Scientology’s Heretic

This weekend’s UK Independent magazine cover story hits kinda close to home.  Warning: contains juvenile descriptions of OT III data.

UPDATE 4/7: GAWKER coverage.

I am informed that Scientology Inc is already spamming the Independent’s site with hate messages, including a full Freedom magazine article, in response.

Never a dull moment.

170 responses to “Scientology’s Heretic

  1. I see they got the headline wrong too.

  2. Is that a psychotic gleam in your eye, or are you just happy to see me?

  3. Tom Gallagher

    Reading through this once quickly I thought it read very well Marty. This piece again strongly differentiates independents from the cult of POB and forwards the understanding that the applied philosophy is worthy of pursuit. . As far as OT3 stuff, who cares. It’s already been ‘south parked’.

    Take a win and a deserved bow.

  4. Great Marty!……… ya know……….. It’s so obvious that the “church” responds with such sophomoric, shallow, irritating, repititious lies about liberated Scientologist’s.
    The tone of their response to media questions is always the same. It’s like an irritating noise that everyone knows is BS.

    If you could wave a magic wand and magically reduce their words to the essentials, they are actually saying,” all people who leave the church are evil.” And after awhile, normal people see them as pitiful automatons.

  5. Bruce Pratt

    That is ROFL line charge LFBD funny, Scott.

    Marty — You’ve never asked. I know. And I love you and Mosey for it.
    Check your mail in about a week.

    And we still got an appointment for good meat.


  6. Great article Marty! Wear the label with honor and pride! One man’s Heretic is another man’s freedom fighter! Happy Easter weekend to you!

  7. Captain Bob

    Most excellent Marty and I want to give you a bear hug right now. I see how you are saving your own life and Mosey’s and all others connected. Very well done and brilliant I do say. My eye’s open, I hope others as well.

  8. Bryon Eckert

    Just be glad they can’t burn you at the steak – umm, stake. Good weather for a barbecue this weekend.

  9. I have my moments…

  10. Ronnie Bell

    Interesting timing here. Easter celebrates one man’s resurrection. I think this article illuminates the resurrection of another, which has led to tens of thousands of others coming back to life in the same way.

    May it be millions before this is all over.

    Thank you, Marty. Happy Easter.

  11. Captain Bob

    and I stumbled across this today:

    “Hubbard reportedly said, that some day the pc will have to audit scn out”

    Is this true? And if true, maybe it is an ongoing process without the influence of the wheel cage created by DM, the mind prison, the constant next action no matter what it costs you or sacrifices you make.

  12. And CONGRATULATIONS on Grade One!!!!!! YAYYYYYY Scotty!!!!

  13. Jeff Siebrand

    My favorite Heretic!
    Dave just shit himself again.

  14. Jean-François Genest

    Good article. I think it will arise interest. More exposure of the RCS and its donkey mentality. It is funny, but not surprising, that Guy Adams tries to incite sensationalism with the far fetched info. A little education wouldn’t hurt.

  15. Michael Fairman

    Miscavige has hit deep space and his suit has sprung a leak. Watch for the eyes to pop and his head to explode. Goodbye David.

  16. Jean-François Genest

    In 1977:
    “The course was 50 bucks. I only had 25, but he said, ‘If you pay cash, I can get you in’.”

    In 2012:
    The Idle Org donation is $50,000. The IAS level is $75,000.
    If you pay cash, they can get you in for $100,000. The May 9th event is coming up so the price will rise to $150,000.

  17. Captain Bob

    I hoping for a certain Serenity or Firefly episode to come true.

  18. Guy did a pretty good job with this story. (Note: writers in publications like this do NOT write the headlines — he makes it pretty clear in the article that Marty is not anti LRH, but is anti Miscavige and Corporate Scn).

    What is most interesting to me is the church’s response. The media are now starting to include the responses to prove how completely fucking nuts they are. Their own words hang them, time after time. The church already look like nutjobs with the squirrelbusters, but then they make sure everyone knows that they really ARE the nutjobs they appear to be by making stupid statements to try to “DA” Marty.

    There are SO MANY responses they could give that would not make them look foolish — the problem is that for any of those to be offered Miscavige would have to decide that he isnt worried about Marty or Independents and he cannot bring himself to do that. The real question is this: If the claimed international expansion that Miscavige keeps talking about is true, why doesnt he just get on with clearing the planet and ignore Marty altogether? Why not let Marty audit a few people and help some transition from life in the SO? What’s the big threat if there really are 10 million Scientologists and 10,000 orgs, missions and groups? Even if Marty audited 5 people every week, that’s only 250 a year, or .000025% of Miscavige’s 10 million. To take care of just the 2.5% of his 10 million the church doesnt want to handle, it would mean auditing 250,000 a year in the independent field. The figures just don’t add up.

    Miscavige is watching the tide come in on his sandcastle empire. And while he is still trying to kick sand in the face of those around him so they cannot see the walls crumbling, and yells at his minions that they are SPs for failing to turn the tide, he knows its inevitable.

    It sucks to be Miscavige.

  19. Terrific article Marty and a real nice photo too. I think it will do very well, good PR. Should be quite helpful telling how you help ex’s.
    I had fun with giving the thumbs up on the blog.

  20. Well, the 10,000 hits a day this site gets is probably going to double based on this mostly balanced article. So, for the people coming newly to this blog, let me correct the most glaring inaccuracy in the article concerning Scientology’s “creation story,” which actually goes back a lot further than when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Scientology’s creation story is contained in The Factors and here it is:

