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Scientology sells miracles, and we can’t get enough of them

[Mr. Ed’s knockin’]

As much as Scientology wants the public to think of it as a totally not weird self-help group that offers things like improved communication and business acumen, the reality is much stranger and, frankly, a lot more interesting.

What Scientology really offers is a yearslong pursuit of esoteric practices that lead to superhuman powers, granted as a church member reaches the “Operating Thetan” auditing levels.

These upper-level secrets are not cheap. And to entice members to keep forking over the big bucks, for decades Advance! magazine has been printing ghost stories, er, totally true and factual accounts of Scientologists discovering their new supernatural skills obtained while they are going through their OTs.

The magazine calls them “OT Phenomena,” and we can never get enough of them.


Our thanks to the reader who sent us the most recent issue, which contained these accounts of Scientology miracles.

“Open Up,” Says Me!

After a solo session I went to the Examiner and then got into an elevator to go to the Solo Board I/C. I got off the elevator, began walking and then realised I should go to another floor instead. When I turned back around, the same elevator doors opened up and I got in. The people inside were smiling at me. I found out that someone inside the elevator somehow picked up on the fact that I would need to get back into the elevator, so they brought it back for me.

And after this happened, whenever I needed the elevator, I would simply walk up to it and the doors would immediately open for me. — L.M.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

I had a blurry eye and felt somewhat uncomfortable for months. While I was out of the country I had it checked out by a doctor and was told it was “dry eye.” But this didn’t handle my discomfort. Something was still not quite right.

When I returned home I went to my ophthalmologist, who is also a surgeon and very thorough.

He looked at the top of my eye under the lid and saw a calcium deposit underneath the membrane trying to poke its way through. He numbed my eye, and then poked back with a cotton swab but it was still there.

My ophthalmologist told me that he could remove it and right there in his office, I agreed. He put numbing drops on my eye, got out his scalpel and placed it on the table.

He was about to begin. Turning my upper eyelid inside out again, so he could take another look, he joked, “I think I did something like this 40 years ago as an intern.” I smiled, and we were both very uptone. And all the while I was looking at the razor thinking I would rather not have him cut into my eye.

However, I was not ridging, avoiding or getting restimulated about the situation at all. I simply put my attention on the spot of discomfort.

He then picked up the razor and said, “Wow.” He comm lagged, then inspected my eye some more. “It fell out,” he said.

“I don’t know where it went, but I can see where it was. There’s even a small mark but it is no longer there.”


I knew this was because I had the power to simply get rid of it. — K.U.

Loud and Clear

I visited a friend whose horse had been kicking his stall for some time. This was new behaviour. The weather was extremely hot, and the horse was inside of a barn that was even hotter.

I got near the horse and perceived what was going on. After a period of time, I suddenly got a very strong perception of the problem and got a picture of something that looked like turpentine smouldering in the heat near some straw. I found my friend and asked if there was any chance there was an open vat of kerosene or turpentine near some straw.

She went down to a part of the barn relatively far away from the horse and there it was.

Someone had been painting and left the supplies out. It was then cleaned up fully, and after that the horse stopped kicking the stall. — K.D.

Safe and Sound Protection

One day my co-worker was about to drive backward from the parking lot. However she did not notice the gigantic crane truck heading her way. Lucky for her, I did. And I did not agree that he would drive into her car. So I had my intention fully directed at my co-worker so that she would look at me and stop her car. She did. And I prevented an accident. All this happened quite calmly and without any panic. In fact, she did not even notice the truck at all. — R.F.

No Job Search Required

One day I had the idea that I really wanted to work in marketing and to start on this as soon as possible. So I simply decided, without even thinking about how it was going to happen, that I have a marketing job. That weekend a CEO of a local company came to an event. He told me that he wanted to meet up with me soon since he needed to hire someone to manage his company’s marketing. The following weekend we met, we ate and we spoke about the job. I was then hired. It was the easiest and most effortless accomplishment ever. And I’m doing so well, I’m even getting a promotion to Marketing Executive Director. — P.D.


Meanwhile, another tipster sent us the newest Freewinds magazine, and so we thought we’d post the names of the newest OT 8s, the people who have achieved the ultimate level on the Bridge to Total Freedom and can now leave their bodies at will and are masters of matter, energy, space, and time. Here are your new superheroes! Recognize anyone?


[Isle Van Hoof and Sydney Sherman]

Idan Gov Ari
Isabel Ayuso
Betsy Bartlett
Donna Boling
Bernard Brecheteau
Cia Brenke
Sandra Capelli
Gustavo Carballo Parini
Rosanna Crepaldi
Maria Eugenia Cruz Abreu

Alejandra Dingler
Kala Ellenberger
Gareth Ellzey
Melinda Konczne Ezsias
Teresa Gil
Bi-Ju Ho
Annette Hochman
Maryvonne Hussler
Robert Johnson
Zoe (Ke-Min) Lai
Tom Leach
Yung-Hsin Liao
Yana Magazova
Marcel Matar
Tina Melvin
Chie Mihara
Zsolt Nemeth
Ingrid Neumann
Andrew (Drew) Noel
Gemma Quiles Raga
Tessy Salame
Diane Seidule
Katsumi Seito
Tomoko Seito
Hila Shabtay
Sydney Sherman
Tommasina Pasqua Sideris
Corinne Silber
Peter Stephens
Edith Stewart
Natalia Sultanova
Ilse Van Hoof
Denise Vaughn
Gianluigi Vercellino
Chayanee Wills
Dorothy Wright


Start making your plans!


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology front group targets unwitting indigenous people to spread its propaganda
[TWO years ago] Scientology is still a fraud in France, but it gets some revenge against anti-cult group there
[THREE years ago] When L. Ron Hubbard tried to convince the BBB that Scientology was raking it in
[FOUR years ago] How Scientology responds to adversity: A classic example from its golden era
[FIVE years ago] Where is Scientology keeping Barbara Cordova Oliver?
[SIX years ago] Isabella Cruise and Eddie Frencher Reunite After He Leaves Scientology’s “Sea Org”
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Viscosity: Commenters of the Week!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,336 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,467 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,969 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,449 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 512 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 400 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,707 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,575 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,349 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,123 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,469 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,035 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 6,955 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,122 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,703 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,963 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,003 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,715 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,241 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,330 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,470 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,790 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,646 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,765 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,121 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,423 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,529 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,932 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,803 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,386 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,881 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,135 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,244 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 21, 2019 at 06:00

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