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