Monday, December 25, 2006

Scientology Christmas Message

I thought this article on the Scientology Press Office web site was great advice not only for Christmas but for any day:



The holiday season should be a time of joy. But for too many it is marred by antagonism, anxiety, even despair.

So, is there a way to guarantee that the next few weeks will really be the "happy holidays" they sing about? And to help anyone get into the Christmas spirit?
"The Scientology religion contains practical tools you can use throughout the year," said Rev. Bob Adams, Vice President of the Church of Scientology International, in his holiday message this week. "And what makes these tools special is how easy they are to learn and how effective they are."
According to Adams, a cheerful or enthusiastic attitude toward life is something anyone can accomplish, not only for himself or herself but for friends and family as well.
"If I were to tell you that all you have to do, to feel better, is to communicate, you might not believe me," said Adams, "but it's true."

He was referring to a concept discovered by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard — the A-R-C triangle.

The Scientology Handbook describes this triangle in these terms:

"Affinity, reality and communication form the ARC triangle, with each point dependent upon the other two. These are the component parts of understanding."

"A principal application of ARC is to increase affinity, reality and communication, and thus understanding, between oneself and another. How does one talk to somebody else? "The way to do this is to establish reality by finding something with which you and the other person agree.

"Then you attempt to maintain as high an affinity level as possible by knowing there is something you can like about him.

"All three corners of the ARC triangle will have been established and you are then able to talk to him."

Adams went on to say, "Now it can sometimes be a real challenge to find something you agree about, and it can be rough maintaining a high level of affinity for someone who is having a go at you. But the more skill one has in communication, the better he or she can raise the other two corners of the triangle. And when you try it out a few times and see how effective it is, you will know it's absolutely worth the effort."

Adams also pointed out that fortunately, communication skill is something anyone can learn. And with it being a surefire route to a happier life, it's certainly worth learning more about.

For more information about how you can improve your communication ability and become more skilled at applying the A-R-C triangle, visit your local Scientology church or mission or get a copy of The Scientology Handbook.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Good and Evil -- Right and Wrong

I never realized before learning some basic Scientology principles that the subject of Ethics could be understood and used as a tool.

What I studies about Ethics in college was just a confused jumble.

I can remember sitting around discussing the complexity of ethics, and how impossible it was to come up with a real standard of ethical behavior.

But that's not true.

Here's an excerpt from the The Scientology Handbook on the subject.

"Man has long found ethics to be a confusing subject. In recent decades it has become more so. How does a person know if what he is doing is right or wrong? When he sees dishonest men hold power, criminals go free and traditional values cast aside, maybe he feels he should take the easy way out. “Others cheat on their taxes, why shouldn’t I? Other kids shoplift, what’s the harm?” But, regardless of anything else, a person has to live with himself. With many pressures pushing and pulling at a person, how can he be sure his choices will be best for himself, his family and every aspect of his life and his future?

"L. Ron Hubbard achieved a remarkable breakthrough in the field of ethics which included not only simplification and codification of the subject, but development of a workable technology with applicability to our daily lives, one which brings about increased happiness, prosperity and survival."

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Human Rights

As a Scientologist I support making human rights a reality. For more data go to youthforhumanrights.org.

Scientology Disaster Relief Training

I'm very happy to see that anyone wishing to learn the Scientology Handbook techniques offered in the Volunteer Ministers Course can take the disaster relief training at one of the VM tents or a Scientology church.

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Technologies of Being an Effective Volunteer

There are two major disasters going on right now in the ANZO area (Australia, New Zealand and Oceania) -- with the fires going on in Victoria, and the Typhoon which just hit in the Philippines. Now, Volunteer Minister teams are being dispatched to both locations -- but what are the technologies they use which makes them so effective? Governments praise them, the people on the ground wonder at why they can just get in and get things done -- but they're just people.


What's the difference between what they've got and what other groups might lack? The difference is that Scientology Volunteer Ministers are studied and drilled heaviliy in L. Ron Hubbard's organization technology -- for handling situations which seemingly are a confusing mass. >> continued

Friday, December 08, 2006

A Great Story!

Twin Cities Man "Reads People their Rights"
A Minneapolis man has been spending the weeks leading up to Christmas, stopping people in the streets of his city to "read them their rights."
Scientologist, Vladimir Reznikov, took to the streets to "read people their rights."

The phrase was popularized by a US Supreme Court decision in 1966 to protect those suspected of crimes, ensuring their rights to due process of law as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution — specifically the individual's right not to "be a witness against himself."

But Vladimir Reznikov is not a police officer. And he is not making citizens arrests. In fact, he does not suspect the people he is approaching of being guilty of anything...except ignorance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

But Reznikov is not a police officer. And he not making citizens arrests. In fact, he does not suspect the people he is approaching of being guilty of anything...except ignorance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The UDHR, adopted by the United Nations 58 years ago on December 10th, specified 30 separate rights to which every member of the human family is entitled — such as the right to life, freedom of expression and privacy, and freedom from slavery and torture.

But a survey conducted on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration found that 90% of Americans did not even know such a document existed.

Shocked by this lack of awareness, Scientologists began a campaign to make knowledge of human rights universal. And so Youth for Human Rights International was conceived — to see to the full implementation of human rights everywhere on Earth and create an entire generation of human rights advocates by ensuring youth know the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

There is a principle, discovered by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, called the "K-R-C Triangle" standing for the interrelationship between Knowledge, Responsibility and Control. Mr. Hubbard described this in the following terms:

"It is difficult to be responsible for something or control something unless you have KNOWLEDGE of it.

"It is folly to try to control something or even know something without RESPONSIBILITY.

"It is hard to fully know something or be responsible for something over which you have no CONTROL, otherwise the result can be an overwhelm."

Mr. Hubbard also discovered that by raising one corner of this triangle one raises the other two factors as well.

Using booklets, published by Youth for Human Rights International with the help of a grant from the International Association of Scientologists, Vladimir is letting his fellow Minnesotans know the rights to which they are entitled, and which they too are responsible to insist be applied to others.

And it is just to that end, on the eve of the 58th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that Scientologist Vladimir Reznikov took to the streets with booklets, published by Youth for Human Rights International with the help of a grant from the International Association of Scientologists, to let his fellow Minnesotans know the rights to which they are entitled, and which they too are responsible to insist be applied to others.

For more information on how you can take responsibility for letting others know their rights, visit Youth for Human Rights International at www.youthforhumanrights.org..

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Scientoloyg in South Africa

As with most people and institutions, Scientology was badly suppressed during appartheid.

