John Travolta stars in this very well cast movie. Gerald Di Pego, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall.
A small town every day gentleman is explicably transformed into a genius with telekinetic powers.
He’s a mechanic whose birthday party turns into a life-changing event when he takes a stroll in the street and is struck by a strange flash of light on his 37th birthday. He predicts an earthquake, experiences an extraordinary form of genius-level intelligence, absorbing vast amounts of information, formulating new, revolutionary ideas, and exhibits telekinetic abilities.
Similarities between the words and actions of John Travolta’s character George, and those of the Church of Scientology, a group which Travolta belongs. L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of this foundation. Ironically he was raised a townhouse in Helena. During a routine dental procedure in which he ‘died’ for eight minutes, he explains that he was given a tremendous inspiration, a great Message which he must impart to others. He said the book in which he wrote subsequently called, “Excalibur” was to revolutionize the world and would have en even greater impact that the Bible. As Hubbard biographer Jon Atack notes, “the notion that everything that exists is trying to survive became the basis of Dianetics and Scientology.” Sending it to several publishing companies, but no responses. Forrest J Ackerman, later Hubbard’s literary agent, recalled that Hubbard told him “whoever read it either went insane or committed suicide. And he said that the last time he had shown it to a publisher in New York, he walked into the office to find out what the reaction was, the publisher called for the reader, the reader came in with the manuscript, threw it on the table and threw himself out of the skyscraper window.”
The manuscript later became part of Scientology mythology. An early 1950s Scientology publication offered signed “gold-bound and locked” copies for the sum of $1,500 apiece (equivalent to about $29,000 now). It warned that “four of the first fifteen people who read it went insane” and that it would be “released only on sworn statement not to permit other readers to read it. Contains data not to be released during Mr. Hubbard’s stay on earth.”
In August 1945 Hubbard moved into the Pasadena mansion of John “Jack” Whiteside Parsons. A leading rocket propulsion researcher at the California Institute of Technology and a founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Parsons led a double life as an avid occultist and Thelemite, follower of the English ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley and leader of a lodge of Crowley’s magical order, Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO).
Parsons admitted that although Hubbard had no direct formal training in Magick, that Hubbard displayed extraordinary talents and deduced that he was in direct contact with some higher intelligence, possible his Guardian Angel. He describes his Angel as a beautiful winged woman with red hair whom he calls the Empress and who has guided him through his life and saved him many times. He is the most Thelemic person I have ever met and is in complete accord with our own principles.
Parsons and Hubbard collaborated on the “Babalon Working”, a sex magic ritual intended to summon an incarnation of Babalon, the Mother of Abominations. It was undertaken over several nights in February and March 1946 in order to summon an “elemental” who would participate in further sex magic. As Richard Metzger describes it,
Parsons used his “magical wand” to whip up a vortex of energy so the elemental would be summoned. Translated into plain English, Parsons masterbated in the name of spiritual advancement whilst Hubbard (referred to as “The Scribe” in the diary of the event) scanned the astral plane for signs and visions.
The “elemental” arrived a few days later in the form of Marjorie Cameron, who agreed to participate in Parsons’ rites.
Helena Blavatsky is a contributor to this agenda…
Scientologists were required to undertake the first two OT levels before learning how Xenu, the leader of the Galactic Confederacy, had shipped billions of people to Earth and blown them up with hydrogen bombs, following which their traumatized spirits were stuck together at “implant stations”, brainwashed with false memories and eventually became contained within human beings.
Since the 1980s, the volcano has also been depicted in television commercials advertising Dianetics. Scientology’s “Sea Org”, an elite group within the church that originated with Hubbard’s personal staff aboard his fleet of ships, takes many of its symbols from the story of Xenu and OT III. It is explicitly intended to be a revival of the “Loyal Officers” who overthrew Xenu. Its logo, a wreath with 26 leaves, represents the 26 stars of Xenu’s Galactic Confederacy. According to an official Scientology dictionary, “the Sea Org symbol, adopted and used as the symbol of a Galactic Confederacy far back in the history of this sector, derives much of its power and authority from that association”.
