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Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers, No. 2: Achieving godhood

We’re now coming to the top of Tom Cruise’s superpowers that he’s picked up with his dedication to Scientology for more than 30 years.

And looking back at the abilities and powers he’s been picking up along the way — leaving his body, levitating objects, destroying planets — is there really any surprise where this was all leading?

Throughout his lectures, L. Ron Hubbard tantalized his audiences by dropping hints that what was really going on was that far, far back in the dim past, we were not only “thetans” — immortal, disembodied beings — but that we had awesome, galactic-wide powers.

We were, in fact, gods.


But the evil trillion-year-old psychiatrists from the planet Farsec (not kidding about that) and other tricksters had created elaborate traps for us and implanted us with amnesia-causing and debilitating implants that made us forget not only our trillions of years of existence but that we had at one time commanded whole universes.

Repeatedly, in his lectures, Hubbard refers to his followers as fallen gods who have lost their powers, fallen deities who might regain those awesome abilities if they would only trust in Hubbard. Here’s a sample, from a 1954 lecture.

The Eighth Dynamic is really infinity stood upright. And it simply means infinity. Now, you can come along and say, ‘Well, you also mean the Supreme Being?’ No, we don’t particularly mean the Supreme Being. How do we know that you aren’t, collectively, the Supreme Being. See? That’s probably much more closer to truth. There are gods around of various kinds. There are some wind gods over in India; there are various savage gods of one kind or another. But if you give them a good quizzing you find out that they’re just a thetan and they behave most remarkably like you would if you hadn’t thought that you ought to lay aside all the power you had, too. — L. Ron Hubbard, October 19, 1954

Do Scientologists actually absorb these hints from Hubbard? Oh yes, they do.

One of the most telling moments proving that came several years ago when journalist Bryan Seymour was given access to some of Scientology’s celebrities, who were remarkably frank with him. And in his conversation with Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, she revealed the truth: That she was in Scientology in order to regain her status as a god….

“I believe that there is a power that I am striving for. I think the best way to describe that would be to name that ‘God,’ you know. And ideally I would have to say that I am striving to be that God.”


We know that the tabloid press and a lot of Tom Cruise fans are desperate to believe that he’s actually a level-headed guy who would leave Scientology if it weren’t for all the blackmail it has on him.

It would be pretty to think so. But the actual record of Tom’s involvement in Scientology suggests that he has completely absorbed L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings that he’s a trillion-years-old thetan, that he’s lived countless time and expects to live countless more while helping to ‘clear the planet’ and spread Scientology throughout the galaxy.

And, that his explorations as an Operating Thetan will not only help him retrieve his memories from the Whole Track of his existence, but that he’ll retrieve the awesome and frightening powers he lost along the way.

That he is, in fact, a god.

Hip, hip, hooray!


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

Isn’t this the apartment complex where they stashed Annie (Broeker) Tidman when she was dying of cancer?



Source Code

“The only death, I think, that ever occurred in the eastern area occurred on the part of a boy who came into the New York Foundation to receive some Dianetic auditing. We had a psychiatrist there who was on duty, because the publisher there in New York said that that was the legal thing to have. And anybody who came in and looked a bit desperate or something of the sort would be a mental case and therefore should be interviewed by the psychiatrist. He went in, saw the psychiatrist, the psychiatrist said there was nothing could be done. The psychiatrist told the auditor in question that he wasn’t to audit him and they sent the boy back out of the Foundation, and he went home and killed himself. That happened in New York City. It was smoothed over very quietly but there’s no particular reason to smooth it over because we didn’t kill him. That was an interesting thing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 2, 1956



Avast, Ye Mateys

“ETHICS: The unauthorised use of a master key to enter any FINANCE Office, without the FINANCE personnel permission will be considered illegal entry. (Other than an emergency such as fire or water leakage.)” — Lt. L. Steinberg, 3rd Mate, September 2, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“If you would like help in communicating with your departed friend or loved one, please send me a message. I will be happy to give you a free session to ascertain the state of your friend or loved one and get your conversation started. On the other hand, if you are concerned about departed spirits invading your privacy, I will be happy to give you a free session and see why they are doing this.”


Past is Prologue

1997: Andreas Heldal-Lund has changed the location of secret Scientology documents on Operation Clambake. “My home page has been given a new address: Old links still work, they are just automatically redirected to the new address, even if you request a document down in the system. There is only one problem; some older versions of MS Internet Explorer seems to have problems with the redirect and gives an error. If you get an error, make sure you change to the new address.”


Random Howdy


“There’s all kinds of space opera before you get to OT III that can be found in ‘Have You Lived Before This Life?’ and ‘A History of Man’ etc. Ribisi is adhering to the code of Space Omertà.”


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 held 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. 17: Louis Farrakhan
[TWO years ago] A holiday tale for families ripped apart by Scientology’s heartless ‘disconnection’ policy
[FOUR years ago] Louis Theroux isn’t the first who tried to find Scientology’s positive side and failed
[FIVE years ago] ‘Finally, I am myself’: Scientologists talk about Scientology in a video not made for the public
[SIX years ago] Why Scientology can never submit its drug rehab quackery to scientific review
[SEVEN years ago] Jonny Jacobsen reviews the new Scientology memoir by Hungarian writer Peter Bonyai
[EIGHT years ago] SCIENTOLOGY’S PRIVATE DANCER: A Story of Seduction, Intervention, and Betrayal
[NINE years ago] Scientology’s Homophobia: Even the Church’s Token Gay Guy Was Disgusted
[TEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 13: Janet Reitman


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 2,411 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,916 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,436 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,456 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,347 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,654 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,522 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,296 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,626 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,100 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,416 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,982 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,901 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,069 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,650 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,911 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,949 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,662 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,187 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 542 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,717 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,268 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,417 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,737 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,592 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,711 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,067 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,370 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,476 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,874 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,750 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,333 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,828 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,082 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,191 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 2, 2021 at 07:00

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