Shiny & Free
This is a long story, I'll break into smaller posts. (This is the guy in the "catch me if you can" thread. http://forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?t=18721)
In 1978 I was looking for a new body to dwell, and knowing that all Thetans are basically Italians, I thought that a Fashion model and a Singer/Musician in the Sea Org in Milano would make for a perfect family.
My parents, now OT VIII and OT VII, pioneered Scientology in the 70s, opening orgs all over Italy, then after ‘82 they continued their journey as very successful fashion designers. They have been the personal designers for David Miscavige for almost 2 decades, as well as the designers of many org uniforms, such as for RTC, the Exec Strata, etc. I recall letters back and forth every year from DM and Shelly, then all of a sudden it was only DM…I kept asking myself “has anyone seen Shelly in the last 2 years?”
My brother was recruited to the Sea Org in the late 90s and signed as an auditor, yet he was resigned to 10 years of work in Treasury, Regging, Recruiting, etc. before he was finally routed onto the TTC. I remember one time he had to be rushed back to Italy in 2004 when we found out he had almost lost his leg, because his knee required surgery years before, but FLAG was trying to handle it with assists only. At that point, he had had to wait 2 months to get back in shape physically enough to have his body ready for surgery. His conditions were obviously of someone under heavy “stress”. The flap caused from all this eventually resulted in him being put on the TIP for Class VI. Strangely enough he had to get it bad to do what he signed up for.
When I was 6 years old my mother decided to “introduce me” to Scientology and told me about The Bridge… with a sigh of relief I thought, “Thank god someone already did all the work so I wouldn’t have the burden of the pain to find the path on my own.”
Soon after this, I told my mom something about my being Clear, including the cognition that goes with it. Strangely enough I always knew I was Clear; my certainty was inexplicable.
I had a big purpose to train and go up The Bridge, and I want to profusely thank my parents for their unwavering support in helping me have a childhood centered around that purpose. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
From 6 to 12 years old, I did the basic courses, Purif, Objectives, ARC Straightwire, Grade 0, and onto Student Hat, Pro TRs, the E-Meter course (before the Pro Metering Course) and M1. Throughout this time, I continued to originate to my auditors and C/Ses that I was Clear.
After 2 “Not Clear R-Factors” I finally attested to CLEAR at FLAG in Aug of 1991. Little did I know that this was a cycle that would be dragged on for the next 20 years!
Once I was finally acknowledged as Clear, I dedicated the next decade to training and volunteer production. I did Level 0, PTS/SP, LOC [KTL wasn’t translated into Italian] and almost all of the OT Hatting courses on the Freewinds. I used to love the Ship, I went there about a dozen times and I often acted as an Interpreter/translator for the expanding Italian field that would go to FSSO for conventions.
I always wanted to train, so I thought that doing work for the Translations Unit would be a good idea to kill two birds with one stone. I spent a few years working every weekend for hours and hours translating nonstop, resulting in more than 1,000 pages of LRH’s material translated. (This earned me some good training awards for many of my OT Hatting Courses on the Ship and for my SHSBC I would start in 2008.)
In 2001, after my first “engramic” Clear experience of the late 80s, I went back to Flag to start my OT Preps. I had gathered enough money for 3 intensives, and my main goal was to do the FPRD and soon after the OT Levels.
The first action I did was a Clear Check Cycle. I found out my first CCRD Auditor had been declared SP for having been out-2D with his PCs and other stuff such as coaxing EPs and Cogs. Though I had nothing to do with any of these things, I was nevertheless C/Sed for a nasty tailor-made Sec Check. I threw out the incompetent auditor they gave me and had Natalie Bouquet (at the time Galbiati). After that, they reviewed my CCRD and asked for further data which I gave and I was then forced to attest to an amazing new discovered state on DM’s Grade Chart: The State of Clear Certified.
I told the examiner I didn’t want to attest to a state I had already attested to previously but I gave up after I was intimidated with the fact that the whole line would get hit severely with some kind of downstat if I didn’t attest. So I did. Clear in 91, and Re-Cleared Clear in 2001. I was clearly Crystal Clear of my Clear cycle and so was Flag apparently, so I began my preps, the FPRD, which was in short phenomenal. I literally finished every remaining session of the 3 intensives with Floating TAs, and Natalie was at the time stellar. Lack of money forced me to stop the cycle short of a dozen questions on the form. Already beyond any gain I would have thought achievable on that step, I came back to Italy to make more money to buy my expensive freedom.
At the time I was working in a company owned by on OT VII who was mid auditing on the level. She gave me her word that if I would get the statistics of the business to a certain high level, I would get the money for my Solo to OT III package as a bonus, in exchange. Having achieved way more than what was expected in less time required, working Int Base SO-style hours, she then denied the entire agreement that was made and so…bye bye OT Levels for now.
Curiously enough that OT VII soon after made it to New OT VIII. As a side note, I always wondered why her husband (my uncle) paralyzed half of his body in a stroke soon after he attested to OT VIII, and on top of that I had personal knowledge of a half a dozen of other Italian OT VIIIs that died in recent years, one with a newly found out AIDS condition and another old friend OT V which had a severe irreversible stroke while on the Ship the last few years. I was always kind of baffled about this. All these OT VIIIs dropping dead? They're the ones who are supposed to go free!