san Antonio newspaper
9:24 AM on February 23, 2012
Scientology is a therapy religion and an exorcism religion.
That's today how I summarize it, in a single sentence.
(Explaining the details gets into past lives religious traditions, and it gets into science fiction-like explanations.)
But all Scientology really is, is a therapy religion, and an exorcism religion.
Scientologists engage in a huge amount of spiritual exorcism at their "upper levels" (called OT levels 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7). "Body Thetans" are simply believed to be surplus souls that roam earth, infesting all new human beings born. Scientology's "upper levels" exorcism procedures rid a person of their infestation of these "body thetans" which are just surplus souls.
Scientology's only 60 years old, and it's going through a painful period due to it's outdated rules L. Ron Hubbard, their founder, left them stuck with, essentially.
They haven't evolved properly and it might be years before the two top councils their founder wished that they set up, called the Watchdog Committee and the Exec Strata, get working properly and change some of Hubbard's outdated rules.
The Exec Strata was to be their "think tank" and it has the authority to solve the "arbitraries" that block their church's progress.
They could evolve, but it will take a lot of work for the members to realize this, and do it.
What I've seen, as a ex training officer of the Scientology religious order staff, I've seen is a movement stuck in Hubbard's problematic ruts.
His rules, and extremist application of his extreme rules, create their unrecognized recurring problems.
Debbie Cook and Wayne her husband are ex religious order staff, who should NOT be even offered these gagging legal agreements.
It's gonna be a long time watching Scientology fail at reforming itself.
I support Debbie's intention to reform her movement though.
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