Saturday, time for Terra Cognita!
Everything Takes Longer in Scientology
Scientologists may be cause over Matter, Energy, and Space. But “Time?” I think that ability must be addressed on OT 11.
I would be generous in stating that all targets set by the church take twice as long as they say they will. If management sets a target of ten hours…double, triple, or quadruple this number. If the Director of Processing or Director of Training says an auditing or training action will take eight weeks…change the word “weeks” to “months.” If church leader, David Miscavige—master of prevarication—says something will open in six months, add a couple of years to his tale.
All Scientology course checksheets include a projected time for students to complete the program. Every single target on every single checksheet is a fabrication. If LRH—or whoever invents courses and checksheets these days—writes that it takes five weeks to complete a course, I guarantee it will take five months. Or longer. Many students take a year or more to complete courses.
Apparently, a large percentage of Scientologists are afflicted with learning disabilities.
Scientologists are given what’s called Tech Estimates—TEs for short—on how many hours of auditing they’ll need to complete a particular level. TEs are always false—if not outright lies. If a CS (case supervisor, who estimates the number of hours) says a PC—pre-clear—needs two intensives (one intensive equals twelve and half hours) to get through a particular action, I can almost guarantee it will take four or more. Ka-ching!
It’s axiomatic that all TEs must be doubled or tripled to arrive at a true estimate. And at thousands of dollars per intensive, we’re talking a good chunk of change. And this is if you’re lucky. Or have been a particularly good boy or girl and not in need of “a clean-up.”
It’s not uncommon for people with TEs of two or three-intensives to take hundreds and hundreds of hours to finish a particular grade chart level. Double or triple that time if they need “repair” actions first.
People famously get raped at Flag for huge amounts of hours for actions that were promised to take a few hours. Horror stories abound of people paying outrages sums for auditing actions they’d completed years earlier or for sec checking that never should have been done. Guarantee #2: Someone reading this essay experienced this phenomenon.
Going “Clear” always takes years longer than church members imagined—or were led to believe. Sitting in a Scientology registrar’s office for the first time can be a revelation. The length of time and what it costs to go “Clear” is often a shock. The decades and hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to reach OT 8 at the top of the Bridge is always hidden from new initiates.
Clearing the Planet
Our planet was supposed to have been cleared by now. OTs were supposed to have returned from the ship and turned their communities into islands of paradise—spreading reason and sanity wherever their soles touched the ground. Unfortunately, Scientology’s mastery over the space/time continuum has been slightly retarded and Earth is no closer to being “cleared” than when LRH made such pronouncements decades ago.
Despite the eight or nine OT 7 and 8s “working” to reverse its arrested development , for my town’s as clear as a week old banana.
Ideal Orgs and Other Piles of Bricks
By now, the planet was supposed to have been plastered with ideal orgs teeming with thousands and thousands of new people walking their hallowed corridors. Nothing could be further from this fantasy. This program, which was supposed to have been completed years ago, has barely scratched the surface.
A number of these buildings have sat vacant for years for lack of funds to remodel them. The few that have been completed are empty save for a small cluster of aged part time staff going through the motions of supervising an equal handful of gray-haired students repeating courses they first did in 1975.
The “Super” Power building in Clearwater took years to complete—far longer than was promised.
Scientology Media Productions—SUMP
Scientology’s latest broadcasting studio was supposed to have been pumping out advertising twenty-four/seven, driving thousands and thousands of new acolytes into ideal orgs. To date, we haven’t heard one word out of the facility.
Four or five years ago, they paid a top-rated advertising firm millions of dollars to create a string of commercials that have yet to air. Unless, SUMP is filling the three to three-thirty A.M. time slot on channel 487, their schedule of getting up and “running” is like all other Scientology targets: Fantasyland.
Training at Flag
Missions and Class 5 orgs are regularly ordered to send staff members to Flag for auditor and supervisor training. In typical Scientology fashion, these outer-org staff often end up staying long past their target-to-complete dates. I speak from personal experience.
Years ago, I was shipped off to Flag for training shortly after joining staff at my local mission. When I arrived at the Fort Harrison, I observed students, who were supposed to have finished their training in two or three months, mired in courses they’d started two or three years earlier. A girl from my mission had already been there over a year. I was determined not to end up like them.
I put my head down and powered through my courses, saying NO to every attempt to divert me from getting home on time. I refused to participate in any new “pilot” programs; I refused to “help out” here or there; I refused to do anything that would deter me from quickly completing my program. I’m proud that I only took six weeks to finish my Hard TRs course and full division secretary hat—despite all the Flag staff trying to prolong my stay.
The only things Scientology gets out on time are their events. Which makes sense. Attending a New Year’s event in February or celebrating LRH’s birthday in July would be slightly out-PR.
Considering the huge, free, Sea Org labor force at the church’s disposal, the church is able to bring these events off on time. Since these gilded lilies have devolved into glorified fund raising and PR affairs, it’s not surprising that DM makes sure events happen when they’re supposed to.
LRH famously said “speed of particle flow alone equals power.” From what I can tell, Scientology’s sluggish particles equal a condition well below that level.
Still not Declared,