This will be my last post for a while. I will be reviewing the final edit of my book, “Scientology: Truth and Lies.”
Three years ago I was asked to be “Keeper of the Tech” by the Independent Scientology sect APIS/IFA. I didn’t join because it reminded me of the famous Groucho Marx quote, “I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER
All kidding aside, free thinkers don’t belong in groups like APIS/IFA. I knew the narrowness of the leader’s views and the rigid views on Scientology and Hubbard. This sect and its Facebook page like to label ex-Scientologists. I presume it gives them some sort of sense of power-over individuals, like the corporate Church of Scientology. They label fellow Independents squirrel, or “SP,” and assign conditions. Some “horrible people” they have labeled are the crusader, Marty Rathbun, the Class XII, Pierre Ethier, and me. To join the IFA you must pledge allegiance to Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. I assume that means that they agree with his penchant for siege mentality, black and white thinking, revenge, and the “Fair Game“policy. They may not say so, but they certainly act that way. Anyone who they think does not abide “Keeping Scientology Working” gets labeled. The irony is that they do not have a solid grasp of what standard is. I have taken over some of their clients and found gross misapplications and messed up cases. Not one auditor in their group was as highly trained as the three counselors they have labelled above. They do not really know what an actual suppressive person is and would not recognize an actual anti-social because they are dramatizing suppression.
Inflexibility and Ignorance:
The real reason that they dramatize suppression is an inflexible attitude that stems from narcissism. The story of Narcissus has a lot more meaning and depth than how the term is commonly used today. His story is of transformation; fantasy, lost love, unfulfilled longings, suicidal thoughts, and heavy emotions. He solves the mystery of self identity inherent in life by disappearing into the underworld and choosing to fix his gaze on a hard rigid marbled image of himself in the water of the River Styx.
Destructive cult leaders like Hubbard and his successor, the vain and cruel David Miscavige, suffer(ed) from psychopathic Narcissism. God, “the gods,” or a wise person is flexible and uses discernment. They know what is correct for any given situation and have compassion, whereas, a psyche inflicted with Narcissism has the following symptoms:
- Reacting to criticism with anger, shame, or humiliation
- Taking advantage of others to reach own goals
- Exaggerates own importance, achievements, and talents
- Imagining unrealistic fantasies of success, beauty, power, intelligence, or romance
- Requiring constant attention and positive reinforcement from others
- Becoming jealous easily
- Lacking empathy and disregarding the feelings of others
- Being obsessed with self
- Pursuing mainly selfish goals
- Trouble keeping healthy relationships
- Becoming easily hurt and rejected
- Setting goals that are unrealistic
- Wanting “the best” of everything
- Appearing unemotional
If you look at the lives of people you have known that are inflexible you will see the above traits in spades. They are also ignorant as they are not present enough to see what is real and assimilate new information. They are stuck trying to see unobtainable self distortions like Narcissus did by the rippling water of the River Styx. The “self” that they find is not really the true self, but like Narcissus, it is a rigid and unobtainable self that does not really exist. They do not have an inability to love outside of themselves. In fact, they don’t know how to love because they are not centered enough to know who they really are. Distaste for others actually stems from a distaste or hate for self which makes cruelty easy. Love does not emanate from the soul of these types.
No one likes a rigid righteous evangelist, Scientologist, religious zealot, or any inflexible pedantic person. If a counselor has taken on these traits or has adopted them through a belief system penned by a narcissist then harm rather than help occurs. I don’t care if a narcissist wants to stand alone and stare at himself all day long, but I do care when their twisted psyche becomes animated and then harms others.
Actual Suppression versus Disagreements and Conflicts:
What this sect does is declare or label anyone who disagrees or conflicts with them. They do the same thing that the church does. Anyone who blows from the church is declared an SP automatically. Anyone who vehemently disagrees with Scientology or is hostile to its radical policies is suppressive. Ironically, if those who go around labeling other Independents followed Scientology policy tech to the letter, as they say they do, they would have to declare themselves SP. They blew corporate Scientology, which is a suppressive act per the policies they ascribe to.
