Scientology's Secret Ranch: Where LRH Will Reincarnate?
Last week, we had a bit of fun publishing detailed maps to Scientology's super-secret underground vault locations.
The vaults are the project of the Church of Spiritual Technology, a hush-hush entity inside Scientology that owns the trademarks and copyrights to L. Ron Hubbard's works, and that digs very expensive holes in the ground to store copies of Hubbard's writings so that they can survive a nuclear holocaust. Houses are also built near the vaults, and former CST employee Dylan Gill told us the purpose of these houses was to provide places for a reincarnated Hubbard to be raised in preparation of taking over Scientology.
After the story ran, Gill told us he noticed that readers wanted to know which of the "LRH Houses" the reincarnated Hubbard was most likely to return to. He told us the answer, and it turned out to be none of the places we showed on Monday.
So, after the jump: Where Hubbard is most likely to come back to Earth!
In last Monday's story, we provided detailed information about Scientology's strange vaults that are located in three different states:
-- "Rimforest" is what Gill calls CST's headquarters, a compound in the San Bernardino Mountains above Los Angeles. (Other former Scientologists tend to call it "Twin Peaks" -- both are the names of small nearby mountain hamlets.)
-- In Northern California, near the town of Petrolia.
-- In the Sierra Nevada mountains, near Tuolumne, in the Lady Washington Mine.
-- Near Trementina, New Mexico.
-- Near Sweeney Ranch, in Wyoming, south of the town of Rock Springs.
We didn't, however, write anything about another important CST property, a ranch near the town of Creston, California and east of Atascadero.
The reason we didn't mention Creston is that there's no underground vault there. But it's still a frightfully important place in the history of Scientology. It's the place where, on January 24, 1986, L. Ron Hubbard "left his body" to pursue his spiritual researches unencumbered by his corpse, which was 74 years old.
Like properties at Trementina and Petrolia, the Creston Ranch features a large CST logo of interlocking circles carved into the ground and visible from well up in the sky...
In Monday's story, Gill explained the purpose of the big symbols on the ground...
"That's where LRH is supposed to go, when he returns," Gill says. Once Hubbard adopts a new body, he's expected to make his way to one of the CST bases. "That's where he's supposed to be raised and be taken care of," Gill says. "So the symbol is a way for a spirit to find its way back to where it belongs."
After the story came out, Gill noticed that readers wondered which of the places Hubbard's reincarnated self was most likely to return to. He told me that in CST, the answer was rather obvious: they expected Hubbard would be reborn in the same place where he had died, the ranch near Creston.
According to some Scientology sources, Sea Org members get a break of 21 years between their lifetimes in their billion-year contracts. It's been 26 years since Hubbard shed his old body, which suggests that he would have entered a new body in 2007. So to our California friends from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara, if you spot a chain-smoking 5-year-old redhead with an eye for ladies in miniskirts -- hey, give us a call!
UPDATE: I hear WhyWeProtest.net may be imploding, but you still have to love the photoshoppers over there. Ask and ye shall receive...
Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.
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