Ex-Scientologist story #377, An SP gives good advice to members.

 

Here is an internet post from 2000 written by former member Elizabeth Ann Cox.   She gives some advice, both logical and heartfelt, to Scientology members.

 

Essentially, this post is slanted towards a specific group of individuals. It is slanted towards those folks who are still members of the cult.  It is my fervent hope that by sharing part of what I felt, during those periods of doubt and questioning, that may understand better some of what you may be feeling regarding your continued involvement.
Recently, I have thought a great deal regarding my involvement with the cult.  I question myself because I had every reason to avoid scientology. Instead, I became a member.  Why?   Because I was in love at the time, and I remained for that reason.  Now, that love has evaporated, the man is gone, and I am still here. I have my life back.  I managed to maintain my friends and my sanity, albeit some days shaky. I was lucky, I got out — thank you again, Mr. Lerma.
I think about the many who remain, and I wonder how they arrived at the doorstep of the cult. I know you are still indoctrinated, but I wonder what your doubts may be.  I know you are told the doubts are your own, that it is your fault, that your are out-ethics, or associated with a suppressive. That source is always accurate, it is you who is in violation of codes and practices.
Flunk!  Doubt is not a crime, rather, it is a reasoned response to the impossible situation in which you find yourself.  The ethics of the real world have nothing in common with scientology ethics.  You might find that folks out here are reasonable, rationale and forgiving.
You have been told that the wog world is a bad place.  A place to be avoided, shunned, not to be viewed or confronted lest enturbulation occur. Again, that is not true.  Its a wonderful world. It is not the maligned, hideous, horrid place Hubbard led you to believe.  Actually, you will find you’ll like it here.  There is real freedom.  The freedom to think with worrying if the e-meter will pick up your thoughts, the freedom to speak without someone writing a KR on you.  The freedom to come and go as you please. To have friends from all walks of life, and the enrichment and varied perspectives that brings.  Do not fear, there are many of us who are former members who will be only to happy to help you establish a real life for yourself.
You have been told you are saving the planet.  You are not!  Despite societal problems, which albeit do exist, the planet is just fine thank you. It moves along daily without the intervention of scientology.  The real world neither needs nor desires the surrealistic nightmare that is scientology and scientology ethics.  Frankly, folks in the real world view it simply as one of those fringe groups that hover on the outskirts of society.  Strange, but manageable.
For those of you who have doubts, and I believe there are many more of you than scino management would like to believe, I know you have problems sleeping.  I know that in the middle of the night you dwell upon these thoughts, these doubts.  You worry about what you have seen, the pain caused to others, the disconnection’s, the regging, the ethics handlings, and for those of you in the Sea Org, the knowledge of the RPF and what it does to your friends and loved ones.  These kernels of knowledge are the demons of doubt that gnaw at your conscious.  Therein are those seeds planted.  Seeds are interesting items, when exposed to sunlight, they grow, expand.  And sunlight will eventually find its way it; and that small vine of doubt will expand.
I know the hold scientology has on your.  I know you joined for all the right reasons, and I know that you are frequently made wrong.  Again, the fault is not yours, it is theirs.  I know how insidious are their tentacles. I know that you have questioned all you believed when you joined, and I recognize that here you are, alone, frightened, and confused, and once again you are plagued with self-doubt.  Stop!  Yes, stop doubting what you are feeling.  I know what it is like to wake up in the middle of the night confused, wretched and anguished.  You wonder what is wrong with your mind, what is wrong with you, that perhaps you falling apart, even insane.  You even wonder if other notice.
Flunk. Go back to source, yourself.  Do not rely on Hubbard source, which is phony.  Go back to yourself, the true source. Therein lies the truth.  See, you really are special.  Hubbard was right when he said you really are much more than you think you are or can ever be. But there is a difference. Hubbard simply wanted to exploit you to his own ends, your goal is to develop yourself to reach your full potential.  You have the power within yourself to be all you want to be, all you want to accomplish.  You are source.  Reclaim yourself, leave the cult.
There are many places you can go to seek help.  Look to the internet.  In Clearwater, look to the LMT.  We are not hard to find, nor difficult to contact.  We will be here for you.  See, we know you are not stupid.  We recognize your abilities, your intellect, and your good intentions.  Those of us who are ex-members truly know what you are experiencing.
You see, I know how easy it is to succumb to the lure of a cult.  I know, because I did.  I succumbed despite having known better.  Why should I have known better?  Simply this.  I was an award winning consumer affairs specialist at the largest membership organization in the world.  And in the end I still became involved.  Despite the knowledge of consumer frauds, despite the education, despite political background, despite what I had read, I still became involved.  Does that fact stagger your imagination? Good, because it still boggles mine.

The original post can be found here:  http://www.lermanet.com/exit/opportunity.htm

And here is something that is just for fun: 

 

 

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