Scientology - Through the Door

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Saturday, 3rd May, 2008 02:45:30am

Name or Alias: Samantha
Training and/or processing level: Pro TRs
Org or location: N/A
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: Entire life
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1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
I was born into Scientology.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
It was just normal. It was something I did because my dad said I should. I had fun going on course and it helped me in school when I was young.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Not when I was younger. After I really became a Scientologist yes - drugs.

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, the pressure put on people to get what is wanted, whether its money or joining staff or the Sea Org. Not that people shouldn't do those things, or that they shouldn't be regged/recruited, but the PRESSURE that's put on them. Especially regging and the financial strains some people are put under.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
Because I could take what I learned, and apply it as-is to my life and it worked. Also, because Scientology got me off of drugs and I can honestly say saved my life.

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 public for a long time. Then joined staff, then the Sea Org. Staff at a org.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I have not left the Church of Scientology.

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?
I would say the only thing is what I said above. I understand why the regges and recruiters do what they do, and I understand the need for the money and people, but there should be another way to do this.

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?
n/a

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I have had a great experience with Scientology. I grew up in it and while I haven't always been on lines or as active as maybe I should have been, Scientology is and always will be a part of my life. Because of Scientology I am alive. I was headed in a very bad direction with the drugs that I was doing, and without judgement or making me wrong or telling me how horrible I was, people in the church just helped me and honestly wanted me to get better. That to me is enough to show that it's a good organization.

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