I suppose that there are some valid arguments to be made for not burning your scientology paraphernalia.
Truth be told, for me, it was very therapeutic because of the finality of it. Thereâ€™s something about watching a thing which is harmful to you burn and turn to ashesâ€¦
Several nights before the â€œritualâ€?, via email I had offered the material to my sister, a scientologist then, and who remains in. There was (to be sure) an element of sarcasm in my email in that I told her I was going to burn the stuff if she didnâ€™t want itâ€¦ but my offer to give the materials to her was genuine and if she accepted I would have UPSed the boxes to her. She sent back the typical, canned, â€œI will not receive any more antipathetic communication from youâ€?, in responseâ€¦ hence the pictures and subsequent burning.
Environmentally, ecologically, politically, those particular materials in this particular part of the world, needed burningâ€¦ It was the farthest thing away from Nazi book burnings that there could possibly ever be. The Nazi book burnings were the result of brainwashing.
My particular book burning was symbolic of a decision to end an eggshell relationship with a scientologist family member who always hung disconnection over me. It was my way of, â€œsticking it to the manâ€?. I remember I was actually teary-eyed while sitting around and watching the flames well into that evening. I recall saying to myself, â€œthatâ€™s it, finally, with this shitâ€?. The fire was entirely composed of junk we would not take with us to the new houseâ€¦ stuff weâ€™d leave behind foreverâ€¦ including the firewood.
It was a great night, symbolic of change in a time when we (the wife and I) were moving forward and on to new things. Those â€œnew thingsâ€? are now a year later, here and now.
My best wishes to all who are out, and my very best to those on the journey out! My little book-burning stunt was 24 years after walking away from scientology. Family members remaining in, will likely retard the growth you can make, due to the fact that you love them, but in no way will it detract you and in the end you will make a decision which will cut you free once and for all.
As my old â€˜Genieâ€™ friend 20 â€“ plus years ago, Carla, ex SO, used to sayâ€¦