Posts Tagged ‘Scientology’

A New Leaf

20 February 2018
fruit tree shoot

Springtime in Seattle, 2012.

In English we have an expression “turn over a new leaf” which means to make a new start. It literally refers to a page in a book, but of course this meaning of leaf is closely related to the one illustrated above.

As has already been mentioned in the previous post, my desire to build a new relationship with my church led me to the realization that my public-facing communications could use a change of context.

The Situation

Early this lifetime I came to a conclusion that I hope most can agree on: There is a situation on this planet. Situation is here defined as a major departure from the ideal scene.

In my younger years (the early 1960s) I was under the impression that we as a nation (the U.S.A.), if not the entire planet, were working towards an ideal scene. Here it is as expressed in one of our founding documents:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Then near the end of 1963 a duly elected – and rather popular – President was shot to death in public during a parade while he was visiting a city in Texas. A new administration took over from that man, which resulted in our country becoming very deeply involved in Vietnam, a war Kennedy hoped could be kept under control using only Special Forces troops. As more and more of our men died there, our involvement in the war in Vietnam became more and more unpopular, and was finally ended. The “Communists” then won the war, because they were more sensible rulers than those left in power by earlier colonizers and other outside interests.

Our government had immensely failed in effecting our “safety and happiness.” That failure was so obvious, it’s almost as if it was planned; and it may well have been.

To this day, there are huge holes in our understanding of what was really going on during the first half of the 20th century. And those holes only increased in size when we tried to look at and understand more recent events.


One person – with his group – was working to fill those holes with data that might actually be helpful to people. However, his communication line to the public was cut by mass media outlets controlled by men allied with psychiatry, which opposed this man and what he was teaching. This is known data, not supposition.

So an office in the Church created its own communication line to the public, and called it Freedom Magazine. Many of the first articles in that magazine were penned by L. Ron Hubbard himself. He wanted the general public to begin to notice the connection between what psychiatry (as a movement) was doing and saying across the planet and what was happening to us here in the U.S. Some did. Freedom Mag’s message, though, did not reach me until years later.

In the early 1980s I finally learned that the psychiatry or “Mental Health” movement was being pushed forward by men who shared certain personality traits than most of us would recognize as insane or psychotic. Furthermore, as anti-Scientologists they definitely qualified as Suppressive Persons.

It was our challenge, then, (in the political sphere) to somehow remove those people from the communication lines of the planet. In the early years, those lines consisted mostly of English-language newspapers. Later those lines became dominated by radio and television. And now, since the the 1990s or so, we also have the internet which now feeds into a vast network of mobile “smart” phones.

These communication networks are not evil in themselves, but the persistent attempts by persons of criminal intent to dominate those lines has drastically reduced their usability (and believability) to the point that many people – including many Scientologists – will not use those lines for anything other than gathering the most mundane forms of information, or commercial uses like shopping and banking.

The Search for Reliable Information

I didn’t get on the internet in any big way until 2009. Wikipedia was already very well-developed by that time and had become the de facto source of information about almost anything. However, on topics where facts or intentions are hotly contested, the “establishment” position tends to win out on Wikipedia, on TED, on all the major news sites, or any site attempting to present reliable information. This goes for almost any topic other than the most mundane (weather forecasts?) or boring (electronics and coding?).

What I did at that time was to start my own blog. There I would present and compare data from multiple sources in the hopes of giving readers a more insightful view of things than what was being fed to them by the mainstream sources.

This activity had two main problems: 1) nobody read it, and 2) too many of my non-church data sources were questionable or salted with anti-Scientology sentiments. I was trying to demonstrate to my readers that there existed certain basic phenomena of life that were widely agreed on and widely researched. Yet I kept falling over enemy data that had been insinuated into many of my “alternative” sources. Many involved in that work were only too eager to believe that Scientology was just another con game that could be dismissed and not taken seriously.

The Church, for its part, decided to buy an entire studio complex in Hollywood – a location I am very familiar with that used to house a local Public Television station – and set up its own content generation facilities and media channels. This project is on the verge of launching as I write.

