Scientology - Through the Door

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Tuesday, 23rd March, 2004 05:48:42pm

Name or Alias: Simple Simon
Training and/or processing level: Clear
Org or location: LA
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 30 years
Recommended Website - www.xenu.net
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Was brought into a mission by a friend in the early 70's. Heard an intro lecture, which I didn't really understand, but my friend kept urging me to take the communications course, so I did.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
I was looking for someway to better my life. Didn't know what I wanted to do. I figured maybe I could learn something from the course. I was interested in spiritual things and past lives.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Had finished 3 years of college, but still didn't know what I wanted to do. I thought the world was a pretty screwy place and I had been looking for some kind of philosophy that made sense out of life.

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?
As a new person on course I was encouraged to bring more people in -- to go out on the street and give people handouts. I didn't even know what Scientology was at this point and I didn't want to recruit others, but they had a way of making me feel guilty if I didn't help. And I wanted to at least make it through the course to see if I gained anything.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
There were a couple of OT's that were pretty impressive to me and talked about all the abilities they had gained. I believed man was capable of more and I hoped that maybe there was something here.

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'?
Mission and org staff for 8 years, sea org for 3.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I left org staff after 8 years. I married and had a couple of children and couldn't make it financially as a staff member. I was still taking courses and getting auditing and was constantly pressured to go back on staff. I really did feel the planet was a mess and I should be doing something to help, so I ended up joining the S.O. I was miserable for my 3 years in the S.O. My 2 children were not well taken care of. I kept trying to leave, but didn't want to jeopordize my standing as a Scientologist. I finally managed to take a leave with the intention of not returning. I was still a faithful Scientologist and when one of my children was recruited for the S.O. I let her go. She was unhappy and blew and I was told I couldn't associate with her anymore because she had left without permission. That was the last straw. I was not about to disconnect from my daughter. This was a couple years ago and I started reading on the internet and realizing that I had been trapped in this cult for all these years, justifying all the outrageous things I had seen by thinking that the individual doing these unethical actions was to blame, that LRH would never approve. I finally saw what I had gotten into, and am so happy I'm free of Scientology. My life is 500% better. I'm happy. I make enough money to buy what I need. I have a great relationship with my kids. It's a wonderful thing.

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?
Disband. All the information in Scientology is available in other places. Any serious student of psychology/philosoply can find out what he wants to know. LRH plagerized many people's ideas, but anyone can research and find the origins of these ideas.

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.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
There are so many ex-Scientologists out there. I hope more people write their experiences here.

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