The weekly show where I answer questions from the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) How do the ranks work in the Sea Org? I understand some are permanent and other’s temporary based on your job level. How does one get promoted in rank and when do you get real rank? I understand the former President of Scientology had a low Sea Org rank. Are their others who share the rank of Captain with David Miscavige?
(2) How does a Scientologist feel when the promised “super powers” fail to materialize after attesting to Clear or an official OT Level?
(3) What is your favorite thing to do now that you are free of the restrictions of the Church?
(4) My question is: What’s next for Chris Shelton? I mean what will you do in the future when all of ghosts have disappeared and you are not only one or two feet out the door, but when, as you could say, Chris has left the building? Will you be able to somehow use the 27 years of experience in some way? Are you going to be in the “post cult” game or completely change venues?
(5) Hi Chris, I’m a big fan of yours from Italy. Some years ago I was in a group that I would describe as “destructive”. It was (and still is) masked as a company that sells self-help seminaries, public speaking classes, motivation courses and the list goes on. They refer to NLP, Reiki, Law of Attraction and every kind of new-ageish nonsense. Many of those courses are designed to get you to enter the group and start what they call “collaboration”. As you go up the hierarchy, this “collaboration” becomes more and more taxing in terms of time, energy and money. They use the same techniques as destructive cults (language manipulation, uniform clothing, communal living, control over your diet, how much you sleep, love-bombing, all the package) but they use those tecniques in a “gentler” way than other cults like Scientology.
If you climb the ladder of their hierarchy they’ll eventually become more and more abusive but they’ll never reach some levels. For example, I have never heard of actual physical abuse even though I have proof of physical menacing. I think those kinds of groups could be potentially even more dangerous than standard destructive cults because they are more difficult to recognize, since they are not as abusive as the others.
My personal explanation for this is I think they rise when someone who IS NOT a sociopath tries to mimic other cult leaders in order to raise money, but he is not as deranged as other cult leaders and he understands the need to not cross certain lines.
I would like to know if you knew about those kind of groups and what do you think about them.
(6) A long time ago a friend of mine found an LP of LRH’s music, called ‘The Power of Source’ by The Apollo Stars. I remember thinking it was interesting-looking, particularly the photo on the back cover of LRH in a cap with big headphones on, but I requested my friend not to play it. He was laughing at my serious face as he slipped the vinyl back in the sleeve. In Critical Q&A #33 you explained that people would praise LRH’s pulp in near-ecstatic states. Did you find that it the same for his music?
(7) When reading about the Sea Org, I’ve come across accounts of prominent members who “blew” and subsequently returned to the Sea Org (Marty Rathbun and Tommy Davis, for example). In your experience, how common is it for Sea Org members to “blow” at some point (or more than once) during their career? Did you do that or did you have Sea Org colleagues who did so?
(8) Question about your use of spiritual existence as consciousness or awareness, do you mean something along the lines of mind-body dualism?