My own response is to revise my site to make it more resource-oriented and less discussion-oriented. I am also beginning a project to connect to like-minded bloggers.

Technical Limitations

The internet was created to provide its initial users (mostly data scientists in academia and the military-industrial complex) with faster data sharing capabilities, which data might include – in the case of the military – strategic and actionable data of a confidential nature.

Some of the earliest websites looked basically like search windows and were used to find scientific papers and other technical information, somewhat on the order of a giant library.

Additionally, any services that earlier used telex lines were obvious candidates for switching over to the internet. This included news feeds, stock tickers, and private messaging of course.

But it was not long before commerce was being conducted over the internet, and this use quickly became the dominant use. About 1/2 of all internet websites today are .com sites. And this means that what most website designers are trying to do is maximize traffic. Today, social networking is widely understood as a way to give commercial sites access to a lot of potential customers. The sharing of useful information on the internet, its original educational use, has been buried under all the subsequent traffic; a development that should have been quite predictable.

The blog is a sort of personal news feed service. It presents your posts in reverse chrono order, most recent on top, like the news. “Free” blogs are used – often blatantly – for advertising, and so are “free” e-mail and social media accounts.

About two-thirds (68%) of internet users disapprove of search engines and websites tracking their online behavior for the purpose of ad targeting.
– Pew Research, 13 March 2012.

While internet shopping is very popular compared to using the internet to seek useful data or advice (except as it concerns which product to buy), many people use the internet for that purpose or assume that it can be used that way. This group especially includes young people in school. I know it also includes all sorts of engineers and other “geek” types.

People want good data, but the internet concentrates on giving them news, blogs, ads and messages commonly associated with entertainment or commerce, not associated with making smart decisions.

Thus if I want to use my blog to help people make smarter decisions in their lives, I must realize that this is not what my blog was designed to do, and I am going to need to compensate for that.

The changes I will be making in the site reflect that realization.


The Lands

8 February 2018

dead trees along american river
…This being background data on a new writing project and WordPress site…here…

Scientology in the context of the New Age

For years I had been following various “New Age” personalities and “alternative” websites with the hope that a familiarity with their subjects matter would assist my purpose of influencing them to expand their areas of awareness to include Scientology. Not Scientology as an organization necessarily, but certainly Scientology as a subject.

This strategy has not yielded fruit. I was – very loosely speaking – a member of this “community” before I got involved in Scientology. However, the “community” appears to more closely resemble a house of cards.

During the age of industrialization, followed by an age of computerization which is what I grew up in, many of us have been disturbed about how things have been going. Blacks now have civil rights, yet they are incarcerated at a rate of 10% or more (depending on their age) versus 2% (roughly) for whites. (This is from Pew Research, 2013). And that is a marked increase over the years 1960 to 2010. Loan money for college tuition and housing purchase has become more and more available, yet real wealth continues to concentrate amongst a tiny minority of the population. The old futurists told us technology advances would make life easier, but instead it has become more hectic and (for many) more stressful. We fought wars to “make the world safe for democracy,” but instead seem to have become one of the world’s most vicious warmongers.

Many of us who saw these problems were also presented with various alternative paths for handling them that seemed more or less promising. There was the “drop out” path, famously expressed by the psychologist Timothy Leary. Behind that whole movement – we have since learned – were individuals from the CIA, and perhaps other oddball agencies. They seemed particularly interested in testing LSD on the population. Another offering – made by many, and interestingly including Leary’s Harvard associate Ram Dass – was to meditate. Of course meditation is just the most obvious aspect of an array of teachings loosely based on Hindu and Buddhist ideas and amplified by various Europeans and Americans dabbling into the realms of spiritualism, channelling, etc. Another path offered was to “solve it with technology.” Perhaps the epitome of this idea today is “Transhumanism,” the concept that technology might at some point make the human body passé. And then there was Scientology.

