“We’re in a society that is so psychology-ridden that it’s almost hobbled with ‘why did I do that and this and that?’ Although psychology has a powerful cleansing function, like any method it can become a trap, and it’s trapped many of us in the West. But the more we act from the heart, from that deep intuitional space, the less the spinning of the mind will interfere. The more awareness with which we do something, the more heart we act on, the more that self-acceptance will allow us to trust those acts.”
- from A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine
That is a very apt and insightful statement that, while not attempting to, precisely describes what might most be wrong with Scientology. I have in the past noted the ingrained proclivity in Scientologists to practice excessive judgmentalism on others. For example, see Sitting In Judgment. .
Perhaps the ‘why’ trap of the Scientology pop psychology scheme will be more apparent by viewing it on flow 0 – that is, what one does to oneself. Please take a moment to review this. Have you been saddled with the habit of asking yourself, or possibly seeking the answer from your auditor or the organization or even Ron, ‘why did I do that and this and that?’ A valid target of psychology or psychotherapy, but as noted by Levine, up to a point.
If so, I believe it would behoove you to learn a bit about the crippling nature of aristotelian two-valued logic thought. A great place to start is the first several chapters of a book called The End of Suffering by Russell Targ and J.J. Hurtak. You will learn the uncredited provenance of Scientology’s purported ‘infinity logic’; which has been with us for millennia prior to Scientology. For a deeper appreciation of, and thus potentially greater freedom from, the two-valued logic trap, the first few chapters of The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra will give you the history of how we in the West came to take two-valued logic for granted as a way of life. A review of both books just might help you break that vicious cycle, should you find it present.
Recently, I summed up in one sentence what I have evolved toward doing with former Scientologists, ‘connecting some dots so that they can see that the only thing that is wrong with them is the ingrained belief that there always has to be something wrong with them.’