What is OT VII in Scientology? Kirstie Alley died of cancer despite church promising immunity for top members

What is OT VII in Scientology? Kirstie Alley died of cancer despite church promising immunity for top members
Kirsten Alley was an OT VII, a level at which Scientology promises members that they will be immune to cancer (Robin Marchant, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Kirstie Alley reportedly died of cancer, her children revealed in an Instagram post on Monday, December 5. Alley was a firm believer in Scientology, which is a set of beliefs and practices invented by American author L Ron Hubbard and has been variously defined as a cult, a business or a new religious movement. Back in 2015, Alley also explained that she had earned the OT VII title which stands for Operating Thetan. Now, there have been several claims that Scientology promised that people who reached upper levels would be immune to cancer.

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Speaking about the upper levels of Scientology, many on social media, including journalist Yashar Ali, claimed, "One of the promises that Scientology explicitly makes to members (on paper!) is if you reach the upper levels of Scientology you won't get cancer. Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston, two dedicated Scientologists, have both died of cancer in the past two years." As per Scientology, Operating Thetan (OT) is a spiritual state of being above Clear. The 'Cheers' alum's spoke about the OT VII title on Howard Stern’s Radio show in 2015 by saying, "It means that you have gotten rid of all the things that would create aberrated behavior in you that you didn’t want. It’s an awareness level, it’s an achievement." 

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What is OTVII?

As per Scientology's website, "Operating" is meant to be "able to act and handle things" and Thetan means "the spiritual being that is the basic self." In a nutshell, an Operating Thetan is someone who can handle things without having to use a body or physical means. There are eight levels of OT. OTI is the solo-audited first level a Clear takes toward full OT abilities. OT II is achieved by confronting hidden areas of one's existence on the whole track with vast amounts of energy and attention released. The next level is called OT III: Wall of Fire where the OT confronts and eradicates the fourth dynamic engram that has plagued this universe for millennia.

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The exterior of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International on April 3, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
The exterior of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International on April 3, 2006 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

The next level, OT IV: OT Drug Rundown is considered the final refining in which the person handles the hidden problems and stops in a being's universe caused by the effects of drugs and poisons. OT V: New Era Dianetics for OTs is the Second Wall of Fire which consists of 26 separate rundowns and addresses the last aspects of one's case that can prevent him/her from achieving total freedom on all dynamics. OT VI: Hubbard Solo New Era Dianetics deals with complexities intended to crush one's true power and abilities as a thetan. OT VII final pre-OT level. OT VIII: Truth Revealed is the final stage of being a thetan. As per Global News, Leah Remini once revealed that this was the level where a person usually gets delusional and quits.

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The Scientology founder’s views on cancer

L Ron Hubbard had some strange views about cancer. In a 1956 lecture, he reportedly said that cancer was caused by cells realizing that the body they inhabit cannot produce children, so they start reproducing on their own in a runaway manner. “It always requires a second-dynamic or sexual upset, such as the loss of children or some other mechanism to bring about a condition known as cancer,” Hubbard said on Nov 11, 1956, in the lecture 'The Scale of Havingness'. In his subsequent discussion, he described therapies he had tried to convince those cells that the subject could, in fact, have children by creating imaginary babies so that "a considerable change" occurs to the cancer case.

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According to Hubbard, the clever "technology" of counseling techniques could cure almost anything, as Dianetics itself was founded on the idea that most human ailments are psychosomatic. Keeping this in mind, John Travolta’s late wife Kelly Preston, an OT VIII and the most accomplished of Scientologists could only have been diagnosed with cancer if she had some “second-dynamic or sexual upset, such as the loss of children.” Alley's death eerily seems to run on the lines of this theory. Preston and Travolta had lost a child, the same son Jett, whose birth in 1992 had motivated Preston to get a pregnancy assist at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre. Alley had also suffered a miscarriage because of which she ended up adopting her two children. Whether these celebritries were aware of Hubbard’s view of cancer has not been established.

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