Auras act like magnets, picking up vibrational energies that float around everywhere. So it is important to expel any toxic energies from our aura and detox the mind and body.
Auras can describe a person better than outspoken words, and affect the surroundings too. They are greatly influenced by external vibrations and negative energies. So purifying our auras with a good cleansing is essential for our well-being.
Here are 6 simple tips on aura cleansing that will enable an emotionally, mentally, and spiritually stable environment around you.
1. Comb The Aura
Combing the surrounding aura will help cleanse it. Given here is just one of the many ways to comb your aura:
Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
Using your fingers as a comb, comb through the space surrounding your body, starting at your head and continuing downward to the toes.
Afterward, clean your hands with running water allowing all picked-up energies to be washed away.
2. Take A Shower
Any effects on the aura attach themselves to the physical body. This is a brilliant technique of visualizing the expulsion of bad energies through a shower:
Stand under an outdoor waterfall or indoor shower.
Allow the water to flow generously over every inch of your body: head, face, arms, torso, legs, and feet.
As you watch the water disappear down the drain or disperse away from your feet, breathe freely and imagine your bad aura moving away from your mind along with the water.
3. Wind And Play
Running/playing freely helps both our mind and body loosen up and de-stress. This helps remove any negativities stuck to us.
Free your mind, and shake out any grungies that are clinging to your auric field by running freely and playfully in the wind.
Go ahead, stretch your arms outward and give your body a spin on the grassy lawn or meadow.
4. Whisk The Aura With Feathers
Moving a feather through our surrounding aura disturbs the negative energies and dispels them.
Using a single feather or feather whisk make sweeping motions through the space surrounding your body.
Begin at your feet and work upward, like a bird flying from the ground to the top of a tree.
Ask a friend to assist by sweeping your backside or any areas around your physical being that you cannot reach easily.
5. Smudge The Aura
Healthy, organic aromas can help clear up your mind and expel negative energies from the surrounding environment.
Smudge the area surrounding your body with smoke from sage, lavender, sweetgrass, or other smudging herbs.
You can also gently breathe in some of the smudged air (not recommended for asthmatic individuals).
6. Take A Saltwater Soak
While toxic energies tend to easily stick to our skin, the same skin is also an easy gateway to remove the toxicities.
Treat your auric field and physical body by soaking in a steaming tub of water with epsom salt or a sea salt bath treatment.
Choose from a variety of unscented or scented bath salt products.
Eucalyptus is wonderful for cleansing the sinuses or discharging fluish ickies.
A lavender sea salt bath cleanses and calms body and spirit.
We’re willing to bet that even if you’ve heard of Zoroastrianism, you can’t name any Zoroastrian beliefs. The philosophy of the Zoroastrian religion predates Christianity by a few centuries, and even though it’s always good to be early, in the case of religion and philosophy, older beliefs tend to get buried as time moves on and stronger religions take hold. The history of Zoroastrianism is steeped in the duality of eastern philosophy and the roots of modern western belief, and despite its texts sometimes having the feel of a Dungeons and Dragons handbook, the teachings of Zoroastrianism encompass some interesting and positive beliefs.
So what do Zoroastrians believe? And what is Zoroastrianism? In this collection of information about one of the world’s oldest religions, we’ll examine their concept of death, the way their priests work, and how the religion has changed over the last few centuries. If you’ve never heard of Zoroastrianism and you’d like to know what they get up to, or if you just want to brush up on your sixth-century theology, keep reading and try to keep an open mind.
Zoroastrians believe that the universe is locked in an ongoing battle between good (Ahura Mazda) and evil (Angra Mainyu). Ahura Mazda is the force of creation, and Angra Mainyu is the force of destruction that seeks to thwart Ahura Mazda’s creation. From this dynamic comes all that is good and bad in life.
Individual humans, too, exist as a mixture of good and evil. Humans have free will in Zoroastrianism, and they can choose either good (asha) or evil (druj). Divisions like happy or sad, pure or impure, come from the choices humans make to either support good or evil. Humans are expected to do their part in the battle between good and evil, also represented as the battle between order and chaos.
