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Scientology delivers superpowers, and here are the miracles to prove it!

It’s that time again! Thanks to one of our correspondents, we have a new column from Scientology’s ‘Advance!’ magazine, its beloved feature, ‘OT Phenomena.’ We can’t get enough of it and we know you can’t either.

For the new folks, here’s our usual introduction to the subject:

As much as Scientology wants the public to think of it as a totally not weird self-help group that offers things like improved communication and business acumen, the reality is much stranger and, frankly, a lot more interesting. What Scientology actually offers is a yearslong pursuit of esoteric practices which is supposed to lead to superhuman powers, granted as a church member reaches the “Operating Thetan” auditing levels.

These upper-level secrets are not cheap. But to entice members to keep forking over the big bucks, for decades Advance! magazine has been printing ghost stories — er, totally true and factual accounts — of Scientologists discovering their new supernatural skills obtained while they are going through their OTs.


The magazine calls them ‘OT Phenomena,’ and we always dig it.

Here’s the new batch. As ever, let us know if you think these stories would be enticing enough to convince you to fork over a million dollars or more to reach the upper OT levels.

Gone With the Wind

I had just completed New OT V and left for the airport to fly home. I boarded my plane, but there was a big storm that day and violent gusts of wind were raging around the airport. The plane’s engines were running, but the pilot couldn’t leave the gate due to the weather. I decided to handle this. I put my attention on the gusts. I felt as though I got in touch with them. Soon I experienced relief. As if by magic, the winds died down and the pilot left the gate and began to taxi down the runway. I was super happy, but I thought, “Oh, that’s interesting, but it was probably just a coincidence.” The plane sped up, but once again the violent winds gusted, preventing our departure. I did the same thing as before, getting in touch with the wind. I perceived it as ridges around the plane, and then, again, I felt relief. Suddenly, we accelerated and the plane lifted off! We departed on time and arrived without delay. I thought to myself, “Two times in a row? That’s no coincidence. That’s OT power.” — C.D.


One in a Million

A few years ago I went to visit a friend who was on vacation in one of Italy’s most popular seaside towns. It draws nearly a million vacationers each summer. I arrived in the town planning to meet my friend, but when I looked in my wallet for the card with his address and phone number, I couldn’t find it. That’s when I realised I had forgotten it at home, and there was no one there to retrieve it for me. I wondered how I would ever locate my friend in the midst of all those tourists. Then I thought, “Wait a minute. I didn’t come here for nothing,” and I postulated I would find him, no matter what. With my suitcase in hand, I started walking along the beach through a sea of sunbathers. I came to a small bridge crossing over a canal, and there, right in the middle of the bridge, walking toward me, was my friend. We stared at each other in disbelief. He told me that a moment before, he had gotten the impulse to take a walk along the beach. Once again, a postulate saves the day (and a vacation!). — L.L.


Feeling Good

I was in session on New OT V when suddenly a person I love a lot got my attention. She had a lot of physical problems, including difficulty walking. A few hours later she called me and told me she had so much energy that she’d been up and down the basement stairs to do her laundry. She couldn’t explain why she felt so good, but she was very happy about it. In my next session, I realised that I had caused that change, which really made me feel good. The power of New OT V is incredible. — G.H.



Night Light

I used to live in an old building with very long corridors. We often had power outages. One night I needed to make my way to a room at the end of a hallway. And just my luck, the power was out again. It was so dark that I couldn’t even see my hands. I started making my way down the hall and then stopped. I decided to go into communication with my surroundings and see what I could perceive. I suddenly noticed a slight light-blue tinge. Then the outlines of the hallway and doors became visible. I wondered where the light was coming from but I couldn’t find its source. Then I realised that I had become the light source. — G.C.


A New Beginning

I am New OT V and I have a very stable skill of communicating on a spiritual level as an OT. I recently had an experience with my mother-in-law that I will never forget. She had been going through medical treatment for several months when the doctors informed us that there was nothing more that could be done, so she went home. The following day, after visiting her, I was at work and I knew I needed to be in touch again, spiritually. I reached out and a very strong charge of grief and terror came from her. I simply acknowledged it. This happened again and again. On the third communication, she was completely calm about what she was facing. I told her she should appear at the hospital where she had stayed, go to the maternity ward and find a new body. That same evening, she passed away. I got in communication with her and found her in the middle of a courtyard at the hospital, seemingly confused. So I approached her, gave her a Locational Assist and indicated the building where the maternity ward was. She understood and disappeared. The next day I got in touch with her again. She told me she had found a newborn body and was very happy. She said she had passed the dramatic moment of her death and was ready to start her new life. I am very proud to be OT and very happy to have been able to help her through that difficult situation. — L.C.


