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Excellence: Mastery Achieved

March 24, 2014

by Glenn Samuels

jump_for_freedomDirector, Online Academy.

Some people are born naturally gifted in certain areas. No one had to teach the track superstar, Carl Lewis how to be fast, he was just born that way. The Bible talks about the gifts of the Spirit; prophesy, healing, miraculous powers, wisdom, and faith. Other gifts include teaching, service, and counseling. But, no one gifted or not, is exempt from the hard work necessary to achieve mastery. The great composer, Beethoven, wrote hundreds of musical scores before he turned twenty-one. Jimi Hendrix, the first rock guitar virtuoso, practiced and played his instrument nearly all night and day as did the famous jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.

An often unknown fact is that every person of renown had a mentor. The Proverbs say having a mentor is wise and you are a fool if you don’t have one; “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverb 21), and “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Proverb 13). A great track coach can help a gifted runner gain a step or two. Gaining a step or two in today’s world means a lot. Choosing a mentor is a key decision. No one wishes to learn from a fool. It is essential to achieve excellence by finding a wise mentor who is gifted in teaching and is very experienced in the practice you wish to learn. The greatest pianist of the second half of the Twentieth Century, Glenn Gould, had a mentor who taught him how to hit the piano keys in a distinct striking manner. That style lead to Gould’s fame and acclaimed aggressive articulate style of play. Who would think that there was a different way to strike a piano key? Alberto Guerrero did. He changed the way the piano was played after 300 years! A good mentor brings special insights into a subject and wisdom others simply do not have.

Discipline and practice are key factors to attain mastery. There is a “10,000-hour rule” originated by K. Anders Ericsson, a Swedish psychologist. It is a popular rule of thumb to help one achieve excellence. The author who popularized this theory, Malcolm Gladwell, writes that the Beatles performed for over 10,000 hours in Germany and small clubs before they broke through. Bill Gates states that he spent his 10,000 hours on a computer starting at the age of 13. Gladwell explains that reaching the 10,000-hour rule, which he considers the key to success in any field, is simply a matter of practicing a specific task that can be accomplished with 20 hours of work a week for 10 years. Gladwell also notes that he himself took exactly 10 years to meet the 10,000-hour rule, during his tenures at The American Spectator and his more recent job at The Washington Post as a writer. Drive and discipline are essential to success as well as being gifted. And, as above, the fact that no one makes it without help and instruction, “No one—not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses—ever makes it alone,” writes Gladwell.

The great bassist, Stanley Clarke, cites that people born of privilege often do not have the drive to succeed. When I asked him why a very gifted musician never “made it,” he asked me if our mutual friend came from wealth. He did. And more often than not Stanley was correct in his assessment. In this case the artist came from a coddled life. He did not have enough desire and drive to make it. It is a documented fact from a five-year study by Dr. Karl Alexander at Johns Hopkins University that those who go to summer school and work through vacations achieve more than those socio-economically privileged who are off summers taking it easy. It is not a necessity to be poor to succeed, but drive, discipline and teamwork are.

The great basketball star Michael Jordan was often scolded by his coaches that there is no “i” in team. His retort was that there is an “i” in win. They are both right, it takes a team, but it also takes talent to succeed and lead. Jordan was first known as a “dunker,” then he worked very hard on every aspect of his game and became the league’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year many times. Even he had to work hard to become complete.

I suggest that if you are working in a field that you have no talent or gift in and struggle that it is a good idea to consider a change. Talent is essential to succeed, then hard work; it is that plain and simple.

My grandfather used to say, “Walk like you mean it.” Walk, work, and live with intent. Don’t do anything half-assed. If you wish to attain mastery, walk like you mean it and walk a lot of miles with a guide at first to help you avoid the blind spots, the bumps and grinds in the road.

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Suppression: How Inflexibility leads to Ignorance and Suppression

May 2, 2013

by Glenn Samuels

jump_for_freedom“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God…” (Matthew 5:9) 

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This will be my last post for a while. I will be reviewing the final edit of my book, “Scientology: Truth and Lies.”

Three years ago I was asked to be “Keeper of the Tech” by the Independent Scientology sect APIS/IFA. I didn’t join because it reminded me of the famous Groucho Marx quote, “I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER

All kidding aside, free thinkers don’t belong in groups like APIS/IFA. I knew the narrowness of the leader’s views and the rigid views on Scientology and Hubbard. This sect and its Facebook page like to label ex-Scientologists. I presume it gives them some sort of sense of power-over individuals, like the corporate Church of Scientology. They label fellow Independents squirrel, or “SP,” and assign conditions. Some “horrible people” they have labeled are the crusader, Marty Rathbun, the Class XII, Pierre Ethier, and me. To join the IFA you must pledge allegiance to Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. I assume that means that they agree with his penchant for siege mentality, black and white thinking, revenge, and the “Fair Game“policy. They may not say so, but they certainly act that way. Anyone who they think does not abide “Keeping Scientology Working” gets labeled. The irony is that they do not have a solid grasp of what standard is. I have taken over some of their clients and found gross misapplications and messed up cases. Not one auditor in their group was as highly trained as the three counselors they have labelled above. They do not really know what an actual suppressive person is and would not recognize an actual anti-social because they are dramatizing suppression.

Inflexibility and Ignorance:

The real reason that they dramatize suppression is an inflexible attitude that stems from narcissism. The story of Narcissus has a lot more meaning and depth than how the term is commonly used today. His story is of transformation; fantasy, lost love, unfulfilled longings, suicidal thoughts, and heavy emotions. He solves the mystery of self identity inherent in life by disappearing into the underworld and choosing to fix his gaze on a hard rigid marbled image of himself in the water of the River Styx.

Destructive cult leaders like Hubbard and his successor, the vain and cruel David Miscavige, suffer(ed) from psychopathic Narcissism. God, “the gods,” or a wise person is flexible and uses discernment. They know what is correct for any given situation and have compassion, whereas, a psyche inflicted with Narcissism has the following symptoms:

  • Reacting to criticism with angershame, or humiliation
  • Taking advantage of others to reach own goals
  • Exaggerates own importance, achievements, and talents
  • Imagining unrealistic fantasies of success, beauty, power, intelligence, or romance
  • Requiring constant attention and positive reinforcement from others
  • Becoming jealous easily
  • Lacking empathy and disregarding the feelings of others
  • Being obsessed with self
  • Pursuing mainly selfish goals
  • Trouble keeping healthy relationships
  • Becoming easily hurt and rejected
  • Setting goals that are unrealistic
  • Wanting “the best” of everything
  • Appearing unemotional

If you look at the lives of people you have known that are inflexible you will see the above traits in spades. They are also ignorant as they are not present enough to see what is real and assimilate new information. They are stuck trying to see unobtainable self distortions like Narcissus did by the rippling water of the River Styx. The “self” that they find is not really the true self, but like Narcissus, it is a rigid and unobtainable self that does not really exist. They do not have an inability to love outside of themselves. In fact, they don’t know how to love because they are not centered enough to know who they really are. Distaste for others actually stems from a distaste or hate for self which makes cruelty easy. Love does not emanate from the soul of these types.

No one likes a rigid righteous evangelist, Scientologist, religious zealot, or any inflexible pedantic person. If a counselor has taken on these traits or has adopted them through a belief system penned by a narcissist then harm rather than help occurs. I don’t care if a narcissist wants to stand alone and stare at himself all day long, but I do care when their twisted psyche becomes animated and then harms others.

Actual Suppression versus Disagreements and Conflicts:

What this sect does is declare or label anyone who disagrees or conflicts with them. They do the same thing that the church does. Anyone who blows from the church is declared an SP automatically. Anyone who vehemently disagrees with Scientology or is hostile to its radical policies is suppressive. Ironically, if those who go around labeling other Independents followed Scientology policy tech to the letter, as they say they do, they would have to declare themselves SP. They blew corporate Scientology, which is a suppressive act per the policies they ascribe to.

The indiscriminate attitude about suppression started in 1973 when Hubbard sped and crashed his motorcycle then blamed everyone but himself. He cast a new paradigm of “CI, “counter intention, into the Apollo and throughout the Scientology culture. Anyone he considered CI was sent to the RPF, Scientology’s form of a prison work force. Any slight infraction, like not rinsing his shirt enough times, was considered counter intention. All members of the RPF were grilled for transgressions and purged of evil purposes. At one point, the Apollo had about 30% of the crew in the RPF – I guess Hubbard thought many evildoers inhabited the “Mecca of Scientology.” Hubbard’s discernment failed him and he no longer knew who his friends from his enemies.. In the early 1980s, he began to label people that he knew well as suppressive. When Hubbard’s mental and physical impairments got to the point that he could no longer rule Scientology, then Broeker and Miscavige took over. The penalty for any disagreement or countermanding them was offload and/or getting declared a suppressive person. Long-standing Scientology stars such as Bill Franks, David Mayo, and other board members who had a voice were rounded up and imprisoned in HappyValley, then were declared suppressive. The dedicated and talented staff that expanded Scientology worldwide in the 1970s was falsely accused of attempting to ruin it in the 1980s. At the same time, they got rid of the important mission holders. Scientology was to be a juggernaut with one voice, per Hubbard’s orders. The implementation was oppressive and cruel. The real reason for suppressing the execs out of existence was that Miscavige and Broeker wanted no one with any popularity or powers anywhere near the organization. Scientology was already rigid and robotic; it got much worse with the new leaders. Whatever worked in the technology part of it was long gone by the checklist unthinking approach known as the Golden Age of Tech.

The components of actual suppression are different from what the church says it is and what the Independent labelers think it is. Suppression is a premeditated and determined act or actions that overtly or covertly harms and endangers the person’s body, mind and/or soul. A true anti-social harms many people over a considerable period of time.

The elements of suppression:

  1. Intentional and continued physical harm.
  2. Intentional and continued spiritual and/or mental abuse.
  3. Continued denial of bodily necessities such as food, water, sleep, and shelter.
  4. Covert actions and manipulations intended to ruin life.
  5. Unmitigated attacks of harm and prejudice by individuals and groups that intend to oppress others. Examples are the KKK, the Nazis, radical Muslims, Communist regimes, etc.
  6. Power-over the individual by a group or an individual with the intent to harm, be cruel and to damage.
  7. Religious intolerance backed up with imprisonment, expulsion, or castigation.
  8. Suppression of thought and speech on an individual or society wide level.
  9. Criminal activity – terrorism, stealing, lying, murder, stalking, harassment, etc.
  10. Human rights violations, denial of freedoms that threaten and damage life, unjust imprisonment, etc.

The Church of Scientology practices all 10 of the above with different degrees of severity. Unfortunately, some independent organizations and individuals echo the church. Some Independents who radically follow and accept the Scientology credo and dogma do not tolerate disagreements in thought and freedom of religion whatsoever. They are simply dramatizing what they have learned.

Actual suppression is not a disagreement, “CI,” or intermittent anger. It is not merely hassling someone. It is not being confrontational or dichotomous. It is not having and acting upon differing belief systems or definitions of clear, the bridge, the tech, or a “Keeping Scientology Working” violation. Suppression is a continued offense that ruins life on a physical, mental, and/or spiritual plane.

The only long-term suppression I have had in my life occurred in Scientology. There was real physical and mental oppression due to lack of food, sleep, extreme harassment, threats of displacement, imprisonment and implanted paranoia about eternity. Human rights violations were committed on the Apollo, in Clearwater and at Scientology International.

History reveals and proves that love and peace can conquer suppression:

 “You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.

“You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.

“Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

“But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

“And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.” (Gibran)

And – “Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthian 13:13)

Jesus said, “But I say to you that can hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.” (Luke 6:27-32)

History proves that peaceful leaders like Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King have had the  greater and more enduring effect on the planet.

It is easy to hate. It takes courage, strength, and true power to forgive and love your enemies. For “great naked apes,” human beings, it usually takes God’s help to do it.

 

 

 

 

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Scientologists and Cancer

April 4, 2013

by Glenn Samuels

jump_for_freedomGuidelines and the MENDS Program

During the last few years I have heard a lot of grumbling from Scientologists worldwide that there seems to be an inordinate number of members with cancer and other serious illnesses. Most recently, I was asked to send money and “positive postulates” to help an independent field auditor who has leukemia. I don’t know if the illness ratio is different amongst Scientologists than society at large. I do know that abuse and oppression most certainly can predispose illness, no matter which side of the coin you are on.

Many authors have documented how destructive Scientology and its misapplications can be. I have received numerous reports about the large number of seriously ill individuals who were upper level Scientologists and who were burdened by the laborious grinding techniques in today’s Church of Scientology. I don’t know that the upper levels are run much differently in the independent field, except for a few who were trained in my day. There have been broadcasts on the internet, TV and the radio that most of the upper levels deal with exorcism and can be “hazardous to one’s health.” In fact, it takes a careful and experienced case supervisor to guide a client through the risk factors to a successful completion of those levels. Lawrence Wright reported in his book “Going Clear” that Hubbard was tormented in his final days by upper level phenomena. He did not die in peace. That being said, there are usually a number of divergent factors that cause severe illness and cancer. Cancer doesn’t drop into a life that is trouble free.

The root of the word “cancer” is interesting.  Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates is said to have named masses of cancerous cells karkinos — Greek for crab. Cancer is a creeping crawling disease that infiltrates like a crab with many legs. Some cancers travel quicker than others. Malignant tumors harden like a crab shell and the pain is severe similar to being grabbed by razor sharp claws. Scientology, Christian Science and other Science of the Mind groups discount heredity, diet, lifestyle, the body, the brain and other causal factors. It is true that the spirit can heal, that mind over matter does exist, but results have a lot to do with whose spirit and whose mind is attempting to do the healing. Not everyone has the gift of healing or mental powers to overcome illness by thought alone. Many Scientologists do not believe that the spirit of God can heal, which denies them a proven healer. A holistic approach, meaning whole or balanced, is what is needed to help one recover from a serious illness.

The Stress Factors of Serious Illness:

When one has cancer or any serious illness the following factors are present:

  1. Loss of control
  2. Loss of or vacillating hope
  3. Unwanted aloneness

Loss of control – A serious illness disrupts your life and plans. It is as if a great obelisk has landed from the sky on your head. It is a dramatic change from regular activities to attention being thrust onto yourself and the body. There are suddenly new faces in your life, and the people around you change.

Some friends take it badly, and some friends leave you because they cannot confront their own immortality. Time alone is needed to sort things out and feel what you need to feel.

No one likes being out of control. There are scores of professionals and the well-intentioned who tell you what is wrong with you and what you need to do. Doctors and nurses poke and prod with hands and needles. They use giant machinery that emits harmful rays that can affect your body for years afterwards. The medicines used are poison with ungodly side effects. All the sudden changes in your life add up to loss of control.

Loss or vacillating hope – Serious illness is a constant negotiation between hope on the one hand and cold hard facts on the other. Hope vacillates depending upon what the doctors say and what tests reveal.  Time sense becomes compacted, distorted, and acute when you are told you have only months, or days, to live. One day you think that you recovering and then a bad number from a blood test evaporates hope. Your future and mood go hand in hand with the test numbers and how you feel that day. One patient at the Gilda Radner cancer support group I attended with my sister thought he was going to get a new liver. The next day tests showed that the cancer had metastasized to his lungs and he no longer qualified for a transplant. His hope was crushed, he died ten days later. Another group member at Gilda’s found out about proton therapy, which cured his type of cancer. He is alive and well. In between those two extremes there are many shades of hope that change hues continually.

Unwanted Aloneness – When you get news about a serious illness it is important to contemplate and digest all the ramifications. You need time alone to get through anger, fear, the feelings of injustice, and any feeling of victimization. Well-wishers might preach “being positive.” Ah yes, the prison of positive thinking… Dealing with the raw and overwhelming emotions that cancer can bring might leave you unable to think at all, let alone think positively. There is no right and wrong way to be. It is important to feel what you need to feel, the emotions are real – being alone is necessary.

However, there is another factor: “unwanted aloneness.” There is a natural separation of those who are healthy and from those who are seriously ill. Ordinary life is thrown out the window for the duration of the illness; it can last for months, years or until death. There is also stigma and guilt about cancers that people perceive to be your own fault, like lung cancer if one smokes. Even with friends and family in the same room, you can feel alone.  Unless you have been there, you don’t get it. That’s why it is great idea to go to a cancer support group and talk to others with a similar condition. They truly understand. Also the facilitators of the group have information specific to the needs of the illness.

There are three factors that are seriously affected by illness: Money, Sex, and Death.

These 3 factors come up regularly in life and in sessions, but the concerns about them are more prevalent and acute when a serious illness occurs.  Receiving a diagnosis of cancer, it is natural to confront death – it looms with cancer and the risks that go along with the illness and treatment. It is a good idea to study death from all angles; see what religions have to say, read classical wisdom and texts from the learned. It is not a time to be glib and reduce death to triteness, “Oh, I’ll just die and pick up another body…”  That is inane childlike logic. That way of thinking trivializes the normal fear of the unknown. On the other hand, it is of no benefit to be terrified – succumbing to fear diminishes death as a poetic expression of life.

Money can be a big problem for people who become seriously ill. Most people have to work to live. Fortunately, there are charitable organizations that can help. Hospitals, too. Social workers at hospitals and cancer support groups can be of great assistance as well.

Sexual activity during treatment is often diminished or next to impossible. Post treatment effects can also be a factor depending upon what and where the illness was.

The six factors above create undue stress and problems of long duration. And, of course, there is physical pain, plain and simple. Diminishment in activity, lack of achievement and no time to do what you want to do can create a feeling of apathy and loss of control. Serious Illness smashes your life calendar.  Life gets centered on doctors, nurses, machines, blood tests and treatment. Life becomes compressed and stressed. It is no easier on the family member, or for the friend who is the primary caregiver. There are caregiver support groups that meet at the same times as the patients groups.

MENDS PROGRAM: Mend your Soul

It is found that all five activities of the program are beneficial for recovery.

MENDS is an acronym for:

M Medicine (and/or Herbs)

E Exercise

N Nutrition

D Dialogue

S Socialization

Medicine: When someone has become seriously ill medicine is needed. Scientologists, especially those indoctrinated in the Miscavige era, have implanted phobias against doctors and medicine. “Seriously Ill PCs and Pre-OTs,” a bulletin Hubbard wrote in 1969, says the opposite – when doctors and medicine are needed, then use them. Hubbard used doctors and medicine when he and crew members were ill.

LRH wrote a note in a folder that I supervised. It was about a woman who wouldn’t wear her glasses because she thought that they decreased her confront. She wanted to confront her way through her near blind state. He wrote, “She does not wear her glasses to ‘confront,’ but can’t see without them, therefore she is not confronting.” The same goes for medicine. If there is the possibility of grave danger then medicine is needed to confront it. It is a tool, like glasses, that improves confront. Being real is part of confronting life.

All spirit or all mind is a limited view. Even Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, a belief system which forbade medicine, took some at the end of her life. A friend of mine died because her husband believed that all she needed was auditing and herbs. By the time they sought medical help her cancer had spread throughout her body and she died. Despite that, when he was told that he had prostate cancer he went the spiritual/ natural path until his bladder nearly burst on a business trip. He would have died, too, if not for his alert and intelligent employer. She got him to the hospital and convinced him to get the proper medical care. Medicine has its time and place. When someone has cancer there shouldn’t be much of a debate.  Divine intervention or miracles do happen, but from my experience it helps to use all the tools available: spiritual, mental, and medicinal.

Illnesses, serious mental traumas, and nervous breakdowns often result in hopelessness or from depression. It is important to see a doctor and get any needed medicine for that as well. What is worse, the temporary effect of the medicine or dying due to lack of sleep or the inability to eat? Sedatives were used on the Apollo when needed. I prefer people go to a doctor who is a naturopath, but sometimes stronger medicine is needed.

It takes time and testing to see what works well; administering herbs and medicine is an art, not a science. Everyone’s body is different, with blood type, genetics and physiology all playing a role. Medicines and herbs do not act the same on everyone; therefore it is vital the medicines be adjusted to the individual.

Some herbs have been proven effective for various conditions. St. John Wort, Valerian Root, Incan Lapacho (Pau de Arco) and other plant based remedies can be used for stress, sleep and overall well-being. An array of vitamins and herbs for male and female health problems are available at your health food store. Medicinal marijuana has been tested and is proven to reduce tumors and pain in cancer patients and other serious illnesses. It also helps stimulate appetite. Eating is often a problem for the seriously ill.

There have been wonderful advances in treatment for previously incurable illnesses, such as cancers, AIDS, and hepatitis. My sister was diagnosed with Stage 4, incurable melanomas in her leg. She started on a new medicine 9 months ago. It worked! The techs who did her PET scan thought that she never had cancer in the first place. She considers marijuana was the difference between her results and those of the other patients who did not respond as well. Maybe it was. What is worse, a rigid and legalistic view about drug use or what works? Jesus was upbraided by the religious leaders of His day for forgiving the sins of a cripple. Only God can forgive sins they had said. He asked, “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk ‘? When the cripple walked there was nothing more to say. (Matthew 9:5) The same goes for drugs, what is easier – to use the drug and get well, or don’t use it and die?

Exercise:  Exercise helps the body. It gets the heart rate up and helps your mood.  It is important that body chemicals circulate and endorphins move through your body. Endorphins in conjunction with any needed medicine or herbs increase your sense of well-being.  A sense of well-being makes day to day stresses more manageable.  Exercise also helps prolongs life span due to increased oxygenation.  Increased circulation relaxes the body and helps you sleep. If you’re seriously physically ill you obviously can’t go out for a run, but whatever can be done to get the body moving should be done.

Nutrition:  Nutrition in conjunction with exercise encourages the body’s health. Nutrition and exercise are the key factors to longevity.  A healthy food regimen can, in itself, change blood levels or even help cure many illnesses and diseases.  It is a known fact that sugar and alcohol raise sugar levels and long-term use brings on depression, along with diseases such as diabetes. Current studies link overuse of sugar and sugar substitutes to cancer.

