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The Scientology Nightmare

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Many of us who dedicated our lives to Scientology are suddenly waking up from our self-induced trance and are facing the nightmare in which our dreams of a better world have been transformed into a degraded horror show.

We, who were public and not staff, were not directly exposed to the chilling insanity of International Management and our warning signs consisted mainly of invalidative reg cycles and bewilderment at claims of unparalleled expansion when our local organizations were scraping by and staff members were unpaid for weeks at a time. We must have been asleep at the wheel because many of us endured this for almost 30 years.

Fifteen years ago I could see that management was behaving strangely but knew that it was unwise to entertain serious doubts about the church. After writing KRs and getting no answers, I stopped doing services and withdrew from attending events. I knew a number of senior executives and I felt they would eventually straighten things out, but I was no longer waiting for results. Like many others, I simply dropped off all Scientology lines and built a life elsewhere.

Those who were receiving auditing in the ‘Eighties started seeing a whole new era of Case Supervision, where programs were designed to increase org income instead of moving PCs up the Bridge. This was hard to believe at first, but became more apparent as  CCRDs turned into extensive auditing cycles and 6 month checkups for Solo NOTS became interminable sec checks.

In session, it was apparent that the auditing was no longer for the PC but was a manifestation of an increasingly paranoid organization. Security Checks became more important than giving PCs the gains they had paid for. Auditors seemed to evaluate for PCs when they were not operating like automatons. Session ARC was a thing of the past and it was especially noticeable at Flag even in the early ‘Eighties.

More recently, public were forced into buying book packages and making IAS donations if they wanted to continue up the Bridge. The threat of denying public access to the Bridge was a guaranteed money maker for many years. Financial stress on parishioners is now at an all time high. Some public, like OT Rex Fowler, have snapped under the pressure and committed murder.

Now public are waking up to the fact that the C of S has assumed the worst attributes of a power-mad cult and are publicly leaving the church in increasing numbers. Invalidation by church staff and emotional abuse are causing more people to leave the church in order to maintain their sanity.

When you finally find out that there are hundreds of staff members locked away on the Gold Base near Hemet, California, it dawns on you that you are supporting sadistic and perverted practices that violate human rights every day.

If this was a tale told by a few, it might be dismissed as pure fancy but these gruesome tales are being told by many executives who actually participated in the abuse before coming to their senses.

Read 45 Days in the Hole for a chilling account of the degradation of Debbie Cook, once the top executive at Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

Once you have read it you will probably want to protect your family members and friends from any contact with Scientology. That would be a very wise move.

The next post in this series will address the solutions provided outside the Church of Scientology.

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Free to read ESMB  on February 3rd, 2010

Benzedrine often helps a case run.
L Ron Hubbard “The Intensive Processing Procedure” (1950)

Arthritis vanishes, myopia gets better, heart illness decreases, asthma disappears, stomachs function properly and the whole catalogue of illnesses goes away and stays away. (Dianetics) -You know this is false, don’t you? Try cortisone for arthritis.

We’re playing for blood, the stake is EARTH.
(7 November 1962) – Whew!

A political system seeking to function amongst ignorant, illiterate and barbaric people could have marvelous principles but could only succeed in being ignorant, illiterate and barbaric unless one addressed the people one by one and cured the ignorance, illiteracy and barbarism of each citizen.
(Polictics, 13 February 1965)

Nice guy you’re following.

OldAuditor  on February 3rd, 2010

Your last sentence does not seem to relate to anything written in the article.

Ron Hubbard’s Scientology is a curious mixture of material cribbed from the works of others, research results from a few of his own and other’s auditing sessions, all interspersed with his own observations.

It cannot be considered a monolithic technology as it is more of a hodge podge of solutions to problems that came up over the years.

Some bits of the technology are absolutely brilliant and others are absolutely appalling. I know this from personal experience.

I would have to say that his administrative policies contain more misinformation than any other area as they have made it possible for a dictator to transform a essentially spiritual activity into a scene from Dante’s Inferno.

The purpose of this blog is to examine everything about Scientology and LRH and to report on those things that are actually beneficial to life and useful in the real world.

It is a work in progress and I welcome comments that cast light on the real history of the Church and the technology.

lunamoth  on February 3rd, 2010

Old Auditor,

Thank you for your article, and for the decision to write on this topic today. I’ve read 45 Days in the Hole and it’s devastating.

Like you, I moved off the lines of the church (and back on, then off again, then on…) over the years when I realized it really wasn’t my group, but rather was moving in the direction of a totalitarian organisation motivated by money.
Probably because I could see that it wasn’t doing well through the 90′s, this didn’t particularly scare me; it was clear to me then that the c of s would never “rule the world.” What I failed to recognize, however, was the potential for harm to it’s own members, people I cared about and who were, for the most part, exceptionally good people.

I almost can’t believe the current scene in the church, but I will say that I look forward to the final implosion. What started out as a shining hope for mankind (in my earliest days) has been turned into a gruesome example of group think, greed, and rampant fascism. In it’s inner circle, the church of scientology is Bedlam. The insane are truly running the asylum.

Robert Worstell  on February 3rd, 2010

Thanks for posting this. I was assigned to the RPF 5 times during my 20+ years in the Sea Org. Always degrading, and increasingly more difficult to graduate from. Years, lately.

While the living conditions were always illegal, government inspections brought considerable reform into how they treated their own staff. However, this was in the LA Compound, not the Hemet facilities, which are more remote – and the stories from there are much more alarming.

However, there are many simple methods to “audit out” former connections to this suppressive corporation. Applying real Scientology will actually un-do Scientology – like the “Essay on Integrity”, for instance.

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