Technology Cocktail

“The pc says ‘headache.’ You assess headache, you try to run ‘headaches’ and all you ever get is times a pc had a headache. Well, the headache is a symptom caused by a head injury. The engram must have contained a shot in the head or a crushed skull or some actual injury. The word ‘headache’ would describe only how the head feels later when the engram occasionally goes into restimulation. So you would get only locks and secondaries to audit and only by chance and an alteration by the pc of the command to find an earlier headache would you ever get to an engram in which the head was crushed or injured. ‘Headache’ is the result of a head injury, and it doesn’t describe the injury which, in engram form, is now giving the pc headaches.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1969



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Source Code

“Several things need clarifying. And one is the length of the time track. And a lot of you have had considerable protest on the subject of the length of the time track. Because trillions of trillions of trillions of trillions of trillions of years, you know, T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T, you know and, ‘Oh, my God, ho, ho, ho! Oh, ho, ho dear! Getting so long. Da, dsa, dya, dya, dya, oh! Uh!’ You hear that around every once in a while. You probably felt like that yourself, you know. Well, I just have good news for you in that particular department. What I would choose to call ‘modern times’ extends from trillions – thirteen till now. That’s modern times. The stuff that’s more likely to influence the preclear in present time. Well, this is very germane.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 11, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The Russian Cholera spread has altered our sailing schedule. The Eastern Med is crawling with Cholera bugs with red hammers and sickles stamped on them and certified to be lethal by the World Health Organization who needs a PR push to grab a quick buck from governments. It really isn’t dangerous but we’ll stay away from such areas. All ships except the Russian vessels carrying the disease are subject to Quarantine. Coming from a cholera port could get us one month quarantine which would mean no Couriers. So we just don’t risk being in a port that can be declared a cholera port or is one. Simple.” — The Commodore, September 11, 1970



Overheard in the FreeZone

“List of subversive 1.1 Scientologists, ex-Scientologists (OTs) leaders supporting the Marxist Biden-Harris-Bernie campaign. The influential Scientologist most pandering the drum for Bernie Sanders’ commie agenda is a Type 3 PTS. The influential ex-Scientologist pandering the drum for Biden’s destruction of the USA agenda has also gone through gruesome events, including cancer, and better not mentioned here so as not worsen the case.”


Past is Prologue

2000: Mark Bunker posted an update on the Scientologist who attacked him with a hammer during a video assignment in Clearwater, Florida. “Richard Barnard is now serving a one year jail term in Key West for skipping bail on a cocaine trafficking charge. He lied about his identity to the police at the scene and later when Sgt. Zegzdren went to do a follow up report. The first officer at the scene of the attack, Terrance Kelly, was ordered to do an investigation of the hammer incident but he never even asked Barnard for an I.D. When Sgt. Zegzdren arrested Barnard weeks later, Barnard told him that Scientology had offered to provide him an attorney. A friend of Barnard’s also assured him that he had nothing to worry about since 85% of the Clearwater police force are Scientologists. Zegzdren told him he thought that number was a little high. Barnard was working for Joe Duncanson, a member of the OT Committee.”


Random Howdy

“You would think a Scientology connection would be enough to kill any political campaign if it was really played up in the media.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:

Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Trial scheduled for October 11.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Arraigned on August 29.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for October 24 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for September 19.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Found guilty of criminal and civil contempt.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court, Scientology moving to compel arbitration. Plaintiffs filed amended complaint on August 2.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Selection of arbitrators underway. Next court hearing: February 2, 2023.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Stay in place, next status hearing October 25. Scientology petitioning US Supreme Court over appellate ruling.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for December 6.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior ruling.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.



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] On 9/11, Scientology leader’s ‘wake-up call’ was supposed to expand the church
[TWO years ago] SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Episode 3 leaks online, with bizarre kidnap attempt in broad daylight
[THREE years ago] After 3 years of Hurricane Leah: ‘Scientology today is light years ahead of what it was’
[FOUR years ago] A visit from a private investigator has us wondering if Scientology is behind it
[FIVE years ago] HURRICANE LEAH: ‘The defenses are crumbling. Scientology in Los Angeles is dying.’
[SIX years ago] How Scientology repackages itself and takes in the New York Police Department and NY schools
[SEVEN years ago] US Army catches Scientology ‘detox’ study rigging results, government document shows
[EIGHT years ago] DOX: Scientology drug rehab center found deficient after a 2010 California death
[NINE years ago] Scientology Slackers: How to Audit Away Your Passive-Aggressive, Dominating Deviancy!
[TEN years ago] Scientology President’s Son Died of Prescribed Methadone While Sick With Pneumonia


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 2,784 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,289 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,839 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,829 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,720 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,025 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,895 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,000 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,473 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,789 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,355 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,274 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,442 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,022 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,284 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,320 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,035 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,600 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 915 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,090 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,641 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,772 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,110 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,965 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,084 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,440 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,743 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,849 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,247 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,123 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,706 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,201 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,455 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,564 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 11, 2022 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2021 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2021), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, 15 years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

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