My name is Jim Fonda. I recently started auditing Solo NOTs, am having great wins, and wanted to acknowledge some of the people who helped make this happen. I certainly want others to have the same wins that I am having, so part of my purpose in writing this is to show others that it is possible to get standard tech and to get on with the next step of their bridge.
I got into Scientology in spring of 1976 at Stevens Creek Mission. I learned about Scientology from my girlfriend (later wife), Mary-Ann Acosta (later Mary-Ann Fonda). She had been on the communications course in 1974, but quickly blew. Even so, she liked Scientology a lot, and told me enough to get me interested. Later, I got her back into Scientology.
I got started on Life Repair and the Dianetics Drug Rundown. I also read lots of books, and was totally hooked on the idea of going OT.
In 1980, I did OT3, plus the original OT4 through OT7, and then did NOTs. I completed audited NOTs in early 1981, and that is the last thing I did on the bridge.
By 1982, Mary-Ann and I worked for Wimbush & Associates doing business consulting. This company was headed by Kingsley Wimbush, who was mission holder of one of the most successful missions on the planet. For much of that year, Kingsley told us of his efforts with other mission holders to fix the problems they saw in the church. Then, in October, 1982, Kingsley was declared to be a suppressive person. While I didn’t fully understand it at the time, I did know enough to know that Kingsley was an upstat, and that his outnesses could and should have been corrected by lower gradient handlings. I did understand that there was something serious wrong with the church.
With Kingsley disconnected, we reorganized that consulting group as the Acosta Consulting Group, with Mary-Ann as the president. We continued doing business consulting until 1986, when the company died because we lacked focus and our attention was too dispersed.
I had always worked with computers, so I went back to doing that. Mary-Ann was interested in fixing the problems she saw in Stevens Creek, which had now become an org. She started volunteering there, and eventually signed a staff contract to be DSA (Department of Special Affairs) for Stevens Creek. She worked to handle external and internal suppression of the org, and was remarkably successful at doing that. In one case, she found that the Treasury Secretary was stealing money from the org. Mary-Ann wrote it up, sent it to the appropriate higher org, and then confronted the Treasury Secretary with the data. The following morning, the Treasury Secretary was no where to be found. It was soon discovered that she had blown all the way to New York. Mary-Ann also found many cases of staff members who were not hatted and were unable to do the study needed to become hatted. Mary-Ann worked to get these people off of staff. Then, Mary-Ann gave a graduation speech at time when no clears had been made for many many months. She pointed out that she intended for the new clears to give their wins, but found out that there were no new clears. She rehabilitated the audience on the desire to go clear. After that, there were one or two or three new clears, each week for several weeks.
It seems that Mary-Ann was doing too good of a job, because she was removed from post shortly after her clear speech. She was sent to Los Angeles, supposedly to be declared suppressive. I hatted Mary-Ann up on the Code of Honor, and sent her off to Los Angeles. When she went, she still expected that the terminals in Los Angeles would be shocked by the outnesses in Stevens Creek Org, and would move to fix them. Instead, she found that the former head of OSA, who she admired, had been removed from post, and that the Chief Officer had been on the RPF twice, which convinced her to stop trying to fix the problems. At this point, it was clear to Mary-Ann that CLO did not see any problem with what Stevens Creek was doing, and OSA felt powerless to challenge CLO. While Mary-Ann was still accused of crashing the stats at Stevens Creek, she was placed in charge of the project to free Heber Jentzsch from prison in Spain, and that was accomplished. In the end, OSA couldn’t figure out anything to declare Mary-Ann for, so she proposed a solution. She promised never to set foot in a Scientology org again, but she would complete her five year contract by doing overt data collection and other work for OSA. And that is what she did.
After that, we had both given up on the church, but had not figured out what to do about it. Finally, in 2001, we both ran our doubt formulas, and concluded that the church was the enemy. We wrote letters to Flag resigning from the Church and requesting repayments of unused money on our accounts. We made clear that we continued to believe in the technology, but not in the organization. We received our repayments and were not declared. More importantly, we felt our space expand, and felt great that we had handled the situation.
After that, we did not pay much attention to what was going on in the church. In December, 2012, Mary-Ann died, so I found myself needing to create a new life.
One of Mary-Ann’s friends knows Ingrid Smith, and Ingrid was my first introduction to the idea that it might be possible to get standard tech outside of the church. In April, I sent Ingrid an email message asking if it was feasible for me to do Solo NOTs. She said yes, but that I would need to get trained, and she recommended that I contact John Aaron Williams at The Courseroom in Georgia. I told her that I wanted to be doing standard tech, and she assured me that that is what The Courseroom delivers. So, I arrived at The Courseroom in July, ready to work on my bridge for the first time in more than 30 years.
I found that The Courseroom is a wonderful place with really able people delivering standard tech. My twin had completed NOTs almost as long ago as I had. We did a TRs course, a Solo refresher course, and the Solo NOTs course.
It was a joy to be on course again. Everything runs standardly, but it is all fun. It was as good as the best course rooms where I had studied at AOLA in 1978 and 1980.