It's really great to see how well the Church of Scientology of Johannesburg
is doing now.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Scientology and Volunteering


L. Ron Hubbard once said "a being is only as valuable as he can serve others."

It's pretty much a truism. But how many of us apply this to the way we live our lives?

I would like to extend my thanks to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers who are out there on the streets, in the disaster zones, in their communities, helping people.

How many lives have they helped, how many people are better for having known them?

Monday, December 04, 2006

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Being Mobilized for the Philippines

Help is needed by Scientology Volunteer Minsiters to help with the disaster relief following Typhoon Durian.

To find out how you can help, visit the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site or email vm@volunteerministers.org

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Results of Dianetics

Dianetics was the subject Scientology grew out of. It is the science of the mind. Here is a video of the results you can get from it:

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Back to Basics

What is Scientology?
Now that all the excitement of the wedding is over I thought it was time to get back to what Scientology is all about.

Check out the website "What is Scientology? " for answers to everything you could possibly ask about the subject. The site is basically an entire book online so kick-back, sip your tea or coffee, take your time and browse to your heart's content.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Scientology Weddings

With all the news about Scientology weddings, it was good to see that the TV stations covered some of the points that make Scientology weddings so special.

The Scientology wedding service is based on the principle called the ARC Triangle, ARC standing for Affinity, Reality and Communication.

This triangle is the basis of Understanding, that's what the results is of these three components being in.

The advice the Scientology minister gives couples about to be married is to never go to sleep on a broken ARC triangle but maintain the reality of their love with one another by healing any break in understanding through communication.

It's simple, but boy is it ever effective!

There is a whole chapter on ARC in the Scientology Handbook.
Here's a video clip that describes this a bit more.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Scientology Wedding in Italy

kdka.com - Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Marry In Italy

From all accounts it was the ultimate romantic wedding.

And may theirs be a perfect relationship for all the years to come.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

On the day we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth

A video about trust:

“On the day we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth.” - L. Ron Hubbard, Writer and Philosopher

Friday, November 17, 2006

Scientology Wedding Described

FACTBOX - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to wed in Italy | Reuters.com

Here's a description of a Scientology Wedding from a Reuters wire in India.

I had a Scientology wedding and it was great!  I especially liked the bit about the cat and the comb.  What that meant to me is that my husband had to pay attention to my whims as well as necessities -- in other words that I'm special and worth catering to.  Isn't that what it's all about? -- and my husband gets his share of being catered to too, of course; )

And, by the way, just take a look at her.  Isn't she the most lovely bride you'll ever see?


Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are ready to have their wedding in Bracciano, Italy

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More on the wedding

If you are interested in the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes then I'd recommend going here: Scientology Celebrities Blog

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Marriage In Scientology

With all the hullabaloo over the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes I'm sure many people are wondering what a Scientology wedding is like and what Scientologists think of marriage. Well here are a couple of web sites that will tell all:

Monday, November 13, 2006

So What Happened After the Tsunami?

It was headlines a couple of years ago, but what now? There are still people living in the areas hit by the tsunami of Dec 2004 and their plight didn't stop just because the news media forgot about them. So to answer the question and to show you a story of hope there is a website: After the Tsunami. Check it out and see how ordinary people can make a difference in the world.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Scientology Missions

The way Scientology usually arrives in a new area is someone reads a book and decides to start helping people in his city with what he has read. He may start a Dianetics or Scientology group and from there the next thing is a Scientology mission.

So there are Scientology missions all over the world.

Here's a blog about Scientology missions.

The Scientology Press Office has a section devoted to Scientology Mission news.

Cruise buys studio


I was so glad to see the news about Tom Cruise.

This article states it all:

- Tom Cruise has bought his own movie studio.

The 'Mission Impossible' star and his producer partner Paula Wagner have teamed up with MGM to reform United Artists. The classic studio, which revolutionised Hollywood, was founded 85 years ago by Charlie Chaplin and other top stars of the time.

The 'Top Gun' actor will produce and star in the company's films, though he will be available for other projects.

MGM CEO Harry E. Sloan announced yesterday (02.11.06): "Cruise and Wagner will have substantial ownership of United Artists. Budget permitting they will have almost complete control over green-lighting and developing new productions."

Cruise said: "Paula and I are very respectful of the rich history and tradition of United Artists, and we welcome the opportunity to contribute to that legacy by providing a wide range of releases that appeal to all audiences. It's our desire to create an environment where filmmakers can thrive and see their visions realised."

It is great to see Tom Cruise doing so well.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Grand Opening of the Church of Scientology London


The beautiful new building for the Church of Scientology of London was spectacularly opened a few days ago: Spectacular Grand Opening of Scientology Church's New Home in London

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Scientology Event

I went to the IAS event last weekend.

If you haven't seen it yet, and you live in a city other than LA or Clearwater (or of course in the UK), it is probably going to be showing at your org this weekend.

DO go to the seminar too. That's the next day (either Sat or Sun, depending on when your event is being shown).

I was so impressed with the Scientologists who won the Freedom Medal awards.

And wait till you hear the final speech of the event by David Miscavige!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Description of the Scientology Religion

The US Navy Department has this to say about Scientology:

The Scientology religion deals with the human spirit and its relationship to the universe and its Creator. It teaches that its fundamental laws of life, when applied, help people achieve a happier and more fulfilling existence as surely as an apple falls to the ground when dropped.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Getting Kids off Drugs

There are Scientologists all over the world, every day working to help kids stay off drugs.

Here is an information stand in Moscow.

They have a big drug problem there, and the Church of Scientology of Moscow is committed to helping kids stay off drugs.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Scientology Handbook

The Scientology Handbook was originally called the Volunteer Ministers Handbook, which was published in 1976 and launched the Scientology Volunteer Ministers movement.

It is still the textbook of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

This was all born out of L. Ron Hubbard's research in 1972 and 1973 into the depths to which society had descended, and it was his concept of how to re-instill a potent religious influence in society.

Here is a link to the article:

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Aims of Scientology


A
civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.


The events this weekend (Friday event and Saturday seminar in Clearwater, Saturday event and Sunday seminar in LA) are going to make a huge difference toward accomplishing these goals. Every Scientologist should be there. If you live in other towns or cities the event will be the following week.

Call your org or mission and confirm you will be there.

Friday, October 20, 2006

All Eyes on England

Today's the IAS event in England.

Thousands of Scientologists from all over are watching the event right now as I blog.

I can just image what David Miscavige is briefing them on, but I'll have to wait till I hear from some of my friends who are there to see if my imagination is correct or not.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

sk8er's Scientology Blog

sk8er wrote:

What's Inside a Church of Scientology?
What does it look like inside a Scientology Church?

