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 .

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Unlocking The Scientology Prison Of The Mind Part 1



In getting into Scientology a very specific process of conversion and indoctrination occurs. And certain key experiences and ideas and emotions and behaviours together act as the individual bars of the prison of the mind.

It's like a person enters Scientology with a room. The room has open doorways and the person can come or go at will. Imagine the person puts a bar across one doorway limiting, but not completely stopping movements. Then they add more bars until over much time one doorway is completely blocked enough that the person can't pass through that one with the bars remaining in place. If the person recognized the bars as bars and blocking them they could remove them. They have the ability, but can't use it without understanding. The more they know about how they put the prison together and what holds it together the better they will be at taking it apart. It's like they have better tools and know which ones will work best on which bars.

The bars aren't identical. Their links to each other aren't identical. They are unique to each person.

I will give several examples from my own twenty five year journey into and ultimately out of Scientology. I had several key experiences that made me interested in Scientology and then open to it then convinced it was valid and then convinced that all criticism of it must be invalid, Hubbard's authority and doctrine were infallible and any doubts about it were always wrong.

Hubbard intentionally designed it to operate exactly as it did with me.

I had key experiences that operated as cornerstones of my close minded fanaticism and zealous support.
I met a Scientologist and was initially very antagonistic and skeptical towards Scientology. All I had heard about it was the Scientologists think you are responsible for everything that has happened to you forever, no exceptions.

It seemed to totally lack empathy or compassion. After all victims of horrific crimes including little children surely can't be responsible for the suffering they experience ? So, the first thing that was explained to me was that Scientology has a kind of eternal return to life doctrine that has a billion past lives before now and an unknown but possibly eternal amount of future lives in its belief system.

That's something that in theory could account for present injustice by saying there is a hidden past that can influence it. A person may have made their own choices that somehow led to present circumstances.  It has no proof, but that wasn't the point. The idea just opened the door to a hypothetical situation that in a belief system could be internally logical, or so it seems.

That was one thing. I felt I couldn't be fooled. I didn't understand what makes influence or persuasion possible or effective. I thought that influence or hypnosis would not work on a skeptical person or an intelligent person or someone with street smarts.

I thought figuring out if Scientology was a fraud or true would be simple. I had been laying down the first bars across my own prison with those assumptions.

But just a few bars would not make an effective prison. That's part of why people who are in a short time often don't have anywhere near as hard a time getting out of Scientology or as negative an experience. They didn't build a full prison cell. They may have got halfway done and walked out before the bars completely sealed them in. So they didn't even need to remove any bars sometimes.

What does that mean ? Let me proceed with the story and I will get back to it.

So I had become overconfident, saw myself as above influence, saw Scientology basic ideas as possible if not proven then had a profound key experience - I gave over my power of choice regarding Scientology and it being merely possible and separate from me and my beliefs.

I was on staff and doing a course required for Scientology staff. It was either staff status I or staff status II. I was trying to pass a drill on course that requires verbatim instant recitation of all the departments in order on a Scientology organizing board that also includes corresponding awareness characteristics for each department. The org board had over twenty departments. They have an exact sequence that has to of course be known in perfect order.

Normally in Scientology study tech indoctrination it's set up this way on purpose. A student has to learn hundreds of definitions on most courses. Any word in a course can be spot checked.

A supervisor or another student on a checkout can ask for the definition of ANY word in a student's materials. The materials will usually have a course pack with many pages of writing. They often include taped lectures and books too.

It's not unusual for a course to have hundreds and hundreds of pages of materials. In a spot check a student is asked to define a word from their materials as it is used in the materials and will flunk for not giving the correct definition, for not giving it without hesitation or doubt, for giving no definition or for not giving it exactly as it appears in the materials.

Then the student is flunked and told to clear that word fully, then go back to where it first appears in their materials. So a word can be on the first page of a course and the student can be hundreds of pages past that. The word is asked and flunked on. The student must go all the way back and restudy EVERYTHING from that point. And use study technology including word clearing everything they come across again. It can set you back months.

So you get extremely anxious about learning every definition for every word you encounter. And being able to instantly repeat the definition forever.

Now a key thing to understand is that people usually have their own ideas, ideas they consider and ideas they know but are skeptical of.

In Scientology study a student has their own beliefs, and two other distinct sets of information too. They get hundreds and thousands of ideas in Scientology study. They learn definitions and derivations and idioms for thousands of regular English language words. They also learn thousands of definitions for Scientology terms and Scientology phrases and slogans.

Over time a key experience can occur, it certainly did for me. As a shortcut when getting information overload, being overwhelmed with too much information I took a shortcut. A fatal error in reasoning.

I stopped keeping separate the three bodies of information. It all became one. I thought the retention of all the exact ideas in Scientology doctrine and all the phrases were the important part. I thought it would be okay to lump together the new English language I learned and the new Scientology words, phrases and ideas and my own beliefs and ideas all together as one body of equally accepted information.

In attempting to memorize the long list and exact details needed I swept aside any remaining independent judgment and critical thinking regarding Scientology. I treated it like my own beliefs and values.

It was just easier and made focusing on memorization easy. I thought it was a profound experience which proved the validity of Scientology and the technology. I thought I couldn't be fooled because I was too smart, too skeptical.

Really it was a response to stress, the stress of too much information, too fast, with too many categories to easily separate. That made extreme mental discomfort in the form if cognitive dissonance. And a way to reduce or try to reduce and escape cognitive dissonance is cognitive distortions. You change your thinking to escape something - something inconsistent or undesirable in your beliefs, feelings, behaviors or information coming to you from the world around you. I gave up the tremendous anxiety of juggling hundreds and hundreds of ideas and keeping them all apart.

Imagine juggling dozens of balls at once AND simultaneously mentally keeping track of each one to see if it is one you brought, one juggler A tossed to you or one juggler B tossed to you. The balls look similar enough that they can be mistaken for each other - especially when they are moving fast and there are several being juggled at once.  But if yiu just juggle them without a care where they came from or who owns them it is much more relaxed.

