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The new ‘Freewinds’: Founder L. Ron Hubbard says Scientology is ‘supermagic’!

We want to thank the tipster who sent along the new issue of ‘Freewinds’ magazine, which tries to convince Scientologists to come to the church’s floating cathedral and private cruise ship.

Once again, we were struck by the part of the publication that most readers likely leaf past without a glance, and that’s the required L. Ron Hubbard essay dredged up from some past lecture or article.

For us, this was another really intriguing look at how Hubbard was promising things that we figure should have given Scientologists some indication that maybe he was a bit of a crackpot. In this case, he seems to be claiming that Scientology offers them a literal escape from the universe, whatever that could possibly mean. We thought you’d want to see it, and we’d like to hear your interpretations of it.

Was this guy nuts or what?



Well, I’ve worked for a lot of years to bring Dianetics and Scientology up to a point of supermagic.

It was easy to get them up to magic.

In a world where no results, aside from accidentals, had been the order of things, it was simple to create magic. A cloying illness resolved, a fast heal of a broken limb, a recovery from fixations and obsessions, it was easy to repair these. That was simple magic.

What were we really looking for?

We knew, all of us, that we were in a sort of trap called physical universe. And although it was all right to say we’d gotten in ourselves and that it was each man’s fault, it is nevertheless true that it was a trap complicated by innumerable traps.

It was all right to say that it was “natural” for Man to kill a deer. But that wasn’t making it any easier on the deer.

It was all right to recover enough data to know that dying wasn’t fatal, but still men died and dying often hurts.

By no actual consent of our own we are torn from our friends and possessions and crushed into new lives. But just because we understood it made it no less arbitrary, no less painful. Just because we could better understand the trap made it no less a trap.

I’ve heard people say, “I don’t know what I ever would have done if you hadn’t come along, Ron.” All right, why should somebody like me have to come along if all the world is right and the universe an expression of deep love?

We curse at man-made hells. We spot cause in villainies uncountable. Yet think now, what are we doing in a universe in which hells are possible?

Sure, maybe you even asked to come here. But deep in pain and shock, shadowed by your own forgetting, why puzzle now if this universe is a good place?

You wouldn’t say a lion’s cage is a good place for a child. Nor would you jeer at and accuse a child who unwittingly stumbled into a lions cage. What is the cage doing there in the first place for a child to fall into?


Let’s be sane. We can rationalize this universe, we can explain complaints, we can blame the inmates, but is it not true that we came unwitting into it?

What do we really want out of Dianetics and Scientology? What could I really give you that you want?


Is there anything wrong with escape? Is a man mad who seeks to leave a fire that chars him, a mass that crushes him, a world that laughs at his dreams and scolds him for his stupidity.


Why not escape?

Why not let a few others escape? After all we’re not all only ones. We can feel and we can cry.

Tell me why Christianity won so well. Wasn’t it because of promised escape.

Tell me why Buddhism won so sweepingly. Because it promised escape.

Well, why not escape? If the great religions of all time became great on the promise of escape we must assume that a lot of people want out and that there’s something wrong with in.

This universe is a breaker of bones, a defiler of deeds, a mocker of gallantry and peace. I can say this with equanimity. I don’t have to get emotional or even personal about it.

A spirit seeks to advance, to improve. Each way is blocked. This universe knows only how to decay.

Is there a way out?

Yes there is.


We have it in Scientology now. I have found it and charted it. I know exactly how to open the gate.

For whom? Ah yes, that’s the news. We used to say, “if your case is in good shape” or “if you really want to.” Of course you want to. But it didn’t require magic to open the gate. It required a supermagic to let our friends go free.

For many years or less you have believed in me. You saw enough to know two things: (a) that I was sincere and would continue to work on it and (b) that a progress line existed which improved.

All right. What has been done? The auditing skills have been created which led an auditor up to this.

What has been done? With specific processes we can rescue the people lowest down, even the unconscious people.

I told the 18th ACC, “I am through researching south. All further HGC researches will consist of going north.” I went north faster than I had thought I would. I have taught auditors how to go all the way north.

All the way.

I know why you’re here and the fast way out. I have taught auditing skill to Academy students. I’ve taught all the way north to the HGC auditors.

What is the way out? With no excuses, no byroads. Straight out. All the way.

Without belief or faith or “right conduct” you can go all the way.

