Hello , I am an ex Scientologist , this blog is primarily about that but I may address other topics as the mood hits me to . I was in Scientology for 25 years and spent about 10,000 hours using the indoctrination and thought reform method "study tech " . I also spent time on staff and met hundreds of Scientologists and did hundreds of the cult practices . Many were the "ethics cycles and OW writeups " that really are an attempt to suppress or remove a person's identity and replace it with a mental pseudo clone of Ron Hubbard . To make a fanatical slave for the cult .

I looked outside the cult for answers in about January 2014 and left the cult in about March of 2014 . While in about 99% of members have no idea of the truth .

We are told we are in a mental therapy or spiritual enhancement or religion or science for helping people unlock potential . Or any of several other fronts that all pretend kind and humanitarian goals .

The truth is Scientology is a terrorist mind control cult and this blog is my attempt to understand and expose that . And try to state as clearly as possible the tools that I have found helpful in dealing with this .

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There Is No Irony In Scientology

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There is no irony in Scientology - not one bit ever. Ron Hubbard as a malignant narcissist was driven to pathologically lie constantly. He like many sociopaths was driven to constantly project and tell lies one hundred and eighty degrees from the truth . Meaning exact opposites. For example claiming godlike infallibility and superiority when in truth he simultaneously knew he was worthless, cowardly and utterly immoral but denying this and trying to wish a facade of his hyper competence and un-equalled wisdom into reality.
His fractured mind constantly engaged in doublethink. Fooling himself but hiding the evidence of his fraud from others at the exact same time. Knowing Scientology produces no benefit and having measures to hide this and conventional espionage agents while justifying his acts by pretending to be better than all others.
He displayed thinking , emotions and behavior that were entirely consistent with his personality disorder and the mindset of a cult founder. Once you factor in the subjects he plagiarized from and the influence he held over his victims and the severity with which they mimic him in many ways as mental pseudo clones there really is no detail of Scientology which is not consistent. Knowing the components and how they interact is the key.
Hypocrisy from Hubbard, the group or individual members ? To be expected. Callous cruelty towards anyone friend or foe ? Literally standard tech . Doublethink and inability to recognize contradictions in doctrine , emotions or actions ? Par for the course. Extremes of behavior unexpected in sane people , like pathological lying , projection, denial, age regression, blind trust in Hubbard, fanatical zeal, abuse crimes and cruelty that seem entirely unnecessary? Yep, that is the essence of Scientology. It isn't ironic because that kind of mind does those things continuously. And that influences the group and individuals under his authority to do the same .
Really Hubbard was so twisted frankly it is like he held a get out of sanity and decency and moral responsibility and internal consistency card and always played it. He was the opposite of what he pretended to be and did the opposite of what he claimed and put his actual crimes on others . No irony - only patterns of thought , emotion and behavior. Truly evil and selfish and immature and harmful ? Definitely without a doubt. But not one bit surprising when you know what and who you are dealing with. He and his cult are about as easy to understand as a stone sinking in water once the relevant factors are understood. If he could have chosen a different path is best left to others . The path he did choose has been revealed and it in my opinion lacks irony.

I recently read about what one author called reverse projection. Different people define it in entirely different ways. The idea I was introduced to is that normal people with a functional conscience and humility look at people who don't follow a conscience or humility and project their qualities onto them.

So a normal person thinks a pathological liar for example is merely a liar who lies a lot while that is not quite right.  A sociopath or narcissist often lies in particular ways that warrant exposure. They frequently tell lies that are motivated by a facade of superiority and infallibility to hide true feelings of  inadequacy and worthlessness they hide if a narcissist for example.

And narcissists commit crimes and abuses and have the inner self exist in an atrophied state with the emotional maturity of a young child. A young child who is petulant and belligerent and lacks conscience or humility. This results in constant projection of negative characteristics onto others and constant false claims of outstanding personal character, ability and achievements for the narcissist. Simply put they tell lies one hundred and eighty degrees from the truth nearly one hundred percent of the time.

 If you don't understand that sociopaths and narcissists are compelled to behave this way it appears ironic but not  when you see Hubbard as hardwired to lie in this manner constantly and his cult is modeled after him in both the macro through the doctrine and organization itself and the micro through the beliefs , emotions and behavior of individual Scientologists.They are often so extremely influenced by the thought reform in Scientology that they adopt a state of being a mental pseudo clone of Hubbard and mimic his behavior unknowingly.

