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Finding your way after leaving the cult of Scientology

Newly Independent Simi Valley announces her separation from Scientology, Inc.

Separating oneself from the clutches of the Scientology, Inc. community can be a long process, especially if you are an old-timer who is still living and working with true believers.

Simi contacted me months ago about her situation and after much discussion wisely decided to focus on finding a safe point where she could speak up. She is rebuilding her life and I think she might appreciate any support you can provide.

This is her story:

Back in the day (New York City in 1978), Scientology was fun.  The org sold “How To Choose Your People” and “Miracles for Breakfast” by Ruth Minshull in the bookstore alongside the LRH books.  There was no RTC.  As students, we wrote weekly “Reports to Ron” and the S.O. 1 line was in place: we could always write to Ron.  As a public, I felt that I was undertaking some wonderful adventure.  I looked forward to coming to the org for study and for just hanging out.

Fast forward to 2011: the adventure had long since died.  In its place were a whole string of arbitraries, nagging questions about apparent wrongnesses with no answers in sight, endless “events” and cutthroat regging.  For years I had known that something was terribly wrong but it was only on New Year’s Day 2012 that I finally saw the light, thanks to Debbie Cook’s email.

In my years with the C of S, I did a short stint in the S.O. until I was thrown out, did some training and got up to Solo NOTs on the auditing side of the bridge.  In the past dozen or so years I experienced many health issues which I attribute to Reverse Scientology, courtesy of the Flag Service Org; however, recently I was lucky enough to treat with an alternative health care practitioner who helped me restore my health.

There have been many fine writeups from other former C of S members detailing the abuses and off policy actions – Luis Garcia’s comes to mind as a great one – so I am not going to attempt to reinvent that wheel; I will just enumerate a few lowlights of my S.O. career and my experience as a Flag Solo NOTs public.

In my mercifully short S.O. career (1988-1989):

  • I was human trafficked to another country (and got out of there after four months by hatching an escape plan);
  • I had become engaged to a S.O. member who was posted at the Int Base, and when Church management got wind of that, they immediately intervened and the engagement was broken off.  This was typical 3rd Party – I was told negative things about my fiancé and he was told negative things about me.
  • At one point I requested a Comm Ev to correct some things that I perceived as injustices.  However, when the Comm Ev met, it somehow morphed into a disciplinary Comm Ev, accusing me of things that I had written up in a previous amnesty (which, per policy, is ancient history and not actionable).

A few of my experiences as a Flag public on Solo NOTs:

The incessant sec-checking of Solo NOTs public has been discussed at length on this blog and other sites.  You had to be sec checked coming and going, literally:  upon arrival and when leaving.  It created a paranoia and was a terrific way to use up auditing hours on account.  You always had to have a “pledge intensive” in place, i.e. an extra intensive of auditing paid for and ready to be used at any time.

In late 1993 or early 1994, when I had been auditing on Solo NOTs for a couple of years, I reached a point where I believed I had completed the level, so I made a trip to Flag to verify this.  When I got to Flag, I was not even put on a meter to check anything.  I was simply told that I had not audited as many hours as LRH had audited on Solo NOTs, so therefore I couldn’t possibly be complete on the level but needed to continue auditing.  Fortunately, I soon ran out of money and “fell off” the level in December 1994, never to return.

Interesting note:  in approximately 1999 or 2000, a Flag staff member told me that there were over a thousand public who were mid-Solo NOTs but off the level.

Now I’m looking forward to joining the party!

Simi Valley
#356 on the Indie 500 list

You can contact me directly at simiv@hushmail.com

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Eileen Clark  on July 24th, 2012

Welcome, Simi…you walked out into the sunshine and clean air. I am proud of you and glad you are my friend. Who had the nerve to tell you such a thing about how many people were off the level?? Must be a heretic apostate person, no doubt.
Love, Eileen XOXOXOXO

Tory Christman  on July 26th, 2012

Congratulations, Simi Valley! I’m very proud of you.
Please keep telling your story. You never know who you *may* help. My love to you 🙂

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