saw me, he recognized me as the woman he had been waiting for all those years." (Aliens Adored, p. 45) Check out: Rael's Sexual Hypocrisy.

Rael’s ex-wife Christine claims he experienced a similar episode in 1987 when he showed up at her door, burnt out as a guru (“ultime sursaut du gourou”), and rested for a while with her and the children in Frejus. She, a nurse, diagnosed him as clinically depressed (“his mental health was in doubt”); he suffered from insomnia and took sleeping pills. After spending a holiday with his family in Spain, he returned to lead the Raelian Movement. “Finally, the social recognition tied to the name ‘Raël’ made more sense than the anonymous ‘Claude Vorilhon,’ ” she said. (Aliens Adored, pp. 54-55)


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