Many Scientologists still smoke. Hubbard was a chain smoker with breathing problems and allergies. In his era non-smokers were the exception. When science journals made it obvious that smoking was dangerous to health he did some minimal testing on the crew to prove the scientists studies wrong. He took smokers blood pressure before and after a cigarette and saw no visible difference. From that he concluded that smoking was OK. Authority figures are copied, he smoked, the crew smoked and it was copied down the organization. With all the information available it is an anathema to one’s health to smoke. It adversely affects vitamins, diet, oxygen and any nutritional program attempted.

Dialogue:  Dialogue refers to counseling and communication about experiences and problems.  Counseling is important to relieve stress and perhaps find and eliminate the triggers that could have caused illness, depression, hopelessness, anger and other emotional problems. Pastors, psychologists, licensed social workers and other health care facilitators are trained to listen well and provide guidance. Scientologists prefer an auditor, which is fine if the auditor has a good track record, especially in healing.

Directed communication helps relieve stress and sort things out.  Group therapy also has benefits. Those with the same or similar condition have an intimate understanding that no one else has. The commonality can help heal and is soothing to say the least. It is important to learn what triggers moods so that you can be cognizant and put whatever control you can into your life to alleviate stress.  It is vital to your health to strive to be healthy in your mental and spiritual environment.  The telling and retelling of your story to a caring and compassionate person is essential. Those that believe are encouraged to learn meditative prayer and dialogue with God.

Socialization:  Socialization means getting out and doing extroverting and healthy activities.  Isolation and individualism are proven to increase an apathetic or melancholy nature. If your illness is such that you cannot get out, then have people come to you. A pet can be comfort to those who are bed ridden. Exercise and socialization can be combined by taking classes. Activity is dependent upon your level of movement and mobility.  Hobbies, clubs, charity work, church activities, bingo, movies, lunch with friends, etc., are all vital to getting out of oneself.  Contact is needed to mend your soul.

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A holistic and caring approach is needed for serious illness. I have had considerable success doing the MENDS Program. I also incorporate prayer and God’s intervention. I confess I did this even when I was a Flag auditor. Healings did occur. My viewpoint is that God plus your own strength and dynamics is greater than your own.

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Ten Gross Errors in the Free Zone and Independent Field

March 19, 2013

by Glenn Samuels

“I don’t gotta share no stinkin’ folders…” – (Variation of the famous line from the movie “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”)

 

“My heart, like a bird has escaped from the snare of the fowler…” (Psalm 122:7)But the memory of the cage remains, so we run around in tight little circle.Matthew Laird, “Into the Silent Land”

 

 

Three years ago the popular blogger and Independent Scientologist Marty Rathbun posted my article “The FNing Chair, Ten Gross Technical Errors from the Golden Age of Tech.” (http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/technical-matters/) It was met with enthusiasm and helped many ex-Scientology church members get relief from the abusive tech they had received. Since then I have worked with the abused from Scientology and other destructive cults.

Recently, I have encountered a new type of client; those messed up by misapplication in the Scientology Freezone or Independent Field. By definition these practitioners are free and independent. They are free from the oppression of the church, yet with freedom comes responsibility. I have found that due to lack of training, supervision, and integrity many have wrought pain and suffering to their clients.

There has been an independent field since 1983 that has recently swelled during Miscavige’s cruel reign. The field and its leaders have the potential to unify and start a reformed Church of Scientology.  Instead the field is riddled with petty squabbles, infighting, and lack of kinship without a singular strong voice. It is splintered with divergent groups instead of being a graceful movement. This post is an encouragement to ex-members to get along and also a warning for those who are seeking independent Scientology practitioners.

The Errors:

1. Unqualified and untrained in Scientology. Some who claim to be able to deliver Scientology and the upper levels are not, in fact, trained to do so. Some say they are qualified, but are actually trained on a – read it, drill it, do it – basis on the RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force). Some claim classifications, but are not interned in or out of the corporate church. Also, there is a lack of knowledge of the entirety of Scientology and what it can or can’t do.

Mental therapy can be extremely dangerous in untrained hands. It takes extreme care, knowledge, and a responsible person to guide a case through the morass of mental and spiritual difficulties. Errors in therapy can cause suicide, or its ideation, accidents, injuries, illnesses, life upheavals, and death. The poorly trained have caused this since the inception of Dianetics and Scientology in the 1950s.

2. No case supervision. Some practitioners have been trained to audit, but are not trained case supervisors. Case supervision, a CS, is a different job than counseling; it requires its own courses, internships and skills. Without case supervision there is no one to set a proper course for the client or the auditor, especially when things go off the rails. Often the auditor works alone and thinks that he or she has skills to succeed without supervision, many do not. With today’s internet and scanners there is no excuse to go it alone, especially if a case flounders.

3. Not sharing folders. It is a hardship for any auditor or CS when a client arrives from corporate Scientology without folders. You would think auditors in the Freezone would understand that fact and want to share their folders. For the most part, the opposite is true. My clients and I have pleaded with some auditors to send folders, but they refuse. This refusal is particularly harmful when the client is in a crisis. 

One veteran independent center owner feels the reasons folders aren’t shared is the fear of losing clients and jealousy. Some auditors have mentioned that they won’t share the folders due to materials being confidential, such as the Ls (Ls stands for lists. They are numbered L10, L11 and L12). There is nothing on the Ls that would impair anyone if they read them and most of the Ls material is found in the non-confidential technical volumes in the section on Expanded Dianetics and the False Purpose Rundown. The confidential “OT levels” are all over the internet and most auditors know them. There is absolutely no excuse to not share folders or pass on the listing done. When a serious illness is at hand or a life has crashed, it is vital to have folders. One can only consider it selfishness or fear of discovery due to unethical or dangerous techniques and practices. 

NB: The old Scientology org board had a post called Inter-Org Tech folder liaison officer. In the old days in Los Angeles the post was held by Jack Reno, he was always busy delivering folders between the four orgs. Maybe the Freezone and Independent auditors should find him and hire him.

4. Lack of integrity. One practitioner took advantage of a client by accepting gifts and then used his position to get a loan. This was hidden at the time, but coincidentally, I found him committing gross technical errors on cases. So did a Field Class XII CS. He then bad mouthed us. He poached clients from the independent center in Washington. He eventually fled to another state after messing up many people.  

Another auditor was found to be a drinker and abandoned a colleague in Russia. One of his former clients that I worked with said that he mixed alcohol with his coffee. Whether an auditor is celebrated or just starting out, it is important to be honest and to do stellar work. That is what the client wants, that undercuts any dispute. Money matters, but I don’t think any of us are in it for the money. If a client doesn’t wish to continue, get help and sort it out. With today’s internet and posting it only takes one or two disputes and negative comments on a popular website to hurt a career. Conflict resolution is biblical, Jesus said to solve it before you get to lawyers and courts. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison” (Matthew 5:25)

We are not the Church of Scientology that creates an oppressive culture of fear. Don’t write reports on one another and get into warring, work it out. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  (Matthew 5:9) 

5. Roteness. The quote at the top of the post about running around in circle when the cage is gone applies to this gross in the main. Since the mid 1970s Scientology has used a checklist approach to processing. It usually results in gross errors and shows a general lack of understanding what counseling is really about. The rote approach and a lack of folder sharing often leads to “jaw dropping” omissions; not handling rapes and beatings, crimes, divorces, heavy traumas and losses. One recent case was processed on major actions three times and another was put on the Bridge without fully addressing the obvious need to relieve the current trauma from disconnection and expulsion by Scientology.

6. Upper level breaches. Some auditors reveal upper level material when they don’t know how to solve routine case problems. This breach adds serious confusion and complexities to a case. One client needed help to recover from multiple traumas such as divorce, attempted suicides, drug black outs, and military abuse; instead the auditor put him on the advanced levels without training. Those serious debilitating events were not handled while he tried to fend off the added stimulation from advanced level material. Every client I have encountered from this “auditor” has been handled the same way. 

7. Petty jealousies and name calling. I wrote a post, “Mending Broken Fences.” (http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/mending-broken-fences/) In it I mentioned that the field should try to get along. I had hoped to be a galvanizing influence and still do. But, some bloggers and “experts” in Scientology treat others in the field like the church does. Writers like Marty Rathbun and me have been called “squirrel” and were accused of treason for “mixing practices” because we dared to write about other religions violating Scientology dogma. In my case I wrote stories about Hubbard that did not treat him regally which caused heinous disconnections from legalistic and narrow minded independents. The obvious dramatization of doing what was done to them would be laughable, if not so hurtful. 

8. Pretended differences in theology. All who claim to be in the Freezone or call themselves Independent Scientologists try to follow the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard. There is not much different in the Freezone or Independent Field in terms of theology, yet they think there is. There hasn’t been any significant change in techniques since 1978. 

Some use “Captain Bill’s tech” which hobby horses science fiction mythology and claims to have “OT levels above 8. “ What Bill Robertson wrote isn’t part of Scientology. Other than that, the minor changes in the techniques and grade chart versions don’t amount to a hill of beans.

9. No Central Governing Body. Like it or not there are benefits from organization. Yes, some freedoms are lost; however, anarchy is doomed to failure and destruction. The independent field will follow its own demise if it doesn’t get organized.

One former senior administrator reminded me of the old Sea Orgs Missions that announced their arrival by sticking a dagger in the wall at the Org. We both had a good laugh about that, but despite the drama, good missions helped. No knives please, but one should try to network to get help. There are senior technical supervisors in the field and Freezone, call them and use them.

10. Lack of Charity and Cold heartedness. The attitude between one another should be helping and benevolent. Folder and Information sharing should be the norm.  Inherent in a Scientology upbringing is a lack of charity. Scientology could have had free education and trauma centers in every major city. Instead it is a corporate monolith consumed with bilking its members for money to buy buildings. Individuals who have adopted and still have this Scientology viewpoint in business and lifestyle do not believe in charity. They think that charity is rewarding a “downstat” (i.e.  a non achiever) and should never be done.  Self concerns about power and a tendency towards cold heartedness are part of the Scientology experience. If an independent Scientologist carries that paradigm forward he or she will be compassion-less and live an unfulfilled life. Compassion is one of the cornerstones of love. Generosity and compassion should be the focus of a life out of Scientology and/or the corporate church. That type of love demonstrated will bring peace and prosperity to the individual and any group.

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How Did Scientology Get So Mean – Part 2

November 14, 2012

by Glenn Samuels

  • “We don’t go in for life counseling” L. Ron Hubbard (22 Oct 1970, Psychosis Case History 2)

 

I have been helping an Independent auditor who has a client with various physical problems and illnesses. We are using some Expanded Dianetic techniques to help him regain his health. Expanded Dianetics was originally a research project intended to help chronically ill crew members become well. The RTC (Religious Technology Center) changed the name of the case histories from Expanded Dianetics case histories to “Psychosis Research Cases.” The name change is just one indication of the harsher, cold hearted view that is in vogue in today’s Scientology.

I was trained on Expanded Dianetics on the Apollo and read every folder from the original case histories. The idea that illness comes from psychosis initially came about from one single case. Hubbard read the folder of a crew member who had fallen off a ladder and broken his arm. What led to the psychosis paradigm was a confession. Before the person fell, he confessed that he had wanted to fall. That idea led LRH to the conclusion that the accident prone and chronically ill actually desire to be hurt or ill. Classic Dianetics approaches were used at first on these cases, such as combing the person’s past for every loss and stressor and processesing them. But, as the research continued, LRH became convinced that people were sick due to their own transgressions and purposeful intentions to be ill. The other reason extrapolated from a few research cases and Class 10 ( a secret upper level) was that in order to prevent oneself from harming others the ill person caved himself in and got sick. In other words, if one is chronically ill one is psychotic.

One of the freedoms that you have when you leave Scientology is to think for yourself and consider what is workable and what isn’t  The skillful practitioner can use Scientology tools at his or her discretion. Hopefully they pick the tools that are proven safe, workable, and are consistent with classic fundamentals of the mind. It is obvious to the experienced listener who is not robotic and doesn’t work from a rote checklist what works and what does not. It is a matter of skill and intent; is the auditor/practitioner there to care and help or is his or her purpose something else?

Hubbard changed over the years. The 1970 – early ‘80s Sea Org Hubbard was a lot different than the 1950 – early ‘60s Hubbard. I don’t think the early Hubbard would have written in a sick person’s folder, “Audited over a PTP is a technical fact, we don’t go in for life counseling.” It is a disparaging and caustic remark. After all, isn’t Scientology supposed to be about changing lives?

The person in case history 2 did have a serious life problem. The “PTP” (present time problem) the person had was being in the middle of a long distance divorce. She wanted to go home to get her marriage sorted out. The auditor advised doing that. It is common knowledge that one of the top stressors in life is divorce. The illness could have been caused by that alone – she couldn’t talk to her husband due to the ship’s secret location policy, she had a threat of loss, the marriage would surely blow up if she wasn’t allowed to leave. Her leave of absence was denied by LRH. A few days later the personnel director removed her from post and put her in isolation (solitary confinement) per LRH’s orders. LRH then wrote her a note insinuating that she was a drug case, or had electric shock from psychiatrists, and that she had wanted to harm and infect others on the ship, “Violence and hatred are new in our experience aboard.” The person answered that she was a good person and it was all so unreal to her. She politely asked for a leave of absence again. LRH then wrote her accusing her of being sent to the ship to do harm and that she had better tell him who sent her. The person coughed up some wild past life sci-fi incident. LRH labeled her insane and an SP (suppressive person). But within a few days, he “undeclared” her, he put her back on a post after she coughed up some evil purposes and justifications. LRH believed she was psychotic and that a confessional would cure her. She submerged her actual problem. She stopped talking about her husband and going home after the solitary confinement. The confessional didn’t work; she got worse mentally and physically. The case history ends with a note from LRH that she had an R/S. (A rockslam is a needle reaction on the E meter that is believed to indicate that a person has hidden evil intentions against Scientology and/or Hubbard.)

It is true there are a small percentage of people who are ill due to a self-fulfilling desire to be sick and have psychopathic impulses. However, it is not the sole reason for illness. A more holistic approach would have better served the person in the above case history. Firstly, instead of putting her in isolation and accusing her of harming people and so forth, she should have been allowed to leave to handle her life, use medical treatment, and receive sessions once her life was in some semblance of order. She wasn’t even allowed to talk to her husband. Her main stressor became submerged, and then she became delusionary. She manufactured science fiction incidents to answer LRH’s accusations that she was sent to do harm. She did this to get out of solitary confinement. She was made to stay on the ship.

Leaving the Sea Org is a monumental sin, doing so makes you the unholiest of the unholy. Compassion and marriages be damned. It is easy to see how this 40 year old unsympathetic and inhumane viewpoint furthered today’s compassionless, perverse, and radical Scientology.

The liability of “Flying under the radar”

Under no uncertain terms do I agree with reverse disconnection. However, there is an inherent risk in being intimately connected with active Scientologists, especially Sea Org members who foster a cold and often inhumane viewpoint about people. They are particularly miserable to someone who they consider is disaffected from Scientology. The caustic behavior that a gung-ho Scientologist engages in is beyond normal human understanding. If you left the corporate church you no doubt had sound reasons to do so; betrayal, broken promises, terrible auditing, human rights violations, and injustice. Your reasons for leaving the church are never believed by a gung-ho Scientologist; you are not allowed to say there is something wrong with the group, LRH tech or policies, or Miscavige; it is always your fault. They will tell you that you didn’t write enough reports, you have overt and withholds, you are PTS (a potential source of trouble), or that you are a drug or institution case, i.e. an illegal student or preclear. If they are trained in psychosis case histories they will want to know who sent you to the org anyway – psychiatrists, the World Federation of Mental Health, or a generalized “Enemy?”

Some of my clients have been severely upset working in Scientology companies or having visits from Sea Org members. It is the extreme coldness that infuriates them, along with the rote harsh policy quotes and unmitigated blame. The direction LRH took Scientology into with the advent of the Sea Org and its harsh ethics policies led to this type of behavior. Miscavige’s brutal follow through is beyond what any old time Scientologist or any fair minded person could possibly imagine. Atrocities like the Hole and the endless RPF prisons, forced abortions, the unwritten policy about no leave of absence, never allowed days off, little or no money or food make it a complete totalitarian culture. Sea Org members have swallowed this destructive bait hook, line and sinker. They can’t think for themselves and if put to the test will ape unloving and compassionless dogma. Their souls have been raped.

Scientologists, who have left the church and are still in good standing, yet have hidden the fact from family and Scientology friends, call it flying under the radar. There are family, friends, and business relationships that would be jeopardized if their departure was found out about. If one’s income is based primarily on Scientologists, naturally, it wouldn’t be prudent to broadly announce your true status and feelings. The same goes for parents, children, or loved ones who are still “in.” The fear of loss due to Scientology’s disconnection policies makes it hard to be honest. But living a lie can be devastating to one’s soul. The Greek bible says, “He whose words agree not with his private thoughts is as detestable to me as the gates of hell.” (Hom. Il. IX.312) Buddha says that lying is evil, but the bigger problem is fear. He said, “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”

Fly above the radar

I am not here to advise anyone to cut off your nose to spite your face, but to seek counsel and listen to your own voice. More from the sayings of Buddha: “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

I strongly recommend working out a program and, if needed, with the help of someone who is in the business of Life Counseling, to be able to fly above the radar. There may be immediate trepidation and fear; however, once you cut free from connections that bind you to evil, the freer in mind, body, and soul you will be.

 

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L. Ron Hubbard for Real – Part 3: The Movie

October 2, 2012

by Glenn Samuels

Hubbard and Dodd

My last post about L. Ron Hubbard for Real – Part 2- ruffled a lot of feathers. There was humor intended in the post which some people didn’t get. However, in that post and all the previous posts I have written the main point I attempt to communicate is that ex-cultists should try to learn to think critically in its truest sense. Critical – not in the Scientology sense, meaning you have unspoken transgressions – but critical through examination and significant study of the subject at hand. Carefully examine Scientology and other subjects you are involved in, the leader(s), its genus, and belief system before taking the plunge to be a follower. The other key factor in the last post was that the narrow and rote thinking of many Independent and Scientology counselors can cause severe damage to their client’s psyche and health. The what, when and to who needs to be carefully considered by those who claim they can solve cases in the name of the Scientology Bridge. Fully understanding Scientology, what it is and what it is not, is vital. The same goes for learning about Hubbard.

The Master
The movie, “The Master,” gives a melodramatic visage of Hubbard and his fledgling organization in the 1950s to the early 1960s. Every Hollywood movie about historical figures or the characters based on them usually takes major liberties with the truth to forward dramatic content. Reality is lessened. In the movie, “A Beautiful Mind,” the central character, John Nash, had visual hallucinations for cinematic purposes; in reality his disorder was auditory. The movie about the famous racehorse Secretariat portrayed his owner as nearly bankrupt. The truth was that her ranch was solvent because the year before, her horse, Riva Ridge, had won two of the Triple Crown races. But the fictional character and the historical figure in the movie “Shogun” were very closely actualized. The fictional Shogun was named Toranaga, the real Shogun was Tokugawa. The story was very close to true history; both stories are equally dramatic and fascinating. The same goes for the movie, “The Master.”

For a sense of what it was like to be around Hubbard and the flavor of the times, it was a good snapshot. However, the movie’s title, “The Master” is misleading. Hubbard did not herald his mastery until he became “Source” and “Commodore” in the mid 1960s. After that he claimed to be a master in most everything: administration, logic, sailing, photography, music, cinema, cleaning windows, what have you… The movie’s Lancaster Dodd, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, showed Hubbard’s penchants for storytelling, charade, addiction, need for speed, space opera case evaluations, infidelity in his early years, and his worst character defect, revenge. Hoffman could not or did not fully capture his gregariousness, warmth, charm, humor, ability to entertain, and his bigger than life persona. Hubbard was so charming when he chose to be that strangers would practically float out of their shoes. On the other hand, his wrath could make you feel like you were as insignificant as a cockroach on the Apollo. Hoffman tried to show this dichotomous behavior in the movie, but didn’t seem to have the horsepower to do so.

Quell and Miscavige, A Theory

Quell

Miscavige

Paul Thomas Anderson, the movie’s director, added a character that did not exist in the early years of Dianetics or Scientology as far as I know, but foreshadows what was to come. One of my astute friends surmised that the director took the liberty to create a Miscavige type character for the movie. Every scene in a drama requires conflict. What better character to create conflict than a Miscavige type. In order for a “master” to build a cult they need a close dedicated circle of true believers; some are wealthy to fund the movement, some are friends and/or family who provide undying loyalty, and there is always an enforcer to do the dirty work. Anderson added Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix. Thugs don’t usually rise to the top of the group because they aren’t smart enough, but in Scientology’s case the enforcer became the new leader.

Research and Processing
The research techniques shown in the movie could have been accurate; I don’t think anyone really knows what went on behind closed doors in initial Dianetic development. What was exactly done and for how long is not recorded. That has been an unending source of conjecture and controversy for followers and critics alike. The research scenes with Dodd and Quell in the movie were certainly interesting, yet eerie. I commented about Hubbard’s research techniques in my Purification Rundown post (http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/the-pufication-rundown-deaths-and-the-reasons-why/).The assertions that the research was not scientific were made loudly and clearly in the movie. I wasn’t there to see the research unfold in the 1950s, but I have firsthand knowledge of what occurred in the later years. None of the research ever complied with lay scientific criteria. The movie son’s and Hubbard’s real life son, L. Ron Hubbard Jr., claimed the science was made up as he went along. A very chilling statement if it was true.

