I have written a few pieces here about the Running Program — now titled “Cause Resurgence Rundown” in order to sell it to people as an “OT miracle rundown.” It literally consists of running around in a circle to the point of exhaustion and then running some more. That is ALL it is.
The “Running Program” began as a means to “crack” David Mayo. Hubbard sent down orders that Mayo (who was in trouble based on reports Miscavige had sent about him) was to “run around a tree until he dropped, get up and run again.” It was later in vogue with Miscavige for a number of years at Gold. As a punishment many people were sent to “run around a pole all day” and that is literally what it meant (though the “pole” was the palm tree you see above). Many times executives from Int were summarily despatched to the running track in our uniforms, with those horrible shoes and all, to run around in the S. California sun. I did it a number of times and I was not on the base a lot….
It WAS torture. It made you want to get back to the comfort of a desk and air-conditioning. A lot of groveling confessions resulted from a stint running around the pole.
After this practice was exposed in the media, the Running Track was ploughed under (no longer an easily identifiable thing in drone flyovers).
Never missing an opportunity to cash in, it was pitched as an “OT Rundown” to be done only in the new “Super Power” building, shrouded in secrecy. It has been being sold to the public at Flag for $5000 a pop. And even though it’s supposed to give you super OT powers, they apparently don’t last long, as you can do it “many times.” Some proudly announce having done it 3 times… It’s a terrific money-maker. It requires nothing other than someone to tell you “keep running.”
Though it was originally designed by Hubbard for Sea Org members, they can no longer do this “OT Rundown” unless they are Flag staff. I guess it’s not that important for them after all…. But then again, application of scientology to staff and the Sea Org is seen as an extravagance, they are not supposed to have “case on post,” so most Sea Org members are not even Clear.
What prompted me to bring up this old subject again is one of the “press releases” scientology periodically shovels onto “Patheos” — a website for religious stories nobody is interested in.
They are not really bringing back the “Running Program” at Gold, it just seemed like a good pun given the headline they put on their release.
Note a few things about this piece — like the others they churn out.
- There is no author, so nobody to contact for follow up or comment
- It has a LOT of links, trying to increase their SEO
- It somehow manages to mention and link to David Miscavige to try to boost his image online (which is terrible)
- It attempts to cash in on the “big name” of others, in this case the Mission Inn. Often it’s the Red Cross or the “United Nations” or some other organization that has no idea they will be used to promote scientology
- It reports on “news” that isn’t newsworthy.
Here it is: