One Way to Summarize a Passage Through the Scientology Experience
With any polarizing subject, you run into attitude presented as thought process, but it is merely attitude. For someone to be offended by you saying something good happened for you, that is pure attitude. No actual conscious thought process. I’ve been in a perfect position to evaluate and analyze the positives and negatives, and intentions behind the vast amount of techniques, principles and rules woven into the variegated quilt that is misleadingly presented as being a complete and organized system called “Scientology”. There is good, there is bad, there is ugly. But if we are going to be honest with ourselves, and own all that we engage in and bring upon ourselves so that we can work towards being whole, then we will recognize that everything we’ve experienced is part of the road that brought us to where we are now. My clients often remark on having “wasted” 100’s of thousand$ on Scientology, when they could have been much more successfully accomplishing their needs and desires elsewhere, as one participant told me today. But he could also acknowledge that, while over hyped, largely disappointing and far too expensive, there were some changes to appreciate, albeit, “being sold a bicycle that was promoted as being a Ferrari” (and priced like a small kingdom ). Refusing to acknowledge the good things, just like refusing to acknowledge bad things, IS a form of denial, which is, ultimately, a denial of self, and thus, in part, a refusal of one’s own soul.
I cannot, and don’t advocate for or defend the activities of the “Church of Scientology”, or any form of submission to or overall approval of what it offers. But it is part of my journey, and that of many others, and it should be ok to accept, acknowledge and express the good, as well as the bad, and the ugly, and have it understood that doing so is not an endorsement of the overall package, or anything at all beyond whatever might be specified as having been of some positive value. Friends don’t support or encourage friends to fall into the trap that is the “Church” of Scientology, but there should be no stigma attached to honesty about one’s experiences.