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What Scientology Doesn't Want You To Know

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by Jeff Jacobsen, Robert RJ. Day

"Scientology is evil; its techniques evil; its practice a serious threat to the community, medically, morally and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill." Australian Report on Scientology

What religious organization teaches that, 75 million years ago, a tyrannical interstellar ruler named Xenu solved a galactic overpopulation problem by transporting beings to Earth and annihilating them with H-bombs? What religious organization disciplines its own members with measures ranging from suspension of pay and disbarment from premises up to labelling them as "fair game," for which they can be "tricked, sued, lied to or destroyed"?

What religious organization follows faithfully the teachings of a pulp science fiction author who claims to have visited Heaven over forty trillion years ago?

What religious organization has had its offices raided by government officials in three American states, Canada, Gemany, Italy and France?

Welcome to the church of Scientology.

In 1949, Lafayette Ron Hubbard, the founder of Dianetics and the Church of Scientology, reportedly told an audience at a science fiction gathering, "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion."

One year later, Hubbard's book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, was published and became an instant, runaway best-seller.

Hubbard opens the book by referring to some of the great events in history, such as the invention of the wheel and the control of fire, then goes on to state,

"In my opinion DIANETICS is worthy of being called a New Idea, and is destined to take its place alongside of these other milestones of pro- gress. It might even be considered to be more important than any of these, for it is a science which for the first time gives us an understanding of the tool with which these other inventions were created--the human mind."
? In the book, Hubbard claimed to have developed a new scientifically proven technique, discovered through "many years of exact search and careful testing," for the improvement of mental health through the eradication of "engrams"--stored memories that cause aberration in humans.

According to Hubbard, engrams begin accumulating "in the cells of the zygote, which is to say, conception," many of these engrams being caused by abortion attempts, and that between 20 and 30 such attempts are an average number for a typical mother.

Engrams are removed through a process called "auditing," which can produce "tears and wailings," "somatics enough to make the patient roll around on the floor," and a "patient...that bounces about, all unconscious of the action."

Once all the engrams are removed, the person becomes a "Clear" and never again has colds or accidents, has improved IQ, total call, a longer life, and is perhaps even cured of cancer. Or such are the claims.

Shortly after the publication of Dianetics, auditing was taken up with great enthusiasm in California, and in 1950, Hubbard booked the 6,500 seat Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium for a momentous occasion--the unveiling of what he claimed was the world's first Clear, a college student named Sonia Bianca. The result was nothing short of a disaster. Miss Bianca not only could not recall elementary formulae from physics, which was her major at the time; she could not remember the color of Hubbard's tie after he had turned his back.

This setback seemed to be a minor one and, within a year, the Wichita Dianetic Foundation was doing a booming business, charging over $500 for 36 hours of Dianetic auditing. In the meantime, Hubbard had put the Bianca fiasco behind him and was producing a stream of new and even more amazing facts regarding engrams.

According to Hubbard, further research showed that, behind the analytical and reac- tire minds, there lay entities known as "Thetans." These Thetans are non-physical and immortal, somewhat analogous to the human soul; they inhabit human bodies, moving them around like puppets. Because of their immortality, when their current human host dies, they are forced to vacate and must find another host.

Apparently, these Thetans come equipped with all of the engrams they have collected in all of their previous lifetimes. Hubbard taught it was possible, although extremely expensive, to clear even these ancient engrams. This necessitated a change in terminology, and what used to be a Clear now became a MEST-Clear, MEST standing for "matter, energy, space, time," while those who managed to eradicate all engrams from all previous lives would have bestowed upon them the title of "Operating Thetan."