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1 Scientology Janie Williamson Annie Hathaway

2 What is Scientology? The study of truth Study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others, and all of life L. Ron Hubbard – founder 1952 –a religion by its basic tenets, practice, historical background, and by the definition of the word religion itself. –It is fundamentally an applied religious philosophy. More than 6,000 churches worldwide The ultimate goal is "a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights.

3 Man Man is basically good and his experiences have led him to evil Man consists of three parts: 1.Spirit (thetan) – the individual himself; the most important part of man 2.Mind – used as a communication and control system between himself and his environment 3.Body – is NOT the person

4 The Dynamics of Existence 1.SELF – the individual 2.FAMILY – children and all other creativity 3.GROUP SURVIVAL – friends, a club, company, nation or race 4.MANKIND 5.LIFE FORMS – including plants and animals 6.PHYSICAL UNIVERSE – matter, energy, space and time 7.SPIRITUAL – anything spiritual with or without identity, life source 8.INFINITY – also called God, the Supreme Being or creator

5 States of Existence 1.Communication 2.Problems 3.Relief 4.Freedom 5.Ability 6.Power 7.Clear 8.Operating Thetan

6 Morals & Ethics The Way to Happiness –Defines morals as, "a code of good conduct laid down out of the experience of the race to serve as a uniform yardstick for the conduct of individuals and groups" –Morals can, over time, become outmoded, burdensome, and can invite revolt No absolute right or wrong –Actually a gradient from right to wrong –Good = an action that brings the greatest construction to the greatest number of dynamics –Absolute wrongness = the extinction of the universe and all energy –Absolute rightness = the immortality of the individual himself

7 Salvation Realize ones true nature as an immortal spirit Path to salvation includes different states of mental awareness: –Pre-Clear –Clear –Operating Thetan Controls matter, energy, space, time, thought and life Practitioners assist in achieving self- enlightenment

8 Past Lives Immortal spirit combined with the acceptance of past lives Hubbard has written about past life experiences –Different stages of human evolution –Other lines of development (the clam) –Lives on past planets as other life forms Past lives can be recalled during an audit –Anything that has happened is the responsibility of the individual and they must take responsibility for it in order to be free of its burden

9 Xenu Part of Scientologist teachings on extraterrestrial civilizations and alien interventions in Earthly events (space opera) Believed to be the dictator of the Galactic Confederacy –75 million years ago brought billions of his people to Earth on his spacecraft and stacked them around volcanoes and killed them with a hydrogen bomb –Scientologists believe that their essences remained and they form around modern-day people and cause them spiritual harm

10 Xenu cont. Members of the Church of Scientology greatly try to deny or hide the story of Xenu Hubbard gave the story in Operating Thetan level III –This is only taught to members of the church that have donated large amounts of money to the organization

11 Controversy Has come into conflict with governments and police –United States –United Kingdom –Canada –Germany Many critics accuse the Church of brainwashing its members into donating large amounts of money

12 Controversial Practices Patter Drills –Added in mid-1995 –While sitting, facing a wall, repeat a section of course material verbatim to the wall until it can be done without reference to the material Verbal Tech –Verbally discussing Scientology processes –Believed to interfere with proper understanding of the Tech –It is forbidden among anyone People should learn about Scientology through the proper channels with close supervision It is to prevent misunderstanding among students

13 The Auditing Session The primary way that the principles of Scientology are applied to listen The auditor assists the individual in examining specific areas of their existence –To rid themselves of unwanted spiritual conditions and increase awareness and ability

14 The E-Meter The Electropsychometer –Measures mental state or change of state of a person –Helps auditor pinpoint areas of spiritual distress –Highly sensitive instrument that reacts to changes in mental activity

15 Silent Birth Birth room should be as silent as possible Words should be avoided –Might be associated by adults w/ earlier birth experiences Use as little anesthetics as possible

16 Celebrities John Travolta Kirstie Alley Lisa Marie Presley Jason Lee Isaac Hayes Tom Cruise Katie Holmes James Packer Priscilla Presley

17 Bibliography m 7_1.html

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