Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The FDA Is Hiding Reports Linking Psychiatric Drugs to Homicides

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

'Going Clear' source Karen de la Carriere found to be a liar by LA Superior Court judge

Karen de la Carriere
“The Court has concluded that both parties (and especially Carriere) were untruthful about many aspects of the case – presenting testimony that was false, conflicting, exaggerated and evasive.”

Michael Johnson
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge

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Monday, August 17, 2015

The grand opening of the new Ideal Continental Liaison Office in East Grinstead heralds tremendous growth for Scientology in the UK

East Grinstead Courier 12 August 2015, page 14
East Grinstead Courier 

"Hundreds of Scientologists go to opening of new site

Officiating at the opening on July 18, in front of around 1,500 Scientologists, the religion's worldwide leader, David Miscavige, said: 
"If by chance you hadn't yet noticed, we're not slowing down - in fact, we're just getting started. For this is our time and this is our place in global hostory. So, yes, with the cutting of this ribbon, we now take yet another monumental step forward as we celebrate this Ideal Continental Liaison Office for this United Kingdom!""
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center

UK’S NO. 1 SWING BAND and Scientology's very own Jive Aces kicked off the celebration with a lively medley of “Rule Britannia” and their hit song “Bring Me Sunshine.”

For more information and photos from the day, please visit: 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy & Tony Visconti at the O2 Shepherds Bush London

I'm a big fan of Bowie, particularly of the album Aladdin Sane. On one holiday as a teenager back in the 70s, I only had one one cassette to listen to while sunbathing; it was Aladdin Sane. I listened to it again and again and quickly began to realise it was really special! I loved every track (which I can't say about many albums) and still do today with a passion. It will always be one of my all-time favourite albums.

Unfortunately I never saw Bowie live, but last night's gig pretty close. Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy band were on fire! I got to see two tracks from Aladdin Sane performed live for the first time (Time and Watch That Man) and loads of other big Bowie favourites: Man Who Sold The World, Life on Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust and the concert ended with the huge sound of Suffragette City.

After the gig, the whole band (almost) signed albums and posters, posed for photos and chatted with fans for ages!

The warmth and affection the audience had for the band, and especially for Woody, was palpable. It was also very moving to see tributes paid to the two deceased members Spiders from Mars, Mick Ronson (two members of his family were in the band!) and Trevor Bolder.

An added bonus to the evening was to see both Marc Almond and Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet on stage singing several numbers! It was a shame David couldn't be there too, but I have to say Glenn Gregory (of Heaven 17) did a really excellent job as his replacement ;-)

I learned last night that David & the Spiders used to play a live medley of songs that included Oh! You Pretty Things and All The Young Dudes that David wrote and gave to Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople). Pleasantly surprised to see that, because I saw Ian Hunter live recently and my mate Steve Holley is his drummer. Here's my clip of All The Young Dudes last night:


The sound quality was superb, so #respect to the sound guy! And what a treat to see and hear so many amazing and highly talented musicians on stage.  I'd also like to say #respect in particular to Paul Cuddeford, Berenice Scott and James Stevenson - and of course to Woody.

I wish the band all the very best for their forthcoming tour of Japan.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Criminon - Changing Lives Through Knowledge

Criminon UK recently received the above unsolicited letter from an offender in HMP Whatton who is currently studying Criminon courses. It really shows the difference Criminon is making.

What is Criminon? Criminon delivers correspondence courses and tutoring to prisoners. Their programme covers drug education, communication skills and – most importantly – personal integrity. Personal integrity is taught by reference to a non-religious and practical moral code, described in a book called The Way To Happiness. Prisoners doing their courses achieve genuine changes of heart. They make honest decisions to change their lives. In many cases, their life experiences would make you cry, no matter what they’ve done. But our programme enables them to win back their self-respect and with that, the confidence to live a future without crime.

Criminon UK delivers distance learning courses approved by LASER (the OfQual approved organisation which promotes, develops, accredits and quality assures courses and qualifications at all levels of education and training) and additional courses in basic moral values.

Monday, December 15, 2014

30th Anniversary IAS Weekend 2014 at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead

Click the image above for a slideshow of the weekend
Fri 17th to Sun 19th October 2014: It was an action-packed weekend with amazing and heart-warming news about the achievements and expansion of Scientology on the Friday, a fantastic dinner, dance and party on the Saturday, and the highlight of my year - the Saint Hill Charity Concert on the Sunday where £30,000 was given to several great causes! As always, the performances were world class.

My Scientology Tour of LA

Click on the above image for a slideshow of my trip
I wanted to visit as many Scientology Churches, and Scientology-related organisations as possible during my brief visit to LA several weeks ago... and I didn't do too badly. Here's where I went:

I also managed to watch a performance of a reading of one of L. Ron Hubbard's adventure stories in the L. Ron Hubbard Theater. It was superb!

The highlight of the trip was my visit to the Psychiatry museum - not because it was fun, but because it was so hard-hitting. It really doesn't pull any punches. It tells you the full horror of the history of Psychiatry and its barbaric "treatments" (if you can call them that).  Some of it was too difficult to watch. I left there feeling inspired to do more to combat the scourge of Psychiatry

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Saint Hill International Arts Festival 2014, now in its 23rd Year

Pablo Carl Röhrig with his Saint Hill International Festival Lifetime Achievement Award 2014. Photo by Mark McQuade.
East Grinstead - From the 31st July to 10th August, the Saint Hill International Festival (www.arts-festival.org) attracted local and international artists from all walks of life.

The Saint Hill International Arts Festival was inspired by Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard who stressed the importance of the role that art plays in society and he strongly encouraged artistic creativity in all its forms. The purpose of the Festival is to inspire artists into greater productivity. Saint Hill Manor was L. Ron Hubbard's family home from 1959-1967.

The Festival’s main event, The Art Garden, included participation from the world-renowned German naturalism fantasy painter, Pablo Carl Röhrig (www.roehrigart.com), and from local painters Jane Indigo Moore, Gil Bustamante, Mira Reichl, Susanne Lawrence, Kitty Atkinson-Guy, Katherine Khann and Rory O’Neill.

Whilst the painters painted, musicians entertained both painters and visitors to the Art Garden alike. The musicians were Hungarian violinist Judit Szabo, Italian guitarist and singer Francesco Andrianni, Australian singer songwriter Neil Lemon with performances by Jane Billing and Angie Lemon.

The Festival included a poetry workshop, an arts quiz and the Jive Aces' Summertime Swing on 3rd August which was a roaring success!

Proceedings ended in style with the annual Classical Concert presented by Tom Hardy and the Blaze Ensemble, attended by the Deputy Mayors of East Grinstead and Redbridge. The orchestra, composed entirely of wind instruments, performed works by Mozart and Gounod.

During the interval, this year's Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to painter Pablo Carl Röhrig by the Executive Producer of the Festival, Sheila Gaiman, who said: "We searched high and low for the world's very best artists to present this award to, and we are very honoured to be giving it, this year, to someone who has won many International and national awards throughout his career, including one for the best artwork of the year in Germany. This year, the Saint Hill International Festival Lifetime Achievement Award goes to the fabulous Pablo Carl Röhrig. We wonder who we will discover next year."

Click here for additional information and photos of the Festival, and here for photos of the Classical Concert.

About Saint Hill Manor

Saint Hill Manor, the former home of L. Ron Hubbard, located just outside East Grinstead, is a fine 18th century sandstone building. Concerts, plays, conferences and other events regularly take place here and it is also one of the few historical attractions to remain open to the public throughout the year. Saint Hill Manor is also the head office for the Church of Scientology, UK.

