WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY?
Developed by L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.
Scientology addresses the spirit—not the body or mind—and believes that Man is far more than a product of his environment, or his genes.
Scientology comprises a body of knowledge which extends from certain fundamental truths. Prime among these are:
Man is an immortal spiritual being.
His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime.
His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized.
Scientology further holds Man to be basically good, and that his spiritual salvation depends upon himself, his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.
Scientology is not a dogmatic religion in which one is asked to accept anything on faith alone. On the contrary, one discovers for oneself that the principles of Scientology are true by applying its principles and observing or experiencing the results.
The ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for all.
SCIENTOLOGY: ITS BACKGROUND AND ORIGINS
Scientology follows a long tradition of religious practice. Its roots lie in the deepest beliefs and aspirations of all great religions, thus encompassing a religious heritage as old and as varied as Man himself.
Though it draws on the wisdom of some 50,000 years, Scientology is a new religion, one that has isolated fundamental laws of life and, for the first time, developed a workable technology that can be applied to help people achieve a happier and more spiritual existence in the here and now.
That Scientology’s development and rapid promulgation was made possible, in part, by advances in the physical sciences through the first half of the twentieth century is significant. For it bridges Eastern philosophy with Western thought. In that way, Scientology constitutes Man’s first real application of scientific methodology to spiritual questions.
Scientology is something one does, not something one believes in.
SCIENTOLOGY PRACTICES INTRODUCTION
It is sometimes said that while the principles of Scientology are learned in a Scientology church or mission, and from studying Scientology books and materials, the actual practice of Scientology takes place in society. Scientology is all about learning to do things to improve conditions in your own life and in particular in the lives of others. An active Scientologist is not only considered to be someone who attends a Scientology church or studies Scientology, but rather someone who actively uses the insights and knowledge that Scientology gives them to make a real, positive difference in the lives of others.
Within the vast amount of data which makes up Scientology’s religious beliefs and practices there are many principles which, when learned, give one a new and broader view of life. Knowing the Tone Scale, for instance, a person can see how best to deal with a grumpy child, mollify an upset friend or get an idea across to a staid employer. These principles amount to a huge area of observation in the humanities. It is a body of knowledge there for the learning. There is nothing authoritarian in it. It is valuable purely as a body of knowledge.
The extraordinary achievement of Dianetics and Scientology has been the development of exact, precise methods to increase Man’s spiritual awareness and capabilities. Other efforts along this line provided only sporadic or temporary results, if any. When using Scientology, life-enhancing improvements can be obtained when exactly applied.
The importance of application in Scientology comes from the fact that as part of the religion L. Ron Hubbard developed an actual technology that enables you to use his discoveries to improve yourself and others. Technology means the methods of applying the principles of something, as opposed to mere knowledge of the thing itself.
Scientologists actively use the insights and knowledge that Scientology gives them to make a real, positive difference in the lives of others.
Churches have always provided guidance and comfort to their parishioners in times of need. In fact, beyond strictly spiritual concerns, churches traditionally have seen their mission as easing temporal suffering, helping where help is required and restoring dignity to men and women at pivotal points in their lives.
In this same way, Scientology ministers act to ease suffering and provide counsel and support to those in need, whether a member of their congregation or simply someone in the community who may need help. In fact, one cannot function as a Scientology minister without a genuine and overriding desire to help others, whether to ease current suffering or to help people advance up The Bridge.
Scientology ministers bring more than compassion and care to the needy—they bring a highly trained expertise in Scientology techniques that can resolve any problem at hand, no matter how insurmountable it may seem to the individual involved.
Beyond their own communities, Scientologists are actively involved in and support a variety of social betterment and social reform programs, many of which reach into communities around the globe. For a Scientologist, these activities are all part of recognizing one’s responsibility for the improvement of life extends beyond himself, his own family, group and country but includes all of Mankind.
Ministerial services are important for any religion, but for individual Scientologists they take on special significance—it is by helping others that they help accomplish Scientology’s goal of making this world a better place for everyone.
Scientology: Scio (Latin) "knowing, in the fullest sense of the word," logos (Greek) "study of." Thus Scientology means "knowing how to know."
Scientology is a twenty-first-century religion. It comprises a vast body of knowledge extending from certain fundamental truths, and prime among those truths: Man is a spiritual being endowed with abilities well beyond those which he normally envisions. He is not only able to solve his own problems, accomplish his goals and gain lasting happiness, but he can achieve new states of awareness he may never have dreamed possible.
In one form or another, all great religions have held the hope of spiritual freedom—a condition free of material limitations and misery. The question has always been, however, how does one reach such a state, particularly while still living amidst a frantic and often overwhelming society?
Although modern life seems to pose an infinitely complex array of problems, Scientology maintains that the solutions to those problems are basically simple and within every man's reach. Difficulties with communication and interpersonal relationships, nagging insecurities, self-doubt and despair—each man innately possesses the potential to be free of these and many other concerns.
Scientology offers a pathway to greater freedom.
SCIENTOLOGY CREEDS AND CODES AN INTRODUCTION
Adherents of every religion are bound together by creeds and codes.
These creeds state their aspirations, their duties, their mores and their beliefs. They align the religion’s purposes and reinforce the basic tenets of the religion.
The codes and creeds of Scientology were written by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s during the formative years of the religion. They set the guidelines for the practice and expansion of Scientology and still serve those ends today.
Included in these creeds are codes for the auditor, the supervisor, the manager and additional codes by which all Scientologists strive to live. Like Scientology, the usefulness of these principles determines their worth. Scientologists follow these precepts in applying Scientology Technology, in dealings with others and in the administration of their groups and the practice of their religion.
DIANETICS: UNDERSTANDING THE MIND
The Dianetics symbol uses the Greek letter delta as its basic form. The green stripes stand for growth, the yellow stripes are for life.
The four green stripes represent the four subdivisions of Man's urge to survive which are delineated in Dianetics.
Dianetics: dia (Greek) through, nous (Greek) mind or soul.
To understand exactly how Scientology is used, something should be known of the track of research L. Ron Hubbard traveled and the antecedent of Scientology—Dianetics.
Dianetics is a methodology which can help alleviate unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses (illnesses caused or aggravated by mental stress).
It is most accurately described as what the soul is doing to the body through the mind.
Prior to 1950, prevailing scientific thought had concluded Man’s mind to be his brain, i.e., a collection of cells and neurons and nothing more. Not only was it considered that Man’s ability could not be improved, but it also was believed that with the formation of his cerebral cortex, his personality was likewise irrevocably established. These theories were, however, inaccurate and as a consequence science has never evolved a workable theory of the mind nor a means to resolve problems of the mind.
L. Ron Hubbard changed all that with Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Its publication in 1950 marks a watershed in the history of Man’s quest for a true understanding of himself.
Like Scientology, Dianetics rests on basic principles, easily learned, clearly demonstrated as true and every bit as valid today as when they were first released in 1950.