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VIDEO: Scientology’s latest promo to audit away your own space cooties at home!

We have for you today another of Scientology’s newer promo videos that encourage members to pay for expensive upper-level “technology.”

Previously, we showed you a promo for Scientology’s notorious “running program,” the Cause Resurgence Rundown. And then a slick video about getting auditor training that made use of good-looking models, not Scientologists.

This time we’re back to actual church members (we think), who are promoting Solo NOTs, which requires a little explanation for the uninitiated.

We’ll keep it short. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard decided at some point that it was dangerous to run classic Dianetics on advanced Scientologists who are known as “OTs” (for “Operating Thetans”), so at some point he introduced a new approach that he called “New Era Dianetics for OTs” which was then abbreviated to “NOTs.”


Solo NOTs, then, is upper-level auditing that an OT Scientologist does on their own, and not with an auditor. This occurs on the level known as “OT 7,” which is infamous for being the most difficult, most expensive, and most invasive of all the OT levels. It can take years and years to finish OT 7. (We remember Leah Remini’s mother Vicki Marshall, on Scientology and the Aftermath, saying that it had taken her 20 years to complete.)

Solo auditing on OT 7 entails holding both “cans” of an E-meter in one hand while operating the machine with the other as you test yourself looking for something called “body thetans.”

You see, you are an immortal being called a thetan that has lived for trillions of years, lifetime after lifetime in an endless series of bodies. But since the notorious “Incident Two” that happened 75 million years ago, we thetans here on Earth are saddled with other disembodied, invisible spirits that are called body thetans. Beginning at OT 3, a Scientologist’s goal is to remove these unseen entities through auditing. And on OT 7, you are doing the job yourself at home.

Mike Rinder has written some very fun things about Solo NOTs at his blog in the past. Here’s one example…

Though it is a “solo” level, meaning you use an e-meter to audit the invisible thetans in, on, and around your body yourself, they require you to pay to do the auditing at home and also you must return to the “Mecca” every 6 months so you can pay them to sec check you on the meter to see if you have been good. It is one of the more lucrative (for Scientology) levels on the Bridge.

By referring to a “Mecca,” Mike is talking about the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida, and a “sec check” is an interrogation using the meter.

Mike added that Scientologists associate mystical qualities to those who reach Solo NOTs.

They believe Solo NOTs auditors caused the fall of the Berlin Wall. That they divert hurricanes from Clearwater. And all manner of other things (tending to ignore that fact they don’t avert catastrophes like 9-11 or Covid). This has long been something whispered in the hallways and “things everyone has heard.” Rarely do you see any direct reference made to this.

So, Scientology wants you to believe that you can become a superhuman while using your E-meter to remove invisible body thetans, and to bring home that point in this video they postulate a woman actually doing this stuff with her E-meter in…


The city actually looks great in this slick short film, but the people they have giving testimonials are typically vague. Once again, Scientology doesn’t including anything about what the experience is actually like or what it’s supposed to accomplish.

“I remember thinking, this could go on forever,” says Tory Christman, who was never able to finish OT 7 when she was in Scientology. “You’re supposed to be getting wins and gains. For me I was supposed to be able to handle my epilepsy with it. But it never worked. It was awful. Awful!”

The folks in the video looked stoked, however.

At the end of the video, we see the promotional message, “Be one of the 10,000.”


Mike has an explanation of that, too…

The dream that one day there will be 10,000 people “on or through” Solo NOTs (though at this point I think they are making less per year than are dying off through old age or untreated cancer). This is based on a statement from Hubbard about 10,000 people controlling the planet….Scientologists are literalists. They have to be in order to be good members of the cult. So, they are sure that when 10,000 people have reached Solo NOTs, the planet will be “theirs.”

Well, an OT can dream, right?


Technology Cocktail

“Now, in the case of blackness this is rather foolish, to ask the preclear to throw hellos at the blackness, since these screens are very resistive, indeed. In the case of blackness one would simply use STRAIGHT WIRE with the question, “Recall a time when you were looking at blackness” over and over and over until the blackness was gone.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1954



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 as Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison. NOW WITH TRIAL INDEX.



THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?

