Imagine yourself going to a Catholic confession. Now imagine
the same confession, but with you connected to a lie detector.
Imagine now, if you will, this confession lasting for several
hours. Picture the priest taking notes during the confession and
putting them in a file folder. "Your confession is entirely
confidential," he assures you. If this image does not disturb
you yet, add paying $200 for each hour spend in the
confessional. That is the central rite of the Church of
Scientology, known by the harmless sounding term of "auditing".
Scientology is a religion invented by L. Ron Hubbard,
formerly a mediocre science fiction writer, in the 1950s.
Scientology presents itself as "an applied religious philosophy,
the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself,
the universe and life". Its doctrines involve a peculiar mix of
L. Ron Hubbard's own peculiar theories of psychotherapy, his own
unique (but very superficial) understanding of Buddhism, and a
good dose of bad science fiction, with just a bit of early
Christian Gnosticism thrown in for good measure.
Dianetics -The Modern Science of Mental Health is L. Ron Hubbard's first and best known book in the field of mental health. Written in 1950, it promises "a state of mental well-being never before achieved by man" — a state called "Clear". In "Dianetics" Mr. Hubbard attributes all psychological problems, and most physical ones, to "engrams" — painful memories that need to be remembered and re-lived in order for us to achieve this new mental well-being. While this may sound much like a rehash of then current psychological theories, it certainly sounds harmless enough.
However, L. Ron Hubbard did not stop with "Dianetics". By the
time of his death in 1986, he penned a large number of works
expanding his philosophy.
There is, according to L. Ron Hubbard, a state beyond Clear,
a state called "Operating Thetan".
Clearing traumatic experience merely of this life is not enough
in order to reach this state — traumatic memories of previous
lifetimes have to be likewise handled. This is enough to get one
started on the bridge to the state of "Operating Thetan" — but
not to reach it. Our traumatic memories, whether in this life or
in a previous one, are not our only problems. We are also
infested by spirits of dead space aliens, called 'Body Thetans"
whose traumatic memories interfere with our own spiritual
progress, so we have to get rid of them.
In Scientology scripture called "Operating Thetan 3" we find out the following:
The head of the Galactic Federation (76 planets around larger stars visible from here) (founded 95,000,000 years ago, very space opera) solved overpopulation (250 billion or so per planet, 178 billion on average) by mass implanting. He caused people to be brought to Teegeeack (Earth) and put an H-Bomb on the principal volcanos (Incident II) and then the Pacific area ones were taken in boxes to Hawaii and the Atlantic area ones to Las Palmas and there "packaged".
His name was Xenu. He used renegades. Various misleading data by means of circuits etc. was placed in the implants.
When through with his crime loyal officers (to the people) captured him after six years of battle and put him in an electronic mountain trap where he still is. "They" are gone. The place (Confederation) has since been a desert. The length and brutality of it all was such that this Confederation never recovered. The implant is calculated to kill (by pneumonia etc) anyone who attempts to solve it. This liability has been dispensed with by my tech development.
One can freewheel through the implant and die unless it is approached as precisely outlined. The "freewheel" (auto-running on and on) lasts too long, denies sleep etc and one dies. So be careful to do only Incidents I and II as given and not plow around and fail to complete one thetan at a time.
In December 1967 I knew someone had to take the plunge. I did and emerged very knocked out, but alive. Probably the only one ever to do so in 75,000,000 years. I have all the data now, but only that given here is needful.
One's body is a mass of individual thetans stuck to oneself or to the body.
One has to clean them off by running incident II and Incident I. It is a long job, requiring care, patience and good auditing.
You are running beings. They respond like any preclear. Some large, some small.
Thetans believed they were one. This is the primary error.
This may look like bad science fiction, but it is regarded as profound spiritual truth by those Scientologists who are deemed advanced enough to received such "truths". Within the Church of Scientology the "Operating Thetan" teachings are only available to those who are deemed ready for them — those whose abilities to think clearly have been impaired by Scientology "training" and who paid the Church large sums of money.
Why would anyone believe this? Indeed, under normal
circumstances no one would. However, new members are not exposed
to the "Operating Thetan" scriptures right away. They are first
exposed to the ideas expressed in "Dianetics" — ideas that seem,
at first glance, quite reasonable. They participate in
"auditing" — an idiosyncratic mix of psychotherapy and the
confessional. They do "training routines" — which include such
profound exercises as sitting still for protracted periods of
time — with any movement requiring the student to start over. In
other words, they willingly submit to a rather expensive regimen
As their training progresses, the teachings they are exposed
to go more and more "over the top" — until eventually the
individual's ability to think clearly is impaired to the point
that they will mistake bad science fiction for most profound
Over the years the Church of Scientology waged and continues
to wage legal battles to keep the "Operating Thetans" scriptures
away from the public, claiming copyright and trade secret
protection. The lawyers for the Church of Scientology have so
far failed to adequately explain how a supposedly non-profit
religious organization might have "trade secrets". It is worth
noting that the Church of Scientology has been involved in more
lawsuits in its 40 years of existence then most other religious
would in centuries.
In other words, Scientology is a fraud dedicated to making money. It promises mental health — but it can only deliver madness and delusion.
OK, so you told me how bad you think Scientology is. What is
the other side of the story?
You do not have to take my word for it. Ask a Scientologist
to read the above — and ask him or her if its true. If they
change the subject, ask again.
They might tell you that you should try Scientology
first-hand before passing judgement on it. Whether to do so or
not is your decision — but would you buy a similar "try it,
you'll like it" line from a heroin dealer?
Yes. John Travolta, Tom Cruise, a number of others. They are no more immune to fraud then ordinary citizens.
So Scientologists believe in stupid things. Its a free
country, isn't it?
Scientology promises a never-before achieved state of mental
well-being. Instead it delivers, at considerable cost, a
haphazard mix of bad science fiction and bad psychotherapy.
Being able to perpetrate fraud is not one of the freedoms
enjoyed in this country.