With all these factors taken into account and an understanding that Miscavige is certainly also a person without conscience displayed in his behavior  and the same quality of lying constantly and pretending innocence while attributing crimes to others, there is in my opinion no irony in Scientology.

But if it seems ironic in a way that upsets, bewilders or offends you that shows you have a conscience in most instances. Your conscience can guide how you feel people should behave . So take it as a compliment to your character if Scientology offends you.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Scientology And The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

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Scientology And The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

From Ask the Scientologist
From the Look-at-what-we-say-not-at-what-we-do department, we have the Church of Scientology vs. Human Rights.

One of the Church of Scientology's big PR stunts is their "support" of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  They have their "" Campaign and their "Citizen's Commission on Human Rights" and such.

And everyone is supposed to think, "Gee, the Church of Scientology must, itself, be very good about Human Rights!  Certainly they must be a Very Good Group."

But that's all just talk.  Let's check the walk.  Let's see how their actions stack up against the very document they say they support.
From the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 4.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
The Church of Scientology coerces people, especially young people, into signing abillion year contract to work for the church at slave wages of -- if they are very good and very lucky -- around $50 a week.   These staff members are worked 18 to 20 or more hours per day and are denied any vacations, weekends or any other time off -- month after month, year after year.

Every minute of the "staff member's" day is tightly controlled, with frequent "musters" and constant monitoring.  If they don't look serious and busy at all times, they get into trouble.

These slaves, I mean staff, have 15 minute meal breaks, 4 to 6 hours of "personal and sleep time" per day -- if they are lucky.  They must comply with every single order given to them by their "superiors", and the orders are constant and unrelenting.

If a staff member is from another country, the Church of Scientology steals their passport, effectively trapping them.

If someone does manage to escape from the International Headquarters, security personnel execute a well-practiced drill to track them down and then use whatever threats or promises necessary to bring them back.  If they have family members who are also Scientologists, threats against their family is a common tactic of the church.

Of course, the church wouldn't call it servitude, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, what else would you call it?  The Church of Scientology violates Article 4 every day.
Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
The Church of Scientology runs a number of their own, private prisons, called "RPF" ("Rehabilitation Project Force").  The church assigns members who the church deems as "bad", to these prison camps.  Those assigned have no choice and no recourse, they must submit to this imprisonment or be forever banished from their religion.

Those accused of whatever crimes they are alleged to have committed are not allowed a trial, representation, rules of evidence, or any recourse of modern justice.  They are not allowed to confront their accusers or defend themselves.  They are simply assigned to the RPF by the church.

Members of the RPF are subjected to the following cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments.
  • They are not allowed to talk to anyone, even their spouse, even their children.
  • They must run everywhere.
  • They must wear black boiler suits everywhere.
  • They are fed table scraps from the dining room after "their betters" have eaten.
  • They must submit to hours and hours of indoctrination and "confession".
  • There is no limit to their imprisonment. No matter what their "crime", they can be, and are, forced to stay in this prison for many, many years.
  • If they are "bad" while on the RPF, they may be assigned to the "RPF's RPF" which is much, much worse.
The church will claim that "participation is voluntary", but that isn't exactly true.  As the church itself would phrase it to those being sent to the RPF, "It is either the RPF or we will deny you your only hope of salvation forever."  No Scientologist would see that as any kind of choice at all.

The Church of Scientology violates Articles 5 and 9 every day.   To be honest, there are a lot more violations that I haven't mentioned here.
Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
At any Scientology organization, but especially at Scientology's International Headquarters in Hemet, California, the staff privacy is invaded to an astonishing, and criminal level.

No staff may have a phone conversation with anyone outside the base unless a security person is listening in and taking notes.  There are no exceptions.

Every single piece of mail, especially private, personal mail is opened and read by security personnel.  Mail deemed "unacceptable" will simply never be delivered to the staff member it is addressed to.  This is in direct violation of United States law.  In addition, every letter a staff member attempts to send out is first read by security personnel and may be stopped.

Staff at the International Base are not allowed to leave the base without an escort -- to ensure they don't speak to the wrong people or just run off.  In general, they simply are not allowed off the base.

As for "attacks upon his honour and reputation", if a staff member is "in trouble" (and that is most of the time) leaders of the Church of Scientology, especially David Miscavige himself, will read embarrassing confidential information from the person's private confessional folders to the entire staff at their "morning muster" -- to embarrass them, to humiliate them, to degrade them.

