Hello, my dear friend! Here is Aviv Bershadsky, OT Levels Auditor and C/S at Dror Center.
About two years ago, I completed my Solo NOT’s auditing and I am currently receiving the L 10 Rundown from our Senior C/S, Tami Lemberger. Doing this Rundown really put me into the future regarding my Bridge progress.
Recently, I got hold of almost all issues of Advance! magazine. Advance! mag is the official publication of the Advance Organizations of the Church of Scientology which promotes their services to the public.
My first impression – I was amazed by the pure theta of the early issues. They smelled of freedom and it seemed like they came straight from Uptone Land! The issues featured genuine spiritual experiences of Scientologists, poetry written by people attesting to Clear and OT Levels, success stories and letters to the editor. Every issue had an LRH article and many more fun-to-read stories. And when you leaf through these mags, you will often meet one of Ron’s kids, especially Diana Hubbard.
Some issues even contain reviews of spiritual books written by other authors, not LRH. I’m sure many of you remember this classic by Richard Bach:
These early issues were light and never too SERIOUS! For example, take a look at this cute graphic from Advance! issue No. 52, published by AOEU, Copenhagen, in 1978:
In issue No. 8 from AOLA of 1970, you will find, A Short History of the Advanced Organizations:
As we can see in the above article, the Advanced Orgs were established in three locations around the world so as to deliver the OT Levels developed by Ron in the years 1965-1969, to the public who live in the area under the AO’s responsibility.
By the way, issue No. 39 of AOEU, 1976, invited the public to enroll on the OT Levels C/S Course, to give a hand to the Sea Org C/S’s:
The magazines featured many “OT Phenomena” stories. One of them I feel compelled to share:
Issue No. 15 of AOUK, 1972, gives the exact End Phenomena of the OT Levels, stating that OT VIII is yet to be released:
The exact Bridge as shown above, appeared throughout the Advance! mags of the years 1968-1978 in different forms. Usually, it was something like this from No. 16, AOLA, 1972:
But sometimes, the editor was creative, like in issue No. 39 AOEU, 1976:
Also featured in the mag, were great success stories from these levels throughout the years. Here is an example from issue No. 19, AOEU, 1973 which shows additional descriptions of each OT Level along with success stories by those doing it:
The Bridge as shown in the examples above existed without change from 1968 until December 1978. Then, in Ron’s Journal 30, published on 17 December, 1978, Ron announces the release of a spectacular new rundown, New Era Dianetics for OT’s, also NED for OT’s or NOT’s. This was later announced in Advance! No. 55:
NED for OT’s (NOT’s) was placed on the Bridge after OT III Expanded and before OT IV, as shown in this description taken from issue No. 60, AOEU, 1979:
Please note that in the chart above, NED for OTs was placed between the completion of OT III Expanded and OT IV. But if you read the small print, it says, “The spectacular OT rundown. Delivered between OT III and OT VIII. Prerequisite to OT VIII.”
NOT’s was released as an additional rundown, without giving it a separate number of an OT Level. Meaning, Ron developed NOT’s as a rundown to handle a specific case aspect without replacing any of the existing OT Levels!!!
Two years later, in 1980, two additional rundowns were added to the Bridge: OT Drug Rundown and NED for OT’s Drug Rundown. They were promoted to the public in issue No. 67, 1980:
So far so good. In 1980, the AOs delivered all the OT Levels – OT I to OT VII and they also expanded their services to include these three new Rundowns: NED for OT’s, OT Drug RD and NED for OT’s Drug RD.
In the next issue of Advance! No. 68, 1981, yet another version of the Bridge is introduced:
Take a look at the top of the chart: you can see here a new level is introduced, Solo NED for OT’s. Please note, Solo NOT’s, not Audited NOT’s. This new level comes right after Audited NOT’s.
Until 1981, NOT’s Rundown was delivered by AO auditors in all AO’s. Apparently, it was established that people took too long on Audited NOT’s at great cost and time away from home. Apparently, it was decided to assist people, perhaps financially, by allowing them to do the major chunk of the NOT’s Rundown in Solo auditing at home. Thus, NOT’s was divided into two parts: Audited NOT’s and Solo NOT’s.
I personally completed Solo NOT’s about two years ago and I deliver this level to many of Dror’s Pre-OT’s. Solo NOT’s is a fantastic Rundown. It really makes you, as a Solo auditor, cause over your case and life. It is truly wonderful! I, personally, love it to bits. But…
Remember Ron’s warning in HCOB 19 May 1960, “How Help Became Betrayal”? Boy, did this help (Solo NOT’s) eventually become a betrayal! You see, on the above Bridge, right besides “Solo NED for OTs” there are two words written in parenthesis: “(Flag only)”
And this is where the HOAX creeps in. Slowly. Sneakily. Just the two words, “Flag only”.
