Scientology - Through the Door

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Sunday, 27th March, 2016 03:31:58am

Name or Alias: walter
Training and/or processing level: Communication courses
Org or location: Los Angeles area, Clearwater
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: birth to 13 years old (1987-2001)
Recommended Website - n/a
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Born into the church

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
The feelings of spiritual invincibility and hope.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Everything, until it didn't help at all when it mattered.

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. Seeing the stress in the members of the sea org, especially hearing that they weren't allowed to go home for Christmas if they didn't reach very high productivity targets. Hearing the demonization of vast swathes of the general non-Scientology population.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
It was what I knew

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'?
The most official I ever got was studying at flag while my mom was studying there

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
Hearing David Miscavige insisting that there are not any non-Scientologists who can get anything done.

My mom was summoned to flag to do the new OT VIII, but upon arriving told that she wasn't allowed to do the course because her nephew is a news reporter. No reimbursement for the airfare and hotel bills, and this was when we were living in poverty.

A total lack of mental health support. I developed major depression, and the Scientology system didn't know what to do with me. They threw up their hands when I didn't respond to their treatments and reasoning in the ways they thought I should be responding. I was depressed and at Delphi, Scientology's flagship K-12 school. Everyone else was rich and had no issues with Scientology at all. I was poor and deeply skeptical.


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?
YES!!! They should tone down the self-righteousness and the reckless certainty that their techniques will always work. They should do whatever it takes to be seen by society in a positive light. They should eliminate mandatory fees for services entirely. They ABSOLUTELY NEED TO RETHINK THEIR STANCE ON MENTAL HEALTH! DEMONIZING PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY IS COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE AND SHAMEFUL. BAD SCIENTOLOGY! BAD!

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 would consider rejoining the Church of Scientology. I was raised in Scientology, and I miss it. I miss being at the events. I miss socializing with other Scientologists. I loved the common intent to make the world a better place. They inspire such hope, but they are unable to live up to that hope because they close themselves in and refuse to open their minds and their hearts to uncertainty.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I miss Scientology. It really really hurt to have to leave it. To realize that I had had my religion taken away from me. I made the decision to leave the Church, but I did so because I couldn't morally stay. So many things weren't right.

A bright point, though. I grew up and went into a career in neuroscience. This is because I wanted to spread knowledge about the mind that is based on physical evidence. Scientology misses some major points that someone must see to have a health life. For example, the tone scale has some serious problems and often encourages ruthless behavior or emotional suppression in the name of 'moving up the tone scale'


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