“Why criticizing Scientology hurt me!”

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.

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.

13 thoughts on ““Why criticizing Scientology hurt me!”

  1. I could write pages in response to your article, all of it in support of what you have said. For quite some time now I have kept track of how people in the independent field have dealt with their “separation” from the C of S. On the odd occasion I voiced my opinion, but in the main I resisted the temptation to put across in bits and pieces my views on life “outside the orbit” of the C of S. The main reason for this is that I rather focused on finishing the book I was working on.

    Everything I believe I need to say, and more, is covered in the book, which is now complete. Of course I will be taking every opportunity to sell the book, nonetheless, the material covered answers the type of questions implied in your article. Yet, it’s not a book about Scientology or the C of S. The topic is mindset and consciousness. And yes, in most respects it gives a different perspective on the mind than that of L Ron Hubbard. No doubt the claim that the mind may not be exactly as postulated by LRH will be resisted and resented by many. So, quite frankly, I don’t expect many who, as you say, Scientology has become who they are, to even look at the book. No matter, my target is humanity at large.

    Warm regards, Joe van Staden.

  2. I was like you Annette, so thrilled to have found something that would truly turn the tides of what I saw as a seriously flawed civilization, so prone to war and violence, so often unjust, and full of hypocrisy. I felt that even if I just became a bit more “theta” then I would have contributed, at least to some degree, to raising the tone level and therefore sanity of the world. Imagine millions upon millions — even just bit more theta would have tremendous and unforeseen impact on world conditions.

    And really, I still think this is its true value, this ability to assist an individual to shift into less dissonant states.

    Sadly, for every step in that direction, I was confronted with actions taken inside and outside of the Church that headed in what was clearly an opposite direction. The answer, of course, was to pour the coals on becoming as “theta” as possible and assisting as many people as possible to become as “theta” as possible. By whatever means.

    These days I am very ambivalent about the whole thing. It nearly always irritates me to read Scientology materials — so bombastic and so full of ambiguous and sweeping statements that I can scarcely tolerate it. It is amazing what being in love with something (as one is at the height of “theta”) can forgive and ignore. It was my love that brought me to it, my love that took me from it and my love that was abused along the way.

    • I agree with you, Maria.

      It was the good in me, my urge to help others, that brought me into Scientology. I sacrificed my own needs to the benefit of others.

      I gave my heart. They scorched my soul.

  3. Hi Anette; I have no connection to S except for reading Geir’s ‘justme.pdf‘ book, although that is lot of information!

    It seems to me, that the best way to reach the person who has become a dedicated, er, deceived Scientologist is to give them materials that they will accept. If this were Christianity, you’d give them an altered copy of the Bible. The alterations would be designed to do either one of two things: remove the ‘bad’ parts of the religion and replace them with something ‘good’, OR, make the Bible so contradictory or nasty that they just stop believing in the religion altogether, although that could backfire spectacularly if they keep believing and following what is written.

    If this were Christianity, there would be a major obstacle to tricking them in this way: they would already have their own copy of the Bible. However, with CoS and its confidential writings, this becomes trivial; you and they both know they haven’t read everything. And even better, if the church finds out about this and starts sending directives saying that “such-and-such a book is wrong, do not read it”, then you can start sending directives of your own in the very same style, saying that various writings from the church are wrong. If you’re feeling particularly nasty, you can even declare selected church officials to be suppressive persons and play the ‘fair game’ card on them for a change! And after all, they are suppressing people, are they not? The suppressives took over the church!


    • Hi, and welcome, C Fudd. :)

      One thing for sure, the spell is hard to break.

      Being exposed to former members who are speaking out is very powerful. As we share the same reality and experience. Many have been hurt and now more and more people dare to speak out!

    • I have an additional comment for you, C FUDd, which I suppose you are already familier with:

      FUD = Fear, uncertainty and doubt (scare tactics). See this FUD wiki entry for more info if needed.

      OSA (the Gestapo equivalent in Scientology) is known for its use of scare tactics and Fair Game to keep Scientologists in the fold, muzzled. I do not intend to go into such a low game. I seek to live with the truth. I do not seek revenge. I seek justice.

      When Scientologists are exposed to enough truth they will snap out of the trance sooner or later.

What do you think?