With all of the interest swirling around Andrew Morton's unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise, it becomes interesting for me as a writer and esotericist to look at Tom Cruise and Scientology in terms of the occult. The world watched in 2005 as Tom Cruise essentially destroyed his almost flawless and brilliant movie career. While the conventional wisdom says that, "Scientology made Tom Cruise crazy," that is too convenient and glib of an answer in my opinion. If we dare to look deeper into the matter, then we can ask a much more frightening question: "Did Scientology's psycho-electronic auditing techniques allow malevolent spiritual forces to negatively influence Tom Cruise?" In other words, has Tom Cruise opened himself up to powerful demonic forces as a result of his OT VIII solo auditing?
What does the Scientology E-Meter do? It passes low voltage electrical current through the brain. How does this affect the Scientologist? While I will explore the possible effects of the E-Meter in future, I can say for now from personal experience that Scientology auditing with the E-Meter can produce sensations in a person that range from euphoria and uncontrollable laughter to extreme anxiety. This is why I call Scientology auditing, or processing, a psycho-electronic personality alteration technique. I also call the low voltage current of the E-Meter "electronic opium" for auditing can be extremely addicting.
The E-Meter is a device that has two metal electrodes, or cans. One can is held in each hand.
Low voltage DC electrical current flows from one hand, through the peripheral nervous system, into the central nervous system, and then transits through the brain of the Scientologists as it follows a circuit path to the can in the other hand. As the current transits the human brain, the dial on the E-Meter moves. Within the sophistry of L. Ron Hubbard, each movement of the needle has a particular meaning. LRH trained auditors to read the movements of the needle and assign particular significances and meanings to each unique type of movement. Hardly a science, the ability of an auditor to discern and interpret the needle's movement introduces the bias of the observer into an already strange psycho-electronic experience.