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Scientology Attitudes and Practices


HOW DO SCIENTOLOGISTS VIEW LIFE?

As a game. A game in which everyone can win and no one need lose. Scientologists are optimistic about life and believe there is hope for a saner world and better civilization and are actively doing all they can to achieve this.


WHAT MORAL CODES DO SCIENTOLOGISTS LIVE BY?

There are four main codes that Scientologists apply in life. One is the Auditor's Code, which gives the basic rules an auditor must abide by to ensure excellent auditing results. Another is the Code of a Scientologist, guidelines which Scientologists agree to follow in order to achieve the aims of Scientology.

There is an ethical code, called the Code of Honor, that Scientologists follow in their day-to-day activities. L. Ron Hubbard further authored a moral code called The Way to Happiness, which serves as a common sense guide to better living. This moral code is used by Scientologists and non-Scientologists alike, and tens of millions of copies have been distributed in communities world over.


WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY'S VIEW ON DRUGS AND MEDICINE?

Scientologists do use prescribed medical drugs when physically ill and also rely on the advice and treatment of medical doctors. Scientologists do not take street drugs or mind-altering psychotropic drugs.

They consider drugs cause extremely damaging effects on a person-physically, mentally and spiritually. Specifically, that drugs decrease awareness and hinder abilities. They are a "solution" to some other problem, but ultimately prove an even bigger problem.

Mr. Hubbard developed an entire body of technology to enable individuals to recover from the harmful mental and spiritual effects of drugs, including the Purification Rundown. His discoveries in this field are also widely used in the secular world, particularly in the international network of Narconon drug rehabilitation centers.


DO SCIENTOLOGISTS USE MEDICAL DOCTORS?

Yes. Scientologists seek conventional medical treatment for illnesses and injuries. Scientologists use prescription drugs when physically ill and also rely on the advice and treatment of physicians.

The Church of Scientology has always had the firm policy of not diagnosing or treating the sick. Medical doctors are trained to deal with the physical aspects of illness and injury. A Scientologist with a physical condition is advised to seek and obtain the needed examination and treatment of a qualified medical professional. Independent of any medical treatment, a Scientologist then addresses any accompanying spiritual trauma connected to that condition.


ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY LAWS OR RULES AGAINST SMOKING OR DRINKING IN SCIENTOLOGY?

No. There are no dietary laws whatsoever and no general prohibitions against smoking or drinking. However, Scientology does have a mandatory rule banning the consumption of any alcohol within twenty-four hours of or during an auditing session or training. The effects of alcohol would make it impossible to benefit from these religious services. Smoking is forbidden in course rooms or during auditing sessions, since it would distract oneself and others.


ARE THERE MANY YOUNG PEOPLE ON STAFF IN SCIENTOLOGY?

Young Scientologists enjoy the lifestyle of working in the Church, and many staff members are between the ages of 22 and 35. It may be that, due to the expansion of Scientology, they find there are opportunities to achieve responsible positions quite rapidly. But bear in mind that there are also a great many older people in Scientology, so it is not uncommon to meet staff who are 50, 60, 70 or even 80 years old.


IN SCIENTOLOGY DOES ONE HAVE TO SACRIFICE ONE'S INDIVIDUALITY?

No. People are unique, despite all the problems and aberrations they have in common. As people become disentangled from the stimulus-response part of their mind, they become more themselves, more unique, more individual-more themselves. In fact, becoming more aware of and able to express one's own unique beingness is not only encouraged, it is the inevitable result when one ascends the Scientology Bridge. Scientology further teaches one to maintain one's personal integrity.


WHAT BENEFITS CAN ONE GET FROM SCIENTOLOGY?

Scientology resolves the problems of Man by addressing the spiritual travails which hold those problems in place. As these barriers begin to fall away, one gains the ability to communicate, which in turn improves one's ability to have more meaningful interpersonal relationships. One also becomes free of unexplainable fears and stress, which in turn brings one enjoyment in life. However, more importantly, a Scientologist gains an understanding of themselves, spiritually, and so discovers their true potentials, recovering the certainty of their own immortality as a spiritual being.


WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY'S SYSTEM OF ETHICS?

The Scientology system of ethics is based wholly on reason.

L. Ron Hubbard defined ethics as "reason and the contemplation of optimum survival." He has also pointed out: "Dishonest conduct is non-survival. Anything is unreasonable or evil which brings about the destruction of individuals, groups, or inhibits the future of the race."

Ethics may be further defined as "the actions an individual takes on himself to ensure his continued survival across the dynamics." It is a personal thing. When one is ethical, it is something one does oneself by choice.

The Scientology ethics system includes a body of technology called Conditions Formulas. L. Ron Hubbard discovered that there are various states of existence and that there are exact formulas connected with these states. A person can determine what condition any area of his life is in and apply a formula to immediately improve that condition. While very simple, such actions are quite powerful and have enabled millions of individuals to improve their lives in ways never thought possible.

