In October & November last year this blog published a number of articles on the release of GATII – it’s imminent release, and the PR hype about how the advent of GATII was going to “change the face of Scientology” FOR REAL.
At the release of GAT II much was said about the speed of training, in particular people completing the Student Hat in around 9 days.
Bearing this in mind, on the 19th December we posted an article featuring a Pretoria public – Angelique Van Schalkwyk – who wrote a success story trashing the “old” Student Hat which she had done 6 years ago, and extolling the wonderfulness of the NEW IMPROVED GATII STUDENT HAT.
The full article can be seen here
Below is the promo piece which appeared in the article:
At the time, we noted that the success story didn’t mention whether she had finished the course or not. At the end of that article, we said: “Time will tell. And we will be watching”.
Well, time has told – and we have been watching. And this is what we have seen:
On the 31st August 2014, Pretoria Org sent out their weekly newsletter with the names of graduates who had completed courses that week. Here they are:
GRADUATES FOR THE WEEK:
Nicky Snyman Dianetics 55!
Nicky Snyman Creating a Successful Marriage
Barrett Quinn Creating a Successful Marriage
Ronald Palmer Unification Congress Lectures Course
Paul Fourie Objectives Specialist Course
Johan van der Merwe Hubbard Professional Course Lectures
Zane Smith Fundamentals of Thought Course
Angelique van Schalkwyk Student Hat
Mr. H Purification Rundown.
Philippa Symington Overcoming Ups and Downs in Life Course.
Johan van der Merwe FULL BASICS BOOKS AND LECTURES COMPLETION!
And there you have it – Angelique completed the “new lightning fast” Student Hat in just 8 months. Considering that the Church was proclaiming completion of this course within 9 days, this either means Angelique has been on course for one day a month, or ………… you can fill in the rest.
Included in the newsletter was her success story as follows:
“I now feel like a professional student and that I am completely hatted. I can now study anything and I am very excited and eager to start my next course. It feels great to be fast flow now. Every Scientologist should do this course. I have a much deeper understanding about how important it is to never go by a word that one does not understand and the ramification it can have not only on myself, but others and our technology.” AVS. Student Hat
“It feels great to be fast flow now”. 8 months is fast flow? Besides which, per the “old” way, one could only be fast flow after completing the Student Hat and Method One. Has this changed?
She mentions that she now understands the importance of not going past a misunderstood word. This data can just as easily be obtained from Chapter 1 of the VM Handbook (or a R10 booklet), the Basic Study Manual or even the Learning How to Learn Course.
And remember this?
At this rate of progress, we will check in again with Angelique around the year 2023 when she should be done with her Class V and Solo Part One.