The moment I stopped keeping track of my beliefs, the English language I learned in clearing regular English and the thousands and thousands of ideas I learned in Scientology indoctrination and word clearing it was a tremendous relief. It felt euphoric to have so much stress gone. And how did the stress leave ? By accepting the authority Hubbard claimed as valid ! So the relief felt like the brightening up Hubbard described for his word clearing ! It's really an abandonment of understanding, but feels like a load is off your mind as it is because you don't think about it anymore. When in doubt you just let Hubbard decide.

Besides I had sat on course and considered the question of if Hubbard could have been lying all along for a con and thought it wouldn't make sense if he just wanted money, as he worked for decades long after he could have taken the money and run. He also convinced thousands and thousands of Scientologists that past lives, engrams, auditing, study technology and a hundred other things were in fact completely true. I couldn't see a conspiracy of this size as holding up. Especially since all the Scientologists I knew were not getting rich or pulling a con. They sincerely believed Scientology was valid. I mistakenly set aside everything I knew about pathological liars and scam artists but felt I couldn't be conned too. That conclusion was another thought resulting in being close minded and another bar in the prison.

I couldn't fathom Scientology being a con or Hubbard being a liar.

I remember thinking the specific thoughts I just described. Those thoughts let my guard down and put up the prison, bar by bar.

Then the prison grew stronger and stronger over decades. I had a series of events happen that filed down a bar here and there. I wasn't knowingly looking for or removing the bars.

I was doing other things that led to letting in enough light for me to finally see some of the bars.

I had been thinking in Scientology terms for many years- over twenty - and got a job that required rapid communication. I realized my translation of everything everyone said into Scientology terms then translating my thoughts into English slowed me down. I didn't realize something was lost in translation. A lot is lost really as the terms in Scientology frame everything in Scientology concepts without clearly openly affirming it. It's unconscious and unexamined. You think in Scientology so you believe in Scientology and bolster it by merely thinking.

So I started thinking in English to speed my interactions at work. I thought, after all, if I knew French and Spanish thinking in Spanish wouldn't change who I am.

So I started thinking in English all the time and that eased up the tight constriction of thought my mind was subject to. That's like taking off a straight jacket and ankle irons.

Previously I had felt being able to think in Scientology terms and fluently use them was very important. I countered that idea with the one on translation and undid that one idea myself. I made it, held it in place and years later countered it.

Over time I was opened up to other counter ideas to the ones that closed my mind and welded it shut.

I saw a TV show called Heroes. On the show people have superpowers. In one episode a hero had his mind trapped in the mind of a villain. The two had a little shared world of imagination in one mind together. They experienced years together.

The villain convinced the hero he had changed his ways and was genuinely remorseful for his many crimes.

I realized given enough access and opportunity a person could be influenced by another even if they didn't want to be through sheer repetition alone. Someone could get in a tiny bit through a crack in your defenses over time then a bit more. It could influence you to some degree then more.

That thought about a fictional and impossible situation made me feel different. It made a feeling of panic come over me but I didn't know why. Only years later did I realize it countered a cognitive distortion I had during Scientology indoctrination.

I was still too deep into the Scientology mindset to consciously face the danger it exposed in Scientology. I knew it made me uneasy about something real though.

With the combination of lessened reinforcement of Scientology through my thinking in English terms and being far away from other Scientologists and my realization that extreme repetition over time could create profound influence even on a mind in opposition to it and my realization that everyone is ultimately responsible for their own decisions and should be taught that. Assuming free will exists - we all have teachers and leaders but should face and hold the final responsibility for our decisions and actions. That idea came to me and I felt an odd shift.

I had been thinking of the political arguments people have and how some justify choices by assigning responsibility to a religion or God or religious doctrine. It was simple to me that if you see yourself as the source of your conduct then religion can be left out.

I realized slightly that it was a change in my mind regarding Scientology. I realized Hubbard and Scientology weren't the final source of my actions and choices.

I soon after that had odd feelings, they led to doubts about how I led my life, but I still dared not face Scientology itself. I ended up reading neutral then finally critical information on Scientology.

The Posse of Lunatics story at Freedom really blew things open.

I realized recently that the bars are made of assumptions and conclusions that limit or end facing the possibility I could be fooled or influenced in particular ways or my euphoric feeling in Scientology indoctrination could be something that isn't beneficial or exactly what Hubbard claimed or other specific thoughts and ideas that I had adopted.

The thoughts functioned as logical fallacies or thought stopping cliches that stopped critical and independent thinking regarding Scientology being false or Hubbard being undeserving of blind faith and obedient unquestioning obedience. They together made nearly unshakable confidence and confirmation bias regarding my ideas on Scientology.

I feel when they were well established as deeply held values it made overcoming them extremely difficult.

I feel like the long held  confidence boosting ideas almost had to be countered in the sequence they actually were. It's almost like one became vulnerable to being doubted or countered by another idea and that in turn made the next in line vulnerable to doubts and so on.

The ideas that built the prison had the common denominator of boosting overconfidence and prejudices that supported shutting out criticism. The ideas that undid this were all admissions if only ever so slight that my opinion could be wrong, even slightly. By countering first the constant reinforcement of Scientology terms and phrases then I could realize influence was possible then I could see a person is responsible for their own actions then see that the idea to assume my choice to be a Scientologist could be in error. That ultimately meant Scientology and Hubbard could be wrong too. The ideas that opened my mind to the possibility Scientology could be less than perfect were all counters to specific ideas that closed my mind.

I hope this is of some use in examination of how people get in and out of cults.

