Ta-sui was asked, “Buddha’s truth is everywhere; so where do you teach students to plant their feet?”
He replied, “The vast ocean lets fish leap freely; the endless sky lets birds fly freely.”
– translation by Thomas Cleary
Ta-sui was asked, “Buddha’s truth is everywhere; so where do you teach students to plant their feet?”
He replied, “The vast ocean lets fish leap freely; the endless sky lets birds fly freely.”
– translation by Thomas Cleary
Chih-men was asked, ‘What is my self?’
He replied, ‘Who is asking?’
The questioner said, ‘Please help me more.’
Chih-men said, ‘The robber is a coward at heart.’
– translated by Thomas Cleary
Here is a passage from the Tao that appears at a critical juncture in my in-progress book. I have also referred to it in previous posts.
Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises all by itself?
Review where your important cognitions, realizations, or problem solutions come from. Do you create them? Or do you let go sufficiently so that you may perceive them as they arrive all on their own? Are you the author of something brand new to the universe? Or do you open yourself up to see something that was already there? Do the brilliant ideas come when you extrovert sufficiently from self and self- importance to make way for them? Or do they come when you are undisturbed – or encouraged – to gather your true master-of-the-universe bearing sufficient to birth another masterpiece?
reference: Scientology and Presentiment
Several commenters speculated as to my purposes for posting Scientology and Presentiment. My purpose was simple: I wanted to hear what other people thought about it. As far as implications are concerned – that is the question I asked folks to weigh in on – my view before I posted was largely reinforced by considering the hundreds of comments.
From my perspective, the most important implication is that it is more evidence that Scientologists are trained into constructs – to the point of confusing the map for the territory. Their attention is focused with a great deal of intention and discipline on mental trauma. Conscious, two-valued logic based, and three-dimensional time-space construct based perception is finely disciplined. This results in increased focus and force of intention. The unthinking, yes/no binary device called the e-meter facilitates this training. In exercising such scientologists are led toward attainment to pre-defined abilities and states of consciousness – known as end phenomena in Scientology auditing. They are promoted and preached as static, permanent states (again using two-valued logic, materialistic terms). I have seen evidence of people becoming better at communication, problem solving, personal responsibility, handling of upsets, and moving out of fixed conditions through application of these constructs. Sometimes they even achieve alleviation of psychosomatic disabilities along the road.
Then, rather consistently, I see them forfeiting their intellectual honesty and curiosity in vain defense of what got them a boost in the aforementioned abilities. In the course of that defense I have witnessed those people become decreasingly effective at communication, problem solving, personal responsibility, handling of upsets and dealing with fixed conditions.
One faculty that is critical to spiritual growth is neglected, and then disabled, along the scientology route. In my view it is at the heart of the decline and reversal noted above. That is intuition. When I use the term intuition I use it in its broadest possible sense. That includes what the world at large considers extra sensory perception (including presentiment) and cognition and what Scientologists have referred to as ‘OT abilities.’
It has been said that the sixth sense could be considered conscience and the seventh sense intuition. I think that paradigm makes a lot of sense and have found it workable in practice. If one abides and nurtures a healthy conscience, attention and awareness is cumulatively freed to perceive and explore greater horizons. That includes those horizons that are not accessible to the traditional five senses; but are visible through intuition. In Scientology, once the aforementioned, dictated abilities are attained (and even during the quest), one is required to forfeit his conscience. I covered how that occurs in the books What Is Wrong With Scientology? and Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior. I cover it in greater detail in A Course on Graduating From Scientology, and suggest means for not only recovering conscience but also rising to the level of intuition.
Initially, intuitive powers are largely ignored in Scientology. As much as Hubbard at times preached the value of pursuing positive gain rather than negative gain (e.g. mid-fifties Ability Congress, Freedom Congress, etc) the scientology bridge ultimately focused on virtually nothing but attempting to remove the negative. Hubbard went so far to definitively announcing a ‘law’ back then that if one focused on disability he would ultimately get more disability and if he focused on ability he would get more ability, and then constructed the entire bridge in defiance of that law. In scientology one’s attention is focused on removing disabilities. One begins his auditing with lengthy sessions defining Dianetics and Scientology constructs. He learns early on that nothing proceeds unless the simple ohm meter (the emeter) with its mechanical yes/no answers green lights it. Attention is focused so as to detect the negative, that which is said to be foreign to the being’s natural state. So focused, the meter ultimately proves there is no end to the negative gain quest (reacting as it does to thought’s or intention’s interaction with the physical body). A number of provisions are enforced to make the constructs real. For example, along the way, if one does not think in pictures, he is treated as a special aberrant case in need of remedies that will get him to think by creating pictures. Then hundreds of hours can be spent auditing out the now-considered malady of thinking in mental image pictures. Or, if a person does not originate incidents from past lives, again he is treated as a special case and subjected to special remedies. Those include running incidents from movies the person may have seen. It even encourages the running of imagination as reality until such time that the person believes that imagination is in fact reality.
