Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Scientology "Basics"

In July 2007 David Miscavige presented the "Basics" of Dianetics and Scientology, a series of 18 books with accompanying lectures, published in 16 languages. This was the end of a major project to get L. Ron Hubbard's standard works compiled and published. I bought my pack (the price is a joke!) and started reading the first books.

I am impressed! The huge glossary has more words as I ever want to look up, the typesetting is so fluent that I did not even notice that I was reading for hours in a row! All the technical and other barriers to real understanding of the text have been fully removed. The "Basics" give me an unshakable certainty on the subjects of Dianetics and Scientology. I can explain it to anyone. I am not backed-off any more. My reach has increased tremendously. I feel that I have the tools necessary for every situation I could ever encounter!

These books need no sales pitch. Read them.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Scientology works, always!

What AP is talking about is covered in the (free) Scientology Handbook here.

Hubbard teachings embraced by faiths

By Matt Sedensky
Associated Press
August 12, 2007

TAMPA, Fla. -- Rev. Charles Kennedy preaches the brilliance of L. Ron Hubbard's words. Children in his after-school program learn with the Scientology founder's methods. Church members study one of his books. The minister calls Scientologists the kindest people he's met and their programs the best he's found.

But he and his congregants are not Scientologists. They are Christians.

The Glorious Church of God in Christ here is among a number of houses of worship across the U.S. -- how many is not clear -- that embrace some Church of Scientology programs.

Scientologists say their interfaith partnerships show people of all faiths clamor for solutions to real-world problems. Detractors say it amounts to a cloaked effort to attract new members. And the clergy who have adopted aspects of the Scientologists' outreach say they're simply making use of programs that work.

"When I see something effective, I embrace it. I took what we could use," said Kennedy. "I haven't found anything that deals with man better than what Mr. Hubbard has written."

Kennedy isn't alone among clergy outside the Church of Scientology in his steadfast appreciation of programs linked to it.

In neighboring St. Petersburg, Imam Wilmore Sadiki's mosque uses one of Hubbard's texts.

At Wayman Chapel in Houston, Rev. James McLaughlin's drug treatment center uses Scientology principles and refers addicts to Narconon, its rehabilitation program.

And at Word Evangelism Ministry in Washington, Rev. Catherine Bego has distributed booklets spreading Scientologists' messages against drugs and for moral living.

Scientology was founded in the 1950s by Hubbard, a science fiction writer. It teaches followers they are immortal spiritual beings, or thetans, who live on after death. The church says there is a supreme being, but its practices do not include the worship of a god.

The Scientology programs being established in other faiths are from the Association for Better Living and Education, a nonprofit established in 1988. It has four main programs: the anti-drug Narconon; the criminal rehab program Criminon; the morality code of The Way to Happiness; and the educational efforts of Applied Scholastics.

ABLE considers its programs secular, and their non-Scientology champions say they are no affront to their faith.

Sadiki has allowed Scientologists to stage a "Good vs. Evil" skit at his St. Petersburg Islamic Center, offers a children's class using "The Way to Happiness" and is considering offering Narconon and Applied Scholastics programs too. Not all of his followers were pleased.

"What is in it that's not advantageous to everyone else?" he asked those in opposition. "They couldn't say anything."

McLaughlin said he was seeking a drug program with more staying power than what his African Methodist Episcopal Church runs. He heard about the Scientologists' efforts and established a new outpatient center after Narconon training.

He says he's seen nothing but good come of it: a higher success rate, saved lives and his own strengthened faith.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

What are Scientology "Basics"?

In July 2007 David Miscavige, the leader of Scientology, re-released the full set of books written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s with accompanying lectures giving more details as the books. The full set contains all the "basics" of the Scientology belief system (called Scientology technology by Scientologists) and present the core of Dianetics and Scientology. Certainly it is very important for Scientologists - and anyone who wants to find out about Scientology - to read those books, in chronological sequence as the system developed over several years.

Dianetics Book

I read some of those, and let me tell me you what I thought Scientology is no longer holds true. This is the real stuff. Like the book "Dianetics". You grab the book, read it and start auditing with someone. Just like that! I found a partner now to work with and keep you posted how it went.