Ex-Scientologist story #110, “OT levels were a lie.”

Robert Thompson took courses in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, Grades, NED, Level 0, Course Sup.  He was a Scientologist on and off for 30 years.  He found Scientology a mixed bag, some good, some not so good.  But in the end he quit for reasons easy to understand.

1. I survived on $25 – $50 per week in staff pay.
2. Most staff members receive little or no training or auditing beyond their basic hatting. I had to pay for almost all my training and auditing even as a staff member.
3. Knowledge reports are used to inform on other people. They are basically someone’s bad opinion of another person and may, or may not, have any basis in reality.
4. Statistics are used to judge one’s condition on a weekly basis. If stats are up then no one is on your back. If they are down then you have to get them up and these down stats can quickly lead to Ethics cycles, amends projects, lower conditions, etc.
5. The weekly stat push was often used to hard sell the public. I saw a lot of people separated from their life savings.

I found out the church had lied to all Scientologists about LRH’s death. We had been told at the 1986 event at Flag that he had voluntarily left his body to continue upper level OT research and that this research had to be done without a body. They said that he was in good health and simply lay down and turned off the body.

. . .  When I saw that he had died of a stroke that took 6 days to kill him and that he had Vistril, a psyche drug, in his system, I was shocked. I checked with the Ethics officer and DSA at the Tampa Org and they confirmed that the information on the internet was true.

The question that I asked myself was “Why would the church lie about LRH’s death?” That lead me through many of the critical web sites and I realized while reading this site’s “Through the Door” interviews that the OT levels were a lie. At that moment, the bridge to total freedom collapsed at my feet and lay in ruin. I finally saw my credulity and realized that I had been deceived.

To read the rest of his statement go here: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?187

Published in: on May 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientology story #109, Scientology: “just too much crap.”

True Stories about a Lying Cult.

John Cullison spent ten years in Scientology at University Way / Burien, also Seattle Org.  His level of training included ARC Straightwire, Pro TRs.  At the end of his involvement with the cult he has this to say about Scientology. 

I’m sick of the willingness to drag people way too far into debt for services. I’m tired of buying services and then being coerced into spending it one something else, just so someone can get a stupid stat up. I’m so sick of the focus on statistics as a measure of success instead of the Church having the integrity to get people what it promised in the first place, with statistics as the INDICATOR rather than the PURPOSE. I’m sick of the Church being run by lawyers. I’m tired of being treated like a product instead of a being. I’m done being driven into agreement with bullshit I don’t agree with — ‘or else’. I’m done with being treated like I’m nothing and the group is everything, the only thing that matters. I’m done with stupid course room rules. And I’m especially tired of the insanely poor PR the Church generates for itself.

To read the rest of John’s statement go here: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?260

Published in: on May 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #108, Greedy Cult.

Rose Velasco was a Scientologist twice in her life which of course is unusual since most people that leave would never dream of having anything to do with this dreary group, anyway,  her level of training included Life Repair,2PTS Course, lower level courses.  These were done at Stevens Creek & Los Gatos, she was in the cult for five years.  She had left Scientology in 1976 but came back in 2000 after feeling that her life was not going well.  What a mistake that was.  During the time she was gone the cult had refined their tactics of money grubbing.

I was not doing well in life and thought I should return, my Sister and her Husband have been connected to the church for 30 years. I returned, but it was really different, and I was constantly hit up for money or donations, called on the phone- home and cell for money. Events were a real push, if they got you there you would be hit for more cash, books, the IAS police would really push and intimidate you for a yearly donation, and if you didn’t donate, you would be told by the reg. you could not take your course until you gave to the IAS police, and I don’t even think there is a policy. . .
There is no more ARC for any one if you don’t have money, I am not saying that everyone is like that, I do believe there are people still in there that have good intentions. . . I am very concerned with their motives, you are now being trained to agree to only one way of thinking theirs.

To read the rest of her story go here: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?87

Published in: on May 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment