By Tom Martiniano

NOTE:  I was recently sent the below LRH quote by a reader, Thomas Price --  who correctly pointed out that current Corporate Scientology has lost the spirituality of Scientology and follows instead, the path of MEST – from basketball, to dances, bazaars – almost anything goes. A few hours later, I received an article from Tom Martiniano – which takes up the same subject and observation, in even more depth. I have included them both here – as they speak for themselves. Lana Mitchell

From PDC tape 35: The DEI Scale, LRH says:

“And you can get all sorts of things from a church now: anything but God.

“You can get basketball, bridge, bowling alleys, dances, bazaars – almost anything you want to.

“But don’t go in and ask for a hat full of God, because they haven’t got it to sell. It’s gotten inhibition and then scarcity, but if they gave you any God it wouldn’t be the idea – the spiritual idea – at all. It would be a piece of MEST. You can buy God: you can go down and buy a cross, and it’s MEST. It’s all solid now.

“Isn’t that interesting? Where we have desire, enforce and inhibit and out through the bottom, and you have a dying, if not dead, religion.” (L.Ron Hubbard)

So really, what is Scientology? What is it all about? What are people looking for when they come into Scientology?   Why is it, when people have left Scientology, they still have their attention on it? What is it really all about?

I have been a Scientologist for 42 years and I have answered the question 10,000 times but I really don’t think I ever answered it correctly.  But two days ago it hit me like a bright laser beam right between the eyes.  I finally realized what Scientology is actually all about and what makes it so popular.  Fantastic!  Then, sadly, I saw the HUGE flaw in Scientology and saw that if we don’t change it now then we may never get the chance again.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with Scientology itself, but there is a whole lot wrong with the way it has been administered.   

First of all, let’s get clear on the subject (no pun intended) of Scientology. 

I’m using the definition of Scientology in the Admin Dictionary #4 for the purpose of this article: “the ability to change condition” (SH Special 57). 

Okay, that’s cool.  Then I looked in LRH’s book, “Science of Survival”, and read the “theta-mest theory”. Here LRH told of how the Thetan is in a constant struggle with MEST, and how he collides with MEST and then reorganizes, regroups and attacks MEST again in hopes of bettered survival.  It is truly the story of what is going on.  Then I read where LRH says in the book “8-8008”:  “Scientology is essentially a study of static and kinetics.” (Kinetics is the study of motion, Static is the opposite, it is “at rest, stillness and in Scientology the Static is the Thetan”)  

“The static interacts with the kinetic which is considered to be the ultimate of motion.”  “It is now considered that the origin of MEST, as we know the physical universe, is a product of theta.” “It can now also be demonstrated adequately in Scientology that energy seems to be produced by and emanate from theta.” 

Okay, so that opens the door to a handling:  We all are the effect of MEST and we need to be at cause over it.  So if we actually made MEST then that means we can untangle it.  It appears that all beings are involved in this constant struggle with MEST.  And it has been a struggle throughout the time track of the Thetan.  And because thetans have lost that battle more times than have won brings the Thetan to need of change.  He wants to change this condition and has set out many, many times to figure out how to be theta the solver again.  He finds Scientology and he learns that Scientology can get him back at cause over MEST.  Finally, after millions of years, someone is talking his language and says “This is the way out of this mess. I want to be at cause over life and MEST, I’m in.”

So the Thetan hooks up with Scientology, pays for services with the hard-earned money he made from doing what he knows how to do - selling junk to people in malls – making people want things they don’t really want. Being part of some production line.  But he makes good money and he pays for his auditing and embarks on his journey out of the MEST universe and heading for the Theta Universe.  He gets his drugs handled, gets going on his Grades and then gets rid of his own reactive mind via Dianetics and goes Clear.  He does his OT sections and goes all the way to OT VIII.

 Now what happens?  What does this thetan now do? 

Upon inspection, little has apparently changed with this Thetan.  He has done hundreds if not thousands of hours of auditing and after all was said and done, nothing apparent is different - he is still a salesman, selling garbage to people who don’t want it, he is still struggling to survive, with lots of debt, and he still has lots of problems.  What happened? Why is this person not dramatically changed?  And why the hell is he still doing the same old thing?

