Confession and Humiliation in Mao's Cultural Revolution

The Truth Rundown, Scientology’s Most Brutal Brainwashing Technique

Have you heard that the term “brainwashing” is a nebulous term that doesn’t describe anything, and been told that it should be beneath you to say that a “religion” brainwashes people? What exactly is a brainwashing technique? Chris Shelton describes what a brainwashing technique is, very specificly and very clearly, in his exposure of the […]

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Scientology: It’s Always Worse Than You Think

The exposure of Scientology is a repetitive business. Every year, there are new people coming out of the Church who, no matter how highly trained as an auditor, no matter how many years they’ve spent on staff or in the Sea Org, know very little about the actual subject of Scientology and what it really […]

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More on Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs by Mike Rinder

This discussion about Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs occurred on Mike Rinder’s blog yesterday: Alanzo says October 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm Well done on 20/20 last night, Mike! Talking to you is like SLEEPING WITH SATAN! LOL!! It’s great that all you Int Base Escapees have created a safety net for people like Leah […]

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Is the Sea Org Really The Clergy of Scientology

Is Scientology’s Sea Organization Really A “Clergy”?

At around the 1:30 mark you can see pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Lawrence Wright, call Scientology’s Sea Organization “The Clergy” in Scientology. This is just one time when both of these excellent journalists called Scientology’s Sea Organization, a “clergy” or “priesthood”. It was part of their messaging when they promoted “Going Clear” in many interviews […]

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One Moon

It is said that there is only one moon. It is also said that there are as many moons as there are individuals who are looking at it. Maybe there is one objective reality called The Moon. But I don’t think that even Neil Armstrong has seen it. – Alanzo

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Haydn James: The Outer Banks

Scientologist Haydn James on Why Scientology Does Not Work

Mike Rinder posted an article on his blog today that Karen DeLacarriere gave to him from “The Outer Banks”, a super-secret Facebook group that I was joined into without my permission, and then kicked out of because it’s only for the “Key Players”. The guy who kicked me out, Ronn Stacy, told me this three […]

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A Scientology World

Here’s What a Scientology World Would Look Like

A Scientology World would look just like this: They would be able to dictate every book that you could read, every movie that you could watch, and every thought that you could think. The Hollywood Reporter, 9/18/2015: Florida Theater Drops Scientology Film ‘Going Clear’ After Pressure From Church “Clearwater, Florida is home of the world […]

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Lambs to slaughter

Sacred Cows + Siege Mentality = Sheeple

Sheeple. An actual mathematical formula for them. I’m not kidding. I think Carl Sagan wrote about it once: Ask Neil Degrasse Tyson. It describes a fundamental property of all human groups: not just Scientists and Scientologists. As social animals, human beings set up rules, both tacit and expressed, to coordinate their efforts in pursuit of […]

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The Thinker's Toolkit by Morgan Jones

Hypothesis Testing

There’s a really good book, written by a former CIA analyst, called “The Thinker’s Toolkit”. This book contains 14 tools of structured analysis which can be used to help you figure things out. A structured analysis is a technique that police detectives, FBI agents, CIA Analysts, and others use to investigate something without letting emotions, […]

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Going Clear wins Three Emmys

The Reich is Askew

The Reich is askew, yawing badly. All but the most delusional have abandoned ship. The Dwarfenführur launders his own soiled underwear today.

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My Mind Keeps Goin Through Them Changes

My Mind is Goin Through Them Changes

It never stops, no matter what cult you’ve been in, or how old you get. This is what Buddy Miles had to say about it a few decades ago. We are not rational animals, no matter what ideal L Ron Hubbard, or greek philosopher, tried to force you to accept. The reactive mind was never […]

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Recovery from Scientology

4 Steps to Stop Thinking and Feeling With Scientology

Scientology, as created and maintained by L Ron Hubbard, seeks to take over and dictate every thing that the Scientologist thinks and feels. If you were ever a fervent, KSW believing Scientologist, then you probably adopted Scientology to do your thinking and feeling for you. As a result, you may have had difficulty dismantling this […]

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Discussion: The Limits of Science

1. Science is limited to what can be tested. 2. Do things exist which can not be tested? Examine Number 1 above. – Tell us whether it’s true. Ask yourself Number 2 above. – Tell us what you come up with. Start

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Thinking With Scientology is a Trap

Scientology is a Trap

Alanzo on August 29, 2015 at 8:41 pm said: I think the discussion here is interesting, but as long as you are using Scientology to think with, you will never get out of its trap. I wrote this on the BackinCommBlog, and they actually let it through!

