Scientology, Winning! We Hear from the Church's #1 Student

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On Thursdays, Scientology's staff members race to get their statistics turned in by 2 pm, the end of their week. Here at the Voice, we do the same thing, rounding up the world's media on Scientology each Thursday and deciding whether the church has had an "upstat" or "downstat" week. [Go here for our primer, "What is Scientology?"]

We're going to do something different this time, however. The first two weeks of 2012 have been disastrous for Scientology, what with former high-ranking official Debbie Cook e-mailing thousands of her fellow church members in what amounts to a call of rebellion that will further rip apart an organization splitting at the seams, and this week, a leak of major proportions: images of the outlandish and weird things planned for the "Super Power Building" that is slated to become Scientology's "Mecca" this year.

There's been so much "entheta" that is sure to "enturbulate" Scientologists (translation: negative press that is going to mess with their minds), we figured it was time to reverse the tide. And so, today, we're going to give Scientology a pure win, an upstat it is dearly in need of. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Michael Doven, perhaps the church's greatest living student of L. Ron Hubbard's technology!

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Michael Doven (from his website)
Yesterday, we were sifting through e-mails as we began to prepare our regular feature, "Sunday Funnies." Our sources regularly send us various mailers put out by the church, and we choose from them for our weekend post. One in particular caught our eye. It had this title:

INCREDIBLE GOLDEN AGE OF KNOWLEDGE WINS FROM 2011

What followed were three testimonials by Scientologists describing how straight up and vertical their year was. Only one, however, carried an actual name and not just initials. It was the most enthusiastic and lengthy of the three, and it was signed by Michael Doven.

Doven's name is well known in Hollywood. For years he was personal assistant to Tom Cruise, who called him "The Dovenator," and he also served as a conduit between Cruise and Scientology leader David Miscavige. Today, Doven seems to have become Scientology's in-house celebrity photographer, and his client list reads like a church roster of famous names.

Besides photography, over the last year or more Doven dedicated himself to an astonishing goal: becoming the first person to study, test on, and complete the entire set of L. Ron Hubbard materials that Miscavige had corrected and republished in 2007 under the name "The Golden Age of Knowledge for All Eternity." And doing so has apparently changed Doven's life.

We've decided to publish his entire testimonial here, hoping to give Scientology a boost during these troubled times. Please read his gushing account to the end, and then we'll consider some additional things Doven has been up to in recent years...

This has been the greatest study of my life and I have achieved the greatest gains of any action I have ever done in Scientology.

I have just completed the entire Golden Age of Knowledge line-up. To be specific that is all Basics books and lectures and then all Advanced Clinical Courses, Professional Courses and Congresses in sequence. It consists of approximately 1,500 hours of LRH lectures and several thousand pages of references, HCO Bulletins and Professional Auditor Bulletins. There are thousands of essays and hundreds of clay demos.

It is made up of the greatest body of work and research on the mind, the spirit and life in the history of man. It spans 14 years from 1948 through 1962. It is comprised of nearly 100 courses and checksheets covering every book and lecture on the Materials Guide Chart. It is all the data prior to (and is the foundation of) the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course which was taught between 1961 and 1966.

This has been the greatest study of my life and I have achieved the greatest gains of any action I have ever done in Scientology. I have had more cognitions, realizations and false data stripping on a daily basis than at any point in my life. I have had LRH with me many hours a day, month after month, teaching and joking and as a companion and friend as I traveled through life and the world. Over the last year, I have heard hundreds of stories that have entertained and taught me so much about life and living and subjects I never would have known about.

You have to imagine that when you study and listen to LRH many hours a day without fail for months and years, he becomes very familiar. And per the ARC triangle, of course, understanding improves. My understanding has greatly improved on so many subjects!

Here are a few: life, communication, livingness, spirits, death, the mind, bodies, purposes, exteriorization, auditing, religion, games, history, philosophy, science, the physical universe, whole track, civilizations, politics, leadership, God and gods, art, artists, creativity, organization, conditions, dynamics, relationships, sex, money, sports, athletes, children, movies, study, aberration and success. The list goes on and on!

