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Not All Sheep Can Be Herded

jumping-sheep-T-Shirts“That’s it!” the Academy Course Supervisor bellowed.

6pm on a Sunday evening and course was over for me until the next weekend.

This was my first day back on course after many years of being off-lines. I had just started my Student Hat retrain as the first step to becoming a Class IV auditor. I had been looking forward to this day for years! I’d moved heaven and earth to make it go right to line up both the time and the money to get onto my training.

Before we could leave, the supervisor stopped us with, “The IAS reps have an announcement.”

Two people stepped forward, a man and a woman, wearing matching tan, pin-striped business suits that made them look like a bad husband-and-wife vaudeville act from the ‘30’s.

“We’re giving a special briefing in the Public Division lecture room and we’ll be serving dinner. We want you all to come. We have some very special and exciting news to give you about the latest fantastic IAS wins! It is very important that you get this information!” the man told us.

“Wow!” I thought. Not having been a student or pc on-lines for a very long time, I thought this was neat. I couldn’t wait to go and hear what the IAS had been doing.

I packed up my course materials and lugged them down the hall to the lecture room.

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Plain Old Thetan Passed Away Today

POT-Icon-160Plain Old Thetan died today after a long illness following an emergency appendectomy. His fighting spirit was unable to overcome the infection that followed the operation.

He was a tireless worker on behalf of all Scientologists inside and outside of the church. It is too soon to share all that he was doing, but he gathered data and provided analyses and DVDs to all of the major players in the independent field.

I worked with him for 28 years and am proud to have had his assistance and wise counsel during the time I was running the South Bay Mission in Manhattan and Redondo Beach. There are many people who are on the Bridge today as a direct result of his efforts.

He was an excellent and sensitive auditor and a compassionate Case Supervisor. He was a senior Case Supervisor at ASHO in Los Angeles for a number of years although he was not a Sea Org member. Periodically, a Sea Org mission would come through and kick him off post because he was not Sea Org, but the executives at ASHO would call him as soon as the missionaires left and ask him to return. He interceded in a number of cases to ensure that standard tech was being delivered even while the GAT evolution was degrading the tech and ruining tech delivery.

He suffered through GAT I while he was on the SHSBC Intenship and finally left the church when his internship was completed, realizing that there was no intention on the part of church management to allow field auditing to prosper.

When I left the church and started a blog to help those who sought information about opportunities outside the COS, he offered to help and soon took on the challenge of producing daily posts for much of the time I was working on research to develop a superior spiritual technology.

In the past few years, he has devoted himself to exposing the corruption and hypocrisy in the church and became a frequent contributor of information to independent bloggers everywhere. He also kept himself available to those who needed technical assistance and assisted a number of people to become active field auditors outside the church.

He sent out many videos of church events that showed how stats were being falsified and was still sending DVDs to Indy spokespersons a few days before he was taken to the hospital for his emergency appendectomy.

He was an inspiration to many auditors and a real trouper right up to the very end.

We shall miss him.

 

 

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Scientology after the Golden Age of Tech – Part 3

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Gwyneth Rolph sent us Part 3 of her participation in the 1996 GAT evolution. This is a patient recital of the  growing insanity that pervaded Scientology and you owe it to yourself to read this so you can fully understand the mindset of the staff members who were trying to make GAT a reality. Every staff member contributed to this insanity and Gwyneth wanted to share her realizations before you dive into the mind numbing saga of life after GAT.

My Realisations – by Gwyneth:

During my years in the Church, I stuck it out because we had all been sold the line that this was the only way that we were all going to get up the Bridge. At the time, my own personal way of being cause over the whole process of how we were going to do that was to train people.

I had no idea that there were any alternatives to training or processing in the Church. I had never been made aware of the Freezone. I never bothered to search the Internet because I’d heard it was the same handful of troublemakers spamming online discussion groups with squirrel OT data. If I’m perfectly honest, the one critical TV documentary and the handful of critical newspaper articles I saw during my time on staff only lent credence to this idea in my mind.

The Church aggressively promotes the idea to its members that ANYONE operating outside its sphere of control is a squirrel. Therefore, they argue, you cannot obtain actual LRH tech from anyone else.

After speaking to one or two other people who had gotten out, I started to do my own research. What became patently clear is that the Church under DM’s regime has become the ultimate squirrel group.


This third part of my story covers my second staff contract, from approximately 2003 to early 2006.

I’d spent about three years off lines, during which time I worked to put my finances straight, got involved with another band, did various handlings to improve my health situation, and took a business course at a local community college.

Having had experience of supervising, word clearing and delivering the tech, working an ordinary desk job out in the big wide world rather stuck in my craw. On org staff, I had had the opportunity to train in a specialised professional discipline that enabled me to help many students and members of the public, and even if I hadn’t been amused at my TIP change from supervisor to word clearer, certainly the students in the org respected what I did. Effectively, I had gone from a person with professional standing and credentials (at least in the eyes of the org public) to office support staff outside the org, and I was frustrated.

I wasn’t immediately thinking of going back on staff, but I had been very seriously thinking of doing the full OEC to complement my business management studies.

So when one day I received a phone call from the Senior I&R (Inspections and Reports) asking me to come in for an interview “to find out why staff have left”, I saw nothing wrong in at least hearing him out.

We did the interview, and he gave me some references to go and read in Qual. I simply answered the questions, but didn’t give him any indication as to what I was thinking of doing. I went away and read the references, and then let him know when I was done.

“That was amazingly fast!” he exclaimed. “We need people who are fast like that to train as executives.”

So to cut a long story short, I found myself on a project prepare to go into the Admin Training Corps for the Day Organisation.

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