Scientology - Through the Door

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Saturday, 6th May, 2006 06:36:39pm

Name or Alias: Rebecca Jessup
Training and/or processing level: Class VIII, did to OT3 'in', NOTs 'out'
Org or location: NY org ('66-67), London Org (67-68), St Hill (67-69), ASHO (69) AOLA (1970), AOSHDK (1970-73), Apollo (1973-74), Denver org ('74-80?), Ft Harrison (~1980??)
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 1966-1987
Recommended Website - http://teachinglatin.com
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
My older brother Nate Jessup got me in.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
Past lives, auditing. It hit me like a revelation of absolute truth.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
I was only 17. A general lack of direction, not knowing what I wanted to be or do in life, general listlessness.

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?
Disconnection within families. Some lousy parents, horrible conditions for children, no support for anyone trying to be a good parent. Lots of lies about LRH's life (knowing he'd been married 3X but the shore story was just twice, etc.)

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I was an auditor, I believed in the tech & the mission.

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'?
Staff -- Sea Org as soon as I could join. See list above.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
There were a lot of different stages of decompression. The lists of people getting declared (including my then-husband, Mike Goldstein) just got ridiculous. I had two children, which set up a rival sense of mission and urgency. Finally, David Mayo left, and I'd known & worked with him on the ship, so I felt safe leaving, knowing that I wouldn't be cut off from the tech.

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?
'Disconnection as a condition no longer exists' -- LRH policy of about 1968 or so should be enforced. Freeloader bills should be cancelled. DM should be drawn and quartered -- no, make that, he should be beached.
If disconnection were cancelled, I might hear from my brother and sister again. After all these years, I would have mixed feelings about that.


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 wouldn't go back. I don't need it anymore, I don't think it has anything to offer me at this stage of my life, or of its life. If LRH came back to life, I might.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
What a long, strange trip it was!

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