"You're Glib!" The Science of Scientology
L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer and wrote many stories from 1930-1950s. He didn't make much money, only one penny per word. He was a college drop out and when World War II came, he went into the Navy. His service in the Navy has been one point of controversy. The Church of Scientology claims that Hubbard was a war hero. Others believe Hubbard was an over-confident wannabe and was dangerous. While in charge of a PC-814 subchaser, he supposedly bombed a Mexican island as a means to get some gunning practice. Oops, the island off of Baja California was quite inhabited, and Hubbard was stripped of his command.
Hubbard was married and had two children, but that whole relationship is even more bizarre than his Navy tenure. He abandoned them and then later denied even knowing them.
Hubbard married a second woman named Sara Northrup, but she divorced him when she found out Hubbard was still married to his first wife. Sara also accused Hubbard of kidnapping their baby daughter, Alexis, and conducting "systematic torture, beatings, strangulations and scientific torture experiments." Hubbard married a third time and had another four children.
It's believed Hubbard studied the occult, hypnosis, and ritual magic. In 1948, he wrote to his literary agent that he was working on a book that would be a big time seller. Hubbard's masterpiece: DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH published in 1950.
Indeed, Hubbard was prophetic even before writing to his agent. In 1940 he declared, "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion" (Reader's Digest, 1980).
What is Dianetics? The book was a theraputic reference that scientifically and systematically attempts to get to the root cause of a fear, a psychological, emotional, or physical problem. Sounds harlmess enough, huh? Hubbard also believed physical disease was a manifestation of all this fear and depression. To him, sickness was largely psychosomatic.
To Hubbard, the root cause of our problems is our mind...namely our reactive mind holding on to engrams - vivid mental pictures and memories of trauma, pain, and anger. Utilizing a system of "auditing techniques," the person could discover these engrams and deal with them accordingly. Once you free the mind of these engrams and the pain they cause, you are better able to deal with life. (Pictured right is an auditing session using an E-meter, which is really just a crappy lie detector).
So let's say I'm drinking a can of Coke. While I'm chugging away, my brother sneaks up to me from behind and scares the crap out of me by screaming "Boo!" I'm so terrified, I choke on my soda, and I have bubbling Coke streaming out of my nose. This is a traumatic experience, and my mind has "recorded" this moment in every last detail. And so it's become a negative engram. Now, whenever I see a can of Coke, suddenly I feel very fearful and useasy. If I were to go through the series of auditing techniques, I would be able to again enjoy a can of Coke...free of my fearful engram.
Dianetics was a bestseller, despite scientists denouncing the book. Hubbard even set up Dianetics Foundations all over the country, trying to sell auditing aids and technologies. Eventually his foundations went bankrupt. Hubbard decided to use his "religion angle" to stay afloat. He expanded the practices of Dianetics into Scientology. Here is the origin of life on Earth according to Hubbard:
75 million years ago, there was an alien ruler named Xenu. He ruled over every planet in his galactic corner of the universe, including Earth - which was called Teegeeack at the time. All 76 planets under his rule were so over-populated, Xenu called in all the billions of citizen for a tax audit, but instead injected them with alcohol and and glycol to render them unconscious. Then he placed all the people onto these gigantic ships and sent them to Teegeeack (Earth) near volcanoes. Xenu then sent nuclear bombs into the volcanoes, killing everyone.
There, overpopulation problem solved!
But it doesn't end yet. The soul (Thetan) of each being lived on. Xenu used magnetic beams to caputre all the Thetans, and forced the Thetans to view brainwashing films. These films "implanted" all kinds of false ideas and phobias, making the Thetans afraid and pretty much useless. These implanted ideas included stuff about God, Christ, religion, heaven, and hell. There were a few bodies that survived all the explosions, so the Thetans inhabited the remaining bodies.
Yes, that's right...today we are all infested with fearful souls of murdered aliens. By utilizing the skills in Dianetics and Scientology, we are able to remove these Thetans and free our minds and bodies. But there is a catch...how much money you got in your bank account?
The systematic process is a well documented one. You have to go through a "Clearing" process first. This could take many many sessions, as well as many many dollars. Then you're ready for the "Operating Thetan" levels, or OT. There are different OT levels, going up to level VIII. What level is Tom Cruise at? Why, Maverick is an OT VII. How much has he spent getting there? Lots and lots.
So now you understand why the Church of Scientology goes after famous people - they have deep pockets. Here's just a miniscule sampling of famous Scientologists:
John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Anne Archer, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, Juliette Lewis, Leah Rimini (from King of Queens), Beck, Chick Corea (jazz and music composer), Chaka Kahn, Brandy (R&B singer), and Courtney Love is not officially a member - she's just a groupie.
There are about 75,000 Scientologists worldwide - 53,000 of them here in the U.S. The Church of Scientology claims 8 million members, however. Also, out in New Mexico, Scientologists have created an underground vault, home to all of Hubbard's written works. At the site, there is a gigantic symbol carved into the desert ground that's even visible from space (pictured right). These markings are a guide for returning members that will return in flying saucers...back to Scientology after they reincarnate on other planets, thousands and millions of years from now.
Remember, the next time you are angry, depressed, or you hurt others, just blame it on those pesky Thetans that possess your body. Hey, not everyone has a big enough wallet to exorcise murdered alien souls. Damn these engrams!