When I was a teenager, “New Age” ideas were getting quite a bit of exposure, but not with that label. The choice of this particular term by more modern writers is most likely an expediency; it is simple and sounds catchy. However, Theosophist Alice Bailey used this expression in at least two book titles, as did many other and diverse writers of earlier times. According to Wikipedia, the movement as we know it now started in the UK in the 1970s. Again, rumors of CIA interest in these ideas and the personalities that promote them do not abate.

In those days, the media was more involved with New Age topics than they are today. You could hear reports on NPR about “magic” healers in the Philippines. In 1972 NBC aired an edited version of the 1970 German film “Chariots of the Gods” about theories of ancient ET visitations, based on a book by Erich von Däniken. The TV sitcom “My Favorite Martian” had already enjoyed a long run from 1963 to 1966. It was followed later by “Mork and Mindy,” with spooky shows like “Time Tunnel” and “Bewitched” filling in between.

The New Age mixed allusions to modern scientific discoveries and ET visitation with an Eastern-style spiritual approach to come up with a narrative that captured the attention of many young people of those years who might have otherwise found more effective avenues (such as Scientology) for acting on their outrage over the crime, war and pollution which continued to plague their “modern” world.

I was peripherally involved in several groups: The Henry George School promoted the work of a late 1800s intellectual who also had interests in spiritualism. Planetary Citizens – led by visionary Donald F. Keys – told us about channelled messages that could save our planet. Planet Drum Foundation – an ecology education group promoting the ideas of devolutionist Peter Berg – used memes from aboriginal cultures mixed with the concept of “bioregionalism.”

A commonality among all these groups was some attempt to interweave politics with spiritual knowledge and values – the most basic being long-term (as opposed to short-term, one lifetime) concepts of ethics. The realization that after death one will return to continue living on this planet is considered crucial to appreciating the validity of longer-term ethical principles. However, these groups largely failed in their goals because they had no way to bring about this fundamental realization. Scientology does have ways to do this. However, in developing those processes, Hubbard came to understand that a much fuller recovery of spiritual abilities would be needed to enable people to confront the task of cleaning up Earth, to say nothing of all the other inhabited planets.

I remain a Scientologist because I agree with Ron’s conclusions, and because we have an organization that could achieve our vision of a planet free of war, crime and insanity…and after that, other planets.

Adverse Reactions

As mentioned earlier, I wanted to get some of the New Agers I had run across to at least look in the direction of L. Ron Hubbard’s work. But they don’t seem to want to. This is a clear sign that someone has been actively working to frighten them off. The movement is well aware that there have been campaigns (often blamed on CIA or similar operatives) to sow divisiveness in the community. If we can take that as a given, then we can only assume that those efforts have included badmouthing Scientology. As these efforts are obvious on the internet, they must come from somewhere. And those persons could be imagined to be interested in seeing that New Agers don’t connect up with Scientology, just as they are obviously interested in keeping away the general public.

Thus, my colleagues at the church have suggested that I might be happier if I were less connected to the New Age world and more connected to some activity involving less outside interference from secret antagonists. One idea I had was to greatly increase my writing output. It’s a low-cost activity that I am familiar with.

Inspirations from odd places

I had recently been exposed to a film story called “Blade Runner 4049.” Though I found the story overly complex, its vision of our future is not that unusual in contemporary fiction. I particularly recall from the movie an area called “San Diego” that had become a huge dump and salvage yard for the Los Angeles metropolis. The piles of junk went on for miles and miles in all directions. It was also pointed out that there were no living trees in the environment. It was noted that at a “rebel” outpost, a dead tree had been kept standing using steel cables.

The Blade Runner story is a “loose adaptation” of a story by writer Philip K. Dick. Philip is considered an important science fiction writer. Born in 1928, he was influenced by the somewhat older sci-fi writers of the pulp days, such as Hubbard and Heinlein, but also the “beat” writers like Jack Kerouac. He died at only 53 under circumstances that remain poorly understood. He was a drug user, that is for sure.

