Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Can Taking Care of Yourself Help You Be Happier?

Do you know anyone who who doesn't want to be happier? If you do, that's a pretty lucky person (or someone who has completely given up, and really needs some help fast).

There's a lot of stress these days, and if affects people different ways. But one thing it pretty uniformly affects is happiness.

So when I saw this public service announcements for The Way to Happiness I thought -- here's something people need to see.

This video illustrates the first precept of The Way to Happiness a common sense moral code written by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

Click here to view other Public Service Announcements

Check it out. See if it makes you feel a bit better. Hey. We can use any help we can get! Right?

PS. You can upload them yourself for your blog too.

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow." — Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard

Dianetics: The Original Thesis

Dianetics: The Original Thesis was Ron’s first description of Dianetics. Originally circulated in manuscript form, it was soon copied and passed from hand to hand. Ensuing word of mouth created such demand for more information, Ron concluded the only way to answer the inquiries was with a book. That book was Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, now the all-time self-help bestseller. Find out what started it all. For here is the bedrock foundation of Dianetic discoveries: the Original Axioms, the Dynamic Principle of Existence, the Anatomy of the Analytical Mind and Reactive Mind, the Dynamics, the Tone Scale, the Auditor’s Code and the first description of a Clear. Even more than that, here are the primary laws describing how and why auditing works. It’s only here in Dianetics: The Original Thesis.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

This is where it all began. There were two books before Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, but DMSMH was the book that made Dianetics into a household word. It is the first book that I read and is the first book that most people read on the subject. Dianetics was the subject that led to the discoveries that became Scientology and Dianetics is still going strong in its own right.

If you want to find out what Scientology is then this is where to begin. The new edition contains:

• The Goal of Man

• The Dynamic Principle of Existence — the one word that motivates all living things

• The Four Dynamics — the drives upon which all of life is compartmented

• The Descriptic Graph of Survival — revealing one’s true potential and how to achieve it

• The discovery of and complete anatomy of the Reactive Mind

• The painful experiences — engrams — contained in the Reactive Mind which command one to act irrationally against their own wishes and goals

• The impact of prenatal engrams — what took place before you were born and how it’s influenced you ever since

• The complete Dianetics procedure to discover and eradicate these harmful experiences so they never affect you again, revealing the one person you’ve always wanted to know — you

It also contains an extensive glossary to make it easy to read, understand and use.

You can buy it here: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

Friday, July 20, 2007

Basics, Basics, Basics

The new books, lectures and courses are here.

If you are a Scientologist then you probably already know about the basics, but did you know there was an entire website devoted to the subject? Scientology Basics

If you are new to Scientology or just wonder what the heck it is, then the new basic books are for you. They will tell you what it is and how to use it to see if it works. Get a basic book today.

To start, I recommend:
Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health
Scientology, The Fundamentals of Thought

Monday, July 16, 2007

Tackling Crime in Southern Italy

You know, so much money is spent warehousing prisoners, and such a high ratio of prisons return to the streets and commit crimes again. If we could put some effective rehab into prisons it would not only save the lives of the prisoners (and all their victims) but think of how much money could be put into programs to improve our communities, give incentives to people to start new businesses, build parks, protect the environment and improve education!

I just found an interesting story about the Scientology Cavalcade in Bari, Italy which is what got me thinking about this.

Apparently this city is infamous for the amount of crime in the city. A survey was published on June 26th that found that 60% of the people of Bari wouldn't have any problem moving away from the city. I think that's pretty significant, because the Italians I know seem to be about their home towns.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers European Cavalcade are working with police in the city to help with this problem.

It makes sense to me.

A few years ago I spoke with a Scientologist who did volunteer work with young offenders, using some of the materials from the Scientology Handbook. She was so pumped about how well the kids she was working with were doing. So I think this is a terrific idea.

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow." — Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

One Scientologist's Story

There's a concept that is really central to the Scientology religion. It's on the Scientology web site. "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."

In Scientology, nobody tells you what to think. Rather, Scientology is a route to self discovery.

When I read books by L. Ron Hubbard I find it's more like remembering concepts than learning them. So often I read something by LRH and it just hits me as an "of course!" kind of thing.

One of the most basic principles in Scientology is that man is basically good. And Scientology training and counseling (called auditing) helps you get back to your basic nature. I have found this to be so true, personally.

Scientology is also intensely practical. Everything you learn you can use. The Scientology Handbook is a great example of this. To me, it's one of the great pleasures in life to be able to help one of my friends, or my sister or my parents with something that's really bothering them. I can open the Handbook to exactly what they need and they try it and it works.

