A success story by eyeswideshutMany thanks to eyeswideshut for sharing this story of what it’s like to journey up the bridge outside of RCS. More importantly, this comes from a South African who is doing the bridge right here in this country!
The price of freedom
My first major win in Scientology came from doing an O/W write-up, followed by conditions in which I made up the damage I had created. I was blown away at this one factor that I actually had to make physical universe changes to “rejoin the group” and couldn’t simply charm my way back into everybody’s good graces like I had previously always managed to do. This very simple action gave me a shift in viewpoint: it made me realise I had to take responsibility for my actions and in future to think of the consequences before I acted.
I was at that time still very new to Scientology and the application of ethics was light. Sadly, after joining staff I was not to experience this lightness of application again. Thereafter O/W write-ups became a tool to “find out” what you had done in order to make you wrong. I recall one time when I was on staff that my entire division was sent to ethics for meter checks because the division stats were low.
Of course, I had many more wins in Scientology from my auditing and courses – but there was always a nagging disquiet. It seemed that with each win there was always someone telling me I had to buy something else, had to do something more, had to attend some event, had to read another book, had to pay for more auditing… This became so much so that my wins were short-lived. One was not allowed to just be: to just be in present time.
The story of my leaving the church is not the subject of this article – it is about the independent field. Since leaving the church and joining the independent field I have really experienced the tech as it was meant to be. I have had phenomenal auditing: the kind of wins that can never ever be taken away from me. No matter how much time has passed I retain the wins I have experienced. No matter what happens in my life that knowingness is unshakable.
I have also completed ethics conditions in the independent field. The wins from this have left me completely certain that the church in its application of ethics today has no clue as to what they are doing! Ethics conditions in the independent field are done with ARC, they are done with the intention to help, and most importantly they are done thoroughly. The conditions are not something you keep doing and keep doing and keep doing. No, when you do them you do them properly and those wins are stable. I cannot emphasise this enough: having done conditions I now have stability across my dynamics and that will never change because I as a being am stable. I know who I am and I know that I am separate from my case.
As many previous commenters and articles have reiterated, the church does not apply ARC. ARC has been replaced with force and ‘command intention’ to get you to do your next action. While this is justified as ‘trying to help you and clear the planet’, in reality you are not granted any beingness to originate or communicate how you feel. It is done robotically in the manner of ‘follow the leader or be kicked out’. Is that helping YOU? It’s like the movie Divergent: to the extent you stand out and cannot be controlled you become dangerous, but if you fit the mold you are trained to be exactly who they want you to be. What you are being asked to do is: Don’t think, don’t question, and if you obey us we will reward you with ‘your freedom’.
While in the church I came to realise the price of this ‘freedom’ was too high. If I wanted to continue being part of the group it would come at the expense of me having to go against my fundamental beliefs as to what is right and what is wrong. It meant I had to commit what I considered to be overts, to betray people – in short, to become the very sort of person I had joined Scientology NOT to be. I for one do not consider this to be ‘freedom’ but rather entrapment. How can you betray your spouse, your best friend or partner, your parents or brother/sister and still expect to have wins and become a saner, better person? How can you dupe someone to hand over money you know they cannot afford and use it to enhance your own status in the group, and still expect to be a better person? You cannot get to the top of the Bridge and experience all the wins on offer all the while building a ladder of debt, ARC breaking friends and family, disconnecting and going against your personal integrity. All this gets you is the false respect of titles and status, but no real wins, and certainly no real respect and friendships. You are not treated like a friend in Scientology, you are treated like a slave.
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on the definition of slave:
Slavery is a legal or economic system under which people are treated as property. Though laws and systems vary, as property, enslaved persons, referred to as “slaves”, may be bought and sold. Slaves can be held from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation.
Now have a look at an excerpt from Wikipedia on the definition of friend:
Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of friendship. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend.
So ask yourself, is the church your friend?
The independent field is exactly that – independent. One is empowered to think independently and experience the tech without suppression. You are granted beingness to live your life across all your dynamics and to do the Bridge on your own determinism. There is no pressure; no Thursday 2pm stat push; no make-wrong for expressing yourself or for asking valid questions. Doing the Bridge this way produces amazing results. It produces beings who take responsibility for themselves across all dynamics; it produces flourishing, successful beings; it produces INDEPENDENT people who can look, think and act for themselves without fear and suppression.
The people that I have met in the independent field are my friends, they are there for me no matter what, and they are there to help me when I need it, as I am for them.
There has been much debate regarding LRH. I cannot pass judgment on him or what he was like or what his intentions were as I did not know him personally. All I know about him is the information told by others, some who say they knew him and some who did not.
What I do have firsthand experience of is the tech, both inside and outside the church. The tech – pure, undiluted and suppression-free – does exist… it’s just not where you originally thought.