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Spinning cars, self-healing cuts — more ‘OT’ ghost stories from Scientologists

Every once in a while, we like to remind readers what it is that keeps Scientologists committed to going up the “Bridge to Total Freedom,” a pursuit that takes years of expensive auditing, brutal interrogations, and extortionate pricing.

As many former church members have told us, one of the things that kept them going through that harrowing experience were the stories told by more experienced Scientologists, egging them on with stories of their fabulous “wins” and “gains” once they managed to go “OT.”

Scientology even enshrines that practice in one of its magazines. We’ve long had a fascination for the “OT Phenomena” column of Advance! magazine, and it’s also been a favorite of our readers. Each month, advanced church members who have gone through the “Operating Thetan” auditing levels — which cost tens of thousands of dollars each — tell mysterious tales of how their OT powers, gained on those levels, have impacted their lives.

Jefferson Hawkins once edited the magazine and told us the OT Phenomena column was one of its most popular features. Scientologists hunger for tales of the superhuman powers they will attain. And we never tire of reading these wonderful ghost stories, which for some reason often involve automobiles. (In the 1970s, the stories were wilder. Like the person who left their body, went across the country, and then performed surgery on someone while still in an ethereal state.)


Yesterday, a reader sent us the OT Phenomena column from a copy of Advance! that’s a few years old. We’re glad to see that the column really hasn’t changed very much from its heyday in the 70s — with the big exception being that names are no longer attached now, just initials.

We hope you enjoy these tales from Scientologists, and keep in mind, this is the stuff that keeps them in, year after year, putting up with so much abuse.

And hey, here’s an idea: Write up your own OT Phenomenon in the comments section! Let’s see if you can nail the style.


I was working as a carpenter on a project that required a lot of skill and dexterity with very sharp tools. On this occasion, I was fitting two pieces of wood together, and the chisel I was using slipped off the wood and went right through my thumb, cutting deeply to the bone.

I did not panic or react wildly, but in fact remained calm and wrapped a cloth tightly around the thumb, and held it above my heart. I then went to see a Scientologist doctor who fixed it up with about 8 stitches and I went back to work.

I stopped by the HGC and originated what happened and was told to come back a few hours later for my session.

In that session, we did an assist using NOTs procedure, and the most amazing thing happened. While I was doing the command, I noticed that my thumb was tingling, so I looked to where my left hand was holding the cans, and watched as the skin straightened itself out and then stopped — leaving nothing but a thin red line where the wound used to be!

The whole session was 10 minutes.

I went back to the same doctor the next day, told him what happened, and he took out the stitches declaring that it was healed. If it had been a regular doctor it would have been seen as a miracle! I went back to work as if nothing had happened at all, and it has been no trouble for me since. — T.S.


I was studying the Congress course on Positive Postulates and the datum that there was no negative, just the postulate and no negative given attention to.


I have an older truck that needed to get a smog check. When I brought it to my mechanic he said it will never pass. The standards had been raised to help stimulate the new car market.

At that point I saw perfectly that it was now my postulate and all in my hands. Did I got into agreement with that or not? I decided not to and really made the total positive postulate that the car was a pass.

The look on my mechanic’s face when he came out was pure astonishment.

It passed!

He was amazed as he had not seen the likes of that before. For me it was a good lesson in Tone 40 as an OT in life. — M.T.


I was in a flurry of intense activity and then got home and sat at the computer. I wanted to chill out and turned on an internet music site on which I have about one hundred “stations” I created which, in shuffle mode, constantly rotate from station to station. Each station can play, randomly, thousands of songs from that genre of music. I thought, “What I want to hear is a nice, slow, Rachmaninoff piece.” I only have three classical music stations and only one of those hundred focuses on pieces by Rachmaninoff or other pieces similar to his music. So I intended to take the site out of shuffle mode and pick the Rachmaninoff station when the site booted up.

Suddenly, a nice, slow, Rachmaninoff piece started playing! The chances of that are probably one out of one hundred thousand, or maybe even less.

Obviously the MEST universe cancelled the odds and complied with my command. — P.M.


New OT V (NOTs) is like magic. The things handled in session truly defy all the laws of the physical universe. For instance, I have had a bit of uncomfortable back pain for years. The pain was not much, but at times it would be very annoying.

One day while in session on NOTs, my back just snapped in place by itself. And I don’t have that uncomfortable feeling anymore. I have also had allergies I get this time of year. That too has blown in session. It is something everyone should experience. It is all personal gains and different beings get different things handled for them. — E.R.


It was mid-morning and I was in a rush to get to the airport to catch my flight. I had to get to a very important meeting that night on the East Coast.

