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Humans are 'thetans'

Title: Humans are 'thetans'
Date: Thursday, 21 April 1994
Publisher: Chichester Observer (UK)
Main source: link (95 KiB)

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[Picture / Caption: The founder: L Ron Hubbard.]

Scientologists have been active in Chichester for at least 10 years and their English base is in East Grinstead.

They stepped up their role in the city after their Portsmouth offices closed a few years ago.

The cult was founded in 1950 by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who had been involved in black magic.

Its main beliefs is that humans are 'thetans', clusters of spirits who were banished to Earth 75 million years ago by Xenu, a galactic tyrant.

They suffer physical, emotional or mental problems called 'engrams' caused by traumas, including ancient alien wars and implants by hostile thetans.

Scientology auditing at £100 an hour promises to help recruits free themselves from their engrams to become 'clear'. Their methods involve trance states using techniques similar to hypnosism and can induce euphoric feelings.

The bizarre training courses include counting people on the street, using phrases from Alice in Wonderland. and repeating questions while another person tries to distract them.

Every aspect of their personal life is recorded. The cult went to Chichester solicitor Beverley Ryall's office recently because it believed a member who had left had taken her file which contained full details of her private life.

The cults' members insist Scientology is a proper religion based on Hubbard's beliefs that helps people.

But they are much less open about their policies of attacking anyone seen as a critic and telling "an acceptable truth" - lies or half truths to thwart questions.

And they will not tell you that Hubbard proclaimed Jesus Christ was a fanstsy implanted in our minds millions of years ago and said many anti Christian things.

Apart t from expensive training courses, recruits face the daunting prospect of the huge amount of books they will need for their studies.

They range from lengthy tomes about the cult's beliefs to books aimed at children.