For more information, please contact:

Liz Ostermann
Saint Hill Manor
01342 315226

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CCHR UK protests against The Royal College of Psychiatrists during their International Congress 2014

Outside St Paul's Cathedral getting ready to march
I protested with CCHR UK & CCHR London against the The Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress #rcpsychic14 at the Barbican today. I carried a banner which read: 

But the best message we gave the psychiatrists with reference to kids and ADHD was: 

On the way to the Barbican
Making sure the psychiatrists attending the conference really knew we were there!
The real message: Love me, don't drug me

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Saint Hill International Arts Festival 2013, now in its 22nd Year, was a Resounding Success

The Blaze Ensemble of London, conducted by Andrew Skirrow, performing "Serenade in A" by Brahms. Photo by Nitsan Simantov.

Artists enjoyed a packed weekend learning about artistic integrity, having fun at a masked ball, watching Indie films in a film festival and attending a classical concert. 

East Grinstead - 16 August 2013: Saint Hill Manor, once again, played host to the annual Saint Hill International Arts Festival (arts-festival.org) - now it its 22nd consecutive year - which took place last weekend. 

Artists came from the UK, Russia, South Africa, USA, Austria and Germany to attend this year's festival whose purpose is to inspire artists into greater productivity, as well as to help artists unlock their ability to earn a living from their art. The Saint Hill International Arts Festival was inspired by Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard who strongly encouraged cultural revitalisation through the arts. 

The Festival kicked off this year with a talk by East Grinstead's very own Ian Clarkson, trumpeter and vocalist of jump jive band, The Jive Aces, entitled "Keeping your Artistic Integrity" on Saturday afternoon. That night, attendees were treated to a glamorous Masked Ball.

Sunday morning saw the Saint Hill International Film Festival take place in the Great Hall of Saint Hill Castle, organised by actress Katy Newell (Dream Team, EastEnders). To celebrate Indie film making and to showcase upcoming talent as well as more established names, 20 short films were shown, including: 
The film festival was also attended by actors Roxane Hayward, Orna Klement and East Grinstead child actor Alex Norman (Brodsky Books, Diamond Jubilee Tesco TV commercial) and by the multi-award-winning documentary maker Chris Dresser

The grand finale of the weekend was a classical concert by Blaze Ensemble of London, conducted by Andrew Skirrow, performing pieces by Mozart, Wagner, Bach and Brahms. The concert drew an audience of around 200 people, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Redbridge, Pinner and Medway to be there. Several Town Mayors attended including the Mayor of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Cllr Dr Ronen Basu who tweeted the following about the evening: 
"We had a very pleasant enjoyable evening with good music and company and were made to feel very welcome. Thank you!" 
Just before the interval of the concert, Sheila Gaiman, Executive Producer of the festival, presented the Lifetime of Creativity Award to Austrian artist Hannes Margreiter. In his speech of thanks, he credited a course that he studied many years ago by philosopher L. Ron Hubbard on communication for helping him to get his career started as an artist. 

The winner of the Lifetime of Creativity Award, artist Hannes Margreiter, with Sheila Gaiman, Arts Festival Executive Producer.  Photo by Nitsan Simantov. 
Hannes is most well known as a postage stamp designer who designs the stamps for Austria. Additionally, he designed a stamp for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was Governor of California, as well as for the country of Germany. 

Sheila Gaiman, the festival's executive producer, said: 
"I'm very proud that East Grinstead does have its own international arts festival, now in its 22nd year, and hope that one day, it will be as well known as the Edinburgh Festival." 
About Saint Hill Manor 

Saint Hill Manor, located just outside East Grinstead, is a fine 18th century sandstone building. Concerts, plays, conferences and other events regularly take place here and it is also one of the few historical attractions to remain open to the public throughout the year. Saint Hill Manor is also the head office for the Church of Scientology, UK. 

For more information, please contact: 

Liz Ostermann 
Saint Hill Manor 
01342 326711

Monday, June 24, 2013

Church of Scientology of London Combating Drug Abuse

A briefing in the Chapel of the Church of Scientology of London
Representatives of law enforcement, community groups and NGOs gathered in the Chapel of the Church of Scientology of London last month, to discuss, coordinate and plan actions to tackle drug abuse.

