Claire Headley is taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. She and her husband Marc were Sea Org workers who escaped from Scientology’s International Base in 2005. She spent years working with Scientology’s “tech,” and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Go here to see the first part in this series.
Claire, we’re so happy to be finishing up the Grades. We’ve been pretty amazed at what rates people pay on these levels, and what they get in return. Let’s see what we get here on “Expanded Grade Four.”
CLAIRE: Expanded Grade 4 is known for handling your service facsimiles.
THE BUNKER: Our what?
CLAIRE: Your service facs.
THE BUNKER: Come again?
CLAIRE: Your ser facs.
THE BUNKER: Hey, stop that!
CLAIRE: Sorry. You know how everything gets reduced to jargon in Scientology.
THE BUNKER: We’re going to service the facsimile? Why, does it need more paper or ink?
CLAIRE: Not that kind of facsimile. Not a facsimile machine. In the language of Scientology, a facsimile is a mental image picture, and a “service facsimile” is a certain type of mental image that a person uses to justify their own behavior. You use a “ser fac” to convince yourself that you’re right and the other person is wrong, so you can dominate them. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard defines it as a part of the reactive mind that you hold onto to use to your own ends: “For example, a person may keep an old injury in restimulation so that his family has to look after him.”
The theory here is that you will use this mechanism, unwittingly, at various points in your life so you gain advantage over others. Addressing this, and removing those ser facs, is the main thrust of Expanded Grade 4.
And we can’t discuss this subject without also referring back to Keeping Scientology Working #1, which has several important (to Scientology) references to service facs and the impact they have had on Scientology’s history.
THE BUNKER: To refresh our memory, “Keeping Scientology Working” is a manifesto of sorts, a set of tenets that Scientologists recite, promising to advance Scientology by only using “correct technology.” How are service facsimiles related to this?
CLAIRE: We’re told that problems with using “incorrect technology” happen when “the service facs of people make them defend themselves against anything they can’t confront, good or bad, and seek to make it wrong.”
This may seem like a minor thing.
But ser fac is equivalent to “out ethics” in Scientology — you’re a bad person if you are dramatizing your ser facs (or, more simply, if you think you are right and anyone else in Scientology is wrong).
THE BUNKER: We’re trying to understand this concept, and what we’re coming up with is that this “ser fac” business trains a Scientologist always to question himself if he ever thinks he’s right and other people are wrong.
And we suppose that would tend to strengthen the idea that the tech is always right, and if it isn’t working for you, it must be your fault.
Are we on the right track?
CLAIRE: Precisely right.
It’s another complex layer of smoke and mirrors. Out ethics, overts and withholds, ser facs, evil purposes… These are all things that are “wrong with you” as a Scientologist and they relate to what you’re doing that is causing your own demise.
Also, Hubbard says Australians are infamous for their ser facs, so David Miscavige would constantly call Mike Rinder a “ser fac’y bastard”…
THE BUNKER: We cannot wait to call him that the next time we see him.
So let’s look at some specific questions from this level to see how our auditing on Expanded Grade 4 is going to remove our ser facs and stop us from dominating other people by telling them we’re right and they’re wrong.
Here are some actual questions from Grade 4 that your auditor is going to ask you, over and over again, and for hundreds of dollars an hour…
“Tell me a flow you could get another to know something about.”
“Tell me some things another would want to have happen again to you.”
“In this lifetime what overt has another committed on you? How has he justified it?”
“Point out some things which are causing things.”
“In this lifetime, what do you use to make others wrong?”
“In this lifetime, what do you use to dominate others?”
“In this lifetime, what do you use to hinder the survival of others?”
Claire, can you tell us something about your own experience on this level?
CLAIRE: In terms of my own experience, certainly there were times I reacted and hated being told I was wrong.
When I left, I truly felt like a broken human, in a bizarre way devoid of the ability to experience normal human emotion. Whether that was from years of terrible nutrition and sleep deprivation or hundreds of hours of programming or both, that’s how I felt.
So I came to the conclusion that simple knowledge and education in the real world was far more powerful than this.
THE BUNKER: That is powerful, Claire. And what are we going to spend for Grade 4?
CLAIRE: For this level I would estimate $20,000.
COST THIS WEEK: $20,000
COST SO FAR: $123,197
Part 2 of the Bill Straass Story
More on the saga of Bill Straass from Karen de la Carriere, J. Swift, and Angry Gay Pope…
A Scientologist Is Dating That Actress In That Thing
Fun story yesterday from Daily Mail, and we’ll try to summarize it quickly for you. So a piece of Twilight fan fiction throws in a little BDSM, gets repackaged, and somehow turns into the biggest selling trilogy in like, the history of trilogies. Salman Rushdie, however, says about it, “I’ve never read anything so badly written that got published. It made Twilight look like War and Peace.” Millions of fans, however, wait with bated breath to find out who is going to play the lead characters in the movie version and are predictably outraged when the leading lady turns out to be the daughter of a pair of famous movie actors, as if Hollywood wasn’t already a nepotistic ghetto.
Anyway, the leading lady happens to be dating an actor who is part of a prominent acting Scientology family, and so we all must now wonder, is the leading lady going to be sucked into the church?
Um, we don’t know. The only part that really interested us is that the leading lady’s boyfriend is the son of Joe Reaiche, whom we told you about recently, specifically about one of his other Scientology kids being spotted with Connor Cruise, who Reaiche said was just about the worst person his daughter could be associated with.
If none of this is making sense to you, we apologize, but we are having a hard time caring that a wealthy kid whose parents are fading movie stars has been picked to bring a piece of fan fiction to life on the big screen for millions of ungrateful fans who think some other wealthy kid should have got it, and that her boyfriend grew up in a family that thinks L. Ron Hubbard actually spent several previous lives as a series of race car drivers on a nuclear-bomb booby-trapped race course here on Earth 40,000 years ago.
All we really know is, Joe Reaiche is a helluva guy and we hope to have a beer with him soon.
David Miscavige Subpoenaed
One final tidbit: we learned last night that a subpoena had been served on a representative for Scientology leader David Miscavige, requiring him to appear at Thursday’s temporary injunction hearing in Monique Rathbun’s lawsuit which is being held in New Braunfels, Texas.
As for Miscavige actually showing up, we were told: “don’t hold your breath.”
Posted by Tony Ortega on September 11, 2013 at 07:00
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