Scientologists are forbidden to talk about their cases so as to conceal the multi-level marketing scheme Scientology has for raising funds. Scientology corporations usually make the initial demands for money in the form of payment for training and seminars. These demands range from mild, when the target audience is the skeptical individual, to severe, when the target audience is guaranteed through an arrangement for some type of business or management seminar.
When training fails, which is bound to be the case sooner or later, the Scientology system recommends a person proceed on to the next higher level of income-producing activity -- auditing. Auditing is a series of question-and-answer sessions wherein the auditor supposedly helps a person find the source of whatever problem that made training fail. Auditing is supposed to be a quick, economical and permanent fix. Due to a placebo effect, sometimes auditing solves the training problem, or at least causes a diversion great enough to sidestep it. In either case the result is additional income for Scientology.
Auditing only gradually leads up to regression into past lives. First a suggestion is made to the person with the training or other problem that this problem can be alleviated through use of a special electronic device, the E-Meter. The more interested the person is in solving the problem with Scientology's devices, the less critical or skeptical that person becomes of Scientology. The result is that when a person obeys the imperative to "Take the cans!" connected to the E-Meter, the less critical or skeptical the person is of Scientology and the more susceptible that person becomes to further indoctrination. In auditing a person is, in effect, paying Scientology to take over the parts of the personality that the individual is no longer willing to personally control.
The way auditing sidesteps the present-time problem is to go to an earlier point in time. If this doesn't work, as is regularly the case, the person is routinely told to go back to an earlier similar incident. This is done over and over until the person is willing to concede that the seriousness of the original problem does not merit the cost of auditing, which can go into hundreds of dollars per hour.
If not willing to make this concession, the person is eventually told to go back earlier than 3 years old, earlier than 2 years old, earlier than 1 year old, and eventually to birth itself and even pre-natal, i.e., in the womb. At this point the person has to weigh the seriousness of the original problem not only against the cost of auditing, but also against the prospect of making a fool of oneself by recalling supposedly real experiences at the suggestion of others, as opposed to one's own good judgment.
In this situation, the person is at the marketing level Hubbard described in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, and Scientology will make money from the sale of one more edition of that book. After having read Hubbard's suggestions of what should be vividly recalled in one's own unconscious, the self-admitted problem-child, with aid of auditors, probes an area of memory and fantasy formed with the aid of Hubbard's Dianetics book for hints of pre-natal experience, such as feelings of closeness, blackness, warmness and stickiness. As suggested in Hubbard's book, these experiences often include being attacked by one's own mother with a coat hanger or a knitting needle in an attempted abortion.
Once a person, with the help of an auditor and a E-Meter, has vividly relived a birth and/or being attacked in the womb, that person has crossed the threshold of ridiculousness, and so becomes willing to pay more money to go back and relive more past lives.
As mentioned, some may actually benefit, through the placebo effect, from talking about past concocted lives. One disadvantage is that this benefit can occur only as often as it is paid for and for as long as one does not openly speak out against Scientology. Another disadvantage is that this person suffers the same problem that everyone does who obsessively substitutes imagined experiences for reality.
Hubbard, who helped create this sticky problem to begin with, sought to whitewash it by categorically prohibiting adherents from talking about cases or problems in general to outsiders, or even to other Scientologists.
At the next step of complexity, the target market is Scientologists who have made some gain through the placebo effect, have definitely testified to this repeatedly and have many thousands of dollars tied up in trying to solve their problems. In preparation for the "advanced levels," Hubbard lets Scientologists know that all this rummaging about in the fantasies, memories and desires of the unconscious Hubbard helped fabricate was bound to fail all along. The advanced levels themselves consist of purging Hubbard's recollections of past life implants from one's own Scientology "unconscious," i.e., perfectly anonymized source, which by now the person is firmly in communication with.
If at any time calling up memories of birth or of suggested incidents do not give one the ability to make Scientology training work, the Scientologist is given a choice. One is to write off as a loss all the money spent on Scientology and demand a refund. Scientology will eventually refund the money after a rather lengthy check-out procedure, which includes signing official looking papers. One of these papers affirms that the refund signifies the Scientologist's firm desire to shut the door on Scientology forever as a source of help. A few Scientologists actually take that route, which automatically turns them into ex-Scientologists. Most, however, do not want to shut out the possibility of help, and thus are willing to go even earlier back in the dim mists of the unconscious mind to discover a heretofore unexpected existence of past lives, both of their own and of Hubbard's making.