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Re-Evaluating My Wins in Scientology

Re-Evaluating My Wins In Scientology

The other day, more than 14 years after leaving Scientology, I realized that one of the biggest wins I had in Scientology might not have been as valuable as I’ve been thinking it was. In the 1980’s I was the Executive Director of the Peoria, Illinois Mission. As ED Peoria, I’d written High Crime Reports […]

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Scientology Was a Test of Our Character

People who got themselves involved in Scientology were continually presented with all kinds of moral choices about how they would treat their fellow man. Because Scientology is a cult, it takes all the social traits of human groups, and turns them up to an intensity that can only be described as ELEVEN. If the bullies […]

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John McGhee Exposing Scientology

Exposing Scientology: How To Do It Right

Exposing Scientology is a finely honed skill. John McGhee knows how to inoculate society from the toxic spiritual deception and totalitarian paramilitary fanaticism of Scientology. Here he gives a master class in exactly how it is done. John will not always be on guard, as he too has a life beyond Scientology which must be […]

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Read Plato

Another excellent discussion over on Mike Rinder’s blog prompted me to post this solution to the endless tribal warfare between “spiritualists” and “scientists”. Although I almost always disagree with her, Marildi, once again does an admirable job making her case. As well as Eclipse-Girl, Roger “Keep it in Your Pants” Hornaday, and the rest. _____________________________________ […]

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Undercover as an Agent for the Office of Special Affairs

When I was young and dumb, I worked with OSA in Illinois. Randy Kretchmar, Carol Brookes and Mary Ann Ahmad were the Office of Special Affairs at the Chicago Org at that time. The Cult Awareness Network had not been infiltrated, taken over and destroyed by OSA yet. They were still the Church of Scientology’s […]

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John Travolta: The Boy in the Scientology Plastic Bubble

John Travolta spoke out against Alex Gibney’s documentary “Going Clear” on Scientology yesterday, as was reported in the Tampa Bay Times. Here’s an important quote from the Tampa Bay Times article which shows how Travolta, as a Scientologist, thinks about it I think this is some very interesting reasoning, actually: (more…)

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Sara Goldberg on HuffPost Live

Sara Goldberg Is a One-Woman Hurricane of Justice on HuffPost Live

Sara Goldberg is a one-woman hurricane of justice in this very thorough interview on the abuses of Scientology on Huff Post Live. John Sweeney and Tony Ortega don’t do too badly, either. My God. We’re not in Kansas anymore, kids. I’ve never seen anything like this. Scientology is getting pummeled on multi-million viewer, multi-mainstream-media and […]

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What Alex Gibney’s Film “Going Clear” Means to Me

This documentary by this Oscar winning filmmaker, based on a book by a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, means that the exposure of Scientology criminality and abuse has now gone mainstream, and the work of many hundreds of people has finally succeeded. No matter what they tried to do to us, Scientology could never shudder us […]

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Marty Rathbun Scientology

Marty Rathbun: How People Change After Scientology

This is an example of only one exchange I had on the Marty Rathbun Scientology blog back in 2010, when he was the leader of the second Independent Scientology Movement, and Mike Rinder was helping to moderate, mostly in the background. Samuel | October 25, 2010 at 8:10 am | Reply As an afterthought: at […]

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Dogs Annoying Cats With Friendship

On this, L Ron Hubbard’s 104 Birthday, and with the premier of Alex Gibney’s documentary “Going Clear” in theaters around the country, I post something L Ron Hubbard had nothing whatsoever to do with: Post by HuffPost Good News. And an update: Pete Griffiths’ legal fund is up to 2475 Euros! If you have not […]

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Dr. John Gordon Clark on Scientology Auditing

The best, most succinct description of Scientology auditing ever by Dr. John Gordon Clark of Harvard Medical School: “Auditing is a simple, thoroughly designed means, of concentrating the mind to the state of a controlled trance.’ “The aim and result is progressively to enforce loyalty to and identification with Scientology to the detriment of one’s […]

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Scientology Victims of Spiritual Abuse

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has worked to get the truth out about Scientology, and who helped to create justice for its victims. Alanzo

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David Miscavige of the Church of Scientology

In Defense of David Miscavige

This is a post sent to me by another very smart commenter on the Post-Scientology Internet named “StatPush”. I think it provides a viewpoint on David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology that you don’t hear very often, and one that is valuable to consider. – Alanzo Note: “This article originally started out as a […]

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Egyptian Mystery Religious Sources for Scientology

Are These Some of L Ron Hubbard’s Sources for Scientology?

