Scientology - Through the Door

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Thursday, 17th November, 2011 06:44:11am

Name or Alias: Derpina
Training and/or processing level: TRs, Objectives, Purif RD & Drug RD. No training.
Org or location: Chicago, IL, USA
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: two years
Recommended Website - n/a
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
I wanted to get rid of my addiction to cigarettes, and conventional methods like nicotine patches hadn't helped. I'd seen an ad for Narconon somewhere and new they were there, so I decided to go.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
I didn't really know that what I was doing was Scientology until later when they sent me to the Org after a little bit of pre-indoctrination so I could get my TRs, Objectives and RDs.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Cigarette addiction.

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?
I wasn't that much involved in the Church, nor did I really research it a great deal even after I found out that I was doing Scientology stuff. I was just glad there were people helping me. As I was never staff I only ever saw the smiling facade of the Co$.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I hadn't accomplished my goal of giving up cigarettes.

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'?
Public, and I did do minor tasks sometimes when I noticed something could/needed to be done, like stacking a few chairs or restocking bookshelves. I'm a helpful person.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
After I had completed the RDs I stopped smoking, but only for a few weeks until I started again. I got harrassed by several staff and got put into sec check after sec check. Although I'd felt great this caused my to research Scientology. Not having the NetNanny (I'm an IT guy, I'm hardly going to let someone install a random program on my computers, especially not the people I considered merely my therapists), I found a lot of verifiable stuff and decided just to leave. Lucky I have no family that have drug problems, didn't have to go through disconnection and all that shite.

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 felt pretty great while doing it and it did work for a time, but they really need to stop worshipping LRH as much (that always felt fishy to me), so they can actually fix their tech, because some of it is really good and useful but it obviously has some flaws. Also, basically all of the stuff I read up on is just despicable. If they make it more of an open source religion with less of a creepy worship of Hubbard, I'd have no problem with it. Oh, yeah, and the sec-checks. After all, they're what made me leave.

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?
I might rejoin if they improved their tech in a way that would actually permanently get me off smoking, and became an open, less harshly and rigidly organised religion, with no Sea Org, no horribly underpaid staff, and less ridiculous fees.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
Until they improve MASSIVELY, I can only tell everyone who reads this: IT DOESN'T WORK. DON'T EVEN TRY. IT'S A WASTE OF YOUR TIME.

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