I have had the greatest teacher on Earth with the greatest reality on all of the subjects and recall of whole track in my ear and teaching me, drilling me, entertaining and working with me 4 to 7 hours a day average for well over a year!

Do you think my life has improved a bit? It has 1,000 times over!

Every dynamic of mine is flourishing. My tone level is out the roof! With a great understanding of life and accurate perception and correct estimation of effort, I am of course more able and capable than ever on my track. I am high toned and exterior all the time. I am tireless and in action, constantly attaining goals and targets and helping others attain theirs.

I am supremely confident and certain of what I know and what I don't. I do not have maybes. I live with swift certainty. My health is fantastic, my family is flourishing, my wife is on the final legs of OT VII, my son completed his first three courses in Scientology and all of my groups, friends and clients are flourishing as well.

I have the best friends on the planet and all of them are on courses and setting amazing examples in life. I have LRH and Sea Org members as constant companions and friends and examples of in-ethics people helping others.

I am having highest ever financial statistics in all four of my companies--my fine art sales at Christies International Auctions, my photography aesthetics reaching hundreds of millions in magazines, my consulting clients all flourishing with 10X the number of clients in the last 12 months.

With all of this, I am a Power FSM this year and helping orgs and individuals around the world. I am a Patron with Honors and a huge supporter of all our programs. I have dozens of commendations from around the world for helping.

I set out to learn this data so that I could help others more effectively become more cause in their lives and I have certainly attained this. There is not a person I cannot help in dozens of ways. I live and breathe with full knowledge of the principles that underlie all of life. If one simply applied the concept of communication fully, one could resolve any and all problems in life!

My studies certainly do not end here and I will continue to learn and apply this data to help others and I encourage all others to do the same.

From the Anatomy of the Human Mind Congress LRH says:

"You work on him, you get--increase his reality, you make him more and more capable of understanding and living in the real universe around him. You don't pay too much attention to what is wrong with him. You find out what is right with him and you improve that ability."

Well, LRH and I together have done this with me and I appreciate it. My abilities are higher than ever and it shows!

Thank you LRH for teaching this and recording it and caring enough to share it. Thank you Chairman of the Board RTC and all Sea Org members for constantly putting the tech there and making it available to us all!

Thank you to all at Celebrity Centre International for helping me attain my goals to learn and apply this data! -- Michael Doven


Yesterday, I called Michael to congratulate him on his accomplishment. I was particularly curious about all those "clay demos" and wanted to ask about them.

I rang the number listed on his website, and he answered in a friendly manner. After I identified myself, however, he suddenly changed tone.

"Oh. I can't take this call right now." And he hung up.

Well, I was disappointed at that. Because there were some other things I wanted to ask him about besides all that time he spent with LRH. There was the time he went out to Texas in 2010, for example, and made a little visit to Marty Rathbun...



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NikoWozz
NikoWozz

I am a 27 years old doctor,mature and beautiful. and now i am seeking a good man who can give me real love, so i got a sername Andromeda2002 on  Agedate.СòM, a nice and free place for younger women and older men,or older women and younger men, to interact with each other.Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

Adam
Adam

You know Marty Rathbun is almost as thin skinned as the church of scientology.  I posted to his website about this article, congratulating him on going from hunter to hunted, and freeing the runaways instead of enslaving them, and he locked me out of his website.  I actually was contratulating him even on his bravery.  But its a a pretty exclusive club over on his blog.

Thank God for the Village Voice.

Adam

MarkEbner59
MarkEbner59

When Doven opens his mouth, Chill EB's erection goes slack.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Man. Tony is on fire! I have to admit a lot of juicy stories are coming out into the light. I can't wait to see what's next?

Lliira
Lliira

That's a whole lot of words to say exactly nothing. On both sides, though Marty's a little more comprehensible -- unfortunately for him, that means his bs is easier to understand. (He thinks Anonymous is afraid of him? Really?)

Scientologists spend their lives unlearning how to communicate and think. That's not Miscavige's doing, it's L. Ron Hubbard's. If Marty helps some people "blowing" get closure, fine, but I hope most of them eventually see Scientology and Hubbard for what they are. The scam is Hubbard's. The natural outcome of the organization he created includes prison camps, forced marriages, forced abortions, covered-up rapes, etc. Doing something about that would be "HELPING", unlike sitting in a room holding cans.

