Everyone should immediately archive, save, or otherwise permanently record Scientology expert Laurie Hamilton's answer to Michael Tilse. Laurie's reply has to be the most truthful post an OT has ever made in public.
I was blown away by this post and I am not someone who is easily impressed. I am a premiere skeptic, yet Laurie's post impressed the hell out of me.
Laurie opens her reply by candidly admitting that Scientology OT's do not have supernatural powers as LRH promised. Laurie acks that OT's, and in fact all Scientologists, are limited to the constraints of physical reality and the physical body:
Physical "reality" as we know it is postulated by Scientology philosophy as being the product of agreement between all beings participating in it. As you and I and that guy over there must all agree on the existence of a tree in order for it to be "real," then in order to make the tree vanish, I would have to obtain your agreement and the other guy's agreement that the tree no longer existed, in order for the vanishment to be "real." So you see the problem.
Yes, I see the problem Laurie: Scientologists are like all other humans. It is good to hear a Scientologist say this.
Next Laurie restates what OT is and isn't:
In theory, no matter how "OT" someone gets, it could never be a given that he would possess essentially supernatural powers. By the same token, a person such as myself might no longer be subject to the ideas and agreements and emotional mindset that weaken one's immune system such that we are readily assailed by, say, colds. When it's "flu season," folks could be dropping like flies around me, yet I might not get sick. My operating state as an OT might be responsible for this. But if one is to participate in the game we refer to as the physical universe, then one must operate within it according to its rules. That which does not exist or operate according to the rules of physics would not be perceptible or comprehensible to human beings within the physical universe and so, by its terms could not be seen to exist. Do you follow this? In order to be seen and heard, Ron was obviously operating with a physical body. Therefore, we knew him.
Laurie, thank you. You have told the truth about OT: There are no supernatural powers in OT. Why did it take 55 years for a Scientologist to state this simple fact?
Next, Laurie further restates OT by admitting that Death is senior to the state of OT:
Physics dictates the eventual decay of physical forms. There is no such thing as physical permanence. There is persistence, but not permanence. If one has a physical body, it will not be permanent. If it were, it would not operate according to physical laws and so by definition would not exist within the confines of the physical universe. Ron's physical body was not permanent, and it decayed and eventually, it failed. The laws of physical existence dictate this would be the case.
Laurie, a correction here: It is entropy, and not physics, that dictates the decay of physical forms. The correction aside, I was astonished to see a Scientologist ack the spiritual law of impermanence. This gives me hope that Scientology will institutionally recognize that all OT's get sick and die and that their illnesses do not mean that they pulled it in as CoS always says.
In what might signal a sea change in Scientology, Laurie states that Ron is unimportant. In doing so, she suggests to me that the demythologization of Ron may be taking place in Scientology:
The value of Scientology is not in Ron, but in the teachings. No one should ever be a Scientologist because of the force or weight of another's personality, but only because of his own personal certainty on his own experience. I'm continually amazed at the stuff he wrote and spoke, but never placed him on a pedestal. No one should have ever done that, but some did. People adhere to Scientology because they find the precepts, principles and teachings invaluable and indispensible in their lives for purely practical purposes. That the teachings do not result in Goghood, superhero status or magic is neither surprising nor important. The Founder was mortal. Well, he always said he was a man as others are men.
Laurie makes a shockingly honest and frank admission: "That the teachings do not result in Goghood, superhero status or magic is neither surprising nor important."
This is amazing. Laurie is telling the truth about Scientology. I have never seen a Scientologist do this. If all Scientologists were like Laurie Hamilton, I would pack my bags and leave OCMB because there would be no more lies to expose. Laurie Hamiltion is incredibly ethical in this post for she basically state that OT does not exist in the miraculuous manner described by LRH and sold by Scientology in PT. I hope Laurie is singnaling important changes in Scientology and is not declared for telling the truth.
Laurie next does something I have absolutely never seen in my entire life: She allows LRH to be human:
Yes, Ron died of a stroke. More than one, actually. After the first stroke, I understand his body to have been essentially debilitated, not useful for perceiving, speaking or moving about... Ron himself, in more than one publication, stated that in cases of extreme physical pain or agitation, it might be necessary to administer a mild sedative in order to give the person the opportunity to rest and, for want of a better term, collect themselves so that they could be mentally present and available to be helped. He even mentioned morphine could be useful for this purpose.
Laurie alos admits that Ron died while sedated. She even claims that LRH approved of sedating Scientologists with medical narcotics to relieve their pain and suffering. This flies in the face of the stories of Scientologists dying of cancer and toughing it out with auditing. I am glad to hear that LRH approved of medical narcotics to ease human suffering. Laurie admits that LRH was pumped full of the psychiatric drug Vistaril when he died, this although she puts the "antihistamine spin" on it before admitting that,
The drug (Vistaril) may have been administered for its sedative effect after the first stroke. This may have been with Ron's prior permission, or because he was in no condition to object. I don't know.
Laurie next humanizes LRH even futher and in fact does something monumental: She utterly decouples the tech from LRH, which is something that I have always thought that Scientology needed to do:
I don't know if Ron reached the top levels of OT. No one does. Therefore, I don't know if it is appropriate to place any store in his physical course as being at all indicative of what being OT means to longevity, physical health or the ability to magically accomplish feats inconsistent with the fact of operating with a physical body.
This is stunning: Laurie decouples Ron from the Tech. I hope that she is signaling Scientology's attempt to demythologize LRH and decouple him from the Tech. This has needed to be done for a long time.
In the past few years I have seen the beginnings of a major historical revision of LRH. CoS has removed references to his WWII medals and his Ph.D. They are slowing cleaning up the lies. Now Laurie Hamilton is telegraphing the fact that CoS is demythologizing Ron and hanging its fate on the Tech alone. This is immensely significant.
Laurie summarizes her remarkable post with the latest PR line:
All that said, NONE OF IT is relevant to whether Scientology works for you, or for me, or that guy over there, or not. If it works, it is worth attention. If it works better than anything else one has tried, it's worth a LOT of attention. If it doesn't work, it deserves to be ignored.
This is a half-truth. Yes, some critics assail Scientology because they believe that it does not work period. If that were the whole story, we wouldn't waste our time and we as critics would ignore Scientology. But the whole story is that most critics assail Scientology because we believe that it can damage people and that its policies, especially disconnection and RPF, are inhumane.
I am a critic who splits the difference: I see some of Scientology as working. I do not throw out the baby with the bathwater. However, I see immense problems in Scientology at a certain threshhold of participation.
Laurie continues her summation by arguing that the utility, the workability, of Scientology trumps its dubious origins:
If it clarifies the entire field of comparative religion and philosophy one has studied, and is helpful in handling life's upsets, raising kids, succeeding in a career, resolving conflicts and solving problems, and gives one a peace, insight and clarity of vision that one's peers envy, then it is valuable indeed. That is how I find it. I wouldn't care if I were to learn tomorrow it was developed by psychotic Martians with AIDS. I have proved its principles in my life.
If Laurie Hamilton represents the official position of Scientology, then Scientology is making extreme progress towards a reformation. Granted, Laurie is a 2X (second generation) Scientologist and OT, and so speaks from a POV that a pc in heavy indoc can't. I am perhaps being overly-optimistic, but Laurie Hamilton's reply to Michael Tilse was immense, especially if it was officially sanctioned.