Scientology - Through the Door

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Saturday, 12th August, 2006 04:09:35am

Name or Alias: dumbfounded
Training and/or processing level: N/A
Org or location: N/A
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: too long
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1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
given a leaflet

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
The people I dealt with were very friendly and kind. The theory re mental image pictures and a past track fascinated me.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Yes.

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?
Staff members living on the poverty line with no genuine concern from management about this; some people being discouraged from following their career choices or creative endeavours or building up a credit rating; exceedingly nasty nattering; making fun of Christians behind their backs; rampant natter about people being low-toned or downstat or psychotic or insane or degraded or sp etc; declaring people suppressive unfairly( of course, it is unfair in itself anyway); blocking doors at events and pouncing on people to reg them for the next 'most amazing release ever'; a dictatorial atmosphere, being treated very rudely by certain Sea Org members; regs having bank loan forms in their desk drawers and knowing the bank phone number well; staff calling the public all the time( harassment); preferential treatment based on wealth; not being allowed to think for oneself really as 'it's all been thought out already there in Ron's policies' and to think differently is verging on 'squirrel'; seeing so many Scientologists so focused on ways to get rich in order to pay for their bridges-so much so that wealth and happiness seem to be tightly related( totally in opposition or disrelated with real spirituality); deaths that were kept quiet for pr reasons and ill staff kept working until the end; the Church's fostering of hatred towards those individuals with certain opposing beliefs and not only that but the encouraging of action against those individuals-can you say 'hate-mongering'?; people are ridiculed by the Church as a defensive action the moment they apparently don't get the results tech-wise that 'everyone else' is getting; the Church being the source of more 'entheta' than I ever experienced anywhere else; the Church's desire for revenge on anyone who spouts an opposite view; its OBSESSION with money; Ron himself lying about his background and the Church still blatantly lying-I hate the idea of mass amounts of people being knowingly and deliberately lied to; seeing a person who was declared SP severely introverted as a result and perhaps indelibly; staff being yelled at and invalidated; the RPFers going round and being regarded as the Untouchables; a person referred to as a criminal for not being able to metab on the emeter( based on a policy-yes I'd like to see that one!); an outer org trainee who hadn't seen their child for ten years as they were too busy studying; some staff being forced to work longer hours than allowed by their visa; seeing OSA lying at a picket when hey, those were the good guys, right? etc etc

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
If you knock someone down enough times they get used to putting up with it. Plus I was always an optimist! ;)

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'?
N/A

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
Quite literally noticed that I was using an unbelievable amount of energy to not think any way other than what was required of a very dedicated Church member. I could just not keep this up. This was not a viable way to exist spiritually and mentally and counterproductive to auditing gains.

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?
Needs to abolish disconnection. Needs to reunite those people involved. Needs to take money out of the equation in a big way in everything it does and pay staff backpay from its Swiss bank accounts. Also it needs to stop going after people. In short, it needs to stop its illegal actions. But it won't as those actions are considered 'successful'.

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?
Never, because the Church members cannot and will not think for themselves and therefore cannot resolve the actual situation with the Church. For starters they are not even allowed to know the actual situation so....

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
The Church cannot hide its misdeeds forever so perhaps they need to start atoning for them.

Also regarding the tech, it does contain much truth but of course it is not as original as I ever thought it was. Ron had a good way of grouping data together and a way with words but having a broader database now philosophically the jury is out on how original he actually was. And I don't fully believe he wanted everyone to have the tech but he did want his name spread far and wide.


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