The processing and training sequences were recreated somewhat accurately. They showed what can turn on in a session and what happens when processing goes awry. They didn’t show much in the way of wins. For dramatic effect the film represented the processing as bizarre and made it clear that the possibility of heavy psychosis could result from it. Psychotic breaks have occurred throughout the history of Dianetics and Scientology. The original backers of Dianetics withdrew their support due to them, the UK outlawed Scientology in the 1960s after a well publicized one, and people leave now if they are spun in by processing (read “My Billion Year Contract” by Nancy Many). The causes of the breakdowns are usually caused by unskilled practitioners delving into the mind and/or the innate risk in the upper level’s use of exorcism.

The movie family was portrayed fairly accurately with a few exceptions. The actress, Amy Adams, did an excellent job capturing the strength it takes for a wife to stand behind and deal with a charismatic, controversial figure. The real Mary Sue was tough and usually fair minded. She was about the only person that Hubbard would take any advice from up until the “Snow White” FBI raids. After that Hubbard distanced himself from her. Snow White led to the marriage’s demise.

Hubbard didn’t spend very much time with his children, especially the ones from the wives before Mary Sue. I met Hubbard’s daughter Katie. She didn’t know her father too well. She would come to the LA Org to talk to the old timers and drop off a letter for her father once in a while. I worked with each one of the children by Mary Sue except the youngest, Arthur. On the Apollo, the family met once a week when Hubbard was aboard. The family dinner was always a source of angst for them; especially Quentin. He told me that his stomach would tie up in knots beforehand and he rarely ate at the meal. He dreaded the penetrating looks his father gave him. Diana and Suzette were not as afraid. None of the children talked about their father too much, if at all. The movie took place in an earlier, kinder era. By the time I was on the scene, the oldest son, LRH, Jr., was long gone. LRH’s relationship with his own children and family was eventually displaced by his attachment to the messengers.

Thumbs Up
I recommend Scientologists go see “The Master” to get a glimpse of what Hubbard and the birth of Scientology was like. But be aware that the movie was basically a “bromance” between the Master, Dodd, and his indigent miscreant (wrongdoer) follower, Quell. The film has the requisite amount of nudity, sex, and dramatic content for Hollywood executives to fund it. It is definitely not for children or the chaste. The audience at the theater seemed to be enthralled. There is award talk for the actors and director, and deservedly so. However, it is not the best cult movie I have ever seen. There was a spellbinding movie called “Split Image” that can be found on Amazon.com. It shows the cult leader and the true believer experience much more accurately. It details cult mind control, recruitment, indoctrination, and the blind loyalty of the followers. It has a capture and deprogramming segment that is compelling. The film exposes the victim’s mind in pictures coming through the dissonance, the thought stopping, and the dissociation that destructive cults can cause. It also shows the deep isolation and disenfranchisement of the post cult experience.

“The Master” is about Scientology and that is important for those who follow it. It is also meaningful for those of you who hope beyond hope that this movie furthers the snowball effect of negative exposure that will miraculously get the corporate church to change for the better. The dream underpinning this hope is a safe return to a Miscavige-less church. Scientology has officially hit the big time in pop culture with “The Master.”

I wonder when Miscavige sees the film if he will identify with any of the characters in the movie? I also wonder if Joaquin Phoenix will credit Miscavige for inspiration in playing Quell… Gee, maybe he and Miscavige will be signing autographs at award shows in the near future.

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L. Ron Hubbard for Real – Part 2: The Andy Warhol of Pop Religion

September 23, 2012

by Glenn Samuels


The “endless joy” Independent Scientologists have in quoting one of the world’s greatest plagiarists

In a recent email was a post sent to me from the prolific Marty Rathbun. He is doing a great job helping people blow corporate Scientology by exposing its abuses and human rights violations. From his public forum he has done wonderful work helping victims of Scientology atrocities. The problem I have with Marty is philosophical, not his repentant heart. By promoting Hubbard and the tech as inerrant and making believe the horrors in Scientology originated with the successor, Miscavige, Marty takes people only half the way to understanding the possible risks and dangers of the cult.

I was chagrined when Rathbun quoted Hubbard’s theta/mest theory (mest; an acronym for matter, energy, space, and time) in his post “The Indie 500 and the Tipping Point.” The mystical idea proposed by Rathbun and fellow Independent Steve Hall is that a certain number of Independent Scientologists will be able to overturn the despotic enthetan, (evil spirit) David Miscavige with their magnanimous “élan vital.” Once Miscavige is removed, then Scientology will return to the panacea it once was. This theory is much like Hubbard’s theory in New Era Dianetics for Operating Thetans (NOTs) bulletin #49 which states that by exorcizing body thetans (body spirits) in “torrents” Scientology will create a sociological impact upon earth and bring peace. Both theories are incredibly hilarious and inane.

Independent Scientologists seem to get a never ending joy in quoting L. Ron Hubbard. They send me his articles and quotes as if they are a new revelation. However, my clients and ex-Scientology friends who have sought advice to complex problems from senior Independent Scientology counselors often left quite miffed by hearing a Hubbard axiom or a simple reductive term thrown at them as a solution.

Andy Warhol and L. Ron Hubbard:

Andy Warhol

L. Ron Hubbard


To me, Hubbard is the Andy Warhol of religion. Andy Warhol’s pop art depended upon his penchant for acquisitioning others’ work and packaging it in a slick, commercial way. The result clouded copyrights, originality, and denigrated art. Hubbard’s religion and solutions to man’s ills are akin to high gloss pop art. A Warhol print of a Campbell’s soup can sells for a small fortune. You can buy the real thing at a grocery store for 75 cents. Much the same could be said for Hubbard’s work. You can go to the library and collect the writings of the masters and for a couple of dollars in late fees walk away with the original classical information. Today’s society seems to be mesmerized by all things pop and glossy. Hubbard knew this well and Miscavige seems to understand it even better. He repackages old Hubbard tapes in bright plastic cartons that you can find on the internet for free and charges outrageous prices for them. He sells students shiny soup cans used with the E-meter for as much as $320! Not quite in Warhol’s league, but he is close.

Hubbard, the plagiarist, borrowed and renamed terms from world religions, famous and infamous philosophers, plus well known and lesser known scientists. He went so far as to plagiarize the bible by writing a pop version of the Ten Commandments in the booklet “The Way to Happiness.” He did have a gift for systemizing older schools of psychology, like Freud, but made no significant contribution or breakthroughs of his own. Briefly, Hubbard borrowed prenatal influence from Dr. Sadgar and Crowley, survival theory from Schopenhauer, the dynamics from Hinduism and the theta/mest theory from Hinduism and Gnosis, ethics from Crowley and Greek philosophers, and the axioms and logics from von Neumann and Morgenstern’s game theory. He stole the study tech outright from Scientologist and teacher, Charles Brenner, then excommunicated him. There are many articles online that trace the actual authors of knowledge that Hubbard sourced from, for example, “The Hubbard is Bare.” He also had a gift for packaging his acquisitions in cool trappings and like Warhol charged exorbitant prices.

One of my clients keeps asking me to be patient about upbraiding Independent and ex-Scientologists for their linear cliché thinking and practices. He reminds me, “You have been out of Scientology for thirty years, most of us only a year or two. Relax!”

But it is extremely hard for me to be patient when every client that has comes to me for help has had a major blunder committed on their case causing them further pain and suffering. It doesn’t seem to matter whether they came from Flag, the Free Zone, an Independent or a church Class XII. Each top Independent or Scientology practitioner seems to have narrow and rote thinking drilled deeply into their psyche. It goes back to the reductive logic and thought process that cults require. The irony and sad fact is that they don’t really know and understand Scientology in and of itself.

Instead of actually talking to the person and asking thoughtful and heartfelt questions, shortsighted systemized Scientology is offered by orgs and Independent auditors alike. Most of the major case errors that others missed were uncovered in my preliminary interview. Accurate and caring interviewing would have revealed; spousal abuse, sexual abuse, childhood beatings, drug psychosis, attempted suicides or suicidal ideation, unresolved trauma and loss, illnesses, and cult abuse. Despite these miseries auditors often run Scientology advanced levels resulting in further physiological maladies, memory loss, illness, and life failures.

The narrow road that Scientology insists upon has dangers in counseling and in life. Even the way a Scientology session is started is so constricting as to be jocular. The session rudiments quickly slide from the present to the past and miss the point of why fully handling current life disturbances are so important. When someone has a problem it needs to be resolved. If you don’t, then you have done nothing for the person. A recent example of this was a client who had an inability to organize at work; his desk was a mess, he had long term unresolved communication problems with his partners and was overwhelmed by wearing too many hats. He was put on objectives at the org. The client screamed inside, “What does touching the wall have to do with my hell at work?” The org and Independent counselor didn’t break down his problem into the contributing factors and handle them one by one. It took many hours to do so, but once we did this, he stopped agonizing over his job and it changed his life.

The simple solutions, the robotic quotations, reductive logic, and rote counseling offered in the narrow road to “Keeping Scientology Working” can be very dangerous. It really isn’t a laughing matter, nor does it really end by saying it is only philosophical differences. Independents have the freedom of choice to reach for broader spectrums. It’s a good idea to read ancient wisdom, not pop psychology and new age derivative. If Hubbard’s simple quote seems appropriate for a given situation, use it by all means, you might get lucky. It could have come from a valid source. But wouldn’t it be a good idea to know where it came from originally? There is security in knowing pertinent philosophies upon which to draw from. The wider road is best for life’s sake. I think there are more nutrients inside a real can of soup than Warhol’s picture of one.

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The Purification Rundown: Deaths and the Reasons Why

August 15, 2012

by Glenn Samuels

I was recently interviewed by a film company who is going to do a documentary on Scientology. The filmmaker wanted to know about the Purification Rundown as it is in the news due to deaths surrounding it. We spoke, but I also sent her an excerpt from my soon to be released book, “Scientology, A Walk into Darkness.”

The Purification Rundown:

“The Purification Rundown Replaces the Sweat Program.” was released by Hubbard in February, 1978 with typical fanfare as a breakthrough in the field of drug and alcohol recovery and addiction. The bulletin and subsequent reiterations contended that LSD, angel dust, some psychiatric medicines, and street drugs were stored in the fatty tissues of the body permanently. The bulletins warned that if one didn’t do the Purification Rundown the drugs could thereafter create flashbacks and other maladies. It was originally called the Sweat Program, but it was replaced by the “Purif” when the sweat program caused fainting, extreme dehydration, and other physical hardships due to running in a rubber suit. The key element of the Purif is taking niacin in ever increasing amounts up to a mega-dose of 5000 mg per day at one time. The niacin is taken in conjunction with other vitamins and minerals which are proportionately increased. Sweating in the sauna for long periods and running is done in combination up to 5 hours per day.

There have been deaths surrounding the Purif and most recently this year reported July, 2012 by the “Village Voice.” The victim’s deaths are under investigation and there are lawsuits pending in Scientology’s Narconon centers in Montreal and Omaha. I consider this program dangerous. Long stints in the sauna can cause extreme dehydration and heat prostration resulting in severe trauma and death (similar to the 2009 deaths in a Sedona sweat lodge). Mega-doses of vitamins can also be hazardous to those not healthy enough to assimilate them. It is dangerous to those who have unchecked medical conditions like diabetes. A former technical staff member from the Denver Scientology Org that I interviewed told me that two diabetics went blind on the Purif.

I have worked with clients whose bodies and psyches have been harmed from the Purif. One young Sea Org member was made to do the Purif three times. She had no drug history and didn’t need it in the first place. She was unable to process the mega-doses of vitamins and minerals due to sleep deprivation and heavy staff duress that caused an inability to eat. It has been six years since her last Purif, but the toxicity and resultant trauma are still present in blood work despite doctor and nutritionist care.

Scientology Purif personnel are not usually professionals in the health field or in medical care. Some staff are put on duty with as little as a few hours of study called, “mini-hatting.” This is a long standing and serious problem in Dianetics and Scientology since 1950. Laymen have administered mental therapy and health care resulting in psychosis, nervous breakdowns, and deaths. States require doctors and professional staffs administer drug rehab programs, but since Scientology is cloaked under the guise of a church standard medical requirements and criteria are side stepped.

Hubbard claimed to research vitamins and niacin as far back as 1950. His research techniques have always been brought into question by the medical field and professionals who have done any serious study of Dianetics or Scientology. Some Hubbard biographers and writers claim Dianetics never was researched, others say that any research done was minimal. They all concur that his research never followed any standard scientific criteria whatsoever.

A note on Hubbard’s research:
I participated in pilot research studies on the Apollo in the 1970s. The research would start with a germ of an idea that Hubbard read about or encountered in a case folder. To test his theory a pilot project would be put together with a team of auditors trying the techniques in auditing sessions on 20 or so crew members. Tape lectures and bulletins would follow and Hubbard would usually act as case supervisor. The project would usually last about two or three months or until some success occurred. Sometimes the work was finished and codified, but sometimes it was not. Due to legal or personal problems Hubbard would need to leave the ship without the study being completed. Whatever tapes, writings, and case supervision notes by Hubbard that were extant were compiled by staff and declared standard then exported to Scientology organizations worldwide. Often the research did not produce uniform results and case supervisors were left to their own imaginations on how to administer the various procedures.

This was the case on Expanded Dianetics. The main focus of this program was that a person was ill, anti-social, or psychotic due to evil purposes. The subject of evil is obviously a very volatile one. The incomplete or faulty research once delivered made for spotty results at best. At worst, these techniques sent some of those processed into heavy neuroses and psychosis. The last major auditing program that Hubbard’s son, Quentin, had was Expanded Dianetics. It did not help him with his inclination towards suicide. Any failure was always the fault of the practitioner, never Hubbard’s or due to any failure in the research. Expanded Dianetics was typical of most of the research and studies done in Scientology. That is, when any research or study was actually done.

In 1959 Hubbard wrote the book “All about Radiation” which claimed that niacin and other vitamins could cure radiation poisoning in the event of nuclear war. There were some rudimentary studies about radiation done due to illness from X-rays and later due to the after effects of radiation fallout from atomic bombs. In 1938 a group of Wake Forest College doctors experimented on guinea pigs that were radiated in the abdomen. They found some improvement when vitamin B1 and Niacin were administered. Perhaps Hubbard’s initial research, enthusiasm, and writings were from the article written in “Radiation” magazine in March, 1949. However, ten years later when niacin was tested on people, the vitamin proved to have no lasting or significant benefit.

Tests done by a psychiatrist, Dr. Hoffer, on depressed and psychotic patients in 2002 resulted in some cases showing improvement with very high doses of niacin and vitamin C up to 1000 mg taken three times daily. Taking more than 1000-1250 mg of niacin at one time resulted in toxicity. Current tests on cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy suggest no more than 500-550 mg per day and have shown some benefit from side effects from being radiated in the abdomen.

The premise that LSD stays in the body is unfounded and erroneous. LSD is distributed by dealers in microscopic measure. Some studies state that it does not stay in the body longer than 5 to 8 hours with 24 hours being the maximum. Angel dust and psychiatric medicines can stay in the system from 7 to 10 days.

From the DEA website:

“LSD is absorbed easily from the gastrointestinal trace and rapidly reaches a high concentration in the blood. It is circulated throughout the body and subsequently, to the brain, LSD is metabolized in the liver and is excreted in the urine in about 24 hours.”

Irony:
The irony regarding the Purif is that long time drug users and alcoholics cannot assimilate vitamins and minerals. Most users have liver damage and malnutrition. They don’t sleep well either. Any program based on vitamins and minerals would be of no immediate benefit to them. The success rate on addicts at Purif centers is abysmal. Dr. Linus Pauling who edited the 700 page definitive work on niacin in “Orthomolecular Psychiatry,” stated that niacin taken for a prolonged period of time needs to be monitored by a doctor for those with liver problems, diabetes, and other medical problems. Extreme amounts of niacin, perhaps over 1000 mg at one time can cause liver damage itself. Monitoring by doctors is not done uniformly in Scientology organizations and Narconon centers.

Perhaps the whole buzz and feeling of well being that those who are healthy enough to do the program achieve is due to feeling high from vitamin mega-doses. It cannot be from the cleansing of residual crystals in the body because they don’t exist. Running raises endorphin levels and sweating does help relieve immediate toxins. There is nothing wrong with that. Niacin increases blood circulation, but so does red wine and aspirin. Cadmium sulfuricum has been found effective in post radiation therapy and does not cause the skin to flush like niacin does.

The Purification RD does not do what Hubbard says it does because the premises are erroneous and the research was faulty. Given that drug users and alcoholics cannot metabolize vitamins well, if at all, the Purif is lost on its intended public. Most addicts would need a set-up program to get them healthy enough to do vitamin therapy along with the sauna and exercise required. There could be benefit for those with a drug history or ex-addicts who are healthy enough to do light sauna, exercise and niacin under 500 mg balanced with other vitamins. These types of programs are best done supervised by a doctor or health professionals in all cases.

The Purif as written by Hubbard and run by non-professionals in Scientology misses the mark as a drug therapy program and has been lethal and dangerous. For those who are fit enough to do the program, in reality, it produces results similar to any exercise/vitamin program. But, when mega-doses are reached it can produce a temporary feeling of elated emotions based on the psychiatric program upon which it was founded.

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Disconnection Part 5 – The Unkindest Cut of All – Scientology Disconnection and a Death

July 10, 2012

by Glenn Samuels

“Even in war they let you take care of your dead. Not the Church of Scientology!” cried Karen de la Carriere, an ex-church member. Her 27 year old son, Alexander Jentzsch, was found dead in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the home of his Scientology in-laws. In typical church manner the death was kept secret and the details hidden. There are rumors of the death being caused by high fever, or – the church’s line – “over-medicated.” But worse than that, Scientology’s legal arm, the Office of Special Affairs, would not let Karen see her son. Her agony tore me apart when we spoke. “This toxic organization must be stopped!”

Karen gave her heart to the Church of Scientology for over 25 years. She was one of the few who was personally trained by Hubbard and she gave it everything she had, working over 60 to 70 hours per week for a meager $50 paycheck. “Not one thank you, no kindness, all I ever got from them was revenge.” The break-up of her family and marriage to former church president, Heber Jentzsch, was manipulated by Chairman of the Board, David Miscavige. She told me that she believes that Heber may not know their son is dead. Heber Jentzsch is currently serving an unspecified sentence in Scientology’s jail in Gillman Hot Springs in California. I encouraged Karen to get an investigation done and try to find out how her son actually died. That may be very hard to accomplish because the church is very manipulative and cloistered. It is reported that a coroner’s report is forthcoming.

Hiding deaths and tragedies: a familiar story:
Quentin Hubbard, L. Ron Hubbard’s oldest son by third wife, Mary Sue, attempted suicide in the Nevada desert in 1976. He lay as a John Doe in a hospital until a church official came and claimed the body and reportedly approved the pulling of life support. The details were never made public to churchgoers. Similar ignominious fates were in store for top church officials Mary Sue Hubbard and Annie Broeker, who both died of cancer within the last few years. After decades of service to Hubbard and Scientology, both women were buried in anonymity and without praise. These slights and humiliations to Mrs. Hubbard and Ms. Broeker point to the self-centered and hateful nature of Hubbard’s successor Miscavige, but the secretive nature of the church was originally put in place by Hubbard’s policies.

It is a common feature of destructive cults and groups to wax enthusiastic and lie despite evidence abounding to the contrary. The truth is kept hidden. The Nazis were “winning the war” up until Allied bombs were audible in Berlin and Munich at the end of World War II. Truth is malleable and relative in destructive groups. And Scientology by all definitions is one. You can jump up and down all you want that the procedures in Scientology counseling work, but no one in their right mind would agree that certain covert and heartless policies as laid out by Hubbard and Miscavige are anything but inhumane, especially disconnection.

Disconnection and death:
In my opinion disconnection caused the death of Alexander Jentzsch. Based on the scanty facts that have come to the surface I surmise that Karen’s son died of medical neglect. There is absolutely no reason for a young man to die of a high fever and if he was “over-medicated,” as purported, a doctor would have remedied that also. It is a common practice among today’s Scientologists and case supervisors to not use medicine and doctors. In a way it goes back to Hubbard’s fight with the “medicos” as far back as the 1950s. However, in later writings Hubbard ordered medical care for the ill and definitely used it himself. As a trained counselor and more importantly, a caring mother, Karen would have gotten her son the proper treatment. If the church had not demanded he disconnect from his mother and/or he did not go along with it, he would most likely be alive today. Alexander would have called his mom and told her that he wasn’t feeling well. She would have rushed him to hospital emergency or to a trusted doctor. He would have been given the proper medical care. His plight would have been in wise hands, not left to the bias of Scientologists with malevolence towards medicine. A mother’s love would have won out.

A plea:
I urge anyone whose family is broken apart – or even threatened due to Scientology disconnection policies – to take action. (This includes those hiding the truth of their disaffection or church status from their loved ones for fear of disconnection. Especially so if your family member or loved ones are on staff or in the Sea Org, please take heed: the chances of harm increase dramatically.) I strongly suggest that you get informed on how to handle disconnection by reading my earlier posts on the subject (http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/disconnection-the-unkindest-cut-of-all-2/), studying anti-cult books by Singer, Hassan, or Lalich, or hiring an exit counselor for guidance. Effective action can prevent disasters like Karen’s and with careful planning, hopefully a restoration of the family.

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Mending Broken Fences

June 15, 2012

by Glenn Samuels

“He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’
“Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it
“Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
“What I was walling in or walling out…”

—From the poem, Mending Wall by Robert Frost

My formative years were spent in Scientology. Perhaps the same goes for you too. Whether we embrace the ideologies anymore or not, many of the Scientology principles we have learned have stuck with us. A lot of my writing is about freedom of thought. Yet, I have been as guilty as anyone else in being judgmental of how people think. It is, after all, up to the individual to decide what they want to believe in. When you leave the church you can embrace other religions or the ideology of L. Ron Hubbard or not; it’s a matter of choice. Informed choice is all I have ever really “preached.”

Independents have the freedom to read books, browse the internet and to study other philosophies and compare whether Scientology spoke the truth. However, freedom of thought does not mean you do not have strong beliefs. It means the opposite. You have the freedom to consider the information and then decide what the truth is as you see fit. A healthy individual strongly commits once they decide. In a cult or a destructive cult you don’t have the luxury to be critical or read what you want and then decide for yourself.

