A never ending contract
After Nancy Many’s book “My Billion Year Contract” was released last week, I came to think about another “contract” that is less visible but nonetheless enforced; The OT Ambassador pledge.
You see, being a public scientologist, when you attest to OT VII you are expected to attend the yearly OT Summit aboard the cruise ship Freewinds. This is the famous Maiden Voyage anniversaries where OTs come and get briefed on the latest expansion news and are given their marching orders for the next year, the OT Ambassador Program (OTA).
It is not a voluntary decision to opt in or out for this program. If you attend the week of events, you find yourself one night in the middle of a swearing-in ceremony where everybody raises their hands and reads the OT Ambassador pledge aloud. At the end of that meeting, each OT is given the OTA and are ordered to comply with it to expand their local orgs. Nothing wrong with expanding local orgs. But the way the supposed-to’s are Aikido’ed into the life of the OTs are interesting. Because even if you don’t raise your hand and don’t agree to the program, you are still expected to do it. When you are sworn in as an OT Ambassador, you are subject to command intention like never before.
And the contract isn’t just for one year. It’s not even a full 5 year standard Class V Org contract. Is it a lifetime’s commitment? Nope. Hell, it’s not even a billion year contract. The OT Ambassador contract has no limit. Or so the ED of Oslo Org and a few missionaries told me. The ED had cleared this well up the lines and he went to town with this newfound data to ensure I did his biddings. He demanded that I put in a Battle Plan every morning – a todo-list of what I would do on the program that day. And every afternoon I was told to report my production statistics. I asked “do I get weekends off?”. At which he answered “I suppose that would be ok.”
Needless to say I laughed hard and much to his dismay. Pushing me around tends to be futile. He wanted me to be his production machine and told me that I had an infinite contract to comply to.
This is the expectation level when one attests to OT VII in the church these days. Scientology is about free will. The Church of Scientology is about command intention.