He is still trapped by the physical universe;  trapped by MEST.  The very nature of the delivery of the Church of Scientology traps the person into MEST even more than he was trapped before he started on the Bridge.  Sure, he has probably had a lot of wins going up the Bridge and can operate in the confines of MEST pretty well, but he is still trapped by it. 

You see, he has to produce in the MEST universe to pay off all of his bills he racked up going OT.

He has to play the MEST game, as he is in the MEST game – and he has to have a roof over h

I, for example, finished old OT VII (Rehabilitation of full intention) and had to make some money to pay for my expenses while going OT.  I went back to my old trade of Automotive Design and worked on designing the wheel well molding for the 1980 Dodge Cordoba for three months, freehand drawing little frigging lines ten hours per day.  I was really coming apart at the seams because I was this big thetan who was now interiorized into small lines on paper. It almost killed me. You cannot do stuff like this after you go OT. Sure, I was making big bucks at the time, but it was not worth it in the end.

And what about the people who are well off and could walk in a pay for their Bridge by simply writing a check?  These people are already totally engulfed in MEST.  I knew some players who came into Scientology and paid for their Bridge by short-selling stocks.  Short selling is the ACTION of driving a company broke by buying and selling their stock for less and less and less.  They continued to do it after they completed the bridge. These people have ruined thousands of business and therefore thousands of lives in order to feed the Church.  No, no, no.   And they aren’t the only ones.  There is a gal who is OT VIII who is the President of the company that manages Eli Lilly PR and marketing. In other words her product is increased Prozac sales.  How the blue hell is she OT?  No, no.  A real OT would never do anything to trap other thetans. It is just not the nature of the being.  And no one in the Church is handling these people to take the “higher road” - the path of theta.

The whole idea of Scientology and the Bridge to Total Freedom was to free thetans from MEST and the trappings of MEST.  Look at the awareness characteristics on the gradation chart. 

The current corporate Church of Scientology is set up to cause more entrapment into MEST.   First of all, the cost of services causes the thetans in the Church to spend more money and go into debt making sure they are spending the rest of their lives working stupid jobs paying off those debts.  I know of several people who were told “Go deep into debt to get auditing and then you will be ‘a lot freer to make money because of the auditing.”   Yes, and auditing will make you more free, unless you have to work more and slave your life away paying off your debts. Now these thetans are mired in the work-a-day world with the rest of the rats in the rat race.

And not to mention “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Somehow or other Scientologists, as they go up the Bridge, feel like they have to have a big house, big smart car, electronics and all of that MEST stuff.   This is because they work for or hang with other “high stat” thetans who show off their big houses, big cars and expensive accessories and say it is their sign of success.  So now other public try to emulate these rich public and off we go.  Sure having a nice house and good working car and a few toys is okay, but to me it’s like having ideal orgs. Why all the MEST?

A person should be doing the Grade chart to disentangle himself from MEST.  He should be coming more theta and less solid and have more freedom to do theta things.   He should be surviving well on all dynamics, not becoming effect of the 6th dynamic.  There is plenty of policy on this in LRH writings and I can supply them as needed.  I know; I did the original OT Sections. I did the OT drills and I know what direction I was supposed to go when I was doing those drills.  I did have some good wins. And I can tell you that if you are trying to go up the Grade chart so you can have more and nicer MEST, then you are wasting your time.

LRH said in HCOB 23 JUNE 1960 SPECIAL ZONE PLAN – “Consider the position of the world.  The story is often repeated on the whole track. As MEST is made to help too much, a plateau of civilization is reached in which each individual is downgraded to a number.  The end of this – the lights eventually go out through lack of personal initiative and ability.”

