Posts Tagged ‘Scientology’

Links to Scientology Official Sites

23 April 2017

I give you this comment from “José” as a brief post to provide you with good links to vital information:

Hello and thank you for the information.

I would suggest that, if you are going to mention isolated pieces of information from Scientology to the general public, please refer your public to the source materials where they can find the information in sequence with examples, to avoid causing misunderstandings to people that never heard the subject of Scientology.

1.- Please, always refer first to What is Scientology, here the official link:
http://www.scientology.org/what-is-scientology.html#slide7

2.- Second, the subject you are mentioning in your respective blog entry, in this case the Tone Scale, in my opinion this is a good entry point:
http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/tone-scale/sh4_1.htm

3.- Please use references to the Scientology Manual which it is a good introduction to Scientology fundamentals for daily use in every part of life.
http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/

Best regards
José

My favorite site, which I should probably include a link to in every post I make, is the Volunteer Ministers training pages: http://www.volunteerministers.org/training.html

The New Human

15 March 2017

I have finally gotten hold of a copy of “The New Human: Awakening to our Cosmic Heritage” by Mary Rodwell. As mentioned in my last article on Mary, the term New Human in its Latin form Homo novis was introduced by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 to describe a person who had received a good run of Dianetics and Scientology processing and was much better off as a result.

Mary’s use of the term is a bit different. She uses it to describe a person who to some degree is aware of its ET connections and feels it is here on some sort of mission to help humanity.

I haven’t read the book yet; just most of the first chapter. It’s a bit difficult for me because from my viewpoint it goes very slow. My general points about how Mary and others of her background are approaching this subject all still apply. Needless to say, she is still totally unaware of Hubbard’s work.

Is a New Age really coming?

I cannot say that I am a student of the New Age in any formal sense. Yet I have contacted some of its personalities and websites in the hope of finding people receptive to the idea of exploring Hubbard’s work.

It is thought by some to be a CIA-inspired movement (like the Hippies and LSD) to give people with a more “open mind” some material to focus on that could help The Managers (as I like to call them) keep such people under control.

Hubbard is not New Age and so is rejected by the New Age. However, many Scientologists identify with the New Age because of its interest in “spiritual awakening,” health through proper diet and nutrition, and non-drug handlings for many human problems.

However, another aspect of the New Age is its quasi-religious belief in Ascension. In English, Ascension generally refers to the biblical event by the same name. Thus, it is a bodily ascent. You actually physically go somewhere else. In UFOlogy this is usually referred to as being picked up by a space ship.

This idea of Ascension then ties back to the materialistic philosophy of Evolution, as in, “humanity is evolving and as a result will some day ascend.” This tie-in is a huge warning sign to me. Materialism is generally opposed to ideas that emphasize the spiritual.

And in many ways, the most traditional ideas of Ascension do not emphasize the spiritual. You physically leave. However, many commentators traditionally associated with the New Age movement have either rejected it entirely as just another control operation (George Kavassalis and Lisa M. Harrison) or have modified their ideas of what “Ascension” as a global phenomenon might really consist of. They all, however, tend to insist that we are “evolving.” Well, of course, in plain English terminology, we are evolving. However, in plain English terms, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are getting better.

Are the Ancient Teachings valid?

Another emphasis of New Age people is on “ancient teachings.” Some may have even studied these teachings. The “new” messages from ET tend to confirm the “validity” of those teachings.

But why should ET be so interested in confirming the validity of a set of teachings that never really worked out for us here on Earth, and were probably put there by ET in the first place? New Agers tend to not see or ignore the logical conundrum involved here.

So what we have is in many ways a new religion that hearkens back to our “ancient roots.” And that’s all I see really going on here. It’s a control system for a New Age, upgraded with all the latest hip technology terms, but nevertheless basically designed to put us on a treadmill were we will happily stay put.

You see: A lot of these teachings, just like more modern ones, like Evolution, have very little real data backing them up. There is a lot of effort to concoct such data. But you look beneath that effort, and you don’t find any data, you find what looks more like a propaganda operation. It has been documented that some of the original “evidence” for human evolution (from apes) was faked. Other pieces of it are so tenuous they really do not stand up to any great scrutiny. What we know is that many different hominids lived on Earth. And that’s really all we know.

The latest Disclosure push

David Wilcock and Corey Goode are in the forefront of a push for Disclosure.

Just a few days ago, David released a video of parts of a presentation he gave in Los Angeles about a month earlier. One of the purposes of that presentation was to link the history of one of the ET groups that have been on Earth (which he calls the “pre-Adamites”) to groups that have so far been the most successful in dictating how Earth is being managed. This is supposed to explain why they have such an anti-human approach to Earth, even though they are currently humans like all the rest of us.

This link is conjecture. And the Reptilians are also involved in this story, and are often identified (incorrectly?) with one of the pre-Adamite factions. But the point is, there is a push going on to get certain data out to the public. And it is affecting parts of the older New Age movement in various ways. This new information has a lot of intense political and historical data involved with it – as well as some technology data. That wasn’t the traditional New Age approach. David struggles with the political aspects of what he is helping to release. It’s obviously something he’s not used to, not trained in. He recently had a political scientist Dr. Michael Salla on his Cosmic Disclosure show with Corey Goode. And he seemed comfortable with what Salla was talking about, so apparently he is learning as he goes along.

But what all this is doing is connecting the airy-fairy old New Age to the hard-nosed political students of the old Old Age. And some of them are learning each others’ data.

