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Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers, No. 6: Resuscitating the recently deceased

Continuing with our countdown of the superpowers that Tom Cruise has attained after his decades in Scientology, we reach something so special you’d think Mr. Top Gun would have crowed about it by now.

We’re talking about the ability that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard described in a 1972 lecture. If a Scientologist is in time, Hubbard explained, he or she could convince a thetan abandoning a dying body to come back.

In other words, powerful Scientologists have the ability to raise the dead, if they’re on the scene of an accident quick enough.

In the lecture, Hubbard said that when a person dies, as a thetan (an immortal, disembodied soul), they leave the physical body and get the heck out of there, or “do a bunk.” But if an auditor is persuasive enough, he or she can talk that thetan into returning to the body, even if they’re already speeding past Arcturus by that point.


Here are Hubbard’s actual words from the lecture…

The funniest tale of all of that is — we’ve never had a catastrophe with it — but the funniest tale of all of that is the auditor who all of a sudden had a PC — the English slang term was “do a bunk,” which meant run away or desert — and they started calling this “do a bunk.” This auditor had a PC and the PC did a bunk. Well, when they really do a bunk, boy, they do a bunk.

They’re going past Arcturus, as I’ve said before, at 90 miles an hour, or two light years a second, and really did a bunk. When they do that the whole body collapses and their arms will hang down and they look like an old rag doll that somebody has just grabbed half the stuffings out of.

They really go ruhhhhlllll, that’s it. They don’t roll up on the floor in a prenatal or something like that. They just go. That’s it, you know, boom.

And this auditor talked and talked because they’re still in dim communication, you see. And he talked and talked to her: ”Think of your husband, think of your children, think of…” and so on and he talked and talked to her. He couldn’t get her to come back and pick up the body at all. Until all of a sudden he happened to think, “Think of your poor auditor,” and she came back and picked up the body.

I was just a couple of minutes late. State cops were in my way, but a Negro had been drowned. They were in my road to a point where I couldn’t get to the guy and tell him to pick up the body again, or he would have, don’t you see. And they were busy resuscitating him and that was the end of that. It was too late. He really had done a bunk. He finished.

We’ve actually brought little kids back to life and that sort of thing — just tell them “pick up the body,” you know. Now, you just tell them with Tone 40, just say it around the vicinity, they’re still around. And back they come again.

As a matter of fact, Washington, DC got very mad at a Scientologist one time. He decided he was going to do a bunk and he was going to drop the body and he did. He just had an unpleasant afternoon with IRS, and he came back and he just kicked the bucket. That was it, colder than ice and he just wouldn’t pick up the body again. And they told him and they told him and they told him and he wouldn’t. That was it. He, by the way, has shown up again calling for his favorite cigars at two years old.

But anyhow, the upshot of all of this is, is this opens the door to a fabulous amount of action on your part which will sometimes look very magical, because remedy of havingness in various ways.

Now the only thing that gets wrong with the thing is, what can the guy have? And, you will find that I have just given a demonstration here to the Flag medical officers which is HCOB 7 April 1972 Touch Assist, Correct Ones, which I call your attention to. Now, what’s that all about?

Yes, well this is all about equalizing, and it says at the beginning that this is how you tell a medical doctor about it. On assist, when you’re speaking with medicos, you talk to them in terms of restoring calm in blood and nerve channels. Notice that is in there because that isn’t what you’re doing.

You’re giving him back the havingness of his body.

We especially like that last part, where Hubbard explains that it’s important not to tell the doctors what you’re doing. They aren’t ready for it, see. Just say that you’re “restoring calm,” not bringing the dead back to life.

Scientologists, always so humble. Come on, Tom, tell us about the thetans you’ve ordered back into their bodies!