Another part of Scientology's ethics system is a type of auditing known as a Confessional. Man has long postulated a means by which he could put himself on the right path. As long ago as 500 B.C., religions recognized that confession frees a person spiritually from the burden of sin. In Scientology, it has been found that a Confessional assists the person who has transgressed against their own and their group's moral code to unburden themselves and again feel good about themselves and be a contributing member of the group.

As L. Ron Hubbard has written:

"No man who is not himself honest can be free-he is his own trap. When his own deeds cannot be disclosed then he is a prisoner; he must withhold himself from his fellows and is a slave to his own conscience."

These are but two of the tools from the wealth of Ethics Technology that exists in Scientology.


WHAT DOES "CLEAR THE PLANET" MEAN?

It means that Scientologists want to rid the planet of insanity, war and crime, and in its place create a civilization in which sanity and peace exist. In order to do this, they must help individuals become free of their own individual aberrations and insanities and, hence, regain their inherent goodness.


WHAT DOES "SUPPRESSIVE PERSON" MEAN?

A Suppressive Person (SP) is a person who seeks to suppress other people in their vicinity. A Suppressive Person will goof up or vilify any effort to help anybody and particularly knife with violence anything calculated to make human beings more powerful or more intelligent.

The Suppressive Person is also known as the Anti-Social Personality. Within this category one finds Napoleon, Hitler, the unrepentant killer and the drug lord. But if such are easily spotted, if only from the bodies they leave in their wake, Anti-Social Personalities also commonly exist in current life and often go undetected.

The basic reason the Suppressive Person behaves as he or she does lies in a hidden terror of others. To such a person every other being is an enemy, an enemy to be covertly or overtly destroyed. The fixation is that survival itself depends on "keeping others down" or "keeping people ignorant." If anyone were to promise to make others stronger or brighter, the Suppressive Person would suffer the utmost agony.

Because of this, the Suppressive Person seeks to upset, continuously undermine, spread bad news about and denigrate betterment activities and groups. Thus the Anti-Social Personality is also against what Scientology is about-helping people become more able and improving conditions in society. As anyone can think of many examples of a Suppressive Person, this concept is not limited to Scientology. However, when such a person is connected to Scientology, for the good of the Church and the individuals in it, such a person is officially labeled a Suppressive Person so that others will know not to associate with them.

To be declared a Suppressive Person is extremely rare and results in expulsion from the Scientology religion. This occurs in instances of serious offenses against the Scientology faith and can also occur when an individual is found to be actively working to suppress the well-being of others. This can be done through criminal acts already recognized by society as unlawful or through the commitment of acts deemed Suppressive Acts in the Scientology Justice Codes-which includes the Suppressive Act of publicly renouncing the faith, an act which in Scientology, as well as almost every religion, is grounds for automatic expulsion.

When someone has been expelled from the religion, that person loses both his or her fellowship with the Church as well as with other Scientologists. The condition lasts until they have been restored to good standing. Once the person has been restored to good standing, the prohibition against fellowship with other Scientologists is lifted. Similar practices have been part of religious communities for thousands of years and have been recognized by courts of law as a fundamental right.


WHAT IS DISCONNECTION?

A Scientologist can have trouble making spiritual progress in his auditing or training if he is connected to someone who is suppressive or who is antagonistic to Scientology or its tenets. All spiritual advancement gained from Scientology may well be lost because one is continually invalidated by an antagonistic person who wants nothing more than to do harm to the person. In order to resolve this situation, one either "handles" the other person's antagonism with true data about Scientology and the Church or, as a last resort, when all attempts to handle have failed, one "disconnects" from or stops communicating with the person.

As defined by L. Ron Hubbard:

"The term handle most commonly means to smooth out a situation with another person by applying the technology of communication.

"The term disconnection is defined as a self-determined decision made by an individual that he is not going to be connected to another. It is a severing of a communication line. "The basic principle of 'handle or disconnect' exists in any group and ours is no different.

"It is much like trying to deal with a criminal. If he will not handle, the society resorts to the only other solution: It 'disconnects' the criminal from the society. In other words, they remove the guy from society and put him in a prison because he won't handle his problem or otherwise cease to commit criminal acts against others." By way of another example, a wife who cannot stop her husband from cheating finally disconnects from him through divorce.

A person who disconnects is simply exercising their right to communicate or not to communicate with a particular person. This is one of the most fundamental rights of Man.

For as Mr. Hubbard pointed out:

"If one has the right to communicate, then one must also have the right to not receive communication from another. It is this latter corollary of the right to communicate that gives us our right to privacy."

There is no policy in Scientology that requires Church members to disconnect from anyone, let alone family and friends who simply have different beliefs. To the contrary, the moral code of Scientology mandates that Scientologists respect the religious beliefs of others. The Church encourages excellent family relationships, Scientologists or not, and family relations routinely improve with Scientology because the Scientologist learns how to increase communication and resolve any problems that may have previously existed.


DOES SCIENTOLOGY ENGAGE IN BRAINWASHING OR MIND CONTROL?

