Thanks to Rasha, we have the new Source magazine from Scientology’s Flag Land Base, and it has some fun items to help you expand your space and your havingness!
These publications put out by the church which encourage Scientologists to travel to Clearwater, Florida and spend serious money are a lot of fun. And in this issue, we were intrigued to see they were featuring the L Rundowns — L10, L11, and L12.
We have a special fascination for the Ls, a set of three auditing processes that are only available at the Flag base and which stand somewhat apart from the grade chart that Scientologists follow up the Bridge to Total Freedom. Three years ago, as part of our project to learn about each of the courses and levels that Scientologists experience, we spent some time talking about the Ls with former church executive Jefferson Hawkins.
Here’s an excerpt of that story, with some examples of what you actually pay for in L10, the first of the three L Rundowns…
The L10 intro tells us it is “designed to handle the things a thetan uses to restrain himself. The person regains his ability and power to do those things he intends to do and as a result he feels more at cause than ever before.”
To begin, there is a huge amount of review (which seems common for most Scientology processes), and various tests to make sure the subject is in the right frame of mind for the level itself.
L10 then begins with many individual “rundowns” and auditing. The subject is read chains of many words as the auditor looks for reactions on the E-meter.
The subject is also read lists of questions on various “dynamics” — questions related to his relationships (2nd dynamic), the larger group (3rd dynamic) and so on.
Then come questions from a “sec check” (security check, or interrogation). These get rather interesting. Here’s a sample.
Is there some connection you won’t let go of?
Have you ever done a family member in?
Have you ever brutalized another with sex?
Are you best left alone?
Are women stupid?
Do you have a secret desire to annihilate the opposite sex?
Are you spied on?
How powerful do you have to be to be successful?
Are other people necessary?
Have you squashed a thetan out of existence?
Is life worth living?
Are you facing eternity with lack of hope?
Is there hope for man?
Another set of questions is specifically designed to force the subject to admit to “overts” — transgressions that he or she is hiding.
One set of questions is about family. A sample of them…
Have you ever badly raised a child?
Have you ever split up a family?
Have you ever forced a child into an unsuitable profession?
Have you neglected your child’s education?
The next set of questions is about sex.
Have you ever sexually aroused someone and then not satisfied him (her)?
Have you ever made love to a person of the wrong race?
Have you ever made love to a person of the wrong species?
Have you ever used the wrong body part for intercourse?
Have you ever failed to have intercourse with someone you should have?
Have you ever misused sex?
There are many more sets of questions and processes.
Remember, Scientologists are paying to be asked these very invasive questions. And what exactly are these auditing sessions supposed to produce? Well, let’s take a look at the descriptions in this new Source magazine to see how the church is selling these pricey sessions.
THE KEY TO UNLOCKING YOUR OT POWER NOW
Are you ready to master your existence and rocket your ability, reach and cause? If “Yes, please!” is your answer, consider the transformative results awaiting you with the L Rundowns. LRH developed the L Rundowns specifically to enable a being to swiftly evolve into an unshakable, certain powerhouse radiating pure theta.
ONE OF THE LEGENDARY SERVICES ONLY offered at Flag, the three L Rundowns (L10, L11, and L12) are so powerful and require such refined expertise, only Class XII Auditors can deliver this service. With the best-of-the-best elite auditors shepherding you on this expansive journey, you will never look at your life and the world around you the same.
Say goodbye to limitations on the L10 Rundown. These auditing techniques bypass the normal protective mechanisms of the mind, reaching deep into the case to fully address the basic reasons a thetan lessens his power. You will eradicate any self-imposed whole track stops as well as restraints that have been holding you back for many lifetimes. Upon completion, you will enjoy a newfound freedom to create unlimited expansion and do exactly what you intend to do.
The L11 Rundown will grant you an entirely new life by unleashing your personal power. Designed to locate the most major aberration on your case and remove it at the very root, L11 will lay your track wide open and give you unlimited reach and havingness. Any veils of ancient darkness dissolved, you will walk away with a brilliant new vision of yourself and all existence. Say hello to your new life in truth.
LRH deemed L12 the Immortality Rundown. And it is your light at the end of the tunnel. Truly astounding, totally OT auditing at its finest, it handles the factors that hold you introverted and in a body. Ridges explode and total extroversion is your new reality. You will address suppression like never before.
The L Rundowns can be done at several points on the Grade Chart after NED Case Completion, Clear, OT III, New OT VII or New OT VIII. Your C/S will determine the best sequence for the three L Rundowns. L10 typically requires three to five intensives, while L11 and L12 are usually completed in one or two intensives each.
An “intensive” is a 12.5-hour block of auditing. So the claim here is that L10 is going to take between 37.5 and 62.5 hours, and L11 and L12 will take between 12.5 and 25 hours.