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

“I know it’s mean of me, it’s cabalist, it’s rabble-rousing for me to infer that the majesty of government is actually being used to further some foul, religious end in some way and to cause everybody to be dead. But I’m very interested in the fact that the Church of England, of all organizations, right down here in the form of a vicar (who, I think, has had to move since), this bird — I’m looking at a face or two here who were present in this — was being very censorious about our giving death lessons to young children. Story went around the world. What do you think this guy does every time he stands up there in the pulpit? He’s talking about going to heaven and all this sort of thing. He’s giving death lessons to little kids. Diana came home from school one day crying. She was going to a local school up here. She wanted to know if all this stuff about poor Christ was true. And I gave her the hot dope, and — well, as a matter of fact, I did. I was very reasonable about the whole thing. I said, ‘Native populaces have their religious beliefs, and wherever you are, you must remain tolerant of the current beliefs,’ and so forth, and she took this in. But it’s interesting that this bird down here is asserting how wrong it is, don’t you see, to give children death lessons while he himself is giving them death lessons. Only our death lessons are straight dope this is what happens with regard to death — but his are a darn lie.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 27, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Congratulations on getting rid of the civilian engineers. They signed a no-claim and a confession of mutiny before leaving. It transpires that da Silva had a criminal record arm long. They have went. Now we should check for anything damaged by them.” — The Commodore, August 27, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone


“It is difficult for me to conceive of the possibility of harnessing spiritual teammates to always act in your best interest. As a longtime Book One and NED auditor I have run into some entities that ‘took over’ the beingness of someone in session and threatened to do very violent things to me and others. It just seems like the safer approach is to offload these entities entirely. Some may be trainable but others just seem too far gone.”


Past is Prologue

1998: The St. Petersburg Times reported this week that Scientology has reached a proposed settlement with the Clearwater Police Department over destruction of investigative records. “The Police Department tentatively has agreed to destroy any ‘unnecessary’ records in the 40 boxes of documents accumulated during its 13-year investigation into the Church of Scientology, which ended in 1994. The agreement, if approved, would settle a four-year federal court fight between the city and the church. The church argues the intelligence files include false information and that their release to the media violated privacy rights. City Commissioners heard details of the proposed settlement in a closed meeting Thursday and are scheduled to consider final approval at their next meeting, Sept. 3. The settlement would not pertain to current investigations involving Scientology, said City Attorney Pam Akin, including the ongoing inquiry into the unexplained death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson in 1995. The most controversial document in the files is a 10-volume report authored in the mid-1980s by Lt. Ray Emmons, now retired. Emmons alleged Scientology was a criminal, money-making scheme, but could not convince the state attorney’s office to prosecute. The police files also include other documents, including complaints by disaffected Scientologists who told police they’d been ripped off by Scientology and complaints of harassment against uniformed members of the Scientology staff in downtown Clearwater. The settlement calls for the police department to ‘conduct a good faith review of the Scientology records to determine which of those documents they can destroy as unnecessary.’ Police would have four months to accomplish the task. The review would be done by police personnel only, with no input from other city departments or the church. The settlement document concludes with two additional provisions. One is that the police department may never speak publicly about the settlement. The other is that church attorneys are to be notified immediately when the public or media seek access to the documents. Akin said the latter provision was ‘a little unusual,’ but is allowed under state records law as long as it doesn’t delay anyone from receiving the documents they request.”


Random Howdy

“The Church of Scientology is as wrong as the Kims in North Korea. Some things just need to be stopped, you don’t even have to think about it, you feel it in your gut. I remember my father telling me about how my grandfather signed up to join the Lincoln Brigade to go fight Franco. I didn’t understand at first, but later I did.”


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 October 7 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] The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 19: Wally Pope
[TWO years ago] Vote for the most startling statement on the ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ finale
[THREE years ago] Hey, Colombia: Here’s the video of Scientology’s David Miscavige you’ve been looking for
[FOUR years ago] How dishonest is tabloid media about Scientology? Here’s a pretty good example.
[FIVE years ago] Scientology wastes no time taking over Florida sign after ‘disconnection’ billboard expires
[SIX years ago] ¡Ay, caramba! Nancy Cartwright has a whale of a time in Mexico to raise money for Scientology
[SEVEN years ago] The Document: When Scientology canceled ‘Family Time’
[EIGHT years ago] The Dreaded “Joburg Sec Check”: Scientology Interrogations, Explained!
[TEN years ago] Scientology Cyclone: 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 2,405 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,910 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,430 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,450 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,341 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,648 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,516 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,290 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,620 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,094 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,410 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,976 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,895 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,063 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,644 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,905 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,943 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,656 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,181 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 536 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,711 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,262 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,411 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,731 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,586 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,705 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,061 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,364 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,470 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,868 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,744 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,327 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,822 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,076 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,185 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 27, 2021 at 07:00

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