So what we have is a propaganda push connected to a political struggle that are both moving forward at this time. A few are aware of this link, while others, such as Mary Rodwell, I am sure are quite unaware of it. People like David Wilcock have been changing their expectations for how this will all play out on Earth. He has gotten “into” the political struggle aspect of the whole thing, so has some awareness that relative positions could change as the struggle develops. What I’m not sure he fully grasps yet is the traditional willingness of political players to tell various publics almost anything to gain their support and cooperation. For example, the Reptilians have the support and cooperation of certain human groups probably because of promises they have made to those groups. Will those promises be kept? That’s anybody’s guess. But the same thing could just as easily be happening on the “other side.” Wilcock is convinced that those who are for disclosure and against the Reptilians are basically pro-humanity and will also support a program of spiritual development. That may be true of the humans involved. But the ETs? It’s hard to say. Even the New Humans of Mary Rodwell’s books might not completely be what they appear to be, or what she wishes they were.

Using lies as facts

As usual, many people are following the faulty mental habit of putting up value judgements with their observations. I am learning that this is because most people are afraid to observe (communicate) to the extent necessary to get the understanding of any given situation that they should really have. Though this is ultimately a problem of conditioning, it can be overcome to some extent by effective training. Very few on Earth have had that training.

So what we still have on Earth, in spite of everything that has been happening, is the old pattern of people using weak facts to support strong belief systems. That game is not designed for real improvement. It’s not really designed to be much more than an interesting treadmill. A few are working for something better than that. I wish there were more.

Mary Rodwell

14 November 2016

I just got Mary’s first book in the mail today so time to make a mention.

I became aware of her when she was interviewed recently by Kerry Cassidy (26 Oct 2016). Probably roughly my age, she’s a Brit who moved to Australia at the beginning of the 1990s. She was trained in the UK as an RN (Registered Nurse), probably in the early 1980s (I can’t get a complete bio on her). She moved up to advanced counseling training around 1988 (based on what she told Paola Harris in 2013 – 25 years before that). She worked as a counsellor (they spell it with two Ls in the UK) until 1994 when she moved into private practice (per her ACERN bio). She founded ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network) at about that time, and she has concentrated since then in the phenomenon of the ET-human connection.

As a researcher with traditional schooling, she has followed the path of many with that background: Refers to non-traditional psychologies (like that of Jung); Use of meditation practices; Communicates with the vocabulary and mindset of the New Age. In other words, she is totally unaware of Hubbard’s work.

For at least a year she has been touring to promote her new book and concept, the New Human, which she introduced in an article by that name in 2006, and is included in my copy of her book Awakening, which was originally published in 2002, but updated in 2010. Her new book – obviously – has been written, but it has not yet been published.

Parallels to Hubbard’s work, but 50 years later!

This Homo novis is limited in his self-determinism by all the economic and social restrictions of an aberrated society. He is not free of food, clothing or shelter.

Compared to a Homo sapiens, Homo novis is very high and godlike. Compared to a truly self-determined being, Homo novis is an ant ready to die under anybody’s misstep.
(A History of Man, p 62, 1952)

Mary’s Latin name for the New Human, as suggested by parapsychology researcher John White, is Homo Noeticus. He probably came up with this in the 1970s.

Mary’s book includes a chapter on implants.

As detailed in Scientology: A History of Man, there are many electronic implants on the whole track. In other words, any preclear has, in the last few thousand years, been placed in an electronic field and rendered null, void and obsessed by very heavy “electrical” currents.
(Scientology 8-80, p 30, 1952)

In the New Age, and as discussed in Mary’s book, implants are physical items or non-physcal “thought packages” installed by certain ET visitors to monitor or control human subjects. The New Age has not mastered the art and technology of deep remembering, so even though they know that reincarnation normally involves a memory wipe, they have no idea that they could restore past memories that might still be valid or useful today, and show no great curiosity in this direction. Per Hubbard, this attitude is largely the result of implants, as he defines them.

Mary’s emphasis

While Hubbard worked to develop a therapy that could potentially totally recover a being’s native abilities, Mary is more concerned about our social attitude and professional treatment of people, especially children, who are different. She has many colleagues across the planet who are also working on this. She just wants the rest of us to understand (even if that understanding might not be totally on target). She quotes another worker, Richard Boylan:

“Some seem to think that there is an ADD or ADHD disorder in Star Kids. What I think is the case, is that Star Kids are crushingly bored by regular school and other ‘pedestrian’ information presentations and they seem distracted. Their wandering attention is a result of their boredom.”

What Mary does in this book, and promises much more of in her next book, is to tell these children’s stories in their own words. Many of them speak in near or complete disgust of what passes for education and knowledge on this planet at this time. Many also speak of being taken “elsewhere” to be more properly educated. This alternative education some of these kids are getting seems similar to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. They don’t only get advanced technical and scientific data, but also hone their paranormal abilities, especially those involving operating exterior.

THETA CLEAR: A being who is reasonably stable outside the body and does not come back into the body simply because the body is hurt.
(Scientology 8-8008, p207, 1952)

LRH discovered and wrote about all the abilities of beings that Mary and her co-workers are just now recognizing in these people she calls the New Humans.

The New Age thinks these people are “new.” But Hubbard knew they were only new for this time period on Earth. In actuality they are quite old. But they screwed up a bit too much somewhere along the way and have ended up here. Well, Hubbard has developed a whole process for “unscrewing” ourselves. Meanwhile, Mary and her gang, blissfully ignorant of Hubbard’s ground-breaking work, expect these New Humans to help us get up to their level. Maybe a few of them will run across Scientology. Those ones will know what to do and what they are really up against.

