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By Dominique Bar
A cult. Scientology's main claim is that we are immortal thetans (souls) and that our bodies and all matter and space and time are illusions we are trapped in. Scientology's main promise and goals are to teach one to be able drop MEST illusions and become a free living thetan again.
Part of the problem is, we have forgotten our past as thetans and have been repeatedly implanted by evil space dictators and the like with false memories implants to confuse us and prevent us specifically remembering that MEST (Matter Energy Space and Time) are only illusions. Scientology claims to be able to undo such implants.
Also we suffer from engrams (bad memories) from millions of past lives on the 'whole track', the entire memory of such past lives. These engrams hinder us and must be 'audited' out so we may regain our thetan abilities.
Also we are invested with BTs, (body thetans). more Body thetans are thetans so degenerate they can no longer on their own hold a body, so they parasitize other thetans. We mistake all of their implants and engrams as our own. Scientology teaches several long, arduous and very expensive courses that essentially exorcise BTs. At end of which one supposedly regains some thetan abilities like ESP abilities, PK abilities and similar things.
One lifetime so far is not enough to become a full thetan again. Hubbard (who died in 1986) is supposed to reincarnate and further his studies in Scientology. OTVIIIs more will also, having less implants and false memories, in the next life, join Scientology again to continue the process of becoming a free living thetan again. It might take as much as a million years to accomplish this. (Most high ranking OTs are members of the Sea Org. Their motto is "We come back". Now you know why.)
Hubbard claimed just before he died that he'd take a 20 year break from Scientology before he came back. He's due in 2006 then. Scientology does not particularly like everybody knowing this, especially the exorcising BTs bit. Scientology price lists show it would take about $350,000.00 to go all the way to OTVIII, the highest level Scientology offers till Ron comes back. Most people get around this by joining the Sea Org, pretty much as indentured servants living in poverty in hopes of getting free processing towards OTVIII.
Needless to say, this is not what beginning Scientologists are told are Scientology's real goals. They'll tell you whatever you want to hear, and will gradually change their tune as the beginning Scientologist is gradually indoctrinated, if they last.
Part of that indoctrination is tall tales breathlessly spread in Org rumor networks about amazing OT powers shown by some. Of course, they can never show any such things openly to critics or scoffers.
Magician James Randi now has an offer that will bring $1 million to anybody who can show any paranormal abilities. Even though this challenge has been posted here numerous times (by myself for sure) no Scientologist has even tried to prove any such OT ability exists as the cult seems to claim.
$1 million dollars would pay for a lot of OT courses. One main claim that even lower OT grades can supposedly do is 'exteriorize with full perceptics'. that is the thetan can leave the body and roam the Universe with all the perceptions we enjoy. OOBE out as the newagers say. A well known illusion that simply nobody can prove because it is just an illusion. Scientology can teach you how to have such illusions, which many mistake for something that proves Scientology is true. But it never goes any further than that.
Basically, this is what Scientology REALLY is about.
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