Exacerbating matters is scientology’s considerable thought policing that trains a person to rein in intuition. For example, the scientologist is trained to understand that any negative or ‘unkind’ thought he or she might entertain about L. Ron Hubbard or his appointed scientology ecclesiastics is the result of undisclosed crimes the thinker has committed or deeply seated evil intentions he or she harbors. That results in lengthy, traumatic, and very expensive interrogations on the e-meter to remedy the ‘cause’ of such intuition.
By elevating the emeter above judgment and understanding, the two-value logic construct is cemented in place. The all-knowing meter, being a two-valued, binary (charged or uncharged?) device guarantees that.
L. Ron Hubbard once preached against developing meter dependency. I think he understood when he did so that the last thing one wanted to do in search of greater spiritual ability was to synchronize one’s psyche against a crude electronic instrument. But, like with so much in Scientology, he also preached the precise opposite. For example, in 1978 – his self-proclaimed year of greatest technical breakthroughs – he ordered hundreds of long-time, dedicated Sea Org staff to hard labor concentration camps when the meter determined, in most cases against obvious available evidence, they were anti-social personalities unknowingly out to sabotage Ron Hubbard. In the early eighties he instituted a rundown – and demanded its application to all senior scientology ecclesiastics – to conform not only intuitive perception, but perception seen with the naked eye or heard with the ear (see, The ‘Truth’ Rundown). Again, we run into that super-charged word as the only one that can accurately describe the result of yet another scientology dichotomy, cognitive dissonance.
Some of the faculty of intuition can be brought out in the solo auditing process. But, for the most part it is lost by losing reality for the construct while engaging in continuous, active thought stopping to conform with scientology’s thought policing. Should the practitioner even consider the construct as construct, intense thought patrolling (as summarized above) is employed to correct him. What is never permitted to be recognized (which an unmolested or nurtured intuition would easily perceive) is that it is the process of exercising intention across distance – and communicating telepathically – that hones intuitive powers. It is not that which one focuses on, extends intention toward, and communicates with that does the trick. When the construct is implanted as reality – and it is with more force than any Christian or Muslim sect – the scientologist becomes to greater or lesser degree forever the effect of that construct. Again, the meter consistently proves the construct as reality. As a result the upper OT levels can become the route to slavish compliance to the perceptions and the guiding laws of the physical universe. More on this in a Course on Graduating from scientology, and possibly later posts.
There are a lot of benefits to be had from increasing focus and power of intention as I have acknowledged in this essay. The question I pose is, at the end of the day is the effort worth the cost in scientology? For many, they consider that it is. Provided those who fit into that category respect the rights of others not similarly inclined they have nothing to fear from me. I have spent my entire adult life working to guarantee their right to continue along that path. But, now my attention and intention is directed toward working with those who intuit that there are in fact broader horizons than Scientology permits exploration of.
More than thirty years of research has demonstrated rather conclusively that the average human being when connected to a galvanic skin response detection device (generic name for a Hubbard Electro-psychometer) routinely registers presentiment of about five seconds. That is, the meter reads on average 5 second prior to the subject being provided with a concept to respond to. This research has been performed on people taken off the street, with no previous psychic or spiritual training or study. It has been conducted applying exacting scientific standards.
What do you reckon the implications of these findings are to someone who has received hundreds of hours of standard Scientology auditing? That is, a process in which the practitioner is only permitted to address those concepts or incidents that react on the meter only at the precise end of the major thought as expressed in words by the auditor.
A few books off the top of my head where the referred to research is discussed:
The Field by Linda McTaggart
The Intention Experiment by Linda McTaggart
The End of Suffering by Russell Targ and J.J. Hurtak
Entangled Minds by Dean Radin
Reference: Awakening from scientology
Using scientology parlance, we begin by attempting to help people move above ‘know about’ on the ‘know to mystery scale.’ I have found plenty outside of scientology that explains and validates the sequence of Hubbard’s scale; illuminating the reason for the relatively high position for ‘not know.’ Thus, the Tao Te Ching – a book Hubbard once credited as offering in application all that scientology could hope to attain through its psychotherapeutic methodologies and training – teaches:
The Master leads; by emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores, by weakening their ambition
and toughening their resolve.
