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60 years ago and today: Scientology in its heyday, and now not so much

PhoenixLecturesAh, 1954, the days of wine and word salad. Our source has come through with another “quote video” that you normally can only see inside a Scientology “org.” In this case, it’s a segment of an L. Ron Hubbard lecture from the “Phoenix Lectures” of 1954, and it’s meant to encourage members to pay $350 to Bridge Publications for the full lecture set.

Before we show it to you, here’s how Bridge describes this exciting breakthrough in midcentury literary sleight of hand…

“Here is the panoramic view of Scientology complete. Having codified the subject of Scientology in The Creation of Human Ability, L. Ron Hubbard then delivered a series of half-hour lectures to specifically accompany a full study of the book. From the essentials that underlie the technology — The Axioms, Conditions of Existence and Considerations and Mechanics, to the processes of Intensive Procedure, including twelve lectures describing one-by-one the thetan exterior processes of Route 1 — it’s all covered in full, providing a conceptual understanding of the science of knowledge and native state OT ability. Here then are the bedrock principles upon which everything in Scientology rests, including the embracive statement of the religion and its heritage — Scientology, Its General Background. Hence, this is the watershed lecture series on Scientology itself, and the axiomatic foundation for all future research.”

Well, here’s the thing itself. Put on your seatbelt and press play…



Now, what touching a wall has to do with designing a building, we’re still not sure, but once again, we’ve turned to Marc Headley to see what he knows about the production of this video…

This video has Phillip Dowswell and Andre Letch clocking in and then heading up into the lighting grid at the Cine Castle located at Golden Era Productions. Once we are up in the grid, we see the Int Base dentist, Bob Horne, and Pintucio Tisi grinding metal for no reason.

Then we see John Gonzalvez designing a building. John Gonzalvez was married to Yvonne Gonzalvez. She used to be in charge of RTC security before she blew in the early 1990s. After she was recovered (hunted down) she was assigned to work in Golden Era’s motor pool. She would go on to purchase and assist in building all of the advanced fleet of custom vehicles that David Miscavige has at his disposal. John was always on the edge of wanting to leave and the only thing keeping him there was his wife.

After failing to design his building, John gets some processing from Erin Reuvieni. Erin is married to Adam Rueivini and I guarantee you will hear about this woman in the future. (She plays a very important role in some major Scientology events that have yet to unfold.) After getting some more “book and bottle” processing from Erin we get to see Sean McShane (Warren McShane’s son) and we see Thomas Burke and Lynn Sener. Then we see Marcy McShane and Gali Rodin. Of course in the end, John is able to visualize his building after all the books and bottles and then we see him against a sunset before we turn into a plastic CD binder.

That Marc, what a tease. We’ll have to get some more info on Erin, to be sure.

If Hubbard was dazzling audiences in 1954 with that sort of brilliance, how is his organization doing today? In this bonus video, fresh from Scientology’s UK headquarters and Ron’s former 1960s home, Saint Hill Manor, we see a “success story” which only reinforces the impression we’ve been getting from Scientology’s publications and accounts by people who have recently left. To wit: As Scientology shrinks, it’s becoming increasingly post-Soviet. From Eastern Europe to the steppes of Asia, the former Soviet Republics seem to be the last place Scientology can count on for new recruits. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


Coming soon: another tale of disconnection, new revelations from Int Base, and more!


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 5, 2014 at 15:15

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