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.
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
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.