Another article from Brian Lambert. While I am so busy working on Season 2 I appreciate those who forward me relevant, on topic articles to publish. It is a day I do not have to write something myself. (Thanks especially to Regraded Being and Terra Cognita who have been stallwarts in this regard). I try not to use too many of them in a row, but I feel it is better for continuity to have something every day if possible. Though there may be days in the upcoming weeks where it just isn’t possible.
Battlefields: Scientologists vs. Critics; Can Decency Win?
“We are hypnotized by our surroundings and can’t see anything beyond the horizon of our experience”. Sri Yukteswar
What we are experiencing with Scientology is really no different from what happened to Catholicism vs. Luther and all of the other breakaway churches. Back then those factions used to kill and torture each other! Today, being mean, nasty, antagonist and covertly hostile is a STEP UP. Getting a Golden Rod and having goons sift through your garbage beats being boiled in oil fully conscious for disagreeing with holy writ. Calling Ron a Malignant Narcissist is far better than burning down buildings and physically harming Scientologists.
We can talk issues without denigrating each other. That is a decent approach.
Critics react to the diabolical and consider it a civic duty to reveal it.
Scientologist’s think critics are stuck in being negative and do not acknowledge the positive.
This is the present argument.
But a major bump in the road of understanding, between critics and never ins vs Scientologists is the example of Ron himself. Ron always attacked those that were critical of him and Scientology.
When a teacher teaches a positive value in the implementation of cruelty and deceptive psychological war, that student becomes a negative person. Someone who sows darkness. Students mimic their teachers. That’s how they teach. That’s how we learn. It’s impossible to find common ground with someone who has been taught that their opponent is evil. But that’s how Luther thought of the Papacy and how the Papacy thought of Luther. Thus it’s time to boil your opponents. That’s how they did “destroy utterly” in the old world. I’d rather a Golden Rod thank you very much!
The polarization of Good and Bad: Fuel for the argument
An Illustrative Analogy
Jeremy was having a hard time in life financially, and Rufus gave Jeremy $300.00 to help pay for his rent. Jeremy was extremely grateful and concluded that Rufus was a fabulous human being. A year passed by and Jeremy went to get into his brand new car to drive to the beach but found that someone had stolen it. Nobody knew, except Jeremy, that he had a hidden camera aimed at his parking spot. Jeremy looked at the video footage and found that Rufus was the one who had stolen his car.
So which is true:
Rufus is a fabulous human being for helping Jeremy when in need?
Rufus is an unethical, immoral and untrustworthy thief?
The truth is that Rufus is both a fabulous human being and a thief.
The answer to this question is cognitive dissonance and the essence of the argument between Scientologists and critics. One side defaults to the good. And one defaults to the bad. Both are true. The ratio between that good and bad is another story.
First let me say at the outset that spiritual realities are my realities. In being critical of Ron and Scientology I am not making the argument that there are no spiritual verities in life or that Scientology can’t be beneficial in putting us in a position of having basic or even profound spiritual experiences. I have had profound experiences in auditing.
I do not judge Ron and his dogmas because he sought higher spiritual knowledge. He was a defender of our incorporeal nature. He was instrumental in introducing many to a spiritual reality. In my view that is a positive value.
I am in agreement with Ron regarding consciousness being non physical; the maker of perception and things. This is essentially the goal laid out by the rishis in the ancient texts of India; practiced today in hospitals, universities, temples and by countless millions of truth seekers in their own homes.
As Ron said:
“We find Scientology’s earliest certainly known ancestor in the Veda … we can look back across a certain span of time, across a great many minds and into a great many places where man has been able to sit long enough to think, through this old record, and find where it joins up with the present and to what we, in Scientology are rightly indebted. For to say that out of whole cloth and with no background, a Westerner such as myself should suddenly develop all the things you need to know to do the things they were trying to do, is an incredible and unbelievable and untrue statement.”
I also do not mind people being critical of the spiritual side of life, saying it’s all bs. It’s your experience and I honor that, from your view, it is reasonable and logical. I get the argument.
Especially after the betrayal of Ron’s promises of standardly bringing pcs to stable exterior with full perception.
Criticism makes us better people
I have no pathological need to destroy those who do not think like me or who think I’m nuts. On the contrary, life is more colorful and invigoratingly challenging when I’m disagreed with. Ron missed out on the joys and benefits of being challenged because of a flaw in his personality; insecurity.
This flaw could very well be at the heart of Scientology’s terrible PR. I believe strongly that it is.
Instead of learning from the diverse views of others, LRH sought their destruction. He limited his access to greater truth and happiness because of his insecurities. And he suppressed the free flow of information to his students by labeling criticism a satanic cosmic evil. Something to be destroyed for the greater good.
This attitude, learned by his students, is beyond a doubt one of the doctrines Indies and Scientologists MUST purge from their systems of thought and practice.
