Scientology - Through the Door

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Friday, 29th February, 2008 02:01:33pm

Name or Alias: Shortly
Training and/or processing level: Basic courses only
Org or location: LA
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 2 years
Recommended Website - Operation Clambake
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
I was sitting in a coffeeshop and starting talking to a guy reading 'Have You Lived Before This Life?' That sounded pretty interesting, so we both walked over to the Org (which was right around the courner) and I bought 'Dianetics.' I didn't like the bobook (it was boring and complicated), but I got enough of the basic concept and it sounds do-able. And of course, everyone at the Org is terrifically friendly and telling you how fantastic everything is. So I took a couple of basic courses and after a month or so, I joined staff, like a complete fool.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
I wanted to find out about past lives. Even after I got more involed with Scientology, the more exotic states of 'Clear' and 'OT' were never a real goal for me.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Not specifically. I was hoping it would make me better in general. (More confident, better at talking to people, etc.)

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?
Fortunately, I didn't have most of the harrowing experiences a lot of people had. I really can't blame the Church for some of things that pissed me off-I joined staff with very little idea of what I was getting into, and I was stupid enough not to ask around before joining staff. For example, I was told my post hours would be 6 p.m to 10:30 or 11 on the weekdays. When I got on post, I found out I'd have to be there until at least midnight. Then they tell me that training/processing was done off post time-2:30 to 5:00. The staff contract mentioned something about occasional overtime, but didn't mention the extent of the 'occasional' overtime. Four or five hours a month doing bulk mail. White glove inspections every other week took up a few more hours. There was never enough post time to finish your job, so you would spend a few more hours every week to complete things like Letters Out (my quota was 150 letters a week). That's another four or five hours a week. Events which cut into what little free time you had.

There were other things that rubbed me the wrong way, too. A very dedicated, up-stat staff member wanted a day off to celebrate Christmas with her family. She was turned down because she was needed on post. Eventually, I begain to realize that they onlly cared about production. Family and friendships were of secondary importance. What really mattered was what you could do for the Church of Scientology.

After being on staff for about a year, it seemed to me that it wasn't the great experience it had been touted as. I saw a family of four lose their apartment because they couldn't afford it. They moved to a Scientogy rooming house, where all four lived crammed together in one large room. Our Org frequently ran sort of essential supplies, like toilet paper and cleaning materials.

Those staff members lucky enough to be 'Clear' seemed to be no better or worse than me. They didn't demonstrate any better memory than me, still got sick, had marital problems, etc. Of course, my changes of reaching that exaulted state were almost non-existant. Once I joined staff, most of my courses were staff related, although I did get some auditing. The lack of staff progress up the Bridge disillusioned me, as did the continual pressure on staff to buy more, sell more, work more. The Church wasn't paying staff more than peanuts, and not getting them up the Bridge, either. (As far as I could see, anyway.)



5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I didn't.

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 signed a 2 1/2 year contract at a class V Org. At one point, I was dumb enough to sign an S.O Contract, but was smart enough not to actually join.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I wasn't too happy with it towards the end of my stay. For some reason, Ethics went into overdrive at my Org. It seems like everyone was either serving on a Comm-Ev or getting a Comm-Ev. People were writing reports on each other and it felt like being continually watched by the Gestapo.

I sat back and actually evaulated my situation. Was I happy? No. Was I progressing? No. Did I need to stay here? No. I walked out and never went back.


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?
Boot David M. out of his job. Cut the prices on everything and make it affordable in the real world. it's so bloody important, shouldn't 'the tech' be more available everyone? Stop buying real estate and provide S.O members with medical care, instead.

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?
Hell, no.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
My time on staff wasn't all bad. Some of the courses I took weren't completely uselss. Some of the processing was OK, but not worth the zillions of dollars they charge for it. After two years on staff at approximately 50+ hours a week, making $2-$15 dollars, I certainly learned how to work hard!

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