In Scientology you were made to believe the entire tech and policy was to be followed 100%. However, when you left the corporate church, you violated certain policies because you felt the tech or policies being enforced were untenable. Blowing is not being an adherent, it is not following Scientology policy. However, at the point you left the corporate church you exercised free will and freedom of thought. When you became an Independent Scientologist or an ex-Scientologist you decided to discard some or all of the tech and/or policies. Following that logic it is safe to say that you are a freer individual now that you left the confines of the corporate church. That is all well and good. However, my point is that there are certain ideologies that some people who were in Scientology still embrace that they need to forego.

I was tech trained by LRH on the Apollo and at Flag. My peers and I have inherited a role in the Independent field/Freezone as tech arbiters. I do this gladly. I feel it is my responsibility to safeguard people from harm from tech abuse or misapplication. People write me from all around the world with questions, advice, and for help. But, I also hear of the bickering amongst the various individuals and groups in the field and the negative comments about this auditor or that case supervisor. Some of the complaints are warranted due to ethical or technical violations, some are not; but the bickering is never warranted. One good thing about a structured international organization is that it can send out experts to clean up areas that need correction. In the independent field we don’t have that luxury. And by definition the Freezone is free, but with freedom comes responsibility. If you are in the secular world and don’t like a dentist, you are free to chose another. You are also free to bad mouth the dentist to your friends. The same holds true in the independent field. If you are getting bad sessions or don’t like the auditor you are free to leave and find another one. That’s fine; but it is the bad mouthing and resulting splintering that builds the barbed wire fences.

The word love is not in the Scientology Technical Dictionary. Much of what we learned in Scientology had to do with survival, not love. Survival connotes besting opponents and often conquering them, as in the saying “survival of the fittest.” David Miscavige is an example of someone who wants to survive at any cost. Anyone who gets in his way or tries to impede his will gets smashed and run over. It is that type of specific behavior, survival at any cost, that we often saw and learned in Scientology that we need to leave behind. We need to unlearn it and learn to love each other.

There is a loose knit community of people that shared a common bonding experience. The community of Scientologists who left the corporate church is like war survivors who shared something that can’t be put into words. A fellow survivor understands it without speaking. It has made us tough and capable in a lot of ways. That bond can become strained when we run into someone who tried to harm us when they were “in.” When we see each other at get-togethers or planned events, the decision to forgive often comes into play. When someone was in Scientology and was cruel to you back when, it is most likely that they were just copying what they learned. It’s not completely their fault. Unfortunately some of that behavior still goes on currently in the field. It is important to realize that type of behavior may still be manifest in individuals who have not been out of the church very long and have not established new beliefs and new social contracts. Also know that the old behavior may kick in when they are in survival mode; they must win, even if it means cheating, stealing, and lying. That is what a lot of us were taught; especially Sea Org members. David Miscavige, his spokespersons, OSA, their lawyers, and some Scientologists still behave that way; but, we don’t have to.

The inhumanity we learned and perpetrated on each other while in the church does not need to be continued today. Those patterns we learned need to be replaced with something as simple and loving as the golden rule. “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” Let’s mend the broken fences and then get rid of the fences altogether.

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The Trapped Mind of an Independent Scientologist

February 26, 2012

by Glenn Samuels

I had considered posting about this topic then didn’t to save it for my book. But recent events involving Marty Rathbun, the unofficial leader of the independent Scientologist movement and also a letter from a client I had worked with last year convinced me otherwise. My client told me he felt he wasn’t told the truth by Rathbun. Rathbun presents Hubbard and Scientology as benevolent and near ideal before Miscavige. He told me I had told him the “100% truth.” By that he meant I told him that the policies and tactics that Miscavige uses in harassment, degradation, and human rights violation trace back to Hubbard. I also made it perfectly clear to him that although I could help maximize his talents and gifts and diminish his weaknesses that the god-like promises that Scientology offers have not occurred. These were tough pills to swallow for a young impressionable young man; disillusionment, lost hope, and the realization that he was sold a bill of goods to a greater or lesser degree. He got through it, we all have to.

Rathbun’s Admissions
On 22nd of February on the radio station KHOW in Denver Marty Rathbun was asked point blank if he believed in the OT3, Xenu story. He said, “I don’t believe anything” several times (perhaps implying he has his own mind and is free to think what he wants). He was also asked by the cagey host, “Are there thetans in my body?” and “Are there spirits of the aliens in me?” Rathbun flatly said, “No.”

Since the OT 3, Xenu myth is Scientology’s genesis story and is a foundational belief for advanced Scientologists or Independent Scientologists; you can’t really say NO to those questions. If you believe in L Ron Hubbard as Independents claim to do, one is not at liberty to say that you don’t believe anything, especially OT3. You don’t have the luxury of freedom of thought. Maybe Marty is realizing as my peers and I did long ago that LRH and his writings are not inerrant. The OT3 story is akin to the Bible verses about Adam and Eve whereby eating God’s forbidden fruit caused man’s ruin (Genesis 3). Those verses lay the foundation for the basic theology that you need God or a messiah to save you from the evil nature which befell upon man thereafter. OT3 lays the foundation for the core belief of Hubbard’s promise to make one an “OT.” He believed the route to OT is through exorcism. You can’t say you are a Scientologist if you deny the core secrets that true believers pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to learn.

Suspension of Reality
All religions and theologies ask that one suspends reality to a greater or lesser degree. They all ask for a leap of faith. Evangelists run into this when they try to explain the virgin birth, the resurrection and other core Christian beliefs that science says cannot occur. Jews run into this attempting to explain Moses’ miracles. And the Scientologist has to face it when an informed internet reader challenges him on the Xenu story. In today’s science fact based world things that are faith based or “unseen” are severely challenged and are becoming nearly extinct. Society wants documented proof; unedited, un-retouched video as it were.

Augustine of Hippo (St. Augustine, November 13, 354 – August 28, 430) wrote, “Seek not to understand in order to believe, but believe in order to understand.” There is inherent danger in that motto as it can enable devious cult leaders to take advantage of the faithful innocent. On the other hand, believing to understand must occur in order to see the unseen; such as God, angels, or spirits. In any case it takes suspending a scientific touch it/feel it reality to adopt a theological or religious belief.

Suspension of reality is one of the key factors used by the devious who wish to exert their own reality through abuse and mind control. It is usually achieved by overwhelming the perceptions of the believer. Historically, pagans partook in the “nectar of the gods” to suspend reality and see Zeus, Odin, or Jupiter. This technique is ancient, but carries forward through history; the Turkish whirling dervishes (12th century) danced into a frenzy to reach kemal, the source of all perfection. This is sought through abandoning one’s nafs, egos or personal desires, by listening to the music, focusing on God, and spinning one’s body in repetitive circles. Assassins (11th to 13th century) acted upon orders to kill due to the hypnotic command value from hashish with a promise to reach paradise which is very similar to today’s suicide bombers. The 60s counter culture tore down traditional values prompted by mind altering drugs especially LSD. Carlos Castenada’s book, “A Separate Reality” had followers walking through the jungle for weeks with their eyes crossed to shift reality. Scientology techniques such as arduous hours of TR 0 (confront drill) which overwhelms perception while at the same time causing sensory deprivation does it, as well as running around a tree day afer day at a time on the Cause Resurgence Rundown. The new spinning gyro used in super power overtly does the same thing. These procedures put the person at certain risk of suggestion and implanting a new and contrary reality by suspending the old one. Anyone who is devious will take advantage of that and force their will upon their victims.

Freedom of Thought
Freedom of thought does not mean that you don’t have strong beliefs. You have them, but have come to them by hard won study, thought, and examination on your own initiative and the merits of the belief system. It also means you have the freedom to be critical, question and query, and the right to change your mind. After critical examination, if you wish to make a leap of faith you can. Maybe some independent Scientologists are starting to realize that and realize they have the freedom to contradict L Ron Hubbard’s teachings and get free from the trappings of their own minds.

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Scientology: Making the “Able more Able” versus Loving and Caring

December 28, 2011

by Glenn Samuels
    Featured story: “Koren, a blessed and able soul”

    Scientology: Segregation and Class-ism:

Scientology despite its claims of making clears and god-like beings called operating thetans, does not work on all cases. In fact it freely admits it openly and blindly with its motto, “Scientology, makes the able more able.”
After Lisa MacPherson’s death and trial the clamps came down on who Scientology accepted for counseling (aka auditing). One case in particular caught my attention. One of the original L10 completions case supervised by Hubbard in 1971 was sent away from Scientology’s premier service center in Clearwater a few years ago as illegal. By policy perhaps he was, “illegal,” nevertheless it did not stop Hubbard from working on his case. Despite the cult founder’s approval, they wouldn’t touch him at the Flag Land Base until some strings were pulled. Anyone who walks in with a psychiatric record with psych medicines, suicidal history or suicide ideation, questionable or criminal backgrounds is similarly blackballed. Also anyone who has different sexual preferences or who might be considered perverted in Scientology terms is also discriminated against and banned from the group. Those that need the help the most don’t get it in Scientology. (Not to mention the poor.)
When I first told a fellow LRH trained auditor (i.e. counselor) that I was developing a website to help those messed up in Scientology I was warned to watch out for “Type threes.” (Definition: Potential Trouble Source type 3; an overwhelmed, perhaps delusional case and/or psychotic or suicidal). Even this highly trained Independent Scientologist seems to have had a discriminatory and limiting viewpoint about help.
On Flag and in Clearwater, as now, I was known for helping those no else could or would help. I have had stellar results with those that Scientology closed the doors on. Those “illegal pcs” (definition pc: pre clear; a Scientology term for those who have not attained a state called clear, one who is free from aberrant behavior and psychosomatic ills) who were depressed to the point of suicide, many due to cruel Scientology practices, those abused and discriminated against and those that simply, no one took the time and love to care for.
Certainly “making the able more able” is rather easy and it encapsulates the lust for money in the Church of Scientology. The able have money. They make gains; even if the process was basket weaving, some realization could occur. Scientology does not help the needy, the poor, and the lost, even in their own group. They are forsaken as “downstat” (definition: non achievers) and told to get their ethics in or “read the basics.” Call us when you have money and are able again, they are told. As I outlined in my earlier post on the connection between Hubbard and Crowley, Scientology is not geared to be loving and compassionate. (http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/connections/). The opposite view should be true in a group that espouses to want to make the planet free.

Koren Hennings

    I first heard about Koren from my softball teammate on the Christ Community Church team when I lived in Tampa. Jimmy is the star player, a dentist, and one of the nicest and most giving men I have ever known. I was down and out at the time after losing everything in the housing market crash. He was there for me, demonstrating what it is like to be a true Christian man, not the hypocritical, judgmental type you often hear about in the press and TV. He befriended me and helped me with my teeth and although it was him that was doing the giving, he kept on giving more. We are both Laker fans and he bought me a sweat shirt, dinners, and listened to me. All I could afford at the time was to buy him a sandwich when he worked on my teeth. He often talked about his visits to his family in San Diego and his cousin Koren. Apparently she was a special young woman who had overcome her disability to the point that she was soon to graduate college. That was about all I knew at the time. I was in for an electrifying surprise when I actually met her.
    I moved back to California in December 2009 and last year I met up with Jimmy during one of his visits to San Diego. It was Koren’s birthday and I was invited. I walked in and was greeted to a house full of loud fun loving kids and adults and a rotund grunting and raspberry sound making young lady, what most people would take for a Down syndrome person. (Or in the critical uncompassionate prejudiced eye of a Scientologist a “DB” a degraded being). She walked by me and I thought that she didn’t notice when Jimmy announced me to her and the room.
    As the evening wore on we sang happy birthday to Koren. She then sat down with her sister who had a keypad. Her sister would push against Koren’s arm and then Koren typed. She typed rapidly and quickly and then her sister read what she wrote, “I want to thank you all of you for coming to my birthday. I want to thank you for the awesome presents and especially my awesome mom and dad for making me this awesome birthday. And I want to thank my new friend, Glenn for coming to party.” (She loves the word awesome)
    I was shocked; first of all by the typing, that she could communicate so eloquently and especially shocked that she remembered my name. I didn’t even think she noticed me. She had just grunted and made her involuntary sounds as she walked by me.
    The back story is that one of her teachers at her school had spotted a spark in her; a spark of understanding and recognition not common in special children. The teacher had read about a technique where children who ordinarily could not control their motion, in fact could, when their limb was pushed against. The resistance stated a positive control which the disabled people could then latch on to and start their own control from. In Koren’s case, it worked! She began to respond and soon they found out not only could she understand, but she knew how to speak well. She learned how to type very quickly and communicating opened up new vistas to her. It freed her from a tomb of silence. Koren attributes it to her belief in God, as is written in the Bible, Luke 7:22, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.” For all intents and purposes it is that much a miracle.
    Later that evening Koren and I talked with the help of her sister pushing her arm that started the control of her own arm so that she could type.
    “Glenn, you seem like a nice and sensitive man, thanks for coming to my awesome party.”
    “My pleasure, it is so nice to meet you. You are a brave and great person, I loved what you said to everybody and your strong beliefs,” I said.
    “Thank you,” she wrote, “Before the typing it was so hard. I had so much to say. People thought I was strange. I didn’t like going out to the mall or to the store with my mom. People looked at me like I was stupid and dumb and strange. But I am not. I was dying to talk, especially to my awesome mom and dad who loved me all the time. And I also wanted to tell them how much I loved Jesus.”
    And so the conversation went….amidst grunts, more noises and her not looking at me directly that much; it was a profound experience for me. Here was this sentient, wonderful person somewhat free from the trap of a malfunctioning body. It was no longer a complete prison, the typing had freed her. She went on to graduate high school with honors and is now a college graduate.

    Koren Henning speaks: link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDhipP2P4R0

    Dr. Velis, Koren, author

    At one time I would have looked at Koren and been judgmental especially when I was a critical, denigrating, and unloving Scientologist. If you haven’t already done so, as an independent Scientologist or ex-Scientologist, do a reality check on what you were taught about people in Scientology. I had been taught discrimination and prejudice. It was instilled that 17 out of 18 people were degraded, 2 ½ were suppressive, another 18% were trouble, not to mention other mockingly derogatory categories such as: WOG, raw meat, psycho and “type threes.” We were taught to blame the downtrodden or victimized for “they pulled it in.” We were ingrained with the cruel and barbaric thoughts that they should be cast aside, from Hubbard and Crowley’s policies with theories of the ungifted, disabled, special, and handicapped. For Scientology is only for the “able;” sort of a self-seeking enclave of rich and famous “wanna-be’s.” True power is in humbleness and quiet giving, not seeking the glitter of hollow power and fame.
    I am lucky to have met Koren and other special people along the way since I left Scientology in 1982. My travels as a counselor and photographer have led me all over the world and shown me new treasures in kindness. Leaving a godless cult and learning the riches of God has helped change me. It washed away and cleansed my critical jaundiced eye from someone who had a trained response from the cult to fear and avoid contagion from the “downstat, aberrant or degraded” into someone who seeks to be loving and help all kinds of people. I will help anyone who asks.

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“Inside Scientology” Author Janet Reitman in Palm Springs

September 22, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

Janet Reitman and Glenn Samuels at Rancho Mirage Library

Monday, September 19th Janet Reitman finished her national book tour in California with a book signing, reading and Q & A in Palm Springs with 150 interested locals in attendance. I was present and participated after the reading. I was very impressed with her candor, professionalism, and knowledge of Scientology. Although exhausted and recovering from a cold, she held the audience spellbound with her stories, insights and humor.

After the reading we both talked about Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard and the Commodore’s Messengers then the Q & A began. We fielded questions about Hubbard, personal experiences with Scientology, Xenu, beatings by Miscavige and of course, Tom Cruise. It is interesting the only knowledge that many of the audience had about Scientology was Cruise’s jumping up and down and making a fool of himself on the Oprah Winfrey and Today Shows. As the Q & A went on questions arose that led to discussions about thought stopping, mind control, the Sci-Fi Xenu story, and the upper levels being solely concerned with exorcism. The audience found the Xenu story wild and unbelievable to the point of laughter. But it was explained that initial universal truths blended with foundational lies can turn one into a true believer where ordinarily outlandish claims and myth becomes a believable reality.

Achieving freedom of thought requires obtaining information, weighing it and then deciding what is the truth; truth that is empirical, not just subjective reality as, “What is true for you is true.” I recommend Reitman’s book for all those in and out of Scientology and their families and especially independent Scientologists who have yet to weigh the pros and cons of L. Ron Hubbard, “sacred scripture”, aka the technology, and the inner workings of a destructive cult.

(“Inside Scientology, the Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion,” Janet Reitman, Pub: 2011 Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, New York, NY)

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Connections

August 22, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

The importance of knowing and understanding connections.
I wrote a series of posts about the heartbreaking role disconnection plays in destructive cults. Such dogma in destructive cults, like Scientology, rips families and friendships apart. Disconnection is often done with an evil motive to control and avoid rather than for the well being of the member.
(see:http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/disconnection-the-unkindest-cut-of-all-2/)
That being said, who you are connected to and the beliefs you might adopt from such a connection can make or break you. Environmental influence forms a cornerstone in modern psychology and Para-psychologies, like Scientology. The belief is that influence of one’s parents, relatives, and intimates can affect you ever more.
Your belief system comprises what you do in any given situation. Thoughts and beliefs are the closest thing to a spirit; space-wise and also on the spiritual plane. Your ideas and beliefs define who you are. If the source of the knowledge is pure and well–intended, then the thoughts carried through to you enhance your life and those around you. On the other hand, if the person who you subscribe your beliefs to is destructive and vile then that person‘s views can infect you.

Aleister Crowley

L. Ron Hubbard

Example: Aleister Crowley and L. Ron Hubbard:
The core beliefs that L. Ron Hubbard had and how he lived his life is based on Crowley’s ethic. What the Scientology organization did/does is built on Crowley, not what Hubbard wrote.

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” from Liber AL vel Legis (I:40)
“… thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.” [AL I:42–44]
To hell with ‘moral principle’; there is no such thing. In this sense, Thelema has shown there is no such thing as an absolute standard of right and wrong; there is only a relative standard of right and wrong in relation with each person’s unique nature and circumstance – their unique Will”
Anything soever that binds the will, hinders it, or diverts it, is Sin. Here is a completely new view of ethics wherein the only “evil” is to divert from oneself, or more accurately, from one’s will.
….to say a priori that a given action is ‘wrong.’ Each man has the right-and an absolute right-to accomplish his True Will. There are no ‘standards of Right’. Ethics is balderdash.

“To us, then, “evil” is a relative term; it is “that which hinders one from fulfilling his true Will” (The Law is For All).
(Since) “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt” (Liber AL vel Legis III:60), the only “right” action is that which fulfills that Will and the only “wrong” action is that which thwarts that Will.” Liber AL vel Legis says (I:41),

If you study L. Ron Hubbard’s actual life, not the official church myth, it is evident that his governing ethical beliefs came from Crowley, the self proclaimed “Anti-Christ.” This is the ethic he lived, not what he wrote. He taught it to his successors who run the church the same way. Anyone who ever got in Hubbard’s way, “hindered his true will” became an enemy and attempts were made to ruin the person. And the same is true for Miscavige. It didn’t matter who; wives, family, friends, colleagues, rivals, critics, newspapers, politicians, or people who tried to audit them all became targets if they felt “counter intention.” Astounding lies, attacks, slander, hounding by PIs, sabotage, break-ins, false reports to agencies are/were the order of the day. The written ethical and moral codes of Scientology are not in use. The biblical hybrid, “The Way to Happiness” was not Hubbard’s true credo or today’s Scientology leader, Miscavige’s. What people do tells the picture, not what they say.

Dynamics Inverted
Do what thou wilt… self first, self concerns, self as the prime mover. In Scientology, self comes first; God is the last and forgotten thrust on their linear numerical list of dynamic pursuits. In truth, the Prime Mover, the Creator, or “Cause” is first. Creation is the start of things. Theologically and logically speaking, God is the center from which all the concentric circles of life emanate from, not self. God is center and yet surrounds all of the other circles in limitlessness and vastness. A linear image would be God being the sun and theindividual being the moon.

Christian/Judeo ethic stresses serving God first; God then commands serving others first before oneself. It is very important to understand that Scientology and other new age isms and ologies convolute ancient wisdom. Buddha believed that self is not primary; you serve others without expectations, conditions or needs then you will find great joy.

Destructive cults invert service and take advantage of the member’s true desire to help. A planetary apocalyptic view is imbedded in the true believer’s psyche to minimize the importance of the person, his/her family and country. Foregoing the member’s needs to “save the planet” is a ploy of the greedy leader who lives the life of the super rich off of the dedicated work of the members. Also, the member often lies to a new recruit about the real beliefs of the cult and about the true cost of getting deeply involved. It is not service in the truest sense, without expectation and without motive, especially from the top on down.

If you put God’s will first and learn how to communicate with the Creator with serving in mind, not self benefit, you may be surprised how your life will turn for the better. It may be foreign at first. Scientology, especially the sea org, drills in a godless compassionless viewpoint. It is worthwhile to make the effort to the change to a compassionate and giving heart.


No Compassion, No Pity, No Love for the “Downstat”

This viewpoint, so prevalent in Scientology, also comes from Crowley:
“My disciples are proud and beautiful; they are strong and swift; they rule their way like mighty conquerors. The weak, the timid, the imperfect, the cowardly, the poor, the tearful — these are mine enemies, and I am come to destroy them” (Liber Tzaddi, lines 24-25).
“Pity, sympathy and like emotions are fundamentally insults to the Godhead of the person exciting them, and therefore also to your own. The distress of another may be relieved; but always with the positive and noble idea of making manifest the perfection of the Universe. Pity is the source of every mean, ignoble, cowardly vice; and the essential blasphemy against Truth. “

“This also is compassion: an end to the sickness of earth. A rooting-out of the weeds: a watering of the flowers” (Liber Tzaddi, line 26). “We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched & the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world” (Liber AL vel Legis II:21).