He helps people lose everything they know,
everything they desire, and creates confusion
in those who think that they know…
…The ancient Masters
didn’t try to educate the people,
but kindly taught them to not-know.
When they think that they know the answers,
people are difficult to guide.
When they know that they don’t know,
people can find their own way…
…Not-knowing is true knowledge.
Presuming to know is a disease.
First realize that you are sick;
then you can move toward health…
Notwithstanding their seeming alignment with such concepts as the know-to-mystery scale, scientologists are taught to eschew such ideas in pursuing and exuding certainty. And yet it was application of them that led to their own indoctrination or ‘enlightenment’ in and with scientology. Scientologists are plied with a continual diet of tearing down all schools of thought that preceded scientology – even those that led to its creation. These facts necessitate that our first several chapters focus on pointing out the inconsistency, illogic, and even absurdity of some of your core scientology conditionings. Perhaps I haven’t done it as ‘kindly’ as the Tao would prescribe. Nonetheless, I want to make clear the purpose for doing so. I am not doing it in order to replace your faulty stable data in order to become a new director of your destiny, but instead I hope to assist toward ‘when they know that they don’t know, people can find their own way.’ In that regard, the second reading recommendation that I make (the first being The Tao Te Ching – An English Translation by Stephen Mitchell) is a classic novel called Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.
Siddhartha is the quintessential lesson on the virtue – even necessity – of blazing one’s own path. Even if you read it many years ago, I suggest that if you are seriously exploring the idea of moving beyond and above scientology that you read it again. Evaluate your scientology experience against Siddhartha’s experience. Siddhartha sublimely demonstrates that the very act of becoming a follower or belonging is anathema to enlightenment. If in being introduced to new ideas and horizons one in particular seems to be the golden goose that will continue to forever lay you golden eggs, hark back to Siddhartha. Clinging to one-stop enlightenment sources can defeat the entire purpose of the quest. Siddhartha also reminds us that when in doubt or despair it is rejuvenating to turn to and fully enjoy the wonderment of the simple present; the Zen transcendence of doing what one is doing while doing it.
A system of thought purporting to be the ‘science of certainty’, that overtly asserts the goal and product of boiling all of creation down to simplistic blacks and whites, can be seen in the light of the wisdom from the Tao (and even scientology’s know-to-mystery scale) to potentially be the conveyor of a sort of sickness. The resultant awareness myopia – the death of life-promoting curiosity – is held firmly in place by ego and pride. It requires an adopted air of superiority to automatically dismiss any ideas or information beyond one’s own ism or ology. The certainty that one need not continue to look and to search and to find is protected and bolstered by pride in having arrived, having achieved all there is to know.
The disability (or as the Tao puts it, sickness) concomitant with such pride is described in Power vs. Force:
In our discussion of the levels of consciousness, we noted that one of the downsides of Pride is denial. Every mind engages in denial in order to protect its “correctness” – this begets the fixity and resistance to change that prevents the average consciousness from advancing much more than five points in a lifetime. Great leaps in levels of consciousness are always preceded by surrender of the illusion that ‘I know.’ Frequently, the only way one can reach this willingness to change is when one ‘hits bottom’, that is, by running out a course of action to its end in the defeat of a futile belief system. Light can’t enter a closed box; the upside of catastrophe can be an opening to a higher level of awareness. If life is viewed as a teacher, then it becomes just that. But unless we become humble and transform them into gateways of growth and development, the painful life lessons we deal ourselves are wasted.
I have been administering a course in graduating from scientology for the past couple months. While doing so, I have been writing and sharing with students the chapters of an in progress book on the subject. I recently added an introduction to the course/book as I recognized it required a further undercut. I am publishing that introduction in three parts here as it might serve to spark productive thought and discussion.
A course in graduating from scientology
Introduction – Part I
One of the most difficult traps that scientology creates for minds is that of creating an arrogant sense of certainty in the member. It is ultimately the ceiling that keeps people beholden to scientology, afraid to explore outside of it, and thus serves to entrap them within its own limitations. What makes it so binding for scientologists is that they are taught that such an attitude has that effect at the outset of their studies. That is, the first barrier to learning is the student thinking he already knows it. Scientologists apparently never think that the datum might apply once they had learned all there was to know about the subject that taught them that very datum. That type of tricky dichotomy is peppered throughout the subject. It is one thing that makes reasoning, discussion or debate on scientology so confounding. A scientologist is only permitted to view the subject within the parameters of its own nomenclature, constructs and logic. He must never permit the thought to enter his own mind, ‘is there more to life than I have been instructed?’
