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Where do we go from here? What is the future of Scientology?

Mark Rathbun Blog Takeover

This is unbelievable. I posted the following this morning on Mark Rathbun’s blog knowing it would not be approved:

“So, I’m on to you. Mark Rathbun is not running this blog anymore. I don’t know what you did to him and his family, but I will tell you that despite these videos, which remind me of the North Korean propaganda videos from the Korean War, the overwhelming evidence of how corrupt the church is, and the destruction of the tech, will live on. In your case, you can’t erase the idiocy of the “Squirrel Busters” hounding Rathbun for months and months, and the idiotic video of the SO execs hounding Rathbun at the airport, etc., etc. I don’t know what you did to make Rathbun turn on people who were his friends, but I have to think it is far worse than the squirrel busters caper.

But I’m on to you. You pushed it too far, and now these videos are just evidence of Mark’s surrender. Cheers.”

Guess what happened? My comment was replaced by a long, long diatribe against Tony Ortega and the Village Voice. It was not me who wrote that post. But it’s under my ID because they just deleted my text and replaced it with theirs. Unbelievable! This, to me, is proof that Marty is no longer in charge of his blog.

Cussing unbelievable.

Mark Rathbun has recently starred in a series of videos in which he trashes his former friends and spouts the church propaganda line that he rejected for years. It is pretty obvious from the content that he made some sort of deal with the church or David Miscavige or both. I have no idea why he would do this, but I find it very sad. That his independent blog, the blog that I started posting to seven years ago and which was so instrumental in exposing the abuses of the church, is now a propaganda arm of the church just shows how much a Greek tragedy Scientology is. That he has “turned” is hard for me to believe, but there it is. The mighty has fallen.

And now his blog is run by the church. There is no way Mark would delete my comment and post a pure church propaganda piece under my ID. So unethical. Just shows the church is as corrupt and unethical as ever, and Rathbun’s videos won’t change that.

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Closure of LA and ASHO Foundation and Treason

My alma maters are ASHO Day and ASHO Foundation, the two highest-level training organizations in the Americas. I did my Academy Levels at ASHO Day in 1976, and my Saint Hill Special Briefing Course at ASHO Foundation from 1980 to 1985.

In September, the church made a huge announcement: They are closing ASHO Day and ASHO Foundation, and combining them into a new org, just ASHO. They have also closed down Los Angeles Day and Los Angeles Foundation orgs and combined them into a new Los Angeles org staffed by Sea Org members only.

This is, per HCOPL 7 April 1969 “Org Reduction or Eradication,” a Treasonable Act:

“It is an act of treason to reduce, combine or close an org”

LRH lists out 29 ways an org can “collapsed or closed,” including number 3: “Combine the Day org with its Foundation.” Further on, and very telling:

“Of these offenses, simply ordering an org closed or to combine Day and Foundation or to drop its status lower are directly treasonable acts, as a little work and better planning and attention to policy and service has always been able to lift up stats.”

Finally:

“Thus, _we_ must also take heavy care that our own executives do not do it [close/combine orgs] in any shape or guise as it betrays the whole planet.”

LRH

So, we all know that Mr. Miscavige and his cronies are screwing up big time. Here we have proof in Hubbard’s own writing that they are committing treason.

The problem with staying in the church out of fear that you will “lose your eternity” is that you have already lost it. The church has demonstrably violated LRH policy after policy after policy, and now we have the church closing orgs and celebrating it. Imagine that! Celebrating a treasonable act.

I mourn ASHO Foundation. ASHO F was a great org, with great people back in the day, and it deserves better than this.

Want to Know About Scientology?

Check out Scientology Reviews (http://scientologyreviews.com) and see for yourself what others think about the books, the courses, and Scientology itself. It was put together by Steve Hall, an Independent Scientologist who was a key player in the successful promotions of Scientology “back in the day.” It is an excellent work, and really should be your first stop in finding out about what Scientology is and has to offer, and what people think about it.

To find out more about Independent Scientology, visit http://iScientology.org.

And have fun! If it ain’t fun, it ain’t Scientology. That is a fact.

What Every “Under the Radar” Scientologist Should Do

If you are a Scientologist who is “in” but understands that things are very wrong, you are facing the same moral dilemma I faced: How do you avoid committing a high crime? Or, more correctly, how can you NOT commit a high crime? High crimes are suppressive acts in the church, and you are subject to expulsion if you commit them.

On the one hand, it is a high crime to “publicly denounce Scientology.” And form splinter groups. And hang around with people declared SP by the church.

On the other hand, by being active in the church, you are committing the high crime of Out Tech, of failing to keep in the ten points of “Keeping Scientology Working” and tech degrades, failure to clean up an ARC Broken field, aiding the commission of felonies and mayhem, and a number of others.