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

 'links' don't get posted, although you do get a message it's awaiting moderation.  Break up the link with (dot) etc. and don't use 'html' or other stuff

Richard C. Mongler
Richard C. Mongler

Tony, check the comments in the moderation queue please.  I posted one 6 hours ago with a link to the Michael Doven speech on video.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Isn't Tom Cruise a OT-7, can he fly yet? Or does he have to wait until he takes courses at the "SP" building, then he can fly?

I was just wondering because it would save the motion picture companies a lot of money on accident insurance etc. They wouldn't have to use "safety cables" on Tom while he's doing his stunts because he's able to fly. If he were to fall off a building he could land softly to the ground without harming himself.

I wonder if Michael Doven can fly too?

Jefferson Hawkins
Jefferson Hawkins

Michael Doven has shown us once again that Scientology is all about "tools for life." Join up and you too can become a tool for life.

sketto
sketto

If this guy completed every possible fucking course there is, does that mean he can now fully exteriorize and float about the room? Isn't that's what you find on the last step of the bridge - the ability to leave your body and go completely batshit insane?  

Jgg
Jgg

  Can Michael be a little more specific?  For example, did he know how to use a dictionary before he joined Co$?  That is one of the most common "wins" I hear about.

Jgg
Jgg

  Tony, wasn't Jason Beghe the #1 student or poster boy at one time?

Guest
Guest

Tony how is your traffic today? Business Insider just linked your story from this week.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

MICHAEL: Umm ... so ... uh ... you know...uh...uh...I mean...uh..I don't..uh..know what...I am talking about...so...uh...because...I...uh...love...um......yea...licks lips...mmm...um..kissing...David. ..muh...Miscavige...and...omnomnomnom...uh...Tom Cruise's ass...Tom...uh...mmm...Tom Cruise...the...uh...next...uh...gonna be the next...President of...yea...the...United States...then he...will...clear the planet of...uh.. bad shrimp...and..uh...oh yea...and outlaw closets.

Boy, for someone who has completed the entire "Golden Age Of Knowledge," he sure doesn't sound very confident or smart.

bugaboo
bugaboo

Michael Is now a Power FSM!  AKA Power "Field Staff Member" they make money luring their friends and acquaintances into the cult....cashing in on anyone he can sucker onto the bridge.!  Michael Is gonna try and convince the suckers hes having huge wins... He makes $$$$ as a Power FSM ....its a pay to play Cult Pyramid Scam....Michael motivation to advertise his gains and wins...Is because hes a Power FSM and gets a 10% or higher kickback for ever dolt who hands over money for Scientology Books or  courses...Michaels spiritual gain comes at the expense of a suckers emptied bank account..  

Andie
Andie

A upstat Tony? The sarcasm is so heavy you could be a Brit.

Jgg
Jgg

  Tony, this is slightly off topic, but where is that great Miglio response you mentioned a few days back?

skippress
skippress

What you have to keep in mind about Michael Doven and most of the Scientologists mentioned in this piece is that they are ACTORS. Some actors may be bright, but I happen to know most of the people mentioned here, and they're dumb. I met Doven when he was in the late Manu Topou's acting class. Manu was a very accomplished and well known actor when he got into Scientology. I believe he did Black Elk Speaks on Broadway. He was in the movies Hawaii, A Man Called Horse, and others. This is important - the longer he remained in Scientology, the worse his career became. This occurs with MOST actors in Scientology. Robert F. Lyons, Karen Black, Lee Purcell, there are many of them who have that arc.

Michael Roberts is one. He was famous for playing the pimp in the TV series "Baretta" and didn't do much after that. While he still had that job, he started a Scientology-based drug prevention program for kids. Naturally, that fizzled after a while.

The first people to take Denice Duff seriously as an actress were myself and Manu Topou. We cast her as the lead in a play that was going to be put on in a theater Manu had built in the bottom of the Scientology building in the middle of Hollywood. It was a beautiful place that Jason Robards Jr. (a friend of Manu) raved about. Naturally, some idiot executive of Scientology at the time decided they needed the space for storage, and had the theater destroyed so we didn't put on the play. That's an example of Scientology "management" for you.

