Daily Notifications
Sign up for free emails to receive the feature story every morning in your inbox at


Scientology’s OT powers have survived the pandemic: Here are the miracles to prove it!

It’s that time again! Our thanks to the reader who sent in the new ‘Advance!’ magazine with its beloved feature, ‘OT Phenomena.’ We can’t get enough of it and we know you can’t either.

For the new folks, here’s our usual introduction to the subject:

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 actually offers is a yearslong pursuit of esoteric practices which is supposed to lead to superhuman powers, granted as a church member reaches the “Operating Thetan” auditing levels.

These upper-level secrets are not cheap. But 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 always dig it.

Here’s the new batch. As ever, let us know if you think these stories would be enticing enough to convince you to fork over a million dollars or more to reach the upper OT levels.


ONE MONDAY, MY WATCH WAS winding down — stopping and starting — it needed a new battery. Since I wouldn’t be able to get a replacement until the weekend, I needed the watch to keep working until Saturday. The next time I looked at it, it was working again and it registered the correct time. For the rest of the week, every time I checked, it was still working. Then on Saturday morning, I got up and looked at my watch. It had stopped at 2 minutes after midnight. I laughed knowing that I had realized my exact postulate — my watch had hung in there until Saturday. I got up, went out and got a new battery. — E.T.


I HAD JUST CASHED A CHECK and was walking on a very busy street. This was on a weekend, just before the lockdowns, and the sidewalks were jammed. After about half a block, I felt someone was behind me, intently watching me. I kept walking, trying to ignore it. The attention beam at the back of my head was intensifying as I continued walking. I could tell that a man was following me. After a couple of blocks, I picked up the bad intentions from him. I thought I was going to be robbed and could tell he was about to make his move. I stopped and abruptly turned around and instantly spotted the guy. In that moment I saw the depth of his intentions on full display. I raised my right hand and pointed at him and shouted, “Knock it off.” The guy stopped — and in a sliver of a second, he knew that I knew what he wanted. He turned around and hightailed it in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, I continued to head home, knowing that OT power had saved the day. — A.D.


ONE SUNDAY MORNING I WOKE UP TO THE peculiar smell of an electrical fire. I knew it was something very serious and started searching the house for the source. I couldn’t find it, but I noticed that our street lights were off (it was so early it was still dark outside). Strangely, no one else detected the burning smell that I had noticed. Later that day, I heard the news that there had been a fire in an electrical substation nearby — knocking out power in much of the city. Seven months later, they were still working on repairs — so my OT perceptions not only pinpointed the problem (an electrical fire), they also accurately sensed the magnitude of it. — C.M.


AFTER I HAD FINISHED NEW OT V, I needed to rush back home for an urgent business meeting. My husband (who is also OT) and I got to the airport on time, but due to intense weather, it was a chaotic scene. Many flights had been rescheduled and there was mass confusion. We arrived at the gate, where we encountered a very stressed agent. She told us that our flight had been cancelled and she might not be able to get us on a flight until the next day. Well, that wasn’t going to work, and I relayed that message to her. She again told me — this time very frustrated — that I was just going to have to wait.


So we sat down in the waiting room and I decided to do something about the situation. I went exterior and completely assumed her viewpoint — and boy, was she having a bad day with all the rescheduled flights and craziness. It was from that perspective that I decided to change the agent’s mind. I thought for her, “This couple could really use a hand getting home. I’m going to help them.” At that moment, she called us over and told us that we’d be on the next flight out of there! Less than an hour later, we were sitting in a plane, ready to take off. My husband turned to me and said, “You know, I saw you do that.”

On the flight home we debated who was more OT, me for changing her mind — or him for being able to perceive what I was doing. — P.V.


I HAD JUST completed a step at the AO and knew I had acquired a new ability. That evening while driving home, I came to a red light and put what I gained to the test. With my full intention on the traffic light, it immediately turned green. I came to another red light and did the same thing, with an identical result. At first I thought it might be a coincidence but then all the way home, I made every light green or stay green. Moreover, I didn’t wait for a light all week. — J.W.