Through briefings by law enforcement and community leaders, attendees gained new insight into the effects of drugs—the inextricable relationship between drug abuse and crime and the damage illicit drugs cause not only to users but also to their families, peers and neighborhoods.

The Director of Public Affairs Church of Scientology of London released a new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—The Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World. She gave an overview of the Church’s activities in support of the Truth About Drugs initiative, including volunteer distribution of 1 million copies of Truth About Drugs booklets during the 2012 London Summer Olympics and the 26-day, 965 km Marathon for a Drug-Free UK from Brighton to Edinburgh April 26-May 22, 2013, to promote drug-free living throughout the UK.

To learn more or to read a copy of the brochure, visit the Scientology website.

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “The planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress—drugs and other biochemical substances. These can put people into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.”

The Church of Scientology supports the Truth About Drugs, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaigns. It has been conclusively proven that when young people are provided with the truth about drugs—factual information on what drugs are and what they do—usage rates drop commensurately.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

IAS Event Weekend Celebrations 2012

19 October 2012: The IAS Event begins!
Chill EB performing at the Saint Hill Gala Charity Concert
My Saint Hill Gala Charity Concert ticket
The 2012 International Association of Scientologists (IAS) Event on Friday 19 October 2012 was breath-taking an inspiring, as always. Scientology has come so far, is expanding so fast and the future's bright.

I didn't go to the IAS Patron Ball on Saturday, but my family did and they had a fantastic time.

The Saint Hill Gala Charity Concert on Sunday, my favourite day of every year, was incredible. The level of professionalism showed by the musicians, including Elena Roggero, Chill EB and the Jive Aces, astounding.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Saint Hill International Arts Festival 2012 to Help Artists Earn a Living from their Art

Saint Hill International Arts Festival 2012

The Festival, now in its 21st year, will start with Mozart's masterpiece, Gran Partita for 13 Wind Instruments which was featured in the film "Amadeus", and end with a rock concert called “Smoke on the Water” by the Saint Hill Lake

East Grinstead, West Sussex – The 21st Saint Hill International Arts Festival takes place 18-25 August 2012. The theme this year is to help artists unlock their ability to earn a living from their art. A week packed with concerts and workshops is planned. Humanitarian L Ron Hubbard who lived at Saint Hill Manor from 1959-67 and was also a professional artist in many fields, considered art an extremely important part of life. This inspired the Saint Hill International Arts Festival.

The festival opens on Saturday 18 August with a world-class classical concert, presented by conductor Andrew Skirrow and bassoonist Tom Hardy, who have collected together some of the finest wind players in London for a spectacular evening of Mozart and Schumann. The Blaze Ensemble are joined by actress Georgina Roberts to bring another dimension to the music with some readings of Mozart's letters.

The first half will begin with an arrangement by Andrew Skirrow of Robert Schumann's early Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op. 52 for the same combination of wind instruments as the famous Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major, K. 361/370a, (also known as Gran Partita) that makes up the second half of the concert.

For those unfamiliar with the sound of wind instruments in this combination, prepare to be enchanted. After all, "Harmoniemusik" (German for Harmony Music) was the choice entertainment for kings and queens throughout Europe in the 18th Century. But many will already know this particular sound as it is featured in the film Amadeus. The concert is free of charge.

Saint Hill Castle, East Grinstead
On Sunday 19 August, it’s Summertime Swing 2012 hosted by the UK's number one jive band The Jive Aces who recently made the semi final of Britain’s Got Talent. On the same day, Hollywood actress Lee Purcell who was personally chosen for her first feature film by Steve McQueen in his company's production of Adam at Six A.M., co-starring Michael Douglas, will deliver a three-day intensive professional course on How to Work on Camera: TV and Film Techniques. On Tuesday 21 August, there will be an evening performance based on Lee’s workshops and this is already proving very popular.

