Shortly before the Reverend Cruise spontaneously combusted during the Scientology Media Productions fundraising telethon, he experienced a moment of reverie and anaten. This occurred as Reverend Cruise was asking Scientologists to reach out and place their hand to his as a point of faith contact.
This proved unfortunate as all 918 Scientologists who were viewing the telethon and had touched their hands to the Reverend Cruise’s also spontaneously combusted. The good news is that COB RTC was not harmed as he was in Switzerland on a private banking trip.
Of course, the Founder warned of spontaneous combustion in the original OTVIII documents:
The rundown is long and can be arduous, but it must be done thoroughly if there is to be any effect not only on the body of the pre-OT but the body of his other progeny as wall. There is some danger, but with OT VII thoroughly completed is not nearly so great as the danger witnessed by assorted unfortunates who happened to stumble into this area in their sleep or in moments of reverie or anaten, experiencing an hitherto mysterious phenomenon known as “spontaneous combustion”.
CAUTION: DO NOT BE PTS WHILE TRAVERSING THIS THIRD AND FINAL WALL OF FIRE