But They Also Believe in Just One God
Despite believing in a cosmic duality, Zoroasters only believe in one god named Ahura Mazda (which means “Wise Lord”), and like most gods, he is omnipresent and all-knowing. (Or, more properly, they are omnipresent, since Ahura Mazda has both male and female attributes.)
In essence, Zoroastrians believe that even though the world has a dual nature now – caught between good and evil – eventually good will win out once and for all, and the world will be one unified paradise. This combination between dualism and monotheism is considered to be unique to the Zoroastrian religion.
Aside from Ahura Mazda, Zoroasters also believe in the existence of six Amesha Spentas, or Holy Immortals, who are akin to what Christians call archangels. Each Amesha Spenta stands for a different positive attribute: good mind and good purpose, truth and righteousness, holy devotion, power and just rule, health, and long life.
Before humans are born, Zoroastrians believe, every individual soul (urvan) is paired with its own guardian spirit (fravashi). At birth, your soul goes off into the world, but your guardian spirit continues to act as a protector, somewhat like the notion of a guardian angel.
On the fourth day after death, your soul is reunited again with its guardian spirit. Your soul communicates all of its accumulated life experiences to the guardian spirit from the time you spent in the world, and this information is used in the ongoing battle of good vs. evil.
Death Is the Embodiment of Evil
According to the Zoroastian belief system, once the final breath has left the body, it becomes impure. Keeping with the theme of duality, while life (and everything in it) is thought to be the work of God, death is considered to be the embodiment of evil.
After death, bodies are washed in unconsecrated bull urine and laid out for viewing. Afterwards the bodies are traditionally placed in Towers of Silence to be picked clean by buzzards – although in America, bodies tend to be cremated or buried instead.
In the Avesta, the most sacred scripture of Zoroastrianism, a passage reads, “The man that lies with mankind as man lies with womankind, or as woman lies with mankind, is a man that is a Daeva [demon]; this man is a worshipper of the Daevas, a male paramour of the Daevas.”
Aside from that verse, there’s also a myth about an evil spirit who takes part in self-sodomy, causing an “explosion of evil power” that creates a bunch of lesser demons.
Some scholars of religion argue that Zoroastrians are so opposed to male homosexuality because the religion does not accept converts. The only way to be a Zoroastrian is to have a Zoroastrian mother and father – hence, to keep the religion alive, they have to pressure adherents into having children.
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One Famous Zoroastrian Was a Killer Queen
That’s right, Queen’s very own Freddie Mercury was born into a practicing Zoroastrian family. Even though it’s debatable whether Mercury kept up with his faith throughout his life, his funeral service was orchestrated by a Zoroastrian priest and his body was cremated shortly afterwards.
Your Spirit Has a Nervous Breakdown Before Going to Heaven
According to Zoroastrian belief, after the spirit leaves the body, it hangs around for a few days and freaks out because of the stress of the crushing separation anxiety that comes from death. Then, led by the angel Daena, the spirit is brought to the Bridge of Judgment (the Chinavat or Chinawad Bridge), where its good and bad deeds are reviewed. If things work out, the spirit ascends to Heaven; if not, it’s sent to Hell.
Zoroastrians Avoid Eating Cows (And Things That Look Like Cows)
Some of the original teachings of Zoroastrianism are all about what foods you can and can’t put into your body. The fundamentals of their philosophy involve the tender care of the earth, animals, pets and livestock, and there’s a specific list of which animals you should treat like your neighbor.
Not only does the religion shy away from animal sacrifices, but it notes that you should shy away from eating cows and cow-like animals (from yak to reindeer). There is some debate other whether or not the ancient Zoroastrians were vegetarians, but many today choose to practice vegetarianism.
