Xenu (Xemu) in Scientology

OT (Operating Thetan) Level III "secret" manuscript containing the name "Xenu" in L. Ron Hubbard's own handwriting

(audio below and analysis of the 3 October 1968 "Assists" Lecture of Hubbard pronouncing and spelling the name as "Xemu")

Transcript and Scan of page 1 (OT III)

Data (1)       (1)

The head of the Galactic 
Confederation (76 planets around 
larger stars visible from here) 
(founded 95,000,000 yrs ago, very space opera) 
solved overpopulation (250 billion 
or so per planet -- 178 billion on 
average) by mass implanting. 
He caused people to be brought to 
Teegeeack (Earth) and put an H Bomb 
on the principal volcanoes (Incident 2) 
and then the Pacific area ones 
were taken in boxes to Hawaii 
and the Atlantic Area ones to 
Las Palmas and there "packaged." 
His name was Xenu. He used 
renegades. Various misleading 
data by means of circuits etc. 
was placed in the implants. 
When through with his crime Loyal Officers 
(to the people) captured him 
after 6 years of battle 
and put him in an electronic 
mountain trap where he still 
is. "They" are gone. The place (Confed.) 
has since been a desert.

from David Touretzky's page:

Question: How do you know this was actually written by L. Ron Hubbard?

Answer: Scientology sued Karin Spaink for publishing OT III, claiming she violated their copyrights to their "advanced spiritual technology." In addition, the document displayed on this web page was authenticated by Helena Kobrin, lawyer for Scientology's Religious Technology Center, in a letter sent to Carnegie Mellon's legal counsel on January 24, 1997.

Question: Isn't this material copyrighted?

Answer: The copyright is currently owned by the Church of Spiritual Technology, and licensed to Religious Technology Center, both Scientology shell corporations. However, the U.S. Copyright Code provides for "fair use" quotation for purposes of comment and criticism, and this web page clearly falls in that category. (see the OT III Scholarship page by David S. Touretzky and the Copyright and Fair Use overview from Stanford Univ)

"On April 26, 1994, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco denied Church of Scientology International's appeal to seal the upper level materials and ruled in favor of myself, defendant Steven Fishman, a former Scientologist, and my psychologist, Dr. Uwe Geertz. Judge Beezer of the Court of Appeals further denied the Church's motion to return the previously confidential materials to the defendants, and by doing so, ruled that they must remain unsealed and open to the public." (from Press Release by Steven Fishman, April 28, 1994 -- note: the documents were eventually sealed by the court August 15, 1995)

Audio Excerpts and Analysis of the Class VIII "Assists" Lecture (3 October 1968)

The first excerpt is Hubbard pronouncing and spelling the evil "supreme ruler" of the Galactic Confederation (founded 95 million years ago) as X-E-M-U. We learn that Xemu and his cohorts, to solve the "overpopulation problem" among the 76 planets, tricked people by suggesting they were coming in for an "income tax investigation":

"And they [the "loyal officers"] had elected a fellow by the name of Xemu, ah, could be spelled X-e-m-u, to the supreme ruler, and they were about to un-elect him. And he took the last moments he had in office to really 'goof the floof'.....he got these administrators and so on, and heads of planets in various positions and places.....and then troops not knowing what the hell they were doing, but were fed all kinds of false orders, were [sent in] against the population to pick them up, one after the other.....one of the mechanisms they used was to tell them [the population] to come in for an income tax investigation......But the truth of the matter is, that the loyal officers were not all killed. Xemu missed and they were not all killed, not by a long way.....and the administrators and renegades which Xemu had brought in were not very effective and a fire fight ensued which put the finishing touches on the Galactic Confederation.....the renegades that had been hired and so on, and the administrators that had been loyal to Xemu were still trying to hold out. Within a year he was in -- under arrest, and within six years the lot had been wiped out. The loyal officer was triumphant. Xemu was put with several of his cohorts in the center of a mountain which is still on one of these planets, and in a wired cage which is charged with an eternal battery. He's not likely ever to get out." (L. Ron Hubbard on "Xemu" (Xenu), hear the MP3 audio)

I don't quote this to ridicule it, but to get the story accurate and straight from Hubbard's own mouth. Christianity and Islam and other religions also have their demons and devils (i.e. Satan) that exist in a spiritual universe (in another dimension than our universe), which appears to be what "Xemu" is to Scientology. Xemu (or Xenu) is the main Bad Guy (a "Suppressive to end all suppressives" to quote Hubbard), although he is placed inside our physical universe.

