Scientology - Through the Door

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Sunday, 4th November, 2007 09:34:30pm

Name or Alias: Adam Smasher
Training and/or processing level: OT 3, L11, L12, OEC, HSDC
Org or location: Various in the US
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 29 years
Recommended Website - The Carl Sagan Portal
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
A friend of a friend gave me a copy of Dianetics. I was interested in the mind and believed in regression therapy. Dianetics seemed to make sense. I had an intro auditing session and it really worked.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
Dianetics seemed to be a method of regression therapy. I also believed in man's spirituality and thought past lives was a definite possibility.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Having difficulty finding a great woman to share my life with. I had just finished college and wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I wasn't ready to enter the workforce. I had been thinking about going for a masters in psych and becoming a therapist. I thought that becoming an auditor would be great.

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?
The mission I was at seemed pretty good. The guy who ran it was really great.He really did seem OT. He also was a vegetarian. That seemed sane to me.

When I left the mission and stepped into an org for the first time. I was appalled by how dirty and disorganized it was. I was left sitting to wait for someone to talk to for about two hours. What I didn't know was that the day org was shifting to foundation. People working for the foundation org had not been briefed about why I was there and things were really confusing.


5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I had had a taste of auditing and liked it. Also, I had finished the comm course and dissemination course and liked them too. In addition, I had read about 7 or 8 LRH books by the time I first entered the org.

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 on staff at an org for 3 1/2 years. The rest was public. I was never in the Sea Org but had some 'wonderful' opportunities to live in their quarters for a few days. I hated it.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
Oh, there were so many things. I was very disappointed in L12 when I found out what it was all about. It didn't indicate at all. I felt I spent a fortune for nothing. Then I took the Ethics Specialist Course back at my org. I felt that too was a waste of time. I felt the Golden Era of tech, memorizing things, was a big waste of time and contradicted the study tapes.

But there were other things prior that lead up to my decision to leave... i.e., the attack on missions in 1982. The entire situation surrounding the arrests of leading Scientologists, LRH letting his wife take the blame, MSH being forgotten about, meeting Quentin and it being so obvious that he was a flaming homosexual. Sea Org living conditions and the RTC., staff pay, skyrocketing prices, inept PR and marketing, and poor management. I could go on forever. I basically felt though that I got all I could get out of it and believed the organization was a mess.


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 of Scientology needs to be disbanded. Much of the tech, however, has value. So, it still needs to be available and taught. Used correctly by some people who have some brains it could have a positive impact on our troubled world. The Church of Scientology is so removed, so far off base, so nuts it will never have any meaningful positive impact on society. In its first 50 years plus, it sure hasn't had much of an impact on anything. Look at the condition of the world today.

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?
If the current church was disbanded and another organization was formed, not religious and run like a business, perhaps. It would have to offer great customer service, price services realistically, have great marketing, work positively with the press, allow mental health professionals to take training when they can demonstrate they desire to help people (I find many do), etc. (No more attacking psychiatry through the press. Rather, gaining market share on the mental health field by providing great service, getting results and great marketing. Research studies would need to be conducted to show whether training and auditing was getting measurable results, stats to show improved lives, etc.). Good luck, huh.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
No

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