Have you ever taken a tour of a Church of Scientology? If you've ever wondered what it might be like to go in to a Church of Scientology and you haven't taken the time to just go to a Church and ask for a tour, I've provided some links to photo tours of some of the Church's prominent orgs. However, the best way to really find out what happens in a Scientology Church is to find out for yourself.

Church of Scientology of Celebrity Centre International (http://www.celebritycentre.org/en_US/about/tour/index.html): Here is a photo tour of this church, interior and exterior.

Celebrity Centre International
5930 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: 323-960-3100
E-mail: ccint@scientology.net


Including a Virtual Reality Tour of the building at (http://www.celebritycentre.org/en_US/about/tour/vrtour/index.html)

Church of Scientology New York

The Church of Scientolog of New York-- the Big Apple.

There's a TERRIFIC church there - recently renovated and lots of services for the community.

Church of Scientology New York

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Scientology in San Francisco


There is a beautiful Scientology Church in San Francisco.

It is located in the original Trans America building.

The grand opening in November 2003 was a major event for Scientologists. David Miscavige attended and gave the keynote speech, welcoming the church to its new home.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

London and Saint Hill

I wish I'd made plans to go to Saint Hill this year for the IAS event.

The IAS is the International Association of Scientologists, and every year in October we celebrate the founding of the group, which took place in 1984.

The IAS is dedicated to defending and protecting the Scientology religion and accomplishing the Aims of Scientology.

The days of having to defend and protect are really over. Scientology has achieved recognition as a religion in most countries and those where it isn't official yet, the courts still recognize the religious rights of the churches and Scientologists anyway.

So most of us have turned out attention to the second part -- accomplishing the Aims of Scientology.

These aims were stated by LRH (L. Ron Hubbard) as follows:
A
civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights.

David Miscavige is bound to be the MC. I can't remember a single IAS event when Mr. Miscavige has not been there and been the main speaker.

I've heard bits and pieces about the event and what I've hear is very exciting.

PLUS. The day after the IAS event is the grand opening of the Church of Scientology of London. This is going to be a total blockbuster event!

I'll watch it a week later at the Shrine, but I plan to find out all about it from friends who are going to be in England.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Glad I'm Not in Buffalo


I spent five years in Buffalo and loved them and loved the town.

But I'm sure glad I'm not there now.

I saw the front page of the LA Times -- an absolutely goreous photo of the destructive force of mother nature, dropping 22 inches of snow on the city when the trees were in full leaf.

Down came the boughs.

Scientology Religion Blog

There are some interesting postings on the "Scientology Religion Blog" at religion4life@tblog.com.

She posts pretty regularly and often gives a "Scientology" view of current events.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

What is Scientology?

On the Scientology Religion web site there is a decent description of Scientology, and it starts with this:

If man had a real grasp of the factors which governed his existence, if he had a greater understanding of himself and his fellows, he could improve conditions and thus live a better life. That he lacks this understanding is apparent — a half-hour walk through any urban landscape would convince virtually anyone that life could be a happier proposition.

For millions that understanding has been provided by Scientology.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

US Navy Chaplain

I just noticed the US Navy has an excellent page on Scientology.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Scientology Religion

Here's a good description of Scientology:

"If man had a real grasp of the factors which governed his existence, if he had a greater understanding of himself and his fellows, he could improve conditions and thus live a better life. That he lacks this understanding is apparent — a half-hour walk through any urban landscape would convince virtually anyone that life could be a happier proposition.

For millions that understanding has been provided by Scientology."

This comes from the Scientology Effective Solutions web site

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Definition of a Religion

James A. Beckford, Ph.D.,Professor of Sociology University of Warwick has a very interesting paper where he defines what a religion is, and shows that Scientology is a bona fide religion.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

No a la Droga

I guess Spain has its drug problems too.

There's an acticle on ScientologyToday on the anti-drug campaign of the Church of Scientology of Spain.

According to the article:

Spain has the reputation of being the European gateway for Latin American cocaine and North African hashish entering the European market.

International Association of Scientologists

Its only a few weeks til we celebrate the founding of the International Association of Scientologists.

The What is Scientology? web site describes the fonding of the IAS in these terms:

"The IAS was established at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, Sussex, England, in 1984 when delegates from around the world gathered in recognition of the need to unite all Scientologists as one international body.

"Today the IAS is a membership organization open to all Scientologists from all nations. The strength of the individual members of the team, briefed and coordinated one with another, unifies and strengthens the group. For this reason, in addition to forming the IAS, adopting a constitution and electing a board, the first IAS delegates also formulated the Pledge to Mankind. To rededicate themselves to the aims of Scientology, they signed this pledge.

"Catalyzed by this profound statement of purpose, Scientologists from around the world enthusiastically embraced the IAS and, through their financial support and membership activities, they rapidly made the IAS a major voice of religious freedom. IAS’s purpose is to unite, advance, support and protect the Scientology religion in all parts of the world, so the aims of Scientology as originated by L. Ron Hubbard can be achieved. It also supports churches of Scientology and individual Scientologists in their social reform activities. It ensures that the religion is defended and protected, so Scientologists can carry forth and achieve their mission of spiritual salvation."

Every year, in late October, the anniversary of the IAS is celebrated in the United Kingdom at Saint Hill Manon, which was where L. Ron Hubbard lived through the late 1950s and up through 1966.

David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center, hosts the event and gives the keynote speech each year. Mr. Miscavige's speeches are always inspiring, but I am always moved by his presentations at the IAS event to do more to help my fellow man.

I am reminded of what L. Ron Hubbard laid out as the Aims of Scientology:

"A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology."

Monday, September 25, 2006

Youth for Human Rights in Glendale


This story on Youth for Human Rights in Glendale appeared today on the Scientology Press Site.

The young girl heading this group up is pretty special.

Spokesperson for the Glendale chapter of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) Alexis Mathes has been editing the International YHRI newsletter for the past two years.>> Continued

Knowing How to Know

According to the Scientology glossary, the definition of Scientology is:

Scientology applied religious philosophy. It is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life. Scientology means scio, knowing in the fullest sense of the word and logos, study. In itself the word means literally knowing how to know. Scientology is a “route,” a way, rather than a dissertation or an assertive body of knowledge. Through its drills and studies one may find the truth for himself. The technology is therefore not expounded as something to believe, but something to do.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

All About Religion Scientology Page

Here's an interesting article on All About Religion:

What are the Scientology beliefs?

Scientology teaches that man is an immortal, spiritual being composed of three parts: the first of these is the spirit, or thetan, (from the Greek letter theta, meaning “thought” or “spirit”), the mind, and the body. The body is not the person, and the most important of these three parts is the thetan.

