Fellow Scientology watchers, we’re working on several big stories for you. In fact, we went out of town this weekend on a fact-finding mission, and we are planning to tell you about that soon.
But for now, those stories aren’t quite ready. In the meantime, we were so happy to see how popular was Monday’s special look at Advance! magazine, we’re going to bring you some more of that nuttiness to tide you over.
Today, in honor of Scientology’s most cynical holiday, CELEBRITY DAY, we’ve selected some really precious excerpts from way back in 1973, when being a Scientologist wasn’t such a stigma, and could even get you laid, maybe.
As we explained Monday, Advance! is the magazine for experienced church members who are interested in moving up L. Ron Hubbard’s Bridge to Total Freedom, spending enormous amounts to learn the “Operating Thetan” secrets of spiritual enlightenment. These levels promised church members the ability to leave their bodies and perform all sorts of amazing things just with the power of their minds! Having absorbed those super powers, Scientologists liked to share their experiences in the pages of Advance!, and we were recently sent a stack of the magazine that covers the 1970s.
We’ll start with issue 20, which has a fabulous photo of Hubbard himself with a couple of e-meters, no doubt exploring exploits trillions of years back on his “whole track”!
Advance! Issue 20 (Aug/Sep 1973)
There I was, outside late at night, far from my body, watching two fellows suspiciously walking by an apartment house. There was a girl of about 22 inside the apartment house getting ready for bed. A short time passed and she was asleep. Then the two fellows threw a garbage can under her window, opened it and broke in. The girl didn’t have a chance. She was stabbed as she attempted to yell. The place was ransacked and the men ran.
In the morning I was in quite a muddle. I knew I’d see headlines about the incident in the newspaper, but they weren’t there. All of a sudden I realized it hadn’t happened yet! It was going to happen tonight!
I was greatly relieved and thought “What can I do?” I decided to exteriorize at the same time that night and handle it.
That night I went there, saw the same guys doing the same thing they did the night before and the girl doing the same thing, too.
But as the two walked by the apartment this time I put out an intention to divert them from the very idea of it.
They walked right on by, never even noticing the window of the girl’s apartment. She had a good night’s sleep and woke up with the dawn. — Brian Sheen, OT
One day while watching a live soccer game on television I became aware of the clouds overhead my house and began pushing them around. This was fun.
Then I became aware of the clouds at the location of the soccer game and began moving them around, mostly to make the sun shine on the soccer game.
Then I found a new game. I flowed a theta flow to the players on each team and the results were fantastic. The tempo of the game doubled and the players kicked the ball twice as far as they had been kicking it.
Then I stopped the flow. The game went back to normal.
Then I started the flow and the tempo of the game again doubled. — Paul Nickel, OT
One evening on my way home from work, I was in bumper to bumper freeway traffic going about 70 miles per hour, working my way up to a spot where the highway widens to three lanes so I could zip down the inside lane and pass a large pack of cars.
As we all came up a rise, I was out of the car about six feet to the left and 2 feet over the roof.
Instantly there were brake lights going on, cars swerving, tires squealing — general traffic chaos. I quickly established my space, kept all cars out of it so my vehicle wouldn’t be hit and literally “latched” on to every car around me that I could find and stopped them.
One man was going off the road on a bridge which is a poor thing to do. I pulled him back, stopped all the cars, pushed some ahead, moved some over and generally readjusted the whole group of cars.
I felt like I had nice long arms and was playing chess with automobiles. This whole incident couldn’t have taken 5 seconds to occur but time never seemed present; I had all the time I needed to do my thing.
I wish to add that this whole happening seemed so easy and just what I ought to be able to do. I don’t recommend causing situations like that one but it was fun handling it. — Bucky Roberts, OT
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Advance! Issue 21 (Oct/Nov 1973)
From “Specific Parts of Self-Determinism” by L. Ron Hubbard
“If you wanted to make a slave out of any man, all you would have to do is by a very very gradient scale start him in placing things in space and time for you. It would start out with something like many of the social gestures and courtesies. You make it a custom to always hand him your hat to hang up. You make it a custom to always let her pour the teacup full and then pass it to you, and always to be a little bit further away to be passed to. And the next thing you know — that’s it. You would have a slave.”
OT Phenomena Successes
About a week after I got back home from the AO [Advanced Organization] a friend and I were driving home when we saw a single, big cloud in the sky. We decided to go out in the country to get a better look at it as it was absolutely glowing with heat lightning.
When we got out to the country my friend and I were watching the lightning but also digging on the beautiful fields and just sort of enjoying being alive and being in Scientology.
I started to pay more attention to this cloud because it seemed very strange — it was the only one in the sky, it was very large, and the lightning was making it glow very beautifully. The most wonderful light show I’ve ever seen.
