Many years ago a story about Scientology in a major publication was titled ‘Ministry of Hate.’ At the time I responded with righteous indignation. Having had many encounters with high level Scientologists over the past couple years, including very recently, I am coming around to seeing how spot on that ‘Ministry of Hate’ sobriquet in fact was, and is. Scientologists are trained and conditioned to hate. They are trained and conditioned to lie, defame, and spread hate against anyone who does not toe their white line; all with an air of overblown righteous indignation. I witnessed one in person earlier this week. Another one performed a perfect example of that recently on the Howard Stern show. Listen to Kirstie Alley’s treatment of Leah Remini, beginning about 33:50:
First, Alley outright lies that Scientology does not ‘shun’ people. Then she lies again stating that she has personally shunned Leah not because of what she has said, but because what she has ‘done’ and because of her ‘deeds.’ Then she falsely accuses Leah Remini of calling Scientology ‘hideous and evil.’ She calls Leah a ‘bigot’ and likens her words to someone saying ‘Jews are evil’ and ‘Jews are a cult.’ All of these accusations are defamatory and, quite frankly, hysterical.
This performance of bigotry, defamation and hate by Kirstie is not her natural personality. She was trained and conditioned in Scientology to act in this immature, hateful fashion.
This is shameful. Leah is due an apology, not only by Kirstie, but by the ministry that taught her to hate.
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Tagged "mark rathbun", Howard Stern, Kirstie Alley, Leah Remini, marty rathbun, scientology
I have been a little consumed of late dealing with a psychopath who insists upon forcing himself upon our lives. The experience has validated the observations of the world’s leading authority on psychopathy, Robert D. Hare. This short passage from Hare’s book Snakes In Suits is remarkably apt to that situation. It may also pique your interest in learning more on the subject. I find that the knowledge takes a little sting out of the discomforts inflicted in being stalked by a psychopath.
from chapter entitled What You See May Not Be What You See:
Psychopaths have a great sense of superiority and entitlement, and think nothing of helping themselves to property that belongs to others. Their grandiose sense of self-importance leads them to believe that other people exist just to take care of them. Because they see most people as weak, inferior, and easy to deceive, psychopathic con artists will often tell you that their victims deserved what they got. Sometimes their sense of superiority is so great that they will say that they are conferring a gift by letting their victims support them. This is obvious in the many cases of cult leaders who are charlatans or outright psychopaths, but can be seen in more subtle cases as well. This condescending air toward others comes across as cocky and egotistical to many observers, but, as we will discuss below, some may find this behavior somewhat charming, even charismatic.
(emphases in original)
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Tagged "mark rathbun", marty rathbun, Monique Rathbun, Robert D. Hare, scientology, Snakes In Suits
What is it that makes Thanksgiving such a powerful notion and valued celebration? In studying all manner of philosophy and contemplative practice of late, I have noticed a widespread, repeating thread that might begin to answer the question. That is, the power of the practice of gratitude. To get an idea of how popular the idea is, try googling ‘practice of gratitude’ and explore the results. One high-rated result is a short spot by Brene Brown (who was featured earlier on this blog) that serves as a great introduction to the subject:
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A new friend of mine handed me a copy of a remarkable little book on Sunday. It is called As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen. The book contain this little, precious pearl on freedom from slavery:
It has been usual for men to think and to say, ‘Many men are slaves because one is an oppressor; let us hate the oppressor.’ Now, however, there is among an increasing few a tendency to reverse this judgment, and to say, ‘One man is an oppressor because many are slaves; let us despise the slaves.’ The truth is that oppressor and slave are cooperators in ignorance, and, while seeming to afflict each other, are in reality afflicting themselves. A perfect Knowledge perceives the action of law in the weakness of the oppressed and the misapplied power of the oppressor; a perfect Love, seeing the suffering that both states entail, condemns neither; a perfect Compassion embraces both oppressor and oppressed.
He who has conquered weakness, and has put away all selfish thoughts, belongs neither to oppressor nor oppressed. He is free.
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Tagged "mark rathbun", As a Man Thinketh, Freedom from Slavery, James Allen, marty rathbun
As might have been evident from my last post Abolition of Scientology Slavery, my approach and contribution to that abolition will continue to be pursued along educational lines. In that regard, I have three books at various stages of completion which I hope to publish in 2014. Upon completion, I reckon I will have done what I can do on and with the subject of Scientology.
I will provide short previews of each book between now and the end of the year. Responses to those summaries will play a role in sequence of completion and publishing. The working title of the first one to preview is Clear and Beyond: How to Graduate from Scientology.
This is a manual for assisting one toward restoring forfeited critical, analytical and independent thinking and living. It does not attempt to sell a particular ultimate path. Instead, it is a recommendation on how one might learn to find one’s own way after having been conditioned toward being a good follower. Some of its content has been presaged in many posts over the past year on this blog.
Clear and Beyond will include a deconstruction of the OT levels of Scientology designed to provide context and understanding for those who have engaged in them. It also might serve to protect others who have contemplated embarking on the OT levels from a lot of pain, grief, and confusion. It is not a shallow debunking of Hubbard and his theories. Instead, it is an in-depth analysis demonstrating how Hubbard might have wound up going the way he went and how ultimately the way he went was the all too common way of religion: releasing one from holding to a set of crippling beliefs and considerations by inviting one to hold even stronger to another set.
