When LRH wrote the Way to Happiness, little did he or anyone predict that attempts to apply the precepts contained in the book would be extremely difficult if not impossible. within the confines of the official Church.
This despite the fact that the Church never misses a beat for any opportunity to reg vast fortunes “to distribute WTH booklets in troubled areas” as was recently witnessed during the Soccer World Cup, Palestine/Israel debacle and the Boston Marathon Bombing.
It would stand to reason that any group promoting “a common sense guide to better living” would themselves be fine examples of applying that which they are promoting. The reality however is that the Church violates so many of the WTH precepts, it’s somewhat difficult to find any that they do apply.
A couple of examples:
“Take care of yourself” – Eat properly and get rest”. Ask any Sea Org member if this is being applied. Unless Class V Org staff have a moonlight job, there is no way they would have the means to eat properly – the rest issue is somewhat of a joke when there is an “all hands” for events, new releases and other flaps needing handling.
“Love and help Children” – again, impossible to do if you’re a Sea Org member who ends up pregnant & thus needing an abortion. Ironically, the Church fought tooth and nail against legalising abortion in South Africa under the banner of the Religious Defence League in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
“Set a good example” – Like the recent display Jenny Linson and her troupe put on in public with their insane ranting while ambushing Marty at LAX recently?
“Seek to live with the truth”. Hmmmm. “We don’t enforce disconnection” “We have no such thing as fair game”. “DM has never beaten anyone – we know this because we saw every inch of our husbands bodies and never saw ONE bruise on them”.
“Don’t do anything illegal” – Phone tapping, hacking people’s computers and email accounts, not paying amenity bills, blackmailing apostates with threats of publishing confidential PC data, paying exiting SO members hush money – the list goes on.
Not to belabour the point, but there are many other examples such as “Do not harm a person of goodwill”; “Be worthy of Trust”; “Fulfill your obligations”; “Be competent”; “Respect the religious beliefs of others” and last but not least, “Try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do to you”
We are sure our readers will have their own examples to add, and we welcome your contributions.
Which brings us to the subject of this article – “A Way to Happiness that really works”
Today (9th August) Tony Ortega published an article on his blog which he has kindly allowed us to re-publish on BIC.
Here it is:
Jefferson Hawkins provides Scientology a way to happiness that actually works
Twelve lessons every ex-Scientologist needs to learn
- The world outside Scientology is not a dangerous or degraded or hostile place. You’ll find that on the whole, people are pretty nice, and you’re likely to encounter more kindness, empathy, and friendliness — and less judgment — than you did inside Scientology.
- You have your own ideas and opinions separate from those of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. Learn to differentiate. Ask yourself, “is this really what I personally think or believe, or is this just what I was taught in Scientology?” Stop putting everything through a Scientology filter to determine if it is good or bad, true or false. Make your own decisions. And it’s OK to disagree with Hubbard and Scientology.
- You have the right to privacy and to your own personal space. Your private life, your activities, your lifestyle are your own choice and no one has the right to pry or invade your space or pass judgment. You do not have to reveal or confess everything about your life to anyone. People in general do not care or judge you.
- Learn to relax and live your life. You don’t have to be “productive” every moment. Take the time to relax, go for long walks, daydream, read a book, hang out with friends and family. You are not on the clock and you don’t have to measure every minute of your life against some arbitrary standard of “production.”
- Make an effort to overcome any prejudices instilled by Scientology. Gays are not “covertly hostile.” Psychiatrists are not evil. Journalists are not “merchants of chaos.” “Wogs” are not degraded or out-ethics. And they are not “wogs.” Try to re-examine generalities like this and see people and institutions for who they actually are, not what Scientology told you they are.
- People who disagree with you are not “enemies.” People who challenge your opinions are not “attacking” you. Loosen up. Try to see other viewpoints. Re-examine your own opinions and conclusions. You will never learn anything if you only reactively defend your own position and demonize those who disagree.
- It’s important to take care of yourself. See a doctor regularly. Get a checkup. See the dentist. Take needed medication. Get over any preconception that doctors, dentists, or medicine are bad, scary, invalid, or unnecessary.
- Emotion is a good thing. It is not a sign of a weak person or a “lesser being.” Emotions are a part of life, and everyone feels them. It is not shameful to feel anger, grief, or depression, and it does not make you less of a person. If you try to suppress your so-called “lower” emotions, you may end up being unable to feel anything.
- Whatever wins you have had, remember that nothing in Scientology has made you superior to others. Get over any sense of superiority or entitlement. Realize that Scientologists have the same hang-ups, problems, foibles, and faults as anyone else. They make the same mistakes and commit the same sins. Scientologists have not reached a “higher state” where they have super powers or are morally or intellectually or spiritually superior to others. Try to see yourself objectively and with humility. Do not approach others with arrogance or condescension.
- Get over the idea that your life only has meaning if you are “serving a higher purpose.” Just living your life with love, tolerance, kindness, and charity is what gives it meaning. If the world is to be improved, it will be through individual acts of kindness, friendship, and generosity, not some organized international movement to “save the planet.”
- You don’t need to follow someone else on your life’s journey. You don’t need a leader or a guru or a “source.” You don’t need an “ism” or “ology.” Get over the idea that Scientology — or anyone for that matter — has all the answers. Broaden your horizons. If you are interested in learning more about the mind and spirit, read or study broadly. You don’t need someone else to define truth for you. You are fully capable of coming up with your own ideas, opinions, and conclusions. Blaze your own trail to your own truth.
- You don’t need to be constantly “fixed” or corrected. You don’t need constant auditing or interviews or therapy to survive. Scientology only exists by constantly “finding people’s ruins” and convincing them of their failings and imperfections all the way up the line. In all likelihood, there is not as much wrong with you as you might have been led to believe and you are pretty much fine just as you are.
— Jefferson Hawkins
Jefferson Hawkins is a man who is very well known among people who have left the Church. He has authored two books about his experiences as a Scientologist. In Counterfeit Dreams we learn how Jeff was Scientology’s top marketing expert, and was responsible for the famous “volcano” television commercials of the 1980s that helped the organization reach its greatest extent.
Hawkins is also known for another book, Leaving Scientology, which has proved to be a valuable asset for people trying to adjust from life in Scientology (especially in its controlling “Sea Org”) to the modern world.