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Scientology founder’s breathless promotion of his ability to ‘endow another body with life!’

[Hubbard in Arizona in 1954]

Several days ago we dipped into the Scientology publications archive and brought you a rather bombastic boast by founder L. Ron Hubbard that he had, for the first time in history, sussed out how arthritis actually works, and said that with his Dianetic processes it was a cinch to cure.

Curious about what else he bragged about in those days, we found another gem from the same archive. And what makes this one an especially tasty vintage is that Hubbard is flogging his prowess under a pen name.

In the beginning years of the Dianetics movement, he would often write under the name “Tom Esterbrook, B. Scn.” in order to write about his amazing abilities in the third person. (A few years ago, Mark Plummer also shared with us a wild poster that “Esterbrook” designed that we actually liked a lot.)

We hope you find this 1954 announcement of Hubbard’s new breakthrough discovery, writing about himself under the name Tom Esterbrook, as entertaining as we did.



The Granting of Beingness

By Tom Esterbrook, B.Scn.

NEWS! One human being can endow another body with life!

For many years this has existed as superstition. It has now been measured on the most exacting of scientific instruments and must take its place as demonstrable fact to the most doubting of scientists and authorities.

A physical instrument has measured the “non-physical” fact that we can and do exchange actual energy and that this energy can cause considerable effect.

In 1932 it is recorded that L. Ron Hubbard promised he would someday “conduit and exchange” the “energy of life” much as one can cause electricity to flow from one battery to another. In 1954 he has made good that promise.

Under the heading of “the granting of beingness” Hubbard announced the discovery briefly to the delegates of the Phoenix International Congress of Dianeticists and Scientologists. Later to those fortunate enough to be attending the Advanced Clinical Courses he is continuing to give in Phoenix, he made several lectures and demonstrations of the material.

We have all at one time or another felt “unreasonably” comfortable or uncomfortable in the presence of another person. We have experienced a feeling of exhaustion after a brief conversation with some people and have experienced elation after talking to another. Our folk-lore and superstition has been filled with the suspicion that there were “vampires” and that, as well, there were saints who dealt in “life” itself.

And now Hubbard has come forward, adding another discovery to a well-laden history of discoveries, and has demonstrated not only that it is done, but that it can be measured with great ease on a physical meter. And not only that, but he has produced methods by which the effect may be enormously magnified.

We do effect each other. There is such a thing as “counter-emotion,” just as Hubbard told us there was two years ago.

The theory and practice of the “granting of beingness” and its proof is not without its rather amusing aspect.

The physical meter which Hubbard used in making the discovery was a very advanced Mathison Electropsychometer, the E-AR 400. (Although the same tests can be made on other types of instruments, the E-AR 400 is somewhat more accurate than routine police and psychology machines.) Dubbed “the machine which cries for you” this instrument, in wide use in medical circles to detect pain, measured increased current in the nerve areas of the body.

Mathison had little inkling of what his machine would do until Hubbard gave him a demonstration that he, Hubbard, could actually make parts of Mathison’s body very much more alive just by “thinking” at them. Mathison, it is reported by those who saw him immediately afterwards, was almost in a “state of shock.” Mathison’s own instrument had told its inventor that Ron Hubbard could and had “by will alone” monitored the normal electrical flows in Mathison’s body and had changed them.

Later, back in Los Angeles, Mathison suspiciously conducted several tests of the material Hubbard had outlined to him and, with several medical authorities, had been forced to include such abilities in the human category. It was found that people who are very alive or “clear” could do this, if seldom to the degree of “voltage” Hubbard could throw.


Here we have established with a mode of measurement so dear to physicists, an electrical meter, that human beings apparently generate a form of electricity in considerable quantity and that the energy is materialized at distant points rather than beamed.

It is also established now that this energy heals and accomplishes various changes in bodies other than one’s own.

Additionally it is demonstrated that the techniques Hubbard is using on his students enormously increase the ability to monitor others with energy.

It is also established that a good auditor can generate it, that a bad one actually pulls the life energy out of his preclear.

