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Reading Between the Lines

September 14, 2010

Scientologists are becoming expert in “reading between the lines” of the letters and e-mails they receive from the Orgs. When dealing with Scientology’s doublespeak, it’s best to become adept in translating it into real-world terms.

A case in point: a recent ASHO Letter, from Jarret Rible, Bridge Tracking Officer, forwarded to me by someone still “under the radar.”

“YOU are important,” the letter begins. Of course we know what that means – you are important to our GI. But they are not going to say that. They are going to sound like a Tony Robbins seminar instead. “Factually you are one of the closest to achieving the State of Clear and then on to OT,” the letter continues. “Per our records, you are not currently receiving auditing or receiving very little auditing, which is costing you precious time and extending the number of hours you will need.”

OK, let me get this straight. If I don’t come in for auditing, it’s going to “cost me.” What are you going to do, increase my tech estimate? But of course the threats don’t end there.

“Also, and to be very direct, I hope that you are not involved in any out-ethics situation.  If this is the case, we should get it sorted out. This is not meant as a make-wrong. I just want to get you going on the Bridge and help you with whatever that takes.” Such as, maybe, several intensives of Sec Checks?

“When LRH released New Era Dianetics he said, “It is interesting that when somebody has been skillfully mucking himself up for trillions and trillions of years that a NED Auditor can salvage him in under 100 hours!”

Sure, YOU messed yourself up. YOU’RE the one delaying and procrastinating. YOU’RE the one all messed up in “out-ethics situations.” WE’LL fix you up, for only, let’s see, 100 hours, eight intensives, at a reported $3,800 per intensive, that’s almost $30,000.

“We really take that to heart here,” the letter continues. “We take great pride in both the miracle wins our pc’s get on NED and the dramatic speed with which they get through. It does routinely take under 100 hours to get through your NED here, just as LRH says.  We also recently got another CCRD Auditor back from Flag training, as well as another Power auditor, and have been making 1 or 2 Clears every single week.”

And this is supposed to be impressive – one or two clears a week? At that rate, they’ll Clear Los Angeles in, oh, about twenty thousand years. But then, they don’t have to “Clear the Planet,” do they? Not as long as they can line up a few $30,000 reg cycles.

“We are offering you to come immediately for service at ASHO, and we will take whatever hours you already have at your Org with minimal or no additional donation required, and get you through your NED auditing and to Clear.”

So, they’ll rip off any money you’ve paid to local Orgs. In today’s Golden Age of Desperation, it’s dog-eat-dog.

The best part is, the postage paid by the Church to deliver this gem was $4.98.

It doesn’t take much to read between the lines of this and the other letters and e-mails that Scientologists are receiving these days from the Church. It paints a picture of desperation, of an environment of threat and duress, and of pitifully small stats.

  1. lunamoth permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:55 am

    Sec Checking is foreplay to the church of scientology.

    You KNOW if you buy auditing you will be getting sec checked FIRST. And if you haven’t been on the bridge in a while, or if you’re “receiving very little auditing,” it’s an ethics sit, let me tell you. Minimally you will be shown references (many of them) explaining/implying that slow or no progress on the bridge = PTSness. Automatic ethics cycle, etc. Been there, done that.

    This letter also paves the way for the necessity of a major ethics handling, since they’re already on to you that you are involved in some kind of out-ethics. Not that they want to miss your withhold with this letter or anything. I hope you didn’t think I meant that. No make wrong intended.

    I believe this is the first time I’ve ever seen auditing nearly given away as a come-on to get you into the org so they can use up your hours on unnecessary and heavy ethics handlings.

  2. Genesis permalink
    September 14, 2010 8:12 am

    The SO velvet glove is starting to come off……revealing an angry, ugly, iron fist instead…….and the threats are not so veiled, any more.

    The bloom has long since come off their top celebrities……who are fading away in utter despair, broken, bankrupt…..slowly. realizing. their. gullibility.

    Members are moving away in droves, finding excuses not to come into the ideal morgues anymore…….it is…..after all…….. too sad. too painful.too exhausting.

