Boston Herald: Sacred Teachings Not Secret Anymore
Date: March 4, 1998
by Joseph Mallia
But these esoteric secrets have only recently been revealed publicly, because the Church of Scientology for decades used copyright lawsuits and other measures to keep them under wraps.
"When people hear the secret teachings of Scientology, they think, 'How could anyone believe such nonsense?"' said cult expert Steve Hassan.
MIT student Carlos Covarrubias told the Herald that while he studied Scientology at its Beacon Street church, he was instructed to tell ashtrays to "Stand up," and "Sit down" - ending each command with a polite "Thank you."
The same ashtray techniques were documented by a BBC reporter's hidden camera at a Church of Scientology chapter in Britain.
Covarrubias - who left the church and now considers it a cult - spent about $ 2,000 to reach a particular level of church teachings. But longterm members must pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to entirely cross what Scientology calls the "Bridge to Total Freedom."
More advanced students are taught to do the following:
"Find some plants, trees, etc., and communicate to them individually until you know they received your communication."