Source Code

“As you look back over the whole track, you’ll find that you’ve been going on a rolly-coaster. You’ve spent some time in a meat body and then the next thing you know, why, there you were, Operating Thetan, see. And then for a while, why, you’re pushing a doll body around or something like that and then boom: why, you’re Operating Thetan. And then you push a meat body around for a while, and then spend a few million or trillion years in a trap or something like that and then you come out the other end of it. And suddenly and mysteriously, why, there you are chucking planets around, or something like this, you see. This is all very difficult for a person to reconcile. And it’s ‘What am I doing? What am I doing?’ Being up, being down, being up, being down. There isn’t one of you who hasn’t been in meat bodies on the whole track many many times. Many times and places, you see. And, who didn’t succeed this action by being an OT, you see. Quite interesting.” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 20, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys


“POSTULATE CHECKS: Postulate Checks turn out to be just a new way to get service without paying for it and ARC Breaking the field. We are looking for who started this off pol nonsense. The real boom was burst by it — but is coming along fine despite this interruption.” — The Commodore, June 20, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The other day i imagined eating maccas pancakes and I thought I will get them today and ask for extra butter and syrup. Well, later that day I ordered the pancakes but forgot to ask for extra butter and syrup. When I went to open the bag it had an extra syrup in it. Now that’s never happened to me before. So is it just a coincidence that I got this extra syrup in me bag the same day I fantasized about eating pancakes with extra syrup? I really don’t think so. I’ve also had other similar things like that occur in my life. I’m telling ya we can create reality with our thoughts.”


Past is Prologue

2000: Jeff Jacobsen reported that the Bank building in Clearwater was the site of a protest this week. “11 people picketed the Scientology Bank Building in downtown Clearwater today from 11am to 1pm. We had some TV coverage and got tons of horn honks and thumbs up from the heavy traffic. Both Jeff Jacobsen and Mark Bunker had Incident Reports filed by the Clearwater Police over the 10-foot rule in the temporary injunction filed after the Minton-Howd event last October. We had 4 newbie picketers and they all had a good time and plan to picket again. When the TV crews got there, both Pat Jones and Al Buttnor rushed out to talk to them and try to persuade them that there was no news here. Al Buttnor seemed especially upset today.”


Random Howdy

“I wish you would comment more often.”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for August 9. Trial tentatively scheduled for early November.
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: June 18 pretrial conference delayed for Juneteenth federal holiday.

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] Scientologist chiro Jay Spina’s clinic killed a patient say feds asking for 10-year sentence
[THREE years ago] Scientologists charged with Medi-Cal insurance fraud will stand trial on August 28
[FOUR years ago] John Brousseau: Marty Rathbun is putting words in my mouth about the FBI’s Scientology probe
[FIVE years ago] Scientology is holding this Kazakh 20-year-old prisoner, says her media-grabbing mom
[SIX years ago] RFK Jr’s anti-vax activism hits lowest spot ever — with Scientology and the Nation of Islam
[SEVEN years ago] Paul Haggis tells us his favorite Scientology stories of 2014
[EIGHT years ago] Dianetics Noir: Dangerous Women Hiding Their Womb-Secrets
[NINE years ago] Debbie Cook — Exiled by Scientology?
[TEN years ago] Grant Cardone, NatGeo’s ‘Turnaround King’: Doing Scientology’s Dirty Work?


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 2,337 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,842 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,362 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,382 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,273 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,580 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,448 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,222 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,552 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,026 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,342 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,908 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,827 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,995 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,576 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,837 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,875 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,588 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,113 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 468 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,643 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,194 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,343 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,663 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,518 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,637 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,993 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,296 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,402 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,804 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,676 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,259 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,754 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,008 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,117 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 20, 2021 at 07:00

E-mail tips to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We also post updates at our Facebook author page. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2020 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2020), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, 15 years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

Check your whale level at our dedicated page for status updates, or join us at the Underground Bunker’s Facebook discussion group for more frivolity.

Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news | Battling Babe-Hounds: Ross Jeffries v. R. Don Steele


Share Button
Print Friendly, PDF & Email