Elvis Presley said that Scientology was all head and no heart, and he is right. Scientology is very technical, very clinical. LRH, being an engineering and exploring sort, wanted to cut through the emotions and look at the underlying structure of the aberrations of Man, looking for a way to remove them. Scientology’s name means “Knowing how to know,” but really, it is the study of the human soul, and especially, how to remove the soul’s impediments.
Ron calls the soul a “thetan” in order to exactly define what WE mean when we speak of the soul. The most important differentiation being that whereas those of us who have Christian backgrounds say that we “have” as soul, that we can “sell our soul” to the devil, or that “our” souls will ascend to heaven, the Scientology point of view is that we ARE the soul.
But calling the soul a “thetan” is a very engineering thing to do. The problem with this is that while we are removing the negative or inaccurate perceptions of the soul, we are also removing the positive side as well: “Soulful,” “Soul-mates,” the “soul of the person rising.” The renaming took away its heart.
I have been studying the New Testament lately. Being a Scientologist almost since birth, I had never really looked at it, and had a very “high-level” view of what Christianity was: “Christ died for you,” and “Jesus Saves” being the main messages. This is inadequate.
What permeates the New Testament is LOVE. Love for your brother. Love for all. Acceptance. Christ forgave your sins, and accepted you as you are – He loved you despite what you did. He knows you were created in God’s image, and that you, therefore, are a reflection of God and can be a glory to God. Christ took your burdens so that you could live and realize your saintly potential.
Now, you Scientologists who read this, read on. There is a moral here. If you were raised a Christian, look at this in a new unit of time.
The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians one of the most beautiful things I have ever read, and something we all can learn from:
1 Corinthians 13 (New International Version, ©2010)
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We need to realize and remember, total “Theta” is total ARC – Affinity, Reality, and Communication – but that is clinical and does not sound like what it really means. Here it is really:
Theta is Love. When we aspire to be “Tone 40,” “Upscale,” to be “OT,” to be free from our reactive minds and from the encumbrances of the physical universe, we are aspiring to move into a new plane of existence. What is this plane? Are we not aspiring to Total Love? Are we not aspiring to be Loving and Kind? To be free from Hate and Anger? Paul describes it better than I ever could. Is this not a model for how we all should be?
As we move into 2011, and as we move forward in our independence, let us remember the words of Paul. Let us reach out and realize that there is Wisdom all over, and that we are free to learn it and free to study it, and more importantly, free to apply it to our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
On Christ’s birthday, let us learn something from Christ:
Let us reach out in Love to each other, to our colleagues to may still condemn us for our independence, and to all our fellow men and women who share this globe with us. Let us share our Love and our Wisdom. Let us all live in Peace.
Let us make 2011 a Year of Joy!