On Wednesday 22 August, professional event and portrait photographer Samantha Wordie will give away the secrets of pro photography.

On Thursday 23 August, there will be an all-day professional workshop for writers in any genre such as novels, poems or lyrics or even newsletters. This is a first at this arts festival and many budding writers are expected to attend.

A unique one-day seminar will be delivered by Kitty Atkinson MA (Hons) and Kirsteen Benson BA (Hons) on Friday 24 August entitled Unlock your ability to make a living from your art which will personally and individually give attendees the tools they need to succeed in their chosen field, including a step-by-step program to follow throughout the coming year.

Smoke on the Water
The grand finale of the festival is the rock concert extravaganza down by the Saint Hill Lake entitled “Smoke on the Water” featuring rock bands Iron Tyger, Fel Fish Parsley, Press Gang and Meatloaf at Mary’s. This will be put on by the East Grinstead International Arts Festival who also put on a Smoke on the Water concert last year. Both of these concerts were sponsored by Barratt Homes.

In addition, throughout the week, there will be an extensive art exhibition throughout Saint Hill Castle and grounds.

Sheila Gaiman, Executive Producer of the Arts Festival, said: “This is very much an international festival and there will be attendees from many parts of the world. Last year, 20 different countries were represented and we are hoping to beat that this year, especially as the theme is how to earn a living from your art.”

There will be a grand opening of the festival on the terrace of Saint Hill Manor on Saturday August 18 August that includes the ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by the opening classical concert.

Click here to buy tickets: 

For opening classical concert tickets (Free of Charge), contact Marion Shuster on 01342 312824 or email shustermarion@hotmail.com

For Festival tickets (£40 per day or £150 all-inclusive for the week), contact Siobhan on 07737 805191 or email siobhan.mirdita@yahoo.co.uk

For Smoke on the Water tickets (£10), contact Hello@SmokeOnTheWaterFest.co.uk

For more information, please contact:

Kirsteen Benson
Executive Director
Saint Hill International Arts Festival
07799 201417

Monday, July 16, 2012

CCHR UK Protest in Liverpool Against the Psychiatric Labeling and Drugging of Children

Psychiatry drugs children for profit...
Psychiatry drugs children for profit...
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights UK (CCHR UK) holds rallies around the UK annually to remind psychiatrists that the labeling and drugging of children with psychotropic, mind-altering drugs can harm and destroy their lives. Venues coincide with the annual conference of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other key psychiatric events. This one took place on 10 July 2012 in Liverpool. To see more photos of the rally, visit the CCHR UK Facebook Page.

The banners being held by the protesters are of children who have lost their lives as a direct result of being on psychiatric medication:

Adrian Keegan, 1982-2001, Death by antidepressants

Shane Clancy, 1987-2009, Death by antidepressants

Matthew Smith, 1986-2000, Death by antidepressants

Misty Trantham, 1990-2006, Death by antidepressants

Kaitlyn Kennedy, 1987-2004, Death By  antidepressants

Tel: 01342 313926
E-mail: info@cchr.org.uk
PO Box 188, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4RB United Kingdom

Saturday, July 14, 2012

What is Scientology? A Scientologist offers her point of view

Excerpted from the Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2012 

The tabloids tell us that Scientology was at the root of the breakup between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. If the “sources” fueling the entertainment media’s frenzied coverage of the divorce are correct, Holmes realized Suri was reaching an age where her religious instruction would begin in earnest, and could not bear it. Neither Cruise nor Holmes nor their representatives are confirming any of this.

Regardless, the rumors and related coverage raise the question: What is Scientology?

Critics portray Scientology as a cultish religion brought to the masses via science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, one that allegedly encourages its members to part with the contents of their wallets in order to achieve higher levels of spiritual awareness.

But what about the other side? There are plenty of people who believe Scientology has helped them achieve great personal fulfillment and happiness — and no shortage of celebrities who say Scientology gave them the emotional foundation they needed to withstand the rigors of Hollywood.