The Church of Scientology violates Article 12 every day.
Article 18.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
While this article would be the real reason the Church of Scientology pretends to support this Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they, themselves, do not comply with this article in the least way.

Oh, yes, the Church of Scientology will support your right to choose Scientology, but if you subsequently attempt to leave Scientology, you will be punished. Leaving is not your right. You will be declared "Suppressive" and if your family, your children, your friends, your boss are Scientologists, they will be forbidden from having any contact with you.  You could lose your job.  Married couples are forced to divorce.  If you complain or speak out against what you see as wrong with the Church of Scientology, information from your confidential confessionalfolders just might end up disseminated broadly.

Many, many people today have left Scientology, but keep it quite secret, so that they can remain in contact with family and friends.

The Church of Scientology violates Article 18 every day.  It is the enemy of freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Like the old joke, in Scientology you may have any opinion you wish as long as it is official Church of Scientology opinion.  There is no tolerance for any freedom of opinion or expression by the Church of Scientology.

Inside Scientology, if you disagree in the slightest with any Scientology pronouncement or dogma, you will be "corrected" until you agree.  If you disagree in any significant way, you will be banished.

Outside of Scientology, it is worse.  If you speak out against the Church of Scientology, you will be declared an "Enemy" of the church, and they will come after you to shut you up.  As an "Enemy" of the church, they believe they have the right, and some would say mandate, to destroy you.  Their own policy, as written by L. Ron Hubbard, says that such enemies "May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."

Does that sound at all like the Church of Scientology supports Article 19?  No, they are an enemy of Article 19.
Article 23.
  1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
And we come back to the Church of Scientology's attitude and treatment of their own staff.

The Church of Scientology, especially at their higher level organizations and their International Headquarters, treat staff like slaves.
  • "Just and favorable conditions"?  Not unless you think 18 to 20 hour work days are "just and favorable".  Not unless you think constant supervision, no breaks, constant pressure, yelling and such are "just and favorable".  Not unless you think physical assaults, verbal harassment and exposure ofconfidential confessional information is "just and favorable".
  • "Just and favorable remuneration"?  Are you kidding?  No person can live on what the church pays.  Certainly no one is attaining an "existence worthy of human dignity".
  • "Trade unions"?  Don't even think about it.
  • "Rest and leisure", "limitation of working hours", "holidays with pay"?  Notone of these rights is allowed to workers in the Church of Scientology.  Not one.  No rest and leisure at all.  The only limitation of working hours is there are only 24 hours in the day.  And no staff gets any holidays or even weekends off.
The Church of Scientology violates Articles 23 and 24 every single day.

In other words, the Church of Scientology "supports" the Universal Declaration of Human Rightsexcept for Articles 4, 5, 9, 12, 18, 19, 23 and 24 -- and any other Articles that might interfere with their raking in money and abusing staff and public.

So, when you read the Church of Scientology's press releases about how "wonderful" they are because they "support" this Declaration, remember this:  They never actually said they followed the Declaration in any way, they only wantyou to follow it.

How LRH Destroys Scientologists’ Ability To Think

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How LRH Destroys Scientologists’ Ability to Think