    Nothing is working …..the stats are crashing.

    The cognitive dissonance……. is deafening.

    The SO members continue to blindly,robotic-ally, act out their well rehearsed lines…..but no one is listening.

    The audience , having long since, quietly slipped out…. one by one …..beyond their grasp.

    The “awakening” has finally begun.

    • Mickey permalink
      September 15, 2010 12:08 pm

      And a quickening of the state of “asleepening” is rapidly dissolving as a result. 😉

  3. Independent Scientologist permalink
    September 14, 2010 10:35 am

    It pains me a bit when I hear criticism about the church that refers to “they.” That’s a generality. I’ve been an independent scientologist for about two-and-a-half months, after a god-awful eligibility cycle at AOLA, so my memory is fresh on what it’s like to receive squirrely, suppressive sec-checking. But also during that five month stretch I got good (no, make that great) service from a variety of Sea Org terminals who really DID care about me and wanted me to make it to OT. For instance, my Solo II courses was fantastic. To me, what’s so awful about the current mess in the Church of Scientology is that so many well-meaning staff members and Sea Org members have been absolutely betrayed by Miscavige and his ilk. But on the other hand – I did encounter a few Sea Org members who should be taken out and shot!

    • Bert permalink
      September 15, 2010 3:14 am

      I cannot imagine the journey you must be on. From the agonizing realization that Miscavige is a psychopath to life outside of organized Scientology. For those of us never in Scientology, there is one more very obvious step to take… realizing that Scientology is itself just glorified 1930’s era regression therapy. LRH was very inteligent, and yes, maybe even brilliant. But his brilliance and prodigeous output of esoteric philosophy is the product of a tortured and seriously ill mind. He was probably the most successful pathological liar of the last century, who stole a reasonably good idea and added a lot of harmful nonesense. While Hubbard was recording his brand of regression therapy into scripture, doctors and counselors were slowly, systematically improving the delivery of all manner of mental health services. It’s not perfect, but I would challenge any Scientologist to compare the euphoric “win” you get with mainstream counselling with anything Scientology auditing has to offer. Having used “wog” counselling several times, I can tell you that I have learned valuable things about myself and life without having to pretend I could remember anything that happened while still in my Mother’s womb.

  4. Aeolus permalink
    September 14, 2010 2:18 pm

    Part of the irony is that recipients of this letter include people who were once declared Clear, but then told they weren’t Clear. And then maybe back and forth for another round or two. If the most recent on the chain was “not Clear”, you get the letter. So if your $30,000 actually gets applied to auditing and not to ethics handlings, maybe you get to be Clear again. Until the little dictator changes his mind once more.

    Frankly, I wonder if there even is a state of Clear that can fit everyone uniformly. I remember in vivid detail the exact moment when I went Clear a few decades ago, but I’ve compared notes with other Clears (bad boy, I know) and their experience was not the same as mine. But my Clear cert is still valid and in any case I don’t have money on account at a lower Org for ASHO to siphon off, so I didn’t get one of these letters.

  5. September 14, 2010 5:57 pm

    I know Jerret Rible.

    Nice young man.

    Sincerely thinks he’s doing the right thing.

    I can’t imagine how upset he’ll be when the truth comes out.

    • lunamoth permalink
      September 14, 2010 6:36 pm

      That’s the problem isn’t it, IO. Good people who think they’re doing the right thing. Without them (us, not too long ago), dm would have no power.

      • September 14, 2010 7:08 pm

        Absolutely, Lunamoth.

        Also, I had a good cog regarding the Tossed Under the Bus section on the last thread, thanks to you.

        Please stop giving me such good cogs, would ya?

        I like the school of hard knocks, personally. You’re making things too easy for me. Too sane. Afterall, I did just get out of a cult, you know……….I’m used to being mislead.

        And yes, Jeff, when the truth does finally come out it’s going to really suck for some of the good guys I know in my city, who have been towing the line on fund-raising and every other off-policy activity for years now, believing that they are actually doing good. Many of them have had bits of truth offered to them but the ser facs are very strong on “I’m doing the greatest good!”

