Celebrities and Scientology

First let me be clear that I am NOT a celebrity.  But a few years back, I worked closely for one, and have first-hand experience dealing with them on an everyday basis.

I learned a few things from that experience.

-  Celebrities are human beings fundamentally like everyone else.  They have problems that weigh on them.

-  Being a major celebrity can be a full-time job all by itself, in addition to actually doing the work that keeps one being a celebrity.

-  Paparazzi are tenacious and a blight on our society.  They make it their mission to magnify any flaws in a celebrity. In my experience, this often involves Photoshop and making things up to sell to magazines.  Or ambushes.  Or telephoto lenses peeping through windows from a rooftop across the street.  It makes “normal” privacy impossible.

-  Being a celebrity is stressful in ways I could never have imagined before working for one.  When really famous, one can’t just go to the local pub or to the beach without having to deal with a stream of people.

- They don’t just have fans, there are people who are fixated on them, and sometimes not in a good way.

- They tend to work very long, odd hours, most often away from their homes and core supporters and confidants.

- Through no fault of their own, celebrities attract to them people who aren’t necessarily good for their career or their well-being.  Unfortunately, a small percentage of people will get close to a celebrity so they can do damage.  This may cause a celebrity to “roller-coaster” through ups and downs.  It’s not all one big joy ride.

Sometimes you see celebrities  featured on the covers of People magazine over time going in and out of drug rehab, or getting another divorce, or having custody problems, or going broke.  They have their problems.

So it’s no wonder to me that there are a lot of celebrities who have embraced Scientology, because it provides tools to deal with these stresses of being a celebrity.

For one thing, there’s a wealth of Scientology information on how to organize one’s business or career.  It starts with the Scientology Organizing Board, a simple tool that helps one organize any activity, including a celebrity’s career and support people.  It helps one organize one’s personnel, marketing, finances, production, quality control, public relations, and executive structure.  It helps one figure out what functions to outsource, and what to keep in-house.  A celebrity can experience tremendous relief (I’ve seen it happen myself) when these functions are just listed out clearly on a big board, and when they turn over functions they were holding on to, over to someone else who is competent and can do them.

For another thing, there’s a whole section of Scientology’s technology devoted to helping one understand and overcome the effects of those people (sometimes very well hidden) to whom one is connected, who may be holding one back from pursuing one’s goals. These are real tools for understanding and handling live people.  Though intangible to others, the relief one experiences can be immense.

Those are just two of many tools, either of which anyone can learn to use in any Church of Scientology or at the posh Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood or in other Celebrity Centres such as Las Vegas, Nashville, Vienna, Austria and Florence, Italy.

So no, I don’t wonder that there are a lot of celebrities who have embraced Scientology.

Like any average person, they have problems that Scientology’s tools help them to solve, despite having all the fame and money in the world.

  • tbp

    I really like how you showed that celebs are just human beings like everyone else, despite attempts by media to make them seem as though they are some other species entirely. And the tools for living available in Scientology, available to anyone, certainly do work from my experience.

  • Morning Dove

    Why can’t people (famous or not) get that kind of help without it being religious?

    MD

    • scientologyb

      Morning Dove, to ensure anyone can take advantage of the administrative technology L. Ron Hubbard developed, secular compilations of this information is available through the World Institue of Scientology Enterprises, http://www.wise.org.

  • Michael

    Ah, I see now. Scientology is a tool not a religion. It helps stressed out folk to cope with success. So requires belief rather than faith? Does it help them question the terms of that success or promote more of it? Is it an investment or a submission?

    • scientologyb

      Michael, Scientology certainly helps people cope better with and resolve the situations in their lives. It is a study of knowledge and wisdom and applies to every facet of living. But it is most definitely a religion. The Scientology website states, “Scientology is… a religion in the most traditional sense of the term. Scientology helps Man become more aware of his own spiritual nature and that of those around him, and, hence, more aware of God. Scientology carries forward a religious tradition extending ten thousand years and embraces truths found in the oldest sacred texts of the Hindu Veda and the wisdom of Buddhism. ”
      http://www.scientology.org/faq/background-and-basic-principles/why-is-scientology-called-a-religion.html.

  • Michael

    Ah, a religious tool then; or perhaps a utilitarian religion, one that gets God (or maybe god since you say it is based on non-theistic Buddhist traditions)to work for you. Is this the Creator God or a sort of friendly god of the family? Are the various Scientological(?)techniques ways of improving the relationship with this God or just feeling better and more successful? And what does God get from this relationship? Since it applies to every facet of living, does it tell me about how I should vote and what my attitude should be toward let’s say technology? Is it totalitarian?

  • Jeré Matlock

    In answer to Michael’s comment – Scientology is a religion WITH tools, which in my experience is something new in the world. It doesn’t require belief or faith, although after you’ve used the tools a few times and have seen for yourself that they work uniformly when applied correctly and with full understanding of them, you begin to have faith in them and use them regularly. But it’s practical knowledge and any belief one acquires is based on one’s own experience, not on dogma or because someone told you something. We explain to people the workable datum that “What’s true for you is true for you.” Which I found to be true for myself the first time I heard it. Such data is found in abundance in Scientology, and it is USEFUL.

    One thing I’ve always liked about the religion of Scientology is that no Scientologist and none of our teachings has ever tried to tell me what God is or claimed to speak for God. It’s left to the individual to cultivate his or her own relationship with God, as he or she understands that to be.

  • scientologyb

    There is an excellent description of what Scientology believes in terms of God here: http://www.scientology.org/what-is-scientology/basic-principles-of-scientology/eight-dynamics.html


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