This is a guest post by the poster known as “Conan”, a frequent denizen of message boards and blogs on the Post-Scientology Internet. This post, for me, fits squarely into the category of “data of comparable magnitude” with which to evaluate the ideas in Scientology. – Alanzo The key to Hubbard’s bamboozle is the hiding […]

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Mimsey Brorogrove of ESMB

Great Posts From the Post-Scientology Internet: Mimsey Borogrove on ESMB

In keeping with not forgetting the positive and constructive parts of Scientology in order to seek to live with the truth, I found Mimsey Borogrove’s opening post on ESMB to be highly relevant. So I am stealing it and posting it here. Here’s the original: A positive viewpoint – what’s it worth? ” I […]

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Scientology Book Club on Facebook

Scientology Book Club on Facebook

The Scientology Book Club on Facebook is a great place to discuss the ideas that need to be discussed about Scientology. I joined there and they accepted me right away. Which, I know, makes the whole place suspect. But really. It’s a place where all these ideas can be discussed! I’m not kidding! Here’s the […]

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Embrace Change

This is one of those images that reminds me to embrace change. Especially when that change is headed toward greater freedom, greater tolerance, more love, and more acceptance of life and each other. What good was all that Scientology if this is not the result?

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Tom Smith's The Ex-Scientologist Forum

Tom Smith’s “The Ex-Scientologist Forum”

Tom Smith is an Ex-Scientologist who for years interviewed many thought leaders in the world of Scientology criticism and cult recovery on Hawk Radio’s “The Edge” from Tampa Bay, Florida. He has also maintained a forum called The Ex-Scientologist Forum – not to be confused with ESMB, (The Ex-Scientologist Message Board). Over the years, Tom […]

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Scientology Organizations

How Big is Scientology – Really?

Mike Rinder posted a graphic which proves that the Church of Scientology lies to the world about their size, and the rate of their growth. They, in fact, are shrinking, while they tell the world, and the world’s media, that they are growing. Jefferson Hawkins of SkyHawk Studios created this graphic from statistical data that […]

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Successful Ex-Scientologist Nazanin Bonadi

Successful Ex-Scientologists: Nazanin Boniadi

Today’s is an easy post to write. When you have been involved in Scientology and seen the kind of abuse that people have suffered in it, it’s difficult to keep thinking about. It’s hard to keep dredging it up in order to warn people away from Scientology. But the stories of abuse have to be […]

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Does science refute god?

Does Science Refute God?

This is a thrilling debate I watched on PBS tonight. It features one of my favorite authors, Michael Shermer, with whom I disagree on this particular question, arguing FOR the proposition: SCIENCE REFUTES GOD. He is joined by Laurence Krause, theoretical physics and cosmology professor at Arizona State University. Arguing against the proposition are two […]

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Poe's "The Raven"

Consonance & Dissonance in Thinking About Scientology

The human mind sometimes wants things it thinks about – especially important things to think about – to be ALL GOOD or ALL BAD. A mixture of good and bad in the mind gives you a feeling of dissonance – or chaos or disorder. ALL GOOD or ALL BAD gives a feeling of consonance – […]

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Geir Isene

Alanzo Talks With Marildi on Geir’s Blog

Alanzo Quotes Marildi on Geir’s blog: Marildi wrote: “Btw, if you hadn’t blown our comm cycle (ahem) over on the So Afr blog last week, the next thing I was going tell you, on the plus side, was that I have observed your sincere kindheartedness at times (as opposed to the insincere 😛 ). I […]

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Non-Confront of LRH Can Lead to Using Scientology to Harm Others

Here’s how: L Ron Hubbard wrote some very abusive technology meant to do others harm. He even taught Scientologists to never fear to hurt others in a “just cause”. Any time I see a group of Independent Scientologists who refuse to allow LRH to be criticized, and can not acknowledge legitimate criticism of LRH, I […]

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Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis – “I’ve Seen Scientology Ruin People”

Paul Haggis, the brilliant Canadian screenwriter and director, was interviewed about his latest movie, “Third Person” as it is being released in theatres in Europe this week. Go there to read it: Telegraph UK – Paul Haggis Interview It’s an excellent interview by an admirable Ex-Scientologist. In my opinion, this is how a responsible person […]

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L Ron Hubbard

Was L Ron Hubbard Perfect?