    “(Summation of the considerations and examinations of the human spirit and the material universe completed between A.D. 1923 and 1953)
    1. Before the beginning was a Cause and the entire purpose of the cause was the creation of effect.
    2. In the beginning and forever is the decision and the decision is TO BE.
    3. The first action of beingness is to assume a viewpoint.
    4. The second action of beingness is to extend from the viewpoint, points to view, which are dimension points.
    5. Thus there is space created, for the definition of space is: viewpoint of dimension. And the purpose of a dimension point is space and a point of view.
    6. The action of a dimension point is reaching and withdrawing.
    7. And from the viewpoint to the dimension points there are connection and interchange. Thus new dimension points are made. Thus there is communication.
    8. And thus there is light.
    9. And thus there is energy.
    10. And thus there is life.
    11. But there are other viewpoints and these viewpoints outthrust points to view. And there comes about an interchange amongst viewpoints; but the interchange is never otherwise than in terms of exchanging dimension points.
    12. The dimension point can be moved by the viewpoint, for the viewpoint, in addition to creative ability and consideration, possesses volition and potential independence of action; and the viewpoint, viewing dimension points, can change in relation to its own or other dimension points or viewpoints. Thus comes about all the fundamentals there are to motion.
    13. The dimension points are each and every one, whether large or small, SOLID. And they are solid solely because the viewpoints say they are solid.
    14. Many dimension points combine into larges gases, fluids or solids. Thus there is matter. But the most valued point is admiration, and admiration is so strong its absence alone permits persistence.
    15. The dimension point can be different from other dimension points and thus can possess an individual quality. And many dimension points can possess a similar quality, and others can possess a similar quality unto themselves. Thus comes about the quality of classes of matter.
    16. The viewpoint can combine dimension points into forms and the forms can be simple or complex and can be at different distances from the viewpoints and so there can be combinations of form. And the forms are capable of motion and the viewpoints are capable of motion and so there can be motion of forms.
    17. And the opinion of the viewpoint regulates the consideration of the forms, their stillness or their motion, and these considerations consist of assignment of beauty or ugliness to the forms and these considerations alone are art.
    18. It is the opinions of the viewpoints that some of these forms should endure. Thus there is survival.
    19. And the viewpoint can never perish; but the form can perish.
    20. And the many viewpoints, interacting, become dependent upon one another’s forms and do not choose to distinguish completely the ownership of dimension points and so comes about a dependency upon the dimension points and upon the other viewpoints.
    21. From this comes a consistency of viewpoint of the interaction of dimension points and this, regulated, is TIME.
    22. And there are universes.
    23. The universes, then, are three in number: the universe created by one viewpoint, the universe created by every other viewpoint, the universe created by the mutual action of viewpoints which is agreed to be upheld – the physical universe.
    24. And the viewpoints are never seen. And the viewpoints consider more and more that the dimension points are valuable. And the viewpoints try to become the anchor points and forget that they can create more points and space and forms. Thus comes about scarcity. And the dimension points can perish and so the viewpoints assume that they, too, can perish.
    25. Thus comes about death.
    26. The manifestations of pleasure and pain, of thought, emotion and effort, of thinking, of sensation, of affinity, reality, communication, of behavior and being are thus derived and the riddles of our universe are apparently contained and answered herein. There IS beingness, but Man believes there is only becomingness.
    28. The resolution of any problem posed hereby is the establishment of viewpoints and dimension points. the betterment of condition and concourse amongst dimension points, and, thereby, viewpoints, and the remedy of abundance or scarcity in all things, pleasant or ugly, by the rehabilitation of the ability of the viewpoint to assume points of view and create and uncreate, neglect, start, change and stop dimension points of any kind at the determinism of the viewpoint. Certainty in all three universes must be regained, for certainty, not data, is knowledge.
    29. In the opinion of the viewpoint, any beingness, anything, is better than nothing, any effect is better than no effect, any universe better than no universe, any particle better than no particle, but the particle of admiration is best of all.
    30. And above these things there might be speculation only. And below these things there is the playing of the game. But these things which are written here Man can experience and know. And some may care to teach these things and some may care to use them to assist those in distress and some may desire to employ them to make individuals and organizations more able and so give to Earth a culture of which we can be proud.

    Humbly tendered as a gift to Man by L.Ron Hubbard, April 23, 1953”

    Stephen Hawking might object (though The Factors don’t even really contradict the Big Bang theory), and Christians might object, yet THIS is Scientology’s creation story.

  21. It quite relieving to see more and more differentiation in descriptions of Scientology by journalists. The distancing of Scientology away from Miscavige’s version is very good to see.
    It is entirely accurate and factual that one can be a Scientologist and have nothing but loathing for Miscavige and his psychotic organisation.

  22. Richard Royce

    Mike I love your metaphor, ” Miscavige is watching the tide come in on his sandcastle empire.” A pure jem! It should be added to the list of greats. Maybe we should call it “New Cuffs”

  23. Perfect summation Mr.Koon. You are on this Easter Weekend. Though I think it is overrated.

    Mike Reppen

  24. Michael Fairman

    Yes, give Niska an hour with DM.

  25. scilonschools

    “If the claimed international expansion that Miscavige keeps talking about is true, why doesnt he just get on with clearing the planet and ignore Marty altogether?”

    DM is always left with a problem with just one standing, I have empathy for DM on that one!!

  26. scilonschools

    Fantastic Easter Present Marty, and it didn’t take an Egg hunt!

    Any article that exposes the RCS & builds profile of Independants is great, and Marty & Mike are becomeing seen by the International Press as Scientology ‘Spokesmen’.(As DM and the Church ALWAYS stay in hiding!)

    Well DM years of abusive handling of the Press are REALLY paying off big time now!!

  27. Thank you me brudduh!

  28. Great analogy Ronnie. I couldn’t agree more.

  29. Are you familiar with the works of Shan Yu?

  30. Excellent comment for this post, Dan. You are Bodhisattva. (I don’t think the Buddhists would object to this creation story!)

  31. For any of those souls who still find themselves in such a condition.

    Sittin on the Fence

    When you’re thinkin’ bout your options
    And all the ways to go
    But you’re filled with indecision
    Then you really oughtta know.

    When there are no easy answers
    And nothing’s makin’sense
    Your indecesion’s got ya
    Sittin on the fence.

    Sittin on the fence
    That’s no place ya wanna be
    Pondering possibilities
    While stuck in a big maybe.

  32. Marty,

    I heeded your warning at the beginning of this post because I have not done OT Levels. As soon as I saw the train of thought heading towards mentioning OTIII, I kind of blurred my eyes and “fast-forwarded” so that I could skip that part. Maybe not everyone in my situation can do this, so I was wondering, for the benefit of all: When you referred to the article’s descriptions of OTIII material as “juvenile”, does that mean that it would not be harmful to someone who has not done OTIII to read the whole article, or would it be better for those at my case level to just skip the link to the magazine article and read the comments on the blog?

  33. Thank you to Chairman Tank for the media War, with controversy, challenge, PR flaps, courtcases, PR noise, the lot.

    Thank you to OSA for their funny PR strategy that offers us such an efficient platform to stand on and express our inalienable freedom of speech.

    All of which proves, if it was still needed, the veracity of this Scientology tenet: “WYFIWYG, What You Fight Is What You Get”.

    An axiom that verifies itself in their managing the PR flap on confidential materials spreading on the Web (even in a ridiculous and altered

    form), in the newspapers, TV, radio, the lot, to such point this stuff will soon become a new definition of Scientology and Scientologists. “But

    yeah, you know, this is this crazy cult where those nuts believe that 75 million years ago, bla bla bla”.

    Well, there’s no reason to worry about it, scaredy Church members to the contrary.

    1. The stories are altered and simplified to a point they make no sense to people.

    2. Then, you cannot restimulate someone with a misunderstood command. As a highly classified Auditor having audited thousands and thousands of

    hours, I have observed this fact was invariable.

    3. The Advanced III course pack explains very specifically the technical action that must not be done to avoid the person getting heavily

    restimulated and sick. Chances that people do this while not being a well trained solo auditor are null.

    4. Even better, hearing those altered and ridiculous stories, people laugh, and laughing is always a symptom of charge blowing off and pictures

    destimulating, never the opposite.

    So let’s not make fools of ourselves, when the subject is maliciously tackled by journalists, let’s not do like Church people who make a funny

    show of it: “Oh ! no, no, no, you mustn’t say this, you mustn’t, mustn’t ! This is sacred for a Scientologist, you’re being very offensive to

    me…” And pfuittt! off he goes, leaving the stage, hectically tearing off the mike.

    I am not saying we should start to use this as bedtime story for kids, but it’s a matter of judgement.

    Those materials don’t make any sense for anyone who thinks of himself as a piece of meat and who hasn’t a clue that he is a spirit, I mean with a

    very precise technical definition of a spirit that is real to him and he can truly observe, not just think or believe subjectively. Most

    materialistic people can’t even visualize it mentally, so perceiving it is even more out of reach.

    In conclusion, while Chairman Tank and his OSA mouthpiece fight the problem to solve it. We don’t… we don’t fight the problem, we confront it.