That which has always before been to men a “Q” factor is now known and measured due to the efforts of L. Ron Hubbard and the instrument developed by Volney Mathison.


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Source Code

“Though little progress has been made in the field of psychic phenomena in Dianetics, we have made enough progress to raise the hair of the whole society — just as we are doing on the subject of processing. But it is interesting to me that some of the past concepts of what life is seem to be very antique at this time. We haven’t had time to look up some of the confirmations thoroughly enough, but there is just a little bit more evidence in favor of immortality and the individuality of the human soul than there is against it….The preponderance of the evidence is in favor of individual immortality. I never thought that would be the case. All my life, I had supposed that when a person was dead, he was dead. He looks awfully dead! Actually, that was all the scientific evidence the society had on that basis a few short months ago: ‘He looks awfully dead’.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 21, 1950


Avast, Ye Mateys

“PORT: Well, we sure left that port cool. Ship’s Rep rounds taking the usual presents, found all very high ARC hoping we’ll come back. The hostile newspaper was ordered to suspend publication. You all did very well there and I’m proud of you.” — The Commodore, November 21, 1969



Overheard in the FreeZone

“If people really believed in their OT powers then they wouldn’t worry about insurance and locking doors, and I kinda live like this. If something bad happens then I’ve gone a little PTS and regardless of locking doors or not that something bad would have happened anyway. So probably avoiding suppressives is more important than getting insurance.”


Past is Prologue

2000: this week voted Battlefield Earth the worst movie of the year. “Nothing this year has banded the staff closer together than the John Travolta sci-fi fiasco. Unanimously panned and despised, the half vanity project, half homage to Church of Scientology father L. Ron Hubbard has inspired much critical ass whipping — from the mildly amusing ‘deeply dumb’ to the historically significant ‘one of the worst movies ever made.’ But perhaps what’s more important is that the film, which cost $73 million to make, grossed only $21.5 million, which means that if we’re lucky, there probably won’t be a sequel in our lifetime. Or would it?”


Random Howdy

“It’s not a question of whether the Church of Scientology has ever been capable of world domination, obviously that’s absurd. It’s that Hubbard’s writings state this as his goal which lays the groundwork for banning Scientology and similar organizations by governments around the world, justifiably so, in my opinion. If you’re going to talk shit, don’t cry foul when people make you choke on it.”


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


Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for February 8. Trial scheduled for August 29, 2022.
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 December 17 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for February 11.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Eleventh Circuit affirmed ruling granting Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Garcias considering next move.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ US Supreme Court denied Valerie’s petition Oct 4.
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 held November 2, awaiting a ruling.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9, 2020 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 June 28, 2022.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 23. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27. Awaiting a ruling.



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] Scientology’s super couple throws in the towel and finally agrees to pay $3.5 million tax debt
[TWO years ago] Scientology not only wants Danny Masterson rape lawsuit quashed, it wants sanctions
[THREE years ago] Things to be thankful for — the new Scientology holiday catalog is here!
[FOUR years ago] Tonight: Leah Remini and Mike Rinder wrap up their 2nd season with questions from viewers
[FIVE years ago] Shelley Duvall is ill, but is Scientology’s Vivian Kubrick the best person to step in?
[SIX years ago] Scenes from the divorce of the second marriage that L. Ron Hubbard never had
[SEVEN years ago] Swiss politicians sue Scientology for libel in battle over anti-drug front group
[EIGHT years ago] The “Ethics” of Political Power: Scientology’s Worship of Ruthlessness
[NINE years ago] No, Kelly Preston is Not Rebelling Against Scientology By Acknowledging Autism
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s ‘Super Power’ Building: Cash Cow for the Church


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 2,491 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,996 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,516 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,536 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,427 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,734 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,602 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,376 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,706 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,180 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,496 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,062 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,981 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,149 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,730 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,991 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,027 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,742 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,267 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 622 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,797 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,348 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,497 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,817 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,672 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,791 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,147 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,450 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,556 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,954 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,830 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,413 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,908 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,162 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,271 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 21, 2021 at 07:00

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