The official Scientology website also states “In Scientology no one is asked to accept anything as belief or on faith. That which is true for you is what you have observed to be true. An individual discovers for himself that Scientology works by personally applying its principles and observing or experiencing results.”1

Scientologists believe that the basic command in life is to survive, and this command is broken into eight dynamics, meaning urges or impulses. All activities can be understood and harmonized with each other to increase survival. The dynamics are Infinity (God or Creator), Spiritual, Physical Universe, Life Forms, Mankind, Group Survival, Family, and Self.

“Through Scientology, a person realizes that his life and influence extend far beyond himself. By understanding each of these dynamics and their relationship, one to the other, he is able to do so, and thus increase survival on all of these dynamics.”2

A principle of great importance in Scientology is the Arc Triangle. Affinity, reality, and communication form an interdependent triangle that adds up to understanding and assists relationships. A Tone Scale in which things are given a number, or a “tone,” and as a person’s knowledge of the Tone Scale increases, so does his happiness, well-being, self-esteem, and other desirable qualities.

Scientology beliefs – Drugs, Reincarnation, Peace
Scientologists believe that all drugs are poisons that inhibit spiritual freedom. L. Ron Hubbard found that drugs and chemical residues are stored in the tissues of the body, and as long as they remain in the body a person’s abilities can remain suppressed. To dislodge the toxins, a person participates in a Purification Rundown which involves sweating in a sauna, mega-vitamin and mineral dosages, extra oil, good nutrition, and adequate rest.

Scientologists also believe in reincarnation and the “truths” that can be learned through past lives. These experiences can affect the thetan positively or negatively. The main way the principles of Scientology can be applied is through “auditing” where the auditor helps a person examine certain areas of their life and get rid of any unwanted influences to heighten ability and awareness. A device called an E-Meter is also used in this process. It measures a person’s mental state and it helps the auditor locate areas of distress.

The aims of Scientology are “A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights…”

Friday, September 22, 2006

Peace Day Celebrations

Scientologists around the world took time out yesterday to celebrate Peace Day.

According to the UN web site:

The International Day of Peace was first established in 1981 by a resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session every September. In 2001 the resolution 55/282 was strengthened to fix the date annually on 21 September and for it to be a day of nonviolence and cease-fire. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Member States of the General Assembly.
L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology religion, made a very incisive statement about peace, because it gives a solution that we can all work to accomplish:

What he said was:
On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Drug-Free Marathoners Honored at a Banquet in Hungary


Keeping kids off drugs through education and example is something Scientologists have been doing for years. The recent Hungarian Anti-Drug Marathon is an example of this: Drug-Free Marathoners Honored at a Banquet in Hungary

Another Favorite Scientology Book

The first Scientology book I ever read was Scientology: the Fundamentals of Thought.

This is quite a surprising book. When I first read it I had so many realizations. For example it helped me sort out some longstanding issues I had about my relationship with my father and mother.

But when I read the book again several years later I was amazed at how much more there was in the book. I realized it covered the most basic Scientology principles.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the Scientology religion.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Scientology Books

One of my favorite Scientology books is Self Analysis.

It is very simple book, a great explanation of Scientology, about the best description I've ever read of the mind and how it works, and on top of that the processes in the book as SO effective!

I've used this myself, ON myself. And I've used these processes to help others.

The one that stands out most in my mind is using it with my mother.

Before she passed away, we spent several sessions going through Self Analysis. She wasn't a Scientologist, but she loved the processes and even at the age of 91 was able to get so much out of them.


Monday, September 18, 2006

Scientology in California

When I first came out to LA I was really impressed by how many Scientologists and how many different Scientology churches there were in Los Angeles. And it has greatly expanded since then.

It's positively mainstream.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Is Peace Possible in the Middle East?

Israeli Jews and Arabs work together to bring peace to their area. They do this by distributing copies of The Way to Happiness in Hebrew and Arabic.We all wish we could answer "Yes" to the question, and there are people working to make it a reality: Scientologist from the Middle East Tell of the Work to Bring Peace to their Region. Only by more and more people taking the initiative will the answer become "Yes".

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Volunteer Ministers still helping in Indonesia

With the help of the Dianetics session, many of the young women felt cheerful and relaxed for the first time since the earthquake happened
The Scientology Volunteer Ministers are still hard at work in earthquake torn Indonesia, helping the people overcome the trauma associated with the disaster.

You can read an article describing there efforts here: Scientology Disaster Relief Team Helps Restore Calm to the People of Yogyakarta

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Scientology tent will be at the Utah State Fair

Here's a great opportunity for anyone in Salt Lake City to find out about the Scientology religion.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent will be at the Utah State Fair through Sept. 17th.

People interested in the Volunteer Minister program can call 801-485-9992.

The Continental Scientology Volunteer Ministers Cavalcade was recently in Sacramento, and is touring through cities around the Western United States through the end of the year.

Here's a photo from the Scientology Press Office on the Sacramento tour.

Scientology Courses

The main spiritual services of Scientology are not prayer or worship, but rather training in Scientology applied religious technology.

This is aptly described - applied because the keynote of everything in Scientology is putting it to use. L. Ron Hubbard was an incredible genius, and as with many geniuses he found traditional education stifling. His creative and intellectual power led him to think so far out of the box that society is just now BEGINNING to catch up with the advances he discovered almost 80 years ago with his writing of his first book - Excalibur.

You learn to apply Scientology technology on the courses you take at Scientology churches.

One person I really appreciate is Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center, who has done such a brilliant job keeping Scientology pure and therefore completely workable.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Scientology Press Office

The Scientology Press Office just got a new look and feel, and it's a great place to find the latest news!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Universal Declaration of Human Rights comes to life

Joseph Jay Yaseriah, founder of the Youth for Human Rights Liberia Chapter, was awarded as a “Human Rights Hero” for his work to bring peace to his countryFifty-eight years after its adoption, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights comes to life in 30 new public service announcements. Released at the Summit on Making Human Rights a Global Reality.

At the same time Human Rights Heros Awards were given to various deserving individuals including Joseph Jay Yaseriah, founder of the Youth for Human Rights Liberia Chapter who twice had to flee his country or face death. You can read more about the summit here: Historic Presentation Of World’S Foremost Human Rights Charter Released At United Nations

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Grand Openings of Scientology Churches

A friend just sent me this link to a page about the Grand Openings of Scientology Churches. It's simple but informative.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Famous Model Delivers Lectures on the Scientology Handbook in Calcutta, India

Here is a cool story about a top model in India who recently discovered the Scientology Handbook and is now delivering lectures about what she's learned: Famous Model Delivers Lectures on the Scientology Handbook in Calcutta, India

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Scientology Handbook New Online Edition

The Scientology Handbook Online edition has a new look and a vastly upgraded site.

