“Inside Scientology” Author Janet Reitman in Palm Springs

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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    Nicely written, Glenn. I especially like: ” 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.”

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      Yes, that is very important. I made it clear to the audience that it is a mistake to think that all of
      Scientology does not work. People are not idiots, although when mind control sets in, we can act like it. My sister remembered that she was on a watch much like the one for Lisa McPherson and stood by and watched someone in isolation suffer. I remember this case, fortunately she did not die, but did not get the proper medical care due to the erroneous and harmful policy for people in a psychotic break. She realized how much she did not think back then. It shook her up to remember it, but she realized it was the effects of mind control and came throught it nicely.


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    Great job Glenn!

    Her book will be the go-to book for a while!

    Has anyone done a breakdown of all the various types of talk therapy involved in the various Hubbard therapies:

    a) repetitive commands
    b) flows 1, 2, 3, and 0 that breakdown the command sets
    c) R3R engram running by chains
    d) “Past Life Remedies” validity of even that whole application of a “past life” case remedy?
    e) The sec checking procedure
    f) the rudiments
    g) Listing and Nulling
    h) All the various rundowns, rundown by rundown, which I think should be discussed AFETER detailing and understanding all the various therapy methods above.

    I’m sure there are other types of professes, I’m just giving a starting discussion few pointers.

    I think ALL of the various key Scientology Hubbard therapy types should be scrutinized, summarized, and once that is all done, then a seperate study of the effectiveness, and even if larger Hubbard discovery concepts, like is it really the case that there are the “release” stages that supposedly one gets if one thoroughly DOES each group/stage of processes on the “lower grades” for instance. The “lower grades” break down into the end phenomena for ALL 4 FLOWS, and one has to attest to ALL 4 flows to have achieved, today, the “release” status of a particular Grade.

    Well, to me, I’ve wondered that there has been NO peer review that even the Grades, in the sequence Ron put them, each grade being hundreds of separate bundled arrays of commands in the various repetitive, cycling groups of questions, of processes, and if the sequence and even if the “release” states are really real!

    All that is easily peer reviewable, should a therapist credible researcher who wants to delve into the Hubbard therapy, and go past Hubbard’s hype, and see just how effective all of Hubbard’s conclusions really ARE.

    It’s a lot of peer review. It’s just been a whole dodged aspect, where practitioners of Hubbard’s therapy do the learning and doing of the Hubbard therapy, within settings where the therapist knows in advance what the expected outcome for the patient/preclear is, and there is that reassuring expectancy and all sorts of other issues why the patient gets well, which Hubbard claims have NO effect on why Scientology patients get better (Hubbard claims it is the exact details of his process commands, and the discipline and trained in principles that the Scientology therapist employs).

    Anyways, Glenn, you get my drift.

    Scientology therapy has an uphill battle, and it’s likely gonna be taken up someday, by some psychotherapy topnotch practitioner(s) and psychotherapy historian expert(s), and they will fashion some sort of limited peer review of parts of the humungous volume of the Hubbard detailed layout of therapy processes and rundowns!

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      In my book, on its 3rd self edit, I have a new section which covers some of this esp the grades and OT levels, but to break it down for the secular world more than that would be cumbersome.
      The stages of release are originally from Buddhism which is actually in some ways, in its original form is technically stringent, surprisingly so.
      Great post.

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    I have too say, this thing about Cruise making a fool of himself on Oprah I just don’t get. Wasn’t he simply displaying high-toned behaviour? The relatively low-toned society is baffled as to how a non-teenager could feel that way. I think if Michael Jordon had of done that people wouldn’t have batted an eyelid.

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      In my opinion it wasn’t “high toned” but an overcompensation of his manliness which the public questions. Jumping on couches isn’t normal or perceived by the public as proper decorum

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