In other words, if you are a Scientologist (inside or indie), you are directly or indirectly committing high crimes while Mr. David Miscavige is “in office.” You can’t claim to be innocent, here. If you are still in, you can’t tell me I committed a high crime by being public about my discontent while you pay money to a regime that is actively undermining the very subject of Scientology.

That, to me, is the moral dilemma. But once I realized that there is no way to remain “clean” on this, you have to weigh, which “high crimes” are worse? Administrative high crimes that protect the status quo, or technical high crimes that affect the very existence of Scientology? I say, screw the admin high crimes. They can only be high crimes if the church is actually doing the right thing, and we all know that things are rotten in Hemet.

Ok, so given that, what is a poor corporate Scientologist to do?

Well, follow Ron’s advice at least and withdraw support. You have an eternity. David Miscavige does not. Take five years off, and live your life, and go for your dreams, using the tech and wins you already received from Scientology. Live life! And, do NOT go to events, do NOT flow anymore energy to the IAS or the church, do NOT continue to support the continuous actual high crimes committed daily by Mr. David Miscavige and the people who don’t have the balls to stand up to this guy. You don’t have to walk up to the man and tell him off. Just quietly sit the next five years out.

Then, when you are ready, find out where Scientology really is.

(Note: This was first published as a comment on Mark Rathbun’s blog).

Happy 100th, Ron!

This is an open letter to L. Ron Hubbard.

Happy birthday, Ron! I hope you are doing well wherever you may be. This may or may not get to you, but in any event, I thought I would drop you a line.

I wrote to you a few times when I was a kid, on the SO1 line. I always enjoyed getting your response. When I was at Flag back in 1977, I was room mates with some of the SO 1 crew. They were a good bunch.

You left us 25 years ago. It was an interesting period back then – people power-pushing, your buddy Captain Bill Robertson splitting off into the Galactic Confederacy, the kid David Miscavige maneuvering around to become the boss. Heber keeping eveyone’s nerves calmed. Heber was a very calming influence. I remember he was the man who single-handedly (from my point of view) saved the Pac area from just splitting off back in the “Finance Police” days.

I am sure that if you are around, you have been following the situation of late with special interest. I remember your policies and policy corrections when someone went too far, and I remember your HCOBs and your corrections when someone went too far. When I was a kid, I did a two hour blinkless TR0 confront (actually, two of them). No blinks. All because in the TR’s bulletin you said that a blink was a flunk. So, naturally, people took it to the extreme. Same with the SO. You did not ask for a billion year contract. Some other over-dedicated wag dreamed up the idea as a way to show total commitment.

Ron, I never met you personally, and I wish I had. My mom met you and worked with you on the Apollo for a while. My step-dad worked with you as well. It would have been fun to meet you. I know you were one forgiving SOB. You were quick to temper, and quick to forgive. I remember how many times you busted and then brought back Otto Roos, and Captain Bill, and others. You always admired people of action, and always admired the policy “It is better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.”

I always looked at being on staff as being a lark, a fun thing to do. It truly was “if it is not fun, it is not Scientology” back in the day. The RPF at flag when I was there was no picnic, but it was not a festering hole, either. I think a lot of your staff took the game way too seriously. It was always in check to some degree when you were around, but since you left… Phew!

Let me tell you something. I never wanted to be in a position where I would have to choose between the church and Scientology, and I know you never had this scene in mind. I know how you felt about splinter groups and “squirrel” groups, and criticisms of upper management. Frankly, I think Mr. David Miscavige has used your dislike of splintering off and your known dislike of people who criticize from outside to his advantage. Most Scientologists I know know that Miscavige has crossed the line, but also know that you frown on splitting up the team. So, they are either waiting for the Miscavige fiasco to blow over, or are trying to correct it in whatever manner they can from the inside.

This is noble, of course. But, there comes a time when trying to do the “right” thing in a manner you provided for a Church that is vastly different from what we have now is A. futile, and B. non-Survival.

We are gone from the era where the RPF meant a couple of months of humble quarters and humble food. Now it is or can be a decade long affair. How crazy is that?

We are gone from the time a section of the church could start squirreling on “de-dinging” or some such nonsense, and having a central technical trained authority come in with crams and chits to get people back on board. Now we have your check sheets completely rewritten or eliminated, fast flow training cancelled, redefinition of such basic things as a floating needle, and all being spewed from a the same central authority that is supposed to be safeguarding technology. As you wrote in Keeping Scientology Working,

On the other hand there have been thousands and thousands of suggestions and writings which, if accepted and acted upon, would have resulted in the complete destruction of all our work as well as the sanity of pcs. So I know what a group of people will do and how insane they will go in accepting unworkable “technology”.

