I was indoctrinated around when OT VIII came out.The completions talked in a different way and we lowly folks who had not done the advanced levels mimicked them to pretend status.
In some of the doctrine, like SOS and the factors Hubbard uses a lie that resembles certain gnostic ideas. In it his thetans long ago were much more powerful and capable. They did not need bodies and could affect reality by will alone. The fraud goes on to say thetans have eternal infinite power and potential knowledge.
As you get more of it the entire physical universe including time is described as illusion in the minds of thetans who came to play a game.The idea he sells is that you personally were and are still a god with a capital G of your own universe.
Like the monotheist's idea of a creator who can make or destroy or influence ANYTHING within your universe.
In theory in the con you came through several universes, got confused, lost power by doubting yourself and lowered yourself to be vulnerable by your own gradual decisions over hundreds of quadrillions of years. From BEING the eighth dynamic to being less and the seventh then the sixth then the fifth then the fourth then the third and second then down to running one body for one life.
It is seen as a dwindling spiral or series of concentric circles that collapse as a being fails at one they withdraw to the next and eventually have withdrawn to nothing. In this model the thetan became human and vulnerable to human suffering from killing countless trillions as it blew up planets in space opera.
It is seen as having the next stop being permanent eternal amnesia, blindness, deafness , pain and self loathing with no end . That is the lie Hubbard sold . He claimed to restore the full God status at the end of the bridge . I am not exaggerating one bit. In several references he claimed you could restore your full abilities and entirely escape this universe and all of its liabilities forever with Scientology. Sagan may have considered that an extraordinary claim.
The rehabilitation of the ability of the preclear to not-know is also rehabilitation of the preclear in the time stream since the process of time consists of knowing the moment and not-knowing the past and not-knowing the future simultaneously. This process, like all other Scientology processes, is repetitive. The process is run, ordinarily, only after the preclear is in very good condition and is generally run in an exterior well inhabited place. Here the auditor, without exciting public comment, indicates a person and asks the preclear “Can you not-know something about that person?” The auditor does not permit the preclear to “not-know” things which the preclear already doesn’t know. The preclear “not-knows” only those things which are visible and apparent about the person. This is also run on objects in the environment such as walls, floors, chairs and other things. The auditor should not be startled when for the preclear large chunks of the environment start to disappear. This is ordinary routine and in effect the preclear should make the entirety of the environment disappear at his own command. The environment does not disappear for the auditor. The end goal of this “not-know” process is the disappearance of the entire universe, under the preclear’s control, but only for the preclear.
- Ron Hubbard, Fundamentals of Thought
Scientology also states that each thetan (person) "has as far as we can see in the manufacture of energy, about the same capabilities as those which have been assigned to the Supreme being in the universe" (Philadelphia Doctorate Course#9, LRH)
The race to which we are native — the theta line to which we are native — was actually highly mystic. It was capable of a lot of things — telepathy, teleportation, odds and ends, stuff — and concentrated rather heavily in that. This invader race came in with a lot of electronics and said, “Boys, all you’ve got to do is take this little jim-dandy whizzer and, you know, you will be twice as ‘thetesque’ as before.
Lecture excerpt March 10, 1952 Ron Hubbard