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My Scientology wins: A personal testament of OT powers

I’m not totally certain when I began to get OT wins, but I knew when I first came across them that I had to get me some of that wondrous stuff.

It began innocuously enough with my desiring something rather minor — but quite unattainable — and then I somehow attained it. Gaining more time was a common one, when I was late for a very important date. Finding milk in the org fridge when there was never, ever any was another minor miracle. Or teabags. Or coffee. Or sugar. Or toilet paper. Everyone was broke, and yet the next person through that door bought a book. Obviously, I had OT powers.

When body routing outside the org, I must have postulated a thousand times that the next passerby would respond to my, “Come and do a free personality test!” I would estimate that one in a hundred, or less, did so. Them postulates don’t always stick.

My reactive mind was like a huge sleeping dinosaur, probably a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and I had been poking it with a stick and now it was slowly waking up and was pretty angry about being disturbed but I was ready for it. Look out, Reactive Mind, you are going down. I was buzzing on something like a drug in those early days.


Once I had completed my Dianetics auditor training and they let me loose on my own pre-clears, I began to imagine that I could picture everything they told me, only it was a mirror image of what they were looking at. I put this to the test by asking questions like, is that to your right? And if they said yes, I would gloat as I was obviously seeing what they were seeing in reverse. If they said no, I would vainly consider that they were getting it wrong as I could see their mental image pictures better than they could. I was able to envisage the outcome of incidents before the pre-clear even mentioned them. I was getting good at this.

Going to Saint Hill, Scientology’s UK headquarters, really opened up this area of OT wins as I met people who regularly communicated with all the disembodied spirits that were hovering around the place. These thetans clearly knew by instinct that this was the place where they might find the freedom that they were supposedly seeking.

I tried and tried to postulate a few quid so I could buy some food but that never happened. When I complained to my Executive Director about my lack of pay he suggested that I go to the Stables and eat with the Sea Orgers. He assured me that they wouldn’t mind in the least. I opened the door and it was like one of those scenes in a movie when the whole place goes silent and everybody looks at you. It had been pretty noisy with spoons and forks scraping at the rice on the plates and then deadly quiet as they all froze in mid-mouthful and just looked at me. No way. I’m not putting up with this, I’d rather starve. I left and as I walked away I heard the scraping spoons and forks start up again.

One lovely Sea Org girl told me how her husband had solved a 300-year-old murder and freed a thetan just by walking through the woods. He apparently told her that when walking through the woods that he became aware of some enturbulated theta and a voice telling him to stay away. Being a brave Sea Org member he didn’t stay away but went to investigate further. The warning became more insistent and the SO guy tried to “get in comm” (communicate) with this enturbulated being. The story was that 300 hundred years previously this guy had murdered a girl and buried her in the woods and had been guarding the location ever since to prevent anyone from finding the body. Of course it would have been easy enough to confirm this by digging up a body but this never happened. OT wins are never put to the test like that.

Another young fellow told me quite sincerely that his mother had made a bottle of coke appear out of thin air as they sat in a café with no money to their names. We just believed him. I mean, why would he make that up?

One night upon leaving the org fairly late, after midnight certainly, I became aware of a commotion on the street in the direction I wanted to walk. It was like a full-scale riot with dozens of drunken revelers engaged in a pitched battle with each other. As I neared the fracas I considered taking evading action by walking down a side street but then quite consciously made the decision to just walk right through the mass melee and remain untouched. Bodies were flying in all directions, punches and kicks were thrown and booted and I could feel the brush of air as some flew by closely and I just walked right through totally unscathed. The area of battle was confined to the footpath and was approximately 12 yards in size. I just carried on walking home without looking back, congratulating myself on my OT powers.

If I sold a load of books it was down to my OT powers. Like the morning I went out on the street with six books and sold the lot in about twenty minutes. Needless to say, I didn’t do that every day.

I claimed to have been in a road traffic accident, flying through the air at a 45 degree angle from the road and about six feet off the ground seconds away from landing in a lower field when I postulated, “No, this isn’t going to happen,” and the car miraculously turned in mid air and next thing I was speeding along the grassy verge at about 70 mph bringing the vehicle to a gradual stop. Yay me!

Better than that, after I blew the org, starving and broke, I started a new job in a shop in a tourist resort where parking was almost impossible, especially as my shift was in the evening. I decided that whenever I pulled up to the shop there would be a space just for me. Guess what? There was! It lasted about two weeks, with me getting ever more incredulous until eventually somebody parked in my place. How dare they?

I used to go around postulating that things would go my way constantly so it should have been no surprise when things did work out the way I wanted them to. Everything was postulated, every little thing, from waking up and drinking coffee to going to bed at the end of a fruitful day. Except that isn’t how it panned out. Some days we had no coffee. Some nights I went to bed exhausted and hungry. Some days I sold no books, and got nobody in through the door when body routing. Sometimes you could not postulate your stats up no matter how lightly you tried. Ron wrote somewhere that postulates were very light and not done forcefully and so if my postulates failed, I considered that I had been using too much effort, in fact things being described as “efforty” was a big no-no in Scientology.

The daily grind for three intense years at the org was trying to find the balance between this wishful thinking, or postulating, and effort, and ultimately MAKING IT ALL GO RIGHT no matter what counter-intention or counter-effort you encountered. And of course when it all goes wrong it’s your fault.

I can now postulate with no effort at all, “I am so glad I am out of the cult!”

