We came across the following article a couple of days ago – it appeared on the Milestone Two blog. It is authored by Lana Mitchell, and she kindly gave us permission to re-post it on Back-in-Comm. We think it’s an excellent write-up and well worth the read. We’re sure many reading this have had issues to resolve on this subject after leaving the church.
SEX: THE TABOO SUBJECT
OK – let’s take up a hot subject that is rarely spoken of.
In no policy or technical bulletin does LRH state that sexual activity is an out-ethics activity.
While I worked in the Sea Org, the subject of sex and sexuality became more and more inhibited and moved further and further from any basic LRH principles.
The change in attitude and understanding of sex moved, over the course of 15+ years, to one where the Int Base Sea Org members were sent to ethics and sec checking (FPRD style) for masturbation, were removed from post or RPFed if they kissed someone of the other sex (let alone fondled or got into any sexual activity), and any time spent with your legal spouse engaging in sexual activity (on your own time) was deemed “other fish to fry” and slagged as being somehow an indicator of a low tone level.
This was something that was pushed from the top down. Anyone in ethics trouble is accused of being involved in some sexual activity, all of which leads to just more inhibition on a subject that is already heavily charged in today’s society.
It has gotten so bad that rumor has it that marriage has been prohibited at the International headquarters of Scientology for some years now.
This bizarre moral code on the subject of sex has walked backwards to the 18th Century — in fact, directly contrary to HCOBs, books and lectures on the importance of communication on any subject.
LRH actually states in HCO PL 11 August 1967 SECOND DYNAMIC RULES:
“It has never been any part of my plans to regulate or attempt to regulate the private lives of individuals.
“Whenever this has occurred, it has not resulted in any improved condition.”
In the same policy letter he goes on to state:
“I have no concern about the second dynamic activities of Scientologists save only where they bring suffering to others and so impede our forward progress.
“Therefore: ALL FORMER RULES, REGULATIONS AND POLICIES RELATING TO THE SECOND DYNAMIC ACTIVITIES OF STUDENTS, PRECLEARS, STAFF AND SCIENTOLOGISTS ARE CANCELLED.” LRH
Heck — how can you be ethical and living across all your dynamics if the second dynamic is heavily inhibited?
In fact — how can mankind as a race continue forward if the second dynamic is prohibited?
The second dynamic is an important part of your dynamics and thus your life. To go OT, you have to be cause over the second dynamic (as well as the others) which does NOT mean inhibited and avoiding the dynamic and what it includes.
It means embracing, knowing cause and willing to play the game as you so choose to play it.
Sex is not a bad, dirty thing.
Society already makes a mess of the second dynamic — so let’s not let group bank add to it further.
By Lana Mitchell