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


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.”   (

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. (See 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.– 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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    You know Glenn I think its not 1 in 18 is a Degraded Being. I think its one in 18 is not a Degraded Being. If someone has the policy letter on degraded beings please post the quote here. LRH did not have a very high opinion of man or woman.

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      Yes, Murray you are right! My typo/error. HCOB 3/22/67 says,”Degraded beings are about 18 to 1 over Big Beings in the human race (minimum ratio).” It is basically the same number where Hubbard says 2 1/2% are suppressive and the rest potential trouble sources, i.e. PTS. It explains a lot doesn’t it? It explains why it was OK to throw 1/3rd of the ship crew into the lower hold to do the RPF. A very dim few of mankind from 1965 onward when ethics became the theme rather than help.

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    Excellent post!! That cultified mindframe is very dangerous, the person is ‘certain’ and convinced they are thinking for themselves when in truth they are just robotic parrots!

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    Glenn, I enjoy these posts tremendously.

    Here’s a REALLY dumb question.

    Do you have freedom of thought?

    What IS freedom of thought? How do you characterize it? If you have it, how do you know you have it?

    Honestly, how does one unlearn all the associations of a lifetime of exposure to varying belief, and even scientific, systems? Is the goal to unlearn? What is the state of mental freedom that is suggested?

    I’ve been immersed in AA, Scientology, critical thinking and quantum physics, atheism and Pentecostal Christianity. You’ve been immersed in an obvious spectrum of your own. How does YOUR mind behave with all the words and symbols that were learned?

    I will appreciate if you humor me in answering. Perhaps others are similarly curious.

    I look forward to these posts very much, as do many. Please continue them.

    All the best,

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      Hi Geo,
      Your question is not dumb; but you have sort of answered it yourself. “Associations of a lifetime,” associations in themselves are not harmful. It is the oppression underlying, see my first post on the blog in Nov, “Return to Freedom.” If you can assoiciate without oppression or pain behind it then you are free to think. It is only when the association is submerged in restrictions/mind control/phobias is it harmful. Freedom of thought is freedom of choice in an ethical manner. (And ethics has to do with the greatest number of virtues, not the greatest good for the greatest number.) In any given thought there is a choice. It also requires study to know the schools of thought and choose for yourself what is congruent to your core values.
      thanks so much

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    Glenn , you hit the nail …. and I wanted the German readers to know about it and translated some of it on my blog. I also made the experience, that some people out of the cult still have cult behavior and it seems like “churchies” outside . Far away from free thinking. And there is also similar like in the church … some people follow a “leader”.

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