We asked Laurie Hamilton, a second-generation Scientologist and ordained Scientology minister who does consulting work, to talk about her experiences with Scientology and to offer readers a primer on it from her point of view. She declined to reveal specifics about where she lives or works for fear that some clients might hold her beliefs against her.

What follows is an edited transcript of an interview conducted via email at Hamilton’s request because she wanted black-and-white clarity to her answers.

What is the reaction within the Scientology community to the Cruise/Holmes breakup?
That’s a little like asking what the reaction is in the Catholic community. Catholics as individuals may have opinions, and may know that Katie is Catholic, but I doubt that as a “community” they have an opinion.  Scientologists are nothing if not individualistic.

My own personal reaction to the break up was threefold. As a fan:  “Bummer — they looked really happy together.” As someone over halfway through the 37th year of my first and only marriage: “Wonder why they couldn’t make it work?” As a Scientologist: “Oh, great. Here comes all the BS, prejudice and ill-informed commentary again.”

Does Scientology consider itself a religion?
Yes. We believe in a god and in a supernatural origin of the cosmos — and that by doing Scientology, we can regain our direct awareness of the ultimate truths of things for ourselves.

What is Scientology? (Admittedly, this is tough to answer in brief. But we’re trying to give readers a primer on its basics.)
Scientology is a religion. It is a philosophy. It is a way of life. It is a hella-big toolbox full of ways to deal with life, success, failure, and life’s vicissitudes. It approaches life and living from the idea that there are root causes and mechanisms for all natural, spiritual and human events, issues and states of affairs. Scientologists as a whole tend to agree that L. Ron Hubbard (whom we refer to almost exclusively simply as “Ron,”) had a unique insight and a particular knack for figuring out these root causes and using them to develop a useful methodology for dealing with life, preparing for the hereafter, and achieving mental and spiritual clarity, strength and equilibrium.

What Scientologists are trying to do by way of their study and use of the subject, and by being counseled according to its methods, is to become more themselves, jettison mental and spiritual junk that they have accumulated over time, and to become happier and more effective in their lives so that they can retain mental and spiritual clarity and grow as individuals — not backslide and fall back into traps and misery that they knew before, and which is all-too-commonly the human lot.

We take the view that we are not bodies or minds, but that we are spiritual beings who have bodies and minds, and that the hierarchy is: Spirit is greater than mind is greater than body. This is a natural outgrowth of the idea that the physical universe is here only because we (spiritual beings in general, including you) are here, rather than the other way around. Theoretically, you and I are the ultimate cause of everything, though we have fooled ourselves over time into believing that we are not, that it is all being done to us, that the universe is the ultimate reality and we are just muddling through.

Can you talk about the role of Hubbard’s teachings to today’s Scientologists?
Part of being a Scientologist is the agreement held in common with other Scientologists that Ron had it right, that as to Scientology we will do it the way he said and not some other way, and that we won’t try to develop or change Scientology to be different or “better,” but we will adhere to Ron’s teachings on the subject.

Scientology is the body of thought as contained in Ron’s dozens of books, hundreds of lectures and tens of thousands of individual bulletins and letters respecting technical theories and procedures and organizational policies. Scientologists are people who take these writings as authoritative, and whose life experience is that they have found a way to a better life through Scientology.

You take issue with the portrayal of Scientologists as blind followers or believers.
A prime principle in Scientology is Ron’s statement on personal integrity, “What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. And when you lose that, you have lost everything.” — L. Ron Hubbard. That prime principle is one reason why you find Scientologists to be perfectly happy to disagree with each other about nearly anything. It reminds me of the Jewish tradition of healthy debate.

The Church of Scientology is the way we keep everything organized and preserve the fidelity and the practice of Ron’s writings so that we can spread the word, and not fall victim to gradual changes, and therefore losses in effectiveness, in using the techniques he developed.

