DO A BUNK,
1. an English slang
term which meant “run away or desert.” (7204C07 SO III) 2 . the body
goes collapse; the heart is still beating, the lungs are still
breathing, because the G.E. runs those, but the thetan—he’s done a
bunk. (PDC 9) 3 . that’s what we say colloquially, means on his way
over the hills and far away and he’s just now passing Galaxy 18 . (PDC
46) 4. the person shoots out of his head and he’s on his way. He hit
the dispersal just adjacent to a ridge. (PDC 23)
— L. Ron Hubbard
Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary
Hubbard taught Scientologists on the
Philadelphia Doctorate Course how to break people's desire for
sensation in order to keep them dissociated (out of their heads, or exterior
also, what to do when the body collapses; how to coax them back.
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HCO BULLETIN OF 8 APRIL 1988
THE "BRING BACK TO LIFE" ASSIST
Tape: 5212C03 PDC-9 "Anatomy of Processsing-Energy Phenomena/Sensation"
Tape: 7204C07 "Illness Breakthrough"
LRH Technical Training Film number TR 10, "Assists"
(The data contained in this HCOB is not to be construed as a
recommendation of medical treatment or medication. This issue does not
supplant, nor is it intended to dissuade, anyone from seeking competent
medical attention for any physical condition. The method given in this
issue is delivered by anyone on his own responsibility.)
DOING A BUNK
"Doing a bunk" is an English slang term meaning "running away or deserting."
In our terminology it means that a person shoots out of his head. He actually abandons the body, i.e., the being is really gone
There is a difference between a thetan leaving the body and a
thetan going unconscious. When a person is unconscious, he will still
be breathing and will have a pulse. But when a person has left
, pulse and breath may stop.
Someone who has done a bunk must be handled within three to four
minutes. A maximum amount of time would be eight minutes, but by this
time physical damage will probably have occurred.
An assist can be done to bring the person back to life. Anyone attempting such a handling must act fast
When someone has done a bunk, there is still a communication line
to the body. There is always a communication line to the body because
the thetan is tuned up to the wavelength of the ridges of that body.
Therefore, even if the thetan is six universes away, he can still
communicate through the body.
If a person has done a bunk, you can simply order him to come back
and bring the body to life. The commands are addressed to the person
and should be given in a tone of authority.
It would be as simple as commanding, "Come back and bring this body
to life!" Or ordering the person, "Come back here and pick up your
body! At once! Pick it up! I order you! Right now!"
You just keep commanding him with Tone 40
. He is still around and can be gotten to come back again.
There is another means of bringing a person back to life. You can coax
the person back. In one case, an auditor pleaded along the lines that
the person should remember her husband, should think of her children,
and so on, all with no response. He couldn't get her to pick up the
body at all. Finally, the auditor said, "Think of your poor auditor!"
at which point she came back and brought the body to life.
Once you have brought the person back to life, that is the end of
this assist action. Of course, if it is needed, the person should be
fully handled with medical treatment and further assist actions to make
him completely well.
L. RON HUBBARD
Compilation assisted by LRH Technical Research and Compilations
Hubbard, L. Ron. The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology
. 1991 ed. Vol. XIII. 18 vols. Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc., 1988.
THE "BRING BACK TO LIFE" ASSIST
References: HCOB 8 Apr. 88,
TR Instruction Film No. 10, Assists
Use of Process: For use on someone who has left the body—i.e.,
in a situation where if the thetan does not come back the body will
Information: "Doing a bunk" is an English slang term meaning
"running away or deserting." In our terminology it means that a
person shoots out of his head. He actually abandons the body, i.e.,
the being is really gone. There is a difference between a thetan
leaving the body and a thetan going unconscious. When a person is
unconscious, he will still be breathing and will have a pulse. But
when a person has left, pulse and breath may stop.
If a person has done a bunk, you can simply order him to come
back and bring the body to life. The commands are addressed to
the person and should be given in a tone of authority.
It would be as simple as commanding,
"Come back and bring this body to life!"
Or ordering the person,
"Come back here and pick up your body! At once! Pick it up! I order you! Right now!"
You just keep commanding him with Tone 40. He is still around and
can be gotten to come back again.