Tracey Taylor, one of these New Humans, is quoted by Mary:
Star children are born with greater wisdom and awareness, and are also gifted creatively. They have a great feeling of being connected to nature and all that exists. They are the bringers of the new, the bringers of light, they are here to guide the awakening of terrestrial consciousness.

May it be so!

We Won’t Be Fooled Again

19 October 2016

This would be my subtitle for Steven Greer’s phone-delivered briefing of about a week ago that was just offered to his newsletter list and which I am listening to now.

Is Greer right?

Greer has a meditation background, as well as medical training. Thus, his life view is a bit eclectic, not even taking into consideration his views on ET.

He calls all beings not firmly attached to bodies “interdimensional.” This is a pseudo-scientific approach to the subject of spirituality that I consider “New Age.” Someone from the intelligence community (via Kerry Cassidy’s blog) has asserted that Greer is very much being played, just like everyone else out there talking about ET, and I take that assertion seriously.

His position, as I have mentioned before, is that ET exists on a much “higher” level than Earth humanity and therefore should not to be feared or even particularly mistrusted. That logic doesn’t make sense to me.

But because of this view, he is very sympathetic to the idea that all stories of ET dangers are installed by disinfo agents and are themselves part of a psychological operation to prepare the population for an open military advance into space and its expected ET opposition.

Greer is aware that we have already gone into space (secretly) with military-type craft, but is skeptical of the stories from people like Corey Goode who believes that we have traveled a considerable distance from this solar system and that some of our kind are aiding the Draco (“Reptilians”) in their missions farther away doing god-knows-what.

Other New Agers involved

It is odd to me that most of the voices I am hearing, other than Bill Tompkins (who is really old now), are involved in the New Age movement to a greater or lesser degree. That includes David Wilcock, who is basically sponsoring Corey Goode, along with a bunch of other lesser-known folks who are currently getting less coverage. Other somewhat prominent personalities of this persuasion are Courtney Brown and Simon Parkes.

Their work is getting heard, while other work is not heard or going largely ignored. I cannot escape the conclusion that this is by design. Someone wants the “spiritual opposition” to the Military-Industrial Complex to be of this New Age persuasion. Its ideas are even filtering into Psychology and elsewhere.

Simpler more matter-of-fact ideas and data ignored

Scientologists have gotten by for over 60 years now with a simpler more direct approach to the human situation and our relationship to ET and the physical universe that has been working consistently for people who have been using it.

Yet this material tends to be rejected by New Agers on various pretexts, instead of being met with interest or curiosity. Someone has been feeding New Agers with this narrow-mindedness, I think. Whoever that is, it is in their interest to keep other viewpoints out of the movement. This indicates to me that their goal is not greater workability or greater freedom, but simply a new dogma that will have broad appeal to the spirtually inclined.

If Greer is correct that the perceptions of Corey Goode were manipulated by the people running the program he was in to such an extent that he firmly believes things happened that really didn’t, then that argument could be turned back on him. Most involved with these projects are almost painfully unaware of this possibility!

I think your best approach if you are interested in these subjects is to seek out persons who seem very honest, then still assume that if their information is being allowed to get out widely on public communication channels, that it’s something someone wants us to hear.

If they are at one time both quite sincere and yet yelled down by criticism on the internet (to say nothing of TV or magazines) then they may actually have valuable information that simply does not support any of the current groups vying for power and control.

The ET Problem

3 July 2016

In Part 21 of the story, LRH begins to introduce us to the ETs who have begun to swarm around Earth. He gives descriptions of body appearances which I believe are largely fanciful. For example, the Tolnep have bodies composed of something akin to stainless steel, and have poisonous fangs like snakes. He also gives short descriptions of their ships which I believe are less fanciful: sphere-shaped; triangle-shaped; cigar-shaped. A key ET – the “small gray man” – remains unidentified, though he seems to hold some sort of senior intelligence and/or diplomatic function.

All these races are of course “space opera,” which is to say that their economies are involved in inter-planetary trade. They have – we can imagine – commercial ships and, in the case presented here, military ships which are there to protect their lines of “commerce.”

In the situation presented by this story, each ET group has a “niche” in the overall inter-galactic economy, which is dominated by the Psychlos due to their apparent monopoly on the technology of teleportation, usually called “transshipment.” Transshipment allows the Psychlos to place military assets wherever they are needed instantly and with no sign of approach, giving them a tremendous political advantage.

The economic niches occupied by the others are briefly enumerated at the beginning of Part 22: the Tolneps are involved in the slave trade; the Hawvins trade in copper and silver; the Bolbods trade in used machinery; the Jambitchow seem to be pirates. There are also the Hockners, who seem to be aspiring political rivals to the Psychlos.

Actual Earth Situation

The actual situation on Earth at this time is very hard to judge. A common behavior among all the ETs is that they are unwilling to openly visit us, get to know us, and speak honestly about themselves, as a human tourist or foreign exchange student might when going to another country. They have only made selective, controlled contacts.

This is different from the Psychlos in the story. They judged the human population useless, attempted to wipe them out and then sent in their own people to set up a mining operation. It is supposed that the other groups knew little or nothing about Earth, as if they did they might have tried the same thing. But this left the invaders open to subsequent contact and observation by native survivors. In the story this contact at length enabled humans to regain the upper hand on Earth and ultimately destroy Psychlo and impose an enforced peace across the entire universe (or universes, as LRH mentions). Though this may be excessively fanciful, it makes a good story and gives LRH a chance to tell us – in the form of fiction – some of what he learned over the time after he was last a working fiction writer. The story is in fact full of such gems of knowledge.

But if LRH was aware of the current ET situation on Earth, which I don’t think he was particularly, he didn’t reflect that awareness in this story, beyond the obvious possibility that not all (if any) of the Space Opera societies still operating out there have pure or benevolent intentions regarding Earth.

