Ex-Scientologist story #198, “I was being used.”

 

The cult of greed and power.

Calgary Herald

Ex-Scientologist charges rip-off

By Barry Nelson

May 31, 1974

The former head of the Church of Scientology in Calgary said Thursday she has been used by the organization to talk Calgarians out of more than $200,000 – perhaps as much as $350,000.

Rev. Lorna Levitt, who resigned from the church April 19, said, “I was being used by the organization to exploit people by promising them intangibles that I had been indoctrinated into believing Scientology could and would deliver for a price.”

The price currently varies from $30 per hour to $3,000 for 12 ½ hours. Some processing can cost as much as $1,200 for a couple of hours.

TOTAL FREEDOM

Scientology “processing” is a method claimed to create spiritual awareness and lead the person being processed toward “total freedom.”

As an end result of Scientology processing and training a person is promised the ability to be at cause knowingly and at will over thought, life, form, matter, energy, space and time, subjective and objective.

Rev. Levitt said a person taking all the training and processing required to gain this ability could spend as much as $100,000.

She said she knows of one Calgary man who has spent more than $25,000 on Scientology. Rev. Levitt said that since 1968 she has sent more than 30 Calgarians to a Scientology branch in Los Angeles for “advanced processing” and that these people paid more than $100,000 to the Los Angeles organization.

“The people sent to Los Angeles were pressured to sign up for more and more extras” she said.  “The cost of processing went up to $50 per hour, double its former price. I was horrified at this and then I discovered that people could dig deeper and still come up with the money. I would see that people had the money for total
freedom, whatever the price.”

“Then I began to suspect that they were on a never-ending chase and the total freedom was always another step away and the path was ever-lengthening.”

According to Scientology people who have reached a certain level are entirely without psychosomatic ills or aberrations.

“Some Calgarians who have returned from Los Angeles and are supposed to have reached this level have been hospitalized for various complaints. One ended up in a psychiatric ward,” she said.

Another person, on returning from the advanced organization in Los Angeles, tried to poison his room-mate, also a Scientologist, who was progressing faster than he was, she told the Herald.

“One woman who has reached an advanced level in Scientology left her small daughter with a man she was living with while she went to Los Angeles, despite the fact that he had been sexually molesting the child. This man is also a Scientologist who has spent thousands of dollars on processing.”

Rev. Levitt said the experience of Brendon Moore, 28, a Calgary electrician who went to Los Angeles for advanced processing is typical of what happened to many other Calgarians who were sent there.

Mr. Moore told the Herald he left Calgary in January of 1974 for Los Angeles. He paid $1,140 to get “the level of power.”  Scientology claims that after this process people gain “the ability to handle power.”

“In Los Angeles, I was told I needed many hours of processing to get me ready for this level… somewhere between 50 and 125 hours at $50 per hour.” This could have cost Mr. Moore as much as $6,250.

“I didn’t need this processing. I was ready for power, but it was refused me on the grounds that I needed the extra processing,” he said. 
“So I didn’t get the level of power and came back to Calgary. I went to Los Angeles to get the power again in March with the same result.”

Mr. Moore said that as a result of continual requests for the processing he had paid for the Los Angeles organization issued an order declaring him to be insane.

These older stories are important in that they counter history revisionists who want to blame all that is bad in Scientology on the current management.  The above prices have to be adjusted for inflation over the years; in 1974 money went a lot further than it does now.

The emphasis was always on making money and of course not spending it either as the poverty-ridden Sea Org members know only too well.

Published in: on June 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #197, Fair gamed: “a conspiracy of lies.”

True Stories of a Greed Cult.

 The following excerpts were taken from the East Grimstead Courier, June 13, 1968 article “Scientology Slammed in Court as ‘evil cult.'”

A former Scientologist who left the movement ‘in disgust,’ described it at East Grinstead court on Monday as an ‘evil cult.’

Maurice William Johnson of South Shields County Durham, told the court that since he resigned from the movement in June 1966, he had been persecuted by the Scientology organization and had received over 100 letters of abuse from Scientologists.

