The Codes of Scientology – Moral Commandments for Auditors, or an Assertion That ‘The Ends Justify the Means’? (Pt 1)

a-1The Codes of Scientology | L Ron Hubbard | Certainty: The Official Periodical of Scientology in the British Isles | Volume 6 No 8 | 1959 | Download as .pdf (A new tab will open – click on the grey ‘download through your browser’ button)

In this post we examine an issue of the  British periodical “Certainty”, published by the Church of Scientology in 1959. It was in this year that L Ron Hubbard bought Saint Hill Manor in England, moved in, and made it the world HQ of his organisation.

The download above contains a scan of an original copy. As far as I know, this is not available anywhere else online.

This issue was aimed at people who were ‘training’ to be ‘Auditors’ – that is Scientologists  who investigate the supposed past-life traumas of ‘ordinary’ members, in a private room, on a one-to-one basis, using the e-meter. At this stage of the operation, auditors were not under the absolute control of the Church of Scientology, as they are now, and freelance ‘practice’ could be quite lucrative.

In this  issue L Ron Hubbard presents a number of ‘moral codes’ for auditors. The double-edged nature of these ‘commandments’  is unsettling. Far from protecting the public, they can be read as requiring auditors

  • To conform to orders given by the Church of Scientology and force their clients to do so.
  • Do whatever it takes to advance the cause of Scientology, placing this above the welfare of both their clients and the general public

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Dissembling Doctors and Worthless Research: Narconon ‘Drug Rehabilitation’ is Scientology in Disguise – The Evidence – Part 6

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CBCMIn the previous post in this series we completed our discussion of the first workbook given to clients of Narconon (a Scientology front group which offers paid drug rehabilitation services, and delivers Scientology training instead).

This workbook taught clients how to perform a series of ‘training routines’ with a partner. The content was, for all practical practices, identical to the first two Scientology courses – the “Success through Communications Course” and the “Hubbard Qualified Scientologist Course.” Neither have any relevance to drug rehabilitation.

Narconon clients will now be subjected to another Scientology practice – the “Purification Rundown”. This is described on the ‘picture book’ version of “Clear Body Clear Mind” which seems to be effectively the same as the  second workbook.

Before we examine the content of this book, we have to get past an enhanced disclaimer, more ‘Study Tech’ and an introduction by Gene Denk MD. There is a lot more this than meets the eye.

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“Inside Scientology and Escaping the Witnesses” The Testimony of a UK ex-Scientologist

Inside Scientology and Escaping the Witnesses | August 2015 | Channel 5 Television (UK)

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This programme is based on interviews which present the stories of three British women’s involvement in two different high-control religious groups – The Church of Scientology, and the Jehovah’s witnesses. There are striking parallels in the oppressive practices of the two groups.

It begins with an account of Sam Domingo’s 20 years in Scientology and moves on the experience of two other women with the Jehohvah’s Witnesses.

The researchers make one significant error (concerning the supposed  legal status of Scientology in the UK – it is not recognised as a religion) but this does not detract from the testimony of ex-Scientologist Sam Domingo (who suffered a great injustice) which is engaging and powerful. Continue reading

“Dianetics” as it First Appeared in “Astounding Science Fiction”

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The March 1950 issue of “Astounding” in which “Dianetics” was first promoted.

L Ron Hubbard’s breakthrough book, “Dianetics” included sweeping scientific and medical claims made by an author who was unqualified and unknown in those fields. It only attracted attention from mainstream reviewers (literary, scientific and medical) only when it unaccountably sold many copies and triggered a popular fad. Those reviews were universally negative.

The reason that it sold so well was that the overwhelming majority of buyers had encountered editorial material promoting the book in the pages of “Astounding Science Fiction”. This first appeared as an enthusiastic recommendation for an article about  “[…] a new science of human thought” that was to appear in  the March 1950 issue. This article, which described “Dianetics”, was written by L Ron Hubbard and was published at the same time as his book.

It was the editor of “Astounding”, John W Campbell, who gave Hubbard this invaluable free publicity.  An enthusiast for many fringe ideas, he was carried away by what he saw as the promise of Dianetics.

In an interview, the science fiction writer Alfred Bester describes how he experienced this  first hand. While preparing the May 1950 extract for publication, he told Bester that the book deserved at least a Nobel Peace Prize.

After the break, you can view and download scans of both Campbell’s March 1950  introduction and the “Dianetics” article, as it appeared in May 1950.

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What do New Scientologists Actually *Do*?

do fish swim2012 | Jessie Prince and Stacy Brooks Demonstrate the Basic Scientology TRs [Training Routines] | YouTube

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News and discussion about the Church of Scientology is dominated by big issues – for example the activities of  “Narconon”, a front group for the Church of Scientology.

Narconon claims to rehabilitate drug users, but actually offers a completely unscientific programme based on the writings of L Ron Hubbard and  is presently under siege from a growing number of legal actions in the US (more than 22 as of  September 2014).

Many of these suits allege that their clients are subjected to an ineffective and potentially dangerous regime of saunas and vitamin/mineral overdoses and “training routines”  – which turn out to be identical to the programme undertaken by novice Scientologists.

Few sites explain exactly what the ‘training’ that novice Scientologists undertake actually consists of. This leaves observers like me, who have never been members of the Church, unable to judge whether or not it is worthwhile.

Fortunately, two ex-Scientologists, Jesse Prince and Stacy Brooks have made two videos which show, by demonstration, the basic “Training Routines” (or “TRs”) that novice Scientologists are expected not only to complete but also constantly practice for as long as they are members of the Church.

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“The Journal of Scientology” Issues 1 – 43 (nearly): A Scientology Fanzine?

Journal of ScientologyOpen folder to download individual issues

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The files that can be downloaded from the links above are copies of 42 issues of the bi-monthly   “Journal of Scientology”, a Hubbard-period publication (issues 1 – 43, with the exception issue 42).

If anyone has a copy of issue 42,  I would greatly appreciate a scan. Come to that, if you have any copies of any publications that are not here, please feel free send them here (contact me in the comments below or through the feedback page).

I recently posted 193 copies of “Ability” magazine, and noted that Hubbard seems to have had minimal involvement with this early volunteer-made publications. The ‘news’ featured in “The Journal of Scientology” revolves around Hubbard’s ‘work’, of course. However, Writing that appears under Hubbard’s byline frequently appears to be extracts from his books (which are also promoted) and is often the same extracts that can be seen in “Ability” magazine.

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“The Hard Sell Pack” – From the Works of a Greedy Monkey

hard sell1987 | The Hard Sell Pack | From the Works of L Ron Hubbard
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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. Like the previous post,  “The Ship’s Org Book”  the actual document is a loose connection of Hubbard directives, this time on the subject of selling Scientology services. Later packs contained required reading – a book by a car salesman purporting to teach “Big League Sales Closing Techniques“,

Hubbard’s  basic argument throughout is that Scientology is on a vital, time-critical, mission to save the planet. It is (supposedly) opposed by an organised conspiracy of corrupt bankers, tax-seeking governments and psychiatrists. Consequently, Scientology desperately needs to make money to defend itself and swell its ranks with new recruits. Its mission is so important, that normal ethical restraints do not apply –  the ends justify the means. Continue reading