The book contains tools you can use to handle virtual any situation. It is the book on which Volunteer Ministers receive their basic training.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Scientology Expansion

Scientology is expanding at such a rate that more new Churches, Missions and groups have opened since 2000 then in the entire period from 1950 to 2000. You can read about some of the recent grand openings of the new buildings for several churches in the links below:

Church of Scientology New York
Church of Scientology San Francisco
Church of Scientology Spain
Church of Scientology Johannesburg
Church of Scientology Buffalo

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

What is Scientology?

The book "What is Scientology?" is a very good book to give a friend who wants to know about the Scientology religion. It has lots of facts and figures.

On the other hand if you want to try your hand at applying scientology technology and you've heard how it works and would like some help, I recommend the Scientology Handbook. It is really quite excellent

LRH Congress Tapes

Last year, David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of RTC, released the new CD recordings of all the LRH Congresses from the late 1950s through the 1960s.

A few months atgo I finished listening to all of them. I can't tell you how much I got out of them!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Scientology Effective Solutions


There is a series of booklets that give full details of many different aspects of the Scientology religion. They cover everything from information about the founder L. Ron Hubbard, what Scientologists are doing around the world to handle the issues society is faced with such as drugs and human rights abuses and tools for everyday living.

These booklets can be found on the Scientology religion website.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Summer's Nearly Over

I remember as a child I that the summer used to last forever. But come the last week of August with school staring me in the face my enthusiasm would start to wear thin and would be replaced by a touch of anxiety which got stronger as the new school year approached.

It was only when I started to study Scientology that I realized that these emotional reactions to school were caused by an inability to study.

There's a terrific little animated description of study technology, developed by L. Ron Hubbard. Click on the image below and read it. It explains the entire phenomenon I just described.

If you have the same kind of physical and emotional reaction to going back to school, or if you have a kid who does, this could make all the differenc in the world.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Leaving for Florida

A friend of mine left for Florida yesterday for training. Florida is the spiritual headquarters of the Scientology religion and there is a large number of Scientologists living there.

I've been there three times and it is such a great experience.

You meet people you haven't seen for years. As I've traveled a lot as a Scientologist it is always a kick to be there and meet people I know from Europe, England, California, New York - you name it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

International Scientology Disaster Relief Team

Here is another articles about the Scientology Volunteer Ministers and their dedication in helping fellows everywhere in need of help. I was doing something similar when I was 12 years old, just because I wanted to help elderly. There is nothing better than the feeling of having helped and seeing someone doing better.
Here is the article for you to read: http://volunteerministers.org/articles/608132253022.vm

Also, if you have not read about Scientology yet, here is a very informative, uptodate and inspiring speech given by Mr David Miscavige: http://www.rtc.org/en_US/presentations/thisisscientology.html

ARC Triangle

The following is a definition from the Scientology glossary:

ARC triangle: a triangle which is a symbol of the fact that affinity, reality and communication act together as a whole entity and that one of them cannot be considered unless the other two are also taken into account. Without affinity there is no reality or communication. Without reality or some agreement, affinity and communication are absent. Without communication there can be no affinity or reality. It is only necessary to improve one corner of this very valuable triangle in Scientology in order to improve the remaining two corners.

Have you ever sat next to someone on a jet flight and started up a conversation (communication corner) and found out you agreed about many things that are important to you (shared a common reality)? Did you notice that your affinity for the person went from "he/she is a total stranger" to really liking the person enough to exchange cards to keep in touch? Chances are you felt this person understood you as well, didn't you?

That's one example of ARC in action.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Church of Scientology of Buffalo

The Grand Opening of the new Church of Scientology of Buffalo had some great moments, You can read about them all here: Grand Opening of the Church of Scientology Buffalo

The Scientology Chaplain

I don't know how well its known, but there is an important position in Scientology Churches and that is the Chaplain.

Each Sunday, the chaplain conducts services open to anyone who shares the hope of a better and happier future for man. For the person new to Scientology, this is an opportunity to gain an introduction to the religion and to take the first steps toward improving his own spiritual awareness. For the Scientologist, it provides the chance to further his own progress, while gaining new insights into Scientology principles.

The chaplain also performs Scientology weddings, christenings and funerals for parishioners and their family members. Individual churches also regularly host tape plays of L. Ron Hubbard’s lectures, briefings on matters of parishioner concern, and open houses for interested public or members of the local community.

This is an duty that is taken seriously and Scientology Chaplains are very caring and giving people.


Saturday, August 12, 2006

Scientology Services

Scientology isn't "just like" any other religion. It is very thoroughly described in the book "What is Scientology?" which is online at www.whatisscientology.org

Knowing How to Know

Did you know that the word Scientology means "Knowing how to know"?

It is closest to the subject of epistemology except that it has a very spiritual orientation. I think the most basic concept in Scientology is the concept that you don't HAVE a soul -- you ARE a soul. You are a spiritual being living in a body and using a mind to solve the problems you encounter in life.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Friday, August 04, 2006

Self-Confidence

Do you have confidence in your own decisions? L. Ron Hubbard said:
Self-confidence is nothing more than belief in one's ability to decide and in one's decisions.
Many tools exist in Scientology to increase you ability to decide and to make decisions you can have confidence in. An excellent start is to take the "How To Improve Conditions in Life" course.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Health, Ability and Responsibility

Here's an interesting quote from L. Ron Hubbard that one should think about:
There is a direct ratio between the health and ability of the person and his willingness to accept responsibility.
Just take a good look at that and see if you can recall times when it applied to you, times when you avoided responsibility and the consequences, times when you took responsibility and the consequences. What did you notice?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Scientology Disaster Relief Team at the Canden Trauma Center in Java


This is a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers who have spent weeks in Yogyakarta, living under the same conditions of privation as the local residents, 1.5 million of whom were left homeless by the May 2006 Java earthquake.

Here they are in front of their trauma center in the town of Canden.

Look at their morale. What a testament to the help Scientology technology provides.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Wisdom is for everyone

Here is another great quote from L. Ron Hubbard:
I know of no man who has any monopoly upon the wisdom of this universe. It belongs to those who can use it to help themselves and others.
And that is what Scientology is all about: using the wisdom of Scientology to help yourself and others. Go here to get started: What is Scientology?

