Scientologist responds to critics

The LA Times asks a Scientologist how she responds to critics of Scientology.What do you say to ex-members who refer to Scientology as a cult?Apostates have to denigrate that which they formerly held dear. It's a human psychological necessity.Critics say some people join Scientology and become completely absorbed in it.Adherents to a cohesive "theory of life" that helps them to define not only who they are, but who their friends and not-friends are, and how life works, and the … [Read more...]

A Scientologist speaks out

The Los Angeles Times questions a Scientologist about some of the claims media and critics make about the religion.  Here are her answers:Critics of Scientology bring up unusual topics such as Xenu and thetans and aliens …You are a thetan. I am a thetan. Think of it as "soul" or "spirit" or "identity." We have our minds and our bodies, but we are not these things. We don't have mass or motion or wavelength or a position in time or space. We can perceive, and we can im … [Read more...]

Scientology Beliefs and Misconceptions

In today's LA Times, a Scientologist answers questions about Scientology beliefs and what media and critics claim Scientologists believe.Name three of the most basic beliefs in Scientology. What do members have to believe in, in order to be Scientologists?There is no belief, per se, in Scientology, because folks are asked to come to experience and therefore know things, but not to believe them until they have observed them. However, some basic principles are:You are a spirit (we use … [Read more...]

A Scientologist speaks up in the Los Angeles Times

The LA Times published an interesting article where a Scientologist was interviewed about her take on recent events.  Here she explains what Scientology believes about drugs. Can you discuss Scientologists' opposition to drugs?Part and parcel of our principles is that psychoactive drugs are bad for you and limit your spiritual growth. Abuse of them can physically damage your nervous and endocrine systems, and this physical damage can make it so that you can't benefit from our … [Read more...]

What is Scientology? A Scientologist offers her point of view

The LA Times published a very interesting article today, cutting through the recent media hype in the wake of the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce with this:There are plenty of people who believe Scientology has helped them achieve great personal fulfillment and happiness -- and no shortage of celebrities who say Scientology gave them the emotional foundation they needed to withstand the rigors of Hollywood.We asked Laurie Hamilton, a second-generation Scientologist and ordained … [Read more...]

Family & Scientology – How I Became a Scientologist

I’ve been asked a few different times about how my own religious beliefs and practices will figure into my children, and whether I assume that they will be Scientologists as well.   Obviously, it’s a major item of discussion in current media,  and as such I think it’s somewhat appropriate (as a second-generation Scientologist) to note how it was that I came into Scientology.A college anthropology student sent me a question related to a study for a class she was taking on how one’s family hist … [Read more...]

My Mother & Scientology – The Story I Never Knew

With all of the media attention now being given the subject of Scientology & parenting, I thought it pertinent to post this – an article I originally put together for BlogCritics, but more pertinent here.How did my mom come upon Scientology? What was in it for her? I asked her if she might write a sentence or two describing such for me. What I got instead was the following, an account that totally made my own religious path make sense.Her story:I was a teenager during the dru … [Read more...]

Applying Scientology as a Parent to Two Active Boys

Me and my little one on the playgroundI wanted to share a bit of what my experiences have been in applying Scientology as a parent.I have used many of the tools I have learned in Scientology with my children and family. One of these has been such a life-saver to me – simple, yet AMAZING – and it extends from the fact that a huge part of Scientology is learning to understand what real communication is – and then how to communicate effectively. Family Love When my kids are upset … [Read more...]


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