What the controlled contacts on Earth have actually accomplished so far is to give us several connected but somewhat conflicting stories about the history of Earth, who is out there now, how they are related to each other, and what their expectations are for future Earth.

None of these stories are verifiable to any great degree, though some of the historical data is backed up by human remote viewing data.

If taken together with Hubbard’s research while he was developing Scientology, we get a fuzzy picture of conquest depending on religious propaganda, with more than one group vying for control, fighting amongst each other and sometimes getting humans and Earth involved in their battles. We get the impression that Earth is seen as a potential future manufacturing base, and perhaps a “tourist” destination. The strategy has always been to leave the Earth population with the impression that it is controlling its own affairs while in fact being controlled – or at least guided – by off-planet groups. It is quite possible that more than one ET group has had influence over different geographic areas of Earth, and that this may still be the case. These days it is more a question of which Earth power group the various ET groups have aligned themselves with. There is evidence that ET has been nudging us forward technologically so that we could begin to produce things of value elsewhere in the universe, and that this trade has now started. There is a big emphasis on electronics, but also on the manufacture of metal machined components.

The Federations

Many of the contacts mention various “federations,” differently named by different contactees.

It is unclear to what extent these are real, but it makes sense that they might be. I am inclined to believe that these are basically commercial federations masquerading as political federations. As political groups, they seem to be interested in religious-spiritual matters. But this may just be a clever cover for more mundane commercial interests. The story does not dwell on such ET activities, but the literature generated by the various Earth contacts certainly does.

Only societies in no need of commerce (in other words, non-biological, non-machine societies) could actually afford to concentrate their attention on spiritual matters. All the dominant players I have heard about so far are either biological, machine or some combination of the two. It is not at all clear that any of those societies know how to advance spiritually or even aspire to do so. Yet they are keenly aware of the underlying spiritual awareness that exists amongst sentient beings throughout the universe, so it has become a dominant aspect of the propaganda put out by some of these groups. On Earth it is certainly an ancient control technique. New Agers like Steven Greer and David Wilcock are totally into the spiritual aspects of this ET propaganda. Corey Goode, a simple Christian, is much less interested in it. “Ex” New Agers like George Kavassilas and Kerry Cassidy are beginning to doubt certain aspects of that propaganda. While others who were deeply into it have close to disappeared, or seem to have nothing important to contribute. Scientologists, for the most part, have not even entered this discussion, and are probably wise to stay out of it. It seems to me little more than a squirrel cage.

I have no doubt that ET is a real problem. I have great doubts about their talk of “ascended masters,” “crystal ascension chambers” and other such rubbish. It is more or less clear that they have invited us to get involved in their activities, though this invitation is not yet officially public. But what exactly are their activities? The answer isn’t yet clear. Inter-galactic trade? Almost for sure. Inter-galactic conquest, as in our story? Not at all clear.

Relative Importances

Battlefield Earth traces the physical – and intellectual – journey of a single very brave individual through many problems of survival. At every level he finds urges – very human urges – to succumb as well as to survive. As sickening as the urge to succumb is to an individual very much committed to survival, it is certainly quite real. Yet it signals the existence of what is known as a “game.” A game is an illusion of conflict for the entertainment of the players, where no actual conflict exists or needs to exist. It is clear from research that life’s unit beings are immortal. Thus any situation where “survival” becomes important must exist at the level of game, and not be, ultimately, real. In playing the various games of life this is worth keeping in mind, as silly and esoteric as it may sound to you.

It is clear to me that most ET societies have forgotten about this, as have we. The game of survival, then, becomes our highest level of reality, and we play it as if our “lives” depended on it. But, they actually don’t. So Scientologists, when they become trained enough or cleared enough to become aware of this, take a somewhat different approach to the overall situation. A few non-Scientologists have also come to similar conclusions. We now play the game of survival in order to buy ourselves more time to do our work. The work, of course, is to bring as many people as possible up to the point of being aware that living as we know it is only a game, yet one perhaps worth playing with skill. And if, some day, we can get Earth up to this awareness, that still leaves everyone else. And that becomes our new game. Free of biology, new games that might seem bizarre or impossible to us now could be indulged in. Some of us very much look forward to that. LRH certainly did. But for the next billion years or so, the highest-level game for most of us will be that of restoring to the population of this universe the awareness that they are immortal creator beings who could drop their connections to bodies and biology – if they so wished – and be free to play other games, new games that have never before existed. In like wise, LRH’s grand story of conflict on Earth also points in this ultimate direction.

Star Wars episodes 4, 5 and 6

3 April 2016

I never went to see Star Wars in a movie theater when it originally came out. Later, I saw parts of the earlier films (not sure how that happened), and some of the later films, complete. What with a new one recently released, and some talk of it on forums, I thought it was time to add the original three films to my collection, and watch them all the way through.

I found somewhat to my dismay that the original films are not available in digital format; newer sequences have been added (replacing the original ones) in almost all digital releases except for maybe one that is almost impossible to get a copy of. Star Wars devotees have gone so far as to reconstruct digital versions of those movies that are closer to the originals, risking copyright infringement attacks.

I settled for a modern copy – blue-ray plus DVD – from Walmart. Friday night I sat down and watched them, one after another.

