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For you doubters, here’s proof of Scientology miracles that demonstrate the power of ‘OT’!

It’s that time again, campers! And we like how much we introduced this idea last time, here it is again…

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…

I was in a cafè with a friend when a sparrow entered from the window and landed on a shelf over our table. He flew away, bumped into a wall, then turned back to flutter around the room. A waitress tried to make him fly out of the open window, but each time, the bird flew away from her, frightened. I decided to intervene. I told the sparrow that everything was fine and I would help him. It stopped and I picked him up. He simply sat in my hands. I leaned out of the window and opened my hands. He didn’t fly away. I wondered how the bird’s parents could persuade him to fly. Just at that moment, an adult sparrow landed beside us as if to indicate the way. “Look who’s there,” I said to the little bird. The adult sparrow and the sparrow flew away together into the wind. — E.H.

I have a family ring with a one-carat diamond. I wear it every day, and for me it has a big sentimental value. One morning I was in the building where I work, which has many floors, and I had already been on four different floors, up and down the stairs, inside and out of the elevator, to meet up with various people in their offices. Two colleagues saw me in the corridor and they told me that they urgently needed to talk to me, so we entered an empty office near by. They were discussing a work problem when I touched the ring. I only felt the gold setting … and air. “My diamond is missing!” I said, shocked, interrupting the person who was speaking. All three (all women) stopped short. None spoke for 10 seconds. We remained calm. Time was still. The diamond was in the ring when I had slipped it on that morning but now it was not there. I saw myself retracing the thousand places I had already visited: my car to go to work, the road and then the whole building. I told myself that I would follow my footsteps, sweep the floors, anything necessary to find my precious gem. I refused to lose it. “I’ll find that diamond!” was my intention. Then I looked to my left, and on top of a filing cabinet I saw the diamond! My attention had been attracted directly there. We all smiled. The power of an OT woman wins once again. — A.W.

One day our dog Buddy decided to dig a way out of the yard and go to the park. My wife ​​and I were out, but a guy called to say that he had found Buddy. Later, my wife Ruth went to the young man’s house, she met him and his wife and brought our rebellious dog home. Months later, I decided to prepare a nice dinner and take it to the young couple as a thank you. Unfortunately, we had lost their phone number and we didn’t know their address. So, we put the leash on Buddy and we went for a walk in the park to see if Ruth could recognize the house. We were going to throw in the towel when a couple walking towards the park shouted out: “Buddy!” Ten seconds more and we would have missed them. Instead, we were able to thank them adequately. — J.C.

My favourite OT phenomenon is what I do when a motorist in front of me has his indicators on and does not know. Instead of being irritated, I become cause. With the lightest possible touch, I whisper at the driver’s ear: “Do I have my indicators on?” The driver makes that thought his own and looks. Within 30 seconds the indicators are off. If a minute goes by without any change, I do it again but this time only in concepts, not in words, in case I hadn’t used the right language. It is a game in which every driver wins. — S.H.-P.

In times when there was no GPS nor Google maps, I worked as a motorcycle courier in Sydney. Given that my bike had a big engine, my manager thought to give me the suburban area up to a hundred kilometers from the city. I jumped at the possibility of leaving the Sydney traffic and driving long distances. One time I had some urgent documents to deliver to a place 90 kilometers south of Sydney. I knew the general area but not the actual place nor the street. I didn’t want to use time or money to stop and buy a map so I decided to head south and just go by guessing to find the address. After 50 minutes of travel, I felt I was near the delivery place and almost there. I climbed a hill and below me I saw a small suburb nestled in a valley. I knew I was almost there. I went down the hill, turned a corner, following my OT perceptions, made two more turns and … that was it! I was there! — M.F.

I had just finished Super Power at Flag and I was on a flight back home and was getting ready for a movie and a snack when just at that moment the pilot came on the loudspeaker. He ordered all the passengers to return to their seats and fasten their seat belts because we were about to run into some strong turbulence. I decided to use my OT abilities and deal with it. I closed my eyes, put out a set of markers in front of the plane that kept it away from the turbulence. Ten minutes later, the flight was still without any bumps. No strong turbulence ever came, and the pilots probably wondered where the devil had all the bumps gone. — R.R.



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Source Code

“Little boy is a kick. My little girl requires interest to be kind of generated by the vicinity. You know? It’s got to be heavy matter and that sort of thing. She’d get interested. Yes, she’s very alert and very interested. But this little boy, her brother, is practically an Operating Thetan. And he is a fabulous little character — not just because he’s my son, of course — but he’s a fabulous character in that he’s always exteriorized. You walk past his room — his door is closed, you see — in the middle of the night and he’ll do a flip-flop on his bunk, bang! and he’ll be right up there scratching on the door saying, ‘Hey, say hello,’ you know, that sort of thing. You open the door and say, ‘Hello, Quentin,’ and he’s real happy.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 6, 1954


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I know that jewish dna tends to produce more 1.1s, but that doesnt mean we are going to single out a whole group of people as being 1.1 and that we should be racist or anything, the free zone is open to all and sadly the atlantean/aryan race is full of bad bodies too, i think its better than other bodies but sadly here on earth all bodies are bad for the thetan and we need to empower the thetan and ignore the corrupted bodies.”


Random Howdy

“Man, my groovy shark vid got no votes, but my simple-minded off-the-cuff remark got top vote. You people are weird.”


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

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

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?



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[THREE years ago] Chris Shelton dives into Scientology culture with the Larisa Smith story, part two
[FIVE years ago] A Bunker Exclusive: Jonny Jacobsen’s 2008 book introduction describing Scientology
[SIX years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology’s Shiny New Freedom Magazine!
[SEVEN years ago] Another Narconon Lawsuit, Oregon Dentist to Fight Order, and More Scientology Links
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Raided, Smacked Down in Court, and Accused of Killing Trees — a Thursday Roundup


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,589 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,718 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,222 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,742 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 762 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 653 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,960 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,828 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,602 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,376 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,722 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,288 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,207 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,375 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,956 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,217 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,256 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,968 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,494 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,020 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,583 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,723 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,043 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,899 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,018 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,373 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,676 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,782 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,184 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,056 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,639 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,134 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,388 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,497 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 6, 2019 at 07:00

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