Just How Does this Self Improvement Work?

In my last post, I mentioned Scientology, as an applied religious philosophy, can help turn Self Improvement Month into more than guesswork and hopeful wishes.This quote from the book Scientology: A New Slant on Life by L. Ron Hubbard explains the basis of that statement.“Scientology is formed in the tradition of ten thousand years of religious philosophy and considers itself a culmination of the searches which began with the Veda, the Tao, Buddhism, Christianity and other religions.  Sc … [Read more...]

September – Self Improvement Month

September is apparently Self Improvement Month, which is fortunate as it gives us a two-month jump on New Years resolutions, during which we can hopefully gain the new skills we need use to carry them out.Self Improvement can span any area of life—personal improvement; being a better athlete; a better dieter; a better student; improving one’s ability as a parent; as a partner, husband or wife; being a better provider; becoming a better child; teaching or mentoring more capably; being a kinder o … [Read more...]

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY HUMAN RIGHTS INITIATIVE

The Church of Scientology has since its inception been a champion of human rights. The Creed of the Church, written in 1954 by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, begins with the statement that Man is an immortal spiritual being and that all people of any race, color or creed are created with equal and inalienable rights.In fulfillment of that ideal, decades of human rights advocacy and accomplishment by Scientologists have ensued, including exposing slave labor camps in apartheid-era Africa, … [Read more...]

My 9/11 Story

There is something I can always get into a colorful discussion with, with just about anyone — especially other Scientologists, which is the curious question of, “Where were you on September 11th, 2001?”Now that it’s 10 years after these disasters happened in DC and New York, I figured I’d revisit this.Unfortunately for those who were there, it’s generally known to the world as “the day the Twin Towers went down”.  The Pentagon is generally a totally forgotten piece to the story, and I’ve come … [Read more...]

Trust

My thoughts on 9/11, 10 years later On the day we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth\ L. Ron Hubbard … [Read more...]

Who are the Scientology Volunteer Ministers?

The Volunteer Ministers program was launched more than 30 years ago, in response to an appeal by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.Noting a tremendous downturn in the level of ethics and morality in society, and a consequent increase in drugs and crime, Mr. Hubbard wrote:“If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a VOLUNTEER MINISTERand help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and f … [Read more...]

Communication–Quantity vs. Quality

Lest there be any question of how much people prize communication, twitter is reported to be generating a billion tweets every five days, and 700 million people use Facebook.Yet, despite all the talking, texting, chatting and video sharing, most people are still bothered by misunderstandings, arguments, and at least the occasional feeling of isolation.A film on the Volunteer Ministers website presents simple communication principles developed by L. Ron Hubbard.The film is part of a free … [Read more...]

What Motivates Us to Promote the Greater Good?

In writing about the role of religion in America's pluralistic society, President Barack Obama states: "The particular faith that motivates each of us can promote a greater good for all of us. Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times."But what is it that calls us, people of faith, to reach out beyond ourselves … [Read more...]


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