A “Better-Late-Than-Never” Report by Dani Lemberger:
Grand Tour of the Indies 2013
Tami and I returned to Haifa on 28 July 2013, after a month-long tour of friends, old and new, across the U.S. Back home, we had to overcome the inevitable jet-lag and then handle a huge backlog of urgent cycles that piled up in our absence. Now, I can take a breather and attempt a summary of our trip and share with you our experiences and observations.
We started in New York where we spent time with Tami’s brother. He was a Scientologist, many years ago, even made it half-way through his Briefing Course at Flag about 20 years ago. But they found out he wasn’t good enough and ousted him. He’s happy to be on Dror lines now.
In NY we also met old friends of ours, from our many joint trips to Flag, doing Solo NOTs “refreshers”. For many years they were very active in the CoS, until about 3 years ago when he woke up to discover “something is rotten in Miscavige’s kingdom.” He wrote numerous reports and conditions assignments to be finally told, “shut up or else”. At Flag the MAA hinted she would never make it to “spiritual freedom and immortality” as long as she’s connected to this man who has become an enemy of the Church. They suggested that her salvation lies in divorcing her husband of 30 years. This did not happen and they are now happy members of the rapidly growing new CoS status, “off-lines-in-good-standing”.
Their story struck me because this is exactly what Tami was told in 2008 when she had comp’ed Solo NOTs and was on the “E/P Check”. They explained to her that her husband, Dani, is disaffected, an enemy, nattery of our leader. This proves he must be involved in some terrible out-ethics activity. She was accused of not perceiving what was happening right under her nose. How could she not observe her husband was “peddling drugs or visiting prostitutes at night”? Tami was told she would comp OT 7 and do OT 8 and guarantee her immortality only when she divorces me. Tami too, like our NY friend, chose eternal damnation with her husband.
From NY we moved on to Clearwater. Flag, for twenty years was our second home. And now, like biblical Moses, we can gaze at the Promised Land but cannot enter. What a relief, as Flag has become a mirage; worse, a trap.
In CW we enjoyed the wonderful hospitality and friendship of Mike and Christie Rinder and met Gayle Smith and other pals. Mike’s courage and perseverance has become a stable datum for us all. His morals and values are commendable, especially as I made a request which he rejected, yet with total ARC and integrity.
Gayle is auditing in Georgia, with John Aaron Williams’ group. She too was expelled and declared, her only crime being that she spent 17 years as auditor and C/S at the Philadelphia Org.
In CW, we had dinner with Monika Wieneke and John L. Smith. Their long history of stellar activity in Scn is beyond what I can describe. If they are out and declared, what value is it to be still in and undeclared?
From CW I traveled to Dallas, Texas and spent several days with Steve Hall and Erica. We vacationed together, celebrated July 4th, acted the tourists. Steve let me in on a new project he’s working on that will boost further the Indie movement. He gave me invaluable tips on promotion of our web-sites.
Tami, as always, worked harder than me those days. She spent five days with Greta Alexander in Jamestown, CA. They went to the gold-rush museum to see the world’s largest gold nugget and enjoyed lunch with Cooper Kessel. But their main activity was study, word-clearing and drilling. Greta for years was the Solo C/S at AOLA, in charge of supervision of OT levels. Who better to help us master the “Alternate Route” to Clear and the delivery of OT I, II & III? (NOTs, audited & solo, Dror has been delivering for a year now, assisted by Claudio Lugli and Silvia Llorens).
Coop Kessel, a friend of Greta’s, is a prominent architect in Northern California. He’s been a Scientologist since the 1970’s, did the SHSBC at ASHO and made it to OT 8. Somehow, Coop too saw that things had gone awry and he too started writing reports. Coop too got declared and his wife, not surprisingly, after 30 years of marriage and two kids on staff, was told to divorce him. She stuck with the CoS, contributing to DM’s major stat – wrecked families.
Tami and I reunited in some secret location. We spent a few days with close friends, ex-very-senior-tech-terminals of the Church. If they are out, and if they say DM is an SP, I am in no position to argue. They are now getting active, I think we shall soon here much more of them.
And from there to Idaho, to the wonderful group at Coeur D’Alene. Les & Anita Warren, Mary & Frankie Freeman are creating a new Scn community. Les & Anita are building an org to train auditors and take public to Clear and beyond. Mary & Frankie have been at it since the Beatles had their first hit. They both did the original Class VIII Course with Ron on the Apollo in 1968. They cognited 30 years before I did, resigned from the CoS and got declared in 1982. They’ve been auditing and delivering the OT levels ever since.