Tommy Davis is the son of Anne Archer, who thinks she's Hollywood royalty because she's Marjorie Lord's daughter (big TV star on "Make Room for Daddy" with Danny Thomas in TV's earlly days). Anne is as dumb as Doven, and did the "Key to Life" course at AOLA (basically a grammar course with illustrations done by Disney artists) because she did so poorly in school. As anyone can determine watching Davis on video, he's about as bright as a burned-out lightbulb.

So Doven got lucky for a few years and was Cruise's suck-up. He made a lot of money, bought a house in Pacific Palisades. And he "circled the wagons" with the other Scientology "celebrities" and remains in that closed-loop idiot brigade, marching in lockstep, doing what he's supposed to do as a good boy. They blow so much smoke up each other's asses it probably smells like a burnt-out building when they leave.

I've been there among them; I'm not exaggerating whatsoever.

The scene of Tom Cruise crowing that he can be President to David Miscaviage shows you not merely how insane and delusional he is and they are, it illustrates what a wacky bubble these people live in. That's why most of Doven's pictures are of other Scientologists. (BTW, did Miscaviage ever finish high school? Don't think he did.)

It's really too bad. I liked Doven well enough, Duff the same, Roberts OK, but they all have the personality of bouncy puppies until they're directed to destruction like Misavige the puppet master does so often, then they become yapping chihuahuas.

There you have the products of Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. And he wanted a whole planet of creatures like that.

MarkEbner59
MarkEbner59

Doven speaks like he has Chill EB's erection tapping his tonsils.

John P.
John P.

The photo you posted of Michael Doven at the top of the article looks frighteningly like a cross between Ben Stiller and Keith Richards.  

Jgg
Jgg

" I have achieved the greatest gains".  This was first said by Yvette Blanco, the first "perfect clear, who was then asked what color tie Hubbard was wearing.   She didn't remember (laughter).  LRH re-did the tech, and this time came up with the real, first aberration-free clear, John Grisham, who was gay (which, according to LRH, is an aberration). 

Andrew Robertson
Andrew Robertson

 Tony is the Big Bad Wolf.  Scientology is Little Red Riding Hood.  Her father is OSA, collapsed in a drunken stupor, many mile away in the forest, his broken axe on the floor.

"What big teeth you've got Grandma." said Little Red Riding Hood.

Chomp.

And that was that.

Richard C. Mongler
Richard C. Mongler

or just google "Golden Age of Knowledge Full Golden Age of Knowledge Completion SUCCESS VIDEO". It is on the lrh-books website. 

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

No.....Jason was not the #1 student at one time.  He was the MOTHERFUCKIING #1 student at one time.  

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

He says he went up a lot of grades very quickly, so he was thought of as one of the church's best examples. The way he said it, DM considered him a poster boy. But then he got stuck on his Bridge, etc.

Myriam Breitman
Myriam Breitman

It's about freaking time. I mean oiliness table? Time machine? Pain station? Am I the only one finding it funny? I'm surprised Jon Stewart or Bill Maher did not jump on it straight away. And of course I can always dream that Ricky Gervais will make a joke about the sauer kraut and sausage smell wall at the Golden  Globe's awards.

bobx
bobx

I tried to word-clear "umm" but it isn't listed in my dictionary.  Did I mis-spell it?

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

He certainly did not sound confident about anything.  Dis-jointed and confusing.

please explain
please explain

and then there is the big acting production of manu tupou doing the hymn of asia - er... won't comment on that piece of poetry. then the acting gig of LRH - getting installed as the metraiya by a 'buddhist shinto' shrine in japan - only no one told the buddhists... it was in the adsvance ' buddhist shinto - and the proof is in an early edition of backgounds and ceremonies, karen black was such a 'significancy' student, doven and mesinens just came to OZ, didn't i see more great acting back then - jan eastgate marrying heber, great PR but she actually married trevor meyer... needs verifying but sure it was in an advance mag

SleepsWithThePods
SleepsWithThePods

Scientology is the kryptonite of creative thinking and artistic impulses.