There is another means of bringing a person back to life. You can
coax the person back. In one case, an auditor pleaded along the
lines that the person should remember her husband, should think of her
children, and so on, all with no response. He couldn't get her to
pick up the body at all. Finally, the auditor said, "Think of your
poor auditor!" at which point she came back and brought the body
Once you have brought the person back to life, that is the end of
this assist action. Of course, if it is needed, the person should be
fully handled with medical treatment and further assist actions to
make him completely well.
Notes on Running: Someone who has done a bunk must be
handled within three to four minutes. A maximum amount of time
would be eight minutes, but by this time physical damage will
probably have occurred. An assist can be done to bring the person
back to life. Anyone attempting such a handling must act fast.
When someone has done a bunk, there is still a communication
line to the body. There is always a communication line to the body
because the thetan is tuned up to the wavelength of the ridges of
that body. Therefore, even if the thetan is six universes away, he
can still communicate through the body.
References from the HCOB follow:
Process sensation when you’re trying to break those internal lines,
desire for sensation, and remember to process desire for sensation when
you’re… when you have your thetan snapping into heads. That’s desire
and thirst for sensation - must have is what’s got him there - so he’s
riding on that postulate, which is the only reason he’d snap into a
He never knew that before. He wants to get something out of this body
so the second something goes wrong with energy, he’ll snap in. Before
he can undo anything he’s doing and remember that the thetan who shifts
around inside his head is trying to keep from having a sensation.
He gets flows go… start going past him, and the flows go past him.
He’s trying to keep from being afraid. He’s trying to hold on. He’s
gone to the point now, and oddly enough this person seldom gets any
pleasant sensations in the body anymore.
He’s trying to hold on, he slips, he’s skidding around. And he
hasn’t got any time to work those communication lines to areas of
sensation. He’s just trying to stay there, that’s all. That’s idiotic
as the devil because the one thing you want him to do is get someplace
else. And really the one thing he basically wants to do is go someplace
else, and yet every action he takes is an action to hold on to where he
Sometimes you start to bust this up, and it happens very fast, that
thetan will do a bunk, to use a British colloquialism, he will do a
bunk. You say, "All right," to this pleasant girl and she’s sitting
there and everything’s fine. And, "Yeah, all right, now you be a foot
back of your head, just be two feet back of your head."
"Nuooong!" and the body goes collapse.
You say, "Hey." No answer, the heart’s still beating, the lungs are
still breathing ‘cause the GE
runs those, but the thetan he’s done a bunk
She is just passing Arcturus. You say, "Hey." One of them… one very
good gag that went on and on and the auditor coaxing her - "Think of
your family. Why don’t you come back?" - Trying to get to reassume
responsibility for the body, you see. "Think of your family, uh… think
of this, think of that, think of something else," and so on.
And nothing happened and that body was just sitting there like a
lump of clay, you see, completely flopped. No controls on it, nothing
on it at all but sure there’s a communication line. There always is a
communication line to the body because it’s tuned up on wave lengths.
Don’t look for an actual cable between the body and the thetan -
he’s all tuned up to the wave length of the ridges of this body. Of
course, he could talk through it if he were six universes away. That’s…
that’s he’s just tuned up to that wave length. There’s no such thing as
space. All right.
Now… uh… you’ve got… you’ve got a thetan there who is on her way.
Finally this guy says, "Well, think of your poor auditor." And she came
back. And so there… there is the preclear doing the bunk.
What happened there is it just had never occurred to this preclear
before that you could do it all the way. This preclear had fooled
around with astral walking and a lot of other things which are not
similar to this. And you could do it all the way and there was all of
you there and you were gone and on your way and it was so nice to get
off of the surface of Earth and get on your way and she didn’t have any
idea where she was going. It was just she was on her way. She was doing
So if somebody does a bunk on you, coax them back. They seldom leave dead bodies on your hands.
Well, what happened is… is this preclear is suddenly shedding all
his responsibilities. Once in a while you get that case. Don’t let it
stop your own heart - they’re… they’re quite startling. Uh… sometimes
they get out and they don’t know how to make the body handle anymore.
Well, get them to pick up a finger and drop the finger. Pick up a
hand and drop the hand and move the hands around. And move the head
around. They say, "Aw, I can run that thing, to hell with it."
Okay, let’s take a break.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 3 Dec 1952: PDC 09 Anatomy of Processing – Energy Phenomena/Sensation
The funniest tale of all of that is, we’ve never had a catastrophe with
it. But the funniest tale of all of that is the auditor who all of a
sudden had a pc—the English slang term was “do a bunk”, which meant run
away or desert—and they started calling this “do a bunk”. Actually,
this auditor had a pc and the pc did a bunk. Well, when they really do
a bunk, boy they do a bunk.
