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Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers, No. 9: Mocking up an automobile out of thin air

We’ve been counting down the Scientology superpowers that Tom Cruise can expect as an OT Scientologist and million-dollar donor.

And one of the superpowers that we see mentioned quite a lot in Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s lectures is the ability to “mock up” solid objects from nothing more than the mind itself. And in particular, in a passage that really intrigued us, Hubbard claimed that with OT powers you could “mock up” a Cadillac that was even better than the original:

“You should have things which are motion sources in there. The level of truth of that universe ought to be good. You would BE faith in that universe; or your mock-ups, as far as faith is concerned, you would probably rely on a mock-up a heck of a lot quicker than you’d ever rely on a piece of MEST. I mean that seriously. You’d just rely on the mock-up. That’s not bad; if you can create a Cadillac which can outrun Cadillacs, I think you’d depend upon your Cadillac. Get the idea? But if you were really up at the top of the mock-up curve, you’ve made a Cadillac, you would drive your Cadillac much in preference to a Cadillac. You get the idea? It sounds strange, it sounds peculiar, but if you were doing that, and you really set out to make a Cadillac, yours would be a better Cadillac, for you.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 11, 1952

As far as we know, however, Hubbard wasn’t making things pop into existence while he was onstage, so we were left very curious about this. Why did Hubbard claim that Scientologists could create objects out of thin air without ever demonstrating it?


For some help on this question, we’ve turned again to former Sea Org official Chris Shelton.

Scientology is full of magical thinking and at the heart of it is the concept of creating your own reality. Lots of mystic, occult and religious groups, as well as much of the New Age philosophy, such as “The Secret” has at its root the idea that if you think it or imagine something is true, then it will become true because “the universe” will somehow rearrange itself to accommodate your desires. There’s certainly nothing wrong with being purposeful or intending that things go well but this is different. This kind of thinking assumes that you as a living being have an intention that all by itself can act as a kind of energy or force which will proactively create change in the real world without you having to do anything more than think about it. And that is about as accurate a description as I can give for what Scientologists think they are doing when they “postulate” or “mock up” their own reality.

This is a core belief of Scientology. You cannot be involved with it for even a few weeks before you’re going to start hearing about “postulates” and creating your own reality. “Mock ups” is a little older of a term that is used more in auditing than in regular day-to-day interactions, but these terms are all synonymous.

Hubbard’s writings and lectures are full of doublespeak, so he can be hard to nail down when it comes to making explicit statements on this. Some of what he says implies he’s only talking about you “mocking up” things in your “own universe,” i.e. in your imagination, while in other places he seems to be saying that he means in the real world. Or he will have it both ways by saying you could create a car or a boat or a plane in your front yard if your postulates (your wishes) are made strongly enough or with enough “theta intention” but don’t worry if it doesn’t manifest right away because you probably aren’t up to that level of power…yet. Keep going in your Scientology auditing – which he insists is the only thing that can help you – and eventually you’ll get to a point where your mock-ups will truly manifest in the physical world.

This, by the way, is why all those lame “OT Phenomenon” success stories are published and even exist in the first place. These stories of changing weather and lost keys being found are the “proofs” that you can mock-up your desires and make the physical universe bend to your will, but it only manifests in these small ways because we all aren’t yet “fully OT” where we could mock-up a whole new planet if we wanted (or rip the air cover off this one, as Hubbard boldly claimed in one lecture). Our infinite powers of creation are waiting for us at the top of the Bridge if we just persevere, pay our money and do our time and get ourselves there.

I’ll never forget a seminar that was held about this exact subject. It was an IAS Fundraiser, actually, and this “high powered” OT asked all of us to “mock up winning the lottery.” After he gave us a moment to do so, he asked “Now, after you did that, what was the very first thing you thought next?” We were puzzled as it appeared most of us didn’t really think anything but he insisted we keep thinking about it until someone piped up,”Well, I thought that probably won’t happen.” The speaker jumped all over this. “Yes! That’s right! Don’t you see?” he exclaimed. “The only reason your mock-ups don’t happen is because you counter-postulate them yourself! You trap yourself immediately after you create the thought and that’s why we are all stuck here. It’s only through Scientology auditing and training that you can guarantee you stop counter-postulating yourself and your mockups will come true!” To my 22-year-old naïve Scientology self, that statement made perfect sense. I was the only reason I didn’t have anything and everything I wanted.

Of course, I can see now that this was just the installation of what we call a “double bind.” Those are the crazy-making equations we carry around with us that stick us in Catch-22 situations which can drive us a bit mad. Thinking you are basically a god with infinite power on one hand, but that you are also the only thing that is stopping yourself from ever being, doing or having whatever you want – believe me when I tell you that can cause you to lay awake at night staring at the ceiling trying to make sense of it all. How am I stopping myself? How do I control my thoughts? How do I control my mock-ups? Ron says we can create our own reality, so how come I can’t create mine??? And it’s that kind of thinking that will ensure Scientologists keep coming back for more. It defies all logic and all reason but it’s one of the most powerful beliefs in Scientology because it’s built on one of the most powerful emotions we can experience: hope. Hubbard leveraged that hope and he made hundreds of millions of dollars by doing almost nothing else but that.

