Scientology - Through the Door

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Monday, 18th June, 2007 08:22:14pm

Name or Alias: None
Training and/or processing level: Mid Bridge
Org or location: Mission & Org
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: About 12 years
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1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Free Personality Test on the street and with encouragement by a friend.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
Having a better personality - becoming more outgoing. The nice people that were involved.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Relationships, self-confidence.

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?
Yes.
1. Statements that are taken as truth without any real proof, e.g. 'All illness to greater or lesser extent is caused by being associated with a Potential Trouble Source (PTS)' - a PTS is someone connected to a person that is 'suppressing' them not allowing them to grow and prosper as much as possible.
2. The staff didn't get paid and had to purchase much of their auditing and training especially if he/she went to an 'upper Org'. The only training they received was training for the particular job 'hat' that they were 'wearing' as a staff member.
3. Many of the new public 'raw meat' that started never returned after one course and didn't feel like they were truely gaining from Scientolgy.
4. In auditing, I never really saw the pictures that I was suppose to see. I often made things up just to give the Auditor what he wanted. I guess I figured eventually, I'd see more and experience more.
5. I put aside my concerns about always having to go up a level to do better and be better. One never really achieves the 'Top of the Bridge' there is always something higher and better to achieve.
6. I saw little kids, 13 to 16 go off into the Sea Org and not like it and return home with debts of thousand of dollars - not real debts but money that they owed the 'Church' for the courses and/or auditing that he/she received as a staff member. These kids then could not go up The Bridge until they had paid back their 'free loader' debt.
7. The main church rather than selling 'Scientology' services and delivering 'Scientology' to raise money to buy and remodel their 'ideal building' had to go to the members to get them to give them donations for the building. I saw individuals cashing in their retirement accounts, etc. to pay for the new building. If Scientology worked so well then there should have been many new members coming into the organizations paying for courses and auditing in order to raise money for the new buildings.
8. The numbers of file folders is huge while the number of people coming to the organization each week was less than 20 people.
9. I saw evidence that many Missions and Orgs had closed over the years, which most long time staff just ignored. It was always blamed on a suppressive person at that organization.
10. Many of the long term staff had poor teeth, poor eating habits, and no money. Most had to have a second job.
11. Scientology doesn't believe in any sort of drugs but pretty much every staff member drank coffee like there was no tomorrow and many smoked like chimneys.
12. Scientology can only help the able. If they have it their way and get rid of all of the psychiatrists and psychologists who is going to help the mentally ill? Scientology has no answer except to put the mentally ill on bed rest. Even though I'm not a great believer in psyches, Scientology doesn't have the answer.
11. There were statistic pushes every week. If your stats were down the previous week you needed to get them up the next week in order not to get into trouble. The stats would be on a rise for a while then public would leave for vacation or for good and the stats would fall. You'd start all over again. They were never on a continuous increase.


5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I stayed mostly for the people and the belief that I'd move up The Bridge and do even better in life. Even though I didn't always experience the greatest of change, I usually experienced something good and I thought there would be something better as I moved up The Bridge.

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. Never in the Sea Org or OSA.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I eventually left after spending 12 years and never really going up The Bridge - I never received any of the free auditing that I was promised as a staff member and my debts were getting to be to much. I saw various articles on the internet that made me realize it was all hocus-pocus. I also saw the story on CBS's 48 hours about the OT VIII in Buffalo that died at the hands of her child. I also read accounts of people that had worked at the Buffalo church as to trying to get money from her family as soon as she had died. It was disgusting. Additionally, I realized that our organization wasn't expanding. There were less than 50 people that had started in Scientology that year. The major international events in our area had fewer and fewer people. It was expanding like we were led to believe.

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?
The Church needs to change lots of its practices like expecting members to go into debt to progress and learn its teachings. If it is so wondeful and will help so many why not make it affordable or free to the masses. The constant requirement to spend more money and give them more money really wrecked my life.

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?
No.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I think that anyone thinking of joining the Church should review the postings on the internet prior to visiting a Mission or Org. I don't think the 'technology' works, but I do think that getting the staff excited about weekly goals and games make them work very hard and give the appearance of success.

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