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Religion Library: Scientology

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

Written by: J. Gordon Melton

Scientology teaches that the learning process for the Operating Thetan should be done in an orderly and precise fashion.For this reason the program for Operating Thetans is laid out in a course in which each level methodically builds upon that which precedes it.As with the levels leading to Clear, progress is incremental and gradual.As the different levels are pursued, various abilities that had been suppressed by the effects of the reactive mind return.

The details of the OT remain a confidential matter for Scientologists, and those who have passed through the higher levels do not speak about them with those (even fellow Scientologists) who have not also experienced the same levels. And although some who have experienced these levels and later left the church have spoken about them, the church refuses to discuss the truth or falsity of the descriptions offered.

Part of the information about the OT levels that those in charge are willing to discuss is that auditing continues to form an important part of the process.It is also assumed that those who have attained the state of Clear have become more than familiar with basic auditing and have, as part of their work, already audited some people coming up the Bridge at lower levels.Thus, when church members begin the OT Levels, they are taught to audit themselves.This process, complete with an E-meter, is termed "solo auditing" and taught in a special Solo Auditor's Course.The solo auditor uses all the processes formerly utilized in sitting with an auditor.At least one of the OT Levels is totally consumed with solo auditing.

The person moving up the OT Levels is promised a variety of spiritual benefits, among them being aware of his or her immortal nature and gaining freedom from the cycle of birth and death.It is expected that as people attain the successive OT Levels they will catch a vision of the overall goal of Scientology, to bring everyone on the planet to a state of spiritual freedom, and to discover their role in freeing the planet.

Study Questions:
     1.    Why does Scientology have an optimistic understanding of humanity?
     2.    Describe the process of attaining a state of Clear.
     3.    What does the teaching about the state of Clear reveal about humanity?
     4.    What is meant by the Operating Thetan? Why are its details confidential?


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