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.
We’re really getting excited now on our journey up the Bridge to Total Freedom. Claire has led us through the grades and New Era Dianetics so that we’ve gone Clear and then had that certified with the Clear Certainty Rundown. Now, we can’t wait to get to the vaunted Operating Thetan (OT) levels! But first, we have some preparations to do, and possibly some travel, isn’t that right, Claire?
CLAIRE: Yes, you can’t start the OT levels until you’ve done OT Preps. This is where you’ll be programmed for any number of things to prepare you for the OT levels.
It’s also where a thorough review will be done of your ethics files for any areas you need to be sec-checked on.
And yes, depending on where you live, you may need to go a considerable distance, because OT Preps happens only at an “Advanced Organization.”
THE BUNKER: Currently, there are five AOs in the world, but according to Scientology’s website there are three additional AOs in the planning stages. For now, you need to make your way to AOLA (Los Angeles), AOSHUK (East Grinstead, England), AOSHEU (Copenhagen), AOSHANZO (Sydney), or FLAG AO (Clearwater, Florida). New AOs are planned for Africa, Canada, and Latin America.
As for an overview of OT Preps, we found this online…
CLAIRE: Yes, this is the version as I knew it. There are a few things to cover in regards to OT Preps:
If you are a stalled Clear, you will be programmed for the False Purpose Rundown (FPRD), also known as “evil purpose sec checking.”
A stalled Clear is defined as someone who went Clear but who did not then immediately continue on to their next level.
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard supposedly did a study and found that the reason someone stalls at Clear is because of evil purposes, implanted by psychiatrists on the whole track.
THE BUNKER: Translation: Evil alien psychiatrists, somewhere in your past several trillion-year existence, implanted evil mental pictures that caused you not to rush right over to the AO and write a big fat check for the OT levels after you went Clear. Well, obviously!
CLAIRE: The FPRD is the same as normal sec-checking, with the exception that once you have confessed to a crime or overt, and run that earlier similar to floating needle and cognition, the auditor will then ask you: What evil purpose prompted you to commit that overt? And you will nail that down to a precise statement of an evil purpose which must also react instantly on the meter needle.
THE BUNKER: And all the while, your interrogator is scribbling away as you confess to “crimes” that go into your permanent record…
CLAIRE: Your folders will be reviewed for anything that still needs to be addressed. For example, if you have allergies and these have still not been handled as yet, you might be programmed for the Asthma/Allergy rundown. If you are a poor student, you would be programmed for the Student Rescue Intensive. The list goes on.
THE BUNKER: Well, sure. The last thing you want is an Operating Thetan with hay fever.
CLAIRE: If there is any current fad, such as redoing grades, objectives, purification rundown, etc., you’ll be programmed for that.
And your ethics files will undergo an excruciating review for any signs of out-ethics, PTSness, disaffection, or enemy lines. And any results yielded by this review will be addressed with sec checking.
In my case, OT Preps consisted of: Doing all my expanded Grades 0 – 4. Redoing my CCRD (even though later this was determined to be invalid and I was put back on Dianetics). FPRD Basic Form (this is about 60 questions all of which were sec-check questions for evil purposes). Disagreement Remedy – for noncompliance with Miscavige orders.
That about sums it up.
THE BUNKER: What if we lived in San Francisco or Denver or Chicago? Would doing this mean staying in a hotel at AOLA or Flag, and how long would OT Preps take?
CLAIRE: Yes, you’d definitely be covering all those costs, so I think that’s important to include.
For example, Flag has a whole org just dedicated to running the hotels, restaurants, etc., known as Flag Crew.
I’d say 6 intensives for OT Preps would be a conservative estimate.
And taking into account these are delivered by an AO auditor, we’re looking at some serious moolah.
THE BUNKER: So what’s your ballpark for 6 intensives, with food and lodging?
CLAIRE: I’d say easily 50k…
COST THIS WEEK: $50,000
COST SO FAR: $243,197
Karen De La Carriere With a Two-Parter on Scientology And Money!
Two for the price of one from Karen de la Carriere, J. Swift, and Angry Gay Pope…
We had some miscommunication with a source, and we need to correct something we published on Tuesday. We’ve posted three detailed schematics of this year’s elaborate staging and backdrop for the IAS gala happening on November 8 in the big tent the Church of Scientology set up near the Super Power Building in Clearwater, Florida. Each of those schematics show a three-dimensional globe surrounded by a halo of aluminum flags — representing, we assume, the nations of the world. It looks like a very complicated setup that will probably make for an intricate puzzle for builders. In fact, to help builders facing the daunting task of putting together the stage, they were given not only a set of schematics, but also some photos of a previous year’s construction to help guide them in their job. The photos were of the 2011 stage for the IAS gala in East Grinstead, England. But when we received those photos from our source, we were under the impression that they were photos of the construction of this year’s project. They weren’t. The schematics, however, we re-confirmed were given to builders for this year’s event. And so we’re more curious than ever to see how the actual construction turns out. We apologize for the confusion with those photos.
Posted by Tony Ortega on October 5, 2013 at 07:00
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