John Travolta Allegedly Tried To Resurrect Dead Son In Bizarre Scientology Ritual, According To Ex-Scientologists

It all has to do with Scientology beliefs.

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When we watch reality television, it’s so we can take a break from our own minutiae and lives, and experience what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes. But there are some programs and series that actually change the way we think. Take Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, for example.

The documentary series covers the experiences of ex-members of the Church of Scientology, exposing the group’s numerous ethical problems, accounts of abuse, and harassment, and how the trauma continues to affect members, even after they leave. Remini was one of many celebrity Scientologists, whose other current members include Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Beck, Jenna Elfman, Elisabeth Moss, and Kirstie Alley. 


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Often referred to as a “cult,” ex-members have recounted bizarre occurrences, but there’s a current rumor floating around regarding John Travolta and his deceased son. Did John Travolta try to resurrect his dead son?



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Travolta’s 16-year-old son, Jett, passed away in 2009 from a seizure while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas. And though Travolta credits Scientology with helping him overcome and work through his grief, things may have been more extreme than we thought.

According to Sam Domingo, the former daughter-in-law of opera singer Plácido, Travolta attempted to raise Jett from the dead. Domingo was in the church for 22 years. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Domingo alleged that the actor tried to save his son in an ambulance ride. 



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Said Domingo:


“Scientologists believe the spirit Thetan doesn’t pick up a body until birth. If you lose a baby before it’s born, then it’s just an empty shell, nothing to worry about. It’s the same with death. To them, once your body is of no use, your Thetan can just go out and pick up a new body and carry on right where you left off...

John Travolta did a ‘Bring Back to Life’ assist while Jett was in the ambulance, It’s where you order the Thetan to get back into the body, saying, ‘I command you to get into the body now.’ This is meant to raise them back to life...

When Jett died, Kelly was camped out at the Church HQ in Clearwater, in a hotel room, day and night, with private security... When you lose a child in Scientology, you believe that the spirit — Thetan — has left that physical body and will find another one. In the case of Kelly, she got pregnant [a few] months later and [the couple’s third child] Ben was born just over a year and a half after Jett’s death. She will believe the Thetan of Jett is in Ben.”



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As mentioned, Travolta credits Scientology with helping him and his family cope. In an interview with Us Weekly, he revealed, “It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life. The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it... The church never left our side for two years. I don’t know if I would have made it through without their support. Our church is the number one thing that keeps us grounded.”


Commenting on how the church helped his family, Travolta said, “Oh my God, I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had the support of Scientology. I don’t think I could have got through it. They were with me every day after Jett died. They even traveled with me when I needed to get away. And for a solid two years, it was like that. It was only in the second year that I started to take a break of a day or two just to see how I was doing on my own.”



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While it’s great that Scientology helped the Travoltas in their time of need, Domingo revealed another side to their tactics, especially in the case of Tom Cruise. According to her, the church “indoctrinated” the children to hate Nicole Kidman, Cruise’s ex-wife. 

If you’re familiar with the tactics the church uses, they love using celebrities to improve their image and gain more followers. And Domingo alleges they are using Cruise's children Isabella and Connor to promote the religion, and turned them against their mom.


“Isabella’s being used for PR, she’s Tom Cruise’s kid, it’s not fair what they’re doing to her and Connor. They have no choice but to be the poster kids of Scientology now... I know what techniques they used... I know what the second-in-command at the time Marty Rathbun did. He was so tough on them, the Cruise kids had no choice. After the divorce, they were indoctrinated into Scientology and very much isolated,” she said.

In true-to-form fashion, the church vehemently denied any of these allegations, telling the Daily Mail, “There is no ‘revelation’ in what Sam Domingo told you. She has been making false claims about the Scientology religion for the last decade, using her past connection to famous individuals to peddle her lies to tabloids.”


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