Captain Miscavige made this announcement more than 30 years ago.
Had you surveyed anyone who attended this monumental/epic/watershed event, what does “closer than you think” mean, I guarantee not one of them would have said anything beyond 5 years. Most would have responded with 1 or 2 years at most.
This once fresh, then moldy and now petrified carrot continues to be dangled in front of the faithful donkeys — though talk of it has been replaced in the main with self-congratulatory hype about “ideal orgs.”
According to this promotional piece, Captain Miscavige (this was back when he didn’t mind being called Captain — because it identifies him as the head of the Sea Org and thus controlling all scientology entities, he now considers it an “insult” and “mockery” according to court filings made on his behalf) announced the prerequisites for release of OT IX and X:
- Getting one’s case in perfect shape and though OT VIII
- Getting trained up to SHSBC (St Hill Special Briefing Course) or Graduate V auditor with all Technical Specialist Courses.
- Building all the orgs to the size of St Hill
- Creating a safe environment
Of course, since then the goalposts have shifted.
There is no SHBC for anyone to train on.
But the biggest issues was and is building all orgs to the size of St Hill. It didn’t happen anywhere. No org achieved this objective, though a handful were announced as having done so, they promptly collapsed after the video was shot and everyone moved on to the next big thing.” Scientology has an incredible inability to do more than one thing at a time. If Miscavige’s attention is on something, everyone’s attention is on that thing too. And when his attention shifts the whole top-heavy bureaucracy shifts with him.
Back in the 90’s, the natives were becoming restless about the lack of St Hill size orgs. Captain Dave’s first solution was to tell those who had completed OT VIII that they needed to become the ED of their local org and build it to St Hill size. Of course, if they were unwilling to do that, they couldn’t complain. Some OT VIIIs signed on to this program, and to a one they were all dismal failures.
Eventually he needed a new solution, which is where the “Ideal Orgs” came in. This was supposed to be the way that orgs would become St Hill size. He announced this breakthrough with great fanfare, 10 years later in 2003.
In the subsequent 20 years there have been 50 or so “ideal orgs” announced. NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM IS THE SIZE OF OLD ST HILL.
Nobody dares speak out loud what everyone knows. The only thing the ideal org program has done is increase scientology’s real estate portfolio. It’s been a successful way of raising money, but a complete failure at expanding orgs.
Then we come to the last, and most vague requirement: “creating a safe environment.” This was a “get out of jail free” card for Miscavige to be able to use if by some miracle the earlier 3 requirements were met. In fact, while there has been no progress on the first three, this one has without doubt regressed dramatically. Scientology’s PR is worse than at any time in history. There are new legal and criminal problems raising their heads every week. The influence of scientology has shrunk as their front groups have been exposed. There are major countries in the world where scientology is banned or effectively shut down. It’s a more unsafe environment for scientology than at any time in history.
The bottom line: there is no OT IX and X. They simply do not exist. But the mirage is kept alive because if there was nothing else in the future, the people who are unfortunate enough to make it to OT VIII would walk away. OT VIII itself is underwhelming (to put it kindly) and if those who ascended to the “top of the Bridge” were to believe they had reached the pinnacle of all scientology has to offer, the response would be almost universal (some would hang on just to keep the status).
The shrinking world of scientology, 2023.