As Scientology declines, its members are even giving up on their spooky super powers - 2016-09-05
We want to thank Artoo45 for alerting us to the latest Advance! magazine, which has always been one of our favorite Scientology publications. It's in Advance! that the "OT Phenomena" column runs. Jefferson Hawkins, who once edited Advance!, tells us that column was one of the most popular things the publications division put out. And we can see why.
It's in this column that the highest-leveled Scientologists, the privileged and wealthy few who have reached the "Operating Thetan" levels, share a glimpse of the way they were bending the universe to their wills with the superhuman powers promised at the upper end of Scientology's "Bridge to Total Freedom." And back in the day, oh what powers and abilities those OTs had.
If you're one of our longtime readers, you may remember excerpts that we ran at the Village Voice from copies of Advance! magazine from the 1970s and later. In those columns, Scientologists would relate that they could leave their bodies at will, travel across space and time, and perform all sorts of miracles (or figure out, from several states away, what the color of your patio furniture was).