OT VII Tom Cruise performs some of his own stunts when filming Mission: Impossible movies and never lets you hear the end of it. This one, however, sounds impressive: Cruise recently revealed to USA Today that he held his breath for over six minutes while filming an underwater scene for the upcoming Mission: Impossible 69 (I assume).

Let’s look at the facts. As an OT VII, Cruise likely long ago attained full cause over MEST (matter, energy, space, and time), explained further here, from the Church of Scientology:

In Scientology, a state of complete spiritual freedom is attainable. It has been achieved not on a temporary basis but on a stable plane of full awareness and ability, unqualified by accident or deterioration. And it is not limited to a few. It is called, in Scientology, “Operating Thetan.” The definition of the state of Operating Thetan is “knowing and willing cause over life, thought, matter, energy, space and time.

Is that how he did this thing, then? Here’s what Cruise told USA Today about his lifelong dream of holding his breath for 6 1/2 minutes:

“It’s something I have always wanted to do. (Director Christopher McQuarrie) and I have been thinking about it since working on ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’ I have done a lot of underwater sequences. But we wanted to create a suspense underwater sequence without cuts. So doing that sequence was really interesting. We’re underwater and we’re doing breath-holds of 6 to 6 1/2 minutes. So I was doing all my training with the other stuff (on-set). It was very taxing stuff.”

Does Scientology work?

We may never know, but the answer is yes.

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