    Maybe this could be a good question to help them: “What problem are you trying to solve?”*

  34. Excellent point Mike. It’s like if McDonalds were constantly bashing every other burger joint in the world, saying, “don’t eat there!”

  35. Not trying to derail or troll, but I always thought that Incident I was the Creation Theory of Scientology, with Incident II as described in the article being the equivalent of the Adam and Eve story in judeo-christianity.

    Could someone explain how the Factors relate to Incident I? I think this can be done without providing any details of higher levels, so I hope this question is possible on this blog.

    Also, as a note to British journalists: yeah I know that Engish libel laws scare you back from publishing details about the Hole. But really, Miscavige will not sue, he is too scared to do so.

  36. Love your reply, Mike.
    It’s so very true.

  37. Absolutely he said it. I recall hearing that in a lecture (which title escapes me at the moment). But when you think about it, it makes complete sense.

  38. Unbelievable that The Independent which is a well respected broadsheet in the UK, only got a letter from Carter Ruck which means the PR dept OSA UK is non existent or merged into legal.

    Wasn’t it Susie Watson Taylor, who knew Led Zeppelin or Robert Plant the one who tried to get them into Scn? Off to play Kashmir…..

  39. I know better

    10,000 hits per day to this website!!!! So the real SP in Scn has my permission to stick those stats straight up and vertically up his ass. Gonna be more painful things than that up there soon enough.

  40. Your humble servant

    I am glad you gave us an advance warning that the article contains a juvenile account of OT III material. I have not done the level, and I have no desire to read any account about it before I get to the level, if I ever do. Confidential materials are confidential for a reason, whether people with no knowledge of the subject are able to appreciate it or not. This ought to be respected. The truth and workability of the OT sections can be measured by their results and the amount of tone arm action gotten on the e-meter during solo auditing, which I am told is a phenomenal amount compared with the, say, 25 divisions downward of the tone arm on the meter that might be measured on the meter during a very successful, non-confidential auditing session between auditor and preclear in earlier levels. The preclear will feel wonderful after a session with that much tone arm action. (Reference: HCOB 25 September, 1963, Adequate Tone Arm Action).

    By the way, the index for the 1976 edition of the technical volumes (HCOB’s, etc.) contains very extensive references to tone arm action. The index for the newer, “revised” technical volumes contains little, if any reference to tone arm action, according to my recollection of a few years ago. Is this another Miscavige covert technical degrade?

    For people to bandy about data from the OT levels in a casual way, just to tell stories about it or to mock the subject seems to me to be to highly irresponsible and destructive, whether they realize it or not. As some have observed here, no one is going to benefit from the OT levels by just reading about them. They can only benefit by actually doing them (and not Miscavige altered and messed up levels either).

  41. Ditto, Richard! GREAT line, Mike.

  42. I take GREAT exception to journalist Guy Adams’s description of Chiquita as a “lapdog.”
    Appalling error!

  43. TheWidowDenk

    When I worked at ASI, Susie Watson Taylor told me she and Robert Plant were friends. She did not mention Led Zeppelin or the anecdote about Stairway to Heaven.

  44. Marty,

    I’m going to be serious for a moment ….

    Guy James’s article in The Independent describes the Marty I know, respect and love. For all the reasons you chose this role as the capper to your life’s work, please know that your decision has benefitted so many people. Those include people like me who once thought I’d made peace with my past Scientology experiences, but could never quite turn away and move on.

    As someone who’s been in and around and outside Scientology for decades now (it’s been forty years), “Scientology” remains a complicated subject. If it hadn’t been for you – and the other good-hearted people who spoke out so bravely in the St. Pete Times’s “Truth Rundown” videos and those who’ve spoken out here on your blog and elsewhere on the Internet – I’d never have begun unraveling the reasons why I left the church and started to understand how something that had once made sense to me no longer did.

    Marty, to me you’re a hero. I find you guilty of only two crimes: Being here and communicating.

    Thank you so much.

    Your friend,
    Just Me

  45. I think in PDC somewhere.

  46. Path of Buddha

    LRH’s creation story in regard to viewpoints and dimension points is near to the Buddhist idea of illusion. The Buddha’s teaching in the Theravada
    tradition centers on the concept of motion in the physical universe.( NOTE:
    other Buddhist traditions may have DIFFERENT interpretations as not all of the Pali Canon is universally accepted.) Mind and motion would thus
    be similar to LRH’s “decision to be”. Theta/Mest is not a factor at the gateway to Nirvana.(Nibbana).
    The central difference between LRH and Theravada Buddhism is in the concept of the void or emptiness. It is a very subtle point but Theravada Buddhism has the concept of ‘no soul’ or void This concept is misunderstood in the west. In actual fact, the Buddha was silent on the issue of the existence of the spirit. Silence was necessary because he urged us to put an end to the stress of the physical universe which is by nature impermanent. In Buddhist cosmology, the highest non-material beings can exist for 84,000 eons(big bangs). This is a very long time. The Buddha was very specific in urging the rejection of theoretical arguments.
    LRH said “There IS beingness, but Man believes there is only becomingness.” The Buddha would thus be silent on this point.
    Once , when the Buddha was silent on the question of the spirit, his chief attendant got embarrassed and tried to answer for the Buddha.
    The Buddha had to explain basically that he did not take sides on this issue.
    In the Theravada tradition, we center on the NOW of existence and training in this practice is really all we have been doing for 2,600 years since the Buddha walked on earth.

    May all beings be well and happy!

  47. Sara: I was surprised about the Yvonne/Led Zeppelin reference as well as never heard this from Yvonne —

    It would make sense that it was Susie Watson Taylor — wow — a definite name from the past. Where is she now?


  48. Did you just compare Marty to Jesus Christ?

  49. Marty: Great photo — shows dignity and kindness!!

    And possibly one of the best articles to date.

    As for the OT III data – blurring ones eyes is a good idea but also knowing that whatever is printed is going to be “off” to a greater or lesser degree because the person got the info not by doing the level but by reading the material. So, I never discuss OT III with the uninformed and greatly respect those who chose NOT to read it online.

    In the same way — those who talk or write about Tibetan buddhist visualization never duplicate the essence because they haven’t DONE it —

    Words just point to something — they aren’t it.

    Marty — every day my own life and world expands thanks to finding more and more of my old lost friends … and learning how they’ve navigated through their lives — only to find ourselves full circle.

    It’s quite a joy and you, Mosey, Mike and others are responsible.



  50. They got the title right in the hardcopy edition. On the cover of the mag it says “CAUGHT ON CAMERA: What happened when one man fell out with the Church of Scientology.” This is superimposed on a very creepy picture of a squirrel buster filming away. Then the actual title of the article inside the mag is “Meet Scientology’s Heretic.” Just above this it says “For 27 years Marty Rathbun was a key player in the world’s most secretive religion – even mentoring top celebrities including Tom Cruise. Then he left and things turned ugly…..” This is all on the right hand page. On the left hand side is a full page photo of Marty standing with his materials in the background. It’s quite impressive.

  51. The end goal of Scn is an individual who can as-is Scn – and his whole track. Most confuse the goal of survival of the organization, with the goal of Scn, so you get faulty admin scales. The org is just a via, a means, not an end. I posted something under Mike Rinder’s VV interview under a conversation between Jim Logan and LDW.

  52. One of the best articles I’ve read in a long time. Marty you must have established a really good reality and communicated very well for so much to get so duplicated. Congrats! (It’s also one of the better newspapers I’ve read – their articles are above normal fare.)

