I just received another volley from an irate, prominent self-anointed ‘with Ron’ type of ‘Independent Scientologist’. It was actually an attempt to control through command, assigning me a Treason condition with instructions – after lengthy evaluations – to first apply the Confusion formula.
I only raise the matter here because it is live evidence of two of the most insidious elements of Scientology that in my estimation are at the root of its demise. It is a great learning opportunity.
The first I will address here, blame. The propensity to find and assign blame is woven into the woof and warp of Scientology, making it perhaps one of the most difficult character deficiencies to remedy in a veteran member.
The rather lengthy screed I received pronounced me guilty of the current horrid state of Scientology on the planet today. One central allegation was that I allegedly totally mishandled the corporate Scientology attacks upon me and my family, by …’ Your response to the attack of Miscavige is quite predictably stimulus and response…rather than tangling with the cur dogs nipping at the wheels of the fire engine, you have become one of them.’ .’
Not more than a month ago two other prominent ‘Independent Scientologists’ as much as accused me of being a suppressive person for failing to automatically and continuously attack David Miscavige and blame him for virtually every shortcoming of Scientology – really on a stimulus-response basis.
The common denominator of these self-professed ‘with Ron’ Indies on both sides of the GPM (goals problem mass – the resultant mass from the collision of opposite intentions or flows colliding) is the seemingly stimulus-response tendency to blame. In all of their authoritative, judgmental communications the overriding theme is to assign responsibility for whatever it is they are suffering upon another. Ironically, anyone who witnessed much of Miscavige in action knows that his stimulus-response habit of blaming is perhaps his most destructive and prevelant tendancy.
Here is a central dichotomy with Scientology. The technology, in pure, sane application can deliver a person to the state where he or she truly understands that he or she is responsible for his or her own condition. In fact, a person only reaches the pinnacle of the state of Clear, by recognizing this fully and thus losing all inclination to engage in blame. Yet, I ask you to examine the matter for yourself and see whether there are not other conditionings added to the mix along the route that make that realization in practice short-lived.
I was also accused of ‘You are not getting people to do, you are getting people to question and think about.’
Good point. Here, I’ll ask people to do something.
Get yourself a copy of the Tao Te Ching, preferably ‘a new English version’ by Stephen Mitchell.
Read it more than once at your leisure, and particularly when you sense the onset of anxiety.
Learn to let go. I assure you that if you work on it it will move you on up a little higher in disposition and character.
Since apparently the ‘with Ron’ guys won’t listen to Ron on the matter of blame, maybe they’ll listen to Lao Tzu:
Failure is an opportunity.
If you blame someone else,
There is no end to the blame.