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Church Says Scientologists Don’t Have to Buy New ACC Lectures

January 9, 2010

Well, that’s what they are saying. No kidding. I wouldn’t have believed it either, but there it was in black and white – in the New York Times.

The article, an Associated Press release, announces that “More than 1,000 unreleased recordings of lectures by L. Ron Hubbard and reams of corresponding writings have been unveiled in the culmination of a 25-year project to locate, restore and transcribe lost pieces of the Scientology founder’s work.”

These, of course, are the ACC Lectures released at New Years – lectures LRH gave during advanced auditor courses in the 1950s and 60s. They are, most of them, highly technical instructions for auditors. Yet in this press release, the Church insists that they are “for everyone” – Scientologists at all levels and even those outside the Church. Really? Good luck to any non-Scientologist trying to understand instructional lectures to advanced auditors. But regardless, there they are – available to “everyone.”

The article notes that these lectures are being shipped out to all Scientology Churches, and adds that “They’re also available for sale to members for about $7,500, a price likely to raise some eyebrows, though the church insists no one will be denied access to the materials simply because they don’t have the money.

“Reading rooms at Scientology centers worldwide, and at its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, are full of members poring over Hubbard’s words…”

Oh, isn’t that special? They are not going to deny you access to these materials simply because you don’t have $7,500.00 to plunk down for the full set. And, according to this account, they have “reading rooms at Scientology centers worldwide” where you can just go in and listen to them.

I’m sure this will be good news for cash-strapped Scientologists. You don’t have to actually buy the set, you can just go in and hear them, for free, at these “Scientology Reading Rooms.” Just like those Christian Science Reading Rooms!

What, you don’t believe it? You don’t think the Church would lie about a thing like this, do you? You don’t think they’d present a false, misleading picture in the press just to look benign and altruistic, do you?

Well, I encourage all Scientologists to take the Church at their word, and prove to themselves that the Church stands by their public pronouncements. When you get those phone calls and visits insisting you buy the ACC lectures, just tell those high-pressure sales people that you’re going to listen to the ACCs in the free Scientology Reading Room!! And you know they’re just going to smile cheerily and say, “Oh, well then, good for you. We won’t be bothering you any more. See you at the Reading Room!”

Then show up at your local Org and ask where the Reading Room is!

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23 Comments
  1. SherryMK permalink
    January 9, 2010 9:02 am

    I wonder who, that reads the New York times, cares about this “news”…and then the mention of the lectures being $7500! Now that, no doubt, got a chuckle or two out of those street-wise New Yorkers!

    And, correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t the ACCs meant for Advanced auditors only? Who the heck would understand them otherwise??????

    • John Doe Lurker permalink
      January 9, 2010 4:53 pm

      Yep, at the Congress release event, the ACC lectures were those DM said contributed to people not being able to understand Scientology, because these lectures were out of context or out-gradient. Maybe the ACCs are being released now, en masse, to get as much money out of them before the walls start crumbling down…

  2. Jim Logan permalink
    January 9, 2010 4:33 pm

    The article in the NY Times and Tommy’s statements that LRH intended the materials to be put out is absolutely true. LRH wanted his materials, these ‘lost’ tapes, to be made abundantly available and he left explicit instructions that they be gotten together, put on to the latest recording/dissemination medium, and put out.

    He also wanted them studied and applied. That’s where we come in. With the release of the materials (all these lectures, the Congresses, the various tape packages) from the 50’s up to 61 combined with the books, the Briefing course lectures, the Tech Volumes we now have what LRH wanted us to have.

    As far as I can see, even through DM, LRH’s intention carried through. Now it’s up to us to see they are learned, used, and applied, even to DM. Maybe especially to DM, as in these materials are the seeds of the end of his SP case. That will be nice for a lot of people.

  3. John Doe Lurker permalink
    January 9, 2010 4:52 pm

    Do you think the church is going to hound people to buy these lectures the way that they did with the Basics release and the Congress lectures?

    I know, dumb question, but so far, I do not have 45 messages left on my voicemail. Not even one. Maybe they learned to back off a bit since they pissed off so many parishioners with the Basics throat-shove?

    Interesting thing, I read somewhere that the only scn DM does now is listen to lectures by himself. I guess that is what we’re all supposed to do now.

