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.