        The toughest part won’t just be having the stable datum of organized Scn taken away, it will be realizing just how many people they personally mislead, bankrupted or drove away, holding themselves up as OT leaders.


    • Jeff permalink*
      September 14, 2010 6:54 pm

      That’s the tragedy of organized Scientology. It takes good, dedicated people, as I am sure Jerret is, and enlists them in the service of a corrupt and abusive system. Because of the layers of secrecy and “confidentiality,” the rank and file have no way of knowing what goes on at the upper levels of management. They assume (because they are good and decent people) that those above them are good and decent people. And anyone who attempts to inform them otherwise or lift the veil of secrecy is dismissed as “entheta.”

      • September 15, 2010 7:27 pm

        Very aptly described.

        That is the structure of Scientology, as it was built.

        For a reason.

  6. Sinar permalink
    September 15, 2010 12:03 am

    “Also, and to be very direct, I hope that you are not involved in any out-ethics situation. If this is the case, we should get it sorted out. This is not meant as a make-wrong. I just want to get you going on the Bridge and help you with whatever that takes.”

    To me shows that ASHO staff do realize something is wrong, but just has a wrong why that those who stay away are just simply out ethics. Not that the internal changes caused from top to bottom is any reason at all – any looking in that direction is simply treasonable by the system.

    • Aeolus permalink
      September 15, 2010 2:49 am

      “Also, and to be every direct, ….”. Every time I read that phrase I hear it coming out of DM’s mouth. It’s such a typical syntax for him, but very uncommon otherwise. I think this letter was either written by the little dictator himself or by someone solidly in his valence.

  7. lunamoth permalink
    September 15, 2010 12:35 am

    I was looking at this : “Per our records, you are not currently receiving auditing or receiving very
    little auditing, which is costing you precious time and extending the number of hours you will need.”

    It is widely accepted as truth within the culture of scientology that if you are not getting auditing, your condition is worsening; it’s a “truism.” So much so that, when a church terminal says to you ” the longer you’re off the bridge, the more intensives it will take to straighten you out,” we don’t /didn’t question it. But is it true?

    If it’s true that in the physical universe something is either getting worse or getting better, auditing would still have to be the ONLY way to get better for that truism to actually be true.

    And we here on the outside know from recent experience that auditing is NOT the only way to get better, because each of us has experienced some degree of improvement in our lives since leaving the cult of miscavige. I have experienced dramatic improvements, across the board, starting when I first decided I didn’ have to accept any communication from the church because I didn’t want any.

    Everyday some new lie on the part of the church or miscavige or some lawyer or other paid hack surfaces. So many lies. Yet some of the biggest lies have been right there, in front of our faces, all along.

    • John Doe permalink
      September 15, 2010 2:59 am

      Oh Lunamoth! The longer you stay away, the harder it’s gonna be! We may find you have you redo your cocoon. Further inspection may reveal you have to go back to your caterpillar stages and redo that, only it’s gonna be at moth rates!

      • Marta permalink
        September 15, 2010 1:00 pm

        Perfect! Rolling here. You two have set me smiling for the day. Cocoons, ha!

      • lunamoth permalink
        September 15, 2010 6:42 pm

        Catepillar?? The C/S has determined that my egg-state was un-flat, and now I have to do 100 hours of egg-jectives before I can re-do my coccoon!

  8. anonymous weasel permalink
    September 23, 2010 9:16 pm

    i know jarret… there is no way he wrote this. this is either a form letter or he’s been heavily coached on exactly how to respond. i am not a scientologist and so all this vernacular is meaningless to me, all i can tell you is that this sounds nothing like jarret rible.

    • lunamoth permalink
      September 30, 2010 1:38 am

      Interesting and actually not too surprising. Church doesn’t appear to put any premium on the origination of communication (by anybody). Doesn’t really allow individual creation of one’s post,
      doesn’t trust individuals to say or do the right thing on their own. Who knows? Jarret may have been replaced by one of those big plant pods hidden under the bed…

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