Messin’ with the Eights
So what do you do with an OT VIII?
Particularly if you don’t have OT IX and X to deliver. And no release of these levels in sight, 20 years after the release of OT VIII. That’s right, twenty years.
And particularly if you are the FSSO, sailing around half empty, desperate for income.
Well, one thing you can do is invent something called “OT IX and X Preps.” Yes, I said invent.
Because what’s the “preparation” for OT IX and X? OT VIII.
Telling an OT VIII they have to do “OT IX and X Preps” is like telling a Grade 0 they have to do “Grade I Preps.” Ain’t no such level.
Sure, there’s something called “OT Preparations.” It’s done after Solo I and before your practice sessions on Solo II. It’s done once. It prepares you for your “OT Levels.” Nowhere does it say you have to do “OT Preps” for each level.
But what else are you going to do with OT VIIIs when you don’t have IX and X? Hard pressure them, as the Ship is currently doing, to come for OT IX and X Preps.
So what is “OT IX and X Preparations”?
Well, pretty much anything they can think of to keep you coming back to the Ship and buying more auditing.
For the most part - Sec Checks. Intensive after intensive, on and on. In fact, OT VIIIs may well get more Sec Checks per capita than anyone. Is that because VIIIs are the most unethical people on the planet, or because they have money and the FSSO has nothing else to offer them?
Or how about PTS Handlings? Does that strike you as strange, an OT VIII, supposedly Cause Over Life, is PTS? What would they be PTS to? Yet VIIIs are told “you are PTS. Buy a PTS Rundown.” Does that strike you as evaluative and invalidative?
Then there’s Case Correction. “You’re case is messed up.” “You have out-tech on your case.” And so on. More evaluation and invalidation. More and more intensives of “correction” auditing. (And why is Scientology the only subject that charges you for their errors?)
And when the VIIIs are not at the Ship? Well, keep them busy – frantic even. How about “mandatory briefings” every week? To push them to select more and more and more people to Flag?
Evaluation, invalidation, mistrust, pressure, frantic briefings – sure, that’s the way to treat your highest level OTs. And when you come down to it, it’s all about money. Sell more intensives and more handlings and more correction.
Because you have a limited number of VIIIs. Because you have no new public coming to the ship. Because you’re going broke.
But the real question that OT VIIIs and Freewinds staff should both be asking is this:
What’s the real reason David Miscavige hasn’t released OT IX and X, twenty three years after these levels were announced as “fully compiled and ready for release.”