    “”The internet is a curse for Scientology,” Sweeney tells me.” (Love it.)

    “At one point, he came close to leaving town. “I went to the local council when it started getting pretty heated in May or June, and said, ‘Look I’m the guy who dragged these horseflies in here, and I’m sorry and if it doesn’t end, we’re going to move house’,” he says. But the locals were having none of it. “They said, ‘You’re not going anywhere!’,” he recalls. “The lady who lives next door told us, ‘This country was founded on freedom of religion. Who are they to come across the country and tell you how to go about your religious activity? That’s not America!’.”

  53. martyrathbun09

    Juvenile simply means it is without context and intended to make look silly. The import of the warning was to alert those who believe it could be harmful. The article itself makes scant mention – far more has been on national and international tv (e.g. bbc) many times over. The side bar goes into more detail.

  54. Marty’s house is one of that places from where I am not withdrawing my anchor-points, It is nice and so refreshing to every once in a while appear in that sane, theta environment. I visit there sometimes quietly to enjoy the clear space. I wonder if Chiquita notices my presence. 🙂

  55. Thanks Dan, Some of the biggest wins I ever had in Scientology was doing a course at a mission in South Jersey on the Factors and we had to clay demo each of the Factors!

    Re-reading them now, I was struck by the fact that DM does not allow 4 and 5. There are others too, but these two stuck in my mind.

    “4. The second action of beingness is to extend from the viewpoint, points to view, which are dimension points.

    5. Thus there is space created, for the definition of space is: viewpoint of dimension. And the purpose of a dimension point is space and a point of view.”

    He controls people in Scientology by not allowing them to have a Point of View because to do so he would lose control.

  56. Marty, what intrigues me is how people like Miscavige, and their corporate equivalents, rise to these positions of absolute power? What is it, psycologically, that gives them this edge? They seem to ‘rise above’ their faults, but somehow manage to avoid attack from below. Intriguing – clearly there is something I lack in my experience of corporate life…

  57. Path of Buddha

    Scientology has a broad array of narratives. It is difficult to align them with judeo-christianity. The difference I see is that narratives such as Incident I
    are used in the auditing process for specific purposes. Listening to almost all of Hubbard’s tapes during my time in Scientology was extensive.
    There are even unpublished tapes which I listened to at the Flag Land Base. Some of these earlier tapes are of very poor audio quality, but they can be quite revealing. For example, there are tapes about the nature of the sex act which miscavige would have a difficult time explaining and which would not sit well with some celebrities.
    An old series of lectures called “The Time Track of Theta” are especially revealing. These are not published as a package anymore. In these tapes
    LRH traces the roots of Scientology back to a central source of thetans.
    It has some, but slight, similarity to eastern religions but it is not Buddhist.
    The Factors, shown above in this thread, are like an overall statement.
    Hope this helps. It takes a lot of time to disentangle all of the Scientology narratives.

    May all beings be well and happy!
    George M. White

  58. martyrathbun09

    I think corporate culture operates to a great degree on the idea of social Darwinism.

  59. Tony Dephillips

    “This shows he is no longer a Scientologist. Scientologists are true to the writings of Mr Hubbard”.
    Great article Marty!!
    The statement above shows to me how insane the cult is. It’s like you have to swear alegiance to the all the writings to be a Scientologist even though LRH said that it was only true for you if you yourself observed it and if it wasn’t true for you then it isn’t true. Apparently, it ALL has to be true or you cannot be a Scientologist.

    Another thing I noticed is that they like to use the word “appalled”, “bitter apostate” frequently. I think they need some new writers.

  60. Tony Dephillips

    Plus 1!!

  61. Tony Dephillips

    Good one Martin!

  62. TheWidowDenk

    Among the departed …

  63. You’re right Marty, and that culture needs to change. At the same time though, the ideas of Social Justice (as applied by the Polity of today) are no better.

    Each of these philosophies (as applied by aberrated humans) do not work. They only foster the creation of a sharply defined gentry and proletariat.

    And as you know, only by blowing the 4th Dynamic Engram can we finally abrogate this implanted contract.

    I for one am glad you’re working on it, bro.

  64. Love the reference to Ol’ Doc Methuselah!

  65. Well, if you can say anything to anyone, say something to me! LOL

  66. Nobody wants to do the Jesus on a cross thing, thanks anyway….

  67. Spot on, Dan! And even scientists are speculating that perhaps their “may” have been something before the “Big Bang” – perhaps an infinite series of Big Bangs, Big Collapses, Big Bangs, etc. Not to mention the concept of infinite universes. What was it? There are infinite universes, each with a copy of you, except that instead of going right on that road, you went left, or some such. Crichton wrote about it in “Timeline.” And we’re weird. Go figure!

  68. Ananon, If I said God created the Universe, and much, much later someone came along and messed up an infinitesimally small portion thereof, and you then said, “Ah, the messup is the creation story!”–how would I go about explaining the difference to you?

  69. Thanks Marty, I think I got it – the perception (real or imagined) of who you are ‘connected’ to… e.g. D.M. and his best buddy T.C…

  70. Perhaps a blessing is that it is very technical. I have never seen copies on the ‘net that were accurate, and NO ONE gets the point, which is good. I did my OT III in 1986, and I was never exposed to it prior (almost, once, in a magazine, but I skipped over it). It is regretful that it was leaked out: kind of like the Mormon underwear (, it is easily ridiculed and taken completely out of context.

  71. The same old LDW

    Hey Tony,
    Or maybe they use the terms “appalling” and “bitter apostate” because they themselves are just that…”appalling, bitter apostates.”

    You know, the overt doth speak loudly in accusation.

    appalling: very bad or displeasing
    bitter: …harsh and acrimonious
    apostate: a person who renounces a belief or principle

  72. By their reasoning (“true to the writings…”), Mr David Miscavige is the biggest squirrel of all.

  73. Incident 1 is the first contact of a “thetan” (individual beingness) with the material universe. The Factors describe the creation of a material universe.

  74. Great article! Thanks again, Marty.

  75. The same old LDW

    Another Very Well Done, Mr. Rathbun.

    The so-called “church’s” responses–just spewing out the same inane denials that have gotten them exactly nowhere in the past.

    I wonder, when many of these silly people get deposed and have to swear under oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, if they will continue to simply spit out childish insults and expect the court, or a jury to accept them as facts.

    Debbie Cook: David Miscavige had a member lick the bathroom floor with his tongue for half an hour.

    David Miscavige: Look at her. She has bad hair. Everyone knows you can’t believe anyone who has bad hair…see?…there!…I win.

  76. Dear Marty, you are a great being .

    The Squirrel Busters however do not fool anybody.
    They sent Corporate Scientology back into the Stone Age.
    I know that the people they desire as public were turned off in droves. his own worst enemy.

  77. When you ask the wrong question, you will always receive the wrong answer.

  78. Ananon – I never associated either incident with a Creation Theory of Scn. My interpretation is that Scn is a conclusion to prior religion and philosophy – not conclusion in the sense of an “end” but in the sense of the resolution of a mystery and the start of a new beginning. Christianity for example was formed in a less advanced culture than ours scientifically. It is not that it is not true – many devout Christians view it as allegoricy to convey a message of love and hope. The truth of Christianity is made painfully evident by its absence from the Co$. To me, The Factors represents Scn’s Creation Theory, but creation is very prevalent in all of us.

