At least, within the Church of Scientology, they've stopped promising the "Clear" as Hubbard described and stopped promising the "OT" that Hubbard defined. See The Disappearing States of Clear and OT.
In that "Real live OTs!" article I urged Scientology practitioners to stop promising results they could not deliver. But Scientology practitioners still promise the Grade Chart results that they can't and won't deliver.
Recent discussions amongst Scientologists make me think that this fraud and deception may change and the promises will follow the current trend in Scientology of redefining the expected results until they don't promise anything at all.
We may soon see Scientology practitioners changing the Ability Gained of Grade 0 from "Ability to communicate freely with anyone on any subject" to "A person who feels better about communication."
Grade 1 will change from "Ability to recognize the source of problems and make them vanish" to "A person who feels better about problems."
And so forth.
Why do I think this? I've been following the raging debates on Leaving Scientology, Marty's blog and Scientology-Cult and I have seen Scientology True Believers come to an interesting consensus.
Scientologists seem to be overwhelmingly in favor of changing the definition of OT from Hubbard's:
A being who is cause over matter, energy, space, time, life, form and thought, subjectively and objectivelyto:
A being who does things!In the discussions and articles, this is the new definition of OT. You start a new business? You're an "OT"! You volunteer down at the local shelter? You're an "OT"! It was even mentioned that moving your hand is the act of an "OT"!
What is the difference, then, between a "wog" starting a business and a Scientology OT starting a business? The Scientology OT is aware that they are being OT! And they are "being OT" because of Scientology.
They don't do anything particularly exceptional, but they are doing it as an OT! That makes all the difference -- to a Scientologist.
And there you have it! That totally solves the problem of Scientology never producing an OT as Hubbard defined it. It solves the problem of Hubbard's last years, where he was sick, in pain, hiding from the law and betrayed by those he trusted. It solves the problem for all those OTs that didn't get the powers and abilities promised.
Just redefine "OT" and you're good to go.
Well, I have to admit that does come under the heading of "don't promise what you can't deliver". If you promise nothing, you're totally covered.