As we shall see as we progress, scientology is finite. It consists of the words of one man who wrote and lectured on the subject between the years 1950 and 1986. By firm policy scientology enforces the notion that those thirty-six years of observations by one man are all that need be known on the mind and spirit and a host of other subjects. It even instills the idea that to think or explore outside of the box of Hubbard words is dangerous. In the book Power vs. Force David R. Hawkins succinctly described how such mental mechanics generally obtain:
The truth of each level of consciousness is self-verifying in that each level has its native range of perception, which confirms what’s already believed to be true. Thus, everyone feels justified in the viewpoints that underlie his actions and beliefs.
Presumably, the reader has to some degree shaken the scientology tenet that if it isn’t written or spoken by L. Ron Hubbard it is not true nor worth knowing. Otherwise, why would you even pick up a book entitled Graduating from scientology? Nonetheless, in my experience the notion of fully self-contained infallibility is so heavily implanted with scientologists that it tends to come off in stages or layers. It is common for scientologists, and even former scientologists, to continue to weigh any new data they encounter on the mind and spirit against a hidden standard, ‘how does it measure up against what scientology holds?’ Measuring up is not the problem. Our course of exploration is all about comparing and contextualizing scientology indoctrinations. It is a virtual exercise in Hubbard’s Logic 8: a datum can be evaluated only by a datum of comparable magnitude. The problem arises when your mind is trained to work on an automatic default (read thought stopping) where any data, no matter how vital and workable, is discredited and discarded to the degree it does not agree with one’s scientology indoctrination. Scientologists come to know about scientology and in the process are convinced that they know all there is to know.
That is a perfectly normal state of affairs for a monotheistic religious belief system. For those seeking the comfort and security that type of system lends to adherents, you would be well advised to drop this book right about now. This course of exploration is for those who never signed up for such when they embarked on scientology study. This exploration is for those who got involved in scientology from the beginning as part of a search for truth, wisdom, and enlightenment.
Welcome to all the folks from Australia who have apparently been visiting this blog (visit counter just went off the charts) in the minutes since the 60 Minutes piece ran there. If you are interested in learning more about Scientology you may want to visit the right hand column of the home page of this blog. There are links to a number of books, sites, and other informative media pieces that have run in the past couple years. There is also a search feature where you can explore the more than 1,100 articles published on this site. For those not in Australia, I am informed that the show will appear at this link momentarily, 60 Minutes Australia. Contrary to scientology’s published response to this show, like virtually all other media that have interviewed us Sixty Minutes approached us to ask for the interviews.
Attempting to remedy Scientology instilled ignorance is a hazardous venture. It can result in losing your job and having your family and friends harassed into abandoning you, and worse. The resistance to truth can be so intense that in most cases the proponent of light is reduced to adopting the Scientology constructs of opponents, enemies, battle, and war. Before long the seeker of truth becomes a mere ‘attacker’, over time becoming more and more like that which is attacking him and which seemingly by necessity he must attack in order to survive.
Scientologists – even many independent ones – have a habit of collapsing the ideas of a) exposing corruption and lies to the light with b) attacking. There is a reason for this. Scientologists have been indoctrinated with the false idea that a=b when it comes to Scientology. That then justifies the application of Hubbard’s hundreds of pages of war-upon-‘attackers’ technology. Debate, even discussion, becomes impossible. Scientologists are taught that argument is best performed by destroying the messenger of the idea (or truth) they oppose. That is the ‘dead agent caper’ technology where the Scientologist becomes a one trick pony performing only ‘gotcha’ – that is, falsus in unum falsus in omnibus becomes the end all. When ‘successful’ it justifies and perpetuates all manner of falsehood and rotten corruption and abuse.
Part of overcoming the implantation of these falsehoods and the vow to fight to the death to protect the most astounding abuses is some honest contemplation of why such indoctrination is so intense and effective in Scientology. Why was such false indoctrination introduced in the first place? Why does it intensify over time, and intensify exponentially in the face of the most truthful, cathartic whistleblowing? I think such contemplation will lead you to some answers you may at first find uncomfortable but ultimately will find liberating.
To those shining the light upon Scientology abuses, you may find you have better perspective, more equanimity and even credibility if you understand these Scientology games and take care not to fall prey to them.
“Ignorance does not yield to attack, but it dissipates in the light, and nothing dissolves dishonesty faster than the simple act of revealing the truth.” – David R. Hawkins
“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” – Louis Brandeis