Scientology is based on the writings of L.Ron Hubbard whose “sacred scripture” is known inside the organization as the “tech,” short for technology. Through a series of increasingly expensive courses, the Scientologist seeks to attain a higher state of being as promised by Hubbard.
The Scientologist hopes to become an Operating Thetan (OT) and gain control of the physical universe of Matter, Energy, Space and Time known in Scientology as MEST. Once they become an OT they believe they will be able to leave their bodies at will and attain almost God-like abilities.
The upper OT levels of Scientology are kept secret from new members who are told that exposure to the material before they are ready could prove fatal.They must spend years of indoctrination and hundreds of thousands of dollars before finding out Scientology’s core beliefs which revolve around intergalactic battles and an evil overlord named Xenu.
Few people would join Scientology if they were told upfront that the cause of all their problems stems from an incident which happened 75 million years ago. Hubbard teaches that Xenu tried to solve the over-population problem in this sector of the galaxy by placing us into volcanos and blowing us up with hydrogen bombs.
Scientology argues that this colorful mythology is no different from Christianity’s tales of virgin births and burning bushes or countless other stories taken as a matter of faith in various religions. However, Scientology also claims that every aspect of their religion is scientific fact and most egregiously, Scientology withholds their mythology until you’re indoctrinated as a Scientologist.
Early courses train you in how to communicate as a Scientologist and target problems you may have in this lifetime.Using techniques similar to psychotherapy, the Scientologist discusses upsets in their life with a counselor who monitors the Scientologist’s reactions on a device known as an e-meter.
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The “Church” of Scientology claims religious status; yet at times Scientology represents itself as a psychotherapy, a set of business techniques, an educational system for children or a drug rehabilitation program. Officers of the Church belong to the largely landbound “Sea Organization,” and wear pseudo-Naval uniforms, complete with campaign ribbons, colored lanyards, and badges of rank, giving Scientology a paramilitary air. Although Scientology has no teachings about God, Scientologists sometimes don the garb of Christian ministers. The teachings of Scientology are held out not only as scientifically proven, but also as scriptural, and therefore beyond question. Scientology was also the first cult to establish itself as a multinational business with marketing, public relations, legal and even intelligence departments.Scientology is also unusual because it is not an extension of a particular traditional religion. It is a complex and apparently complete set of beliefs, techniques and rituals assembled by one man: L. Ron Hubbard. During the 36 years between the publication of his first psychotherapeutic text and his death in 1986, Hubbard constructed what appears to be one of the most elaborate belief systems of all time. The sheer volume of material daunts most investigators. Several thousand Hubbard lectures were tape-recorded, and his books, pamphlets and directives run to tens of thousands of pages.There is also something tantalizing in the psychotherapeutic techniques which are at the core of Scientology. Cult devotees are sometimes seen as adolescent, half-witted zombies easily coerced into joining an enslaving group because of their inadequacy. But Scientology has attracted medical doctors, lawyers, space scientists and graduates of the finest universities in the world. One British and two Danish Members of Parliament once belonged to Scientology. Even psychologists, psychiatrists and sociologists have been enthusiastic practitioners of Hubbard’s techniques. And such people have often parted with immense sums of money to pay for Scientology counselling which can cost as much as $1,000 per hour.