Gautama Buddha is known all around the world as a great spiritual guide. His discipline, focus and endeavor has been remarkable, and the fruits of his life have coalesced into one of the most peaceful religions of our time. The spiritual basis of Buddhism has helped hundreds of thousands of people to gain a different perspective and live a more meaningful life. His words of wisdom are still important today, especially in a world that prizes violence and anger over love and understanding. These words have withstood the test of time to remain relevant for each and every single one of us. Below are some of the most profound quotes from Buddha that can help change your life:
1. Share Happiness
Sharing our own happiness can be wonderful for us as well as the other person. If we are blessed with something, we sometimes feel afraid that it will be taken from us, and so we try to hold on to it as strongly as we can. Some of us feel that other people don’t deserve our blessing because they haven’t worked for it. These thoughts keep us from making the world a better and brighter place for everyone. Happiness, when given, strives to spread out and help everyone that it comes across without taking anything away from you.
2. Let Go Of Anger
Anger is one of the most destructive emotions that we can ever feel. It damages our peace of mind, and is also powerful enough to damage our body. We don’t gain anything by being angry, even though we think that it might help us feel better when we show it. The things we do in anger can have a terrible impact on us as well as the people around us. We may say things that cut our bonds, do things that hurt those we love the most and push everyone away till we end up alone. We only punish ourselves through anger, and no one else.
3. Always Find A Way To Help
One of the guiding principles in every religion is our service to others. When we help someone, we are taking them out of a difficult place in their life. Even a small act can go a long way. We never know what other people are going through and how much they are suffering, just as people never know what we might be battling. If we can all come together to help each other out, the troubles of the world could disappear.
4. Compassion Is Key
When we are among those that need our support, we can do well by providing them with our compassion. We normally feel sympathy for people that are in troubled times but our compassion is more powerful. Sympathy keeps us at a distance from others because we feel like we cannot relate to them. Through compassion, we relate and connect to others, and we are able to lend them a hand without looking down on them.
5. Take Action In Your Life
The ideas of fate and destiny have left a lot of people feeling like they have no control over their life. At this point, no one wants to work actively on their life because they believe that external sources will bring their life together, or take their life apart. To get where we want to be, we must work towards it. We cannot always depend on something or someone else to take control for us.
6. Fear Is Useless
The most detrimental thing we can do for ourselves is letting fear take over us. Fear comes from many things, but in the end, even the worst fear can be unfounded. We never know what can happen unless we try, and even in the worst case, things can work out in ways we might have never known or appreciated. The only thing standing between your success and you is a fear, which in the end, are just thoughts.
7. We Are Not Separate But Together
This message is important at this crucial time in history. We draw imaginary boundaries and distinctions that are extremely superficial, yet we lead our entire lives according to them. Things like the color of our skin, or our place in a geographical context are enough to kill, murder and rape innocent human beings. We must realize that all of us are from the same world, and we all feel the same things as each other. By knowing that we are all connected in every way, we can finally start healing this broken and damaged world.
[An excellent explanation. All comes from the ONE, all resides in the ONE and all returns to the ONE. When you shine white light through a prism it produces the colors of the rainbow. All religions make up the rays of the ONE and each is valid in it’s own right. Bishop Spong’s insights are profound – TMR]
Religions tend to invent ideas and concepts just like every other creative human enterprise, and they have unleashed some remarkably bad ideas onto humanity. Most of these are centered around the notion of telling people what to do and how to live their lives, with the aim of convincing people that conformity to church guidelines will bring some intangible reward in the afterlife.
One example of many is the Christian belief that the one and only way not to eternally burn in Hell is to accept Jesus Christ as the savior, as if no other deity or religious experience is valid to the human experience.
The concept of heaven and hell has been so ingrained into the human psyche that many people cannot see beyond this limiting paradigm to any other possibility. Retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong, however, doesn’t seem to believe in the myth of Hell, and during a nationally televised interview he shared his opinions on why he thinks convincing the flock to believe in the concept of ‘Hell’ is absolutely critical to the Church’s survival.
“I don’t think Hell exists. I happen to believe in life after death, but I don’t think it’s got a thing to do with reward and punishment. Religion is always in the control business, and that’s something people don’t really understand. It’s in a guilt-producing control business. And if you have Heaven as a place where you’re rewarded for your goodness, and Hell is a place where you’re punished for your evil, then you sort of have control of the population. And so they create this fiery place which has quite literally scared the Hell out of a lot of people, throughout Christian history. And it’s part of a control tactic.”