All of a sudden I cognited that someone was controlling this whole situation.
I went up into the cloud to find out for sure, and sure enough, there was a being up there. He wasn’t real friendly all the time as he was shifting valences (identities) pretty fast, but he was real pleased that somebody was enjoying the effects that he was creating. We watched his show for a while longer, and then I decided to play some games like flow a huge quantity of ARC or admiration at him right into his cloud.
Whenever I did this the lightning would flash instantly.
This particular incident is just one of the many that I’ve had since I’ve been home (from the AO).
I’ve found that there are bodiless thetans all over and that most of them are very willing to get new bodies, they’ve just needed someone to tell them what to do.
If I really want a particular kind of weather, I can get it.
But to me, that isn’t the real pleasure I get out of being an OT. It’s just getting up every day and feeling really good and excited and walking down the street or through a park or through the woods and being able to totally duplicate the beauty of that space.
It is having enormous amounts of affinity for my friends and people I have just met or people I don’t even know. It is being able to enjoy the game of life, not get upset about it, and simply be able to learn and have fun. That’s being OT for me. — Joel Morris, OT
I had an experience that very clearly revealed the nature of future track.
I was surfing, had my space way out, and was not being affected by the determinisms of my co-surfers.
I threw my attention out 60-90 seconds into the future. I received vivid vision of a situation. 60-90 seconds later the exact situation occurred.
I tried this several times and each time the future track visualization was manifested letter perfect in the physical universe.
Then for the test. From present time I began altering my standard operating postulates — lo and behold the future track visio began shifting to accommodate my present time postulates. When present time arrived at the point earlier viewed it was exactly as viewed with the shifts — Lennie A. Roland, OT
I don’t know about you, but when I think about surfers with the ability to see 90 seconds into the future, I get some serious chills down my spine.
Well, that’s our selection for today. Keep those tips and story ideas pouring in. We’re trying to get to them as quickly as we can!
And come back at 1 pm today, when we have an announcement about a striking new…well, I don’t want to ruin the surprise. All I can say is that should be worth your time, Scientology watchers…
Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he’s been writing about Scientology at several publications.
Keep up on all of our New York news coverage at this blog, Runnin’ Scared
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[Scientology hates clean ice: The “Fair Game” operation that should turn your stomach]
[Scientology hates clean ice, part 2: Another target, and the web as weapon]
[Paulette Cooper, Scientology’s original and worst nightmare: a Thanksgiving tribute]
THE TOP 25 PEOPLE CRIPPLING SCIENTOLOGY
1. L. Ron Hubbard | 2. David Miscavige | 3. Marty Rathbun | 4. Tom Cruise | 5. Joe Childs and Tom Tobin | 6. Anonymous | 7. Mark Bunker | 8. Mike Rinder | 9. Jason Beghe | 10. Lisa McPherson | 11. Nick Xenophon | 12. Tommy Davis | 13. Janet Reitman | 14. Tory Christman | 15. Andreas Heldal-Lund | 16. Marc and Claire Headley | 17. Jefferson Hawkins | 18. Amy Scobee | 19. The Squirrel Busters | 20. Trey Parker and Matt Stone | 21. Kendrick Moxon | 22. Jamie DeWolf | 23. Ken Dandar | 24. Dave Touretzky | 25. Xenu
HELD ABOARD THE FREEWINDS: TALES OF THE SEA ORG
[Valeska Paris, held against her will from 1996 to 2007 on Scientology’s cruise ship]
[Ramana Dienes-Browning, marriage at 16, sexual interrogation, life in the engine room]
[Melissa Paris, Valeska’s sister: forced to marry at 16]
SCIENTOLOGY VS. SOUTH PARK: INVESTIGATION AS RETALIATION
[Scientology targeted South Park‘s Parker and Stone in an investigation]
[More documents in the South Park probe: instructions to send in a young mole]
[Scientology responds in typical fashion] | [Lloyd Kaufman confirms the probe]
[Mark Ebner also investigated after South Park involvement]
[Mark Chauppetta, private eye, explains what Scientology operatives look for]
MARTY RATHBUN AND THE SIEGE OF SOUTH TEXAS
[Scientology has Rathbun arrested] | [Rathbun and Mark Bunker reveal surprising ties]
In Germany with Ursula Caberta: [Announcing plans] | [Press conference] | [Making news about Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, and Tony Blair] | [Post-trip interview]
The Squirrel Busters: [Goons with cameras on their heads] | [Rathbun’s open letter to neighbors] | [Ingleside on the Bay, Texas rallies to Rathbun’s cause] | [Squirrel Buster’s claim to be making a “documentary”] | [VIDEO: “On a Boat”] | [“Anna” sent to creep out Monique Rathbun] | [Squirrel Busters go hillbilly] | [A videographer blows the whistle on the goon squad] | [Ed Bryan, OT VIII, shows the power of Scientology’s highest levels]
SCIENTOLOGY SPYING AND “FAIR GAME”
[Secret Scientology documents spell out spying operation against Marc Headley]
[Scientology’s West U.S. spies list revealed] | [Scientology’s enemies list: Are you on it?]