Can you discuss Scientologists’ opposition to drugs?
Part and parcel of our principles is that psychoactive drugs are bad for you and limit your spiritual growth. Abuse of them can physically damage your nervous and endocrine systems, and this physical damage can make it so that you can’t benefit from our practices anymore. You’re just too damaged for them to work. So we like to speak out against the abuse of both recreational and “medicinal” psychoactive drugs.

Name three of the most basic beliefs in Scientology. What do members have to believe in, in order to be Scientologists?
There is no belief, per se, in Scientology, because folks are asked to come to experience and therefore know things, but not to believe them until they have observed them. However, some basic principles are:

  • You are a spirit (we use the word “thetan” to refer to your spiritual self), who has a mind and a body. 
  • You are eternal. This is not your first corporeal life, and is unlikely to be your last. 
  • You are basically good. When you behave badly, it is due to having the wrong answers about how to solve your problems, and/or because you have strayed from healthy and constructive purposes. Having done bad, one tends to limit and punish oneself in ways that can do lasting damage. Some of Scientology’s techniques are aimed at unraveling self-inflicted damage.

What is ARC?
Understanding can actually be broken down into elements of Affinity (liking or willingness to be near), Reality (sameness, accuracy or agreement with a referent) and Communication (the exchange of unaltered information). The increase of these factors increases understanding, life, “love,” vitality, success, camaraderie, emotional state, etc. The decrease of these factors decreases the foregoing. The decrease of one of these elements with regard to a particular person, activity, thing or subject, will reduce the other two elements. So you hear Scientologists talk about ARC — and when they do so, they are referencing understanding, friendship, cooperativeness, etc. It’s a little like “Shalom” or “Aloha” as a word. It multitasks.

What are three of the most commonly held mistaken beliefs about Scientology?
  1. The belief that Scientology or Scientologists are odd, secretive, “different” in some way, or that their exposure to Scientology causes them to view the world through a filter, etc. We’re regular folks.
  2. That we have something against medicine or doctors. We are some medicine-takin’, doctor-goin’ fools, with respect to anything that might be a physical ailment, and for which there is some known/approved medical treatment/remedy. Yeah, some of us think herbs, vitamins, chiropractors are a good first line of defense, but when a dog rips a hole in my hand, you will find me in the ER getting stitched up, and then at the pharmacy filling my scrip. Further, I may seek an “assist” from a Scientologist friend to help me not be bogged down by trauma or “phantom” pains from the bite. Or, I might just see the doc and get the antibiotics and leave it at that.
  3. I gotta say, I recently read an article which named Tom Cruise as the “No. 2 or 3 ranking” Scientologist. What? He’s not even a Scientology staffer or anything like that. How’s he gonna have a “rank?” He’s a private Scientologist like me — except I’ve BEEN on staff, and he never has, to my knowledge. This is all tied up in this weird idea that Scientology or Scientologists or the Church of Scientology somehow have some say in what high-profile Scientologists do with their lives, how they behave, what kinds of things they say, who they hang out with, what projects they pursue, etc. Hogwash.

Critics of Scientology bring up unusual topics such as thetans and aliens …
You are a thetan. I am a thetan. Think of it as “soul” or “spirit” or “identity.” We have our minds and our bodies, but we are not these things. We don’t have mass or motion or wavelength or a position in time or space. We can perceive, and we can imagine/decide/postulate things. As such, it’s not useful to try to think of the real “you,” in measurable material terms. There is a general view among Scientologists that people’s personal histories predate the very existence of the material universe as such, and that had we not been here already, matter, energy, space and time would not be here. That view naturally subsumes the idea of ancient and future civilizations rising and falling over time, and the potential of intelligent life in more than one place in the universe. We do not otherwise take “aliens,” etc. into account in our daily thinking or Scientology practice. The vast, vast majority of Scientologists have never even heard of such things, except in the context of “how did we arrive at the state of affairs of human society today?”

Ron put forth some early theories as to how intelligent life might have happened to arise on this particular planet, and these theories [take] into account the possibility that you and I existed for a very long time before Earth was habitable and that the presence of water, carbon compounds, and the resulting evolution of life here provided an opportunity for you and I to be alive here rather than somewhere else.

