What do New Year’s resolutions mean to Scientologists? Well, among the most beloved writings of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard is The Code of Honor. He wrote and published this code in a journal for Scientology auditors (spiritual counselors). And believe it or not, it has everything to do with New Year’s resolutions. And it also has everything to do with why Scientologists hold their ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige in such high regard.
L. Ron Hubbard described the Code of Honor not as a moral code but an ethical code. He states that unlike a moral code, an ethical code is not enforceable. Rather, he describes it as “a luxury of conduct. A person conducts himself according to an ethical code because he wants to or because he feels he is proud enough or decent enough or civilized enough to so conduct himself.”
One of the 15 points of the Code of Honor is:
“Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow.”
As to how you make this tomorrow, that has everything to do with Scientology.
Scientology Means Knowing in the Fullest Sense of the Word
You may have run across the Scientology ad videos that end with “Scientology: Know Yourself, Know Life.” And you may have wondered why.
The word Scientology means knowledge. As described on the Scientology website, the word Scientology “comes from the Latin scio which means ‘knowing, in the fullest meaning of the word’ and the Greek word logos which means ‘study of.’”
Why Scientologists study the books and lectures of L. Ron Hubbard and does this have anything to do with New Year’s resolutions?
If you’ve ever wondered why Scientologists consider the study of L. Ron Hubbard’s books part of the practice of Scientology, this simple definition of the word Scientology may help you understand it.
It also explains why Scientology ecclesiastical leader David Miscavige put so much emphasis on ensuring the purity of L. Ron Hubbard’s books and releasing them and hundreds of L. Ron Hubbard’s lectures in 17 languages and LRH’s beginning books in 50 languages. Scientologists often refer to these books and lectures as “the Basics.”
David Miscavige’s release of The Basics
The Scientology website describes an event in 2007 when David Miscavige announced the release of the Basics.
You can read about it and watch a video on it here.
In brief, what Mr. Miscavige announced was the completion of a mammoth project. He said it took five years and 2 million manhours. It’s purpose: to ensure the purity of all Scientology Scripture.
As the website states” “The standard set by Mr. Miscavige was perfection, the only standard suitable for the works of Mr. Hubbard.”
Now, when you understand the definition of the word Scientology, this makes complete sense. Doesn’t it?
Why? Because if you don’t have the knowledge exactly as discovered by L. Ron Hubbard, you can apply it as much as you like, but you won’t get the results. In other words, if there was a curve and confusion added into the books by the editor or transcriptionist, you won’t have Scientology.
Think of an engineer. If he studies altered physics and engineering texts, how can he build bridges or condos that will last and won’t just fall down eventually?
The hunt for the originals
David Miscavige describes the search to locate the original manuscripts and dictation tapes of Mr. Hubbard’s books. And the surprises this revealed. It’s quite a fascinating story all in itself—well worth watching. And it explains why Mr. Miscavige described the release of the Basics as “the recovery of Dianetics and Scientology.” And that it would “change the world of Scientology forever.” Which it certainly has.
So what does this have to do with New Year’s celebrations?
So, New Year’s Day is the day we make our resolutions of what we want to accomplish (or stop) in the coming year. Right? And about halfway through the month (and for sure by the end of February) most of us are going “how did I blow that again this year?”
The reason is, if you don’t know how to “make your tomorrow” as the Code of Honor states, you can’t. For example, you can resolve to get a better job, lose 30 pounds, or patch up your marriage or relationship this year. But making the decision, as honest as your intention may be, won’t equip you to do it. Scientology is to living what physics and engineering texts are to engineering. It is a technology for the handling and bettering of conditions in life. And you can use it to resolve the things that deter or distract or prevent you from being true to your goals.
Back to the Basics and David Miscavige’s Work to Ensure They Are Available to All
So, if you’ve been wondering about the arc of this story, I think you will understand it now.
And this is just one of the reasons Scientologists hold David Miscavige (and above all, and needless to say, L. Ron Hubbard) in such high regard. Because we know he has moved heaven and earth to ensure we do have the technology to keep our New Year’s resolutions and make our tomorrows.