No. In fact, what we do is exactly the opposite. Scientology frees people and enables them to think for themselves.

Millions of Church members from all walks of life have attested to the positive benefits received from Scientology. A common theme through personal success stories is that Scientologists feel more in control of their lives than ever.

Factually, Mr. Hubbard was one of the first to discover and expose actual mind control and brainwashing experimentation as conducted by United States military and intelligence agencies during and after World War II. Moreover, he also discovered the technology he had developed, Dianetics, could undo the effects of an insidious form of hypnotism called "pain-drug-hypnosis."

Years after Mr. Hubbard wrote about these government-sponsored psychiatric mind-control experiments, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act detailed the extent to which these techniques had been used. Over the years, the Church of Scientology has exposed numerous instances of brainwashing or mind-control practices, such as those involved in so-called "deprogramming." Such practices are diametrically opposed to Scientology, which is intended to free Man and restore his ability to control his own life.


DOES SCIENTOLOGY ACTIVELY PROSELYTIZE FOR NEW MEMBERS?

Yes. Scientologists make Scientology principles and technology broadly available to others, because they want others to enjoy the same benefits they have experienced. The Church wants more people to know and apply the works of L. Ron Hubbard and actively and vigorously promotes this.


DOES ONE REALLY NEED SCIENTOLOGY TO DO WELL IN LIFE?

That is a question one must answer for oneself. A Scientologist's viewpoint is that while some people might be surviving quite well without Scientology, they can always do better and expand their potentials even further. In fact, the practice of Scientology very much includes helping able people become more able, and one usually finds that the people doing best in life are those who first embrace Scientology.


DOES ONE HAVE TO BELIEVE IN SCIENTOLOGY?

No. One is not expected to "believe" in Scientology. One is only expected to study and apply Scientology religious principles and practices and see for himself if Scientology works. To quote L. Ron Hubbard:

"Anything that isn't true for you in Scientology, when you study it carefully, isn't true."


WHY DO SCIENTOLOGISTS SOMETIMES SEEM SO INTENT ON WHAT THEY ARE DOING?

If you had a chance to better yourself and civilization so greatly, you would be intent as well.


WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY'S POSITION ON BIRTH CONTROL AND ABORTION?

The Church of Scientology does not mandate a position on these subjects. They are an individual's personal choice and Scientology parishioners are totally free to decide for themselves.

In Scientology, procreation and the rearing of children is one of the Eight Dynamics of existence. Couples are free to decide the size of their own family and Scientologists do so in accord with their determination as to the greatest good across their dynamics.

As described in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, even attempted abortions are traumatic physically and spiritually to an unborn child, as well as to the mother. Abortion is therefore rare among Scientologists, who recognize that even an unborn fetus may already be occupied by a spiritual being. In some instances, however, abortion might be a recourse owing to health concerns for the mother or other personal factors. The Church never advocates abortion to Church staff or to parishioners.


Scientology And Other Practices


IS SCIENTOLOGY LIKE HYPNOTISM, MEDITATION, PSYCHOTHERAPY OR OTHER MENTAL THERAPIES?

There is no resemblance. In fact, it was L. Ron Hubbard's investigation into hypnotism and other mental practices that convinced him of the need for practical answers to Man's problems. In his book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, he specifically names hypnotism and psychotherapy as dangerous and impractical. Nearly all other methods of alleged mental science are based on principles that are quite opposed to the principles of Scientology. Psychiatry and psychology in particular treat Man as a "thing" to be conditioned, not as a spiritual being who can yet find answers to life's problems and who can improve enormously.


IN WHAT WAY DOES SCIENTOLOGY DIFFER FROM OTHER RELIGIONS?

While Scientology shares much in common with other religions as regards basic religious concepts and a mandate to improve society, the most valuable asset Scientology offers is an actual technology for achieving greater spiritual awareness.

Moreover, while many religions promise salvation in the hereafter, Scientology offers certainty of eternal salvation now.

Then, too, Scientology makes it possible for any religion to attain its goals and is therefore a religion of religions.


IS SCIENTOLOGY A CULT?

No. It is a religion in the fullest sense of the word.

"Cult" is usually meant in a disparaging sense to imply a secret or closed group with limited membership and mysterious beliefs. Religious scholars point out that the term has become almost meaningless, since its modern use reflects a growing prejudice against all religions. For example, a government report in Belgium labeled Hasidic Jews and even the YWCA as "cults." The French Parliament included Baptists on their list.

Religions that grow and endure do so to the degree they assist people in their spiritual lives. To fulfill this role, the scripture of Scientology is fully codified, broadly published and available to anyone. Furthermore, its Churches and missions are always open to the public.

Scientology is unique in that it does not force anyone to "believe" anything. Rather, Scientology maintains every individual should think for themselves. In Scientology, what is true for the individual is only what they have observed personally and know is true for them. Scientology is not authoritarian, but instead offers a technology one can use and then decide whether it works for them.


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