  4. Jean Paul permalink
    January 9, 2010 6:11 pm

    Why no crush sell to start 2o1o? I think that what we are seeing is the results of the pressure being applied by the Independent Scientology Movement. DM knows that the walls are cracking and truth is shining in. He needs to shore up his crumbling standing even within the SO. I would be willing to bet that he has “discovered” that people had “misinterpreted” his insane demands for sales pressure and bizarre punishments and has now “handled” it for this release, probably removing “those responsible” with much thunder, and then taking great pains to make this the first release in at least 20 years that is being handled sanely and sensibly- DM proving to those left that he really is a good guy, just, sigh- misunderstood – and nailing anyone outstanding in his black book in the process. (Ring a bell for anyone?) If this is indeed the case, it is the second major impact that Independent Scientology has had on DM. The first was the big change in ex-SO FL bills over the last 2 months, with all SO FL bills being wiped clean to try and cut down the huge Independent recruiting pool these people represented. Long term SO members of course had the largest bills and the least chance of ever making it back to services. Conveniently, they were also the ones most grounded in LRH style Scientology and thus it worked well to have them debarred from all Scientology lines. When the Independent Movement started and these “forgotten” people began flocking to the flag of True Scientology, DM decided it would be better to let them back on lines, rather that floating around just waiting to hear about the Independents and join up. So a new “discovery” was made that “someone” misinterpreted LRH and thank god DM was able cancel all SO Freeloader bills. While convoluted and pathetic,- since LRH already handled it and DM opps, dropped the handling out of the OEC, the fact remains that thousands of ex-SO all over the planet have had their Freeloader bills canceled, and Scientologists all over the world can enjoy the first New Years day in many years without crush sell being part of it. Take a win Independants. This is your product – DM takes two reluctant steps towards reform. His feet moved solely and only because enough people stood up and demanded it. The door that he will exit through is still aways away. But he just stepped towards it.

    • Jim Logan permalink
      January 9, 2010 7:41 pm

      Jean Paul,
      You my man, have made the day with this post. In fact, many days.

  5. BBSox permalink
    January 10, 2010 1:48 am

    I’m sorry, but I’m still too jaded. DM’s magnanimus gesture seems like a Trojan Horse to me. These “reading rooms” are also known as “course rooms”, and don’t think you won’t get regged down to your socks if you show up, right? You wouldn’t want to be “out-exchange”, now, would you? A great way to get “bodies in the shop”, eh?

  6. TRUTH permalink
    January 10, 2010 6:18 am

    Rebel008 & everyone on this post,
    Interesting enough, this is what I received today from Flag today. Wow! They are really pushing these “new releases” down public’s throat in order to make more money for DM!

    From:
    Doug Steele Flag Accommodations

    Add to Contacts
    To: dougs@cos.flag.org
    Hi!
    I want to help you get the new ACC lectures.
    The price for the 1,020 lectures is normally $11,550.
    The New Years Event price for this is $7,500.
    This is a $4,050. discount!
    This price is a limited time only price, so in order to save the $4,050. you need to do this now!
    Remember when the Basics started out at $2,000 and then shortly after jumped to $3,300?
    Same thing here.
    You can even use any credit on your Services account, if that helps you to get them.
    I want to help you get this amazing data.
    Can I contact you now to help you with this?
    Ml,
    Doug Steele
    Flag
    727 467-6278

    Dear Doug,
    Didn’t you read church’s article in the New York Times? Where is the nearest “Scientology Reading Rooms”, I’d like to study them for free.

    Please help!

  7. Boyd H. permalink
    January 10, 2010 2:20 pm

    The church is slitting their own throat PR wise by advertising the pricetag. Reading rooms don’t make up for it, the message that the rest of the bridge is unattainable is there.

    Tommy is telling blue collar workers that this isn’t for them, when at the same time lots of big money in today’s out exchange economy is unethically made. Wrong public. Why did DM choose to communicate in this way to NYT? Or better yet why isn’t DM lowering the prices per the LRH formula, and why did he ignore the 82′ WDC eval showing we were pricing ourselves into oblivion?

    “You can even use any credit on your Services account, if that helps you to get them.
    I want to help you get this amazing data.”

    And that quote is disgusting. People need the god damn bridge more than anything. If there’s not a policy forbidding that there should be. Doug should start caring about a cleared planet.

  8. TRUTH permalink
    January 10, 2010 5:58 pm

    Boyd H,

    You are absolutely right by saying “People need the god damn bridge more than anything. If there’s not a policy forbidding that there should be. Doug should start caring about a cleared planet”.

    I have not been on lines for years, instead of caring enough for the parishioner’s Bridge progress, DM wants to empty their accounts at the church, especially knowing that tons of people are leaving on a daily basis and might claim for a full refund so if the church forces you to buy those “releases”before they leave the church for good then there is no money left in your account and no refund to be claimed later.

    Of course, CoS under DM doesn’t give a damn about our Bridge progress! It is all about collecting more and more money from people.

  9. January 11, 2010 8:21 am

    Rebel,

    You pretty much covered it in your article.

    Except this fact and that the ACCs have always been available since there first release. Yeah I know. How many Scientologists own Reel to Reel Tape Machines these days? But this technology was always available. It wasn’t like Miscavige just decided to release it one day.

