Hi everyone this is my first message here. I've lurked for a long time though, finally getting the nerve to register a few months ago.
I've decided to jump in now because Tory, your post above was inspiring to me and I had to tell you so. Thank you, it was such a win for me to read it, I felt a sharpening of my Theta perception. Or maybe it just made me feel really really good. We all win when we work together.
I was a public Scientologist for about eleven years, exiting in the mid-90's. I look forward to being part of the action here. I'm sorry I waited so long to find my voice.
The mid-90's was a good time for a public scientologist to leave. Right after you left, things got even crazier for your kind. Here's a few highlights:
_ Late 90's: David Miscavige made up a whole new definition for "floating needle" and released his very own technical bulletin about it. This new definition made auditing take 10 times longer and so you had to spend 10 times the money to get the same number of steps done as before, and you didn't even feel as good afterwards.
_ Then, David Miscavige released his very own technical bulletins about the grades and about clear, and that also helped slow auditing down to a crawl and made sure nobody completed anything without spending at least 10 times the money.
_ Then, early 2000's, Tom Cruise made his crazy acceptance speech/video (for the freedumb medal) where he nails the entire populace of scientology for not "doing KSW". He gets everyone in the field writing KRs on each other for "out KSW" if they aren't doing scientology the "Tommy Cruise way". I was still in at the time, but I barfed anyway and thought TC was an A-Hole for his retarded speech, even though technically I wasn't allowed to think those thoughts.
_ Then, mid 2000's, everyone was made to buy all the basic books all over again and you also had to do all the new basic book courses before you could continue with any program you were on. Before that it was the "Congresses" (a series of lectures costing about 2K that everyone had to do). Lots and lots of extra stuff to do and re-do, plus lots more money to spend for stuff you probably already did.
_ Then, late 2000's, everyone gets weekly crush regging for Ideal Org donations. If you refuse to mortgage your house, beg, borrow or steal to donate, you are not a "team player", and you are not with the "in" crowd in scientology. If you refuse to get with the program and support the org by showing up at the weekly Ideal Org events, dress up in funny costumes and act like you are happy that you are being sucked dry for every cent you can somehow get your hands on, you might even get pulled in and questioned, for you've got "bad indicators".
_ If you live in Clearwater, same crush regging for Super Empty Power building donations.
Anyhow, glad you're out and welcome to the bake.