The Scientology Parent, Tad Reeves, was asked a series of questions by a user on Reddit. Here is a list of the six questions asked and the first three answers (more to come!)
- How did you initially get into Scientology?
- 2 I’ve been looking for a religion for a long time, being an atheist, and something about Scientology just draws me in. I can’t explain it. It seems to focus on being the best you that you can be and improving confidence and social skills. Can you honestly recommend Scientology?
- 3 If I wanted to get into Scientology, what books would you recommend? Is Dianetics enough, or is there a more fitting book?
- 4 If I don’t live close to an org, is the Dianetics extension course a viable option? How far can you go with just the extension course?
- 5 I live about 3 hours from an org. Could I visit it once a month for auditing and such and remain in good standing, or does the church require more from me?
- 6 A generic question, but what part of Scientology do you think has helped you the most, and what part of Scientology do you enjoy the most?
How did you initially get into Scientology?
I told a fuller story of what precipitated my calling myself a Scientologist here. But to summarize, my parents got into Scientology a few years before I was born, and by the time they had my sister and me, were quite involved as Scientologists. We lived in mid-coast Maine at the time, which was a good ways away from our nearest Church of Scientology in Boston, so it wasn’t until I was about 11 or so that we were spending regular time in and around a local church. But I did take a course on communication when I was 9, and by the time I was 11 I had taken a number of courses at churches in Boston and New Haven, CT, and very much considered myself a Scientologist.
There was another interview I did (coincidentally with another Redditor) where I talked about how I got involved.
I think that’s a fair view of it, and yes – I’d absolutely recommend Scientology. I love being a Scientologist, personally.
There are a lot of things I like about being a Scientologist, and to your question of whether or not I’d recommend it, I think the biggest reason to recommend it is that it puts solutions firmly in your control to whatever problems, issues, or factors in your life that you feel need to be addressed.
It was about 75s into the video above where I get to the pertinent part, in terms of what I personally like most about it – but I really do like the opportunity for continual improvement that being in Scientology affords.
I like to be able to pick something in life that’s troubling me or which I think could be better, to handle that, and then to go and live life some more and see what new parts of life I want to select for improvement.
If I wanted to get into Scientology, what books would you recommend? Is Dianetics enough, or is there a more fitting book?
If what you want is a rapid-but-thorough introduction to what Scientology is, what its basic principles are and how it works, I would recommend the book Scientology: Fundamentals of Thought.
Thankfully, too, most of that book has been made into a film, which you can watch for free online:
Also, as getting involved with Scientology implies that you’re studying something that you can pick up and actually use, another fabulous book to get started is The Problems of Work, which also has been made into a book-on-film.