Xenu the The Movie Star! When Scientology Almost Revealed Its Secrets on the Big Screen - 2013-03-16
Last week, we asked Scientology historian Jon Atack about OT III, the most important step on L. Ron Hubbard's "Bridge to Total Freedom." That got us talking about Xenu the Galactic Overlord, and Atack confirmed for us that this wild space opera tale was always meant to be taken literally by church members (at least, those who had spent enough money to reach OT III). This week, we're continuing our conversation as Jon helps us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet — a project we call "Scientology Mythbusting."
Jon, recently we've come to the understanding that what is shocking for some people who reach OT III is not the content itself — many of them have been spending years "remembering" their own million-year-old space opera tales during "whole track" auditing. Instead, what surprises them is that everything they've experienced up to that point has come from their own experiences, memories, and self-discovery. OT III is the first time that Hubbard tells them to accept his version of galactic history. Why did he do this, do you think?
JON: It breaches the Auditor's Code, which says 'Never evaluate for a preclear.' Notice the use of the word 'never.' Though, of course, suggesting to people that they have 'engrams' is also evaluative, but not on such a grand scale.