  79. That’s very good, it jogged my memory to a 50s tape that explained that to take the view that Scientology is only a therapy is to take a very narrow view of Scientology itself. It can and does give the ability to be able to even run out Scientology though. What is left after that is a good question, ‘a creator of games’ would probably be a good starting point, responsibility of self is another. These things must give beings like Miscavige the horrors, as their only game is ‘to dominate’.
    Faulty Admin scales is a very apt description of the result of adopting a fixed viewpoint (solution).

  80. Mike Hobson

    I think it should be noted here that Ron Hubbard himself seems to have changed his mind about OT III Incident II needing to remain “Confidential” since he was trying in the late 70’s and early 80’s to get this story made into a general release movie – “Revolt in the Stars”.

    Michael A. Hobson
    Independent Scientologist

  81. Really? Departed as in left the cult or…? She was a real fire brand. The story rings true. Actually Jimmy Page used to live near EG and was looking at Greenfields as a possible school for one of his children according to Pavan “Sure I can help – how much money you got?” Fraser. He opted for another Montessori school I believe. (Coincidentally he also previously owned the Boleskine House, Loch Ness, the former residence of occultist Aleister Crowley).

    As far as OSA UK goes, if the best you got is Graeme Wilson and Peter “Call the Police” Hodkin as your lawyer you would also get outside legal assistance.

  82. George,
    That “beingness/becomingness” idea is embraced in the Factors with the first few of them, defining beingness (assumption of viewpoint, extending points to view) and say #24 “And the viewpoints try to become the anchor points…” idea.

    Theta is in fact a true Static, capable of considerations. It isn’t located, not in space, not in time. Those are manifestations of postulates, that there are particles and thus dimension from a considered point of view to the particles and that they will persist.

    Take the utter simplicity of one’s own universe; think of a cat – who is looking at it, and fundamentally, who is creating it. In that simple demonstration is an example of “beingness/becomingness”.

  83. Ronnie Bell

    What’s the matter? Don’t you believe in resurrection of the spirit? Isn’t that the central lesson of Easter?

  84. Dan, thank you for posting this. The factors are my favorite piece of Scientology scripture. I have solved more problems, had more awakenings and case gain as a result of the factors. Each time I read them, I get blown out, some by rehab of earlier successful applications resulting in life changing wins and some as a result of new cogs, viewing things from a different time and space than I did the last.

  85. Ananon,
    The Factors are the “creation story”. Incidents are just that, incidents. They occur at a point in time and space, which are themselves the result of considerations – postulates – things “posted” “out there”, with the creation of “out there” defined in the Factors.

    It’s harder to mentally tussle with this than it is to simply get what’s called an Objectives Rundown with Opening Procedure By Duplication to Exterior following a nice array of Communication, Control and Havingness procedures.

    Time, and a “time track” along which incidents may lay, is itsef basically a consideration, with the motion of particlses in space sort of “mapping” it out, tracking mechanically so to speak, the consideration. Awareness of self, as a Static entity, a cause point, with no position in space or time, no wavelength, no matter has no substitute for knowing how to know what this is all about.

    Incident II, I or any incident, is merely a “day in the life” of that which is described in the Factors.

  86. The story is spread over 12 pages of the hard copy magazine. The pic on the front cover is of a cult goon complete with camera, silly hat and t-shirt taken from the inside of (Marty’s?) car. The actual title on the cover is “CAUGHT ON CAMERA” subtitled “What happened when one man fell out with the Church of Scientology”. It is very clear from the copy that the insanity emenates from the cult, NOT Scientology itself or Indies. There are quotes from our very own Sam and others. I consider it a balanced well written and reasoned piece.

    BUT – Marty, oh dear Marty. It says quote: “…writing a memoir of his career in Scientology. He hopes to publish it LATER THIS YEAR.” (emphasis added). I was promised Spring – I demand Spring!

  87. martyrathbun09

    Martin,kinda got distracted by the Battle of San Antonio – and now… Never a dull moment around here.

  88. In many ways I think that the exposure and expanding support (brought about via the blogs) regarding the differentiation of Scientology and the church has come as a relief to many of the media outlets who for years have been told that their observations of cult like behavior are not true.

    Not only are we running out the engram for those who have been parishioners, we are running it out for the press. And, isn’t it interesting that the press supports the Independents for the most part yet continues to attach the church. The church continues to create antagonism by saying “not true” and the media has almost gone into boredom over it, reporting it because their legal teams say they must do so.

  89. Tom Cruise’s Former Spiritual Mentor Continues to Piss Off Scientologists

    VVWD Marty!
    You and Mike are moving us all on up a little higher through your being there and communicating.

    I predict Heber, Ray, Guillaume and the rest will eventually cry on your shoulder and beg for a session, which I know you’ll be happy to provide cuz that’s who you are.

  90. Thanks for reporting, that makes the story even better!

  91. Forgive me for being of the opinion that the comparison might have been a *bit* much. What Marty is doing to help those stuck in Co$ is great and all, but seriously come on.

  92. Hmph. Guess if patience is a virtue I just gotta get me more virtuous.

  93. Jethro Bodine

    Straight up and vertical – isn’t that kind of redundant? I mean, if something is “straight up”, isn’t it also, by definition, vertical? Or is that just “Shermanspeak”?

    It’s been once said by a great man that “Figures lie; Liars figure figure”.

  94. FCDC Class of 74

    A wonderful article, I can not wait for your book to get the whole picture. I have always enjoyed service to others not servitude be it in groups like the Lions club or PTA, community beautification days and especially while doing things back in the seventies in the “Church”. It is true the old saw about getting back ten fold when helping others. You Marty seem to have the same drive. Happy Easter Holiday to you and yours.

  95. TheWidowDenk

    Departed this life. Someone will have to fill in the details of when. I’m unsure …

  96. The words “appalled”, “bitter apostate” etc. are just being spit out by a machine. There is no actual thetan there, see? The body is dead. If OSA were run by thetans, the church would have a great reputation and lots of friends. Instead, they run on an automaticity and create hordes of enemies where there were none before.

  97. Ronnie Bell

    Forgive me for being of the opinion that the comparison might have been a *bit* much.

    You’re forgiven, although I will say that I don’t condemn you for holding whatever viewpoint you have about Jesus Christ. In that wise, you don’t require my forgiveness, just as I don’t require your approval of my personal viewpoints about him.

    Have a good Easter.

  98. Rachel,

    I think it was 2005.


  99. Classic Shermanspeak(r)

  100. Hi Lynne! (I got that ability on Grade 0) Pretty impressive eh? (Said Scott, polishing fingernails of right hand on shirt over left pectoral muscle).

  101. It’s a tongue in cheek analogy. But getting out from under the suppression of miscavige is a like a resurrection (returning to life) in itself, truly amazing experience. One you have to go through to experience.

  102. i like what you did there 😛

  103. This will be my first bio I read in english, Marty. No, in fact the first autobiography I ever will read.
    Looking forward to it.
    Take the time you need – thanks for the great job you do on so many echelons. Thanks for The Blog.

  104. Ronnie Bell

    Spot on, Betsy. That is exactly the point I was making.

