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When going OT was the bomb: Testimonials about Scientology in its heyday

We recently came into possession of a remarkable cache of Scientology materials from the mid 1980s, and the condition they are in is pretty stunning. Some of this stuff looks like it just came from the printer.

A former member who was going through the “Operating Thetan” or OT levels at the time had the foresight to collect a lot of the stuff they were being inundated with by Scientology’s various divisions, and thought we might like to see it.

It provides a pretty great snapshot of Scientology in the years when sales of Dianetics were exploding thanks to the erupting volcano TV ad designed by Jefferson Hawkins, and a few years before the Time magazine cover story about the “thriving cult of greed and power” in 1991 that would mark the beginning of Scientology’s long, slow decline.

This collection of documents really captures Scientology in its heyday, and just before and immediately after the death of L. Ron Hubbard in January 1986.


We thought for this Sunday post, when we often take a look at Scientology propaganda in various forms, we’d focus on a slick pamphlet that promotes the OT levels to Scientologists by collecting a lot of testimonials from prominent church members at the time. We decided to share a few with you.

Norman Moe – “I had a great win on New OT I. I went outside and everything was extremely clear and bright. I felt super powerful. Later while driving down the street on my motorcycle I felt and knew that all other vehicles were acquiescing to my control. I pulled up to an intersection and by my intention stopped one vehicle and had another slow, and it was like they knew and agreed to the proper control. It felt very responsible.”

Jackie Harrison – “I had a wonderful win recently concerning New OT I. One day as I was reading a promo piece at home on New OT I a crystal clear comm line snapped into place with a guy who was auditing on his New OT I. This was a person who I have not as yet met this lifetime. Yet he contacted and handled an area of the track which we shared, and the clearest comm line I have ever had with another being was established. Ever since then, whenever I think of this guy or tell someone about the win the comm line goes back in and I’m aware of where he is and how he’s doing.”

Larry Hughes – “Last night I went to a reunion of old folk music friends of mine from the early sixties. I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to try to play with them, since I haven’t played guitar regularly for years. I have a beat up, cheap guitar that doesn’t hold a tune well, and I hadn’t tuned it in months. But when they started playing, I brought my guitar in from the car, and tuned it to the other instruments while they played twenty or thirty feet away. While I was talking to some people, I tuned my guitar perfectly in five minutes. I couldn’t do that years ago when I was playing regularly with a good guitar. Not only that, but my guitar stayed in tune for about two hours of hard playing, which is impossible. Anyway, it’s kind of a small win really, but it’s typical of the things I find myself doing these days. Basically, I guess I can do anything I decide to do. Life’s a lot of fun lately.”

Bruce Kobrin – “I am mid-auditing OT II. The strangest thing happened this morning. I was walking to a restaurant for breakfast, and a cat came right up and ‘talked’ to me. I didn’t think much of it, until a little later I was having a cup of coffee in a restaurant and the plants in the restaurant let me know they were hungry and needed plant food! It is the first time I can ever recall being in total ARC with plant life. Needless to say I informed the waitress they needed to be fed! Going OT is great! We don’t have understanding, we are understanding!”

JoJo Albert – “I find that postulates really work. I can decide to get a new job and get calls right away. But far more enjoyable is thinking of someone — any friend — wondering how they are, and receiving a letter from them in three or four days. Or I call them, and they say, ‘I was just thinking of you!’ I also love the times when I exteriorize with full perceptions. It’s too incredible for words. I could go on forever!”

Mollie Espinosa – “Yesterday, while I was doing something, I noticed a cycle that was about to occur. A small boy was crossing the street and I ‘sensed’ a car coming towards him a bit too fast. I was able to slow the car down so the boy could finish crossing the street and I returned to what I was doing without the driver even noticing what had occurred. The driver went into confusion and came into present time. The wasn’t aware of what had happened at all. But he was safe.”

Scott Sutton – “Since completing New OT V, my income as an artist has more than doubled and I’ve signed with a big publisher to write and illustrate a series of children’s books. The biggest win is that when I postulate something and write it down, it just happens. Illness is a thing of the past. Also, the wins I get from using the tech, ethics and admin data in life are much bigger than before I did New OT V. It’s like New OT V allowed me to get more gains from the tech.”

Jeff Scott – “In early August I had finished writing all thirteen episodes of a new animated Saturday morning television series called ‘The Muppet Babies.’ My usual course of action was to write about six to ten letters and make half a dozen phone calls to various producers and network execs. I never ask for work; I merely let people know I’m done with a current cycle and the work orders begin to flow in. [This time] I merely wrote a little note down stating the time of my postulate so I could see how long the communication lag would be. Ready for this? Twenty four hours later I got a telephone call from the president of the largest television animation studio in the world asking me if I would be interested in creating and producing a television series with them and offering me a guarantee in the six-figure range plus 25 to 30 per cent of the profits of any show I create. Not bad, huh?”