Background (per Wikipedia, of course)

The first film in the series, originally entitled just “Star Wars,” was released 25 May 1977. It was created by a man named George Lucas. He was a filmmaker and had already made some other films, but had been working on the Star Wars idea for quite some time. He had always envisioned it as a series, but could only land a contract to make three films. Thus, he modified the story of the first film (the fourth in his series) so that it could stand by itself if it had to. He then sought help from other writers to develop the follow-up screenplays. His first helper was a woman named Leigh Brackett, a legendary science fiction writer who was over 60 when Lucas asked for her help. She had been married to and collaborating with Edmond Hamilton, a man 10 years her senior, since 1946. Hamilton was associated with the editor Farnsworth Wright who worked for Weird Tales magazine, was a Californian born in 1888 and had seen action in World War 1.

How these people got their inspiration for their work and story picks is not much discussed in their online biographies, yet is of interest to me and the alternative realities community.

But to continue with the background story: Lucas is a Californian from Modesto, about 10 years older than me. After he graduated USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1967) he tried to join the Air Force and then the Army. They turned him down due to disqualifications. He resorted to instructing a documentary cinematography class for the U.S. Navy. I find this fascination with the military odd and unexplained. It has been noted that many artists who began their careers in the 1960s were connected with the military.

Lucas is said to have been influenced by Joseph Campbell, a scholar in comparative religion who in turn was influenced by many noted “modern” thinkers. Lucas has characterized himself as a “Buddhist Methodist” and lives in Marin County, where there is a sizable enclave of successful people from the entertainment industry and related activities.

He ended up being the principle writer on all three of the original films, plus the prequel trilogy, produced much later.

The Story

Superficially, the movies are strictly Space Opera, Buck Rogers style, to a degree approaching camp. [Camp: banality, mediocrity, artifice, ostentation, etc. so extreme as to amuse or have a sophisticated appeal – my dictionary.]

They trace the adventures of one Luke Skywalker, a young man first unaware of his previous political connections, but sympathetic to the cause of the Rebel Alliance, a group opposed to the vicious rule of the Galactic Empire, which has developed a planet-killing weapon known as the Death Star which they hope will quell any remaining resistance. The Alliance has a plan to destroy the Death Star, and Luke ends up being key to its ultimate success.

An extensive string of major and minor additional characters fill the story with an almost unending stream of twists and turns. Ray guns are constantly being fired, space battles regularly occur, and ancient secrets are revealed, as the rebels and their antagonists chase each other through a universe (or galaxy) filled with a huge variety of beings, stars, planets and moons. Superluminal speeds are commonplace!

At the end of the first movie, the Death Star is destroyed, but the evil Darth Vader narrowly escapes the blast. This episode is now entitled “A New Hope.”

In the second episode, “The Empire Strikes Back,” Luke begins his training with Yoda as a Jedi knight, but interrupts it to go out and save his friends. During this episode Luke learns that Vader is his biological father.

The third episode, “Return of the Jedi,” first involves the group’s attempts to rescue Han Solo – a rascal but skilled pilot – from imprisonment, and ends on a moon called Endor, with a huge battle that, at the last minute, allows the rebels to destroy the second version of the Empire’s Death Star, incomplete, but functional. Luke learns that the rebel leader Princess Leia, is his twin sister. At the end there is great rejoicing as the area emerges from a long period of spiritual suppression.

According to the sequel stories, which begin 30 years after this (as all the actors from the original are now 30 years older), a new suppressive group called the First Order has emerged and attempts to gain control of the galaxy. This group is overtly inspired by the Nazis, according to writer/director J.J. Abrams, including the stories that they survived post-WWII in exile at various secret locations.

What I see as the most important theme

Superficially, this is just another epic Space Opera story. Its popularity, which has been almost unprecedented in the history of the film business, could be attributed to its central theme of good versus evil (where good always wins in the end), the skill of its story telling, and the attention paid by its creators to the details of cinematic art and technique.

But we should add a few other factors to the phenomenon of popular appeal: marketing push on the one hand, and on the other, the true depth of the human psyche.

What other films stand high on the list for popularity (by gross earnings)? Gone with the Wind, Avatar, Titanic, The Sound of Music, ET. And by franchise: Marvel (comic book superheros), Harry Potter, James Bond, Middle Earth, followed by many others involving magical powers.

Magic

To me, magic is the key theme in all these popular works.

I have been taught that at one time we were all capable of what today would be called “magic.” It can be broken down into a long list of spiritual abilities.

The appeal of stories involving magic lies, I think, in the abiding – if subconscious – question: Why don’t we have those abilities any more?

Almost all these stories address this question in a similar manner: Magic can be used for good or for evil. And because it can be used for evil, it is best left alone.

Most people, as much as they love these stories, would probably agree with this.

But is it true?

It is possible we are mistaken in some way about this. Star Wars gets as close to any popular story I know of in addressing this issue.

The Force

In Star Wars, the power of “magic” is in The Force. We are introduced to this concept in the scenes involving Luke’s Jedi training. The idea of such a Force is an ancient one, though I am by no means an expert in tracing the idea. However, its name betrays the slant of its namers. Force, in our language, is a physical phenomenon. However, the concept in one of its forms – that used by Frenchman Henri Bergson – élan vital (translated by materialists as “life force”) was translated by Bergson’s English translator as “vital impetus,” which is similar to Hubbard’s idea of a living urge, or an urge to be alive, or the simple essence of Life.

Hubbard does not teach that the The Force is some sort of energy field you can learn to tap into. He teaches that it is a manifestation of your aliveness, and is the only reason that matter and energy exist. You are The Force. You can manifest it to the extent that you can unlearn all the reasons why you should suppress those manifestations. And we all have lots of reasons.

