Interesting piece of history. It explains a few things.There are plenty of Independent Scientology 'Success Stories' for both the New and the Old OT levels. The complaints are mostly about what are viewed as alterations of LRH tech by others, mostly Miscavige.
Around 1965ish, Hubbard announced the Clearing Course. This was the FINAL level where one handled BANK. After this, there was no more BANK. The announcement was made that Clears only needed to run Route One drills so as to familiarize themselves with their OT abilities - abilities which had been liberated by reason of having become Clear.
People did the Clearing Course and then did Route One and were unable to be "under a rock on Mars," etc., and thought, "Oh my, I've falsely attested to the (deadly serious, very confidential, vital to every one's survival and well being, all important, greatest breakthrough of all time) Clearing Course, and then promptly introverted and crashed.
A short time later, Hubbard came out with OT 2. This explained why people could not do Route One after the Clearing Course. There was more Bank to run after the Clearing Course. Big VGIs (Very Good Indicators) from Scientologists.
See above, and repeat.
Then, a while later, Hubbard came out with OT 3. This explained why people were not becoming OT after having done OT 2, etc. More VGIs.
Then came the various (old) upper OT levels 4 - 7. OT 7 was released in the early 1970s.
Around this time, the L's (the fabulous OT Boosters) were also released to much excitement.
(Old) OT 8 was on the Grade Chart (Total Freedom and Total Power) and was the Top and final OT level. It actually never existed.
About ten years after the 1967/68 announcement/release of OT 3, Hubbard announced more "breakthroughs." One of these was that OT 3 was not the final "Wall of Fire," and that there was another "Wall of Fire" (more stuff, more Case, more Bank, More BTs, to handle) and that this explained why people were not making the expected gains and becoming OT. Scientologists were ecstatic. More VGIs.
While there were always people who - quietly - expressed disappointment, after the initial excitement of the attest, completion announcement, Success Story, being applauded, etc. wore off, there also were those who knew that allowing any self-doubt, or doubt in the Tech, was a sign of out-ethics, a sign of having earlier falsely attested, etc., and who never felt dissatisfaction with "LRH Tech." These are the true VGIs People. However, they were/are only a portion of the membership, and another portion would tend to quietly fall away, having been disappointed. This latter group tended to become inactive and tended to stop flowing people and money to Orgs and "up lines."
The challenge was always to get these people back actively "on lines," spending more money, and "VGIs."
Right now the scapegoat for Scientologists outside of "organized Scientology" is Miscavige. He's the reason "why."
For Scientologists, inside corporate Scientology, the scapegoat is a long list of things. For example, one reason for OT not having been attained would be that, previously, the person did the Grade Chart as a composite being, but having completed NEW OT 7, is finally a single unit being (no BTs), and thus can redo the Grades, including Objectives, as a single unit being, for the first time, and thus get the fabulous gains, etc. (Exactly how this works out, C/S-wise I'm not sure.)
And it goes on and on.
Well, you get the idea.
Thank you for this post, Veda.