In Dick’s book, the dystopia evident on the West Coast was brought about by war. In the movie this is not mentioned, except for a reference to a “high radiation” area near Las Vegas. In both stories, androids apparently designed for robotic tasks (I don’t believe it) acquire their own sense of humanity and wish to have equal rights with humans and an end to the control programming. Science fiction writers who have gone down this road seem to be of a mind that something like this could happen. They don’t try to understand why. The difference for me is that I now know why. The design and manufacture of human-like androids would be seen as a dangerous and stupid activity by anyone who understood the likely spiritual outcome of it. The androids in the film, called “replicants,” would be even more susceptible to this problem, as they are almost totally biological.

Bicycling downtown through the riverside park, I noticed a large stand of dead trees that has always been there, but seemed unusually gloomy with no spring foliage to offset the grayness. And I thought, “this is the Land of the Dead Trees.” And so I began to formulate the starting point of a story.

I am incapable – even if I wanted to – of writing an ordinary fiction story. I have been exposed to too much actuality that is much stranger than most “fiction” written these days. The trick would be to start with how things are now and somehow show how the situation could be improved.

That leads to Edward Bellamy’s “Looking Backward” which employed a similar technique. But I have no use for his time traveler. I can simply assume a viewpoint of some future time and “look back” to now.

phto with added effects

The photo above with two effects added to it: “oil” and “sepia.”

UFO History and Other News

15 December 2017

I listened to an LRH lecture recently that I think is worth quoting at length:

But what about the society at large? Do you realize that if tomorrow an invasion of Earth were threatened by some other planet, that you wouldn’t have talk about international or inter-nation-al activity like war? Nobody would be worrying about war between Bulgaria and Fulgaria. Nobody would be worrying about war, because another game was sitting there. Everybody would get a lot smarter. The incidence of psychosis and neurosis would drop most alarmingly. See what I mean?

If all of a sudden some of these flying saucers that occasionally flick around here and cause the army so much upset —they found a couple of them crashed, you know, and they say “Eek!” They’ve got molecular sealing construction plates so you can’t find any seam and when you try to go into them with a torch, why, you get cohesion of its seams. And then they can’t get it open. And they take X—rays of the machinery through the metal, you know, to get pictures to find out what’s in there because obviously nobody…They’ve had lot of fun. Terrific amount of sport they’ve engaged in this way. They’ve found some of these things, but they haven’t found enough of them and it’s not comprehensible enough to really upset anybody.

If you had a saucer suddenly pull in over Chicago and say, “Your money or your life. People of Earth, we don’t come in peace…” At-at-at-at-at! Earth would mobilize. We’re not quite sure what it would mobilize, BB guns or something, but it would mobilize. And you certainly wouldn’t have any more international war.

But after you’ve got this interplanetary war going, what would you do then? I mean, that’s going and they’ve finally settled peace and we’ve got this particular end of the galaxy all straightened out. And war is sporadic and occasional, but we have a police force engaged.

I guess this system would have to go to war with another system in order to make enough fight. And then when that was all straightened out, then this galaxy would have to go to war with another galaxy in order to get it all straightened out. And I guess this universe, then, eventually would have to go to war with another universe to get it all straightened out.

Or instead of such a silly route, we could just get down to work and process the groups of people so that they would be willing to let others live and live themselves. Now, there really is no choice, in other fields, than these two. We either put Man into a condition where he can extrovert and play a game here on Earth as himself, as individuals and as groups, or we go off and find ourselves a hot saucer and go at—at-at—at-at—at! over Chicago. There’s these two solutions. There isn’t much other solution. Now, we have a saucer rescue squad ready…[laughter]

We have—all joking aside, I’m joking, you see. We have, actually, many ways we could prevent an atomic bombing occurring here on Earth—many ways. Atomic bombing, however, is not the sole enemy which we would face. Several things are definitely preventive in the direction of atomic fission, if they are done. And I told you the other day the wrong thing to do was nothing.

Several things could be done in this particular direction. The education of the peoples of Earth, however, is the first and foremost thing that should be done. And they might be taught that they can solve each other’s games, that they can play each other’s games, that there is somebody else alive here and that Earth can be an interesting place to be and that something can happen to these things which we today call civilization, that they can go on upwards. Somebody doesn’t have to blink ’em out.