Well, here we are. Miscavige has decided to improve upon that which was working.

There are a lot of good people who have left the Church. You know who they are. These are people who stood by you and your discoveries through thick and thin. These are people who worked in the church for years and years, and found the safeguards  you had in place dismantled. These people left the church because they value your work and honor your legacy. They had to break the rules to save the situation. In other words, people like you. Again, you know who they are.

There are a lot of people in the church who aren’t quite up to the “breaking the rules” stage. But, they see the outpoints, and some are trying to follow the policies, such as they are, to correct the scene. Despite the evidence that the internal controls have failed, there are a number of Scientologists still trying to work the system from the inside.

Here is my position, Ron:

1. You have codified and mapped technology that is of immense value to those who would use it for improvement of conditions. For that, I am eternally thankful.

2. This technology requires free people to own it and administer it. It is too hot to be rote about its use and delivery. It is too hot to take it on faith. The only time I have ever heard you ask for someone to take anything on faith was the missed withhold tech. And, I found it to be sooth.

3. We need to trust people to take care of the technology without a central authority to monitor it. Central control was alright when you were at the helm, but since you left the scene, it has been a disaster. The good news is that the technology is in good hands and is thriving. People can be trusted to keep the tech.

4. I personally will use it and apply it, and applaud others that do the same.

5. I will condemn policies and actions that are disruptive, negative, and criminal. Forced abortions, enslavement of staff, putting staff at risk, putting other Scientologists at risk, extorting money. This is out ethics and wrong.

So, Ron, I may be in a position where I may need to “beg forgiveness” somewhere down the line, but, I don’t think so. On this, your 100th birthday, your tech is in good hands, and is thriving. People who love you and your work are getting the job done. It may not be exactly as we had envisioned it, but, you know, no one said it would be easy.

Here’s to you, Ron!

L. Ron Hubbard – 25 Years since his Passing

Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

Ron was an amazing man, and he is missed. Scientology is an adventure – and there have been many high points and a few low points in my involvement in Scientology. Overall I am happy and grateful that Ron has put this together, and I am a better person for being a Scientologist.

It is part of my life mission to keep the technology of Scientology clean and available. We are living in interesting times in Scientology, but the only real thing that matters is the technology itself, and people using it to better conditions for themselves, their families, their associates, and for the world as a whole. Anyone who does that is a friend of mine, whether in the Church or acting independently. Any use of Scientology that betters conditions is a proper use of Scientology, no matter who does it.

My thanks go out to Ron for developing this wonderful technology, and putting together a forum for the most interesting people I know.

Ron, I tip my hat to you. I hope you are well, where ever you are. Thanks for leaving us your legacy!

Where to Go from Here?

If you are a Scientologist who is wondering what the heck is going on with the Freezone, with ex-Sea Org members speaking out against the church, the Independent Scientology movement, all these Anonymous people protesting the orgs, etc., this blog post is for you.

I think the biggest fear (or maybe what should be the biggest fear) for a Scientologist looking for information on the church is to come across real or bogus upper level information. This is a legitimate worry. The upper level information is fantastic to many people outside the church, and having seen lots of postings about it, they always miss the point of the OT levels – but, be that as it may, there it is, in pieces and fragments all over the ‘net. If you are a Scientologist, it is far better to get to the OT levels in the correct sequence without having to wade through crap on the ‘net.

In addition, you have people who are absolutely against not just the church, but the whole subject of Scientology. These sites spew a lot of stuff out, true and false, rumor and fact, and I have found that many, many times they mix in bogus fears with legitimate concerns. These sites grant zero legitimacy to anything in Scientology, including the TRs, Self Analysis, study tech – it is all painted with a very broad brush of badness.

So, in order to help you make up your mind, I suggest Marty Rathbun’s blog, over in the blog links. I also suggest the FreeHeber web site, and the FreeZone sites. These are people who are independent Scientologists, and therefore respect the subject and will not feed any upper level data.

You should know, however, that you will come across some upper level data in your journey to truth. The good news is that it is disjoint, and I have never seen it presented in its entirety. Have been through the upper levels, the main point of OT III and other materials are NEVER mentioned. So, treat it like you would “History of Man,” or the tape “The Free Being,” or the PDC. Past lives space opera is interesting, but unreal if  you yourself have not experienced it.

Check out the blog roll here, and really, get some Truth. There used to be a saying back in the day: “If it isn’t fun, it’s not Scientology.” And that is the truth. There is not a lot of fun in Mr. David Miscavige’s organizations these days. Time to get back to Scientology. These blogs will help you on your journey.