— Chris Shelton

Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers

1. Shattering the suppression from a 15-year-old
2. Achieving godhood
3. Resisting between-life amnesia
4. Destroying a planet with the touch of a finger

5. Leaving his body with full perception
6. Resuscitating the recently deceased
7. Pulling in objects with tractor beams
8. Recovering unspeakable acts from the past
9. Mocking up an automobile out of thin air
10. Drying out from space coke
11. Levitating an ashtray
12. Resisting illnesses with his mind alone
13. Communicating with anyone on any subject
14. Helping at the scene of a car accident
15. Always finding the best parking spot


Bonus items from our tipsters




Source Code

“As there are sharks about the ship, the overboard ceremony is about to be resumed for Dianetic Auditors who flub commands, fail to complete sessions or fail to let PCs have wins or who fail to complete study from the Coaudit group and get onto auditing. Two flubbed Dn sessions out of 10 is about what we’re running just now and that is 2 too many. Dianetics is very simple to do. The great auditors are the VIIIs. We have had several Dianetic auditors who were great. They are now moving on up through VI to VIII. This new scarcity of flubless Dianetic auditors results I am sure from lazy study and false passes on materials and TRs 101 to 104. I want a flood of new Dianetic Auditors who have actually passed their bulletins and drills.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 19, 1969


Avast, Ye Mateys

“SQUIRRELS: Been hearing reports on a couple squirrels — Bernie Green (in NY) and Jack Horner (in LA). They’ve been goofing it up for ages. Typical no case gain cases, up to their ears in undisclosed overts. They’d sell their grandma for a fast buck. Horner is wildly opposed to organizations or systems of any kind. He has the trick of talking somebody off the third dynamic into the first dynamic. He shows them how the system is doing them in and how it should all be only for No. 1. B. Green evidently got that way as a Terrorist in the Middle East. Horner totally flipped when he ruined one too many women. The first dynamic and the fast buck and how all systems are bad seem to be a common denominator to these poor nuts.” — The Commodore, August 19, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Can someone message me, I have questions about a dream I had that woke me up to telepathy and a purple cool telepathic space dude who looks sad but not angry but stern about teaching me and a lot about manipulation and group confidence as well as simple knowledge in telepathic process in the universe and how belonging is powerful. I mean in this dream we were all wearing white tuxedos and a white very old male was the Channeler and I have no idea about Scientology and what it stands for completely but one thing is for sure I’m not the same.”



Past is Prologue

1997: Rumor this week that OSA investigator and operative Joe Neal is operating under a pseudonym. From an anonymous source: “I have it on good, good information that ‘Joe Neal’ is NOT his real name. I don’t know what his real name IS, though. Whatever his name is, one thing is certain, he answers to Rinder, and HIS job is to oversee the investigation of critics. But if anyone wonders what the job of ‘Joe Neal’ is, well he’s the man behind Russell Shaw’s homepage, behind the DA-ing of Jeff Jacobson, and oh so much more.”


Random Howdy

“I know of two people who left the Jehovah’s Witnesses and joined Scientology. You might be surprised at the amount of cult cross-pollination that goes on. There is a certain ‘follower’ personality type in this world.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for November 10. Trial tentatively scheduled for February.
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 Sept 9.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30, 2020 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition to US Supreme Court submitted on May 26. Scientology responded on June 25.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court granted review on May 26 and asked the Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Oral arguments scheduled for Oct 5.
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: Third 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 23. Appeal hearing scheduled for Aug 23-27.

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] Valerie Haney reacts to setback in lawsuit against Scientology: ‘I will continue to fight’
[TWO years ago] Even when it gets good press, Scientology reminds us that it uses slave labor
[THREE years ago] Oh gross: Scientology Sea Org now saluting donors who give for ‘Ideal Orgs’
[FOUR years ago] What Scientology itself says about the way it’s going to change how your mind works
[FIVE years ago] Gawker goes dark, but its impact on Scientology — and Tom Cruise — will never be forgotten
[SIX years ago] Why Steve Fishman — of the notorious Fishman Papers — is today serving 21 years in prison
[EIGHT years ago] How Does Scientology’s Cosmology Really Work? Historian Jon Atack Has a Theory
[NINE years ago] (2012’s) Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 21 & 22
[TEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 19: The Squirrel Busters


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 2,397 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,902 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,422 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,442 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,333 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,640 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,508 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,282 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,612 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,086 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,402 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,968 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,887 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,055 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,636 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,897 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,935 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,648 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,173 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 528 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,703 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,254 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,403 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,723 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,578 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,697 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,053 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,356 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,462 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,860 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,736 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,319 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,814 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,068 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,177 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 19, 2021 at 07:00

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