Scientology’s Infinite Pit and Water Wall — More Crazy Rooms in the Super Power Building!


We’ve gone through even more files in the massive leak of plans that describe the soon-to-open “Flag Mecca” in Clearwater, Florida — otherwise known as Scientology’s “Super Power Building” — and we have more things to show you. In the wild “Perceptics” area on the fifth floor, there’s this Heartbeat Wing, for example, which features a treadmill, wall-mounted monitor, and an “anechoic chamber” — because we all know echoes suck when we’re testing the old ticker, so we need a chamber that cancels them out, right? (Click on images to embiggen.) Come inside for even more weirdness.

As we reported last week, the $100 million building — 13 years in the making — is scheduled to open soon, and we were leaked hundreds of renderings and schematics that were made in 2007 and 2009. The seven-story, city-block-sized building will house many different Scientology divisions and literally hundreds of small rooms for “auditing” — the church’s word for counseling. But as we saw in renderings, it’s the fifth floor that looks like a deck from the Starship Enterprise and promises to deliver the building’s real draw — Super Power! It’s there that odd rooms and equipment are planned that will address in some way the 57 senses of perception — called “perceptics” — that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard described. (Go here for our primer, “What is Scientology?“)

On drawings we looked at last night, we noticed something that seemed to be missing on other blueprints. Near the Sound Rooms — a couple of circular chambers — there was something called “Barriers.” Looking around some more, we found this drawing, which was labeled, Solid Barriers, Infinite Pit, and Water Wall.

Wait a minute. Did they say Infinite Pit!

From other drawings, we could see that the pit will have some kind of moving floor — no doubt to give you the impression that you’re about to sink down the Tone Scale like a Marcabian soul pirate! [Disclaimer: I just made that up. There’s no indication that Scientologists would believe something as outlandish as Marcabian soul pirates.]

Here’s another view of the mechanics behind the Water Wall….

And if you’re brave enough to punch through a water wall, surely you’ll be able to handle the other wonders of the fifth floor, such as, the Low Gravity Harness

…or how about squeezing into the bizarrely-shaped Joint Position room (this is an overhead view)…

We can only wonder at the nanoriffic wonders awaiting us at the Microscope Station

And what would Super Power be without checking our Cellular Bacterial and Cellular Saline levels?

OK, we have to admit this next thing kind of scares the crap out of us. What do you have to do to be sent to the Electric Fields Generator? Yikes!

We also looked for other views of some of the equipment that has already puzzled and excited us. Here’s another schematic of the intriguing Endocrine States room, which is looking more and more like the Tilt-a-Whirl we remember from those sketchy carnivals that would come and set up down at the school parking lot once in a while…

Here’s a closer look at the top of the Friction Table

And we couldn’t resist another schematic of the Oiliness Table, which seems to be a favorite with readers…

We’re going to take you back down to the first floor before we leave you today. We managed to spot the hi-tech security room that will no doubt keep a close eye on just about everything happening in the building — and outside it. Which is important, because if federal agents were suddenly to show up with subpoenas, watchful Sea Org members will then only have to run next door to the massive…well, see for yourself…

I, for one, can’t get enough of this place. Come on, Dave, open this thing up already!

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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