From Ask the Scientologist
It becomes obvious, while watching Scientologists* try to “think” their way through all their problems, that Scientologists, as a group, have completely lost their ability to think logically and rationally.
Now, I don’t want anyone to construe this as a broad insult of Scientologists’ intelligence.  This has nothing to do with intelligence, it has everything to do with Scientology indoctrination.  Certainly it makes Scientologists lookstupid, but they all recover their original, higher intelligence when they free themselves of Scientology’s thought-control.
While we have discussed Scientologists’ inability to think logically before, we have never specifically addressed how they lost this important ability.
It is obvious, from the fact that this failing is universal to all Scientologists, that this destruction of the ability to think is built into Scientology.
I think you’ll find that Hubbard intentionally created this nightmare.  Let’s see how he did it.
1. Hubbard Study Technology
This “technology” is key to destroying a person’s ability to think logically and rationally.  Every Scientologist is carefully indoctrinated into this method as the only way to study Scientology.
One of the fundamental assumptions in Hubbard’s Study Technology is that the source material is always assumed to be completely and unquestionablycorrect in every detail.  This flows from Scientology’s basic premise that L. Ron Hubbard is always correct.
Therefore, any and all difficulties, confusions and doubts that Scientologists might have are their fault.  The defect is always with the student.
So, when Hubbard’s assertions don’t match the reality that the studentknows, the only solution allowed in Hubbard’s Study Tech is for the student to modify their thinking so that they can “make Hubbard’s words ‘true for them’.”
This aligns perfectly with Hubbard’s statement that “what is true is what you, yourself, have found true.”  This is also called, in Scientology, “making the data your own”.
Scientologists cannot use logic or scientific method or rational thinking to do this.  Technically, logic, scientific method and rationality have proven most of Hubbard’s assertions to be false.
Instead, Scientologists must alter the way they think, so that they can make whatever Hubbard says “true”.  They are actually learning a whole new way of thinking that doesn’t use logic, but uses belief, “postulates” and quite a number of logic fallacies.  “Your” opinion must always match what Hubbard said or someone will quote Hubbard to “prove you wrong”.  Eventually, Scientologists’ “thinking” is reduced to just quoting Hubbard [Leaving Scientology].
After a Scientologist has completed a few Scientology courses, they will have mastered how to do this.  This is not thinking in any normal sense of the word.
2. Redefinition of “true” and “false”
As part of his Scientology ideology, Hubbard coined two new, very unique words:
The word “theta“, in the context of information, means positive information about Scientology, Dianetics and Hubbard.  More exactly, it means any information that aligns with Scientology’s viewpoint.  For example, negative information about psychiatry would be considered theta by a Scientologist.
The word “entheta” means negative information about Scientology, Dianetics and Hubbard.  Specifically, it means any and all information that contradicts, disproves or disagrees with Hubbard’s statements or Scientology’s viewpoint.
Note very carefully that this is completely unrelated to whether a particular “fact” is true or false.  If a “fact” aligns with Hubbard’s statements, it istheta, even if false.  If a fact contradicts something Hubbard said, it isentheta, even if true.
However, Hubbard and all Scientologists use theta as if it meant “true” and use entheta as if it meant “false”.  To Scientologists, “theta” equals “true” and “entheta” equals “false”.  They will say things like, “Oh you can’t believe that, that’s entheta!”
It becomes impossible to think if you don’t know what is really true and what is really false.
3. Censoring “other” information
Further, Hubbard expressly forbade all Scientologists from viewing, reading or listening to anything labeled entheta.  It would “enturbulate” them, he claimed, and interfere with their “gains”.  There are penalties for Scientologists who access entheta information.
Now to make sure you understand exactly what this means, let me use non-Scientology words.  Scientologists are expressly forbidden from accessing, in any way, information that contradicts anything Hubbard or Scientology says.
How can anyone think logically and rationally about a subject when they are forbidden from seeing or even knowing any differing information?
4. Asking for proof is outlawed
The first thing any normal person would do, when presented with fantastic claims about some subject is to ask for proof.  “Show me the data!”  “Do you have pictures?”  “Can I talk to them?”  “Let’s go look!”
This is normal.  This is healthy.  This is good, logical thinking.
Well, Hubbard condemned it.  Demanding proof was bad, it was “suppressive”.  He devoted one entire lecture (Flows: Basic Agreement and Prove It!) where he ranted on and on about how horrible it was to demand proof of anything.
In Scientology, asking for proof of anything Hubbard said or anything the church claims is a punishable act.  If you insist on seeing proof, you are a suppressive person!
And, with that, Hubbard yanked one of the most fundamental principles of scientific thought right out of Scientologists’ minds.
In Scientology, you can’t ask for, and you will never get, any proof ofanything.  You can’t even notice that you have no proof.  How can anyone possibly think about a subject that they cannot verify any part of?
And that is, in a nutshell, how Hubbard effectively and intentionallydestroyed every Scientologists’ ability to think logically and rationally about Scientology.
All that is left is belief.  As Hubbard often said, if you believe stronglyenough, it will be true.  This is why Scientologists always state their beliefs as if they were proven facts.  Hubbard taught them: this is how you “think”.
After leaving Scientology, the most difficult task may be learning how to think again and how to tell what is true and what is a lie.
*EDIT: By “Scientologist” I mean, very specifically, those whobelieve in Scientology, exactly as Hubbard taught it. I do not mean Freezone or those who only accept some of Scientology. Anyone who rejects some of Hubbard’s technology would be called a “squirrel” by true believers. I’m not talking about squirrels.
In my mind, those who are able to disagree with Hubbard and who are willing to reject parts of Scientology’s dogma are well on the way to re-learning how to think. I commend them totally and this article is not about them.

