As you will see from the below, Rodney Corbett has been around a long time. Most important about that statement is that he, along with most of the other 18 declared in October last year, was around before orgs were full time fund raising machines; before L. Ron Hubbard had departed from the scene; before Scientology was being repackaged and resold.
We are delighted to have him tell his story on Backincomm.
How Scientology Was
I came into Scn in 1972 when I joined the Jory mission and started the HAS Course. Bronwen Jory was the course supervisor and Neville was the c/s and auditor. Wow what a team of theta people they were. The mission hummed with students and pcs. One had to fight for a seat in the HAS course room. The TRs were tough and we did them all, straight off the street. No pussyfooting here!
The wins we had on the HAS Course were mindblowing. The huge problems of life we thought we were having paled into insignificance and life became a blast.
My life changed after the course and I started a whole new one. I started a building company with my new-found confidence, I could handle anything!
I started my auditing with Neville and got the gains out of that as well.
Neville and Browen were incredible Scientologists who really got excellent products. Theta, and helping people was their modus operandi.
The Jorys left for Denmark in about 1973 and I moved across to Durban Org where Millie Coopman was the ED. I enrolled on the HSDC and continued with my auditing. When I completed the course, Millie had a pc for me the next day and I experienced the excitement of auditing a pc for the first time. At that time Durban Org was booming. Every room had sessions going on including at apartments around the org. We were all gung ho with plenty of LRH tech being applied by everyone with the purpose of getting up the Bridge as fast as possible.
The sole purpose for staff and the public was to help each other to get up the bridge. We did this with excitement, because we realized that scientology had the only workable way to solving the problems of life.
The org was located in a pretty downstat area but we didn’t make that a problem; the senior purpose was to get everyone going free. That is where our attention was.
In 1975 I made all the money necessary to achieve OTVII.
Every Friday evening after course we would meet at the beachfront and relax for a while and have a good time. The next day we were back on purpose to clear the planet.
The camaraderie was fantastic.
The only regging was for the Bridge.
I went to LA in 1976 and did the whole Bridge to OTVII. (Clear number 5410.) It took me 4 ½ years from wog to OTVII. I met Captain Bill Robertson there who was the CO of the AO at that time. His advice to me was to keep the tech Free, and showed me the LRH reference at the beginning of red volume number one, as follows:-
I’ll not always be here on guard.
The stars twinkle in the Milky Way
And the wind sighs for songs
Across the empty fields of a planet
A galaxy away.
You won’t always be here,
But before you go,
Whisper this to your sons
And their sons-
“The work was free,
Keep it so.”
L. RON HUBBARD.
I then went to Flag at the end of 1976, did the OEC, and took over Durban Fdn org early in !977.
By 1978 the org was booming and I had a staff complement of 25. It was in about 1978 that I started to have setbacks.
I was comm-eved and removed from post. I completed my contract after that but vowed to never work on staff again. (I did spend a spell of 1 ½ years in the SO in 2001.)
I continued to move up the Bridge and started NOTS in 1979, becoming one of the first South Africans on the level.
To cut a long story short, I became more and more disillusioned with the Church until recently, when I was declared. I have had no communication from the church on this matter but heard it from other sources. They didn’t even have the courtesy to tell me what I had done wrong. This is how the Chairman of the Squirrels does things now. The modus operandi of the church and the SO is to make you wrong. There is absolutely no application of one of the basics of Scientology, and that is to always make a person right.
This was the best thing the church could have done for me. I am now out of confusion and my Bridge is beckoning me. I will be having services soon from some people I can trust to apply standard tech.
I am now back to being a Scientologist who has his attention on helping myself and others up the Bridge to Total Freedom.
Thank you Ron for giving us the opportunity to enable us to achieve this goal.
I am back.
Lots of ARC,