~ Have you ever done Dianetics? I am about to undergo the starter-kit capsule that has been buried in my basement for decades. I am assuming it will be like LSD laced with Scientology-Cult, so it should be fun for the old brain-box. I have a chronic type of ‘Analysis Paralysis’ that gives me insomnia. In other words it’s related to my PTSD and i end up over-analyzing perceived problems which gives me great anxiety on a regular basis. Sleeping aids do help, and a stable living and work environment have helped alot too over the years. So here is my investigative summary of Dianetics and Scientology. ~
Dianetics was a book written by L. Ron Hubbard in 1950, that evolved into a popular self-help movement, and eventually became the religion of Scientology. Dianetics is a metaphysical ideology that combines elements of philosophy, psychology, science, fiction, and religion; thus it is known as a classic ‘psuedo-science’ cult. The name Dianetics means “Through the Mind” (Greek: dia-nous).
The main assumption of Dianetics is that ‘humans are all good’, because our analytical-minds are perfect when cleared of subconscious reactive-mind aberrations (engrams). The conclusion is that we must conduct therapy procedures (called auditing) to cleanse our engrams, and become spiritually ‘Clear’. Auditing is an ethical form of mild hypnosis, or suggestive talk therapy that is similar to hypnosis; but Dianetics claims it is not hypnosis because they “do not use drugs”.
~ Now let us pause for a moment here, and just reflect on the basic concepts. Although I disagree with the main assumption, and find many problems with Dianetics methodology, I will attempt to further explain how it ‘works’. Have you thought about the mystery of subconscious engrams? Ok… ~
The goal of auditing is to become ‘Clear’ of engrams, which means becoming more ethical, aware, happier, and saner in accordance with the ‘Dynamic Principle of Existence’ (four types of survival urges in life). The four natural Dynamic Urges are: 1. Self 2. Sexual/Family 3. Groups 4. Humanity. Auditing takes place typically between two people; an auditor (guide), and a preclear (subject). The auditor asks questions about the preclear’s engrams, so that by recalling past incidents, their spiritual pathways can be ‘cleared’ and restored to operate on pure Dynamic Urges. There seems to be a belief in Dianetics that all ills and pains are psychosomatic, and so other therapies and medicines are virtually ignored.
Scientologists claim they have over 50,000 ‘Clear’ members. The name means ‘Study of Knowing’. They believe that human souls (thetans) reincarnate, are immortal, and have lived on other planets previously. They are opposed to other forms of psychiatry, therapy, or hypnotism (besides Dianetics). Scientology is like a new-age spiritual pyramid-scheme company and a church; it is in the business of selling products, and getting more loyal members that pay into it. Their E-Meter devices are religious artifacts. Our Universe is MEST (matter, energy, space, and time). Scientologists believe that contact with ‘suppressive’ antisocial psychotic individuals has an adverse effect on one’s spiritual condition, necessitating disconnection. Hubbard was influenced by Durant and Freud in his writings. The three levels are Preclear (initiate), Clear, and Operating Thetan. They believe that other religions are compatible fantasies. The ARC and KRC triangles are concept maps of triple concepts that form another concept. These two triangles are present in the Scientology logo. ARC = Affinity, Reality, Communication.
Xenu was the alien dictator of a ‘Galactic Confederacy’ who, 75 million years ago, brought masses of confined aliens to Earth (then known as “Teegeeack”) in airplane-like spaceships, dumped them at volcanoes, and killed them with hydrogen bombs. Their souls (now called Thetans) were collected and subjected to motion pictures about religions to brainwash them. We may be descended from the survivors, and our souls are the same Thetans, some of which are attached negatively to others.
The dangerous aspects of Scientology include blackmail from audit information and surveillance, brainwashing, and loss of money because of donations. The positive aspects are imagination, creativity, and pseudo-science self-help therapy. It is a popular cult with similarities to Mormonism, in the fact that it is American, fairly recent, and claims it was founded by one charismatic author who ‘knew the truth’.