The indiscriminate attitude about suppression started in 1973 when Hubbard sped and crashed his motorcycle then blamed everyone but himself. He cast a new paradigm of “CI, “counter intention, into the Apollo and throughout the Scientology culture. Anyone he considered CI was sent to the RPF, Scientology’s form of a prison work force. Any slight infraction, like not rinsing his shirt enough times, was considered counter intention. All members of the RPF were grilled for transgressions and purged of evil purposes. At one point, the Apollo had about 30% of the crew in the RPF – I guess Hubbard thought many evildoers inhabited the “Mecca of Scientology.” Hubbard’s discernment failed him and he no longer knew who his friends from his enemies.. In the early 1980s, he began to label people that he knew well as suppressive. When Hubbard’s mental and physical impairments got to the point that he could no longer rule Scientology, then Broeker and Miscavige took over. The penalty for any disagreement or countermanding them was offload and/or getting declared a suppressive person. Long-standing Scientology stars such as Bill Franks, David Mayo, and other board members who had a voice were rounded up and imprisoned in HappyValley, then were declared suppressive. The dedicated and talented staff that expanded Scientology worldwide in the 1970s was falsely accused of attempting to ruin it in the 1980s. At the same time, they got rid of the important mission holders. Scientology was to be a juggernaut with one voice, per Hubbard’s orders. The implementation was oppressive and cruel. The real reason for suppressing the execs out of existence was that Miscavige and Broeker wanted no one with any popularity or powers anywhere near the organization. Scientology was already rigid and robotic; it got much worse with the new leaders. Whatever worked in the technology part of it was long gone by the checklist unthinking approach known as the Golden Age of Tech.
The components of actual suppression are different from what the church says it is and what the Independent labelers think it is. Suppression is a premeditated and determined act or actions that overtly or covertly harms and endangers the person’s body, mind and/or soul. A true anti-social harms many people over a considerable period of time.
The elements of suppression:
- Intentional and continued physical harm.
- Intentional and continued spiritual and/or mental abuse.
- Continued denial of bodily necessities such as food, water, sleep, and shelter.
- Covert actions and manipulations intended to ruin life.
- Unmitigated attacks of harm and prejudice by individuals and groups that intend to oppress others. Examples are the KKK, the Nazis, radical Muslims, Communist regimes, etc.
- Power-over the individual by a group or an individual with the intent to harm, be cruel and to damage.
- Religious intolerance backed up with imprisonment, expulsion, or castigation.
- Suppression of thought and speech on an individual or society wide level.
- Criminal activity – terrorism, stealing, lying, murder, stalking, harassment, etc.
- Human rights violations, denial of freedoms that threaten and damage life, unjust imprisonment, etc.
The Church of Scientology practices all 10 of the above with different degrees of severity. Unfortunately, some independent organizations and individuals echo the church. Some Independents who radically follow and accept the Scientology credo and dogma do not tolerate disagreements in thought and freedom of religion whatsoever. They are simply dramatizing what they have learned.
Actual suppression is not a disagreement, “CI,” or intermittent anger. It is not merely hassling someone. It is not being confrontational or dichotomous. It is not having and acting upon differing belief systems or definitions of clear, the bridge, the tech, or a “Keeping Scientology Working” violation. Suppression is a continued offense that ruins life on a physical, mental, and/or spiritual plane.
The only long-term suppression I have had in my life occurred in Scientology. There was real physical and mental oppression due to lack of food, sleep, extreme harassment, threats of displacement, imprisonment and implanted paranoia about eternity. Human rights violations were committed on the Apollo, in Clearwater and at Scientology International.
History reveals and proves that love and peace can conquer suppression:
“You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
“You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
“Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
“But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
“And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.” (Gibran)
And – “Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthian 13:13)
Jesus said, “But I say to you that can hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.” (Luke 6:27-32)
History proves that peaceful leaders like Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King have had the greater and more enduring effect on the planet.
It is easy to hate. It takes courage, strength, and true power to forgive and love your enemies. For “great naked apes,” human beings, it usually takes God’s help to do it.