Just go quietly

POSTER-OM-UK-DONT-BE-SILENTThere was a very interesting post on Mike Rinder’s blog yesterday titled Lying and Fundamentalist Scientology.

If you haven’t read it yet, it is well worth doing so. In the course of that article he publishes the text of en email he received, apparently from a Scientologist, in which he is written off as an enemy of mankind because he has dared to speak up. One passage in particular caught our attention:

“Why would anyone run to the press, post videos, start a blog, and ramble on and on and on and on, compulsively, unable to get your attention off COB or the Church? Why? Why Mike Rinder? Can’t you just shut up and leave, go do something else?”

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Suspicion & Distrust. Life in a Scientology Org

suspicious1Running a Scientology org should be the easiest thing in the world. You offer training and auditing and help people get it. You employ people and give them a wage they can live on in doing their jobs. When things are not going well you look at what is being done wrong and correct it, all the while looking to improve quality of service to customers. In other words, exactly the same as any successful enterprise in the world.

This becomes impossible when group reflection is not part of the operating make up of the organisation. In such a climate any difficulty is assumed to be an outside enemy seeking to destroy the organisation. As one Scientologist famously put it “it’s like blaming your customers for the poor state of your business.”

This is what running and being a staff member in an org has become. We were recently sent an 8 page report written in November 2010. Written by the LRH Comm Joburg it was addressed to CMO and describes the scene in Joburg Org. It also goes into some detail about individual staff and some public. It clearly shows the state of suspicion and distrust that exists. Staff are generally assumed to be up to no good and to have “overts and withholds” no matter the circumstance.

After much debate we decided not to publish the entire document as it gives details of individuals that we do not believe should be published.

The opening paragraph is a damning indictment on the state of this Ideal Org which, if one listens to the public statements, was in the midst of its greatest expansion ever. This quote is under the heading “EX STAFF & LEAVING STAFF”. Names have have been removed. 

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Evaluation & Invalidation

We have just seen our way through Christmas, the traditional time of year for family, friends and goodwill. For the newly declared they will have spent their first holiday season disconnected from family and friends but we hope that all have found new friendships outside the controlling environment of the official Scientology community. 

We are reposting the most recent article from Mike Rinder’s blog. It is something he received from one of his correspondents. We believe just about everyone reading this will have experience and reality on this and it’s important in the ongoing discussion we have been having on this blog. 

EVALUATION & INVALIDATION

The two greatest crimes that can be committed with Scientology technology are the two “shuns” – evaluation and invalidation. In numerous references, LRH explicitly details the destructive effects of evaluating for a person (telling him what to think about his case) or invalidating a person’s case or gains.

In fact, invalidation is so powerful that in HCO PL 25 June 72, RECOVERING STUDENTS AND PCs, LRH states that “invalidation of case or gains” is one of only four things that will cause a preclear to blow Scientology entirely. I am quite sure that if you are reading this, you have witnessed at least one example of someone leaving Scientology over this kind of invalidation.

Scientology sets itself apart from psychology and psychiatry specifically over these two “shuns.” Nothing is more reviled in an auditor than to tell a preclear what is wrong with him or to tell him that he hasn’t had a win or gain when he has indeed had it. Yet if you look just beyond the auditing room, isn’t that exactly what is occurring right now internationally in the Church of Scientology?

I am writing this post because I want to document in crystal clear terms that the invalidation of your case going on in Scientology is not an accident, nor is it something new.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas … with a twist!

Twas the night“Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the base,
Not a creature was stirring, no smile on a face.
The comm-ev’s continued with nary a care,
In hopes that the public would pocketbooks share.

The staff were all hopeful of bonuses this year,
But management said “no, and we don’t really care”
The SP’s were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of freedom danced in their heads
And Davey, with scotch and Laurisse on his arm
Thought people in Texas could do him no ham

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
He sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window he flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

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A safe place to be

One of our regular blog contributors sent this to us. We felt it worthy of its own post.

Here it is:

Safe place I have been a supporter of this blog from the very beginning. It has become my soul-food, one of my daily “go to” places for news on the crazy goings-on in the RCS. I love being part of this growing community.

One of the reasons I love this blog so much is the fact that it is a safe place to be – a safe place to communicate. And it is from this view I wish to make a request of this community.

This blog is visited by of a wide diversity of people; united in the common view that the philosophy as originally intended by LRH has strayed very far off the tracks. Some have left the subject behind entirely, others are under-the-radar and not able or willing to reveal themselves just yet. And some have become extremely bitter, hating everything and everyone connected to LRH or SCN.

And then there are the brave folk who have come out into the open – the heroes if you will, that have exposed themselves and set the example of “one’s integrity being more important than one’s immediate life”.

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Craig Howarth gives his account

We have been trying to get stories out of the original 18 people declared at the end of October. It’s a funny thing, when people are kicked out of the church, they tend to get on with their lives so corralling these stories has been a bit of fun. 

But Craig has given us a fairly detailed account of his experience in Durban. 

We gave up trying to get a picture from Craig but he did supply us with the illustration you see here.  He sent it to a fellow staff member when she was ill and not in the org. It’s pretty funny!

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in. It’s a good one. 

“WISH YOU WERE HERE”
wish you were hereHere is a time-track summary of my adventures in the Durban org, before and after I returned from my PTS/SP Specialist course. Note that there are really only two senior SO members that I name who acted suppressively and influenced the whole of African Scientology at the time. I have a lot of friends still in the SO and management and I don’t hold anything against them, and I do still care about them. There are full specifics on these events but I’m not going into them here. The illustration above is a “Get Well” card I sent to the Snr C/S during our time on staff.

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