Gayle Smith is a Class IX auditor, who handled D of P interviews, solo NOTs setups, etc. Gayle is a great auditor, and things she did were handled quickly and standardly.
Mike Eldredge is my C/S for Solo NOTs. He is incredibly knowledgable, and great to work with. I feel very fortunate to have him as my C/S.
The Courseroom provided a room in a nicely created space (thank you Gayle) for out of towners. That worked out fine, and I felt very much at home.
So, now I am auditing on Solo NOTs, and having great wins. It feels very empowering to go into session whenever I want, and be in charge of handling my case.
I appreciate what John, Gayle, Mike, Ingrid and everyone else did to help me get to this point.
For anyone in the independent world, I highly recommend The Courseroom as a place to come to do whatever is next on your bridge.
Gayle aka TroubleShooter says
Well Johnny you aren’t alone in your views and it’s kind of you to even qualify your statement as not intending to be disrespectful. The majority of the people around the world who probably know Scientology technology the best are those who dedicated themselves to it via staff or S.O. and were NOT for the majority wealthy or famous! To those of us who gave ourselves, our time, our energy, our commitment most of us also did so because we saw something here that DID work, that was getting results, that COULD make a person happier and more alive and active in the world. I just wish it had stayed on it’s path of BEING that body of information and yet here we are. Here you see the voice of a very intelligent, very successful man who made himself that way and is continuing on his already explored path were results were obtained to continue creating more for himself and those around him. It’s not just a scam but it sure as hell is easy to understand why you would think so.
Johnny Tank says
This is not meant as personal disrespect of any kind to Jim Fonda or any other living being, but church or no church, my view is that Scientology is still just a scam brewed up by a deranged man, with the motive to make money and be famous.
Tony DePhillips says
It’s good to see people winning and using tech they feel is beneficial to them.
Great news. Well done despite setbacks continuing moving up the bridge.
Forrest Crane says
Jim, it’s a pleasure.
Ronnie Bell says
Jim, I’d like to extend my kudos to you and your wife for having displayed such a profound degree of personal integrity and courage in your dealings with OSA. I find it extremely admirable that you and your wife observed the many outpoints in the church for yourself, and worked your way through Doubt on the situation with little outside data or support. What an inspiring story.
Thank you also for sharing your recent Bridge wins. Those words of encouragement are like food for the hungry. Thank you.
Hallie Jane says
This is really wonderful Jim! Well done! More and more indies are getting up and running and helping others to do so. I appreciate all of you and all you’re doing.
Doug Parent says
Great story and good to hear about the wins! The Indies are winning.
Ingrid Smith says
So happy to see you winning Jim!!!!! That is what Scientology is all about!!
Great post and awesome to hear another one is on Solo NOTs and winning!
Well done Jim ~ nice bright story 🙂
Thanks for posting Mike
Jose Chung says
So Pleased about an Indie story where truth shines through.
Very well done Courseroom
It took a lot of integrity to run those doubt formula’s way back in 1991 and you were correct in assuming the Church is the problem. It is further amazing you found your way back to where you can get the tech safely and standardly.
With so many critics having no subjective reality on the wins available with the tech, it’s just good to see people holding onto their integrity and forging ahead despite all siren calls to do otherwise. While I can grant these critics their right of freedom of speech it doesn’t mean I have to agree or to hate.
Gayle aka TroubleShooter says
That’s a beautiful acknowledgement and viewpoint Yvonne. Jim is an inspiration to me. After all those years he reached and made it happen with such effortlessness. I’m proud of him and of us for his win was the one we’ve all gathered together here to pursue. Thank you to Ingrid for setting him in our direction to contribute to the motion she too feels deeply about which is to keep the Bridge open and as LRH developed it. Thank you Mike for posting it. Love, G
What a great story, thank you Jim. Thank you for validating the indies, Gail, Ingrid and John. It takes many people to make the successes possible, so all you people in the background, take a win! My best wishes to all.
Sheldon Goldberg says
My wife and I visited the Courseroom a couple of months ago. We were very impressed with the setup they have and the staff, John, Gayle and Mike. They were incredibly hospitable and a really pleasure to be with. We intend to do some services there next year.
Ironic…fighting to get Heber out of one prison only for him to wind up in another one.
Jane Doe says
Congratulations on continuing your Bridge in the Indie world where standard tech is still available, Jim! Welcome to the Indie world. I loved reading your wins and nice to see some people on OT VII in the field.
Oh My Gawd!!!!
My comment is gone!!!!
I’m over the initial shock 😉
As I wrote earlier.
Thanx Mike for posting this.
And Jim glad to read you’re back on the real Bridge (as opposed to the “Living Bridge”) and winning again.
Also sorry to read about Mary Anne’s passing.
So much to love about this. The happy smiles on those two faces. The fact that quality services are available for anyone who desires spiritual enhancement. That Gayle shares her considerable skills and special care. Jim moving up. I know that every win for anyone is mine, too. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for sharing with me.
Mike Rinder says
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