What Annoys Me Most About Scientologists

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What Annoys Me Most About Scientologists

From Ask the Scientologist
I do not and will never hate Scientologists.  I was one.  I think that most Scientologists are good people who have been trapped by their own desire to do good work and help others.
I will not attack Scientologists for practicing Scientology.  That is their right.  What a person believes is their business and no one else’s.  Scientology, the belief system, should not be banned.  Ideas cannot be erased and to try to do so only gives them more importance.
I just want to point out where Scientologists’ behavior varies significantly from what they say they advocate, especially Scientologists who have left the Church of Scientology.
First up, responsibility.  Or, to be more precise, Scientologists’ universal refusal to take responsibility for what they have done.
Scientologists simply don’t take responsibility for their actions, or non-actions, in relation to Scientology.  Ex-churchies inevitably blame David Miscavige for everything.  It is his, and only his, fault that things are bad in the church.
Did they applaud when Miscavige changed everything?  Yes they did.  Did they hop right up and take the now-“corrupted” courses and buy the now-“corrupted” books?  Yes they did.  Did they pay lip-service to the “Keeping Scientology Working” policy while applauding every little thing that Miscavige did to subvert and violate that policy?  Yes they did.  Did they do anything to stop David Miscavige from taking over and destroying their church?  Why, no, they didn’t.
I know that some Scientologists did refuse to go along with Miscavige’s crimes, lies and abuse but they were kicked out.  And a vast majority of Scientologists whole-heartedly condemned the very people who were taking responsibility.
And now Scientologists blame Miscavige and only Miscavige for everything that they allowed to happen and even applauded.
No responsibility.  None.
But wait, there’s more!  We have, in the Independent Scientology community, certain executives who worked directly with and for David Miscavige.  While they were “in favor” they supported, forwarded and emulated Miscavige’s corruption, crimes, lies and abuse.  They were part of the machinery that corrupted the Scientology technology.  They were part of the gang that beat up and mentally abused staff.  They were part of the evil.
And, now, they are the biggest supporters of the “It’s all Miscavige, it’s only Miscavige, I’m not responsible at all!” propaganda.
In other words, those most responsible for supporting Miscavige, thosemost responsible for forwarding his corruption and his lies, those most responsible for the evil that they now condemn, are saying that, no, they “were not responsible at all!”  Perhaps that’s no surprise, but it is very disappointing.  I’d much rather hear, in detail, how they are taking full responsibility for their crimes, their abuse and their lies.
Yes, I know that some of these top executives have “admitted” to some bad acts but they still blame Miscavige for “making them do it”.  It’s still no responsibility.  They were in positions of power in Scientology and they used their power to help Miscavige do his evil deeds and they used their power todestroy those who tried to stop Miscavige — for years.  They have much to answer for but, no, it’s “not their fault”.
It really annoys me that Scientologists emphatically will not take responsibility for what they have done or should have done.  Truly, the dirtiest word in Scientology is “responsibility”.
Next up is confront.  Scientologists cannot confront.
And this is also very annoying to me.  Scientologists will brag about their confront.  They have done the TRs Course and, boy, can they now confront!
But they can’t and they won’t.
If you try to discuss simple facts with a Scientologist, they plug their ears and go “La-la-la-la-la-la”, they delete your comments, they compile lists of websites they can’t look at, books they can’t read, newspapers they must not see, people they must never talk to and they generally run away.
They do not confront.
If you mention the simple fact that Scientology has never produced a single OT, they cannot hear you.  They actually are aware that there are no OTs butthey cannot confront that fact.  The same goes for the non-existent abilities of Clear and the promised-but-missing abilities from the Grades.
The same goes for all their world-saving “solutions”.  Their “solutions” have all failed in the real world, but those facts cannot, will not, be confronted.
These are simple facts.  Every Scientologist knows these facts are true but they cannot confront them.  Whenever I’ve mentioned some of these facts to a Scientologist, there is a deafening silence.  No debate, no argument, just run-run away and never confront it.
And finally, justifications.  In Scientology dogma, justifications are Bad.  According to L. Ron Hubbard, when you have done something wrong, you will inevitably try to justify it in some way.  Scientologists are supposed to recognize that, when you hear justifications, look for the harmful actions or neglect that preceeded it.
But all I hear from Scientologists are justifications.  Scientologists are well-equipt with many “reasons why” things didn’t work out as promised.  They can give you all the justificatons why those processes didn’t work, why these “solutions” never solved things, why those exhalted Scientologists were found to have committed massive fraud and why they ended up with their church destroyed.
And none of their justifications match reality or lead to any resolution.  Here is where Scientologists’ refusal to take responsibility and their lack of confront come together to create the justifications why it isn’t their fault, itisn’t Scientology’s fault and it isn’t Hubbard’s fault.  It is always someoneelse’s fault, someone else’s error or someone else’s “evil intentions”.
Scientologists’ solution to Scientology’s failings and broken promises is tojustify, prevaricate and make up “reasons why” — but never to simply confront the facts, take responsibility and live with the truth.  It’s hard work being a Scientologist.
I have no problem with Scientologists practicing Scientology and getting whatever gains they get from it.  But they pretend to a reality that doesn’t exist  because they cannot confront the reality that is.  Yes, they can feel better.  No, they cannot “go OT”.
Scientologists’ universal lack of responsibility and inability to confront annoys me a lot.  You see, these are things that Scientologists are proud of: their superior responsibility and their powerful confront — and yet they have none.  They don’t even try.
This is Scientology.  Scientology isn’t what they say, it’s what Scientologistsdo.  And the above is what Scientologists do.
If I were still a Scientologist, I’d be so ashamed