When I start working with my clients to unwind their Scientology cult experience (especially ex-Sea Org members), one subject I talk about is compassion. They at once realize that the natural love and feeling for their fellow man has been driven out of them. Once restored, charity and love rekindles along with a sense that they also need to take care of themselves. True serving also includes taking care of yourself so that you are in good shape to help others. Overdoing self sacrifice and permitting abuse to oneself at behest of a destructive cult leader or group and its synthetic purpose serves no one.

How to overcome connections and their ill effects
I have had to live with the fact that I know by using some of Hubbard’s works I am in turn, by proxy, connected to a truly evil man, Crowley. I have had to dissect the subject of Scientology so as to not use what is evil and occult. By eliminating and cutting off the ideologies inherent in the work from Crowley and similar occult ideology from Hubbard, I have separated from that evil connection. This is the main differences between me and the “Independent Scientologist.” They still believe that all of Scientology tech is workable and Hubbard was more or less inerrant. They are not. The reasons they left the corporate church is proof in itself.

By choosing to be compassionate and help people without underhanded or greedy motives I can turn the tide of having lived a compassionless and Godless life as learned in the Sea Org. One who chooses to do so can begin to reverse the Crowley/Hubbard self-lust and its lacing into your soul.
Also due to research I know that in the main Scientology and Dianetics is derivative work. Dianetics is streamlined Freud along with the concept of prenatal incidents from Dr. Sadger’s work in 1941. Past lives theory comes from eastern religions, like Hinduism, survival as the key drive comes from Schopenhauer, study tech was stolen from Charles Berner (a school teacher who attended St. Hill), the body thetan concept (where one’s body is filled with other spirits) comes from the Gnostics and Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the key question in NOTs, “Who are you?” comes from Jesus who asked a demon, “What is your name?” Yes, Hubbard codified and systemized theories but for the purpose of this article which is about connections, the above names are who you are really connected to; Freud, Sadger, Schopenhauer, etc.

As a Scientologist, Independent Scientologist, religious affiliate, or a member of society it is crucial that you become critical, think for yourself rationally, and understand where and from whom your beliefs come from. It is imperative that you examine the major beliefs you live by. Is that belief something you want deeply set into your mind? Is the author’s persona what you want to copy and emulate? If it isn’t then, separation is in order. Connections in thought can make or break you.

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How to Stay Clean, Clear, and Able

July 13, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

The true rewards and purpose of confession and forgiveness

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -Mahatma Gandhi
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

It recently came to light that in 1974 L. Ron Hubbard, the leader of Scientology, admitted in a memo to technical staff aboard the ship Apollo that he deliberately used confessional doctrine for control purposes to keep Scientologists in line. He revealed that he knew that
people left due to upsets, not their own overt acts. He felt that if he stated this publicly he would lose control of his sect and made David Mayo and Bill Franks swear that the contents of the memo would never be revealed. (See post: http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/l-ronhubbardfor-real-personal-stories/). Using the confessions of members to control them against their will is nothing new in destructive cults.

The “cult of confession” is an integral part of mind control. Group members are bound to confess their transgressions to the group or in a session and driven to be “sinless.” It is impossible to be sinless, however it is a decent goal. But destructive cults use that admirable goal abusively to control their members’ thoughts, blackmail them and force adherence to the leader’s doctrines. A perverted sense of confession keeps the members in line while allowing the leader(s) to teach the member to self-monitor their thoughts and actions. In a destructive cult the most potent “evil” thoughts are those against the leader. This philosophy is imbedded so deeply that the mere idea of thinking a critical thought against the leader brings on a morality crisis and anxiety within the true believer. This is true even years after the person has left the organized religion. Some ex-cult members still somehow blindly believe the leader to be inerrant, or will mitigate documented abuse because they believe that the leader’s contribution to their own personal wellbeing is far more important than abuse and human rights violations on a multitude of others.

Historical Forgiveness and Confession Confession and forgiveness form a significant cornerstone in many religions. Untainted confession leads to purity, ability and power. Power in the sense that as an individual you do not deteriorate easily; it leads to feeling pure, clean and clear. Freedom comes from not having regrets and not being pinned in the past with retaliatory thoughts against oneself and others. Self-determination evolves from being able to change destructive patterns in your life.

The Buddha was once spit in the face by a stranger; he took it, and simply asked the offender, “What’s next?” The Buddha explained to his repulsed and vengeful minded disciples that the
man was only spitting on a notion of the Buddha, maybe something he heard about him; something in his own mind. Buddha’s question, “What’s next?” is reminiscent of Jesus’ suggestion, “Turn the other cheek.” (Matthew 5:39) Both Buddha and Jesus were basically saying, “What is your next communication, whatever it is I can face it?” Neither one ever responded to abuse the way that men normally do. Neither would flee, bribe, get angry or act revengeful. They both realized that to understand everything is to forgive everything.

Buddha and Jesus made the act of confessing very easy for anyone; especially if they saw repentance. When the spitting man came to the Buddha the next day he forgave him. The Buddha asked again, ”What’s next?” The man fell at the Buddha’s feet asking for forgiveness. He had not slept all night for he was deeply affected by the kindness he had been shown and was filled with remorse. Buddha said, “Forgive? But I am not the same man to whom you did it to. The Ganges (River) goes on flowing; it is never the same Ganges again. Every man is a river. The man you spit upon is no longer here. I look just like him, but I am not the same, much has happened in these twenty-four hours! The river has flowed so much. So I cannot forgive you because I have no grudge against you.” The next morning acting contrite he came again to the Buddha. “And you also are new. I can see you are not the same man who came yesterday because that man was angry and he spit, whereas you are bowing at my feet, touching my feet. How can you be the same man? You are not the same man, so let us forget about it. Those two people, the man who spit and the man on whom he spit, both are no more……”

Jesus did much the same thing to Peter, the leader of his disciples. Peter denied knowing him three times the night before his crucifixion. Peter was nearly suicidal by his own betrayal. Jesus did not abandon him, but did forgive and came to Peter after the resurrection. He simply asked Peter three times if Peter loved Him. The questions of love were not asked with any blame or shame; but the message was clear. I know what you did and all I ask is that you love me. He knew that if Peter could love again with all his heart he had overcome his transgressions and guilt. Love and forgiveness rehabilitated and healed the relationship immediately and with ease. Peter was fully restored as the leader of the group.

Forgiveness and confession are both acts of the will and require strength. Historically in the Judaic culture sin was confessed individually or corporately in conjunction with a profession of faith in God. Only God could forgive sin. Jesus stated that the Son of Man could forgive sins on earth. (Matthew 9:6) This made it possible for priests and pastors to forgive. Buddhism and other Eastern beliefs also honor confession as the cleansing of negativity. Certain sects realized that transgressions not confessed and repented make one weak. Confession and remedial actions lead to power. Power has four main opponents: regret, reliance (due to transgressions failing relationships), inability to repent and not remedying the error by good works. Feeling regret is obvious how it limits power; reliance is not as easy to see. Reliance occurs because the person is not there in the present as much having been weakened from overt acts; the communication is no longer pure so emotions become convoluted. Since one person is weakened reliance on the other’s strength is
imperative to keep the relationship working. The relationship is no longer empowered equally. Repentance is very important. Repeating the same transgressions over is one definition of insanity. Strength is needed to not commit the same acts again. Remedies such as amends, doing good works and charity can help restore goodwill.

Confessing and finding the motivation behind doing the transgression is very important, but as Jesus’ example proved, a lot can be accomplished and short circuited with love. It also takes courage to face those you have harmed and make it right. That is why the word power comes into play. It takes power to change and it also takes power to keep forgiving someone.

If one is a leader the harm is exponential. What the leader orders can affect multitudes. Professional liars like the current and past Scientology spokesmen plus people who work(ed) in the Office of Special Affairs who persuade members to spy and commit crimes have an impact on thousands of people. More significant leaders than a small group like Scientology create an even greater blow. There is no way to actually do enough remedial actions to make up the damage to all those affected. That’s why biblically speaking confessing to God was the most important confession. It is believed in Judeo/Christian teachings that God can clean the slate and reverse the exponential factors. I don’t want to get into a religious debate here; but good works alone cannot undo the far reaching affects done by a psychopathic political, religious or spiritual leader. It is obvious why confessing to God helps and can be preferred. Dishonest and perverted
men often abuse and taint the confession.

The subject of confession has been abused in all of society; however, none worse than in Scientology and other destructive cults. In Scientology, confession has become perverted andabusive plus ultimately forgiveness in non-existent. It is used in a multi-faceted way; a mind control threat system to keep members in line, a greedy money maker where advanced students must pay tens of thousands of dollars to continue courses, black ops to gain data on other members, and the absolute worst, to blackmail. Confession abuse goes on in other destructive cults, but not to the same degree or sophistication. In some instances, Scientology has used confession as inquisition to destroy the will of the individual. This often results in
nervous breakdowns and irreparable psychic damage.

In 1982 top Scientology executive and original LRH messengers were often dragged out of bed in the middle of the night for gang security checks. An inquisitor and other cohorts would scream and curse for
overt acts and “crimes.” The purpose of these interrogations had nothing to do with confession; it had to do with breaking the spirit and will of the individual. Some were broken and stayed but most of them left the Sea Org; it was better to leave than to accept repeated beatings of the mind and soul.

In the Miscavige era, security checking has become more destructive, if that is possible. Nancy Many outlined it in her book, “My Billion Year Contract.” The OSA directed confessional by one
of two Miscavige approved security checkers landed Nancy in the hospital with a severe nervous breakdown. Many others that I have worked with have received similar treatment; locked in a room, screamed at for crimes until they break. People treated this way have recurring nightmares, are dissociative with post traumatic stress, and are devastated with phobias like, “I won’t ever pick up the cans again!”

Confessional abuse has carried over to the independent field where some practitioners are still very legalistic and rigid. I have found auditors, solo auditors, and preclears afraid to talk; they don’t write down everything for the case supervisor. It may well be that the ability to trust is lost due to a carryover from corporate church abuse. However, if the field organization is robotic to Hubbard’s purpose of confession rather than what it should be the client will perceive it and will withhold.

In its intended form confession and forgiveness are freeing, purifying and empowering to the soul. As the title of the post suggests, in Scientology terms, it is a way to stay clear. In secular terms, whatever abilities and gifts you have can remain intact. Personal degradation does not have to occur. If you do something that violates another and it is not confessed, the incident is carried forward in your mind forever. On the other hand, if something is done to you and you do not forgive, the same mental phenomenon occurs. When the incidents are triggered either transgression can be played back as a recording in your mind over and over. Furthermore, the ideas, justification and reasoning that one concludes about the incidents hold it tightly in place, especially revenge. That is the genus of how to create a reactive or aberrant mind.

When I took a hiatus from counseling for about ten years I studied and was involved with different groups. During a particularly bad period of my life I was befriended and helped by a Christian group. The esprit de corps were men who followed Jesus’example the best they could and had a giving, loving, and forgiving spirit. Scientology does not believe that clears can be made outside of its own technology, however by practicing forgiveness and leading moral lives, in essence, these men were not actively creating a reactive mind. By confessing their sins to one another or to the pastor in safety and by practicing forgiveness no new recordings were made. Yes “clean hands make a happy life,”but more important than that forgiveness in love to one another creates a “clear” life. That is essential to staying clean, clear, and able. For ex-Scientologists or former members of cults it is imperative that they do not forsake the rites of confession and forgiveness in their lives. It is important that you get any past confessional errors or abuse cleaned up. You can do this yourself by simply writing it in a journal or by getting a session with a qualified counselor. If you are a Scientologist, you can write it up as a reverse Overt/Withhold write up; the zero step or the difficulty would be something like “bad confessional” or “my overt acts were confessed to others out of session.” Then write up the errors under that heading until you get relief. There could be a number of such difficulties including confessionals, security checks, ethics interviews, justice actions, OW write ups, interrogations, six month checkups for advanced students, and so on. I know thatfalse purpose rundown techniques are mixed with simple confessionals creating an absolute mess on advanced cases*. If you were not in Scientology simply journaling the times when you were not believed, accused, withheld because it was not safe, forced to confess, etc. should be written up. The purpose of these actions is to feel safe about confessing again. Once that occurs you should be able to feel freer to forgive others as well. By imparting compassion and freeing others of their burdens you will create a more loving environment. A bonus will be that you will receive the personal benefit of maintaining your case state and not deteriorate as a spirit. This can be considered another step of how to Return to Freedom.

(*It is imperative that if you had security checking mixed with the false purpose rundown that disregard advanced level techniques that you get cleaned up immediately. It has caused forgetfulness and illness.)–GS

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How a Destructive Cult Destroys Itself

June 28, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

And as for Scientology itself, under Miscavige? I think they’re going to have to change or die.”
Janet Reitman, Author, “Inside Scientology, The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion” http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/06/janet_reitman_a.php?page=2

Destructive cults destroy themselves because they are run by sociopaths who make their own and the group’s demise inevitable. You cannot cause exsanguinations of your members and think that people who are bleeding to death will give up their last five dollars to the cause with smiles on their faces. Sooner or later people wake up and leave or there is enough controversy and harm to unite humanity to destroy the destroyer.

More importantly, if you enslave people in any way whether it is mentally or physically your group will die. Slavery violates natural law which is senior to any government or group. Any group in world history that has been involved in slavery has perished; early Egypt, Babylonia, the Roman Empire, the Third Reich, Communist Russia et al.

That’s why my clients, other independents, and ex-cult members get significant gain so quickly once out of the cult culture. For those who were in the Rehabilitation Project Force or other prison/slave labor facilities in a destructive group have a greater appreciation of freedom that comes from independence. Even when audited by the most rigidly legalistic of independents, it is still a freer climate than corporate Scientology. The counselor and the client do not have to fight the organization’s greed driven agenda nor the extreme mind control factors and nearly as much legalism. The counselor sitting in front of his/her client is focused only on one thing, their betterment and nothing else. The factors present in destructive cults or groups ensure their demise by their own hands. If your group has a major number of these points, it will fail.

    The factors that led to the fall and destruction of the Third Reich and other destructive cults:

1. Unstable psychotic leader(s)
2. Slavery or slave-like entrapments causing governments to unite against them
3. Themes that justify violence; mental, physical and financial abuses
4. Continued proliferation of grandiose lies
5. Constant orders to subordinate members that violate basic fundamental morality and natural law
6. Violence, harassment and abuse to members and dissenters
7. Wage wars for real or fancied reasons
8. Members living under constant threat
9. Estrange allies
10. Spying internally and externally
11. Common distrust and reporting on its own members
12. False reporting statistics and achievements to their own members and the world
13. Elimination of leisure pursuits and fun
14. Extravagant ceremonies that create zeal and hysteria resulting in the loss of individual and group rationality
15. A belief in destiny, “We are children of the Gods” or “Only we can save the planet”
16. An inability to say no to leader(s), “We must!”
17. Disintegration of conscience by creating a “wolf” or attack mentality
18. Outlawing bad reports, bad PR, and critical thought about the group or leader
19. Withholding vital information and reports from members
20. Older generation of valued members is eliminated leaving the organization to idealistic, robotic youth
21. Eliminate youth’s education on other than group doctrine
22. Controlled marriages, disintegration of family and childbirths
23. Attack a too powerful foe setting up an unwinnable scenario
24. No acceptance of change or failure along with no realization when the war is over
25. No surrender
26. No funds or time to rebuild due to inability to admit errors and correct them until it is too late
27. Inability to confront crimes and abuse against members and mankind in general
28. Blame failure on cowardice and lack of member’s purpose
29. Preach “Final Victory” despite failures or no progress as the walls crumble all around
30. Collective guilt and shame
31. Suicide or abdication of the leader(s) who steal the amassed wealth

There is no need to worry about the Miscaviges of the world. They wind up killing themselves, end up in jail or go into hiding. Unfortunately, they take the group down with them. If you have not left a group that practices most of the above points, it is time to do so.

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The Leader of a Destructive Group can never be blamed….

June 8, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

“My fingers are shaking as I write this. Everyone is now turning their backs on Adolph (Hitler). No one was ever a supporter?…. Everyone was a supporter and no one denounced anyone else — And what about me? I was there. I breathed what was in the air, it infected all of us.” From the journal of an unknown Nazi woman.

I have read analysis and evaluations about situations in Scientology since 1970. Today’s evaluations in the Independent field and Freezone are much the same. Even though Independents have the right to say, “L. Ron Hubbard is the Who*,” they hardly ever do. Did Hubbard and other cult leaders do everything wrong? — of course not, otherwise smart dedicated people would not have followed them.
LRH put together a workable parapsychology. However, some departments that he created are decried even by those who tend to deify him: the Office of Special Affairs (the recycled Guardian’s Office), RTC, the RPF, etc. Yet in listing outpoints in the independent field, it is always David Miscavige who is blamed for almost everything, Hubbard never gets any causation; pretty unfair to him as source and creator of the subject. This is the blindness and compartmentalizing of mind control at work. It is as if nothing was wrong with Scientology before 1982. Tormenting defectors and detractors, spying, virtual slave labor, trafficking, disconnection, breaking up families, and humiliation all occurred prior to Miscavige. Hailing the leader as infallible and inerrant goes hand in glove with any destructive cult and the true believer’s thought process; the leader is never wrong. (*The “Who” is Scientology lingo for the source of a major situation.)
I recently posted, “Does Scientology own the State of Clear?” (http://
blog.scientologyrecovery.com/does-scientology-own-the-state-of-clear/). Apparently it stirred up a hornet’s nest amongst some narrow-minded independent Scientologists. One of my fellow Flag auditors from the Apollo more or less disconnected from me because I dared to say anything negative about LRH. Yet, her family has disconnected from her and her ex-husband is in a Scientology prison called the “hole.” Another friend got a firm slap on the wrist from the administrators of another site for posting my article, and one blogger called my post “toxic.” This was because I dared to prove that attainments that Hubbard declared solely Scientology’s domain could be achieved in other belief systems.

One of my purposes is to help people think freely. There is no freedom in a group if the leader cannot be in error. It is unfair to the leader and very unfair to the followers. For the leader it is lethal; the justifications, blame, and mental dissonance a destructive leader goes through to be an inerrant “messiah” often results in illness, germinates his/her psychosis, and leaves the leader dying usually only accompanied by hypocrisy. Once the messianic facade is shattered and the pretender’s grandiose promises fail, all that is left is an empty shell. Suicide is often the answer; witness David Koresh, Marshall Applewhite, Jim Jones, and Adolph Hitler.

Blind faith isn’t solely the fault of the destructive leader; it is also the fault of the true believer. However, once fear permeates the group from the wrath and power of the leader, all freedom of thought and to some degree freedom of one’s own life is gone. This was evident in Nazi Germany where there was no freedom of speech; only death if you spoke out against the regime. A destructive cult is not exactly a Nazi Germany, but many of the principles laid out in the rise of the Third Reich are evident in any destructive group. It is worth comparison.

The Rise of the Third Reich, the factors:
1. Hypnotic and charismatic power of the leader.
2. Democracy abolished, unquestioned despotic rule.
3. Militaristic culture.
4. Clearly defined goals and dreams.
5. Clearly defined enemies.
6. Secret police and agencies responsible to the leader only.
7. Dissenters purged loudly and often.
8. Chaos created whether real or imagined.
9. Apocalyptic visions to create urgency and sacrifice.
10. Bold lies.
11. Discrimination.
12. Eliminate belief in God and religions.
13. Right to sovereignty.
14. Martyrdom to inspire loyalty through emotions.
15. Oath taking, especially in the young.
16. Determined and effective schooling of the young.
17. Group above family and individual.
18. Mimicry.
19. Taught to fight and revolt.
20. Ceremony, rallies, and pomp.
21. Undeterred by losses and setbacks.
22. Steadfast reports, true or false, about the enemy’s activities to instill group
unity.
23. Followers overlook evil, vile and inhumane behavior.
24. As in 13., overcome divisions and individual rights by preaching
the “greater good.”
25.Tap phones, break-ins, spying, reporting on others, arrests, beatings and
murder.
26. Acts of violence against humanity.
27. Justification.
28. False image created and staged for outsiders.
29. Films, media, celebration of art and celebrities.
30. ONE PEOPLE, ELITE AND SUPERIOR.

If you review your association with a destructive group or leader you may find a majority of these factors have influenced you. It is my hope that you get relief by examining how they may have affected your life and your thinking. For instance, if you were not someone who normally screamed and yelled, yet when you joined the group, you saw it and became like that – it was due to mimicry. Reviewing these facets to see how you might have compromised and compartmentalized your thoughts to overlook abuse can help you regain your own individuality, self-esteem, and respect.

In the next post I will list the factors that resulted in the demise of the Third Reich. The intent of that is to help one see if the destructive leader and group you have allegiance to is on its way to its own demise.

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Does Scientology own the State of Clear?

May 16, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

(Editor Note: Scientologists and some Independent Scientologists do not believe in freedom of expression or critical discussions about this subject. To do so is considered heresy. Reading this requires freedom of thought.)