Scientology Was Ron Hubbard's Private Game



It's been said that in the very earliest years of Dianetics and Scientology Ron Hubbard wasn't as good at hiding his intentions as he would later become. I examined the transcripts of several tapes Hubbard made in the early fifties and some from the sixties as well. I found the tape from the Philadelphia Doctorate Course numbered 39 that described the games maker actually outlined how he created Scientology in extreme detail.

Here's a group of quotes from that tape that describes this with a commentary afterword.

The MEST universe would have you believe this is the only game there is anyplace in the whole of anything. That’s not true! Not even vaguely true.

Games are going on with all kinds  of  rules, terrific interest levels and so forth.  All right, I’m  going to read off for you this  paper just so we’ve got it on the tape. How many minutes we got?  – five minutes. That’s plenty.

 „The aberration above time is ‘there must be a game’. Now there’s a postulate up there, ‘there must be a game’ and there’s an interest level and therefore it enters into a flow. And ‘there must be a game’ and ‘there must  not be a game’. So you have the Un-maker of Games quite as important as the Maker of Games.“

Now we get „The rules of games are as follows: Limitations on self and others, obedience to rules, unconsciousness of  rules to add  reality“ – we pretend the rules are real.

„ARC with others to play. Pain as a penalty which will be obeyed“ – you have to have a penalty that will be obeyed. Otherwise, nobody will stick with  the rules.

 „Agreement to rules and penalties is necessary to continue a game.“ And boy, are they! „Deterioration of a game until no game“ – cycle of action shows you the whole game  is an object with no action.

You know, the… the… the wienie finally becomes everything there is, and there is no action even to get the wienie.

„Work is admission of inability to play“ –  if you have to work, you can’t play, obvious. They really yap about that here.

„A game  of complexity and levels“ – the Tone Scale is such a game. It’s just a map of MEST universe games.

 „Peculiarity or liability of  a maker of  game, people attempting to play the game of Maker of  Games“ – it’s a game itself.  Your  big capitalista or commissar will do that.

„The game called Maker of Games results in No  Game. And the game  called Unmaking Games results in a game. 8008.“

 „There’s a game called freedom,“ which is what you’re playing right at this minute. „

And Games contain trickery and misdirection to  win“ – your 180 degree vector of Have and Agree. „

The prize of winning is making a new  game“ – what do you know?  „Or permitting a new game  to be made or making it possible for a new game to be played.“ Those are all prizes, and that’s all the prizes there are. "

"The necessity“ – oh, of course, there’s these gimmicks, these wienies and so forth. But everybody just knows that they’re spurious as hell.  Uh… „The necessity to have a new game  coded before one ends the old game.“ Otherwise, everyone becomes a maker of games with no game.

 Now, "The value of pieces. Ownership of pieces  may be also the ownership of players. And the difference between players and pieces, and the difficulty of pieces becoming players“

boy, when a piece becomes a player, there’s really  a hell of an upset in the game; it’ll just blow. Oh, the quarterback walks out of the football game and all of a sudden starts to run the whole football game, and nobody can tell him  „No.“ That football game’s dead.

 Now… so you’ve got to hide the rules from  the pieces, otherwise this is going to happen.

 „Now the caste system  of game  consist of  this: The Maker of Games, he has no rules, he runs by no rules.

 The player of the games,  rules known but he obeys them. And the assistant players merely obey the players. And the  pieces obey rules as dictated by players, but they don’t know the rules.“

 And then, what  do you know. There’s broken pieces, and they aren’t even in the game, but they’re still in  the game.

And they’re in a terrible maybe: „Am  I in the game or am  I not in the game?“  Now, „How to make a piece. This is how to  make a piece: First, deny there is a game. Second, hide the rules from  them. Three, give  them  all penalties and no wins. Four, remove all goals“ –

 all goals. „Enforce them… their playing. Inhibit their enjoying. Make them  look like but forbid their being like players“

 – look like God but uh… you can’t be God.

„To make a piece continue to be a piece, permit it to associate only with pieces and deny the existence of players.“

 Never let the pieces find out that there are players.  Now out of these you’re going to get games.

 Now here’s a process that has to do with the making of games, and all this process adds  up to, is you just address to those factors which I just gave you, oh, run and change postulates and any creative process that you can think of and shift postulates around, you get a whole process.

 But remember, that up at the top of  it there is  a big postulate, „There must be a game.

“ Therefore if you want to regain the Spirit of  Play, people have got to unmake postulates they’ve made all along, saying, „There mustn’t be  a game. There mustn’t be a game. It can’t be a game. Don’t play with me. I mustn’t be played with. Life is serious. This isn’t a game. We’re playing for keeps. I’ll never get out of this,“

and so forth. In other words, the postulates which they’ve made to convince themselves that  these are the rules and the only rules that can be played, and these that I’ve just read off to you.

I’m  going to have this typed and you can figure it out more or less as you want to. I could, of course, give you even further rundown  on this, if you wanted me to, but it takes… takes a little while to do so. It’s actually the backbone of what we are doing. But let’s take a break.   (TAPE ENDS)

It has the blueprint for a cult. Make rules, hide them. Use claims that are 180 degrees from the truth.
He foreshadowed his later claims that life is serious.
He foreshadowed his statement that we're playing for keeps or his claim that we're playing for blood, the stakes are earth.

"We must come to orderly cause-point on every post. We must, we must, we must.

We're playing for blood. The stake is Earth. If we don't make it nobody will. We're the sole agency in existence today that can forestall the erasure of all civilization or bring a new better one. If we aren't willing to be hanged for our mistakes we'll surely fry for them."

Hubbard required "obedience to rules, unconsciousness of rules to add reality“ – we pretend the rules are real."
He demanded extreme obedience. He used contradictions and deep layers of complex and compartmentalized doctrine for different caste levels so no one but he knew the rules. They were unknowable to everyone else.
By having the rules be unknown they couldn't be analyzed and rejected.
It's like how in 1984 ALL laws have been cancelled. This makes it so the government CAN'T break the law as there is no law to break. The government can legally do ANYTHING to ANYONE. So too do  Hubbard's hidden rules let him do anything to anyone.
Agreement to rules and penalties is something Margaret Singer noted in her six conditions for a thought reform program. Cults use a system of rewards and penalties. Hubbard certainly learned this from his participation in and study of occult practices.
"Scientology is the only game in the universe where everybody wins.