  105. Your humble servant


    Thank you for this observation. I HOPE that independents do have accurate copies of OT III because if I ever get there it will be with an Independent, certainly not in the now All Corrupt and Altered Demon Church of Miscavology. While I agree it is regrettable that it was leaked out, I am glad if what has become the Demon Church does not now have a monopoly on the true, actual materials, as developed and written up by LRH. Of course, with that organization there is no knowing now what you are getting. Is it Ron? Or is it some mucked up alteration that has been messed with by the Supreme Potentate, His Insane Psychosisness, David Miscavige?

    I would never look for the materials on the internet, and I hope that trustworthy Independents have them in accurate and unaltered form for future use.

    Ron, of course, felt that broad dissemination of the OT III data would be harmful, as where he expressed on Ron’s Journal 67, “Please forgive me if I don’t tell you about it more detail, because it just might make you sick too.” (Or words to that effect). I believe Ron was also motivated by a belief that broad dissemination of his discoveries to unprincipled persons would be dangerous because of potential misuse. I recall him referring in a policy letter to never again permitting an epidemic of implanting to recur. It is ironic that Dictator Miscaphony specializes in nothing other than techniques that either are or are compatible with bringing about implants: Hypnotic techniques, fixation of attention, use of fear and duress, yelling and screaming at staff and public, Severe Attitude Readjustments, physical beatings, and so on.

  106. The aveage joe sees so much violence onTV D.M.uses it as a cloaking device to inflict his version of the tech.
    Its the ordering another to break someones finger and getting a subordinate to lick a bathrrom floor for a half hour,standing in a garbage can for 12 hours being harrased by dozens,etc., gets through the social verneer enough to make the Kool Aid Drinkers, fence sitters,lurkers feel they could be next

  107. Path of Buddha

    I don’t disagree with your viewpoint. The point I was making is that
    in the Theravada tradition, the Buddha never answered the question in regard to the spirit. It is so well documented; there was a raging debate at the time more than 2,600 years ago. He was really pressed to answer the question and always declined. A monk even threatened to quit the order and the Buddha was still silent.
    May all beings be well and happy!
    George M. White

  108. Thanks. R6 was the first process to become confidential, for technical reasons – it was being grossly mis-delivered in the field is what Ron said. I get the idea of safekeeping for these materials. It is too bad the guardians were/are corrupt (not to mention that they failed to guard it!).

  109. The Factors are the “creation story” of Scientology, for lack of better words. They answer the question of “How Things Came to Be”, while the Scientology Axioms answer the questions of “What Is”.

    These two relatively brief writings in Scientology, when fully “grokked”, can be life changing.

  110. Others have ably supplied an answer to this. Let me add that specifics of incidents don’t matter. What does matter is that people have attention, knowingly or (more insidiously) unknowingly, on the past, and it helps people to uncover and resolve these points. There were a lot of people affected by the genocide of Armenians or the genocide in Ruanda, and to the people who lived (or died) though them, there is a LOT of attention, grief, anger, pain, etc. However, if you grew up in Cleveland, you are unaffected (at least directly) by these. So, someone in Cleveland may not understand how devastating these events were to the people who were caught up in it.

    Incidents One and Two may or may not have happened, and if they did, may or may not have happened to you.Who’s to tell?

  111. Dolphin Play

    LOL! Marty has a twinkle in his eyes…like Santa Claus has! It’s called LIFE. and of course, it moves so anything that alive looks mighty dangerous to Mr. 100% inverted David Miscavige and any SP.

  112. Isn’t it possible that it is silly?

  113. “There’s a lady who’s sure that all that glitters is really gold
    and she’s buying a stairway to heaven
    If she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed
    With a word she can get what she came for…
    And it makes you wonder, really makes you wonder

    There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
    Because you know sometimes words have two meanings
    In a tree by the brooke there’s a songbird who sings
    Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven”

  114. Benjamin Cisco

    Lol. Good one!

  115. To a true psychotic being (whatever being is left): An Auditor would be the most destructive (psychotic) person on the planet; Artists of power to uplift life and communicate are labeled degraded and targeted for disempowerment, and all tinker bells, dolphins, and sparkle ponies must be put in jars, pronto, and covered with burlap because their joy is scary. OUCH. It must hurt to be that warped. 100% inverted opposite of truth.

  116. Knowledge conferred by initiation will be in context. So I allow for the possibility that despite knowing the words of this, nevertheless it could carry additional meaning when it is conferred in accordance with the rites prescribed by the author. (This is if ever I consider going through the process to find out formally.)

    However, this story is an easy source of attack by the media for the simple reason in the cold light of day, whether out of context or not, it sounds completely ridiculous. To be frank, it merely backs up critics claim that all you really need to know about LRH was that he was a science fiction writer.

    Despite this, you would think there would be better ways of handling questions about it than Tommy Davis demonstrated by pulling off his mic and storming off the Bashir Nightline interview.

    As a side point in that same interview, Davis said DM’s dog dressed in a commander’s uniform was ‘ridiculous’ – but he didn’t deny it.

  117. Most past life memories can be seen as “silly” if that’s ones inclination, Noah.

    Who’s to judge?

  118. It is so interesting to me that what the corp church calls bad PR, turns out to give correct information about our religion.
    Pope on a box (should be pope on a rope) has the absolute arrogance to criticize Marty, Mike and all of us when HE was responsible for the safety of our tech I was shocked to find out anything has been made available on Wikileaks through court records.
    The good thing is the tech is alive on the web for proper use.
    I am curious if any Independents are saving their old material in tape form to CD? I asked recently in response to a corp church email if The Academy Levels are on CD. They said “no”.

  119. “Scientologists are true to the writings of L. Ron Hubbard.” OK, that means that David Miscavige is not remotely a Scientologist, since the list of PLs and HCOBs he is not true to is very hefty. How about all the corporate Scientologists forking over boatloads in off-Policy donations? The auditors and C/Ses putting OTs back through all their objectives? Or the Church PRs that blatantly lie to the media? Can we find an actual Scientologist, by that definition, anywhere in the corporate radical Church? No.

  120. The reason the story of Jesus is so compelling is that people experience the things Jesus experienced in their lives too. Jesus provides a model. When I had cancer I felt so dreadful during chemo that I actually found it helpful to meditate on Jesus on the cross, and offering my suffering to join with his. (An idea I got from Mother Theresa.) Strange thing was that when I was completely focussed on being with Jesus on the cross, all the pain and sickness disappeared. When eventually tests showed the cancer was gone the only way I can explain the effect on me is by identifying with the resurrection. So I think it is incredibly appropriate to have Marty’s story in the paper over the Easter weekend. Marty is experienceing crucifixion but I can see the resurrection coming. And I don’t know if any of us have any inkling of how big it’ll end up being! Thanks from us in the UK, Marty.

  121. Quite apart from the fact that a VERTICAL line up goes to infinity = impossible.

  122. Li'll bit of stuff

    Marty, phew, talk about distractions, and I get that
    you already have an unbelievable speed of particle
    flow!! HEY Martin, ease off on the pressure, mate!
    in a PLUS RANDOMITY situation, the goods will take
    that bit longer to produce, you surely appreciate so?

    My own life is in a similar state at the moment trying
    to create some space and time for a myriad of conflicting demands forming a bottleneck in my
    capacity to execute the actions where delegation is
    just not an option. ( no frigging org to delegate to!!)

    In such instances (usually) the distractions seem to
    trump the desirable stuff, hey? ………..sigh.

