Body thetan

In Scientology, a thetan is the term somewhat corresponding to one's "soul", and a Body Thetan is an alien thetan who is 'stuck' in, on or near a human "meat body" because of activities of an ancient Space opera alien named Xenu of the Galactic Confederacy. All human bodies were said by L. Ron Hubbard to be covered in clusters of these misplaced thetans.

This information was originally published openly by Hubbard and the Church of Scientology in a number of "policy bulletins" (HCOBs) and "policy letters" (HCOPLs), but were later made secret. It was also made publicly available on a cassette tape Hubbard released called RJ67, addressed to "all staff and students of Scientology organizations". For some years, it was reported by former Scientologists that the material was still being used, but not divulged until one reaches the third Operating Thetan level (or OT III). [ OT III Course, summary and comments ] ]

It is not currently known if Xenu/Body Thetan material is still being taught in higher levels on Scientology's Bridge to Total Freedom, nor in what manner.

Free Will

According to Hubbard, body thetans cling to a body because they have lost their free will as a result of an event in their past. There are several Scientology Auditing 'processes' which are believed to help a body thetan restore free will. Upon reaching OT 3, the individual finds body thetans by locating any sensation of pressure or mass in his or her body. This is addressed telepathically as a cluster, and taken through the cluster-making incident of 75 million years ago.


Often members of the Church of Scientology will publicly deny the existence of space opera doctrines, or attempt to minimize their importance. Because the secret information imparted to members is to be kept secret from others who have not attained that level, the member must publicly deny its existence when asked. OT III recipients must sign a waiver promising never to reveal its secrets before they are given the manila envelope containing the Body Thetan knowledge. [ [ Inside Scientology : Rolling Stone ] ] It is knowledge so dangerous, as noted on the RJ67 cassette, anyone learning this material before he is ready could die.

Despite the Church's efforts to keep the story secret, details have been leaked over the years. OT III was first revealed in Robert Kaufman's 1972 book "", in which Kaufman detailed his own experiences of OT III. It was later described in a 1981 Clearwater "Sun" article by Richard Leiby, and came to greater public fame in a 1985 court case brought against the Church by Lawrence A. Wollersheim. The Church attempted to keep the case file checked out by a reader at all times, but the story was synopsised in the "Los Angeles Times", November 5, 1985 and detailed in William Poundstone's "Bigger Secrets" (1986) from information presented in the Wollersheim case. Church lawyer Warren McShane later claimed the story had "never" been secret [] , although maintaining there were nevertheless trade secrets contained in OT III. Notably, McShane discussed the details of the Xenu/Body Thetans story at some length and specifically attributed the authorship of the story to Hubbard. [ [ Trade Secrets? ] ]

Audio recordings exist of Hubbard lectures that discuss Body Thetans and other Space Opera subjects. [ [ Operation Clambake present: Hubbard Audio Collection ] ]


In 1978, Hubbard announced a visualization technique to use against one's Body Thetans. The "Thetan Hand Technique" is to "mock up", or create in one's mind, an invisible thetan hand, and to use the edge of it as a knife cutting away the Body Thetans from yourself, literally slicing away with mental energy the "strings or lines or suction cups or beams" that connect your body to the Body Thetans. (HCOB 16, Sep 78, Issue 3)

In HCOB 29, Hubbard vaguely describes another technique whereby one finds a key cluster of Body Thetans holding other clusters of Body Thetans together ("there can be a thousand or two BTs in such a mass"), and if you "handle" this key unit then "sometimes these explode apart as they blow."

ee also

* Scientology beliefs and practices


External links

* cite web
title = What is Scientology: OT III Released
work = A description of the OT III released
publisher = Church of Scientology

* [ OT III Course, summary and comments]
* [ Margery Wakefield's "The Road to Xenu"]
* [ OT III Scholarship Page] (David S. Touretzky)
* [ The NOTs Scholars Home Page (Scientology)] (David S. Touretzky)
* [ Spaink on the Fishman affadavit]

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