Scientology

Scientology

Critics claim that a select group of advanced practitioners eventually discovered that Hubbard
had left little doubt in his writings and lectures about the dim view he took toward existing major
religions.

In some of the teachings Hubbard had intended only for this select group, he claimed that Jesus
had never existed, but was implanted in humanity’s collective memory by Xenu 75 million years
ago, and that Christianity was an “entheta (evil) operation” mounted by being called Targs
(Hubbard, “Electropsychometric Scouting: Battle of the Universes”, April 1952).

Some critics have claimed that one of the highest, levels, OT VIII, tells initiates that Jesus was a
pederast (it is decidedly unclear whether the version of OT VIII in the Fishman Affidavit, where
this claim originates, is genuine).

Thus, critics claim, Hubbard makes clear his belief that advanced Scientologists are to identify
Jesus and Christianity more as a force of evil than as a force for good.

Hubbard claimed that Islam was also the result of an extraterrestrial memory implant, called the
Emanator, of which the Kaaba is supposedly an artifact.

Mainstream religions, in his view, had failed to realize their objectives: “It is all very well to
idealize poverty and associate wisdom with begging bowls, or virtue with low estate. However,
those who have done this (Buddhists, Christians, Communists and other fanatics) have dead
ended or dead ending.” (Hubbard, HCOPL of January 21, 1965)

The central practice of Scientology is “auditing” (from the Latin audire, “to listen”), which is one-
on-one communication with a trained Scientology counselor or “auditor”. The auditor follows an
exact procedure toward rehabilitating human spirit. Most auditing uses an E-meter, a device that
measures galvanic skin response.

The auditing process is intended to help the practitioner (referred to as a preclear or PC) to
unburden himself of specific traumatic incidents, prior ethical transgressions and bad
decisions, which are said to collectively restrict the preclear from achieving his goals and lead
to the development of a “reactive mind”. The auditor asks the preclear to respond to a list of
questions which are designed for specific purposes and given to the preclear in a strictly
regulated way.

Auditing requires that the preclear be a willing and interested participant who understands the
questions, and the process goes more smoothly when he or she understands what is going on.
Per Church policy, auditors are trained not to “evaluate for” their preclears; i.e., they are
forbidden from suggesting, interpreting, degrading or invalidating the preclear’s answers. The E-
meter is used to help locate an area of concern.

Some central beliefs of Scientology:

 A person is an immortal spiritual being (termed a thetan) who possesses a mind and a body.

 The thetan has lived through many past lives and will continue to live beyond the death of the
body.

 A person is basically good, but becomes “aberrated” by moments of pain and
unconsciousness in his life.

 What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. No beliefs should be forced as “true”
on anyone. Thus, the tenets of Scientology are expected to be tested and seen to either be true,
or not, by Scientology practitioners.

Scientology claims to offer an exact methodology to help a person achieve awareness of his or
her spiritual existence and better effectiveness in the physical world. Exact methods of spiritual
counseling are taught and practiced which are designed to enable this change.

According to the church, the ultimate goal is to get the soul (thetan) back to its native state of
total freedom, thus gaining control over matter, energy, space, time, thoughts, form, and life.
This freed state is called Operating Thetan, or OT for short.

Bibliography: Scientology, Wikipedia ligweb site 4/06

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