Category Archives: david miscavige

World Trade Center Six Years Later

I almost forgot about September 11th until I noticed something in the news today. When I look at this photo I can’t help but think how much the men and woman who were there at Ground Zero are at risk from the intense amount of pollutants they ingested at the time.

It’s so strange for me to have completely forgotten about it (even though it’s known by its date name) because I was sure I’d never forget it, and yet I did.

It was surreal at the time.  I remember where I was when I first heard.  It was so bizarre I didn’t even register it.

L. Ron Hubbard describes the phenomenon of what happens when something completely violates what is real to you and how a shock like that can affect you not just then but in the future.

It actually reminded me of an earlier shock — when I was sitting, eating lunch at home in New York in November 1964 when the music on the radio cut out and the announcer said John F. Kennedy had been shot.

I’m reading Science of Survival right now as part of my study of the basics of Scientology and Dianetics (the series of books and lectures released in July by David Miscavige) and each day my understanding of myself and my life and other people comes up to a whole new level.   And today I happened to be studying about losses and how they affect you both now and into the future.

Sometimes it’s hard to express in words how much I’m getting out of studying my Scientology basics, but I’m  trying to share what I’m experiencing on this without getting too technical.  To really understand it you should read the books and listen to the lectures yourself.

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Summer Sunday in LA

Hard to believe it’s the (sniff) last Sunday in August.

The stores are full of back-to-school specials and people are racing to the beach for the last weekend before Labor Day, when it will be too crowded.

I remember how I  used to dread going back to school!  Used to do strange things to my stomach, used to feel waves of anxiety.  Just knowing fun was a whole year away!

Wish I’d had study tech then.  It would have made my life so much simpler.

And speaking of study, I’ve been continuing with my study of the Scientology Basic Books and Lectures (released in July by Mr. David Miscavige).  I feel myself growing and changing by the hour.  It is so amazing what L. Ron Hubbard did in writing these books and in the lectures explaining them.  And the quality of these editions of the books is just incredible.

Church of Scientology restores L. Ron Hubbard’s Phoenix home

East Valley Tribune:

L. Ron Hubbard had a restlessness that led to a lifetime of traversing the globe. So it was scarcely three years that the eclectic writer and adventurer lived at his “House on Camelback.” That modest home on 44th Street in Phoenix, recently restored to how it looked in 1952, is regarded as a religious historic site – the birthplace of Scientology.

“For it was here that he developed the first exteriorization process and advanced fully into the realm of the human spirit, and here that the religion of Scientology was born” is how the church describes the home, 5501 N. 44th St., now open to private tours.

“There was meticulous work to restore it back to its original state,” said Marlyse Brock, who oversees care of the house, leads tours and does public relations for the church. In June, the restoration work earned a Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award.

A 55-year-old photo of the house with Hubbard standing on the porch and Camelback Mountain in the background matches what the house looks like today, even with a 1947 Buick Super 8 parked outside. It was characterized as a “humble, little ranch-style house out in what was then the desert outside of town.”>> more

The first time I heard about this event was at an international Scientology event hosted by David Miscavige.  I’ve been meaning to go for a visit.  This has inspired me to make a call and take a long weekend (well, maybe I’ll wait a bit longer till the temperature descends from the over 100 degree mark!)

Scientology News: Harlem Church and Scientology Books

The New Church of Scientology of Harlem

I found this presentation of how the new Church of Scientology in Harlem will look at CityLimits.org.

What a great building and what a great idea to have a major Scientology church in Harlem!

David Miscavige actually announced this new church a month ago at an international Scientology event in Clearwater, Florida, so it was “Scientology news“, but I was surprised to see it hit the regular news.

Well, I guess it just goes to show that Scientology is newsworthy!

Personally, I think it’s great that this new church is opening.  Harlem represents so much that is good and bad about our country: good in it’s incredible influence on American culture, bad in its typifying all the bigotry, neglect and treachery of white American culture in the way Black culture, pride and opportunity has been so undermined for centuries).

I think that this new church and the community center they are opening is going to be a turning point for Harlem, and that can’t come too soon from my point of view.

There’s another piece of great news, that has to do not just with Harlem but with Scientology anywhere in the world.

The day before the new Harlem church was announced, Mr. Miscavige made another announcement that is making a huge impact on Scientology all over the world. That was the release of all the basic books by L. Ron Hubbard in 15 languages, and all the early taped lectures he recorded as companion lectures to the books, which provide tremendous background and detail on the research he was doing at the time.