A man who wrote one of the letters to Mr. Johnson while he was a member of the Scientology movement himself told how he had written it while under a form of subconscious duress following a period of processing at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead.

Mr. Johnson pleaded not guilty to a summons brought by Mr. Herbert George Parkhouse on behalf of the Church of Scientology of California, that he stole a blazer and two pairs of trousers, the property of the Church of Scientology.

After a hearing lasting over four hours, the summons was dismissed.

Mr. Parkhouse was shown a copy of the Scientology newspaper ‘The Auditor’ by Mr. Harold Tavroges, representing Mr. Johnson, which, it was pointed out, contained a list of people described as ‘suppressive to the Scientology movement.’ The list included the name of Mr. Johnson and also stated that Mr. Johnson was ‘fair game.’

Asked what in his opinion ‘fair game’ meant, Mr. Parkhouse said: ‘It means I am not obliged to give him any help or assistance or to do anything for him either as a Scientologist or as a human being.’

Herbie Parkhouse (later of Snow White fame) tried to put a different face on the Fair Game policy but the court would have none of it.

Before dismissing the case Mr. Evans said the dictionary definition of fair game, which was the one he accepted, meant ‘a legitimate means of pursuit and attack.’

To read the rest of the article go here:  http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/england/grinstead-cult-061368.htm

Published in: on June 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #196, Kathy Mace, painful disconnections.

 

Kathy Mace suffered much from the evil policy of disconnection in Scientology.  When you read her blog, A Distant Flower Grows, you can feel it.  Follow the link and you will be rewarded by some truly heartfelt reflections of a former Scientologist.

http://kathymace.blogspot.com/2009/11/just-in-case-someone-does-not-believe.html  

She says that Scientology ruins familys.  Words that ring all too true.  In this series we have run into disconnection many times, all the stories are full of pain and guilt.

“Scientology PTS/SP tech & disconnection mandates ruined my family and caused untold heartache – even death. I went along with the protocol, just as I went along with believing I could make a change with keeping scientology working . I thought that was the right thing to do but all the while I was forfeiting my integrity and alienating my family for the ‘greater good’.

Early on I had been made to disconnect from my parents. Later on I found out that my husband Paul Mace and I had been alienated from each other, without either of us recognizing it in time. By the time I realized what happened, it was too late to repair the situation, as our lives had moved on.”

If a loved one dies don’t look for much in the way of hand-holding from Scientologists.  Just pay for more auditing.

In Scientology, death is nothing but a “farewell, see you next time around” affair, and so their orphaned daughter’s cries were met with enforced auditing, of which I am guilty of pushing. Then Paul’s widow Sara left the church. Being a scientologist meant doing what was right according to the church, no matter what the costs. Once again, disconnection became yet another wrong solution. (More about my years with Paul Mace and scientology later down the page)

At that point it did not matter about family because I’d already disconnected from most, even by default from the ones through death. I stayed on in the church and did the things that every compliant scientologist does. This went on for years.

Eventually, push came to shove. I finally stood up to Int Management against some out tech and injustices I had been privy to and in a heartbeat the tables were turned. I was now the enemy to be silenced by a threat of no eternity. I admit that when attacked, I cowered but I did not give up the way Int wanted me to. With no apparent recourse, and the refusal to sink to the implied idea of committing suicide, I left quietly and without apparent sorrow. Unfortunately, a shattered life knows no grief at the onset. Like a good robotic Scientologist in fear of the dreaded SP label, I quietly moved on, severing Scientology ties as I went along, trying to rebuild my live or what was left of it.

It took years before I would venture onto the internet and discover the lies we’d been told, the heartache of others, the corrupt organization which I’d given so many years of my life to. Realizing that I had been as uncaring and callous with disconnecting from my loved ones as the church had been with me, I set about to repair the pain I caused, but disconnection hurts deep and I am still eating crow for my part in it. It’s ok. Lives were ruined and being flippant about it for so long requires that a price be paid”

Published in: on June 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm  Comments (1)