Category Archives: L. Ron Hubbard

Jason Dohring, Kirstie Alley and Bart Simpson on the Secret to Happiness

Tomorrow night, Glendale CA goes Hollywood, with the premier of 21 short films illustrating The Way To Happiness a common sense, non-religious moral code.

This code, written by L. Ron Hubbard (the founder of Scientology) is immensely popular and has been translated into 94 languages.

But with these films, which are actually public service announcements, they are going to be far more available on a much broader basis than in the past. Each of the 21 films illustrates one of the precepts of the book, and all together they form a system for improving one’s live and simply doing better in all aspects of one’s life.

The films themselves are works of art, and these will all be aired at tomorrow night’s event.

“The goal is to get a book in everyone’s hand,” said Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons” and the foundation’s spokeswoman.

Cartwright, who said she raised her children on the book’s common-sense principles and soon plans to buy 1 million “Way to Happiness” books to distribute in the San Fernando Valley, is co-hosting the event at the Alex with actress Kirstie Alley.

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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.

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!)

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

Dianetics Still Blows my Mind

I’m reading the Dianetics book again. It’s one of the first books I read by L. Ron Hubbard. Made a lot of sense then. In fact it was such a relief to finally get something that did make sense in the field of the mind.

I’ve known for years that psychology was a crap shoot. I’d spent an entire semester in psychology with a professor who would take up study after study and shoot each down. as flawed and worthless. Despite his arrogance, I had to agree. The only study he liked was some obscure experiment with planeria (flatworms) where the psychologist in question had cut off their heads and watched what they do (flatworms can grow new heads. Lucky for them.) Come to find out he was describing his own PHD thesis. The experiment reminded me of what the 3rd grade boys who were real losers used to do with worms and bugs. So did he, for that matter. He was also about the worst lecturer I ever had and his tests were a complete joke. It was completely a matter of chance and his whim whether you would pass them or not.

So, to find something that was just straight talk and made sense to me was refreshing. Even exciting. I kept reading Dianetics — sound logic, and information I had never encountered before but which helped me understand myself–it was terrific. I actually couldn’t put it down (me, who liked text books about as much as I liked reading the legal briefs. Not.)

I was sure it would work, and I was right. It did. It still does.

There’s a terrific new course anyone can do — an extension course (like a correspondence course). David Miscavige (Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center) released the new edition of the Dianetics book and all the other Scientology basic books at a huge event in Clearwater. The event was replayed at another huge event in LA, which is where I saw it a few weeks ago (I always love going to these international events and hearing the briefings by David Miscavige because there’s so much going on in Scientology these days you just can’t keep up by the grape vine anymore–but about that, more later.)

You can locate a Scientology church through the Scientology global locator and just write in and say you want to take it. Very reasonably priced and really helpful. I’m on it. And even though I’ve read the book several times already, I’m finding that the questions on the extension course exercises are helping me hone in on important points in the text and learn stuff I’d never learned before.

I haven’t done any Dianetics auditing in quite a while, but reading this book has me raring to go again.

I’m planning to do the course on all the basic Scientology and Dianetics books. I expect I’ll be posting about them quite a bit. The time I put into reading and doing the course is a total delight. A highlight of my week. So what else would I post about?

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.