Attacking critics is the very reason Scientology is despised by all of civilization. You guys gotta dump this piece of shit. You guys gotta let us know, that you know, that it’s down right evil. It’s killing, killed, your PR. Just friggn audit and help people. That’s how you get good PR. Not by making dead agent videos and seeking destruction of critics. Happy people will be your best strategy for Scientology acceptance.
Attacking people will not. It only gives reason and motivation for the critics to fight on.
Ron’s views on critics, and the harming of them, IS the reason for all of these “ASC” sites popping up.
You guys, following Ron’s lead, have single handedly CREATED the situation you feel compelled to battle. Dump that God awful dogma!! We will all be happier. Including you!
Through that alone you can change your PR. But first you must dethrone Ron from the altar of make believe to do that. He made his words sacred and enforced his ideological purity. It’s your task to be rude to those words with reason. Use your discriminating intelligence to sort it out. The good from the destructive. That’s how Scientology can gain trust in society.
STOP HARMING FAMILIES AND PEOPLE WITH RON’S PSYCHO BLACK OPS TRAINING OF DEAD AGENTING. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A RELIGION, NOT A PARAMILITARY WAR MACHINE.
The philosophy of spiritual liberation and self inquiry must be separated from destroy utterly.
Please….. you’ve got to do it.
Yes, there can be healing good in Scientology. That is not my argument. You know what has to be done. Just do it.
When scientology training worked for me:
When I first started Scientology at the Geltman Mission at 500 West End Ave. in 1970 in Manhattan, I had a major major win (benefit) from the Comm Course.
My mother and I at that time were at logger heads with each other for a few years. She was going through menopause and I was going through puberty during the sixties drug and establishment revolution. What a combo! My mom was really stressed about me, I was 17 and I was in a cultural revolution that denied any value to the older generation. It was so painful for both of us. The arguments were never ending. We seemed to be each other’s enemy.
Then I got a counseling from Helen Geltman who was a Class 8 OT 7. She advised me to go to my mom and ask her this question, “so mom, what bothers you about me right now?” Helen also advised me to just let her talk with no interruption. Just keep in my TRs and consider it a bull bait session; REALLY hear her. My mom talked for an hour. She blew off steam (charge) and that was a major moment for us. Our relationship started healing from that point on. Now, critics can reason,”but any counselor could have advised that.” That is true, but it was the comm course that brought me to this point. I must give credit were credit is due.
If someone would have told me then that L Ron Hubbard was a Malignant Narcissist and that Scientology was dangerous cult I would have thought them wrong and uninformed. Or if I was a true blue Scientologist I would think them an SP.
This side of the argument is Rufus helping out Jeremy in times of need. Rufus is unquestionably a good guy; “obviously”.
This training worked and benefited my family. This Scientology was good.
When scientology auditing worked for me:
Many times in auditing I have gone to work turning my attention within to find basics to problems. When I found those underlying causes I had incredible feelings of release and happiness. It was a full blown realization of some truth, a resolution to a problem; not hypnotism. It was a conscious resolution directly related to getting auditing.
Issues became more understood. Gratitude for Ron and his tech was usually the next step. That praise was sincere and appropriate. With endorphin and dopamine release in my brain occurring as a result of these resolving perceptions, the ‘Rufus is a good guy’ argument becomes entrenched and solidified; it becomes my truth. It becomes THE TRUTH. It becomes an empirical certainty.
Rufus the car thief
I won’t bother you with rehashing the countless horror stories that have directly come from LRH’s mind and writings. But for some reason apologists seem to think that it’s “old news”, “get over it”, “stop being so negative”, “you hate Ron” “you don’t acknowledge the good” ………. etc.
When entrenched ideologues on both sides hate, that is a recipe for more hate.
Fools argue and wise men discuss.
This picture below is evidence that critics and Scientologists can actually be friends. If there ever was an example of a sane Scientologist it is Dani Lemberger. If there was ever an SP warrior critic of Ron and Scientology it’s Tony Ortega.
This picture is the essence of my essay. This is how sanity looks. These are the faces of decency. This is how adults treat each other and resolve differences. The L Ron Hubbard playbook on critics must be purged from your philosophy. Then automatically critics will start to fade from the blogosphere. And then maybe critics and Scientologists can share wine instead of black ops psycho manipulating videos and hatred of all things Scientology.
Seek spiritual liberation and knowledge only with the tech. Make happy people. The rest is bad karma and source of Scientology’s troubles.
The power of prayer
I’m a believer and a knower of God. I pray. Prayer is an electromagnet emanation of the power of goodness. It is quantum activity. It is an OT power. I ask all those who pray to shower the darkness with love and light. Love bomb Marty Rathbun. Love Bomb DM. Love bomb Leah and Mike. Love bomb the entire asylum. Just fill the darkness with light. Your light. Purge all hatred for all souls.
“To love despite all provocations to do otherwise is a sign of true greatness” L Ron Hubbard
Brian on the high horse