Ex-Scientologist story #302, “Snooping Around” not allowed.

Patrick Jost managed to get a good long look down the rabbit hole without falling in.  By circumstance and happenstance he saw the upper level course “OT III,” which is supposed to be so all important to having those special abilities that advanced Scientologists are supposed to have.  This story which is nothing more than a space opera from Hubbard’s pulp fiction writing days.

For more information on the upper level courses and how they came to be go here:  https://androvillans.wordpress.com/category/origins-of-ot-iii/

Background: My father was in advertising, and had HEAVY “show business” connections. I dabbled in the music business when I was doing some graduate work at UCLA. A “celebrity” friend of the family had mentioned Scientology to me several times; I had never been interested in the talk of engrams and so on, but I WAS interested in claims of increased intelligence and so on. I read the “standard” bio of Hubbard, and decided someone with that background might actually have some useful ideas.

As a result, I was “sponsored” (which means I didn’t pay for it) for some courses and auditing at the Los Angeles Celebrity Centre.

Initially, I found it all very strange and very interesting. I was very popular with the instructors, as I could do “Dear Alice” and some of the other procedures in several foreign languages (I’m a linguist by training and profession). 

I was declared a “natural clear” and people started to talk to me about a possible “position” in the Guardian’s (or is it just Guardian?) Office. To “qualify” for this position, I was given what can best be described (and I’m fudging this a little to avoid any legal hassles) as a “crash course” covering New Era Dianetics through OTIII. I did some solo work, but most of it was with a “tutor” who, I determined later, was also gently probing me on various things to determine my suitability for the GO and probably the Sea Org.

Well, I kept “advancing” but nothing happened. I mentioned this several times, and was told that by the time I made OT, that I’d have an IQ of 200 (whatever that means!), perfect recall, and so on. Yes, on occasion I “believed” I was getting some results, but would always decide that I wasn’t. I was also hearing stories of “powers” but when I asked for details for  demonstrations (“you can fly!?” “show me!”) they remained stories.  OTIII and events surrounding it were just too much for me. Most readers of this group will know that OTIII describes events in the distant past involving alien beings, space travel, exploding volcanos and so on. I started to object to this on scientific grounds. I also have a good background in archaeology, and was asking some VERY pointed questions about geology, biology, linguistics, and so on.

Initially, I was told that I needed more processing, that I had some implants that prevented me from “accepting” the truth; I’d have to do this before my “capabilities” were “released” or some such thing.

At about this point, my “sponsor” started to hint that it was time for me to start to pay for my own auditing; it seems that my “complaining” was reaching some of the higher levels and someone who had initially been perceived as a hot recruit was not working out.

I found out the cost; I didn’t have that sort of money, so I approached my father. We had a long talk…he said, “Let’s investigate…what do you know about this man Hubbard?” I showed him the bio, and he found it incredible; he (my father) served with distinction in the Pacific, and just did not accept it. We got copies of Navy records, and sure enough, no command of a corvette squadron, no long list of citations, no mention of serious injuries.

The next step was a PI, who checked with George Washington University and Princeton. Hubbard flunked out of GWU (or dropped out…) and never attended Princeton. We found a reference to a Ph.D. from Sequoia University, which was a degree mill.  I then allowed an electrical engineer to open my E-Meter and take a look. He explained the Wheatstone Bridge circuit to me,  and I accepted that there is no correlation between resistance and “mental mass” (whatever that means).

I returned to the Celebrity Centre and had a long talk with my course supervisor. I told her that I had seen no results… not personally, not with anyone else. I told her that I now had serious doubts about Hubbard’s background as well as the effectiveness of the E-Meter. I also repeated my list of questions about OTIII.

She told me (quite sternly) that I should not investigate Scientology. She told me that a “high level OT” could wipe me out with a thought, and that the Church did not tolerate “snooping around” and the like.

She said that I needed to do “an ethics course” and that it would not cost me anything. She said that if I didn’t do the course, that I’d be declared an SP and kicked out of Scientology.

OK, off to ethics. My first encounter was with the “Director of Communications” of the Celebrity Centre, who also seemed to be the receptionist. She told me that she had gained the ability to speak fluent Spanish through auditing. Well, let me tell you, she could not speak fluent Spanish, in fact, apart from a few expressions, she knew nothing about Spanish. She told me that such accusations were “going to get me into trouble” with the Ethics Officer, who was a “powerful” person.  Finally…into the inner sanctum of the ethics officer. The guy was a little runt who wore glasses, squinted and chain smoked. He told me that I had to stop asking questions, stop investigating, stop challenging people’s claims of abilities, and so on. He wanted me to sign some forms. I refused. He produced some paperwork, and said that he’d process me for “declaration”. I said I didn’t care. He then told me that he’d “take care of me” if I kept asking questions. I asked him what that meant. He said that he would certainly hurt me, maybe kill me “with his OT powers” if I did not comply with his demands.

At this point, I had a “cognition”: Scientology is RUBBISH.

To read the full story go here: http://www.spaink.net/cos/mpoulter/sods/jost.html

Published in: on September 16, 2011 at 11:09 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. So little has changed since that gentleman ‘saw the light’ as it were. They are less forth coming about OT powers, but nothing else is any different to what any client asking uncomfortable questions might experience today in any Scientology center in the world.

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