Blog: Reverse Scientology: Hypnotism - 2010-09-26
A lot of people have noted that Miscavige's events and speeches are taking on more of an hypnotic sounding tone, and yet his sheep don't seem to notice. There are also many comments here wondering aloud how on earth kool aid drinkers can keep compulsively drinking kool aid in the face of the abuses escalating within the church. I believe the following may shed a bit of light on those concerns.
David Miscavige developed a technique that he called "rolling thunder" for his event presentations. Mike Rinder and others who worked on events over time can describe this far more competently than me since I was not so intimately involved in the event evolutions as they were. But I know this much, Rolling thunder consisted of a series of "facts" and "stats" of the church - all exaggerated, and some made up out of whole cloth - being forcefully communicated to the audience and accented with overwhelming and building music, lights and graphics being flashed in the recipients' faces - until the climax of an "applause line" is reached. "Rolling thunder" is considered achieved if, and only if, the entire crowd is swept to their feet in adoring, accepting, and rapturous AGREEMENT with the "applause line" of the speaker. Miscavige was obsessed with ensuring his speeches in particular had several "rolling thunder" moments. Over the years, he weeded out the involvement of other speakers in the events until over the past few years there has only been one, David Miscavige. When you add to the equation that virtually all church of Scientology staff have been forced, coerced and conditioned into immediately and savagely punishing the slightest indication of "doubt" about the infallibility of David Miscavige that manifests itself with any church staff or public, you've got a perfect recipe for disaster. That is, mind controlling hypnotism on a mass scale.
While reading a section of the Phoenix lecture - Axioms, Part III, on the subject of how Scientology can be reversed to effectuate hypnotism - all of the above came back to me. I believe the following passage sheds light on what Scientology public have been subjected to, increasingly, for the past twenty years in very regular, predictable intervals.