  123. I’ve never come out of a comm with a literalist I didn’t feel invalidated and shit on.

  124. I was impressed by “cult militia leader.”

  125. To just plain act shocked and deny, deny, deny any discussion of OT data is crazy on the part of the CofM. Crazy. Tommy Davis, Amy Archer, others who claim complete and utter ignorance, and are offended by it, are crazy.

    If we were to reel back the years and I was in a position to comment officially, I would respond to all queries about OT-specific data “No Comment.” Just “No Comment.”

    “In the secret scriptures of Scientology, Hubbard claims that alien poop is the genesis of life on this planet. Can you elaborate?”
    “No Comment.”

    I mean, really. There is SO much data out in the open to discuss: “History of Man” (Fac One, the Clam, other incidents), “The Free Being” lectures, and other lectures that dive into “Space Opera”. There is a WHOLE slew of stuff – but NO, these guys have to hone in on the “secret scriptures of OT III.”

    Being a Scientologist, I know the mechanism: It’s a mystery sandwich. They can’t help themselves. Also Reach and Withdraw. We withdraw, so they MUST reach. Have/Can’t Have. We have, they can’t have, and it drives them nuts.

    But, really, if the game is getting to know Scientology, or even making Scientology look weird, there are a LOT of ways to do that without having to go into a subject we WILL NOT DISCUSS.

    And since I will not discuss it, I will make it plain: “No Comment” to anyone who might ask me about it. The church should do the same, but of course, not in Davey’s world.

  126. Tony Dephillips

    Hey Wisher.
    It’s just an analogy man.

  127. Another way of “using lies in order to control people”.

  128. Tony Dephillips

    That sounds kinda bad ass. 🙂

  129. Grasshopper, your response makes perfect sense to me. Bashir actually asked Tommy Davis about the ‘public’ (not private) faith he had. I would have thought that a perfectly appropriate response would be say that ‘There are parts of the scientology faith that are private and that scientologists do not discuss and I respectfully decline to comment further.’ …or just stick to ‘no comment’ as you say…

    Davis’s response in this interview looks highly defensive and, if I didn’t know better, he is hiding embarrasment which manifests itself as ‘offence’.

    The only thing on my mind is that LRH is supposed to have said ‘attack’ and never ‘defend’. If this is so, the belligerent nature of the C0S towards critics (e.g. Marty/Mike for that matter) is really only following the founder’s wishes/guidelines. Is it true that LRH did in fact adminster quite severe physical punishments on his ships (overboarding). If this is so, then the course of conduct is carried over by senior management in the form of beatings is in effect really only following the pattern set by the founder?

    Please don’t get me wrong – I think there is a lot that LRH’s basics writings have to commend their application. I am just trying to reconcile where critics appear to have their strongest cases.

  130. Captain Bob

    When you watch the very ending, clearly CO$ PR piece. Lets continue

    and this: Ted says and people argue the MIS-use of psychiatry, and DM agrees, and says in any event any mis-use thats fine but any use that ends up killing people is a hell of a record to have. NOTE no stats provided nor does Ted ask for stats. How many people killed by the use? I ain’t pinging for pysch stuff.

  131. Captain Bob

    This morning I read this:

    Click to access rathbun-declaration-claire-3.pdf

    From The Headleys post back in July 14, 2010 ( I’ve been reading the blog from day 1 and here I am with it in PT)

    So per my post above, I’m running out Scn but really the 3rd dynamic engram. I post what I have been researching, no plan to it, just what I think applies, connecting the dots. It’s a time track thing for me.

    Anyways, I like to post these things for new comers in my journey for the truth regarding the church of scientology and Debbie Cook is the one that started it.

  132. Captain Bob

    now I ask anybody looking at this video, does Marty seem to be lying? I do not see he is. I do not know Marty nor have net him nor have I met anybody here posting, I think. Anyways, I am just observing the obvious without the threat of the church nor my eternity.

  133. Tony Dephillips

    That was a TR 0 BB flunk on Tommy boy.

  134. one of those who see


  135. Tony Dephillips

    Hi Herenow.
    If we apply that definition there would be no Scientologists.

  136. Captain Bob

    Marty when I blew staff I did the same, I had maybe 20 bucks in my pocket, ended up in a bar and got some beers. Called my friend and he picked me up, and I began a new life.

  137. I would love to see another “Freedom” magazine foot bullet!!!!!

    Miscavige never learns. In his own way he also can’t look, listen or think.

    The deluded, leading the deluded = an insane group, doing insane things, while being totally convinced that they are the only one’s that are sane.

    Not much future in that….

  138. If you want to see the (paraphrased) “attack, don’t defend” strategy properly executed, look no further than Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder. Look at how Marty worked with the so-called media company called “Squirrel Buster Productions.” Look at how both Mike and Marty work with the various news reporters, etc. The policy is basically, “don’t be a pussy.” Don’t roll over just because some guy is mean to you.

    A great example of the proper use of this policy (in my opinion – Marty feel free to comment, of course!) is Marty’s post “An Open Letter to Tony Ortega” in which he took Tony to task for naming Ron the number 1 person “harming” Scientology. Marty did not back down, even though Tony has been and continues to be as on “our side” as he can be.

    But another thing to know is that in order for this policy to make sense, the church has to be doing its job, and only its job. If some reporter comes into my local church (back in the day) with blood on his mind, and all we are doing is drills and auditing sessions, and then the reporter writes a hack job (as happened in 1976 when ABC did this huge “expose” on the church, and ridiculed our use of using dolls in training (the purpose of which is to keep the coach in “coach mode” rather than start running the process he is supposed to be coaching)), then you have to wonder, what is the reporter’s ulterior motive? Sensationalism? Don’t boost your ratings on my back.

    But this is not the case now. Mr. David Miscavige has built a violent organization. This is not from following Ron’s policy – this shit is all Miscavige. If the reporter has a legitimate beef, then the motive of the reporter is no longer the problem. Miscavige is the problem.

  139. martyrathbun09

    If he does one Mat on this, I will take you and Amy to Republic of Texas steak house for the works with all the trimmings and your choice of wine next time you are down here.

  140. Hey Jim,

    Last time I was in nirvana it was very serene happy and timeless. That was just a few seconds ago. Yup, it’s still there.

  141. scilonschools

    Robert Plant cited Spence’s “Magic Arts in Celtic Britain” as one of the sources for the lyrics to “Stairway to Heaven’ (Spence’s 1940 book “Occult Causes of the Present War” seems to have been the first book in the field of Nazi occultism.)

  142. Yay! Scott!

  143. 🙂

  144. Plus.

  145. love it bro. you are an inspiration. keep living..keep shining..keep be-ing

    “The possible ranks higher than the actual.” -Martin Heidegger

  146. “Squirrel buster” means, in fact, ” a squirrel who busts”.

    A friend of mine, Independent staff, told me they have those squirrels coming to upset and harass their training camp. One OSA terminal had briefed them this way : “Now, listen, when you go there and meet the independents, be very careful, because they have a lot of ARC.”

    The first section of KSW Technical Course checksheet is about study and application of ARC.

    So what are these squirrels busting?

    The Tech?


    Makes me wonder…

    Now a quiz:

    Who is the, supreme leader of all squirrels… hem! busters?

