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Not-ready-for-Scientology TV: L. Ron Hubbard’s fortune telling tricks still being sold today

Scientology has sent out another precious mailer to its members that includes an amazing L. Ron Hubbard quote, and we thank our tipster who sent it in. Once again, Scientologists are privately getting sent wacky Hubbard material that you aren’t going to see on the new Scientology television network.

The quote is from a lecture titled “Obnosis,” from the “16th Advanced Clinical Courses” which took place in Washington DC in 1957, and here’s what was pulled from it for this flier…



We took a look at the lecture, and of course the original is even better. Before he goes into the fortune telling anecdote, Hubbard boasts about telepathically reading off every card in a 52-card deck with flawless accuracy.

How? Well, he cheated. He simply left his body, positioned himself behind the quiz-taker, and then just read off the cards.

And that’s also what he says he’s doing with the FBI man. Hubbard says that he can get the FBI man to produce mental image pictures called “facsimiles” that hang in space in front of the man’s face. Then it’s just a matter of looking at them and reading off the confidential case number.

Hubbard tells his audience that there’s “nothing to it.”

Astounded that Hubbard was admitting that Scientology was essentially a mystic parlor trick, we called on one of our experts, Sunny Pereira, to confirm that we were understanding this correctly. Here’s what she sent us…


Yeah this is a super common concept in Scientology. It’s one of those things that someone coming off the street can’t believe is possible, and that carrot-in-front-of-you idea that drags you into and through Scientology.

The idea is that a person low on training and processing would have trouble picking up other peoples pictures (the word commonly used is “facsimile”, same concept of a picture in the mind), but Scientology can improve a person’s ability to do so.

It’s not particularly something promoted as being possible, at least not on the training side of things, but it is considered possible on the OT Level side of things. It is considered one of those “side treats” that comes with getting onto and up the OT Levels.

The idea is a simple one…. just asking a person enough questions that an answer comes to mind in a picture form. Reading ideas and thoughts would be mind-reading. This is not actually what Hubbard is talking about, not in the strictest sense of mind reading…. here he is referring to reading the pictures in a persons mind. A picture like a photo, not a picture like a movie.

This idea comes into play on the OT levels specifically, because a person on the OT Levels is addressing and talking to BTs or thetans. It’s not like these guys ever talked back (that I am aware of), but the concept of reading the pictures as responses is part of the OT levels. So then if you do this kind of thing in sessions, there is no reason you could not also do the same thing out in the world.

In a lecture like this, the thought process of a Scientologist would be that Hubbard was so OT all the way back when he did this with the FBI agent (towel on the head, give me a break!), and the Scientologist would be in awe of Hubbard’s OTness in these early years. The idea that Hubbard was already OT in the late 40’s or so was to just understand that Hubbard was way ahead of us all and the next few decades was him being nice enough to make a path for the rest of us to catch up to him.

We all tried to read pictures like this, and had people confirm what we had determined, but who really knows if they were truthful? I doubt it.

So here’s our treat to you, dear readers. Hubbard in his own words describing his ability to read your thoughts like words off a card. A Fair Use segment from the 1957 lecture, “Obnosis.”



SMERSH Madness 2018

Today we’re continuing with the second round of our big dance featuring the people we think are working hardest to defend Scientology against its enemies. These are not only Scientologists, but also the people who enable the church as it works against its foes. Which of them do you think deserves the most recognition for Keeping Scientology Working, spreading disconnection, and litigating former Scientologists into the ground?

Today’s matchup features our #6 seed, the richest Scientologist in the world, Trish Duggan. Now that she’s split with her billionaire entrepreneur husband, Bob Duggan, Trish was honored with her own “Invictus” trophy by Scientology leader David Miscavige at the last IAS gala in England. But Trish has been working hard for Scientology for many years, helping to fund church initiatives around the world. And particularly in South Africa, where we reported on a really bizarre situation with Trish and Bob and their adopted children. More recently, we spotted Trish at last year’s presidential inauguration, and we couldn’t help wondering if she’d been sent in to “safe point” Donald Trump for the church. And then we discovered that she and her ex have set aside $60 million worth of pharmaceutical stocks so that it produces a steady $3 million a year for Scientology into perpetuity. If you want to point to one reason why the church will remain solvent into the future, it’s generous Trish!

Trish is taking on our #11 seed and former top Scientology official Mark “Marty” Rathbun, who has certainly been earning his stripes lately as Scientology’s go-to attack dog. (Rathbun defeated Danny Masterson in the first round.) It’s a pretty stunning turn of events for people who were watching Rathbun’s gradual trajectory from Miscavige enforcer (1980s to 2004) to reclusive defector (2004-2008) to Indie champion (2009-2012) to anti-church litigant (2013-2015) and then back to Miscavige defender (2016- ). In his professionally-prepared attack videos, he’s taken a shotgun approach with blasts at everyone from Lawrence Wright to Paul Haggis to Leah Remini. But it’s his vicious swipes at Mike Rinder, formerly such a good and supportive friend, that really strike us as ugly in the extreme. It’s a pretty bewildering U-turn for a man who once said, “Just so everybody knows, as Miscavige just won’t seem to get it through his head, I will never fold to any pressure no matter how intense, and I am not for sale – at any price.”


[Trish Duggan and Marty Rathbun]

Who deserves to move on as champions of Scientology? Who has done more to perpetuate the church’s reputation in this time of crisis? Cast your votes!


Yesterday’s winner: Nancy Cartwright outpaced Joy Villa.


Make your plans now!

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,058 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,661 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 204 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,267 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,041 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,815 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,161 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,655 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,695 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,407 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 933 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,022 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,162 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,482 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,457 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 813 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,115 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,221 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,624 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,496 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,078 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,583 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,827 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,936 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 19, 2018 at 07:00

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