Karen Pressley on the madness of Sea Org life: 'I no longer belonged to my dreams' - 2018-05-26
Hey, this is becoming a cool series. We recently asked Marc Headley and Jefferson Hawkins for excerpts from their books about their experiences in the Sea Org, and today we have an outtake from Karen Pressley's book, Escaping Scientology: My Journey with the Cult of Celebrity Spirituality, Greed & Power.
Like Headley and Hawkins, Pressley wants us to understand the Orwellian world of Int Base, and what it was like to live at the whims of a madman like Scientology leader David Miscavige. We think she did a bang-up job.
David Miscavige micromanaged the work of Gold crew, down to watching the daily rushes of Cine's film shoots, and even sat in the editing bay to tell Gary Weise how to edit the shots. In his early Sea Org days as a teen, Miscavige had worked in Hubbard's film crew, so he considered himself the expert on filmmaking. I noted that the Cine crew were re-making all earlier films produced by Hubbard's team because they were unprofessional quality, an embarrassment to watch. Nevertheless, Cine crew were subject to Miscavige's criticisms about how bad we were at our jobs, subject to his verbal abuses and harsh discipline through deprivation of sleep.