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Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers, No. 7: Pulling in objects with tractor beams

We’re continuing to count down the superpowers that Tom Cruise should have attained after being a dedicated OT Scientologist for years and years.

And one of the things about being OT that we’ve always found fascinating, at least as it’s reported in Scientology’s magazines, is the ability to use “tractor beams” that shoot out of high-level Hubbardites.

Repeatedly, in the “OT Phenomenon” section of Advance! magazine, OT Scientologists report that they prevent a car accident by sending beams out to grab a car and pull it to safety. (And Scientologists especially love reporting that the person they’ve saved doesn’t even know they’ve done it. Scientologists love the humble brag above just about anything else.)

For some help understanding what the heck these OTs are talking about, we’ve turned once again to former Scientologist Phil Jones.


Phil, we learned about tractor beams from Star Trek. But what are Scientologists talking about when they boast about beams coming out of them?

Previously, I mentioned “theta flitter.” This is the beam of energy that a thetan puts out to perceive and control the universe around him. Tom Cruise, being at the top of the Scientology Bridge should have easily mastered this by now.

One of the biggest “hooks” in Scientology is the promise of “OT Abilities.” The power to control things by theta intention alone. To move things with our minds.

And wouldn’t we all like to be able to do things like summoning a beer from the fridge to have it float in the air into our waiting hand, as we sit and watch the latest Super Bowl? Or better still, set the dice down in your favor at a game of craps in Vegas.

All of these abilities are described in the basic Scientology books. You don’t even have to get to the confidential OT levels to find out about them. And Hubbard is very specific in outlining exactly what a thetan is capable of while operating without a body.

There’s even a process about healing the body, published in the book, which can be done before OT levels are even embarked upon.

“Ask the preclear to be a foot back of his head. Then one asks him to see if there are any items in the body he would like to repair and proceeds to let the preclear repair them.”

Let me note something here. Scientologists will say, “Well, these are all pre-OT levels” when talking about OT 1-7 (although that’s not what Hubbard said). But in this statement in this book Hubbard says “preclear” which is before you’d even get to OT levels or pre-OT levels.

Shouldn’t Tom have used this process to handle his broken ankle? Zap: Foot fixed! And since he’s a Clear it’s not like he would have forgotten how to do this as he’d have a perfect memory as Hubbard described in Dianetics.

As a Scientology OT, Tom should also be able to use Tractor Beams and Pressor Beams:

“After a very large amount of auditing… he can further, without the aid of a body, move objects and do a thousand other ‘interesting tricks’ which could very well be viewed with considerable awe, for they have not been seen on earth in recorded history but have lived in legend.” — Scientology 8-8008, pg. 60.

“The patterns of energy are viewed by the thetan in terms of pressors, tractors, explosions, implosions, pressor ridges, tractor ridges, pressor-tractor ridges, and balls and sheets. The pressor is a beam which can be put out by a thetan which acts as a stick and with which one can thrust oneself away or thrust things away. A tractor beam is put out by a thetan in order to pull things toward him. The tractor beam is an energy flow which the thetan shortens.” — Scientology 8-8008, p. 29.

Tom Cruise is a Scientology OT. He’s the third-highest person in Scientology, next to Hubbard and Miscavige. If he can’t do this stuff, then nobody can. Oh, well, maybe nobody can. Hmmm…

One final note. I saw this in the book and it kind of jumped out at me: “The essence of time is apparently possession. When possession ceases, the record of time ceases. Without possession, change cannot be observed.” Scientology 8-8008, p. 56


Doesn’t this explain Hubbard’s “I never had a second wife” comment?

So Tom, I’m sure there’s a reason you aren’t using your OT abilities to their fullest. There’s so much here left unexplained. Please, just be three feet back of your head and send me a theta beam about it. OK?

— Phil Jones

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


Source Code

“Anybody says to you, ‘Well, Scientology is weird because it believes in past lives,’ why, I look at them rather oddly and say, ‘Aren’t you familiar with the subject of psychotherapy?’ Be mean, you know. And they say, ‘Well, yes. Oh, yes. I’m a professor of Uptygup, you know.’ And say, ‘Well, why is it that you didn’t know that one of the primary branches of psychoanalysis and so forth — that of Professor Jung — believed implicitly in returns to druidism? See, we’re not being new at all’.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 25, 1966


Avast, Ye Mateys

“We had a rather splendid cruise. Summer sea and a water glass. The Cons did great. I had to ballast her bow down a trifle — 2 tons then 10 tons of fresh water into the deep tank. And I had to pull her nose back out of the waves once (to stop pitching you come away from the waves, not further into it). But that was very little to do. You notice its smoother when I’m up than when I’m turned in, still. The landfall and docking was excellent. If you close your window fully you can’t hear the bulldozer on the dock. Your vent gives plenty of air.” — The Commodore, August 25, 1970



Overheard in the FreeZone

“You are immortal and have lived many lives and so is the person who recently dropped their body. Why not take the time to contact them and make sure they are feeling better and have no lingering trauma from their unplanned departure? If a dear partner drops their body, you owe it to yourself and to your partner to ease them through the transition to a purely spiritual existence again. We are spiritual beings who take on human experiences for fun and sensation and we do this over and over again, hopefully getting better at the human game each time. I lost a beloved daughter who died accidentally at a very early age and was reunited with her about 25 years later when I encountered her in another body. We did not recognize each other at first and that created some problems. If I had known what I know now at the time she died, our reunion would have been much less confusing.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Grady Ward posted a series of messages this week with some updates on his case against Scientology. “The criminal cult does now have a window of opportunity to dismiss their claims without prejudice without the permission of the court or of the defendants. They will lose this opportunity once we have permission from Judge Whyte to re-file our counterclaims under technically more sufficient grounds. The first filing failed basically because the federal law alleged to be broken by the criminal cult (Deprivation of Civil Rights) is a criminal offense and no right was granted (apparently) that permits private parties to civilly sue under it.” After a bit of nice discovery from the cult, which ought to be a blast no matter what the results, I will move for summary judgment. I also get to do quite a bit of third party discovery through issuing my own federal subpoenas. Now Thomas R. Hogan says that he will move for my contempt in front of Judge Whyte as a result of the recent NOTs reposting. Will he lie like Helena K. Kobrin when she promised to do the same when I filed the titles of the NOTs, but rolled over instead?”


Random Howdy

“At first I thought you were funnin’ me but I hearsayed it and you’re right.”



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 25 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] Leah Remini podcast: Scientology’s atrocious ‘Fair Game’ campaign against Mike Rinder
[TWO years ago] If Scientology’s Ideal Org grand openings are on hold, fundraising steams ahead
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s new ‘STAND’ front unleashes bot army on Twitter — and gets zapped
[FIVE years ago] Steven Mango, who appears in Theroux film, calls police to Scientology facility over assault
[SIX years ago] Stop worrying about ISIS and Syria and Iraq — Scientology’s got this, people
[SEVEN years ago] Chris Shelton explains why Scientology is in a management death spiral
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The All-Video Version!
[NINE years ago] (2012’s) Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, Nos. 14-16
[TEN years ago] Russell Brand Performs Wedding Ceremony For Outspoken Former Scientologists


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 2,403 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,908 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,428 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,448 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,339 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,646 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,514 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,288 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,618 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,092 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,408 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,974 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,893 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,061 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,642 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,903 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,941 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,654 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,179 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 534 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,709 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,260 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,409 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,729 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,584 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,703 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,059 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,362 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,468 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,866 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,742 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,325 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,820 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,074 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,183 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 25, 2021 at 07:00

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