Rather than sign a piece of paper agreeing to Scientology's exit conditions, many just leave and earnestly try to purge themselves of the false memories they've accumulated from their experiences with Scientology. By exit time, critical ability will have markedly decreased, so that not only will the ex-Scientologist end up poorer, but initially none the wiser. Wisdom comes from going back over previous experience in the cult with a critical eye. In reviewing Have You Lived Before This Life?, try to imagine what your own accounts of past lives would look like now.
This is an example of a case supervisor (C/S), who is the auditor's handler, following the technical instructions of L. Ron Hubbard
"A C/S can be plagued by off line case actions of which he is not informed. The existence of these can wreck his carefully laid out programs and make a case appear incomprehensible. ...
PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THEIR CASES.
Past life reality is often badly hurt by people who talk about being Napoleon, Caesar and God. This makes 'past lives' an unreal subject by bad comparison."
HCO Bulletin of 8 March 1971,
"Case Actions, Off Line"
by L. Ron Hubbard
When Hubbard was developing Scientology in the 1950s, hypnosis and past lives were a popular fad. The fad eventually died out in the mainstream after it was found certain people could be hypnotized into manufacturing a "memory" from fragments of their own memory. Working his own angle, Hubbard used questionable journalistic devices in an attempt to induce people to accept the idea of past lives. In one case he cited Sigmund Freud as an authority on the existence of past lives in terms so general that Freud's rejection of past lives could have been interpreted as an endorsement.
"Freud, with no method of direct observation, spoke of pre-natals, birth trauma, and verbally, if not in writing, of past existences and of the continuing immortality of the individual."
"The Creation of Human Ability", 1968
by L. Ron Hubbard
In the bibliography of his book "Have You Lived Before This Life?" Hubbard included the "The New Catholic Encyclopedia" and "The Catholic Catechism: A Contemporary Catechism on the Teachings of the Catholic Church" as though these references supported his endorsement of reincarnation. Exactly the opposite is true. From the Bible:
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment
The Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews 9:27
From the catechism of the Catholic Church:
1013 Death is the end of man's earthly pilgrimage, of the time of grace and mercy which God offers him so as to work out his earthly life in keeping with the divine plan, and to decide his ultimate destiny. When "the single course of our earthly life" is completed,586 we shall not return to other earthly lives: "It is appointed for men to die once."587 There is no "reincarnation" after death.
Despite this glaring contradiction of fact, Hubbard stated in the introduction to his book that Christians believed in reincarnation, and that Catholics held it as a "fundamental belief."
"The Egyptians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jainists, Sikhists, Brahmans, Neo Platonists, Christians, Romans, Jews and Gnostics all believed in reincarnation and the rebirth cycle. It was a fundamental belief in the Roman Catholic Church until 553 AD when a company of four monks held the Synod of Constantinople, (without the Pope present) and decided [emphasis in the original] the belief could not exist. They condemned the teachings of reincarnation as heresy and it was at this time that references to it were expunged from the Bible."
It is completely out of character for L. Ron Hubbard to so brazenly falsify provable fact. He must have known that his false claims could and would be checked out. To help his audience avoid verification and cross this threshold of reality, Hubbard created and provided esoteric factors to bolster his lie. The Synod of Constantinople he mentioned was indeed held in 553 A.D. but
The closest the Second Council of Constantinople came to addressing reincarnation was, in one sentence, to condemn Origen, an early Church writer who believed souls exist in heaven before coming to earth to be born.
The reincarnation doctrine is of use in Scientology for at least two things: aiding further indoctrination and as a gauge of loyalty. As a loyalty gauge, to what extent would people reject their own education, knowledge, belief and reality to accept Hubbard's statements and doctrines?
This is an edited excerpt from a repost by Rod Keller (alt.religion.scientology message ID email@example.com) dated April 24, 1999, with comments or corrections from Lermanet inserted. It contains a summary of the 1968 edition of "Have You Lived Before This Life?" by L. Ron Hubbard (c) 1958. The stories are either Preclear Reports written by the person remembering the past life, or Scientologist Reports, written by the auditor(s). Lermanet used a 1977 issue of "Have You Lived Before This Life" for comparison. The 1968 list has 42 cases, some with names. The 1977 version has 41 cases, none with names. By comparing the two lists, it was determined that James Pembry's account was the one removed.
If the above accounts could be considered "success stories" for Scientology, James Pembry's exclusion and the anonymization of cases after the initial 1958 issue of the book is likely connected with the "Legal Aspects of Success Material Publications" (July 12, 1966 HCO Policy Letter). In this policy Hubbard required that people who write success stories for Scientology also sign a release statement permitting publication. Circumstances indicate that Mr. Pembry did not sign such a release statement in 1958 and that he may have demanded retraction of his account, which was being published as proof that Hubbard's lucrative auditing processes served a worthwhile cause.
