Category Archives: Scientology Handbook

Self-Help Site Changes Man’s Life

It’s rare you learn of a site that has so much impact it restores someone’s faith and gives him a new outlook on life. That’s the story that came out this week about the Scientology Handbook web site. The site, published by the Church of Scientology International, contains a cross section of the information in many of the chapters of the actual book, and it works. That’s the thing about Scientology technology. It works! Here’s the story:

A visitor to the Scientology Handbook web site was surprised to find that the skills he learned made such a difference in his outlook and ability. Here is what he wrote. “Nothing could be done about it. “I knew the brain, a mechanism created by cosmic chance, decayed and died. And that was it. Nothing followed or preceded life. I wanted to have faith, but every time I asked, ‘Is there something more out there?’ all I heard back was silence. “Worse, I didn’t feel like I had any control over what was in front of me right now. Nothing in this purposeless existence could be bettered or significantly changed.>>more

For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program, there is an excerpt from a speech my David Miscavige, which I recommend. >>

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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!

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.