Now, wherever we look across the world, we see that Man has very, very little hope that anything could be done about anything. The measure of a civilization would be the measure of the expectancy of win by the individuals or groups of that civilization. If they have an expectancy to win, they can play the game. If they have no expectancy of winning, they want to get out of the game and start another game or they start playing games with their thumbs behind their backs—which is goofiness.

LRH – from lecture “Pan-Determinism” of 31 Dec 1954.

He was talking to a crowd in Phoenix, Arizona. I was a few months old at the time, living in Berkeley, California. Steven Greer has told us that an engineer familiar with advanced technology development programs told him that they had successfully implemented a back-engineered anti-gravity propulsion system by about October of 1954 (when I was born).

How did LRH know that the military had been playing around with flying saucers? I don’t think he’s ever said. But he had lots of friends in interesting places.

Current Events

The information war continues between those who want to paint a picture of troubled normalcy and those who want the population to “wake up” for various different reasons.

We have very little data about what is really going on, but loads of good data revealing that we are being lied to on a regular basis. On subjects as diverse as spiritual realities, ET realities, basic physics, and what causes terrorism, the mainstream media outlets continue to lie and entertain, while the alternative media outlets tell a wide range of stories from the sublime to the ridiculous – but many much more factual than the mainstream stories.

There is a persistent expectation that the world’s population will receive another “wake-up call” before too long (such as LRH’s fancied space invasion – per insiders a scenario that has been seriously considered). But so far nothing seems to materialize. Every significant event that occurs has at least two slants given to it by different sources, keeping most of us in a state of mild confusion, if not worse.

My Projects

As of today I have joined the ranks of “poor” people who are paying for medical insurance programs with the assistance of the Federal Government. Until this year, I had no real idea that this is what “Obamacare” was really all about. It wasn’t about getting the U.S. population more healthy (which is what “health care” implies, doesn’t it?), but simply to get everyone insured, so that doctors, clinics, and hospitals would get paid for every single service they deliver – successful or not – regardless of the income level of the patient.

Beyond this basic fact lies other interesting details, such as what sorts of treatment must be covered by an “acceptable” insurance program and what treatments can be ignored. Basically, anything you get from a non-MD you’ll have to pay for yourself, regardless of how effective that treatment is. It’s just a way of protecting a professional monopoly. Even psychoactive drugs – some of the least effective, most damaging treatments on the market today – must be covered because they are prescribed by psychiatrists, who are MDs.

Another ongoing project has been to salvage whatever electronic junk that I brought with me from Pullman that seems appropriate to salvage, and throw away the rest. This project was started in Pullman, but continues here in Sacramento. I have built a little “Tower of Junk” containing all my favorite older projects that were previously dismantled. It’s a little 12-inch by 12-inch by 18-inch high box, and it’s now full, with most of the “junk” included in it up and running.

With that task out of the way, I can dive into my electronic art with both feet. The main list of projects involves light (Light Emitting Diode – LED) displays that react to various environmental factors. Getting environmental sounds included has been the biggest challenge, as building good microphone amplifiers is a bit of an art. But I have a test rig up and running, and the basic idea seems promising.

I also have a code-writing project restarted after a long hiatus. This is aimed to allow the user to inspect and search large amounts of data in ways that are visually interesting and informative. I am using my own electronic library (about 150,000 files) as the test data, as it is structured but highly diverse. This data is organized according to LRH’s dynamics, and I plan to use other Scientology basics in this software.


I continue my study of the Basic Lectures. One of these is the one quoted above. That series ended with that lecture, so I have finished that series and will soon move onto another one.

The church downtown continues to put on various events. The most recent was in observance of Human Rights Day (10 December) and featured a presentation by a local Sikh human rights activist who has been working for many years to improve awareness of religious diversity – which is part of the Sikh teaching – in California. We also watched a documentary about the aftermath of the shootings at the Sikh temple near Milwaukee in 2012.

