Scientology - Through the Door

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Wednesday, 3rd December, 2008 08:04:49pm

Name or Alias: AlexM
Training and/or processing level: SS2, BSM, Dianetics
Org or location: Toronto, Berlin and San Francisco
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: May 26, 2005 to May 17, 2008
Recommended Website - Xenu TV
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
On a trip to Los Angeles after graduation. I walked into the L Ron Hubbard Exhibit on Hollywood Boulevard and also took my first OCA at the Hollywood Test Center. When I go back from my vacation I watched the Dianetics DVD and called the Toronto Org. I then began courses in May 2005.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
I thought that it was a 'religion' without dogma, that gave people free choice, left people alone to use their own reason and experience, had no authority and was All-Denominational or so it was sold to me.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Between December 2004 and May 2005 I had the following things happen to me, within order:
1) I finished an internship from college without employment.
2) My parents got divorced because my father was cheating.
3) My grandmother passed away suddenly.
4) I graduated college with no career opportunities within sight.


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?
From the get go, many things bothered me. Prices of courses and auditing, harassment and aggressive sale pitches from Regs, constant recruitment for staff and Sea Org, rude behavior, not taking no for an answer, realizing like myself most people in the Org needed real mental heath assistance, the tech not working for long periods of time, hypnotic trances in auditing, me becoming emotionally dependent on the courses and the fact at inside ethics it is always ones fault but never the Churches.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I was convinced at these were somehow isolated incidents, though many of them and that Scientology delivering its blissful like euphoric feelings were more important then peoples rudeness, aggressiveness or somewhat evil behaviors.

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 a staff member for about one year. 9 months of Berlin and 10 weeks in San Francisco.

In Berlin I worked without legal work permission or a valid work visa for 9 months until I was asked to leave. I tried to make up my contact in SF but I was dismissed from staff for subscribing to ARS for a few hours when I was 16 years old as this is a suppressive group.

I was the Director of Records, Assets and Material in Berlin and an Establishment Office in SF.


7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I asked to leave staff in order to go back to school. I had seen to many evil things and knew that staff whether in the US or in Germany is pretty much the same... it is bad. You are controlled, have no privacy and are taking orders from people who need serious help in their lives that Scientology can't help them with. After getting dismissed I visited LA and was told that I may not ever be on staff again, no Sea Org, no OT levels, no auditing or training due to my small enrollment in ARS. I then choose to not go into see the Chaplain for ethics or to get a PTS or possibly an SP declare. I am now free without Scientology.

I was doubting Scientology in SF and choose to just leave. I feel better now that I am out.


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 think that the government needs to 'de-religify' the Church and have it pay taxes like all private, money making groups. It sells pseudo-therapy that does not work at high prices and that is all it is. It is a fantasy to call Scientology a religion. It needs to get rid of PTS/SP tech and make the Church less exclusive, also it needs to get rid of study tech and its derogatory terminology.

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 for me personally. I am a Jewish Agnostic, practicing Reformed Judaism and Buddhist, with love for all religions and Judaism which was my religion before Scientology who interrupted it by practicing with false hopes and ignorant dreams.

I will not come back but would love to see less control on the good people who are into it.


10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
Leaving Scientology is a religious experience and Jason Beghe is my hero.

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