UP THE BRIDGE: We finally reach 'OT 8' - but was its first version really a hoax? - 2014-06-24
More than a year ago, we started a project — 'Up the Bridge' — which we thought would be very useful for our readers, particularly those who had never been members of Scientology. With the help of experts — Claire Headley, Bruce Hines, and others — we ventured step by step up Scientology's legendary "Bridge to Total Freedom."
Even members of the public with only a vague understanding of Scientology seem to realize that the church is unique in that it involves a series of ever more expensive courses or levels that members go through to reach higher states of spiritual enlightenment. But what were these steps, and how much did they cost? With Claire's help, we started at the very bottom, learning how something like "Study Tech," for example — a course about how to use a dictionary to look up or "word-clear" concepts — contributes to the organization's layers of control. Some of these lower level courses cost very little.