The mainstream sees such events as “hate crimes” against minorities who are misunderstood, or confused with other groups (such as Sikhs being confused with Muslims). My Scientology training tells me that this is a very shallow explanation for such events. Whenever violence occurs the Third Party Law must be taken into account. This data has been around for 50 years, but most don’t know about it or don’t use it. That needs to change!

We have a Christmas party coming up, then a New Years event, which is always full of news.

And after that, the sun will start coming North again. Right now, it’s too cold with not enough daylight for my liking.

Answers to Drugs

22 September 2017

Yesterday I attended a public information session concerning the increasing use of marijuana and other drugs. This session was organized by Bishop Ron Allen who heads the International Faith Based Coalition. This is an anti-drug-abuse group. (Not an anti-drug group, though.) He had this session video-taped for use in his outreach work.

Two of the presenters were with the Colorado National Marijuana Initiative. They were there representing the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.

From official websites:

A component of the Executive Office of the President, ONDCP was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 [which extended an act by the same name passed 2 years earlier]. The ONDCP Director is the principal advisor to the President on drug control issues. ONDCP coordinates the drug control activities and related funding of 16 Federal Departments and Agencies.

ONDCP also administers two grant programs: the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Drug-Free Communities (DFC).

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.

The National Marijuana Initiative (NMI) is one of three national initiatives within the HIDTA program.

Other presenters

Another presenter was with the California Dept. of Justice Advanced Training Center.

The first presenter, who did not sit on the panel, was the ED of Omni Youth Programs, a non-profit, non-governmental “agency” operating in Sacramento County. She is college-trained with a background in both traditional and non-traditional therapies. She is assisted at Omni by a trained Family Therapist.

She explained to the audience that Omni’s approach to drug abuse is to target correlated factors such as child and family violence. These factors are linked to drug abuse (alcohol abuse in particular) by many studies (I assume mostly done by sociologists). These factors are addressed through group training programs. Omni trains the trainers who then go out and train groups. If this training is like other methods I have heard about, it focuses on changing “undesirable” behaviors into more desirable ones. We can assume that this work is moderately beneficial, but it uses technologies that can also be applied to more sinister forms of social control, and involves no real therapy on a personal level. Measures of the effectiveness of this work were not stressed in her short talk, but the website indicates positive results in 6- and 12-month follow-up studies.

Criminalize it

The federal approach to the drug problem is to criminalize drug production (where possible), trafficking, and use. About half of all Federal prisoners are there on drug trafficking charges. This is about 100,000 people. There are only about 250 people in federal prisons for possession only, but in state prisons there are roughly 50,000 more. There were roughly 160,000 drug traffickers in state prisons in recent years.

These figures must not include many major in-country producers, as drug production figures show no sign of heading downwards. However, many of these drugs, even Meth and LSD, have significant non-US sources, and most illegal drugs are majorly produced outside of the US.

The law-based approach to drug abuse control gives a lot of people a lot of things to do, but gives no particular sign of being effective. As is the case with most lawmaking, anti-drug laws are on the books because they are demanded by popular opinion, or give the government the feeling they are “doing something,” not because they are effective at dealing with social problems.

The federal people at this event argued for a continued legal and regulatory approach to the problem, bolstered by information campaigns, which have shown some effectiveness.

If marketing is effective, why bother with criminalization?

My take would be to trash the legal approach and continue the information campaigns. This might seem hypocritical to some, but passing laws about things just doesn’t seem to work. Private corporations, which have no direct ability to make law (though they do lobby abundantly, per all reports), have grown strong on marketing alone. Marketing and propaganda can breath life into a failed idea or kill a successful one. I think the effectiveness of marketing stems from its stress on giving people reasons to do things rather than reasons to stop doing things. Starting remains more popular than stopping in this society and probably always will. The stoppers are doomed to a minority status, even if they gain control of government or industry for a time. One of the greatest paradoxes we live with today has been our success at starting wars. Wars have always been seen primarily as stops because of their destructive results, but we have become convinced that they have “constructive” purposes in society, so they are now broadly supported (at least in the US).