The short version of the story is that we have used our magic to harm things we thought we had no connection to. The harm was thus inadvertent. But it resulted, over time, in our withdrawal from many activities which are now called “spiritual.” The solution was to educate beings on just how extensive their connections are, so that they could learn to avoid harming others while using their spiritual abilities. But instead they were convinced that they had no such powers and should stop wishing for them. And the beings who convinced them of this were people who had secretly turned to what we call “evil” and did not wish to be discovered, which is one of many beneficial ways the powers of a living being can be used.

Thus, the whole Jedi concept may be purposely (or unwittingly) misleading. As a being becomes, finally, disconnected from himself (or itself), it will turn to material technologies to make up for its own loss of power, and its only power lies in the threat of using those technologies on those it wishes to dominate. Those who refuse to be dominated can be exterminated, but that does not kill their love of freedom. Thus, most criminals end up concentrating on ways to substitute the love of freedom with more material attachments.

As the highest-level storytellers, we may suppose, are not interested in the spiritual freedom of their audiences, these films are not meant to help anyone achieve that, but only to “teach lessons.” And the primary lesson is that there is a Dark Side that is very powerful.

Our Lost History

One ability we lost was the ability to remember. Hubbard found a way to rehabilitate this, but most people have no idea that this is possible. It is not a particularly high ability, but it is important to the avoidance of psychosis. That an individual can’t remember its distant past is not that important. But for a whole society or race or species to forget its past can be wasteful and tragic. Look at how much time and effort we have spent to re-invent and re-learn the use of advanced electronic technologies and propulsion methods. These technologies are in fact millions of years old. Why can’t we just remember them?

But more important: Why can’t we remember some of the most tragic mistakes that human civilizations have made in the past so that we are not doomed to repeat them?

As Space Opera returns to this planet, after thousands of years of being only elsewhere, almost totally forgotten here, wouldn’t it be nice to have a leg up this time in how to handle it, so that things might turn out better than they did the last time? And wouldn’t it be nice to remember who the true criminals of the past were, before they regain total dominance through their materialistic technologies, and clamp down on us once again, as they have so many times before?

Some memories leak through

What we know for sure is that there is much we are ignorant of that might be important to know. The existence of a “secret space program” here on Earth is now widely theorized, though as yet a secret, except as some claim, through stories such as these. Whether Star Wars is some all-out attempt to “prepare us for something” or just the invention of some creative people, some memories of our ancient past have leaked through.

It has been more or less confirmed by Hubbard, was well as other researchers like Courtney Brown and Steven Greer, that certain “facts of life” have been kept from us:

  1. The universe is filled with life, including many humanoid societies much like our own. Some of those societies are ancient (compared to ours) and very technologically advanced.
  2. Personality survives death of the body. Thus, we all have long individual histories and have lived many other places besides here, Earth. This means that, to a greater or lesser extent, we can know those societies, as we have been members of them.
  3. No one likes getting their body shot up. Yet it has happened to all of us multiple times. Thus, body death is not the end of life, but only of a lifetime.
  4. Spiritual abilities are real. They are feared by the spiritually disabled. It turns out that’s really the main thing “wrong” with them.
  5. A spirtually able being is naturally ethical and will tend to act to help, not harm, anyone who it sees as connected to it.
  6. Once a being learns that biological bodies are operated by spiritual beings, it is more likely to respect those beings’ right to live as animals. The criminal, however, has demonstrated an inability to do this.
  7. Real criminals habitually cause bad things to happen in their environments. The best protection from them is to spot them early and restrict them to an environment where they can do the least amount of harm and which could assist them to recover.
  8. Freedom, in spiritual terms, includes the ability to operate without an animal body, or any kind of body. This is a high ability (now). Criminals fear it.
  9. Criminals, in their attempts to put an end to spiritual freedom, have invented technologies which can trap and overwhelm a free being and convince it to attach itself to a body. Long experience indicates this campaign has never been 100% successful.
  10. If you don’t like the way things are here on Earth (or anywhere in this universe, for that matter), there is something you can do about it. However, you must be willing to pay the price of freedom: “Constant and continual alertness…Constant willingness to fight back…”
  11. Treat with suspicion anyone who would try to convince you that these things aren’t true. They have likely decided that it is better to be a slave.

A more useful dichotomy?

[Dichotomy: division into two parts, groups, or classes, especially when these are sharply distinguished or opposed.]

Good versus Evil is an ancient and venerated dichotomy. Yet it is not one of the Dichotomies of Scientology (though it is addressed in Scientology Ethics). Apparently it is not a dichotomy with any therapeutic value.

Freedom versus Slavery is not one of our Dichotomies, either, but it is implied in several of them. Since the free tend to do good, perhaps simpler, less judgemental dichotomies would be of more use in rehabilitating one’s spiritual abilities.

Some of our most basic dichotomies include:
Survive / Succumb
Agree / Disagree
Be / Not be
Know / Know not
Cause / Effect
Win / Lose
Right / Wrong

We can see these are simply names for opposite ends of spectra of experience. The trick is to be able to move freely back and forth through these experiences without getting stuck. You are not exhorted by some heavenly pronouncement to avoid one end of any of these scales. Just don’t get stuck there! Thus if you are free and do evil, you don’t need to get stuck there, which is all that has happened to the criminal. Most action and living exists between these extreme points. It is a mixture of experience, which is what makes it interesting. A being that can move freely across these spectra of experience is spiritually able. So spiritual freedom could mean that we don’t need to be stuck in Star Wars til the end of time!

Processing

21 January 2014

Note: Life Force Learning Center will be a new series of articles meant for general readers on technical subjects. This is the first in that series.

