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“Contrary to those who teach that man cannot improve and that some seventy years in a body are all one can expect, there are states higher than that of mortal man. The state of OT does exist and people do attain it. Like any other gain in Scientology it is attained gradiently. ... Some of the miracles of life have been exposed to full view for the first time ever on the OT levels. Not the least of these miracles is knowing immortality and freedom from the cycle of birth and death. The way is true and plainly marked. All one needs to do is place his feet upon the first rung of the ladder and ascend to Clear and then walk upward to the level of Operating Thetan. Auditing enables the individual to span the distance from Homo Sapiens with his drugs, his pains, his problems, upsets and fears to higher states and freedom as a spiritual being. Such states are obtainable only through auditing. But they do exist and they are attainable and they fully restore a being to his native potential. (What Is Scientology? 1993:222-223)

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