A friend was taking me to the airport. We’re driving down the freeway, it’s pouring rain and there is traffic all around us. All of a sudden, we hit a sheet of water and started hydroplaning. The car started weaving out of control. Suddenly we were heading straight for the center divider at about 60 miles an hour.

In a flash I decided we were not going to have a head on collision as I had to make the flight and I was not about to get smashed up all over the freeway. I gave the car a theta nudge and it suddenly turned around and we were hurtling down the road backwards. The back bumper touched the center divider, we had traction again on the road and my friend was able to stop the car. All we had was a dent on the back bumper and a flat tire. But we were facing the wrong direction.

Then, just as suddenly as the car flipped around, all the oncoming traffic mysteriously disappeared and there was an off ramp right next to us. We drove off the freeway and found a gas station. While the car was being fixed, I caught a taxi to the airport, made my flight with time to spare and I arrived at the meeting on time without a scratch! Now that was OT. My friend thought it was a miracle. It was! — C.C.


I was auditing a preclear and in session and we took up the “Tax Collector.”

The preclear stated that the State had sent him a bill, but he had been reluctant to communicate with them for a long time.

We contginued to run “Tax Collector” and a couple more items to F/N and a big win and ended off. The following day the preclear reported that he called the state and the taxes were no longer owed at all. — E.B.


A friend and I were making props for an upcoming film. She was working on a miniature sports car (the size of a toy) and needed to paint it a different color along with a few adjustments that would make it match the real sports car that was being shot in the film (within hours).

I came into the room she was working in and she was on her hands and knees searching for something. I asked if she needed help (she was in grief). She had lost a very small silver part to the miniature car that was to go on the hood (less than 1/8th inch in size).

The props room she was working in had bits of things (wood, metal, clay, etc.) all over the floor from the many props made that day and she felt quite hopeless on her search.

I decided I would find it. I also decided that I was not going to be anxious or frantic about it (it was a pretty frantic and anxious situation as the shoot was going to take place within hours)…

I searched in the props area she was in, but did not find it. I then walked into the ladies changing room and quite suddenly I knew where it was. I could not see anything, but I just knew where it was, so I walked forward about 6 feet, bent down and when I got quite close to the floor I saw it! I picked it up and returned it to my co-worker. She now had tears of joy as it saved the shot by finding this small piece that was needed for the miniature car. — J.H.


My dad was very ill and losing weight at a phenomenal speed. He had a physical condition which had come back and the doctor was unable to effectively treat it. He was about to be hospitalized and there was not a lot of hope on what else to do.

I was starting New OT I, but was very worried about his illness. I did my first session for New OT I and in that session, I spotted the exact thing that was occurring in my dad’s universe and totally blew that charge — for him.

The next day, when my dad went to the doctor, he started to respond to the medical treatment.

Within two weeks, he had received more medical handling, had regained weight and then was actually able to get well enough for auditing. Next thing I knew, he himself was in session, addressing his own case factors and has never had that same problem return.

I was impressed that OT auditing could influence others so simply — yet, this is exactly what happened fo rme. I saved my dad’s life! — S.M.


I was driving down the street on a pleasant afternoon. As the light turned green and I entered the intersection I saw a lady speeding to the right of me. At that moment I realized that I had nowhere to go (someone was following too close behind me and someone was to the left me). I also saw that no one was behind the person heading right toward me. So I threw out a “STOP” into her universe, she immediately hit the brakes and came into present time.

I merrily went on my way and no horrible accident occurred.

This whole action took place in about 1 billionth of a second. — A.W.


Make your plans now!


We’re just a little more than two months out, and Chee Chalker is working hard to make sure things are going to run smoothly at this year’s HowdyCon in Chicago, June 21-23. As in past years, we’re looking forward to meeting readers of the Bunker, culminating in Saturday night’s main event.

The biggest difference this year is that our Saturday night event is separate from that evening’s dinner. Chee is setting up an inexpensive pizza dinner that you don’t need to pay for ahead of time, after which we’ll walk over to the theater where our event, hosted by Chicago Fire star Christian Stolte, will take place.

Because it’s a separate event, we’re asking that you pay $10 each to get into the Saturday night event, which will help us recoup what the Bunker paid for the venue. (We have never made a penny on our HowdyCon meetups, we only try to break even.)

Please email your proprietor (tonyo94 AT gmail) in order to reserve your spot for Saturday night’s main event. Seating is limited, and we’re going to have some really interesting people on stage and they may make a few announcements that you don’t want to miss.



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,088 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,691 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 234 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,297 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,071 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,845 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,191 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,685 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,725 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,437 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 963 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,052 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,192 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,512 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,487 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 843 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,145 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,251 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,654 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,526 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,108 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,613 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,857 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,966 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on April 18, 2018 at 07:00

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