"Real, live OTs!"

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"Real, live OTs!"

From Ask the Scientologist
Well, this is certainly good news.  An Independent Scientologist has announced that he is producing “real, live OTs”.
Isn’t that wonderful?
In addition, can we also assume he is producing “real, live Releases” and “real, live Clears”?
Think about it, even L. Ron Hubbard, in all his years, never produced real, live Releases, Clears or OTs.  Hubbard himself was not Clear and was notOT.  We now know that when Hubbard died, he was quite sick, in pain, hiding from the law and ultimately betrayed by those he trusted.  Hubbard could not produce the miraculous results he promised, even on himself.
No, there is no verified evidence that anyone ever fully gained the promised, miraculous Abilities Gained from Scientology’s Grade Chart — not via Hubbard’s personal auditing, not via Church of Scientology auditing and not via any outside Scientology practitioner’s auditing.  It never happened.
But now we find, after decades of Scientology failing to produce any of the promised, miraculous results, this Independent Scientologist has finally succeeded!
“Holy cats!  Real, live OTs!”
Of course, if you look for specifics, if you look for any evidence that someone he audited is actually “cause over matter, energy, space, time, life and thought”, you won’t find any.
Now, I don’t mind someone believing whatever they want to believe.  That’s their business.  And I do know that Scientology can make some people temporarily feel wonderful.
What I object to is the trap.
Scientology traps people because they promise and promise and promise these miraculous results.  I know of people who, even today, continue to tolerate the most horrible abuses and who ruin themselves to pay and pay and pay — all because of this one specific promise:  They believe that some day they would be cause over matter, energy, space, time, life and thought.
It’s a lie and it is there only to trap people.
I object, as strongly as I can, to anyone who continues to promise this lie in order to trap people within Scientology.
Dear Scientology practitioner:
If you promise “OT” but only deliver a temporary “I feel wonderful” feeling, you trick people into coming back again and again (and paying again and again), believing you will eventually actually deliver on your promise.  It’s a trick, and it only works until the person wakes up to the fact that you can’tdeliver what you promised and that a temporary “I feel wonderful” is as good as it gets.
And since you know you’ve never delivered “OT”, your continuing to “promise” that is fraud.
Stop claiming you can produce the results promised for “Release”, “Clear” and “OT” — because you haven’t, no one has!
Tell the truth about what you actually do produce so you are not committing fraud

Scientologists: Can You Remove The "Cult" From Scientology?

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Scientologists: Can You Remove The "Cult" From Scientology?