— The Underground Bunker Podcast

[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack [16] Mirriam Francis [17] Bruce Hines on MSH

— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[1] Phil Jones [2] Derek Bloch [3] Carol Nyburg [4] Katrina Reyes [5] Jamie DeWolf

— SPECIAL: Your Proprietor’s updates on the Danny Masterson trial

[1] Sep 21 [2] Sep 28 [3] Oct 4 [4] Oct 10 [5] Oct 11: Day One [6] Oct 12: Day Two [7] Oct 13: Day Three [8] Oct 17: Day Four [9] Oct 18: Day Five [10] Oct 19: Day Six [11] Special interview with Chris Shelton, Oct 19 [12] Oct 20: Day Seven [13] Oct 21: Day Eight [14] First week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine [15] Oct 24: Day Nine [16] Oct 25: Day Ten [17] Oct 27: Day Eleven [18] Oct 28: Day Twelve [19] Second week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine [20] Halloween special [21] Nov 2: Day Thirteen [22] Nov 3: Day Fourteen [23] Nov 4: Day Fifteen [24] Third week in review [25] Nov 5, Saturday special [26] Nov 6, Sunday special [27] Nov 7, Day Sixteen [28] Lisa Marie Presley breaking news [29] Nov 8, Day Seventeen [30] Nov 9, Day Eighteen [31] Nov 10, Day Nineteen


Source Code

“You look at the basic mechanism of life, and we see this fellow kicks off as Ebenezer Snouzer and gets born as young Billy Jones. And nobody is more convinced when he becomes young Billy Jones that he has never been Ebenezer Snouzer. Does this have any liability to him? It certainly does. Because the inescapable truth of the matter, contained in earlier postulates, is that he was and is Ebenezer Snouzer. And so Ebenezer Snouzer, to some slight degree, goes on living. And we have past lives cropping
up, and fellows going around pleading with us to believe that they can’t shoot, can’t ride, girls just begging to be believed that they have no charm, you know? That’s to keep Ebenezer or Betty Schnouzer from living on, don’t you see?” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 4, 1957



Avast, Ye Mateys

“Above case gain is COMPETENCE. If you want to see a 9 foot tall OT, look at one who is also competent! And knows it. Like our Qual Auditors. They create new people! After case gain comes progressing improvement by new Competence attained. There have never been Thetans who were Clear OT and COMPETENT. Something new has been added.” — The Commodore, January 4, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Personally I think we’ve got the best PR and Marketing Tech. All that has to be done as with the tech in general is to apply it before trying something ‘new.’ For instance years ago there was this whole ‘broken brand’ debate whereas the idea was that instead of correcting the Church — which is currently responsible for dragging the Scientology name through the mud — its proponents suggested changing the name, which was as far as I’m concerned is just a lousy Q&A. Not to mention a suppressive act.”


Past is Prologue

1997: Andreas Heldal-Lund posted an article from the Norwegian magazine Vi Menn entitled “The Mafia of Religions.” “‘Erling’ is the first defector from the Church of Scientology in Norway who have won a suit for damages against his former fellow-believers. ‘600,000 (about 100,000 US dollar) is nothing for an amputated life. The money from CoS makes me free from debt, but I’m left without a house, without security of any sort. I’ve wasted my career, a future and half a million kroner.’ ‘Erling’ is a former teacher from Telemark and the first defector from CoS in Norway that have won a suit for damages against his former fellow-believers without it ending with settlement out of court. ‘I can of course blame myself for being caught by their claws. But they are incredible cunning in the way they dupe you into the organization. If you’re first in, you are lucky if you manage to get out still having your health intact. There are many psychic wrecks, economic ruins and split families as a result of Scientology.'”


Random Howdy

“The only thing I want from Disqus is to bring back the downvote, make the AV image bigger and make the YouTube video image much smaller.”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Mistrial declared November 30. Status conference scheduled January 10, retrial scheduled March 27.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Plea deadline scheduled for December 16.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff scheduled to time served with three years supervised release, restitution of $9.7 million.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for March 1 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial hearing December 9.
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. Hearing November 17 to argue the arbitration motions, awaiting ruling.
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 at least through February 7.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Case settled ahead of scheduled Dec 6 trial.
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.



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] PI stalking Leah Remini for Scientology was unlicensed, it turns out
[TWO years ago] Scientology celebrates its pandemic response in latest Impact magazine
[THREE years ago] Scientology, disconnection, and the worst Christmas ever
[FOUR years ago] Tiponi Grey’s daughter: She knew her life might end at any time
[FIVE years ago] Even in 2018, Scientology is still selling L. Ron Hubbard like he had the universe figured out
[SIX years ago] Aaron Smith-Levin appears on ‘Leah Remini,’ hours later gets own Scientology attack site
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s appeal on rehab zoning fight in Maryland to be heard today
[EIGHT years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology now selling the idea it solved the Ferguson crisis
[TEN years ago] Blogging Dianetics, Part 1: Vance Woodward Helps Us Parse L. Ron Hubbard’s Masterpiece
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology in Crisis: Debbie Cook’s Transformation from Enforcer to Whistleblower


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 2,899 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,404 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,954 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,944 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,835 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,140 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,010 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,115 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,588 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,904 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,470 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,389 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,557 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,138 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,399 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,435 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,150 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,715 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,030 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,205 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,756 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,887 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,225 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,080 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,199 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,555 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,858 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,964 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,362 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,238 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,821 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,316 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,570 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,679 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 4, 2023 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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