— Pete Griffiths



Technology Cocktail

“As psychiatry circulates rumours about auditors and attempts to discourage the use of Dianetics and Scientology, it is only fair for the auditor to know exactly the status of psychiatry and psychology as used today. It goes without saying that the savagery and fraud of psychiatry must cease and that auditors must encourage in state and public and through all their connections displacing psychiatric abuses with sane auditing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1970


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Episode 13 of the Underground Bunker podcast has been sent out to paid subscribers: We’ve kept in touch with Jesse Prince since his 2018 memoir came out, and we knew he’d have some surprising things to say about Scientology. Meanwhile, we’ve made episodes 1 through 12 available to everyone, with such guests as Paulette Cooper, Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan, Jefferson Hawkins, Patty Moher, Geoff Levin, Pete Griffiths, Sunny Pereira, Bruce Hines, Jeffrey Augustine, and Claire Headley. Go here to get the episodes!


Now with no restrictions: Our podcast series on the Scientology docuseries that never aired

In five episodes, we recently looked at something we’ve been curious about for several years: The potentially explosive television show, produced by Sirens Media, that would have featured L. Ron Hubbard great-grandson Jamie DeWolf as its presenter, and that would have taken an active look at the families ripped apart by Scientology’s “disconnection” policy. Unfortunately, even though the series was ready to air on the A&E network in 2016, it never has. Our podcast series turned out even better than we were hoping, and we’ve made all five episodes available to everyone.


Source Code


“I remember one space academy, I think the curriculum was two thousand years. I was a student there.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 19, 1961


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The ‘letters to Ron’ line was backlogged in being answered in some orgs and the backlogs have been called to Flag for answering. LRH Comm has just given me a verbal report on these letters from various parts of the world. The line is very very theta, very friendly, very open. It has improved even over what it was a year ago. There are no critical comments. There is only great appreciation. This means that my own public image is high and has not been injured by last summer’s events. The orgs only injured themselves somewhat with crush sell and checks. It also means our tech is better. It does NOT mean our org image and friendliness must not be improved. It MUST be. It is very nice to hear from all these good people. I love them too. That’s why I work as hard as I do. It becomes more and more evident in this declining world that Man, above all things, knows he needs a friend.” — The Commodore, September 19, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“When checking out a used car, one can sort of ‘shroud’ it and get a feel for its chronic emotion, look beyond its scuffs into its heart, hear its noises in your mind and home in on the car’s voice, unscramble the frequencies, maybe even spot a postulate or two. You can get a sense of previous owners, scan to where they lived, where they took the car, what the car saw on its travels, if there were children and pets. Was the car happy? Explore its time track back to the factory; are there any hidden moments? It doesn’t take long to do if you can get the seller to shut up for a minute. Service histories can be falsified too, it’s not unheard of. Does the car even want another owner? Dependency on MEST documentation is only one route to knowing something.”


Past is Prologue

2001: Yahoo Internet Life published an article on Keith Henson. “When Keith Henson posted a joke about blowing up Church of Scientology members with a ‘Tom Cruise Missile’ in the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup, he didn’t think it would get him arrested. Henson’s posts were admitted as evidence in April when he was brought up on charges of terrorism, attempted terrorism, and interfering with religion to enjoy a constitutional right. Henson was convicted of the interfering charge (a hate crime) in California court and sentenced to up to a year in prison, in addition to a fine of $3,000. Before sentencing, Henson jumped bail and sought political asylum in Canada where, at press time, he remains. So how did Henson end up on the run in a foreign country? Setting aside Scientology’s widely reported suppression and intimidation tactics, the issue becomes one of cultural ignorance. Jokes are inherently unsanitary. They take the stuffing out of our leaders as well as our loved ones, often making the comfortable uncomfortable. And for better or worse, the online ‘death threat’ has become one of the Net’s standard jokes. If Keith Henson had limited his protests to shouting at the top of his lungs about Tom Cruise Missiles out-side Scientology headquarters, he probably would have been dismissed as a harmless kook. But once his words went on the Net, they were enough to help convince a jury that a penniless 58-year-old man was planning to deploy a piece of military hardware costing $600,000 and accessible only to top levels of the U.S. armed forces.”



Random Howdy

“I always wanted to start my own cult even more than I ever wanted to be a rock star. I’m going to go watch some gun videos and start winding down. Goodnight Sherb, get some sleep.”


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 scheduled to be sentenced on Oct 28.
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] Scientology wants you to take advantage of the CARES Act and donate to Dave while you can!
[TWO years ago] Read Danny Masterson’s ‘demurrer’ he’s hoping will get his criminal charges dismissed
[THREE years ago] Here’s the Kent team’s 3rd lawsuit against Scientology and David Miscavige — dive in!
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s minion lawyer stretches his ‘theta arm’ to touch the future!
[FIVE years ago] Tonight, Paul Haggis calls out Scientology’s celebs: ‘Damn them for being purposely blind’
[SIX years ago] Talking highlights of ‘Fair Game’ with its author, Aussie journalist Steve Cannane
[SEVEN years ago] THE GETTING CLEAR CONFERENCE: How to see the videos that lay Scientology bare
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s tent party in England: The 9-minute trailer!
[NINE years ago] Scenes from Scientology’s Armageddon
[ELEVEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 6: Anonymous


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 2,792 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,297 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,847 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,837 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,728 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,033 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,903 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,008 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,481 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,797 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,363 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,282 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,450 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,030 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,292 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,328 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,043 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,608 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 923 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,098 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,649 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,780 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,118 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,973 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,092 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,448 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,751 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,857 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,255 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,131 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,714 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,209 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,463 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,572 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 19, 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

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

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Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news | Battling Babe-Hounds: Ross Jeffries v. R. Don Steele


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