After WWII, Germany has enacted legislation against cults and other organizations that could lead to a rise like that of the Nazi Regime. Many Germans are trying to make Scientology illegal believing it to be a cult, and are watching the Church very closely. We should be watching closely too, as it seems the Church has graced us with its presence at 106 E Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902. Scientology has been recognized as a cult by millions, though the average Joe knows little to nothing about the actual religion. Celebrities such as John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Leah Remini, Kelly Preston, Greta Van Susteren, Danny Masterson, Jason Lee, Priscilla Presley, and Jerry Seinfeld all share Scientology as their faith, and also share the dark secret that comes with the religion.
L. Ron Hubbard, a fiction writer, born March 13, 1911 is the founder of Scientology. As a young man, Hubbard was very intrigued by the mind and consciousness. He began experimenting with the two and created what he coined, Dianetics; a set of ideas and practices pertaining to the metaphysical relationship between the mind and the body. Hubbard classified the mind into three sections, the conscious, the subconscious, and the somatic mind. Hubbard believed that if one could “purge” their subconscious mind, they would be free to experience less anguish by ridding themselves of painful past memories. As people flocked to his sessions, more and more began to have past life regressions. Hubbard had stumbled upon something far more than the physical mind, and in 1954, he created the Church of Scientology, whose main objective is to become pure through the use of Dianetics.
Being the fiction writer he was, Hubbard used many of his writings and stories to write the belief system for the religion. Suddenly, it wasn’t past memories he was purging, but alien souls. Scientology explains that within each of us are thousands of alien souls called body thetans, which are trapped with our own thetan within our “meat body”. The reason people have seizures, trouble eating or sleeping, mental illnesses, and so on is a direct result from the souls and memories of these aliens. Within the religion, followers (sometimes forced) give donations and money to the church and are then allowed to be audited. Auditing is when the Scientologist is hooked up to a machine called the Hubbard Electropsychometer, which sends 0.5 volts of electricity into the Scientologist. The machine is said to be so sensitive is can register the slightest measurement of pain and “measures” the expulsion of thetans. Hubbard, in earlier years, attached the machine to fruits to see if they felt pain, and explained that they probably did seeing as a tomato “screamed when sliced” according to the Electropsychometer. During the audit, the Scientologist is asked a series of personal questions intended to expel the souls and bad memories of the aliens’ thetans. Every session is recorded and kept by the Church.
There are ranks one climbs within the Church; usually dictated by money or servitude towards the Church. As the follower audits more, the beliefs of the religion are partially given at each rising step. This process is called the bridge to total freedom. The more one audits, the more one must pay the church in order to advance. A simple note should be added that scientology is a tax-exempt religion. With confessions on tape, and your money in their pockets, it’s very hard to run away. Reports filed against the Church of Scientology run from false imprisonment, assault, practicing medicine without a license, threats, fraud, extortion, child neglect, coerced abortions, weapons violations, conspiracy to murder, commission of criminal acts, interference with the US mail, slander, falsifying information, obstruction of justice, human trafficking and of course, blackmail.
Many panic at the thought of leaving the Church safely. There are now online websites and programs, which help those who fear that their lives or the lives of their families are in danger by the hands of Scientology. If you are looking to leave the church, please find out more information here.
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