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Scientology and eyesight: The familiar totem of claiming clarity of vision to emulate Ron

After I completed the Purif I felt light, with a renewed source of energy, could focus more clearly and I’m more determined and excited for the future. My eyesight has improved slightly. I also feel very above and in control of my body. Thank you to the Purif staff and to LRH.

I was trying to work out what was so different and then it all came to light literally. Colours became so vibrant, my sense of smell improved and all of a sudden a massive release and my eyesight improved.



After a few weeks on the Purification Rundown, I noticed my mood generally improved, I could see things better at night and my vision wasn’t going blurry after reading.

Every Scientologist is required to write up a “success story” after completing a course, and they all sound very similar. For the Purification Rundown the success story almost always includes a claim of improved eyesight. It’s one of the central claims of L. Ron Hubbard that Scientology can cure poor eyesight. “You are only three or four hours from taking your glasses off for keeps.” (Dianetic Auditor’s Bulletin vol. 2 no. 7 January 1952.) Hubbard claimed that he cured his own eyesight, which he said was damaged during World War II. He wrote to the U.S. Navy “It began to fail after prolonged exposure to tropical sunlight in the Pacific in the spring of 1942.”


He later claimed to have been blinded by the muzzle flash of deck guns. “The muzzle flash of a deck gun had left him legally blind, while shrapnel fragments in hip and back had left him all but lame. In consequence, he could barely seat himself at a typewriter, could not focus on a printed page and, for that matter, could not discern the pages of his own books.” (Ron — Letters and Journals, 1997). His Navy records do not support that claim.

Hubbard does not appear in any photographs with corrective glasses, but that could be vanity. We asked Janis Gillham Grady, who spent years in close contact with Hubbard aboard the yacht Apollo, her memories of Hubbard’s eyesight. She tells us “he did use a magnifying glass when reading small print such as certain dictionaries, Physician Desk Reference or an encyclopedia. On the bridge he was known to sight ships on the horizon before several lookouts. He would also use binoculars while on the bridge. I would say it was fair to good as he did not seem to have problems with his sight when doing regular type life activities.”

Claiming to have improved eyesight makes a Scientologist feel closer to Hubbard. Through the bridge they are following the path that Hubbard blazed and part of that is curing one’s own physical injuries. The problem is that Hubbard’s claim of eye injury was part of his fraudulent attempt to get disability pay from the Navy, and his miraculous recovery part of his attempt to promote Scientology. It was two scams in one.



The Purif is one of the first steps on the Scientology bridge. If curing poor eyesight was actually common in Scientology there wouldn’t be so many Scientologists at the higher OT levels wearing glasses, but most of those writing success stories that include this do claim believe it. After all, the easiest person in the world to fool is yourself.

— Rod Keller


Bonus items from our tipsters

Would they need to offer so many incentives to their salespeople if church members were actually signing up for services?




In celebration of entering a new decade and the greatest expansion in history, the Freewinds is launching a brand new FSM Award Game!


From now and until the 1st of April 2020, in addition to a 10% commission on auditing, a 15% commission on training and 15% on conventions, Ship FSMs will also be instantly awarded the equivalent value of their commissions in training awards.


These training awards may be used for any training service, including:

– The Competence and Leadership Course
– Any Freewinds Convention- Student Hat,
– PTS/SP Course- Solo Auditor Course or
– Advanced Solo Auditor Course
– Survival Rundown Course
– Any Golden Age of Knowledge Course


As an alternative to the above awards, but in addition to your commission, if an FSM gets 5 selectees arrived to the Ship for a convention and a course, the FSM will be awarded a Freewinds convention.


In addition to your commissions and training awards on FSSO services, thefollowing accommodations awards are issued:

For every selectee arriving for New OT VIII, you win 10 nights in a 4-person shared cabin.

For every 2 selectees arriving for Competence and Leadership, you win 1 week in a 4-person shared cabin.

For every 5 selectees arrived to the Ship for Freewinds Conventions, you win 1 week in a 4-person shared cabin.


For every selectee arriving to the Ship for Student Hat, PTS/SP, Advance Solo Auditor Course, Purification Rundown or the Survival Rundown, you win 1 week in a 4-person shared cabin.

Let’s send the world to the Ship for these invaluable services!


Source Code

“Get a picture of a cat and say it belongs in 1810. A picture of a cow and say it belongs in 1830. Picture of a pig, say it belongs in the year 1. A picture of a woman, say it belongs in the second century BC. Continue with that exercise, any picture, any date. Any picture, any date. OK. Now let’s find some places you are not. All right.” — L. Ron Hubbard, February 16, 1954


Overheard in the FreeZone

“While it seems true that LRH didn’t complete his engineering degree, he had some engineering schooling, he was a consummate engineer in how he thought; and many engineers were confident he had an engineer’s mind, including my father who was a software engineer. I was once shown a 1950 dictionary whose entry for Dianetics read ‘a mental science developed by American engineer, L. Ron Hubbard,’ and so I wonder if history has been revised/files have been corrupted, as dictionary writers tend to do good research work, I think.”


Random Howdy

“It’s just like the mob, if you’re a money maker, you’re golden. You can molest the kids, murder your mistress etc but as long as you’re UPSTAT you’re a HERO. This statement by Hubbard is all the proof that the indies or anyone else should ever need to convince them that it was never about anything else except the money.”


Start making your plans…

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


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?



[ONE year ago] In homophobic Scientology, you are required to write up your sins or else
[TWO years ago] Scientology scare tactics used against woman who reported its quack therapy for kids
[THREE years ago] Louis Theroux enjoys UK award for ‘My Scientology Movie’ ahead of US release
[FOUR years ago] Science Fiction smackdown: L. Ron Hubbard, the pith helmet-wearing ‘pipsqueak Prometheus’
[FIVE years ago] The paranoid, depressed L. Ron Hubbard: Jim Dincalci’s 1997 ‘Secret Lives’ TV interview
[SIX years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology is having a grand re-opening at Big Blue this Saturday!
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Mythbusting with Jon Atack: And With Help From Harlan Ellison!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s Secret Ranch: Where LRH Will Reincarnate?


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 1,850 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,354 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,874 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 894 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 785 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,092 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,960 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,734 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,508 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,854 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,420 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,339 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,507 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,088 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,349 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,387 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,100 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,625 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,152 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,715 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,855 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,175 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,030 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,150 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,505 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,808 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,914 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,316 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,188 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,771 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,266 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,520 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,629 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 16, 2020 at 07:00

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