Hubbard dates both "Incident I" and "Incident II" in this lecture. Incident I is revealed later in OT level III as the cosmological explanation for the origin of all "universes" and includes a series of events such as "Loud Snap," "Waves of Light," "Shattering Series of Snaps," "Blackness...." along with chariots and cherubs, etc; Incident II is the blowing up of the entire population with Hydrogen bombs in various volcanoes on earth. Speaking to the "Class VIII" auditors:

"....make a little assessment of what this thing might be, and you date it. Because it's going to be some sort of an incident. And when you date it, if it comes up with the key dates of Incident Two, which is of course 74 million plus, it's almost 75 million. Almost in P.T., peculiar to this planet. If we came up with about four quadrillion, it's Incident One. They are that far apart." (L. Ron Hubbard on "Incident" Dates, hear the MP3 audio)

Given the best scientific evidence today dates the creation of this universe to less than 15 billion years ago (with earth being 4.5 billion years old) we are talking a VERY long time ago (Four Quadrillion Years???) according to Scientology. We also have Hubbard's unique geology of earth, suggesting that 75 million years ago all the volcanoes he later describes in OT III (e.g. in Hawaii, Asia, Pacific, Atlantic, etc) existed:

"And they took these people [the alien populations] in boxes and so forth, and they dumped them. And then they set off Hydrogen bombs on the top of each primary volcano there is on this particular planet. And when they blew up it blew the thetans into the air. And after the bomb an electronic ribbon, which also was a type of standing wave, was erected over the area. The tremendous winds of the planet blew everything there was straight into those particular vacuum zones which had been created. These were brought down, packed up, and put in front of projection machines, which were sound and color pictures. First [it] gave them the implant which you know as 'clearing course.' And then a whole track implanted which you know as OT II. After this however, about the remainder of the 36 days, which is the bulk of them is taken up with a 3D super colossal motion picture, which has to do with God, the Devil, space opera, etc. They go five pictures to five words. And we have the full record of what it is." (L. Ron Hubbard on Hydrogen Bombs and Volcanoes, hear the MP3 audio)

Dianetics modern editionSo basically, this extraterrestrial population is blown up at these volcanoes, they become "thetans" (or spirits / spiritual beings) who are captured and put in front of giant movie projectors to "implant" them with the (false) ideas of God, the Devil, Christ, and Christianity, etc. These are the "body thetans" that attach themselves to us and cause humanity's problems which must be "audited" through Scientology's techniques. At least that's how I understand this from Hubbard's other writings. The 1968 editions of Dianetics began showing the picture of the "exploding volcano" on the cover (but you don't learn the story of Xenu and the meaning of the volcano until OT III).

Here is a little bit more on the overpopulation problem and the exploding volcanoes from the same "Assists" Lecture:

"These planets averaged 178 billion human beings per planet. 178 billion. There were 250 billion on this planet. The name of this planet was Teegeeack. And this is known as the "bomb place" and this is the evil place. This is the place where they all got smashed. You wonder today where you see large areas of where the alleged volcanic action has been. Those are R6 explosions, the remains of them. And if you go down through many layers of civilizations archaeologically, you come to green glass." (L. Ron Hubbard on the Overpopulated Planets, hear the MP3 audio)

At least Hubbard is setting up a scenario where this supposed "Incident II" could be tested scientifically. I do not believe there is evidence of any human population even existing 75 million years ago, much less that it was ever 250 billion people (nor all the volcanoes that Hubbard names in OT III). An extensive scientific critique of OT III can be found here: "I conclude that there was nothing but ocean at the present site of Hawaii 75 M.y. ago, and Hubbard was mistaken to name this place as a supposed centre for distribution and 'implanting' of souls. What puzzles me is that the age-progression of the Hawaiian-Emperor chain and geological youth of Hawaii have been well known for over a century... Was Hubbard's geological knowledge really so deficient, or was he mocking his readers' credulousness?" (by Peter Forde, "A Scientific Scrutiny of OT III" [or here] from June 1996). Also: "The Hawaiian Islands are actually the peaks of volcanoes formed over the past 6 million years or so, and are relatively young in geologic time." (from "Ancient Times in the Hawaiian Islands")

The bodies and bones of these human beings I assume were completely obliterated in these explosions, since there is no trace of them in the fossil record today (although we have plenty of evidence of creatures that lived on this planet well before 75 million years ago, e.g. the dinosaurs who lived over 200 million years ago, and went extinct 65 million years ago). We homo sapiens trace ourselves back only 200,000 years (or a couple million years if you count our hominid ancestors). Not sure what Hubbard means by that "green glass" either.