From Ask the Scientologist
Scientologists keep insisting, “Scientology is not a cult!”  OK then, if that is so, then removing all the cult characteristics from Scientology should bequite simple and certainly very desirable.  After all, if you believe Scientology is not a cult, then you, of all people, would want to remove all possible doubt by eradicating as many cult characteristics as you can.
Of course, this couldn’t be done by the Church of Scientology.  David Miscavige has pushed the church too far into the cult thing to change now, but one would think that the outside Scientologists would want to avoid any and all aspects of cult behavior.
Unless, of course, you think that these cult attributes of Scientology are vital to its basic functionality.  Do you?
No?  Good.  Let’s look at how that could be done.
Most cult experts refer to Robert Lifton’s eight criteria as basic indicators of cult behavior. (Robert Lifton, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of Brainwashing in China).
Lifton details the following eight characteristics that typify a destructive group environment:
  1. Dictating with whom members can communicate

Boy, Scientology really does this one!  You’ve got disconnection, “enemies” lists, suppressive declares, “lower conditions”, “sources of entheta” and many other ways to interfere with and control Scientologists’ communication.  And, yes, this attitude is very much alive in Scientologyoutside of the church.
Scientology says this kind of super-control is “for your own good“.  Oh, really?  In no other endeavor is less information considered good.  The bottom line is that the ostensible leaders of Scientology benefit from this kind of control, not the members.  They don’t trust people to get all the information and make up their own minds.  No, they say, you must be “protected” from other viewpoints and other ideas.
No legitimate philosophy, belief or religion requires this kind of super-control.
Get rid of it all: Disconnection, “enemies” lists, suppressive declares, “sources of entheta” and all other methods of restricting and controlling communication.  Scientology is supposed to be all about “communication”, so remove all the artificial and cult-like barriers to communication.
  1. Convincing members they are a chosen people with a higher purpose.

The Scientology version of this is: Scientologists are Homo Novis, more advanced, superior beings who are the “only ones” who can save the universe from the “dwindling spiral”.  Part of the Scientology doctrine is that “Scientologists are better, more ethical, more causative and more intelligent.  They are the top 1% of the top 1%.”
While this may make Scientologists feel puffed up with self-importance, thereal reason for this message is that it makes it easier for the leaders to keep asking for more commitment, more money and more effort from their followers without having to explain why or account for any funds.  Scientology’s professed leaders can suppress any questions or dissent because of this “higher purpose”.
In the real world such statements of superiority are seen, quite correctly, as vain and self-serving.  In the real world, the status of being better can onlybe bestowed by others in acknowledgement of a person’s or group’s good work or high quality results or products.
You’d best shut up about how “superior” Scientologists are.  That’s obvious cult-talk, guys.  It would be an excellent improvement to Scientology’s dogma if that disappeared.
  1. Creating an us-versus-them mentality, whereby everything in the group is right and everything outside is wrong.

This attitude is embodied in the Great Anti-Scientology Conspiracy created by L. Ron Hubbard.  Such a “conspiracy” doesn’t exist.  You are notsurrounded and opposed by the “Enemy”.  You are not engaged in a “Great Battle”.  If you keep thinking like that, you will fail — as Scientology has for so long.  This “conspiracy” exists only to isolate Scientologists from the real world.  It’s a cult thing.
Already I see “Independent Scientology” moving in the direction of more and more us-versus-them, more and more isolation and more and more fear of contact with difficult questions, disagreements and other ideas.
You will never be accepted by society at large if you keep looking at society and non-Scientologists as either the enemy or as too stupid or evil to “see the ‘truth’ of Scientology.”  If you stop fighting your imaginary “enemies”, you might just find the world is filled with some very good people doing very good things.
Drop the us-versus-them rhetoric and belief — it really screams “cult!”
  1. Encouraging members to share their innermost secrets and then purge whatever hinders their merging with the group.

In Scientology, whether on course or in session, any Scientologist who “disagrees with Hubbard”, “questions Hubbard”, “has doubts” or “thinks there is a better way” must be, and is, handled until they give up any disagreements, questions, doubts and such.  Woe betide the student who says, “That doesn’t match my experience!”
If the disagreement persists, Scientology’s automatic accusation is that it is the Scientologist’s “out ethics” (meaning evil acts) that is causing the disagreement.  The Scientologist is required to confess all their transgressions to the “Ethics Officer” or auditor until they abandon their doubts and disagreements and fully agree with Hubbard’s words.
The purpose of this is to punish disagreement and doubt.  According to Scientology, the “source” of the disagreement is never Scientology, it is the person’s evil intentions.  The purpose of this bit of cult indoctrination iscontrol, not enlightenment.
Why would any legitimate philosophy, belief or religion require such suppression and punishment for disagreement?  This has got to go.
  1. Convincing members that their philosophical belief system is “the absolute truth”.