Possible dissonance between Pembry and Scientology is also indicated in an excerpt from an article by A. A. Phillips posted to the news group alt.religion.scientology on August 1, 1999 by "Safe" (message ID firstname.lastname@example.org), who reported that in 1960 Jim Pembry was a freelance E-Meter maker before "the church established a monopoly."
The book Have You Lived Before This Life? was first written in 1958. Dianetics had been in existence since 1950, and Scientology since 1954. This means after eight years of Dianetics and Scientology, after having auditing tens or hundreds of thousands of people, Hubbard was able to find a few dozen who said they had experienced past lives. Apparently after one of those complained, the names of the people were deleted, and their stories were identified only by a case number. Without names, none of the other cases could demand Scientology retract their accounts.
The outcome of using Scientology to discover past lives in Have You Lived Before This Life? was uniform. All participants testified from their own personal first-hand observation not only that past lives existed and that that they were the source of present-day problems, but that Scientology was most effective in solving problems which originated during these previously unsuspected existences. Some problems with this as a scientific result is that failures were not included in the testimonies, data was not uniformly gathered, and participants were apparently told what to expect before being induced into the dream state from which their own personal first-hand observations arose.
|1977 Case number||Before||After||Reason given for improvement|
|1.||Not certain I was able to audit||Now more confident||auditing, being auditing, having my buttons pushed|
|*2.||Complained of muscle fatigue||No more muscle fatigue||running of engram|
|*3.||Insecure||clearer (more relaxed) and lighter||confronting engram. I did not know I had lived before|
|*4.||Could not face a ... past picture. Could not create good imagery.||willing to face a lot more ... if the auditor is capable and willing to make me willing cause over my reactive mind||My confidence in my auditor made me willing|
|5.||anxiety and lack of self-assertiveness||less anxious and more willing to accept even unpleasant situations||contacting a past life|
|*6.||Scared of looking at a past life, overwhelmed by past failures||has reality on what an engram is and how it takes control of you||having confronted the pasts of myself. having 3 good instructors who like the captain on the bridge would keep it on a straight course somehow no matter what's ahead|
|7.||insufficient subjective reality on mental image pictures [waking dreams]||attained correction of the before condition||confronting and handling my mind (i.e., pictures)|
|8.||did not feel so bad||more confident in learning||tips and hints received during lectures|
|*9.||body somatics||not succeeding enough||running an engram reduced body somatics|
|10.||no reality on past lives||now knows that looking at difficulties helps resolve them||realization of past lives|
|*11.||didn't like certain people||feel lighter, more able to realize what I am thinking||realized that someone I know was like the villain in my engram|
|12.||occlusion of past lives||tentatively happy beginnings of confidence in having a true place in life. ... some fright at glimpsing occasionally the terrible Nemesis that followed in the wake of the French Revolution, and in my opinion directly helped to cause World War I and II (I just hope not III).||locating of personnel found in engram ...|
|13.||tendency to be confused. unwillingness to use force||more reality on my mental state. more willing to use force. more reality on past lives and myself as a spirit||finding out how willing I was to be responsible for causing havoc|
|*14.||bad OCA test||less dispersed mentally||none stated|
|*15.||difficulty confronting||enjoy confronting people||increased ability to confront pictures [waking dreams]|
|*16.||I think the Father in the engram was represented by Jesus in this life||after running this engram (during one of Ron's lectures) I suddenly realized I had never really lived.||A good auditor. The process of "confronting" and "being responsible for"|
|17.||could handle life well||Life is worth living, mankind is worth saving and I'm worth even more to all of them||found many considerations on sex and willingness to confront. My auditor also did a good job.|
|18.||anxious||anxiety disappeared||gains made due to running an engram|
|19.||Sometimes vague and confused ... Eyes lose focus and fog over easily (during last eighteen months only). Pain acute with this||Reasonable, optimistic, often irritable||Eyes a little improved -- less pain|
|*20.||Couldn't understand angry people. Ashamed of being seen naked||I don't go "away" mentally when an angry person is talking to me. I face up to the engram and handle it. I am no longer ashamed at being seen without clothes.||none given|
|*21.||was in good shape||After the conclusion of the course I felt that my goals of being a better auditor and of being clear were more realizable||Running engrams|
|22.||pretty fair shape||had some improvement||ran off an engram|
|23.||Undecisive, hypercritical and intolerant||I feel that I have more point to living now. Improved tolerance of stupidity||The incident posed problems I had found unsolvable as I had died whilst in the process of solving them. By increasing my ability to confront these I relaxed on the subject, and it was no longer necessary to solve them.|
|*24.||fairly good condition||I am of the opinion that I have made gains in responsibility||Looking at the engram paralleled life's struggle.|
|25.||none given||none given||none given|