They’re going past Arcturus, as I’ve said before, at 90 miles an
hour, or two light years a second, and really did a bunk. When they do
that the whole body collapses and their arms will hang down and they
look like an old rag doll that somebody has just grabbed half the
stuffing’s out of.
They really Bzuhhhh, that’s it. They don’t roll up on the floor in a
prenatal or something like that. They just go. That’s it, you know,
And this auditor talked and talked because they’re still in dim
communication, you see. And he talked and talked to her—”Think of your
husband, think of your children, think of . . .” and so on and he
talked and talked to her. He couldn’t get her to come back and pick up
the body at all. Till all of a sudden he happened to think, “Think of
your poor auditor,” and she came back and picked up the body.
I was just a couple of minutes late. State cops were in my way, but
a Negro had been drowned and I was just . . . They were in my road to a
point where I couldn’t get to the guy and tell him to pick up the body
again, where he would have, don’t you see. And they were busy
resuscitating him and that was the end of that. It was too late. He
really had done a bunk. He finished.
We’ve actually brought little kids back to life and that sort of
thing—just tell them “pick up the body,” you know. Now, you just tell
them with tone 40, just say it around the vicinity.
They’re still around. And back they come again.
As a matter of fact, Washington, DC. got very mad at a
Scientologist one time. He decided he was going to do a bunk and he
was, going to drop the body and he did. He just had an unpleasant
afternoon with IRS, and he came back and he just kicked the bucket.
That was it, colder than ice and he just wouldn’t pick up the body
again. And they told him and they told him and they told him and he
wouldn’t. That was it. He, by the way, has shown up again calling for
his favorite cigars at two years old.
But anyhow, the upshot of all of this is, is this opens the door to a
fabulous amount of action on your part which will sometimes look very
magical, because remedy of havingness in various ways.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 7 April 1972: Illness Breakthrough
The following Fox News interview describes an EMT worker's version of how the Travoltas did the "do-a-bunk" drill on their son, Jett.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Describe Jett's injury that you saw.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, the injuries was actually just a hematoma,
which is like a bump on the forehead. The initial information that we
got that he had fallen and hit his head and had a fit. He was
unconscious at the time, so we responded right away.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At what point did John Travolta and his Kelly come onto the scene?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They was on the scene at all times.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When you got there, they were there? And what were they doing?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They were acting like any other parents who are
concerned, wondering if it's — is he getting there? Are you helping
him? Is anything happening? is he breathing? I've You know asked all
the questions that a parent would ask.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe Kelly asked you something like, is he coming back.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, are you getting him back? Is he coming back?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What did you reply?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are still trying. We are working. We are trying.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And at one point, he reached over and touched Jett's hand?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, he was holding his hand and saying, Jett, come on Jett, come around.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And I believe, at another point, Kelly was tenderly rubbing him hand and saying —
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Come on, baby. Come on, Jett.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
The following excerpt of Gerry Armstrong's 1994 letter to Scientology attorney Lubell discusses another example of Scientologists applying Hubbard's "doing-a-bunk" technology.
It is no secret to anyone that the organization is more than
occasionally labelled in the media "the secretive Church of
Scientology," and now no secret to you that it is known as something
sinister in my wide circle of professional contacts. It is a closed
system based on secrets and lies. It need not be; it could be as easily
an open system based on faith in courage and honesty.
It is closed, secretive and dishonest pursuant to its leader's
orders. That is how Hubbard was and how he set up his organization. Now
Miscavige enforces his own secret orders on secret communication lines
from secret places with secret threats of things to be done in secret.
The organization's leader could just as easily issue open orders for
things to be done in the open.
What these leaders try to hide are who they are and their
organization's tragedies; what was done to whom and who ordered it;
what was done in the name of Scientology or Hubbard or Miscavige which
resulted in a tragedy; what potential "PR flap" was covered up; who got
ripped off, who was hurt, who was abused. The coverups inevitably
result in more tragedies, and more attacks and abuse.