Thursday, July 27, 2006

What Scientologists Say - Scientology Successes

If you want to know what Scientology is all about you should ask people who've experienced it and used it in their lives. There is an entire section of the "What is Scientology" site dedicated to just that: What Scientologists Say - Scientology Successes.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Goals, hopes, ambitions and dreams

Here is a quote from L. Ron Hubbard's book "Science of Survival" that should give you some food for thought:
Without goals, hopes, ambitions or dreams, the attainment of pleasure is
nearly impossible
Do you know what your goals, hopes, ambitions and dreams are? Have you ever sat down and figured them out? Try it. You will find you life becomes a more pleasant.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Basic Individual

In the very first book on Dianetics, called "The Dynamics of Life", L. Ron Hubbard said:
The basic individual is not a buried unknown or a different person, but an
intensity of all that is best and most able in the person.
So realize that you are basically very capable and that you can achieve you true abilities through Dianetics and Scientology.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Church of Scientology of Stuttgart

The Church of Scientology of Stuttgart is one of my favorite Scientology churches. They have recently purchased new premises and they will be fully renovating them before moving in.

You walk into this church and you are immediately hit by the enthusiasm and friendliness of the staff and public.

Of course you can probably say that about any Scientology church of mission. But some more so, and Stuttgart is on of those really exceptional ones.

It's just as David Miscavige described in This is Scientology -- when you have a group like this that is not operating with a material goal but rather a spiritual one people notice the difference the minute the walk through the door.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Scientology Spokesman "Carrying the Ball" in the Anti-Drug Game

This article on the Scientology News site is about Scientology spokesperson, Bob Adams, who had an 8-year career playing as tight end for such teams as the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons.

A vocal opponent of drugs, Bob is gets the word out about the anti-drug booklets released by the Church of Scientology International.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Quote of the Day

Here is one of my favorite quotes from L. Ron Hubbard: "Ideas and not battles mark the forward progress of mankind. Individuals and not masses, form the culture of the race."

Monday, July 10, 2006

Global Human Rights Campaign

The Church of Scientology works closely with human rights organizations like Youth for Human Rights to create a global human rights campaign promoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Human Rights - An Important Issue

Mary Robinson, former president or Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. From London, was interviewedo on Voice of America on the subject of small arms and the horrendous human rights violations from the salve of them to African nations.

She is quoted as saying:

"This is a review of a conference five years ago in which some promises and commitments were made that are actually in a way being diluted in not having any reference in the text at the moment to international human rights law or international humanitarian law as part of the global rules that are needed to control arms. In those five years 1.8 million people were killed by small arms. They are the weapons of mass destruction as I saw when I was UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and visiting the Congo, visiting Sierra Leone, The Balkans, East Timor. It’s terrible what’s happening now with the militia in Darfur, killing and raping women at the end of a gun. It’s just awful we’re not seeing the urgency in tackling this."

Human rights are an urgent issue. I am personally very committed to the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Scientology churches
work with human rights groups to promote education in human rights a way to raise public conscience on the subject.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Religious Freedom

Last week was the annual celebration of Religious Freedom Day in the US Congress.

In his address on the subject, Senator Rick Santorum said, "because freedom of religion embodies the freedoms of conscience, thought, and action, it is the lodestar of all other freedoms. Thus, a discussion of its status, challenges, and protection is not merely an event we accommodate, but a discussion we welcome and embrace."

I really agree with this.

In the Creed of the Church of Scientology, one of the first statements of belief is:

"That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance."

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Scientology Churches Call for Unity in Eradicating World Drug Epidemic

Just as I was writing about the work Scientologists do in the field of drug education, the Church put this press release up on the Scientology Press Office site

"At a time when illegal drug trafficking generates as much money as the oil industry — upwards of $400 billion a year internationally — and America’s taxpayers now pay more than $100 billion as a consequence of illicit drug consumption, Scientologists are dramatically stepping up their two-decade-long efforts to tackle the spread of drug abuse at its source. Leaders of the Church of Scientology International’s “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” campaign are calling upon community leaders and concerned citizens to join initiatives organized in major cities around the world in observance of the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Monday, June 26." >> more

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

June 26th is the day marked by the United Nations for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

I think it is really important for individuals and community groups to be involved in combatting the drug problem.

According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime web site, children and drugs is the theme of the 2006 campaign to be launched on 26 June, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. This year's slogan is "drugs are not child's play".

Scientology churches are very active members of the anti-drug team, working in their communities to reach young people with the message that it's far better to say no to drugs.

The Church of Scientology International has an anti-drug web site that gives news about what Scientologists are doing to combat drugs. For example in the US and Canada there is a group called the Drug Free Marshals where kids are "sworn in" like the Deputy Marshals of the wild west. They get their Drug Free Marshals "badge" when they pledge to live a drug-free life and help their friends do so too.

In Australia and New Zealand this group is called "Drug-Free Ambassadors."

In England they are the "Drug-Free Kids."

Anyone of any faith is very welcome to start one of these groups and can contact the Scientology church nearest to where they live for information on how to do so.

There is more information on the Scientology anti-drug programs at the Scientology Press Office web site.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Scientologists Helping in the Community

The Scientology Effective Solutions web site has news about what Scientologists do to improve their communities. It says:

"Scientologists are actively engaged in helping those around them in many ways, from drug prevention programmes to blood drives, from emergency relief services with the Red Cross to Walk-a-thons sponsored by the March of Dimes. They collect holiday toys for foster children and donate food and clothing for families in need. Many contribute to initiatives to preserve or clean up their local environment."

A case in point is the Scientology Disaster Relief Team that is on the ground right now in Java to help the local authorities cope with the recent earthquake on the island. Today's news states that the World Bank says the impact of the quake was much worse than was first estimated and that it may even have caused more damage that the tsunami.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site urges people who can help to contact the Volunteer Ministers coordinator.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Scientology DVDs give rare views of founder

There's a good article in the Toledo Blade on a set of DVDs of lectures by L. Ron Hubbard that were released by Mr. David Miscavige at the event that commemorated L. Ron Hubbard's birthday this year.

The lectures are called the Clearing Congress, and in them Ron gives news about breakthroughs in achieving the State of Clear (defined in the Scientology glossary as: "A Clear is a being who no longer has his own reactive mind. A Clear is an unaberrated person and is rational in that he forms the best possible solutions he can on the data he has and from his viewpoint. The Clear has no engrams which can be restimulated to throw out the correctness of computation by entering hidden and false data.")

At the event Mr. Miscavige showed the painstaking work that was done to restore the film - frame by frame - and examples of what it looked like before and after. If I hadn't seen the earlier version I wouldn't believe that these could possibly have been the same film.


Thursday, June 08, 2006

Dianetics NASCAR Car

The news is full of the story of the Dianetics NASCAR today.

