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Through "auditing" (counseling), a Scientologist strives to separate the spirit from the body.
The most mysterious — and potentially most macabre — auditing process is R2-45.
Though a Scientology spokesman says it should not be taken seriously, auditing process R2-45 is a special order directing scientologists to shoot disruptive foes.
John McLean, a former Scientologist, said he saw the order while a member and believed that is what it meant. His mother Nan, also a former Scientologist, said she was told R2-45 "was taking a Colt .45 and putting it to a guy's head and pulling the trigger and blowing his brains out".
According to a policy statement given the Clearwater Sun by members of the Fort Harrison group, R2-45 does not mean killing anyone.
Scientology spokesman Arthur Maren acknowledged that meaning, however, although he said Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard first suggested the practice as a joke during a lecture in the 1950s.
Mrs. McLean said that though it may have started as a joke, many Scientologists now consider it policy. She provided the Sun copies of documents branding 16 Scientologists as "suppressive persons" and ordering any member of the group's sea organization to use R2-45 on them upon contact.
Maren libels as "garbage" any consideration that R2-45 is formal Scientology doctrine. He said it was one of several jokes Hubbard used in his writings, although be acknowledged some may not find it humorous.
According to Scientology tenets, adherents try to free their "thetans" or souls, from their bodies, allowing them to ''exteriorize," or "roam free".
In his book "The Creation of Human Ability" Hubbard referred to R2-45 as "an enormously effective process for exteriorization." but said "its use is frowned upon by this society at this time."