Indo-European ke this one, here and sed sit -> Latin cedere, to go, with Latin pro forward gives procedere, to go forward, thus: proceed and process…”4. a particular method of doing something, generally involving a number of steps or operations” and the transitive verb “to prepare by or subject to a special process or method.” (Webster’s New World, Second College Edition, 1982)

“Processing, the principle of making an individual look at his own existence, and improve his ability to confront what he is and where he is.” (Modern Management Technology Defined, Bridge Publications, 1976)

“1. called “auditing” by which the auditor (practitioner) ‘listens and commands.’ … The purpose of the auditor is to give the preclear certain exact commands which the preclear can follow and perform. The purpose of the auditor is to increase the ability of the preclear…The verbal exercising of a patient (preclear) in exact Scientology processes.” (Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary, Bridge Publications, 1978)

— A way to create computer programs —

It is with the above background that I discovered a few years ago that someone had invented a very simple program for writing computer programs and called it “Processing.”

It seemed to me a bit too general of a name to give to an IDE (Integrated Development Environment – a computer application giving a software developer everything he needs to write programs using just one integrated system of windows and menus). But there I was, trying to help a guy about my age (50’s) to figure out how to use this IDE. A zealous young community college instructor had thrust it upon him as his first introduction to computer programming. I had never used it before, either. But I had already learned to program, as that was something taught to anyone on an IT (Information Technology) track at Seattle Central.

It IS a very simple IDE, stylistically, and it’s an open source project (the code used to make it is not proprietary) so it’s a free download – perfect for a student on a tight budget.

But, as it was originally developed to make animations on a computer screen, it was not THAT simple. You pretty much have to know how to write a loop (a piece of software code that repeats over and over) to make it do anything useful. And it is based on the C language (a programming language written by a computer scientist at Bell Labs after he decided that the language he wrote called “B” wasn’t useful enough; written in 1972 when most computer geeks looked like hippies or beat poets).

Here is a screen shot of how it looks:
Processing Version 2

The C language is “deep” enough that you can write an operating system (the program that makes a computer work) using it. And modern versions are object-oriented (the program is thought of as creating “objects” when it runs. These program “objects” have certain characteristics and do certain things). Object-oriented languages have a special syntax (Greek word for how sentences are put together) that you have to learn that is a little unusual compared to plain English, or algebra.

Processing multiplies itself

These days, electronic devices are made using “smart” hardware. These are parts that act like little computers, and they have to be programmed. I finally decided I wanted to try one of these parts, so I got an Arduino Uno. Arduino is an Italian company that makes and sells these parts mounted on a little board with a USB connection on it so you can plug it right into your computer and program it. There are many such companies, but Arduino is popular and was available at my local electronics store. I looked over the literature for this product (on the web, of course) and lo and behold, what should I find but – Processing!
Arduino version of Processing
Yes, Arduino was using the Processing IDE for its products! Very interesting.

But, there is another company that makes such products that are sold at my local electronics store. It is called Digilent and is a local Pullman-based company. The guy at the store talked about using Digilent and Arduino products together, so I looked it up, and found out Digilent refers Arduino users to an IDE called Multi-Platform IDE (MPIDE) that allows this.

And what should MPIDE be based on? Processing, of course.

multi platform IDE

So there you are. Three IDEs all following the same pattern.

That’s all for now…

Basic Staff Hat – OEC Volume 0

2 June 2013

The Organization Executive Course (OEC) was put together by LRH in 1969 as a way to train church executives in what he saw as the most successful ways to manage and expand the church.

Later (1971), a “Basic Staff Hat” was put together with the most basic articles (called Hubbard Communication Office (HCO) Policy Letters (HCOPLs) about organizations and being on staff in one book that anyone should be familiar with. I studied this entire volume in the year 2000.

It seems odd to me, now, that not every organization (such as my current employer) makes such a book (and course to go with it) available to all its staff. How else can you get management and workers “on the same page?”

This book gives us (in Scientology) a common language of management and the theory behind it, so that we can all communicate effectively with each other on questions of how the organizations are run.

There is a lot to running an organization successfully!

Here are the major topics covered by this 942-page volume:

  1. Introduction, Keeping Scientology Working and Keeping Admin Working; Scientology organizations and their purpose
  2. Basic organization and the organizing board
  3. Basic staff actions and duties
  4. Staff appearance and org image
  5. Communication
  6. Developed traffic (Dev-T: useless, unnecessary or destructive actions in an organization)
  7. Hats and Hatting (Hat: A collection of materials that outline the purposes, know-how and duties of a post.)
  8. Products and exchange
  9. Statistics
  10. Ethics, honesty and survival
  11. The conditions of existence from Non-Existence to Power
  12. Conditions below Non-Existence
  13. Condition Formulas application and remedies
  14. Basic principles of promotion
  15. Servicing the public
  16. Orders and compliance
  17. Staff performance, rules and regulations
  18. Organizational  ethics
  19. Staff member reports
  20. Use of conditions in organizations
  21. Administering justice
  22. Scientology Justice Codes
  23. Org programming and target attainment
  24. The Ideal Org
  25. Appendices include:
    • Thirteen different versions of organizing boards
    • List of types of issues and magazines

Any one of these topics could fill a book!

Yet these articles, all written by a professional writer, are very readable and outline for anyone who cares to study them the basics of running any activity anywhere to do anything; and of being a member of that activity. Some of them are church-specific, while most have very broad application.

Of all the things that working in the church gave me, these PLs are among the most missed. To have such a body of guidelines, all written down and organized, for all participants in the activity to learn, use and discuss, is a priceless gift.

OEC Vol 0

Organization Executive Course Volume 0, 1999 edition

This book was produced by Bridge Publications in 1999 and is a very nice piece of work. It is printed on high-grade paper, includes three ribbons for use as place markers and two thumb tabs for the Appendices and Index.