The story says:

"Kenton Gray, a 35-year-old Californian, will attempt to make the field for a late model race Saturday night at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. His No. 27 Ford Taurus will be sponsored by Bridge Publications, which publishes Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s bestseller 'Dianetics.'"

It quotes the driver as saying:

"'Dianetics is a book that helped me in many ways since I first read it many years ago,' Gray said in a statement. 'It helped me get better control over the obstacles I had to get through to reach goals I was passionate about. Its a great honor to have a sponsor relationship that’s so directly related to my making it this far.'"

Go Dianetics!

Monday, June 05, 2006

A Blog I Enjoy Reading

I really like the David Miscavige blogger blog.

It's been being updated with stories about various International Scientology events where Mr. Miscavige has been a speaker.

I always enjoy going to Scientology international events, and try to make it to all of them.

I think it's pretty unique in the Scientology religion to have events like this.

They aren't sermons. They are more like celebrations. But they are celebrations with a purpose.

Several times a year events are held to bring Scientologists from around the world up to date with the events occuring in our religion, inlcuding the opening of new Scientology missions and churches and the expansion of the social betterment activites we support. Mr. David Miscavige is master of ceremonies at some of these and it is always a treat to hear his speeches.

Some of his speeches have been excerpted and put online. Those I've found are:

The grand opening of the Church of Scientology of New York - Mr. Miscavige spoke of how the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of New York inspired the rest of the world with their dedication after 9/11 when they worked for weeks providing help to the rescue workers.

The grand opening of the Church of Scientology of San Franscicso. In this speech he spoke about the special role San Francisco had in the development of Scientology.

The grand opening of the Church of Scientology of Spain. On this site Mr. Miscavige's speech is in Spanish, and I'm afraid my Spanish just isn't good enough to try to summarize what he covers.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Scientologists Spearhead a "Brighter Future for Buffalo"

I find it very exciting what the Church of Scientology of Buffalo is doing. Located in the heart of the city they are mobilizing other community groups to bring life and pride back to the city.

Here's a story about one of the activities they have undertaken to do this:

Forging a brighter future for any American city requires many shoulders to the wheel, and putting their weight behind a better Buffalo Wednesday night were community officials, leaders and parishioners of several local churches, and more than 100 community activists and dedicated Buffalonians.

The event was the Church of Scientology’s "Brighter Future for Buffalo" Jazz Night, featuring "Taylor Made Jazz," a group known for its humanitarian benefit performances. The venue was the Church’s community hall on Virginia and Main. The inspiration for the effort came from Mayor Byron Brown who has, in the city’s promotional literature and ads, urged citizens to work together in building a brighter future for the city. And even soul impresario Isaac Hayes added his shoulder from Harlem by contributing an effective tool for bringing greater respect and peace to the community.

Hosting the event as part of its "Creating a Brighter Future for Buffalo" campaign, the Church of Scientology of Buffalo honored Mark Fuller, executive director of the Stop the Violence Coalition with the Rev. Mary Lou Reile "Brighter Future for Buffalo" Award. "We applaud this coalition for being out there every day, on the front lines, whenever and wherever needed," said Teresa Reger, president of the Church in Buffalo. "Because of their non-stop efforts to make this city a brighter, safer place, I can’t think of a more deserving group to be the first recipient of this ’Brighter Future for Buffalo’ Award."

I beleive this is what Mr. David Miscavige was referring to in his speach at the Grand Opening of the Church of Scientology of Buffalo -- reaching out to use the technology of L. Ron Hubbard to really improve things in the community.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Expansion Briefings Aboard the "Freewinds"

Upcoming is the anniversary of the launching of the motor vessel "Freewinds." As is customary amongst Scientology parishioners, there will be celebrations as the ship sails the Caribbean.






The Freewinds is used as a meeting place for Scientologists the world over, as well as international events (quite often emceed by Mr. David Miscavige)to show the different activities the Church is involved in as well as how much expansion is occuring in and around our organizations.

There are constantly new organizations and buildings being opened: New York, San Francisco, Johannesburg just to name a few.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Dianetics 56th Anniversary

May 2006 marks the 56th anniversary of the "birth" of Dianetics - the publication of Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health on May the 9th, 1950.

Many people are asking What is Scientology? and What is Dianetics? And there is no better time than now to go in to a Scientology Mission or Church and find out.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

I liked this posting from the L. Ron Hubbard blog, and thought I'd share it here:

he Scientology religion has certain basic principles. One of them is that you don't have a spirit, rather you are a spirit.

"The individual himself is a spirit controlling a body via a mind." --L. Ron Hubbard

In his presentation at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International known now as This is Scientology Mr. David Miscavige described this Scientology principle as follows:

"Contained in the body of Dianetics and Scientology are answers to those age-old questions — Who am I? What’s the purpose of all this? And, What happens when I die?

"The direct answers are: You are a spiritual being, distinct and separate from a body. You have lived lifetime after lifetime and will live again. You are seeking to survive for yourself, your family, group, mankind, the physical universe, and to survive as a spirit. And only when you have fully achieved that level of enlightenment can you truly understand the Creator."


A DVD of this speech by David Miscavige is available through the Bridge Publications web site or at any Scientology church of mission.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Freedom Magazine - Latest Issue

The latest edition of Freedom Magazine has an article on "The Child Protection Racket"

Here's a bit about the story from the Scientology Newsroom.

Dominated by the profit-driven psychiatric industry, human rights abuses in the child welfare system are rife, including forcible, unwarranted family separations and brutal treatment of children coerced onto mind-altering drugs.

LOS ANGELES — In a heart-rending examination of two families torn apart by the Child Protective Services system, Freedom Magazine, the investigative journal of the Church of Scientology International, exposes in a just-released issue the profiteering motives of the psychiatric industry and the disastrous consequences for children and families across the United States.

As expressed by Massachusetts attorney Gregory Hession, one of numerous authorities interviewed by Freedom, "We need to raise the threshold for taking children from their families to begin with, so fewer children get into the system. Then they won’t be drugged and ruined and crushed and killed and raped and murdered and everything else that happens to them.">> more

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

World Wide Scientology Community Programs

David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board, Religious Technology Center, has been the driving force behind the worldwide program to expand all of the churches of Scientology to better serve their communities — to not only become islands of sanity and succor where all are welcome, but to also serve as central points of emanation for the Church’s many social betterment programs aimed at eradicating the crippling plagues of illiteracy, immorality, drug abuse and intolerance.

One of the key worldwide programs is the Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Nancy Cartwright - Scientology Volunteer Minister


Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, wrote about her experience with the Scienotlogy Volunteer Ministers who went to help in Louisianna after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.

While many of us were rivited by the images of loss, damage and humiliating conditions the residents of New Orleans had to suffer, others took this as a message that they need to do something about it.

