- “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.