Hi there all. First of all, could I apologise to Don Carlo and Ground Squirrel for the delay in replying to questions posed.
Anyway, what is real Scientology
Perhaps I ought to start this post with a quick straw poll. Who believes that there is a higher spiritual realm, or realms, which can be attained in this life?
Those answering in the affirmative to this question would be very much in the minority, I guess. A great many people on this planet are too poor and are struggling just to feed their families and themselves. Some people are just too mechanistic and don't really believe in spirituality and Love - they think everything can be accounted for in the physical realm. Billions of people belong to the two main religions on this planet, Christianity and Islam, neither of which teach that there is a higher spiritual realm attainable in this life. And then there are those who have simply never given the above question a thought.
Suppose I say that I believe in a higher spiritual realm? Further than this, suppose I say that in Scientology I have possibly glimpsed such a realm? This sounds pretty pretentious, huh? Still, I can say that I definitely got something out of my time in Scientology. I have often likened the present Scientology, on sale in your nearest Org, to walking in bare feet over a field of broken glass, picking up gold coins here and there. This is the present Scientology found in the CoS. But even there, the gold coins are real! There are gains to be had, and other people to be helped. Fully fifty per cent of the wins in Scn come from helping others! Of what should real Scientology be composed
(i) It should address the individual as a spiritual being (thetan)
(ii) It should seek to make them better
(iii) It should not invalidate the person
(iv) It should seek to give a person the ability to solve his/her own problems in life
(v) It should make the person responsible for themselves. What should real Scientology militate against
(i) Destroying or harming another person or persons, except in pure self-defence
(ii) Drug taking, except for medicines prescribed by a professional medical doctor
(iii) Illegal or unethical behaviour
(iv) Unequal rights
(v) State or political control over the individual's religious, political or philosophical beliefs.
A splendid booklet which demonstrates a good way to live is The Way to Happiness
by L.Ron Hubbard. Recommended.
You may say, the above is all very fine, but how do you bring it about? Well, LRH wrote down a great many processes and techniques which can be run on people for their benefit. Sometimes a single Book One auditing session is enough to blow a person's socks off!! Other non-LRH tech is also available, which can be of benefit (I am very open to 'squirrel' processes, and believe some of them are very good).
I do not think that Ron's work is the final answer by any means, but possibly he gave us another couple of pieces of the jigsaw.
Scientology is not remotely bad or evil or wicked in any sense, and has never done anything wrong of any kind whatsoever!! This is a fact. All that Scientology means is "knowing how to know". On its own it's just a word. That's all it is.
Unfortunately the Church of Scientology
have hijacked this word, meaning "knowing how to know" and have built upon it a mighty structure, very strange and bizarre, and some members of this organization are guilty of a lot of wickedness. This does not change the meaning of the word Scientology
I would say to people, raise your sights for just five minutes! Where do you think we are heading as a race, and as a planet? Do you care? Why is it that the human race can build instruments to see galaxies billions of light years away, but is still fighting and killing his own kind? Why, when our scientific knowledge is greater than at any time in history, are we unable to solve the problems of crime and drug addiction and environmental destruction? There must be a reason. Why aren't we looking for it? Why are people so apathetic about these things? Remember that Ron said "The wrong thing to do is nothing."
I definitely think we have to keep striving to make a better world. We are all responsible for where we are as a civilization.
Did any of you ever watch Star Trek
? Now, be honest, did you ever hear Captain Kirk say "Well, there's nothing we can do in this situation, we may as well give up"?
Therefore, in the final analysis, real Scientology is anything which gets human beings into a better spiritual condition on the four dynamics, with total hostility to the idea that problems are insoluble. Scientology Star Trek style!
I guess I finally got there!
Average-sized Bill Robinson Man loses if he conquers man. He wins if he conquers himself and conquers then the stars