Scientology - Through the Door

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Saturday, 31st July, 2004 00:22:38am

Name or Alias: Mastermind
Training and/or processing level: TRs & Objectives
Org or location: Boston
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 8 Months
Recommended Website - Operation Clambake
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
I first became acquainted with the Church of Scientology through a TV informecial on Dianetics. I received a phone call from an org staff member inviting me to the org.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
At that time, I was on a spiritual quest. I was studying major religions such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. I was interested in things such as meditation, out-of-body experiences, telekenesis, prayer, esoteric realizations, and mysticism. I had an inquisitive mind about life; Where did the universe come from?, Who created it?, Does God exist? Who is God?, Is there an afterlife?, What is man?, What is the mind?, How does it work?, How can one use it to his advantage?, What is its full potential?
By searching for the answers to these questions, I was willing to learn as much as possible, with an open mind, and Scientology was no exception. From my own personal research and experience, I concluded that there are higher states of awareness and abilities. So, when looking at the Scientology BRIDGE TO TOTAL FREEDOM, I could relate to it immediately. The most appealing part was that it could be achieved in incremental steps by following the precise levels.


3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
No. I wasn't concerned with 'problems', as I observed the law of Cause and Effect. To every effect (problem) there is a cause. I was just researching.

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?
Let me ask the file clerk using the standard memory banks. Well, some of the staff members have been there for over a decade and were stalled on a BRIDGE level, sometimes for years. They knew the 'tech' of why they weren't on course and yet did nothing about it. They were wasting their time, and that showed me there wasn't real determination there. The org's goal is to go Saint Hill Size, but if the majority of staff didn't progress with their studies and training, that goal is only a hope, not a reality. Also, when I joined staff, literally everybody after me who joined never stayed, so how was expansion possible.
I didn't like, actually I hated their attempt to try to 8-C everybody, staff, public, and especially ME! You have no life, no freedom, no choice. You get constant phone calls, 'We need you to come in', unsuspected visits at home, you get no holidays off (need to make up the time), no weekends sometimes because of security or events.
They use tactics to make you feel inferior. For example, Book One:Dianetics, we all must be aberrated because everybody who has a birth has an engram. Having engrams equals having a reactive mind. Having a reactive mind means having problems in life. See how messed up we are?
Staff pay? $10 a week!? Sorry, we're on planet Earth.
What convinced me to stay was that I was going to fulfill my 2 year contract, train to Clear and move on. But then I found out that after you fulfill your contract, whether 2 or 5 years, you can't leave until you have a replacement, a fully hatted staff member. Some don't even know what fully hatted means before they leave.
Oh! And the prices, do they think that every person hit the lottery? Absolutely ridiculous!
I could go on and on, but I'll need to have a book published on it. It's unbelievable.


5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
Like I said, I wanted to move up the BRIDGE, but I didn't know you had to sell your soul for that.

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 staff at an org. I was never in the Sea Org or OSA.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I left the Church of Scientology because I respect myself, and I'll be damned if I let anyone 8-C (control) my thoughts, my desires, my dreams, my liberty, and my life.
There was a final straw. I was assigned to a post initially, well I was going to replace someone on that post, and I was on my Staff Status 2 getting ready to study and be fully hatted on that post. I was on course all day progressing, but the idiots and control freaks that they are assigned me to a different post because they needed me to produce. I was doing so well on course, that if they left me alone I would've produced marvelously on my intended post. I had no clue what to do on the new post. My seniors would say you need to this and that, with references of course, but I needed to be fully hatted IDIOTS!
Anyway, when I decided to leave the org, they tried to 'help' me by doing the conditions formula and told me that they were going to work with me to see that I leave on good terms. They had me coming back to the org so I could produce in the meantime. Two weeks had passed, and I had to do a program for the post I was currently on, and one of the high members of the org said that they needed someone on that particular post, implying that I do the program and remain on post in the org. I hate liars, so I left and never returned. I never returned a phone call or letter. I cut off total communication with them.


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 definitely do think they need to change their practices. They need to treat people like people, not wogs. By viewing people like that they think they're better, but the wogs are no less of a wog than they are. They need to stop trying to control people, respect their choices, and grant beingness.
I am positive that if they would do what I just mentioned, they'd have a lot more willing people, but they push people away with their practices.
Those practices actually made me better, because it made me stronger in my choices, my self-determinism, my freedom, my decisions, my confidence, and the ability to fully trust myself.


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 wouldn't say rejoin or stay, but maybe I'd go in to get a lecture series (I basically have all the books) because I find the knowledge useful at times.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
The knowledge of the Church of Scientology like I said can be useful. Like LRH said, what's true for you is true for you. I'm not advocating or warning. This is my experience.
I like the materials, the books and lectures, for my personal research. As far as the org goes, that is a world that I don't ever want to know again.
You decide.


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