I helped one friend who was in an abusive relationship and she just couldn't seem to get out of it. Every time she tried to leave he would say he was going to reform and she'd just give in and stay with him. With the help of Scientology Handbook I was able to get her to see what she was doing and she finally left him. She's in a great relationship now and doing so much better.

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow." — Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard

More Psychiatric Lies

I just watched a very troubling video. Gwen Olsen was a pharmaceutical rep for 15 years and she describes how she was taught to misrepresent the side effects of psychiatric drugs.

I also thought it was pretty amazing that she admitted that whenever someone would complain loudly about the dangers of one of these drugs, the pharmaceutical companies taught them to say "Oh they're just Scientologist, that's a cult," and then they would deliberately paint
Scientology as a cult to discredit Scientology, Scientologists and anyone who had the courage to criticize them or their product.

Watch it here:

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow." — Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard

Friday, July 06, 2007

New Scientology Church for Philadelphia

I love the city of Philadelphia and I'm so happy to see a new Church of Scientology is being built there.

It's also great to see how Scientology churches are purchasing vintage buildings and restoring and renovating them, like the Church of Scientology of New York, Buffalo and San Francisco. And the Church of Scientology of Pasadena was recently featured on the Scientology Press Office site for the new building they are renovating.

It's great for Scientologists for these new churches to be being built, but it's also great for their communities as one of the features of these new churches is lots of room for community programs such as literacy programs and Volunteer Ministers activities.

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow." — Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Oscar Winner Leads Voices Criticizing Germany over Cruise Film

It's good to see German's speaking up about last week's official comments about Tom Cruise and Scientology It is good to know that unlike intolerance in years past, Germans of today will not put up with it.

Germany's Oscar-winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the creative brains behind Stasi film "The Lives of Others," which won the best foreign language picture award in February, slammed the government for wasting "a golden opportunity."

Having Cruise play Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg in director Bryan Singer’s film "Valkyrie" would promote Germany's image "more than 10 soccer World Cups," Henckel von Donnersmarck wrote in a full-page article in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

And now the official statement has taken a 180 degree turn, with German media reporting, "While some German politicians have said that Cruise, 44, is unwelcome because of his involvement with the Church of Scientology , officials have said that the decision to prevent filming at the Bendlerblock, now part of the defense ministry, was unconnected with the star's beliefs and was based purely on the disruption it would cause."

I'm sure the picture will be produced and that it will be a work of love and a work of art, and Cruise will excel in the genre he does better than any other actor today.

And here's to it being a blockbuster!

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow." — Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard

Scientologists Promoting Human Rights

Ms. Eden Stein (2nd from the right), President of the Church of Scientology of Pasadena, briefed Ms. Hellen Barber, Philippines Consul, Ms. Mary Jo Aragon, Consul General and Mr. Ricardo Saludo, Cabinet Secretary and advisor to Philippines President Arroyo, on the work Youth for Human Rights International is doing to bring about tolerance and peace through human rights education.

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow." — Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Support for Religious Tolerance -- Scientology and Germany

Kudos to Susan Estrich, the Robert Kingsley professor of law and political science at the University of Southern California Law Center, for her incisive critique of Germany's outrageous "lapse" in the religious freedom department. She wrote:

Defense Ministry spokesman Harald Kammerbauer said the filmmakers "will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult."

Count Stauffenberg was the German officer who opposed German treatment of the Jews and attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944. But when the bomb he planted in a briefcase exploded, Hitler was wounded, not killed, and Stauffenberg was executed for his role in the failed plot. The code name for the project was Valkyrie, which is the name of the movie in which Tom Cruise is slated to star.

Scientology has been recognized as a religion in the United States. In Germany, they call it a cult. Whatever you call it, the film Mr. Cruise is set to star in has absolutely nothing to do with Scientology. Mr. Cruise is an actor seeking to work in his craft, and the Germans are seeking to prohibit him from doing so because of his religious views.

Estrich goes on to describe the systematic marginalization of Jews in pre-Holocaust Germany--the very actions that made it possible to "slid" into the Holocaust itself and the attempted extermination of an entire population. No one is comparing the treatment of Scientologists to what was done to the Jews, but Germany's record of religious intolerance is being examined once again in the public forum, and they do not stand up very well to this scrutiny.

Since the initial "announcement," hit the press last week, support for Tom Cruise has been pouring in, and German officials have apologized for official statement, saying they have no opposition to the film shooting in Germany.

Perhaps this incident will serve to make certain German officials, who have flaunted their intolerance unchecked over the years, the ramifications of their activities not just to minority religions but the the reputation of their country and adopt a policy of tolerance.

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow." — Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard