You are into contradictions here.
OT definition specifically means to operate the MEST directly without using a body.
People here have been conned to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and/or decades to reach for OT, eventually we didn't got what was promised and now you come and say "sorry guys, you were OTs already if you were just able move your body around!". Bullshit!
What you refer to is the definition of OT that says: A thetan exterior who can have but doesn’t have to have a body in order to control or operate thought, life, matter, energy, space and time.
1. I don’t see the contradiction, because “control and operate” are in line with “being cause”.
I would agree if you would say: There is more to it.
2. There is a gradient scale of “control”, there is a gradient scale of “operate”, there is a gradiënt schale of “exterior”.
3. You mention “the MEST”, probably refering to objects in the physical universe. That’s what most people may have in mind when they read this definition.
Operating matter, energy, space and time does not necessarily refer to “moving objects in the physical universe.”
Has is ever occurred to you that when you’re running an engram of a pc sitting in front of you, that you’re at that time controling and operating matter, energy, space and time?
Well, to the degree that one is OT, he can handle this MEST without body and without an E-meter.
Sure, this would also affect his ability to handle MEST in the physical universe. But not in the way of some supernatural manifestations, because that again would be a very complicated agree-disagree-trick.
Many people haven’t understood the definition in the first place. Both who have sold the OT-levels as well as those who bought the OT-levels.