Seminar: Another of Scientology’s MUs
MU stands for “misunderstood word.” And according to L. Ron Hubbard is one of the primary causes for man’s fall from grace. I’m pretty sure that way back when, the two words “view” and “point” were not understood by the majority of budding young thetans first visiting this universe.
Another of Scientology’s biggest MUs is the word “seminar.” Per Dictionary.com, seminar is defined as “a small group of students, as in a university, engaged in advanced study and original research under a member of the faculty and meeting regularly to exchange information and hold discussions.” The word’s origin stems from Latin, meaning “seed plot,” or “breeding ground, plant nursery.” Just as nurseries grow new plants with soil, nutrients, and water, seminars grow and nurture new ideas by the interchange of research, information, and discourse. Learning of this nature has no place in the world of Scientology.
The only part of the definition with which the church vaguely obeys is that of keeping the group small. These days, every Scientology group is small.
If it Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck…It’s not a Dog
Scientology seminars are not seminars. Scientology seminars are glorified promotional events whose sole purpose is to get attendees to pay for advanced services at AO, Flag, or the Freewinds.
LRH’s tech and policy cannot be discussed or scrutinized. New discoveries or theories are forbidden from being introduced. There can be no interchange of new ideas. There can be no debate. Opinions from outside the bubble of Scientology are just that: opinions—unproven and not to be trusted. Conversations about improving any aspect of Scientology therapy is heresy. Tech and policy cannot be altered or improved upon as it’s already been deemed completely workable.
Per LRH and KSW—Keeping Scientology Working—true seminars cannot exist with regards to Scientology because the church already has all the “correct technology.” They “know the technology;” they “know it is correct;” they’re “teaching correctly the correct technology;” and are “applying” it correctly.
The very idea that Scientologists can engage in “advanced study and original research” is absurd. “Exchanging information and holding discussions” between parishioners is a fantasy. In the world of Scientology, actions such as these are “high crimes.” End of discussion.
Goals, Purposes, Plans…
Going up the Bridge isn’t cheap and thus all the Scientology “seminars” I attended had one common theme: they all had to do with some aspect of making money. Many of their advertised titles used various guises, such as “saving the planet,” “reaching your goals,” and “achieving your purposes in life” to appear less avaricious. In recent years, “making an idle org a reality” has become popular.
Seminars always include a piece of LRH tech or policy that if applied “standardly” will increase one’s income. Classic sources of material include anything from the voluminous Management Series—especially the Finance Series. How to create and use an Admin Scale is a favorite seminar topic. Postulates, Goals, Purposes, and Intention are four more catch words habitually used to promote Scientology seminars.
Rarely do Scientology speakers travel alone. At most of the seminars I attended, registrars waited in the back of the room to sign people up and collect money for whatever the speaker was pitching. Outside of the church, this practice is referred to as “back of the room sales.” Within the church, it’s known as standard policy.
Scientologists have devised assorted ways of avoiding these regs. Many sit in the back and leave early when no one is looking. Others rush out the moment the seminar ends, citing one excuse or another. One of our favorites was having to relieve the babysitter.
Just as “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” a Scientology fundraising event by any other name is still a Scientology fundraising event—and smells just the same. It’s not a conference; it’s not a forum; it’s not a discussion group; and it’s certainly not a seminar.
Still not Declared,