So how did all these people get here from the other planets? In the same "Assists" Lecture, Hubbard describes how Xemu (Xenu) and his cohorts transported billions of folks to Earth (known then as Teegeeack) in "space planes" which looked like modern DC-8's. And these "space planes" could fly faster than the speed of light (contrary to Einstein) :

"Ah, they were imported. They were actually -- the trick was to shoot somebody, disable somebody very often a needle into a lung and at the same time to hit him with frozen alcohol and glycol which preparation is guaranteed to pick up a Thetan. All they had to do was pick him up and put him in a refrigerator and they had him, boy. If he tried to exteriorize from the body, there he was, frozen. And they threw them into collection points, boxed them up in boxes, threw them into space planes which are the exact copy -- DC-8s, the DC-8 airplane is the exact copy of the space plane of that day. And, no difference, except the DC-8 had fans, propellers on it and the space plane didn't. And they threw them into refrigerated units and so on. And in view of the fact that Einstein was absolutely right, [that] no man can't go faster than the speed of sound -- speed of light, which is a bunch of balderdash. The length of time from the planet Coltus to the planet Teegeeack, which is the name of this planet, was nine weeks. And you'll see that it's many light years. Coltus is one of the planets, and is to this day, one of the planets of the North Star, Polaris." (L. Ron Hubbard on Space Plane, hear the MP3 audio)

Hear an MP3 audio of a debate on Scientology discussing Xenu and Hubbard's "space opera" with critic David Touretzky and two representatives of Scientology on the "Steve and DC Morning Show" from 7/14/2005. You can listen to the audio of the 1992 Nightline Interview with Ted Koppel and Scientology chairman David Miscavige. For the full versions of these and many other informative programs see the web site www.XenuTV.com

L. Ron Hubbard HCO Bulletin on OT III (2 October 1968)

This document confirms several items of the OT III story. For the full versions of these HCOB communications and the "Operating Thetan" levels in Hubbard's own handwriting, see the web site www.WikiLeaks.org

Audio Excerpts and Analysis of "Ron's Journal 67" (20 September 1967)

Excerpts from Ron's Journal 67 [Tape #6709 C2] -- this is a tape from September 20, 1967, and according to L. Ron Hubbard:

"...made on an island in the sea, and it is addressed to all staff and students of Scientology organizations. The background noise that you hear is not in actual fact tape noise; it is the wind howling up a cliff and hitting over the area where I am sitting."

The transcript of this tape is the document that Scientology official Warren McShane said in court shows that the story of Xenu (Xemu) is well known and not secret. In short the tape (recorded in Hubbard's own voice) confirms there was a "great catastrophe" (details are not provided) that occurred on Earth (and in the other planets of the "Galactic Confederacy") 75 million years ago:

"And it is very true that a great catastrophe occurred on this planet and in the other 75 planets which formed this Confederacy 75 million years ago. It has since that time been a desert, and it has been the lot of just a handful to try to push its technology up to a level where someone might adventure forward, penetrate the catastrophe, and undo it. We're well on our way to making this occur. As one's ability to confront increases, his level of responsibility increases, and an OT cannot be an OT in a world which is insane or a universe which is mad. Although the scope of the work is almost unimaginably extensive, it is nevertheless true that we are making definite and positive inroads upon this, and we will bring it off. We are no longer dealing with the time span of man, which is 70 years; we are dealing with the centuries. And we have enough time at the upper levels to bring it off, providing we work quickly enough at the lower levels and within the framework of the society itself to prevent it from destroying itself before we attain our purposes and goals. It possibly is a bit above your reality to say that we intend to salvage this sector. No one has been able to do it for 75 million years. We are the first. In that period of time, there has been nothing but suffering and misery for its populations. Life is not necessarily a miserable mess, and a planetary population is not necessarily composed of madmen. It is very easy to remedy the general situation." (L. Ron Hubbard on the Great Catastrophe, hear the MP3 audio)

So we have from this public tape addressed to all Scientologists:

  • there are 76 total planets (counting Earth) that formed this "Confederacy"
  • there was a "great catastrophe" that occurred on Earth some 75 million years ago
  • the place has since that time "been a desert"
  • Scientology's "technology" is the means to "undo" the effects of this "catastrophe"
  • No one has been able to "salvage this sector" of the galaxy for 75 million years
  • Hubbard and Scientology was "the first" and in fact it is "very easy to remedy" the situation

"In that you have not heard of me directly or from me directly here for some little time, I thought I had better have a talk with you, and tell you what it was all about, and tell you where things sat now. And I can assure you that anyone connected with the great catastrophe of ages back has been dead almost the same length of time. They brought about the catastrophe and they perished within six years. We do not have any enemies, except suppressive, dramatizing men, who are themselves the victims of something that happened here. From here on the world will change; but if it changes at all, and if it recovers, it will be because of the Scientologist, it will be because of the auditor and his technical skill, it will be because of the organization and the organization staff member and his dedication. In all the broad universe, there is no other hope for man than ourselves. This is a tremendous responsibility. I have borne it too long alone. You share it with me now." (L. Ron Hubbard on No Other Hope, hear the MP3 audio)

From a court transcript Civil Action No. 95B2143 [Sept 1995], Religious Technology Center (Plaintiff) vs. F.A.C.T.NET, Inc., et al (Defendants):

Q: When Mr. Hubbard made the discovery in 1967 of what became OT III, did he announce it to Scientologists around the world?