|26.||fear of not being able to handle my reactive mind||attributes feelings of fearing engrams to engram content||My increased acceptance of past life due to being run on "what part of that incident can you confront?" plus the instructor's reality on it|
|*27.||always knew I was looking and listening to an unknown something||very certain that this incident has a great deal to do with my present-time life||Knowing that this incident is an engram will really change my life when completely run out|
|*28.||none given||none given||none given|
|29.||was in good shape||I have been able to direct employees to the roots of problems without any tendency to feel "sorry" for being too direct with them. Two gains here, of course: one, to confront problems better and, two, to better confront people.||I had processes run on me which were undoubtedly therapeutic.|
|*30.||emotionally unstable, insecure||fluctuating between positive outlook and negative.||(physical improvement) Able to do with less sleep, despite very heavy schedule|
|*31.||unwillingness to change||feels free and willing to change||Knowing what I was doing and why I was doing it|
|32.||willing to be effect, but not cause||Searching, and being fairly certain, I am still in a male valence||Putting into words the decision of my engram: "I will accept whatever comes."|
|*33.||worried and depressed||general gains and feeling of expansion||talking with auditor, seeing processes working steadily, even with a tough preclear|
|*34.||fairly good. A lot of fear repressed which I've not been able to get rid of||Probably very close to being entirely clear of all junk (i.e. inhibitions and aberrations).||All credit goes to my auditor ...my trust in my auditor's ability to help me could not have been higher ... consequently my willingness to work with and for her and for both of us, could not have been more|
|*35.||in good condition but had ARC breaks with misunderstandings||Calmer, more certain. Assigns correct significance to other people's opinion||attributes improvement to the discovery and the handling of the distortion sphere aspect of the *Rock Incident contacted|
|*36, 37, 38||none given||none given||none given|
|*39.||Good health overall||Have greatly increased subjective reality on past lives||reduced colds in nose and have more energy|
|*40.||good health but overweight, a lot of trouble recalling||I have cognited that I have not been willing to accept responsibility because of the penalties of failure. I feel I am more willing to accept responsibilities now||none given|
|*41.||6 complaints listed||listed 8 improvements after the engram was run out and entirely flattened|
* These cases identified by name in HCO Bulletin of 1 December 1958 as "permitted to audit engrams by Scientology processes.
The above list is excerpted from the 1977 edition of Hubbard's book Have You Lived Before This Life?. From the "preclear reports" of the cases in the book the above "before" column is excerpted from the book's category of "former condition;" the "after" column from "mental outlook" and "physical improvement;" and the "reason given" from "What you attribute improvement to."
It is apparent that all aspects of these reports were filled out after successful completion of a Scientology service. If this is the case, the "before" column may not so much reflect the client's actual perception of his or her former condition as it does a desire to properly arrange one's own past to fit with the present. This means that a paying customer, flushed with success at course completion, would not as accurately describe the "former condition" after the fact.
In order for the "before" column to be scientifically accurate, the description of the "former condition" should have been obtained from the customer prior to the first session or class. Obviously this would have been difficult for people who were not yet indoctrinated. For instance, how could a person who had never taken a Scientology course view "occlusion of past lives" as a problem? How would an unindoctrinated person know that he had previously always been looking for and listening to an unknown something? It is apparent from context that paying customers were told to relive their present pain or present embarrassment in imaginary pictures [waking dreams] for the purpose of ridding themselves of these discomforts. They were to conjure up these pictures only to have them disappear again with the advance understanding that when the "right" picture was created and made to disappear, the person could at last be satisfied in some way.
Consequently the "improvements" listed include the new-found ability to "confront" life inside waking dream pictures for a few real-life seconds. The more this is ingrained into a person's psyche, the more likely a related side-effect of this would be an apprehension that, without (more and more) Scientology processes, people might one day unintentionally slip off into the imaginary picture world. This fear could be alleviated by the new-found knowledge that one's own present-time life is relatively insignificant, when compared to a series of hundreds or thousands of such struggles for existence.
Given this circumstance, it is difficult to see how Scientology processing could increase a person's grip on reality. The "ability to confront" one's own dream pictures appears to be a transient substitute for reality on the path to the authoritarian womb-like states of Scientology clear and beyond.
If this is a representative sample, then it indicates these people remained convinced of the realness of the dreams induced while under the influence of Scientology, regardless of whether they are still members in good standing with the cult or not.
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