Scientology - Through the Door

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Tuesday, 9th April, 2002 01:37:26pm

Name or Alias: Mike de Wolf
Training and/or processing level: Entry level
Org or location: California
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: age approx. 4-22
Recommended Website - Operation Clambake
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
My parents were public members.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
As a young boy, I was intrigued by OT success stories of OTs who could read minds, move objects with their minds, travel outside their bodies, control weather with postulates, etc. Later, as a teenager, the Dianetic theory of clearing engrams and removing irrationality from personalities appealed to me.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
The problem in my life than concenred me the most during that period was my difficulty establishing romantic relationships with girls. People offered all sorts of Scoino solutions: ARC triangle, Ethics conditions, writing up overts, reading LRH's 'The Second Dynamic' -- all useless.

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?
We once repeated LRH's experiment of connecting an E-meter to a plant. Conclusion: nothing you say or do to a plant will cause needle movement.

Touch assists don't really do anything.

1-2 hours of TRs every morning (when I went to Sciono school) was a waste of time.

Reading Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm as a teenager (borrowed from the library at Delphi ).

Being pressured to accept LRH's absolutist statements when I could see they were not true in many cases.

Meeting Sea Org members incapable of independant thought.

Exposure to Libertarian politics, which some Scientologist were attracted to despite wildly conflicting philosophies.

A mind-bending auditing process called Op by Dup, which didn't produce, nor had the potential to produce, any desireable result.

The purge in the early 1980s, when the church declared hundreds of people Supressive and cast them out, behaving more like a Communist Government going though and internal coup than a spiritual organization.

I never saw OT abilities actually demonstrated.

The failure of the then very secret OT III materials to cause an epidemic when they were described in detail publically for the very first time in the Los Angeles Times.


5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
While the Organization turned me off, I beleived in the subject in general as long as I didn't question the basic assuptions.

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'?
Public. When I turned 18 I was courted by Sea Org recruiters, but did not join. I often wonder what would have happened if I did join (I think I would have been RPF'd and out of the SO in less than a year, and an ex-scio soon after that).

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
Reading L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman by Bent Corydon.

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?
Drop abusive practices such as disconnection, harsh ethics, forbidding the questioning of tech or management, etc.

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 would not rejoin because I beleive the basic assumptions are incorrect. The changes I listed would simply make it another benign religion.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
Thanks for the opportunity to go on the record and speak my mind.

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