What if, for example, Phil Valinski (I'm unsure of spelling, but
will accept yours for now) didn't die in his sleep, as his family was
apparently told, and as you have apparently been told, but died while
being audited. Although I was not in the auditing session, and am not
the source of this information, this was the way it was described to me
while I was at Hubbard's La Quinta base, and seemed to be widely known
at the base. If Phil did indeed die while being audited, shouldn't his
family have been notified of that fact, rather than that he died in his
sleep. If he died while being audited, and that fact was covered up,
shouldn't his family now be told?
Shouldn't Scientologists be told that not only did Phil die during
auditing, but that Hubbard's processes, which he claimed revived those
who do die during auditing, didn't work? Shouldn't these processes
therefore be stripped from Scientology auditing decrees as unworkable;
and shouldn't auditors be trained rather in CPR, or something workable?
And shouldn't people thinking about getting into Scientology be told up
front of the actual numbers of people who have died while undergoing
Miscavige's book What is Scientology? contains lots of pretty
polychrome pie graphs, but no stats on people who died or went crazy
during auditing, or even any numbers for those who feel they've been
religiously ripped off. Honestly, aren't these things more important to
people seeking to understand what is Scientology than the claims that
2.2 percent of Scientologists golf and 16.1 percent walk? And speaking
of stats, isn't it true that the reason Hubbard and now Miscavige
inflate so flagrantly Scientology's membership (by the Miscavige method
of counting now approaching ten million) is to falsely lower the
organization's per capita tragedies?
Characteristically, what Hubbard's and Miscavige's Scientology did
with Phil was lie about the actual circumstances of his death, even to
you, their attorney. And now they use you, with all the weight and
threat of your stature and clout in the legal industry, to forward the
lie. Their other option was to tell the truth. That is still
Miscavige's option; but that has not been his way, nor the way of
Scientology under him. The fact that truth has not been his and his
organization's way is what has made the collection of information about
Scientology's untold tragedies by an outside agency such as Fact
This is the information I have about Phil's death. He was being
audited by one Dan Koon one afternoon in 1977 at the Palms house on the
La Quinta base. Dan was running Phil on an upset he had had with Kima
Douglas, who had been busted from her MO and HU posts and was then
working in the base galley. At lunch that day Phil had requested a
piece of chicken, and Kima, not having any, had not given it to him.
Phil had a heart attack in session, and Dan kept right on auditing him,
reportedly for many minutes, not doing CPR and not going for help. Dan
apparently kept commanding him to think of his poor auditor, which is a
process Hubbard claimed worked to bring people back to life if they
died, or as Hubbard said, "did a bunk," while being audited.
Following Phil's death, Kima was accused of killing him and sec
checked on her overts and withholds toward him. This is standard
Hubbardian practice within the organization, because it can never be
admitted that Hubbard's processes could have contributed to harming,
much less killing anyone. According to Hubbard there's always a "who"
in every flap, and Phil's death was certainly a flap. Kima was an
acceptable "who" because she was at that moment in Scientology time
Hubbard's latest scapegoat "SP."
To the world outside, including the local authorities and Phil's
family, however, the charge or admission could not logically be made
that Kima had killed Phil by refusing him a piece of chicken, because
that would lead to the fact that he had died while being audited, and
that would result in some "bad PR." Therefore a "shore story" was
concocted which had Phil, as you say, dying "in his sleep of a heart
attack." His family was then notified and given the shore story. Some
of the personnel were also moved off the property when Phil's family
visited to cover up even what the base's actual activities were.
It is for reasons such as what happened with Phil that the
organization's stories and data are doubted. It is not as you would
like it to appear that those who question the circumstances of the
organization's tragedies are "trying to destroy the Church." Hubbard
was a judicially recognized pathological liar. His replacement acts in
every way as if he is cut from the same madly embroidered cloth.
Neither I nor anyone I know has any interest in destroying Scientology
or causing any trouble for Scientologists. It is its leaders' lies and
enforcement of those lies, including the enforcement by its big time
Philadelphia lawyers, which threaten to destroy what is good in
Scientology and cause trouble for its people of good will.
I have little doubt that Dan Koon has been ordered to lie about
his auditing of Phil and that the auditing reports have been falsified.
It would be stupid, or malicious, of you to automatically doubt my data
and automatically accept your client's. I have confirmed what happened
to Phil with four people who were in positions to know. Miscavige's
data cannot be trusted. He deals in lies; and that, not the
"protection" of a few "celebrities" and not for reasons he pays you to
give, is why he dismissed CSI v. Fishman.