In 1950, L. Ron Hubbard introduced the idea of the state of clear in the book, “Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health.” Its genus is from the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, who postulated the idea of the “Ubermensch” or a superman in 1883. The idea of a transcendent man was picked up by the Nazis to promote a master race. Hubbard took Nietzsche’s idea and framed it in a computer model; the clear was defined as a non-aberrant being whose mind is like a perfect analyzer with eidetic memory (a photographic memory; the ability to recall images, sounds, or objects with extreme precision and in abundant volume). The clear was supposed to be stably happy emotionally with highly enhanced perception and creativity that was free from psychosis, neurosis and psychosomatic illnesses. To date, no clears have been made per this definition.
Over the years the state of clear was diminished and watered down to be cause over mental energy, space and time on the first dynamic, or oneself. Everyone is cause over their mind to a greater or lesser degree. There is a specific “clear cognition” (i.e. realization about the mind) written in Scientology bulletins which can be found on line. It is a realization about responsibility more than anything else.
But there is a later definition of clear in advanced materials which can also be found on line. It states that a being is cleared when he realizes he is himself; i.e. “I’m me!” On a composite case this could be a difficult call to tell whether he really is me or not. Nevertheless, after many hours of skillful sessions and an earnest Dianetic run, a preclear should have a sense of who he/she is to a resounding degree. He/she should be able to make the state of clear by the current Scientology criteria. It is at that point that one can separate out from the composite case and get some distance from what is keeping it restimulated.
One could argue that spiritual icons such as Jesus and Buddha certainly had an exquisite and finite sense of who they were. They could have been considered “clear” at the very least. Before Siddhartha became Buddha, the enlightened one, he went through the entirety of his existences to his basic essence. To say he was not clear would be a definite degradation of whom and what he was. The same goes for Jesus and other spiritual icons; it would be a ridiculous thought to conceive that they didn’t know who they were. When LRH found out that people were saying they became clear in a past life religion, he became very upset and wouldn’t allow that. In an effort to protect clear as his propriety*, LRH specified that a person cannot go clear in anything but Dianetics. *Clear and other common English words are copyrighted and trademarked by Scientology.
Hubbard believed at first that he went clear in Scientology objective processes (processes that have to do with locating and touching material objects). He then officially changed the definition of clear and made it a suppressive act resulting in expulsion to say that anything other than Dianetics or the Clearing Course could make a clear. However, the process used on the advanced levels to make a cleared being is a Scientology process. That voids that assertion.
The primary spiritual pursuit in new age and some ancient religions is recovering self identity; de-voiding yourself of who and what you are not; past identities and incidents, fixed ideas, compulsions, and other connections. It sets the ground work for things to come. The discovery of self is not the exclusive domain of Scientology. Can a person come to know who he/she really is by other means? The answer is simple; of course you can. Can Scientology be used to learn who you really are? The answer is yes.
However, the way Scientology is run today makes it very hard to realize self with any true sense of finiteness and stability. The infected air and uncompassionate greedy culture puts pressure on one’s rightful sense of self. The corporate Church of Scientology not only claims proprietary rights to an ancient and timeless spiritual expression it also inhibits its own true believers who are trying to become themselves because it is not focused on the task at hand; making beings free.

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Freedom of Thought II: Are you still “Cultified”?

April 29, 2011

by Glenn Samuels
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I have noticed that people who have left the corporate Church of Scientology and other destructive cults call themselves independent yet they are not; especially in thought. They do not have the gift of free thinking. They are “cultified.” They still have the same thought patterns, basic belief system and attach importance to cult words just as they did when they were in the destructive group. Also they have a false belief that they need to believe in an inerrant or charismatic leader.

Recent posts on Marty Rathbun’s blog calling other independent auditors and old AAC (Advanced Ability Center) auditors “squirrels,” a practitioner harmfully altering Scientology technology, were disharmonious and offensive to say the least. He then called David Miscavige, the leader of Scientology, “King of the Squirrels” which earned a tit for tat response. Miscavige, as is his way, sent a team of bullies to Rathbun’s  door from “Squirrel Buster Productions.” They wore tee shirts with a photo of Rathbun’s head atop an image of a squirrel. It was pretty hilarious and sad at the same time. Drawing a line in the sand against other ex-Scientologists then squaring off into a battle with Miscavige showed me that this is just the same nonsense that we all left the corporate church for. The song remains the same.

Jeff Hawkins and I introduced information on blogs about mind control and freedom of thought. I wrote an exercise to help relieve thought stopping and guilt mechanisms from cult think on my first Freedom of Thought post called the “Thought Stopping Exercise.”   (http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/freedom-of-thought/)

Here is an important question to ask; “Am I still cultified?”

Your answer is, “Of course NOT!”

How can you tell if you are or are not?

Here is a simple word association game which can help you see if you still are.

On a scale of 1 to 10, ten being the strongest reactions and 1 no reaction, how do these normal English words make you feel?

A. You are a DB_____

B. Critical_____

C. You are a suppressive person_____

D. You don’t believe in Christ_____

E. You are angry at God_____

F. Indemnity_____
G. Information_____

H. Goldenrod_____ 

I. Ethics and justice_____

J. Type 3_____

Nomenclature used in destructive cults is important. It separates the true believer from the rest of society; it gives him/her a sense of elitism and secret knowledge. But the words also trigger thought stopping and guilt mechanisms.

Point A: DB; a Scientology abbreviation for degraded being. It is terrible slur. Hubbard wrote in a buletin dated 3/22/67 that only 1 in every 18 people were a “Big Being,” the rest are degraded beings. To a non-Scientologist they probably think it means decibel and have no special significance on it.

Point B: Critical. A prime example of cult mind control is the word CRITICAL. You are taught in a destructive cult that if you are critical you have committed a transgression or have a discreditable thought or withhold against the group or its leaders. (Seehttp://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/l-ron-hubbard-for-real-personal-stories/ Bill Franks’story) Moonies are taught that if they think critical thoughts and want to leave their church that not only will they go to Hell, but all their ancestors and offspring will go to hell too!

The opposite should be true for you. Critical thinking is your first step to keeping yourself whole, sane, and your innate beliefs and values intact. Critical thinking leads the door to discovery. When Einstein came up with his ground breaking theories he had to ask himself this question, “Is the universe wrong or is Isaac Newton wrong?” Einstein took the critical route and had the courage to say Newton was wrong. This went into the teeth of hundreds of years of scientific thought. It was cutting edge, but the world was never the same again.

When you read or hear information that requires you to change your beliefs you should look at it critically. If a new study or leader is important to you then you should do some research. Scientology fundamentals contain wisdom, some of them are new, but most of them are old or ancient. Explaining life in terms of dynamics or thrusts was from Hinduism; saying man’s basic urge is to survive was from the German philosopher, Schopenhauer; the idea of earlier similar was from Freud’s streams of dreams; and prenatal influence was from Aleister Crowley’s black art book, Magick. There is a verse in the bible book of Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

Point C: Suppressive Person; a Scientology term for a true anti-social or evil person.(See my write ups on Disconnection. http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/disconnection- the-unkindest-cut-of-all) It is the most derogatory label Scientology has and means that your basic motivation is evil. Hubbard believed that 2½% of the population is evil and another 18% were directly troublesome due to them.

Points D, E: Belief in Christ and Anger at God. Evangelical Christians do not have the luxury to think bad thoughts about God even though the bible tells them that they can and that it happens. (Jeremiah 20: 7-18). Also they are told that they go to hell if they do not accept Christ as their savior.

Point G: Information. Dahn Yoga disciples think that the innocuous word information is bad. An example of their think is: “My attachment to my family is not me, it’s just my information. By acknowledging it, I am letting go of it.” This enables that destructive cult to easily detach the true believer from their family or other “information” and make them solely group centric to control them.

Point F: Indemnity. The Moonies, aka Unification Church Members, have a special meaning for the word indemnity. The normal definition is security or protection against a loss. Moon defined it in three tiers. One is equal indemnity, like the bible’s “an eye for an eye” (Exodus 21: 23-4), secondly, there is doing far above what is called for to make things right, and thirdly there is full restoration from God beyond human terms, such as the Christian’s belief in Christ’s sacrificial death to right the sins of the world. Scientologists would understand this word in their ethics terminology as “Fair Game” or as amends, which is a trigger word for them. The Moon concept cuts into the teeth of Christian writings that states God forgives by grace and that no amends are needed to regain God’s favor. Restitution is granted with or without works/amends; repentance is the individual’s goal, but can be seen as something to work on through prayer, study and meditation. (I John 1:9)

Point J: Type 3 is a Scientology term that refers to being a Potential Trouble Source Type 3. This is a very derogatory term to Scientologists. It means that the person is so overwhelmed by anti-social factors and suppression that he/she is delusional or having a nervous breakdown. For non-Scientologists reading this post it would have no special significance, “What does that mean, I-Pod type 3?”

Points H, I: Scientology ethics terminology. They go hand in glove with point B, critical. It depends upon the intent of the word and the special meaning the cult attaches to it. It is just like when a Scientologist calls another a squirrel. It doesn’t mean anything unless you hold onto cult beliefs and terminology. Goldenrod is just a color; but in Scientology policy, goldenrod is the paper color that ethics and justice orders are written on. Ethics and justice are not trite words and are important concepts to understand and use in everyday life. However, if they have come to mean abuse, destructive interrogations, or being put in a prison camp, then they take on a whole new meaning.

One of the first treatises on ethics was Aristotle’s, “Nicomachean Ethics, Eudemian Ethics, and Magna Moralia.” Aristotle never defined ethics as the “greatest good for the greatest number,” but defined ethics in terms of acts of goodness. Goodness was defined as a natural virtue. Virtue was then defined in different categories such as self discipline, charity, generosity, happiness, pleasure, honor, wealth, knowledge and wisdom. Therefore the determining factor in ethics was looking for the greatest number of virtues in any given situation. NOT the greatest good for the greatest number or Hubbard’s definition, “the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics.” There is something called ethics and justice and in practice they are workable and useful, they are not bad or harmful. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to think of them that way?_____________________________________________________________

I recommend anyone who feels abused by ethics and justice do their own study on the subjects and look at the genus of both. Work out what they are and what they really mean. They have an objective reality, not comprised of “What you consider an overt act is an overt act to you.” Also, if you haven’t done so yet, I recommend doing the Freedom of Thought exercise on the link above. But for now play the word game and score it below. Enter free thought and start Returning to Freedom!

Scores: Based upon 10 sample words with a maximum free thought score of 10.    Scores:                                                                                                                                    46 or higher “Cultified” 

30-45-Thought stopping and guilt mechanisms exist

20-44-Some mental dissonance and compartmentalization

20 or below-Freedom of thought

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L. Ron Hubbard for Real: Personal Stories

April 16, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

L. Ron Hubbard for Real: Some Personal Stories:

A lot has been written lately honoring L. Ron Hubbard and his birth 100 years ago.  What I read was a romanticized version of the man.  The posts, poems, and odes did not encapsulate reality.  It is easy to love and respect a man that you feel that has done a lot for you or conversely to feel bitter and hate a man who you feel has betrayed, harmed and hurt you.  It is confusing however, if someone has done both.  This post is not about that.  Nor is it a debate on whether Scientology works because of who LRH was or wasn’t.  It is simply a few stories for you to get a sense of what it was actually like to be around him.

Beethoven wrote beautiful timeless music, but by all reports was a vile man.  Hubbard wrote a certain kind of music too, but what was he really like?  Was he a savior, a genius, or a greedy schemer; was he a good or a bad man?  You have to decide who the man was for yourself.  To answer that will take a lot of personal research and study on your part.  All I have provided here is a few snapshots or glimpses of what it was like to be around him in person.  These are true stories and shed an authentic light.  Hubbard, the man, was very complex; he was charismatic, beguiling, smart, funny, very talented, angry, vengeful, mystical, and mysterious.  He was a lot different than what is printed by Scientology and also what was recently published by independent Scientology blog writers who didn’t know him personally.

Some of my readers asked me to write down remembrances of L. Ron Hubbard.  I didn’t want to be the lone contributor, so I surveyed some of my ex-shipmates from the Apollo for stories.  I told them to write anything about him; good, bad, or ugly.  Only one of them wrote something.  I think that their silence is the first story here and a very important one at that.  Most of the people I wrote to left in the1980’s and perhaps they simply want it all to be behind them.  Some others may have other reasons for them not wanting to share.  However, they contributed on other surveys for other posts, but for this one did not write back.  I found the silence a compelling story, and story number one.

These are true accounts without evaluation from some of my personal meetings and interactions with L. Ron Hubbard that show a glimpse of whom he was:

In 1971 I was new to the Apollo and ran up to the bridge while we were in a small storm at sea.  LRH was screaming at someone about a foot from his face.  He saw me and kept on screaming at the guy, but suddenly through no volition of my own, my body turned around in another direction to face a crew member who escorted me off the bridge.

In 1974 I was on A-deck just outside his office looking at a big atlas.  I was helping a student locate mountains for his course.  LRH came out of his office dressed regally in navy blues.  He walked up and asked mirthfully, “What you doin’?”  I told him that we were looking up mountains, but we couldn’t find San Gorgonio.  He said, “Look by San Berdo (i.e. San Bernardino, Ca)…,” big laugh.  I looked at the map, “Oh yeh, you’re right, there it is! “ I said.  He said, “Glad I could be of service….See you around Glenn,” another big laugh.

A few months later I was alone in the auditor admin room writing up a session very late at night.  I heard this roar in the ‘tween-decks, he was screaming and cursing at the top of his lungs at the Director of Promotion for spending 15 cents more for each poster than the last time.  He was yelling so loudly that the pre-fab walls of the auditor admin room seemed to be bending.

A couple of moments later I saw a messenger poke her head into the room.  I got up and went to the door; LRH was there beaming and resplendently dressed in full Hollywood director gear; black beret, cape, long black boots, and a long cigarette holder.   “Hey Glenn, how’s the internship going?” calm as you please with a big Cheshire cat smile.  We had a little chat about the internship; how I was doing, how many others were on it, and so on.  Then he went on his way humming a tune from the 1940s.

Later that year I found out that my wife (at the time) had an affair.  She wasn’t crew, she lived in LA.  I got approved to leave the ship and go home to straighten out my marriage.  Around the same time as I got my OK to leave I got posted as Tech Sec by LRH.  I told one of his messengers I had to go home to straighten out my marriage and please ask LRH to let me do this.  A series of message runs occurred resulting in the final message from LRH, “Since you have so many hassles you can go to the RPF!”  I didn’t go home, but did the RPF instead.  The marriage eventually broke up.

I was cleaning the deck just outside his office in the early morning.  He was screaming at his new steward, tugging at the collar of his white naval shirt, “You say you washed this five times!  You don’t even know how to wash a f…..g shirt!  Get out, get out!!”  She left crying.  The next day she was in the RPF.  She was sent about a week after the previous steward was put in the RPF for serving some food he didn’t like.

A few months later the Apollo was attacked by radical Portuguese Communists.  (We later called the incident “the rock festival.”)  They threw crew motorcycles that were parked on the dock in the water and pummeled the ship and crew with rocks.  LRH was up on A-deck with a foghorn shouting at the attackers,”Communista Criminales, Criminales Communista!!”  He then calmly directed us to throw off the lines and we drifted away from the dock.  A tugboat took us to safety and we dropped anchor out of harm’s way.  Some of the deckies and other crew were hit in the head with rocks.  There was a lot of bleeding and injury for those who freed the ship lines and those who tried to protect the ship.  First-aid was given, then auditors began giving assists on the spot.  LRH made sure we were OK and gave blankets and pillows to ensure comfort for those getting assists on the deck.  He calmly and successfully directed the whole affair to safety.

A couple of days later we left Portugal and began a trans-Atlantic crossing.  LRH wanted the ship to look perfect when we arrived at our first port in America.  I was in charge of painting the smokestack.  It wasn’t an easy task considering we were at sea.  Luckily, the seas were very calm.  We managed to balance even though we were as high up as thirty feet high on scaffolding.  It was late, the sun was going down, but I wanted to finish because the next morning we were arriving at our first port.  I was working alone and squinting to apply the paint as darkness fell.  All of a sudden there was light.  I looked down and saw LRH smiling at me.  He had ordered a light be brought out for me to work.  I waved thanks and he smiled and waved back and went on his way.

In 1975 I was a model on a photo shoot he shot for a Flag brochure.  My part as an auditor was to walk up and gesture for the pc to come with me.  My arm motion and her getting up from the lobby chair were supposed to be simultaneous.  I walk up to my mark, the camera clicks, “You’re a tenth of a second too slow.”  I look at him quizzically, but no answer was forthcoming on the secret of how to add a tenth of a second to my gait.  I walked back to my starting point; hit my mark, same thing.  “He’s a tenth of a second too slow!”  Third exposure, same result, but now he’s getting ticked off.  “You are STILL a TENTH of a SECOND TOOOO SLOW!!”  He’s angry, not good, I had to get bright.  “Sir, how about if I stand on my mark and just pretend that I walked up?” I said.  He says, “How you going to do that?!”  I show him my pretend walk up move.  He roars with laughter,”OK, OK you win!”  I stand on my mark and do my pretend walk up and arm gesture, the pc gets up, click.  “Got it!”  He winks at me, “Clever, clever guy….”

In 1975 a 12 year old boy had a crush on a girl his age, but she liked the 13 year old flute player in the Apollo Stars Band.  The unrequited young boy stole the flute player’s gold plated flute that LRH had bought and threw it overboard.  LRH found out about it.  I was the CS for crew at the time and saw the orders.  LRH sent the young boy to the chain locker.  A chain locker is dark, poorly ventilated, grimy and toxic place where fouling organisms grow.  (http://groups.ucanr.org/Ballast_Outreach/NonBallast_Vessel_Vectors/Anchor_Systems_(anchor,_chain,_locker.htm)   It is worse than a prison and no place for a little boy.  After the first night he cried and begged for forgiveness and wanted to get out.  LRH sent him a message, “You got yourself in there; you get yourself out!”   After a few days he petitioned and was let out.  He was sent home after the incident.

Later that year LRH sent me a folder.  His comment was that his personal artist was not doing his job, but helping everyone else instead.  He ordered post purpose clearing.  I did the session, at the end the artist says as if on cue, “You know I realize I have been helping everyone else and not taking care of my own post!”   I was impressed with LRH’s insight.  I sent him the folder; he was very pleased and wrote in the orders of the day, “Tech is in the FSO.”

In 1976 LRH case supervised me.  He had given an assist to one of his aides then wrote a program.  She had a win on running an engram in the session with him.  I finished the assist to good result, but then the program required a Dianetic CS 1 (clearing all the basic terms).  She protested that heavily as she grew up in Scientology and had been audited since she was a child.  The next step was to run Dianetics which she flatly refused.  She was an old OT 6.  LRH wrote in the folder, “File and forget it.”  I ended up being retreaded, taken off post to wash dishes, and was blamed for the failure.  A couple of years later LRH wrote me that it wasn’t my fault, he apologized saying that she was a clear being run on Dianetics.

From Bill Franks, former ED Int, and Class 9, original FEBC course:

….on one night in 1974 I found myself in David Mayo’s office in the tween decks of the Apollo.  It was very late or early in the morning.  We were, I believe, in the port of Safi, Morocco.   A student of mine, I was currently D of T (director of training) and Mayo was Flag Senior case supervisor, had blown.  Hubbard was extremely angry with us due to this blown student of mine on the FEBC program.  In an attempt to show Hubbard what we had done to handle this guy we collected up all the sec checking (confessionals) that he had received over the last 2 months, it had been a lot, poor guy, and presented it to him along with an outline of this student’s progress on the courses he had taken.  We had also wanted to show him how we had been careful that he hadn’t gone by misunderstoods (misunderstood words), etc. 

We waited and waited and about 0300 hrs a messenger came down with a dispatch written by LRH.  My memory does not recall any folders being returned.  The dispatch was entitled Very Confidential underlined. He went onto say that ‘if you or Franks ever reveal any of this information that I am about to reveal, the consequences will be severe for SCN (Scientology).’

He then wrote, ‘a person does not blow due Overts or Withholds.  He blows only due to ARC BKs (upsets)’.

‘However, If any of this information ever became public, I would lose all control of the orgs and eventually Scientology as a whole.’  Signed LRH

Both Mayo and me looked at one another completely incredulously.  I cannot speak for Dave but I was completely flabbergasted as I realized at that point of digestion that he is talking about something that 75-80% of the tech is premised upon.  Furthermore, the OEC/FEBC was currently anchored by the latest “development” at the time-being the L’s, L-10, 11, & 12- which for those who don’t know is about OW’s (overts, transgressions and withholds).  I don’t believe Mayo or I talked about this again until we were out where I saw him at his auditing facility in Montecito, California in 1983.  I believed we were a bit shell shocked about this.

As for me, I began to see more and more that Scientology was merely a big prison camp. I stayed in for another 7 plus years, but I was always mindful of this and always had in mind changing this ‘tech’.  I believe it is the key to what we have all seen and experienced as brainwashing (mind control).

That is all.  I hope someone who wants to use this will do so as there is no doubt that there is good in the tech it is just a matter of where is it.

How do you sort out the good and the bad and at the same time keep the good without throwing out the baby with the bath water.

I regret that I could not fix this during my tenure.  I attest this is true and accurate”

If each and every one of you reviews your reasons for leaving Scientology, I am sure that what Bill wrote will resonate with you.  I am positive that none of you had some screaming overt, withhold, crime or misunderstood word.  You left because someone upset you or you were upset by not getting what you were promised after spending hundreds or thousands of dollars or the equivalent amount in labor.  I left in 1982 due to human rights violations.  I personally saw fine sea org members thrown out on the street after years of dedicated service with no money and nowhere to go.  There was not an iota of hope to use the flawed justice system.   They were just wasted.

It was simple; I was upset, so I left.  I am sure the same happened to you.

These are just a few stories, but show a much truer picture of what it was like to be around L. Ron Hubbard.  Was there genius at work and did some incredible things happen?  Yes.  Was there cruelty, hypocrisy and abuse?  Also yes.  Was he someone easy to figure out?  No.

He could be one moment screaming abuses at someone and the next, serene and happy.  He could do unfair and cruel things¸ then come back and make it up with a warm gesture and an act of kindness.

