Would 2 + 2 = 5 freak you out?
– Yes, perhaps if you identified yourself with the subject.
Let’s take a look.
How to become a dedicated Scientologist:
You are idealistic, you want to improve conditions, make a difference. Someone offers you a solution, a path, some tools you can use to improve issues you might have in your life or tools to help others improve their lives. And they work. Great! Imagine using these tools on a larger scale. WOW. You believe this can have a profound impact on world peace. Maybe this Scientology thing can save the planet. Yes, it can. Or at least, so they say. And you have seen success stories from around the world. Looks awesome! Some crazy expansion going on. Scientology is big. There are millions of Scientologists around the world. Scientology is the only path. Every step you do in Scientology, either small or big, effects not only you, but also your surroundings. What a great thing! Every cell of your body love Scientology. You, as a spiritual being, a soul, need Scientology. You can achieve Nirvana, total spiritual freedom, be free to live and operate without your body. All sufferings you have ever experienced, lifetime after lifetime, in every incarnation, can be wiped out. Just like that. You can become a Super Human. YEAH!
That was a short, but very realistic example of a person gradually becoming a
dedicated deceived Scientologist.
“I can’t make my Scientologist friend listen to me. How come?”
I’m writing this article because I continue to observe a rather strange defense mechanism practiced by many Scientologists, and by some Indie Scientologists (people who have left the Church of Scientology, but continue practicing their religion independently). I’m shedding some light on what reactions you might get when trying to communicate with a Scientologist about his or her faith.
If someone gets a realization and wakes up it will make my day. Here’s my take on it.
To sum up my observations:
When people get passionate about a subject, they gradually introduce more and more of the subject into their lives to the point where they end up identifying themselves with the subject.
They become the subject. Some even become the founder of the subject or the one who governs it – in other words they start acting and behaving like their guru.
A subject can be any ideology, religion, lifestyle, cult, hobby, science, etc.
In the beginning, when you are new to Scientology, you don’t have any or little counter-information. Doing courses and spiritual counseling in Scientology might not sound all that bad. But the problem is this;
Scientology – it’s not just what you do, it becomes who you are.
For God sake. Do not question Scientology!
Inside of you there is a seed of uncertainty all the way. Can Scientology really deliver all that it is promising? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? The seed of uncertainty grows as you progress up the ladder to higher freedom, course by course, step by step, level by level, as the results you achieve don’t quite fit the results you had expected. Not what you were promised. You hope maybe the next level will bring you what you want. You have gotten something nice out of it. So no need to complain. Yet.
When someone dare to question Scientology, it feels like they are attacking you. You are pot committed. You identify yourself with Scientology. And it becomes really hard to examine new information and especially counter-information. It is just painful. It is a threat. Counter-information is threatening WHO YOU ARE. You see things through a Scientology filter. You must defend, justify and attack “the attacker” by all means. Even Scientology taught you to “Never defend. Always attack”. Instead of reading and investigating the counter-information you have received. You start to look for flaws in the person who gave you that information. Discrediting the person. Ad hominem.
Don’t create a gap in your mind
Because a Scientologist choose “I don’t want to go into it” when they are presented with counter-information, they create a gap in their mind.
If someone told you 2 + 2 = 5. Would you feel attacked? Would you feel the person degraded you? Would you freak out? Of course not, because you know that the equation is wrong. You are certain. No doubt there. And when you are certain, people can tell you anything and you will not get shrugged.
One day you will find out that Scientology is over-promised and under-delivered.
Saving the world with manipulation? How free do you feel?
Fill that gap. Get educated.
KNOWLEDGE + CERTAINTY = POWER
Thank you for reading this post. I would love to hear what you think. You are welcome to ask me any questions. I will answer as soon as I’m available. Feel free to use the comment form below. Have a nice cult-free day.