Many people turn to religious teachings for solace and guidance in life in our insane world, but, Bishop Spong seems to think religion helps people be less responsible for their own life and the world we live in, offering a unique perspective from the typical doctrines of Christian belief.
“The church doesn’t like for people to grow up, because you can’t control grown-ups. That’s why we talk about being born again. When you’re born again, you’re still a child. People don’t need to be born again. They need to grow up. They need to accept their responsibility for themselves and the world.”
No one can really confirm where human souls are bound after death, so why do religions create stories of places like Heaven and Hell? The answer is simple: to control people and keep the Church alive.
If even some of the most religious men, such as Bishop John Shelby Spong, are starting to publicly expose the motivations behind these stories, perhaps it is time for the masses to critically evaluate the value of religion over the importance of direct personal spiritual experience.
“Every church I know claims that ‘we are the true church’ – that they have some ultimate authority, ‘We have the infallible Pope,’ ‘We have the Bible.’… The idea that the truth of God can be bound in any human system, by any human creed, by any human book, is almost beyond imagination for me.
God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t think my tradition defines God. It only points me to God.”
Note: as you read this piece, see how far from it or how close to it you are. Realize that if you’re a thousand miles away from it, that’s interesting. It’s quite interesting.
The painter was well aware that he was talking to himself. He was considering various ideal objectives and states of mind. This dialogue was, in some sense, productive, but it never reached a final conclusion.
However, when he stood before the blank canvas and began painting, the dialogue vanished. Instead, he was taken by a stroke of the brush, by a mere mark of paint on the canvas, by an edge that appeared, by a shape, by two shapes that stood side by side. None of this required words or was helped by words. He was operating in a different space.
He was beyond ideal this or ideal that. He was sensing his way through spontaneous happenings and accidents.
Sooner or later, he would begin to make sense of what was on the canvas; and then, usually, another process would begin. He could easily overdo it. He could try to build the picture into something more specific. Often, this effort didn’t work.
But it was fuel for the fire. He would add still more to the painting, and then he entered another unknown. This was good.
He knew and didn’t know at the same time.
He was outside normal events. That much was obvious. He was in a “territory” that required no explanations.
He wondered what life would be like if it unspooled this way.
What would people be like?
Would it be the end of all hierarchical orders of things?
And if so, then what?
One day, while painting, the canvas spoke to him. Its language had no words, only sensations. The predominant sensation seemed to be flying. The flying entered the room where he was working. Where it came from, he couldn’t say. Perhaps the sky.
Then it stopped.
As if music had faded out.
He kept painting. He kept adding paint to the canvas. It occurred to him that nothing or no one could keep him from this.
He was free. He was unhinged from some practical flow of thought that colored how he faced ordinary reality. That was gone.
Was something supposed to take its place? Apparently not. This is was not an exchange or a bargain. This was a doing in and of itself.
It was so obvious and natural, he wondered why everyone didn’t engage in it. The answer came to him. People were engaged otherwise, in the idea of systems and patterns.
Systems and patterns were a default position, like leftovers after a meal.
These odd leftovers…people had grabbed on to them. They could have chosen anything, but they chose this.
And then they had gotten used to them. Very much so.
Life began to be seen through the leftovers.
It was not to be seen any other way.
No exits or entrances. Just steady-state.
People ardently promoted the leftovers. They built castles of the mind by and for the leftovers. They wept like babies whenever the leftovers began to float away.
Whole civilizations argued and fought on the basis of which leftovers were best.
A few people tried to destroy the leftovers by force. This didn’t work—and it spoke to a paucity of intelligence and imagination. Such people seemed to be intent on reshaping themselves into grotesqueries. As such, they made incomprehensible demands without end. They tried to elevate this gibberish into an ideology, and failed.
A person tends to “gather up his own life” and construct its boundaries and possibilities in his own mind.
It’s like taking a snapshot of life and pinning it to the wall and saying: THIS IS WHAT MY LIFE IS. IT COULDN’T BE ANYTHING ELSE.
