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Return to Freedom is an open forum for Ex-Scientologists and other group members to communicate and voice their views in the hope that freedom of thought occurs.  It also has helpful exercises and articles to read.  It is aimed at discovering truth and returning the person to a state where they can think for themselves and take back their life.

Over the last half century the subject of mind control and spiritual manipulation has become a hot topic.  Those innocents trying to find the truth often end up in the hands of unscrupulous leaders and groups that abuse lives and ruin families.  This blog is a forum to share information and relieve past traumas.

Glenn Samuels was born in Los Angeles, California. Early training included Scientology. Glenn lived and worked aboard the Flagship Apollo where he was personally trained as a counselor by Hubbard.  Glenn left Scientology in 1982 after seeing Scientology’s corruption and greed firsthand.

Leaving a destructive group environment is a very difficult thing to do; you often have no job skills or trade, families get torn apart, and your friendships dissolve along with your glorified purpose.   A lot of ex-members never recover; some commit suicide or go into a deep depression because they can’t face the emptiness, guilt and shame of feeling deceived and shunned.

Glenn has insight into the lifestyle and peculiarities that many other counselors don’t have, because he has suffered and overcome the same abuses and violations.    As a counselor and certified minister he has the skills to unwind the mind that communicates well to the ex-member. His unique Mind Control Program and exercises help ex-members get relief from the mind control, abuse, induced phobias, and nullification techniques that occur in destructive groups.

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    I’m Jules from upstate NY. I’m an exscientology kid- now in my late forties. I have a successful career, nurse in a busy family practice. I’m married, no kids. I’m a really eclectic/neurotic something or other- have morphed into a hodge podge of life’s experiences, one of them being raised in the church.

    When I was four my parents got into scientology .They chose to move to Sussex, East Grinstead, England in order to “learn the technology” & follow the path to freedom or whatever the cultists called it. We lived in an old renovated castle, an “org”. I think we lived there for under a year, then returning to the states where my parents continued to fork over tons of money, the ultimate goal, of course, to “go clear”. I took their courses, ate their food, washed and painted the org’s walls. I underwent auditing, the drills, all of it. I remember sitting for hours looking up definitions for words like “a” or “the”. A yawn was an indication of a “misunderstood”, so when I would yawn, I obviously didn’t know the meaning of the word & would have to go back to the same sentence over & over. Now who wouldn’t yawn after all that????? (lol I guess)

    One of my bleakest memories involves the drills. I was about ten & was placed not four feet away from a fat,bearded,chainsmoking older man nicknamed “moose”. In one of the t.r.’s I believe where the person does everything they can think of to “break” you. I was to remain unblinking, perfectly still. I got pretty good at it until. Well, he found my weak spot and it was all hell from there. Moose proceeded to pick his nose and eat it repeatedly, playing with the snot, rolling it around. I crumbled, crying, fell right apart. That is just one of my hidden memories which as of late, are really coming out.

    School, well that wasn’t a picnic either. All through my childhood years I was horribly bullied for being chubby & shy with acne. When I would come home from school & tell my parents about the constant bullying, they said I chose to be the victim. They told me to say “thank you” to the bulliers every time they would call me disgusting hurtful names. Well, that resulted in further bullying- “Hey look at the ugly girl- watch what she says when we call her a fat zit-face- hahaha she says “thank you”.

    After all of the torment, at about age eleven I came home from school 1 day & told my Mom that I wanted auditing. I was so broken, reaching out for something- auditing was all I knew of that would make someone better. On that day, my Mom cried- I remember it distinctly- she was so thrilled that her daughter had reached out to scientology! She actually said to me “Now you’re a scientologist” or some happy crap like that. No, I was a messed up kid—Jewish? scientologist? what? I think she felt like it was a coming of age, in some convoluted cultist way.

    Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For the first time in my life I can be angry at Mom & Dad, knowing that I am not to blame for every freaking thing that happens in my world. (scientologists would have you believe that YOU are the soul creator of EVERYTHING, absolutely EVERYTHING that happens to you be it good or bad. I am no one’s victim, but I did not bring certain things on myself. I take responsibility for my actions, but Mom & Dad were so brainwashed that it impacts their kid to this


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