All in all it is a great time for the Scientology religion. I’ve never seen Scientologists more optimistic, more involved in their communities and more gung ho.

These books contain so much truth. I’ve been spending some time every day reading them and I feel completely revitalized. I have read them before (I’m reading the Dianetics book right now) but because they are so basic and they deal with so much truth it’s like you’re waking up more and more as a being. I feel so much more alive!

And the fact that this is all available in 15 languages (plus English) is great news, because anyone, anywhere can get a copy of these books, and start on an extension course and man can you improve your life with that!

Will That Be a Bomb with Your McMuffin, Sir?


Yesterday at 9:30 am an explosion blasted out the entire front of the new McDonald’s on Park Street in Kolkata.

A friend of mine who is a Scientology Volunteer Minister emailed me about what happened.

At first everyone thought it was terrorism. Tomorrow and Wednesday are the 60th anniversary of India and Pakistan independence. Tension is high between the India, which is mainly Hindu, and Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kashmir, which are mainly Muslim countries/areas. So the trendy restaurant/disco area that represents Western influence in India would be an obvious target.

McDonald’s opened in March, and my friend told me that on Sunday mornings it is usually packed to overflow with people eating their Mc-breafasts. In fact a whole class of kids from La Martiniere for boys had schedule a breakfast birthday party and would have been in the restaurant if it had blown up half an hour later.

The blast made a missile out of the the metal grill over the front window, killing a young man who was walking by the building. Four employees were hospitalized for burns.

But after the entire site was examined by police and forensic specialists they found no evidence of explosives, and concluded it was cause by something wrong with the high-compression air conditioning system (Hey. I’d rather be hot…)

The Volunteer Ministers were among the first to arrive at the scene. These volunteers have done a lot of training of New Delhi emergency relief workers, and they got right to work providing crowd control, seeing to the proper care of the injured and helping the police and rescue workers.

It was pouring down rain throughout the day, but the VMs stayed and were acknowledged by the police who were very grateful to the VM leader, Mohammad Khalil Ullah and his team’s fast response. The VMs helped with everything from cleaning up the debris to making sure the roads were clogged by rubbernecking motorists.

This was another classic example of what Scientology leader David Miscavige as the most recognizable characteristic of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers: “They have become internationally known and recognized for what has been described as spiritual first aid, and to that end they are ready and organized to respond to any disaster.”

(The man in the yellow VM jacket is Md. Kalhil Ullah, the leader of the West Bengal Scientology Volunteer Ministers.)

Sex and AIDS–Life and Death

It’s a pretty sorry state when we can be encouraged that “only” 29% of the pregnant women on our country are HIV positive. But that’s the news today out of South Africa.

How many Americans could confront walking down a street in Johannesburg today, knowing that 3 out of every 10 pregnant women we see are living under a death sentence and passing it on to their unborn children.

As reported in 2005 almost half of the 1,200,000 orphans in South Africa lost their parents to AIDS.

The people of the African continent, living under the thread to AIDS have the lowest life expectancy on Earth.

Obviously, sexual abstinence is the most effective preventative measure for sexually transmitted HIV, but what will it take to shift sexual mores to such a degree that we can make a dent in the problem?>> more

Freedom of Religion

Why did the Founding Fathers insist on freedom of religion as a human right, and write it into the constitution as the 1st amendment? Why have their been wars fueled by religious intolerance right up to the present?

For people who take freedom of religion for granted, and live in a fairly tolerant society (even if there are some few who spew hatred toward others’ beliefs on the Internet, at least they aren’t throwing the objects of their rage to the lions or cutting out their tongues these days) it may seem an unnecessary right. But it is not at all. It may be the most basic right of all.

I want to share a video that expresses the importance and the beauty of this right in a way I’ve never seen before.

This video was shown at an event in Clearwater, Florida a few weeks ago, and was re-aired in every Scientology church around the world last weekend. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center MC’ed the event and when introduced this particular video it had the whole crowd mesmerized.

There are certain things I find particularly beautiful in life. This one is on a par with any of them.

Enjoy!

P.S. This video is a public service announcements (PSA) video illustrates one of the precepts of The Way to Happiness, a non-religious moral code anyone can use, written by L. Ron Hubbard. The director/producer of this PSA is a genius, and he has created PSAs for each of the 21 precepts of The Way to Happiness, all of them really worth watching.