I am in the process of writing two books related to Scientology. It seems to me at this juncture of that process that they will probably be the last I write about Scientology. In keeping with the philosophy I follow in helping people on a one-to-one basis, I am writing with the purpose of assisting people in a fashion that does me out of a job. I think that modus operandi evolved out of recognition that somewhere along the road Scientology sowed its own seeds of destruction by inculcating a sort of unhealthy dependency. I consider what I do to be of the nature of outfitting and guiding folk to begin charting their own paths. Hopefully the books will relate all that I know to be workable in assisting people to move on up a little higher. The first book is about moving up from the ultimate trap that is Scientology for those stuck in it to one degree or another. The second book is about applying Hubbard’s workable discoveries in an integrated fashion that proofs one up against getting entrapped in the first place while seeking higher levels of awareness and consciousness.
The former is a recommended guide for moving on up beyond what Scientology has to offer. The latter is a recommended guide for integrating safe and sane application of that in Scientology that can be effective for those who wish to apply it. That is, an integral practice which by my own estimation is the only fashion by which Hubbard’s workable ideas will survive or serve salutary purposes for future generations.
All of my books to date, including the first future one introduced here, are directed at a very limited audience: Scientologists and potential users of Hubbard methods. As much as Scientologists and even former Scientologists would like to convince themselves otherwise, I know this to be a tiny minority in today’s society. The audience is so limited that writing books on the subject is not a means to make a living; in fact it is an impediment to doing so. The books are written out of a sense of obligation for imparting what I have learned through my own experiences of moving into, through, and beyond Scientology. It is my hope that somewhere down the line that the audience for the second book, the integral guide, might gain a wider audience; or, at least, serve to get some of Hubbard’s ideas into the conversation and mix in future integral mental and spiritual practices.
By necessity, the books are second in priority at the moment to making a living. When they might be completed will be determined by the time I can find for completing them. Notions of integrating, evolving and transcending are apparently not the most popular among former members; and most certainly, thinkers and researchers in integral practice don’t want to even hear the words ‘L. Ron Hubbard’, ‘Scientology’, or ‘Dianetics’. Resources and interest in the former church member community seem to be increasingly directed toward efforts to expose Scientology as a scam, expose and denigrate church leadership as the why for Scientology’s unworkable or destructive aspects, or even – of late – attempting to resurrect a weak imitation of the original.
In the interim so that nobody feels like a mystery is being dangled, virtually everything I have to publish can easily be derived from everything I have already written (in three books and nearly 1,100 blog posts; including its recommended reading). I don’t purport to have brilliant, original new ideas. I think all of them that are useful to moving to greater heights have already been better articulated by others. My ideas simply have to do with connecting dots that have long since been created by others. I have decided to write the books to organize those thoughts for the benefit of a) those ingrained by Scientology with the need for structure, construct and maps, b) the loud few, and those they confuse, who insist it is dangerous to read my words because ‘I don’t know where Marty is going’, and c) (and perhaps most importantly in the long term) future integral practitioners who could benefit others by incorporating workable ideas of L. Ron Hubbard into programs of human betterment.
The two future books I have mentioned will largely focus on integration, evolution and transcendence. The previous three books and the blog have focused more on identification, association and differentiation so as to possibly awaken folk to the necessity or wisdom of integrating, evolving, and transcending. I will continue to attempt to do that on the blog as time permits.