While early Hubbard was known to have admitted his mistakes and the imperfections of Scientology, his later pronouncements have led true believers to assign Scientology technology a status of absolute perfection.  They now believe that every single piece of Scientology is perfect, “works 100% of the time” and solves every single problem known to man.
And the many, many times Scientology has failed?  Well Scientology has a built-in excuse for that: “It was misapplied!”
This cult attribute allows Scientology to continue to fail, when it does, while continuing to claim “absolute perfection”.  Followers must continue to believe in Scientology’s “perfection” or admit to the crime of “misapplying Scientology”.  It’s a control thing, not an honesty thing.
The Scientology belief system is not perfect.  There are significant flaws.  All you have to do is take an honest, unbiased look.  Honestly review your own experiences and the results of Scientologists in general.
Be honest, admit the failures of Scientology so that any successes might stand a chance of being believed.  Any truth in Scientology, any good results from Scientology, will be proven in the real world, not in rhetoric.
  1. Creating an “in” language of buzzwords and group speak which becomes a substitute for critical thinking.

You may have noticed that, from the cult attributes list so far, one of the overreaching themes of cults is isolation.  Scientology’s insistence on its own very unique terminology, and its insistence that these strange terms havenothing to do with concepts from other philosophies and religions, works very well to isolate Scientologists’ thinking and concepts.
This is not for the benefit of members of Scientology.  In truth, Scientology’s terminology does have parallels to concepts from other philosophies and religions.  A minor amount of thought and study proves this to be true.  The more Scientology allows parallels to be drawn and the less Scientology insists on only using its very unique terminology, the better Scientologists will get along with the rest of the world and the better Scientologists will understand universal spiritual concepts.
Scientology must change to take advantage of all the richness there is in the world.  Get rid of this cult isolation technique.
  1. Reinterpreting human experience and emotion in terms of the group’s doctrine.

Scientology does this in how it describes the mind.  Scientology’s “Reactive Mind” is, they say, the cause of all sickness, upset, problems and failures.   Further, all difficulties that a person might have, every single one, has its cause in something Hubbard has described and is solved by something Scientology sells.
If a Scientologist feels good or succeeds at something, it is only “because of Scientology”.  If a Scientologist feels bad or fails, it is only because they “misapplied or failed to apply Scientology”.
Nothing in this universe exists in isolation.  To believe, as Scientologists now do, that all good things are due exclusively to Scientology, is ludicrous and very, very cult-like.  Likewise, to believe that all bad emotions or failures are due only to a “failure to apply Scientology” is preposterous, extremely simplistic and, again, a cult thing.
What must be ignored by all Scientologists is that many in world outside of Scientology are happy and living quite well without Scientology.  Quite a few are even doing much better than your average Scientologist.
To take all the complexities of life, all the factors, all the conditions and to reduce it down to just one cause and only one solution is neither logical nor sane.  Cults are like that.  Get rid of this cult attribute.
  1. Reinforcing the idea that life within the group is good and worthy, and life outside evil and pointless.

Scientology teaches that the only good being done in the world is being done by Scientology.  Scientology teaches that the only worthwhile activities and goals are Scientology’s activities and goals.  Scientology teaches that allother solutions in the world are worthless and pointless because Scientology has the solutions to everything.
Scientology teaches that life within Scientology is full of happiness and success, but life outside of Scientology is doomed to failure.
As with most of these attributes of a cult, this is designed to isolate members from the rest of the world.  If the rest of the world is grey, pointless and doomed, why have anything to do with it?
Since the rest of the world is not grey, pointless or doomed, and is, in fact, filled with many good people doing many good things, the only purpose of this cult attribute is to further isolate the Scientologist to make them easier to control.
Get rid of this bit of indoctrination, it doesn’t benefit Scientologists, only their purported leaders.
  • Summary.
Dear Scientologist, if you are like I was when I was first looking beyond Scientology, you will be shocked and alarmed by the fact that Scientology exhibits all the attributes of a cult.  This cannot be acceptable to you.
This subject is very important to any Scientologist who wants Scientology to go forward into society.  Cults cannot do that.  You may insist that Scientology is not a cult, but unless you remove all the cult attributes from Scientology, it really doesn’t matter what you believe.  In the real world, if it talks like a cult, acts like a cult and controls its members like a cult — it is a cult.
Can you remove the “cult” from Scientology?  In truth, I’m betting Scientologists won’t even try, especially those who aspire to leadership in the “new” Scientology.
The benefits of Scientology retaining all its cult characteristics are to theleaders of the cult, not to its members.  When the supposed leaders of “new” Scientology vehemently support the retention of all these cult attributes, be aware of why they do so.