Prior to this Advance! mag No. 68 of 1981, there was never any mention of Flag in the Advance! magazines. These were magazines which promoted the AO’s only. Flag has its own magazine, Source.
Following this mag, No. 68, there was again no mention of Flag in the next issues, No.’s 69-73. Issue No. 72, AOEU, 1981, even had this very important datum:
Then, in 1982, comes a turning point. It is clearly seen by comparing two issues, No. 73 with No. 74. Advance! No. 73 features the same OT Levels that readers got accustomed to over 14 years, from 1968 to 1982, just with the addition of NED for OTs after OT III, before OT VII and OT III Expanded. See here:
And here comes the Advance! issue that will change the OT Levels in the Church forever. It appeared later in 1982, and its number is 74:
On the second page of this chart we can see that some “NEW” OT Levels appear: OT Drug RD is now renamed ‘NEW OT IV’, Audited
NED for OT’s is now ‘NEW OT V’, Solo NOT’s Auditor Course is now ‘NEW OT VI’ and Solo NOT’s has become ‘NEW OT VII’.
Further, Step 8 on the second page above says, “8. Go to Flag – you’re ready to begin New OT VI – Solo NOT’s Auditor Course – delivered only at Flag.”
Looking at the above, there are four points to consider:
1. Where did OT levels, OT IV to OT VII, delivered between 1968 to 1980, go to? Ron’s true OT Levels, OT IV to OT VII (which we now call “The Original OT Levels”), were removed from the Grade Chart, just vanished forever.
Instead, we now have in the Church “new” OT levels IV to VII which are actually OT Drug RD, renamed New OT IV, and the NED for OT Rundown, broken down into three parts, New OT V to New OT VII. The perfect deception, concealing the real thing and giving a substitute!
2. Beginning with this issue of Advance!, No. 74 of 1982, AO’s can only deliver the Bridge up to Audited NOTs. That’s it! No longer the entire Bridge as the AO’s were originally designed by Ron to deliver. As of 1982, the AO’s have to route their Audited NOT’s completions to Flag for Solo NOT’s Auditor Course.
And this great help of dividing NOT’s into two parts, Audited and Solo, eventually became a great act of betrayal, just like Ron warned us in HCOB 19 May 1960. How?
A. First of all, now you need to fly to Flag, usually in another state or continent from where you live.
B. You are obliged to stay at expensive Flag hotels.
C. When coming to Flag, they usually tell you the Audited NOT’s done in the AO, was incomplete or left ‘unflat.’ This creates double standards, an invalidation of the AO’s and your wins from the auditing you received. So Flag makes you do Audited NOTs again, at huge costs.
D. You need to do a new Eligibility when arriving at Flag, composed of approximately 70 questions which may require several intensives at $7,200 per intensive (2012). This Elig or a shorter version, has to be repeated every six months.
E. To top it off, you are expected to become an IAS Patron to get onto Solo NOTs, which stands at $50,000 as far as I can remember.
F. And if you are lucky enough to get on the level, you are obliged to come twice a year, pay for the airplane ticket, hotel, another Elig check, several intensives worth and so on and so on. I know people who were on Solo NOTs 7-10-14 years finishing it with enormous debts to pay off. And what is the prize for all this great effort? They are sent to Freewinds to receive a fake NEW OT 8!
3. NOT’s, like all levels of the Bridge, but much more so, has to be done without interruptions. When you start on the NOT’s case, it goes into restimulation and must be handled intensively. A delay or significant time lag, may cause the person great distress. We have seen many pre-OT’s after Audited NOT’s, done at an AO, who could not go to Flag for Solo NOT’s and they were in miserable shape!
4. And a “minor” point. On the first page of the chart, NEW OT VIII to OT XI are introduced. It says “Ron has announced” and that they are “Flag only, not released”. Here we are, in 2019, 37 years later, and still no release!
Based on much evidence, which we will not elaborate here, Ron went off management lines at the end of 1979. He dedicated himself to writing, to research and had some legal matters to handle. Ron trusted top Church management and turned daily affairs over to them. Quickly, a young man, David Miscavige, seized control. I have no doubt that these changes to the Bridge were introduced by David Miscavige, without Ron’s knowledge, so as to centralize authority, tighten control of the public and increase top management income.
Enough with the bad news! Dror’s Tech team has invested much time and effort, since leaving the Church in 2012, to acquire all LRH original materials and train on standard delivery of all OT Levels. The good news is that the specialized training focused on delivering of the “original” OT Levels IV to VII is now complete. Dror’s AO is ready to deliver these wonderful levels as originally envisioned by LRH!
I would love to hear from you. Please leave your questions and comments below.
Wishing you wins and successes, Aviv