This is what is happening right now in the Church.  People do the Grade chart and just carry on with what they were doing before. And they are ignoring their brothers and sisters who need help.  Show me current Church OTs who really actually give a crap about another who needs help. The only thing these people are interested in is more money.  And that is the product of the current Church of Scientology. In fact, it is demonstrated by current Churchies who are willing to disconnect from family and friends when they are excommunicated. It is also seen when old timers who have served the Sea Org for years, are off loaded in their older years so they are not a drain or a problem for the group.

So we handle this by rearranging the Bridge and getting people to do it for real.  If a person wants to go up the Bridge, he should co-audit his way there. And this is for several reasons. First of all, LRH says that “half of the wins are on the training side.” Learning how the mind works and learning how to make people clear and OT makes you a lot less trapped in the Physical Universe. Next, auditing others is one of the most rewarding endeavors that there is.  LRH said that the thetan is alive as he can help others.  And lastly, it is a lot less expensive to co-audit your way up the grade chart.

But there are people who are just not up to auditing others. This is fine and these people are called PCs.  They simply get audited up the Bridge. But they should only pay what they can afford to pay without going into debt. While they are receiving auditing they are trained to study and then they are put on courses that will help them be more able to operate in the MEST world and be at cause over MEST. 

Next is to re-instate the original OT sections. The real evil act perpetrated by the current tyrant of the Church was that he knocked out the real OT Sections.  Destroying the original OT Sections makes sure all thetans connected with Scientology are trapped forever.   Look at this: 

The original OT IV deals with the final demise of the R6 bank and all of its implants and components.  It’s a very fun level to do and very powerful.  The EP of original OT IV is “NEVER BEING TRAPPED AGAIN.” Now that’s kind of important.   You can see why the Emperor doesn’t want thetans doing this level.

Next:  The EP of original OT V is “CAUSE OVER MEST.”  This is what I am talking about here.  So if the OT does this section he will be at cause over MEST.  Interesting.  Now we see why the Emperor wants this OT Section cancelled. 

Next:  Original OT VI’s EP is “ABLE TO OPERATE EXTERIOR WITH FULL PERCEPTION.” I would say this would put him at cause over the Physical Universe because the OT would be exterior to MEST and therefore out of that trap.  The Emperor cannot have this going on in his domain.

OT VII EP is “REHABILITATION OF FULL INTENTION.” Now, this would be handy for putting intentions into living things.  These OT Sections, done properly will release one from being trapped and be able to operate exterior and at cause.  The Emperor does not want thousands of people intending him or putting intentions into him, that’s for sure.

As thetans go up the Grade chart they should be doing everything they can to be more OT. They should work at disconnecting from the MEST world trappings and work at being fully exterior and at cause.  One should be flat out learning everything he can about how to become more able. He should be learning how to audit. He should be learning admin tech. He should be learning OT data and learning how to be more OT using the Philadelphia Lectures and the other OT Hatting course materials.   We need to get the being OUT OF THE TRAP OF THE MEST UNIVERSE AND AT CAUSE OVER IT.

If someone moving up the Bridge is not doing anything to help, then his dynamics will never appear or expand. And he will just hold himself back.

But LRH also said the validity of a given purpose is important. So if you have your hands on the secrets of the universe, it only makes sense to share with one's fellows. And moreover, new games become possible only as you move up the Bridge and learn the tech. Now the new games that become possible are all about giving others the tech. Or helping them with the tech. Or directing them to the tech (and getting them up the Bridge). I think most people would find these games more rewarding than any games in history, because of the nature of help.

Outflowing help to the dynamics, LRH found, is what makes dynamics appear. He said in a lecture (sorry I can't remember which one) that the evidence is that the dynamics — each one — are MADE of Help. Because if you stop outflowing help on any dynamic, that dynamic will disappear. And conversely, if you outflow help, the dynamics appear and come into existence. Life blooms around you.

And then the Thetan, now that he is fully cleared and rehabilitated should be doing this kind of work to get others up to this point and not to mention putting order in on this world and universe.  This type of work and function is a hell of a lot more theta and more on target than selling crap.  If a full OT VIII went into an old folk’s home and taught them how to audit each other, he would be doing something real good. If an OT were to open a tutoring business and taught study tech, it would be a real good thing.  If an OT were to set up a TRs course for Government people so that their people could communicate would be a good thing.  Anything that makes this world a better place is what OTs should be doing. 