And when he does that, he builds a thought-form that tells him where he can go and what he can do and where he won’t go and what he won’t do.
I once had a client who was very enthusiastic about our work. In each session, he would come across new ideas and resolve to put them into action. However, he never did put even one idea into action. It was as if these new possibilities were bouncing off something already set in his mind. And that something was, literally, a thought-form he had built years earlier, for the purpose of defining his life.
This thought-form operated as a barrier. It repelled anything new.
In this sense, a person can have his own private status quo. No matter what he does, no matter what he says, things will remain the same.
You can call the thought-form a mask, a wall, a fortress-you can call it anything you want to. But it doesn’t budge. If a piece of it comes loose, it is rebuilt quickly. Workers show up with remarkable speed and re-set the bricks.
But then problems develop. All sorts of problems. Physical, relationship, emotional, spiritual…
Why? Because if your life stays the same, at some point it doesn’t work.
Which then means you will become preoccupied with solving problems. And that equals endless distractions.
If you want to see this, as an analogy, played out on a group scale, look at the so-called the US National Security State. All its branches, its procedures, its protections, its research programs, its surveillance, its intrusions, its spies, its need for empire building, and so forth and so on. Problems? They never end. Solutions? They never end.
Well, this is what happens to a person’s life. As a result of keeping that thought-form in place, that configuration that defines his life, the person will experience many problems. And those problems will require solutions…and on and on it goes. He will keep bringing more and more elaborate solutions on board, until finally his life looks like a problem-solving machine that can’t quite keep up.
Into this, all of this, drop a liquid called imagination.
And the work then involves bringing the person on to a new plateau where solving problems isn’t the prime directive.
Instead, a new shining direction is chosen, in which imagination and power play the central role.
Of course, the old thought-form is still there.
But if the person can do imagination exercises (in the “imagination gym”)? These exercises acquaint him with using energies he’s never used before.
And in that process, he begins to realize HE HAS MORE ENERGY THAN HE NEEDS TO LIVE HIS OLD LIFE.
HE HAS MORE ENERGY THAN HE NEEDS TO MAINTAIN HIS STATUS QUO.
HE HAS MORE ENERGY THAN HE NEEDS TO RUN HIS PROBLEM-SOLVING MACHINE.
HE HAS EXCESS ENERGY. LOTS AND LOTS OF IT.
THIS is how life changes.
A person realizes he has more energy than he thought he had.
In order to keep bowing at the feet of his thought-form, the thing that tells him what to do and what not to do, the thing that hems him in, he needs to expend a certain amount of energy.
Staying the same requires a “steady maintenance dose” of energy. And the person intuitively knows this.
He believes he’s living a zero-sum game. He puts just enough energy into maintaining that thought-form to keep everything the same. And then he gets? His life as it is.
SO HE CONCLUDES THE AMOUNT OF MAINTENANCE ENERGY HE HAS ON HAND IS ALL THE ENERGY HE’LL EVER HAVE.
But suppose one day he shows up with 100 tons of new energy?
This is new, this is different.
Because ENERGY IS THE THING THAT WILL CONVINCE A PERSON HE CAN LIVE A NEW LIFE.
If he has an abundance of energy, he’ll offload that thought-form that’s been holding him a straitjacket.
Because he sees he can go farther than the thought-form can take him. He has the energy to do it.
Energy is the proof.
That’s what, subconsciously, he’s been waiting for and hoping for.
Finding new energy is like finding a gold mine.
Until that happens, people with a tight, restraining thought-form will keep bouncing new possibilities into the air and walking away and letting those great new ideas fall on the ground.
Energy is the key.
There are ways to restore it and expand it.
Fuel (energy) was the key to the great leap forward in technology, and it’s the missing piece in the leap forward in life.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.
The Church of Scientology’s Miscavige clan is the family that preys together — and apart.
David Miscavige, chairman of the board of controversial religious group, and his 80-year-old father are waging holy war over the dad’s explosive new book “Ruthless.”
Ex-Scientologist Ron Miscavige reveals his March 2012 escape from the church led his son to dispatch private detectives with a hit man’s arsenal of weapons in their car trunk to shadow him.