Nancy was one such person as you can see in her article.


Some of you may already know this but I recently joined a group of Scientologist Volunteer Ministers and spent 5 days in Baton Rouge. It was both heart-wrenching and heart-warming. Without the help of so many good people, we would never have been able to handle the thousands of lost, displaced and desperate people. Here is more information to consider:

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This was by far the worst natural disaster in the U.S. in over 100 years so most of us have never seen anything like this in this lifetime... but something can be done about it and it is being done!

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The International Disaster Response Team (aka "Volunteer Minsters") worked at Ground Zero during 9-11, assisting the rescue workers by giving vitamins, Dianetic Assists*(see reference below) to help get their bodies in better shape to keep working the long hours and assisting with mental stress due to the losses

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Similar teams of hundreds of Volunteer Ministers went to Sri Lanka and other cities in the hard-hit area of the tusunami disaster last spring in Asia

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The Volunteer Ministers have been a major force of "help" at every hurricane to hit Florida in the last three years

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As of Sept. 1, the Volunteer Ministers were officially assigned the job of helping a government agency in the relocation of hundreds of people to new shelters. We have been given clearance to provide counseling and assistance to people through Scientology techniques

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The Volunteer Ministers have been operating in the State of Louisiana and as of Sept. 8th was THE ONLY organization allowed to cross into New Orleans to assist the army, sheriff's department, SWAT Teams, National Guard and local fire departments

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Through many phone calls and using all our contacts, the Volunteer Ministers provided 10,000 units of tetanus to make sure that the recovery teams were physically stable in order to go into the belly of the disaster without jeopardizing their own health. NO OTHER ORGANIZATION PROVIDED THIS INVALUABLE SERVICE.


After countless e-mails from friends across the country going into more and more detail of the need for help, I decided to just stop everything I was doing and GO! My assistant, Janelle, got on the internet and the only way we could arrive in Baton Rouge was via Houston. (No rental cars in the entire state of Louisiana!) So off we went to Houston. We picked up another Volunteer Minister, 16-year-old Chafee Graham- a free-spirited lad whose willingness to help others sets the bar for the rest of us (Plus, with all our "camping gear"--backpacks, food for 4-days consisting of protein bars, beef jerkey, trail mix, apples, bananas and peanut butter, we also lugged sleeping bags, change of underwear, flashlights, waterproof hiking boots and socks--having a buff 16-year-old was definitely helpful!)

Too excited to sleep, got up very early and caught our flight out on Sept. 3. We had a "pitstop" in Houston, just enough time to get the rental car and some food and head on our way to Lafayette, Louisiana. A dear friend of ours, Marie Pace, has a mission there and she was anxiously awaiting our arrival. We planned on dropping Chafee at the mission and then continue on our journey to Baton Rouge, but after the 4 hour drive to Lafayette, we decided not to drive into Baton Rouge in the middle of the night, so after getting briefed on all the “goings on”, we bunked down for the night and Janelle and I headed into Baton Rouge in the morning. (We planned on stopping by at the "back end" of our journey to visit the shelter in Lafayette.)

First stop: the Baton Rouge Mission of Scientology. When we arrived there were already hundreds of volunteers, scurrying here and there, getting signed in, filling out information forms and being handed a bright yellow t-shirt that identified us as a Volunteer Minister. One of the most amazing and admirable aspects to this particular group is that we really know how to organize. Everyone was assigned to a particular job, department or area. Those who are experts at organization ended up staying back at the mission in order to "run" the entire organization at this base. (Janelle is a real pro in this area and the Top Management snatched her up in a second to stay on base and put the organization there.) Others who are very good at personal interaction and delivering "Assists" (see below) were assigned to go to certain shelters to help in that area. It was being a part of a very productive scout troupe whose expertise is "assisting those in need, no matter what the problem." I was very proud to be a part of such a dedicated group. And if I every wondered who or what was going on, all I needed to do was look on the wall and there was posted a board that showed all the various areas and assignments. The phones were ringing off the hook with people wanting to know what they could do to help. It was really an amazing flurry of energy.>>more

Chick Corea praises jazz legend, founder of Scientology for musical success

Here are some excerpts from an article that caught my eye. It's about my favorite jazz musician, Chic Corea:

It's not often you hear the names Miles Davis and L. Ron Hubbard in the same sentence.

But Corea, who played with Davis in the late '60s-early '70s and exchanged letters with Hubbard for 15 years until his death in 1986, says both men taught him the importance of breaking down barriers and going his own way.

"Freedom to communicate, and freedom to think how you want to think -- to me that's the area where artists operate," says Corea. "I got that from Miles, and I learned it from Scientology."

In an interview about his concert Wednesday at Casino du Lac Leamy in the Ottawa, his first visit to the Ottawa area in 16 years, Corea seems eager to talk about how Hubbard and Davis influenced his music and changed his life.

Especially Hubbard.

"Scientology has enabled me to understand and develop my own strengths and to write music more quickly," he says. "It also helped me to become freer to create as I want to, not how others think I should."

There's certainly no denying Corea's output or individuality. His fleet, elegant piano style and occasional bursts of flowery Spanish-tinged romanticism have become distinctive jazz signposts.>> more


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Scientology Views on Silent Birth

I don't think I have included the information in this blog regarding the new official Scientology website on Silent Birth.





The quote is very cool;

“When children become unimportant to a society, that society has forfeited its future.”

By L. Ron Hubbard from the book Science of Survival

Scientology expands at home

Nice to see the St. Petersburg Times getting that right!

They quote Ben Shaw, Scientology spokesperson as saying: "Scientology also has undertaken a building spurt internationally, spending 'literally hundreds of millions of dollars' this year alone.

"In the past three years, the church has built churches in New York, Madrid, Johannesburg, South Africa, Buffalo, N.Y., San Francisco, Los Gatos, Calif., Mountain View, Calif., and Tampa. Last year, the church purchased buildings encompassing nearly 1-million square feet in 18 cities worldwide."

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Scientologist Jenna Elfman

ABC.com has a photo story on famous Scientologists today with this photo of Jenna Elfman:


Their caption is: Actress Jenna Elfman of CBS' "Everything I Know About Men" has been a Scientologist since 1991.

Here's a success story from her on www.scientology.org:

"I didn’t know how to open the door to my goals and would have been fiddling with the lock for all these years had I not learned about Scientology. I now know that I truly am limitless. Scientology opened the door for me and I’ve walked through it to success."

Jenna is very active in programs at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre and in making L. Ron Hubbard's technology available to improve conditions in society, which she describes on this page of her personal web site.

She's very outspoken, beautiful and enormously talented.