We respect the other fellow whatever his status and give him his right to win the biggest prize of all, himself or herself. That prize is won by dedicated, exact application of Scientology and full support of our mission in our organization and the public.

Organized, we can each one win the biggest prize that can be offered - a full recovery of self.

There is no greater game in the universe than Scientology, for it is the only game in which everybody wins. And that places it far above all other games and makes it the game of games where everybody gets the ultimate prize of self . . ."

(HCO PL 18 April 1965 Issue I CONTESTS AND PRIZES)

The weinie is everything statement is similar to the eventual blind obedience to Scientology. It goes from a tool to a way of life. It goes from optional servant to inescapable master. You just do things FOR Scientology.
Hubbard sought to escape work with his game. He wanted to have the pirates and bums attitude that life should just give him what he desired.

Like in his reference to pirates and bums in the first lecture in the PDC series.

If people believe in magic they can believe in a source of magic and Hubbard was only too happy to lie to claim both. He wanted it to seem detrimental to not have magical thinking and beneficial and logical to have magical thinking.

"Well, he was able to take a very grand view of all this at first. Then later on when it became serious to him . . . And you know—you know, the way to get ahead in the world is “Work hard” and “Save your money,” and be respectful, respectful and polite, and willing, and very agreeable to your superiors. This is the old formula, and yet it’s dismaying to go around and find the (quote) “captains of industry” and find out that they’re a whole bunch of pirates and bums. They were never respectful to anybody. It’s just incredible! Yet there they sit in command of large works and industries. And these fellows, they didn’t save their money. They don’t save their money. They are not cautious with their investments. They buy the doggonest things. They get into the worst possible scrapes and trouble, and seem to keep right on going and getting right out of them again." Ron Hubbard

He suggested the magical thinker wins and the other kind loses in life as a rule.

"And you sit around and say, “Well, that fellow’s going to come to grief sooner or later.” And after you’ve said that for about forty years, why, you get a little apathetic about it but you just know that right will triumph in the end. Of course the end of that track is MEST. Well, the fellow who hopes this, by the way, is already pretty well on that track and he’ll be MEST before the other fellow will, because the other fellow can still bend the MEST universe around and he doesn’t have to agree with it too much."
Ron Hubbard
Hubbard intentionally made complexity to control people. He made the tone scale to map how he alone would persuade people with a series of lies about emotions. It's entirely a fabrication from other plagiarized ideas.
He said the game you are playing now is called freedom. It's an Orwellian reversal. It's slavery.
"And Games contain trickery and misdirection to win“ – your 180 degree vector of Have and Agree. „
Hubbard admitted his game contained trickery and misdirection to win. He used 180 degree reversals in his lies, projection and his Orwellian reversals. He called things their opposites. His bridge to total freedom was a route to slavery. He called his hypnotic illusions truth revealed. He called a method of adding guided imagination to create false memories a method to merely listen and guide.
He called adding a cult identity clearing. He called obliterating independent, critical, linear and rational thought through high authority indoctrination study technology. He called removing the morals of a person ethics technology. He said auditing un hypnotizes people.
His prize of making a new game is the illusion of a future as a free immortal spiritual being he claims Scientology prepares one to participate in. It's a very generous empty promise of a counterfeit dream.
"The necessity“ – oh, of course, there’s these gimmicks, these wienies and so forth. But everybody just knows that they’re spurious as hell. Uh… „The necessity to have a new game coded before one ends the old game.“ Otherwise, everyone becomes a maker of games with no game.
He had several references on necessity levels. He had hundreds on the deadly serious nature of Scientology. When he spoke of having the new game coded it's a sneaky method of persuasion. People think they are temporarily giving up freedom but it becomes permanent. A world without criminals, war or insanity is a very difficult goal.
The necessity“ – oh, of course, there’s these gimmicks, these wienies and so forth. But everybody just knows that they’re spurious as hell. Uh… „The necessity to have a new game coded before one ends the old game.“ Otherwise, everyone becomes a maker of games with no game.
Now, "The value of pieces. Ownership of pieces may be also the ownership of players. And the difference between players and pieces, and the difficulty of pieces becoming players“
boy, when a piece becomes a player, there’s really a hell of an upset in the game; it’ll just blow. Oh, the quarterback walks out of the football game and all of a sudden starts to run the whole football game, and nobody can tell him „No.“ That football game’s dead.
Now… so you’ve got to hide the rules from the pieces, otherwise this is going to happen.
This quote really sums up why he hid EVERYTHING he really wanted. With his affirmations it becomes clear. Scientology was meant to make slaves for Hubbard that didn't suspect it for a second.
Next is the plan to have Hubbard be the games maker and his highest assistants like Nibs be players, until Nibs left him.
Hubbard went on:
"Now the caste system of game consist of this: The Maker of Games, he has no rules, he runs by no rules.
The player of the games, rules known but he obeys them. And the assistant players merely obey the players. And the pieces obey rules as dictated by players, but they don’t know the rules.“
And then, what do you know. There’s broken pieces, and they aren’t even in the game, but they’re still in the game.
And they’re in a terrible maybe: „Am I in the game or am I not in the game?“ Now, „How to make a piece. This is how to make a piece: First, deny there is a game. Second, hide the rules from them. Three, give them all penalties and no wins. Four, remove all goals“ –
all goals. „Enforce them… their playing. Inhibit their enjoying. Make them look like but forbid their being like players“
– look like God but uh… you can’t be God.
„To make a piece continue to be a piece, permit it to associate only with pieces and deny the existence of players.“
Never let the pieces find out that there are players. Now out of these you’re going to get games.
Now here’s a process that has to do with the making of games, and all this process adds up to, is you just address to those factors which I just gave you, oh, run and change postulates and any creative process that you can think of and shift postulates around, you get a whole process.
But remember, that up at the top of it there is a big postulate, „There must be a game. Ron Hubbard
Hubbard had a few trusted lieutenants but over time stopped trusting anyone. He became paranoid and the only player of games. High level Scientology Sea Org members were pieces. Hubbard lied to Mary Sue and his closest advisors over time.
Hubbard made pieces out of Scientology cult members by pretending there were no players. The players were people Hubbard stole ideas from. Hubbard pretended to be the only source of Dianetics and Scientology. It's always been a lie. Hubbard would excommunicate people who exposed him as having other people contribute to Scientology. He consistently used ideas from others but clamped down hard on it by the advent of KSW.
He used harsh ethics and the RPF to make broken pieces out of Sea Org members.
He went on:

Now here’s a process that has to do with the making of games, and all this process adds up to, is you just address to those factors which I just gave you, oh, run and change postulates and any creative process that you can think of and shift postulates around, you get a whole process.
Ron Hubbard
His process had many forms but added up to addressing the factors he laid out and run meaning use guided imagination aka hypnosis to change the decisions people make, the decisions they recalled making and the decisions they will make. Hubbard greatly expanded this over time to include any creative processes he can think of. That included the metered auditing taken from Volney Mathison's guided imagery therapy, the objectives taken from hypnosis and occult practices, the study tech taken from a combination of hypnosis, loaded language and psychology and even administrative technology and ethics technology too.
Hubbard continued:

But remember, that up at the top of  it there is  a big postulate, „There must be a game.

“ Therefore if you want to regain the Spirit of  Play, people have got to unmake postulates they’ve made all along, saying, „There mustn’t be  a game. There mustn’t be a game. It can’t be a game. Don’t play with me. I mustn’t be played with. Life is serious. This isn’t a game. We’re playing for keeps. I’ll never get out of this,“

and so forth. In other words, the postulates which they’ve made to convince themselves that  these are the rules and the only rules that can be played, and these that I’ve just read off to you. Ron Hubbard
He told people they needed to regain the spirit of play. He put games at 22.0 on his tone scale so people thought they needed a spirit of play.
He of course said it's a deadly serious activity and not some minor game we are playing in Scientology. He said we play for keeps.
Here's the heart of it In other words, the postulates which they’ve made to convince themselves that  these are the rules and the only rules that can be played, and these that I’ve just read off to you.Ron Hubbard
He wanted to change your decisions so you would see his rules as the only rules that can be played. In other words his reality is the only truth and if it includes obedience to him, well that's now your belief too. Hubbard wins the minds of men. That's the game.

The ideas expressed here find there way all through Dianetics and Scientology.

Hubbard said "His spirit of play is sensation of play and is not just energyIt's a tremendous sensation. A guy has practically lost it if he's here on Earth at all ." On the PDC lectures too.

A vast amount of the ideas and quotes in Scientology in particular Keeping Scientology Working Series one are echoes of the ideas expressed here back in 1952. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Power Of Leah Remini



Like a lot of critics of Scientology I have repeatedly written about Leah Remini including my post of an open letter to her asking her to help expose the abuses and crimes of the Scientology cult.

I have also written on her obviously gradually shifting opinions regarding Scientology and Ron Hubbard himself. It's important for people to understand Scientologists often go from believing everything in Scientology doctrine is true to usually rejecting David Miscavige himself then over time both Ron Hubbard and his technology bit by bit.

As anyone that has seen her show on Scientology and the Aftermath can easily see she has created a powerful effect regarding the awareness of Scientology and the image it has. The ratings for the show have been extremely good and the probability of future seasons or other network commercial projects on Scientology is extremely high.

The show is exposing many people to Scientology in a way that is relevant in several important ways. Her show has been seen by millions of people that may have known very little regarding Scientology and cults in general. It gives plenty of facts about the crimes and abuses Scientology has as its foundation.

Ron Hubbard and David Miscavige have each in their own turn as Scientology leader committed thousands and thousands of crimes as part of a massive criminal conspiracy that has lasted decades. Defrauding thousands of people out of billions of dollars is in many ways one of the least offensive aspects of the effect the Scientology cult has created. It destroys families and ruins the lives of people routinely.

The dark reality of cultic abuse and crimes is something far different from gossip about Scientology celebrities like Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta. It's also separate from the esoteric upper levels that are hidden from most Scientologists. They in truth are largely plagiarized failed methods from other cults, hypnosis, psychology and a variety of other sources that in their own turn produced no miracles and provided no profound wisdom or transcendent truths.

Repackaged duds is perhaps the best way to describe all of Dianetics and Scientology. Hubbard was a prolific plagiarist and practiced pathological liar. His dishonesty may have been equalled by his pride. He had the extreme narcissism to have once claimed God himself could not do the job Hubbard was required to do in Scientology.

His unshakable confidence and vast toolbox of stolen ideas was enough to convince thousands of Scientologists of his claims of infallible perfection and ability. He was skilled enough as a liar to scrape off the serial numbers of the creators of the methods he stole enough to effectively deceive his followers.

The Scientology story has so many twists and turns, so much deception and sheer absurdity it's difficult to understand and believe.

Leah Remini has made an excellent product for certain purposes that puts across her perspective on Scientology and the abuses and crimes she is aware of. It makes the stark reality that Scientology hurts people, destroys families and ruthlessly seeks to utterly ruin any critics it targets easy to understand.

By showing Amy Scobee,  Jefferson Hawkins, Tom DeVocht, Mike Rinder, Paulette Cooper, Ron Miscavige Sr, Chris Shelton, Karen De La Carriere and other people with their personal stories of the real history of Scientology Leah Remini makes it clear these crimes and abuses are real and affect real people every day. I have written extensively on why lying and murder are justified in Scientology and how it is standard tech.

The list of projects and books gaining attention from the public due to the show Leah Remini is putting out is tremendous. I personally have found the views at Mockingbird's Nest to have gone up by a factor of about three to five hundred percent recently. Tony Ortega commented that it is similar for him and the Underground Bunker as well as other blogs and websites that specialize in Scientology.

My older posts at ESMB -the Ex Scientologist Message Board -have been seeing an increase in views as well. This means that people who weren't reading about Scientology before are doing it now and they are doing it at critical sites routinely.

I applaud Leah Remini and her efforts. She certainly doesn't need any money or attention the show brings. I also commend everyone involved in making her show as it takes courage to face a bully and make no mistake Hubbard was before as David Miscavige is a bully now. They utterly ruin enemies and ruthlessly destroy people.

The bodies piled up against Scientology easily number in the hundreds or thousands. They play for keeps.

Most critics know or rapidly learn Scientology is not a turn the other cheek game. It's a scorched earth anything goes fair game operation. It's win or die in the attempt.

If Leah Remini gets a fraction of that reality across to a significant fraction of her audience of millions of people that is powerful and can't be denied by Scientology. The people she reaches are a victory in that they are lost as potential recruits for Scientology if nothing else. But I think for some far more will happen and a rejection and repudiation of Scientology will occur. It is not accepted as normal or decent nor should it be. As this attitude shift spreads the effectiveness of Scientology lies and propaganda tactics will grow weaker and eventually it will wither and die. David Miscavige may live long enough to see prison someday. Perhaps he won't.

Either way the long term result is the same. Scientology will fall. And we have too many people to mention to thank for that here but Leah Remini is certainly one.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Cult of Trump posts 1 - 8



 Here's one post with the first eight posts in The Cult of Trump series all together in one place for ease. They are designed to be read in order.

The Cult of Trump part 1 What's a Cult ? Really ?
The Cult of Trump part 2 Who Owes Whom What ?
The Cult of Trump part 3 Thought Reform
The Cult of Trump part 4 Reason and Resistance
The Cult of Trump part 5 Most Likely Scenario
The Cult of Trump part 6 the Con
The Cult of Trump part 7 Godwin's Flaw
The Cult of Trump part 8 Godwin's Flaw 2

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Cult of Trump part 8 Godwin's Flaw 2

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This is the direct sequel to the cult of Trump part 7 Godwin's Flaw. That should be read first. Really the entire series Cult of Trump ideally would be read in order.

This will include a few simple parallels to the methods Hitler and the Nazis used compared to the Methods Trump and his surrogates and supporters use.

It's not going to be all inclusive or comprehensive because honestly that could fill an entire large book.

Aside from the specific Hitler quotes I referenced in my last post, Godwin's Flaw, I can note similarities in Trump's actions and Hitler's.

Hitler: Used racism to rise to power
Trump: Used racism to rise to power
Hitler: Proposed mass deportations
Trump: Proposed mass deportations
Hitler: Promised to make Germany great again
Trump: Promised to make America great again
Hitler: Anti-Jew fascist
Trump: Anti-Muslim fascist
Hitler: Blames Jews for Germany's problems
Trump: Blames immigrants for America's problems
Hitler: Thought Jews should wear special IDs
Trump: Thinks Muslims should wear special IDs

Now this can be fleshed out a bit. Hitler blamed Jews for the loss of jobs in Germany and treated Jews as morally inferior. Trump blames immigrants for the loss of jobs of white men and has called Mexicans rapists and criminals and said they are bringing drugs. He's also at rallies stirred fears of refugees in local communities. He has stirred racial prejudices against black Americans by retweeting white supremacist memes and a long history of overt racism and extreme support for white supremacists and tacit approval for them or if pressed hard by the media repeatedly very meak and half hearted disavowals. His racism is extremely similar to Hitler's and he has tweaked his approach so he dare not be overtly antisemitic and has shifted to the far more socially vulnerable groups Muslims and immigrants, specifically Latino immigrants.

Hitler promised deportation that turned into forced labor and extermination. The holocaust is obviously a very important and historic event in genocide history. It stands out in many ways.

Trump like Hitler has announced in his recent 60 Minutes interview that he can round up,  IMPRISON and hold two to three million immigrants he called criminals. But it's a vagueness trick. Criminal can be used to describe ANYONE in the country without legal permission.

Under current law ANYONE can be apprehended, imprisoned and held in indefinite detention forever with no trial, no charges, no record of the arrest, and no access to attorneys or family or anyone else.

If Trump had immigrants, or anyone else, rounded up and forced into involuntary labor it would be slavery and could become permanent. Trump said in his interview that he could imprison the immigrants until we get the border situation straightened out. That means forever.

It's like banning Muslims until we figure out what the hell is going on. That's indefinite.

Hitler claimed to have Jews rounded up for labor camps that in reality were extermination death camps. If Trump would dare go that far I am not absolutely certain. I believe he would dearly want to but might fear discovery with modern technology making hiding death camps too difficult.

But just think about it. First Trump monitors Muslims and rounds up some immigrants. He might even wisely start with a few hundred or thousand actual criminals. He would cherry pick the very worst he could and put vivid and graphic images of them up with a constant narrative of their bloody crimes. Just a half dozen rapists and murderers would do.

He can get a consensus that taking these people off the streets is good. Then take more immigrants, and more then it becomes normal. Just like how Jews in Germany gradually lost jobs and property and rights. Each step was a slightly bigger compromise.

So Trump can take the true criminal immigrants, then more immigrants. Then Muslims that he says either are criminals or terrorists or have terrorist ties or sympathies or radical beliefs or dangerous potential. He probably wouldn't take all these groups outright at once. Take a few, then more, then more, then after a while we stop paying attention.

