Yesterday, I discovered that the Church of Scientology had forced Mega (the cloud service which I use to serve some files) to remove 14 files available as downloads from this blog. You can read one of the takedown notices here
These files have now been restored, and are available for download again.
They contained scans of Scientology documents which, since they were written by L Ron Hubbard, are official Scientology doctrine. Why did they do this? It’s rather like Christians trying to suppress the sermon on the mount. You would think that a real religion would want to spread the word, not censor it.
The Church of Scientology acknowledges that these documents are genuine – if they were not, why would they claim to hold the copyright?
Having read these texts, I can only conclude that the Church of Scientology is ashamed of its own doctrines and practices, and want to prevent the public finding out about them.
So, here is a list of the 14 files that Scientology particularly wanted to stop anyone seeing – complete with new download links (clicking on the titles of each section will take you to the original post – the new download links are at the bottom of the page).
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These files include most of the material that is only revealed in the eight ‘levels’ which reveal the secret teachings of Scientology to members.
To receive any of them, you must have passed ‘security checks (see below) and paid a substantial sum of money.
They include OT3, which contains the the much-mocked story of Xenu.
After the success of the original “Star Wars” film, L Ron Hubbard (who, almost 60 years previously, had made a living as a pulp science fiction writer) decided he could do better.
Incredibly, the plot of his screenplay “Revolt in the Stars” was based on the “Xenu” story mentioned above. Not only is this part of Scientology’s secret teachings (OT3) but, in the OT3 materials, Hubbard warns that anyone who becomes aware of these event without having been prepared by Scientology will die of pneumonia.
It seems to simply have been Hubbard’s favourite story and I wonder how he would have explained its use to Scientologists had the film ever been made. This difficulty did not arise. “Revolt in the Stars” was a terrible screenplay, and the project never got off the ground.
While Hubbard was touring the world (and playing ‘Commodore’ to a private navy) he was ‘researching’ the OT levels.
Scientologists now rarely met him, but he still ‘lectured’ to a tape recorder, and these recordings were distributed to believers as a series entitled “Ron’s Journal”
This edition described Hubbard’s discovery (and penetration) of a fearsome barrier which he claimed prevented humans from learning the secrets behind what was to become OT3 – the dramatically-titled “Wall of Fire”.
Here’s another file that I overlooked in my original post – a transcript of the ‘lecture’ above which saves a lot of time, and spares the reader from listening to Hubbard’s rather irritating voice.
Scientology teaches a wide range of techniques which resemble the ‘healing touch. They are supposed to cure almost anything. Well… they are supposed to cure everything – including death.
This document includes the tragicomic “Bring back to life assist” which involves shouting “get back into that body” at a deceased person. Seriously.
Even the lesser techniques (like ‘touch assists’) as potentially dangerous because undertaking ineffective Scientology ‘treatment’ gives a disease time to progress, so that it may be more serious (or even untreatable) when the patient finally presents to a real doctor.
These scripts are used by interrogators, in conjunction with the e-meter to obtain ‘confessions’ of wrongdoing. It is a basic tenet of the Church that Scientology always works – so if a member fails to progress, this must be his or her fault.
Hubbard claimed that ‘overts’ and ‘withholds’ (the Scientology version of sins) could prevent progress in this way, and ‘Security Checks’ are intended to root these out. These ‘sins’ can have taken place in previous lives, and ‘confessions’ all carefully written down providing the Church with material to discredit members who leave the Church.
- The Whole Track Sec Check examines all of a Scientologist supposed previous lives
- The Johannesburg Confessional is a particularly aggressive version which critics suggest is administered as a punishment
- The Children’s Security Check interrogates kids. The guilt and self-questioning it induces could be characterised as child abuse
Whole Track Sec Check
Johannesburg Confessional |links
Children’s Security Check |links
This is an introduction for new members of the Sea Org.
Members of the Sea Org work almost exclusively in Scientology facilities on land. The “Freewinds”is the last substantial ship operated by Scientology, and is used only to present the higher OT levels (which contain Scientology’s secret teachings) in absolute secrecy.
Sea Org members are subjected to oppressive military-style discipline (they wear pseudo-naval uniforms in recognition of the period that Hubbard spent at sea). They sign a contract binding them to service for a billion years and are supposed to return to duty after reincarnation).
However, the majority of Sea Org members perform banal tasks (for example renovating new buildings) for very little money. According to the Church of Scientology, this is acceptable because the Sea Org is a ‘religious order’ (comparable to Monks and Nuns)
Scientology has not one, but many holy books – and they were all written by L Ron Hubbard.
A number of Hubbard’s books started life as occasional writings issued to members of the Church and its management. Since his every word was considered by believers to be vitally important, these were later indexed and collected in a large number of bound volumes.
Hubbard issued so many “Technical Bulletins” during his life that these collections resemble old-fashioned encyclopaedia series.
The first two sets are typically available to anyone in a Scientology Org.
The Blue Volumes, however contain secret teachings. Scientologists believe that it is potentially dangerous to even read these if you have not been prepared by extensive training, and are carefully secured.
This ‘book’ (which comes in five volumes) consists of a compilation of Hubbard’s frequent written orders about seamanship which were put together by early Sea Org members (those who actually got to go to sea).
It includes helpful illustrations (see picture to right) which tell the people who were supposed to sail a ship on the basis of experience in previous lives where the anchor was.
Scientologists called “Registrars” are tasked with selling Scientology ‘Services’ – the various courses that constitute the practice of Scientology. Before they can begin this work, they are required to study a number of documents written by Hubbard including, “The Hard Sell Pack”.
This is a work of truly astonishing self-serving sophistry and misdirection. The actual document is a loose connection of Hubbard directives. Later packs contained required reading – a book by a car salesman purporting to teach “Big League Sales Closing Techniques“.