Category Archives: L. Ron Hubbard

Scientology Beliefs

The term “Scientology beliefs” is actually a misnomer. The reason is explained on the Scientology web site:

“In Scientology no one is asked to accept anything as belief or on faith. That which is true for you is what you have observed to be true. An individual discovers for himself that Scientology works by personally applying its principles and observing or experiencing results.”

This is a brand new concept for a religion, as most religions are about faith, but it becomes very clear when you read Scientology and Dianetics books by L. Ron Hubbard.

His books are pretty remarkable. By reading them I have gained so much insight into myself and questions I’ve had forever: Who am I? What is the purpose of all this? What happens to me when I die? Have I lived before?

It is pretty startling to find that these are not esoteric questions at all, and the answers are available to anyone.

And now all the Scientology and Dianetics books have just been re-released. For the Western Hemisphere they have been published by Bridge Publications. It was announced last week at an international Scientology event, by Mr. David Miscavige.

For the rest of the world, the publisher is New Era Publications International

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A Religious “Handbook” that Works?

There is one very simple Scientology book that happens to be online in a shortened version, and which literally anyone can benefit from bookmarking and using frequently. It’s the Scientology Handbook. It’s based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard and its name is really appropriate.

A handbook is defined as “A concise manual or reference book providing specific information or instruction about a subject or place,” and Scientology can be defined as follows (courtesy of the online Scientology Glossary

Scientology applied religious philosophy. It is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life. Scientology means scio, knowing in the fullest sense of the word and logos, study. In itself the word means literally knowing how to know. Scientology is a ‘route,’ a way, rather than a dissertation or an assertive body of knowledge. Through its drills and studies one may find the truth for himself. The technology is therefore not expounded as something to believe, but something to do.”

And the Scientology Handbook gives you plenty to do.

Here just one example of how anyone can use the book or the web site (you don’t have to be a Scientologist to use it).

A friend is in an abusive relationship. As is so often the case, she feels it’s her own fault. She thinks if she just tries a little harder she can help him. Sure he’s an alcoholic, but that’s why he acts the way he does–he really loves her.” You’re worried because she is showing up more frequently with black and blue marks. Maybe she even “broke her arm” because of an “accident” recently. You have tried to reason with her but it doesn’t work. You are close to giving up entirely, but you are really worried about her.

When you have tried to communicate with her, it has gone nowhere, and now she’s even avoiding you.

Here are the problems:

1. How to do restore your communication with her sufficiently that you can even bring up the subject again, and

2. Once you can talk to her how to you get her to see this!?

So. The first thing is go to the chapter in the Scientology Handbook components of understanding. This chapter gives a very precise and effective drill on how you can patch up and improve your communication with anyone.

2. Now, study the chapter on the Ups and Downs of Life so you understand what an antisocial personality is yourself. Once you have understood this, get your friend’s agreement to read the chapter and do the drill of evaluating her boyfriend against the characteristics listed.

You may be very surprised how effective these two chapters will be in helping you help her help herself!

The goal of the Scientology relgion

“The goal of the Scientology religion is to achieve complete certainty of one’s spiritual existence, one’s relationship to the Supreme Being, and his role in eternity,” according to the Scientology theology web site.

I think that’s a pretty remarkable statement. How would someone go about accomplishing this? According to the code that all Scientology auditors (counselors) subscribe to, no one will tell you what that is, but rather will help you find out for yourself.

One thing that really helps your progress in Scientology and accomplish this goal is reading books by L. Ron Hubbard. LRH left a full and detailed record of his research, and the study of his books and tape recorded lectures make up a full 1/3rd of one’s progress in the religion (the other two being through training as an auditor and receiving auditing).

Now, Bridge publications has just released a whole new edition of all of the basic books of L. Ron Hubbard. They are fantastic! I encourage anyone who is interested in finding out about Scientology and accomplishing this goal to read these books!

Why they Volunteer

A couple of years ago I met someone who is very special. She and her sister went to Sri Lanka when the tsunami hit on December 26th 2004.

They spent about five months, helping people recover from the devastation they experienced. It was grueling work: long hours, living under very rough conditions, and having to face so much human misery. But when she described it to me what she remembered was all the people she helped and how much the experience changed her life.

I think the world of her for having just dropped everything to go over to a place like that and volunteer for months. She had to give up her job and her apartment, didn’t know how anything about where she was going–just that people disparately needed help.

It’s a special kind of person who will do something like that. Don’t you think so?

She’s a Scientology Volunteer Minister (VM) and over the past 6 years or so VMs have been there for most of the major disasters of the world. The Scientology Press Office has a whole section on VM news and you can see the kinds of things VMs are doing.

It’s a very common part of Scientology to use what you learn to help other people.

You actually don’t have to be a Scientologist to be a VM. Anyone can take VM training, which consists of a study of the Scientology Handbook along with practical exercises in how to apply the techniques in the handbook.

The book is based on the works of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. And even if you can’t pick up and travel to the ends of the earth to help in times of disaster, everyone knows someone who needs some help, and as a VM you really learn how to help people.

L. Ron Hubbard Talks about Scientology

I found a video on YouTube that is and excerpt of a tape by L. Ron Hubbard where he explains how he came to become involved in the field of philosophy, which ultimately led to his research of Dianetics and founding of the Scientology religion.

It’s just a small vignette, but well worth listening to.