I wasn't trying to insult Alan personally.
I meant that the whole view of spirits as omnipotent in the physical universe is bullshit, in my opinion now.
Fair enough. You have to cut me some slack - as an Englishman I naturally think that manners are frightfully important, but I'm getting over it since joining this forum. Also, I'm a big fan of Jane Austen.
We don't need super-human powers to be spiritual.
That super-human powers thing was used by Hubbard to get people to fantasize about "OT" and how great it would be to fly around and read people's thoughts and strike effective Glare-fight blows to the psychs, and other evildoers. It's kid's fantasy.
Super Powers have NOTHING TO DO with spirituality of any kind.
In my opinion.
Well, in this case, I quite like your opinion. Maybe it works in reverse - we get super powers by being spiritual - we don't have to use them if we get them. A craving for super powers smacks of immaturity - many Scns couldn't win a glare fight with a glowworm. But a longing for a greater ability to express oneself is a positive thing.
No doubt, Hubbard talked about OT powers as if they were an everyday occurence and easily within reach. Some people swallowed this hook, line sinker and copy of the Angling Times. I can't exclude myself from this set.
Right now, I'm very sceptical that these kinds of abilities could be manifested in this particular universe to any great degree. In universes far less dense and alter-ised, I believe they could.
At the end of the day, one can always be a God in one's own universe. It just needs the ability to mock-up. Sadly, I think I'd share the fate of Rimmer in the Red Dwarf episode Better Than Life .