He often told us, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

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Disconnection: The Unkindest Cut of All

March 13, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

Part 4: Talk about other cults to enlighten with comparisons

On the Scientology Flagship Apollo our only link to the outside world was the Orders of the Day which contained ship business and news flashes from around the world.  In 1974 there was a blurb that the Christian cult leader, Jim Jones, had moved his followers to Guyana to escape persecution in the United States.  In 1978 I heard that he and 912 followers drank poisoned fruit punch to escape the evils of this world and committed suicide.  Also, 221 children were killed at Jones’ orders by followers who injected poison directly into their mouths.  He accomplished this by selling his suffering savior message and an end of the world vision to the point of suicide and murder.  At the time I thought, “Boy, how sad, look what being in a cult can do to you…..”  I had no idea that I was in a similar boat, so to speak.  Although Scientology does not order suicide, it has similar cult components.  It uses mind control, persuasion, enforcement and a doomsday fervor to raise funds.  Per reports the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) has amassed a billion dollars by playing on true believers’ fears that Scientology is the last-gasp hope for mankind and that the end is near.

The common components of a destructive cult:

  1. They all have a charismatic unerring leader who claims to be the messiah or a savior with secrets to the universe.  The leader of a cult is an unquestioned authority who proclaims a sacred science, or a direct line to God that only he can reveal when the time is right.  (They have usually changed their name; have shady and difficult pasts with crimes for which they could be arrested for or criminal records.)
  2. They take over the follower’s assets to greater or lesser degree.
  3. They use an end time’s scenario to instill fear to control and to justify destructive acts.  Doomsday myths are also used to create a “donate now” mentality to bilk millions out of followers.
  4. They disband the family unit.  In some cults the leader takes all the women, making followers feel powerless.  They control births by ordering staff to have abortions to keep their positions.  Also it is common to split up marriages overtly or covertly by sending a spouse to a far off outpost.
  5. They change the follower’s name or identity.  This has a few purposes: one is to try and wipe out their past connections and self perception. The new name does not usually sound like a normal name in today’s society, however the name does sound like other names within the group. The idea is to make the group the family and void the believer’s real one.  In Scientology identity denial is done by only referring to staff members by his post title, not his/her name.
  6. Planting seeds of immorality or sundry beliefs directly or indirectly to make it seem it is the member’s choice to do what he/she does.  An example would be telling a son or daughter to disconnect from their parents by leading them to believe it is their own choice; but if they don’t disconnect they face expulsion.
  7. If an end of times scenario does not occur as scheduled or promised attainments do not occur, members are blamed for lack of faith, misapplication, or some other plausible justification is used.
  8. Black and white thinking is taught along with the group’s own codified language which creates a wall between believers and the rest of the world.  Anyone not in the know is considered to be dim witted.  It creates a sense of elitism.
  9. Indoctrination and separation of children from their families to ensure undying loyalty to the leader and group’s future.  Cult leaders consider children blank slates where they can write anything in that they want.

10.  If the group or individual does not produce what the leader wants the secrets of the universe or from God are withheld and will not be revealed.  (See number 1).  This is used to obtain more money and control the member’s motivation while at the same time keeping them in line with a reward if they produce good works.  In Scientology it is the releasing of new OT levels or “Super Power.”

Destructive cults to use as comparisons: 

When talking to a true believer you cannot attack the group or leader directly, but can enlighten by sharing information about other groups and leaders.  Sooner or later the cult member will see comparisons in his/her own life and start thinking about his own dire situation and loss of freedom.

The Yoga Guru:  The “god of energy”, leader of Dahn Yoga (Dahn means energy in Korean).  Ilchi Lee (real name Seung Henn Lee) was born in South Korea in 1954.  Like most cult leaders he is charismatic, charming, and greedy.  He abandoned his family, and committed civil crimes.  He spent time behind bars for breaking real estate laws in 1993; he is hounded by lawsuits.  Lee has been accused of wrongful death, sexual harassment, and wage and labor law violations*.  Seizing upon the world’s fitness craze he has fashioned a new cult which is a weird hybrid of new age energy concepts such as “brain respiration,” Yoga, Buddhism, and Sun Myung Moon’s business doctrines. 

He insists that he is his follower’s real father.  His mind control techniques are perhaps the most overt I have heard of.  His recruits are taught mantras from the beginning that destroys their past identity, family, loyalties, and other aspirations.  “My past was all illusion…My family was all illusion….”  When the recruit first walks into a Dahn yoga class he might think it nothing more than a high energy yoga class with camaraderie.  But soon, after weekend retreats that cost $8000, classes in the mountains and mounting debt, they find out it is something very different.

Lee was a poor student who found movement helped him focus.  Lee had a revelation on a religious trek.  After fasting for 21 days without food or water he realized that he was composed of cosmic energy.  He later claimed to be the center of all energy.  He changed his name to Ilchi which means “pointing the way.”  He began teaching classes combining his loosely formed theology about energy and movement.  He soon had a small but devoted following who contributed time and money.  He had a keen eye for marketing from the beginning, selling cosmic gold painted porcelain turtles for $4000 each that he claimed harnessed energy.  He had visions of expansions which really took off when he enlisted ex-Moonie top exec, Hwa Young Moon.  They brought his energy religion to the United States.  Lee found the mystical hotbed of Sedona, Arizona to be perfect for his movement and by adding the word Yoga to his theories about the brain he hit gold, literally.  The young were recruited from campuses and while they lived communally, Lee became a multi-millionaire. 

Per Lee, vision is first of the three most valuable things in life.  Vision is composed of two things per former members:  one is to make money and the other is bringing in new members.  Lee has said, “You have to go crazy about two things.  One is, you have to go crazy about your members.  And second, you have to be crazy about money.” 

Dahn practices include holding your breath until nearly drowning, exercising until frenzied, screaming repeatedly, “I love you , Ilchi Lee,” carrying heavy backpacks full of rocks up mountains (this exercise caused the death of Julia Siverls) and drinking toilet water to show devotion to Lee.  Lee overtly disaffects members from laudable goals, family and friends.  There is direct dispelling of attachments by mental programming; “My attachment to becoming a teacher is not me, it’s just my information.  By acknowledging it, I’m letting go of it.”  Another example, “My attachment to my family is not me, it’s just my information.  By acknowledging it, I am letting go of it.”  Anything contra-cult is labeled as “information,” i.e. meaningless clutter.  By reframing the newfound science of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to remap and heal, Lee’s Brain Clubs reverse the intent of mental improvement for devious devotion to himself and the cult.

Dahn masters, teachers, and staff are encouraged to live communally.  The pressure to make money every month is tremendous.  Recruits are picked by the teacher’s intuition on how well they will bring in other recruits and money.  The carrot for all the hard work and sleeplessness with little to eat is to meet Lee and receive your soul name.  For his part, Lee lives in luxury, is not peaceful, and is obsessed with money.  Like Est’s Werner Erhard and L. Ron Hubbard did, he stepped down at the titular head of his organization, but controls every move nonetheless.  In Dahn and other cults, former members who leave are tormented with implanted phobias and for deserting the cause.  Dahn “Soul warriors” decry ex-members for not saving the planet from annihilation.  Members who leave cults are usually faced with depression, psychosomatics, guilt, and shame as they look back in hindsight at their perceived stupidity and gullibility. (Some information from: “The Yoga Cult” by Sabrina Rubin Erderly, Rolling Stone Magazine, 2/18/10)

Strong City is the Idaho cult run by Michael Travesser, formerly Wayne Bent, who is a defector from 7th Day Adventist Church.  He claims to be the Messiah.  He has a small band of true believers.  Like most “Cookie Cutter Messiahs” (see book, “Captive Hearts, Captive Minds” by Madeleine Landau Tobias and Janja Lalich) he had a troubled past, failed marriages, sexual abuse, and is a sociopath.

He heard a divine message that he was the chosen one and claims that two women who left their family and husbands through no instruction from him were his witnesses.  He claims that God “commanded” them to have sex with him despite their being married.  When the husbands protested they were told to direct their misery to God.  Like the slain cult leader, David Koresh, only Michael can sleep with women in the group.  By doing this he has taken away power from the men and the women.  He planted seeds in his daily writings about lying naked with God.  Since his believers consider him God this suggestion lead the women to lay with Michael to receive the “golden moment.”  Two of which were his own daughters.

A requirement to join his cult is to turn over all of your assets.  He altered a Biblical reference from the New Testament where Jesus said, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  (Matthew 19:21)  Obviously, there is quite a difference between giving to the poor and giving to Michael. 

When one joins his cult his or her name is changed and Michael becomes their father no matter how old they are.  This strips the follower of their own identity, their past, and of family ties; it also makes them children.  As children they are commanded biblically to honor their father and are easily controlled. 

He claimed October 31st, 2007 as the day the world would end and he would be taken to heaven.  When it did not happen as announced, he was regal in his divine knowledge that “God has changed his mind.”  His followers were elated it did not happen because they could then spend more time with their beloved messiah.  In Jonestown and Marshall Applewhite’s group they couldn’t wait for a divine death so they committed suicide to free themselves of their earthly existences.  Travesser now resides in a New Mexico State Prison for sexual assault on minors.  He was arrested in 2006 and convicted December 15, 2008.

The Japanese Guru:  Shoko Asahara was born Chizuo Matsumoto ,on March 2, 1955.  He is founder of the controversial Japenese religious group Aum Shinrikyo.  Asahara has been convicted of masterminding the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway and several other crimes.  He instilled the fear of nuclear war in his believers to aggressively push forward his spiritual practices and end times doctrines.  He convinced his followers to kill to force the end.

Shoko Asahara was born poor partially sighted.  In the school for the blind he reportedly bullied other children because he was bigger and not completely blind.  He failed to obtain admission to Tokyo University in 1981.  Asahara was convicted of practicing pharmacy without a license.  In 1987 Asahara returned from a one year visit to India and Tibetan monasteries where he claimed to be a student of the Dalai Lama and have visions from Buddha.  He claimed that he was given a commission from the Dalai Lama to bring real Buddhism to Japan.  The Dalai Lama denied this and cautioned people to be wary of him and his claim of supernatural powers.  (Ref: http://www.american-buddha.com/shokoasahara.htm)

He explained to his disciples that he had attained his ultimate goal: enlightenment.  After his vision he began his missionary quest to “…save other people at the sacrifice of my own self…I am to walk the same path as Buddha.”  His closest disciples offered him money and the charismatic Asahara organized an intensive yoga seminar that attracted many people.   That same year Shoko Asahara officially changed his name, and applied for government registration of the group Aum Shinrikyo.  The doctrine of is based on original Buddhist scriptures.  Like other cults esoteric “truths” are withheld until different advanced steps are finished. 

On March 20, 1995 at the orders of Asahara, members of Aum attacked the Tokyo Subway System with invisible nerve gas. Thirteen people died, and thousands more suffered from after-effects.  His facilities were raided, and the court issued an order for Shoko Asahara’s arrest. Shoko Asahara faced 27 murder counts in 13 separate indictments.  During the trials, some of the disciples testified against Asahara, and he was found guilty. He and eleven followers were sentenced to death by hanging on February 27, 2004.  Asahara appealed the sentence by pleading insanity, but the appeal was denied.  He has not been put to death yet.

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When you tell stories about other cults, let the believer draw their own conclusions and hopefully they will see the similarities between their own groups.  At some point they will see their group’s hypocrisy and cruelty when hearing about different groups where they do not have emotional attachments and a vested interest. 

It is a good idea to do a complete study of different cults to see how they compare.  One of the peculiarities you will find amongst ex-members of various and sundry cults is that they universally have the same psychic and mental debilitating symptoms.  This is true even if the cults are at opposite end of the ideological specturm; for example, a Christian cult compared to a satanic cult.  It is because the leaders of various cults behave the same and share a common pathology.  Therefore, their members are subjected to similar abuses and human rights violations.   Individual psyches react much the same to identical or similar stimuli.  Much like post war veterans who have flashbacks, nightmares, suicidal ideation and other crippling problems; ex-cult members react the same to the war that they were involved in.  Their similar treatment at the hands of the cult make the effect of their post-cult traumas nearly all the same.  It takes the care of an exit counselor, particularly an ex-member, to unwind these maladies.  Counseling by an ex-member ensures understanding and an inherent compassion for what the former believer has been through.

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Disconnection: The Unkindest Cut of All-Part 3

March 4, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

Part 3: Quote the leader of the group to open dialogues without rejection

There is a way to make inroads into communication with loved ones who have disconnected or shunned you because of their beliefs or orders from a cult.  Quote the leader and his policies and then discuss how the policies are not being done.  It is not easy for a group member to deflect the leader’s written policies and teachings.  It can start a dialogue that sets the wheels of reasoning to start grinding through the dissonance.  For instance, in Scientology, Hubbard wrote in 1965 that disconnection has been cancelled.  Yet it is still in practice.

This is an excerpt from an advice I wrote to a mother who left the corporate church whose children are being convinced by the higher ups to disconnect from her: 

“An inroad into dialogue with your son is to answer his text with something like, “Hi it’s Mom, thanks for the text about school….. (And answer his Q about school) I love you.  I’m your Mom and don’t wish to be your enemy in any way.  I know you have concerns about me to get handled in the church…..  And I am concerned about you, too.  We are both Scientologists, but I have disagreements with the current church not doing what LRH (L. Ron Hubbard) says.  Like in Hubbard Communication Office Policy Letter 15 Nov 68 Ron says disconnection is cancelled.  And yet your sister and you are told to do that.  That is not what he says to do.  This and other LRH policy is being violated…that’s why I am so concerned.  I love you, Mom”

And I added: “I think the communications to the children should be LRH said this or that with the reference and not ‘I think…’ and ‘I feel…’.  They won’t tend to deflect and reject that communication.  Slowly they may begin to think for themselves.  ‘Yes LRH said this and hey, the church is doing the opposite.’  Then the mind control may begin to unhinge, even if a little bit.  It will be fruitful over time.   That is your inroad and hopefully you can get a dialogue going with him.  As far as your daughter who wishes not to communicate to you, maybe she will talk to your mom or dad, whoever she might receive some communication from, even in an email….

For instance, ‘Hi this is Grandpa.  I am concerned for my family.  You know I was reading about Scientology and saw that disconnection was cancelled by L. Ron Hubbard, yet I heard from your step dad that you are told you can’t talk to your mom, I don’t understand?  Can you help me understand?  I love you.  Grandpa…’

You would put your text in your own words and also your challenge would be to find LRH policies and LRH technology and the references that the church is in direct violation with and then to send them to the children.  I will help with that too, and there are posts from Michael Fairman and Luis Garcia that list out a lot of the contrary policies that you could dig up on Rathbun’s blog, but this policy is a good starting point.”

I hope this helps to bring your family closer.

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Disconnection: Part 2

February 21, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

Part 2- How to Heal with Love and Sharing

I just recently talked to a Scientologist whose son had just disconnected from her.  She told him how bad the church and Miscavige were in their initial meeting.  He closed down, and told her he could not communicate to her anymore.  Naturally, she was very upset.  She had put her whole life into this relationship and now was broken hearted.  It is very important to know when to discuss the group and when to start sharing information. 

 To review the main points: 

  1. Be loving and create warmth.
  2. Do not attack their beliefs or the leader.
  3. Keep in regular communication.
  4. Understand mind control.
  5. Realize true believers are victims and it is not their fault.
  6. Be alert for a personal betrayal.
  7. Then and only then begin to share information and stories. 

There are two types of situations in Scientology families where disconnections are occurring; there used to only one.  In my era the son or daughter disconnected from their parents or friends who appeared to be antagonistic to Scientology.  Scientology was fairly new in the 1960s and my age group was young adults whose parents found Scientology to be distasteful and were dead set against it.  In the late 1960s there were anti-Scientology articles circulating, one was in the highly influential Life Magazine.(http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/scientology-cult-life-magazine.htm) Scientology was banned in Australia and students were not allowed into England.  The thought of their sons or daughter dropping out of college to join this controversial and seemingly bizarre movement was abhorrent to traditionally minded parents.  So fights and antagonisms resulted.  Instead of teaching understanding disconnection was the rule of the day.

A Note on Children:  Scientology is now generational.  Children and grandchildren raised by Scientologists are now disconnecting from their parents and grandparents who have left the corporate church.  Children, who were raised in Scientology, especially in the sea org, are indoctrinated into certain beliefs from birth and therefore represent a far more difficult challenge to unwind mind control.  First of all they know nothing else and have no comparisons to draw upon.  Also, most of the people in the church nowadays have never met Hubbard and tend to deify him.  Deifying him is both unfair to him and his followers.  Anyone who has done any research whatsoever about LRH has realized he was a man and not a god.  In my opinion, part of the stress and pressure causing his volatility were self imposed by taking on the role of savior.  Today’s leaders use his name for behavioral control purposes; policies and bulletins are excerpted, changed, or taken out of context for various and sundry purposes.  But, worse than that, children under the age 30 only know Miscavige as their leader.  All groups are to a greater or lesser degree imbued with the leader’s spirit.  The cold compassionless spirit that permeates Scientology predisposes a true believer to easily shun anyone.  

If you haven’t done it yet begin reading about mind control in my blog (“Return to Freedom” and “Freedom of Thought”), Jeff Hawkins’ Leaving Scientology blog or do an internet search starting with Robert J. Lifton’s lectures on destructive groups and cults (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yDoPD5GeCE).  It is important to educate yourself in the key components of mind control if you are considering leaving.  It is equally important to start teaching your children to be loving, compassionate and to be socially aware if it wasn’t part of your household or has been eliminated by being in the sea org.  Both elements are important before you tell your children about your plans to leave and risk losing them.  They need to understand love and mind control factors, particularly built in phobias about leaving the church and “squirrels*.”  They are programmed to believe that if anyone leaves their eternity is at stake; they may die, get cancer, and that no help is available as all independent counselors are committing crimes akin to the devil.  

*(A squirrel is a very derogatory label for an independent Scientology practitioner who is believed to alter Scientology techniques.)

Fundamental morays and kindness are one of the elements of recovery such as given in the Bible or the Bible based booklet, “The Way to Happiness.”  I confess that I treated my children harshly with a militaristic edge when I first left the sea org.  I did not take into account child developmental factors nor have a compassionate heart.  I got into Scientology at a very young age and I had to relearn patience and compassion.  I hope that didn’t happen to you; I had become cold; love and empathy were drilled out of me.

Love is:

1.   Selfless.  Love is not the object of your own desires but the needs and wants of the other person.  It is thinking about the other person first, not yourself.

2.  Understanding.  What’s behind the way the other person feels?  Love is not blind, love sees who the other person is and loves them just the way they are.  It is understanding better and  worse.

3.  Forgiving.  Love is forgiving no matter how many times and no matter what they do.  If it is true a being can do anything forever, then forgiveness is unlimited.

4.  Sacrificial.  One definition of power is the ability to have or not have.  True power can be reached by giving, with little or no concern about receiving.  That isn’t a very popular thought in today’s world where power usually means domination or wealth.  “The power of love” is through giving.

5.  Unconditional.  A lot has been said about unconditional love, but what is it?  Doing 1-4 above over and over again.

(Some referencing from InTouch.Org, Dr. Charles Stanley)

Information Sharing: Information sharing is done with consent.  Keeping the person’s sense of dignity  intact is essential.  It is not done by force, in a state of anger, or done covertly.  As a member of a destructive group he or she has been a victim of sophisticated manipulation.  You do not want to repeat that in any way.  Education by consent helps them become aware of these manipulations and gives them a sense of volition. 

In a destructive group there comes a time when a member’s basic integrity will not allow him or her to remain a part of a group that victimizes others no matter how lofty the group’s goals seem to be.  Such factors as the leader’s greed or brutality come into play.  Integrity along with the group’s betrayals will make it possible for them to listen to you at some point.  Information sharing is not deprogramming or a dramatic intervention.  Deprogramming is dangerous, against the law and is reverse mind control.  An educational model is safe and consult’s the member’s understanding.  Dignity and respect counter the group’s tendency to nullify and dominate the member’s life.

It is important to review the information with sensitivity to emotional trauma that can come up when reading the material.  The information should be at a pace which allows understanding and time to deal with any upsets and away from the group headquarters or other members.  A loving warm place is essential, perhaps on a family outing or vacation where there is enough time to go over the initial material you want to cover.

Your goal is to help them reevaluate the group and his or her commitment to it.  Although you or the family may hope they may choose to leave the group that is not your goal.  Informed choice is.  (See: Carol Giambalvo 1992, pg. 164-5 “Recovery from Cults” Ch. 8, “Exit Counseling a practical overview”)

Before the first meeting you may want to consult with an exit counselor or an ex-member who has had experience in information sharing.  It is important to have a plan, to work out what you want to say and have the information you wish to share ready.  Go slowly and plan on more than one meeting.  It may take quite a while to assimilate contrary information especially in the idealized mind of a child or young adult believer.  If it is a young person you may want to tell stories about other cult like groups before talking about Scientology.  (Search the internet for articles on Dahn Yoga, Unification Church, TM, Est, and other destructive groups)

When you meet talk about being concerned about the group.  You believe things aren’t right and you don’t like the direction the group is going.  Tell him or her that you want to share important information and facts.  The perspective is that he or she doesn’t have complete information on the group or its leader.  The information speaks for itself.  Get agreement to talk to you or with you and an ex-member.  You can ask for doubts about the groups, odd things he/she has seen, injustice, experiences that went against core tenants of the group’s and/or his or her beliefs.  He or she may have been lied to and been betrayed.  Encourage and validate his perception of and suspicions about what is said and what has been seen.  The opposite occurs in the group.  Group members are often convinced that their perceptions, if different than the group, have no value.  Encourage and value his or her opinion. 

It is important when information is shared and as education is continued to ensure that your loved one understands mind control techniques.  They need tools to sort out things they have seen and their own specific issues.  It is extremely vital that a young person is encouraged to think for themselves, to make their own conclusions and appraisals of what has occurred.  You do not want them to parrot your ideas and convictions.  As he or she becomes less stressed a sense or rationality, integrity and self worth will begin to occur.

