Assuming that it is "Church of Scientology International, Inc." that has the power to bestow and revoke eternity, why is it that CSI doesn't even OWN Scientology materials, and must pay for each use? The usual procedure is: The OT 8 student pays CSI, directly or indirectly, and attends OT 8 training. Some people in Sea Org (1) guess how much more money and effort they can shake out of the student, and may ask for donations, attacks on critics, a new disconnection, or other sacrifices before they award the OT8. Sea Org often blunders on this, since so many OT 8's have quit in fury. But, let's assume this student finally earns an OT8 certificate and gets to stand up holding it, to applause. There is temporary euphoria at finally achieving this supposed triumph.
But then doubts occur.
According to CSI's "Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart" (2)
OT VIII is the highest current course and level in Scientology. Collectively, the OTs are referred to as Operating Thetan course materials. OT VIII is known as "The Truth Revealed".
"This Solo-audited level addresses the primary cause of amnesia on the whole track and lets one see the truth of his own existence. This is the first actual OT level and brings about a resurgence of power and native abilities for the being himself."
But a cup of java could also bring about "a resurgence of power and native abilities." This level is so vague it's meaningless. CoS publicly says nothing about reading minds, remote viewing, out-of-body experiences, and psychokinesis (moving objects with your mind). This was only promised vaguely and mostly verbally, and the message is that the levels are perfect and any problem lies with the student. So the student - assuming it is a man - thinks it is his own fault that none of these abilities appeared, except for perhaps a disorientation that the student thinks is an out-of-body experience. What's more, the student finds himself being the same imperfect, unsatisfied, forgetful person. Even Buddha said you could achieve a state of bliss for a short time, but it fades in everyday life. It is not the student's fault; nobody has achieved these abilities in a way verifiable to the outside world. But, the student may reassure himself that they've got that eternity, and they'll re-incarnate the approved scientological way.
So, there's the student, hanging the OT 8 certificate on the wall, while CSI sends the course money to Religious Technology Corporation (RTC), which owns the copyright on OT levels. Wikipedia sums up RTC (3) and has four interesting facts:
A. Miscavige is Chairman of the Board of RTC
As COB, then, Miscavige has final decision-making over who advances at the OT levels. Ironically, there is no proof that Miccavige has himself done the highest OT levels.
B. Miscavige, as Commander of Sea Org, controls all the top CoS corporations despite their supposed independence.
Sea Org is itself a vaporous brotherhood with no legal existence, which nonetheless rules all of CoS.
C. RTC acts as the final arbiter of orthodoxy" ...to see that the religious technologies of Dianetics and Scientology remain in proper hands and are properly ministered.
(3) RTC's enforcement of orthodoxy crushes down on the student, who has to conform and obey, and make amends for any lack of enthusiasm. There's only one exact way to eternity, and RTC, a California non-profit with an address in Los Angeles and a building at Gold Base, is the policeman to make every student do it with maximum satisfaction and money flowing to RTC. Ironically, each person attaining OT 8 appeases RTC with different tasks and a different set of sec-checks and other hoops to jump through. So, the procedure to attain levels is rigid AND variable, depending on RTC's need for control and money. So, rather than a saintly benefactor inspiring love and rewarding students in a predictable progression, RTC inspires fear and appeasement.
D. Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) can for $1 take away RTC's Advanced Copyrights at any time.
(3) So CST is the meatball on top of this spaghetti-pile of supposedly divine cash-collectors, even though it claims to be OUTSIDE THE HEIRARCHY (4). Then what is CST?
CST is the principal beneficiary of Mr. Hubbard's estate, provided that it obtains recognition of its tax-exempt status
....Church of Spiritual Technology includes "Special Directors" who are not required to be Scientologists, but who are required to be lawyers "to ensure that CST takes no action to jeopardize its tax-exempt status" (CST vs. IRS, US Claims Court No. 581-88T, June 29, 1992).(4), If the IRS revokes non-profit status for the major corps, it's not certain whether CST will still be the meatball on top. It may move to a new country that will grant it tax-exemption and grant work visas to its non-Scientologist lawyers and inner circle. If CST loses its US tax-exemption the special directors may get a new mandate to get and keep tax exemption in a new country. If that's not possible, their role may be over.
CST has a comical pretense of being a "church" since it is theoretically totally separate from RTC and CSI, and basically squats and collects royalty money (5). CST must employ, forever, CST trustees
required to remain actively involved in giving and receiving Scientology services. They must also participate in at least twelve and one half hours of training per week. The first four Trustees in 1992: Terri Gamboa, Gregory Wilhere, Marion Meisler, and Lyman Spurlock. (6) Let's imagine these four auditing away, likely watching the clock, to provide the odor of churchiness and eternity. Anyone knowing the present CST Trustees, please comment.
Lawyers made CST separate to protect the copyrights from lawsuits against CSI or against RTC, but since it is legally entwined with the CoS corps through its collection of royalties, it's likely a lawsuit would reach it anyway, if a suing party was rich and persistent enough to NOT agree to a settlement. If lawsuits reached the top corporations, and there was insufficient money in CSI and RTC (due to hasty money-moving) theoretically CST would have to sell the royalties to pay the damages. Game over.
Getting back to the new OT 8 student, he quietly hides his disappointment, but find CoS has new courses for him to maintain his OT 8, and new demands, which he sheepishless agrees to. Then a relative of the student quits Sea Org, and the student says goodbye to the relative over the phone. Even if the student has said all pro-CoS words, the student may lose EVERYTHING if Miscavige is enraged by this new development.
In another case, the OT 8 student may have exhausted his savings and lost his job, and suddenly can't pay. He may become too ill to volunteer. He may become feeble, and not look "able" and "enthusiastic." Despite his utter loyalty, Sea Org is likely to start blaming HIM for his misfortune. After all, it makes the OT 8 look ineffective if the person then goes into decline
. CoS claims that even OT 8's have thetans that can come back, and thus the student will need auditing forever. Actually, what the student was infested with, was MONEY, and CoS was determined to extract that money. CoS can weigh his network of relatives and friends that might quit CoS if he is mistreated. If he has no allies, or they've all quit, then they may well extort him into deeper debt. If he finally quits in a heartbroken huff, then they'll take away his levels. In this case, Sea Org / RTC is like a high school clique that freezes out a member over a misunderstanding. Or, Sea Org is like an office with a nasty boss who will fire you for trivial offenses. It's not like a spiritual font of eternity.
(1) Every worker is Sea Org at CSI, RTC and Flagship (the Freewinds corp).
(2) http://www.whatisscientology.org/html/P ... dchart.gif
. Retrieved December 2011.
(3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_ ... ogy_Center
(4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_ ... Technology
(5) Some is spent on the annual "Writers of the Future" contest, and mountains vaults.
(6) http://www.angelfire.com/blog/suleiman2 ... _1992.html