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Scientology icon and double OT 8 Chick Corea dies at 79 of cancer

[Corea at the Scientology 1977 ‘OT Summit’]

Chick Corea’s Facebook account announced this afternoon that the legendary jazz artist died Tuesday of a “rare form of cancer which was only discovered recently.”

Besides being known for his masterful music career, Corea was also one of Scientology’s most dedicated celebrity members. We reported in 2016 that he had completed Scientology’s highest auditing level, Operating Thetan Level 8, for the second time.

As an OT 8 Corea should have been “cause” over matter, energy, space, and time, but like other upper level Scientologists, he was unable to overcome a disease Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard claimed his counseling could defeat.

Corea was born June 12, 1941 in Boston. He joined Scientology in 1968 after reading Hubbard, and by 1977 he was being celebrated as an OT Scientologist in a special “OT Summit” held that year.

When Corea finished OT 8 for the second time, we asked a Celebrity Centre source about it, who told us: “I think they convinced him that they had changed it slightly and so he needed to do it over again. It’s so insane,” said our source.


We’d really like to hear from former church members of their memories of Corea and his amazing decades of music. We’ll add more to this story as more information emerges.


[Corea and Alfreddie Johnson, Scientology Freedom Medal winners]

Here’s what Chick told a Scientology publication about his second OT 8, which is completed on Scientology’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds…

This whole experience, from beginning to end, has been magical … full of wins, wins and more wins. As I advanced on my auditing, I found myself more and more certain that in reality I can actually accomplish things I had only dreamed of.

In a recent graduation on the Freewinds I saw a video on an LRH quote regarding an independent attitude towards existence. I thought to myself: “This is my personal goal: to achieve an independent attitude in relation to existence and not be influenced by someone or something.”

Well, now this has happened, big time. Many of the postulates and dreams that I had imagined and wanted to achieve had been quietly put aside. I found myself thinking: “Maybe someday…”

I knew I was pulling back, but I did not know how to resolve it. This beautiful and simple level has helped resolve that consideration. I accomplished an independent attitude in relation to existence!

I can be totally sure who I am and what I think, as I continue to play the games of life.

In the middle of all the randomity that life can present, I now know that I can absolutely reach the goals and the dreams that I had put aside for a while. I can also reach all the new ones that I create.

Another benefit of having completed New OT VIII is the factor that fun in my daily life has increased significantly. I like the physical universe a lot more. I’m more deeply interested in music … another big win. I would never have thought it could have happened, but it did.

Scientology historian Jon Atack sends in this tribute:

“Despite his continued affiliation with Scientology, I regard Chick Corea as one of the great musicians of our time. The albums Three Quartets and Bliss are tremendous works of art.”


Musician and former Scientologist Geoff Levin sends us this:

“I met Chick at the New York Org in the early 70s. He was performing there. He had released the album Light As A Feather with Stanley Clarke, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira and Joe Farrell. I was performing with Jimmy Spheeris, and he introduced me to Chick. The music and the band was vital and exciting. So was Chick. I had the privilege of recording with Chick when he played on Jimmy Spheeris’s The Dragon is Dancing. And in the late 80s Chick played a wonderful rendition of music written by Chris Many and me on “War Babies” on the Celestial Navigation album Ice. Chick always brought excitement into a room. We lost a musician’s musician, a jazz icon. I’m sad to see him go so soon, believing in L. Ron Hubbard and his organization that in my opininon only took from him and gave him only lies in return. Good by old friend next time around you will know better.”


Source Code

“That’s a trick I learned from Commander Thompson, by the way. He used to train cats. It’s almost impossible to train a house cat — I mean really train a house cat into doing all sorts of dog tricks and so forth. He used to be able to do that, and he taught me how to train cats when I was a kid. He would wait for the cat to do something and then he’d reward it. And if you don’t think that requires patience! You’re going to wait for this cat to do something that’s going to be totally accidental, and then you’re going to approve of it. Wow! Oh, you can just burn up hours and hours and hours trying to train a cat.” — L. Ron Hubbard, February 11, 1957


Avast, Ye Mateys

“TIME MACHINE ORDERS: I issue a lot of TM orders and queries. Very many of them are routed straight back to me. Those who don’t know what dreadful things happen to their Ethics Files if the TM doesn’t know they have answered the order or query should find out very fast as some Ethics Files must be getting very fat indeed. Those who think they know should check up on it. The PL to refer to is in Vol 0 of the OEC Book.” — LRH Pers Comm, February 11, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone


“Total Knowingness, initially experienced solo as a subjective recognition point is quite different to objective exteriorisation from the entire theta/mest construct experienced with an auditor in session and the recognition of total mutual knowingness in PT outside all. Likewise practical total knowingness, subjective, objective and practical tested, verified and demonstrated with regard to truth per definition in session with an Auditor — the precise consideration, the precise time, place, form and event, in PT — is a further gradient of recognition which then opens up the route to OT per definition.”


Past is Prologue

1998: A number of court filings regarding Keith Henson were posted this week, including this filing to show that the posting of NOTS 34 material was not “willful” under copyright law. “Defendant (if permitted) will produce witnesses to the nature of the NOTs 34, ‘The Sequence for Handling a Physical Condition.’ Defendant maintains that NOTs 34 is an instruction manual for criminal activity. NOTs 34 specifically claims ‘healing’ with the E-meter, a claim which (besides being illegal) was specifically denied to all Scientology organizations by Judge Gasell in an order, a copy of which has been provided to this court. Just this morning news has come from Germany of a person who is reported to have died from the effects of scientology’s ‘medical’ treatment.”


Random Howdy

“I think Tony is taking the day off and that’s just fine by me. Watch some football or somethin’ everybody.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Masterson arraigned Jan 20. Next conf to set prelim, March 24.

Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing delayed to March 2.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for May 20 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Charged in Brooklyn federal court on Feb 4. Arraigned on Feb 9.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition for writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District. Petition for review by state supreme court denied Dec 11.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 30, Judge Kleifield granted Scientology’s motions to compel arbitration. March 8: Status conference.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Dec 17: Feshbachs sign court judgment obliging them to pay entire $3.674 million tax debt, plus interest from Nov 19.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.

Concluded litigation:
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs.
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.


SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks

The Australian Seven News network cancelled a 10-part investigation of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks. Read the transcripts of the episodes and judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.


After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. 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 a weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Another drone’s eye view of the compound where Scientology is keeping Shelly Miscavige
[TWO years ago] Untouchable? Scientology’s 60-year plan to protect itself from the law
[THREE years ago] Scientology targets the Red Cross in its latest sneaky front group scheme
[FOUR years ago] What happens when Scientology helps you reach ‘your full potential’
[FIVE years ago] The disgraced sheriff, the Holocaust survivor, and Scientology’s most unhinged front group
[SIX years ago] These are the superpowers Scientologists are paying big bucks to attain
[SEVEN years ago] It’s time to wake up our space cooties on Scientology’s New Operating Thetan Level Five!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s “Pope” Isn’t Resigning, But Some in the Church Want to Give Him a Push
[NINE years ago] Scientology Dramaturgy: Commenters of the Week!


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 2,209 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,713 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,233 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,253 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,144 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,451 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,319 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,093 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,897 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,213 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,779 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,698 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,866 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,447 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,708 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,746 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,459 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,984 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 339 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,514 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,065 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,214 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,534 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,389 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,508 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,864 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,167 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,273 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,675 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,547 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,130 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,625 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,879 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,988 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 11, 2021 at 16:29

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