Once the person leaves the group don’t be surprised if they still hold onto certain beliefs or tenets and have doubts.  You are dealing with a mind that has been victimized and is confused.  Destructive groups create black and white scenarios; you have now entered into gray.  It can take years to sort of what the lies are versus the truth.  It is very hard at first, there is delusion as stanchions of former realities begin to fall.  In a session a counselor works from a program or plan similarly, it is important that you do the same and do not talk randomly or off the cuff.  Continue to share information until they start seeking it out on their own.  There should be no unplanned visits or comments.  Most of all be patient and loving.

Information Sharing and counsel does not end when the person leaves the group: All destructive groups and cults depend on lies and deception.  Members are taught the end justifies the means and to do things for the “greatest good.”  One of the first things to accomplish is to get them to admit that lying occurs.   They may only admit to being lied to at first.  But then it is important to get them to admit that they too had told lies at some point.  It is common for all staff members to lie about money.  If you don’t feel qualified to do this, then you may want to send your loved one to an independent counselor.  It is important to get the member to acknowledge one lie, no matter how small it is.  That can set the stage for reasoning that one lie begets another and so on.  Admitting the small lie can be the beginning of the end of denial and can open up the door for them to see the bigger lies and the bigger picture.  It will help get them up to the point where they can see the leader’s lie.  This can lead to fully examining the group’s fundamental beliefs and he or she can start to work out what is true and what is not true in the group’s philosophy or dogma. 

Uncovering the myriad of deceptions often can create a shock and a severe emotional reaction.  You or the counselor will need to be prepared to give comfort due to the resulting impact.  At this point it is common for the shattered believer to begin self-questioning and self-doubt; “How could I have been so stupid?” or “Why did I ever walk in there in the first place?”  “How could I have believed all that stuff and the leader?”  It is important that the person does not get into self blame or self loathing.  They need to understand that they were the victim of manipulation and it was not their fault.  It is important to talk and listen with compassion and make no incriminating comments. 

The phases of information sharing can require a long and involved give and take.  The speed and progress has a lot to do with the comfort level of the individual and what degree the believer has recognized the lies, deception and manipulation in the cult environment.  During the talks the genuine good points about the member’s involvement should be acknowledged.  For instance, that he or she desired to help to make the world a better place or that he got off drugs.  Your loved one may have learned some valuable work skills, the group dynamic, and hopefully a semblance of ethics despite the lies.  They need to know you feel there is dignity is what they have done, it is just the vehicle chosen that needs to be contended with. 

Some of this information is the domain of the counselor, but it is information that you need to have in order to understand what you are up against during your efforts to help.  There will be resistance so be prepared for it.  It is human nature to insist on one’s own rightness so you can expect some fights.  When the cultist no longer feels threatened by the information and stops believing in the implanted phobias about leaving the group the fighting will stop.  It is a cyclical process.

When your loved one begins to explore information on his or her own you may notice the quality of your relationship has improved; less hostility and more warmth and some appreciation for  you and efforts occur.  There will be concern for others still left in the group, voicing things that the group did that harmed him and how he harmed others, other betrayals and disagreements.  This is all good and well.  At this point a search for truth is going on, not simply responding to information.  This shows that a return of critical thinking and reflection has begun instead of deflection.  Black and white think is decreasing therefore alternate points of view start becoming available.  This change is very significant.  It is important for the person to work the “muscles” of their mind and enjoy looking at pros and cons.  It takes time, perhaps many years, to sift through the positives and negatives of the cult experience.  It is a vital that the person begins to reacquaint himself with his own point of view, get a feel for his own perspective and realize there is a self who has is capable of thinking independently.

Once these independent insights begin a progressive departure from mind control ensues.  Further appreciation for your efforts and concerns about what you and the family went through will take place.  Self-conviction will occur along with apologies,  branching out to other interests, and a desire to rejoin lifeLove begins anew.

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Disconnection: The Unkindest Cut of All

February 9, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

 

Part 1:

What to do if you are shunned or someone disconnects from you

In dramatic fashion the elderly bearded Jewish man begins to tear and rip apart his clothes* after hearing his son tell that he is going to marry a shiksa, a non-Jewish woman. “You are dead to me!” the father screams.  “Papa, please!!” the son pleads upon deaf ears; his father turns his back, walks away and never talks to his son again.

(*Kriah, tearing in Hebrew, refers to the act of tearing one’s clothes upon hearing of a loved one’s death.  The above example is not a death, but a Cherem, or disconnection.  The father is cutting off his son, now a cursed people for marrying outside the religion.  It is practiced in Jewish orthodoxy, not traditional Judaism.)

This sort of scene has taken place for thousands of years in religions and cults around the world.  Fast forward to the year 2010 where a young woman who left the Church of Scientology pleads with her father to talk to her in the parking lot of the Scientology hotel in Clearwater.  He refuses and speeds away on his motorcycle ignoring her pleas and cries of ”I love you Daddy.”  Or another example, a mother e-mails me for advice, her son and daughter won’t talk to her anymore because a church official effectively turned them against her by telling them that she received some sessions from an independent Scientology practitioner.  Shunning and disconnection are alive and well in radical Scientology.

Trained to Lie:  Scientology has earnestly practiced disconnection since the mid-1960s even though it denies the practice to the press or waters it down to make it sound like it is the member’s choice.  On my website, www.scientologyrecovery.com there is a picture of a family being reunited.  It is one of the main reasons I do exit counseling of abused members.  I am dead set against families and friends being torn apart by a religion.  Freedom of religion is part of America’s air, it is what we breathe, live and have died for.  Tearing up a family cuts at the cornerstone of a person’s life.  It threatens child development as it robs them of the centralizing force which helps springboard them to certainty and maturity.   

There is the policy “Cancellation of Disconnection” Hubbard Communication Office Policy Letter of 15 November 1968 which states:  “Since we can now handle all types of cases disconnection as a condition is cancelled.”   It makes one believe that there is no disconnection in Scientology.   

But there is another policy:  TR-L, Training Routine Lie:  “Purpose:  to train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1*  “To train the student to outflow false data effectively.  “Commands:     Part 1.  Tell a lie…… “Training Stress:  In Part 1 the coach gives a command (i.e. asks a question), student originates a falsehood….”  (Ref: http://www.solitarytrees.net/ racism/img/tr-l.gif)  (*TR1, training routine 1, is a drill to learn to deliver a command or question effectively.)

I have told ex-OSA and guardian office staff (Scientology’s current and past intelligence units, NB why does a church need an Intelligence branch?) about this policy and they didn’t believe me or didn’t know it existed.  But Scientology spokesmen know it well and use it every day.  Lying as policy explains why the Scientology church has never been accepted, people know.  Also it is proof positive that Scientology is a destructive group.  Only a destructive group would espouse its main purpose as “get ethics in on the planet,” then train execs to lie and have a “Fair game policy,” which allows Scientologists to injure, deprive, lie and cheat to its enemies or those declared suppressive.  (HCOPL Oct. 18, 1967 Issue IV, Penalties for Lower Conditions, another “cancelled” policy)

Here is an example of a Scientology spokesperson, Tommy Davis using TR-L from a New Yorker magazine article about Academy Award winner, Paul Haggis who recently left the Church of Scientology:

          Online, Haggis came across an appearance that Davis had made on CNN, in May, 2008. The anchor John Roberts asked Davis about the church’s policy of ‘disconnection,’ in which members are encouraged to separate themselves from friends or family members who criticize Scientology.  Davis responded, ‘There’s no such thing as disconnection as you’re characterizing it.  And certainly we have to understand—‘

‘Well, what is disconnection?’ Roberts interjected.

‘Scientology is a new religion,’ Davis continued.  ‘The majority of Scientologists in the world, they’re first generation.  So their family members aren’t going to be Scientologists. . . . So, certainly, someone who is a Scientologist is going to respect their family members’ beliefs—‘

‘Well, what is disconnection?’ Roberts said again.

‘—and we consider family to be a building block of any society, so anything that’s characterized as disconnection or this kind of thing, it’s just not true. There isn’t any such policy.’

In his resignation letter, Haggis said, ‘We all know this policy exists. I didn’t have to search for verification—I didn’t have to look any further than my own home.’ Haggis reminded Davis that, a few years earlier, his wife had been ordered to disconnect from her parents ‘because of something absolutely trivial they supposedly did twenty-five years ago when they resigned from the church. . . . Although it caused her terrible personal pain, my wife broke off all contact with them.’ Haggis continued, ‘To see you lie so easily, I am afraid I had to ask myself: what else are you lying about?’ ”   (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/14/110214fa_fact_wright#ixzz1DPYoVcUK)

Two types of disconnection:  In Scientology and other religions there are two types of shunning or disconnection; active and passive.  When disconnection stories hit the newsstands in the late 1960s Scientology softened its stance on disconnection due to bad PR. Families were being torn apart by mind controlled members who agreed to cut all ties with their family; there was a lot of pressure on the Guardian’s Office worldwide from district attorney offices who investigated Scientology because of it.  Passive disconnection came into being.  It allowed communication to supposed hostile family members on a “Fair roads and fair weather” basis.  You were allowed to write letters or send birthday presents to your dad or mom, and perhaps visit them.  But your communication was muzzled, you were ordered to not talk about Scientology.  This policy helped keep parents from going to the authorities and kept up the appearance of kinship.  However, with the return of radical Scientology after Hubbard’s death active disconnection is back in full swing.

Active shunning includes actively going out of one’s way to punish the person; “deliver an effective blow to the enemy.”  This is over and above the act of excommunication. It actually may extend outside the boundaries of community and legislative law.  Per the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal in the US it is damaging and constitutes an “unlawful act.”  Disconnection and shunning cannot stand above the law of the country.  Also, being declared a suppressive person may be considered defamation of character and make the church libel.  (http://the-scientologist.com/anyonetodeclare.shtml)  However, entertaining a lawsuit would only serve to alienate your family and friends who are believers and is not the suggested route to reuniting. 

How to reunite:  Your son or daughter has written you a disconnection letter.  Perhaps you have feelings likened to death.  You don’t know what to do; you feel abandoned, the pain cuts into your heart.  Your self-worth is shot as a parent.  You lose self-confidence, trust and trustworthiness.  Your first responses are to attack or try to reason with your loved one; don’t do it.  They are under the influence of mind control and will not listen to you.  They will only listen once some sort of betrayal occurs to them personally by the group.  Destructive groups abuse and do not deliver what they promise, a betrayal is imminent.  Be patient and follow the guidelines below*:

Keynote: Betrayal by the Group or its leaders will occur, be alert for it and then act.

1.  Don’t’ get hysterical or show alarm when you are told about the disconnection.  Be kind, patient and understanding. 

2.  Don’t call names or call him or her weak-minded, brain washed, a robot, a cultist, or any derogatory condescending name.  Don’t threaten to disown your child, cut off his trust fund or give demanding ultimatums.  Talk in non-threatening loving tones.

3.  Take Care of yourself first and the rest of your family.  Seek counseling or auditing.  Address the shock and loss and gain a sense of stability.  Your goal is to seek composure and regain confidence and a sense of your own identity.  Don’t ignore your other children or family members.   Remain positive that your loved one is going to leave the group; it’s just a matter of time.  Above all never give up hope. 

4.  Undertake the job.  If you have not been out of the group for long or are not a Scientologist or in a destructive group, research the group, its leader, study what mind control is, train and inform and meet with the rest of the family, contact ex-members, an exit counselor, and establish a plan.  Don’t isolate, or withdraw from people, it will take a team effort.

5.  Reestablish any form of communication with love.  Your immediate goal is to love them, not get the person out of the group. People in destructive groups’ lives are contolled, especially by enforced reality.  Love is not present.  Your job is to be accepting and loving, not critical or confrontational.  Establish any communication you can and maintain and increase it through acceptance and love.  

6.  Don’t “beat yourself up” or think you are a bad parent, nor feel guilty or shamed.  Realize mind control and the sinister group is the problem, not you.

7.  Don’t directly attack the group or the leader or send random negative articles.  When you can, talk in person at a place away from the group and its members and when the time is right, share information based on a plan from your auditor, or exit counselor. Information sharing will come later, for now represent safeness and calmness.

8.  Don’t argue the person out of the group or cult.  Rational discussions and hoping intelligent dialogue will see him or her out of the group does not work.  Realize the person is psychologically raped and is the victim of mind control.  Aggressiveness backfires, love works.

9.  Always be alert for the leader’s or group’s betrayal of the person.  Betrayal will eventually occur because all destructive groups and cults do not deliver what they promise and abuse their members.  Once the betrayal is found  he or she will listen to any negative criticism of the group or its leader, not beforehand.  You need to establish warmth and comfort for your loved one to tell you about it.  Typical betrayals are; removal from post to menial work, being sent off to a lower org, trying to break up the marriage, ordered abortions, bad auditing, or threats.  Be alert for betrayal.  Once that occurs sharing of information can occur and reuniting will only be a matter of time.

10.  Don’t give up.  Repeat steps 1 through 9 as often as needed.  Be patient.  Your child or friends are exiled in a cold place, if you represent and provide a loving warm atmosphere to whatever degree it will be remembered.  Things can get worse at first, but if you remain steady in your love, it will win out.   (*The steps are written from the viewpoint of child disconnecting from the parent, but the steps apply either way.)

Part 2 will be presented next week and cover important points; such as how to talk to your loved one once you get ready to share information, overcoming the member’s induced phobias from the group and more.

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Cry Freedom

January 27, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

Dancing in a Circle

Step Away from Anti Social Groups and Become Free

It is interesting that the popular movie, “The Social Network,” got it wrong about its principal character, Mark Zuckerburg.  Far from being a selfish misfit as the movie portrayed, he was a socially secure young man who was brought up in a positive nurturing family surrounded by a lot of friends.  When he matured he simply wanted to share his vision of socialization; that vision ended up being what we now know as Facebook.  For his vision and changing the internet and the world’s social landscape he landed the prestigious 2010 Time magazine award “Person of the Year.”

The internet which originally had a 1970′s penchant towards radical individualism is now rebooting into 21st century socialization.  In other words the world is becoming friendlier.  It is helping restore a sense of community.  In pre-American civil war, before urban industrialism began, there was small town caring and belonging for individuals and families.  Being lonely or a hermit was the oddity because townsfolk looked after one another. The world is going retro.  The solitary image of Clint Eastwood’s nameless silent antihero is passé.  Social connection is in.

So where does that leave destructive groups and cults that are exclusionary?  It leaves them out of the loop.  Destructive groups promote elitism, separatism, and hold society in contempt.  Scientology calls non-Scientologists raw meat, Black Muslims call Caucasians the white Devil, radical Islam thinks America is the Big Devil; all radical groups cast aspersion on society as a whole.  This practice separates them from mankind with a black veil.

Dancing in a Circle:   Have you ever danced in a circle?  Have you ever been arm in arm with a bunch of friends moving together as one to the music?  If you haven’t you should do it someday.  It is exhilarating and uplifting and gives a sense of pure joy.  Even a depressed person will smile when they recall dancing in a circle.  That’s what the dance of life should be about-arm in arm moving together while feeling the joy of the rhythms and music, laughter and loving each other.  That is what a group should be too. 

Anti-social groups are the opposite of a circle dance.  There is movement without rhythm, there are individuals, but no touching; there is no song, no laughter and certainly no love.  I personally would not support any group that prides itself in being elite and different from the rest of the world and shows no compassion.

Aleister Crowley, the occultist, who was known as “The Beast” wrote,

       “We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched and the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world (Liber AL vel Legis II:21).  That is, ‘compassion’ is not understood to be the support of the weak but rather the opposite: the ‘rooting-out of the weeds”‘or the destruction of the weak and the ‘watering of the flowers’ or the promotion of the strong. This is compassion because it is an end to the sickness of earth.”

The Church of Scientology practices this compassionless view by “rooting out weeds.”  Anyone the it considers unfit is cast out and expelled at whim.  Celebrities and the wealthy are favored and it hobby horses common Scientology mottos such as making the able more able and do not reward a downstat.  It also considers ordinary people, the middle class, as a suppressive source.  The Church of Scientology is anti-social.  Compassion is a vice. 

I am told Scientology has about one billion dollars in reserve from donations.  I don’t see this money at work to help the homeless or feed the poor.  I don’t see free help centers where proven techniques are used to help the abused and traumatized.  What I do see is fine people getting their families ripped apart and friends turning against friends for daring to have a different view.   I see harassment for those who chose to be independent and think feely.  I see people tormented by “confessionals” turned into inquisitions who have nightmares for years and years afterwards.  I see people who had to sell books in the freezing cold in subways discarded because their best efforts weren’t enough.  I counsel people every day who have lost everything; I am not talking about wealth, they have lost themselves.  Rampant abuse along with mind control enslaves, it doesn’t free. 

I am calling out to anyone who knows of atrocities in Scientology or any other destructive group to use the power of the social network to CRY FREEDOM.  Tell anyone you know who is still connected to any destructive compassionless group to get out.  Send emails, Facebook them, and tell them  to tell their friends.  Be social; use the internet to help people return to freedom and to think for themselves.  There are people that really care and can help them recover.

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Technical Post: Portrait of a Hitter

January 22, 2011

by Glenn Samuels

What does it mean when someone beats up his staff?

I was asked the other day by a former Apollo shipmate, “Why are you back in the game?”  My answer was simple, “To help.”  Abused members of destructive groups and cults need help and it takes someone who has been through it to truly understand them.

I was managing apartments in Tampa, Florida when the St. Pete Times articles about the Church of Scientology revealed that the leader, David Miscavige allegedly beat up his juniors and ordered subordinates to do the same.  I learned about other atrocities; the “hole” prison, the endless RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force), people working in toxic waste, alleged deaths on the ship Freewinds, etc, etc.  Shortly after that I decided to resume counseling.

One of the most poignant stories I read was a former chief executive’s account of being strangled and beaten by Miscavige as others stood by and watched.  Now, I knew this person from the time he was about 13 years old from the Flagship.  He was a tough kid who grew up to be a tough, but fair minded adult.  I read the article and was astonished and grieved to not only find out that he let the diminutive Miscavige choke him but that he thought the beatings were somehow his own fault!  He blamed himself, not “COB.”  (Chairman of the Board)   How could a tough guy like that let someone do this to him and then blame himself?

 Here is how: 

Someone who beats up his juniors has a psyche that has become perverted and is destructive.  Simply saying, “Oh he’s a suppressive with evil purposes” or “he is an R/Ser” is just superficial name calling and leads to no real understanding.  At some point the hitter’s psyche arrested and took a 180 degree turn into a destructive persona and then embraced it. 

There is lost tech from a series of talks from case folders given in Daytona, Florida in 1976 by LRH (L. Ron Hubbard) called the “Special Rundown.” (Remarketed as the New Vitality Rundown)  A barbell is used in the key illustration.  Imagine a barbell with two heavy weights on each end, weight A and weight B.  If you turn the barbell around it looks virtually the same.  But in fact, when you turn it around you are looking at different objects.  Even though they may look the same, weight A is not weight B.  In extreme mental and physical abuse the overwhelmed person’s psychic barbell slowly and irrevocably swings around where weight A becomes weight B.  Extreme misidentification takes place.  Say the abused person is weight A and the evil doer is weight B.  Through pain and beatings, a complete shift occurs where the evil doer, weight B, is seen by the abused individual, weight A, as himself.  He becomes weight B, the evil one.  It is more insidious than the “winning valence” written about in Dianetics.  The victim does act like and become the abuser, but here’s the twist, he now thinks the abuser is good and he is the evil one.  This happens because the victimized person who has shifted into being the evil doer, will not ultimately deem himself as evil.  The evil doer then has to be considered good.  From the point the shift occurs the victim thinks that whatever the evil person does is good.  Conversely, whatever he thinks what he does is bad.  It is very twisted, but explains how someone beaten up by Miscavige can think it was his own fault.  It is a serious condition; it has elements of misidentification and delusion.  (Secular information on this condition can be found; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm syndrome, and the famous case of hostage Patty Hearst who ended up helping her captors in a bank robbery.)

One of the main facets of the “barbell” phenomenon is that the victim is dependent upon the abuser for survival.  In the hostage scenario the captor aides the hostage with sustenance, such as food and shelter and there might even be some acts of kindness.  A peculiar intimacy occurs. 

The Sea Org can produce a hostage mentality; with the RPF, the hole, the beatings, threatening environment, displacement, mind control, and induced phobias about leaving.  Yet, the group led by an “inerrant” abusive leader provides room and board, money, purpose, inspiration, control, and perhaps occasional acts of kindness.  Whereas a hostage knows he is imminent danger, a destructive group member does not necessarily know they are in peril, it is not so obvious.  In some ways it can be more abusive and damaging.  The hostage does not do anything willingly or wholeheartedly, whereas the group member does.  It is a deeper betrayal and actually creates more psychic harm.  The staff member has his own noble purpose which makes him want to stay.  It is, as I said, a peculiar intimacy.

The barbell illustration above refers to both the hitter and victim.  But there is difference with the hitter.  It is true that at one point the cruel leader who beats up his staff has no doubt been beaten too, but the main difference is that a beater is predisposed to being an abuser and embraces the evil identity.  Whereas a victim fights the evil within by putting himself down, blames himself, and uses constraint.  A person who regularly beats up people is predisposed to being an abuser because of his own nature. 

At some point the hitter has decided to be evil, he has embraced it, separate from environmental overwhelm.  It is his own decision and becomes part and parcel of his own being, he clings to the idea.  He and the evil persona and intentions are nearly one and the same.  If that person is never called to task by anyone or anything forceful enough to get through to him he does not need to change.  (That in a nutshell is why a true anti-social makes no case gain.)

In a destructive church group, the leader is protected by freedom of religion laws and by his abusers.  The true believers and the abused protect and rationalize the leader’s behavior.  As the barbell illustration shows the abused person thinks the leader is good, so the victim protects the leader and inadvertently or deliberately lies about cruel acts.  The hitter who beats his staff ultimately perverts anyone in his vicinity. This is especially true in a church leader who is accountable to no one.

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