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In the Sea Org, it’s difficult to see Scientology’s incompetence — until you escape

[Sunny Pereira, helping you onto your OT levels.]

While you’re in Scientology, everything related to helping the organization achieve its goals is so important, nothing else is. As a member of the Sea Org, you’re always in an emergency situation, handling one top-priority last-minute must-complete crisis after another, around the clock and with your eternity and the organization’s planetary goals at stake.

But then, what actually happens?

Two things: Nothing gets accomplished, and nothing bad actually happens when Scientology doesn’t get its way.

It’s a big lesson I learned when I left Scientology: In the end, nothing bad happened when Scientology didn’t succeed.

A particular example has been on my mind lately. My very last job in the Sea Org was Case Supervisor. My duty was to get people who had made “Clear” ready for and approved for their OT Levels.


Since the release of the first Golden Age of Tech (in 1996), and the arrival of RTC Representatives on every Sea Org base, it was required that certain levels on the Bridge be “approved” by RTC before that person could move on to their next level.

My responsibility was to get the files of a person who had just gone Clear and verify that they had really made it to “Clear” (had evidence of Clear cognition as well as other indicators of Clear, which would all be apparent to me in their files).

To the man from Nantucket: I am truly sorry for the trouble you went through in late 2003.

He was freshly made Clear. A sparkling example of Hubbard’s tech in use. He was coming in to the American Saint Hill Organization (at the Big Blue complex in Los Angeles) for the next steps: getting ready for and approved for his OT Levels.

My job as Case Supervisor was to find any and all reasons why he might not be ready for his OT Levels, and get those programmed out to address and handle in auditing sessions.

But he was well and happy. There wasn’t anything really to address. The thing is, though, you cannot simply let a person go from Clear onto OT Levels. The concept is that after a person goes “Clear” they crash in other things. That is when auditing sessions come in, clean those up, then put him onto the OT Levels before his mind crashes again. The processes are called OT Preps and are part of the Grade Chart. It is expected that these steps take about two intensives (25 hours of auditing) to get through.

The problem was he got through them in about two hours of auditing, which is a big fat nope. Mind you, each time “the tech” is streamlined and “arbitraries cancelled” comes up, it’s the little things like this that they are referring to. Back in 2003, doing two hours on OT Preps was a big fat no way. They had to take at least a full intensive (12.5 hours) or even better two intensives to get through. In later years, this is very likely to have changed, multiple times.

So while I am poring over his files to figure out what to do with him, he is telling the staff he has to go home to winterize his house. In Nantucket. I can tell you that less than one percent of the staff there had any idea what he was talking about, or the importance of him needing to return home to do that.

But you can’t just leave, no matter how important you think something is. In Scientology, eternity is always at stake. As it was in this case. It’s the end of the world, puppies will die, children will starve, the world might end while he is “winterizing his house.”

For the first week, he was polite about it and tried to explain why he needed to take this trip. He tried so hard to be patient with the staff and explain it. But then it was getting closer and closer to winter, and he was genuinely becoming concerned. He had been in LA since late summer, and he never imagined he would be stuck there when winter was arriving.

It became a frantic fight for him in the end. He tried everything to reason with the staff, and they simply would not let him go until he was approved to start his OT Levels. (And remember, if he starts his OT Levels, he cannot leave until he completes through OT III).

The more frustrated he got, the more sure we were that he could not go. You can’t let someone leave who is upset! So then he really could not leave. It became an effort to watch over him and make sure he did not just take off. Because now that he was upset, he might behave irrationally and take off on his own. And that would be horrible. RTC would not approve him to start OT Levels if he was acting irrationally.

The whole thing was truly a vicious circle of how irrational Scientology can be.

He had been well and happy, and we made him angry and unhappy by telling him he could not go. Then we tried to make him happy again with auditing sessions (which cost him money) because we had upset him. There was nothing that would fix his unhappiness in session, he simply needed to go winterize his house, and nobody would let him go.


He finally found a way to dodge us and fly home. ASHO sent staff out to the airport to try to track him down, but he was gone.

He came back a week later, house ready for winter, and went on to his OT Levels like nothing ever happened.

Except it cost him weeks of extra room and board, and several extra intensives of auditing sessions to “clean up” his blow. As well as a round of liability condition as part of getting eligible for OT Levels (with him making apologies like sorry I took off, I promise to follow the instructions of the Sea Org members in charge of my Bridge progress. And I won’t do it again, etc. Until next winter).

In the end, nothing actually happened. No puppies died, no children starved, and no world was saved.

Scientology never gets what it wants, and nothing bad happens because of it. That’s what I didn’t understand until I finally got away.

— Sunny Pereira


Source Code

“If you did it, you can undid it. How do you like that? You can! You can undo it. Anything you’ve done, you can undo one way or the other — somewhere on the track, given enough time. Even without processing, you could undo it. A lot of you are going forward in life right now, just hoping you will get an opportunity to undo, oh, Lord knows what, killing blondes or something. Hoping you get enough opportunity to unkill battleships or something. Of course, some of you are out of luck entirely because maybe your overt acts are against heavy hussars — heavy cavalry, heavy horse cavalry — and you’re trying to undo overt acts against heavy horse cavalry in an age that doesn’t have any. So you have to become an historical writer.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 3, 1960


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Earth is being taken over, and unless we get rid of this bad DNA from our gene pool or unless we correct our DNA through doing OT8 we will always have trouble here on Earth. This is exactly what David Icke is describing when he says the elite are possessed by reptilians. Hubbard never mentions the word reptilian but its the same thing, maybe David has taken the research further by discovering they are reptiles? Maybe Hubbard knew this but thought people couldn’t handle that data as it might sound too silly or something so didn’t mention what they look like? And it isn’t that relevant anyway. These evil people are not really people, they are possessed. So we can keep fighting the evil changes to our world they are trying to make which is things like setting up the European Union and turning us all into trannys, or we can do OT8 on mass to fix everyone’s DNA so that these evil beings can’t mind control/posses people here anymore.”


Random Howdy

“There seems to be a reluctance even among some exes to understand that all the E-meter is physically capable of doing is measuring galvanic skin response. It is incapable of reading one’s emotional state.”


Start making your plans…

Head over to the convention website and meet us in St. Louis!


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

[Kelly Preston, Jason Dohring, and Anne Archer]

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] We asked Marc Headley about NXIVM’s Allison Mack using his Scientology lawsuit as a defense
[TWO years ago] Conan O’Brien to Danny Masterson in ’04, after rape claim was settled: ‘I’ve heard about you’
[THREE years ago] Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Aaron Smith-Levin on how families get so screwed up in Scientology
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s state of the union, 2016: Former spokesman Mike Rinder predicts ‘more pain’
[FIVE years ago] Jon Atack: What it’s like for the Scientologist who gives up the dream of being superhuman
[SIX years ago] Another Scientology video you aren’t supposed to see: ‘The Command of Theta’
[EIGHT years ago] Is Scientology Imploding? Watching the Panic After a Former Executive Dares to Question Church Management


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,806 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,310 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,830 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 850 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 741 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,048 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,916 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,690 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,464 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,810 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,376 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,295 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,463 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,044 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,305 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,343 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,056 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,581 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,108 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,671 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,811 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,131 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,987 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,106 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,461 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,764 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,870 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,272 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,144 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,727 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,222 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,476 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,585 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 3, 2020 at 00:00

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