In the Advanced Orgs in Edinburgh and Los Angeles, Scientology staff were at one time ordered to wear all-white uniforms with silver boots, to mimic Xenu’s Galactic Patrol as depicted on the cover of Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science. This was reportedly done on the basis of Hubbard’s declaration in his Flag Order 652 that mankind would accept regulation from that group which had last betrayed it—hence the imitation of Xenu’s henchmen. (This was almost certainly a misinterpretation of what Hubbard meant—he was most likely referring to psychiatrists, whom he believed had played a key role in Xenu’s crimes.) In Los Angeles, a nightwatch was ordered to watch for returning spaceships.
Communication with entities is not a new skill, but a very ancient one. For centuries many cultures have considered that we are surrounded by the spirits of those with whom we have interacted at one time or another–both the friendly spirits of our revered ancestors and friends as well as the tormented spirits of the unforgiving and the unforgiven.
Many rituals and ceremonies have been invented to either court the favor of these disembodied spirits or to drive them away.
The word telepathy was coined in 1882 by an English writer named F.W. Myers. He used the word to describe communications which occurred between minds without following the normal sensory channels. Intention is to telepathy what words are to spoken communication.
Drugs and alcohol tend to sensitize a person to the telepathic transmissions of entities.
GOD foresees this dilemma and addresses this subject in the Bible. There is not much that isn’t covered in the Bible. The Bible is ¾ prophecy. We are not to communicate with familiar spirits and this is what Hubbard does. The information received by Travola as his character George has telepathically received such communication. Hubbard believes such an experience can happen because it happened to him and this transpires in the whole plot of this movie, Phenomena.
While participating in a town fair, George wants to publicize his revolutionary findings to the community with the hopes to make people’s lives better; instead, the townsfolk are more interested in seeing a display of his telekinesis, and a frenzied press conference ensues, overwhelming George and knocking him down. While on the ground, another great flash of light appears to George and he loses consciousness. He awakens in a hospital where Dr. Brunder explains what’s been causing his change. He has an astrocytoma brain tumor that has spread out like a hand, with threads of it everywhere. But, instead of destroying brain function, so far it has been stimulating it. Thus, George has more area of active brain use than anybody ever tested because of the tentacles from the tumor.
The tumor is claimed to be what caused the dizziness and illusion of light experienced by George, rather than a mystical or extraterrestrial source, but this is never definitively concluded, leaving the viewer to speculate. As a result of the tumor, George doesn’t have much time to live.
After returning home, George gives Nate notes which basically served as a journal and gives him other notes to deliver to Doc Brunder. He then retrieves his scientific research and runs to Lace’s house. There, he aims to give his final farewells to Lace and her children, Al (David Gallagher) and Glory (Ashley Buccille). When the children realize that George has returned there to die, they are emotionally overwhelmed and the boy runs off across the yard, his younger sister following. George goes to them, and comforts them by using an apple as a metaphor: no matter what, an apple will rot and decay if thrown on the ground, but if they were to take a bite out of it, the apple would become a part of them, and they would carry it with them forever.
In an essence, we see that George is telling the children that his memories will live within them always but I see a New Age appearance in this suggestive story. We are all as one. This oneness mentality is that of the Aquarian New Age Theology.
Hubbard’s book mentions the idea of reincarnation, in passing, but this hypothesis, he says, is not “needed” for dianetic purposes — a typical example of the limits within which he is seeking “impartial” and “new” information.
It was H. P. Blavatsky’s opinion that–
By trying the magic effect of the human will on weaker wills; by deriding the existence of occult forces in Nature — forces whose name is legion — and yet calling out these, under the pretext that they are no independent forces at all, not even psychic in their nature, but “connected with known physical laws” (Binet and Féré), men in authority are virtually responsible for all the dire effects that are and will be following their dangerous public experiments. … Thus experiments in “suggestion” by persons ignorant of the occult laws, are the most dangerous of pastimes. The action and reaction of ideas on the inner lower “Ego,” has never been studied so far, because that Ego itself is (even when not denied) to the men of science. Moreover, such performances before a promiscuous public are a danger in themselves.
It’s a stretch to say it was ‘alien’ contact, but not by far. Travolta’s character seems to parallel in part the creator of the Scientology aspect. To gain such intelligence is inferred therein.
The connections are definitely New Age theoretically but the rumors of the status of getting in with such a ‘cult’ means to give your life to the cause.
Imagination does not need to stretch far to see that Hubbard was much like Charles Manson in that he was insane and had his little groupies but it turned into so much more because it was backed by other worldly causes.
Say what you will but I do think most ‘cults’ of this sort are reigned by these entities and they guide them towards their agenda.