With Mary, I did the “Personal Integrity Program”, to big wins and will soon start delivery here. Tami got onto Original OT IV, all smiles and Floating TA’s. Tami drilled with Mary the auditing of Power and then began with Frankie training on delivery of “Original” OT IV, V, VI and VII.
Can one believe Ron’s very own, true OT levels, have been discarded at the CoS? That DM refuses to let his loyal minions benefit from them? Or is “OT” a threat to him? Or is he plotting to some day release those levels, available in the indie field, as OT IX, X, XI, …?
Our last night at Cd’A, Friday, June 19th, Mary & Frankie hosted an “open house”. They just moved in to their new premises and we were leaving. About 25 attended, all members of the new community forming in Cd’A, Idaho. Scientologists are moving there to join this group, to train and do the OT Levels. And locals are now finding out about Dianetics and doing their first steps on the Bridge.
We moved on to LA, where we had the honor to get to know Trey & Nicci Lotz, Karen de la Carriere, Luis Garcia, Gary Webber and Dora & Joe Luca. All of them heroes of Scientology, stellar personalities with huge production record within the CoS. And now they would be highly commended by Ron for what they are doing to forward Scientology despite the CoS.
Trey had been auditing non-stop for the past 44 years. I remember him well as “Top Field Auditor” and “Top FSM” of the CoS, until he was too good and ousted.
Karen, trained by Ron as a Class XII C/S, gave Dror a present, an e-meter. Thank you, Karen.
Luis let me run loose at his frozen yoghurt parlor, I tasted 19 of 22 delicious flavors. We then took in the panorama of Laguna Beach’s sunset. Luis is a standard-bearer in fighting the criminality of DM in the courts, many more should soon follow suit. Luis shared with us his and Rocio’s adventures at the church, the grand finale being his path to OT 8 aboard the Freewinds. First time I thanked DM for dumping me mid-OT 7, saving me the torments of “OT 8”.
With Gary, many years a Class IX at Flag and the ship, we spent a bright morning during which he drilled Tami on the “Ethics Repair List”, first step of Super Power. Gary is currently co-auditing this action with another Class IX gone indie. I saw what they were doing and demanded of Tami to be her first pc on it. Didn’t work, she’s now auditing others on the list with fabulous wins.
Three days before we left LA, I received a surprise e-mail from Dora & Joe Luca, whom we’ve never met previously, inviting us to their home. We had lunch with them, first home-cooked meal in a long time, and it was delicious.
Dora had been the lead auditor of San Francisco Org in the ‘70’s, audited tens of thousands of hours and delivered the DCSI to hundreds. Joe, a native of Brooklyn, spent those years as Deputy Guardian for Finance at Saint Hill. They met and married in S.F. and moved to LA where they did their upper Bridge at AOLA. Dora told us she did the “Original” OT Levels, OT IV to OT VII, in the mid-‘70’s, then did NOTs when it was released in 1978. Yet, Dora said, the original OT levels were still being delivered at AOLA, concurrent with NOTs, until 1982. WOW! This struck me, for it matched exactly what we had found out earlier.
Ron released NOTs in 1978. He announced it in Ron’s Journal 30, “1978-The Year of Lightning Fast New Tech”, 17 Dec 1978, (Tech Vol XI, page 380.) At its release, NOTs was not assigned an “OT Level Number”, it was to be done after OT III, preferably before OT IV yet a prerequisite for OT VIII. NOTs did not cancel the original OT levels, nor was it divided into NOTs and Solo NOTs. Exactly as Dora and many others described!
The Original OT levels disappeared around 1982, never to be seen again. And then the Bridge was re-issued with “New OT IV” (the OT Drug RD) and NOTs as “new” OT levels V, VI and VII. Fascinating, and one cannot but wonder who caused the vanishing of the original OT levels and their replacement with NOTs as three separate “new” OT levels. And this crime exacerbated by “re-locating” the second half of NOTs, Solo NOTs, to Flag so it cannot be done in AO’s. As a result, thousands are stuck mid-NOTs with terrible consequences.
I realized the “Bridge” as pushed off in the CoS is a travesty of Ron’s writings. We have the responsibility to re-construct it, based purely on Ron’s references and materials at hand. With the vast help we’ve received from our many friends, all dedicated to Ron and to Standard Tech, this has now been made possible. The Bridge will soon be issued by The Association of Free Scientologists Israel, for all to review, study and use.
It was an honor to meet so many, such great, personalities. I was filled with pride to have these rare people as my friends. My purposes are rekindled, knowing Scientology does have a bright future, with so many Tech experts auditing, helping one another, creating with joy and getting so many to move up the Bridge.