When a Scientologist leaves the Church of Scientology and sees the information on L Ron Hubbard’s real life outside the glossy brochures printed by the Church, internal conflicts result. These internal conflicts can swirl around questions like this: “How can this man – whose technology gave me so many spiritual wins and real advancements in […]

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Was L Ron Hubbard perfect?

Fanaticism, Criminality, and Abuse in Scientology

Scientologists aren’t squirreling Scientology when they apply Fair Game to their “enemies”, they are applying 100% standard Scientology. Thus, I contend that all fanaticism, criminality, and abuse that comes from Scientologists, either in the Church or in the Independent field, stems directly from following the written words and taped lectures of L Ron Hubbard. If […]

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Great Comments From the Post-Scientology Internet – Mike Rinder’s Blog

Real and free exchange of ideas are happening on the Post-Scientology Internet, and nowhere more than on the former head of the Office of Special Affairs’ own section of it: This exchange is typical now of the conversations and data going back and forth there. _________________________________________________ Gerhard Waterkamp says October 31, 2014 at 1:55 […]

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Scientology vs. The Internet

This article appeared in 1995 and documents some of the history of Scientology, Ex-Scientologists and Critics using the Internet to warn the public about the dangers of Scientology. It documents the major role that the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology played in the early days of dissent against Scientology and some of the events and people involved. This […]

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Coral snakes and their less venomous mimicries

Scientology & Mimicry

The first book I purchased at a Scientology Mission was “Hymn of Asia”. And that is because it was the first book on Scientology offered to me at the mission to buy. They offered it to me because I told them that I was interested in and studying Buddhism. I was told that Scientology is […]

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No Criticism

Criticizing Scientology: What Exactly is Criticism?

Ever since October of 1950, when Dr. Joseph Winter publicly left the burgeoning Dianetic movement and wrote a book called “A Doctor’s Report on Dianetics“, L Ron Hubbard had a problem: Books like that made his stats crash. People who were involved in Dianetics, or the families and friends of those involved, would read these […]

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Raid on the Church of Scientology by the Food and Drug Administration

Most Scientologists only know L Ron Hubbard’s side of this case, as they read all the issues he put out to them as part of his PR handling. From this, Scientologists have images of jack-booted government thugs storming peaceful churches with “guns drawn” and hauling away E-Meters, which were only innocent “religious artifacts”. Hubbard’s narrative […]

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Scientology's Maoist Tech of Brainwashing

Brainwashing in Scientology: Security Checking & OW Write Ups

Bill Franks, the former Executive Director International of the Church of Scientology, emerged a few years ago and told a story about brainwashing in Scientology and how it is embedded into its technology of auditing and training.. There is a reason he used the term “brainwashing” which most Scientologists don’t know: there is actually a […]

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2 Stupid Scientologists

Here’s What Makes a Scientologist Stupid

I wrote this after dealing with a swarm of Scientologists on the Internet: I’ve seen it now. It is unmistakable. It works like this: You present an idea that has NOTHING to do with Scientology, and the Scientologist must relate it to something in Scientology to “understand” what you are talking about. Example: I wrote […]

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ruth fisher - ex cult heroine

Thinking With Simplistic Cult Metaphors from Scientology

Vicar, in his short but excellent comment over on Mark C Rathbun’s blog, wrote: “I would have to think that the deeper one follows Ron and presses on in this search for his native state, the more likely they are moving away from ever realizing it and being at peace. Its a collapsed bridge. Run.” […]

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Brainwashing in Scientology

Brainwashing in Scientology: Switching Your Value System

The following is an exchange with a commentor on Marty Rathbun’s blog named Conan. In this exchange, I was able to clearly and simply express what I have learned that L Ron Hubbard was really up to with Scientology. I appreciate the softballs that Conan threw me which allowed me to finally knock this idea […]

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Alanzo Armchair critic of Scientology

Alanzo – A Nothingist Against The Fraud & Abuse of Scientology

Some people are activists against Scientology. They make picket signs and stand outside churches and yell at the Scientologists inside. They talk to journalists and get themselves interviewed and appear on TV or in the newspaper. In the last few years, some of them have even gotten themselves into Oscar Nominated movies about Scientology, criticizing […]

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The Scientology xed-out cross

The Ethical Dissemination of Scientology

L Ron Hubbard made many claims for Clear and OT which have never once come to pass for any of the people who paid tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, to achieve them. Many of them have quit and tried to warn others, only to be shunned and even attacked in various […]

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Apply Basic Skepticism to Scientology & See How it Holds Up