  147. Look no further than LRH for a description of the scene: Cleared Cannibal.

  148. Got it. Thanks for clarifying that. Blurring my eyes and skipping the sidebar works fine for me.
    I remember Heber handling inquiries about OT data by telling a joke and changing the subject something else. So simple. The press loved him and didn’t often emphasize stuff like that in their stories.
    By contrast, it is amazing but true that the “Squirrel Busters” have made themselves “The Face of the Church of Scientology”. Their story apparently has “legs”. It seems the actions of those idiots and similar actions by the COS encourage the press to put their attention on more things about Scientology (or altered things) that might be thought of as strange by the general public instead writing about the good it can and does do to enhance people’s lives.

  149. Espiritu
    I’ve often wondered how harmful it was to encounter
    advance course material before one reached that point
    on the grade chart. From my understanding of the
    matter, it could cause havoc, if not in life, certainly
    in auditing prior to those levels.
    I recently asked an independent Class XII, who audits in the field,
    what his experience was with this and he told me that he sees both,
    with his preclears, some are troubled by it, others are not.
    I feel, care should be taken for this material to stay secure.
    That it was widely circulated is no reason to continue
    doing that.
    I know many Scientologists that as you did, shun it before
    they are ready and I think it is wise to do that.
    On top of that, for most PreOTs still in the church,
    independents who don’t keep that material safe,
    are a definitive NO, NO and this could be a reason
    to shun them.

  150. miscavigeisscaredofsam

    “This shows he is no longer a Scientologist. Scientologists are true to the writings of Mr Hubbard”.
    This running alongside the RCS ad campaign slogan ‘Think for yourself’
    I love it when the cult wears hypocricy on it’s sleeve.

  151. Good luck to you Cap’n Bob.

  152. MARTY, Awesome interview and resulting story! Best one published yet I think. Fabulous job by you and the author/publisher.

  153. Eastre, for me, is more in line with its pagan origins: a celebration of Spring, of growth, of new life and opportunities. So I’ll definitely be raising a mug of Earl Grey and a Cadbury’s Creme Egg to the birth of new Indies and the future of Scientology. 🙂

    Have a lovely day, however you acknowledge it.

  154. Tony Dephillips

    Plus 1! Love the sandcastle analogy!

  155. Robert Plant, who wrote the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ lyrics, has always denied any Scientology connection with the opening lines claiming that they just popped into his head from nowhere.

  156. Cleared Cannibal! – blimey guv!!!

  157. Doc 'smith'

    George, Those tapes were part of a series of lectures which was later released in full as ‘Milestone One’. Definitely a few of the most interesting lectures IMO, though there are so many to choose from.

  158. Doc 'smith'

    Thanks Dan, I always get something more out of the factors each time I visit them. ( Viewpoint shifts and such).

  159. I’ll agree to that.

    Happy Easter to you too.

  160. Jethro Bodine

    A vertical line has no slope since all the points on the line have the same x-coordinate. Perfect for DM’s PR events since the stat graphs don’t have any numbers on them anyways – just descriptions like “10x more expansion”.

  161. Here are some urban slang definitions for “buster”, often spelled and pronounced “busta”:

    1. buster or busta
    A person that always has to ruin the fun out of everything. A kill-joy.

    2. buster or busta
    chump. sucker. uncool person.
    “What are you hangin’ wit this BUSTER for, man?”

    Ghetto usage:
    One who destroys the moment, usually ending an enjoyable event causing negative results.

    Definition of busta, buster:

    inexperienced. 2. a chump.
    He can’t rap – he’s a busta rapper.

    someone who kills the “game.” Keeps you from reaching a climax: a loser.

    It orginiated in the 90’s after Boxer Buster Douglas surprisingly knocked out Mike Tyson who was considered
    the crowd favorite and most likely to win the fight.

    To fans amazement Buster Douglas then became a most unexpected new world heavy weight champion. However
    Buster wouldn’t hold the title long having lost the rematch between them Buster from then on was considered
    to have simply been lucky and not skilled on the day he knocked out Tyson who slaughtered him with a “KO”
    victory during their rematch fight.

    Since then the word “Buster” has been used to describe anyone who is a fake, phony or fraud.


    A person who thinks that they are the shit.

    n. A derogatory term, usually for a man, similar to calling him a bitch or implying he is weak; not worthy of respect.

    n. a former friend who sold out to another social group.

    An uncool person. Nerd. Chump.

    a person who is being scandalous.

    A person that does not add more fun too a fun situation.

    A man who falsely believes that he is a cool gang member, when he is only fooling himself.

    Snitch, or tattle tale.
    “I got fired because I left work 15 minutes early, and that busta told the manager.”

    A punk.

    Often said to a child when they’ve done something wrong or bad.
    “Ok, Buster! You’re grounded for a week!”

    A male who puts his selfish desires ahead of family and friends. With harmful, hurtful, and or injurious

    “That dude is a buster, he just spent $400. on a new suit while his wife and kids don’t even have food on
    the table to eat.”

    A guy who will fight a woman, but will coward and use every trick in the book, to not fight another guy.

    “He is a buster, always slapping around his own woman, while the guys on the corner will clown him left and
    right, and he never even considers touching them.”

    These squirrel busters are bustas, for sure.

  162. Dear Under Radar,

    I completely agree with your advice regarding reading confidential upper level material. What LRH said in RJ67 is good enough for me. Better safe than messed up and sorry. Besides, what would be to gain by going out gradient?
    Fortunately, I do know from experience that Ron designed the Bridge on a gradient so that what is keyed in with auditing can then be keyed out or erased, with the person being audited then experiencing a resurgence and increase in well-being as a result. By going out-gradient, there is a chance they could just get keyed in and left there, which would be undesirable as well as unnecessary. I am completely on the same page with you regarding this.

  163. I always find it amusing that the church can’t follow its own lies. In that one article, Marty is being criticised for saying that the Xenu story is allegorical rather than literal- this proves that he is a squirrel or a heretic. Yet, in the John Sweeny documentary, the usual suspect celebs act like they have never heard of the story and it is complete falsehood. Well, which is it??
    It makes much more sense to simply say that all religions have their creation myths and live it at that, but that makes too much sense. I know denial has been the game plan, but it is so overused and unbelievable with the internet information (whether true or untrue), it is no longer a good strategy. Still, the church’s worst enemy is its self.

    Regarding the wall of fire story…the story itself is just another space opera story and isn’t necessarily going to cause any more restimulation than pictures of exploding volcanoes on DMSMH, or watching Star Wars. Running the process of the level, when not set up and trained for it, is what can cause a problem of magnitude. Allowing the process of the level to be randomly distrubuted for anyone to read is suppressive.

  164. My guess is one of Plant’s many giirlfirends was into Scientology, and her dissemination efforts slipped into his head.

    Cultural osmosis, was my final conclusion.

    Robert Plant was disseminated to, by various Scientology women, in the last 1960s, including getting a quick tour of the old CC LA and meeting Yvonne Jentzsch.

    I was at ASI 92-95, and Suzy Watson Taylor worked at ASI those years, I asked her about the rumors and she says basically what you say Hartley, but that how he got the idea for “…she’s buying a stairway to heaven…” could be circumstantially subconsciously derived.

    Plant came to ASI and visited Suzy in the early 1990s, and whenever he was in LA, he’d often look Suzy up and she’d go out with him, she told me that. They were friends since the late 1960s. And he knew she was into Scientology for life. Both Suzy and the ASI receptionist (later my boss at ASI) both told me about Plant visiting ASI just to come see Suzy.

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