Spy operation against Washington Post writer Richard Leiby: [Part 1] | [Part 2]
[A Scientology spy comes clean: Paulien Lombard’s remarkable public confession]
[Scientology advertises for writers in Freedom magazine]
[Accidental leak shows Scientology spy wing plans to “handle” the Voice]
[Lori Hodgson and Disconnection: “No one’s going to take my eternity away”]
SCIENTOLOGY AND CELEBRITIES
[Hey, Scientology Celebrity, Here’s Your Media Training Checksheet!]
[Tom Cruise and X Factor‘s Stacy Francis singing together on the Freewinds]
[X Factor’s Stacy Francis: Her first husband, Michael Sandlofer, answers abuse claims]
[Tom Cruise and Baby Suri embarrassed by news item, so someone must pay]
[“Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle”] | [Tom Cruise likes coconut cake] | [Tom Cruise has a sense of humor] | [“Tom Cruise not a kook!”] | [Paulette Cooper on Tom Cruise]
[Paul Haggis, director of Crash, issues an ultimatum, leaves the church]
[Character actor Jason Beghe defects noisily] | [Actor Michael Fairman reveals his “suppressive person” declaration] | [Michael Fairman talks to the Voice]
[Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh: Scientology-Branch Davidian link makes sense]
[Russell Brand weds ex-Scientologists in wild ceremony] | [Skip Press on Haggis]
[Placido Domingo Jr.: Scientology’s retaliation is “scary and pathetic”]
Grant Cardone, NatGeo’s “Turnaround King”: [Doing Scientology’s dirty work?] | [Milton Katselas complained about Cardone’s smear job] | [Cardone runs to Huffpo]
[Philip Boyd, Saving Grace actor, rips “the business that is Scientology”]
JANET REITMAN’S INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY
[Our review of Inside Scientology] | [An interview with Janet Reitman] | [A report from Reitman’s first book tour appearance] | [At the Half-King: Reitman not afraid]
[Scientology doesn’t like Inside Scientology] | [Q&A at Washington Post]
[A roundup of Reitman’s print reviews, and why isn’t she on television more?]
HUGH URBAN’S THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
EX-SCIENTOLOGISTS SPEAK OUT
[“The Money Machine”: another blockbuster St. Pete Times investigation]
[Marc Headley: “Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle”] | [The Nancy Many interview]
[Sympathy for the Devil: Tory Christman’s Story] | [Jeff Hawkins’ Counterfeit Dreams]
[86 Million Thin Dimes: The Lawrence Wollersheim Saga] | [Mike Rinder on spying]
[Scientology in Israel: Arson, attempted murder, paranoia — and a visit by the Voice!]
[Scientology dodges a bullet in Australia] | [Scientology exec Jan Eastgate arrested]
[All hell breaks loose in Israel] | [Scientology sees fundraising gold in the UK riots]
[Aussie former rugby pro Chris Guider calls David Miscavige “toxic” and “violent”]
[Stephen Cox, UK church newbie, pledges 20K pounds] | [Biggi Reichert: A German Lisa McPherson?] | [The Birmingham trove: 7,000 internal e-mails]
[Australian farmer blamed for giving Tom Cruise a bad shrimp, loses her friends, family]
ODD VIDEOS AND ODDER NEWS
[Scientology chillin’ with hip hop!] | [The curious career of Scientology rapper Chill EB]
[Chill EB and me: the Voice interviews Scientology’s in-house rapper]
[Scientology singalong, “We Stand Tall”] | [Captain Bill Robertson and “Galactic Patrol”]
[Scientology wins a major award!] | [Scientology wants your money: Meet Dede!]
[Birmingham in the House! The “Ideal” dance mix] | [Scientology and the Nation of Islam]
[When Scientology was hip] | [Sad: David Miscavige makes fun of his own fundraisers]
[Freedom magazine parodies The New Yorker. Hilarity ensues.]
[Scientology surf report: Anonymous parties outside the New York “org”]
THE VIEW INSIDE THE BUBBLE
[A scientologist’s letter to the Voice and its readers] | [Scientology silent birth]
[Tad Reeves: Scientology might listen to this guy] | [More Tad Reeves and family]
[Scientology never forgets: A heartwarming telemarketing holiday miracle]
[Desperate Scientology fundraising caught on video]