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


MadSufidotcom said...

I don't quite understand this. If in Scientology no one is asked to accept anything as belief or on faith, then how can it be described as a religion?

kenfriend7 said...

The moderator may answer this, but, as I understand it, Scientology addresses the spiritual side of life in a practical way. One studies and applies the spiritual materials to observe the results for oneself, rather than taking it on faith. There are also other religious traditions that emphasize spiritual study and personal observation/application.

Grahame said...

Another point is that the word "belief" implies that you can't verify the claims for yourself. In Scientology you are able to see if the spiritual methods described in the religion actually work. Therefore you don't have to believe them, you see for yourself whether they work or not and make up your own mind. Either it works of it doesn't.