Eventually ALL Muslims and Mexican immigrants that he chooses get rounded up and put in prison indefinitely, if you listen to Trump's own statements.

The statements and the past actions of Hitler are obviously about as similar as they can be on this point if you take into account that outright antisemitism isn't socially acceptable enough for Trump to have outwardly pursued and advanced in the republican party. Even they would have cast him out, so he went for the socially acceptable targets for scapegoating now in America of Muslims, Mexican immigrants and to a degree black Americans.

He has admitted to being open to making Muslims wear special IDs and monitoring Mosques and banning all Muslims from other countries from entering the US. His supporters recently sited internment camps as legal precedent to support their plans. That's about as obvious as possible without outright saying we are following Hitler's plan and committing genocide as a final solution.

They are really just one step away in their rhetoric, but can act like it's absurd for anyone to compare them to Hitler if it comes up. It's not said in polite company, but a reporter ignoring obvious facts to seem polite is foolish. Most media just won't dare to explore the very relevant similarities.

There are many other similarities. Hitler blamed Jews for the humiliation of losing World War I. He stirred the desire to regain honor by winning. Trump shocked republicans by bringing up the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and said they were terrible blunders by George W Bush. People thought it was to criticize Jeb Bush and eliminate him from the republican primary race.

It actually wasn't. It was so Trump could say we have been humiliated and can't win anymore. It was so he could use the simple image of World War II and sat we used to always win wars and now we can't win any ever. It was meant to resonate with a nostalgic spirit for the forties and fiftees. To make the America before the sixties seem better.

That's a multi layered approach. It knocked out Jeb Bush, but Trump could have easily crushed him. He was a bully in the debates and effectively destroyed him by talking over him and labeling him as low energy. It stuck and Jeb had no answer simple enough to stick in voter's minds.

Trump picked the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as a way to zero in on the fifties and forties as a golden age to return to without having to clearly say it.

If he said it or was pressed by the press and named a year of greatness to return to it would have been something a serious examination of would have forced Trump into a corner.

He would have had to discuss civil rights in depth, gay rights, abortion, and the much, much higher tax rates both corporations and wealthy individuals have had to pay. Several analyses have claimed corporations paid about three times the taxes they pay now in the fifties and wealthy individuals paid at the top tax rate over ninety percent of their income. That's not something Trump could have admitted was great. And he certainly dared not say he would pursue it. Republicans would never accept it. And no corporations or billionaires would tolerate it.

So, like Hitler he used vague claims to stir passionate images of an earlier America that actually never was.

Without saying it Trump stirred visions of a time white male Christians had everything set up for them. Best opportunity for jobs. Best opportunity for religious expression. In any conflicts usually the white male Christians could rely on the law and authorities to support their values.

In the Jim Crow South whites had dominance over everyone else. Women accepted a lower position in class than men and above minorities. Religious minorities were often treated as second or third or fourth class citizens and many would hide being Jewish or atheists as examples to limit discrimination.

The similarities in his propaganda techniques and beliefs to Hitler's are initially striking and upon long examination they are far too similar to be coincidence.

It's just not rational to call two things that are so close unrelated. Trump didn't spontaneously acquire dozens of methods and ideas that are the exact ones Hitler used or slightly tweaked ones by random chance. It's an unsupportable claim.

The big thing is understanding Trump has a vision for the future. This isn't random or a half hearted effort. He wants a pure white America. He wants white male Christians to rule everything and everyone else to be either eliminated or removed or subservient to the ruling straight, white, male Christians.

He has already laid the groundwork with his rhetoric for rounding up Muslims eventually, Latinos immediately, and black Americans with racial profiling, aggressive stop and frisk policing nationwide and packing private prisons to effectively enslave black and Latino Americans. He will pursue long sentences and the decline of rights.

He will pursue opening up libel laws to oppose critics and crack down on activists and journalists.

He will have a hard time with the current internet, but he will certainly try. He has millions of critics online. That's something he may never overcome.

Because once he starts censorship or arrests of protesters and journalists the news will get out and a true resistance will spring up. It's inevitable. With millions of critics and already hundreds of thousands of people have marched in protests. They keep coming out and scheduling more and bigger protests. Different groups are uniting to oppose Trump.

He won't like it and even if we have domestic terrorism that justifies a police state he can't cut off the negative information that millions and millions of people already have regarding him.

It's quite different than Nazi Germany. Even if Trump took over all media on TV, in newspapers and seized the internet somehow people would know it and just the change from a media packed with criticism of every possible view would be an inescapable fact that would prove Trump has established a totalitarian state. The lack of free media would spark open revolt. I am not saying an army would form and fight battles with the US military. That would be suicide. It's more likely weapons would be used in an assassination attempt on Trump and perhaps his inner circle.

It's debatable whether you see killing a US president as acceptable under any circumstances. It's a personal matter. I am merely saying I believe someone would make a serious effort or efforts. If suicide bombers were employed it would make protecting Trump extremely challenging. I don't love the tactic of suicide bombers personally, but understand desperate people may use it.

I think Trump has the very real challenge that he has literally millions of people in the US that ALREADY see him as a fascist and obvious Hitler knockoff. With that population to start with he can't round up half the population and enslave or liquidate them in a speedy manner. He knows that.

He has the problem that video evidence and his own words often show he is lying so getting even half the population to believe he is honest is unlikely. People have simply seen too much already.

Through the eight years under Barack Obama as president his critics were free to criticize him and did so ruthlessly. They had a constant PR campaign against him for eight years on Fox news, right wing radio and innumerable websites and newspapers.

He let them lie, lie, lie and give valid criticism too. So, if one day under the FCC or some other government control ALL criticism of Trump and reporting on his lies and acts was to disappear it would be obvious. If his most famous critics like Lawrence O'Donnell and Stephen Colbert disappeared it would be clear what happened.

