I have worked for and with the Church of Scientology for over two decades, assuming various posts and eventually reaching the Highest training level (Class XII) achieved by only a handful few. During that time I was able to experience first hand the numerous paradoxes and conflicts within. The same organization has been professing the highest possible humanitarian goals and has truly helped, at least for a time, many to achieve better lives. Yet in far too many documented cases, it has sought to enslave others through Mental and Emotional Manipulations or been guilty of Human Rights Violations..
THE SCIENTOLOGY PARADOX
To explain the Scientology paradox, it is vital to distinguish its three components:
- Scientology, according to the very first recorded mention of it on November 28th 1951 (lecture titled: The Chart of Attitudes) "is a route: it is the study of science or the study of truth or the study of knowledge".
The reason I undertook that study was to help myself and others achieve greater abilities, develop more fully our potential and to reach higher levels of Spirituality. Many years ago, I established the firm postulate that no individual or Organization will ever be able to stray me away from those goals. Nearly 15 years after my departure from the Church of Scientology, those goals are more present than ever in both my life and my daily activities.
- L.Ron Hubbard , the individual (1911-1986). An important distinction is required here between it and "L. Ron Hubbard. the Trademark"..
L. Ron Hubbard the individual is of course a Man (not deity, hence by definition prone, at least in some form, to some of the imperfections of humankind) born in 1911 and deceased in 1986.
"L. Ron Hubbard, the trademark" is that trademark owned by the "Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), a FOR PROFIT organization (and acknowledged as such by the IRS) who is led by three non-scientologists Special directors. (It main figure head being Meade Emory, a non-scientologist who was the IRS High Commissioner for many years. The Church of Scientology DOES NOT CONTROL CST, but rather the opposite. The Trademarks, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology and Dianetics are controlled by them and the Church of Scientology has agreed to not appoint or remove any of its Senior Management structure without their approval. Note that the President of CST (a Scientologist) has no true power and that only its non-scientologist board of Directors has. Some have even argued that due to the direct links between CST's directors and the American Government, that the Church of Scientology had actually fallen under the control of Big Brother...
L. Ron Hubbard Library is fictitious name officially registered by CST. In other words an alias. L. Ron Hubbard Library is found as the final signatory and authority in all current Church of Scientology documents, revisions of LRH originals and their publication, and new directives. Therefore anything revised after 1986, no matter how contradictory to the original philosophy of Scientology and to LRH (the individual) writings and recordings can be freely stamped "L. Ron Hubbard" as its author since it is legally defensible (as absurd it may be in the mind of most people).
So this leaves us with two new paradoxes.
A) L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology may not necessarily 100% of the time be in full harmony
B) L. Ron Hubbard library has legal license to authorize the complete re-writing or editing of the works of L. Ron Hubbard (the individual), even if those were to satisfy somebody else's pernicious agenda. It can therefore, at its whim, grant the right to appose the name L.Ron Hubbard to any perversion of the original technology or of its original intent.
- The Organization: currently known as the Church of Scientology and including the Sea Organization and its numerous affiliates. Legally the Church of Scientology is accountable to no one but its leadership. It's Supreme leader is accountable to one but himself. By its very design the Church of Scientology has no provisions of any kind for any "Checks and Balances" since by Policy it is assumed that it is exempt from ever doing any wrong and that its leader is by definition infallible. (This is amply covered in the Organizational Executive Course Volumes). There has not been a single instance in Human History of an Organization without Checks and Balances, not eventually sinking into complete corruption. Corruption is like Cancer, if left untreated, it will lead to the death of the organism. The Church of Scientology 's actions are based upon the dictate of a self-appointed clique. This is not opinion but fact. The only legal defense to justify the take over of current Management of the Church in 1986 is a Will signed by L. Ron Hubbard the hours before his death, when it is doubtful from the amount of medication found in his body at death time that he would have been conscious or been able to sign the document in a full conscious state on his last day. After 20 years the same clique is intact, in spite of wholesale lower statistics and no evidence of stable expansion. (It lists of completions as published in Advance and Source Magazines, shows it is still falling seriously short of earlier levels). That clique per its own public admission is able to rewrote policy and does not tolerate any attempt to correct it or challenge it. It has ruthlessly declared a Suppressive Person anyone challenging their orders or anyone attempting to correct them, no matter how they contravened LRH own policies or how destructive their actions may be. It is almost trivial, under those circumstances to demonstrate that the philosophy of Scientology and the Church of Scientology as it is being operated today, are virtually in complete contradiction one from the other.
In Summary one cannot truly judge Scientology, or the philosophy of what stands for through the actions of the Church or even to a lesser degree to its author.
Whatever reprehensible actions the Church may be currently doing is generally the product of aberrant behaviour by its leaders, and is not necessarily due to a fault in the design of the philosophy.
Something remains workable because it is so or can be demonstrated to be valid. The actual biographical details or shortcomings of its designer do not necessarily invalidate the workability of something, especially when supported by experience and logic.
From the 3 March 1952 lecture: "Introduction to Scientology" "Out of Scientology you could formulate, ...a very fine type of "thought warfare" which you could use enslave people utterly"
My statement is therefore that the philosophy of Scientology correctly applied by someone in a benign way will routinely help people reach greater self-determinism, awareness and spiritual enlightenment. Perverted or used by people with ulterior motives and it will trap or enslave people.