This is covered in HCOB SPECIAL ZONE PLAN where LRH says, “We are in a fantastic position, at the right time and place, to halt this cycle of decay and start a new one on Earth.  And I believe we should overtly do so. How? We are masters of IQ and ability. We have know-how. Any of us could select out a zone in life in which we are interested and then entering it, bring order and victory to it.”

This is the type of Bridge we should be working on.  LRH’s vision was not to put people into debt so that they are trapped. His vision was for us to be at cause and to turn this world around to the better using our new gifts. 

This is what we will strive for. 

 We are going to be a group of real and honest OTs who are free from the physical universe and who can get others through and out of the traps.  This is the future.


Richard LloydRoberts
+3 # Richard LloydRoberts 2013-05-09 05:26
Wow Tom this article is awesome. A real revitalizing piece I must say. My purpose years ago was to become a free spirit and had totally given up all considerations on mest and really didn't need it. I used it as it was required and had no need or inclination to acquire more of it as I considered it baggage. Money and or the exchange of goods and services got me where I needed to be and I was happy. My current wife is totally mest driven and has gotten me trapped in the acquisition of more and more of it to a point where I have a house with 5 bedrooms of which 3 are empty. Whaaaat? This is a huge trap for me. I am a free spirit not this mest accumulating humanoid. I have become what I didn't want and used to look at others in the same position and see their trap.

I need to revitalize my purpose. Thanks for this Tom.
Tom M
+5 # Tom M 2013-05-09 09:42
Richard - you are welcome. Now, use that big house as a delivery place and you will have turned that mest into something useful.

ML Tom
+2 # Mcgins 2013-05-09 11:37
Tom, this is an awesome article, thanks so much for the perspective. It certainly did blow down some TA for me about the MEST mess I had gotten myself into just before I left the church: staggering debts that I couldn't afford. it left me always wondering how in the heck others even less fortunate than myself could ever afford to go up the bridge on either the training or auditing side.
+2 # KFrancis 2013-05-09 06:17
Another tremendous article Tom, thank you.

This is the most information I have ever read on the old OT Levels. They obviously sound just fantastic.

I have a technical question if I may- At this point those (OT Levels) are only for those who have completed the NOTS band (OT 5 through OT 7) is that correct?

I love the theme-Get OT and get busy helping because you can.
Tom M
+4 # Tom M 2013-05-09 09:43
Yes, you cannot do these OT Sections without doing the NOTS band first. Impossible. I know, I tried.

ML Tom
Chris Mann
+3 # Chris Mann 2013-05-09 09:32
This must be pretty on target because I feel like it's cleaning up a purpose. Things should have been this way, but they got off track.

Tom got me interested in these "old" OT levels because he does stuff like draw a specific card from the deck in a game of canasta more times than can possibly be explained by luck.
Tom M
+2 # Tom M 2013-05-09 12:11
That was actually very funny Chris. I would never use my OT abilities to beat you at cards (wink). I miss you being here.

ML Tom
Chris Mann
+1 # Chris Mann 2013-05-09 16:41
Yeah, me too.
Ronnie Bell
+4 # Ronnie Bell 2013-05-09 14:43
Tom, I so duplicate the universe from which you are communicating. You've ably expressed my initial concepts of what Scientology is, in a way that truly connects to my lifetime postulates.

Reading your post sort of makes a little bell go off somewhere - kind of like a bell that calls the faithful to come together to reach for that higher place. It reminds me of why we all came to this subject to begin with.

In more practical terms, you sort of shook me by my thetan shoulders and made me look at where I am, and what I still need to do, to get out of the trap.

Thank you, my brother.
Bruce Clark
# Bruce Clark 2013-05-09 18:18
Excellent post, Tom. It begs the question, Can we (thetans) ever best ourselves?