A (Warren McShane): Yes, in a recorded message that went out to all Scientologists.

Q: What did he say?

A: Well, Mr. Hubbard explained that there was a great catastrophe that occurred 75 million years ago that left this planet a desert and that he had found the way out to undo that. The fact that he even said that not to worry, that the people who caused that great catastrophe were no longer around. And that he had discovered a way to unravel the harmful effects that were done at that time period.

Q: That has always been broad knowledge?

A: Of course.

Q: Has that information ever been confidential that you have just recounted?

A: No.

"Join the Sea Org" recruiting poster for ScientologyQ: And do the uniforms of the Sea Organization itself reflect that information?

A: Yes, they do.

Q: In what way?

A: Well, the uniforms are designed to reflect the Galactic Confederation, which we believe existed many, many years ago. In fact on our hat that we wear [we] have a emblem on it which is published in our technical dictionary. It has a lower wreath with 26 leaves on it and those stand for the 26 planets that existed in this sector of the universe. The star itself that's on the emblem reflects the spirit and we wear those as a symbol of what we stand for, who we are.

Q: When Mr. Hubbard mentioned in 1967 that this concerned, an event that happened 75 million years ago, was there any concern that this would turn off Scientologists or people because it concerned something that would seem like scientific?

A: No, not at all.

Q: Why not?

A: Because it was an event that occurred that he wanted the public to know about. People always asked questions about what happened to man and how man was created and how this planet was created. And talking about that in the past has always been of interest to many, many people......

Q: Could you take Exhibit 79 [OT III] and point out to the court by indicating the portions of OT III where the secret is?

A: ....The discussion of the volcanoes, the explosions, the Galactic confederation 75 million years ago, and a gentleman by the name Xemu there. Those are not trade secrets. The officers mentioned there are not [either]....

Q: Now, Exhibit 94 is "Ron's Journal 67," a lecture given on 20 September, 1967. Can you tell the court the portion of that you would like to invite the court's attention to?

A: Certainly. On page 6, I hand wrote in on a page on the bottom there, page 6, the fourth paragraph down from the top of the page it says: "And it's very true that a great catastrophe occurred on this planet and another 75 planets which formed this confederation 75 million years ago, and since that time it has been desert and has been a lot of just a handful to try to push its technology to a level where someone might venture forward, penetrate the catastrophe and undo it."

Q: Does that in any way reveal the secrets of OT III?

A: Absolutely not......

Q: Now, I recited some of the story of Xemu and the body Thetans from memory of newspaper articles in my opening statements. Is it your testimony that none of that is part of the trade secret that you are seeking to protect here?

A: When you referred to Xemu 75 million years ago, the volcanoes, that's not the trade secret.

Q: And body of Thetans and so forth?

A: Right.

(part of the OT III Scholarship page by David S. Touretzky)

Exploding volcano, an "icon" of ScientologyXenu: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In Scientology doctrine, Xenu is a galactic ruler who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of people to Earth, stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. Their souls then clustered together and stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to cause people problems today. These events are known to Scientologists as "Incident II," and the traumatic memories associated with them as The Wall of Fire or the R6 implant. The story of Xenu is part of a much wider range of Scientology beliefs in extraterrestrial civilizations and alien interventions in Earthly events, collectively described as space opera by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

Hubbard detailed the story in Operating Thetan level III (OT III) in 1967, famously warning that R6 was "calculated to kill (by pneumonia etc) anyone who attempts to solve it." The Xenu story was the start of the use of the volcano as a common symbol of Scientology and Dianetics from 1968 to the present day.

Much controversy between supporters and critics of the Church of Scientology has focused on the story of Xenu. The Church has tried to keep Xenu confidential; critics claim revealing the story is in the public interest, given the high prices charged for OT III. The Church avoids making mention of Xenu in public statements and has gone to considerable effort to maintain the story's confidentiality, including legal action on the grounds of both copyright and trade secrecy. Despite this, much material on Xenu has leaked to the public.

Hubbard later dramatised the Xenu story as a film script, Revolt in the Stars.

Further Links

See also the full entry for Xenu in the online Wikipedia
Also the Karin Spaink, OT III, and "Fishman Affidavit" web page
Also the OT III Scholarship page by David S. Touretzky

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