That wars are constructive is of course a lie. So what we have in the US is a situation where the public is being lied to broadly and believing most of it. This is a sad situation, and is the road to a totally out-ethics (self-destructive) nation, which we are rapidly becoming. Drug use is a part of this greater overall picture.

Hubbard’s approach

What LRH has discovered about drug use is summarized in the informational booklet, “Answers to Drugs.” This booklet is part of both the Volunteer Ministers program and the Scientology Online Courses program.

Hubbard believed that the only way to ultimately solve the huge social issues of our times was to take individuals and bring them up to a point where they would become willing and able to take effective actions at a social level. He saw no way to accomplish this only at the level of the group. Individuals were the building blocks of all groups, so individuals are the target of Hubbard’s work. Scientology organizations are dedicated to handling individuals. However, when individuals get to the point where they feel ready to take action on the group level, they may do so through several programs sponsored by church members, but designed to operate independently of church organizations:

Narconon handles the drug abuse problem by operating rehabilitation facilities across the planet.

The Truth About Drugs program backs up this work with drug education materials and activities.

United for Human Rights seeks to empower victims of criminal abuses by informing them of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Way to Happiness program distributes a secular moral code across the planet in about 100 languages.

That booklet is also used by Criminon, which is a criminal rehabilitation program.

Applied Scholastics seeks to improve study skills, as laid out in LRH’s Study Technology, through its international teacher training center and in schools across the planet.

Hubbard College of Administration similarly teaches Hubbard’s management technology.

The Volunteer Ministers are organized to assist in disaster relief, often working alongside the Red Cross and government groups. Volunteer Ministers can also get trained in all facets of Scientology so they can help friends, neighbors and strangers more effectively.

And the Citizens Commission on Human Rights seeks to put ethics in on the psychiatrist-lead mental health system.

Here are some excerpts from the Answers to Drugs booklet used to train Volunteer Ministers and anyone else interested in this subject:

The hard, solid fact is that until now there has been no effective psychotherapy in broad practice. The result is a drug-dependent population.

Drug addiction has been shrugged off by psychiatry as “unimportant” and the social problem of drug-taking has received no attention from psychiatrists–rather the contrary, since they themselves introduced and popularized LSD. And many are pushers.

Drugs essentially are poisons.

The mind is not a brain.

You can see from this short selection that Scientologists face real challenges in convincing non-Scientologists who have been educated in other “solutions” that our approaches are worth taking a hard look at. They are going to have to change some of their basic stable data about the problem and about society at large.

Drugs and Psychotherapy

The connection between drugs and psychotherapy might not be apparent to some, so let me clarify: People seek therapy usually due to experiencing some “mental problem.” They quite often don’t make this move until they are acutely suffering. Traditionally the therapist talks to the person (now often called “talk therapy”) in the hopes of giving the person some helpful realizations. This sort of therapy is no longer popular; it is not covered by many forms of medical insurance, and it takes a lot of time. So if the talk therapy doesn’t work or is unavailable, drugs are resorted to. Usually some drug can be found that will alleviate the symptoms. It will do nothing about the underlying cause. That means that drugs can “hook” people, because the symptoms return if drug use stops.

So we see drug use as a result of ineffective psychotherapies, as well as lack of access to any therapy other than drugs. Drugs are seen by beginning users as therapeutic, and in the past have often been sold that way. For instance, laudanum – a strong opioid drug – started as a pain relief medicine. So did the modern forms of opium, morphine (still used), heroin and cocaine. To that list add “legitimate” drugs prescribed by psychiatrists, and we see that whole profession falling into the pit of hiding symptoms behind a drug fog, rather than treating root cause. And: As long as they continue to believe that the mind is the brain – a widely disproved misconception – they will continue to fail in their assigned role in society, if they even care what that is.

The result of the failure of psychotherapy to deliver relief where it is most desired has resulted in the current drug situation. The only real solution is to start providing a psychotherapy (or whatever you choose to call it) that really works.

None of the panelists at the event I attended suggested this.

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:

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:

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.

Best regards

My favorite site, which I should probably include a link to in every post I make, is the Volunteer Ministers training pages:

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.


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!