The analysis validates Hubbard’s intuitive prowess while also helping a person to see how subsequent science and consciousness studies demonstrate more clearly what it was Hubbard was grappling with at these levels. It could help one navigate out of the egocentric, devotional – thus limiting and ultimately crippling – belief system Hubbard inculcates as part of his processes.
Clear and Beyond will share a course of study that leads a person toward pursuing wisdom and greater awareness, capitalizing on – rather than nullifying – whatever gains one might have attained in and with Scientology.
Posted in healing, Integral Theory, l. ron hubbard, Scientology, tech, the future
Tagged "mark rathbun", Clear and Beyond: How to Graduate from Scientology, l. ron hubbard, marty rathbun, OT Levels, scientology
By Don Jolly in The Revealer: A Review of Religion and Media:
Mark Rathbun’s Search For the Future of Scientology
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Reference: Pursuit of Understanding
2. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
This book is one of my favorite novels of all time; it is right up there with the likes of East of Eden and To Kill a Mockingbird. I first read Siddhartha when I was seventeen years old. It was an important part of my own spiritual journey then and has served the same purpose more recently.
Having read it again this year, I wondered how on earth I could have spent twenty-seven years effectively donning a yellow robe and devoting my life to a cult. Alas, perhaps that path served the same purpose as Siddhartha’s several decade journey.
During his early spiritual seeking years, Siddhartha comes into contact with the Buddha, referred to as the Glorious One. Siddhartha can find nothing wrong with the Glorious One or his fledgling philosophy and practice. But something holds Siddhartha back from donning the yellow robe of devotees even when the Glorious One pitches his way directly to Siddhartha. His fellow seeker and friend Govinda opts for the robes.
Hesse provides a concise, accurate summation of the Buddha’s teachings and the Vedic scripture that precedes and influences their origination. He has Siddhartha offer no criticism of them because he finds no fault with them. But as his own life plays out, in many ways paralleling the journey of the Buddha’s own life, he comes to his own realization of the goal of the Buddha’s path. Not through practice, but instead through living.
In a sublime, lyrical sort of manner Hesse demonstrates how Govinda, who chose to don the robes when Siddhartha declined, and who spent his life as a dedicated follower of the Glorious One, could never attain that realization. While Govinda attained a high level of awareness and exemplary conduct, it was precisely because Govinda chose to follow and devote himself to a teacher that made enlightenment unattainable.
One moral of the story is that one doesn’t attain to enlightenment by simply following an enlightened one’s path. Perhaps even, the very act of becoming a devoted follower ultimately bars the path.
At some point, if one wants to transcend, one is going to have to blaze some trail on his own.
Posted in Buddha, healing, independents, Integral Theory, philosophy, Scientology, Zen
Tagged "mark rathbun", Buddha, Buddhism, Hermann Hesse, marty rathbun, scientology, Siddhartha
The following unalterable, senior policy of Scientology has been in continuous effect since March 1955 to the present. It might help explain a few things you have observed.
The DEFENSE of anything is UNTENABLE. The only way to defend anything is to ATTACK, and if you ever forget that then you will lose every battle you are ever engaged in, whether it is in terms of personal conversation, public debate, or a court of law. NEVER BE INTERESTED IN CHARGES. DO, yourself much MORE CHARGING and you will WIN. And the public, seeing that you won, will then have a communication line to the effect that Scientologists WIN. Don’t ever let them have any other thought than that Scientology takes all of its objectives.
The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.
L. Ron Hubbard, Manual on Dissemination of Material
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Jefferson Hawkins began an insightful deconstruction of Scientology ethics in an interview with Tony Ortega at his Scientology Underground Bunker page. I believe the techniques Jeff exposed had (have) broader application in the process that Scientology employs in implanting its constructs as hard-bound reality. It is not limited to the indoctrination on ethics. I had noted this myself while spending several months of each day listening to a Hubbard lecture from the fifties and sixties.
In an early chapter of The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra gives an accurate and concise history of the evolution of logic and thought in the West and the East. In doing so, he necessarily mentions virtually every significant philosopher who lived and wrote over the past couple millennia. I read that after the stint of listening to dozens of Hubbard lectures given over a two decade period. Here is my contemporaneous margin note at the end of the chapter on evolution of thought in The Tao of Physics:
‘By this point (20th Century) in history, Hubbard has invalidated and laid to waste every great thinker who made possible and contributed to his way of thinking.’
One might recognize that Hubbard’s techniques of persuasion are used far and wide in today’s society. In politics, in business, in advertising, in self-help, in religion, you name it. Whether one wants to label it ‘hypnotism’ or ‘how to influence people’ or ‘persuasion’, it cannot be gainsaid that the technique of indoctrination Jeff breaks down for us was employed throughout the history of Dianetics and Scientology. And L. Ron Hubbard was a master of it application.
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Breaking free from sophisticated mind control is not easy. I don’t think I have seen anyone do so in as bold and spectacular a fashion as Leah Remini has. Tony Ortega breaks it down at the Scientology Underground Bunker. I hope folks who have been (or are) similarly situated appreciate what Leah is doing for them at considerable personal risk to herself.
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Tagged "mark rathbun", DWTS, Leah Remini, marty rathbun, Monique Rathbun, scientology, Scientology Underground Bunker, tony Ortega