Church founder L. Ron Hubbard developed the program with hopes of creating "a new world" for his constituents by giving them extra perceptive powers via a slate of exercises for both the body and mind, enabling them with extraordinary sensory powers related to balance, gravity and temperature, among others. (Much of the details here come from the blogs of Scientology watcher Tony Ortega.)
Scientologists hadn't yet had the proper venue to hone their skills, but that is no longer the case, as the seven-story, 377,000 sq. ft Flag Building (also choc full of hundreds of high-tech classrooms and offices) has met the proper requirements Hubbard outlined when constructing the program more than 35 years ago.
With that in mind, lets take a look at some of the amenities Flag Building boasts:
In addition to a lobby and adjacent atrium with a detailed history of Scientology, the building has 300 rooms dedicated exclusively to auditing. The second floor is designed in an ultra-modern look, with a lounge and a book store. Plans drawn up indicate a structure called a "Time Machine" on said level.) A lavish theater resides on the third flood.
The fifth floor -- designated as the hub for the Super Power program -- consists of an opulent lounge for Key Contributors; special auditing rooms earmarked for the rich and famous; space age stations designated to perfect senses such as energy, magnetics and touch; and walls to measure smell and taste; and chambers to gauge sound. More visually exhilarating are the life-size gyroscope device; and insulated chambers to measure tension in muscles.
On the sixth floor is a darkened running track (with a lit beam in the middle) Scientologists circle called the "Cause Resurgence Rundown." On it, the devout are to keep their legs moving until a spiritual breakthrough occurs. Around the area is a fancy locker room.
Hubbard, in his writings, called the program "a superfantastic, but confidential, series of rundowns that can be done on anyone whether Dianetic clear or not that puts the person into fantastic shape unleashing the super power of a thetan. This is the means that puts Scientologists into a new realm of ability enabling them to create the new world. It puts world clearing within reach in the future. It consists of 12 separate high-power rundowns which are brand-new and enter realms of the tech never before approached.
"Super Power is the answer to a sick, a dying and dead society ... with it we literally revive the dead."
As we previously reported, the facility was unveiled over the weekend with the faith's heaviest of hitters -- actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta -- front-and-center to watch Miscavige cut the ribbon on the long-term project.