There's one SP editor still in the rafters who still refuses to correct the main typo:

It's typed as  Rundowns.  It's actually Run Down.

MarthaWiggins
MarthaWiggins

Wasn't the first clear's name John McMasters?

NikoWozz
NikoWozz

I am a 27 years old doctor,mature and beautiful. and now i am seeking a good man who can give me real love, so i got a sername Andromeda2002 on  Agedate.СòM, a nice and free place for younger women and older men,or older women and younger men, to interact with each other.Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

LeeAnneClark
LeeAnneClark

I fucking LOVE the way Jason Beghe talks! :-)

Guest
Guest

Hurry on over there. The $cion basement goons are filling up the comments with "what's wrong with OUR Mecca" garbage

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

LOLZ. Yeah, not very able. I guess he's OSA like Jenna Elfman. lol

Stan D'Teque
Stan D'Teque

Heber married Jane Devlin, OSA from Oz, not Jan Eastgate.

I suspect that Ms Eastgate/Meyer may be another to soon complete the whole "Base-sucks" line-up, except she'll be doing hers at the Silverwater Womens Correctional Facility just near the site of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

I'm wondering how incoherent her "success story" will be.

skippress
skippress

I never heard Manu do that but I heard Yvonne Jentzsch read it with musical accompaniment. I believe I still have an audio tape of her doing that. Yeah, Hubbard was working overtime trying to get recognized by the Buddhists. A friend of mine is the Dalai Lama's bodyguard - I'd ask him to see what the DL thinks of that but I wouldn't want to kill the DL from making him laugh too hard. You mean "Meskimens" I imagine - Jim (Marion Ross' son) and his wife Tamara? Jim is a great actor who could have been. I remember Ron Howard and Henry Winkler trying to talk him into getting the hell out of the cult and into his career, but he wouldn't do it, what a waste. No idea on Jan and Heber. Damn, such a confused bunch.

skippress
skippress

Got that right. At one point I caught myself thinking in terms of nothing but psychiatrists as villains in scripts and I realized I was brainwashed. Since leaving the cult, I've known numerous mental health pros and had them as writing students, too. They might have problems at times individually, but compared to Scientology celebrities and executives, they're all Einstein.

Vistaril
Vistaril

Nope. The first Scientology Clear was a woman apparently named "Sonya Bianca". She was presented to the world by L Ron Hubbard on August 10, 1950, before an audience of thousands at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.  Google is your friend.

Jgg
Jgg

  Yes, I was confusing him with someone else--but then, I never claimed to be "clear."

SFF
SFF

I think there were a few people designated as the "first clear". McMaster was the first non-embarrassing one, I think.

But of course he was declared an SP later on. 

Xenu
Xenu

"The communication courses were obviously not his best course by far."

The sad truth of it is, that they were.  The HAS (Hubbard Apprenctice Scientologist) course was the first service received by most of the older generation of scilons, and couldn't teach them how to communicate much better, but did teach them that TRs (or other mind-emptying sorts of meditation) could put one into a pleasant, altered state.  Most who went back for more did so because they thought that it would get better as they continued.  But it really doesn't.  The "Comm Course" is about as good as it gets.

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

Yes, I expected him to break out with, "What are your crimes?  Do you rape babies?"This is what $300,000+ buys you?The communication courses were obviously not his best course by far.

skippress
skippress

Check this out on HuffPo -

Jim Meskimen Does 25 Celebrity Impressions Reciting Shakespeare's 'Richard III' - and ask yourself, why does someone this talented not have a major part on a prime time sitcom, and why didn't he ever? 

Answer: $cientology

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

Jim Meskimen looks s a old as his mother.

please explain
please explain

manu introduced it now i see on google, the thing is it is buddhists shinto?? oh - yeah it is a mad world, but the 'tech' has a lot of uses and some info is great, mostr gleaned from all over, before gutenberg.com old out of print books could be 'revamped'.

MarthaWiggins
MarthaWiggins

I was referring to Jgg's comment about the clear who came after the "first" clear.

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