Scientology - Through the Door

Interviews

Monday, 19th December, 2005 12:35:02pm

Name or Alias: bobo
Training and/or processing level: Class4 auditor/clear
Org or location: rather not say
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 5 years
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1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
I read the Dianetics book then went in for the personality test. I was very skeptical but decided I would give it a try.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
I was very depressed at the time and they seemed to care about my problems and offered a solution. The beginner courses were fun and I loved Dianetic auditing. I was shocked by the prices but managed to get what I want. I learned to never accept the first price because they were under tremendous pressure for stats and a better deal could always be had if you could wait.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Loneliness, isolation, lack of purpose. I needed to change my life for the better.I had tried alot of other things prior to Scientology.

4. Did you see, experience, or hear about things that didn't seem right while you were in the Church of Scientology? What were they, and what convinced you to set aside your feelings?
I noticed almost immediately that the staff didn't seem to be doing well.Several adults and children all living in small apartments sleeping on floors. I was also extremely annoyed by the reg cycles and endless pressure from the Sea Org. Their fear and lothing of psychs was weird also.I could never get a straight answer as to what they intended to do with all the crazy people in this world.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I did begin to feel a lot better, the courses and auditing did help. I made a lot of new friends and there did seem to be a purpose to it all that appealed to me at least at first. I loved the coursework and did well as an auditor. I liked helping others for the most part I had a great time. I just quickly learned how to avoid the unpleasent parts and concentrated on the parts I enjoyed. Basically I steered clear of anything to do with the IAS, Flag or the Sea Org.

More than anything else I learned to demand the best service and raised hell when I didn't get what I considered to be my moneys worth. They began to treat me special and I got lots of extras.Afterall it was my money and they were working for me.


6. Were you staff or public? If staff, was it at a mission or an org? Were you ever in the Sea Org or OSA? Which unit? If not on staff, did you ever volunteer to 'help out'?
I was public and never considered staff because they all seemed to be so poor,desperate and overworked. The longer I was around I just avoided the Sea Org folks they were truly the oddest people I had ever met and after the first IAS event never went to another. I learned quickly to never volunteer for anything and just concentrate on my auditing and coursework.Basically I was in it for me.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I just woke up one day and realized that there was nothing more for me to get there. I was good at auditing and I was a clear. I was happy and sucessful and felt I had got my money's worth. The OT levels did not appeal to me because the OT's that I observed didn't seem to have any special powers in fact they seemed much worse off than me.They went nuts when I left and really said some stupid thing along with a silly PTS declare. It was the stupidest crap and really unecessary. I wasn't angry and who knows I might have come back at some point but they ruined any chance of that.I do regret that I couldn't stay friends with some of them but that's the way it goes. In my own heart I knew it was time to go.

8. Do you think the Church of Scientology needs to change some of its practices? If so, what should be changed? How did those practices affect your life?
I don't think it will change. It's Ron's show and always will be.If folks want to change things better not to join Scientology.I think the toughness and rigidity is what worked for me. I was forced to stop cutting corners with my ethics and things improved for me. I realize that being on staff or the SO is a whole nother matter that's why I avoided it.

9. If the items you listed in the previous question were changed, would you consider rejoining or staying in the Church of Scientology? If so, why?
I have moved on and don't feel the need to rejoin. I have a family now and I wouldn't want to take time or money away from them.I may audit them in the future if they are interested and I will certainly teach them to be ethical.I am using some of the Study Tech with my 6 year old and it has helped him in school. So far my kids seem to be a lot smarter and more well adjusted than I was so who knows if they'll need or want anything like Scientology.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
Scientology came at a time in my life when I needed a drastic change. I felt that I got a lot out of it and then moved on. I certainly don't feel victimized in any way. I think now with the internet there is plenty of info for those who are thinking of joining, it certainly isn't for everyone.

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