    Another thing is that though this information is priceless it is not required in the training of auditors. Take a look at any Levels, SHSBC or VIII checksheet and you won’t find ’em there.

    What ever happened to training auditors who can audit and auditing Preclears?

  10. Thought provoking permalink
    January 11, 2010 4:54 pm

    Wow…a reading room! This almost sounds reminicent of the ’70s when tape plays were common. Public could listen to any tape for $5.00. It was not unusual to include tape plays as part of chaplin/ethics cycles. Eventually that person would be back on course or in session.

    Staff would gather after course and listen to LRH, not because they were told to, but because they wanted to and the data was right there! Can you remember the first time you heard LRHs voice? I can and it still gives me goosebumps.

    I remember being ordered to listen to the Congresses. I wanted to but just couldn’t find the time. As the pressure was kept on it, I did eventually work out listening about an hour each day. It was the best thing I did. Staff were having cogs, coming in brighter and a natural interest started to spread. There was interation between staff and public about the lecture they were currently listening to. PCs were having more case gain per audited hour, people were blowing charge just listening to the Congresses. It was such a simple way to pull the general tone of the staff up and exciting to see people walking around with headphones on, knowing that they were listening to LRH at that very moment. I loved when my seniors would come in , just after hearing one of the Congresses. It usually meant a much saner, more productive and uptone day.

    In no way should listening to lectures take the place of actually going up the bridge. Jean Paul hit it on the head. We are seeing a shift as a result of the Independent movement. This is a good thing. We have produced some change, let’s continue the process.

  11. Boyd H. permalink
    January 13, 2010 6:17 am

    Orgs are required to play LRH lectures in the org all day everyday for raw public, despite Mis-U’s. The policy is in OEC Vol 6 I think, which I don’t have. A “brighter” idea sort of cross ordering that which was the panels. “Answer peoples questions” is a different idea than “originate all the answers on our social betterment activities and everything else before questions are asked through panels and videos. Make us socially acceptable”

    No mystery sandwich and it’s just another tweaked idea like GAT. I don’t know if DM just wants to tweak stuff to put his stamp on it or what but it’s another non-duplication of policy with a seemingly sort-of-allright but not really because it’s new and strange but who cares lets make it into a blanket worldwide program despite clear evidence it’s not the why through known failures type of thing.

    Reading rooms are another strange new one but it’s not not allowed in policy as far as I know so piloting it would be allowed. Big orgs in the 70’s didn’t have that as far as I know. I could see it maybe working though. It is a good idea to make a space in an org where raw public can come and go and read some scientology without worrying about being regged or approached, if that’s the intention

    • John Doe Lurker permalink
      January 14, 2010 1:06 am

      I think Tommy’s statement about “reading rooms” should not be construed as something new. My take on that is he means “course rooms”, but didn’t think that would translate and probably wanted to spin it as if there was going to be no charge.

  12. lunamoth permalink
    January 13, 2010 3:53 pm

    Uh – not going to be required to buy the materials to have access to them?

    Then who’s going to buy them? With auditor training an all-but forgotten activity of most orgs, it seems to me that only existing auditors are going to have sufficient reason to push through the entire series, and given the choice of using the org as a sort of reference library, or paying $7,500 (now) or $11,500 (soon), how many will pony up the full price? I mean, without a push to SELL a product that is clearly not intended for every level of scientologist, how’s dm going to make money off this? Am I expected to believe he doesn’t intend to make money?

    And regarding the “reading rooms,” do they think no one is going to check? Or does he think the “uninitiated” will see course rooms and mistake them for the more benign facilities the article describes?

    Seems to me that dm is continuing to rely on the OLD reality that church
    members are not on the comm lines of the world, as in, they don’t read the papers, visit websites, have email accounts, and neither do any of their friends.

    Dm obviously feels he can still tell the world one thing and scientologists something completely different (and at least one of those things is always a lie).

    Has he heard about the internet, do you think?

    • John Doe Lurker permalink
      January 14, 2010 1:14 am

      Part of the reason, IMO, of why the massive ACC release is that this could be an attempt to excite the field. Way back in about 1978, a year or so after the FBI raid, Heber J. read an LRH policy wherein LRH mentioned releasing some new tech as one of the ways to out-create an attack. (Sorry, I don’t have the reference. Help anyone?)

      The ACCs is probably the largest release the church can do at this point. Super Power isn’t ready, nor are any additional OT levels, as far as I can tell.

      • January 14, 2010 6:14 am

        Yeah I remember the Ol’man making that promise too and delivering on it with the release of RJ 30 which contained the largest number of technical releases ever released in one year.

        All Miscavige has basically done was take a bunch of tech that had been released earlier in one form or another either on Reel to Reel or Cassette or both and “repackaged” (as the boys on Mad Av say) it and is now selling it in CD format while claiming he’s “releasing” it for the “first time” and presenting the facade of the “finder of lost technology”.