The elder Miscavige draws a grim picture of life within the Church’s barbed wire California compound, and equates his son with a sociopath who rules by terror.
The controversy has irreversibly ruptured the first family of Scientology.
Ron’s two daughters, both Scientology members, are now refusing to let him visit with his grandkids.
The Church characterizes the book as “half-truths and outright lies,” and went to unprecedented lengths to refute its allegations — granting ABC News a rare on-air interview with its lawyer, Monique Yingling.
A four-paragraph Scientology statement ripped Ronald Miscavige for trying to turn a quick buck off his son’s high-profile position.
“Any father exploiting his son in this manner is a sad exercise in betrayal,” the statement said. “Scientologists worldwide love and respect Mr. David Miscavige for his tireless work on behalf of their religion.”
Ron raised his family in Scientology, and joined the Sea Organization (Sea Org) — the elite corps who help run the Church — in 1985.
His son David was already close to the pinnacle of the Church hierarchy. When founder L. Ron Hubbard died in 1986, David presented himself to the thronging faithful as the new Chairman of the Board (COB) and Ecclesiastical Leader.
According to his father, David’s early priority was to turn celebrity Scientologists like Tom Cruise and John Travolta into public relations gold.
Cruise was already a member when David made a point of visiting the Florida movie set where the megastar was preparing to shoot the 1990 movie “Days of Thunder” with Nicole Kidman.
According to the book, David came away obsessed with Cruise — who was still keeping his membership on the down low. The COB greeted Cruise with a royal reception when the actor returned the favor and visited Miscavige.
The two bonded, and Ron claims he was told they once allegedly staged a midnight race through Los Angeles in separate sports cars. In the years since, they’ve made a public show of being best friends.
David was even best man at Cruise’s blowout wedding to Katie Holmes in 2006.
As COB, David poured millions of dollars into finishing construction of a secret compound located 100 miles east of Los Angeles.
The Gold Base was a showcase of 50 buildings with menacing security: High fences topped with razor wire, its barbs unusually turned inward. The area is heavily patrolled, with guard towers and motion sensor cameras alerting security to any unusual movement.
The Church claims the extreme measures are in place to protect the millions of dollars of equipment housed in its state of the art media production studio.
The book, written with fellow Scientology defector/critic Dan Koon, claims the security is used to keep rank and file members corralled and roughed up at David’s whim.
Echoing published accounts of other escapees and court testimony, the book describes horrific scenes of groups of offenders held hostage for months — some for years — in “The Hole.”
Alleged violators were designated as a “suppressive person,” forced to confess their sins to the group, and then attacked by screaming group members.
The Church insists that when David learned staff members were abusing others, he ordered it stopped.
Ron recounts a story heard first-hand that David once forced a group of Scientologists to play a horrific game of musical chairs. The desperate players threw each other around, tearing clothes and breaking chairs, as they fought for the last seat.
The Church claims the story is inflated, that David was merely making the point that personnel changes are like musical chairs.
The book further alleges David once interrogated a staff member in front of others by shouting questions while spitting on him. Another target was banished to live in a swamp, left to build his own lean-to, and restricted in a fenced-in area for a year.
The church denies both stories.
By Ron’s account, David strode around in mirrored sunglasses while instituting measures as harsh as those imposed in North Korea by the notorious madman, Kim Jong Un.
Entrance into the exclusive Sea Org comes at a cost. New members sign a “Billion Year Contract,” forfeiting all their personal rights, upon admittance.
According to the book, members are forced to work seven days a week from breakfast to midnight. They are frequently yanked from beds in the wee hours to perform some urgent, if pointless, task.
Yingling told ABC News that workers expected to put in long hours.
Ron writes that he went 12 years without enjoying a day off. He missed many family occasions, and was only allowed to attend his brother’s funeral in the company of two minders and an armed private investigator.
They would not allow him to talk to his oldest son, Ronnie, who had left Scientology years before.
While David dined nightly on gourmet meals, given a choice of two entrees by his personal chef, the members survive on a subsistence diet with a $20-a-week food allotment.
