MY ESCAPE FROM SCIENTOLOGY... How I was set free from this "cult" of demonic seduction. My testimony/Michael D'Aigle Pt.2 continued...
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MY LIFE AFTER JOINING SCIENTOLOGY...
After signing a five year contract to join staff as a Scientologist, my life was turned upside down - and it all began with my move to Detroit, Michigan. I didn't own very many earthly possessions at the time, so moving was not a big deal, and really was just a matter of taking a few clothes and belongings and moving into a house with other "staff members". This is where my eyes began to be opened. Because we all lived on next to nothing in terms of pay or salary; we simply could not afford to have our own homes or apartments. I remember there being about 10-15 of us living in one large home, and this was a co-ed group and we all had our own bedrooms; at least I think so. I was too busy to do anything but work/sleep and go back the next day to the Org.
I can't remember the exact amount I was paid for each day of work, but it wasn't much by anyone's standards - then or now for that matter. I normally worked around 100 to 120 hours a week, and remember getting paid about 20 dollars for that week. We started very early each day, and drove together as a caravan arriving early at our building on Livernois Ave., in Detroit. We would all gather together for our morning ritual of having a rousing "pep rally" in one big meeting room. There on the wall was a large portrait of L.Ron Hubbard, and the Org's president ( a small-fiery woman)would lead us all in a loud, boisterous cheer as we all shouted: WE'RE GOING TO SAVE THE WORLD! WE'RE GOING TO SAVE THE WORLD! HAIL RON, HAIL RON, HAIL RON. (I don't remember the exact words, but you get the idea I'm sure) This early morning gathering would last around 15 minutes, and then the Org's leader would say now, "Let's go and save the world!" That was our working "mantra" to inspire us and fire us all up for the long day that laid ahead of all of us. She would then clap her hands together - and like mice running for cover we would all scurry hurriedly to our assigned duties.
THE BODY AND MIND BREAKDOWN...
Working long hours everyday, and not eating a healthy diet because we simply were all too poor to afford a nutritious diet takes it toll on the human body after an extended period of going without. It's subtle, but you begin to feel like a robot, or just too tired to make sense of anything other than plowing ahead like a dutiful and loyal part of the never ending Organization you've committed to... Reading becomes the emphasis in Scientology, especially reading over and over the core book of it's philosophy and doctrine: DIANETICS, THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH. This was the book that L.Ron Hubbard wrote, and which he used so masterfully to create a "new religious philosophy" through which he could not only beguile and deceive unsuspecting "clients and customers"; but also the means he used to help fund and provide financial and economic support to keep Scientology going and growing. Busy, busy, busy - Hungry, hungry, hungry - Tired, tired, tired...
So imagine working long, very long days - starting at 8 a.m. and leaving the Org at 10,11, or later was not uncommon; and you were kept busy as a beaver from morning till the time you left. This went on day after day after day. When you weren't doing your assigned job(mine was running an entire mailing dept), you were supposed to be getting more training(brain washing/indoctrination), and/or helping someone else in the Org. do something. Being told to hit the street, and go out and sell 2 or 3 books was a regular occurrence. The Executive Director, would come up and hand you a book or two, and say, "Go out and sell these books, and don't come back until you do." This kind of stressful activity only added to the sense that this was a spinning wheel that never seemed to stop long enough to catch your breath. It didn't take me long to realize that my life as a scientologist was not a pleasant experience, nor was it what I had hoped it would be. I was becoming more and more disillusioned with the entire idea of "this being my way out of my depression and despair"; and starting to think that I had walked right into a web of horrors. I tried to keep a positive attitude, and make myself see how this was the answer - the cure for what I, what everyone needed; but the more I learned about what Scientology was really like, the more I began to think maybe I had made a terrible, horrible mistake...
THE INNER WORKINGS...
Explaining how Scientology works or operates as a working philosophy is not that hard, but explaining the background or underlying teaching at it's foundation is more complex to be sure. First, let me begin by saying that my brief analysis and overview of Scientology here is based on my own experience as a Scientologist, and also as my many years as a Christian active in nearly every phase of Christian ministry. The philosophy behind Scientology would be humorous and perhaps silly, if it were not for the fact that like the "lie" Satan used in the garden to deceive and entice Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit: IT IS DEADLY POISON - AND VERY, VERY REAL! My review at this time of Scientology's teachings, may not be the same at this time; as they may have revamped their philosophy to be more tailored to this "tech savvy" generation; but I'm quite certain at it's core - this will still be it's basic and dominant teaching.