I believe Trump will try to con people. He will try to seem cooperative and reasonable enough to get his programs authorized. He will try to get the absolute furthest right candidates in his cabinet and in departments of the US government. He wants people with no conscience regarding white supremacy or extermination of Muslims. No one with any compassion regarding prisoners or casualties.

He has already appointed a veritable who's who of racists and bigots. His enemies will be the internet, the normalcy of free speech, the omnipresent video of events, the awareness of his authoritarian, racist, anti Muslim and whites first policies.

Not everyone will see the clear connection to Hitler and the unity of their visions of racial purity. But millions already see enough that Trump can never reeducate them into believing something else. Not in any efficient and timely manner.

His age at seventy years old and his term of four years or eight if he's reelected also limit his opportunities. Fortunately some people have claimed Trump constantly eats junk food and doesn't exercise. I certainly hope he doesn't live another thirty years ruling America.

I recently read an article in which the author suggested Trump will find a reason to cancel the next election. If that happens the revolution will come in earnest. Taking out the entire military is impossible and a short suicide mission. No one would pursue it. It's far more likely a small direct strike would occur. If Trump cancelled the election he probably would go to a secure military location and hole up.

I don't know if he will cancel elections or stay in power after eight years. A more covert act would be to select a successor with the same Nazi ideology and simply rig the election so republicans stay in power for generations. Though again, it's hard to find Nazis. They don't take ads in the paper saying "secret Nazi seeking government to take over."

If worst comes to worst Trump passing away from natural causes could end his reign and inevitability survivors of his horror would live to tell the tale. Presuming he doesn't destroy us with a nuclear holocaust or climate catastrophe.

It's so bizarre to realize the new reality is living in a fascist state under a totalitarian regime ruled by a white supremacist in the mold of Hitler with in my opinion genocidal aspirations. He has a government filled with people that think he's either good, someone they can work with or an incompetent conman that won't amount to much. Even some opponents like Bernie Sanders in my opinion may know he has Nazi or white supremacist goals but they are severely underestimating his intelligence, skill at propaganda and ruthlessness. It's part of how he became president elect.

I think he's effectively conned virtually everyone in the government. Ironically some other white supremacists in the government have studied Hitler's speeches in detail and the culture and customs of white supremacists and realize Trump IS undoubtedly one of them.

There's a longstanding practice of not publicly admitting things but skirting around them that white supremacists know and follow. It's a way to signal each other but not inform others that one is a white supremacist. It's their own code.

They learn it and it's practiced by KKK members and white supremacists in the Southern US and other places with high white supremacist populations.

A few reporters have noted these subtle signals and been ignored by Trump. That's part of the culture. If someone calls you out and you can ignore them then ignore them so your words can't be used against you. The reporter can't take the long road of teaching white supremacist culture in a short segment or even a whole show. It lacks concision. The quality of being described in a few minutes or seconds.

Hitler relied on the phenomenon of incredulity to hide his true intention.

“If you cannot recognize the signs of Hitlerian Power, if you do not know how to counter their efforts, if you remain confused and uncertain as your opponent makes his moves, step by step with decisiveness and intention, and your inaction allows him to come closer to power, then you have already lost and they have won, for they know the rules of the game and you do not.” 
― Adolf HitlerMein Kampf

Hitler in my opinion relied on reverse projection. In literature on narcissism and sociopaths reverse projection describes the deadly error normal people make of projecting their own qualities onto others that are not normal. Specifically narcissists and sociopaths as examples.

A normal person can think a Hitler or Trump has a conscience, empathy, compassion, humility or basic human decency and with those incorrect assumptions make fundamentally flawed judgments about a Trump or Hitler from there on. Hitler made certain that by the time aspects of his true desires were exposed it was far too late to use reason or government checks and balances to stop him.

Trump knows ALL OF THIS. The reassuring assumption that Trump is stupid because he uses a limited vocabulary in public is unfortunately untrue. It's a calculated tactic to appear stupid to critics and appeal to the masses and the stupidest Americans by speaking to them AT their level of understanding.

His obvious lies he can be caught in are not proof of stupidity either. By working the press and public he has created an us versus them mentality in his followers. They either deny his lies or say you need to look past his words or some other special excuse that sets aside contradictions and negative information about Trump.

That's obviously cult like, but how many hard core cult followers he has is still hard to say. It's a complex issue. He certainly doesn't have even half the country as only about eighteen percent of Americans voted for him and certainly not all of them are in a cultic relationship.

I sincerely hope something prevents Trump and his successors from carrying out his plans. Even if we get lucky and the electoral college members grow backbone and reject Trump as unsuitable and it holds up in court or Trump gets impeached and convicted early into his reign or simply has a heart attack or other natural death in his first few months or even before his inauguration several problems remain. His supporters are going to be a huge source of trouble for generations to come. If Trump carries out his oppressive and fascist policies a segment of the population would treat this as the new normal. It will be difficult to turn back from that. Additionally outside the halls of power his followers have reportedly committed hundreds of hste crimes against Jews,women, black Americans, Muslims, Latinos, gay people, trans people and others since Trump won the election. It's barely been a week.

White supremacists are a terrorist threat to America and likely to be ignored under Trump. An administration after Trump would be criticized if they seriously pursue white supremacists as terrorists or criticized if they don't. It's going to be a tough road for anyone. Obviously I would prefer a very serious and relentless effort to stamp out white supremacists that becomes a routine action.

No matter what happens I feel that people that oppose the totalitarian and oppressive policies Trump seeks to pursue and his vision of a pure white supremacist America have a serious challenge ahead. It's going to be difficult. Difficult to pursue, difficult to stay optimistic and committed. Difficult to achieve. Perhaps many of us won't live to see Trump stopped. But we have to live what life we have left knowing his intentions and knowing our own choices. That's the real challenge. To live with yourself when morally challenged. This challenge is extreme. But we at least have the history of Germany and Hitler to look at. And our own hearts to look into.