David reserves a lavish 45,000 foot square office building, rebuilt more than once to meet his demands, for his exclusive use. His staff numbers only about ten.
The members, estimated at about 1,000 people, are crowded into dormitories where the only TV is in a common room. Many are too frightened to watch it.
As the years passed, Ron claims the restrictions became increasing invasive.
Incoming and outgoing mail was opened and censored. Members were forced to submit a written request for authorization to call family members — and calls were monitored on an extension.
The worst incident for Ron came when he was “overboarded,” a practice dating back to when Hubbard ruled from a yacht anchored off the coast in Clearwater, Fla.
Members were punished by being tossed 20 feet into the sea.
Science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard founded the organization in the late 1950s, and Cruise is now its poster boy.
David reinstituted the practice, and his father was marched to a stone bridge over a lake. Allowed only to take off his shoes and his watch, Ron was pushed fully clothed over the edge into the murky water below.
Scientologist lawyer Yingling claims the practice was voluntary.
David yearned for years to escape, but he had married fellow Scientologist Becky Bigelow and she was reluctant to leave. Finally, March 25, 2012, they staged their getaway.
It was a Sunday, when the couple followed an established routine. The couple would drive across State Route 79 to the only refrigerator members are allowed to use.
Typically, they would eat some cheese and salami. On this morning, once they passed through the guardhouse, the couple tore down the highway — knowing the always-at-the ready chase cars were in pursuit.
Eluding their captors, the couple drove two days to Whitewater, Wis., to the home of Becky’s mother.
Two Scientologists soon appeared, insisting Ron had to return. They gave up after a month, and the couple assumed their long nightmare was over.
At one point, Ron wrote to David asking for money. After 27 years working for Sea Org, he was ineligible for Social Security. Ron was surprised and grateful to receive a $100,000 check, and he bought a home.
Ron joyfully reconnected with his son Ronnie, and his two daughters in Clearwater. He talked and texted often with Denise, David’s twin, and Lori. They filled him in on the lives of his many grandchildren.
But he knew nothing of what son David was up to.
In July 2013, authorities paid Ron a visit to inform him that two private investigators from the Church of Scientology had followed him for over a year.
In a sitdown with police and an ATF agent, Ron was told a neighbor had reported two suspicious men lurking about. Investigation revealed they were a father-and-son team, Daniel and Dwayne Powell, collecting a weekly $10,000 fee.
The Church had invested $500,000 to tail him. In the trunk of the Powells’ SUV, the cops found handguns, rifles, ammo, a stun gun, a long-range camera and a satellite computer.
The investigators said their main client was David Miscavige. Their job was to “dig up dirt on this guy to make sure he can’t do anything to burn the Church.”
Dwayne Powell recounted seeing Ron lean over and grab his chest in a grocery store parking lot. Powell assumed the old man was having a heart attack and called his client.
The man, who identified himself as David Miscavige, said, “If he dies, he dies. Don’t intervene.”
Ron Miscavige was simply trying to stop his cell phone from falling out of his shirt pocket.
Lawyer Yingling’s version: A team of attorneys hired the investigators, and David knew nothing about it.
Yingling also produced written statements from David’s twin, Denise, and Lori calling their childhood home a “chamber of horrors.” They accused Ron of striking them with his fists and belt.
He divorced his first wife, Loretta, before joining Sea Org. She died in 2005.
To blacken Ron’s character, the Church has revived the 1985 case where Ron was charged with attempted rape in Pennsylvania. The Scientologists had previously referred to Ron as a victim of mistaken identity.
David actually sent a Scientology lawyer in to defend his father. The charge was dropped in a pretrial hearing when the witness said she wasn’t sure Ron was her attacker.
It was then that a grateful Ron decided to go to work for the Church.
While Scientology seems particularly rattled by this book, other escapees have reached out to Ron.
Lisa Marie Presley, who also abandoned Scientology, has come to his defense. Leah Remini, whose exposé “Troublemaker” made headlines last year, is another supporter.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how this “Game of Thrones” battle tearing apart the first family of Scientology will play out.