The whole premise of Scientology is this: We (thetans/a greek word for "spirit") created this world as a game, as a pursuit of pleasure, something to have fun with or to experiment with. Matter,energy, time, and space. Things were going along quite well, but there was one small problem - one unforeseeable problem that would throw a monkey wrench into this game we created. Over time, we have accidents happen to us, and we experience pain and other misfortunes; and according to Scientology - these "bad things" have an adverse effect on us as human beings and need to be removed. These "bad experiences" are called: "bank" Scientology proposes the remedy for removing these terrible events and experiences from our past lives(yes, you heard me - lives). *Through a process, known as "auditing", we can have our negative past experiences erased and become eventually, after hours and hours of auditing sessions with a trained "auditor" - FREE! Hmm, there's only one small catch: IT WILL COST YOU PLENTY!
If you could afford it, you could gradually complete the various levels and courses offered by Scientology and eventually go on to reach an OT level. Which stands for the words: Operating Thetan. When I left Scientology, that meant that a person reaching that level(OT 8 was the highest level possible at that time), was free from all negative past experiences, and was able to operate outside of one's body; not unlike in some respects the ideas conveyed in those who believe in :Astral projection. That this process was only possible for a very small group of wealthy people did not escape my notice. It was apparent to me that if you were affluent, you could quickly be set free from the ills besetting most of us who are among the normal mass of humanity. That bothered me greatly.
Even though I was getting a few hours of free auditing a week as reward/perk for being on "staff"; I knew it would take a long - long time to go through the different levels. Again, that bothered me. It dawned on me that if auditing worked, and I had my doubts about that; it was not going to happen very quickly for me - or for most of the people we were trying to "sell this idea to"...
SCIENTOLOGY'S SELLING POINTS...
Okay, if Scientology is a scam, a farce, and a bunch of phony-bologna; how come so many people have bought in to it? Good question. I suppose I can ask if Christianity is the truth and the real Faith that we are to believe in and follow - Why have so many people rejected it? Both good questions, but as anyone who has studied the world's major religions(as well as the thousands of minor religions, and cults)will discover - IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE. After decades of studying Christianity, and the other major religions and numerous cults that people adhere to or claim to be followers of; I've learned one simple axiom that is worth noting. IT ONLY TAKES AN OUNCE OF POISON/LEAVEN to leaven or poison the entire lump. I say that to let you know that Scientology has it's appeal in several things. First, for some people it really works. Yes, you heard me right - some people who are Scientologists will tell you, anyone who will listen to them that Scientology has changed their lives, and made a positive difference in their lives, in their homes, in their marriages, etc.
I witnessed healings where people who had been to doctors and given up hope would declare that their physical affliction was gone after a successful auditing session with a trained auditor. People would stand up and exclaim the benefits and results that they had experienced in going to the "next level" in their pursuit of going "OT". Raised IQ's, better communication skills, people skills, learning skills, and many other positive benefits were regularly toted and promoted by staff and paying clients alike. I knew Scientology has some positive aspects to it, and that it seemed to work for some people; but down inside of me I knew that there was something eerie, something not quite right with this "religious philosophy" I had so quickly embraced and made the center of my life... I began to examine the lives of my fellow staff members, and how they acted, how they talked to each other, and how they talked about people in general; and sensed something sinister - something very wicked was going on all around me. Confused and feeling I had no one I could talk to openly or that I could trust; I began to pray in my spirit to God, and to question my involvement with Scientology... the light was beginning to dawn in my soul.
TO BE CONTINUED... (PT 3/God opens my eyes)
* AUDITING - this is a process where a client/paying customer, sits across a table from a trained auditor/scientologist and is asked pointed questions, all designed to take a person into their past, their past lives and locate areas where there are "painful memories" and negative experiences that need to be erased and eliminated if that person is to be "free" and a happy and well human being. An example would be: If you were bitten by a vicious dog as a child, that would affect the way you behave/act now as an adult. Through auditing, that painful memory would be located, and then through confronting that fear/negative experience - you would eventually erase and remove it from your memory. At least the fear and pain associated with it. (This may seem silly to you, but thousands and thousands of people believe this to be so - and this is the core of being free through Scientology)
* GOING CLEAR - Before going on to the OT levels, which usually meant going to L.A. to get the more exclusive auditing, one would first reach a level called: CLEAR - which meant that one was now free of all hurtful and painful past experiences and was a "well and happy human being" (this level costs thousands of dollars, even back then - and took a considerable length of time to achieve)
* TOM CRUISE & JOHN TRAVOLTA - are two famous celebrities that have promoted the wonderful benefits of being a scientologist.
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