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Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers, No. 5: Leaving his body with full perception

We’re still counting down Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers, and this time we’ve reached a biggie.

It’s one of the primary aims of any Scientologist to achieve the thing that L. Ron Hubbard described nearly from the very beginning of the Dianetics/Scientology movement, and that’s the ability to get out of your own physical body.

And not just to get the sensation that you were floating above yourself, but that while you were out of your flesh and bones, you could have full control of your senses, that you would have “full perception.”

Until you experience that, dear thetan, you just aren’t a real Scientologist.


Once again, for help understanding this key concept, we have turned to former Sea Org official Chris Shelton.

Going out of your body (or is it out of your mind?) is very important in Scientology. In fact, I dare say it is the most important experience a Scientologist can believe he has ever had. Hubbard recognized this when he wrote that going exterior for the first time was a powerful subjective experience which almost uniformly served to prove to the person that they were indeed a spiritual being, just like Hubbard described! Indeed, he wrote that it was the experience of exteriorization which was the proof of his first axiom of Scientology: Life is basically a Static. Hubbard’s idea of a ‘static’ is simply that which exists but has no physical universe component. It is a spiritual entity which he then termed a thetan.

It’s not for nothing that from 1952 – 1954, exteriorizing people dominated all of Hubbard’s lectures and writings. There were numerous processes and commands worked out to get someone to think they’d “popped out” of their body. The most famous of these was “Be three feet back of your head.” The next best was “Try not to be three feet back of your head.” Hubbard wanted all of his followers to have this very subjective but, to them, very real experience cemented in their minds because that would ensure their continuing loyalty to his cause. Not coincidentally, if you read the local newsletters circulating at that time among the various Dianetics groups, Hubbard was very desperate for some loyal followers because his reputation was waning significantly and his broken promises were catching up to him everywhere he went.

To this day, Scientologists hold exteriorization as the ultimate proof and the ultimate goal of so much of their belief. They desperately want to believe that what Hubbard says is true but only through what should be the relatively simple process of exteriorization can be be sure. So it’s talked about frequently by Scientologists and sometimes bragged about by a few. If you are someone who has experienced “going exterior with ful perception” (meaning you can see and hear and even taste everything around you at will) then you are often plied with questions by other members about the experience.

The last thing I’ll mention is that many OTs are in the sad state of believing they exteriorize at will at night, when their body is sleeping, and they flit about from here to there and even off the planet. They then come back when their body is waking up or when they become bored and want to perhaps go to sleep as a thetan. I say this is a sad thing because my real point is that I’ve come to learn from psychology that the whole idea of being exterior is actually an induced state of dissociation. This is not a good thing. As documented in various psychiatric journals, dissociation is a detachment from reality where a person feels disconnected from their thoughts, feelings, memories and surroundings. Hubbard encourages this as a “spiritual state” and then uses commands to induce it! So this is simply a recipe for mental disaster for every Scientologist who spends time working on trying to achieve it.

By the way, if, in reading that, you experienced the sensation of popping out of your head, then I highly recommend you get back in there immediately.

— 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


Source Code

“I’ll give you an idea. You’re coffee shopping with somebody and you say, ‘You realize that there’s a GPM devoted to homosexuality in the between-lives implants? There is one!’ And he says, ‘Oh, I don’t really think so.’ He says, ‘Well, get the idea now, just get the idea of “to be a homosexual.” Just get that idea for a moment, and you’ll see.’ Ha! That, of course, throws that GPM alive, see? Just discussing it isn’t going to do very much about it, see. You got to concentrate, somebody’s got to concentrate his attention on it! Him or somebody else, you know, has got to look right at it, you know, straight at it and bang!” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 28, 1963



Avast, Ye Mateys

“With a checksheet on this and on that, Ship Admin and Specialist actions as well as standard Pol and Tech courses, a member of Flag gets to be one of the most educated fellows you ever did see. If the society taught all these things in college it would be quite a society. A member of Flag doesn’t really realize all he’s come to know I suppose until he compares it to what others know or don’t know. Some of the actions of the world or society or other ships look pretty dim.” — The Commodore, August 28, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“If you bothered to talk to your spirits instead of getting rid of them you would find out that many of them would rather be managed and be productive rather than sit around and grumping at each other. OT 7s and OT 8s still have tons of spirits (BT’s) around them and do not recognize that these beings are there since they have attested to being free of them. I give my spirits a choice after freeing them from the incidents they are stuck in. They are free to start a new life or they can join me and work on my projects. About 18 percent want to stay and help.”


Past is Prologue

1999: Charlotte Kates reported a revenge picket against Bob Minton and Stacy Brooks in Philadelphia. “Last night I enjoyed a lovely dinner with Bob Minton, Stacy Brooks, Rod Keller, and Ken Dandar. Suddenly a woman came over to the table, put her hand on my shoulder, said ‘Charlotte Kates!’, turned around to her male companion, and said, ‘Let’s go.’ I explained that that was Helene Furlong, the Field Control Secretary at Philly Org, we met the two of them outside. Helene was accompanied by a public named Leo, who introduced himself to us as Helene explained that she’d heard ‘some pretty bad things’ about me. I explained to her about what I’d learned on the Internet. She said I was stopping people from going free, and I told her that I have a webpage. It provides information. It doesn’t stop anyone’s free choice. Then Stacy began to explain about her experiences at Int Mgmt, with David Miscavige. Helene took Leo’s arm a few times, and told him ‘We have to leave,’ but Leo stayed to listen to our answers, and ask more questions. He asked Stacy and I if we missed the tech, to which Stacy replied that no tech is worth having to give up everything else. He told me he was sorry I wasn’t on staff anymore, as Helene convinced him to go. Hands were shaken all around.”



Random Howdy

“Hezbollah, Hamas, Black Panthers, IRA, and Hells Angels have all done more charity work than the Church of Scientology ever has or will.”


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] Clearwater Councilman Mark Bunker’s radical suggestion: Embrace Scientology?
[TWO years ago] London, Scientology is coming for you!
[THREE years ago] It’s primary day in Florida, and here’s how Scientology will be voting
[FOUR years ago] Tomorrow’s ‘Leah Remini’: When Scientology destroys a family, it burns it to the ground
[FIVE years ago] How Scientology’s anti-psychiatry front turns a real controversy into fake outrage
[SIX years ago] WOW: California judge orders trial to determine if Scientology drugged incoming rehab patients
[SEVEN years ago] Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest Scientology video in the history of Scientology videos
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Legal Roundup: Per Wickstrom’s Fine Whine, And More!


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 2,406 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,911 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,431 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,451 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,342 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,649 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,517 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,291 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,621 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,095 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,411 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,977 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,896 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,064 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,645 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,906 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,944 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,657 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,182 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 537 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,712 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,263 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,412 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,732 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,587 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,706 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,062 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,365 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,471 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,869 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,745 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,328 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,823 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,077 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,186 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 28, 2021 at 07:00

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