Basic skepticism is seeking out or asking for positive evidence in support of a claim, and then evaluating the soundness of that evidence. It is not giving out evidence that counterclaims are false, or giving out evidence that all similar claims “do it too”. It is simply looking for or asking for positive evidence in […]

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Scientology and The Source Family Cult

Last night, I watched a very good documentary profiling The Source Family cult. This was a cult that operated a number of health food and vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles in the late 1960’s and early 70’s and which featured lots of great sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Yeah baby. I think it is a good […]

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Evidence in Reasoning With Scientology Beliefs

There is an interesting quality to logic and how the human mind uses it. Logic is used by the mind like a ladder, with one step leading to the next step, and the next, etc. If one of the steps in the ladder of logic is false, the rest of the steps after that can […]

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How L Ron Hubbard Tricked You: Scientology and Hypnosis

Anyone who has read anything about hypnosis from a source other than L Ron Hubbard can see that auditing produces a hypnotic state and makes a Scientologist highly suggestible. Here’s a good place to start to learn about what hypnosis really is: Scientific American And here’s a good definition of the term by the American […]

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How L Ron Hubbard Tricked You: Two Scientologys

Have you ever noticed that there are two Scientologys? When you study the chronological development of Dianetics and Scientology, and you watch L Ron Hubbard develop his tech and policies, you can really see the change from one Scientology to another as it evolved from the 1950’s into the late 1960’s and 1970’s. All the […]

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The Buddha’s Tooth

I read a story that Buddhists tell each other about a Tibetan mother who was a devout buddhist, and who had a son who traveled to India regularly on business. Before a trip the son was going to take to India, his mother asked him to please bring her back something that she could use […]

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How L Ron Hubbard Tricked You: Scientology Logic vs. Logic

The key to understanding the true value of Scientology’s logic system called the Data Series lies in understanding the idea that there are many different types of logic. Each logic was built for a purpose, and each logic performs a particular function. For instance, binary computer logic was created to turn off and on electricity […]

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Stomping on a Scientologist’s Sense of the Sacred

This is a story about crushing a little girl’s heart. Everyone has a “Sacred Sense”. It’s that feeling of awe and holiness that you reserve solely for those things you find sacred in life. These are not just religious things. They can be works of art that you value. They can be books that changed […]

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Jane McGonical Post Traumatic Growth

Post Traumatic Growth

This 20 minute talk starts out in what appears to be a very shallow way. There is a change about 3 minutes in to the video that reveals just how profound it really is. So stick with it. It may change your life.

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You Still Have Control

An interesting article written about victims of abuse from on February 8th 2014 by Samantha Gelmer, the woman who was sexually abused as a 13 year old by the film director Roman Polanski. Her message, while written within the context of sexual abuse, applies just as strongly to anyone who has experienced religious and […]

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Don’t Let Your Struggle….

It can sometimes happen to an Ex-Scientologist that they feel responsible for the abuses that Scientology perpetuates on others, even though they themselves had no part in those abuses, and could not stop them even if they tried. In some cases, they may have even tried to stop the abuses, but could not. And yet […]

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After Scientology, It’s a Choice

When I was first getting out of Scientology around 13 years ago, I was talking to an ex-Scientologist who worked at the Lisa McPherson Trust. She received phone calls and emails from people getting out of Scientology all day long at her job there. I told her that one of the things I’m struggling with […]

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Charles Lakes Exteriorizing From The High Bar

Charles Lakes, Olympic Thetan

In my struggle to clear the planet, I inevitably had wrong ideas. And so, from time to time, I needed correction. I was often called back to LA in order to see what I needed to see in order to fully and completely be in the beingness necessary to do the doingness necessary to have […]

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Recovery From Scientology: What is That, Exactly?

I hear people talking about recovering from Scientology. What does that mean? Is there an “End Phenomenon” to that? I have definitely changed quite a bit since getting out of Scn 13 years ago. At first I was terrified that I would lose everything. That was stupid: All I lost was my job, all my […]

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Undercover as an OSA Agent, Part 2

After unpacking my bags in my room, I sat down at the little round table next to the window and looked out onto the parking lot. People were streaming in to the front doors of the hotel below me. Just 30 days earlier, we had gotten word that CAN had elected a new Executive Director. […]

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Secret Agent Man

Undercover as an OSA Agent, Part 3

Intelligence work has greatly benefited from the emergence of cell phones. But this was 1987, and cell phones were called “car phones” then, and they were enormous bricks that were connected to the dashboard of your car by a curly wire, and only the most annoying people had them. As a result, things were happening […]

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