By Tony DePhillips
I write this in an attempt to clarify some issues that I have gone through since leaving corporate Scientology. It is a clarification of identity.
I used to call myself a Scientologist.
I don’t even really know why I did this, except that I suppose that part of it was that it was expected of me. If I didn’t, then somehow it meant that I was “PTS” or “out-ethics” or wasn’t really willing to take my fair share of the heat for “Clearing the planet”.
The way I feel now is that I can Be-Do and Have everything I used to Be-Do and Have without having to call myself a Scientologist. One reason I don’t want to call myself a Scientologist is that I don’t agree with everything that is being used by that organization. I don’t like the uniform idea of the Sea Org. I don’t like the RPF. I don’t like all the money and regging. There are other things too.
I have always felt that I was a truth seeker and I can still follow that goal.
I can still get auditing now if I want to analyze something or work on some sort of problem. I don’t have to call myself a Scientologist in order to get auditing. I actually feel that when a person declares themselves a “ fill in the blank” they to a large degree pigeon hole themselves. If a person is a “Scientologist”, “Buddhist”, “Jehovah Witness” aren’t they saying basically that the name they are using is their path and they think that path is the most correct path that they have found? To me, it sort of communicates that they now “know” and they might have a discussion with you but it’s only really to convince you that their way is the best. I think it takes away some objectivity. Also, you may be using the ideas of Buddhism and enjoying it and then stumble on something else like Scientology auditing, or Christianity and now feel that is a better path for you. If you aren’t calling yourself a ( fill in the blank) then it could be easier for you to transition into the new path you are interested in.
I think instead of labeling oneself, if a person just continued to look and act and figure things out they would be more willing to look and others would be more willing to look at what they had to say.
I am not a Scientologist, but I like and use the ARC triangle. I like most auditing that I have received. I have had wins with the ethics conditions and have used them many times on others to a good result. I have enjoyed many of the writings of LRH. I believe in past life and future life of the spiritual being. I think that the technology of earlier similar incidents are very valuable. I believe in many Christian Ideals. I like many of the writings of Buddha . I am sure that there are a great many wise and useful things in many bodies of technology. I am a person who is willing to look and use what is workable.