I'd run across the reference, "SPECIAL ZONE PLAN" a couple times during my staff and SO career and wondered, where is this happening? It is SO much a correct target. Yet, was it ever given adequate push?
Ingrid Smith
+3 # Ingrid Smith 2013-05-09 20:42
Powerful post Tom.There is a much needed VP that really needs to be rehabbed and that is we are getting out of the biggest trap of all the MEST universe-REAL freedom is what Ron was talking about. NOT, how to be a successful little homo sapien that neatly acquires MEST.

Here is another great quote from the PDCs: "You'll find out that those people who best approximate the modus operandi of the mest universe in methods of control are the most successful in the mest universe.
Well this is a complete reversal to the purposes and actual hopes of a thetan. He knows this is just haywire. What? Evil is rewarded? Only evil is rewarded with success? You mean you have to follow along with these trickeries and twistings and turnings and upsets one way or another in order to bring about anything like success? You have to be a dirty, double-dealing dog? MM-mmmm
But remember what the fellow who is successful wins. he wins mest. and that, of course, is the trick within the trick jwithin the trick. After a fellow has completely won the mest universe, what does he have? he has, God help him, the mest universe!"

I for one fully understand what Ron is saying at the end of KSW1 on this being the first time in trillions of years that we have a chance to get out of this trap and it is a trap and for the first time we have the correct Technology to do this.
# george 2013-05-09 21:57
Beautifully and succinctly written Tom! My understanding of the dynamics is that each thetan has their own that they stress, and that to clear and make OT the thetan is then free to work/play on those dynamics and so create their better world, making a better world for all of us. Thanks for this!
David Cooke
# David Cooke 2013-05-09 22:59
This is a powerful article!

"Anything that makes this world a better place is what OTs should be doing." Agreed, this is the future scope of scientology.
+1 # Worsel 2013-05-09 23:53
This is so true!
Many years ago I was doing recoveries and one person always used to say "I want to do the Bridge. I want to do the Bridge" like a mantra on and on. No minute went by without him saying that and I asked him: "What do you want to do the Bridge for? When you gained all the things you imagine to gain, what will you do with them?"
And it really made him think for a while until he came up with the answer "help others".
Some people have given me a mystery how they can be doing the Bridge for some 30 years without any real observable change in them while others, after a session of half an hour would appear to be a very much changed being, radiant with ARC.
It wasn't the case that the first kind was suppressive (some seemed to be, though), but the answer I came up with was that they were doing the Bridge as a solution to some problem they were stuck in creating. And that activity was so close to them that they couldn't see anything else. That was the answer I came up with then.
Even though they were collecting certificates, they had never even started on the Bridge.
Jim Logan
+2 # Jim Logan 2013-05-10 04:56
The other day I read on the 4th London ACC that the Axioms are the description of all the things a thetan got himself into, with an exception, Axiom 51, as the solution.

Communication is the desire, and it's with that that dimension points extend, to perceive, and change occurs for time and with those, the fun begins. To resolve anything a being gets himself into, communication again. It's the duplication of the thing that started anything - comm duplicates comm.

Axiom 51 rides above MEST. It resolves any issues with it, and in such a way as to not get a persistence.

I think that doing the Bridge as a solution to the problem of theta the problem, makes sense as long as one actually does it. Then they'll hit the point of theta the solver, regain their own creation of communication and the super duper "ray gun" of live comm and poof - all mechanical conditions are potentially resolved.
# Worsel 2013-05-10 16:44
Viewed this way this makes sense. Those blokes I was looking at were doing the Bridge to become a better businessman, to sell more real estates etc.
theo sismanides
# theo sismanides 2013-05-10 04:23
Tom, an excellent article. Thanks There is a reference by LRH talking about Create, Create, Create and not have.

Does anyone remember that reference?
+1 # Paul 2013-05-11 16:47
Tom this is the greatest of your articles. After leaving the Sea Org I used my OT abilities to acquire a lot of mest, but really a lot. I don't even know anymore how much real estates I really own. But I realized I was not happy. Happiness comes only from helping others. Are you delivering seminars on this incredible things? @Theo: look in Fundamentals of Thougt.

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