Messages from my teacher

22 December 2012

Today I started a home study course put together by my church with the very long title of: “Advanced Procedure and Axioms & Thought, Emotion and Effort Extension Course.”

The first step of the course is to read a set of issues contained in the course pack that were written by L. Ron Hubbard in September, October and November of 1951. I don’t recall studying these issues before. They are germane to our current situation, thus this article. They were originally issued as Dianetic Auditor’s Bulletins.

Danger: Black Dianetics! (September 1951)

Here LRH discusses how the discoveries of Dianetics have been misused by the unscrupulous to create robotic, crazy or deranged personalities. This includes suicidal or homicidal personalities.

He estimates that only a few people, as of 1951, have died as a result of such practices and compares this to the loss of innocent life from the use of the atom bomb over Hiroshima. There is no comparison.

And yet these abuses should be reversible in the hands of a skilled auditor, in cases where the victim survives them.

He then states:

“Efforts to influence and prevail over the minds of individuals, groups and nations have been exerted since the dawn of time. These efforts have utilized every known means of psychic and physical phenomena.”

He goes on to present a short survey of these efforts, including the reported practices of the Assassins. Though the histories recounting these practices have since fallen into question, the practices themselves are plausible and have probably been used somewhere by someone. Mind control efforts definitely include hypnotism, which is briefly discussed.

The Loophole in Guarded Rights (September 1951)

LRH begins this bulletin thus:

“Whenever phenomena become known only to a small number of unscrupulous men, these, by secrecy, can employ it to the enslavement of many. This, in a thimble, is a history of the race.”

He then discusses popular efforts to prevent this by asserting certain basic rights which an individual may lawfully defend. But there is a giant loophole in these efforts, and that has to do with mental competence (“sanity”).

If an individual can be deemed insane, all his legal protections fall away, including his right to life. This loophole can only be closed by demystifying the mind, thus preventing a small group from claiming special expertise in the subject. This is what Dianetics seeks to do.

Records of Mind Are Permanent (September 1951)

Here LRH goes over his primary discovery, which he has called the “first law” of Dianetics.

“The human organism receives and records all perceptions while under duress and in a reduced state of consciousness.”

This is why hypnotism “works” (when it does) and why trained auditors can reverse its effects.

He ends by reminding us that:

“Black Dianetics uses this mechanism to implant new compulsion.”

Effort Processing (September 1951)

In this bulletin LRH discusses why you can limit processing to addressing self-determined efforts. Effort normally results in motion, and motion is the core phenomenon of the physical universe. Thus, the most confusing and troublesome incidents for an individual involve those times when he decided to make some effort and it did not have the positive (or pro-survival) result that he expected.

A Brief Statement on Survival Processing (October 1951)

This is a technical bulletin going over the theory of Self-determinism Effort Processing.

He points out that all his experience with cases has shown that the choices made by the person himself (or herself) are the only important choices on the case. And these choices inevitably involve effort. A “bad” choice is simply one that results in destruction when a constructive result was desired. If you can get a being to recognize this and let go of that effort, its destructive results will also cease.

The Evolution of Dianetic Processing (October 1951)

Here LRH briefly recounts the history of his research, starting in 1932.

He emphasizes his discovery that even psychotherapy proved to be a false science (or practice) as were all mental practices that went before. Thus, modern researchers were not really getting any better results than the witch doctors and shamans of the past.

“…one understood for the first time that he lived in one of the darkest ages for the field of humanities and that the field of humanities had suffered markedly because of the advances in the physical sciences, which caused any scientist to tend toward a mechanistic view of humanity.”

He then describes how his own research broke out of this trap and thus began to discover phenomena that had been previously missed or overlooked. These phenomena are the main subject of his 1950 book. But that book, used alone, was somewhat ineffective at producing good auditors. He eventually realized that it had left some important points unsaid.

“The only really important thing I did, I now discover, was enormously increase, by my own attitude toward Life, the self-determinism of the preclear.”

He expressed hope that he could find a way to train others to have this attitude, and thus to become more successful in helping others.

A Brief History of Psychotherapy (November 1951)

This two-page bulletin goes over the fact that all previous efforts to improve or repair the mind have not been successful, as they have never exceeded the success rate of an individual left to his own devices (roughly 22% get better or recover with no treatment).

He ends by stating his firm belief that Dianetics can do better than this, and that for the first time in history, mankind possesses a truly workable mental technology.

Only an introduction

I hope that this discussion and these quotes may serve as a useful introduction to this subject for those who are interested. There is no substitute for careful study, and I will never try to teach this subject in my articles, but only to interest you in the subject and refer you to resources.

Monkey in the Middle

1 November 2012

What is the U.S. military really up to?

My article on blogspot… is really the result of my frustration with all the confusing information being spewed out over the internet by people who all supposedly are working towards the truth!

When Gordon Duff wrote an article for Press TV, which he later posted on his own site, Veterans Today, about how the neo-Nazi-Zionist faction of the military was helping the neo-Nazi-Zionists ruin the reputation of the Obama administration so their man would be sure to get elected, I had to make a statement.

The story they are pushing is that people in the Obama administration failed to defend our ambassador in Libya even though they knew he was in danger.

Duff thinks that the group pushing this story is probably the same group responsible for the attack, and a group that wants to create major violence in several places, including the United States, in order to regain an upper hand in the affairs of earth.

What isn’t clear is why they are having such a hard time maintaining their position, though Duff has also recently published an interesting story about a “UFO War” in the Pacific that could have something to do with it.

I invite you to click through to my other blog for more data.