Scientology - Through the Door

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Friday, 1st November, 2002 03:19:35pm

Name or Alias: Galileo
Training and/or processing level: OT 3
Org or location: Denver CoS
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 4 years
Recommended Website - Xenu
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
I read Dianetics.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
There was a grain of truth in everything Hubbard wrote. It seemed he had a way out of the insanity. His take on spirituality and the elimination of negative 'case' intrigued me.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Emotional unhappiness and lack of fulfillment, health problems occasionally, inability to achieve my goals.

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?
A number of things!

1 - Very poor management. The Scientology 'admin tech' seemed awful in spite of the claims that it was so effective. It IS effective for manipulation and intimidation, but creates more problems than it solves. It is also easy for corrupt people at the top to use the 'admin tech' for their own personal gains and lust for power.

2 - Indoctrination - Every moment of the Scientology experience is designed to break down your unwillingness to believe. If you don't agree with Scientology information, it is YOUR fault for not understanding. Multiple experiences of this subtle indoctrination tends to make you crave more reinforcement of the indoctrination. It becomes a very exclusive, addictive and limited way of thinking. You feel special because you are part of the inner circle of those with special knowledge, which is a typical aspect of cult indoctrination.

3 - Invalid Science - Much of the Scientology 'tech' has a few grains of truth in it, but beyond those few grains of truth it is totally unscientific. Many of the concepts and techniques are not thought through logically, and therefore are just pseudo-science masquerading as science.

4 - Spriritual nonsense - Past lives, body thetans, OT powers, exteriorization, etc. None of these seemed real to me, but Scientology lures you with promises of super-human awareness, powers, and knowledge.

5 - Expensive Services - Fixed 'donations.' Scientology is supposed to be a religion, but members are required to donate specific amounts for every service - very large amounts. You CANNOT get 'spiritual' services without making those donations. Scientology is primarily a money making business. Any 'charity' that the Church does are for Public Relations only.

6 - Destruction of imagined 'enemies.' One of the worst aspects of Scientology is their physical and legal attacks on those who would try to expose the problems with the Church. These cases are well documented. This approach to 'enemies' is written in the policies penned by Hubbard himself.

7 - Disconnection from family members - I saw many broken families from the so-called 'ethics' tech of Scientology. Alienation from the outside world is a tool of indoctrination that is very effectively used by cults. The Church of Scientology has a foolproof method of doing this in their 'PTS/SP ethics tech.'

8 - Too rich and powerful - Because the Church has raked in money for decades, they have millions of dollars for lawyers, buying land, and expanding their influence throughout the world.

9 - Individual freedom sacrificed - The individual's ability to act or think logically and independently is sacrificed to the purposes of the Church of Scientology.

10 - Wrong Basic Purpose - The basic purpose of the Church of Scientology is to expand. Everything else is subordinate to that goal. The money making is not primarily to line anyone's pockets, in my opinion, but to keep the Church going and expanding. When the emphasis is placed on helping people instead of growing the organization, the members will receive much greater benefit from their involvement.

I set aside my feelings for 'the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics.' In other words, I let the Scientology indoctrination convince me that something was wrong with ME, not the Church.


5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
1 - To get auditing, training and help others while I got happier and more able to live a better life.

2 - To find out if it worked for me. (Most of it didn't work the way Hubbard said it would.)

3 - To discover the secrets the OT levels and get the OT wisdom, freedom, and abilities. (I didn't get any of those.)

4 - To be happier. (I was in the glee of 'cult happiness' for awhile, but that faded to serious unhappiness and even suicidal impulses the longer I remained in the Church.)


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'?
On staff at the Denver Church of Scientology on Navajo Street.



7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
It was an accumulation of many factors. I think that I left when I finally admitted that the Church was a poorly managed organization. I had also had some huge disappointments with the 'tech' and felt that I was a worse person after four years of Scientology, not better.

After leaving the Church, I later admitted to myself that the 'tech' simply did not work the way it was supposed to. I stopped using it.


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?
Definitely!

1 - The integrity of the management needs to be cleaned up especially, starting with removing all of the top management people and replacing them with the best TECH people from local orgs. Only in this way will they root out the corruption totally and ensure that they won't be replacing one corrupt person with another.

2 - Many old policies such as 'fair game' and disconnection need to be eliminated. Legal badgering of ex-Scientologists should be dropped altogether.

3 - The Church needs to be upfront about their past and Hubbard's past, and not keep trying to promote lies and rewrite history.

4 - Prices for services need to be lowered substantially. The well being of members needs to come before the well being of the organization.

Scientology is being practiced without the abuses of the Church, in the FreeZone. The Church is not a necessary entity.

I believe that the only way that Scientology will ever have any credibility or respect, will be if the Church of Scientology is eliminated in favor of a loose organization of affiliated free delivery organizations.


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. I have left behind both the Church of Scientology and the practice of Scientology.

I have since rejected the 'tech' as mostly pseudo-scientific nonsense, though there are some pearls of truth in it.

I believe reform of the Church of Scientology is impossible. Why? Part and parcel of the Scientology faith is believing that everything Hubbard wrote or said was 100% true and correct. In essence, Hubbard was God and infallible. Discarding just one thing he said as untrue or incorrect would display his fallibility, something true believers are unwilling to do.


10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
Many of the people I met while in the Church of Scientology were good people with high ideals. I don't criticize them, because I fell for the same cult indoctrination too.

The worst aspect of the Church is the management. That is not likely to change, because Hubbard laid out HOW to run the church in his holy and revered writings, and the people at the top are only 'following orders.'



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