That’s somewhat different than what a 2007 price list entered as a court record states. According to that price list, L10 takes a minimum of 50 hours (4 intensives), and L11 and L12 require a minimum of 25 hours (2 intensives).
One intensive at Flag for any of the Ls, according to the 2007 price list, ran $15,125. So your L10 with 50 hours would cost $60,500 or more.
And that’s just for the L’s auditing. As Jason Beghe once explained to us, when he went to Flag for the Ls, he spent far more than just the price of the auditing. They had him there for weeks on False Purpose Rundowns and other interrogations to make sure he was ready for the Ls, all the while he was paying for accommodations at the base and plenty of other expenses and donations.
So let’s look at how each of the Ls is being sold by the magazine.
L10: Aaron Kyro, professional skateboarder, Bay Area, California
Aaron Kyro shares his passion for skateboarding with a worldwide audience through his hugely popular YouTube channel, Braille Skateboarding, dedicated to teaching basics, tricks and techniques and experimenting with unusual equipment and materials. Aaron did the L Rundowns as a Clear and saw instant gains personally and professionally. In fact, he’s gone on to New OT V.
L10 was a particularly revelatory experience for him. “The gains and abilities are so high. I could not even dream they would be available,” Aaron recalled. “I am so aware of how my thoughts and postulates directly affect the universe. My space is so big and so clean and my flows are wide open. I got rid of masses that had been in my space for trillions of years. I truly uncovered my basic goodness and rightness as a being.”
He’s still having daily cognitions directly related to L10 and his online traction has seen a noticeable uptick. With 2.6 million YouTube subscribers, his daily views spiked to an all-time high of an average of one million views a day, reaching a record 65 million monthly views. His channel is ranked #738 in the world based on subscriber figures and he’s received YouTube’s Gold Play Button Award.
“I stopped invalidating myself. Not only am I stable enough to handle literally anything, I can create a whole new level of prosperity for myself and any group I am a part of.”
If his growing online influence is any indicator of what “no limits” means to Aaron, his future trajectory is out of this world.
L11: Nikoletta Fiala, real estate agent, Budapest, Hungary
Nikoletta Fiala’s husband had been encouraging her to do the L11 Rundown for years because it had such a tremendous impact on him. Just one month after attaining Clear, Niki signed on for the step that would open her existence in new and unexpected ways. She credits the service with changing her perspective of the whole world. “My space is extremely big, my love for Mankind is infinite,” Niki shared.
The rundown infused her family relationships with even more love and strengthened her already unbreakable bonds with her husband and daughter. “It feels like we just started a new relationship. I can see my husband for the beautiful being he is.”
The professional gains were equally game changing. “I got more work done in the last three days than I would normally do in two weeks time. I can easily see myself achieving highest ever on my post in the next couple of months.” Better yet, she now has the courage and confidence to expand her business, which she’d previously always held herself back from doing.
Ultimately, L11 put Niki in an OT state and motivated her to raise her commitment levels accordingly. She plans to start on Academy Levels next. “I would recommend all Clears do this action. I know that having completed this, my future Bridge progress will be lightning fast.”
L12: Vick Tipnes, entrepreneur & CEO, Tampa, Florida
Vick Tipnes knew he had untapped potential and signed on for the L Rundowns to get unstuck, unleash his capabilities and accelerate his business endeavors. On L12, the successful business owner and founder of Blackstone Medical Services uncovered his true self and further opened his path to prosperity.
“L12 brought me back,” Vick recalled. “Valences I never even knew I used blew one by one on L12. Nothing can ever shake me as a being again!”
Vick sees the L12 Rundown, which on the Grade Chart is called “The OT Executive Rundown,” as an invaluable business enhancement tool appropriate for any CEO, executive or opinion leader. “I now understand why it’s called that. It helps orgs boom. After completing the Ls, my company stats have been at the highest level ever. The stats never lie.”
One aspect of L12 stood out for Vick — its ability to foster positive case gain. Rather than dealing with bank or case, it involved changing his own considerations about things because it deals with the thetan directly.
“I will no longer be my own enemy. I have taken responsibility for the mess this planet is in, and I will now work to do my part in making it better. My flows are super clean. I have an awareness of self beyond measure and I truly have a new life. My responsibility has increased, and getting only OT VII right away is now a must.”
Well, there you have it, Scientology’s pitch for the L Rundowns. Did you happen to catch any claim that was actually measurable? Once again, Scientologists seem to be spending incredible amounts of money for what basically comes down to a confidence boost. But hey, who couldn’t use more havingness?
BONUS ITEM: The magazine also promotes Super Power, another Flag-only expensive set of rundowns. And in order to advertise it, the publication chose to feature Danish photographer Thorsten Overgaard. And who’s that sitting next to him? Why it’s his blushing bride of Trump dress fame, Joy Villa!
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