        The irony being that RTC were the ones who originally “lost” it. Having collected all of it up and storing it at CST, until he could suddenly “find” it again to release.

        The man knows no shame!

  13. lunamoth permalink
    January 13, 2010 5:44 pm

    I’m going to venture an answer to my own question, above, “How is dm going to make money” from the very very expensive new releases.

    While he apparently didn’t make this announcement at the New Year’s event when he unveiled these “lost materials,” who here thinks he’s going to add them to the auditor training line-up? Raise your hand if that sounds like something dm would do.

    • Jim Logan permalink
      January 14, 2010 9:25 pm

      lunamoth,
      One hand up.

      • lunamoth permalink
        January 14, 2010 10:56 pm

        (thought I was talking to myself for a minute there : ) )

        Anyway, I came across this (link below) on exscientologist mb the other day. A leaked email from a one-time Freedom Medal winner. She’s very effusive about the New Year’s event, and seems to have taken away from it that auditing others is supremely important (if you can overlook the complete arrogance with which she completely nullifies any of her”personal” terminals who she considers to be below 2.5 and who she has now just disconnected from. I mean, who has the time…)

        Anyway, the emphasis on auditing from a miscavige productions event? Red flag in my universe. Dm promoting auditor training and auditing others? Why, that would put the church back on purpose. There is still altered tech to contend with, but this would be a real change of game plan, it would seem. So, since an s.p. wouldn’t really support such a pro-survival change and could not sustain it to a done even if he did go through the motions, it dawned on me. He will make the runway so god-damned long and the cost so exorbitant, and the entire process so unconfrontable in terms of time and materials, that for all intents and purposes, little or no auditor training will take place. Add out-tech drills, interminable internships and all those “easter eggs” of altered tech (you never know where you’re going to find it), well, what a crap shoot.

        A reallllly long crap shoot.

        It would be a PR move that will not in fact put him in danger of actually producing auditors at any volumen, or ones that can consistenly make others better.

        He’s got to love it.

        http://forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?t=15615

  14. Boyd H. permalink
    January 13, 2010 6:18 pm

    I’ll look for that lecture playing ref but I have OEC vol 6 now and here’s a great quote from LRH ED 54 INT 10 December 1969
    SUPERIOR SERVICE IMAGE
    PROGRAM NO. I

    ” TO ALL PESs:

    Dianetic Course being taught and Dianetic Auditing being used in Franchises shows that Dianetics is popular.

    By having Dianetic Auditing going in the field you have the makings of an org boom if it is handled right.

    It is an old maxim IF AUDITING IS OCCURRING IN THE FIELD ORGS WILL BOOM.

    It is no real concern of ours to try to hold the field versions Standard. They mess up pcs and students. They always will. A militant org attitude to keep the field straight is silly. Let them flub as you are trying to control something you cannot. You can only do the best you can by teaching the best you can in the org.

    The real org action is to put it out that IN AN ORG WE USE AND TEACH HIGH GRADE STANDARD TECH IN DN and SCN.

    The whole org message is, If anyone gets roughed up in the field training or
    processing THE OFFICIAL ORGS EXIST TO STRAIGHTEN OUT THE STUDENT OR PC. ALL HE NEEDS TO DO IS COME IN TO AN OFFICIAL ORG.

    If the org is trying to guarantee their training and processing in some group or franchise (and it can’t) then it gets a black eye.

    If an org exists to handle the rough cases, then it is the place to go.

    A line to Franchises to the effect that the org will be happy to handle their rough cases or pcs if they send them in to the org (at the student or pc’s own expense) will be received as very welcome news.

    An org is not just another Franchise and competitor and MUST NOT GIVE
    THAT IMAGE.

    The org is the benign source of the groups and Franchises and helps them out.

    THIS IMAGE MUST BE REBUILT FAST BY EVERY PES WITH FRANCHISES AND PUBLIC.

    It’s all Standard in the org. If the field auditor needs help the org gives it by
    straightening up his individual students and pcs if they’ll just come in.

    The image is that org service is superior because it is.

    The Official Org must be more standard than anything happening in the field or in Franchise.”
    -LRH

    This is what’s really out with div 6.

  15. Boyd H. permalink
    January 13, 2010 6:19 pm

    And that was written after KSW1

  16. Mike Hobson permalink
    January 21, 2010 6:12 pm

    “Reading Room” almost certainly means Qual Library, which is required to be stocked with copies of every book & tape in the inventory, every no-Hubbard text he refers to in his own writings & dictionaries.

    To the best of my knowledge, there never was any charge to read or listen to any of the materials in the Qual Library.

    Michael A. Hobson

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