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How Scientology’s mental health ideas end up enabling the worst compulsions

Chris Shelton and Sunny Pereira — two longtime former Sea Org members who really know the subject — today wrap up a series of discussions they’ve put together about Scientology and mental health.

“Scientology’s Introspection Rundown was L. Ron Hubbard’s supposed ‘cure’ for psychosis — his words,” Chris tells us. “This is a long and technical video because we really get into the nitty-gritty details of some auditing methods and I think some folks will find this just as interesting as some of the finer points of the Introspection Rundown itself. I don’t think anyone has gone into such detail about this before, and it will give many never-ins a better look into what actually goes on in Scientology auditing. Sunny was invaluable in helping put this together and I want to acknowledge her for her great assistance with these videos.”

Says Sunny, “Not only do we cover the steps of the Introspection Rundown itself, but I end up talking about how Scientology enables compulsions, like the Dianetics quote about kissing 7-year-old girls. I also talk about what happened in Los Angeles when Lisa McPherson died at the Flag Land Base in Florida. Miscavige covered it up internally too, and not just at Flag,” she says. “I hope this talk helps somehow, for someone.”




Bonus items from our tipsters

That wave of new people didn’t materialize at Scientology orgs after the TV network went online on March 12, but never fear, Scientologists are being told that the big result is happening with online courses. Hip, hip, hooray!


Rasha was good enough to send us the new issue of Source magazine, which is setting new lows for propagandistic boredom. We did pull out a few things for your enjoyment, however.



Make your plans now!


Wow, we’re now less 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 5,103 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,706 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 249 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,312 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,086 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,860 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,206 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,700 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,740 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,452 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 978 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,067 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,207 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,527 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,502 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 858 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,160 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,266 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,669 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,541 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,123 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,628 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,872 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,981 days.


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

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The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2017 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2017), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

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