Seven things we’re not supposed to remember
As a member of today’s Brave New World of Scientology, it is helpful to have selective memory loss. There are certain things we are not supposed to remember. And in case you’ve forgotten the things you are supposed to forget, here is a list of the key ones:
1. The 1986 LRH Memorial Event: We are not supposed to remember this event, or the fact that it was announced that LRH had passed the torch to a couple named Pat and Annie Broeker. There was an issue about this time, signed by LRH, granting Pat and Annie the rank of Loyal Officers. No mention was made of David Miscavige. Within about a year, Pat Broker had mysteriously disappeared, and David Miscavige was in charge. What happened to Pat Broeker? We are supposed to forget that he ever existed. And the video is no longer available from the Church. You don’t believe it? Go in and ask for a copy. It is, however, available on the internet.
2. OT XV: That’s right, OT Fifteen. At that same event, it was announced that LRH had completed the OT Levels, which extended up to OT XV. They were fully written up and codified, we were told, awaiting only their release by Scientology Management. That was 23 years ago. Twenty-three years! And only one of these levels has been released, OT VIII. In fact, several different versions of OT VIII have been released. One might legitimately ask how “several versions” could exist of a level that had been fully researched and codified. But I digress. OT VIII is the only one that has been released – and that was 20 years ago. But no further levels. We keep hearing that the release of OT IX and X are immanent. It was supposed to happen, we were told, “when all Orgs reach the size of Old Saint Hill.” Which brings us to our next item.
3. Saint Hill Size Orgs: You don’t hear them mentioned any more. In fact, we just had an LRH Birthday Event, and ED Int even quoted from LRH ED 339R but without mentioning any of the sections in that issue which talk about “the size of Old Saint Hill.” All we hear about nowadays are “Ideal Orgs,” which are measured, one assumes, by square footage. A Saint Hill Size Org has to meet certain quotas – number of staff, number of students on course, number of auditing hours and so forth. It requires actual work. It requires real, honest expansion. An “Ideal Org” doesn’t require anything but a big, empty building – purchased with your money. It doesn’t even require staff – we are told that in an “Ideal Org,” you don’t need anyone in Div 6 – all you need are flat screen TVs. One wonders, are there any orgs in the world that are really, actually, the size of Old Saint Hill by measurable statistics?
4. Superpower: The Superpower Rundown was originally announced in 1978. It was described at the time as “A super fantastic, but confidential series of rundowns that can be done on anybody whether Dn Clear or not that puts the person into fantastic shape unleashing Super Power of a thetan. This means that puts Scientologists into a new realm of ability enabling them to create a new world. It puts world Clearing within reach of the future.” Given the importance LRH gave this rundown in achieving Planetary Clearing, one would have thought some steam would have been put behind its timely release. Well, here we are, nearly a third of a century later, and it is still not released. The only mention of Superpower these days is in the context of donations towards a building in Clearwater. Construction began on this building in 1998, and now, 11 years later, it is still an empty shell.
5. The Hubbard Family: Whatever happened to LRH’s family? We used to hear a lot about them, and their pictures appeared often in The Auditor. Mary Sue assisted Ron for many years. Diana used to speak at events in the old days. We haven’t heard anything about them for years. Mary Sue passed away in 2002, and there was not a single mention of it from the Church. Quentin died tragically in 1976, an apparent suicide. His name is no longer mentioned. Suzette and Arthur have disappeared from the world of Scientology. Diana is still at the Int Base, but hasn’t been seen in over 20 years. Where are they? What are they doing?
6. Yvonne Jentzsch: There are a lot of people who have disappeared from Scientology’s official history, but one that particularly bothers me is Yvonne. She founded Celebrity Centre and was the driving force behind its expansion and success. Yvonne was well loved, and many who knew her considered that she embodied all of the good things in Scientiology. For several years following her untimely death, her office was maintained at Celebrity Centre, with many photos of her with various celebrities. Nowadays, you will not be able to find a single picture of her at CC, or a single mention of her in Scientology literature. Even the article on CC in the book What is Scientology? contains no mention of her. Here is a woman who devoted her life to Scientology, was never declared, yet has been completely erased from the Brave New World of modern Scientology. How many others have been erased?
7. The 1991 Book Re-release: With the release of “The Basics,” we are hearing all about how the books are now “fully verified as completely on-Source.” We are hearing how all errors have been verified meticulously against LRH’s original manuscripts to ensure that the books are exactly as LRH intended them to be. However, those of us who can actually remember the past recall that the exact same things were said in 1991 when all of the books were repackaged and re-released.
Here are the words you are supposed to forget were ever issued, from RTC ED 450, 6 September, 1991, “The Scope of Scientology, Auditors Day 1991,” written by David Miscavige:
“For this reason, in April of 1987 we embarked upon a strategy of making all the material of the Scientology Grade Chart standard and available to all. The plan was to:
“1. Review all materials against original LRH manuscripts and handle any omissions or alter-is that had crept in through the years either by mistake or at the hand of some SP.”
He goes on to say,
“In this period, from 1987 to present time, the following has been accomplished…
“1. All Dianetics and Scientology books were reviewed, gotten fully on-source and issued. These books were put into a form that could easily be studied and understood by anyone, with definitions of hard-to-find terms right in the book, thus preventing individuals from going by misunderstood. This has been done with all of the over two dozen books on the subject.”
So was he lying then, or is he lying now? And ten years from now, will we be told to buy all the books again as “now they are completely on-Source”?
There are probably more things we are not supposed to remember, but I’m sure I’ve forgotten them.
As Orwell said in his novel 1984:
“‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory.”
So don’t forget to forget the things you are not supposed to remember.
And you’ll fit right in to the Brave New World of modern Scientology.