The idea of the existence of timeless, deathless spiritual beings necessarily assumes that we exist independent of the state of affairs on this speck of rock at the edge of the Milky Way. It also implies that  it would be rather conceited of man to think himself the only intelligent life in the universe. We think of ourselves (many Scientologists do — if they have experience, recollection or perception they see as supporting the view) as spiritual beings who preexisted this planet, and we may not be alone in the universe. Scary, no?

Do you think Scientology is secretive?
No. The Masons are secretive. The CIA is secretive. Anonymous is secretive.  We’re a bunch of folks studying stuff you can access on the shelves of any library in Los Angeles.

Critics say the highest levels of Scientology are only available to those who pay large sums of money to access it. Is that true?
It is true that the very top levels are reserved for people who are ready for them. Access to very advanced principles can be either useless or upsetting to people who can’t digest them. As a person who has done most of them, I can tell you they are as controversial (from the point of view I had going in) as recipes in a cookbook. They are ways to look at, and to do things which leave one with a forever-improved outlook on life and existence in general.

Some people pay handsomely once they are at that level. I didn’t. I exchanged my labors and some little (not a lot of) money as well. Were I not giving something for what I got, there would have been no building to do it in, and nobody to do it. So I’m cool with that. I and my family are persons of very modest means. So were most of the people who were on the upper levels at the same time I was. And yet, there we were. I met John Travolta one day while I was there. Another time, I bumped into Kirstie Alley in an elevator. Sure there were well-off people there, and I suspect they were donating a good deal more than I was — because it was easy for them to do so, and they didn’t mind. I pinched my pennies and did the same stuff they were doing right alongside them. Anyone who really wants to do it can do it.

What do you say to ex-members who refer to Scientology as a cult?
I say “Good job of self-justification, jerk.” Apostates have to denigrate that which they formerly held dear. It’s a human psychological necessity.

Critics say some people join Scientology and become completely absorbed in it.
Adherents to a cohesive “theory of life” that helps them to define not only who they are, but who their friends and not-friends are, and how life works, and the reasons for everything, may get eyeball-deep in it because it is working for them. They may join the most hard-core adherents in a total dedication to the cause.

Some religions have monks and such who dedicate themselves to all-religion-all-the-time. Scientology has a small order of deeply dedicated staffers, adults only, which does not admit all comers. It’s called the “Sea Org,” (short for sea organization) because it began at sea as Ron’s crew on a boat manned by his closest supporters. The vast majority of Scientologists are grocers, mechanics, secretaries, baristas, cabbies and the like.

What are two or three things you would like people to know about Scientology?
  1. Scientology is not “weird.” It is logically and internally consistent, and answers a lot of questions and solves a lot of problems. It’s not a plot, conspiracy or cabal, we don’t want any members who don’t want to be members, we don’t want to brainwash you or your kids, and we are not trying to take over the world. We would like less war, less insanity, less criminality; people who are free, kind to their fellow man, and not suffering from the psychic wounds that make some seem evil or without hope. We want people to be able to rise through their own accomplishments, and without harming others along the way.
  2. Scientologists are not “weird.” We’re ordinary folks who do ordinary things — with a little more insight, success, and a little less upset than before we had Scientology, we like to think.
  3. It’s not about power, and it’s not about money. No one in Scientology profits from it. We do insist that if anyone wants our help, that they earn it with work, or with some material contribution that we can use to keep the lights on, pay the rent, keep a roof over the staff’s heads, pay our “supervisors” (think teachers), counselors, clergy, etc., maintain our cars and vans, mow the lawns, provide private spaces for counseling and quiet, orderly rooms and texts, etc. for training, chapels for services and ceremonies, get the word out, etc. We don’t pass a contribution plate at services. We only ask those who are actually getting something to give anything. Everyone else is allowed to hang around to their heart’s content for no exchange at all.