— L. Ron Hubbard, from Ability magazine

Thanks for that pep talk, Commodore.

‘Freewinds’ magazine is also notable for the list of course completions for folks who have come to the ship, specifically the people completing OT 8, the ultimate auditing level on the Bridge to Total Freedom. Here’s the list of this issue’s OT 8s. Recognize anyone?



Ana Altamira Nunez, Davide Balconi, Donna Barna, Gulnara Ben, Maria Bennett, Jacqueline Benoit, Kim Bey, Gilles Bourgeois, Ivan Briones, Atsuko Chiwaki, Karla Contreras, Lina Cordini, John Eurell, I-Yueh (Yvonne) Fang, Peter Fraser, Fernand Gemme, Vivian Gray, Giovanni Grillo, Felix Hackenberg, Kristopher Harris, Wade Henry, I-Hsuan (Angela) Huang, Mary Jo Hyland, Tomoko Kato, Helen Kizler, Tatiana Kravchenko, Jalin (Chia-Ling) Li, A.D. Maddox, Chiara Magni, Joseph Matievich, Polly Matthes, Leo McCormick, Mark McGovney, Ebitimi McQuade, Sharman Munro, Lorena Noriega, Helen Adela Parselle, Paul Henry Polivnick, Anatoly Pudlo, Jose Fernando Ramos, Heinz Renggli, Lynn Robison, Eve Rodriguez, Alfons Ruegg, Donatella Ruggeri, Ilana Salame, Giancarlo Sangalli, Amie Saphire, Thomas Schmidt, Richard Shube, Mary Schuerger, Gianluca Scipioni, Richard Stein, Leland Thoburn, Catherine Thomas, Larry Trainor, Lupita Trimmer (Reyes), Aaradona Michelle Walker, Li-Chieh (LJ) Wang, Billie Wegmann, Halsey Wickser, Randy Mitsuichi Yamada, Yoshio Yamamoto, Jane (Hui-Chen) Yen


Tennessee’s state Human Rights Commission celebrates a Scientology/Nation of Islam event

At this point, we’ve been watching so many strange consequences of the Scientology-Nation of Islam mashup that it doesn’t really surprise us too much that a woman with a lengthy, documented history in both organizations, Latricia Chris Young Muhammad, gave a talk this week at Scientology’s Nashville church for “International Peace Day.”


What is kind of unusual about it, however, is that Tennessee’s state Human Rights Commission was promoting the event on its website…


If Tennessee really wanted to promote human rights, it might do better to promote a program talking about the Scientologist-run house of horrors that was shut down in that state a few years ago.

Heck, if they sprung for air fare we’d be happy to come to Nashville to talk about it, and catch a Titans game while we’re there.


Source Code

“Today we’re processing the present. We’re processing energy flow — live energy flow — in present time. We’re processing ‘right now.’ And ‘right now’ gets affected by ‘then,’ just as you learned in the first book and just as you learned in subsequent publications, and all you’ve been practicing to date. ‘Then’ affects ‘now.’ But all you will have to process, really, to get rid of ‘then,’ is ‘now.’ So you can process ‘now.'” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 21, 1952


Overheard in the FreeZone

“American independents were indoctrinated into believing that the Galactic Confederacy is fairy tales. And that Galactic Patrol stories are as dangerous as Ebola.”


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

[Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, and Juliette Lewis]

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] Is David Miscavige making changes to Scientology to fend off media glare?
[TWO years ago] Federal judge says he has the Scientologists for a justice panel, but Garcias say, ‘not so fast’
[THREE years ago] DRONE FLYOVER: Scientology’s secret ranch where L. Ron Hubbard departed this Earth
[FOUR years ago] United Kingdom sees Scientology documentary ‘Going Clear’ tonight on Sky Atlantic
[FIVE years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Turning begging for cash into an art form
[SIX years ago] FEAR: Jon Atack on Scientology’s Essential Ingredient
[EIGHT years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,574 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,703 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,207 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,727 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 747 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 638 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,945 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,813 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,587 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,361 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,707 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,273 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,192 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,360 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,941 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,202 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,241 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,953 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,479 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,005 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,568 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,708 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,028 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,884 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,003 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,358 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,661 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,767 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,169 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,041 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,624 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,119 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,373 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,482 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 21, 2019 at 07:00

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