Ronald Kule – “Countless times I’ve helped with avoiding car crashes and ARC breaks with just a quiet intention of their intentions and postulates about to collide. As a thetan I perceive the crash about to happen and simply place either a postulate of no-crash there, or some extra dimension points for extra space between the vehicles and no crash ensues. The same perception-postulate doingness helps me with couples I see arguing, and they go uptone and their communication cleans up.”

The booklet also contained several photos of successful Scientology OTs, and this was the one that really knocked us out…


[Caption: Chris Many and Geoff Levin, both New OT V, score and record music for television, movies, industrial films and commercials.]



Source Code

“If you don’t administer a good, tough Security Check, and if you don’t keep that Security Check good and keep it whole, you’re just setting it up for PCs not only to not be cleared but actually to start feeling miserable. Oddly enough, feeling miserable, they’re better off than they were being irresponsible. You got the idea? And they’ll tell you so, too. But you just peg them. You peg their processing gain. It isn’t that you do something overt that forces their case down; you peg their processing gain. And it’ll peg right up to the point where they become responsible for some overt act in the past. And there the case will hang. And that’s it. They’ve had it from there on. And you won’t get any further advance out of that case. So one of your rules is, is when a person ceases to advance rapidly, you just pick up Mr. Joburg and start in at the beginning and run through to the end. And you all of a sudden will find out why.” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 6, 1961


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Running on entheta rumours without verifying them, not studying stats before action are deadly sins. Anyone who manages that way is really in treason. What really happened was NY staff apparently had some mutineers on it and former EC NY must have had them held down. The staff played ‘My Boss is an SP.’ So ECUS unwittingly listened to false reports, supported the mutiny, shot down the EC and crashed the org. The story is obvious from the stats.” — The Commodore, June 6, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Hubbard was not just another protoplasm packet on the loose running around Earth. Spanning Hubbard from good to bad could probably kill someone if they managed to do it. Since the term Clear is pretty well not defined at this time, I have no idea what anyone is talking about, except that maybe they missed an implant or two or three or twelve which some of us probably did. He was without question one of the greatest minds to walk the earth, and was on a good roll for most of his stay here. What is clear is that Hubbard was an expert in Scientology long before he ever hit mud on Earth. Or else he was channeling experts who already knew what they were talking about when he did his work. It’s kind of like music, if your mind is open, the music starts pouring in. If your mind is open, the tech starts pouring in. It did take some extra human confront though.”



Past is Prologue

2000: Tony Williams reported a protest in Atlanta this week. “We had two new signs – I had one that said ‘Scientology Lies –’ on one side, and ‘Who is Xenu? find out at’, while ethercat carried ‘What is Scientology? Its a Bait and Switch Scam’, backed with ‘Scientology – They sell you a Bridge, and their logo is a Double-Cross!’. We brought some Flyer-Paks(R) with us; we were able to hand out 3 of them! We picketed from a little before 11:00 until a little past noon, as we had planned. A bit before noon Linda the OTVII showed up to water the poor dying marigolds and petunias planted in the obviously un-prepared ground next to the sidewalk. At a previous picket ethercat had promised to bring some information to Linda concerning Hubbo’s hatred of Gays, and the last time we saw her she had berated us for not bringing it. Well, we had it today, but Linda refused to accept it.”


Random Howdy

“Scientologists, like vaLLarrr for example, have told me that it doesn’t matter if LRH was nuts or a criminal, and they love to use Issac Newton as an example of someone who was supposedly psychotic and believed in alchemy, but his law of universal gravitation ‘tech’ is observed to be true.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Held to answer for trial, next arraignment set for June 7.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Pretrial conference August 21 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for June 18.

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 to US Supreme Court submitted on May 26. Scientology has until June 25 to respond.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court grants review on May 26, asks Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration.
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.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 24.

Concluded litigation:
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.



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


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 BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. 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] Scientology mega-donor ABCMouse family is more complicated than we realized
[TWO years ago] ‘Scientology is Security for South Africa’: How L. Ron Hubbard sought to prop up apartheid
[THREE years ago] EXCLUSIVE: The rise and fall of the ‘Pope of Scientology’ — in his own words
[FOUR years ago] Designer Rebecca Minkoff’s involvement in a Scientology front is pretty perfectly bad timing
[FIVE years ago] Chick Corea’s glib revelation to the New York Times about Scientology’s ‘Maiden Voyage’
[SIX years ago] Jon Atack: The ‘Getting Clear’ conference and L. Ron Hubbard’s lies about his life
[SEVEN years ago] Where is Scientology keeping Samantha Sterne?
[EIGHT years ago] Dianetics Has No Patience for ESP or Telepathy — That’s Pseudoscience!
[TEN years ago] Scientology: Christmas Comes Early with TWO New Books on Hubbard’s Wacky Cabal


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 2,323 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,828 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,348 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,368 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,259 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,566 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,434 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,208 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,538 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,012 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,328 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,894 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,813 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,981 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,562 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,823 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,861 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,574 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,099 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 454 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,629 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,180 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,329 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,649 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,504 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,623 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,979 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,282 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,388 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,790 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,662 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,245 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,740 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,994 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,103 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 6, 2021 at 07:00

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